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Chris Bates-Keegan
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Jo's husband, Kayley's Step-dad, Hana's Dad, Boo's walker, Simon's feeder. Entrepreneur.
Jo's husband, Kayley's Step-dad, Hana's Dad, Boo's walker, Simon's feeder. Entrepreneur.

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I totally never knew that, always wondered. Just not enough to Google it.
What languages does your site support? We'd love to hear how you tackle Internationalization: http://goo.gl/forms/uJLhqc48AC

^quick survey from my team. We're trying to better support i18n and l10n in our sites & OSS projects. Any input welcome :)
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Interactive (CSS-based) exhibition of 30 of endangered species: bit.ly/1AOv3nX - spectacular work.. both as an art and an engineering piece. A detailed look behind the scenes: bit.ly/1SWTxkT - based on CSS clip paths!
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Why orca's should never be captive. #seaworld 

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This too is very cool. I want hana to be able to use this!
Today, +Google for Education is introducing Expeditions—a new tool that lets teachers immerse their students into different parts of the world through virtual reality panoramas. Learn more: http://goo.gl/bX7RHV #io15

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This looks incredible. Imagine controlling devices with micro hand gestures.

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Turn Your Designers Into Deathstars with Angular

Worth watching for the title alone...



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Oh my god I want one of these.

The day 2 Drop box issue is a non issue, there's an app to integrate it into the file system.

I love the Tesla roadster metaphor, too. Very apt.

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You know, I hadn't thought about it this way before, but the essay makes a compelling case: The Joker is really the hero of this story. Batman is weirdly overfunded and incompetent -- which is, of course, the traditional problem with Batman. ("You're going to invest how much in cleaning up the city? My god! Imagine all the schools and housing we could create, how many new jo... you're going to spend this on a bunch of armor and a car so you can beat up muggers? Oh. I see.") But the Joker is going out there and actually making a difference in rubbing out crime in the city -- and he seems to be going about it with a purpose.

I always liked these alternate perspectives. I remember walking out of X-Men: First Class several years ago and being profoundly confused by it; we have two guys with super-powers. One of them is an Auschwitz survivor who uses his powers to hunt down Nazi war criminals. The other of them seems to mostly use his powers to get laid, and is perpetually riding just this close to date rape. When they get pulled into political machinations, and it becomes clear that the mutants are going to be registered, indexed, "encouraged" to become ordinary people, all the things that would make anyone who survived Germany in the 1930's panic, the first one makes a stand against it and wants mutants to live freely and proudly, and tries to organize them so that they have the muscle to stand up to such demands, knowing that they'll never be accepted; the other one urges cooperation, that it'll all be OK if they just work within the system.

Wait, the second one is supposed to be the hero, and the first one is the villain? Xavier (#2 for those who haven't seen this) comes across as somewhere between naïve and deluded; Lensherr has the serious realism of someone who's seen just what the world offers in these cases. I'm pretty sure, given the choice, that I know which side this movie convinced me to take, and it sure as hell isn't Xavier's. 

This is something important in stories in general: Sometimes the story seems to have the hero/villain dichotomy printed on the label, but you can never really understand why, and it makes as much sense, if not more, from the opposite perspective.

One of the great masters of doing this on purpose is Hayao Miyazake. His Princess Mononoke is an excellent example: everyone in this war is acting for completely comprehensible, reasonable objectives, and everyone's goals make perfect sense from their perspective. But added together, they're a recipe for a bloodbath, and the real hero proves himself by preventing that.

Television has recently done an excellent job of adopting this approach, as well. Two shows which particularly come to mind are Fringe and The Americans: in both, we have two sides fighting an increasingly bloodthirsty war, and it would be very easy to pick one side as "the good guys" and the other as "the bad guys." But we see the stories through everyone's eyes, and it's extremely clear that each person is, in complete honesty, fighting for what they believe to be right, and with good reason. Fringe's "Walternate" has every reason to believe that the other world is trying to invade and destroy his, and given that they started off by kidnapping his only son, his militaristic attitude is quite understandable; and he's the closest thing the story ever had to a villain. In The Americans, listen to Elizabeth express her disgust with all the things broken in capitalism, or Stan his disgust with the KGB; everyone has real reason behind their patriotism. 

Broadly, I think this is something which always makes for the best stories: a sharp conflict, wherein all the perspectives actually make excellent sense. 

Movies, especially big-budget ones, appear to have lagged behind television in this regard, but this sometimes creates the wonderful moments of dissonance where you realize that the script itself did achieve this goal, and it's only the marketing materials or the directing choices which tried to paint one of the agonists as the hero. In a strange way, that can be even more rewarding than when it's overt: you get what you thought was a simple story, but then you peel back the layers a bit, and discover a moment of Fridge Brilliance. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FridgeBrilliance)

h/t to +Koushik Dutta for sharing this article.

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The challenges for delivering future services at a global scale are bringing consumers with you.

Let's assume the technology is inevitable but when it comes to self-driving cars, or software that suggests an itinerary for you, consumers must not just trust you, they must implicitly trust you.

Not an easy job with governments actively acting against you to undermine trust. And with a partisan population looking for the next tribe to align with.

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Sketch With Material Design. Another reason to give this a try.
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