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Sandeep Srinivasan
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Per Aspera Ad Astra
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My [no spoiler] review of #Dhoom3  #MovieReviewsIndia +Malini Agarwal 

Want to see Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson at the Gorge Amphitheater tomorrow but don't have #tickets ? You are in luck! have 2 GA, asking $75 for the pair OBO. Hit me up, quick! #Seattle   +Maroon 5 FanPage 

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I seldom read my own posts but every once in a while I seem to come back to this one.. #Motivation  

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No kidding!
Just back from a whirlwind trip to Asia visiting our Android ecosystem partners in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Exciting to see all the high quality Android devices available now, including Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2, Sony Xperia and many more. Also looking forward to the new devices our partners are launching in Berlin at IFA, played around with them last week and really nice  -- stay tuned; we’ve got a lot more coming!

All this Android innovation is driving tremendous ecosystem momentum and I’m excited to share that together we’ve now passed 1 Billion Android device activations. Huge thanks to the entire Android community from the hardware manufacturers, chip makers and carriers to the developers and content creators to all of you - our Android users around the world - for making this possible. 

On my return from Asia, I was also thrilled to find this guy waiting to greet me on the front lawn -- love the new #AndroidKitKat statue and can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites:)
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How the phrase ‘OK Glass’ came to be.
I’m really excited to be able to share this historic moment -  the first and only time I have written a pleasant/serious email to +Mat Balez (Glass Product Manager) or to anyone for that matter. Coincidentally, this email also includes the birth of the phrase ‘OK Glass’.   
 
Here’s the story of the lead up to that email.
 
[Some scenes have been fabricated for entertainment purposes]
 
I was invited out to dinner with Mat and his wife. Mat had already been working on Glass for a while, but at this time, Glass did not have a marketing team. I saw this as a chance to both impress Mat with my insightful marketing prowess* and get a free dinner. The dinner went very well. I relayed several hilarious anecdotes. So hilarious were these anecdotes, they rendered Mat and his wife breathless and thus, unable to fully enjoy the food before them**.

As the dinner drew on I realised that I was yet to flex my massive marketing guns in Mat’s tiny face***. I was saddened by this thought. I desperately wanted to be a part of Glass marketing (even though it didn’t exist yet) and I needed to do something to prove my worth.
 
In the car on the way back, Mat told me about how the team had been working on the “hotword” for Glass.  I must confess, I did not know what “hotword” meant. Did I ask what it meant? No. Did I nod whilst looking pensive? You bet your glass I did. As I listened to Mat, I quickly* * * * deduced that he was referring to the phrase that sets off the Glass menu. He then asked me if I had any ideas for the hotword. In that moment the only phrase I could think of was ‘OK Glass’. I didn’t tell him straightaway though. Instead, I continued to look pensive and muttered something about ‘looking into it’ just to appear as though I was going to put more than 3 seconds of work into it.
 
When I got home, I tried my best to think of something else, anything else so that I could at least have a few options to send to Mat. Alas, I could not think of any others. I’ve been fortunately cursed with a one-track mind. So, I decided to put all my Glass eggs in one basket and send over a rationale for ‘OK Glass’ (below is the actual email I sent). A week later, it was implemented, at which point I asked Mat when I should start but apparently that’s ‘not really how it works’. I interviewed a week later and have been terrorising the Glass team ever since.  
 
Now, you’re probably wondering ‘What were the other choices the team had before OK Glass?’ Well wonder no more! I just asked Mat to send me over the list of suggestions, like literally, just now as I write this. Ok, I just saw the list and there is no way I could not share some of these gems.
 
Here are a few of my favourites:
 
Listen up Glass
Hear me now
Let me use Glass to
Go Go Glass
Clap on
Device, please
3, 2, 1...
Glassicus
Glass alive
Pew pew pew
 
Coming up with the phrase was the easy part. Figuring out if it would work, was another story. There’s a whole team at Glass who worked very hard testing and implementing it before it was adopted. It’s hugely exciting to hear “OK Glass” being used today. That said, ‘Device, please’ is growing on me.
 
*Dramatisation
**Dramatisation
***Not a dramatisation
****Took a while to
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On April 17, a paper arrived in the inbox of the Annals of Mathematics. Written by a mathematician virtually unknown to the experts in his field — a 50-something lecturer at the University of New Hampshire named Yitang Zhang — the paper claimed to have taken a huge step forward in understanding one of mathematics’ oldest problems, the twin primes conjecture.  And it had!  Rumors swept through the mathematics community that a great advance had been made by a researcher no one seemed to know — someone whose talents had been so overlooked after he earned his doctorate in 1992 that he had found it difficult to get an academic job, working for several years as an accountant and even in a Subway sandwich shop.

For the whole story read this:

https://simonsfoundation.org/features/science-news/unheralded-mathematician-bridges-the-prime-gap/

Thanks to +Ian Agol for pointing this out!
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An attempt at #Hadouken by Sidsy Art [www.facebook.com/sidsyart] #Photography
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From last week's NYT Magazine, a portrait of a runner with staggering skills.  He can run 8 hours without drinking because he barely sweats. He was born in the Pyrenees and completed a 7.5-mile cross-country ski race when he was 3.  A few years ago he ran the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail (plus a 5-mile detour) and beat the previous record by 7 hours.  

Facebook is what-is. Pinterest is what-can-be. I think.

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50 Common #Misconceptions 
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