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Patio is staked out, pouring was happening this week (slowed by it being absolutely scorching). Patio by master bedroom. Outdoor show in concrete wall wiggle. Entry porch Bed at the end of the library Library shelves Kitchen in progress Bunk room beds in…
Patio is staked out, pouring was happening this week (slowed by it being absolutely scorching). Patio by master bedroom. Outdoor show in concrete wall wiggle. Entry porch Bed at the end of the libr...
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What I've been working on. Launch, launch, launch!
 
Starting to test Google Domains

It's 2014 and it seems obvious, but across laptops, tablets and mobile devices, a website is one of the first places people go to find information about a business. But amazingly, our research shows that 55% of small businesses still don't have one. 

So as we explore ways to help small businesses succeed online (through tools like Google My Business [http://goo.gl/Ajvbn5] ), we thought it made sense to look more closely at the starting point of every business’s online presence - a website. And that starts with a domain name.

We’re beginning to invite a small number of people to kick the tires on Google Domains [http://goo.gl/pHvjoO], a domain registration service we’re in the process of building. Businesses will be able to search, find, purchase and transfer the best domain for their business - whether it’s .com, .biz, .org, or any of the wide range of new domains that are being released to the Web. 
 
Google Domains isn’t fully-featured yet, but we’re giving a small group of people the ability to buy and transfer domains through it and send feedback on their experience. (You currently need an invitation code to do so, sorry!) We want input on all the ways we can help make finding, buying, transferring and managing a domain a simple and transparent experience. We also want to make sure our customer support and infrastructure works flawlessly, and that we have the right additional services (like mobile website creation tools and hosting services from a range of providers, as well as domain management support). We're working with some of the top website building providers like +Shopify, +Squarespace, +Weebly, and +Wix.com  to help make that happen.

While we’re still building out all of the features, our goal is to make Google Domains more widely available soon. You can check out the first cut of what we’re working on at www.google.com/domains.
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Made me wonder what the largest physical object ever stolen was. Stolen as in moved away, no countries don't count.
 
The strange occasion when I watched a house get stolen.  (Really!) 

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7881590
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Of course cracked has a piece about it http://www.cracked.com/article_17090_wheres-bridge-7-biggest-things-ever-stolen.html

Seems like it's an oil tanker, but the largest I could think of was a 727: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Boeing_727-223_disappearance
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Ah would love to go to this one.
 
Mark your calendars, everyone. The QIP 2015 dates have finally been fixed: January 12-16, 2015. 

It's probable that there will be 4 tutorial sessions on January 10-11 as well. 
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Today we announced a breakthrough 3D Printer price point of $199.  My dream is to get a 3D printer in every home and in EVERY classroom.  Help me spread the word on this campaign below.  Thanks!  I'd love your feedback and ideas.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-matter-mod-t-3d-printing-for-everyone
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Great to hear that 3D printing is finally getting affordable for everyone. A few years back in Oxford I was lucky enough to be offered a free print when the university's design office had to run some test prints with its first printer. I picked the 3D-representation of a symmetric quantum state that I had computed with Mathematica a while earlier.
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Today we announced a breakthrough 3D Printer price point of $199.  My dream is to get a 3D printer in every home and in EVERY classroom.  Help me spread the word on this campaign below.  Thanks!  I'd love your feedback and ideas.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-matter-mod-t-3d-printing-for-everyone
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Coooool
 
Over the last year I've worked with some awesome folks (+Kester Tong  +Mark Sandler, +Corinna Cortes , +Matthew Turk,  +Gideon Mann  +Arnaud Sahuguet, +Adam Berenzweig) to understand how people collaborate on data analysis and to build better tools to support them. Yesterday, with the help of +Fernando Perez and +Wes McKinney we revealed this work at PyCon APAC.

We've created an interactive, collaborative analytics tool by integrating Google Docs, Chrome, and IPython. You can open a notebook from Drive. You can share notebooks like you would share a Google Doc. You can comment and edit collaboratively, in realtime. There is zero setup, because all the computation happens in Chrome. You can even quickly and easily package your analytics pipeline into a GUI for folks that don't want to program. In effect, you can go from zero to analytics with little impedance.  

What's even better is that you can build on our work. It will all be open source on top of public Google APIs. We'll have a larger Google Research blog post about this work when we release the code and the Chrome application.
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The Game of Life in APL

Java, C++, Python, Ruby, Fortran, Perl, R,....Why are there so many different programming languages (when we all know at a deeper level they are all equivalent)? A partial answer is that there are many things that people may want: on some occasions speed of compilation is everything. In other cases, the aim is code which is quick to write, and easy (for a human) to decipher. And of course, it all depends what you are doing: if you are designing an operating system, you'll have very different priorities from someone performing a statistical analysis on a large data-set.

My friend +Nic Infante (who is s a professional programmer and therefore allowed to say such things) saw this[1] demonstration encoding The Game of Life in APL (="A Programming Language") and delivered his verdict on that language:

"Using it makes you look more like a badass fictional movie programmer genius (The Matrix/ Swordfish), as opposed to just a dweeb with a keyboard."

I think we can all agree that this should be a near-essential requirement of any decent language. And although I haven't understood the details, it is certainly clear that this is a very slick implementation of the Game of Life.

What does it do? Conway's Game Of Life is a virtual system in which cells in a 2x2 grid live and die according to a handful of simple rules about their 8 immediate neighbours (e.g. a cell with no living neighbours will itself die at the next step). Although the framework is straightforward to describe, as it evolves over time incredibly complex phenomena can emerge. The basic goal of research therefore is to investigate how different starting configurations pan out over time.

[1] The demo Nic saw at a conference was given by +Gianfranco Alongi and had similar content, but this video is someone else.
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Everything is awesome!
 
Apple executives had a lot of kind words for the products they announced this week.

And here they are, cobbled together by a +TWiT editor.
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"Really-handy super-awesome"... The pious self-reinforcing self-reverence of these presentations is skin-crawlingly eerie. And apple maps are still directing me to the wrong places.


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A guide to understanding us engineers.

[edit: I forgot to add an important one:
Working as intended = Reality is wrong, and has to be fixed to match the output of the code]
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I am guilty of many, but mostly "clean solution" and "rewrite" hit home.
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Memorial day weekend.  Tourists galore!  Local economy++, tranquility–.  Up Gunn Ranch road, however, the universe was about the same as before.  Perhaps even fewer cars than winter cross country ski season. The outdoor ceiling is finished modulo a bit in…
Memorial day weekend.  Tourists galore!  Local economy++, tranquility--.  Up Gunn Ranch road, however, the universe was about the same as before.  Perhaps even fewer cars than w...
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    Software Engineer, 2011 - present
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    Physics, Literature, 1993 - 1997
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