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I've stopped even trying to keep up with Google+ because every time I go to plus.google.com, it leads me through a 7-page intro sequence ("find people you know" and so on) with no button to click for "just give me the damn stream or home page". Does Google really want to drive people away? Is there some secret URL that would take me straight to my stream?

Here's what clicking through those intro screens makes me feel like:
(actually a photo from a hike this afternoon)
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Got a great view of yesterday's Venus transit, including some nice sunset pictures. http://shallowsky.com/images/venustransit/
Also wrote up a longer observing report: http://shallowsky.com/blog/science/astro/venus-transit-2012.html
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Of course it was totally cloudy here!
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I wrote up some details and tips on observing Sunday's annular eclipse (for those in the western US, anyway). http://shallowsky.com/blog/science/astro/annular-eclipse-2012.html

And it was a good excuse to unpack that solar filter and take a look at the sun -- there are some nice sunspots today! I even dug out a long-unused eyepiece projection rig and snapped some photos to make sure I could get some on Sunday. Not spectacular, but at least you can see the sunspots, and it should show the eclipse just ifne.
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This is completely unrelated to your post, but due to the height of my screen, I only see the top curved edge of the pic, and I keep thinking "what bald friend posted a large headshot?" and then I go "ohhhh, yeah, sun" I am tired...
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So tired of getting notifications that total strangers have tagged me in random photos of events halfway around the world. Google+ doesn't seem to offer any solution -- I can't see a list of these tagged photos (just the email notifications), I can't send a message to the person (because they're not in my circles). Google's photo tagging is really messed up.
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I got to thinking about fixing things, and how it relates to makers, and how one gets started in any of this stuff, and it turned into a long article: http://shallowsky.com/blog/hardware/making-and-fixing.html
Becoming Kaylee: Thoughts on Making and Fixing. A recent Jon Carroll column got me thinking about Making and Fixing. This was the passage that got me started: ... I took it to Dave up at the repair pl...
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The worst part about trusting mechanics is a good half of them don't care how sloppily they do something. I'd never trust my baby to one of them. Its much easier to just do it yourself and know it is done right. Even if one breaks a few things here and there, or needs to buy a tool, it is still cheaper in the long run, plus one learns something in the process and gets to kept the tool to do it faster the next time.
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OK. Let's all make a commitment to vote out of office any congressman who votes for this bill. The bill supposedly still prohibits telemarketers from calling cellphones, but I doubt there's much in the way of teeth there.

As the article says "If that's the list of supporters, you can be pretty sure it sucks for you."

These are, after all, the same people that Danny Sullivan is reporting on in his post:

https://plus.google.com/113217924531763968801/posts/ZDT9Goji3QV
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Gearing up for my Arduino workshop for high school girls this Thursday ... I finally wrote up the cheap motor control circuit I'll be using. http://shallowsky.com/blog/hardware/cheap-motors-with-arduino.html

Any women in the bay area want to help out with the workshop? We could really use a couple more helpers ... especially women comfortable with either simple programming, or electronics.
Driving motors, CHEAPLY, with an Arduino. Some time ago, I wrote about my explorations into the options for driving motors from an Arduino. Motor shields worked well -- but they cost around $50 each, ...
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Putting together some demos for my GIMP talk tonight in Palo Alto. It's for CodeChix, but it's open to everyone: http://codechix-gimp.eventbrite.com/

I'll be giving pretty much the same talk again next Monday in Davis for LUGoD.
About This Seminar/Talk This is our second seminar/talk in our series on Open Source. This time, we have our very own Akkana Peck coming to talk to us about GIMP! Akkana will demonstrate how to use ...
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Alas, no streaming. I'll work on that DVD lecture series. :) I'm still hoping they'll eventually get video from SCALE online ...
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I'll be giving my Arduino talk Wednesday night at SVLUG. Come see my Linux-controlled flying roboshark if you missed it at SCALE! (It's not far from PyCon and there is Python code involved.) http://www.svlug.org/meetings.php
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This talk was great when +Akkana Peck gave it at #scale10x . I enjoyed it thoroughly and showed to my kids.
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SCALE (the Southern California Linux Expo) has a new mini-conference called "SCALE: The Next Generation" for kids to present their Linux tips, ideas and projects. Any students in the LA area with interest in Linux, take note! SCALE is a really friendly and fun conference, highly recommended. http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/blog/scale-next-generation-invitation-participation
SCALE: The Next Generation - Invitation for Participation. Tue, 2011-11-29 13:22 -- gareth. The Southern California Linux Expo is proud to announce a conference for the next generation of free and ope...
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Spider in the backyard this morning. Wish the wind would stop blowing the web around so I could get a sharper shot.
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It's that time of year, big cobwebs everywhere.
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