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Kimberly Munoz
Kimberly Munoz is a gal with a laptop and addiction to food trucks and progressive politics.
Kimberly Munoz is a gal with a laptop and addiction to food trucks and progressive politics.
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If you follow me on Google+, you should follow me on Twitter where I post more.

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Ostrich Races at the Date Festival in Indio.
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I love the name of Google's new policy blog. I just wish there was more content.

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'In 1694, a consortium of English bankers made a loan of £1,200,000 to the king. In return, they recieved a royal monopoly on the issuance of banknotes. What this meant in practice was that they had the right ot advance IOUs for a portion of the money the king now owed them to any inhabitant of the kingdom willing to borrow from them, or willing to deposit their own money in the bank — in effect, to circulate or "monetize" the newly created royal debt.

This was a great deal for the bankers (they got to charge the king 8 percent annual interest for the original loan and simultaneously charge interest on the same money to the clients who borrowed it), but it only worked as long as the original loan remained outstanding. To this day, this loan has never been paid back. It cannot be. If it ever were, the entire monetary system of Great Britain would cease to exist.*

(*It is also interesting to note, in this regard, that the Bank of England still kept their own internal accounts using tally sticks in Adam Smith's time, and only abandoned the practice in 1826.)'

David Graeber, Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011), p. 49.

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I found this on my office chalkboard this morning, thanks to +Ryan Grover. Attempt to reason through it if you must. #mathed
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I want to +1 the use of the word infoconsumption and just agree with everything else.
Several things I hope they're working on rolling out soon for G+:
(1) Why isn't there more opt-in integration across Google services? I do 90% of my infoconsumption in Google Reader (via Reeder), which already has "share with note." Seems like the most natural thing in the world to be able to set my preferences so that it automatically posts those items to my public (or a more selective) stream, nor does it seem like it can be all that tough a coding job. It would also, I suspect, radically increase many people's output, and therefore also make people more prone to keep coming back.

(2) In the other direction, it'd be nice to be able to get my personal stream as a Reader feed, so I can pick up my G+ content while I'm reading the rest of my news.

(3) There seems to be a strong emphasis on integrating online social networks more seamlessly with real-life socialization, but the ONE thing Facebook is still kinda more useful for is invites. But Google already has a calendar app! One that's already synced to a lot of people's phone/tablet calendars!

(4) Huddle is great but kinda kludgy. It doesn't want to let me delete old huddles, or delete the incorrect "failed to send" messages that now clutter up the bottom of the screen because I have no way to get rid of them even days later, unless I try to "resend" them (thereby annoying everyone else with irrelevant messages.

(5) Is making Huddle mobile-only about trying to force everyone to download the app? A lot of us spend a big chunk of the day sitting at a computer with Gchat open. Between 9 and 6, I'm going to see an IM waaay before I'll notice a new message on my phone.

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