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Andrew East
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Google+ Team has informed me that "Andrew East" isn't a valid name for a human being, according to their policies. I have to guess that it is because East is a dictionary word? (Although I am open-minded that they could have a different reason.)

I'm wondering if any of the other 12,356 Easts counted in the 2000 US Census got the same email?

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An innovation in bookmark technology! What? Awesome.

I love the resourcefulness of human invention! I've lost my place after falling asleep reading so very many times in my life--I never though someone would invent something to solve that little problem.

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I'm pretty excited about this: A UK project that aims to produce a working, modern computer for $25 or $35. Their beta machines (not prototype even, the project is very far along) have 256 or 512 mb of RAM, HDMI or composite RCA output, ethernet, USB 2.0 and SD card storage, and can run off only micro-USB power. It's powerful enough to run a standard suite of desktop applications, or to push out HD video to act as a media-box. Exciting for projects, yeah?

The real joy in this device is the scale that they've envisioned. By making it so inexpensive, they're trying to create a device that can be in every classroom or young child's home anywhere in the world. If a kid has access to any old TV, their parents could buy them one for less than the cost of most LEGO sets and let them play and explore and break and fix and improve and create......and really learn programming and computing, hopefully awakening that sense of passion and comfort with tech that only a small-ish percentage of us in our generation already know. (It reminds me of playing with the apple II's with BASIC in my school computer lab...hehe.)

A widespread, life-long passion for programming amongst a coming generation? I agree with them that this little thing may be the fulcrum for some amazing technological progress to come... Um, so I hope the project makes it into the production stage successfully this month. (Also, I want one to play with! ^_~)

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Used the utility Synergy in a little different way: controlling our media-PC across the room without having to buy a new wireless keyboard/mouse!

Synergy makes multiple networked PC/Mac/linux systems side-by-side on your desk act like they're one computer with multiple monitors. It's a sweet and svelte program. It's quite stable so far (although not secure enough for non-home use).

I set it up with my laptop (on the couch) and desktop (attached to the TV), enabled the option where you have to make a "tap" gesture against the edge of the screen to transition screens (to prevent the mouse constantly sliding over to the TV), and finally got rid of the mess of cables snaking across the living room and the bulky extra keyboard/mouse we were using to control the TV! ^_^

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Sam and Fuzzy + Firefly! Fuzzy as Jayne is the best... ^_^

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Ohhh, they're available to order after the Kickstarted!! I wonder if they'll sell out? (Or, maybe a better question, I wonder when they'll sell out!)

Cool physics (simple yet elegant...like good code!) that solves a problem many people have...neeeeeeat. I wonder if I can get these as gifts for any family.....

Edit: Oh, yeah, what the heck are they: special-material-filled metal do-hickeys you put in hot coffee. They absorb heat until the whole mug is 140°, then release it slowly to keep your coffee hot. SCIENCE!

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I feel like I could totally order a combination of food and drink to total $24.93+tax to replicate this...ref: http://xkcd.com/287/

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Hehe...testing out Google Reader +1 share hack, previously shared by +Jonathan B. (Edit: Name mentions don't work. That's +Jonathan B )

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My shaving cream is from London, and my brush is made of American badger hair...my razor is from Germany, and I have high-tech blades from Japan. There's kind of an Axis and Allies thing going on in my face!
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