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Alex Garcia
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

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Don't be disappointed if I ignore your hangout request. I can't be available 24 hours and I can't have long conversations. I mostly use hangouts with family. Private posts are the best alternative if you don't want to post public questions
I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to
Born in Argentina
Lived in 3 different countries
Blood type: Red
Married, 2 kids.
Personal Computer user since 1981
Internet user since 1995.
Social network user since 2007.
Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
Have driven on both sides of the road.
Bilingual: Spanish and English
Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
Favourite music: Too many to make a list.
These days I listen to 97.3fm Brisbane.
Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution.

My favourite quotes
LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
"Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)

Bragging rights
I am a proud user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011.

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February 26, 1967
Mario Andretti wins NASCAR Daytona 500.
In a career that spanned 30 years at the top level, Mario Andretti was a force to be reckoned with wherever he raced. And he raced all over the world.
In 1967, Andretti competed in 45 races across nine categories. He scored 12 wins in Indy cars, stock cars and sprint cars, and he shared the winning Ford in the 12 Hours of Sebring with Bruce McLaren. He also ran midget and Can-Am races on the side.
But what Mario accomplished on Feb. 26, 1967, stands out. Two days short of his 27th birthday, the two-time defending USAC Indy car champion defeated NASCAR's best drivers in a straight fight to win the Daytona 500.
Andretti took the lead on the 23rd lap and enjoyed a fierce battle with David Pearson until the engine in Pearson's Dodge blew up after 159 laps.
That made it a two-man race between Andretti and Fred Lorenzen, his Holman & Moody teammate. Mario was leading when the duo made their final pit stops on Lap 163, but much to his displeasure, he exited the pits in second place.
Andretti believes he was held on the jack for an additional 5-10 seconds in an effort to give the advantage to Lorenzen, whom he described as "Ford's golden boy."
Andretti caught and passed Lorenzen within five laps, and by the time the caution flag few on Lap 198 for Richard Petty's blown engine, he held a 20-second lead. The race ended under yellow, with Andretti having led 112 of the 200 laps.
He ran a total of 14 races in his NASCAR career, with Daytona 1967 representing his only victory.
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February 25, 1967
The last Nizam.
Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh and last Nizam of the princely state of Hyderabad (India), died 50 years ago.
The death and the funeral of the Nizam, who was considered to be the richest man in the world during his time, is one of the most remembered events for the old-timers of Hyderabad.
“Lakhs of people from different parts of the state poured into the city in buses, bullock carts and trains to have a last glimpse of the king’s mortal remains kept in an ice box on the palace premises,” Nawab Shahamath Ali Khan, a septuagenarian who witnessed the last rites of the Nizam, told Hindustan Times.
His funeral procession on February 25, 1967 was the largest ever witnessed in the city with a five kilometre-long stretch between Mecca Masjid near Charminar to Masjid-e-Judi near King Koti jam-packed with people cutting across religion silently followed the gun carriage carrying the body.
During his 37-year reigned as Nizam, the development of electricity, railways, roads and airways in Hyderabad evolved, the Nizamsagar lake in the state was excavated and some irrigation projects on the Tungabhadra river were undertaken.
Nizam’s budget focused on education. He donated to a lot of educational institution such as Jamia Nizamia, the Darul Uloom Deoband, Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University.
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Google Plus Alphabet 2017
The last time I shared the alphabet was 2014. I spent some time today updating it to reflect changes in the last 3 years.
It's hard to answer what Google Plus is about without writing a book. Check list for beginners.
A dd a profile photo.
B uild an interesting profile.
C reate collections to highlight your interests.
D on’t be a spammer.
E ngage with others by giving +1s and commenting on their posts.
F ollow people who post content that you want to read.
G reat posts should be reshared to increase the visibility of quality content.
H ashtags help people find your posts. 3 per post are enough. Don’t over do it.
I mages are important to grab attention. Respect copyrights.
J oin communities.
K eep your Google account protected.
L ive it up with Google+
M oderation is a responsibility that comes with owning a community.
N otify others by mentioning (+name). Do not abuse.
O rganize events.
P osts in public communities are visible to everyone (not just members).
R eview your settings. That’s how you control your experience in G+.
S trangers that follow you are a good thing. Don’t block them for following.
T o view individual circle streams you have to activate the option in settings.
U nder 18? Comments on your public posts are limited by default. Check settings.
V iew your G+ stats. Look for “your influence” in your profile (under 3 dots)
W ould you like to know what others think? Create a poll.
X rated content in G+ is a policy violation. Report it and block the poster.
Y our opinion as a G+ user is important. Send feedback.
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February 24, 1967
Kilkenny Castle sold to the community.
Kilkenny Castle (Irish: Caisleán Chill Chainnigh) is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland built in 1195 to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways.
It was a symbol of Norman occupation and in its original thirteenth-century condition it would have formed an important element of the defences of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade.
The property was transferred to the people of Kilkenny on February 24, 1967 for £50 and the castle and grounds are now managed by the Office of Public Works. The gardens and parkland adjoining the castle are open to the public.
The Parade Tower is a conference venue. Awards and conferring ceremonies of the graduates of "Kilkenny Campus" of National University of Ireland, Maynooth have been held there since 2002.
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February 23, 1967
Pontiac Firebird.
Pontiac introduced the Firebird February 23, 1967, to compete with the Chevrolet Camaro (introduced September 29, 1966) and the Ford Mustang (introduced April 1964).
All 1st-generation Firebirds were available in Coupe and Convertible body styles, and 1967 Firebird production totaled 82,560 units, made up of 67,032 Coupes and 15,528 Convertibles.
Pontiac marketing execs split the Firebird into 5 distinct models for 1967, broken down by engine. “Firebird”, “Firebird Sprint”, “Firebird 326”, “Firebird 326 H.O.” (High Output) and "Firebird 400”
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February 22, 1967
The Microwave Oven.
In 1946, the engineer Dr. Percy LeBaron Spencer, who worked for the Raytheon Corporation, was working on magnetrons. One day at work, he had a candy bar in his pocket, and found that it had melted. He realized that the microwaves he was working with had caused it to melt. After experimenting, he realized that microwaves would cook foods quickly - even faster than conventional ovens that cook with heat.
The Raytheon Corporation produced the first commercial microwave oven in 1954; it was called the 1161 Radarange. It was large, expensive, and had a power of 1600 watts.
In 1967, Amana, a division of Raytheon, introduced its domestic Radarange microwave oven, marking the beginning of the use of microwave ovens in home kitchens. It was a 100-volt microwave oven, which cost just under $500 and was smaller, safer and more reliable than previous models.
Although sales were slow during the first few years, partially due to the oven’s relatively expensive price tag, the concept of quick microwave cooking had arrived. In succeeding years, Litton and a number of other companies joined the countertop microwave oven market. By the end of 1971, the price of countertop units began to decrease and their capabilities were expanded.
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February 21, 1967
Bernard Fall killed by a land mine.
Bernard B. Fall was a prominent war correspondent, historian, political scientist, and expert on Indochina during the 1950s and 1960s.
Born in Vienna, Austria in 1926 to Jewish parents Leo Fall and Anna Seligman, Bernard Fall and his family migrated in 1938 when he was a child to live in France, when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany. After France fell to Germany in 1940, his father Leo Fall aided the French Resistance. Leon Fall was captured, tortured and killed by the Gestapo. His mother was also captured and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. Bernard started fighting for the French Resistance at the age of sixteen, and later the French Army during World War II.
On 21 February 1967, while accompanying a company of the 1st Battalion 9th Marines on Operation Chinook II in the Street Without Joy, Thừa Thiên Province, Fall stepped on a Bouncing Betty land mine, killing him along with Gunnery Sergeant Byron G. Highland, a U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer.
Fall supported the American military presence in South Vietnam, believing it could stop the country from falling to Communism. But, he strongly criticized Ngo Dinh Diem's American-backed regime and the tactics used by the United States military in Vietnam
As the conflict between the American forces and the Communists in Vietnam escalated throughout the 1960s, Fall became increasingly pessimistic about the U.S.'s chances of success. He predicted that if the US did not learn from France's mistakes, it too would fail in Vietnam.
Fall wrote six books on the Frech debacle in Indochina conflict (1946-1954), along with more than 100 articles in popular publications like The New York Times Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post and The New Republic, as well as academic journals.
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February 20, 1967
Snow sent to a Florida girl by train.
After record snowing in January 26-27, Chicago couldn't find a place for all the snow removed. It took three weeks for the Department of Streets and Sanitation to plow the city streets. Desperate for places to put the stuff, they dumped it in any vacant lot they could find: Park District land, neighborhood lots, even the Chicago River.
Some Chicago rail yards came up with their own solution for snow that built up in their depots. It’s kind of bizarre in its simplicity: Shove it on freight trains already heading south. The warmer weather would do the job, melting the stuff in transit. so they started shipping them in train cars out of the city to warmer climates.
The story eventually reached the ears of a 13-year-old girl in the town of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Her name was Terri Hodson and she wrote a letter to William Quinn, the president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad asking him to send her some snow because, as a Floridian, she had never seen any.
13-year-old Terri Hodson hadn’t realized that all of the other southbound snow was shipped in uninsulated cars — the whole point being to melt it. But Quinn, possibly sensing a brilliant PR stunt or out of the goodness of his heart, had the snow shipped to Florida in refrigerator cars.
Terri became a local hero and a national celebrity. She appeared on talk shows and was quoted in papers across the country. The town of Fort Myers Beach even held a special ceremony for the occasion.
On February 27, 1967 — after almost a week in transit — the snow came rolling into the Fort Myers train depot, where thousands neighbors, parents, and kids were waiting. Some were skeptical, but a good number of the kids looked forward to playing in the white, fluffy, powdery stuff they’d never seen before.
Unfortunately after a week’s ride in a refrigerator car it was no longer soft powdery snow. It was quite icy. And though the snow melted almost immediately in the 80-degree Florida heat that February day in 1967, the short buzz of fame Terri felt has stuck with her ever since.
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February 19, 1967
One hundred years of solitude.
The ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career.
A landmark 1967 novel, Cien años de soledad by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez tells the multi-generational story of the Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo, the metaphoric Colombia.
Translated into 37 languages and sales above 30 million copies, the novel is considered García Márquez's magnum opus. It remains widely acclaimed and is recognized as one of the most significant works in the Spanish literary canon.
According to Goodreads: "The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.
Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel Garcia Marquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.
Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling."
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