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MASSIVE HUGE FAT WIN FOR GOOGLE+!!!

So impressed with the new interface - especially the Photos!! I uploaded all of my camera photos to docs a while ago, thinking that one day I might o through them, now I can access all of my pics, from my phone, from Google Docs, from my uploads, all in one place!!

Thank you Google :) 

P.S. For anyone who's feeling skeptical, no I don't work at Google anymore, so this isn't for promotion, this is genuine delight!
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Hey Ladies!

Please join our Unstoppable Women with Cocamama community! We will be having regular hangouts to offer some mentoring on your goals - please join us if you want to figure out your goals, if you want to work on a goal, or if you need a little guidance on your goals.

Hoping to see you soon!

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MemoryPins - My First Post Google Project, I wanted to share this with everyone now that the site is ready to be used.

You can check it out at:

URL: www.memorypins.org

Last April, my sister’s close friend Rachel was killed in a car accident - she was 25. It was shocking and devastating in equal measure. It struck me that there was very little that can be done or said under such circumstances to help rationalise or ease your own, or anyone else’s grief. 

Such a wasteful and tragic event has a wide reaching impact, especially when someone was as well regarded and well liked as Rachel. It became clear how many people she had touched, and how many friends she left behind, as the pictures, posts and comments poured onto the Facebook memorial page that had been set up in her memory.

The idea for MemoryPins came from this time - the project started in April last year, as a way of trying to take personal action after such a sad event.

The site is designed to give everyone a place to remember loved ones, and to make charity donations in their name to a cause that was close to their heart.

It allows you to create online pinboards, that can be contributed to by anyone, in the memory of that person, and to make charity donations to a cause in their name. 

MemoryPins was created with the intention of offering a long lasting, unique and meaningful memorial of those we have lost, that can be accessed and viewed from anywhere. Of course we hope to help lots of charities also.

I hope that the site goes some way to help people through these difficult times, and that over time we can continue to develop the existing project into a real support system. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful, and extremely patient development team at Active DD, especially Mariam Moustafa, Sherif Raslan and Nehad Hegazy, without whom I would never have launched this project.
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I do like a good bridge picture, this has got to be one of the best I've seen
 
Here's one I took about a month ago in Sydney, Australia. It's shot from underneath the Sydney Harbor Bridge, which was built in 1932. For a time, it was the world's widest long span bridge. And until 1967 it was Sydney's tallest structure. :-) 
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Mappers in India - don't miss out on the chance to take part in this competition!
 
Mapathon 2013, Google India’s first ever mapping competition 

Make a difference to your neighborhood’s maps by participating in Mapathon 2013. A good map can not only assist us in our daily commute but also be a lifesaver in times of a calamity. Watch how Mark Kempton used maps to rescue a family when massive floods struck north-east Australia.

*Register Now: https://g.co/mapindia2013

Map for an important cause and stand a chance to walk away with fabulous prizes!

Contest Opens Feb 12, 2013 (that's today!) and closes Mar 25, 2013!

#mapathon   #mapathon2013  
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:) thank you Maha! I will miss you guys so much, but hope to see you again soon xx
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Really Sad I can't be at the #gsummit2013  tomorrow! Miss you all, especially +Rania Hadi xxxx
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I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
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Hey Ladies!

Please join our Unstoppable Women with Cocamama community! We will be having regular hangouts to offer some mentoring on your goals - please join us if you want to figure out your goals, if you want to work on a goal, or if you need a little guidance on your goals.

Hoping to see you soon!

Paddy
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Here is the Google+ Page for MemoryPins.org too, which will be updated regularly with grief support resources and information about the charities being supported on MemoryPins.
MemoryPins is an online space to remember loved ones that have passed away.
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Bye Bye Google...

After two and a half years with Google in Dubai, having seen a far larger portion of the globe than ever expected, it is with mixed amounts of excitement, nervous trepidation and sadness that I am taking the plunge and saying farewell. 

Today marks the beginning of a new stage: Life After Google.

I have left the comforting embrace of great benefits, fabulous colleagues, free food and interesting work, to try something new, unknown, unpaid and alone.

Yep. I’m either brave or bonkers. Which of the two depends on how you look at it, so let me try to explain.

Going Google

I started with google in Dubai in the Summer of 2010. I was totally giddy with excitement. The initial delight of actually starting a role at Google started to settle after a few months. 

Someone wiser than me once said that happiness = reality - expectations. In retrospect, it’s pretty clear that after several years of dreaming about Google, I was mildly alarmed to find that, underneath the bean bags and glorious globe changing products, the wheels of Google were greased by people doing a great deal of extremely fast paced and hard work. 

As a Google employee, or a Googler as we call ourselves, you are exposed to a furiously innovative and fast moving, unpredictable, and even volatile environment, that can’t fail to have a profound effect on its people. Especially those initially unfamiliar to an innovative, startup like environment, as I was.

Like any dramatic change, there were stages to my adaptation to Google life. At first I was thrilled to be there, after a few months this turned to an uneasy feeling that I would never be able to keep up with all of the insanely smart and skilled people around me. Following this, a period of blissful acceptance, whereby I finally settled into embracing the constant change and shifting nature of the work.

Then, something made me think again.

As a company, Google’s mission statement is “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful”, but it’s legacy will be to inspire and enable people to make use of that information. 

The first time this really hit me was when I started to work on the g|day events, with what would be my future team, which taught about opportunities for entrepreneurs to harness the power of the internet. There was I, extolling the virtues of taking action and spending time on projects close to your heart, surrounded by smart and ambitious people who were doing just that, with no experience myself at all.

For first time the idea that, with enough diligence, persistence and belief, anyone can make anything happen, really took hold of me. 

I spent the next year trying to figure out, if that were true, what would I want to make happen. Now, I am finally at a point where I am actually ready to test the theory. 

LAG: Life After Google

Anyone who has spent 5 minutes with me over the last few months, will know that there is one topic, over all others, that truly drives me: Women’s rights.

I am by no means alone in wanting to take action on this issue - the sheer number of different issues is mind boggling, as is the number of different potential ways to tackle them. Anyone who doesn’t currently believe that to be the case, I would ask to take the time to read Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s incredible book, Half the Sky. 

As yet, I’m unsure of exactly the format of my project will take, but without taking the time to figure it out, I never will. 

For the next few months, after kissing goodbye to Google, I’ll be working on improving and streamlining my big mess of thoughts on Women’s Rights into a tangible idea, whilst also launching a few other personal projects into the stratosphere.

Who knows where this leap into the unknown will take me, but I do know that if I don’t try, I never will. 

Now, I just need to figure out how to open this parachute. Oh wait, I’m not sure if I have one... 

P.S. THANK YOU to everyone I have met and worked with at and through Google, this isn't Goodbye, this is "See you soon"!
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