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I just had the immensely sad task of sending the following to all Google employees. My thoughts are with everyone in Nepal, and with Dan's family and friends.

"Early this morning, Nepal experienced the worst earthquake in its history, registering 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Current reports are that over 1,000 people were killed. It's a terrible tragedy.

Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy. +Dan Fredinburg a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly.

The Crisis Response team has launched Person Finder[1] for Nepal, and is working to get updated satellite imagery to aid in the recovery effort. is committing $1M to the response, and we’ll have gift-matching available soon.  

Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan’s family and friends during this terrible time."


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A reminder of The Forgotten War, the veterans who served, and why their names should be recorded for posterity. An armistice agreement was signed 60 years ago, today.

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In memory of KR 64.

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Suddenly, after reading rave reviews, I find myself with no tickets, and on the wrong continent. Sigh.

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A Belated Happy Birthday! (Photo taken 11/23/2006)

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New math: how the 1% can become the 99%.

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Maverick's, explained. Some amazing big wave pictures too!
"In this amazing feature, Surfline, a fantastic surf forecasting service, delivers the science behind a truly awesome break to behold. They do a wonderful job explaining the geology, wave force and period, tides and peculiarities that come together to give us Maverick's." (via +Boing Boing)

And to learn more, here's the Science of Big Waves - KQED QUEST story featuring renowned surfer Grant Washburn.

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