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The current issue of the Journal of Morphology has a paper about a placental reptile. A placental reptile! I think that's kind of awesome.

Related: does anyone maintain or know of any good science circles?

Free things from work, 11/7/11 edition: HP7.5 tickets for 6:30pm tomorrow.

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Please accept our apologies for the spam we caused this afternoon.

For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes.

We didn't expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have.

Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam.

It's taking an oddly long time for notifications from + to show up in Gmail. And, for that matter, in the Android app.

Is anyone else seeing weird delays for email notificiations?

So, that chat popup is mildly irritating. On the other hand, the complete absence of $farming_game spam is more than making up for it.

+ Idea: Play-by-Plus gaming.

It'd be pretty easy to do, in some ways: the core of it would be a circle of participants, and you could use sharing (and, optionally, prevent resharing) to deliver game-related things into that stream.

There'd be some complications around dice, if that's your kind of gaming thing. Hell for Leather, with its dice tower bowling antics, could fall especially flat. Complex game states may also be difficult to track, though there are some interesting options for using +1s as tokens: A Penny For My Thoughts, for example, could use: "What did I do then, [Player 1] and [Player 2]?", a +1 for the chosen answer, and then continue on with the comment thread. I expect games like Happy Birthday Robot or Amber Diceless could also work nicely in a Pb+ environment.

Other features kind of feed into this, too: circles could play asynchronously most of the time, but using a Hangout or a Huddle for synchronous online play could be a perfectly viable addon. Circles aren't visible to others, so wheels-within-wheels plotting can be done without undue fuss. And so on.

So, just half a thought at this point, but maybe worth exploring.

Have had a slight bookstore accident on the way home. It's pretty awesome, this power we have to store knowledge in containers made of trees.

Sharing with circles is all very well, but will we eventually be able to share with venn diagrams?

Adding to the 'following' circle seems normal after Twitter, but feels a little weird at first in a place that works like Facebook.

The interface here is nicer than that other social networking site so far, but is taking a tiny bit of practice in some places. Also, it's nice to be able to add people to multiple circles.
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