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Spotted on the roadside in Kaikoura.
Mint condition 1956 Ford Thunderbird.
Beautiful.
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A320 southern approach into Wellington. On a good day.

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"Kids. If you work hard, and keep your head down, you may in 30 years time get a chance at the top job."

In which McDonalds misses the memo on how anyone born since 1990 thinks and functions.
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Straight up thinking. Thank you.

I think another aspect of Jimmy Fallon as a metaphor for reflecting on what we need to allow teachers to do, is alluded to in your comment about his early  awkward, forced SNL years.

Namely, that it takes time to grow into the role as a teacher. Teaching as a craft requires that we learn through doing, and through failing, and through trying again. In a culture that celebrates instant success and a system that demands instant, if not seamless and linear progression, how do we foster an environment that allows growth.

I'm reading Rafe Esquith's "Real Talk for Real Teachers" - which is IMO, far more reflective about the process and actual passage of becoming a useful and relevant teacher, than his previous books. And better for it.

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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.

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As usual, spot on observations from Rod Oram.

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Mixtape.
Because you can.
OK, ok, ok ... I'll join google plus. But only if you pimp Atomic Droplet's page... 

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Breaker Bay sort of day
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Oh Canada.
Tonight, you win the internet.

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There's so much lovely mashup in here. Robert Frost, Journey, Michael Jordan.
Not cool Robert Frost! But yeah, cool.
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