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Inspiring words from an NFL football player who just published a(nother) mathematical research paper. One neat quote:

I have no desire to try to accumulate $10 million in the bank; I already have more money in my bank account than I know what to do with. I drive a used hatchback Nissan Versa and live on less than $25k a year. It's not because I'm frugal or trying to save for some big purchase, it's because the things I love the most in this world (reading math, doing research, playing chess) are very, very inexpensive.

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+Lauren Uyeshiro wanted this to be linkable from a blog post, so I'm hoping that public sharing does the trick. Sorry for the baby spam to those who don't go in for such things.
Google auto-generated this "story" from some of the pictures we took over Christmas, and it came out pretty well!

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Fans of The Quiet Year: rejoice!
This is one of the coolest projects I've ever worked on, and I'm honored that +Avery Mcdaldno asked me to be a part of it.

Dark Horse loses the rights to sell its decades' worth of Star Wars comics at the end of this year. For a last hurrah, they're now selling digital versions of these comics at steep discounts. Buy them now, and you can read them forever[1]! Miss the sale and it's quite possible that you'll never be able to buy or read these comics again.

Sufficiently motivated folks like +James Koh can even buy every Star Wars comic in the Dark Horse catalog (spanning 1991 to the present) as a single $300 bundle:

I ... know a guy who just did this. It wasn't his most rational decision, but he has no regrets. I also heard from this guy that the Dark Horse Android app isn't quite as slick as the Comixology app, but it's still a great way to read comics.


[1] "Forever" here means "as long as Dark Horse exists and continues supporting its digital library offering." So it's basically the Kindle bargain, but backed by the full faith and credit of middling-sized-comics-publisher Dark Horse, rather than massive-tech-company Amazon.

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Lele's First Birthday
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Shortly before we moved from Chicago to California, the folks in my office gave me perhaps the most thoughtful gift I've ever received: a custom datapack of "official" Netrunner cards, with each card featuring some memory or inside-joke from my time at Google Chicago.

The amount of effort that went into this blows my mind. There's obviously a lot of content, but the thing that makes this so special to a Netrunner fan is all the little details. For example:
  * They actually printed and folded a box exactly like the real datapack boxes. The box included not only all the cards, but also an awesome story insert, just like the real thing.
  * All of the cards make mechanical and thematic sense; they would actually "work" in the game [though some balance fixes are desperately required]. ;-)
  * Many of the cards have great flavortext, often with embarrassing-but-accurate quotes from me, such as the text on Diplomat ("At a meta-level, I'm happy that you're all so passionate about this subject."), or Laser-Focused Metrics ("It's hard to find the right balance between fair and insane.")

As you can see in the last shots in this album, these cards are now proudly on display above my new desk in Mountain View. I fully expect to be looking up at them, remembering Chicago, and grinning foolishly for years to come.

My understanding is that this was a big, group effort, but I also heard from many folks that +Jacob Matthews was instrumental in making this happen. So, thanks so much to Jacob and to everyone who contributed to this gift!

My time in Chicago marked the best four years of my life. I miss you already.
Central Time Datapack
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It's "move somewhere else and start a brand new life" Wednesday for me, too, T-Rex. :-/

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Baby's first summer.
Alexandra - month 9 (greatest hits)
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Thanks to +James Koh and +Jesse Beder for honoring me in the best way imaginable at work. Screen in the background is the tournament sign-up page mentioned on the flyer.

Man, I'm going to miss this office...
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