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Are you tired of the bullshit "Google+ is dead" rhetoric in the tech press, and don't find that it reflects your experiences at all? Turns out, that's because you're not a tech journalist, and thus not victim to the same mental illusion they are, which +Mike Elgan (possibly the only tech journo to ever get G+?) lays out in this article.
 
I don't often share press articles about our products – they rarely seem to say much of use – but this was just such a good case of a journalist Getting It Right that I had to share. Google+ is very much alive, and our recent changes are focused on making it be the best product it can be for what it's best at: helping people meet people and have great conversations about things they're passionate about. 

One particularly noteworthy thing in this article is its discussion of the "majority illusion:" people tend to assume that their friends are typical of the wider world, but almost by definition they aren't – for one thing, they all have one uncommon attribute in common, which is being your friend in the first place. And since people don't choose their friends randomly from the entire spectrum of humanity, one's friends are always a distorted sample. 

So yes, we have here a tech press article which (correctly) uses an important result in cognitive psychology to explain why lots of tech press articles are nonsense.
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First day going back to work after vacation, and I came across this little critter moseying along the sidewalk by the bus stop.
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During our recent vacation in Berlin, we visited the rather excellent Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Musem). Prompted by a discussion with +Spencer Earl and +Marko Bosscher about fossil mounts, this album contains some examples of mounts containing both actual fossils, replicas, and partial fossil bones that were filled out.
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I just realized how unfamiliar I am with the actual skull, because you see so many reconstructions they tend to get superimposed over the real thing in my memory.

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We exist, we are everywhere, and we are tired of your bullshit http://ow.ly/PyNVL
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Finally found a use for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson: Dropped it on a beetle. Beetle died.
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Despite the book being a hardcover of a thousand pages, it took two drops.

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A sample snippet of Damsel to the Rescue is available, and this particular one might make you think of a certain wonderful comic featuring a princess who rescued her own damn self. And found the armor situation lacking.
(art by Robin Robinson) In the run up to the release of my novel, Damsel to the Rescue (release date TBD, but probably around August) I’ll be putting up some posts with further information for...
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This is how you relate a widely publicized injustice to one that is also deserving of attention, cleverly and satirically. It makes you laugh, and then go "oh wait...". And that subverts the brain's defenses against being convinced.

h/t +Uche Eke
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God damn it, just install async or something, liberate yourself from callback hell!
 
I almost missed this! "thanks single character code delimiters, but we'll take it from here" -teamdesign
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Not being a shitty husband to my autistic wife doesn't make me special, it doesn't mean I'm inspiring or some bull like that. It means I'm a decent person who loves his wife and is willing to help her when she needs it. If that's impressive to someone, I'll guess their marriage/parenthood/etc. probably isn't going so great. 
 
Just what are we saying about people with disabilities when we glorify those who love and care for them? http://ow.ly/Pilhq
Just what are we saying about people with disabilities when we glorify those who love and care for them?
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Look, I know Chris Christie is a shitstain and all, but could we dial back the damn fat shaming a bit? It makes you look like the asshole, not him.
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It seems a right neighborly thing to do. I popped in more than my 'share', but I'm a fairly affluent European, in the end.
 
For those of us in the EU, our fellow Europeans need 1.6 billion Euros to help avoid default. If every European donates 3€ they might be OK. And it will send a very powerful message to the troika. They already have over 156,000€ raised. Let's see if we can get 1.6 billion. It isn't impossible. 

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