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Good to know

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
I pity the unfortunate souls who bought versions A0 – B2, though!

What she said…

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
What she said…

Reshared post from +Kiki Sanford

Open letter to the very friendly person on the street corner with the clipboard and the t-shirt that has the name of some organization that I'm sure has great intentions to do great things in the world,

Thank you for caring about the world or whatever issue has you standing on the corner enough to take a minimum wage position that really doesn't leave you with much satisfaction at the end of the day because you have to deal with people like me all day.

However, I do not want to sign your petition or give you my money. I appreciate that you say you only want 60 seconds of my time to educate me, but we both know that it will end up much longer than that. And, I would rather think about this world-changing issue a bit before scrawling my John Hancock in its support on that little line underneath the signature of a nicer, more caring person on your clipboard or handing you a bill from my wallet.

Really, I don't mean to be rude when you earnestly try to make eye contact with me, and try to get my attention by stating your need in a way that makes me feel like a bad person if I don't stop to talk and help you in your time of need.

But, you are not the only person who wants my attention, time, money, or support, and I do not know you; although I think I know your kind (I was you once upon a time).

I am going to try to walk past you without making eye contact, keeping my eyes on those of the child in the stroller I'm pushing a little faster as of this moment. I am going to say, "Save the oceans(children, dolphins, mountains, trees, birds, migrant workers, insert issue here)? No, thank you," as I walk past and confirm your implication that I am the root of all evil in the world.

I'd like to be more polite, but we both know that would just give you hope that I am the person you want me to be. I will smile at you, kind of a half smile, in the hope that it helps soften the blow a little and that it slows the hardening of your heart.

Move on from our interaction quickly because there is someone else coming who just might be the person of your dreams, but don't look at me like I mortally wounded you, striking a psychological blow of your own. Why invest the energy in something that was over before it even got started?

You will survive and go on to do great things. Our brief time together is over. And, I promise you, I will remember you more than you remember me, and maybe, just maybe, I will take some time when I get home to educate myself on both sides of the world-affecting issue you feel so passionately about.

a woman who cares passionately enough about the world to invest more than just her signature or a few dollars to your cause.

By way of +Kiki Sanford and +Chris Brogan…

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
By way of +Kiki Sanford and +Chris Brogan
It saddens me that I would have to share something like this in the first place, but that's the state of the world we live in.

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Random trivia of the day

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Does this location look familiar? (Follow "Google Maps" link for Streetview view.) You've probably seen it more like this:

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Big fire near my house; smoke everywhere though it's not too bad indoors

Monday, August 29th, 2011

And also in today's "Google being evil" news, the cost to keep your…

Monday, August 29th, 2011
And also in today's "Google being evil" news, the cost to keep your CEO out of prison? $500 million.

Google boss ‘knew about’ drug ads
Larry Page knew that adverts for unlicensed Canadian pharmacies were running in the US, says a government prosecutor.

They still don't get it

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Eric Schmidt: If You Don’t Want To Use Your Real Name, Don’t Use Google+
Eric Schmidt said at the Edinburgh TV Festival that Google+ was designed to be an identity service and that’s why users are required to use their real name.

In post-Soviet Russia, tunnel dig you!

Sunday, August 28th, 2011
In post-Soviet Russia, tunnel dig you!

Road Trip! Russia approves tunnel to Alaska under Bering Strait
The Russian government has given the go-ahead on an ambitious new tunnel project that could connect Siberia with Alaska via an underground rail line. If

In response to Fox implementing an 8-day delay for streaming its shows online, I…

Sunday, August 28th, 2011
In response to Fox implementing an 8-day delay for streaming its shows online, I set up a big OTA antenna with an HD HomeRun box in the attic. Now I have a 0-day delay for Fox shows (or 30 minutes if I want to use DVR to skip all the commercials) and don't pay a cent to see them. Take that, Fox/Comcast.

Just watched the state funeral for Jack Layton

Saturday, August 27th, 2011
Very inspirational to me as a Canadian. RIP.

Here's former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page performing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah":