Johnathan Chung2012-11-21 04:27:18
"Seek and you shall receive."

His eye for detail was impeccable.

It is sometimes said that one can't be taught to be aware and to some extent, this is true. Your ability to truly "see" what is actually going on is a skill you must possess and is something that can only be improved with experience. If you don't have it, don't get into the business.

Remember, the professional sees all; no one sees the professional.

(You may want to view this one full screen.)

#ingress   #resistance   #enlightened   #nianticproject  +Brandon Badger
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-11 20:37:27
    How to Get the New Google Navigation Bar

    If you don't have the new gray navigation drop-down menu yet and are still stuck with the black bar, you will probably get it within the next couple of weeks as it continues to roll out.

    However, if you're too eager to wait, here are 3 ways you can activate it now:

    ========
    Method 1: Install a Chrome extension (1 step)

    Pros: One easy step.
    Cons: May only work on the domain google.com & is only available for Chrome.

    The easiest (least technical) way to get the new menu in Chrome is to install the extension called "Big G Drop Down Sorter" (http://goo.gl/gxaTy). This extension allows you to re-arrange the menu items in any order you want, and it will let you customize additional menu items with your own links. The act of installing this extension should give you the gray bar.

    ========
    Method 2: Use your internet browser console (3 steps)

    Pros: No extension or add-on required. Works for Firefox & Chrome. Will work for domains other than .google.com.
    Cons: Requires you to (minimally) fiddle with some code.

    ∙ For Chrome, open the javascript console using Ctrl+Shift+J
    ∙ For Firefox, open the web console using Ctrl+Shift+K
    ∙ Copy and paste the following block of code:

    document.cookie="PREF=ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();

    ∙ Press Enter and refresh the page
    (Note: If need be, change the domain from .google.com to your own domain, such as .google.co.uk)

    ========
    Method 3: Edit your browser's cookies (5 steps)

    Pros: This is your last resort if the above methods don't work!
    Cons: The navigation menu will reset to the black bar if you delete browser cookies. Also requires an extension only available for Chrome.

    ∙ Install the extension "Edit This Cookie" (http://goo.gl/z9bWn)
    ∙ Go to google.com
    ∙ Click on the extension's browser button and go to the "Pref" section
    ∙ Change the value to the following:

    ID=03fd476a699d6487:U=88e8716486ff1e5d:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1322688084:LM=1322688085:S=McEsyvcXKMiVfGds

    ∙ Apply the changes and refresh the page

    Done!
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-11-18 07:16:23
    Can't we all just get along? :P

    #ingress   #resistance   #enlightened   #3vh1v   #kumbayah  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-11-18 07:16:23
    Can't we all just get along? :P

    #ingress   #resistance   #enlightened   #3vh1v   #kumbayah  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-11-18 07:16:23
    Can't we all just get along? :P

    #ingress   #resistance   #enlightened   #3vh1v   #kumbayah  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-11-18 07:16:23
    Can't we all just get along? :P

    #ingress   #resistance   #enlightened   #3vh1v   #kumbayah  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-12-09 00:08:45
    #ingressinvite #ingress

    Word of the Day
    NODEH PORTS UOB
    "Follow the ox," they said. "Easy it would be," they said. Honestly, it reminds me of Lombard Street.

    Thought for Today
    Hey, I found this map. I think it leads to an Ingress invite (activation code)? Seems like a good opportunity to take a trip. But... where to?

    Oddly enough, based on this and the instructions above it, I think I know where to start--I just don't know how to get there.

    Even the instructions aren't very clear, though. It's like a jumbled list of some sort. It tells me at some point I need to purchase a cool messenger bag; pick up a Fit 'N Fruitful; borrow a car; and something about a certain brand of water.

    Hmm, come to think of it, I've never been to Cupid's Span, the Aurora water wheel, the Annular Eclipse, and Lotta's Fountain either... but unfortunately, I don't think I have time for those. They're kinda out of the way; not exactly in prime locations.

    Anyway, back to the paper. It's very weird, and it's missing some parts. Maybe you can make something of it:

    At the very top it says,
    "Important: ██████████ 90D Widdershins..."

    A couple lines later, "Use but don't ███████ mixed messages..." Then in parentheses, W.O.T.D., followed by, "Don't forget ███save space."

    Then, "Embark on a journey. Park your car at ████████████ near the ███████ spot. Head "new East", followed by 2U-turns.

    From there, "Word on the street is to follow the pattern of the ox. Once again, you may want to get rid of █████ space █████."

    And lastly, these were at the bottom. I don't know what they're for, but they seem important:

    Juice loc id=cy4gRGlyZWN0IE1haWwgTWFya2V0aW5nIERlbGl2ZX
    Zip loc id=IldoZW4geW91IHdhbnQgbW9yZSBidXNpbmVzcyBvdX
    Chrome loc id=JlZCB3aXRoIFlvdXIgU3VjY2VzcyBpbiBtaW5kLiAi
    Hint loc id=IgbWFya2V0aW5nIHByb2R1Y2VzIG1vcmUgcmVzdWx0

    Oh well, better get started. We can probably figure this out along the way.

    (Please let us know in the comments below if you claim the invite. View the map full screen by clicking on the photo, then select "Slideshow" mode.)
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-12-09 00:08:45
    #ingressinvite #ingress

    Word of the Day
    NODEH PORTS UOB
    "Follow the ox," they said. "Easy it would be," they said. Honestly, it reminds me of Lombard Street.

    Thought for Today
    Hey, I found this map. I think it leads to an Ingress invite (activation code)? Seems like a good opportunity to take a trip. But... where to?

    Oddly enough, based on this and the instructions above it, I think I know where to start--I just don't know how to get there.

    Even the instructions aren't very clear, though. It's like a jumbled list of some sort. It tells me at some point I need to purchase a cool messenger bag; pick up a Fit 'N Fruitful; borrow a car; and something about a certain brand of water.

    Hmm, come to think of it, I've never been to Cupid's Span, the Aurora water wheel, the Annular Eclipse, and Lotta's Fountain either... but unfortunately, I don't think I have time for those. They're kinda out of the way; not exactly in prime locations.

    Anyway, back to the paper. It's very weird, and it's missing some parts. Maybe you can make something of it:

    At the very top it says,
    "Important: ██████████ 90D Widdershins..."

    A couple lines later, "Use but don't ███████ mixed messages..." Then in parentheses, W.O.T.D., followed by, "Don't forget ███save space."

    Then, "Embark on a journey. Park your car at ████████████ near the ███████ spot. Head "new East", followed by 2U-turns.

    From there, "Word on the street is to follow the pattern of the ox. Once again, you may want to get rid of █████ space █████."

    And lastly, these were at the bottom. I don't know what they're for, but they seem important:

    Juice loc id=cy4gRGlyZWN0IE1haWwgTWFya2V0aW5nIERlbGl2ZX
    Zip loc id=IldoZW4geW91IHdhbnQgbW9yZSBidXNpbmVzcyBvdX
    Chrome loc id=JlZCB3aXRoIFlvdXIgU3VjY2VzcyBpbiBtaW5kLiAi
    Hint loc id=IgbWFya2V0aW5nIHByb2R1Y2VzIG1vcmUgcmVzdWx0

    Oh well, better get started. We can probably figure this out along the way.

    (Please let us know in the comments below if you claim the invite. View the map full screen by clicking on the photo, then select "Slideshow" mode.)
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-12-09 00:08:45
    #ingressinvite #ingress

    Word of the Day
    NODEH PORTS UOB
    "Follow the ox," they said. "Easy it would be," they said. Honestly, it reminds me of Lombard Street.

    Thought for Today
    Hey, I found this map. I think it leads to an Ingress invite (activation code)? Seems like a good opportunity to take a trip. But... where to?

    Oddly enough, based on this and the instructions above it, I think I know where to start--I just don't know how to get there.

    Even the instructions aren't very clear, though. It's like a jumbled list of some sort. It tells me at some point I need to purchase a cool messenger bag; pick up a Fit 'N Fruitful; borrow a car; and something about a certain brand of water.

    Hmm, come to think of it, I've never been to Cupid's Span, the Aurora water wheel, the Annular Eclipse, and Lotta's Fountain either... but unfortunately, I don't think I have time for those. They're kinda out of the way; not exactly in prime locations.

    Anyway, back to the paper. It's very weird, and it's missing some parts. Maybe you can make something of it:

    At the very top it says,
    "Important: ██████████ 90D Widdershins..."

    A couple lines later, "Use but don't ███████ mixed messages..." Then in parentheses, W.O.T.D., followed by, "Don't forget ███save space."

    Then, "Embark on a journey. Park your car at ████████████ near the ███████ spot. Head "new East", followed by 2U-turns.

    From there, "Word on the street is to follow the pattern of the ox. Once again, you may want to get rid of █████ space █████."

    And lastly, these were at the bottom. I don't know what they're for, but they seem important:

    Juice loc id=cy4gRGlyZWN0IE1haWwgTWFya2V0aW5nIERlbGl2ZX
    Zip loc id=IldoZW4geW91IHdhbnQgbW9yZSBidXNpbmVzcyBvdX
    Chrome loc id=JlZCB3aXRoIFlvdXIgU3VjY2VzcyBpbiBtaW5kLiAi
    Hint loc id=IgbWFya2V0aW5nIHByb2R1Y2VzIG1vcmUgcmVzdWx0

    Oh well, better get started. We can probably figure this out along the way.

    (Please let us know in the comments below if you claim the invite. View the map full screen by clicking on the photo, then select "Slideshow" mode.)
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-12-09 00:08:45
    #ingressinvite #ingress

    Word of the Day
    NODEH PORTS UOB
    "Follow the ox," they said. "Easy it would be," they said. Honestly, it reminds me of Lombard Street.

    Thought for Today
    Hey, I found this map. I think it leads to an Ingress invite (activation code)? Seems like a good opportunity to take a trip. But... where to?

    Oddly enough, based on this and the instructions above it, I think I know where to start--I just don't know how to get there.

    Even the instructions aren't very clear, though. It's like a jumbled list of some sort. It tells me at some point I need to purchase a cool messenger bag; pick up a Fit 'N Fruitful; borrow a car; and something about a certain brand of water.

    Hmm, come to think of it, I've never been to Cupid's Span, the Aurora water wheel, the Annular Eclipse, and Lotta's Fountain either... but unfortunately, I don't think I have time for those. They're kinda out of the way; not exactly in prime locations.

    Anyway, back to the paper. It's very weird, and it's missing some parts. Maybe you can make something of it:

    At the very top it says,
    "Important: ██████████ 90D Widdershins..."

    A couple lines later, "Use but don't ███████ mixed messages..." Then in parentheses, W.O.T.D., followed by, "Don't forget ███save space."

    Then, "Embark on a journey. Park your car at ████████████ near the ███████ spot. Head "new East", followed by 2U-turns.

    From there, "Word on the street is to follow the pattern of the ox. Once again, you may want to get rid of █████ space █████."

    And lastly, these were at the bottom. I don't know what they're for, but they seem important:

    Juice loc id=cy4gRGlyZWN0IE1haWwgTWFya2V0aW5nIERlbGl2ZX
    Zip loc id=IldoZW4geW91IHdhbnQgbW9yZSBidXNpbmVzcyBvdX
    Chrome loc id=JlZCB3aXRoIFlvdXIgU3VjY2VzcyBpbiBtaW5kLiAi
    Hint loc id=IgbWFya2V0aW5nIHByb2R1Y2VzIG1vcmUgcmVzdWx0

    Oh well, better get started. We can probably figure this out along the way.

    (Please let us know in the comments below if you claim the invite. View the map full screen by clicking on the photo, then select "Slideshow" mode.)
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-03-14 05:02:31
    The End of Google Reader

    Google Reader will be discontinued on July 1, 2013. I haven't used it frequently enough to want to ragequit the internet, but I will still miss it.

    +Lifehacker and +CNET discuss some alternatives: 
    • http://lifehacker.com/5990456/google-reader-is-getting-shut-down-here-are-the-best-alternatives
    • http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57574201-233/google-reader-is-dying-but-we-have-five-worthy-alternatives/

    Also, kudos to +feedly for having a seamless transition in place: 
    http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/

    I think I will try Feedly first since it automatically syncs to #Reader  and seems to have decent search, bookmark, sharing, and customization options.

    Which service do you use?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-13 21:54:12
    Hashtags: how do they work?

    I've seen many comment threads with people wondering how to get hashtags to link to their own search query when they aren't typed inline (i.e., when they are at the start of a new line and not within the middle of a sentence).

    All hashtags need to be preceded by a space, including when placed at the start of a new line. Otherwise, they won't work. Google is aware of this bug, and they are working on it :)

    Hashtags also won't work with text markup because the dash, asterisk, and underscore required to stylize the text with strikethrough, bold, or italics negate the leading space. You can't include spaces within hashtags (i.e., you can't make two separate words), but you can include underscores & dashes to connect those words if need be. Special characters like "&" will also break the tag.

    I personally prefer to use all lowercase letters in tags unless there is some ambiguity with letters running together, in which case I like to use capital letters to distinguish words (called "CamelCase").

    Here are some examples:

    #test << No space in front of the pound sign.
    #test << Typed with a space in front of the pound sign.
    #test << Hashtag is negated because of the asterisk in front of the hashtag required to make the text bold.
    (#test) << Hashtag negated because there is a non-space character before the pound sign.
    #compound-words-with-dashes
    #compound_words_with_underscores

    Currently, there is no difference in results when searching for "#test" versus "test" (without the pound sign), but Google+ Chief Architect, Yonatan Zunger, says this functionality will change in the future.

    How you choose to use hashtags is a completely separate issue. I've found that they can be quite helpful while still remaining non-intrusive when used sparingly. Too many hashtags can make passages difficult to read. I personally like to use 1-4 of them as "keywords" listed at the end of a post, but once again, how you use it is completely up to you.


    #hashtags #howto
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-03-14 05:02:31
    The End of Google Reader

    Google Reader will be discontinued on July 1, 2013. I haven't used it frequently enough to want to ragequit the internet, but I will still miss it.

    +Lifehacker and +CNET discuss some alternatives: 
    • http://lifehacker.com/5990456/google-reader-is-getting-shut-down-here-are-the-best-alternatives
    • http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57574201-233/google-reader-is-dying-but-we-have-five-worthy-alternatives/

    Also, kudos to +feedly for having a seamless transition in place: 
    http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/

    I think I will try Feedly first since it automatically syncs to #Reader  and seems to have decent search, bookmark, sharing, and customization options.

    Which service do you use?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-13 21:54:12
    Hashtags: how do they work?

    I've seen many comment threads with people wondering how to get hashtags to link to their own search query when they aren't typed inline (i.e., when they are at the start of a new line and not within the middle of a sentence).

    All hashtags need to be preceded by a space, including when placed at the start of a new line. Otherwise, they won't work. Google is aware of this bug, and they are working on it :)

    Hashtags also won't work with text markup because the dash, asterisk, and underscore required to stylize the text with strikethrough, bold, or italics negate the leading space. You can't include spaces within hashtags (i.e., you can't make two separate words), but you can include underscores & dashes to connect those words if need be. Special characters like "&" will also break the tag.

    I personally prefer to use all lowercase letters in tags unless there is some ambiguity with letters running together, in which case I like to use capital letters to distinguish words (called "CamelCase").

    Here are some examples:

    #test << No space in front of the pound sign.
    #test << Typed with a space in front of the pound sign.
    #test << Hashtag is negated because of the asterisk in front of the hashtag required to make the text bold.
    (#test) << Hashtag negated because there is a non-space character before the pound sign.
    #compound-words-with-dashes
    #compound_words_with_underscores

    Currently, there is no difference in results when searching for "#test" versus "test" (without the pound sign), but Google+ Chief Architect, Yonatan Zunger, says this functionality will change in the future.

    How you choose to use hashtags is a completely separate issue. I've found that they can be quite helpful while still remaining non-intrusive when used sparingly. Too many hashtags can make passages difficult to read. I personally like to use 1-4 of them as "keywords" listed at the end of a post, but once again, how you use it is completely up to you.


    #hashtags #howto
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-03-14 05:02:31
    The End of Google Reader

    Google Reader will be discontinued on July 1, 2013. I haven't used it frequently enough to want to ragequit the internet, but I will still miss it.

    +Lifehacker and +CNET discuss some alternatives: 
    • http://lifehacker.com/5990456/google-reader-is-getting-shut-down-here-are-the-best-alternatives
    • http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57574201-233/google-reader-is-dying-but-we-have-five-worthy-alternatives/

    Also, kudos to +feedly for having a seamless transition in place: 
    http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/

    I think I will try Feedly first since it automatically syncs to #Reader  and seems to have decent search, bookmark, sharing, and customization options.

    Which service do you use?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-13 21:54:12
    Hashtags: how do they work?

    I've seen many comment threads with people wondering how to get hashtags to link to their own search query when they aren't typed inline (i.e., when they are at the start of a new line and not within the middle of a sentence).

    All hashtags need to be preceded by a space, including when placed at the start of a new line. Otherwise, they won't work. Google is aware of this bug, and they are working on it :)

    Hashtags also won't work with text markup because the dash, asterisk, and underscore required to stylize the text with strikethrough, bold, or italics negate the leading space. You can't include spaces within hashtags (i.e., you can't make two separate words), but you can include underscores & dashes to connect those words if need be. Special characters like "&" will also break the tag.

    I personally prefer to use all lowercase letters in tags unless there is some ambiguity with letters running together, in which case I like to use capital letters to distinguish words (called "CamelCase").

    Here are some examples:

    #test << No space in front of the pound sign.
    #test << Typed with a space in front of the pound sign.
    #test << Hashtag is negated because of the asterisk in front of the hashtag required to make the text bold.
    (#test) << Hashtag negated because there is a non-space character before the pound sign.
    #compound-words-with-dashes
    #compound_words_with_underscores

    Currently, there is no difference in results when searching for "#test" versus "test" (without the pound sign), but Google+ Chief Architect, Yonatan Zunger, says this functionality will change in the future.

    How you choose to use hashtags is a completely separate issue. I've found that they can be quite helpful while still remaining non-intrusive when used sparingly. Too many hashtags can make passages difficult to read. I personally like to use 1-4 of them as "keywords" listed at the end of a post, but once again, how you use it is completely up to you.


    #hashtags #howto
  • 44 plusses - 24 comments - 43 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-03-14 05:02:31
    The End of Google Reader

    Google Reader will be discontinued on July 1, 2013. I haven't used it frequently enough to want to ragequit the internet, but I will still miss it.

    +Lifehacker and +CNET discuss some alternatives: 
    • http://lifehacker.com/5990456/google-reader-is-getting-shut-down-here-are-the-best-alternatives
    • http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57574201-233/google-reader-is-dying-but-we-have-five-worthy-alternatives/

    Also, kudos to +feedly for having a seamless transition in place: 
    http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/

    I think I will try Feedly first since it automatically syncs to #Reader  and seems to have decent search, bookmark, sharing, and customization options.

    Which service do you use?
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-19 22:58:42
    Talk Like A Shakespearean Yoda-Pirate Day!

    To a nunn'ry, get thee wench!

    To be or to be not. Yarr, the question that be...

    Romeo, avast Romeo! Me hearty, wherefore art thou? Hrm?

    This'ere above all, matey: to thine own self true ye be.

    Nothin' either good or bad thar be, but me be thinkin' makes it so.

    Aye, protest too much me thinks the buxom wench doth.

    Any more? :P

    Clearly this needs to be a thing. Make it so! For Aiur! ... and science!

    TalkLikeAShakespeareanYodaPirate.com is still available ;) *Even if I have to hitchhike back to the futuristic galaxy with Bill & Ted in a DeLorean Tardis phone booth being chased by the Grim Reaper riding a T-Rex throwing Ewoks on photon torpedoes to make this happen, I'll do it! Who's with me?!


    *Ok, that's probably not possible. But it'd be awesome.

    #InternationalTalkLikeAPirateDay    #Yoda    #StarWars   #Shakespeare    #IdentityCrisis    #WhatIsThisIDontEven  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-19 22:58:42
    Talk Like A Shakespearean Yoda-Pirate Day!

    To a nunn'ry, get thee wench!

    To be or to be not. Yarr, the question that be...

    Romeo, avast Romeo! Me hearty, wherefore art thou? Hrm?

    This'ere above all, matey: to thine own self true ye be.

    Nothin' either good or bad thar be, but me be thinkin' makes it so.

    Aye, protest too much me thinks the buxom wench doth.

    Any more? :P

    Clearly this needs to be a thing. Make it so! For Aiur! ... and science!

    TalkLikeAShakespeareanYodaPirate.com is still available ;) *Even if I have to hitchhike back to the futuristic galaxy with Bill & Ted in a DeLorean Tardis phone booth being chased by the Grim Reaper riding a T-Rex throwing Ewoks on photon torpedoes to make this happen, I'll do it! Who's with me?!


    *Ok, that's probably not possible. But it'd be awesome.

    #InternationalTalkLikeAPirateDay    #Yoda    #StarWars   #Shakespeare    #IdentityCrisis    #WhatIsThisIDontEven  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-19 22:58:42
    Talk Like A Shakespearean Yoda-Pirate Day!

    To a nunn'ry, get thee wench!

    To be or to be not. Yarr, the question that be...

    Romeo, avast Romeo! Me hearty, wherefore art thou? Hrm?

    This'ere above all, matey: to thine own self true ye be.

    Nothin' either good or bad thar be, but me be thinkin' makes it so.

    Aye, protest too much me thinks the buxom wench doth.

    Any more? :P

    Clearly this needs to be a thing. Make it so! For Aiur! ... and science!

    TalkLikeAShakespeareanYodaPirate.com is still available ;) *Even if I have to hitchhike back to the futuristic galaxy with Bill & Ted in a DeLorean Tardis phone booth being chased by the Grim Reaper riding a T-Rex throwing Ewoks on photon torpedoes to make this happen, I'll do it! Who's with me?!


    *Ok, that's probably not possible. But it'd be awesome.

    #InternationalTalkLikeAPirateDay    #Yoda    #StarWars   #Shakespeare    #IdentityCrisis    #WhatIsThisIDontEven  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-19 22:58:42
    Talk Like A Shakespearean Yoda-Pirate Day!

    To a nunn'ry, get thee wench!

    To be or to be not. Yarr, the question that be...

    Romeo, avast Romeo! Me hearty, wherefore art thou? Hrm?

    This'ere above all, matey: to thine own self true ye be.

    Nothin' either good or bad thar be, but me be thinkin' makes it so.

    Aye, protest too much me thinks the buxom wench doth.

    Any more? :P

    Clearly this needs to be a thing. Make it so! For Aiur! ... and science!

    TalkLikeAShakespeareanYodaPirate.com is still available ;) *Even if I have to hitchhike back to the futuristic galaxy with Bill & Ted in a DeLorean Tardis phone booth being chased by the Grim Reaper riding a T-Rex throwing Ewoks on photon torpedoes to make this happen, I'll do it! Who's with me?!


    *Ok, that's probably not possible. But it'd be awesome.

    #InternationalTalkLikeAPirateDay    #Yoda    #StarWars   #Shakespeare    #IdentityCrisis    #WhatIsThisIDontEven  
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-02 07:29:33
    Stats: Men Using OkCupid Tend to Exaggerate Height

    I'm taking an online refresher course on statistics for fun and came across this question (see image below). I took a wild guess at the answer, and it turns out I was right! :P

    ----------

    Men's false claims of augmented physical traits likely stemmed from self-reported bias. This bias was reinforced by overcompensation for insecurity due to childhood abandonment and psychological inferiority due to frequent reprimands for chronic under-performance secondary to poor parenting and an inflexible faulty educational system. Constant ridicule and unchecked bullying from oppositionally defiant and treacherous childhood peers also contributed to self-deceit as a mechanism to cope with perceived inadequate stature, a byproduct of years of intense sociopsychological power struggles and competition.

    Another possibility is OkCupid preferentially matched couples based on greater height profiles. These couples eventually became digital hermits due to the shame associated with using the service. This genetic isolation selected for a breed of statuesque offspring with dominant HMGA2 alleles through a positive feedback loop after several filial generations also sought physical and emotional consummation through OkCupid. Each successive generation being forced to use the site by their parents attempting to vicariously live through them to make up for prior shortcomings and missed opportunities has led to the observed height differential between the sample group and actual population.

    (Admittedly, the latter scenario is less likely.)

    #SeemsLegit   #FunWithStatistics   #OkCupid  
  • 11 plusses - 21 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-21 20:31:24
    Google+ Profile Cover Photo / Banner Resources
    Updated September 21, 2012

    The current G+ profile layout allows you to upload a large panoramic cover photo in addition to your main profile picture (avatar). Here are the photos' dimensions, some templates, and some resources to help you quickly create or choose your own.

    RESOURCES:

    +Cover Photo Editor:
    • Seamlessly blend your cover photo & overlapping main profile picture into a single continuous-looking image
    • Easily draw and add more text, graphics, & emoticons
    • No watermark or branding
    http://coverphotoeditor.com/

    +Google Plus Profile Picture + Banner Maker:
    • Upload a photo from your computer or via URL
    • Automates creation of panoramic cover photo & main profile pic
    http://www.gplusavatarmaker.com/GPlus-profile-picture-and-banner-maker_Template_1.html

    Google Cover+:
    • Upload your own photo from your computer or Facebook account, select background color, and add text
    http://www.googlecover.com/googlepluscovermaker
    OR
    • Choose from a collection of ready-made cover photos organized by Featured, New, Top Downloads, and many categories
    • Has a small watermark of the website next to the main profile picture
    http://www.googlecover.com/

    Google Plus Cover Photo:
    • Choose from a collection of stock panoramic cover photos organized by Latest, Best, Random, and individual categories
    • Has a small watermark of the website located in the bottom-left corner
    http://www.googleplus-covers.com/

    G-Covers:
    • Choose from a collection of cover photos organized by New, Popular, and various categories & tags
    • No watermark or branding
    http://www.g-covers.com/

    Built-in Google+ Editor:
    • Native editor supports drag-and-drop uploading, re-positioning, and re-sizing
    • Select images from your computer, from a small standard gallery, from previously uploaded cover photos, or from your Google+ albums (this means you should be able to edit pics beforehand using the G+ Creative Kit too)


    DIMENSIONS: (to make your own from scratch)
    _Source -- +Google+ Your Business:_ 
    https://plus.google.com/+googlebusiness/posts/fAefJGBYVu3

    Panoramic Cover Photo:
    • Size: 940 x 180 pixels

    Main Profile Picture:
    • Full size: 250 x 250 pixels (any smaller will appear grainy or pixelated)
    • Surrounding white border: 6 pixels
    • Re-sized thumbnail: 48 x 48 pixels

    Visual Design Template:
    • By +Søren Dalsgaard Brath: goo.gl/qmXys

    Free Photoshop Template:
    • By +Nicole S. Young 
    • Integrate multiple photos into a nicely displayed picture collage
    • Instructions and link to download PSD file:  http://nicolesyblog.com/2012/04/12/free-photoshop-template-google-cover-photo/

    Notes To Consider:
    • The left-most 10 pixels of the cover photo will be hidden underneath the main navigation menu buttons on the left (where the notch appears)
    • The right-most 40 pixels will not be shown in the main profile page view (https://plus.google.com/me), but will show up on the hovercard
    • Relative to the background panoramic cover photo, the square profile picture on the hovercard is positioned higher than the profile picture on the main profile page view. This causes a display problem if you are trying to make a single seamless image by aligning your cover photo and profile pic
    • Animated GIFs will work on both the main profile page view and hovercard if they are exactly 940 x 180 pixels (any other size will be automatically re-sized into a static PNG file by Google+)
    • Using the individual 5-image scrapbook layout (prior to June 2012) instead of a single large cover photo is no longer an option
    • Not sure how these photos will appear on mobile or portable devices; the above specifications are for the web version

    #coverphoto #banner #header #picture #photos #dimensions #googleplustips #plushelp #googleplusphotos  
  • 76 plusses - 21 comments - 101 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-02 07:29:33
    Stats: Men Using OkCupid Tend to Exaggerate Height

    I'm taking an online refresher course on statistics for fun and came across this question (see image below). I took a wild guess at the answer, and it turns out I was right! :P

    ----------

    Men's false claims of augmented physical traits likely stemmed from self-reported bias. This bias was reinforced by overcompensation for insecurity due to childhood abandonment and psychological inferiority due to frequent reprimands for chronic under-performance secondary to poor parenting and an inflexible faulty educational system. Constant ridicule and unchecked bullying from oppositionally defiant and treacherous childhood peers also contributed to self-deceit as a mechanism to cope with perceived inadequate stature, a byproduct of years of intense sociopsychological power struggles and competition.

    Another possibility is OkCupid preferentially matched couples based on greater height profiles. These couples eventually became digital hermits due to the shame associated with using the service. This genetic isolation selected for a breed of statuesque offspring with dominant HMGA2 alleles through a positive feedback loop after several filial generations also sought physical and emotional consummation through OkCupid. Each successive generation being forced to use the site by their parents attempting to vicariously live through them to make up for prior shortcomings and missed opportunities has led to the observed height differential between the sample group and actual population.

    (Admittedly, the latter scenario is less likely.)

    #SeemsLegit   #FunWithStatistics   #OkCupid  
  • 11 plusses - 21 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-21 20:31:24
    Google+ Profile Cover Photo / Banner Resources
    Updated September 21, 2012

    The current G+ profile layout allows you to upload a large panoramic cover photo in addition to your main profile picture (avatar). Here are the photos' dimensions, some templates, and some resources to help you quickly create or choose your own.

    RESOURCES:

    +Cover Photo Editor:
    • Seamlessly blend your cover photo & overlapping main profile picture into a single continuous-looking image
    • Easily draw and add more text, graphics, & emoticons
    • No watermark or branding
    http://coverphotoeditor.com/

    +Google Plus Profile Picture + Banner Maker:
    • Upload a photo from your computer or via URL
    • Automates creation of panoramic cover photo & main profile pic
    http://www.gplusavatarmaker.com/GPlus-profile-picture-and-banner-maker_Template_1.html

    Google Cover+:
    • Upload your own photo from your computer or Facebook account, select background color, and add text
    http://www.googlecover.com/googlepluscovermaker
    OR
    • Choose from a collection of ready-made cover photos organized by Featured, New, Top Downloads, and many categories
    • Has a small watermark of the website next to the main profile picture
    http://www.googlecover.com/

    Google Plus Cover Photo:
    • Choose from a collection of stock panoramic cover photos organized by Latest, Best, Random, and individual categories
    • Has a small watermark of the website located in the bottom-left corner
    http://www.googleplus-covers.com/

    G-Covers:
    • Choose from a collection of cover photos organized by New, Popular, and various categories & tags
    • No watermark or branding
    http://www.g-covers.com/

    Built-in Google+ Editor:
    • Native editor supports drag-and-drop uploading, re-positioning, and re-sizing
    • Select images from your computer, from a small standard gallery, from previously uploaded cover photos, or from your Google+ albums (this means you should be able to edit pics beforehand using the G+ Creative Kit too)


    DIMENSIONS: (to make your own from scratch)
    _Source -- +Google+ Your Business:_ 
    https://plus.google.com/+googlebusiness/posts/fAefJGBYVu3

    Panoramic Cover Photo:
    • Size: 940 x 180 pixels

    Main Profile Picture:
    • Full size: 250 x 250 pixels (any smaller will appear grainy or pixelated)
    • Surrounding white border: 6 pixels
    • Re-sized thumbnail: 48 x 48 pixels

    Visual Design Template:
    • By +Søren Dalsgaard Brath: goo.gl/qmXys

    Free Photoshop Template:
    • By +Nicole S. Young 
    • Integrate multiple photos into a nicely displayed picture collage
    • Instructions and link to download PSD file:  http://nicolesyblog.com/2012/04/12/free-photoshop-template-google-cover-photo/

    Notes To Consider:
    • The left-most 10 pixels of the cover photo will be hidden underneath the main navigation menu buttons on the left (where the notch appears)
    • The right-most 40 pixels will not be shown in the main profile page view (https://plus.google.com/me), but will show up on the hovercard
    • Relative to the background panoramic cover photo, the square profile picture on the hovercard is positioned higher than the profile picture on the main profile page view. This causes a display problem if you are trying to make a single seamless image by aligning your cover photo and profile pic
    • Animated GIFs will work on both the main profile page view and hovercard if they are exactly 940 x 180 pixels (any other size will be automatically re-sized into a static PNG file by Google+)
    • Using the individual 5-image scrapbook layout (prior to June 2012) instead of a single large cover photo is no longer an option
    • Not sure how these photos will appear on mobile or portable devices; the above specifications are for the web version

    #coverphoto #banner #header #picture #photos #dimensions #googleplustips #plushelp #googleplusphotos  
  • 76 plusses - 21 comments - 101 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-02 07:29:33
    Stats: Men Using OkCupid Tend to Exaggerate Height

    I'm taking an online refresher course on statistics for fun and came across this question (see image below). I took a wild guess at the answer, and it turns out I was right! :P

    ----------

    Men's false claims of augmented physical traits likely stemmed from self-reported bias. This bias was reinforced by overcompensation for insecurity due to childhood abandonment and psychological inferiority due to frequent reprimands for chronic under-performance secondary to poor parenting and an inflexible faulty educational system. Constant ridicule and unchecked bullying from oppositionally defiant and treacherous childhood peers also contributed to self-deceit as a mechanism to cope with perceived inadequate stature, a byproduct of years of intense sociopsychological power struggles and competition.

    Another possibility is OkCupid preferentially matched couples based on greater height profiles. These couples eventually became digital hermits due to the shame associated with using the service. This genetic isolation selected for a breed of statuesque offspring with dominant HMGA2 alleles through a positive feedback loop after several filial generations also sought physical and emotional consummation through OkCupid. Each successive generation being forced to use the site by their parents attempting to vicariously live through them to make up for prior shortcomings and missed opportunities has led to the observed height differential between the sample group and actual population.

    (Admittedly, the latter scenario is less likely.)

    #SeemsLegit   #FunWithStatistics   #OkCupid  
  • 11 plusses - 21 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-21 20:31:24
    Google+ Profile Cover Photo / Banner Resources
    Updated September 21, 2012

    The current G+ profile layout allows you to upload a large panoramic cover photo in addition to your main profile picture (avatar). Here are the photos' dimensions, some templates, and some resources to help you quickly create or choose your own.

    RESOURCES:

    +Cover Photo Editor:
    • Seamlessly blend your cover photo & overlapping main profile picture into a single continuous-looking image
    • Easily draw and add more text, graphics, & emoticons
    • No watermark or branding
    http://coverphotoeditor.com/

    +Google Plus Profile Picture + Banner Maker:
    • Upload a photo from your computer or via URL
    • Automates creation of panoramic cover photo & main profile pic
    http://www.gplusavatarmaker.com/GPlus-profile-picture-and-banner-maker_Template_1.html

    Google Cover+:
    • Upload your own photo from your computer or Facebook account, select background color, and add text
    http://www.googlecover.com/googlepluscovermaker
    OR
    • Choose from a collection of ready-made cover photos organized by Featured, New, Top Downloads, and many categories
    • Has a small watermark of the website next to the main profile picture
    http://www.googlecover.com/

    Google Plus Cover Photo:
    • Choose from a collection of stock panoramic cover photos organized by Latest, Best, Random, and individual categories
    • Has a small watermark of the website located in the bottom-left corner
    http://www.googleplus-covers.com/

    G-Covers:
    • Choose from a collection of cover photos organized by New, Popular, and various categories & tags
    • No watermark or branding
    http://www.g-covers.com/

    Built-in Google+ Editor:
    • Native editor supports drag-and-drop uploading, re-positioning, and re-sizing
    • Select images from your computer, from a small standard gallery, from previously uploaded cover photos, or from your Google+ albums (this means you should be able to edit pics beforehand using the G+ Creative Kit too)


    DIMENSIONS: (to make your own from scratch)
    _Source -- +Google+ Your Business:_ 
    https://plus.google.com/+googlebusiness/posts/fAefJGBYVu3

    Panoramic Cover Photo:
    • Size: 940 x 180 pixels

    Main Profile Picture:
    • Full size: 250 x 250 pixels (any smaller will appear grainy or pixelated)
    • Surrounding white border: 6 pixels
    • Re-sized thumbnail: 48 x 48 pixels

    Visual Design Template:
    • By +Søren Dalsgaard Brath: goo.gl/qmXys

    Free Photoshop Template:
    • By +Nicole S. Young 
    • Integrate multiple photos into a nicely displayed picture collage
    • Instructions and link to download PSD file:  http://nicolesyblog.com/2012/04/12/free-photoshop-template-google-cover-photo/

    Notes To Consider:
    • The left-most 10 pixels of the cover photo will be hidden underneath the main navigation menu buttons on the left (where the notch appears)
    • The right-most 40 pixels will not be shown in the main profile page view (https://plus.google.com/me), but will show up on the hovercard
    • Relative to the background panoramic cover photo, the square profile picture on the hovercard is positioned higher than the profile picture on the main profile page view. This causes a display problem if you are trying to make a single seamless image by aligning your cover photo and profile pic
    • Animated GIFs will work on both the main profile page view and hovercard if they are exactly 940 x 180 pixels (any other size will be automatically re-sized into a static PNG file by Google+)
    • Using the individual 5-image scrapbook layout (prior to June 2012) instead of a single large cover photo is no longer an option
    • Not sure how these photos will appear on mobile or portable devices; the above specifications are for the web version

    #coverphoto #banner #header #picture #photos #dimensions #googleplustips #plushelp #googleplusphotos  
  • 76 plusses - 21 comments - 101 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-02 07:29:33
    Stats: Men Using OkCupid Tend to Exaggerate Height

    I'm taking an online refresher course on statistics for fun and came across this question (see image below). I took a wild guess at the answer, and it turns out I was right! :P

    ----------

    Men's false claims of augmented physical traits likely stemmed from self-reported bias. This bias was reinforced by overcompensation for insecurity due to childhood abandonment and psychological inferiority due to frequent reprimands for chronic under-performance secondary to poor parenting and an inflexible faulty educational system. Constant ridicule and unchecked bullying from oppositionally defiant and treacherous childhood peers also contributed to self-deceit as a mechanism to cope with perceived inadequate stature, a byproduct of years of intense sociopsychological power struggles and competition.

    Another possibility is OkCupid preferentially matched couples based on greater height profiles. These couples eventually became digital hermits due to the shame associated with using the service. This genetic isolation selected for a breed of statuesque offspring with dominant HMGA2 alleles through a positive feedback loop after several filial generations also sought physical and emotional consummation through OkCupid. Each successive generation being forced to use the site by their parents attempting to vicariously live through them to make up for prior shortcomings and missed opportunities has led to the observed height differential between the sample group and actual population.

    (Admittedly, the latter scenario is less likely.)

    #SeemsLegit   #FunWithStatistics   #OkCupid  
  • 11 plusses - 21 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-21 20:31:24
    Google+ Profile Cover Photo / Banner Resources
    Updated September 21, 2012

    The current G+ profile layout allows you to upload a large panoramic cover photo in addition to your main profile picture (avatar). Here are the photos' dimensions, some templates, and some resources to help you quickly create or choose your own.

    RESOURCES:

    +Cover Photo Editor:
    • Seamlessly blend your cover photo & overlapping main profile picture into a single continuous-looking image
    • Easily draw and add more text, graphics, & emoticons
    • No watermark or branding
    http://coverphotoeditor.com/

    +Google Plus Profile Picture + Banner Maker:
    • Upload a photo from your computer or via URL
    • Automates creation of panoramic cover photo & main profile pic
    http://www.gplusavatarmaker.com/GPlus-profile-picture-and-banner-maker_Template_1.html

    Google Cover+:
    • Upload your own photo from your computer or Facebook account, select background color, and add text
    http://www.googlecover.com/googlepluscovermaker
    OR
    • Choose from a collection of ready-made cover photos organized by Featured, New, Top Downloads, and many categories
    • Has a small watermark of the website next to the main profile picture
    http://www.googlecover.com/

    Google Plus Cover Photo:
    • Choose from a collection of stock panoramic cover photos organized by Latest, Best, Random, and individual categories
    • Has a small watermark of the website located in the bottom-left corner
    http://www.googleplus-covers.com/

    G-Covers:
    • Choose from a collection of cover photos organized by New, Popular, and various categories & tags
    • No watermark or branding
    http://www.g-covers.com/

    Built-in Google+ Editor:
    • Native editor supports drag-and-drop uploading, re-positioning, and re-sizing
    • Select images from your computer, from a small standard gallery, from previously uploaded cover photos, or from your Google+ albums (this means you should be able to edit pics beforehand using the G+ Creative Kit too)


    DIMENSIONS: (to make your own from scratch)
    _Source -- +Google+ Your Business:_ 
    https://plus.google.com/+googlebusiness/posts/fAefJGBYVu3

    Panoramic Cover Photo:
    • Size: 940 x 180 pixels

    Main Profile Picture:
    • Full size: 250 x 250 pixels (any smaller will appear grainy or pixelated)
    • Surrounding white border: 6 pixels
    • Re-sized thumbnail: 48 x 48 pixels

    Visual Design Template:
    • By +Søren Dalsgaard Brath: goo.gl/qmXys

    Free Photoshop Template:
    • By +Nicole S. Young 
    • Integrate multiple photos into a nicely displayed picture collage
    • Instructions and link to download PSD file:  http://nicolesyblog.com/2012/04/12/free-photoshop-template-google-cover-photo/

    Notes To Consider:
    • The left-most 10 pixels of the cover photo will be hidden underneath the main navigation menu buttons on the left (where the notch appears)
    • The right-most 40 pixels will not be shown in the main profile page view (https://plus.google.com/me), but will show up on the hovercard
    • Relative to the background panoramic cover photo, the square profile picture on the hovercard is positioned higher than the profile picture on the main profile page view. This causes a display problem if you are trying to make a single seamless image by aligning your cover photo and profile pic
    • Animated GIFs will work on both the main profile page view and hovercard if they are exactly 940 x 180 pixels (any other size will be automatically re-sized into a static PNG file by Google+)
    • Using the individual 5-image scrapbook layout (prior to June 2012) instead of a single large cover photo is no longer an option
    • Not sure how these photos will appear on mobile or portable devices; the above specifications are for the web version

    #coverphoto #banner #header #picture #photos #dimensions #googleplustips #plushelp #googleplusphotos  
  • 76 plusses - 21 comments - 101 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-01 21:50:19
    How to Save a Google+ Post to Your +1 Tab

    Google rolled out +1 buttons within Google search results back in March:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/1s-right-recommendations-right-when-you.html

    In June, they expanded the +1 button across the web:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/1-button-for-websites-recommend-content.html

    Of course, now you can add a +1 button to your own website that will also allow you to post directly to your circles with +snippets: http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/

    As you know, +1's on Google+ (http://www.google.com/+1/button/) only show up in your +1 tab if you click the button on an external website. It does not work for internal posts and comments... So what do you do if you come across a really good post you want to keep track of (aside from bookmarking)?

    You can add a post to your +1 tab in two ways:

    1.) Go to the permalink of a post (by clicking on the time stamp). In Chrome, place a "?" (question mark) in front of the URL and hit 'Enter'. That tells your browser to do a default search, which is a Google search for the majority of people. The post should show up in the search results, after which you can +1 it directly from there (when signed into your account).

    2.) Install the Google +1 Button Chrome extension to +1 any site around the web. Click on the permalink of the post, and +1 that specific page: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jgoepmocgafhnchmokaimcmlojpnlkhp

    There you have it. Now you can literally keep tabs on interesting posts in your +1 tab!
  • 15 plusses - 20 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-01 21:50:19
    How to Save a Google+ Post to Your +1 Tab

    Google rolled out +1 buttons within Google search results back in March:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/1s-right-recommendations-right-when-you.html

    In June, they expanded the +1 button across the web:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/1-button-for-websites-recommend-content.html

    Of course, now you can add a +1 button to your own website that will also allow you to post directly to your circles with +snippets: http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/

    As you know, +1's on Google+ (http://www.google.com/+1/button/) only show up in your +1 tab if you click the button on an external website. It does not work for internal posts and comments... So what do you do if you come across a really good post you want to keep track of (aside from bookmarking)?

    You can add a post to your +1 tab in two ways:

    1.) Go to the permalink of a post (by clicking on the time stamp). In Chrome, place a "?" (question mark) in front of the URL and hit 'Enter'. That tells your browser to do a default search, which is a Google search for the majority of people. The post should show up in the search results, after which you can +1 it directly from there (when signed into your account).

    2.) Install the Google +1 Button Chrome extension to +1 any site around the web. Click on the permalink of the post, and +1 that specific page: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jgoepmocgafhnchmokaimcmlojpnlkhp

    There you have it. Now you can literally keep tabs on interesting posts in your +1 tab!
  • 15 plusses - 20 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-01 21:50:19
    How to Save a Google+ Post to Your +1 Tab

    Google rolled out +1 buttons within Google search results back in March:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/1s-right-recommendations-right-when-you.html

    In June, they expanded the +1 button across the web:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/1-button-for-websites-recommend-content.html

    Of course, now you can add a +1 button to your own website that will also allow you to post directly to your circles with +snippets: http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/

    As you know, +1's on Google+ (http://www.google.com/+1/button/) only show up in your +1 tab if you click the button on an external website. It does not work for internal posts and comments... So what do you do if you come across a really good post you want to keep track of (aside from bookmarking)?

    You can add a post to your +1 tab in two ways:

    1.) Go to the permalink of a post (by clicking on the time stamp). In Chrome, place a "?" (question mark) in front of the URL and hit 'Enter'. That tells your browser to do a default search, which is a Google search for the majority of people. The post should show up in the search results, after which you can +1 it directly from there (when signed into your account).

    2.) Install the Google +1 Button Chrome extension to +1 any site around the web. Click on the permalink of the post, and +1 that specific page: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jgoepmocgafhnchmokaimcmlojpnlkhp

    There you have it. Now you can literally keep tabs on interesting posts in your +1 tab!
  • 15 plusses - 20 comments - 13 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-05-16 06:07:29
    [A bit of satiric comedy :) ]

    Ever have the problem where you're trying to filter out melodramatic, close-minded, impetuous, or spoiled individuals, but combing through each circle becomes a bit tedious? Do you ever think, "Wouldn't it be great if there was a telltale psychological indicator revealing the maturity, sensibility, and poise (or lack thereof) of people in your circles?"

    Us too. That's why starting today, we're happy to announce a great new feature we think you'll really enjoy. It's called the "initiative to Delete, Uncircle, Mute, and Block", or iDUMB for short.

    Here's how it works:

    Start by monitoring your stream very carefully. The moment a new update is rolled out, people will begin to make extremely negative, rebellious, hyperbolic, reactionary, and/or self-centered comments. (In other words, they will FREAK the heck out!)

    Now here's the ingenious part. Instead of having to seek out each person to remove him or her from your circles, he, she, or it automatically comes to you! This makes it super easy to identify and <delete> their hostile messages, <uncircle> them to prevent future annoyances, <mute> them to get rid of their pesky notifications, and <block> them to avoid further exposure.

    Since it is quite common to confuse incoherent babbling for healthy skepticism, fair & balanced opinion, and constructive, well-formulated feedback, we've provided some examples of what to look for:

    The Melodramatic
    • OMG!!1!one!! Why the heck do they keep moving things around every 2 microseconds?! Isn't this the eleventieth change they've made today? I can't take this anymore. The world will not go on. My life is ruined! RUINED, I tell you!

    The Uncool-Competitor Dig
    • What is this? If I wanted this junk, I'd use MyPinBook. It's as ugly as dead Friendster's and MySpace's baby's regurgitated Facebook timeline. Even Microsoft's Socl is better than this.

    The Impatient and Overreactive Micromanager
    • Alert the press! This button broke with the new update! I need to make 3 posts in every community asking everyone, "Am I the only one?" It broke a second ago, and now I will proceed to write a lengthy dissertation and rant on why Google+ is sooo buggy and just doesn't "get" social! This should have been fixed yesterday! [5 seconds later...] Oh nevermind, it's working again.

    The Lazy Egotistical Self-Proclaimed Expert
    • This UI sucks. I drew art in kindergarten once, and clearly this makes me the world's authority on design. Who hires these monkeys? I want MY left-side navigation bar back, and I don't want to have to expend the extra 1/8th calorie to move my mouse over the icon. Next thing you know, you'll make me actually have to click on something! It's MY menu. I should be able to do whatever I want with it! Why can't you understand the world revolves around ME?

    The Gutted Martyr and Self-Hostage
    • I've been a very loyal user of Google products for my entire existence since I was a fetus. Heck, I even used Google Reader once or twice. I am deeply disappointed in Google for taking 5 steps backwards, turning 180 degrees, and taking 5 more steps backwards. Unless you revert things back to the design I hated the last time you made an update, I'm going to rage quit. I swear! I might even start a petition. You just wait and see. And if you don't do it soon, I'm going to make no dent whatsoever while I pretend people actually care when I threaten to leave but never do.

    The Oblivious Complainer
    • I really don't like this. I wish there was this thing called Settings where I could toggle a check-box to simply opt out of a subtle change. Instead, I think I'll turn it into a big ordeal where I'll blame everyone and everything else. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. I'm going to spend the next 15 minutes denouncing Google instead of thinking and investing 30 seconds to understand how it actually works. I mean, can't they at least give me the option to view posts from each circle or to remove posts from my stream? And now there's not one, but two vertical thingies? That's like, quadruple the number of columns. Waaaay too cluttered. I can't handle thinking about one thing, and now you want me to think about two?

    The Uninformed Rebel-Hater
    • I completely and utterly hate this new change. It's terrible. I don't have the update yet, but from what I've heard, it's worse than Hitler. I have no idea what I'm talking about, but mark my words--it sucks!

    If you don't see this new feature, don't worry. iDUMB will be rolling out to users over the coming week, so check back soon. We appreciate your ability to pretend to be patient while hitting F5 repeatedly until something breaks. In the meantime, keep asking when you will receive the new changes because that usually speeds the process up quite nicely.

    #googleplusupdate #Google+ #snarkalicious   #sarcasmwithahintoftruth  

    Bahaha here is a summary of the actual updates :P Overall, I like the changes! http://googleplusproject.blogspot.com/2013/05/new-google-stream-hangouts-and-photos.html
  • 46 plusses - 19 comments - 35 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-27 04:53:17
    RESHARE:
    A Broader Horizon, A New Perspective, A Deeper Understanding
    That's a plus.

    I have zero presence on other social media. I admit I may have used Xanga and Friendster back in the day, opened a MySpace account at one point, tweeted maybe 5 times in my life, and wandered around FB back when it was limited to college students. None of those services kept my interest.

    So why Google+? What made it "stick"?

    Well it didn't stick. Not at first.

    Thanks to a random individual in a comment thread on Lifehacker, I received my invite to Google+ on June 29, 2011 (I wasn't anywhere near as hooked up as +A.V. Flox -- I really had to scrounge the interwebz and beg for an invite... yes, uphill, both ways :P). I uploaded a photo, wrote a short profile intro, and then... well, then there was seemingly nothing left to do, so I logged out.

    I'm not entirely sure at what point things really took off. "Back then" there weren't shared circles, recommended users, a suggested users list, what's hot section, trending topics, hashtags, a way to import contacts, or even search capabilities. In retrospect, how we found other people with similar interests is beyond me!

    G+ became more active for me when 1.) I chose to post publicly (unless there was a good reason not to -- honestly, I was reluctant to at first), 2.) I shared my own interests and passions for others to identify with, 3.) I became proactive in seeking out and helping other users, and 4.) I interacted with people and participated in conversations.

    I'm not a tech journalist. I'm not a social media marketer. I'm not a news columnist. I'm not a community something-or-other. I don't own a blog. I don't own a website. I had no prior established online presence. In fact, using G+ to share ideas is the most "blogging" I've ever done. I'm here for fun, to connect, and to learn.

    There are tons of reasons why I like G+. +A.V. Flox mentioned several of them already.

    The biggest reason is the people (you!), the fact that G+ started out as a global community, and the fact that these core groups of community members are excited and passionate about what they're doing, building, and sharing together.

    Another reason is the level of connection G+ facilitates between groups of individuals. What's great is not only the potential of whom we can connect with, but how we connect with them. The other day I was participating in a Hangout On Air from my location in the U.S. with a scientist in Australia interviewing people in India about their ideas on the accessibility of clean water. We were all talking "face-to-face-to-face" simultaneously, in real-time, with instant feedback and interaction.

    Other times, I've been in regular Hangouts ("off air") speaking to random young adults in China who were on G+ through a secured proxy connection. Hearing from them about their day-to-day lives, their government, and their world view was fascinating, particularly because their lives are so different than mine. I didn't read about their opinions in an article or watch a segment on TV -- I asked them directly.

    That was just one moment in a single Hangout on a single day out of many hundreds of days that I've been here.

    Yes, the Hangouts from underwater, Mount Everest, the Space Station, and everything in between were amazing (that's an understatement!) What I appreciate the most is the potential of Google+ as a communication, collaboration, content discovery, and information tool to cross-pollinate knowledge, grow ideas, and expand our minds.

    These are just some of the reasons why I like G+, why I am here, and how I use it. People have and continue to use it in many different ways. The beauty of this platform is in its scope and versatility too.

    The past 16 months on Google+ has been an adventure. I meet new people every day. I learn something new every day. I am inspired every day.

    So, thanks "random person" for my initial G+ invite, to the people who read, +1, and comment on my posts, to all the new friends I've made, and to all the Googlers who work hard to make tomorrow even more awesome than today.

    What has Google+ given you? Why are you here?

    Reshared text:
    Someone recently posted about coming back to Google+ after a brief absence to give it another shot and finding it a barren wasteland. Despite only being circled by 12 people, as of this moment, that post has spread through word of mouth and now has 72 comments from people of all disciplines all over the world. 

    When people ask me what social media does for me, why I bother to post as frequently as I do and why I spend so much time commenting, I find it difficult to convey the level of connection it has enabled in my life. For me, social media started before we had a word for it, on LiveJournal over ten years ago, where I amassed an incredible number of friends from around the world doing exactly what I do here. At the time, I thought it was a blessed position to hold, but I didn't think it would one day become the way of things. Face it -- would I have been so active had I not been living on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere, and then out of a series of suitcases as I made my way all over the world? I didn't realize just how critical social media would become to life until 2007, when Twitter started to gain mass appeal.

    Today, it continues to blow my mind that I made as many friends and business contacts 140 characters at a time. When I was getting a divorce, it was Twitter which provided me with a caravan of friends to steal me away from a volatile situation. I have found everything from my divorce attorney to employment to a stripper pole through Twitter. KTLA found me on Twitter. The Los Angeles Times found me on Twitter. The Village Voice found me on Twitter. Twitter! Where I was talking about what I had had for lunch!

    When Google+ came on the scene, I got an invite through a friend at Mashable who assured me I would love it. I didn't think any network could possibly beat Twitter, but I was wrong. Long-form posting reminded me of everything I had once loved about blogging. For years people have said that blogging is dead, that the future is micro-sharing, but Google+ has proved them wrong. I don't know another platform through which I can share this much and engage so many people in so many different ways. I love being a columnist, but this is what I was really born to do. This here. Talking with people as opposed to talking at them. Sharing images of my life. Playing Breakfast Combo. Hanging out. 

    It's true that the hype is gone and with it the webutantes and marketers, but what we have been left with here is a massive core group of people who believe in the platform and come back every day to share with one another. These are the glory days. These "ghost town" days are the days we'll look back on with nostalgia when we think about this network in the future. These are the days we became thick as thieves while the naysayers said there was nothing here.

    I haven't the words to tell you how much this network has given me -- even the "real names" policy debacle was critical in the development of my views. I never considered having a pseudonym a political statement. In fact, I thought about giving it up in 2008 when it became clear real names were the name of the game. If rebranding hadn't seemed like such a time-consuming effort, I would have. I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I was suspended for it here and that I turned the news cycle upside down screaming about it. I think those of us who fought the policy had a hand in shaping the internet in a critical way and likewise, the battle shaped us. I will always remain pseudonymous to show my solidarity with those who truly need the protection of a pseudonym. I will always fight to ensure people understand that a pseudonym does not mean one is not accountable for their actions. 

    That's only one thing Google+ has given me -- without meaning to. But it has also given me the kinds of things that align with the vision of those who created the network: sources for articles (and fast!), business connections, co-conspirators for projects and adventures, friends and confidantes, and, in a way, a new lease on life. Yes -- in a very real sense -- this network brought me back to life. I owe it everything. 

    So, +Ben Parr. Thanks for that invite. And all of you Googlers who developed this network, who continue working your asses off to make sure that Google+ keeps growing into the safe place to share and get to know one another that it was built to be -- thank you. I don't often talk about the little changes I see -- the way What's Hot seems to more and more reflect my tastes, the way annoying "hi!" comments are being removed as spam, to name a couple -- but I notice. And I'm grateful. 

    What has Google+ given you? Why are you here?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-09 01:39:10
    Schemer is a new Google service that launched into private beta today and aims to help you find things to do based on your location and interests.

    I have 20 invites available. Comment on this post and I'll send you the invite link in a separate private message. First come, first serve!

    If you get your invite from me, please pay it forward by signing in and going to the home page where you will find your invite link to share too :)
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-25 23:12:58
    Do Not Delete "Other Contacts" in Gmail

    A tip for newer G+ users:

    Google+ stores the names of people you circled in your address book in Gmail under "Other Contacts". Do not delete people's names from this section, otherwise it will delete those people from your G+ circles too.

    If you accidentally deleted them already, you can undo or reverse the process by restoring an older version of your contacts:
    1. Go to Gmail
    2. Go to the "Contacts" section (left-hand side under the "Mail" link)
    3. Click on the "More" drop-down menu (across the top of the page to the right of Groups & Email buttons)
    4. Click on "Restore contacts..."
    5. Choose a pre-defined or custom time period within the past 30 days to restore your contacts to.
    6. Click "Restore".

    This should instantly restore your contact list to that previous version and prevent you from having to manually add all those people back again!
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-18 06:57:50
    Can't sleep? I may have found the cure* to insomnia. Read on...

    The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System

    Primary routes of the Interstate Highway System in the U.S. are assigned numbers less than 100. Generally, the roads are odd numbered if they run north-south and even numbered if they run east-west, increasing in number from south to north and west to east. Major arterial roads are divisible by 5. Of course, there are exceptions, particularly in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.

    Auxiliary roads are assigned three-digit numbers with the last two digits corresponding to the primary route that it connects to. The first digit of these auxiliary roads is an odd number if it is a radial roadway and an even number if it is a circumferential highway. Radial roadways cross the primary route once and feed traffic from neighboring metropolitan areas, while circumferential roadways are circular and lead back to the primary expressway as an alternate route (i.e., it crosses the major interstate highway at least twice--see picture below).

    A commonly stated but erroneous "fact" about the U.S. Interstate System is that 1 in 5 miles of roadway is straight so that airplanes can land on them in emergencies. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's website clearly states that is a myth. Although planes occasionally land on Interstates when there are no alternatives, the roads were not designed with that purpose in mind.

    See? Cured! Zzzzz...
    (*Your mileage may vary.)

    #highway #roads #insomnia
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-05-16 06:07:29
    [A bit of satiric comedy :) ]

    Ever have the problem where you're trying to filter out melodramatic, close-minded, impetuous, or spoiled individuals, but combing through each circle becomes a bit tedious? Do you ever think, "Wouldn't it be great if there was a telltale psychological indicator revealing the maturity, sensibility, and poise (or lack thereof) of people in your circles?"

    Us too. That's why starting today, we're happy to announce a great new feature we think you'll really enjoy. It's called the "initiative to Delete, Uncircle, Mute, and Block", or iDUMB for short.

    Here's how it works:

    Start by monitoring your stream very carefully. The moment a new update is rolled out, people will begin to make extremely negative, rebellious, hyperbolic, reactionary, and/or self-centered comments. (In other words, they will FREAK the heck out!)

    Now here's the ingenious part. Instead of having to seek out each person to remove him or her from your circles, he, she, or it automatically comes to you! This makes it super easy to identify and <delete> their hostile messages, <uncircle> them to prevent future annoyances, <mute> them to get rid of their pesky notifications, and <block> them to avoid further exposure.

    Since it is quite common to confuse incoherent babbling for healthy skepticism, fair & balanced opinion, and constructive, well-formulated feedback, we've provided some examples of what to look for:

    The Melodramatic
    • OMG!!1!one!! Why the heck do they keep moving things around every 2 microseconds?! Isn't this the eleventieth change they've made today? I can't take this anymore. The world will not go on. My life is ruined! RUINED, I tell you!

    The Uncool-Competitor Dig
    • What is this? If I wanted this junk, I'd use MyPinBook. It's as ugly as dead Friendster's and MySpace's baby's regurgitated Facebook timeline. Even Microsoft's Socl is better than this.

    The Impatient and Overreactive Micromanager
    • Alert the press! This button broke with the new update! I need to make 3 posts in every community asking everyone, "Am I the only one?" It broke a second ago, and now I will proceed to write a lengthy dissertation and rant on why Google+ is sooo buggy and just doesn't "get" social! This should have been fixed yesterday! [5 seconds later...] Oh nevermind, it's working again.

    The Lazy Egotistical Self-Proclaimed Expert
    • This UI sucks. I drew art in kindergarten once, and clearly this makes me the world's authority on design. Who hires these monkeys? I want MY left-side navigation bar back, and I don't want to have to expend the extra 1/8th calorie to move my mouse over the icon. Next thing you know, you'll make me actually have to click on something! It's MY menu. I should be able to do whatever I want with it! Why can't you understand the world revolves around ME?

    The Gutted Martyr and Self-Hostage
    • I've been a very loyal user of Google products for my entire existence since I was a fetus. Heck, I even used Google Reader once or twice. I am deeply disappointed in Google for taking 5 steps backwards, turning 180 degrees, and taking 5 more steps backwards. Unless you revert things back to the design I hated the last time you made an update, I'm going to rage quit. I swear! I might even start a petition. You just wait and see. And if you don't do it soon, I'm going to make no dent whatsoever while I pretend people actually care when I threaten to leave but never do.

    The Oblivious Complainer
    • I really don't like this. I wish there was this thing called Settings where I could toggle a check-box to simply opt out of a subtle change. Instead, I think I'll turn it into a big ordeal where I'll blame everyone and everything else. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. I'm going to spend the next 15 minutes denouncing Google instead of thinking and investing 30 seconds to understand how it actually works. I mean, can't they at least give me the option to view posts from each circle or to remove posts from my stream? And now there's not one, but two vertical thingies? That's like, quadruple the number of columns. Waaaay too cluttered. I can't handle thinking about one thing, and now you want me to think about two?

    The Uninformed Rebel-Hater
    • I completely and utterly hate this new change. It's terrible. I don't have the update yet, but from what I've heard, it's worse than Hitler. I have no idea what I'm talking about, but mark my words--it sucks!

    If you don't see this new feature, don't worry. iDUMB will be rolling out to users over the coming week, so check back soon. We appreciate your ability to pretend to be patient while hitting F5 repeatedly until something breaks. In the meantime, keep asking when you will receive the new changes because that usually speeds the process up quite nicely.

    #googleplusupdate #Google+ #snarkalicious   #sarcasmwithahintoftruth  

    Bahaha here is a summary of the actual updates :P Overall, I like the changes! http://googleplusproject.blogspot.com/2013/05/new-google-stream-hangouts-and-photos.html
  • 46 plusses - 19 comments - 35 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-27 04:53:17
    RESHARE:
    A Broader Horizon, A New Perspective, A Deeper Understanding
    That's a plus.

    I have zero presence on other social media. I admit I may have used Xanga and Friendster back in the day, opened a MySpace account at one point, tweeted maybe 5 times in my life, and wandered around FB back when it was limited to college students. None of those services kept my interest.

    So why Google+? What made it "stick"?

    Well it didn't stick. Not at first.

    Thanks to a random individual in a comment thread on Lifehacker, I received my invite to Google+ on June 29, 2011 (I wasn't anywhere near as hooked up as +A.V. Flox -- I really had to scrounge the interwebz and beg for an invite... yes, uphill, both ways :P). I uploaded a photo, wrote a short profile intro, and then... well, then there was seemingly nothing left to do, so I logged out.

    I'm not entirely sure at what point things really took off. "Back then" there weren't shared circles, recommended users, a suggested users list, what's hot section, trending topics, hashtags, a way to import contacts, or even search capabilities. In retrospect, how we found other people with similar interests is beyond me!

    G+ became more active for me when 1.) I chose to post publicly (unless there was a good reason not to -- honestly, I was reluctant to at first), 2.) I shared my own interests and passions for others to identify with, 3.) I became proactive in seeking out and helping other users, and 4.) I interacted with people and participated in conversations.

    I'm not a tech journalist. I'm not a social media marketer. I'm not a news columnist. I'm not a community something-or-other. I don't own a blog. I don't own a website. I had no prior established online presence. In fact, using G+ to share ideas is the most "blogging" I've ever done. I'm here for fun, to connect, and to learn.

    There are tons of reasons why I like G+. +A.V. Flox mentioned several of them already.

    The biggest reason is the people (you!), the fact that G+ started out as a global community, and the fact that these core groups of community members are excited and passionate about what they're doing, building, and sharing together.

    Another reason is the level of connection G+ facilitates between groups of individuals. What's great is not only the potential of whom we can connect with, but how we connect with them. The other day I was participating in a Hangout On Air from my location in the U.S. with a scientist in Australia interviewing people in India about their ideas on the accessibility of clean water. We were all talking "face-to-face-to-face" simultaneously, in real-time, with instant feedback and interaction.

    Other times, I've been in regular Hangouts ("off air") speaking to random young adults in China who were on G+ through a secured proxy connection. Hearing from them about their day-to-day lives, their government, and their world view was fascinating, particularly because their lives are so different than mine. I didn't read about their opinions in an article or watch a segment on TV -- I asked them directly.

    That was just one moment in a single Hangout on a single day out of many hundreds of days that I've been here.

    Yes, the Hangouts from underwater, Mount Everest, the Space Station, and everything in between were amazing (that's an understatement!) What I appreciate the most is the potential of Google+ as a communication, collaboration, content discovery, and information tool to cross-pollinate knowledge, grow ideas, and expand our minds.

    These are just some of the reasons why I like G+, why I am here, and how I use it. People have and continue to use it in many different ways. The beauty of this platform is in its scope and versatility too.

    The past 16 months on Google+ has been an adventure. I meet new people every day. I learn something new every day. I am inspired every day.

    So, thanks "random person" for my initial G+ invite, to the people who read, +1, and comment on my posts, to all the new friends I've made, and to all the Googlers who work hard to make tomorrow even more awesome than today.

    What has Google+ given you? Why are you here?

    Reshared text:
    Someone recently posted about coming back to Google+ after a brief absence to give it another shot and finding it a barren wasteland. Despite only being circled by 12 people, as of this moment, that post has spread through word of mouth and now has 72 comments from people of all disciplines all over the world. 

    When people ask me what social media does for me, why I bother to post as frequently as I do and why I spend so much time commenting, I find it difficult to convey the level of connection it has enabled in my life. For me, social media started before we had a word for it, on LiveJournal over ten years ago, where I amassed an incredible number of friends from around the world doing exactly what I do here. At the time, I thought it was a blessed position to hold, but I didn't think it would one day become the way of things. Face it -- would I have been so active had I not been living on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere, and then out of a series of suitcases as I made my way all over the world? I didn't realize just how critical social media would become to life until 2007, when Twitter started to gain mass appeal.

    Today, it continues to blow my mind that I made as many friends and business contacts 140 characters at a time. When I was getting a divorce, it was Twitter which provided me with a caravan of friends to steal me away from a volatile situation. I have found everything from my divorce attorney to employment to a stripper pole through Twitter. KTLA found me on Twitter. The Los Angeles Times found me on Twitter. The Village Voice found me on Twitter. Twitter! Where I was talking about what I had had for lunch!

    When Google+ came on the scene, I got an invite through a friend at Mashable who assured me I would love it. I didn't think any network could possibly beat Twitter, but I was wrong. Long-form posting reminded me of everything I had once loved about blogging. For years people have said that blogging is dead, that the future is micro-sharing, but Google+ has proved them wrong. I don't know another platform through which I can share this much and engage so many people in so many different ways. I love being a columnist, but this is what I was really born to do. This here. Talking with people as opposed to talking at them. Sharing images of my life. Playing Breakfast Combo. Hanging out. 

    It's true that the hype is gone and with it the webutantes and marketers, but what we have been left with here is a massive core group of people who believe in the platform and come back every day to share with one another. These are the glory days. These "ghost town" days are the days we'll look back on with nostalgia when we think about this network in the future. These are the days we became thick as thieves while the naysayers said there was nothing here.

    I haven't the words to tell you how much this network has given me -- even the "real names" policy debacle was critical in the development of my views. I never considered having a pseudonym a political statement. In fact, I thought about giving it up in 2008 when it became clear real names were the name of the game. If rebranding hadn't seemed like such a time-consuming effort, I would have. I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I was suspended for it here and that I turned the news cycle upside down screaming about it. I think those of us who fought the policy had a hand in shaping the internet in a critical way and likewise, the battle shaped us. I will always remain pseudonymous to show my solidarity with those who truly need the protection of a pseudonym. I will always fight to ensure people understand that a pseudonym does not mean one is not accountable for their actions. 

    That's only one thing Google+ has given me -- without meaning to. But it has also given me the kinds of things that align with the vision of those who created the network: sources for articles (and fast!), business connections, co-conspirators for projects and adventures, friends and confidantes, and, in a way, a new lease on life. Yes -- in a very real sense -- this network brought me back to life. I owe it everything. 

    So, +Ben Parr. Thanks for that invite. And all of you Googlers who developed this network, who continue working your asses off to make sure that Google+ keeps growing into the safe place to share and get to know one another that it was built to be -- thank you. I don't often talk about the little changes I see -- the way What's Hot seems to more and more reflect my tastes, the way annoying "hi!" comments are being removed as spam, to name a couple -- but I notice. And I'm grateful. 

    What has Google+ given you? Why are you here?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-09 01:39:10
    Schemer is a new Google service that launched into private beta today and aims to help you find things to do based on your location and interests.

    I have 20 invites available. Comment on this post and I'll send you the invite link in a separate private message. First come, first serve!

    If you get your invite from me, please pay it forward by signing in and going to the home page where you will find your invite link to share too :)
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-25 23:12:58
    Do Not Delete "Other Contacts" in Gmail

    A tip for newer G+ users:

    Google+ stores the names of people you circled in your address book in Gmail under "Other Contacts". Do not delete people's names from this section, otherwise it will delete those people from your G+ circles too.

    If you accidentally deleted them already, you can undo or reverse the process by restoring an older version of your contacts:
    1. Go to Gmail
    2. Go to the "Contacts" section (left-hand side under the "Mail" link)
    3. Click on the "More" drop-down menu (across the top of the page to the right of Groups & Email buttons)
    4. Click on "Restore contacts..."
    5. Choose a pre-defined or custom time period within the past 30 days to restore your contacts to.
    6. Click "Restore".

    This should instantly restore your contact list to that previous version and prevent you from having to manually add all those people back again!
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-18 06:57:50
    Can't sleep? I may have found the cure* to insomnia. Read on...

    The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System

    Primary routes of the Interstate Highway System in the U.S. are assigned numbers less than 100. Generally, the roads are odd numbered if they run north-south and even numbered if they run east-west, increasing in number from south to north and west to east. Major arterial roads are divisible by 5. Of course, there are exceptions, particularly in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.

    Auxiliary roads are assigned three-digit numbers with the last two digits corresponding to the primary route that it connects to. The first digit of these auxiliary roads is an odd number if it is a radial roadway and an even number if it is a circumferential highway. Radial roadways cross the primary route once and feed traffic from neighboring metropolitan areas, while circumferential roadways are circular and lead back to the primary expressway as an alternate route (i.e., it crosses the major interstate highway at least twice--see picture below).

    A commonly stated but erroneous "fact" about the U.S. Interstate System is that 1 in 5 miles of roadway is straight so that airplanes can land on them in emergencies. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's website clearly states that is a myth. Although planes occasionally land on Interstates when there are no alternatives, the roads were not designed with that purpose in mind.

    See? Cured! Zzzzz...
    (*Your mileage may vary.)

    #highway #roads #insomnia
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-05-16 06:07:29
    [A bit of satiric comedy :) ]

    Ever have the problem where you're trying to filter out melodramatic, close-minded, impetuous, or spoiled individuals, but combing through each circle becomes a bit tedious? Do you ever think, "Wouldn't it be great if there was a telltale psychological indicator revealing the maturity, sensibility, and poise (or lack thereof) of people in your circles?"

    Us too. That's why starting today, we're happy to announce a great new feature we think you'll really enjoy. It's called the "initiative to Delete, Uncircle, Mute, and Block", or iDUMB for short.

    Here's how it works:

    Start by monitoring your stream very carefully. The moment a new update is rolled out, people will begin to make extremely negative, rebellious, hyperbolic, reactionary, and/or self-centered comments. (In other words, they will FREAK the heck out!)

    Now here's the ingenious part. Instead of having to seek out each person to remove him or her from your circles, he, she, or it automatically comes to you! This makes it super easy to identify and <delete> their hostile messages, <uncircle> them to prevent future annoyances, <mute> them to get rid of their pesky notifications, and <block> them to avoid further exposure.

    Since it is quite common to confuse incoherent babbling for healthy skepticism, fair & balanced opinion, and constructive, well-formulated feedback, we've provided some examples of what to look for:

    The Melodramatic
    • OMG!!1!one!! Why the heck do they keep moving things around every 2 microseconds?! Isn't this the eleventieth change they've made today? I can't take this anymore. The world will not go on. My life is ruined! RUINED, I tell you!

    The Uncool-Competitor Dig
    • What is this? If I wanted this junk, I'd use MyPinBook. It's as ugly as dead Friendster's and MySpace's baby's regurgitated Facebook timeline. Even Microsoft's Socl is better than this.

    The Impatient and Overreactive Micromanager
    • Alert the press! This button broke with the new update! I need to make 3 posts in every community asking everyone, "Am I the only one?" It broke a second ago, and now I will proceed to write a lengthy dissertation and rant on why Google+ is sooo buggy and just doesn't "get" social! This should have been fixed yesterday! [5 seconds later...] Oh nevermind, it's working again.

    The Lazy Egotistical Self-Proclaimed Expert
    • This UI sucks. I drew art in kindergarten once, and clearly this makes me the world's authority on design. Who hires these monkeys? I want MY left-side navigation bar back, and I don't want to have to expend the extra 1/8th calorie to move my mouse over the icon. Next thing you know, you'll make me actually have to click on something! It's MY menu. I should be able to do whatever I want with it! Why can't you understand the world revolves around ME?

    The Gutted Martyr and Self-Hostage
    • I've been a very loyal user of Google products for my entire existence since I was a fetus. Heck, I even used Google Reader once or twice. I am deeply disappointed in Google for taking 5 steps backwards, turning 180 degrees, and taking 5 more steps backwards. Unless you revert things back to the design I hated the last time you made an update, I'm going to rage quit. I swear! I might even start a petition. You just wait and see. And if you don't do it soon, I'm going to make no dent whatsoever while I pretend people actually care when I threaten to leave but never do.

    The Oblivious Complainer
    • I really don't like this. I wish there was this thing called Settings where I could toggle a check-box to simply opt out of a subtle change. Instead, I think I'll turn it into a big ordeal where I'll blame everyone and everything else. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. I'm going to spend the next 15 minutes denouncing Google instead of thinking and investing 30 seconds to understand how it actually works. I mean, can't they at least give me the option to view posts from each circle or to remove posts from my stream? And now there's not one, but two vertical thingies? That's like, quadruple the number of columns. Waaaay too cluttered. I can't handle thinking about one thing, and now you want me to think about two?

    The Uninformed Rebel-Hater
    • I completely and utterly hate this new change. It's terrible. I don't have the update yet, but from what I've heard, it's worse than Hitler. I have no idea what I'm talking about, but mark my words--it sucks!

    If you don't see this new feature, don't worry. iDUMB will be rolling out to users over the coming week, so check back soon. We appreciate your ability to pretend to be patient while hitting F5 repeatedly until something breaks. In the meantime, keep asking when you will receive the new changes because that usually speeds the process up quite nicely.

    #googleplusupdate #Google+ #snarkalicious   #sarcasmwithahintoftruth  

    Bahaha here is a summary of the actual updates :P Overall, I like the changes! http://googleplusproject.blogspot.com/2013/05/new-google-stream-hangouts-and-photos.html
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-27 04:53:17
    RESHARE:
    A Broader Horizon, A New Perspective, A Deeper Understanding
    That's a plus.

    I have zero presence on other social media. I admit I may have used Xanga and Friendster back in the day, opened a MySpace account at one point, tweeted maybe 5 times in my life, and wandered around FB back when it was limited to college students. None of those services kept my interest.

    So why Google+? What made it "stick"?

    Well it didn't stick. Not at first.

    Thanks to a random individual in a comment thread on Lifehacker, I received my invite to Google+ on June 29, 2011 (I wasn't anywhere near as hooked up as +A.V. Flox -- I really had to scrounge the interwebz and beg for an invite... yes, uphill, both ways :P). I uploaded a photo, wrote a short profile intro, and then... well, then there was seemingly nothing left to do, so I logged out.

    I'm not entirely sure at what point things really took off. "Back then" there weren't shared circles, recommended users, a suggested users list, what's hot section, trending topics, hashtags, a way to import contacts, or even search capabilities. In retrospect, how we found other people with similar interests is beyond me!

    G+ became more active for me when 1.) I chose to post publicly (unless there was a good reason not to -- honestly, I was reluctant to at first), 2.) I shared my own interests and passions for others to identify with, 3.) I became proactive in seeking out and helping other users, and 4.) I interacted with people and participated in conversations.

    I'm not a tech journalist. I'm not a social media marketer. I'm not a news columnist. I'm not a community something-or-other. I don't own a blog. I don't own a website. I had no prior established online presence. In fact, using G+ to share ideas is the most "blogging" I've ever done. I'm here for fun, to connect, and to learn.

    There are tons of reasons why I like G+. +A.V. Flox mentioned several of them already.

    The biggest reason is the people (you!), the fact that G+ started out as a global community, and the fact that these core groups of community members are excited and passionate about what they're doing, building, and sharing together.

    Another reason is the level of connection G+ facilitates between groups of individuals. What's great is not only the potential of whom we can connect with, but how we connect with them. The other day I was participating in a Hangout On Air from my location in the U.S. with a scientist in Australia interviewing people in India about their ideas on the accessibility of clean water. We were all talking "face-to-face-to-face" simultaneously, in real-time, with instant feedback and interaction.

    Other times, I've been in regular Hangouts ("off air") speaking to random young adults in China who were on G+ through a secured proxy connection. Hearing from them about their day-to-day lives, their government, and their world view was fascinating, particularly because their lives are so different than mine. I didn't read about their opinions in an article or watch a segment on TV -- I asked them directly.

    That was just one moment in a single Hangout on a single day out of many hundreds of days that I've been here.

    Yes, the Hangouts from underwater, Mount Everest, the Space Station, and everything in between were amazing (that's an understatement!) What I appreciate the most is the potential of Google+ as a communication, collaboration, content discovery, and information tool to cross-pollinate knowledge, grow ideas, and expand our minds.

    These are just some of the reasons why I like G+, why I am here, and how I use it. People have and continue to use it in many different ways. The beauty of this platform is in its scope and versatility too.

    The past 16 months on Google+ has been an adventure. I meet new people every day. I learn something new every day. I am inspired every day.

    So, thanks "random person" for my initial G+ invite, to the people who read, +1, and comment on my posts, to all the new friends I've made, and to all the Googlers who work hard to make tomorrow even more awesome than today.

    What has Google+ given you? Why are you here?

    Reshared text:
    Someone recently posted about coming back to Google+ after a brief absence to give it another shot and finding it a barren wasteland. Despite only being circled by 12 people, as of this moment, that post has spread through word of mouth and now has 72 comments from people of all disciplines all over the world. 

    When people ask me what social media does for me, why I bother to post as frequently as I do and why I spend so much time commenting, I find it difficult to convey the level of connection it has enabled in my life. For me, social media started before we had a word for it, on LiveJournal over ten years ago, where I amassed an incredible number of friends from around the world doing exactly what I do here. At the time, I thought it was a blessed position to hold, but I didn't think it would one day become the way of things. Face it -- would I have been so active had I not been living on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere, and then out of a series of suitcases as I made my way all over the world? I didn't realize just how critical social media would become to life until 2007, when Twitter started to gain mass appeal.

    Today, it continues to blow my mind that I made as many friends and business contacts 140 characters at a time. When I was getting a divorce, it was Twitter which provided me with a caravan of friends to steal me away from a volatile situation. I have found everything from my divorce attorney to employment to a stripper pole through Twitter. KTLA found me on Twitter. The Los Angeles Times found me on Twitter. The Village Voice found me on Twitter. Twitter! Where I was talking about what I had had for lunch!

    When Google+ came on the scene, I got an invite through a friend at Mashable who assured me I would love it. I didn't think any network could possibly beat Twitter, but I was wrong. Long-form posting reminded me of everything I had once loved about blogging. For years people have said that blogging is dead, that the future is micro-sharing, but Google+ has proved them wrong. I don't know another platform through which I can share this much and engage so many people in so many different ways. I love being a columnist, but this is what I was really born to do. This here. Talking with people as opposed to talking at them. Sharing images of my life. Playing Breakfast Combo. Hanging out. 

    It's true that the hype is gone and with it the webutantes and marketers, but what we have been left with here is a massive core group of people who believe in the platform and come back every day to share with one another. These are the glory days. These "ghost town" days are the days we'll look back on with nostalgia when we think about this network in the future. These are the days we became thick as thieves while the naysayers said there was nothing here.

    I haven't the words to tell you how much this network has given me -- even the "real names" policy debacle was critical in the development of my views. I never considered having a pseudonym a political statement. In fact, I thought about giving it up in 2008 when it became clear real names were the name of the game. If rebranding hadn't seemed like such a time-consuming effort, I would have. I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I was suspended for it here and that I turned the news cycle upside down screaming about it. I think those of us who fought the policy had a hand in shaping the internet in a critical way and likewise, the battle shaped us. I will always remain pseudonymous to show my solidarity with those who truly need the protection of a pseudonym. I will always fight to ensure people understand that a pseudonym does not mean one is not accountable for their actions. 

    That's only one thing Google+ has given me -- without meaning to. But it has also given me the kinds of things that align with the vision of those who created the network: sources for articles (and fast!), business connections, co-conspirators for projects and adventures, friends and confidantes, and, in a way, a new lease on life. Yes -- in a very real sense -- this network brought me back to life. I owe it everything. 

    So, +Ben Parr. Thanks for that invite. And all of you Googlers who developed this network, who continue working your asses off to make sure that Google+ keeps growing into the safe place to share and get to know one another that it was built to be -- thank you. I don't often talk about the little changes I see -- the way What's Hot seems to more and more reflect my tastes, the way annoying "hi!" comments are being removed as spam, to name a couple -- but I notice. And I'm grateful. 

    What has Google+ given you? Why are you here?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-09 01:39:10
    Schemer is a new Google service that launched into private beta today and aims to help you find things to do based on your location and interests.

    I have 20 invites available. Comment on this post and I'll send you the invite link in a separate private message. First come, first serve!

    If you get your invite from me, please pay it forward by signing in and going to the home page where you will find your invite link to share too :)
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-25 23:12:58
    Do Not Delete "Other Contacts" in Gmail

    A tip for newer G+ users:

    Google+ stores the names of people you circled in your address book in Gmail under "Other Contacts". Do not delete people's names from this section, otherwise it will delete those people from your G+ circles too.

    If you accidentally deleted them already, you can undo or reverse the process by restoring an older version of your contacts:
    1. Go to Gmail
    2. Go to the "Contacts" section (left-hand side under the "Mail" link)
    3. Click on the "More" drop-down menu (across the top of the page to the right of Groups & Email buttons)
    4. Click on "Restore contacts..."
    5. Choose a pre-defined or custom time period within the past 30 days to restore your contacts to.
    6. Click "Restore".

    This should instantly restore your contact list to that previous version and prevent you from having to manually add all those people back again!
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-18 06:57:50
    Can't sleep? I may have found the cure* to insomnia. Read on...

    The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System

    Primary routes of the Interstate Highway System in the U.S. are assigned numbers less than 100. Generally, the roads are odd numbered if they run north-south and even numbered if they run east-west, increasing in number from south to north and west to east. Major arterial roads are divisible by 5. Of course, there are exceptions, particularly in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.

    Auxiliary roads are assigned three-digit numbers with the last two digits corresponding to the primary route that it connects to. The first digit of these auxiliary roads is an odd number if it is a radial roadway and an even number if it is a circumferential highway. Radial roadways cross the primary route once and feed traffic from neighboring metropolitan areas, while circumferential roadways are circular and lead back to the primary expressway as an alternate route (i.e., it crosses the major interstate highway at least twice--see picture below).

    A commonly stated but erroneous "fact" about the U.S. Interstate System is that 1 in 5 miles of roadway is straight so that airplanes can land on them in emergencies. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's website clearly states that is a myth. Although planes occasionally land on Interstates when there are no alternatives, the roads were not designed with that purpose in mind.

    See? Cured! Zzzzz...
    (*Your mileage may vary.)

    #highway #roads #insomnia
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-05-16 06:07:29
    [A bit of satiric comedy :) ]

    Ever have the problem where you're trying to filter out melodramatic, close-minded, impetuous, or spoiled individuals, but combing through each circle becomes a bit tedious? Do you ever think, "Wouldn't it be great if there was a telltale psychological indicator revealing the maturity, sensibility, and poise (or lack thereof) of people in your circles?"

    Us too. That's why starting today, we're happy to announce a great new feature we think you'll really enjoy. It's called the "initiative to Delete, Uncircle, Mute, and Block", or iDUMB for short.

    Here's how it works:

    Start by monitoring your stream very carefully. The moment a new update is rolled out, people will begin to make extremely negative, rebellious, hyperbolic, reactionary, and/or self-centered comments. (In other words, they will FREAK the heck out!)

    Now here's the ingenious part. Instead of having to seek out each person to remove him or her from your circles, he, she, or it automatically comes to you! This makes it super easy to identify and <delete> their hostile messages, <uncircle> them to prevent future annoyances, <mute> them to get rid of their pesky notifications, and <block> them to avoid further exposure.

    Since it is quite common to confuse incoherent babbling for healthy skepticism, fair & balanced opinion, and constructive, well-formulated feedback, we've provided some examples of what to look for:

    The Melodramatic
    • OMG!!1!one!! Why the heck do they keep moving things around every 2 microseconds?! Isn't this the eleventieth change they've made today? I can't take this anymore. The world will not go on. My life is ruined! RUINED, I tell you!

    The Uncool-Competitor Dig
    • What is this? If I wanted this junk, I'd use MyPinBook. It's as ugly as dead Friendster's and MySpace's baby's regurgitated Facebook timeline. Even Microsoft's Socl is better than this.

    The Impatient and Overreactive Micromanager
    • Alert the press! This button broke with the new update! I need to make 3 posts in every community asking everyone, "Am I the only one?" It broke a second ago, and now I will proceed to write a lengthy dissertation and rant on why Google+ is sooo buggy and just doesn't "get" social! This should have been fixed yesterday! [5 seconds later...] Oh nevermind, it's working again.

    The Lazy Egotistical Self-Proclaimed Expert
    • This UI sucks. I drew art in kindergarten once, and clearly this makes me the world's authority on design. Who hires these monkeys? I want MY left-side navigation bar back, and I don't want to have to expend the extra 1/8th calorie to move my mouse over the icon. Next thing you know, you'll make me actually have to click on something! It's MY menu. I should be able to do whatever I want with it! Why can't you understand the world revolves around ME?

    The Gutted Martyr and Self-Hostage
    • I've been a very loyal user of Google products for my entire existence since I was a fetus. Heck, I even used Google Reader once or twice. I am deeply disappointed in Google for taking 5 steps backwards, turning 180 degrees, and taking 5 more steps backwards. Unless you revert things back to the design I hated the last time you made an update, I'm going to rage quit. I swear! I might even start a petition. You just wait and see. And if you don't do it soon, I'm going to make no dent whatsoever while I pretend people actually care when I threaten to leave but never do.

    The Oblivious Complainer
    • I really don't like this. I wish there was this thing called Settings where I could toggle a check-box to simply opt out of a subtle change. Instead, I think I'll turn it into a big ordeal where I'll blame everyone and everything else. Yeah, that sounds like a good idea. I'm going to spend the next 15 minutes denouncing Google instead of thinking and investing 30 seconds to understand how it actually works. I mean, can't they at least give me the option to view posts from each circle or to remove posts from my stream? And now there's not one, but two vertical thingies? That's like, quadruple the number of columns. Waaaay too cluttered. I can't handle thinking about one thing, and now you want me to think about two?

    The Uninformed Rebel-Hater
    • I completely and utterly hate this new change. It's terrible. I don't have the update yet, but from what I've heard, it's worse than Hitler. I have no idea what I'm talking about, but mark my words--it sucks!

    If you don't see this new feature, don't worry. iDUMB will be rolling out to users over the coming week, so check back soon. We appreciate your ability to pretend to be patient while hitting F5 repeatedly until something breaks. In the meantime, keep asking when you will receive the new changes because that usually speeds the process up quite nicely.

    #googleplusupdate #Google+ #snarkalicious   #sarcasmwithahintoftruth  

    Bahaha here is a summary of the actual updates :P Overall, I like the changes! http://googleplusproject.blogspot.com/2013/05/new-google-stream-hangouts-and-photos.html
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-27 04:53:17
    RESHARE:
    A Broader Horizon, A New Perspective, A Deeper Understanding
    That's a plus.

    I have zero presence on other social media. I admit I may have used Xanga and Friendster back in the day, opened a MySpace account at one point, tweeted maybe 5 times in my life, and wandered around FB back when it was limited to college students. None of those services kept my interest.

    So why Google+? What made it "stick"?

    Well it didn't stick. Not at first.

    Thanks to a random individual in a comment thread on Lifehacker, I received my invite to Google+ on June 29, 2011 (I wasn't anywhere near as hooked up as +A.V. Flox -- I really had to scrounge the interwebz and beg for an invite... yes, uphill, both ways :P). I uploaded a photo, wrote a short profile intro, and then... well, then there was seemingly nothing left to do, so I logged out.

    I'm not entirely sure at what point things really took off. "Back then" there weren't shared circles, recommended users, a suggested users list, what's hot section, trending topics, hashtags, a way to import contacts, or even search capabilities. In retrospect, how we found other people with similar interests is beyond me!

    G+ became more active for me when 1.) I chose to post publicly (unless there was a good reason not to -- honestly, I was reluctant to at first), 2.) I shared my own interests and passions for others to identify with, 3.) I became proactive in seeking out and helping other users, and 4.) I interacted with people and participated in conversations.

    I'm not a tech journalist. I'm not a social media marketer. I'm not a news columnist. I'm not a community something-or-other. I don't own a blog. I don't own a website. I had no prior established online presence. In fact, using G+ to share ideas is the most "blogging" I've ever done. I'm here for fun, to connect, and to learn.

    There are tons of reasons why I like G+. +A.V. Flox mentioned several of them already.

    The biggest reason is the people (you!), the fact that G+ started out as a global community, and the fact that these core groups of community members are excited and passionate about what they're doing, building, and sharing together.

    Another reason is the level of connection G+ facilitates between groups of individuals. What's great is not only the potential of whom we can connect with, but how we connect with them. The other day I was participating in a Hangout On Air from my location in the U.S. with a scientist in Australia interviewing people in India about their ideas on the accessibility of clean water. We were all talking "face-to-face-to-face" simultaneously, in real-time, with instant feedback and interaction.

    Other times, I've been in regular Hangouts ("off air") speaking to random young adults in China who were on G+ through a secured proxy connection. Hearing from them about their day-to-day lives, their government, and their world view was fascinating, particularly because their lives are so different than mine. I didn't read about their opinions in an article or watch a segment on TV -- I asked them directly.

    That was just one moment in a single Hangout on a single day out of many hundreds of days that I've been here.

    Yes, the Hangouts from underwater, Mount Everest, the Space Station, and everything in between were amazing (that's an understatement!) What I appreciate the most is the potential of Google+ as a communication, collaboration, content discovery, and information tool to cross-pollinate knowledge, grow ideas, and expand our minds.

    These are just some of the reasons why I like G+, why I am here, and how I use it. People have and continue to use it in many different ways. The beauty of this platform is in its scope and versatility too.

    The past 16 months on Google+ has been an adventure. I meet new people every day. I learn something new every day. I am inspired every day.

    So, thanks "random person" for my initial G+ invite, to the people who read, +1, and comment on my posts, to all the new friends I've made, and to all the Googlers who work hard to make tomorrow even more awesome than today.

    What has Google+ given you? Why are you here?

    Reshared text:
    Someone recently posted about coming back to Google+ after a brief absence to give it another shot and finding it a barren wasteland. Despite only being circled by 12 people, as of this moment, that post has spread through word of mouth and now has 72 comments from people of all disciplines all over the world. 

    When people ask me what social media does for me, why I bother to post as frequently as I do and why I spend so much time commenting, I find it difficult to convey the level of connection it has enabled in my life. For me, social media started before we had a word for it, on LiveJournal over ten years ago, where I amassed an incredible number of friends from around the world doing exactly what I do here. At the time, I thought it was a blessed position to hold, but I didn't think it would one day become the way of things. Face it -- would I have been so active had I not been living on a tiny island in the middle of nowhere, and then out of a series of suitcases as I made my way all over the world? I didn't realize just how critical social media would become to life until 2007, when Twitter started to gain mass appeal.

    Today, it continues to blow my mind that I made as many friends and business contacts 140 characters at a time. When I was getting a divorce, it was Twitter which provided me with a caravan of friends to steal me away from a volatile situation. I have found everything from my divorce attorney to employment to a stripper pole through Twitter. KTLA found me on Twitter. The Los Angeles Times found me on Twitter. The Village Voice found me on Twitter. Twitter! Where I was talking about what I had had for lunch!

    When Google+ came on the scene, I got an invite through a friend at Mashable who assured me I would love it. I didn't think any network could possibly beat Twitter, but I was wrong. Long-form posting reminded me of everything I had once loved about blogging. For years people have said that blogging is dead, that the future is micro-sharing, but Google+ has proved them wrong. I don't know another platform through which I can share this much and engage so many people in so many different ways. I love being a columnist, but this is what I was really born to do. This here. Talking with people as opposed to talking at them. Sharing images of my life. Playing Breakfast Combo. Hanging out. 

    It's true that the hype is gone and with it the webutantes and marketers, but what we have been left with here is a massive core group of people who believe in the platform and come back every day to share with one another. These are the glory days. These "ghost town" days are the days we'll look back on with nostalgia when we think about this network in the future. These are the days we became thick as thieves while the naysayers said there was nothing here.

    I haven't the words to tell you how much this network has given me -- even the "real names" policy debacle was critical in the development of my views. I never considered having a pseudonym a political statement. In fact, I thought about giving it up in 2008 when it became clear real names were the name of the game. If rebranding hadn't seemed like such a time-consuming effort, I would have. I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I was suspended for it here and that I turned the news cycle upside down screaming about it. I think those of us who fought the policy had a hand in shaping the internet in a critical way and likewise, the battle shaped us. I will always remain pseudonymous to show my solidarity with those who truly need the protection of a pseudonym. I will always fight to ensure people understand that a pseudonym does not mean one is not accountable for their actions. 

    That's only one thing Google+ has given me -- without meaning to. But it has also given me the kinds of things that align with the vision of those who created the network: sources for articles (and fast!), business connections, co-conspirators for projects and adventures, friends and confidantes, and, in a way, a new lease on life. Yes -- in a very real sense -- this network brought me back to life. I owe it everything. 

    So, +Ben Parr. Thanks for that invite. And all of you Googlers who developed this network, who continue working your asses off to make sure that Google+ keeps growing into the safe place to share and get to know one another that it was built to be -- thank you. I don't often talk about the little changes I see -- the way What's Hot seems to more and more reflect my tastes, the way annoying "hi!" comments are being removed as spam, to name a couple -- but I notice. And I'm grateful. 

    What has Google+ given you? Why are you here?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-07-31 23:03:39
    Circle Management Tip

    It has been intuitively obvious how to add and sort people into circles, but less apparent on how to consolidate large numbers of duplicates with minimal effort. Lo and behold, there is an easy (easier?) way.

    Recently, Google intern Brett van Zuiden provided the much coveted ability to rearrange the order of your circles:

    https://plus.google.com/113895942978964425455/posts/igWgAhX22qM

    Along with this upgrade came the simple ability to drag-and-drop circles from the list in the bottom section of the circle management page into the 'people panel' above without extra clicks.

    Also, note that when a person's profile card is selected, the selection stays fixed until it is intentionally deselected--i.e., you can change which circles you see in "tab view" without having to re-select the same people all over again.

    With that in mind, here is how to quickly remove duplicates without having to pick through an entire list of people one by one:

    1.) Drag-and-drop the first circle of interest--presumably the one with fewer members--to the top (it is easier to sort through a small circle than a giant "catch-all" circle).
    2.) Click on "More actions" drop-down menu.
    3.) Choose "Select all".
    4.) (Optional) Deselect any individuals you want to keep duplicates of.
    5.) Now drag-and-drop the second larger circle (e.g., Friends) to the top.
    6.) Only the 1st subset of people who are also in this 2nd larger set (the duplicates) will remain highlighted and on display.
    7.) Lastly, click "Remove". Now your "Obnoxious Buddies" sub-group will no longer be duplicated in your larger generic Friends circle.

    Keep in mind that the 1st circle you load into tab view contains the individuals you will remove from the 2nd circle only if they overlap. Stated differently, if Bob is selected in your "Obnoxious Buddies" group (the 1st circle) but does not already exist as a duplicate in your "Friends" group (the 2nd circle), he won't show up when the 2nd circle is loaded into tab view. Don't worry, you are not deleting Bob! (phew)


    Related: Also refer to +Ahmed Zeeshan's helpful post on conceptually organizing your circles into groups based upon whom you share content with (output) and whom you want to read content from (input): http://bit.ly/gpcircles.

    [A large compilation of other Google+ resources, references, and tips can also be found here: http://j.mp/gplus-resources]

    cc: +Ryan Crowe
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-07-31 23:03:39
    Circle Management Tip

    It has been intuitively obvious how to add and sort people into circles, but less apparent on how to consolidate large numbers of duplicates with minimal effort. Lo and behold, there is an easy (easier?) way.

    Recently, Google intern Brett van Zuiden provided the much coveted ability to rearrange the order of your circles:

    https://plus.google.com/113895942978964425455/posts/igWgAhX22qM

    Along with this upgrade came the simple ability to drag-and-drop circles from the list in the bottom section of the circle management page into the 'people panel' above without extra clicks.

    Also, note that when a person's profile card is selected, the selection stays fixed until it is intentionally deselected--i.e., you can change which circles you see in "tab view" without having to re-select the same people all over again.

    With that in mind, here is how to quickly remove duplicates without having to pick through an entire list of people one by one:

    1.) Drag-and-drop the first circle of interest--presumably the one with fewer members--to the top (it is easier to sort through a small circle than a giant "catch-all" circle).
    2.) Click on "More actions" drop-down menu.
    3.) Choose "Select all".
    4.) (Optional) Deselect any individuals you want to keep duplicates of.
    5.) Now drag-and-drop the second larger circle (e.g., Friends) to the top.
    6.) Only the 1st subset of people who are also in this 2nd larger set (the duplicates) will remain highlighted and on display.
    7.) Lastly, click "Remove". Now your "Obnoxious Buddies" sub-group will no longer be duplicated in your larger generic Friends circle.

    Keep in mind that the 1st circle you load into tab view contains the individuals you will remove from the 2nd circle only if they overlap. Stated differently, if Bob is selected in your "Obnoxious Buddies" group (the 1st circle) but does not already exist as a duplicate in your "Friends" group (the 2nd circle), he won't show up when the 2nd circle is loaded into tab view. Don't worry, you are not deleting Bob! (phew)


    Related: Also refer to +Ahmed Zeeshan's helpful post on conceptually organizing your circles into groups based upon whom you share content with (output) and whom you want to read content from (input): http://bit.ly/gpcircles.

    [A large compilation of other Google+ resources, references, and tips can also be found here: http://j.mp/gplus-resources]

    cc: +Ryan Crowe
  • 9 plusses - 18 comments - 11 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-07-31 23:03:39
    Circle Management Tip

    It has been intuitively obvious how to add and sort people into circles, but less apparent on how to consolidate large numbers of duplicates with minimal effort. Lo and behold, there is an easy (easier?) way.

    Recently, Google intern Brett van Zuiden provided the much coveted ability to rearrange the order of your circles:

    https://plus.google.com/113895942978964425455/posts/igWgAhX22qM

    Along with this upgrade came the simple ability to drag-and-drop circles from the list in the bottom section of the circle management page into the 'people panel' above without extra clicks.

    Also, note that when a person's profile card is selected, the selection stays fixed until it is intentionally deselected--i.e., you can change which circles you see in "tab view" without having to re-select the same people all over again.

    With that in mind, here is how to quickly remove duplicates without having to pick through an entire list of people one by one:

    1.) Drag-and-drop the first circle of interest--presumably the one with fewer members--to the top (it is easier to sort through a small circle than a giant "catch-all" circle).
    2.) Click on "More actions" drop-down menu.
    3.) Choose "Select all".
    4.) (Optional) Deselect any individuals you want to keep duplicates of.
    5.) Now drag-and-drop the second larger circle (e.g., Friends) to the top.
    6.) Only the 1st subset of people who are also in this 2nd larger set (the duplicates) will remain highlighted and on display.
    7.) Lastly, click "Remove". Now your "Obnoxious Buddies" sub-group will no longer be duplicated in your larger generic Friends circle.

    Keep in mind that the 1st circle you load into tab view contains the individuals you will remove from the 2nd circle only if they overlap. Stated differently, if Bob is selected in your "Obnoxious Buddies" group (the 1st circle) but does not already exist as a duplicate in your "Friends" group (the 2nd circle), he won't show up when the 2nd circle is loaded into tab view. Don't worry, you are not deleting Bob! (phew)


    Related: Also refer to +Ahmed Zeeshan's helpful post on conceptually organizing your circles into groups based upon whom you share content with (output) and whom you want to read content from (input): http://bit.ly/gpcircles.

    [A large compilation of other Google+ resources, references, and tips can also be found here: http://j.mp/gplus-resources]

    cc: +Ryan Crowe
  • 9 plusses - 18 comments - 11 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-16 04:42:53
    Archaeologists recently uncovered an ancient Egyptian harbor that predates any other known port structure in the world by 1,000 years. Along with the discovery are the oldest papyri ever found in Egypt, including some documenting daily activities of an official involved in building the the Great Pyramid.
  • 92 plusses - 17 comments - 34 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-08 06:49:24
    Institute for Centrifugal Research
    "Gravity is a mistake. We work hard to correct it."

    http://www.icr-science.org/about.htm

    :)
  • 47 plusses - 17 comments - 22 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-27 21:59:06
    Quick Facts About Video

    Here is a neat 3-minute video that reiterates that the future of online content is video.

    Fast Facts:

    YouTube is the biggest social media platform and the second largest search engine.

    48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

    Years to reach market audience of 50 million people:
    - Radio: 38 years
    - TV: 13 years
    - Internet: 4 years
    - Facebook: 2 years
    - Google+: 88 days

    Would be interesting to know the impact on traffic that YouTube has on Google+.
  • 197 plusses - 17 comments - 158 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-08 19:54:54
    Three apples that changed the world
  • 37 plusses - 17 comments - 27 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-27 02:55:42
    Google Community Managers

    If you are new to G+, here is a list of Google CM's for Google-related news and announcements:

    Katherine Gramann, CM for Google+ Hangouts
    Brian Rose, CM for Google+ Photos
    Toby Stein, CM for Google+ Mobile
    Natalie Villalobos, CM for Google+ Project

    Sky Bintliff, CM for Picnik
    Melissa Daniels, CM for Chrome OS
    Lisa Ding, CM for Blogger
    Nicole Drobeck, CM for 3D
    Kelly Fee, CM for Web Search
    Mark Harrison, CM for SketchUp
    Jacky Hayward, CM for Chrome
    Jonathan Lally, CM for Voice
    Adrienne Bernakevitch Ludwick, CM for Calendar
    Daniel Mabasa, CM for Maps
    Sarah Price, CM for Gmail
    Gerard Sanz, CM for Panoramio
    Vanessa Schneider, CM for Places
    Paul Wilcox, CM for Mobile
    Teresa Wu, CM for Docs
    Robin Ziegler, CM for Google Earth

    Johnathan Chung shared a circle with you.
  • 28 plusses - 17 comments - 18 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-19 20:44:07
    If you are new to Google+, here are some official links for a G+ overview, general information, help, settings, privacy, updates, and mobile apps:

    Google+ Demo: Take the tour
    http://www.google.com/+/demo/

    Google Blog: Introducting the Google+ Project:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-google-project-real-life.html

    Google+ Help Page:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/?p=help_center

    Google+ Help Forum:
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/+/learnmore/forum/index.html

    Google+ Privacy Guide:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?%20%20hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1347964&rd=1

    Google+ Account Settings:
    https://plus.google.com/settings/plus

    Google+ Data Liberation (Download your data):
    https://plus.google.com/settings/exportdata

    View Google Account Authorized Access List:
    https://www.google.com/accounts/b/0/IssuedAuthSubTokens

    View All Direct and Secondary Connections to Your Google Account:
    http://www.google.com/s2/u/0/search/social#socialconnections

    Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy:
    https://www.google.com/intl/en/+/policy/content.html

    Google+ Known Issues (problems Google is working on):
    https://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs

    Google+ Photos (Picasa Web Albums) FAQ:
    http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=1224181

    What's New in Google+:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=release_notes.cs&rd=1

    Google+ Interesting and Famous People to Follow:
    https://plus.google.com/getstarted/follow

    Google+ Android App:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.plus

    Google+ iPhone App:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google/id447119634
  • 37 plusses - 17 comments - 101 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-16 04:42:53
    Archaeologists recently uncovered an ancient Egyptian harbor that predates any other known port structure in the world by 1,000 years. Along with the discovery are the oldest papyri ever found in Egypt, including some documenting daily activities of an official involved in building the the Great Pyramid.
  • 92 plusses - 17 comments - 34 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-08 06:49:24
    Institute for Centrifugal Research
    "Gravity is a mistake. We work hard to correct it."

    http://www.icr-science.org/about.htm

    :)
  • 47 plusses - 17 comments - 22 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-27 21:59:06
    Quick Facts About Video

    Here is a neat 3-minute video that reiterates that the future of online content is video.

    Fast Facts:

    YouTube is the biggest social media platform and the second largest search engine.

    48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

    Years to reach market audience of 50 million people:
    - Radio: 38 years
    - TV: 13 years
    - Internet: 4 years
    - Facebook: 2 years
    - Google+: 88 days

    Would be interesting to know the impact on traffic that YouTube has on Google+.
  • 197 plusses - 17 comments - 158 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-08 19:54:54
    Three apples that changed the world
  • 37 plusses - 17 comments - 27 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-27 02:55:42
    Google Community Managers

    If you are new to G+, here is a list of Google CM's for Google-related news and announcements:

    Katherine Gramann, CM for Google+ Hangouts
    Brian Rose, CM for Google+ Photos
    Toby Stein, CM for Google+ Mobile
    Natalie Villalobos, CM for Google+ Project

    Sky Bintliff, CM for Picnik
    Melissa Daniels, CM for Chrome OS
    Lisa Ding, CM for Blogger
    Nicole Drobeck, CM for 3D
    Kelly Fee, CM for Web Search
    Mark Harrison, CM for SketchUp
    Jacky Hayward, CM for Chrome
    Jonathan Lally, CM for Voice
    Adrienne Bernakevitch Ludwick, CM for Calendar
    Daniel Mabasa, CM for Maps
    Sarah Price, CM for Gmail
    Gerard Sanz, CM for Panoramio
    Vanessa Schneider, CM for Places
    Paul Wilcox, CM for Mobile
    Teresa Wu, CM for Docs
    Robin Ziegler, CM for Google Earth

    Johnathan Chung shared a circle with you.
  • 28 plusses - 17 comments - 18 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-19 20:44:07
    If you are new to Google+, here are some official links for a G+ overview, general information, help, settings, privacy, updates, and mobile apps:

    Google+ Demo: Take the tour
    http://www.google.com/+/demo/

    Google Blog: Introducting the Google+ Project:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-google-project-real-life.html

    Google+ Help Page:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/?p=help_center

    Google+ Help Forum:
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/+/learnmore/forum/index.html

    Google+ Privacy Guide:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?%20%20hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1347964&rd=1

    Google+ Account Settings:
    https://plus.google.com/settings/plus

    Google+ Data Liberation (Download your data):
    https://plus.google.com/settings/exportdata

    View Google Account Authorized Access List:
    https://www.google.com/accounts/b/0/IssuedAuthSubTokens

    View All Direct and Secondary Connections to Your Google Account:
    http://www.google.com/s2/u/0/search/social#socialconnections

    Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy:
    https://www.google.com/intl/en/+/policy/content.html

    Google+ Known Issues (problems Google is working on):
    https://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs

    Google+ Photos (Picasa Web Albums) FAQ:
    http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=1224181

    What's New in Google+:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=release_notes.cs&rd=1

    Google+ Interesting and Famous People to Follow:
    https://plus.google.com/getstarted/follow

    Google+ Android App:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.plus

    Google+ iPhone App:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google/id447119634
  • 37 plusses - 17 comments - 101 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-16 04:42:53
    Archaeologists recently uncovered an ancient Egyptian harbor that predates any other known port structure in the world by 1,000 years. Along with the discovery are the oldest papyri ever found in Egypt, including some documenting daily activities of an official involved in building the the Great Pyramid.
  • 92 plusses - 17 comments - 34 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-08 06:49:24
    Institute for Centrifugal Research
    "Gravity is a mistake. We work hard to correct it."

    http://www.icr-science.org/about.htm

    :)
  • 47 plusses - 17 comments - 22 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-27 21:59:06
    Quick Facts About Video

    Here is a neat 3-minute video that reiterates that the future of online content is video.

    Fast Facts:

    YouTube is the biggest social media platform and the second largest search engine.

    48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

    Years to reach market audience of 50 million people:
    - Radio: 38 years
    - TV: 13 years
    - Internet: 4 years
    - Facebook: 2 years
    - Google+: 88 days

    Would be interesting to know the impact on traffic that YouTube has on Google+.
  • 197 plusses - 17 comments - 158 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-08 19:54:54
    Three apples that changed the world
  • 37 plusses - 17 comments - 27 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-27 02:55:42
    Google Community Managers

    If you are new to G+, here is a list of Google CM's for Google-related news and announcements:

    Katherine Gramann, CM for Google+ Hangouts
    Brian Rose, CM for Google+ Photos
    Toby Stein, CM for Google+ Mobile
    Natalie Villalobos, CM for Google+ Project

    Sky Bintliff, CM for Picnik
    Melissa Daniels, CM for Chrome OS
    Lisa Ding, CM for Blogger
    Nicole Drobeck, CM for 3D
    Kelly Fee, CM for Web Search
    Mark Harrison, CM for SketchUp
    Jacky Hayward, CM for Chrome
    Jonathan Lally, CM for Voice
    Adrienne Bernakevitch Ludwick, CM for Calendar
    Daniel Mabasa, CM for Maps
    Sarah Price, CM for Gmail
    Gerard Sanz, CM for Panoramio
    Vanessa Schneider, CM for Places
    Paul Wilcox, CM for Mobile
    Teresa Wu, CM for Docs
    Robin Ziegler, CM for Google Earth

    Johnathan Chung shared a circle with you.
  • 28 plusses - 17 comments - 18 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-19 20:44:07
    If you are new to Google+, here are some official links for a G+ overview, general information, help, settings, privacy, updates, and mobile apps:

    Google+ Demo: Take the tour
    http://www.google.com/+/demo/

    Google Blog: Introducting the Google+ Project:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-google-project-real-life.html

    Google+ Help Page:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/?p=help_center

    Google+ Help Forum:
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/+/learnmore/forum/index.html

    Google+ Privacy Guide:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?%20%20hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1347964&rd=1

    Google+ Account Settings:
    https://plus.google.com/settings/plus

    Google+ Data Liberation (Download your data):
    https://plus.google.com/settings/exportdata

    View Google Account Authorized Access List:
    https://www.google.com/accounts/b/0/IssuedAuthSubTokens

    View All Direct and Secondary Connections to Your Google Account:
    http://www.google.com/s2/u/0/search/social#socialconnections

    Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy:
    https://www.google.com/intl/en/+/policy/content.html

    Google+ Known Issues (problems Google is working on):
    https://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs

    Google+ Photos (Picasa Web Albums) FAQ:
    http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=1224181

    What's New in Google+:
    http://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=release_notes.cs&rd=1

    Google+ Interesting and Famous People to Follow:
    https://plus.google.com/getstarted/follow

    Google+ Android App:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.plus

    Google+ iPhone App:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google/id447119634
  • 37 plusses - 17 comments - 101 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-16 04:42:53
    Archaeologists recently uncovered an ancient Egyptian harbor that predates any other known port structure in the world by 1,000 years. Along with the discovery are the oldest papyri ever found in Egypt, including some documenting daily activities of an official involved in building the the Great Pyramid.
  • 92 plusses - 17 comments - 34 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-08 06:49:24
    Institute for Centrifugal Research
    "Gravity is a mistake. We work hard to correct it."

    http://www.icr-science.org/about.htm

    :)
  • 47 plusses - 17 comments - 22 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-01 03:12:01
    This has changed my outlook on the world of email dramatically!

    "How do we completely redesign and recreate something while keeping it exactly the same?" ;) lol

    It's definitely a game changer. I've been waiting for a company to implement this feature for a long time. I think people really underestimate the psychological impact of blue. Some experts claim it's even more powerful than cotton, shale, tangerine, or coal (emerald sea green is debatable). The fact that Gmail can pull this off is a testament to Google's resourcefulness, talent, and vision. Great updates today!

    http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/introducing-gmail-blue.html
  • 93 plusses - 16 comments - 26 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-07-17 07:38:45
  • 18 plusses - 16 comments - 10 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-21 05:36:50
    Anyone else plan on taking Stanford University's Anatomy course from their online education series? It starts in January 2012.

    http://www.anatomy-class.org/
  • 18 plusses - 16 comments - 19 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-05 01:55:15
    Which one of your posts have received the most re-shares?

    Copy and paste the link to it in the comments below!
    Please also add in a quick title to tell us what the link is about.

    It doesn't matter whether your post was shared 5, 50, or 500 times; we can all share what our top post is and find out "what's hot" in your own personal G+ world.

    I think it'd be a fun way to uncover a lot of great content from the past and share unique or overlooked posts from various niches and communities. If nothing else, it will satisfy my curiosity :)

    Please direct your comments to this original post:
    https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/Uvvvw3stguB
  • 2 plusses - 16 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-01 03:12:01
    This has changed my outlook on the world of email dramatically!

    "How do we completely redesign and recreate something while keeping it exactly the same?" ;) lol

    It's definitely a game changer. I've been waiting for a company to implement this feature for a long time. I think people really underestimate the psychological impact of blue. Some experts claim it's even more powerful than cotton, shale, tangerine, or coal (emerald sea green is debatable). The fact that Gmail can pull this off is a testament to Google's resourcefulness, talent, and vision. Great updates today!

    http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/introducing-gmail-blue.html
  • 93 plusses - 16 comments - 26 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-07-17 07:38:45
  • 18 plusses - 16 comments - 10 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-21 05:36:50
    Anyone else plan on taking Stanford University's Anatomy course from their online education series? It starts in January 2012.

    http://www.anatomy-class.org/
  • 18 plusses - 16 comments - 19 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-05 01:55:15
    Which one of your posts have received the most re-shares?

    Copy and paste the link to it in the comments below!
    Please also add in a quick title to tell us what the link is about.

    It doesn't matter whether your post was shared 5, 50, or 500 times; we can all share what our top post is and find out "what's hot" in your own personal G+ world.

    I think it'd be a fun way to uncover a lot of great content from the past and share unique or overlooked posts from various niches and communities. If nothing else, it will satisfy my curiosity :)

    Please direct your comments to this original post:
    https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/Uvvvw3stguB
  • 2 plusses - 16 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-01 03:12:01
    This has changed my outlook on the world of email dramatically!

    "How do we completely redesign and recreate something while keeping it exactly the same?" ;) lol

    It's definitely a game changer. I've been waiting for a company to implement this feature for a long time. I think people really underestimate the psychological impact of blue. Some experts claim it's even more powerful than cotton, shale, tangerine, or coal (emerald sea green is debatable). The fact that Gmail can pull this off is a testament to Google's resourcefulness, talent, and vision. Great updates today!

    http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/introducing-gmail-blue.html
  • 93 plusses - 16 comments - 26 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-07-17 07:38:45
  • 18 plusses - 16 comments - 10 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-21 05:36:50
    Anyone else plan on taking Stanford University's Anatomy course from their online education series? It starts in January 2012.

    http://www.anatomy-class.org/
  • 18 plusses - 16 comments - 19 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-05 01:55:15
    Which one of your posts have received the most re-shares?

    Copy and paste the link to it in the comments below!
    Please also add in a quick title to tell us what the link is about.

    It doesn't matter whether your post was shared 5, 50, or 500 times; we can all share what our top post is and find out "what's hot" in your own personal G+ world.

    I think it'd be a fun way to uncover a lot of great content from the past and share unique or overlooked posts from various niches and communities. If nothing else, it will satisfy my curiosity :)

    Please direct your comments to this original post:
    https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/Uvvvw3stguB
  • 2 plusses - 16 comments - 1 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-01 03:12:01
    This has changed my outlook on the world of email dramatically!

    "How do we completely redesign and recreate something while keeping it exactly the same?" ;) lol

    It's definitely a game changer. I've been waiting for a company to implement this feature for a long time. I think people really underestimate the psychological impact of blue. Some experts claim it's even more powerful than cotton, shale, tangerine, or coal (emerald sea green is debatable). The fact that Gmail can pull this off is a testament to Google's resourcefulness, talent, and vision. Great updates today!

    http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/introducing-gmail-blue.html
  • 93 plusses - 16 comments - 26 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2012-07-17 07:38:45
  • 18 plusses - 16 comments - 10 shares | Read in G+
  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-05 07:05:33
    RESHARE:
    The scientific journals Science and Nature are arguably two of the top leading sources of new knowledge around the world.

    It's great to see scientists reach out and communicate their findings directly to the public and in this case may be one of the first G+ Hangouts On Air to immediately discuss results of a major publication the very same day of initial release.

    If you wish to learn more about climate science and climate change in general, here are some reliable resources for further reading and exploration:

    NASA Climate Change provides detailed, well-explained interactive information on key indicators, evidence, causes, and effects of global warming: http://climate.nasa.gov/

    NASA Earth Observatory provides an easy-to-read introduction on what is global warming and how it affects our planet:  http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/

    NOAA National Climatic Data Center provides public access to climate information and historical weather data, insights to methods of analyses and extreme weather events, and data at the regional and international levels: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/

    Skeptical Science debunks the most common climate change myths/misinformation with summaries based on peer-reviewed scientific research: http://skepticalscience.com/

    Climate.gov provides news, data maps, and educational resources: http://www.climate.gov/

    Real Climate is a forum maintained by working climate scientists who provide accurate commentary and additional context regarding media stories in the public spotlight: http://www.realclimate.org/

    Green Facts provides simplified summaries of information compiled and reviewed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): http://www.greenfacts.org/en/climate-change-ar4/index.htm

    IPCC full original documents are composed by committees who comprehensively analyze and assess the entire body of scientific literature to make in-depth recommendations for climate policies and decision-making purposes: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/syr/en/contents.html

    National Academy of Science provides expert reports on rigorous Earth and life science research: http://dels.nas.edu/Report/America-Climate-Choices/12781

    American Institute of Physics provides an extremely detailed and comprehensive look at the history and discovery of global warming, as well as why and how we know humans are the main cause: http://www.aip.org/history/climate/index.htm

    U.S. Global Change Research Program - Resource library and publications from multiple agencies and organizations: 
    http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/online-catalog
    • http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/reports

    Scientific journals for anyone with library, academic, or other paid access: 
    • Nature Climate Change: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/index.html
    • American Meteorological Society Journal of Climate: http://journals.ametsoc.org/loi/clim
    • Journal of Geophysical Research: http://www.agu.org/journals/Jgr/

    Reshared text:
    New Review Paper in Science This Week

    Chris Field and I have a new Review paper in the journal Science this week. The Review is part of a Special Section on Natural Systems in Changing Climates. Our review is focused on changes in climate conditions that are known to have impacts on terrestrial ecosystems. We also review sources of inertia and uncertainty in climate change over the coming decades. The image (from Figure 1 in the Review) shows the change in annual temperature projected for the late-21st-century using 27 global climate models developed by research centers around the world, using a scenario for the 21st century that has been similar to the emissions of the last decade.

    I had a great time discussing the paper during our Hangouts On Air when the paper was released on Thursday. Thank you to +som dutta , +Euro Maestro , +Carlos Ochoa , +Dale Lanan , +Dawn Hardin  and the others who were able to join the Hangout. The video of the Hangout is available here:
    HOA with Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh: Release of New Climate Paper in Science (Aug 1, 2013)

    The special issue is available from the Science website here:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/climate2013/

    There is also a news story by +Bjorn Carey  from +Stanford University (which I have also pasted below):
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/august/climate-change-speed-080113.html

    #climatechange   #globalwarming   #science   #sciencecommunication   #hangoutsonair   #noahclimatehangouts  

    Stanford Report, August 1, 2013

    Climate change on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years, Stanford scientists say

    Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field report that it's on pace to occur at a rate 10 times faster than any change in that period. Without intervention, this extreme pace could lead to a 5-6 degree Celsius spike in annual temperatures by the end of the century.

    BY BJORN CAREY

    The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change. Stanford climate scientists warn that the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift in the past 65 million years.

    If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive.

    Although some of the changes the planet will experience in the next few decades are already "baked into the system," how different the climate looks at the end of the 21st century will depend largely on how humans respond.

    The findings come from a review of climate research by Noah Diffenbaugh, an associate professor of environmental Earth system science, and Chris Field, a professor of biology and of environmental Earth system science and the director of the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution. The work is part of a special report on climate change in the current issue of Science.

    Diffenbaugh and Field, both senior fellows at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, conducted the targeted but broad review of scientific literature on aspects of climate change that can affect ecosystems, and investigated how recent observations and projections for the next century compare to past events in Earth's history.

    For instance, the planet experienced a 5 degree Celsius hike in temperature 20,000 years ago, as Earth emerged from the last ice age. This is a change comparable to the high-end of the projections for warming over the 20th and 21st centuries.

    The geologic record shows that, 20,000 years ago, as the ice sheet that covered much of North America receded northward, plants and animals recolonized areas that had been under ice. As the climate continued to warm, those plants and animals moved northward, to cooler climes.

    "We know from past changes that ecosystems have responded to a few degrees of global temperature change over thousands of years," said Diffenbaugh. "But the unprecedented trajectory that we're on now is forcing that change to occur over decades. That's orders of magnitude faster, and we're already seeing that some species are challenged by that rate of change."

    Some of the strongest evidence for how the global climate system responds to high levels of carbon dioxide comes from paleoclimate studies. Fifty-five million years ago, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was elevated to a level comparable to today. The Arctic Ocean did not have ice in the summer, and nearby land was warm enough to support alligators and palm trees.

    "There are two key differences for ecosystems in the coming decades compared with the geologic past," Diffenbaugh said. "One is the rapid pace of modern climate change. The other is that today there are multiple human stressors that were not present 55 million years ago, such as urbanization and air and water pollution."

    Record-setting heat

    Diffenbaugh and Field also reviewed results from two-dozen climate models to describe possible climate outcomes from present day to the end of the century. In general, extreme weather events, such as heat waves and heavy rainfall, are expected to become more severe and more frequent.

    For example, the researchers note that, with continued emissions of greenhouse gases at the high end of the scenarios, annual temperatures over North America, Europe and East Asia will increase 2-4 degrees C by 2046-2065. With that amount of warming, the hottest summer of the last 20 years is expected to occur every other year, or even more frequently.

    By the end of the century, should the current emissions of greenhouse gases remain unchecked, temperatures over the northern hemisphere will tip 5-6 degrees C warmer than today's averages. In this case, the hottest summer of the last 20 years becomes the new annual norm.

    "It's not easy to intuit the exact impact from annual temperatures warming by 6 C," Diffenbaugh said. "But this would present a novel climate for most land areas. Given the impacts those kinds of seasons currently have on terrestrial forests, agriculture and human health, we'll likely see substantial stress from severely hot conditions."

    The scientists also projected the velocity of climate change, defined as the distance per year that species of plants and animals would need to migrate to live in annual temperatures similar to current conditions. Around the world, including much of the United States, species face needing to move toward the poles or higher in the mountains by at least one kilometer per year. Many parts of the world face much larger changes.

    The human element

    Some climate changes will be unavoidable, because humans have already emitted greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and the atmosphere and oceans have already been heated.

    "There is already some inertia in place," Diffenbaugh said. "If every new power plant or factory in the world produced zero emissions, we'd still see impact from the existing infrastructure, and from gases already released."

    The more dramatic changes that could occur by the end of the century, however, are not written in stone. There are many human variables at play that could slow the pace and magnitude of change – or accelerate it.

    Consider the 2.5 billion people who lack access to modern energy resources. This energy poverty means they lack fundamental benefits for illumination, cooking and transportation, and they're more susceptible to extreme weather disasters. Increased energy access will improve their quality of life – and in some cases their chances of survival – but will increase global energy consumption and possibly hasten warming.

    Diffenbaugh said that the range of climate projections offered in the report can inform decision-makers about the risks that different levels of climate change pose for ecosystems.

    "There's no question that a climate in which every summer is hotter than the hottest of the last 20 years poses real risks for ecosystems across the globe," Diffenbaugh said. "However, there are opportunities to decrease those risks, while also ensuring access to the benefits of energy consumption."
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-14 05:23:18
    Flying with Jetman

    Swiss aviator and inventor Yves Rossy is the only the person in history to fly with a jet-propelled wing. He is a former military and commercial airline pilot who spent over 10 years developing and testing 15 prototypes prior to the most recent rigid carbon-fiber version with 4 jet turbines.

    Jetman has made historic flights over the Swiss Alps, English Channel, and Grand Canyon with speeds up to 190 mph. Here's an amazing sight of him flying in formation with L-39 Albatross fighter jets of the Swiss aerobatic Breitling jet team:  Jetman Yves Rossy flies with the Breitling Jet Team over the Grand Canyon

    Below is Rossy's TEDtalk from 2011.

    #Jetman   #TED   #TEDtalks  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-14 04:44:44
    Why Does the U.S. Vote on a Tuesday?

    Because. That's why.

    Unfortunately, the actual answer is just as arbitrary.

    According to +Why Tuesday?
    (http://www.whytuesday.org/answer)

    In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was.

    Why Does This Matter?

    • U.S. ranks 138 out of 172 countries in voter turnout
    • U.S. ranks dead last when compared to 7 other countries with the world's most developed economies
    • 5 of the G8 countries with higher voter turnout than the U.S. vote on the weekend
    • In every election since 1996, the #1 reason non-voters gave for not making it out to the polls was, "too busy / couldn't get time off to vote" (27% in 2010)
    • 35 states do have some form of early voting option, but 15 still do not

    Comedian Chris Rock on Voting:

    "They don't want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn't vote on a Tuesday. In November. You ever throw a party on a Tuesday? No. Because nobody would come."

    Do you plan on voting?

    Full infographic and more: http://www.whytuesday.org/faq/
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-04-13 18:38:14
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    The Wisdom of Crowds

    Write down your guess before looking at the comments!
    This is a neat experiment in collective intelligence. I'm eager to see what the answer is and what our results are!

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    A Google+ Experiment in Collective Intelligence
    (Post #3 - since the first and second posts exceeded comment limits)

    —————————————————————
    Please help me run an experiment to test whether the "wisdom of crowds" actually works here on Google+ and see if this community can collectively guess the number of (generic-brand) "Cheerios" in the below glass vase.

    The three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. Here are the two steps to run this experiment:

    1) Without looking at others' responses (to ensure the independence of our guesses), comment below with your single best guess on how many Cheerios are in the vase. It's one vase, not two; just shown from two different perspectives. Only one guess per person, please.

    2) Share this post with your circles to help increase the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

    —————————————————————
    More info:

    Individually, the probability of your guessing the right number of Cheerios is really low, of course. But if there truly is wisdom in a crowd, then when the answers of a large number of people are averaged together, it should converge on the right answer. That's the theory, and that's what we're testing here.

    I will let this experiment run until 8PM GMT on April 18. At that point, I'll go through each comment, everywhere it's been shared, plus it to mark that it's been recorded as I input its guess into a spreadsheet. I'll calculate the average and look for some other results and then share our collective guess with you in a follow up post to report on just how wise we are - collectively. To make sure you get it, I will post a comment on every place this post is shared, pointing back to these results.

    The ten people with the closest guesses will be featured prominently in that follow up post and I'll also highlight the people who shared the post in which those top ten guesses occurred as a way to recognize at least some of you for helping to ensure the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

    Thanks in advance for your help. I can't wait to see the results and share them with you.

    Again, the three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. If you're interested in learning more, here's James Surowiecki's "The Wisdom of Crowds" book on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Crowds-James-Surowiecki/dp/0385721706

    And here's the Wikipedia article on "Wisdom of Crowds":
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wisdom_of_Crowds

    Edited to note that these are, indeed, not actual "Cheerios" - but a generic brand. Please count the number of "cheerio-like" pieces of cereal. ;-)
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-08-19 05:01:50
    Hangouts Galore!

    Some fellow G+niuses were wondering, "Where are all the cool hangouts?" It's "just" for small business tele-conferencing and keeping in touch with family, right? Nope! (Err, no offense, mom and dad...)

    Previous Hangouts:

    Last week I provided a schedule for some upcoming hangout opportunities:
    https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/d9yZcWvJf6a

    Even though most of them have already passed, it's still worth taking note of those Plusserians' names because they are very likely to do more hangouts in the future.

    A subset of Pluskins doing cool things with hangouts has also been listed last week by Amanda Blain: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107982618909749811163/posts/UbnLC6u7Rku

    Some Hangouts were one-time events, like Sean Cowen's G+ Hangout at NASA's JUNO Tweetup (with Bill Nye the Science Guy!) https://plus.google.com/u/0/103333429938529668020/posts/XpaSfJoxhY8. I've also heard of a live hangout of someone getting a tattoo, but not sure if that qualifies as a one-time thing or if it will be repeated :)

    Michael Mozart (the "Fail Toys guy") seemed to get in on all the celebrity hangouts yesterday (he's everywhere!), including Dane Cook (https://plus.google.com/103533326117556337218/posts/SNPt7n4KffC), Chris Tucker (https://plus.google.com/103533326117556337218/posts/8uXQyZ9cnYS), and Rose McGowan (https://plus.google.com/103533326117556337218/posts/c25LAyJaKeM).

    Today's Hangouts (8/18):

    ✜ Googler David Bennett and the Google+ Hangout Team hosted hangouts last week (8/11) and this morning (8/18). Hopefully this will become a regular routine for collecting G+ Community feedback:
    https://plus.google.com/100512649718649402368/posts/bpxSPGkiVfh

    ✜ Also this morning was Catherine Hall's discussion with several notable photographers like Trey Ratcliff about copyright issues and online sharing of photography: https://plus.google.com/117757565120070816446/posts/8D8ahZidUpN.

    If you missed it, it was streamed and recorded by Keith Barrett here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/105248484118148978714/posts/McFQS3ZtSWV

    ✜ Mohamed Mansour (from RIM) and other programmers from Zynga, Google, and Microsoft discussed online security: https://plus.google.com/116805285176805120365/posts/BUJuVEsmUzM. Check Mohamed's page for when he posts the archived video of that session.

    ✜ Alida Brandenburg's recent question of, "What can't Hangouts do?" was interesting--today she interviewed a potential new roommate who lived 3,000 miles away: https://plus.google.com/103765013042311928518/posts/3ytc8e2K7zT

    ✜ CERN physicist, Amine Benaichouche, gave a talk on particle physics & spacetime travel. Special guests included Robert Scoble, Keith Barrett, Daria Musk, Natalie Villalobos, Michael Mozart, Mohamed Mansour, and more:
    https://plus.google.com/102420421725069396072/posts/Cp45cpYs64q

    Future G+ Hangouts on a Semi-regularly Scheduled Basis:

    In addition to the previously mentioned GPlus Cooking School (http://gpluscookingschool.com) by Lee Allison and Eric McKee, jazz guitar lessons by Rob Michael, weekly guitar lessons by Matthew Carano (https://plus.google.com/102130162677679828120/posts/UwG413eUJSG), yoga classes, and pretty much any other class you can think of (if you host it, people will come!), here is a small handful of more upcoming hangouts:

    ✜ Daria Musk is holding her 3rd Global G+ Hangout Concert singing marathon this Saturday, August 20th at 6pm EDT (UTC -4). Last time she played for 7.5 hours. You don't want to miss it! http://tiny.cc/dariaconcert3. The concert will also be streamed live from at least 3 different websites for the entire world to see :)

    Here is her G+ inspired song: Daria Musk "+1 Me" Live Google+ Hangout Concert, and a favorite single hit chosen by the G+ community: Daria Musk "You Move Me" Live Google+ Hangout Concert

    ✜ Christa Laser's Pictionary Hangout on Saturday, August 20th at 1:30pm PDT (UTC -7). Pictionary is a board game where your team tries to guess clues based on what a person draws from a description on a card.
    https://plus.google.com/104973761519912571719/posts/Qpqbia8KjMV

    ✜ John Herman's inaugural G+ Hangout Talent Show is this Sunday, August 21st at 8:30pm EDT (UTC -4): https://plus.google.com/115755165932700408992/posts/6NffPFtXhty

    John also hosts a Game Show every Monday for prizes: https://plus.google.com/115755165932700408992/posts/5RvAsZA4mCJ

    ✜ Alida Brandenburg and Rob Grega have a G+ Hangout cooking show, Table for Ten, and they will be showing us how to cook a healthy meal on a small budget of just $5! The $5 Challenge is on Saturday, September 17th: https://plus.google.com/103765013042311928518/posts/8F59W9FYX5U

    ✜ Glenn Rogers hosts MovieRiff+ Night every Saturday at 7pm CDT (UTC -5) where he watches and makes fun of super cheesy movies on YouTube with his quick quip, bold banter, rapid repartee, and... you get the point:
    https://plus.google.com/105474544524715065767/posts/TVHTNbANnNG

    Other sporadically recurring Hangouts:

    ✜ Unofficial G+ Short Film Festival Hangout organized by Adam Cohen:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103481047858421470011/posts/boE5LM9BPc2

    ✜ DJ Ricky hosts live Hangouts from nightclubs in Miami, Florida every Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (basically any day of the week they feel like partying!): https://plus.google.com/u/0/104349777834692309889/posts/21jDozVWrmV

    Some pics from the event I attended: http://goo.gl/VGao4

    ✜ Axel Kratel held a Hangout on quantum mechanics (https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/hWb3MBkYShV) and frequently hosts hangouts on physics, gardening, and HTML5: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102604554618567108175/posts/28AcSByNidt

    ✜ Jamie Ford hosts a weekly writers Hangout on Wednesdays where people socialize for 15 minutes, write for 45 minutes, and then repeat the cycle:
    https://plus.google.com/110958691540386687932/posts/8G4G2r9n4z6

    ✜ Ahmed Zeeshan is starting a "Movie Magic Club" where the group will decide upon what movie to watch and then discuss it in a Hangout the following week:
    https://plus.google.com/103030116155431184588/posts/ACcr85Ldyxw

    ✜ Cliff Roth occasionally hosts a Hangout to showcase his speedpainting skills. If you're lucky, he may even paint a caricature of you!
    https://plus.google.com/photos/109602109099036550366/albums/5640511655997597953

    Hangout Resources

    http://www.gphangouts.com/ is an excellent resource to schedule and find active or upcoming public Hangouts.

    http://hangouthut.com/ is in beta and lists a variety of broadcasted Hangouts.

    http://hangoutongplus.com/ is the longest running Hangout (30 days and counting). They do wacky fun things on there and also occasionally host speakers and other guests.

    http://hangoutparty.com/ is a place to view public streaming Hangouts. They tend to host the "overflow" crowd for popular events.

    http://hangoutcast.com/ is another site that occasionally broadcasts public Hangouts to increase the number of viewers who can watch a Hangout.

    http://hangoutacademy.com/ (coming soon) for streaming educational Hangouts & fun events.

    http://hangoutsfinder.com/ is new and not used very much yet, but occasionally a scheduled Hangout shows up there.

    http://gpc.fm/l/powerusers is a user-defined list of Hangout "power users" from the Google+ Circles (GPC) website.

    What other uses of Hangouts have you seen that aren't already listed in Amanda Blain's post above or already scheduled on GPHangouts.com?

    What other Hangout features would you be excited to see implemented (in addition to native recording/streaming capability and some privacy control tweaks)?
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-05 07:05:33
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    The scientific journals Science and Nature are arguably two of the top leading sources of new knowledge around the world.

    It's great to see scientists reach out and communicate their findings directly to the public and in this case may be one of the first G+ Hangouts On Air to immediately discuss results of a major publication the very same day of initial release.

    If you wish to learn more about climate science and climate change in general, here are some reliable resources for further reading and exploration:

    NASA Climate Change provides detailed, well-explained interactive information on key indicators, evidence, causes, and effects of global warming: http://climate.nasa.gov/

    NASA Earth Observatory provides an easy-to-read introduction on what is global warming and how it affects our planet:  http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/

    NOAA National Climatic Data Center provides public access to climate information and historical weather data, insights to methods of analyses and extreme weather events, and data at the regional and international levels: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/

    Skeptical Science debunks the most common climate change myths/misinformation with summaries based on peer-reviewed scientific research: http://skepticalscience.com/

    Climate.gov provides news, data maps, and educational resources: http://www.climate.gov/

    Real Climate is a forum maintained by working climate scientists who provide accurate commentary and additional context regarding media stories in the public spotlight: http://www.realclimate.org/

    Green Facts provides simplified summaries of information compiled and reviewed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): http://www.greenfacts.org/en/climate-change-ar4/index.htm

    IPCC full original documents are composed by committees who comprehensively analyze and assess the entire body of scientific literature to make in-depth recommendations for climate policies and decision-making purposes: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/syr/en/contents.html

    National Academy of Science provides expert reports on rigorous Earth and life science research: http://dels.nas.edu/Report/America-Climate-Choices/12781

    American Institute of Physics provides an extremely detailed and comprehensive look at the history and discovery of global warming, as well as why and how we know humans are the main cause: http://www.aip.org/history/climate/index.htm

    U.S. Global Change Research Program - Resource library and publications from multiple agencies and organizations: 
    http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/online-catalog
    • http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/reports

    Scientific journals for anyone with library, academic, or other paid access: 
    • Nature Climate Change: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/index.html
    • American Meteorological Society Journal of Climate: http://journals.ametsoc.org/loi/clim
    • Journal of Geophysical Research: http://www.agu.org/journals/Jgr/

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    New Review Paper in Science This Week

    Chris Field and I have a new Review paper in the journal Science this week. The Review is part of a Special Section on Natural Systems in Changing Climates. Our review is focused on changes in climate conditions that are known to have impacts on terrestrial ecosystems. We also review sources of inertia and uncertainty in climate change over the coming decades. The image (from Figure 1 in the Review) shows the change in annual temperature projected for the late-21st-century using 27 global climate models developed by research centers around the world, using a scenario for the 21st century that has been similar to the emissions of the last decade.

    I had a great time discussing the paper during our Hangouts On Air when the paper was released on Thursday. Thank you to +som dutta , +Euro Maestro , +Carlos Ochoa , +Dale Lanan , +Dawn Hardin  and the others who were able to join the Hangout. The video of the Hangout is available here:
    HOA with Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh: Release of New Climate Paper in Science (Aug 1, 2013)

    The special issue is available from the Science website here:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/climate2013/

    There is also a news story by +Bjorn Carey  from +Stanford University (which I have also pasted below):
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/august/climate-change-speed-080113.html

    #climatechange   #globalwarming   #science   #sciencecommunication   #hangoutsonair   #noahclimatehangouts  

    Stanford Report, August 1, 2013

    Climate change on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years, Stanford scientists say

    Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field report that it's on pace to occur at a rate 10 times faster than any change in that period. Without intervention, this extreme pace could lead to a 5-6 degree Celsius spike in annual temperatures by the end of the century.

    BY BJORN CAREY

    The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change. Stanford climate scientists warn that the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift in the past 65 million years.

    If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive.

    Although some of the changes the planet will experience in the next few decades are already "baked into the system," how different the climate looks at the end of the 21st century will depend largely on how humans respond.

    The findings come from a review of climate research by Noah Diffenbaugh, an associate professor of environmental Earth system science, and Chris Field, a professor of biology and of environmental Earth system science and the director of the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution. The work is part of a special report on climate change in the current issue of Science.

    Diffenbaugh and Field, both senior fellows at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, conducted the targeted but broad review of scientific literature on aspects of climate change that can affect ecosystems, and investigated how recent observations and projections for the next century compare to past events in Earth's history.

    For instance, the planet experienced a 5 degree Celsius hike in temperature 20,000 years ago, as Earth emerged from the last ice age. This is a change comparable to the high-end of the projections for warming over the 20th and 21st centuries.

    The geologic record shows that, 20,000 years ago, as the ice sheet that covered much of North America receded northward, plants and animals recolonized areas that had been under ice. As the climate continued to warm, those plants and animals moved northward, to cooler climes.

    "We know from past changes that ecosystems have responded to a few degrees of global temperature change over thousands of years," said Diffenbaugh. "But the unprecedented trajectory that we're on now is forcing that change to occur over decades. That's orders of magnitude faster, and we're already seeing that some species are challenged by that rate of change."

    Some of the strongest evidence for how the global climate system responds to high levels of carbon dioxide comes from paleoclimate studies. Fifty-five million years ago, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was elevated to a level comparable to today. The Arctic Ocean did not have ice in the summer, and nearby land was warm enough to support alligators and palm trees.

    "There are two key differences for ecosystems in the coming decades compared with the geologic past," Diffenbaugh said. "One is the rapid pace of modern climate change. The other is that today there are multiple human stressors that were not present 55 million years ago, such as urbanization and air and water pollution."

    Record-setting heat

    Diffenbaugh and Field also reviewed results from two-dozen climate models to describe possible climate outcomes from present day to the end of the century. In general, extreme weather events, such as heat waves and heavy rainfall, are expected to become more severe and more frequent.

    For example, the researchers note that, with continued emissions of greenhouse gases at the high end of the scenarios, annual temperatures over North America, Europe and East Asia will increase 2-4 degrees C by 2046-2065. With that amount of warming, the hottest summer of the last 20 years is expected to occur every other year, or even more frequently.

    By the end of the century, should the current emissions of greenhouse gases remain unchecked, temperatures over the northern hemisphere will tip 5-6 degrees C warmer than today's averages. In this case, the hottest summer of the last 20 years becomes the new annual norm.

    "It's not easy to intuit the exact impact from annual temperatures warming by 6 C," Diffenbaugh said. "But this would present a novel climate for most land areas. Given the impacts those kinds of seasons currently have on terrestrial forests, agriculture and human health, we'll likely see substantial stress from severely hot conditions."

    The scientists also projected the velocity of climate change, defined as the distance per year that species of plants and animals would need to migrate to live in annual temperatures similar to current conditions. Around the world, including much of the United States, species face needing to move toward the poles or higher in the mountains by at least one kilometer per year. Many parts of the world face much larger changes.

    The human element

    Some climate changes will be unavoidable, because humans have already emitted greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and the atmosphere and oceans have already been heated.

    "There is already some inertia in place," Diffenbaugh said. "If every new power plant or factory in the world produced zero emissions, we'd still see impact from the existing infrastructure, and from gases already released."

    The more dramatic changes that could occur by the end of the century, however, are not written in stone. There are many human variables at play that could slow the pace and magnitude of change – or accelerate it.

    Consider the 2.5 billion people who lack access to modern energy resources. This energy poverty means they lack fundamental benefits for illumination, cooking and transportation, and they're more susceptible to extreme weather disasters. Increased energy access will improve their quality of life – and in some cases their chances of survival – but will increase global energy consumption and possibly hasten warming.

    Diffenbaugh said that the range of climate projections offered in the report can inform decision-makers about the risks that different levels of climate change pose for ecosystems.

    "There's no question that a climate in which every summer is hotter than the hottest of the last 20 years poses real risks for ecosystems across the globe," Diffenbaugh said. "However, there are opportunities to decrease those risks, while also ensuring access to the benefits of energy consumption."
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-14 05:23:18
    Flying with Jetman

    Swiss aviator and inventor Yves Rossy is the only the person in history to fly with a jet-propelled wing. He is a former military and commercial airline pilot who spent over 10 years developing and testing 15 prototypes prior to the most recent rigid carbon-fiber version with 4 jet turbines.

    Jetman has made historic flights over the Swiss Alps, English Channel, and Grand Canyon with speeds up to 190 mph. Here's an amazing sight of him flying in formation with L-39 Albatross fighter jets of the Swiss aerobatic Breitling jet team:  Jetman Yves Rossy flies with the Breitling Jet Team over the Grand Canyon

    Below is Rossy's TEDtalk from 2011.

    #Jetman   #TED   #TEDtalks  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-14 04:44:44
    Why Does the U.S. Vote on a Tuesday?

    Because. That's why.

    Unfortunately, the actual answer is just as arbitrary.

    According to +Why Tuesday?
    (http://www.whytuesday.org/answer)

    In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was.

    Why Does This Matter?

    • U.S. ranks 138 out of 172 countries in voter turnout
    • U.S. ranks dead last when compared to 7 other countries with the world's most developed economies
    • 5 of the G8 countries with higher voter turnout than the U.S. vote on the weekend
    • In every election since 1996, the #1 reason non-voters gave for not making it out to the polls was, "too busy / couldn't get time off to vote" (27% in 2010)
    • 35 states do have some form of early voting option, but 15 still do not

    Comedian Chris Rock on Voting:

    "They don't want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn't vote on a Tuesday. In November. You ever throw a party on a Tuesday? No. Because nobody would come."

    Do you plan on voting?

    Full infographic and more: http://www.whytuesday.org/faq/
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-04-13 18:38:14
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    The Wisdom of Crowds

    Write down your guess before looking at the comments!
    This is a neat experiment in collective intelligence. I'm eager to see what the answer is and what our results are!

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    A Google+ Experiment in Collective Intelligence
    (Post #3 - since the first and second posts exceeded comment limits)

    —————————————————————
    Please help me run an experiment to test whether the "wisdom of crowds" actually works here on Google+ and see if this community can collectively guess the number of (generic-brand) "Cheerios" in the below glass vase.

    The three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. Here are the two steps to run this experiment:

    1) Without looking at others' responses (to ensure the independence of our guesses), comment below with your single best guess on how many Cheerios are in the vase. It's one vase, not two; just shown from two different perspectives. Only one guess per person, please.

    2) Share this post with your circles to help increase the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

    —————————————————————
    More info:

    Individually, the probability of your guessing the right number of Cheerios is really low, of course. But if there truly is wisdom in a crowd, then when the answers of a large number of people are averaged together, it should converge on the right answer. That's the theory, and that's what we're testing here.

    I will let this experiment run until 8PM GMT on April 18. At that point, I'll go through each comment, everywhere it's been shared, plus it to mark that it's been recorded as I input its guess into a spreadsheet. I'll calculate the average and look for some other results and then share our collective guess with you in a follow up post to report on just how wise we are - collectively. To make sure you get it, I will post a comment on every place this post is shared, pointing back to these results.

    The ten people with the closest guesses will be featured prominently in that follow up post and I'll also highlight the people who shared the post in which those top ten guesses occurred as a way to recognize at least some of you for helping to ensure the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

    Thanks in advance for your help. I can't wait to see the results and share them with you.

    Again, the three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. If you're interested in learning more, here's James Surowiecki's "The Wisdom of Crowds" book on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Crowds-James-Surowiecki/dp/0385721706

    And here's the Wikipedia article on "Wisdom of Crowds":
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wisdom_of_Crowds

    Edited to note that these are, indeed, not actual "Cheerios" - but a generic brand. Please count the number of "cheerio-like" pieces of cereal. ;-)
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-08-19 05:01:50
    Hangouts Galore!

    Some fellow G+niuses were wondering, "Where are all the cool hangouts?" It's "just" for small business tele-conferencing and keeping in touch with family, right? Nope! (Err, no offense, mom and dad...)

    Previous Hangouts:

    Last week I provided a schedule for some upcoming hangout opportunities:
    https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/d9yZcWvJf6a

    Even though most of them have already passed, it's still worth taking note of those Plusserians' names because they are very likely to do more hangouts in the future.

    A subset of Pluskins doing cool things with hangouts has also been listed last week by Amanda Blain: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107982618909749811163/posts/UbnLC6u7Rku

    Some Hangouts were one-time events, like Sean Cowen's G+ Hangout at NASA's JUNO Tweetup (with Bill Nye the Science Guy!) https://plus.google.com/u/0/103333429938529668020/posts/XpaSfJoxhY8. I've also heard of a live hangout of someone getting a tattoo, but not sure if that qualifies as a one-time thing or if it will be repeated :)

    Michael Mozart (the "Fail Toys guy") seemed to get in on all the celebrity hangouts yesterday (he's everywhere!), including Dane Cook (https://plus.google.com/103533326117556337218/posts/SNPt7n4KffC), Chris Tucker (https://plus.google.com/103533326117556337218/posts/8uXQyZ9cnYS), and Rose McGowan (https://plus.google.com/103533326117556337218/posts/c25LAyJaKeM).

    Today's Hangouts (8/18):

    ✜ Googler David Bennett and the Google+ Hangout Team hosted hangouts last week (8/11) and this morning (8/18). Hopefully this will become a regular routine for collecting G+ Community feedback:
    https://plus.google.com/100512649718649402368/posts/bpxSPGkiVfh

    ✜ Also this morning was Catherine Hall's discussion with several notable photographers like Trey Ratcliff about copyright issues and online sharing of photography: https://plus.google.com/117757565120070816446/posts/8D8ahZidUpN.

    If you missed it, it was streamed and recorded by Keith Barrett here:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/105248484118148978714/posts/McFQS3ZtSWV

    ✜ Mohamed Mansour (from RIM) and other programmers from Zynga, Google, and Microsoft discussed online security: https://plus.google.com/116805285176805120365/posts/BUJuVEsmUzM. Check Mohamed's page for when he posts the archived video of that session.

    ✜ Alida Brandenburg's recent question of, "What can't Hangouts do?" was interesting--today she interviewed a potential new roommate who lived 3,000 miles away: https://plus.google.com/103765013042311928518/posts/3ytc8e2K7zT

    ✜ CERN physicist, Amine Benaichouche, gave a talk on particle physics & spacetime travel. Special guests included Robert Scoble, Keith Barrett, Daria Musk, Natalie Villalobos, Michael Mozart, Mohamed Mansour, and more:
    https://plus.google.com/102420421725069396072/posts/Cp45cpYs64q

    Future G+ Hangouts on a Semi-regularly Scheduled Basis:

    In addition to the previously mentioned GPlus Cooking School (http://gpluscookingschool.com) by Lee Allison and Eric McKee, jazz guitar lessons by Rob Michael, weekly guitar lessons by Matthew Carano (https://plus.google.com/102130162677679828120/posts/UwG413eUJSG), yoga classes, and pretty much any other class you can think of (if you host it, people will come!), here is a small handful of more upcoming hangouts:

    ✜ Daria Musk is holding her 3rd Global G+ Hangout Concert singing marathon this Saturday, August 20th at 6pm EDT (UTC -4). Last time she played for 7.5 hours. You don't want to miss it! http://tiny.cc/dariaconcert3. The concert will also be streamed live from at least 3 different websites for the entire world to see :)

    Here is her G+ inspired song: Daria Musk "+1 Me" Live Google+ Hangout Concert, and a favorite single hit chosen by the G+ community: Daria Musk "You Move Me" Live Google+ Hangout Concert

    ✜ Christa Laser's Pictionary Hangout on Saturday, August 20th at 1:30pm PDT (UTC -7). Pictionary is a board game where your team tries to guess clues based on what a person draws from a description on a card.
    https://plus.google.com/104973761519912571719/posts/Qpqbia8KjMV

    ✜ John Herman's inaugural G+ Hangout Talent Show is this Sunday, August 21st at 8:30pm EDT (UTC -4): https://plus.google.com/115755165932700408992/posts/6NffPFtXhty

    John also hosts a Game Show every Monday for prizes: https://plus.google.com/115755165932700408992/posts/5RvAsZA4mCJ

    ✜ Alida Brandenburg and Rob Grega have a G+ Hangout cooking show, Table for Ten, and they will be showing us how to cook a healthy meal on a small budget of just $5! The $5 Challenge is on Saturday, September 17th: https://plus.google.com/103765013042311928518/posts/8F59W9FYX5U

    ✜ Glenn Rogers hosts MovieRiff+ Night every Saturday at 7pm CDT (UTC -5) where he watches and makes fun of super cheesy movies on YouTube with his quick quip, bold banter, rapid repartee, and... you get the point:
    https://plus.google.com/105474544524715065767/posts/TVHTNbANnNG

    Other sporadically recurring Hangouts:

    ✜ Unofficial G+ Short Film Festival Hangout organized by Adam Cohen:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/103481047858421470011/posts/boE5LM9BPc2

    ✜ DJ Ricky hosts live Hangouts from nightclubs in Miami, Florida every Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (basically any day of the week they feel like partying!): https://plus.google.com/u/0/104349777834692309889/posts/21jDozVWrmV

    Some pics from the event I attended: http://goo.gl/VGao4

    ✜ Axel Kratel held a Hangout on quantum mechanics (https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/hWb3MBkYShV) and frequently hosts hangouts on physics, gardening, and HTML5: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102604554618567108175/posts/28AcSByNidt

    ✜ Jamie Ford hosts a weekly writers Hangout on Wednesdays where people socialize for 15 minutes, write for 45 minutes, and then repeat the cycle:
    https://plus.google.com/110958691540386687932/posts/8G4G2r9n4z6

    ✜ Ahmed Zeeshan is starting a "Movie Magic Club" where the group will decide upon what movie to watch and then discuss it in a Hangout the following week:
    https://plus.google.com/103030116155431184588/posts/ACcr85Ldyxw

    ✜ Cliff Roth occasionally hosts a Hangout to showcase his speedpainting skills. If you're lucky, he may even paint a caricature of you!
    https://plus.google.com/photos/109602109099036550366/albums/5640511655997597953

    Hangout Resources

    http://www.gphangouts.com/ is an excellent resource to schedule and find active or upcoming public Hangouts.

    http://hangouthut.com/ is in beta and lists a variety of broadcasted Hangouts.

    http://hangoutongplus.com/ is the longest running Hangout (30 days and counting). They do wacky fun things on there and also occasionally host speakers and other guests.

    http://hangoutparty.com/ is a place to view public streaming Hangouts. They tend to host the "overflow" crowd for popular events.

    http://hangoutcast.com/ is another site that occasionally broadcasts public Hangouts to increase the number of viewers who can watch a Hangout.

    http://hangoutacademy.com/ (coming soon) for streaming educational Hangouts & fun events.

    http://hangoutsfinder.com/ is new and not used very much yet, but occasionally a scheduled Hangout shows up there.

    http://gpc.fm/l/powerusers is a user-defined list of Hangout "power users" from the Google+ Circles (GPC) website.

    What other uses of Hangouts have you seen that aren't already listed in Amanda Blain's post above or already scheduled on GPHangouts.com?

    What other Hangout features would you be excited to see implemented (in addition to native recording/streaming capability and some privacy control tweaks)?
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-05 07:05:33
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    The scientific journals Science and Nature are arguably two of the top leading sources of new knowledge around the world.

    It's great to see scientists reach out and communicate their findings directly to the public and in this case may be one of the first G+ Hangouts On Air to immediately discuss results of a major publication the very same day of initial release.

    If you wish to learn more about climate science and climate change in general, here are some reliable resources for further reading and exploration:

    NASA Climate Change provides detailed, well-explained interactive information on key indicators, evidence, causes, and effects of global warming: http://climate.nasa.gov/

    NASA Earth Observatory provides an easy-to-read introduction on what is global warming and how it affects our planet:  http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GlobalWarming/

    NOAA National Climatic Data Center provides public access to climate information and historical weather data, insights to methods of analyses and extreme weather events, and data at the regional and international levels: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/

    Skeptical Science debunks the most common climate change myths/misinformation with summaries based on peer-reviewed scientific research: http://skepticalscience.com/

    Climate.gov provides news, data maps, and educational resources: http://www.climate.gov/

    Real Climate is a forum maintained by working climate scientists who provide accurate commentary and additional context regarding media stories in the public spotlight: http://www.realclimate.org/

    Green Facts provides simplified summaries of information compiled and reviewed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): http://www.greenfacts.org/en/climate-change-ar4/index.htm

    IPCC full original documents are composed by committees who comprehensively analyze and assess the entire body of scientific literature to make in-depth recommendations for climate policies and decision-making purposes: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/syr/en/contents.html

    National Academy of Science provides expert reports on rigorous Earth and life science research: http://dels.nas.edu/Report/America-Climate-Choices/12781

    American Institute of Physics provides an extremely detailed and comprehensive look at the history and discovery of global warming, as well as why and how we know humans are the main cause: http://www.aip.org/history/climate/index.htm

    U.S. Global Change Research Program - Resource library and publications from multiple agencies and organizations: 
    http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/online-catalog
    • http://www.globalchange.gov/resources/reports

    Scientific journals for anyone with library, academic, or other paid access: 
    • Nature Climate Change: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/index.html
    • American Meteorological Society Journal of Climate: http://journals.ametsoc.org/loi/clim
    • Journal of Geophysical Research: http://www.agu.org/journals/Jgr/

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    New Review Paper in Science This Week

    Chris Field and I have a new Review paper in the journal Science this week. The Review is part of a Special Section on Natural Systems in Changing Climates. Our review is focused on changes in climate conditions that are known to have impacts on terrestrial ecosystems. We also review sources of inertia and uncertainty in climate change over the coming decades. The image (from Figure 1 in the Review) shows the change in annual temperature projected for the late-21st-century using 27 global climate models developed by research centers around the world, using a scenario for the 21st century that has been similar to the emissions of the last decade.

    I had a great time discussing the paper during our Hangouts On Air when the paper was released on Thursday. Thank you to +som dutta , +Euro Maestro , +Carlos Ochoa , +Dale Lanan , +Dawn Hardin  and the others who were able to join the Hangout. The video of the Hangout is available here:
    HOA with Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh: Release of New Climate Paper in Science (Aug 1, 2013)

    The special issue is available from the Science website here:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/climate2013/

    There is also a news story by +Bjorn Carey  from +Stanford University (which I have also pasted below):
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/august/climate-change-speed-080113.html

    #climatechange   #globalwarming   #science   #sciencecommunication   #hangoutsonair   #noahclimatehangouts  

    Stanford Report, August 1, 2013

    Climate change on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years, Stanford scientists say

    Not only is the planet undergoing one of the largest climate changes in the past 65 million years, Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field report that it's on pace to occur at a rate 10 times faster than any change in that period. Without intervention, this extreme pace could lead to a 5-6 degree Celsius spike in annual temperatures by the end of the century.

    BY BJORN CAREY

    The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change. Stanford climate scientists warn that the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift in the past 65 million years.

    If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive.

    Although some of the changes the planet will experience in the next few decades are already "baked into the system," how different the climate looks at the end of the 21st century will depend largely on how humans respond.

    The findings come from a review of climate research by Noah Diffenbaugh, an associate professor of environmental Earth system science, and Chris Field, a professor of biology and of environmental Earth system science and the director of the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution. The work is part of a special report on climate change in the current issue of Science.

    Diffenbaugh and Field, both senior fellows at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, conducted the targeted but broad review of scientific literature on aspects of climate change that can affect ecosystems, and investigated how recent observations and projections for the next century compare to past events in Earth's history.

    For instance, the planet experienced a 5 degree Celsius hike in temperature 20,000 years ago, as Earth emerged from the last ice age. This is a change comparable to the high-end of the projections for warming over the 20th and 21st centuries.

    The geologic record shows that, 20,000 years ago, as the ice sheet that covered much of North America receded northward, plants and animals recolonized areas that had been under ice. As the climate continued to warm, those plants and animals moved northward, to cooler climes.

    "We know from past changes that ecosystems have responded to a few degrees of global temperature change over thousands of years," said Diffenbaugh. "But the unprecedented trajectory that we're on now is forcing that change to occur over decades. That's orders of magnitude faster, and we're already seeing that some species are challenged by that rate of change."

    Some of the strongest evidence for how the global climate system responds to high levels of carbon dioxide comes from paleoclimate studies. Fifty-five million years ago, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was elevated to a level comparable to today. The Arctic Ocean did not have ice in the summer, and nearby land was warm enough to support alligators and palm trees.

    "There are two key differences for ecosystems in the coming decades compared with the geologic past," Diffenbaugh said. "One is the rapid pace of modern climate change. The other is that today there are multiple human stressors that were not present 55 million years ago, such as urbanization and air and water pollution."

    Record-setting heat

    Diffenbaugh and Field also reviewed results from two-dozen climate models to describe possible climate outcomes from present day to the end of the century. In general, extreme weather events, such as heat waves and heavy rainfall, are expected to become more severe and more frequent.

    For example, the researchers note that, with continued emissions of greenhouse gases at the high end of the scenarios, annual temperatures over North America, Europe and East Asia will increase 2-4 degrees C by 2046-2065. With that amount of warming, the hottest summer of the last 20 years is expected to occur every other year, or even more frequently.

    By the end of the century, should the current emissions of greenhouse gases remain unchecked, temperatures over the northern hemisphere will tip 5-6 degrees C warmer than today's averages. In this case, the hottest summer of the last 20 years becomes the new annual norm.

    "It's not easy to intuit the exact impact from annual temperatures warming by 6 C," Diffenbaugh said. "But this would present a novel climate for most land areas. Given the impacts those kinds of seasons currently have on terrestrial forests, agriculture and human health, we'll likely see substantial stress from severely hot conditions."

    The scientists also projected the velocity of climate change, defined as the distance per year that species of plants and animals would need to migrate to live in annual temperatures similar to current conditions. Around the world, including much of the United States, species face needing to move toward the poles or higher in the mountains by at least one kilometer per year. Many parts of the world face much larger changes.

    The human element

    Some climate changes will be unavoidable, because humans have already emitted greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and the atmosphere and oceans have already been heated.

    "There is already some inertia in place," Diffenbaugh said. "If every new power plant or factory in the world produced zero emissions, we'd still see impact from the existing infrastructure, and from gases already released."

    The more dramatic changes that could occur by the end of the century, however, are not written in stone. There are many human variables at play that could slow the pace and magnitude of change – or accelerate it.

    Consider the 2.5 billion people who lack access to modern energy resources. This energy poverty means they lack fundamental benefits for illumination, cooking and transportation, and they're more susceptible to extreme weather disasters. Increased energy access will improve their quality of life – and in some cases their chances of survival – but will increase global energy consumption and possibly hasten warming.

    Diffenbaugh said that the range of climate projections offered in the report can inform decision-makers about the risks that different levels of climate change pose for ecosystems.

    "There's no question that a climate in which every summer is hotter than the hottest of the last 20 years poses real risks for ecosystems across the globe," Diffenbaugh said. "However, there are opportunities to decrease those risks, while also ensuring access to the benefits of energy consumption."
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-14 05:23:18
    Flying with Jetman

    Swiss aviator and inventor Yves Rossy is the only the person in history to fly with a jet-propelled wing. He is a former military and commercial airline pilot who spent over 10 years developing and testing 15 prototypes prior to the most recent rigid carbon-fiber version with 4 jet turbines.

    Jetman has made historic flights over the Swiss Alps, English Channel, and Grand Canyon with speeds up to 190 mph. Here's an amazing sight of him flying in formation with L-39 Albatross fighter jets of the Swiss aerobatic Breitling jet team:  Jetman Yves Rossy flies with the Breitling Jet Team over the Grand Canyon

    Below is Rossy's TEDtalk from 2011.

    #Jetman   #TED   #TEDtalks  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-14 04:44:44
    Why Does the U.S. Vote on a Tuesday?

    Because. That's why.

    Unfortunately, the actual answer is just as arbitrary.

    According to +Why Tuesday?
    (http://www.whytuesday.org/answer)

    In 1845, before Florida, California, and Texas were states or slavery had been abolished, Congress needed to pick a time for Americans to vote. We were an agrarian society. We traveled by horse and buggy. Farmers needed a day to get to the county seat, a day to vote, and a day to get back, without interfering with the three days of worship. So that left Tuesday and Wednesday, but Wednesday was market day. So, Tuesday it was.

    Why Does This Matter?

    • U.S. ranks 138 out of 172 countries in voter turnout
    • U.S. ranks dead last when compared to 7 other countries with the world's most developed economies
    • 5 of the G8 countries with higher voter turnout than the U.S. vote on the weekend
    • In every election since 1996, the #1 reason non-voters gave for not making it out to the polls was, "too busy / couldn't get time off to vote" (27% in 2010)
    • 35 states do have some form of early voting option, but 15 still do not

    Comedian Chris Rock on Voting:

    "They don't want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn't vote on a Tuesday. In November. You ever throw a party on a Tuesday? No. Because nobody would come."

    Do you plan on voting?

    Full infographic and more: http://www.whytuesday.org/faq/
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-04-13 18:38:14
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    The Wisdom of Crowds

    Write down your guess before looking at the comments!
    This is a neat experiment in collective intelligence. I'm eager to see what the answer is and what our results are!

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    A Google+ Experiment in Collective Intelligence
    (Post #3 - since the first and second posts exceeded comment limits)

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    Please help me run an experiment to test whether the "wisdom of crowds" actually works here on Google+ and see if this community can collectively guess the number of (generic-brand) "Cheerios" in the below glass vase.

    The three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. Here are the two steps to run this experiment:

    1) Without looking at others' responses (to ensure the independence of our guesses), comment below with your single best guess on how many Cheerios are in the vase. It's one vase, not two; just shown from two different perspectives. Only one guess per person, please.

    2) Share this post with your circles to help increase the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

    —————————————————————
    More info:

    Individually, the probability of your guessing the right number of Cheerios is really low, of course. But if there truly is wisdom in a crowd, then when the answers of a large number of people are averaged together, it should converge on the right answer. That's the theory, and that's what we're testing here.

    I will let this experiment run until 8PM GMT on April 18. At that point, I'll go through each comment, everywhere it's been shared, plus it to mark that it's been recorded as I input its guess into a spreadsheet. I'll calculate the average and look for some other results and then share our collective guess with you in a follow up post to report on just how wise we are - collectively. To make sure you get it, I will post a comment on every place this post is shared, pointing back to these results.

    The ten people with the closest guesses will be featured prominently in that follow up post and I'll also highlight the people who shared the post in which those top ten guesses occurred as a way to recognize at least some of you for helping to ensure the diversity and decentralization of our guesses.

    Thanks in advance for your help. I can't wait to see the results and share them with you.

    Again, the three conditions for a group to be collectively intelligent are diversity, independence, and decentralization. If you're interested in learning more, here's James Surowiecki's "The Wisdom of Crowds" book on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Wisdom-Crowds-James-Surowiecki/dp/0385721706

    And here's the Wikipedia article on "Wisdom of Crowds":
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wisdom_of_Crowds

    Edited to note that these are, indeed, not actual "Cheerios" - but a generic brand. Please count the number of "cheerio-like" pieces of cereal. ;-)
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