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Paul Buchheit
Last friday I taped an iPhone to my head and ran around Paris capturing the most famous sights in a single (somewhat shaky) shot. Here's the video: http://vimeo.com/12906858
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*spot reserved for a later comment* - Micah from iPhone
Now we know what that 94 minute video was. :) - NOT THE CRICKET
that explain other FF posts, looking for tapes and where can one upload large video files ;-). - Tzury Bar Yochay
Yeah, I never did get the duct tape though, so I had to use clear packaging tape instead (with a sock stuffed between the iPhone and my hat to get the correctish angle). - Paul Buchheit
Patent it NOW - Josh Haley
Well, this is just genius! - Eric - Regulate
When you said you ran you weren't speaking metaphorically. - Eric - Regulate
Very Cool Paul! - Jeff P. Henderson
great and inspiring - Nenko Ivanov
this was perfect, I opened up my Paris map and followed you :) - İpek Aral
I'm surprised you were able to follow. I didn't have a map (my iPhone was taped to my head!) so I made a number of wrong turns, though the high-level route was pretty basic. - Paul Buchheit
Saw the vimeo on your stream and watched a little of it. Great stuff! Cool to see new iphone vid quality. (er 3gs? quality, hmm) Oh yeah, and enjoy Paris! - Jay
It's actually a 3GS, not an iphone 4. - Paul Buchheit
I think I might tape a photo of Paul with an iPhone taped to his head to my head because I want to get arrested for being a menace. - Akiva
You can fit an iPad on my forehead. - Josh Haley
Ahhh this explains the "ducktape in Paris" stuff LOL :D (that picture is full of geeky win!) - Susan Beebe
@Paul just curious how much battery did you have left after you were done recording? - BRҰANSAҰS
Something like 22%, as I recall. I had put the phone in airplane mode to reduce wireless consumption and also because I'm concerned that an incoming call would stop the video or something. - Paul Buchheit
Not bad. I guess you could get at least 2 hours of recording on one charge. - BRҰANSAҰS from BuddyFeed
Nice idea, OP - LANjackal
this is definitely on the list of 'quirkiest things ever done with an iPhone'. :-) - Olivia Lovag
this is so romantic - τorƍue
awesome, you just needed a gun and it would make a cool REAL-time FPS :) - Emil Kirichev
oh thanks you soo much!!! I love it! - Bojan Babic
surprisingly un-shaky - Sally Relton Shakespeare
Avg. speed: 9.48 km/h (9.23 mi in 94 min, see red track http://maps.google.com/maps...) - Jérôme
Paul had the initial idea for Google Glass exactly two years before Google launched Glass. :) - Space Cowboy
Now, if only he had thought of Gmail. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I hope this isn't the start of a "people walk around cities w/smartphones taped to their hats" trend. - rönin
I hope it is - Mo Kargas
If so, it'll just be transitional until smartphones are replaced by glasses-phones. Or smart glasses. Do we have an official name for those yet? - Andrew C (✔)
Iphone taped to the forehead, what a nice way to show #IamAmerican abroad :) - непростые коротышки
first laugh of the day, ty a.t. - chaz2b
LOL, Google Glass back in the days. Monsieur: Martini? Great stuff as I was doing myself a lot of these then too... 9) - Zu from AOD
up di apprezzamento dall'Italia - naltro
Not quite last Friday. - Joe
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Barking up the wrong trees, Laina. - Joe
Space Cowboy
Historie World Class: Sometimes, all people want is a little compliment - http://historieworldclass.blogspot.in/2014...
You’re Stronger Than You Think - Space Cowboy
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Call me maybe: Kafka - http://aphyr.com/posts...
This blog has a lot of interesting articles on databases, clojure, etc. Really good stuff explained neatly. - Space Cowboy
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Deep Learning Tutorials — DeepLearning 0.1 documentation - http://deeplearning.net/tutoria...
The tutorials presented here will introduce you to some of the most important deep learning algorithms and will also show you how to run them using Theano. Theano is a python library that makes writing deep learning models easy, and gives the option of training them on a GPU. - Space Cowboy
niniane
owl or childhood issue - http://niniane.blogspot.com/2013...
When my parents immigrated to the States, my mom did not have a work visa. However, money was very tight, so she did various illegal jobs. She also didn't speak English yet, so the work was all manual labor. When I was 5 or 6 years old, she worked one job at a nighttime janitor. She also had a daytime job making sandwiches. I would come home alone from school each day, watch television,... more... - Space Cowboy
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Delicatessen with love | gabriele galimberti - http://www.gabrielegalimberti.com/project...
Food recipes from (grandmas) around the world. - Space Cowboy
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Photographs are what make the world's daily habits inspiring and entertaining. Photos make the world go round. And that's why we want to make Flickr awesome again. - Space Cowboy
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Even if you feel new at something. Maybe a job. Or a new startup. Or it's your first book you want to write. Teach. Setup a lunch and learn. Try to answer questions you hear people have on places like Stack Exchange. Start a blog! Share open examples of something you've learned: code, spreadsheets, emails, anything. It might take awhile to build an audience, but you'll quickly reap rewards from the clarity teaching brings you. - Space Cowboy
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Ziva has shutdown, so has Yahoo local search (well, almost! they are living in Getit’s home now). Ziva was ahead of the time, especially with their mobile search engine technology (they were powering Jusdial local search for some time). - Space Cowboy
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Seth's Blog: Do you have 16 boxes? - http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_b...
The problem with whining is this: human beings like to be right. If you persuade yourself and your friends that times are really tough and that you're bound to fail, you'll probably do the things you need to do to make that true in the long run. - Space Cowboy
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I Don’t Do That Job Anymore | Danielle Morrill - http://www.daniellemorrill.com/2013...
I love hackathons and always will, because they were the first place where I really felt the warm embrace of the hacker community. I came to developers I respected, hat in hand, and asked for help and advice and a safe place to ask stupid questions and I am so grateful. I didn’t have to worry about my code being elegant, and I only built little prototypes to demo the Twilio API for cool videos and live demos at conferences. Now I write code 50% or more of my time, and it has to work. So I don’t do that job (of being a professional hobbyist) anymore. - Space Cowboy
Rachel Lea Fox
Buster got a new home for Christmas! He has gone to live with one of FriendFeed's own founder. Paul an April!! He took right to his new home. He is a lucky little kitty! #foxfosterkittens
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That second one is by April looking down at her lap. :) - Rachel Lea Fox
Cute! Congrats to the Buchheits and Foxes. (and the kitties) - Louis Gray
Awww! That looks like a great match <3 - Jennifer Dittrich
I hope Pablo can find a forever home that is just as nice. - Nicky Bliss
Yeah!! Happy New Kitteh Parent Day!! - Janet
Maybe the Gray's can adopt one :D - Mo Kargas
Cats sleep a lot. Might not be the best match for Louis Gray. - Amit Patel
Oh good, I might see him as he grows :-) I can't get over how adorable he is! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Aww, I had three kitties once, two brothers and a sister, named Angel, Devil, and Buster. Buster was a stumpy-tailed guy and not the sharpest crayon in the box, but so loving. Dang I miss those kitties. - Laura Norvig
Cute Laura! - Rachel Lea Fox from iPhone
Paul - sorry for asking - why is there nail paint on your finger-nails ? - Space Cowboy
Why not? :) - Amit Patel
Amit, on facebook he answered that question -that he wanted to look good for Buster- :) - Rachel Lea Fox
I suspect Camilla had a part in the nail-painting too ... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Space Cowboy
Hmm, that’s a hard question. I guess that the best answer is that by the time you are old enough to understand that you are NOT going to be a rock start or a unique, beautiful snowflake, it will be too late. Lack of motivation fundamentally comes from fear — you are afraid to do things since you don’t think you can do them internally — which is 99% true.However, the good news is that if you REALLY try to do anything, there is nothing that you can’t do within reason of course. So my suggestion is simple and basically how I start anyone I mentor — start with ANYTHING that you want to do, something small. Then start it, work on it everything single day until its done, I don’t care if you are sick, haev to work, goto school, your girlfriend wants to do something, whatever, just work on it everyday — at some point you will get to a point where you find your own mental limits, this is usually the point where every single person quits and then sells themselves the bullshit concept, “I could... more... - Space Cowboy
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Everything that happens in your life is for your own good - Space Cowboy
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ilan abehassera | Tumblr - http://www.tumblr.com/tagged...
Everything that happens in your life is for your own good - Space Cowboy
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'05 Annual Performance Review: Albert Einstein - http://www.norvig.com/perform...
This is mind-blowing. - Space Cowboy
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THE LAST LIONS ★ 2011 ★ p5-6★ HD ★CAUSEANUPROAR.ORG★ - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
THE LAST LIONS ★ 2011 ★ p5-6★ HD ★CAUSEANUPROAR.ORG★ - YouTube
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This video is heart-warming and a must watch. - Space Cowboy
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This blog is the awesomest collection of fun data pattern articles. - Space Cowboy
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Letters of Note: Whatever you like doing, do it! - http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012...
Whatever you like doing, do it! And keep doing it. Work hard! In the end, passion and hard work beats out natural talent. - Space Cowboy
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_MG_7282 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
The PhotoSense Team ideating at Yahoo! Open Hack 2012 - Space Cowboy
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OpenhackIndia2012 - 91 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Demoing PhotoSense (Overlaying Ads on Images) at Yahoo! Open India Hack 2012 - Space Cowboy
Steve  Schimmel
You are destined for what you relentlessly pursue
Super-like this quote. - Space Cowboy
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Here's What Happens To Google Employees When They Die - Forbes - http://www.forbes.com/sites...
When it comes down to it, it’s better to work for a company who cares about you than a company who doesn’t. And from a company standpoint, that makes it better to care than not to care. - Space Cowboy
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MySQL Windows Install Troubleshooting « Managing Data - http://lstigile.wordpress.com/2009...
grr. - Space Cowboy
Tudor Bosman
Things Marissa Mayer should do on her first day at Yahoo! Go.
Bring cupcakes for all employees. - Tudor Bosman
Parachute into the office. - Tudor Bosman
Open a Flickr account. And use it. (If she doesn't have one already, that is.) - John (bird whisperer)
She just got there and you told her to go. That's mean :-) - Todd Hoff
ALL THE THINGS. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Fire Glen Campbell. - Josh Haley
Read Gulliver's Travels for context :) - Eivind
Change the default home screen on Yahoo! Mail to actually show my mail and not a home-page where they show links to news and other Yahoo! properties. - Space Cowboy
Start adding a nursery to the CEO executive suite Unless it already has one ;-) - Clare Dibble
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Charlie Rose - Exclusive Interview with Facebook Leadership: Mark Zuckerberg/Sheryl Sandberg - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Charlie Rose - Exclusive Interview with Facebook Leadership: Mark Zuckerberg/Sheryl Sandberg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFdUEkTzDeI
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It's so refreshing (and inspiring) to see Mark so excited about Facebook's potential. - Space Cowboy
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This video was pretty underwhelming. I remember when it first came out, that one had to pay for it to watch and I was quite enthusiastic about how it would involve learning what the interns were doing at FogCreek but unfortunately this video is very superficial and takes the approach of treating the interns as some sort of movie stars with almost zero learning for the user. - Space Cowboy
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Wimbledon 2012: Venus Williams Crashes Fast in First Round - The Daily Fix - WSJ - http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfi...
“I feel like I am a great player. I am a great player. Unfortunately, I had to deal with circumstances that people don’t normally have to deal with in this sport. But I can’t be discouraged by that, so I’m up for challenges. I have great tennis in me. I just need the opportunity. There’s no way I’m just going to sit down and give up just because I have a hard time the first five or six freakin’ tournaments back. You know, that’s just not me.” - Space Cowboy
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Caine's Arcade on Vimeo - http://vimeo.com/40000072
Learning from a 9-year old - Space Cowboy
Piaw Na
Why I left Google - JW on Tech - Site Home - MSDN Blogs - http://blogs.msdn.com/b...
In such an environment you don’t have to be part of some executive’s inner circle to succeed. You don’t have to get lucky and land on a sexy project to have a great career. Anyone with ideas or the skills to contribute could get involved. I had any number of opportunities to leave Google during this period, but it was hard to imagine a better place to work. But that was then, as the saying goes, and this is now. - Piaw Na
My experience doesn't mirror James'. Clearly Google isn't the same company it was when I joined 7.5 years ago. In some ways it is actually better. If I am going to work at a big company, Google is the best I've seen. Honestly, you couldn't pay me enough to go back to Microsoft. At some point I'll leave Google... but to Microsoft? Of course, the 'you couldn't pay me enough' might be just... more... - Joe Beda
Joe, what does a level 70 mean ? - Space Cowboy
They're cleansed of all operating thetans? - Andrew C (✔)
Ah -- the mysterious Microsoft level system. Back in the old days, they had levels that were pretty chunky and are similar in some ways to Google. Things started at 9 for engineers out of school and everyone was expected to make it to 12. Moving past 12 was hard and those were considered super senior engineers. Lots of times doing that really, practically required moving into management. Note that management at Microsoft at that time might be one guy managing a single other guy. Pretty lame. - Joe Beda
Starting in 2000 (Comp 2000) Microsoft did 2 things. They set the target comp to be higher (75th percentile vs. median for the industry? Don't remember the numbers) and they also expanded the levels. They doubled all of the levels and assigned everyone a new level. New engineers out of school were 59. Level 12 actually got split into three levels -- 63, 64 and 65. - Joe Beda
As Microsoft stagnated, there were much fewer people calling in rich and the pressure on career growth increased. There was a certain amount of grade inflation and a need to provide a reward structure comparable to the old days when the stock was doubling every 18 months. They ended up introducing the 'partner program'. This started at level 68 and the comp is pretty crazy. Also... more... - Joe Beda
Now, my understanding is that the partner program is actually limited to something like 700 people. This means that competition to that level is pretty fierce and those guys have to prove themselves. Also, in recent years, they've been working on creating more of a career path for ICs. They aren't there yet but clearly things are improving. - Joe Beda
As for level 70 -- that is the next strata above partner. It is VP level. Comp is really pretty crazy then. I've never been there so I don't have a lot of first hand experience. I think for ICs the title is Distinguished Engineer. - Joe Beda
What's an "IC"? - Andrew C (✔)
IC = Individual Contributor. Meaning an engineer that is concentrating on technology and not management. In my mind it is a good sign if a company has room for high level ICs. This is one of the things that attracted me to Google. - Joe Beda
If I was into testing as much as JW sounds like he is, MS isn't necessarily a bad choice. They have some pretty awesome test technology, e.g. http://queue.acm.org/detail.... Joe, is Dave Cutler still the only senior distinguished engineer? - Private Sanjeev
Yeah -- test is a Big Deal at Microsoft. As for Cutler being a the only senior DE -- I have no clue. It looks like he is a Technical Fellow: http://www.microsoft.com/presspa.... Here is the DE list: http://www.microsoft.com/presspa.... Dave's bio is out of date so this whole thing may be old. - Joe Beda
It's amazing how not minting new millionaires regularly causes a re-jiggling of corporate culture and ladders. :-) - Piaw Na
What are you talking about Piaw, Google still mints new millionaires regularly :) - Private Sanjeev
Yes they do. But in a very weird political way that's opaque. :-) - Piaw Na
It's completely transparent -- just get a Facebook offer :) - Private Sanjeev
The thing with Microsoft and partners is that it is a steady state thing. These people have target comp every year going forward. I get the feeling that Google is doing a bunch of one time grants and such. It is more scatter shot than Microsoft. I can see pluses and minuses to both. The scattershot model seems random and bad for morale but keeps people on their toes to deliver. The steady target comp model encourages complacency. - Joe Beda
No, the new Google secret packages are a steady grant every year. It's a fairly large grant. Of course, getting one requires quite a bit of political skill either on your part or on the part of your manager. - Piaw Na
Heh -- I've only seen/heard about the one time grants. Some of them have been pretty eye popping though. I must not be cool enough :) - Joe Beda
Why do you think I had to start charging for my negotiation services? http://books.piaw.net/negotia... - Piaw Na
I'm pretty sure I'm doing okay. ;) - Joe Beda
I'm sure you are. I'm always surprised by the disparity of pay amongst otherwise similar engineers playing similar roles in big companies. The spread is quite incredible, indicating that ability to play the political game is more important than just about anything else when it comes to pay. - Piaw Na
An interesting thing that I've seen is that the game tends to be different at different companies. For instance, there are plenty of examples of high level managers and engineers at Microsoft that played that game well that flamed out when put in a new environment like Google. It takes time to learn the new game and some otherwise smart people just can't do it. - Joe Beda
That's a phenomena well understood and documented in the book, Chasing Stars: http://piaw.blogspot.com/2010.... Highly recommended reading if you really want to understand the background behind contextual performance. - Piaw Na
Dave Cutler -- Second-hand info: in '07 I was given to understand that he has always wanted the top title, alone. As the organization grew and he had to share it, they created a new one for him, one notch more impressive. Of course, as his bio states, he is "generally considered one of the top programmers worldwide". - Ace
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