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August 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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feedly + Google Now: Your most important stories, when you want them

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Despite all the good will towards Google Now, Google did have Google Reader at one time.

It was the premier web-based RSS reader and everyone migrated to it after Bloglines hit the wall and shutdown. Now I’m on my 3rd reader: Feedly. I hope this helps with the hard core adherents to Google Apps. But as for me, I’m going Feedly, or I’m going home. Google Now?, not ever.

Originally posted on Open feedly:

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Feedly and Google have been collaborating on integrating feedly into Google Now so that your most important stories surface in your Google Now stream. We recently rolled out this feature in beta and are seeing a high 14% tap-through rate with the feedly cards. We are excited to announce that the feature is now being rolled out to everyone.

Your important stories come to you

We believe reading sparks magic moments when ideas, knowledge, and creativity seamlessly come together. It’s the core reason why we work so hard to make feedly the most efficient way to personalize and read the content that’s important to you.

We spend a lot of time talking to our users, and we know that most of you weave what you read into your everyday life—to get better at what you do, to keep you ahead of what’s going on, to stay inspired, to learn new…

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August 5, 2015 at 3:23 pm

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The father of the American shopping mall hated what he created

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Hey Everybody look! It’s Midtown Plaza!

Originally posted on Quartz:

The shopping mall is dead. The shopping mall is alive. The shopping mall is reborn.

As sociologists and urban planners debate the relevance of these classic American brick-and-mortar shopping spaces in the era of e-commerce and Amazon Prime Day, a group of architecture enthusiasts will gather this weekend to celebrate the birthday of Victor Gruen, the man known as “father of the modern shopping mall,” and the first annual Gruen Day.

In the invitation to the event, on July 18 at the Bay Area Fair Center mall in a suburb of San Francisco, California, organizers Tim Hwang and Avery Trufelman of the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory challenged the notion that malls were a bad idea from the beginning. “While it’s easy nowadays to dismiss enclosed shopping centers as boring eyesores, Gruen Day celebrates the important role they were originally intended to play in civic life,” they…

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July 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

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Learn 40 Years Of Mech Prototyping At Lightspeed

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I’m going to watch this when I get home today.

Originally posted on Hackaday:

So, what are you doing for the next five and a half hours?  If you’re as busy as we are, you might have to digest this amazing 18 part series of videos over the course of a week or so, but we can almost guarantee you’ll learn a lot. It’s a speedrun through the best collection of Mechanical Engineering knowledge we’ve every come across.

In this epic Youtube video series [Dan Gelbart] shares his knowledge of 40 years of prototyping mechanical designs in a way we’ve never seen before. Not only does he show you how to build things, but he gives away a life time of “tips and tricks” that only a veteran builder would know. There are so many little gems of wisdom in this video series, it’s hard to know where to start with our description. He covers all the usual topics: everything from materials, adhesives, coatings…

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June 24, 2015 at 10:19 am

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Sunday Morning brings Fulongon

Another day and another friend of my wife meet up. This time we went to West side of Tokyo to a little community center. My wife’s friend instructs a class in Fulongon. And I got drafted to participate so I did my best, gambatte.

I was surprised to discover I could cross my legs over top one another and hold the lotus position for roughly 10 minutes before I lost circulation in my legs!

After the morning Fulongon session we hopped another train even further West. My wife has relatives out that way, and we met at thier house for lunch. We got to see thier daughter who had a very young baby during our last trip. Today we saw herband she’s walking and talking and feeding her self. After lunch we went to an open air museum, called the Edo Tokyo Museum. It’s an architecture collection of houses disassembled and rebuilt onsite. Each one is significant for the era it depicts. So there are farm houses, businessmen’s houses. Near the end they had an interesting collection of commercial store fronts from the early 20th century including a really cool urban style bath house (which btw are slowly going away each passing year). I have some photos of museum at the end of this entry for you to peruse.

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June 7, 2015 at 3:26 am

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Ueno Park and the Tokyo National Museum

We met with Mariko’s college friend to attend an exhibit of old art. It’s the oldest known example of fanciful artwork of anthropomorphic animals. What’s really odd is it was in the collection of an old Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1707

It’s notable for art historians and pop culture types who follow manga (the written cartoons) and the anime (the animated cartoons). Some speculate and say these artworks are the historic precedent to Japan’s current day manga. I don’t know if that’s true but let me tell you, this exhibit was very crowded as it is closing down tomorrow (Sunday June 7th). I’ve been in long lines while in Japan. Both Tokyo Disney Sea and the Skytree had long lines. But we spent the whole part of 1 day waiting to see the vital first volume of the Choju-Giga. And it was worth it. It was very well drawn and funny. A lot of frogs and rabbits wrestling or presenting gifts to an Emperor figure drawn as a monkey. So here now is also the visual component of today’s outing as that’s what most people want anyways is to see where you’ve been rather than READ about where you’ve been.

Sitting at the Starbucks

Sitting at the Starbucks

In Ueno Park there's so many buildings housing collections and then there's also the ZOO!

In Ueno Park there’s so many buildings housing collections and then there’s also the ZOO!

The museum is made up of a number of different buildings. There's a permanent collection, a traveling exhibit building, a research library, etc.

The museum is made up of a number of different buildings. There’s a permanent collection, a traveling exhibit building, a research library, etc.

Research building

Research building

There were3 some cutouts made and displayed in the fountain in front of the traveling exhibits building.

There were3 some cutouts made and displayed in the fountain in front of the traveling exhibits building.

Peeking through the buildings at Ueno Park is the Skytree.

Peeking through the buildings at Ueno Park is the Skytree.

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June 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

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Some travel blogging

I’m traveling in Japan and wanted to take advantage of my WordPress site and document my travel. Here now an essay on how I love NHK Morning shows. They do more international stories than their US counterparts. There was a short segment on India (I think as I’m not Japanese proficient). But I feel I can sometimes figure out the gist of these stories. When I don’t know exactly the story I fill in the details in my head. (screenshot below, note we were up early today)

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June 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm

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