+John Hanke John,

Your opinion about Pokémon trackers "sucking some of the fun out of it" is dead wrong. However +Niantic engaged with Pokemon Trackers to shutter them absolutely sucked 100% of the fun out of Pokemon Go for a lot of people.

Pokémon Trackers enable players to engage in self-selected, self-directed, emergent gaming behavior. This emergent behavior means that people are having fun playing +Pokémon GO in ways you never imagined…and you just crippled their fun in favor of making everyone play it "your way".

I urge you and the rest of +Niantic to embrace what the Crowd builds – then monetize it. +Niantic and +Pokémon GO could have made another $10 million dollars this week, if you'd instead embraced the work done by +Poké Vision, leveraged it, and posted an official tracker app in the store for a buck.

For me? Racing the clock to catch an unusual Pokemon turns a walk into a jog, and with the stroke of an email (Cease and Desist, maybe?) you stopped tacitly incentivizing gameplay through allowing me (and others) to self-direct my gameplay via PokeVision (I played for 3 hours yesterday, collecting Pidgeys and Rattatas and visiting Pokéstops to refill) and I've walked more in July than I have in 10 years), and you instead incentivized removing the app and going back to playing Pokemon on the DS while I'm sitting on the toilet.

I don't believe that's the intended effect.

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I thought I'd put this out there to get you all to participate. It's a fun survey that covers Myers-Briggs typology to Hogwart's Houses, and I definitely want there to be enough answers to be almost statistically significant. =)

http://eilamona.com/post/138663972297/master-personality-typology-survey

Master Personality Typology Survey
Master Personality Typology SurveyI made a survey for multiple popular personality tests (e.g. MBTI, enneagram, Big5, Hogwarts Houses), so I can analyze the correlations. Please fill it in and reblog…

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Video Deck for YouTube™
Best way to manage your YouTube subscriptions perfectly!

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Woah.

Video Premiere: DISTURBED’s Cover Version Of SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’ | Rock n Roll World Magazine.com

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NFL-NASCAR 2016 – Week 4 Standings

Every year for the last…one…year, I’ve scored the NFL like it were NASCAR. Wins and Losses don’t count – only points do. Every point counts until you get to the last game of the Regular Season, and then the #1 and #2 ranked teams compare scores, with the team scoring more points in the last game being declared the Cup Winner.
To Recap: In 2015, the Packers (who ended their season with 380 points) took the cup from the Colts (who ended their season with 382 points) when the Packers scored 30 points in the final game of the regular season, to the Colts 27 points.

The NFL Season got started without me this year, and I just now realized it’s That Time Again. Here are the cumulative results for Week 5 of NFL-NASCAR!

Cardinals : 148 points
Falcons : 137 points
Bengals : 121 points
Patriots : 119 points
Packers : 113 points
Bills : 110 points
Panthers : 108 points
Giants : 102 points
Chiefs : 100 points
Broncos : 97 points
Raiders : 97 points
Chargers : 96 points
Steelers : 96 points
Cowboys : 95 points
Jets : 95 points
Ravens : 93 points
Titans : 89 points
Seahawks : 87 points
Saints : 86 points
Browns : 85 points
Vikings : 80 points
Eagles : 78 points
Redskins : 78 points
Texans : 77 points
Rams : 74 points
Buccaneers : 72 points
Colts : 72 points
Bears : 68 points
Lions : 66 points
Dolphins : 65 points
Jaguars : 62 points
49ers : 48 points

As much as I hate to do this, I’m definitely going to have to give the Raiders the nod for Most Improved Team. This week last year, they had scored a paltry 51 points compared to this year’s 97 points, and after just 4 games in the 2016 season, they’ve already scored more than half of their entire 2015 Point Total.

See you next week!

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On "Remembering 9/11"

This year there are 83,267,556 Americans who were age 6 or younger on 9/11/2001, and the vast majority had not formed their first permanent memories yet. That's fully 27% of Americans who do not have (and can't possibly have) memories of 9/11/2001. (and 18.5% – over 57 million – were not even born yet…)

The oldest members of this cohort of Americans with no memory of 9/11 are College Sophomores this year.

These Americans cannot "Never Forget" because They Can't Possibly Remember It In The First Place.

"Never Forget" is swiftly moving into the history books (and should take it's rightful place) alongside "A Day That Will Live In Infamy", "Remember The Alamo" and "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death".

On second thought, maybe we should start using that last one again.

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Went shopping downtown last week and took these photos from some cool hotel

Originally shared by +Milad Farjadian

The carvings are from Karim Khan Zand, the king of Iran in mid-1700s, and some other monuments in Shiraz.

Coordinates: 29.622048, 52.541047

  

In Album 2015-07-02

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It's been 4 years since the launch of Google+ – What are your thoughts on the evolution of the platform?

I barely use it anymore, for three reasons.

1) The Content has changed
Hardly anyone from my circles "blogs" on it anymore. They use it like an impersonal Facebook – reposting articles from other places on the web without adding anything to it. There are a few people out there who share and add quite a bit of editorial content, like +Dave Hill and +Dave Taylor and sometimes +Sarah Rios , but the vast majority? It's just a link to a funny cat picture or article about (x), with nothing insightful or personal added about it. I appreciate +Cindy Grotz, +Sarah King and the dynamic duo of +Eve Sullivan and +Lillith Sullivan so much because (unlike so many) their content is pretty much always personal.

2) Google destroyed Hangout Discovery in 2012. For the first 2 years of G+, I had a circle of HUNDREDS of people who would hang out two or three nights a week. Epic 6 hour Hangouts. Sometimes drunk. Sometimes naked. Sometimes both. We'd leave the Hangout public, and random people from all over the world would sometimes wander through our hangouts – much to their confusion, more often than not… Then, in 2012, Google changed the way Hangouts appeared in people's streams (so that they basically didn't appear in people's streams), and within a month the weekly hangouts were completely dead.

3) We never got the (vaguely) promised API. I can pull anything I post to Google+ into my WordPress Blog, but I can't go the other way. So now that I'm a fulltime RV dweller (currently in Sacramento), and have a lot of content and a limited bandwidth connection, and without an incoming API, all the interesting things I've done in the 6 months since I hit the road have wound up on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and my WordPress site (Yarrvee.com)…but have been locked out of Google+ unless I take the time and effort to post them by hand – which sucks because I often upload videos when I have a good connection, then schedule them to go public 3-4 days in advance when I know I won't have a solid connection. No solid connection means that I can't hand-post to G+

The platform had a ton of promise in the beginning.

These days, it feels like Ingress (which started out as a side project from a very small team) gets more love than G+ (which started out as a project that was supposed to 'revolutionize' Google) does.

That makes me sad.

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+Milad Farjadian – I thought you'd like this… It's a pity that I didn't see it until today – he was in Shiraz on the 31st, when this was published!

Den of Espionage – Inside the Former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran – YOMADIC
The former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran – AKA the Den of Espionage – an access-all-areas photo tour. A nest of spies, in downtown Tehran, or just an embassy?

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