Jupyter Notebooks are awesome but there are so many. Just at Google we have Colab, Kaggle Notebooks, and Cloud AI Platform Notebooks. So which should you use? The answer is “it depends”. This session will summarize your options and try to help you choose the best notebook for your needs.

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The Power of No

Check out this blog post by author Neal Stephenson on why he’s a bad email correspondent, by design. I feel similarly about meetings - they generally interrupt my flow and fragment my day. I already have attention issues, so avoiding all but the most important meetings enables me to stay focussed.

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Dance Monkey

Take 2.5 minutes out of your day to watch this young man play Dance Monkey, with flair and finesse, on a public piano in a London train station.

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Dating App Predator

This excellent story from Toronto Life profiles a brazen and prolific con man. Shawn Rootenberg serially romanced women, sometimes more than one at a time, and had a unique knack for scamming them out of their life savings. Modern dating apps seem perfectly designed for bringing together predators like this guy with needy victims.

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I’m a huge fan of this series and this video is one of my favorites. The whole performance is great but check out the energy in the song I’ve queued this video to. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen someone actually perform on top of the Tiny Desk.

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You’ve probably heard there was a pandemic in the 1918-1920 time frame, which wiped out on the order of 50 million people. This interview with Laura Spinney, author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World, provides some insights into what we can learn from that event.

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Most Wikipedia'd Near You

Check out this cool visualization from The Pudding. It’s an interactive map of the most viewed people pages on wikipedia keyed by number of views and arranged by locations that person is connected with.

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Cubic Dude

Check out this excellent New York Times profile of Erno Rubik, the man who invented one of the world’s most challenging and beloved puzzles.

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Marc Cohen

Computing and data nerd. More about me.

Engineer@Google

London, UK