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James Randi is an internationally known magician (as The Amazing Randi), psychic debunker, and winner of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant." He was a founding fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). He is perhaps best known for offering $1,000,000 (via the James Randi Educational Foundation) to anyone who can successfully demonstrate psychic powers under conditions mutually agreed on by the challenger and himself. Starting with a $10,000 prize over 25 years ago, no claimant to psychic powers has ever won the money. Randi has pursued "psychic" spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks of faith healers, investigated homeopathic water "with a memory," and generally been a thorn in the sides of those who try to pull the wool over the public's eyes in the name of the supernatural. This event took place August 6, 2007 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.
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Randy Clemens visited Google LA to discuss "The Sriracha Cookbook." This talk took place on April 27, 2012 as part of the Authors@Google series.
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Author Randy Street visits Google's Mountain View, CA office to discuss his book Who: The A Method for Hiring. This event took place on October 30, 2008, as a part of the Authors@Google series. In this landmark book, Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical, and effective solution to what The Economist calls the single biggest problem in business today: unsuccessful hiring. The average hiring mistake costs a company $1.5 million or more a year and countless wasted hours. This statistic becomes even more startling when you consider that the typical hiring success rate of managers is only 50 percent. The silver lining is that who problems are easily preventable. Based on more than 1,300 hours of interviews with more than 20 billionaires and 300 CEOs, Who presents Smart and Streets A Method for Hiring. Refined through the largest research study of its kind ever undertaken, the A Method stresses fundamental elements that anyone can implement-and it has a 90 percent success rate. Randy Street is the president of ghSMART Executive Learning and a top-rated international public speaker.
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Top-ranked professional tennis player James Blake talks about his autobiography, "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life", discussing his comeback after his unlucky 2004 season, which reached #15 on the New York Times Best Seller list in 2007. One of the top American tennis players in the world, he reached a career-high ranking of #4 in the world in 2006 when he reached the final of the Tennis Masters Cup but lost to World No. 1 Roger Federer. He is currently the 12th-ranked player in the world and the second-ranked American player behind Andy Roddick. He has been a professional tennis player since 1999, when he left Harvard to join the ATP circuit. He has since won 14 career ATP titles and is a member of the 2007 U.S. Davis Cup Championship team. He was named 2005 ATP Comeback Player of Year and nominated for ESPN's 2005 "ESPY" Award for Comeback Player of the Year. He was in People Magazine's 2006-2007 "Sexiest Man Alive" issue. A former All-American at Harvard University, he finished the 1999 season as the No. 1 collegiate player in country after his sophomore season when he was a 1999 NCAA single finalist. This event took place February 20, 2008 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.
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James Campbell visits Google's Ann Arbor, MI office to discuss his book "The Ghost Mountain Boys". This event took place on January 16, 2008, as a part of the Authors@google series. For more information about James Campbell, please visit http://www.ghostmountainboys.com/home.html Lying due north of Australia, New Guinea is among the world's largest islands. In 1942, when World War II exploded onto its shores, it was an inhospitable, cursorily mapped, disease-ridden land of dense jungle, towering mountain peaks, deep valleys, and fetid swamps. Coveted by the Japanese for its strategic position, New Guinea became the site of one of the South Pacific's most savage campaigns. Despite their lack of jungle training, the 32nd Division's Ghost Mountain Boys were assigned the most grueling mission of the entire Pacific campaign: to march 130 miles over the rugged Owen Stanley Mountains and to protect the right flank of the Australian army as they fought to push the Japanese back to the village of Buna on New Guinea's north coast. Comprised of National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin, reserve officers, and draftees from across the country, the 32nd Division lacked more than training—they were without even the basics necessary for survival.
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The hit PBS show The Hippy Gourmet takes viewers around the globe to explore local, healthy cuisines. The show is a global sensation, airing across the U.S. and in-flight international airlines such as Lufthansa and Swiss Air. Now in a cookbook packed with over 150 recipes, the Hippy Gourmet shows how you can make these easy, delicious dishes using freshly-grown ingredients, in your own home. These vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian meals will transform your eating experience--and change the world for the better, one meal at a time. Before co-creating the Hippy Gourmet show, James Ehrlich founded his own successful media and technology company. James has produced television segments for major networks and has also dedicated a great deal of his creative energy towards documentaries that are especially focused on wildlife and endangered habitats. Hippy Gourmet homepage: www.HippyGourmet.com This event took place on May 6, 2008, as a part of the Authors@Google series.
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James Gleick spoke to Googlers in Mountain View, California on March 17, 2011 about his latest book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. About the book: James Gleick, the author of the bestsellers Chaos and Genius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality— the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood "talking drums" of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the poet's brilliant and doomed daughter, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself. And then the information age comes upon us. Citizens of this world become experts willy- nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And they sometimes feel they are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading. It will transform readers' view of its subject. James Gleick is our leading chronicler of science and modern technology. His first book, Chaos, a National Book Award finalist, has been translated into 25 languages. His best-selling biographies,Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, were short- listed for thePulitzer Prize. The Information was seven years in the making. The Information is available on the Google eBook store: http://books.google.com/ebooks?id=617JSFW0D2kC