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Lauren Weinstein has been at 7 events

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Google+7,542,564The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0034250G+
Lauren Weinstein387,338Hangout On Air: Discussing Congress Without Obscenities - As of 1 PM PDT, the U.S. Senate leadership has supposedly reached a very short term deal to end the federal government shutdown and temporarily raise the debt ceiling. The fate of this package in the House is still decidedly unclear. Regardless of what Congress does right now, we're going to be in the same mess again likely in a matter of weeks or months. Let's Discuss Congress Without Obscenities this evening. What's really going on?  Is the GOP still even really a political party any more? If not, what are they?  And can we even discuss this without the constant use of invectives?  Let's at least try. This HOA is currently scheduled for 7:30 PM PDT this evening. It is subject to change or cancellation as events warrant.  Thanks!Hangout On Air: Discussing Congress Without Obscenities2013-10-17 04:30:0012G+
Lauren Weinstein387,338Discussion of controversy surrounding new +1 automatic "highlighted posting" sharing on Google+. Positives, negatives, benefits, problems, suggestions. Specific use case examples encouraged. Rescheduled to earlier in day per requests. Now scheduled for 1 PM PDT. Subject to change or cancellation if necessary. Thanks. - LaurenDiscuss Issues re New +1 Automatic Sharing on Google+ (Hangout On Air)2013-07-12 22:00:0011G+
Google AdSense1,139,168Join the live Hangout on Air with Susan Wojcicki, SVP of Advertising and Commerce, and three AdSense publishers to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We'll share stories from the early days and discuss the future for publishers and online advertising.We'll add the Hangout On Air link to this event page when the session begins on June 18th at 10am PDT (5pm GMT). Hope to see you there! Submit a live question about AdSense to Susan using the hashtag #adsense10onair. Please note that she won't be able to address individual account questions.Celebrate AdSense 10 with Susan Wojcicki2013-06-18 19:00:005026G+
Life at Google1,555,463Join us on June 17 at noon PDT (7:00pm UTC) for a Hangout on Air with Google's technical support team, gTech. They’ll discuss the way that they touch all Google products and support both the technical and sales sides of the business. To watch the Hangout, just look for the post at www.google.com/+LifeatGoogle on June 17. We hope to see you then!If you have questions for the panel, please add them to our Moderator page: http://goo.gl/fohEZLearn more about our gTech opportunities, please visit: http://goo.gl/Yh7rfHangout on Air: gTech - Re-imagining technical support2013-06-17 21:00:00239G+
Lauren Weinstein387,338Hangout On Air - Rational discussion of the NSA/PRISM story: Likely realities vs. fantasies, etc. By popular demand, expanded to discussion of today's leak regarding administration cyberwar planning. [Subject to change or cancellation.]NSA Surveillance and PRISM (and today's Cyberwar leak)2013-06-08 05:30:0013G+
Life at Google1,555,463Join us on June 6 at 12:30pm JST (3:30am UTC) for a panel conversation with 3 Engineering Leaders from Google Tokyo. They’ll share the exciting projects in development and what it’s like working and living in Tokyo. To watch the Hangout, just look for the post at www.google.com/+LifeatGoogle. We hope to see you then!Learn more about our Tokyo Office and our opportunities at: http://goo.gl/OtzbTHangout on Air: Driving Innovation in Google Tokyo2013-06-06 05:30:00288G+

Lauren Weinstein has been shared in 116 public circles

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The Dawn5,582  I present you my almost three years old, Google+ essential coregrown Circle! Inside you will find personally handpicked, unique and fascinating Beings of all different kinds. Most of them are well known even, global activists, rulers, think-tanks, smart individuals, a few every day people, influencers and other outstanding personalities. Check' em now please, don´t hesitate, convince yourselves first and later others (-; Thank you for passing by, perhaps commenting, plussing, sharing and being.  Yours sincerely of course most ways and technically hereby digital as well Doctor Olivier Klastat aka Dawn Jones aka The Dawn aka Falcondawn  #Cologne   #Deutz   #NRW   #Germany   #Europe   #Google   #World   #Circleshare   #Share   #Circle   #Plussers   #Doctor   #OK   #Olivier   #Klastat   #Jones   #Dawn   #Love   #Peace   #Future   #Progress   #Improvements   #USA   #Russia   #Falcondawn     2014-08-25 23:34:24500615CC G+
Becky Collins15,380Smartphone/Tablet Lovers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-20 05:01:234604311CC G+
Nick Warner645Check out these awesome Crowdfunders2014-08-07 16:05:31470001CC G+
The Dawn5,550 This is my Circle share for all of you out there! Coregrown last years and full of interesting individuals. Worth to add anytime :-) Enjoy your stays and days here. Thank you!Coregrown essential Circle Doctor Okay 2014-08-05 21:58:16500000CC G+
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112CC G+
Alister Macintyre42,442Here is a circle of people interested in what happened, what people think happened, with the Malaysia Airline MH370 plane which disappeared mysteriously 2014 March.  I plan to include this circle in my comments regarding recent incident with sister planer shot down over Ukraine.2014-07-18 00:09:5131003CC G+
Doug Hyatt3,412(DH4)  HERE IS THE LATEST CIRCLE - 6/30/2014CIRCLE SHARING IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ON GOOGLE+  SIMPLY ADD THE CIRCLE, THEN ADD YOURSELF, THEN RE-SHARE USING THE HASHTAGS PROVIDED HERE.  WATCH HOW FAST YOU GROW! ENJOY  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING #CircleSharing #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #Share #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircles #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #Google #ShareCircle #SocialMedia #AddCircle #ADD #Marketing #Engagers #SocialMediaMarketing #EliteInnerCircle #Friends #PublicCircle #buy_GooglePlus_followers2014-06-30 16:34:05401014CC G+
Doug Hyatt3,234Part 4  MANY NEW PEOPLE WHO WILL PLUS 1 and RESHARESimply ADD yourself to this circle, copy the #HASHTAGS, and REPOST#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle   #photography   2014-06-29 13:03:00400114CC G+
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219CC G+
Teun Blijlevens2,045Time for an updated share of this circle: Active people. Since more than a year or so I have added to this circle all people who:- have plussed, commented on or reshared one or more of my posts;- posted something I have plussed, commented on or reshared.If you like any of my posts, chances are you like posts of people in this circle. Enjoy your enriched stream ;)I'll keep on updating this circle and reshare it every now and then. If you received an email notification of this post, it means you are included in this circle.2014-05-01 12:45:0324820534CC G+
Andrea Orselli5,603Hi! Here is my circle. Please click "ADD PEOPLE" button to add the whole circle and help increase each others connection. +1 and share will be greatly appreciated.#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle    #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle    #topsharedcircl2014-04-30 20:05:53443426CC G+
Alister Macintyre41,972This is my MH370 circle of people whom I think are very interested in the plight of Malaysian flight 370 which went missing March-8.  I include this circle when I share posts about that plane, except when I post to the MH370 community.2014-03-18 08:01:5114203CC G+
Teun Blijlevens1,983I call this circle: Active people. Since a year or so I have added to this circle all people who:- have plussed, commented on or reshared one or more of my posts;- posted something I have plussed, commented on or reshared.If you like any of my posts, chances are you like posts of people in this circle. Enjoy your enriched stream ;)I'll keep on updating this circle and reshare it every now and then. If you received an email notification of this post, it means you are included in this circle.2014-02-25 11:48:3616018232CC G+
Lo Sauer2,115A refreshed circle of great engagers,creatives and technology enthusiasts who I like to share with you on this beautiful day.Follow: +1, comment,  *Share * to your Public stream to be included in future circlesCheers! Have fun and Thank you all.Many of these great mix of engagers were shared months ago by: +Igor Schevchenko +Billy Funk +Scott Buehler +Ursula Ehrenfeld +Mike Allton +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales +Joe Fernandez +Matteo Battaglio +Chuck Croll +Circle Distribution +Black Circles +Stephan Hovnanian +Circle Spotlight +Team Circle Share +Circles +1 I thank you, friends and included you all. #circleoftheday    #circleshare    #circlesharing    #sharedcircles    #sharedpubliccircles    #publicsharedcirc2013-11-17 11:03:154508621CC G+
Martina Pelucchi501Ciao a tutti gli amici di Google Plus! Questa è la mia nuova cerchia.... #socialmedia   #friends   ! It's my new amazing #circle !This is my #Sharedcircle of #socialmedia   #friends   , a group of interesting people who share unique and original content. What are you waiting to add them to your circles? :) To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to: 1) Do +1 t the post 2) Comment the post and specify your "category" (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing) 3) Include the circle among your circles 4) Share the circle (include yourself) 5) Smile to life, sun in sunshine. Special thanks my dear #friends and #followers : +Silvio De Rossi +Raffaele Romeo Arena +Tancredi Matranga +Valentina Biffi +Riccardo Mantica +Anita Richeldi +Paolo Sperati   +Luca Talotta +Ilaria Zanchetta +Paolo Sperati +Fashion Circles have a good #weekend  #topsharedcircle   #facciamol2013-11-08 13:24:08445331728CC G+
Francesco Zambelli527#circlesharing   #circleshare   #topengagers   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   a very good circle is being built... to be included you have to1) share this circle2) +1 to this post3) comment it.2013-11-07 19:36:45198117CC G+
Ilaria Zanchetta211#socialmedia   #friends   ! It's my new amazing #circle !This is my #Sharedcircle of #socialmedia   #friends   , a group of interesting people who share unique and original content.What are you waiting to add them to your circles? :)To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1) Do +1 t the post2) Comment the post and specify your "category" (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)3) Include the circle among your circles4) Share the circle (include yourself)5) Smile to life, sun in sunshine.Special thanks my dear #friends and #followers :+Silvio De Rossi +Raffaele Romeo Arena +Tancredi Matranga +Valentina Biffi +Riccardo Mantica +Anita Richeldi +Paolo Cola +Luca Talotta +Martina Pelucchi +Paolo Sperati +Alessandro Folghera +Fashion Circles Have a good #monday !2013-10-28 16:13:09445481231CC G+
Alessandro Folghera19,770#socialmediamarketing  #SharedCircle  #MondaySharedCircle To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)  Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularityKeep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #Mondaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou         #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #afo #myseoissocial     2013-10-28 04:27:13443342640CC G+
Alessandro Folghera18,553#socialmediamarketing  #SharedCircle  #MondaySharedCircle To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)  Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularityKeep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #Mondaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou         #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #afo #myseoissocial     2013-10-21 04:21:03435393347CC G+
J.T. Smith40These are all people I was recommended to follow! They are currently in my Temporary circle, and I'll follow them permanently based on their engagement with me in the next day or so! #circleshare    #sharedcircles   #publiccircle   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circlemaster   #circle   #addmetoyourcircles   #addmetocircles   #addmenow   #addmepleasethanks  2013-10-19 19:57:21492206CC G+
Alessandro Folghera17,439#socialmediamarketing  #SharedCircle  #MondaySharedCircle To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)  Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularityKeep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  Special thanks to my #friends and #engagers:+Raffaele Romeo Arena +Daniela Calabrò +Rome Heels +Allana Layton +Van Bordelon +Richard Sample +Slobodan Ognjenovic +Allyson Sangster +Tatjana Vidakovic +danilova pjaca +Francesco Del Punta +Laura Biagioti +2013-10-14 19:32:06501403851CC G+
Mario Falcetti19,956A nice circle to explore G+: ...  to meet people; to discover places; to appreciate the nature; to approach arts, science and technologies; … (updated October 4th, '13)#circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle   #circlesharing#followers #social#socialnetworking  #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday#googleplus   2013-10-04 16:40:20493272121244CC G+
Andrea Orselli2,146SHARE YOUR CIRCLES COMMUNITY CIRCLE 8.26.13Welcome to  this new circle which has members of the Share Your Circle Community.  This is a great place to Find and Add Circles#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-08-27 21:11:4545714415CC G+
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335CC G+
Alex Grossman56,667G+ Engagers CircleIt's been a while since I shared a circle, so here's a small circle of people I recommend following. They are great to engage with, full of energy and opinions and fun, with very little anger, disrespect, or poor manners. Hope you enjoy all of them as much as I do. They certainly make my time in G+ lots of fun. :)2013-08-22 03:31:187510711CC G+
Andrei Nedelcu7,139I'm back with an updated and improved version of my Highly Engaged Plussers Circle. These are the most active and engaged users I've been interacting with and I proudly recommend them to everybody.***If you've been notified, it means you're in*** #circle   #circleshare   #bestsharedcircle  2013-06-25 22:08:2449435847CC G+
Too Big Has Failed135Our circle of highly interactive people on the topic of Wall Street corruption. This circle has nearly doubled since the last time we shared it, and we hope it will double again. These are good people to add if you want 1) interaction and 2) Wall Street reform. Let us know if we inadvertently missed you, and we'll add you to the circle!2013-05-22 20:28:26132617CC G+
steph wanamaker76,900#circlesharesunday here is my #awesomemenwhocomment circle2013-05-19 15:19:3616272259CC G+
Melissa Bryan25,213Circles Everywhere!Over the past couple of days I have been shared in some really awesome circles.  It reminded me how long it's been since I shared one of my own.  And with all the new people around, I figured it might be helpful.  These 200 lovely plussers were chosen by google's magic as being the most relevant to me (minus a few pages and the people who don't use G+).  I went through them and can assure you that these are all top notch characters (well, mostly :p).  They definitely make google+ the amazing place that it is.  Just, be prepared for shenanigans.  If you were notified, you are in the circle.  I don't ever notify, so hopefully you guys don't mind this one.2013-05-18 18:18:01200157597CC G+
steph wanamaker75,727#followfriday this is my newly curated  awesome men who comment circle2013-05-10 15:06:3215749454CC G+
steph wanamaker74,636#followfriday this is my awesome men who comment circle  shoutouts to birthday boys  +Ayoub Khote and +Fergus Martin 2013-05-03 15:26:2115149046CC G+
Frank Garufi Jr.15,139Circle SuggestionI haven't shared a circle in a long time, but I wanted to let everyone know about +Lauren Weinstein...I originally heard of him when he appeared as a guest host on This Week in Google with +Jeff Jarvis +Gina Trapani and +Leo Laporte (  +TWiT Network ). I really enjoyed his appearance on that show and quickly circled him. I'm glad I did... His posts and shares are always full of great content... I really think you'll enjoy having him in your stream2013-04-16 00:41:361001CC G+
AyJay Schibig16,440ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-04-13 06:43:023024213CC G+
steph „gingerninja“ wanamaker70,048here is my awesome men who comment circle2013-03-22 15:03:3013575345CC G+
AyJay Schibig15,217ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-03-02 11:23:44245206CC G+
Mohammad Rahimi2,027I would like to share this circle of people i follow their posts.2013-02-25 05:38:581061928CC G+
Chris Row2,580Shared circle time, I am sure you all know how this works. Feel free to add this Circle, Re Share it, Enjoy it G+ TECH CIRCLE pt 1 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #technology   #technews   #apple   #samsung   #nexus4   #nexus7   #ces2013   #android   #tablet   #google  2013-01-24 17:20:42483758CC G+
Dan Soto56,122Long Overdue Circle ShareFirst, and foremost, this is not a scientific endeavor.  Most of these were chosen by the "relevance" factor that Google uses but I would not have included them if they weren't relevant to me.  The others were hand picked from the rest of the people I'm following that are either;a) interesting to meb) loyal engagers on my postsc) friendsEither way, you can't go wrong with this circle.Add it now to spice up your streamNote: Many of you already have many of these people in your circles already.  Add it it anyway as there might be a few that you don't have.Also, there is to be no "butthurt" over not being included in this circle.  I'm the only one allowed to that :)ENJOY!2013-01-18 00:46:3115036922CC G+
Vago Damitio8,732Super Technology CircleI am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better!This is a circle of super technology people. I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 21:32:3936101CC G+
Chris Row2,335Shared circle time, I am sure you all know how this works. Feel free to add this Circle, Re Share it, Enjoy it G+ TECH CIRCLE pt 1 #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #technology   #technews   #apple   #samsung   #nexus4   #nexus7   #ces2013   #android   #tablet   #google  2013-01-11 20:59:57490214CC G+
AyJay Schibig13,588ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2013-01-10 07:15:50257003CC G+
Slavo Herman180I'd like to share with you the circle in which a little surprisingly I discovered my name. It is a circle with people who got one nomination to "Best of Google Plus 2012" created as the Circle No. 3 by +Kurt Smith.(He also created two more circles, No. 1 and 2, containing people with more nominations - you can find them at http://goo.gl/tAePD and http://goo.gl/7IBkV respectively :)2013-01-07 16:40:4448423115CC G+
Anna Galarza3,321Curated Circle Featuring Only The Best Of The Best Of Google Plus!They are amazing people to have them as part of your G+ connections. If you are looking for #engagement , #fun , #inspiration , #thoughtful  posts, etc., this circle is for you! #circleshare   #coolpeople   #topplusers   #googleplustips   #googlepluscircles   #publiccircle   #sharedcircles  2013-01-06 15:02:4450027738CC G+
Trever McGhee18,273+Take2seconds to click the add button on this circle!Last week +Kurt Smith asked people to name 5 people they thought should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'.  He received 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.We were honored to be among them, so we've created two circles to honor those chosen.This is the second of 2 circles from that list.Their all worthy of a follow .. a circle  to see what they bring to your stream.Check them out for a week...keep the ones that you like at the end of the week and then put the rest aside for another time :-))))People always ask me to add them or another person to the next circle when I share circles from other people to help them connect with others...Well I can't add you to their circle but what I can do is create another circle for you.So if you would like to be in the next one or would like to recommend someone,1st. please leave a comment of why you or they should be in the next circle, why people should circle you back.2nd. please share this circle to the public stream to help these people connect with others.I'll create a circle once a week with your suggestion.P.S. if your in the above circle and would like to be in the next one, just let me know. #bestofgoogleplus   #bestofgoogleplus2012   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedmycircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publicshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomecircle   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle  +Circles 2013-01-02 20:58:1649052430CC G+
Kurt Smith21,124Here's The 'Best of Google Plus 2012' Circle Share (Circle 3 of 3)Last week I asked other plussers to name 5 Plussers they think should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'. They nominated others based on what they think makes a really good Google Plusser - original & quality content; makes you think, laugh, & enjoy Google Plus more; engages with others; shares and helps others; etc. We got 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.This is the third of 3 Circle Shares of those named the 'Best of Google Plus' - this circle contains those who got 2-3 votes. These are plussers other plussers think are among the Best on Google Plus and I believe we should all circle and consider following them because other quality plussers we can trust recommend following them.Like the other circles I've curated ('Thought Provokers' & 'Plussers Who Give A Boost') you can only get in these circles on the recommendation of another plusser (no "add me" going on here). So this is a quality group that should be recognized for making Google Plus better for all of us.Let's encourage quality on G+ and the best way we can do that is to Add & Share these circles. It took some work to put this together, so the best 'thank you' you can give me (and the nominees) is to add, share and encourage your followers to do the same.Circle 1 (those who got 4+ nominations): http://goo.gl/tAePDCircle 2 (those who 2-3 nominations): http://goo.gl/7IBkVWondering who nominated you? Here's the original post to find out: http://goo.gl/0gHFk#bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus2012 #circle #circles #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #publicshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #addmetoyourcircles #awesomecircle #awesomeness #awesomepeople 2012-12-31 15:55:53486535266CC G+
AyJay Schibig12,717ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-21 06:26:433277010CC G+
Chris Row1,752This is the best Tech Circle on G+ I am still adding to it, so feel free to let me know if you should be added, also feel free to share it and add it to your Circles. 2012-12-17 13:32:26216305CC G+
Richard Law5,962100 Most RelevantWeekly share of the people who G+ thinks are most relevant to me. There are 8 changes this week.  #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles  2012-12-17 12:18:55100112CC G+
Rob Salzman16,138Time to share again.  This circle contains my primary news feeds.  This is the circle I start and end my day with.  If you want a vast amount of interesting, compelling content, you couldn't do much better then including is circle. 2012-12-14 17:12:23125114CC G+
AyJay Schibig12,080ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-12 04:23:1442210216CC G+

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2014-08-29 16:42:34 (30 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

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2014-08-28 20:15:50 (8 comments, 14 reshares, 22 +1s)

Problem: They didn't create it.

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For cities that smell like pee :)
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2014-09-01 05:22:47 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

A self-winding heart. Egads.

A self-winding heart. Egads.___

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2014-09-01 04:11:12 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

Interesting that we see a complaint from an almond grower, given that they're among the most wasteful possible crop in terms of water usage here.

Interesting that we see a complaint from an almond grower, given that they're among the most wasteful possible crop in terms of water usage here.___

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2014-09-01 03:27:40 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)

Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and other dominant ISPs are now in a bidding war to hire him as a consultant and board member.

Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and other dominant ISPs are now in a bidding war to hire him as a consultant and board member.___

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2014-09-01 02:52:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Great test for 3.9 seconds, then ...

Great test for 3.9 seconds, then ...___

2014-09-01 02:30:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

We're about to enter one of the recurring periods of Houdini Mania, with History channel debuting their two part biopic on the man himself, tomorrow and Tuesday. When we think of Harry Houdini, that is, Erik Weisz/Weiss, we of course think first of his classic feats of escapology and magic. But he was much more than that, and would be kept very busy were he alive today.

I became fascinated with Houdini very early on, writing studies of him in elementary school, junior high, high school, and at UCLA. Ultimately I was able to contact various persons who had known him personally, and learned much more about the man than was common public knowledge.

Beyond his stage and other magic/escape challenge performances of course, he was also an early debunker of mysticism, seances, and other frauds, a man dedicate to reality. He was always making it clear... more »

We're about to enter one of the recurring periods of Houdini Mania, with History channel debuting their two part biopic on the man himself, tomorrow and Tuesday. When we think of Harry Houdini, that is, Erik Weisz/Weiss, we of course think first of his classic feats of escapology and magic. But he was much more than that, and would be kept very busy were he alive today.

I became fascinated with Houdini very early on, writing studies of him in elementary school, junior high, high school, and at UCLA. Ultimately I was able to contact various persons who had known him personally, and learned much more about the man than was common public knowledge.

Beyond his stage and other magic/escape challenge performances of course, he was also an early debunker of mysticism, seances, and other frauds, a man dedicate to reality. He was always making it clear that what he did were tricks, and that only charlatans claimed to have help from the spirit world or were able to communicate with the dead. 

He was originally driven to investigate the world of seances and of spirit communications after the death of his mother, and was angered by the frauds he saw being perpetuated by such practitioners.

He also said that after he died, he would make concerted efforts to communicate back to the living if that were indeed possible, and left behind before his death a secret message that could be used to verify such a contact. Annually for many years, a gathering would meet to provide that contact opportunity. Needless to say, Houdini never made contact. We can safely assume that this was as he had expected all along.

Finally, if you've made it this far, a bit of Houdini memorabilia: His classic work on Handcuff Secrets from just after the turn of the 20th century. After all, you never know when such info might come in handy: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5L6chr0QvNzZTg0NGE2ZjAtOWQ2NS00MWZkLTgxNWItYmFmZTE4NWVjNGY3/edit?usp=sharing___

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2014-09-01 00:40:33 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

No more strobe lights for you!

No more strobe lights for you!___

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2014-08-31 23:36:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)

OK, credit where credit is due. This is cute.

OK, credit where credit is due. This is cute.___

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2014-08-31 23:28:21 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

Obviously, my Project X.

Obviously, my Project X.___

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2014-08-31 21:56:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

Hmm.

Hmm.___

2014-08-31 21:02:18 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)

Be careful what you wish for Thought for the Day: The only reason countries like Iraq and Syria were moving into the modern world at all is because they had repressive, dictatorial -- yet essentially secular -- leaderships. The West's calls for democracies in those countries will result only in the rise of religious, anti-secular fundamentalism, because -- pay attention now, this isn't rocket science! -- if the majority of voters in a country vote for religious fanatics, you're going to get religious fanatic governments. That's, uh, how democracy works.

Be careful what you wish for Thought for the Day: The only reason countries like Iraq and Syria were moving into the modern world at all is because they had repressive, dictatorial -- yet essentially secular -- leaderships. The West's calls for democracies in those countries will result only in the rise of religious, anti-secular fundamentalism, because -- pay attention now, this isn't rocket science! -- if the majority of voters in a country vote for religious fanatics, you're going to get religious fanatic governments. That's, uh, how democracy works.___

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2014-08-31 20:50:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

China

China___

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They want to make their mark on Germany.

They want to make their mark on Germany.___

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2014-08-31 16:43:08 (7 comments, 9 reshares, 42 +1s)

What is a Computer, Really?

Look at the picture below. Believe it or not, that person is operating an extremely sophisticated mechanical calculator, capable of generating tables that evaluate functions called “polynomials” [1]. Although a graphing calculator can do that, a pocket calculator certainly can’t. The device above is a mechanical purpose-built computer!

This article is the next installment of my series on computing. In the previous parts, we learned about Boolean logic, the language computers think in. We then learned how to implement this logic electronically and, using our newfound understanding of electronics, how to make computer memory so that computers can record results of calculations. Finally, last time, we discussed a theoretical computer called a Turing machine (named after, of  course, Alan Turing). It is believed that the answer to a problem can becomput... more »

What is a Computer, Really?

Look at the picture below. Believe it or not, that person is operating an extremely sophisticated mechanical calculator, capable of generating tables that evaluate functions called “polynomials” [1]. Although a graphing calculator can do that, a pocket calculator certainly can’t. The device above is a mechanical purpose-built computer!

This article is the next installment of my series on computing. In the previous parts, we learned about Boolean logic, the language computers think in. We then learned how to implement this logic electronically and, using our newfound understanding of electronics, how to make computer memory so that computers can record results of calculations. Finally, last time, we discussed a theoretical computer called a Turing machine (named after, of  course, Alan Turing). It is believed that the answer to a problem can be computed if and only if one can build a Turing machine to compute it [2].

This time, we use our discussion of the Turing machine to try and nail down what a computer really is.

(If you haven’t read the article on the Turing machine, I recommend you do so now. I’ll be relying on it extensively. It’s here: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/08/05/turing-machine/)

The Universal Turing Machine

Recall from our discussion last time that a Turing machine has three parts:

1. A ticker tape consisting of cells that can be written in. We select an alphabet of symbols we’re allowed to write. For example, you could easily use the real alphabet or every character available in unicode, or whatever you like.

2. A “head” that can read from the tape and write to it. The head also has a finite number of “states” or modes. You can think of these in the same way as the modes available to your printer at home: a “scan” mode, a “print” mode, mavbe a “fax” mode. These determine what the printer does with the input it’s given. Similarly, the state of the head determines what it does when it reads a symbol.

3. A rules table. The table tells the head what to do when it reads a symbol off of the tape, given the state it’s currently in.

Given a computable problem to solve, one can design a Turing machine to solve it by constructing an appropriate rules table. But what if we want to go the other way? What if we want to design a Turing machine that can solve any computable problem?


Turing realized that it’s possible to design a Turing machine that can mimic any other Turing machine. The simplest, most obvious way to do this is just add more modes to the head. For example, suppose we had two problems we wanted to solve, problem 1 and problem 2. And suppose we know how to construct a Turing machine to solve each problem respectively: machine 1 and machine 2. And, for simplicity, let’s say that both machines use the symbols “1” and “0” and have three modes, “red,” “green,” and “blue.”

Now let’s construct a new Turing machine, machine 3, with SIX modes: “red1,” “red2,” “green1,” “green2,” “blue1,” and “blue2.” We’ll give it the following symbols to use: “1,” “0,” “A,” and “B.”

Then we construct the rules table such that if the state is red1, green1, or blue1, and the symbol is either 0 or 1, then machine 3 behaves like machine 1. The rules for the state red1 correspond to the rules for machine 1 in the red state, and likewise for green1 and blue1.  Similarly, if the state is red2, green2, or blue2 and the symbol on the tape is either 0 or 1, then the machine behaves like machine 2.

The only thing we have to do is determine whether the machine uses the states for machine 1 or for machine 2. We do that with the special symbols A and B. If the machine reads symbol A on the tape, it knows to behave like machine 1. If the machine reads symbol B on the tape, it knows to behave like machine 2.

Now machine 3 can solve either problem 1 or problem 2! And we can keep going like this. If we add an arbitrary number of states, we can solve an arbitrary number of problems. A Turing machine that can mimic any other Turing machine (and thus solve any computable problem) is called a universal Turing machine [3]. A universal Turing machine is the standard model of a fully programmable computer.

Can You Build One?

But if we needed an arbitrarily large number of modes to solve all problems and thus make a computer, that would be pretty useless. Since the number of problems we’d like a computer to solve is incredibly huge, it would be impossible to construct a computer with one mode for every single type of problem in existence (including those we haven’t even thought of yet).

So are modern computers only pale approximations of universal Turing machines? Fortunately, no. AI researcher Marvin Minsky [4] showed in 1962 that you can construct a universal Turing machine with only seven modes and a four-symbol alphabet. Later, it was discovered that we only need a binary alphabet (1 and 0) if we use 15 modes. So yes, it’s possible to build a real-life universal Turing machine. That’s good to know, since you’re probably reading this post on one of them!

So What Is A Computer, Really?

We’re finally ready to answer our title question and tie all of this abstract computational theory back to practical electronics. A “computer” is any device that can be shown to be equivalent to a universal Turing machine. (This property is called Turing completeness [5].) For a device to be Turing complete, it needs the following three pieces, roughly speaking:

1. A set of logical rules dictating how it should behave given some input. On a Turing machine, this is the rules table. In an electronic computer, it’s the Boolean logic gates we constructed out of vacuum tubes or transistors. (See: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/06/29/boolean-circuit-electronic-logic-part-2/)

2. A way to record the results of a calculation and read these results in as new input. On a Turing machine, this is the ticker tape. In an electronic computer, this is the computer memory constructed from electronic flip-flops. (See: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/07/07/flip-flops-art-computer-memory/)

3. A way to control the device’s logic so that the same input data can be manipulated in many different ways. On a Turing machine, this is enabled by having many modes for the head. I didn’t discuss how to achieve this in an electronic computer, but we’ll suffice to say that it exists.

With these three components, it is possible to construct a universal Turing machine, or at least something equivalent. But notice that these criteria don’t limit us to electronic devices! Any device that meets them can do anything a laptop can do (albeit probably much much slower)!

Next time we’ll take a break from hardcore theory to discuss some cool examples of non-electronic computers.

A Historical Note

Although electronic computers have been shown to be Turing complete, this may or may not have been really considered during their design. Computer pioneer John von Neumann [6] and the people working on the early digital computers certainly were inspired by Turing and von Neumann extended Turing's work. However, modern architectures weren't really known to be related to Turing machines. But it was only later that mathematician Hao Wang [7] demonstrated that electronic computers were Turing complete.

Other Approaches

Turing's machines aren't the only mathematical description of what it means to be a computer. Mathematician Alonzo Church [8] developed a completely equivalent description based on the mathematical definition of a function, called Lambda calculus [9]. I find it beautiful, but I'm not going to try to describe it here because it's very abstract. Check out the link below if you're a fellow math nerd.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambda_calculus

Further Reading

There are many many resources on the Turing machine, but most skip what’s special about a universal Turing machine. Here’s what I could find.

1. The article on Wolfram Mathworld has some nice diagrams from Stephen Wolfram‘s book: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/UniversalTuringMachine.html

2. The Wikipedia article on the universal Turing machine is very good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Turing_machine

3. Science Decoded has a nice article on universal Turing machines: http://www.decodedscience.com/what-is-universal-turing-machine/12081

4. Here‘s a free short biography of Alan Turing which discusses universal Turing machines a little: http://www.turing.org.uk/bio/index.html

5. The academic among you may want to check out the article on Turing machines on Scholarpedia. Scholarpedia is a free collection of peer-reviewed articles on scientific topics. It’s very good: http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Turing_machine

Related Reading



This is the sixth article in a multi-part series on computing. These are the other parts:

1. In this article, I describe the basics of Boolean logic, starting with truth tables: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/06/08/george-boole-language-logic/

2. In this article, I describe how to make composite logical statements using Boolean logic: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/06/14/george-bool-language-logic-2/

3. In this article, I introduce the triode vacuum tube and describe how it works: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/06/22/boolean-cirucit-logic/

4. In this article, I show how to use triodes to make logic gates: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/06/29/boolean-circuit-electronic-logic-part-2/

5. In this article, I explain how to build computer memory: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/07/07/flip-flops-art-computer-memory/

6. In this article, I explain how a Turing machine works: http://www.thephysicsmill.com/2014/08/05/turing-machine/

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

References
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polynomial
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church%E2%80%93Turing_thesis
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Turing_machine
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Minsky
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_completeness
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_von_Neumann
[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hao_Wang_%28academic%29
[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alonzo_Church
[9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambda_calculus

#science   #computers   #turing   #complexitytheory   #ScienceSunday   #ScienceEveryDay   #logic   #babbage  ___

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2014-08-31 00:15:28 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 27 +1s)

Well, for now, anyway.

Well, for now, anyway.___

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2014-08-30 23:52:18 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 21 +1s)

2004

2004___

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2014-08-30 23:26:29 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 13 +1s)

Always keep WPS disabled.

Always keep WPS disabled.___

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2014-08-30 23:21:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

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2014-08-30 19:37:25 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 23 +1s)

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2014-08-30 19:32:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)

Yeah, yeah, we know the story warmongers, they're out to get us Thought for the Day - When nobody seems even able to agree on the name of the latest nightmarish Middle East terrorist threat du jour, that we're assured is so incredibly powerful and nightmarish that every other word from politicians seems to be Homeland again, and other domestic issues are taking a convenient back seat again, it's a pretty good bet that we're all being suckered by the politicians of both parties and their military-industrial complex overlords -- again.

Yeah, yeah, we know the story warmongers, they're out to get us Thought for the Day - When nobody seems even able to agree on the name of the latest nightmarish Middle East terrorist threat du jour, that we're assured is so incredibly powerful and nightmarish that every other word from politicians seems to be Homeland again, and other domestic issues are taking a convenient back seat again, it's a pretty good bet that we're all being suckered by the politicians of both parties and their military-industrial complex overlords -- again.___

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2014-08-30 15:32:56 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s)

Two strange true tales for the holiday weekend. - I'm not religious and I'm not of a metaphysical bent. I don't believe that we're being constantly visited by UFOs or that Reptilians secretly rule the world. I'm convinced that most conspiracy theories are bunk. But twice, years ago, I did have things happen that to this day make me wonder if there are potentially gaps in my assumptions about reality. They're all the more powerful for being so essentially trivial, too.

Once upon a time, decades ago, I needed the schematics for an old SONY television. There was no obvious way at the time to contact SONY. I mentioned to a friend that I needed some old schematics (I didn't say for what). He thought about it and said that there was a strange little store on Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica that he'd heard about that might have stuff like that. He didn't have a... more »

Two strange true tales for the holiday weekend. - I'm not religious and I'm not of a metaphysical bent. I don't believe that we're being constantly visited by UFOs or that Reptilians secretly rule the world. I'm convinced that most conspiracy theories are bunk. But twice, years ago, I did have things happen that to this day make me wonder if there are potentially gaps in my assumptions about reality. They're all the more powerful for being so essentially trivial, too.

Once upon a time, decades ago, I needed the schematics for an old SONY television. There was no obvious way at the time to contact SONY. I mentioned to a friend that I needed some old schematics (I didn't say for what). He thought about it and said that there was a strange little store on Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica that he'd heard about that might have stuff like that. He didn't have a name or phone number but dug out the address he'd been given.

Some days later I was in the area and pulled over there. The storefront was small and completely unmarked. There was however an OPEN sign on the door.

I went in. A little bell attached to the door frame tinkled. The inside was amazing. It was nothing but one room stacked from floor to ceiling with booklets, manuals and other documents. There was just a narrow path forward. I glanced at some of the materials -- they seemed to cover all sorts of topics, and some were in languages that I didn't recognize.

In the midst of all this chaotic clutter was a completely bare desk with a 40ish looking guy sitting at it, his face buried in a paperback book. He didn't even look up as I came in -- he just said What do you need?

So I said I knew it was a long shot, but perchance do you have a schematic for a SONY whatever model it was TV? I was definitely ready to get out of there already.

Without ever looking up at me or taking his face out of that book, he reached down with his right hand to a stack directly next to him, pulled the top item off the stack, and tossed it on the desk in front of me. $5 he said.

It was the SAMS Photofact schematics for that obscure old TV. I couldn't believe it. I felt a bit ill. I put a $5 bill on the table, said thanks, and left. He never said another word. He never looked up.

When I drove by that location a month or so later it was vacant and for lease.

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One day in ancient times, I was in a local laundromat, waiting for my clothes to dry. It was empty except for me. A pair of ordinary looking guys, maybe in their 30s, entered carrying two baskets of clothes. They went to the other end of the relatively small facility. One of the guys filled a washer with laundry, closed the lid, and stood there staring at the washer. After a couple of minutes his companion came over and asked what the problem was. The mechanism will not initiate. was the reply. Did you put in 75 cents? the other responded. I did not realize that insertion of local currency was necessary, said the first. At that point, noise from outside covered up whatever else they said. I got my dry clothes and left. Either a great joke, or perhaps an indication that it's not just Terrestrials who prefer clean clothing.

And so it goes.___

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2014-08-30 14:55:06 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 65 +1s)

For cities that smell like pee :)
(... I'm looking at you, Paris)

For cities that smell like pee :)
(... I'm looking at you, Paris)___

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2014-08-30 14:51:34 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

Yep.

Yep.___

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2014-08-30 00:44:21 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Yeah, like maybe they didn't think this through, huh?

Yeah, like maybe they didn't think this through, huh?___

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2014-08-29 23:43:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

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2014-08-29 19:03:00 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)

Set aside some time and listen to this genuine human being. This man is wonderful.

Set aside some time and listen to this genuine human being. This man is wonderful.___

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2014-08-29 18:54:18 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

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2014-08-29 18:49:12 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

Very wise.

Very wise.___

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2014-08-29 16:42:34 (30 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

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2014-08-29 05:48:53 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

As a Canadian citizen and permanent resident of the United States, this 6 minute video helped me a lot.  I had no idea there were so many territorial islands throughout the Pacific.  I want to visit Palmyra Atoll!     

As a Canadian citizen and permanent resident of the United States, this 6 minute video helped me a lot.  I had no idea there were so many territorial islands throughout the Pacific.  I want to visit Palmyra Atoll!     ___

2014-08-29 04:42:27 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2014-08-29 04:19:41 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 33 +1s)

An incredibly ham-fisted move that can squander good will in an instant. Unbelievably tone deaf. Essentially selfish. For shame.

An incredibly ham-fisted move that can squander good will in an instant. Unbelievably tone deaf. Essentially selfish. For shame.___

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2014-08-29 02:50:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

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2014-08-28 21:56:13 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)

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2014-08-28 20:15:50 (8 comments, 14 reshares, 22 +1s)

Problem: They didn't create it.

Problem: They didn't create it.___

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2014-08-28 20:15:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

NPR

NPR___

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2014-08-28 17:07:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)

Now reportedly upgraded to stable. Whether you enjoy her brand of comedy or not, it's undeniable that she was crucial in helping pave the path for female comedians in a male dominated segment of entertainment. My best wishes for a full recovery.

Now reportedly upgraded to stable. Whether you enjoy her brand of comedy or not, it's undeniable that she was crucial in helping pave the path for female comedians in a male dominated segment of entertainment. My best wishes for a full recovery.___

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2014-08-28 16:30:04 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)

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2014-08-28 16:20:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Blast from the Past: "Z" vs. "AT&T" - With all the controversy now regarding how Big Telecom tries to crush the "little" guys, I thought I'd point out this piece of mine from 2009, telling the saga of how -- decades earlier -- two friends and I faced off against AT&T at the Public Utilities Commission here in L.A. The more things change, the more they really do stay the same! - http://www.nnsquad.org/archives/nnsquad/msg01954.html

Blast from the Past: "Z" vs. "AT&T" - With all the controversy now regarding how Big Telecom tries to crush the "little" guys, I thought I'd point out this piece of mine from 2009, telling the saga of how -- decades earlier -- two friends and I faced off against AT&T at the Public Utilities Commission here in L.A. The more things change, the more they really do stay the same! - http://www.nnsquad.org/archives/nnsquad/msg01954.html___

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2014-08-28 16:12:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

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2014-08-28 15:48:07 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

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2014-08-28 15:02:59 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)

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2014-08-28 15:02:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

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2014-08-28 15:01:01 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)

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2014-08-28 03:47:18 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

(Outtakes begin after the CBS net promo.)

(Outtakes begin after the CBS net promo.)___

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2014-08-28 03:33:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

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2014-08-28 03:31:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

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2014-08-28 02:07:50 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

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2014-08-28 01:57:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

"It is made from a very well worked piece of wood and looks pretty comfortable."

"It is made from a very well worked piece of wood and looks pretty comfortable."___

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