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George Koklas has been at 5 events

HostFollowersTitleDateGuestsLinks
Google+12,215,409The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033725  
Google Play9,294,068Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, two of film’s biggest comedy stars, are now its most unexpected interns in their new movie, “The Internship.” Join Vince and Owen in a live Google+ hangout hosted by Conan O’Brien on Wednesday, February 13 at 11am PT to get the inside story about their latest comedy and be the first to view the trailer.  For a sneak peek at what’s in store, check out Vince and Owen in the video, and submit your questions for the comedy duo using #TheInternshipHangout with Google Interns Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, as they debut “The Internship” trailer, hosted by Conan O’Brien2013-02-13 20:00:0010920  
Ferrari5,911,557Ready for the start of the 2013 motorsport season? After the traditional Wrooom 2013 event and while we’re waiting for the presentation of the new single-seater Felipe Massa will be guest in the video chat live from Maranello! Ask your questions, subscribe for free: http://bit.ly/MnWgm7 Don’t miss the chat!Videochat with Felipe Massa2013-01-21 17:30:00504  
Jens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski581,006*is the world going to end on the 21st of december? ...* according to the _mesoamerican long count calendar_ which the mayans used, the 21st of december is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle ... the end of the world as we know it ... *who cares? ... let's have a party! ...* i invite you all to a _pre-end of the world hangout party_ ... if the world ends we might as well go down in style ... live music, drinks, fun and good company ... what better way to spend the last hours and minutes ... and if the world doesn't end, we can go straight over into the _after-end of the world hangout party_ with even more music, drinks, fun and the same good company ... *and don't you guys forget to state if you are going or not by clicking on the _going_ button on the top right! ...* and of course invite your mates too (you can simply share the event publicly via the _share_ button on the top) ... it's going to be a 24 hrs event and will be on-air ... the more the merrier ... ;-) ... *so, what's planned? ...* i want this event to be spectacular ... to achieve this we'll need some help from you guys ... it is supposed to be a 24 hrs event (since we want to be sure we won't miss the end of the world) and we need to fill it with some action ... i was thinking about live music, among other things ... when i discussed this party with +Ryan Van Sickle quite some time ago (no, this idea is not new) he generously offered to play for us ... he can't play 24 hrs though ... only +Daria Musk can do that ... ;-) ... we therefore need musicians all over the world, who will play for us in their timezone ... i would also like other stuff, so if there are artists out there who'd like to contribute, you are more than welcome ... magicians? ... dancers? ... cultural stuff? ... if you have what it takes and would like to participate, please let me know in a comment! ... also if you have any ideas on how to make this event a day to remember (wait! ... who's going to remember it after the end of the world?), please let us know! ... i will regularly update this event, to let you guys know how the whole thing is progressing ... stay tuned to this frequency! ... greez, +Jens Graikowski ... ********************************************************* #endoftheworldhangoutparty  Pre-End of the World Hangout Party2012-12-21 01:00:0026  
Kol Tregaskes56,109Feel free to join in the live chat for the race today. Where are you watching the race , who are you supporting, how do you think the race will go? *BBC Live Coverage:* The BBC have a live stream here that includes live commentary and standings and live TV coverage [UK only]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/default.stm *Official F1 Site:* Get the latest info, including track standings, from the official page: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/live_timing_popup.html *Android App:* There is an official Android app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.formula1.twothousandelevenapplication *Twitter Twazzup Updates:* You can watch the tweets come in in real-time on twazzup here: http://beta.twazzup.com/?q=%23f1&l=en#search/%23f1. *McLaren Live Updates:* Also, keep up to date with the McLaren cars during the race here: http://www.mclaren.com/formula1 *F1 Google+ Circle List:* If you'd like to be included in my F1 G+ Circle then add your name to the comments here: https://plus.google.com/104405539079062799451/posts/ToSQiZZA73Y *Google+ F1 Search:* And lastly watch the posts come in real-time on Google+: https://plus.google.com/s/%23f1%20OR%20%23formula1%20OR%20%23formulaone When it says "going" for the event it seems in this case if you are either going physically or going to be in the live chat below. :-) _Feel free to reshare (suggest disabling comments and linking back to this (the original) post. You'll need to view the thread on a stream page._ *_Please leave a comment or DM me with any other useful links_* #f1 #formula1 #formulaone #sport #motorsport #kollivechat #livechat    #SundaySportFormula One: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix RACE Live Chat on Google+2012-11-04 13:00:0019  

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2015-12-06 21:41:38 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Many old churches in the mountainous villages of Greece.

Throw some light around and get something different.




Most reshares: 3

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2015-10-28 21:45:51 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Moonlight


Shot on a summer night somewhere among the mountains.


#projectmakephotos   #photography  

Most plusones: 25

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2015-10-28 21:47:25 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Moonlight


Shot on a summer night somewhere among the mountains.


#projectmakephotos   #photography  

Latest 50 posts

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2016-02-06 07:04:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

That alone would take the movie to a whole new level!

Yes!!___That alone would take the movie to a whole new level!

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2016-02-05 18:51:56 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 


The fisher and the swan


Challenge #9 - Minimalism


The fisher and the swan


Challenge #9 - Minimalism___

2016-02-04 19:43:25 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Nothing more fun than getting sick, after being sick.....

Nothing more fun than getting sick, after being sick.....___

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2016-02-01 22:02:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

This capture by +Chris Benham, was simply too beautiful not to re-share.

Sands. Talacre beach, North Wales. UK.

___This capture by +Chris Benham, was simply too beautiful not to re-share.

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2016-01-31 19:14:10 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

View of the port and city of Zakynthos.

View of the port and city of Zakynthos.___

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2016-01-31 19:06:48 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Awww, I just missed #caturday again, didn't I.....




Awww, I just missed #caturday again, didn't I.....


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2016-01-22 09:52:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

A potato... A photo of a potato... For 1.000.000.



A potato... A photo of a potato... For 1.000.000.

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2016-01-20 22:13:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

694 days to go people!!! Better get ready!!!

Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, will debut on December 15, 2017. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.___694 days to go people!!! Better get ready!!!

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2016-01-17 19:22:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

A rather interesting reading, which may alter the way you approach your landscape shooting.

A rather interesting reading, which may alter the way you approach your landscape shooting.___

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2016-01-08 23:23:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Some insight on the recent Netflix expansion.

Cost, censorship, VR: Your questions about Netflix’s global expansion answered http://tnw.me/jXegBCo___Some insight on the recent Netflix expansion.

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2016-01-07 13:14:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

GIMP makes it to the front page :)

Surprise coverage of v2.9.2 by +The Register​.___GIMP makes it to the front page :)

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2016-01-06 21:27:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

To Netflix παίζει Ελλάδα από 8 έως 12 ευρώ το μήνα!!!

#finally  

To Netflix παίζει Ελλάδα από 8 έως 12 ευρώ το μήνα!!!

#finally  ___

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2016-01-01 14:39:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Gary... The stormtrooper 😂😂😂

Gary... The stormtrooper 😂😂😂___

2016-01-01 02:24:22 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

There are unconfirmed rumors that a few hours ago, 2015 was overthrown, after a reign which lasted 365 days. The new year, 2016 has yet to make any official statements...

Happy new year everybody!

There are unconfirmed rumors that a few hours ago, 2015 was overthrown, after a reign which lasted 365 days. The new year, 2016 has yet to make any official statements...

Happy new year everybody!___

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2015-12-31 18:47:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The interview is rather interesting and the photographs are simply beautiful.

Definitely worth checking out.

The interview is rather interesting and the photographs are simply beautiful.

Definitely worth checking out.___

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2015-12-31 13:58:35 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Exaggerated, yet true in so many aspects :)

The documentary approach is absolutely hillarious!

Hilarious Gym Wildlife Video Mocks Everybody You Know At The Gym
The Gym. Millions of homo sapiens frequent this urban wilderness. Today we will take a look into this strange place and show you the gym like you've never seen it before. +Buff Dudes 

Thanx +Johnny Johnsen ___Exaggerated, yet true in so many aspects :)

The documentary approach is absolutely hillarious!

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2015-12-30 19:59:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Aaaaannnddddddddd....some more star wars :-P

Aaaaannnddddddddd....some more star wars :-P___

2015-12-30 18:46:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

This is the last time I am wasting my time and money on inkjet printers.

In fact, I think this may be the last time I am considering owning a printer in general...

This is the last time I am wasting my time and money on inkjet printers.

In fact, I think this may be the last time I am considering owning a printer in general...___

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2015-12-28 12:58:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Looks like the whole Internet is raving about this guy!

#tr-8r #besttrooperever

Any traitors around here?

I've been wanting try out my anti-traitor stick...___Looks like the whole Internet is raving about this guy!

#tr-8r #besttrooperever

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2015-12-25 14:27:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

More Star Wars love :)))

More Star Wars love :)))___

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2015-12-25 10:25:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The Force Awakens

As far as I am concerned, the movie delivers. Whether you are a fan of the original trilogy, or not, the plot, cinemotography, the characters, it's all there and it's all good.

In fact, I believe the new trilogy has the potential to become the best part of the whole star wars universe, so far.

One of my main concerns until now, was whether Kylo Ren would be able to fill the shoes of Vader, but the more I think about, the more awesome I think this new villain is.

Bottom line, believe the hype. This is a good movie. Go watch it. Now.


The Force Awakens

As far as I am concerned, the movie delivers. Whether you are a fan of the original trilogy, or not, the plot, cinemotography, the characters, it's all there and it's all good.

In fact, I believe the new trilogy has the potential to become the best part of the whole star wars universe, so far.

One of my main concerns until now, was whether Kylo Ren would be able to fill the shoes of Vader, but the more I think about, the more awesome I think this new villain is.

Bottom line, believe the hype. This is a good movie. Go watch it. Now.
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2015-12-24 17:12:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Canon rumors has giveaway which might, just might, interest you ;)

Canon Rumors Lens Giveaway to Celebrate 2016 - http://www.canonrumors.com/canon-rumors-lens-giveaway-to-celebrate-2016/___Canon rumors has giveaway which might, just might, interest you ;)

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2015-12-23 05:27:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Santa going high tech

Happy holidays from Boston Dynamics, maker of giant pack-animal robots.¹ ⁷ ⁸

¹ Not killer robots. These just carry things.²
² I mean, they could carry things that killed you, but here they're carrying toys in Santa's sleigh.³
³ Santa's the one who has thousands of elves toiling in his factories at the North Pole and runs a worldwide intelligence organization.⁴ And if you've ever seen the film of Polar Express, you'll notice his fondness for mass rallies.⁵
⁴ Not affiliated with the "Five Eyes" group of the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, or the competing intelligence organizations of France, Germany, Russia, or China. He doesn't need to affiliate with anyone; he knows who's been naughty and who's been nice. 
⁵ If you're wondering why anyone would sell high-end robots to someone like this, consider that this may give us somewhat more leverage over the guy with the globe-spanning intelligence organization and the ability to deliver a "package" to any location on the globe within a 31-hour window – or even to every location on Earth. Until we can be confident that he's fully bought in to international systems of peacekeeping, we have to consider him a primary risk to all mankind.⁶
⁶ That said, we have formed a secret army to fight him, if the need arises. In case this secret army fails, we have an even more powerful backup plan: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Honestly, I'd put my money on her, especially given that the far north is surrounded by the Boreal Forest, the largest continuous biome on the planet, and pretty much entirely inhabited by squirrels.
⁷ Disclosure: Boston Dynamics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc., which also owns Google. Our relationship to Squirrel Girl is something which I cannot further discuss.
⁸ h/t to +Russ Abbott.___Santa going high tech

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2015-12-09 18:52:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

This should be interesting...

___This should be interesting...

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2015-12-06 21:41:38 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Throwing light on the stone work of an old church.

p.s. don't like how the new g+ hides the text from reshared posts. Means I have to either rewrite things to my share, or create a new post...

Many old churches in the mountainous villages of Greece.

Throw some light around and get something different.


___Throwing light on the stone work of an old church.

p.s. don't like how the new g+ hides the text from reshared posts. Means I have to either rewrite things to my share, or create a new post...

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2015-12-06 21:35:43 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Many old churches in the mountainous villages of Greece.

Throw some light around and get something different.




Many old churches in the mountainous villages of Greece.

Throw some light around and get something different.


___

2015-12-04 19:00:45 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

I was just wondering if there is a way to find the posts I have made in this community.

I wanted to check what I have posted her so far, in order to avoid duplicates / spamming.

I tried through the search but no luck. Any ideas?

I was just wondering if there is a way to find the posts I have made in this community.

I wanted to check what I have posted her so far, in order to avoid duplicates / spamming.

I tried through the search but no luck. Any ideas?___

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2015-12-03 19:07:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Doing a secret little happy dance on the inside :))))

The cast & filmmakers of #StarWars: #TheForceAwakens have teamed up with Omaze to benefit some incredible charities, so Mark Hamill took to the streets to spread the news.

Win a chance to attend the film's premiere here: http://bit.ly/MarkHamillUndercover___Doing a secret little happy dance on the inside :))))

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2015-11-28 06:59:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

You can't realise how well built this is of you don't see the video O.o

This is an absolutely gorgeous kinetic Lego sculpture. The movement of Sisyphus and the boulder is perfect to express his endless struggle, and the scenes on the base are all excellent (and prove that I never learned past the whole rolling a boulder up a hill thing to find out why he was forced to do that).___You can't realise how well built this is of you don't see the video O.o

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2015-11-25 19:09:20 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

A tambourine man. 

A tambourine man. ___

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2015-11-24 17:48:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Google doing all the awesome tricks to get my attention!!!

Awesome new Star Wars Easter Egg in Google Search!

Searching for "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away" or clicking on this link will display results in typical Star Wars fashion: https://www.google.co.in/search?q=a+long+time+ago+in+a+galaxy+far+far+away

(Via +Aidan Follestad​)___Google doing all the awesome tricks to get my attention!!!

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2015-11-23 22:01:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

You do realize there was zero chance I would resist this :-p

You do realize there was zero chance I would resist this :-p___

2015-11-20 19:28:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

So, I got the new G+ on both desktop and mobile. Honestly, I can not see why some have issues with the new layout.

Sure, there are some minor bugs here and there, but overall, it is a positive, new direction for the service.

At least, in my opinion it is...

So, I got the new G+ on both desktop and mobile. Honestly, I can not see why some have issues with the new layout.

Sure, there are some minor bugs here and there, but overall, it is a positive, new direction for the service.

At least, in my opinion it is...___

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2015-11-19 13:43:59 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Δεν το έχω ακόμη αλλά πολλοί αναφέρουν πως το βλέπουν!

Edit: Δουλεύει 😊

Δεν το έχω ακόμη αλλά πολλοί αναφέρουν πως το βλέπουν!

Edit: Δουλεύει 😊___

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2015-11-18 22:20:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

A sum up of what has been happening to Syria in the past few years. This is only a brief summary, but trying to grasp the how and why of things, already gives me a headache!!!

What a mess...

A 5-minute history of the war in Syria and the rise of ISIS -- who is backing whom

via, and more info at http://kottke.org/15/11/a-5-minute-history-of-the-war-in-syria-and-the-rise-of-isis
and http://www.vox.com/2015/11/14/9735102/syria-isis-history-video___A sum up of what has been happening to Syria in the past few years. This is only a brief summary, but trying to grasp the how and why of things, already gives me a headache!!!

What a mess...

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2015-11-17 22:10:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Attention everyone. Something is changing in the matrix!

Dive into the new Google+
As +Eddie Kessler shared this afternoon (goo.gl/2QjBGx), we’ve spent lots of time talking to people who are passionate about Google+. We visited them in their homes, we invited them into early testing communities and we learned more about how and why they use Google+. The predominant answer? Having a great place to keep up with and talk about their interests. From Astrophotography (goo.gl/HRQmIh) to Wild Hummingbirds (goo.gl/6FscI6), people are not only discovering amazing things, but meeting others who share their passions as well.

Today we’re taking a big step toward making Google+ an even better place for your interests. To do so, we’ve drastically simplified nearly every aspect of the product. You’ll see this clearly in our new navigation centered around Collections and Communities. Collections let you immerse yourself in content about topics like surfing (goo.gl/vvv5QD) or tiny tilt-shift photography scenes (goo.gl/nWyicL) . Communities enable groups of people with the same interests to join up and geek out on anything from Game of Thrones (goo.gl/aaqtgq) to Painting (goo.gl/kmlM7m). With Collections and Communities, discovering amazing things is simple: just follow or join whatever happens to pique your interests.

But we didn’t stop with Collections and Communities; the new Google+ also makes it easier to post, search, connect, and keep up with great content in a fully redesigned home stream. And we’ve worked hard to make our new web experience load fast and work beautifully on devices of all sizes.

You can preview the new Google+ on the web today by signing in and clicking “Let’s go” when you see the prompt. (And since not every feature of Google+ has made its way into this new design, for now, you can toggle back to the classic Google+ with one click in the bottom left-hand corner.) In the coming days, we’ll roll out updated apps for Android and iOS.

While this is an exciting new beginning for us, we’re definitely not done yet. We got here by listening and learning, and will continue doing so. Please visit our Help Center (goo.gl/gWsFeh) or drop us a line in our support community (goo.gl/eMFVj) to share your thoughts, questions, and more. ___Attention everyone. Something is changing in the matrix!

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2015-11-17 19:19:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

This app keeps getting better by the minute!

Google Photos update – New ways to free up space

Running out of space on your phone is the worst. You’re stuck constantly deleting apps, music, and pictures, just to make room for one more photo or video.

Today, we’re making it easy to free up space on your phone, anytime you need. Just tap “Free up space” in Settings, and Google Photos will remove device copies of your backed up photos and videos.

Or Google Photos can keep track of your phone’s storage space for you. Get notified when your phone is running low on space, and easily remove the device copies of backed up photos older than 30 days right from the Assistant.

All your photos and videos will still be accessible when you’re connected, both in the app and on the web at photos.google.com.

So take more photos and videos. And stop worrying about filling up your phone in the process.

This update is rolling out now on Android and coming soon to iOS.

Check for the update (v1.9) in the Play Store: goo.gl/55OnIr___This app keeps getting better by the minute!

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2015-11-15 18:19:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I could really use this advice and I am certain others could too. And you know what? It doesn't apply just to photography or arts in general.

I believe it applies to life as a whole. Be creative. It is so much more fun than being perfect!



I could really use this advice and I am certain others could too. And you know what? It doesn't apply just to photography or arts in general.

I believe it applies to life as a whole. Be creative. It is so much more fun than being perfect!

___

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2015-11-07 13:16:10 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Βόλτα στο εργοστάσιο σοκολάτας;

Sounds like fun ;)

Βόλτα στο εργοστάσιο σοκολάτας;

Sounds like fun ;)___

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2015-11-07 07:18:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I like this one better actually.

#starwars

Yes, we will gladly over analyze an international trailer for @[Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens].___I like this one better actually.

#starwars

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2015-10-28 21:50:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

This is great news!!!

Snapseed Now Supports Raw Files

Very interesting news today from +John Nack. It appears that the brilliant minds at Google are expanding +Snapseed's abilities even further!

I am really looking forward to playing with this one and the raw files that I can now capture with my new Samsung S6 smart phone. I predict that the quality of our mobile images is going to skyrocket over the next couple of years!___This is great news!!!

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2015-10-28 21:47:25 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Moonlight


Shot on a summer night somewhere among the mountains.


#projectmakephotos   #photography  

Moonlight


Shot on a summer night somewhere among the mountains.


#projectmakephotos   #photography  ___

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2015-10-28 21:45:51 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Moonlight


Shot on a summer night somewhere among the mountains.


#projectmakephotos   #photography  

Moonlight


Shot on a summer night somewhere among the mountains.


#projectmakephotos   #photography  ___

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2015-10-28 14:24:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

This is pretty cool.



Forbes Now: Scientists Build A Working 'Star Trek' Tractor Beam - In Miniature. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw9Lzo3SI

This is pretty cool.



Forbes Now: Scientists Build A Working 'Star Trek' Tractor Beam - In Miniature. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw9Lzo3SI___

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2015-10-25 00:16:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Ok, this collection is going to be getting more star wars heavy, as the 18th of Dec is getting closer. 

Consider yourself warned!

#starwars  

___Ok, this collection is going to be getting more star wars heavy, as the 18th of Dec is getting closer. 

Consider yourself warned!

#starwars  

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2015-10-24 07:41:11 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Portugal has fallen into a constitutional crisis, something that puts it on the edge of falling back in to the sequence of unstable dictatorships of its pre-1974 era. 

Like many countries, Portugal has both a ceremonial head of state (a President) and a head of government (the Prime Minister). As in other parliamentary systems, the public elects members of parliament, and whichever party has the majority gets to assemble a government, including a PM. And as in many such systems (such as England's), there's a ceremonial step at the beginning of that, where the head of state (in England, the Queen) invites the ruling party to form the government.

(Portugal differs slightly in that its head of state is elected as well; the current president, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, is in the midst of plummeting popularity)

What happened now is that, in the wake of one economic messafte... more »

Portugal has fallen into a constitutional crisis, something that puts it on the edge of falling back in to the sequence of unstable dictatorships of its pre-1974 era. 

Like many countries, Portugal has both a ceremonial head of state (a President) and a head of government (the Prime Minister). As in other parliamentary systems, the public elects members of parliament, and whichever party has the majority gets to assemble a government, including a PM. And as in many such systems (such as England's), there's a ceremonial step at the beginning of that, where the head of state (in England, the Queen) invites the ruling party to form the government.

(Portugal differs slightly in that its head of state is elected as well; the current president, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, is in the midst of plummeting popularity)

What happened now is that, in the wake of one economic mess after another, Portugal's recent parliamentary election brought in a bunch of candidates who were sharply opposed to austerity measures, and to deals with the EU and IMF similar to the ones Greece has gotten mired in. This left-wing coalition of parties has a majority of the seats in parliament. But President Cavaco Silva has refused to allow them to form a government, and has said that it is far too dangerous for the country to allow any party opposed to EU membership to ever be allowed to take office, no matter what elections may say; instead, he has ordered the conservative parties to form a minority government.

Portugal has had conflicts between President and Prime Minister before, notably when President Jorge Sampaio called for new elections in 2004, as PM Santana Lopes' government was in obvious chaos. But there was no question of thwarting the popular will in that case: Lopes was not an elected MP at all, but had been appointed to be PM when his predecessor had gone off to become President of the European Commission, was widely regarded as illegitimate, and was promptly creamed in an election. Here, on the other hand, an election happened only a few weeks ago, and the President decided to deliberately thwart its results.

However, the history of Portugal's democracy is quite brief; up until 1974, it was ruled by a sequence of unstable governments and dictatorships. Given this context, Cavaco Silva's actions are all the more alarming: they aren't taking place in the context of a robust constitutional system, but rather in a fragile and fairly nascent one, one which routinely seems to be held together with duct tape and chicken wire.

Of course, the rise of a left-wing bloc is certain to trigger a crisis of another sort, as a second European government openly thumbs its nose at German demands for austerity and debt repayment above all. This could easily lead to a deeper crisis for the EU as a whole, making its internal split between rich and poor countries much more vivid.

That crisis, however, I think is inevitable; Europe has been trying to have fiscal unity without economic unity, something which never works, because the fiscal policy best for a poor country is basically the opposite of the fiscal policy needed for a rich one. Europe glossed over these matters for years, essentially artificially propping up countries like Greece and Portugal so that they could continue to buy French and German exports, until the complete unsustainability of the policy became all too evident.

Europe is going to have to give up on pretending to be a federation of completely different countries that just happen to share a currency and various regulatory schemes; either it really runs itself like a single entity, or it allows more of its constituent entities to decouple properly, and (for example) run their own fiscal policy.

Either way, this has the smell of a big mess, especially for the people of Portugal.

h/t +Peter da Silva.___

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2015-10-19 20:18:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

It's always brighter in the center of your darkness. If you are a sphere, that is!

It's always brighter in the center of your darkness. If you are a sphere, that is!___

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2015-10-14 16:03:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Insync showing great potential here.

Our most awaited feature, file matching is now available in Insync 1.3! This allows one-click migration from Google Drive app users. This means you won't have to re-sync your Google Drive files already available on your computer, cool right?

https://medium.com/@insync/insync-1-3-with-file-matching-is-finally-here-94a6ae957bc1___Insync showing great potential here.

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2015-09-27 19:28:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Tournée du Chat Noir

poster by  Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen

I have had a mug with this printed on it for some time now and always wondered what it was about. 

Turns out, this poster has some history behind it, as it was created to advertise an iconic French cabaret, Le chat noir, more than a century ago. 

Anyway, I liked it before I knew it was cool!


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

Tournée du Chat Noir

poster by  Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen

I have had a mug with this printed on it for some time now and always wondered what it was about. 

Turns out, this poster has some history behind it, as it was created to advertise an iconic French cabaret, Le chat noir, more than a century ago. 

Anyway, I liked it before I knew it was cool!


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

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2015-09-26 20:30:19 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I have been using Google Drive for a few years now and frankly, it has become a great tool for me.

As the time came when my bonus storage was about to expire, upgrading my current plan was really a no brainer. 

Plus, it is dead cheap ;)


#cloudstorage  

I have been using Google Drive for a few years now and frankly, it has become a great tool for me.

As the time came when my bonus storage was about to expire, upgrading my current plan was really a no brainer. 

Plus, it is dead cheap ;)


#cloudstorage  ___

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