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Sarah Rios38,618WHOVIANSMark your calendars... and your arms.http://imgur.com/lP0i5Xj(Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101453162215777563254/posts/ED4yBRm41su)Edit: Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/150522868436180THE SILENCE2013-04-23 08:00:001277 

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Scotty Roberts25,330This is my current "Women of G+" circle. These ladies are entertaining, beautiful, enlightened, engaging, interesting, Intelligent and all around enjoyable to have in your feed. You might want to consider them. 2014-09-19 17:30:20129101
Becky Collins16,373Young Adult Authors 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 ?2014-09-13 05:03:59465138
Becky Collins15,718 TV / TELEVISION 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 ?2014-08-26 05:30:28464548
Peter Edenist31,0152014 Super Sci-FI Circle : No, the Sky is not Falling!!! Also the Gravity is not sucking you in... please +1 this post to support it or you may have to take a trip in Snowpiercer, no need to thank me. Please reshare if you think this is a worthwhile circle. If you have been notified, you are in the circle!All the people in this circle are linked to our community (see link further down). As usual, please tag and recommend anyone who you think should be in this circle. Live long and prosper!Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science Fiction Pics: http://goo.gl/sOSPK5Mighty Shiny Browncoats : http://goo.gl/9osg1tDoctor Who : http://goo.gl/z3uWX3Ultimate Star Wars : http://goo.gl/Wu8bv6Ultimate Star Trek : http://goo.gl/JJPql9Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH #sciencefiction #sf #scifi  2014-07-24 12:58:0746211960145
Laura B Williams864I just posted this circle to My Circles when I meant to post it publicly...ooops.This is a circle full of some of the most talented writers on Google+. I am sharing this with you because I like to share awesomeness. If you  are a writer and I do not have you in this circle please let me know in the comments and I will add you! 2014-07-12 13:09:58344302
PinterestPin2,817Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get! #circle   #circleshare   #sharecircle   #circles   #sharedpubliccircles   #food   #foodblog   #foodblogger   #foodbloggersshare  2014-06-11 11:26:50353327
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
PinterestPin2,427Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get! #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circlesdiscovery   #share   #sharing   #folow   #sharecircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #food   #recipes   #foodrecipes   #foodphotography   #foodblog   #foodblogging  2014-06-03 10:48:20343112
TecnoAndroid.it11,608#sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #sundaycircle #circleshare #Wednesday #wednesdaycircle #wednesdaycircles #circlewednesday #cerchie #cerchieitaliane #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharedCircles #CircleOfTheDay #SharedPublicCircles #GooglePlusTips #Google+ #Google #AddCircle #SocialMedia #SharedCircleOfTheDay #addcircles #Engagers #addpeople 2014-05-28 10:30:54499849
John Nuntiatio36,773#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #football #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-19 21:53:11494136
PinterestPin1,867Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!  Meet new people who will engage with you and as always add major PPPllllluuuuSSSS OnEs!!!!!!!!  Welcome to To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create a new circle name on the top left3-  Click "Create Circle" 4 - share the new circle (include yourself) 5 - add +1 to this post 6- enjoy your new fRiEnDs!!!More you share more you get! #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharedcircles   #sharing   #folowers   #folow   #add   #food   #recipes   #pictures   #pinterest   #foodphotography   #foodblogger   #circleoftheweek   #circleoftheday  2014-05-15 12:16:35341328
Tourej Ansari16,188My new Worldwide circle of travelerPlease plus, comment add and share! These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content you produce. This circle contains people who have Plussed my posts within the last few weeks.#CircleShare #SharedCircles #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #SharedPublicCircles #GooglePlusTips #Google+ #Google #teamelitecircle #Hearingaids #Hearing #PublicCircle #SocialMedia #Engagers #TeamElite #Circles #EliteInnerCircle #HearingLoss 2014-05-05 10:00:50483241545
Shashi S6,305SOME GREAT PHILOSOPHER'S AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Philosopher's I found at Google Plus, selected over the years, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   2014-04-21 08:26:26310114
El Rey León220This circle was shared to me by some random people the day I joined G+... and I am resharing for those who are new or may find this circle interesting....!!!Have Fun People!! :-)2014-04-18 23:04:1791703
Adam Black6,745The Doc Whobies/Fandom CircleBy popular Demand, my Circle Sharing Continues...This was Originally a #DoctorWho Fans Circle  with added Added #Browncoats and #ScienceFiction #Fandom  ( started out from Peter Edenist, but I  weeded it & doubled it )If you are tagged,  you are in it.This was my First Great GooglePlus Circle, and its filled with Interesting People that will give an all-over shot of awesome to your stream.Weblink for Mobile Users:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108177944448520252638/posts/bmyr4RtwQVfRecent SciFi Posts:Red Dwarf Is back :https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MhaycJuj3aHNew Mind-Blowing Ambient Film score to Metropolis( free Download. Trust me, You want this  )https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MsMJkKkyYJ4Other Upcoming Coming Circle Shares include:Cognitive/PhilosophyOfMind ( started from Peter Wells and Iv added lot of new relevant people )The Geekerati:You can recommend People to this one.  Authors, Scientists, Actors... They are famous or talented...PoliticalReform( started out with the AntiSopa movement and turned Hard Left at Romney, and more  center after #Justice4Aaron Aaron Swartz death  and Snowden.  If you are progressive you may love it, if Libertarian its probably  a mix Love/hate  )If you want to be added to those circles,  before I share them, let me know#GeekCulture   #CircleShare #DrWho   #scififans   #DoctorWhoCircle  2014-04-14 13:16:4124619016
Paige Keaton57,548In memory of +Dirk Talamasca I am sharing a circle of friends from G+ I have shoved into a circle named. People Worth Keeping. As he was really into getting people connected. This circle is 700 people deep and it only shares 500. I need to split this in 2 and share all of you lovelies.. Dirk was a bad ass. He was what G+ was all about. Enjoyed many hours online during Beta with him. Really sucks when people die on here.   #RIPDIRKTALAMASCA   #shareyourpeople  2014-03-31 01:45:085017137
Shashi S5,199Got an Amazing women's circle at Google Plus... through +Ay Jay Schibig ... Check it out...AMAZING WOMEN'S CIRCLE  3.21.14Some  Amazing Women from all walks of life  in this New Circle!  Add them to enliven your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #womenscircles  2014-03-22 05:19:3840115920
AyJay Schibig53,216AMAZING WOMEN'S CIRCLE  3.21.14Some  Amazing Women from all walks of life  in this New Circle!  Add them to enliven your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #womenscircles  2014-03-21 23:39:21500372945
Wilco Wings16,365A powerful shared circle of active engagers!If you're in it, please reshare!This circle is based on mentions from this post: https://plus.google.com/+WilcoWings/posts/ftBBQeqYS88 #sharedcircles  2014-03-12 16:03:182849974112
Paige Keaton57,202This is my Women's circle. Stuffed with amazing people. A really decent add to anyone's circles.  Thanks ladies for being so great to me and my G+ experience.  Some people may have not been included in this circle share. I can only share 500 at one time. This circle exceeds that. Sorry ahead of time. #whateverwednesday   #wednesdaywisdom   #wednesdaymotivation  2014-03-05 15:08:18501211623
Becky Collins3,213Foodies Circle for Recipes, Chefs and Home Cooks#foodies #recipes #chefs #cooks #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 04:03:57359008
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212
Raquel Hunter17,237Foodies Rejoice circle! This is my ultimate go to circle when I am looking for a delicious recipe. #SharedCircle   #FoodiesCircle   #ChefCircle  2014-01-29 05:58:49498649
Jay Carter7,522Haven't shared a Circle in 2 years so... This is my "Haven't Sorted" circle which generally means people I find have great sense of humour and are all interesting :-) 2014-01-26 21:27:3117920034
Jack C Crawford83,338Here's a modest 300 person circle for those that are new and want to get a jumpstart here on Google+  AND, I did add myself, because I wear Google Glass and the circle looks cooler with it.  lolRequested by my good friend and circle member +Islegrooves Sherrie 2014-01-17 23:40:32300442443
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Boxing Day Circle...hope everyone had a good christmas and holidays :) 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 22:12:29500012
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,473My Saturday Late Friday Circle Share...have a great weekend everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-22 07:03:16500002
Sam Sager3,743Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers CircleIt's been a very long time since I've shared this circle. It is long over due. This is a great group of writers to follow. They range from the very well known to the aspiring, but all are worth following. I learn something new and am very entertained by these people everyday.If you or someone you know is a science-fiction or fantasy writer and would like to be a part of this circle please let me know.2013-12-22 01:05:22308413
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,322Sharing my CIRCLE #5. Add +Best Cars   for new circles daily !Welcome to the newest version of my #Active   #Engagers   #Circle  Please add and share this circle and you will be guaranteed to grow your own following. Be open to commenting, sharing, and plussing posts from people in this circle. Most will respond, and in turn it will make your experience on Google + better.If you are NOT in this circle and would like to be added, just let me know in the comments below, and share this circle. Thank you!#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #circlemaster#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-12-15 05:38:13500001
Danial Hallock10,323No Name NeededIt's getting close to the Holiday Season, and the whole point of this particular part of the season is to "give thanks" to the people (or, in America, things) that have positively impacted your life.  For me, these are those people.You all should remember my initial circle The Three Hundred (http://goo.gl/kqE8h) which was well received at 251 +1s and 48 reshares.  This circle was my first round of hyper-vetting individuals for circling, based on a lot of criteria that was centered around high quality content and a high level of engagement.  I think I combed through about 2,300 profiles on a one-by-one basis before arriving at the final product.That circle then morphed into the The Collaborative Circle (http://goo.gl/Ex9ai) which was less publicized, but still racked in 90 +1s and 13 reshares.  This circle was based on the premise that "If four people from The Three Hundred enjoy person X, then I should also enjoy them."  Well, the combination of these circles lead to an interesting scenario in which I was able to locate all stars through a combination of overlap and relevance (via Google algorithms).  Out popped these twenty five individuals, and I could not be happier with the results.  These are twenty-five individuals in which I am subscribed, their posts are always enjoyable as well as insightful, and the notification stream keeps me engaged throughout the day.Whether you're looking at the tech news from +Mike Elgan, the social and scientific commentary of +Yonatan Zunger, or the general internet awesomeness that is the enigma of +Sarah Rios, you're not going to be disappointed.I normally only notify people that are contained within a circle, but these people are too awesome not to be guilty of a little plus-spam;  feel free to request a removal from the notified (all) circles.(Link to this post: http://goo.gl/AlsXG5) #nonameneeded   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #sharedcircle  2013-11-13 23:53:242639671
Justin Fournier1,722Social & SEO CircleIt's been awhile since I've shared circles with the general public.  In this Circle I've labeled it as my Social/SEO circle.  Users within this circle generally gave me insight, tips, and tricks into G+ and social branding.Add and follow their posts to increase your own branding in this now digital world!Share and enjoy all! #SEO   #googleplus   #socialmediamarketing   #sharedcircles   #googleplustips  2013-11-03 01:00:37143215
Paige Keaton54,103I shared this circle earlier and realized it was lacking a lot of women that I have circled. I went through my other circles and found about 300 more just glancing. I have added these women and would like to share it with you.  Be kind to the women I am sharing with you today. I don't share circles often but I hear a lot that G+ is mostly male. I have spent a lot of time finding good women. This is not a porn circle if that is what you are into. This is NOT a HOT WOMEN  circle. This is a circle of real women who have a G+ page just like me.  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #womenofgoogleplus  2013-10-30 17:36:0450023821
Brittany Constable3,838You know, I haven't seen any NaNoWriMo shared circles going around yet.  Perhaps communities have made them a little redundant, but this is still one of my favorite things about the Plus, so I'm sharing away.The people in this circle have all either mentioned NaNoWriMo in posts or comments, or are in the NaNoWriMo 2013 community.  Please let me know if you:- are not in this circle and should be (this is the one time of year I'll circle anyone and everyone as long as they're doing NaNo)- are in the circle and shouldn't be- are doing NaNo, but would not like to be included in shared circlesA note about adding large circlesIn the past, I've added WriMos to both the NaNo circle and the general writers circle.  This has proven a mistake, since a lot of people who pipe up enthusiastically during November later disappear off G+, or just don't prove a good fit for my stream, and it leaves me spending a lot of time doing circle maintenance.So what I'm doing this year, and what I'd recommend others do as well, is add new people only to this circle (if they're not already in other circles) and keep the volume turned all the way down.  Then you can go to the separate stream and check people out, adding only the people you want to keep around to other circles. In a couple of months you can empty out the NaNo circle and clear out all the people who didn't make the cut.2013-10-23 17:06:17401404
Kathryn Nokony7,394Here is a circle of dynamic Women from all walks of life #circleshare  2013-10-08 17:50:17422815
Trevor Penwarden4,674Here is my Doctor Who Circle, thank you all for you entertaining posts and comments :)A question for you all, what is your favorite Doctor Who story/episode?I have so much trouble picking, but today I am picking 'Terminus' Where the Doctor, Tegan , Nyssa and Turlough visit the centre of the universe.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28Doctor_Who%29 #sharedcircles #DoctorWho #TARDIS #Terminus  2013-09-19 06:19:40270405
Jane Ellen43,979I call this one my Big Ball-0-Fun.  I started with Dede's Fundies, thank you +Dede Craig King and added smaller circles I had made, along with a science circle from +Ray Sanders ,  and some small circles from +Lynette Young and +Carter Gibson and I don't even know who else.  So I haven't organized circles in two years.  You wanna make sumpin' of it? #sharedcircles   #circleshare  #newbies 2013-09-06 17:42:0642925629
Raquel Hunter6,447Food, a simple substance that tantalizes our tastebuds and brings us continued pleasure.This circle is composed of chefs, foodies, and food enthusiasts. Let them inspire you with their beautiful pictures and simple, yet wonderful recipes. #Foodies   #CircleShare   #SharedCircle  2013-09-05 00:48:07499349
Peter Edenist23,865The Super SciFi Circle - Weekend Special!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                 Resharing the main Science Fiction circle. I am notifying select people who are in the circle separately.  This is the TOP SF Circle - for people who want in, please comment in the specific circle in the links enclosed. All my circles which are reshared are listed here. These are public circles and form part of the Public Circles Database:) Please Reshare to share the love and to support SF!!!!!! =========================Our linked communities:Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH=========================I have taken the liberty of adding some people interested in Science fiction. If you want to leave, please let me know with a comment. If I have missed anyone, my apologies, please comment and let me know.=========================Hastag zoo:#scifi  #scififans   #scifichat   #scifiwatcher   #scififriday   #sciencefiction  #sciencefictiontelevision   #sciencefictionandfantasy   #sciencefictionmovies  #hardscifi   #fantasy   #worthsharing   #robotics   #drwho   #whovians  #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #public  #circlesharing   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #topcircles  #reshare   #reshared   2013-08-14 16:20:334968210287
Jimmy James5,458Entrepreneurs 2nd Edition #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2013-08-12 16:10:51127015
Conspiracy Theory1,555Conspiracy seekers Part 2 #sharedcircles   #circleshare  2013-08-11 01:32:07147025
Raquel Hunter2,911Foodies Rejoice Circle!Perfect circle with recipes from notable CHEFS and FOODIES with SIMPLE recipes. #Circleshare #FoodiesCircle #SharedCircle #RecipeCircle #foodies 2013-08-06 15:20:30497146
Jack C Crawford69,267Gender wars! Here's the latest share of some quite amazing persons.Angels, you have been emailed - please let me know if that is still OK with you.It is has now hit the maximum sharable circle size of 500.  Stay tuned for circle 2 in the future.2013-08-02 23:24:0450016435150
AyJay Schibig23,085ENGAGERS  CIRCLE 7.28.13Welcome to the latest  Release of my Engager's Circle.  Feel free to add  and re-share this circle  of Active G+ Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles. athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-28 22:48:4638810314
Jake Olimpi731Returning the favor to all of those who have added me! Simply:1) Add me2) +13) Share4) Comment and..5) Add!Keep the sharing going!!!#SHAREthelove  #circleshare  #g+ #oneforall  2013-07-22 01:14:35451608
New Online Dramas4,1972013-07-18 08:17:4049814618
Jake Kern24,894The Silver DonutBeen wanting to do a circle share for a while, but I just haven't wanted to put in the work to get a group of 100 for another #GoldenDonut. Instead, I grabbed the top 500 from my Google relevancy algorithm. Then I removed a couple people who don't like being in circle shares & some pages so I could stretch the 500 a bit. (For instance, both +Melissa Bagley & +Melissa Ann Bagley Photography would be in the circle--in the top 25, actually--but I just included Melissa's personal profile even though you should circle both.)Many amazing people in here. Thank you for making this corner of the Internet worthwhile.Peace. #SilverDonut  2013-07-13 22:19:3849915023134
AyJay Schibig21,387ENGAGERS  CIRCLE 7.7.13Welcome to the latest edition of my Engager's Circle.  Feel free to add  and re-share this circle with these Active G+ Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles. athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-08 01:06:353396220
Laura Bandiera1,202My top #GoogleEngagers #topengagers  Please do these steps to be included:1) Do plus 1 to the post (+1)2) Comment the post3) Include the #sharedcircle among your circles.4) Share the circle and include yourself (obviously).Thanks to my friends of +ESO SrlEnjoy their website: http://www.eso.itKisses, Laura2013-07-04 05:40:5948713620
Alessandro Folghera4,993Thanks to +Jack C Crawford for this #talentedcircle  I liked this #sharedcircle  and I decided to share it too. #ladiescircle   #fashionstyle  2013-07-03 04:31:334456216
Jack C Crawford66,439It's Ladies Night on Google+'s 2nd year anniversary.  Without them, all us dudes would here alone talking about androids and football.I am especially thankful to this growing list (440 and counting) of incredibly wonderful, talented and generous souls.This is a periodically notified circle. If you were notified, you are in this circle. Please let me know if you prefer not to be notified in the future. Thank you!2013-06-29 01:10:5344015627150

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2014-10-20 22:07:26 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

Been a loooooooong time since I made this many posts in a day.

DID YOU MISS IT?

Bonus: I been hanging out with these cloth diapers and tortilla chips all afternoon. My life is so exciting.

Most reshares: 15

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2014-10-20 21:15:53 (13 comments, 15 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

ACTIVE UPDATE

Fun story. So you know how when people go on cruises they normally drop their healthy routines because deck chairs and all you can eat food?

We did really awesome on the cruise and took the stairs all the time instead of the elevator, and went to the gym there every other day. When we weren't doing the stairs or wandering around off the boat, we walked around the outside decks a lot taking pictures and enjoying the breeze.

... then we got home and got lazy. Woops.

So I'm going to pull up my big girl pants and start all these exercise routines I've been reading up on for months years. I'm doing it. It's happening. I have the yoga pants and everything.

I'm sure Nedthing wishes I was doing the 21 day fix thing with him but I don't want to do an every day routine. I want to do the every other day thing. And... more »

Most plusones: 113

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2014-10-20 21:15:53 (13 comments, 15 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

ACTIVE UPDATE

Fun story. So you know how when people go on cruises they normally drop their healthy routines because deck chairs and all you can eat food?

We did really awesome on the cruise and took the stairs all the time instead of the elevator, and went to the gym there every other day. When we weren't doing the stairs or wandering around off the boat, we walked around the outside decks a lot taking pictures and enjoying the breeze.

... then we got home and got lazy. Woops.

So I'm going to pull up my big girl pants and start all these exercise routines I've been reading up on for months years. I'm doing it. It's happening. I have the yoga pants and everything.

I'm sure Nedthing wishes I was doing the 21 day fix thing with him but I don't want to do an every day routine. I want to do the every other day thing. And... more »

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2014-10-22 04:15:32 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

MOVIE MINIONS

Someone make this happen.

MOVIE MINIONS

Someone make this happen.___

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2014-10-22 02:53:46 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

FOODIES

Yeah. Waffles happened.

PS - not pregnant. Hormones adjusting. Craving happened. Weee!

FOODIES

Yeah. Waffles happened.

PS - not pregnant. Hormones adjusting. Craving happened. Weee!___

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2014-10-22 00:01:36 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

ACTIVE UPDATE

The walk to preschool and then to daycare lady this morning was simultaneously really nice and totally brutal. Great weather and scenery, but my legs and core wondered wtf I was doing because of yesterday's workout.

WHY ARE YOU WALKING, CRAZY LADY. THERE WAS A PERFECTLY GOOD CAR AVAILABLE. Etc.

Got a good 3 miles out of it though. Success!

We'll see if I can keep this up tomorrow. Maybe I will do both a workout and a walk. (gasp)

... And maybe I will also make waffles and set the pork to slow cook all day. I mean honestly. Rios needs incentive.

#riosisexercising

ACTIVE UPDATE

The walk to preschool and then to daycare lady this morning was simultaneously really nice and totally brutal. Great weather and scenery, but my legs and core wondered wtf I was doing because of yesterday's workout.

WHY ARE YOU WALKING, CRAZY LADY. THERE WAS A PERFECTLY GOOD CAR AVAILABLE. Etc.

Got a good 3 miles out of it though. Success!

We'll see if I can keep this up tomorrow. Maybe I will do both a workout and a walk. (gasp)

... And maybe I will also make waffles and set the pork to slow cook all day. I mean honestly. Rios needs incentive.

#riosisexercising___

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2014-10-21 23:50:31 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

FOODIES

I'm thinking this would also be good on chicken.

Sriracha and Soy Sauce Tofu Spinach Salad

Salad idea via: http://garden-of-vegan.tumblr.com/post/99050773535/sriracha-soy-sauce-tofu-and-spinach-salad-baby

Recipe for tofu part of it: http://www.ilovevegan.com/portfolio/baked-sriracha-soy-sauce-tofu-2-quick-easy-recipes-vegan-lunch-bowl-salad/

#founditontumblr

FOODIES

I'm thinking this would also be good on chicken.

Sriracha and Soy Sauce Tofu Spinach Salad

Salad idea via: http://garden-of-vegan.tumblr.com/post/99050773535/sriracha-soy-sauce-tofu-and-spinach-salad-baby

Recipe for tofu part of it: http://www.ilovevegan.com/portfolio/baked-sriracha-soy-sauce-tofu-2-quick-easy-recipes-vegan-lunch-bowl-salad/

#founditontumblr___

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2014-10-21 17:54:41 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

Thought I'd pull out this link in the comments from the Anaconda video I posted yesterday as it's an important lesson in context and perspective.

Link via +Andrea MacGown

MINIONS

Thought I'd pull out this link in the comments from the Anaconda video I posted yesterday as it's an important lesson in context and perspective.

Link via +Andrea MacGown___

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2014-10-21 05:07:27 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

JOB HUNTING MINIONS

The discrimination here makes me frown, but good info to know I guess.

JOB HUNTING MINIONS

The discrimination here makes me frown, but good info to know I guess.___

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2014-10-20 22:07:26 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

Been a loooooooong time since I made this many posts in a day.

DID YOU MISS IT?

Bonus: I been hanging out with these cloth diapers and tortilla chips all afternoon. My life is so exciting.

MINIONS

Been a loooooooong time since I made this many posts in a day.

DID YOU MISS IT?

Bonus: I been hanging out with these cloth diapers and tortilla chips all afternoon. My life is so exciting.___

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2014-10-20 21:55:04 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

MUSIC MONDAY

Two things:

1) I spent the last hour trying to find the interview (or random statement on camera) where Nicki Minaj said she specifically looks and sings the way she does because a guy said they didn't like it, so she was basically like "oh you don't like that? Good, I'm doing more of it." I still can't find it, but that was the gist of it, and it makes me love her even more than I already do.

2) "It happens whenever Beyonce performs or Rihanna steps outside. Its happened when Betty Davis wore hotpants and Left Eye wore condoms as eye patches. Whenever black women own their sense of sexuality and it appears to not be controlled by the hetero-male gaze, the whole world gets into a tizzy." - http://feministing.com/2014/07/29/nicki-minajs-butt-and-the-politics-of-black-womens-sexuality/

There was also going to... more »

MUSIC MONDAY

Two things:

1) I spent the last hour trying to find the interview (or random statement on camera) where Nicki Minaj said she specifically looks and sings the way she does because a guy said they didn't like it, so she was basically like "oh you don't like that? Good, I'm doing more of it." I still can't find it, but that was the gist of it, and it makes me love her even more than I already do.

2) "It happens whenever Beyonce performs or Rihanna steps outside. Its happened when Betty Davis wore hotpants and Left Eye wore condoms as eye patches. Whenever black women own their sense of sexuality and it appears to not be controlled by the hetero-male gaze, the whole world gets into a tizzy." - http://feministing.com/2014/07/29/nicki-minajs-butt-and-the-politics-of-black-womens-sexuality/

There was also going to be a 3rd point specifically about the video but the link is lost somewhere on my Tumblr and honestly I don't want to go looking for it. Something about the way it was filmed with the backup dancers being treated equally on camera to Nicki.

To conclude: Nicki Minaj is amazing and this song/video amuses me.___

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2014-10-20 21:15:53 (13 comments, 15 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

ACTIVE UPDATE

Fun story. So you know how when people go on cruises they normally drop their healthy routines because deck chairs and all you can eat food?

We did really awesome on the cruise and took the stairs all the time instead of the elevator, and went to the gym there every other day. When we weren't doing the stairs or wandering around off the boat, we walked around the outside decks a lot taking pictures and enjoying the breeze.

... then we got home and got lazy. Woops.

So I'm going to pull up my big girl pants and start all these exercise routines I've been reading up on for months years. I'm doing it. It's happening. I have the yoga pants and everything.

I'm sure Nedthing wishes I was doing the 21 day fix thing with him but I don't want to do an every day routine. I want to do the every other day thing. And... more »

ACTIVE UPDATE

Fun story. So you know how when people go on cruises they normally drop their healthy routines because deck chairs and all you can eat food?

We did really awesome on the cruise and took the stairs all the time instead of the elevator, and went to the gym there every other day. When we weren't doing the stairs or wandering around off the boat, we walked around the outside decks a lot taking pictures and enjoying the breeze.

... then we got home and got lazy. Woops.

So I'm going to pull up my big girl pants and start all these exercise routines I've been reading up on for months years. I'm doing it. It's happening. I have the yoga pants and everything.

I'm sure Nedthing wishes I was doing the 21 day fix thing with him but I don't want to do an every day routine. I want to do the every other day thing. And as an obnoxious aside, I challenged him that I could get the same results only working out every other day to his every day, so now I gotta own up to that.

Weeeeeeeee!

(Feel free to join me on this endeavor with some other activity you want to do 3-4 times a week. Sit down and read a book for me while I exercise or something. Rios needs support!)

(Picture found on tumblr)
#founditontumblr  
#riosisexercising  ___

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2014-10-20 20:41:37 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

MUSIC MONDAY

Did I post this video yet because if not I have been slacking in a horrible way.

Also, I think I just need to add all of their songs on Spotify because every time one of them starts playing on the radio I doing the "dancing in the driver's seat" thing.

MUSIC MONDAY

Did I post this video yet because if not I have been slacking in a horrible way.

Also, I think I just need to add all of their songs on Spotify because every time one of them starts playing on the radio I doing the "dancing in the driver's seat" thing.___

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2014-10-20 20:30:22 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

MUSIC MONDAY

Also forever stuck in my head.

MUSIC MONDAY

Also forever stuck in my head.___

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2014-10-20 20:23:52 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

MUSIC MONDAY

What is even going on in this video I think I love it.

MUSIC MONDAY

What is even going on in this video I think I love it.___

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2014-10-20 20:02:09 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

MUSIC MONDAY

Think globally. Headbutt locally.

MUSIC MONDAY

Think globally. Headbutt locally.___

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2014-10-20 19:16:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

MUSIC MONDAY

File this under "never going to get it out of my head ever" and "forever dancing."

MUSIC MONDAY

File this under "never going to get it out of my head ever" and "forever dancing."___

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2014-10-20 19:06:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

MUSIC MONDAY

I may or may not like his hair even better than the actual song. And I really like the actual song.

MUSIC MONDAY

I may or may not like his hair even better than the actual song. And I really like the actual song.___

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2014-10-20 18:45:20 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Rios Misses Vacation

I haven't uploaded my pictures yet (except this one, just now), mostly because I took a lot of HD photos and I turned off auto backup so I wouldn't max out the free Google storage.

Also because I'm mentally not willing to be back from vacation yet.

I tell you what, it's a rude shock coming back from a week of no responsibilities to an immediate "DID YOU MISS ME?" from life in general. Life in this case is that asshole that throws the blinds open early in the morning when you stayed up late and have a raging hangover, because "IT'S TIME TO GET UP NOW HAHA." That's why I was having a bad day last week.

(I mean, I also just officially dried up my milk supply, so rapidly adjusting hormones are not helping me here either.)

Right before we went on vacation I had just gotten the hang of a... more »

Rios Misses Vacation

I haven't uploaded my pictures yet (except this one, just now), mostly because I took a lot of HD photos and I turned off auto backup so I wouldn't max out the free Google storage.

Also because I'm mentally not willing to be back from vacation yet.

I tell you what, it's a rude shock coming back from a week of no responsibilities to an immediate "DID YOU MISS ME?" from life in general. Life in this case is that asshole that throws the blinds open early in the morning when you stayed up late and have a raging hangover, because "IT'S TIME TO GET UP NOW HAHA." That's why I was having a bad day last week.

(I mean, I also just officially dried up my milk supply, so rapidly adjusting hormones are not helping me here either.)

Right before we went on vacation I had just gotten the hang of a house maintenance routine, so of course now I'm having issues getting back into it and the house looks explodey and no ones laundry is put away and none of the meals have cooked themselves into leftovers yet. Lazy food! Ugh.

Also, I'm making this post while avoiding homework.

Rios has issues. What else is new?

Anyway, I believe this picture is from our last night at sea. Where did we go, you ask?

Rowatan, Honduras
Belize City, Belize
Cozumel, Mexico

It was a great cruise. And I loved Mexico so much I immediately searched for the best ex-pats-with-families places to live there as soon as we had internet again. If I never get to move there permanently I'm damn sure vacationing there on a regular basis (Mexico in general, not specifically Cozumel, although I would go back there for a visit at the drop of a hat).

More pictures to come at some point.

Where have my little minions vacationed outside the US? What are some places I need to see? I want to fill up my passport book.___

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2014-10-19 23:45:11 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

This is what the ploos is all about! :D

What Does Google+ Mean To You?

This is one of my famous "very long reads" so take your time with it and pace yourself!

A few years back, I had a lofty goal in mind to write a book about mastering Google+ and providing insights into how I was able to navigate the waters of this UI. I live on a rural farm in NW Ohio and somehow I've gathered 55,000 followers and 32 million views of my posts, so it feels like I'm doing a few things right. I had about 45 pages written, but life, being unemployed for a lengthy time, then finally finding great new work intervened and this book is now collecting dust in Drive.

But I did reach out to many incredible people on G+ and I asked them one simple question: What does Google+ mean to you?

I hope they won't mind if I share their stories here. I don't want their words to disappear to time, and until I finish this book (and I will!) I thought my circles might enjoy seeing their thoughts. I'd love to hear from them all now and see if anything's changed or gotten better. This is a great journey we're all on...

If you'd like to add your own extended words on this topic, comment here of PM me and I'll be sure you're added. Also, if any of these authors no longer would like to have their words publicly posted in the stream, I'll respect your wishes and remove your words. But each response was lovely and I hope my readers enjoy seeing where all of our collective heads were when I asked the question...

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Paul Roustan - Providence, Rhode Island, USA +Paul Roustan 

Google+ has been, by far, the best means for me to showcase my work. More importantly, it is a platform allowing me to develop relationships with people of all sorts, be it friendships, colleagues, and/or valuable connections for my artwork. I don't think there is any better method to connect to an important person, the right person, bypassing their agency/secretary/bodyguard or whoever would normally deny contact. This is a TREMENDOUS benefit to artists/musicians/directors/etc. Google+ cuts out the middle man, allowing many people to exist that may never have been found.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Stephanie Van Pelt - Florida, USA +Stephanie Van Pelt 

Sometimes technology has a way of touching us in the most unexpected ways.

I joined Google Plus during its infancy, within the first month during the throttled-invite-only phase. I must confess, I was courted more by the exclusivity of it all than because I was so very anxious to join another social network. All I knew was that you had to be invited and that it was only 1 week old.

It took me only a week or so to drum up the courage to join a Hangout, a feature that allows you to video chat with up to 9 other people from pretty much anywhere. It was scary, my palms were sweaty and they were complete strangers. In fact, everyone I interacted with on Google Plus was a stranger. And yet, there we were, saying hello, responding to posts and exchanging ideas down threads of conversation.

I really had no idea what was in store for me. None. If you told me then where I’d be now, I would have said you’re insane.

Once I recovered from the initial nervousness I realized everyone else was in the same predicament. Some hid it better than others, or were just inherently more comfortable with the medium; however Google Plus was too new for anyone to be established at Hangouts. As the comfort level grew, so did my enjoyment and love of Hangouts.

As a single mom, I don’t get out much these days. The boys are in bed early but I am up for hours still, a night owl and social by my very nature. Hangouts give me the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world, to sit up late at night and converse, argue, debate, listen to music, explore the internet and ultimately forge some incredible new connections and relationships.

Over the past 6 months I’ve been able to broaden my horizons in fantastic ways. I was introduced to dubstep (yes, I know!) through a music Hangout. I’ve gotten to know more about the remarkable differences and intriguing traditions of other cultures through direct chat with strangers I may never see or meet. I’ve randomly helped a few strangers through small donations. I’ve seen exotic locations through mobile Hangouts and had discussions on everything from food to health care to love won (and lost) .

There have been some incredible, personal stories shared with me. Some publicly in comments on threads and some far more privately. I’m always touched when virtual strangers open up and tell me more about what makes them, them.

After posing a question, what book really seized your imagination and got you to start reading I was astounded at some of the deep answers shared with me. Behind the curtain of a monitor people shared parts of themselves few people share face to face. I read about one person using books to fulfill the role models they never received from their own parents; another shared his personal work experience with one of my favorite authors.

Similar stories, moving and emotional came after a post about dating single parents. I cherish each time people shared themselves with me. Everything from a mother’s death, to the loss of a twin, to surviving childhood cancer, to orphaned adults alone for the holidays…job loss, promotions!, gift exchanges, sharing of that one little link you know will matter to someone, exposure to new music – so much to explore, but all of it in a very personal matter.

What this has really boiled down to, for me, is that all those random, strange “internet people” have become so much more. Connecting through common interests rather than common locations, I feel like I’ve had this amazing opportunity to explore the people that make up the internet.

So what happened to me? I wound  up on a cruise with some of those “internet people” and had the absolute time of my life. I challenge you , who’s out there waiting for you to get to know them? Who haven’t you met yet? What haven’t you learned about yet?

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Liz Quilty - Cambridge, New Zealand +Liz Quilty 

Google+ has meant a lot to me, it’s enabled me to connect to like minded people who are not always the majority. Being a female in technology means i work and live in a very male orientated world, though i don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing. 

However, i would have liked to meet more females in the industry and be able to help us promote each other, to get more voice and encourage other females who are looking to get into things. Being able to interact with those people, and helping organize things like +STEM Women on G+ has been amazingly awesome.

Google is actively helping us with our task, and this in itself is what is setting it apart from other social media platforms. Google have done this with several other groups and people, and especially minority groups with a good cause have found a voice. 

For this reason, Google+ has changed my life, and the life of a lot of others in a similar way :) For me, Google+ is support, supporting those who want to help themselves go places, and do things :) Its also friendship, and great conversation, i have got a LOT from a lot of great people!

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Michael Vaughan - Mackay, Queensland, Australia +Michael Vaughan 

My first motivation for using Google+ was that it was not Facebook.  At the time Google+ was announced, I was still futilely trying to convince people to use Orkut. Google+, for me, hasn't become the Facebook-killer I'd hoped, because so few people I know in meatspace use it, however I've met so many cool people here.  I think this must be what it felt like for those first internet users, with their wholly new online communities, BBSs and such.

Possibly the thing I like most about Google+, though, aside from the features, is just how accessible the semi-famous can be.  Bloggers, artists, authors, actors; at some point, I've actually exchanged words with people I've looked up to for so long, and that is what keeps me using it.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Daf Griffiths - Ponciau, Wales, United Kingdom +Daf Griffiths 

G+ has been a big boost for me, if you met me face to face you would instantly turn to one of my friends and say the same thing everybody else does: "this guy is hard work to talk to"!

I used to be the type of person who lived for the attention on stage. I always took great pleasure from compliments about my performance in musicals as it meant I'd done my work right, and by doing it right I mean I wasn't me for 3 hours. My greatest pleasure in life was rehearsing for 4 months of the year to not be me for 3 hours a night over the space of a week and that week was the highlight of my year,

NOW, every day is a highlight as G+ has allowed me to be myself without having to come face to face with people in difficult environments and it's incredibly liberating! I aim to join in with hangouts soon and that will be a major turning point for me, but with the friends that I've made on here I'm not worried about the outcome as I already trust those people implicitly.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of jay dawge - Maine, USA +jay dawge 

OK here goes, Google plus came along at a time when things were quite mixed up. I was having a really hard time finding work, so I sold my home and moved south for a job offer that paid better. The move brought me closer to my daughters home +kool cat so the move was a no brainer. I did not know anybody down here and I met my roommate the same day I moved down. I worked a lot and had no friends here, so google plus was a good escape. I have met so many cool people doing so many cool things in so many cool places, that I don't know how I would get by w/o them. G+ also gives me a way to share cool music, pictures, stories and art with my daughter "and many others around the world for that matter". 

Thank you to all that I have met, for the laughter, joy and sorrow you have shared. For those that are home sick for Maine +Sean Cowen  and a few others I have met I think about you when I snap and post photos, trying to capture subjects that are typical of Maine life. I could ramble on for hours but I will spare you the irony LOL, good luck w/ your book I know it will be good w/ your talent and G+ users for the subject matter you will do well.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Ciro Villa - Florida, USA +Ciro Villa 

Google Plus for me has been a venue that has shown infinite possibilities   So many minds and so many talents, have contributed to expanding the horizon of human inspiration for all of us; it's been a fantastic 14 months journey so far and the future appears only as bright as ever. Using this brilliant and fantastic technology through blog posts, comments, debates, images, sound and hangouts, incredible people, virtual pioneers of a new world, have offered and shared the best of themselves, their knowledge and experience to enhance our human experience.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Stefan Svartling - Nycöping, Sweden +Stefan Svartling 

Google+ has the most interaction I've ever seen, so when it came, I'll immediately stopped blogging on my old normal blogs, and started to use Google+ as my main blog. My only blog. Why not blog where the interaction is was my thoughts, and I have never looked back.

So to me Google+ means everything. I love Google+ and all the interaction. It's my home online.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of David Bowden - Santa Monica, California, USA +David Bowden 

The answer to your question is simple really (for me anyway). I came to Google+ to share photography. Unlike many digital photographers I tend to shoot as I did in film. Meaning, I take a moment to compose, measure and shoot. I don’t use the back of the camera much, I tend to focus on what I see in the viewfinder and my overall composition.

What this means is that I don/t take as many pictures as others do. I also have a standard that I don't share "crap." If I am going to put my name on it then it needs to be good.

What does this have to do with my best moment on G+. Well, this set of circumstances is what led to my writing. You see, I ran out of photos to share. Being focused on growing my following I decided to share a story as opposed to a photo.

It led to the post "A Good Day" which is to date one of my most popular shares and most read and commented posts.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/112022983294967948367/posts/aXWLMoXhwLr

It was on this Wednesday that people began following me in larger numbers, commenting and engaging more and the stories followed. Week after week. Sharing this story and reading the comments and seeing the shares associated with it are by far my best experience on G+ and is what keeps me coming back.

I have some very loyal followers, great friends and enjoy the community. Good luck with your book, and thanks so much for thinking of me.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Glenn Rogers - Bedford, Texas, USA +Glenn Rogers 

What Google Means to Me, and More Importantly, Why the Hell Should You Care? +Sean Cowen here ya go!

Oh sure, I could tell you about how I happened upon Google Plus through Facebook and Twitter, thereby making the obligatory comparisons to both social networks, eventually giving Google Plus the nickname "TwitBook".  Or I could tell you that I was instantly impressed with the social network for a number of reasons - 1) no stalkers 2) no Zynga invites and most importantly, 3) did I mention "no stalkers"?

I could tell you all that, but if you're reading this, you've probably realized that I just told you.  So there ya go.

Google Plus, short of the invention of sliced bread and Velcro, is a true miracle, and has become a daily addiction of mine.  A place where I can share my musings with people who will either appreciate them, or in some cases, report me to Google.  (I'm guessing my recipe for "sliced Velcro bread" didn't trend like I hoped)

I have made a number of valuable friends on Google Plus, most with the same twisted sense of humor.  Outside of most national sanitariums, people like that are a true rarity, so yay!

Google Plus gives me a place to be who I am, with people who appreciate who I am, and in turn I appreciate them for being who they are.  Except for that one guy - he's just wacko.

I just happened to jump into the social network world when the water was still cold, and since I joined Google Plus, my nipples have never been happier.

So here's to you Google Plus!  From movie riffing hangouts to shameless self-promotion, I can think of no better social network.  Facebook and Twitter may have a lot of pluses (ha! see what I did there?), but Google Plus will always be the reason I love social networks.

Oh, and stalking?  Still the reason I hate them.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Joel Poirier - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada +Joel Poirier 

I joined Google+ out of curiosity in the early weeks of its launch and found a strong comics and art community already thriving. For a while I went relatively unnoticed: I'm not an exceptionally sociable person in my real life, I don't find it easy to meet new people, but through sharing my artwork I found people who were just like me and that made it easier to come out of my shell. 

I persisted in sharing my art and my interests through my comics, my drawings of album covers from my vinyl record collection and eventually creating, quite spontaneously, the Name That 80s Movie game, which has become my greatest social media success. Here I am now, just over a year later, and I'm in hundreds of thousands of circles with my work be seen all over the world, thousands more adding me every day, all because I share about the things that make me happy. Success is waiting here for anyone! "

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Martin Watson - Spanish Town, Jamaica +Martin Watson 

I don't have much to say though. Not much other than that G+ is the first social network I actually wanted to join. On all the others that I've ever existed, I was, in a sense, dragged onto them kicking and screaming. I first found out about G+ on the day the invite only public field beta had just started. After much begging and pleading to any and everyone that I knew was on here, I managed to get in just before midnight on July 3 in the first week.

Since then, everything for me changed. The biggest change for me is that I've suddenly become more social. This is very strange for me, because I'm an extremely antisocial person. To an extent, I still am in real life. On here, however, I'm almost a different person. I can't explain it. I have absolutely no idea how that happened.

I have also met some of the most amazing people ever, large, small, and somewhere in between. In a sense, how big or small you are didn't matter here, because it's almost a level playing field for everyone. I still get super nervous and surprised whenever someone like +Mike Elgan mentions me in a post of his that I commented on.

Speaking of surprise and extreme nervousness, something of the sort happened earlier this year that almost made my heart stop. It was while we were all in an uproar about CISPA, with SOPA/PIPA and ACTA all still fresh in our minds. I had posted the contents of a mass email from someone at Demand Progress. It was a very passionate and moving message. Mere minutes after posting it, I was contacted by an extremely big name in the tech media space. (I won't mention her name here, but if you really want to know I'll tell you privately. I'm still in shock from all this even though it was months ago.) She asked me to write a commentary on CISPA. A commentary? Me? I'm supposed to write something about CISPA?! Me? Seriously? What the hell do I know? I don't even live in the US! I was in so much shock that I didn't even know to respond! I was surprised she contacted me in the first place!

After calming down, I eventually wrote something. I had a friend that was a writer and a friend that wasn't review it. They both liked it, so I sent it to her. I heard nothing at all from her since, and I hadn't seen it posted or mentioned anywhere at all. Not on her blog, her publication that she was building with other tech media giants, not on Twitter or G+. After a week of not seeing anything, I just assumed she either didn't need it anymore, it slipped through the cracks, or that it wasn't good enough. She is an extremely busy woman, so I understand if she didn't have much time to waste on lowly me.

It was all still an amazing and nerve racking experience though. It was my first time dealing with someone as high profile, prominent and successful and her. No wonder I was so scared. If it happened again, I would be better prepared to handle it, but I would still be scared out of my skin!

In addition to all that, I have somewhat found a sort of extended family on G+. I have a second mother on here, a few sisters I can actually get along with (only my own sister in real life), and other extremely amazing people that would find very difficult to now live without. Funny thing though, through all this, I've only ever been in a handful of hangouts. It's the only feature of G+, aside from Games, that rarely ever use. The few I've been in were all really great though. :)

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Pam Adger - Riverside, California, USA +Pam Adger 

My first public post was July 19th 2011. I came home from work and was talking to my daughter Sydney about this new social network by Google called Google Plus. I was lamenting that the thing was invite only and I was dying to get an invite. She then proceeded to tell me she had a “membership to the Google Plus club.” She said…..Mom, I know all about G+. My friend Kim invited me two weeks ago.  So with membership comes invites so I got an invite from my 18 year old daughter who to this day has less than 100 followers. I immediately posted the following 

Trying out some recommended follows. So far I am underwhelmed. Self promotion and immaturity. I wish I had a better list of recommendations.

I think it was 3 or 4 weeks before the suggested Users List (SUL) was released. It kinda needs a little work still.  In the beginning I was all about politics. That lasted about a month. I rarely post political now. I have found a great group of people. G+ is my second social network. Facebook was first and I still have my settings pretty locked down though I do post public and people could subscribe to me but they don’t. 35 or 40 IRL people (except Matt Gibson and Tim Jones) are my “friends.” Most are my family and coworkers and I can go weeks without logging on. G+ was something I took to right away. Almost instant chat with people from around the world? Holy Crap how awesome is that?????

One year later, I still spend between 4 and 6 hours per day every day including weekends and holidays on G+. It is really more of my life than I would like. 

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Dolidh Young (Eileen)  - Denny, Scotland, United Kingdom +Dolidh Young 

I started off my G+ life in beta... A time that was very difficult for me as I'd lost my father to cancer the year before and I was still grieving pretty badly. Focusing on putting positive energy into something gave me a push to get social again and not just spending my time moping about the house.

And in turn, by being more interested in doing things, I started to get out the house a bit more, travelling around Scotland doing things I want to do and seeing people I love to hang around with... All pretty much documented on my G+ profile. I use G+ like a blog and a vlog.

G+ has really encouraged me to be expressive, creative and a little bit wacky with the new people I've met through posts and hangouts. It's a place I feel I can be myself ^_^ Happy and accepted.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Diniz Chico - Lisbon, Portugal +Diniz Chico 

Well after a traumatic experience with Facebook, had decided to say "no more Social Sites." Completely unmotivated, spent almost 6 months without dedicating myself to my woods, that i always treated as an hobby and a way to relax my mind. But last December one of my sons, said to me: Why not Google +?? Immediately i reply nooo. He argued that it was a different system, but my Noo, prevailed. But i kept that in mind!! Huummm? Google +? Didn't never heard about it and decided to see. 

So i opened my account just for fun and had a circle about Photography, just to see what happened. I upload a few pics of my works and that's it. For 2 or 3 weeks after i even remember i had a new account. When i opened it one day, i noticed that some people had shown interest in what i was doing. Well I felt very cherished by the interest and the comments i received daily and since then i never stopped. And now i found myself like a "Phoenix" reborn from the ashes, always with new projects in my mind to make !! So a BIG thank you to all the Google Art Community..:)

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Nils Hitze (Kojote) - Bayern, Germany +Nils Hitze 

I was one of the first German users here and from Day one G+ feels like the home i had (in the Internet) back in my days as an Admin of Tutorials.de ... and it get's better every freakin day. I had this on Twitter, in the beginning. But not in this quantity.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Daniel Koeker - Riverside, California, USA +Daniel Koeker 

I joined Google+ when it was in beta, mostly because a) it was a Google product and b) because I was in beta and others weren't so neener neener. I wasn't sure what I expected when I came here, and goodness knows G+ has changed enough over the short time I've been here. It's quite unlike anything I've experienced from a social network before, and that sounds like an advertisement, but I've really, genuinely enjoyed myself here.

I've met a number of people who were complete strangers that I now talk to on a regular basis. I met people who are now voices of the G+ community. I've hungout with total strangers, talked about various topics, watched shows, got exposed to Doctor Who, and for some reason there are nearly five thousand people who have me in their circles. That is so weird to me.

What I've found here is a tight-knit community of intelligent people from all over the place. I've done more than I could have imagined here so far, and unlike other social networks that have felt like a chore, this is something I actually look forward to. As cool as G+ may be in design, it's the people that make it up, and some of the best people I know are all here; and the best part is that I wouldn't have known them at all if not for G+. I'd say that's pretty nifty.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Jamie Crouthamel - Charleston, South Carolina, USA +Jamie Crouthamel 

What Google+ has done for me is to present an amazing and fascinating group of people who have accepted me for exactly who I am. The ideas, thoughts, photos and work I post here have sparked incredible conversations and connected me to a network of people that encourage me and hold me accountable for being my most authentic self. 

Who knew people I have never met in person can help me to become the best version of myself? Google+ took the social network and elevated it to a network of intelligent, passionate individuals who have created the perfect environment for ideas and community to blossom.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Paul Stickland - Dorset, United Kingdom +Paul Stickland 

I joined G+ when my working life spirits were at a low ebb. I was drawing towards the end of a four year legal dispute that had seen all my best selling children's books out of print along with a subsequent cessation of royalties. I had been exploring the possibilities of selling my artwork via the world of Print on Demand during this time and guessed that G+ would be a great form of promotion for this.

In days I realised that it would be so much more!

I was talking to scientists, 3D printers, photographers, fellow illustrators, authors, artists, programmers, geeks and stars, WOW!

Artists, illustrators, authors can lead quite isolated lives and this huge rush of stimulation has been incredibly energising.

With the amazing benefit of the crowd-editing we enjoy here, you have all encouraged me to create so much new work this last year, work that I truly feel is closer to my true self than that coaxed out of me by 'professional' editors, whose decisions are, quite reasonably, driven by commercial imperatives.

However this intelligent and informed crowd-editing has resulted in a huge body of work, which in turn has led to a great deal of interest from the big publishing houses. What can I say?

Not just for this but for the friendship and humour shared with new friends around the planet, Thank You!  

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Brooke Johnson - Rogers, Arkansas, USA +Brooke Johnson 

Google+ first drew me with its Facebook-and-Twitter-but-better appeal. I was one of the first plussers, jumping in while it was still in beta, and it was interesting feeling my way around the new digital space, slowly finding interesting people to toss in my circles. After my first post last July, I’ve circled 900 people, and I’m flattered to say that over 1700 people have circled me—a number which seems to grow every day. Sometimes, I’m not sure why people circle me. I’m just a goofy girl who posts about writing and other things—Doctor Who, steampunk, science, publishing insights, various nerd-doms, music and movies I love, and random things I find interesting or pretty or funny. I guess people like that, or they wouldn’t keep circling me. :)
 
I have never had so much fun on a social network as I do on Google+, and when I go there, I can easily spend over an hour just talking to people. Actually talking. Conversations. That’s what I love about it. Everything I say means something. I’m talking to friends and having important discussions about science and fiction and what ifs, and of course, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, who are very important topics. When I post something new, I feel like people are listening, and I feel like these people, separated by a few states or countries or sometimes oceans, that we’re all a big family, that we would do next to anything for each other. I consider a lot of people on Google+ as friends, and if I’m ever in close proximity to some of them, I will definitely let them know so we can meet up and have real life hijinks.
 
Now, I don’t interact will all 900 of the people in my circles or the 1700 people who have circled me, but there are a good 100 or more people that no matter what they post, I’m going to read it. I’m going to comment or +1 or share it, because they’re just that fascinating and fun.
 
As a writer, I’ve found Google+ to be a great place to talk about writing with other writers, whether they be novelists or screenwriters or poets, at all levels of experience. It’s a great place to mine information, test waters for an idea, share stories and updates about my writing experiences, talk about books, and debate about this publishing method or that one. It’s a community. And on the flipside, I feel like I’ve really connected with readers (who are sometimes writers too). I can talk about my book to people who actually care, who want to know how my next book is going so they know when they’ll get to read it. I have fans on Google+, people who will support my writing in any way that they can, and that’s fantastic. My experience as a writer on Google+ has shifted my focus from sales numbers and ratings and reviews to readers, to people who love books as much as I do, who love my books (or will, once I have more published). I feel like these people will stick with me and support me as long as I’m putting books out, and they make me feel like my writing and my books are worth it. They make me feel like I’m worth it.

I love that Sean has me in his Cool People that Matter circle (I hope that’s what it’s really called. It should be, if it isn’t already). I love that I stand out in a sea of other writers, artists, curators, and generally awesome people. I love that I matter to someone I’ve never met, that I’m interesting enough to be singled out, especially when we’re constantly bombarded from all sides with this picture and that video and ooh look! a funny gif and an interesting article, and so on. I feel like I’ve actually made connections with people I never would have met had I not tried this new social front, and I don’t think I ever would have really showcased myself—who I am, what I like—as I well as I have on Google+. And really, I’m more myself there than anywhere else.
 
Google+ is my digital home, where I can talk and discuss and rant and promote and share without constraints, without judgment, without hesitation, and I love it.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Laurie M +Laurie M  

When I first came to G+, in was still very new, but even so I was in complete awe and wonder over all that I found here. It was different from all the other places that I had been and tried and never really connected with, as well as different from the places that I had connected with. I'm very active other places, but my activities there are more targeted. Here the things I find speak to my heart, my mind, my soul and my spirit like nowhere else.

This place speaks the artistic side of me. I've found beautiful stories, music, videos and images from true artists in not just paint, but in photography, stories, poetry, music, mixed media, technology and so many other ways that I'd never dreamed of before it simply astounds me daily. 

I'm inspired by the true heart that I find in the people and their stories and experiences. The open their hearts and allow me in and in doing so they simply speak to my heart and my mind and move me in so many unexpected ways, I'm once again in awe and wonder.

I've enjoyed the interest, love and support of such beautiful and interesting people from all over my own nation and even further afield, throughout the world. I've even discovered some true friends in people that I would never otherwise have had an opportunity to have talked to let alone developed a relationship with. My life is all the richer for having these people and these experiences in it and even if I never were to speak to them again, they have changed me forever and hold a special place in my heart that is all their own. 

So in answer to your inquiry of what are my favorite things, the beauty of the people and all the wonders I see daily would have to be my favorite things and what has it meant to me, it's meant I've found people that speak to my heart and have enriched by life in their own unique and individual ways and I believe that they've changed me for the better.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Sarah Hill - Columbia, Missouri, USA +Sarah Hill 

Google Plus Hangouts are a magic carpet that can take you around the block or around the world in a matter of minutes.  Hangouts are a free broadcast tower in the middle of a powerful crowdsourcing tool where businesses have the ability not only to find customers but connect with them face to face.  More on the emerging #humanmedia movement here.  

http://www.sarahhillstories.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-new-human-media-movement-via-google.html 

Human Media > Texty Tweets.  Live tweeting may be today but live hanging is definitely tomorrow.  :) 

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Denise Morgan Kalicki - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA +Denise Morgan Kalicki 

I can in on invite last July and knew no one!  But I could tell, right away, I had found my community!  Oh the things I saw and read, the wonders of the beautiful photography being shared, the wisdoms, and openness of sharing/trading/engaging ideas.  By the end of Oct. sparked by an idea raised in a post, I created the G+LeapYear Day Project- A day in the life of G+. 

The project asked that everyone on our +1 day of the year (Feb. 29th) submit a photo that showed some part of their life.  That was a wild, wooly and crazy day! 

I met wonderful people here, such as you Sean, the man who shared delightful movie shorts that made me laugh or haz a sad.  People play DJ, sharing playlists and videos.  We have hangouts that are magic! We have covert cupids, secret santas, and many heartwarming fund raisers. We have joined together to stop child abusers +Plussers Against Child Exploitation to help keep those idiots off G+ and continue to keep this a safe community.  

We all, now have good new friends, teachers and communities build over the net that joins us.  We can HiRL, hangout, watch stars being born, be interviewed for a news show in Missouri, get zombized, and best of all, all the food porn!  Oh the places we will go!  Even if we are bedridden because others can take us along via hangouts. I love G+ because of the wonderful people here.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Bearman Cartoons - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA +Bearman Cartoons 

When I first got an invite to join Google Plus, I ignored it. I was already on twitter (@bearmancartoons) and on Facebook both as a profile (https://www.facebook.com/bearmancartoons) and a page (https://
www.facebook.com/Beartoons). Why did I need yet another social media outlet. After the fifth email, I said what the heck and signed up.

Within the first few days I noticed something different that the other two lacked. Facebook is almost like a club where you have to know someone to get in. We have to know each other to “friend” one another and converse. For someone who draws cartoons for fun, that seemed great for my real life friends but horrible for creating new online ones.

With twitter, there was another issue. It gave me the ability to follow anyone and there was no obligation or expectation that they would follow me back. I could see what they had to say and even respond. Problem was, it is a pain trying to follow a conversation on twitter especially if you aren’t there in the beginning.

That is the difference I saw in Google Plus. I had the ability to follow whomever I wanted and we could engage in a conversation that was easy to follow as it was all in one place. The best of Facebook combined with the best of Twitter. In fact I posted this cartoon to show how I saw the difference between Google Plus and some other social media outlets. http://beartoons.com/2011/08/28/why-google-plus-is-better-than/


So I started circling people. About 200 based on my interests of cartoons, learning and Cincinnati. Some followed me back and some didn’t. Many I knew from other social media already. Where I think most people get frustrated with Google Plus is the expectation that everyone you circle will automatically circle you back. Not true. The next step is to actually ENGAGE with the people you circle. That gives them a better idea of who you are and gives them more of a reason to want to circle you back.

Three months in and this was the result: http://beartoons.com/2011/11/27/social-media-love/

And that was before circle shares.

I thought that all this would lead to more people visiting my site. Guess what? It didn’t. But it didn’t matter. I realized that I now had two equally engaging outlets for my work. In addition, I could post other thoughts and finds that don’t work well with my blog but are perfect for Google Plus.

One of those things was drawing caricatures. Sure I have done caricatures of politicians and celebrities in the past but avoided real people for some reason with a few giveaways on my blog. Inspired by Googlers like +byron rempel and +Cliff Roth, I started doing caricatures of other Google Plus members and started calling them “Muggings”. Anyone circling me could get on the list, but those who commissioned me would move to the front of the line. And because I am lucky enough to have a full time job, this was bonus money. 

So instead of having people pay me I could support one of my favorite charities, Crayons to Computers (http://www.crayons2computers.org/). This organization makes sure students and teachers in the Cincinnati area have the school supplies they need to be successful. So instead of paying me directly, I would have the person donate money directly to C2C in honor of Bearman Cartoons. So not only did they get their caricature but also get the tax write off!!! So I can play around on Google Plus, draw some pictures and raise money for charity. How cool is that?!!

So then I wanted to see the power of Google Plus. Using my own money, I promised to donate $1 to a DC comic led fight to combat hunger in Africa for every share of a video describing the program. https:/
/plus.google.com/103857459148999991693/posts/WUpMKa2eiQf

Several days later I announced the total of 387 shares of the video which spread the message to more people than I ever would on my blog. https://plus.google.com/103857459148999991693/posts/ gNaH8VSSuEc

Which led me to May 2012. For four years on my website, I have done a charity challenge where I will donate more and more money for my readers to take on certain challenges. Challenges included paying for every new twitter/facebook follower, guest cartoons, among other things. (http://beartoons.com/ 2012/04/29/bearman-cartoons-charity-challenge-2012/) In the first three years, I put a limit on what I would spend and never hit it. This year with the help of Googlers, I hit the goal within 3 weeks. In addition, for the first time I promised to match donations to Crayons to Computers and several Googlers stepped up including, Ann Marie Dwyer , Liz Krane and Shani Hiraoka.

The support I have gotten from both my work and my fundraising efforts has been nothing short of amazing. What I think is sad, is that I have found myself at times checking into Google Plus before I even check my own blog. Well maybe not that sad.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Andrew Coffman (Firkked) - Oakley, California, USA +Andrew Coffman 

I heard about Google Plus just as the Beta was coming to a close and I pestered a Facebook friend for an invite (who is no longer active here).

Once here I found a great community that wasn't out to maximize friends for digital trinkets in online games or ranting about divisive issues with no hope of rational discourse, instead I found a community of diverse interests and a sincere desire to engage.

I had heard of engagement in social media, but never understood the context before my time on G+. I had control of both my message and who saw it, later I had control of how I saw others presenting their own messages.

Since I have been here I have been a part of helping others in real life through donations, wish lists, social activism, teaching, learning,  debates and live discussions in the hangout feature.

I have been able to share with others the audio-visual peeks into my little corner of the world and others have inspired me to share parts of my life I would have never shared in other outlets.

What Google+ Means to Me: The Story of Matthew Rappaport  - Bayside, New York City, New York, USA +matthew rappaport 

The Google+ Experience has and continues to be all about The People or YOU+ (as I like to post it). There are many social experiences online through many websites that have offered very cool  moments but G+ is the first one where people have gone all out in meeting others & interacting with complete strangers. It didn't take long to find people on the stream and through Hangouts to make the entire PLUSperience become more 4D than any that has come before.

There are no limits on how you can use PLUS and be creative, dive deep in head first showing the world not just your passions & life but YOU+ , your full personality. It's pretty amazing to show the world YOU+ through what you enjoy and easy to pick up on others by what they post, how they are in hangouts and eventually getting to +HIRL  (Hangout in Real Life) with them to make it a FULL, Complete CIRCLE!

I don't just say I have online friends or people I talk to online but I really do have brand new friends as well as people that I've now known over a year that are some of my best friends. There are so many on here with so much to share from art & music to comedy & culinary skills to humanitarian efforts and a whole lot that is nothing short of #awesomesauce !

Each day I'm excited to see what my friends are posting as it leads to discovering new things, new people and what's going on in the world! Nowhere else has people involving people in such a selfless way to really engage and truly mean something more. 

As a new PLUS day came around, I found myself going for it and posting what I wanted to, when I wanted to. People laughed at me for using hashtags, mocked me for not understanding my humor or style and even thought I posted way too much but they were in a minority. It's actually refreshing to have diverse opinions and people not being afraid to express themselves here which is a big part of what makes it great. 

After the beta summer of Google+ and hanging out many hours to the point of seeing the sunrise more than I ever did before before sleeping, I decided to create a Hangout Chat/Interview show called Hangout Conversations w/Matt Rappaport to showcase people I've met on G+ and not just what they do but who they are and to show the world how awesome the entire Hangout / PLUSperience actually is. 

This lead to many G+ Pages and organizing the 1st H.I.R.L. in NYC back in Feb 2012 and just having a second amazing time in August with #nychirl2 . People from Google+ are part of my daily online AND offline life & it has made my world become so much more incredible & Plustastic than ever before! I even had the pleasure of meeting, photowalking , breaking bread & rocking out with the author who is a lot of fun and truly cares with his true dedication here that you can see in his every post and of course, +FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS  FTW! 

I look forward to what's to come and would suggest that you start by posting what you love, resharing stuff that amuses you, searching for keywords that do it for you to find even more people & content to add to your PLUSworld. And.. Definitely HANGOUT! Once you do, you'll be hooked, looped & circled! 

#googleplus   #gplusmeanstome   #whatiloveaboutgplus   #enthusiasm   #mystory  

image | rsablogs.org.uk | Jack Robson___MINIONS

This is what the ploos is all about! :D

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2014-10-19 20:02:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

SEASONAL MINIONS

We acquired these beauties uglies from the thrift shop in Little Man's size. YEAH!

There may be a second trip incoming for the adults. >.>

SEASONAL MINIONS

We acquired these beauties uglies from the thrift shop in Little Man's size. YEAH!

There may be a second trip incoming for the adults. >.>___

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2014-10-18 20:37:06 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

READERS

So this is a thing. I would like to see more of this thing.

Positivity Is Not A Bad Thing - Project Hieroglyph's Push For Positive Science Fiction

In the last couple of decades the tone of science fiction has been over­whelm­ingly pessimistic. There's a cultural notion of late that it's more real­istic to portray every­thing as going wrong and being bad. Because that's what life is.

Except it isn't.

http://www.eoghann.com/positivity-bad-thing-project-hieroglyphs-push-positive-science-fiction___READERS

So this is a thing. I would like to see more of this thing.

2014-10-18 01:21:17 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

SHENANOWRIMOGANS

I decided for this year's NaNo I wasn't going to do a serious story. Why? Because I tend to overthink something I think will be a precious masterpiece later, and therefore don't write very much.

So what should I write?

#RiosWrites  
#shenanowrimogans  
#nanowrimo  
#nanowrimo2014  

SHENANOWRIMOGANS

I decided for this year's NaNo I wasn't going to do a serious story. Why? Because I tend to overthink something I think will be a precious masterpiece later, and therefore don't write very much.

So what should I write?

#RiosWrites  
#shenanowrimogans  
#nanowrimo  
#nanowrimo2014  ___

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2014-10-17 16:43:16 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Random LOLs

::dies::

Soooooooo apparently Jimmy Fallon's Ew! (feat. Will.i.am) hit #26 on the Billboard Hot 100, which means Ryan Seacrest has to play it on his show.

LOL WITH ME___Random LOLs

::dies::

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2014-10-17 15:32:39 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

SHENANOWRIMOGANS

So apparently I only reshared this to my circles last night when I meant to do it publicly. Boo.

Anyway, 31 people in the circle now. GET ME TO 100 AND I WILL POST MY WRITING PUBLICLY.

SHENANOWRIMOGANS

I haven't heard much outta you future Wrimos for this year's #NaNoWriMo  challenge. 

Perhaps if 100 uniquely individual people come forth and commit to the insanity in these here comments (and buddy list me, you silly things), I might do something insane myself in November, like post each day's writing for all the internet to see.

Just a thought. ;)

http://nanowrimo.org/participants/sassee

#nanowrimo2014  
#shenanowrimogans  
#rioswrites  
#shenanigans  ___SHENANOWRIMOGANS

So apparently I only reshared this to my circles last night when I meant to do it publicly. Boo.

Anyway, 31 people in the circle now. GET ME TO 100 AND I WILL POST MY WRITING PUBLICLY.

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2014-10-17 14:53:27 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Sarah Is Weird

This cracks me up for reasons I can't articulate.

Also, just so you all know, I will someday own a hilariously small car like this, in some kind of eye-searing color. It will happen. Mark my words.

Sarah Is Weird

This cracks me up for reasons I can't articulate.

Also, just so you all know, I will someday own a hilariously small car like this, in some kind of eye-searing color. It will happen. Mark my words.___

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2014-10-15 07:46:58 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

LINK DUMP

Part 1. So I can get some of these tabs out of the way.

https://www.stonetemple.com/ello-the-complete-guide-to-the-ad-free-social-network/

http://riosfan.tumblr.com/post/94791133062/voidbat-utteranonymity-fun-little-trick-i

http://riosfan.tumblr.com/post/97389858112/if-anyone-slaps-you-on-the-right-cheek-turn-to-them

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/10/10/germany_college_is_free_there_even_for_foreign_students_why.html

http://io9.com/robert-downey-jr-may-set-up-civil-war-in-captain-ameri-1645993876 (!!!!!)

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-defense-of-obama-20141008

https://positively.com/contributors/are-domestic-dogs-losing-the-ability-to-get-along-with-each-other/

http://mathsclass.net/comments/maths-symbols-in-word-mac

LINK DUMP

Part 1. So I can get some of these tabs out of the way.

https://www.stonetemple.com/ello-the-complete-guide-to-the-ad-free-social-network/

http://riosfan.tumblr.com/post/94791133062/voidbat-utteranonymity-fun-little-trick-i

http://riosfan.tumblr.com/post/97389858112/if-anyone-slaps-you-on-the-right-cheek-turn-to-them

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/10/10/germany_college_is_free_there_even_for_foreign_students_why.html

http://io9.com/robert-downey-jr-may-set-up-civil-war-in-captain-ameri-1645993876 (!!!!!)

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/in-defense-of-obama-20141008

https://positively.com/contributors/are-domestic-dogs-losing-the-ability-to-get-along-with-each-other/

http://mathsclass.net/comments/maths-symbols-in-word-mac___

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2014-10-14 23:53:37 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

MATHS

Here we go. My ridiculous attempt at studying via telling/teaching to someone else.

This is everything I have to know for the test I'm taking tomorrow over chapters 7 and 8 (that everyone else took last Thursday when we were on the cruise). Nope, I do not get to use notecards or a cheat sheet. I get to recall all of it from memory! After a week of no practice!

The picture of the unit circle is included for your reference, and even though it's from previous chapters, I still need to recall all of it from memory in order to apply the values to what I'm writing below.

I'm pretty sure our teacher hates us.

Chapter 7 Stuff:
Otherwise known as, let's see how many formulas we can cram into one chapter.

Pythagorean Identities
sin²α + cos²α = 1
tan²α + 1 = sec²α
1 + cot²α =csc²α
more »

MATHS

Here we go. My ridiculous attempt at studying via telling/teaching to someone else.

This is everything I have to know for the test I'm taking tomorrow over chapters 7 and 8 (that everyone else took last Thursday when we were on the cruise). Nope, I do not get to use notecards or a cheat sheet. I get to recall all of it from memory! After a week of no practice!

The picture of the unit circle is included for your reference, and even though it's from previous chapters, I still need to recall all of it from memory in order to apply the values to what I'm writing below.

I'm pretty sure our teacher hates us.

Chapter 7 Stuff:
Otherwise known as, let's see how many formulas we can cram into one chapter.

Pythagorean Identities
sin²α + cos²α = 1
tan²α + 1 = sec²α
1 + cot²α = csc²α

Sum/Difference Identities
sin(α+β) = sinα•cosβ+cosα•sinβ
sin(α-β) = sinα•cosβ-cosα•sinβ
cos(α+β) = cosα•cosβ-sinα•sinβ
cos(α-β) = cosα•cosβ+sinα•sinβ

Cofunction Identities
sin(α) = cos(π/2 - α)
cos(α) = sin(π/2 - α)
csc(α) = sec(π/2 - α)
sec(α) = csc(π/2 - α)
tan(α) = cot(π/2 - α)
cot(α) = tan(π/2 - α)

Double Angle Identities
sin(2α) = 2sinαcosα
cos(2α) = cos²α - sin²α
cos(2α) = 2cos²α - 1
cos(2α) = 1 - 2sin²α

Half Angle Identities
sin(α/2) = +- √[(1-cosα)/2]
cos(α/2) = +- √[(1+cosα)/2]

Trigonomic Inverses
sin⁻¹(α) is an angle in the interval [ - π/2,π/2] (the right half of the unit circle)
cos⁻¹(α) is an angle in the interval [0,π] (the top half of the unit circle)
tan⁻¹(α) is an angle in the interval [ - π/2,π/2] (the right half of the unit circle)
sin(sin⁻¹t) = t
cos(cos⁻¹t) = t
tan(tan⁻¹t) = t
sin⁻¹(sinα) = α if α is on the right half of the unit circle
cos⁻¹(cosα) = α if α is on the top half of the unit circle
tan⁻¹(tanα) = α if α is on the right half of the unit circle

Example problems here are things like:
-- Find the exact value of sin(195°), or cos(19π/12).
-- Find the exact trig values for 2α given sinα = -3/5 and α is in quadrant IV of the unit circle.
-- Find the exact value of sin(165°) using a half angle identity.
-- Prove cos²α • cot²α = cot²α - cos²α
-- Evaluate sin⁻¹(-1/2) or tan⁻¹(√3/3), or cos⁻¹(cos(π/4))
-- Find all solutions for sinα = -√2/2, or cosα•tanα - cosα = 0


Chapter 8 Stuff:
Otherwise known as triangle mania.

Oblique Triangle Classifications
-- AAS (Angle-Angle-Side). Two angles and a triangle and a side opposite one of them are known.
-- ASA (Angle-Side-Angle). Two angles of a triangle and the included side are known.
-- SSA (Side-Side-Angle, aka, ASS). Two sides of a triangle and an angle opposite one of them are known. There may be one solution, two solutions, or no solutions.
-- SAS (Side-Angle-Side). Two sides of a triangle and the included angle are known.
-- SSS (Side-Side-Side). All three sides of the triangle are known.

The Law of Sines
(Note here that angles are A,B,C and sides are a,b,c)
-- sin(A)/a = sin(B)/b = sin(C)/c

Area of a Triangle
-- Area K = 1/2•b•c•sinA = 1/2•a•b•sinC = 1/2•a•c•sinB

Law of Cosines
For any triangle ABC:
-- a² = b² + c² - 2•b•c•cosA
-- b² = a² + c² - 2•a•c•cosB
-- c² = a² + b² - 2•a•b•cosC

Complex Numbers
This is goofy stuff like graphing 4-i. The i denotes the square root of -1. The y axis (vertical) is the imaginary axis, and the x axis (horizontal) is the real axis.

Trigonometric Notation
Note here that a,b are sides, r is the radius, and the theta symbol θ is the angle.
-- a + bi = r•cosθ + i•r•sinθ = r(cosθ + i•sinθ)
-- cosθ = a/r, or a = r•cosθ
-- sinθ = b/r, or b = r•sinθ

Complex Numbers Multiplication/Division
For any complex numbers r₁(cosθ₁ + i•sinθ₁) and r₂(cosθ₂ + i•sinθ₂):
-- Multiplication is r₁(cosθ₁ + i•sinθ₁) • r₂(cosθ₂ + i•sinθ₂) = r₁r₂[cos(θ₁ + θ₂) + i•sin(θ₁ + θ₂)]
-- Division is r₁(cosθ₁ + i•sinθ₁) / r₂(cosθ₂ + i•sinθ₂) = r₁/r₂[cos(θ₁ - θ₂) + i•sin(θ₁ - θ₂)]

DeMoivre's Theorem
For any complex number r(cosθ + i•sinθ) and any natural number n:
-- [r(cosθ + i•sinθ)]ⁿ = rⁿ(cos_n_θ + i•sin_n_θ)

Roots of a Complex Number
Example, using a 360° circle:
-- Find the 8th roots of 1. 1 is considered one round 0 to 360°. So there would be 8 solutions, 45° apart. First solution is 1 (at coordinates 1,0 on the pictured circle), second is at the 45° mark and would be √2/2 + √2/2i, third is i (at coordinates 0,1 on the pictured circle), etc.

Vectors
I'm not entirely sure this is on the test as anything but extra credit, but I'm writing it down anyway because we learnt it.
-- The component form of a vector is found by subtracting the initial point from the terminal point.
-- Example, coordinate G is (- 2,5), C is (- 4,4), so vector GC would be (- 2,5) - (- 4,4) = <2,1>
-- Magnitude of vector is its length.
-- Find direction and magnitude of vector in degrees using all the fun triangle stuff listed above, such as law of sines and cosines.___

2014-10-14 14:25:04 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

I am having a really bad day for various reasons. Cheer me up?

<3

MINIONS

I am having a really bad day for various reasons. Cheer me up?

<3___

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2014-10-12 21:41:45 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

SPOOPY MINIONS

Guys. Hey guys. Hey. Lookit.

SPOOPY MINIONS

Guys. Hey guys. Hey. Lookit.___

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2014-10-12 21:20:02 (21 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

What is this and why am I just now seeing it. No one showed this to me earlier in the year. No one!

Internet, you have failed me.

MINIONS

What is this and why am I just now seeing it. No one showed this to me earlier in the year. No one!

Internet, you have failed me.___

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2014-10-05 16:15:40 (5 comments, 8 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

SCIENCE SUNDAY

Some of these I didn't know. Learn something new every day!

Via +Hayo Jongbloed

What's better than a fact? A fact disproving common but inaccurate "knowledge". You might need to enlarge that image to benefit from it.  One of my favorite: Vikings' didn't wear horned helms...they were created in the 19th century by a costume designer for a Wagner opera.

(src http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/common-mythconceptions-worlds-most-contagious-falsehoods/)___SCIENCE SUNDAY

Some of these I didn't know. Learn something new every day!

Via +Hayo Jongbloed

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2014-10-04 18:25:16 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Sarah Is Weird

Bored at the airport with Nedthing edition.

HOUSTON WE ARE COMING FOR YOU.

Sarah Is Weird

Bored at the airport with Nedthing edition.

HOUSTON WE ARE COMING FOR YOU.___

2014-10-03 18:40:55 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

INGRESS MINIONS

Yo.

Ingress Survey

I am studying +Ingress and its players for my doctoral dissertation and need your help! If you are a player or have ever been one, please participate in my study by taking this survey. It should only take about ten minutes and you get to talk about the game we all love so much. Also, please share and spread this link as far and wide as you can. Ingress is a global phenomenon and I'd like that to be represented in the results.

Thank you!

#ingress   #mobileapps   #gaming   #augmentedreality   #virtualreality   #survey   #research  ___INGRESS MINIONS

Yo.

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2014-10-03 18:31:36 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

+Bliss Morgan behold, the two kinds of chili I made last night.

Both have hamburger, onions, corn, black beans, diced tomatoes, baby portabella mushrooms, green chilies, a few squares of 85% dark chocolate, and half a tablespoon / whole tablespoon of coffee grounds.

The one with carrots also has butternut squash and is seasoned with chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. The other (divided into three 3 qt slow cookers) has green peppers, a cup of salsa, and just had chili powder for seasoning.

Total supplies for ~15 quarts of chili:

6 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans corn
4 cans black beans
2 medium cans diced green chilies
Costco package of fresh mushrooms
2 lb Costco package of chopped butternut squash
Half a huge package of Costco ground beef (which is uh... A lot of pounds? Probably used 3 pounds of 5? The other two pounds got turned into... more »

+Bliss Morgan behold, the two kinds of chili I made last night.

Both have hamburger, onions, corn, black beans, diced tomatoes, baby portabella mushrooms, green chilies, a few squares of 85% dark chocolate, and half a tablespoon / whole tablespoon of coffee grounds.

The one with carrots also has butternut squash and is seasoned with chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. The other (divided into three 3 qt slow cookers) has green peppers, a cup of salsa, and just had chili powder for seasoning.

Total supplies for ~15 quarts of chili:

6 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans corn
4 cans black beans
2 medium cans diced green chilies
Costco package of fresh mushrooms
2 lb Costco package of chopped butternut squash
Half a huge package of Costco ground beef (which is uh... A lot of pounds? Probably used 3 pounds of 5? The other two pounds got turned into taco meat)
3 green peppers, chopped
1 lb package carrots because why not

And like.... That's it. Bam. That'll feed everyone forever. Or for a couple of weeks when paired with rice. Assuming everyone isn't sick of chili by then, but it does freeze well.___

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2014-10-01 19:59:55 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

SOCK MINIONS

Need.

The Socking Dead

For those of you into #SockWars, #HalloweenPreparedness, #Zombocalypse, and general cute, comfortable #Horror, check out this seasonal sale:
http://sockittome.com/all-halloween-socks.html

Via the brilliant +Ann G, who makes some killer sock-slippers herself.___SOCK MINIONS

Need.

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2014-10-01 19:04:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

SOFALOAF

Wishes you to know that her human is crazy for not taking a nap right this moment. Obviously it is nap time on the couch, and how dare you try to do something productive instead of something restful. Silly human.

SOFALOAF

Wishes you to know that her human is crazy for not taking a nap right this moment. Obviously it is nap time on the couch, and how dare you try to do something productive instead of something restful. Silly human.___

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2014-10-01 17:52:54 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

SHENANOWRIMOGANS

Booooooooooks!

via +R.J. Blain

Writers! StoryBundle is running a NaNoWriMo Tools bundle that includes Shadows Beneath: the Writing Excuses Anthology. Lots of great books about writing here! Name your price, DRM-free. http://storybundle.com/nano___SHENANOWRIMOGANS

Booooooooooks!

via +R.J. Blain

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2014-09-30 06:39:39 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

HOLY SHITBALLS

My accelerated To-Do for this week, because 7 day cruise:

Giant Pile of Laundry
Math Ch 7.4 homework (18 questions)
Math Ch 7.5 homework (10 questions)
Math Ch 7 Quiz (10 questions)
Math Ch 8.1 homework (10 questions)
Replace garage door handle
Actually put a door handle on the storage room door
Pack for cruise: checked bag + carry on
Make notecards for Chemistry test (x2)
Take Chemistry test
Math Ch 8.2 homework (10 questions)
Math Ch 8.3 homework (18 questions)
Math Ch 8.5 homework (9 questions)
Math Ch 8.6 homework (17 questions)
Math Ch 8 Quiz (10 questions)
Study for Math test Ch 7,8
Take Math test (a full week ahead of everyone else because we're gonna be gone ugh)
Quick clean: TV Room, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen
Deep clean: Bathroom, Kid's Room, Our... more »

HOLY SHITBALLS

My accelerated To-Do for this week, because 7 day cruise:

Giant Pile of Laundry
Math Ch 7.4 homework (18 questions)
Math Ch 7.5 homework (10 questions)
Math Ch 7 Quiz (10 questions)
Math Ch 8.1 homework (10 questions)
Replace garage door handle
Actually put a door handle on the storage room door
Pack for cruise: checked bag + carry on
Make notecards for Chemistry test (x2)
Take Chemistry test
Math Ch 8.2 homework (10 questions)
Math Ch 8.3 homework (18 questions)
Math Ch 8.5 homework (9 questions)
Math Ch 8.6 homework (17 questions)
Math Ch 8 Quiz (10 questions)
Study for Math test Ch 7,8
Take Math test (a full week ahead of everyone else because we're gonna be gone ugh)
Quick clean: TV Room, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen
Deep clean: Bathroom, Kid's Room, Our Room
Grocery shopping for Mom
Make giant pot of chili
Buy dog food and diapers
Pack kids stuff
Change cat litter
Car and car seat swap
Last minute laundry
Chemistry Ch 5 Homework
Little Man to gymnastics
Print workouts
Triple check the list because omg

All must be done by Saturday morning. HALP.___

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2014-09-29 20:49:00 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

COLORADO MINIONS

So it hailed a little bit here. You?

COLORADO MINIONS

So it hailed a little bit here. You?___

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2014-09-29 15:48:48 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

PSA

I meant to post this 4 days ago when it was originally written and I keep getting distracted SO HERE YOU GO HERE IT IS HAVE A THING.

PSA

I meant to post this 4 days ago when it was originally written and I keep getting distracted SO HERE YOU GO HERE IT IS HAVE A THING.___

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2014-09-26 16:00:57 (19 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

PUMPKIN SPICE MINIONS

I almost bought a bag. I still might purely out of curiosity.

PUMPKIN SPICE MINIONS

I almost bought a bag. I still might purely out of curiosity.___

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2014-09-26 14:41:20 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

FOODIES

::flails::

Feast your eyes on this unique fall-friendly treat: Pumpkin-Chipotle Waffles http://bit.ly/1t1VbSf!

Would you try a savory waffle like this? Take it to the comments. ___FOODIES

::flails::

2014-09-26 14:39:09 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Dear Internets,

What is ELLA ELLO and why do I not have an invite?

Awaiting Inclusion,

Rios

Dear Internets,

What is ELLA ELLO and why do I not have an invite?

Awaiting Inclusion,

Rios___

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2014-09-26 13:53:52 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Random LOLs

via +Katey Springle Lempka

From our classical line of high-quality memes for you, the discerning listener. </nprVoice>___Random LOLs

via +Katey Springle Lempka

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2014-09-26 02:25:30 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Random Post Is Random


LAST WEEK:

Little Man: Daddy I have white teeth, right?

Nedthing: You do! And what are your teeth used for?

Little Man: They're used to eat ice cream!


TONIGHT:

Little Man: Momma, we don't have any money, right?

Me: Well honey, daddy gets paid tomorrow so we'll have a little bit of money.

Little Man (totally innocent): We have money for ice cream, right?


...I admire your determination, Little Man.

......... And now I too want the ice cream. >.>

Random Post Is Random


LAST WEEK:

Little Man: Daddy I have white teeth, right?

Nedthing: You do! And what are your teeth used for?

Little Man: They're used to eat ice cream!


TONIGHT:

Little Man: Momma, we don't have any money, right?

Me: Well honey, daddy gets paid tomorrow so we'll have a little bit of money.

Little Man (totally innocent): We have money for ice cream, right?


...I admire your determination, Little Man.

......... And now I too want the ice cream. >.>___

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2014-09-25 03:13:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

READER MINIONS

Found this at the library and checked it out to read to Little Man. It's pretty great! Does anyone have any recommendations for something similarly fun (and diverse)?

READER MINIONS

Found this at the library and checked it out to read to Little Man. It's pretty great! Does anyone have any recommendations for something similarly fun (and diverse)?___

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2014-09-25 02:33:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

Excellent analysis. I must now go watch that movie again.

#founditontumblr

MINIONS

Excellent analysis. I must now go watch that movie again.

#founditontumblr___

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2014-09-24 22:58:37 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

SHENANOWRIMOGANS

Mental prep, engage!

#writersblock
#nanowrimo

A NaNoWriMo 2014 Post -- Writing through troubled times (AKA 'writer's block'

I'm jumping the shark. Maybe I should have found a picture of a shark jumping at a helicopter, which in turn is being chased by a blue whale... in space.

If you just stopped and wondered at that imagery, allow me to welcome you to the brain space of someone who has participated in NaNoWriMo successfully a few too many times.

Things like this happen when words won't come--and I need words to happen. Random, silly, never-will-see-the-final-product additions to help blow through trouble scenes.

In Winter Wolf, there is a chapter that has caused me nothing but problems. They (the chapters) are all in my head and more than a few area already on notebook paper, but it was brutally slow to write. What should have only taken my an afternoon took me three days--writing word by painful word. I understand the whole bleeding on the page thing with this chapter. It's my bane.

But if there's one thing I've learned from NaNoWriMo, it's how to write through troubled times. Each writer has a different way of pushing through difficult times. For me, it happens at least once each and every book--usually in a scene critical to a character's development.
Here is how I handle writing through troubled times. These are my tips and tricks to keep words flowing, even if it takes an hour to get out 200 words. There's no shame in writing slow, so long as you write. Remember that: If you're stringing words together, you'll get through the trouble spots. It's inevitable.

Even if it means you write at a snail's pace.

Here's what I do... and my suggestions to you, if this is a problem you're having.

Warning: Foul language ahead.

Step One: Identify the Problem.

The instant I start writing at a snail's pace--which means, an hour of writing with less than 500 words to show for my efforts--I take a look at what I'm doing. I'm a slow writer at times, so 500 words in an hour isn't uncommon for me. But, 500 words in an hour is the slowest I should be going. If I'm going any slower than that, there's something wrong.

I usually average closer to 1,000 in an hour. I can spike up to 2,000 an hour in some circumstances. In recent days, my best has been 3,000 in an hour, and I was transcribing without doing much editorial. (Once upon a time, I could write a lot faster, but... it was garbage.)

The key to being able to do this is to understand how you write--know yourself, your habits, and where you should be. If you write slow by nature, then there's probably nothing wrong if you're writing slow now. But if you're writing slower than normal, that's when you look to see why you're writing slow.

What people like to call 'writer's block' is usually a symptom of a problem in the story: Faulty character development, a plot hole, that sort of thing. So, take a look at your habits and what you're writing--and learn to identify the problem.

And yes, being lazy is a problem. To that I say, "Shut the fuck up and write."

We all need a kick in the ass sometimes.

Step Two: Fix the Problem

Knowing what's wrong is only part of the battle--it's up to you to do something about it. If you're being lazy, the answer is as I said above... and only you can motivate yourself. Posters with fancy sayings aren't going to do it. You are.

If you want to succeed at NaNoWriMo--or writing anything, for that matter--get used to the idea.

If you have a plot hole, either identify the hole and write notes on how to fix it or go ahead and fix it. But either way, eliminate whatever is stopping you from writing. If you have a broken character, make a note--and keep writing. It's okay to dramatically shift a character's personality midway through. You'll fix it during the editorial phase. But in the first draft? Your draft zero? You're learning your character. You might even be learning about yourself.

If you feel you must cut text, open a new file, cut the text there, keep it, and resume writing. When you take your daily NaNoWriMo word count, include that text. You wrote it during November. It counts.

If you're telling yourself the writing isn't good enough, I have one thing to say: "Shut the fuck up and write."

Good or bad isn't even a factor when writing. Just do it.

There is a time to make bad writing good or great--during editorial. 

This is actually hard, convincing yourself to write without worrying about the quality, but you have to motivate yourself. Once again, a pretty poster with some fancy text isn't going to give you the ability to sit down and write. You are. It's tough love, but someone has to tell the truth. You are the only person who can help you write. Once you're trying to improve your skills, you'll need the help of others, be it writing partners and editors, but they can't force you to write. You can, though.

So shut the fuck up and go write.

I tell myself this fairly frequently, by the way. Especially when I'm feeling lazy. And it works, it really does.

Step Three: Write.

Once you've finished your psychological warfare with yourself, go write.

That's it. Just write.

At the end of the day, be it a plot hole, a character development issue, or just not liking a scene, if you aren't writing, all you are doing is making excuses.

So stop making them and write.

You might surprise yourself with how much you get done if you really try instead of making up a list of stupid reasons about why you aren't writing.

Writing is hard, but once you're in the habit of writing, and once you're in the habit of ignoring the things distracting you, it gets much easier.

Go write.___SHENANOWRIMOGANS

Mental prep, engage!

#writersblock
#nanowrimo

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2014-09-24 00:58:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

This desk is magical.

as;dlkfja;lfkhwcoi;jwfjhajwo[vi'w~!!~!!~!!1!!!eleventy!!!!!___MINIONS

This desk is magical.

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2014-09-22 22:21:00 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

OCEANIC MINIONS

Behold, the Kraken.

via +Yonatan Zunger 


This nightmarish maw is the beak of a female colossal squid, one that weighed 770 lbs (350 kg), measured nearly 11.5 feet long ( 3.5 m) and was recently dissected by scientists during a live webcast from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand. The squid was found by Captain John Bennett and his crew in Antarctic waters back in December 2013. She’s only the second intact colossal squid specimen ever recovered, providing an extraordinary opportunity for scientists to learn more about this mysterious species.

Colossal squid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossal_squid

The squid’s eyes measured nearly 14 inches in diameter. The better to see you with, my dear. She also had three hearts, all the better to love you to tiny, bite-size pieces.

Article and additional images Business Insider, courtesy of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa:
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/big-beautiful-pictures-of-a-rare-intact-colossal-squid-being-dissected-in-new-zealand-2014-9/#ixzz3DUrzYiss

Click to watch the entire dissection (3:37:41)
Science Live: Colossal Squid

Image: Colossal Squid YouTube/Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

.___OCEANIC MINIONS

Behold, the Kraken.

via +Yonatan Zunger 

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2014-09-22 14:33:50 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

MINIONS

All of this. All of it. Be free.

via +Cindy Grotz

"Men, I would like to give this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too. To date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society. I’ve seen young men suffering from illness, unable to ask for help for fear it will make them less of a man. I’ve seen men fragile and insecure by what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality, either. We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. When they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence. If men don’t have to be aggressive, women won’t be compelled to be submissive. If men don’t need to control, women won’t have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom. I want men to take up this mantle so their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human, too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves." —Emma Watson's speech at UN Women’s HeForShe launch in NYC___MINIONS

All of this. All of it. Be free.

via +Cindy Grotz

2014-09-21 04:04:55 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

HELP

Someone point me in the direction of the appropriate help page for Google voice / hangouts.

I saw the option to merge Google voice with hangouts and gleefully enabled it because I had Google voice forwarding notifications there anyway. Now I can't send SMS messages without it either 1) sending it from my Google voice number by default which I don't want it to do because it won't send pictures right (I did figure out how to fix that in settings, at least) or 2) it sends text-only messages TWICE, once from my Sprint number and once from my Google voice number. (I'm actually not sure if the person on the other end gets two texts but it doubles up in my hangouts window and that's not cool. Screen shot can be provided.)

Main gripe: I also no longer have the option of switching between hangouts (live convo) or SMS (regular texting) in my... more »

HELP

Someone point me in the direction of the appropriate help page for Google voice / hangouts.

I saw the option to merge Google voice with hangouts and gleefully enabled it because I had Google voice forwarding notifications there anyway. Now I can't send SMS messages without it either 1) sending it from my Google voice number by default which I don't want it to do because it won't send pictures right (I did figure out how to fix that in settings, at least) or 2) it sends text-only messages TWICE, once from my Sprint number and once from my Google voice number. (I'm actually not sure if the person on the other end gets two texts but it doubles up in my hangouts window and that's not cool. Screen shot can be provided.)

Main gripe: I also no longer have the option of switching between hangouts (live convo) or SMS (regular texting) in my individual conversations. Whatever I was using before, that's what I'm stuck with. Hella annoying, obviously.

Is there a way to revert back to how it was, and if not, how do I fix the settings to be as flexible as they were before, and if that's not an option yet when will that option be made available? I really don't wish to cancel Google voice.___

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