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Mike Spinak has been at 7 events

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Isabelle Fortin26,489It is time again, ladies !! The Official G+ *"Ladies Of Movember"*  started 2 Years ago, some of us ladies wanted to show our support for #movember and as we cannot grow Moustaches, we thought maybe we can post our pictures with fake ones  The success of the event was so phenomenal it's time to do it for the 3rd year !  thank you so much for all your photos and messages. This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics, I have created a donation page called "Ladies Of Movember" for Canada you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortin Please don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤  Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember 20142014-11-01 05:00:00178  
Billy Wilson1,546,108Joined by: -Photographer @110334215429099763864 (http://google.com/+laurierubin) who'll talk about Wildlife/Zoo Photography. -YouTuber/YouNower @102038424961939040787 (https://youtube.com/eugeniacooney). -Author & YouNower @116718646765125511655 (http://amzn.com/B00B0JP38Y). -Writer & Musician @113249697464941249341 (http://google.com/+CecileeLinke) finishing the last 16 minutes of the hour off with some live music. The show is live on Friday at 10pm Eastern here & on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Reprda1niY4 (time zone converter http://goo.gl/3itW5). @108595299975404341987 brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH Find Me Elsewhere:  Google+: https://google.com/+billywilson Twitter: https://twitter.com/BillyWilson14 Facebook: http://facebook.com/BillyWilsond   Photography: http://flickr.com/photos/billy_wilson/sets Site/Blog: http://thebillywilson.com Help support me, my family, projects, & show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/billywilson or Donate on Paypal: https://paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E74U8G8TZKYDJ #TSBW#94 Fun Discussion & Live Music from Cecilee Linke2014-01-18 04:00:0061  
Heidi Anne Morris64,366Hi Folks :) Everyone welcome here !! I thought we could have a little fun now that the G+ Events allow you to post video links - SO NO PHOTOS IN THIS EVENT please - +YouTube video's only! Share your favourite songs - share your own music - share you singing! If you do decide to post please just do one thing, add a comment to describe the sort of music you are posting - i.e. rock, classical, acoustic. If the tune means something special to you, share your story ♥  :)  *Just for fun*  :) and to test out the new feature !  *HOW TO POST A TUNE* go to the event - click on video icon - search for tune ! :)) or paste in a link  x All my best Heidi The Favourite Tunes Of Heidi Anne Morris & Friends2013-12-19 09:30:0018  
Isabelle Fortin26,489Hello again !! Last year, some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow Moustaches, we thought maybe we can *post our pictures with fake ones*  The success of the event was so phenomenal it's time to do it all over again  !  thank you so much for all your photos and messages. This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics, I have created a donation page called "Ladies Of Movember" you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortin Please don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤  Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember ... Part 2 !2013-11-01 05:00:00259  
martin shervington1,083,183In this interview with the brightest chap on the subject, I ad going to be asking every question I've wanted to ask Mark for months! We should all get the most understanding on this whole subject area in a rapid fire, energetic and dense 30-40 minute session. Content will include... What is ‘authorship’? How do you set authorship up? (G+ account, website, publishers) What is the benefit of setting it up? Can a business Page have authorship? What is ‘rel publisher’ all about? What is PageRank? (simple version!) Is this all about ‘relevance’? How do the people you to whom you are connected matter now? What advice would you give to: a) an individual, and  b) a business to get it all set up! See you all there :DJust about everything you need to know about 'authorship', 'author rank' and 'social SEO', with Mark Traphagen2013-03-30 18:00:0094  
Billy Wilson1,546,108Thank you for all of the support each week during my weekly G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 ! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining us Nature Photographer @116043947632177598920; Photographer and Blogger @104987932455782713675; Photographer @110573952887886961621 who'll be showing us some behind the scenes for his Scavenger Hunt photos; Photographer @104635450513456833657; Photographer @107958599012052618167; Social Media Editor for @107462556458861279431 @117660105917761371824; and Special Musical Guest @104512939554821050751 ! The show will be embedded on this event where you can watch and chat with us and other people watching the show, the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can get reminders about the show if you RVSP by saying you're "Going". @111188574736819390850 loves to share screenshots of himself posted to the event!  You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW Variety Show #34: Photography, Thomas Hawk, SURFER Magazine, and Live Music from Danni Rosner ! (On Air Hangout)2012-11-24 04:00:00110  
Mark Forman63,053This event is for a shot taken on the street that you feel conveys they humanity of the person photographed. Please comment on others photos liberally. Limit 1 per day.Feel the Person on the Street-1 photo per day!2012-08-31 15:00:00230  

Mike Spinak has been shared in 468 public circles

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Simon Weiner6,5831.38 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #hillaryclinton   #president   #hillary2016  2015-05-05 13:44:31482003
Colin Wilson24,548This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#cultures #It #speculatethat #by #Bcattlweralready #domesticatein #Nort #sex #SaharaNilcomplex #peopldomesticatemany #animals #includin #donkey #ansmalscrewhornegoat #whic #common #from #AlgerNubiIn #year #B #climat #Saharstartbecomdrier #at #an #exceedingly #fast #pacTclimatchangcauselakes #anrivers #shrinsignificantly #ancauseincreasindesertification2015-05-01 11:13:53494212731
Gailen Mapes86,076Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 26 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-04-26 10:32:41188000
Ryan Johnson30,894This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#topsharedcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #myseoissocial #besocial #socializethesocial #trust #circles #circleshare #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #socialnetworking #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #googleplus #communities #topsocialcircle #influencers #influencer2015-04-25 11:56:05491023
Simon Weiner6,3271.22 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #hillaryclinton   #president   #hillary2016  2015-04-18 05:38:07346011
Colin Wilson23,790This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#school #thought #Carvaka #preached #enjoyment #material #world #religions #Hinduism #Buddhism #Jainism #d #Sikhism #originated #South #particularly #Japan #Prize #Physicsfor #his #work #scattering #light #discovery #effect #named #after #himAmartya #Sen #born #November #an #Indian #economist #who #was #awarded #Nobel 2015-04-17 11:13:19428181231
Tourej Ansari44,306In this circle are people included, who has already shared an own public #circle with interesting profiles.Please add me to your circles and share this circle! #Phoenix   #Arizona  2015-04-08 06:01:54191011
Neil Bailey14,659If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately. Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#financial #centers #Due #to #its #large #and #extremely #competitive #information #technology #industry #India #has #become #a #major #hub #for #outsourcingIn #Asia #had #million #millionaires #people #with #net #worth #over #US$ #million #excluding #their #homes #slightly 2015-04-06 07:35:29474191330
Simon Weiner6,0021.12 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2015-04-04 07:18:58498001
Gailen Mapes85,014Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 26 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-03-26 10:26:58194000
Wayne Marinovich28,496Writers / Authors / Publishers / Bloggers circleTime to share one of my favourite circles. It has grown quite a bit in the past few months and I will be starting a second one because I am on the 500 mark here. Let me know if you want to be included.Please share to pass on the love. Thanks and write well.2015-03-25 08:21:36499000
Walter Soestbergen76,467✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯This is the 1st #Birds4All circle share for 2015.This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Birds photographers circleSharing is not required but is highly appreciated when this is doneIf you want to share your photos with the +Birds4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Birds4All by +113942799549327773662 & +115533614048623021648 (+114469338382698658494)You can find the Bird4all communitie here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117152286456045395241 which is greatly maintained by  +Jane Floor with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergen2015-03-18 20:01:56320924093
Kenneth Nicholson21,985This circle contains people who are very active on Google+People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with youIf you want to continue or wish to get in the next version please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#circlesharing #publiccircle #border #between #Asia #and #the #loosely #defined #region #of #Oceania #is #usually #contention #about #what #it #means #Asia #is #larger #and #more #culturally #diverse #than #Europe #It #does #not #exactly #correspond #to #the 2015-03-18 07:21:08428224
Dylan Cuffy21,984#WhatLiesAground To begin this morning's run, a replacement version of Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. As I explained in yesterday's posts, a certain site known as AndroidDissected recently rebranded into +TechDissected, shuttering their old G+ page in the process. Thanks to some detective work with Google search, I went forward to patch things up.And now you know, folks! Stay tuned in the next few days for the "Fab 500 Actives", generated with +Circloscope.(For +Amig Von Hallen, CS&M owner +AyJay Schibig, and circle guru +Stephan Klimmeck)----Original version:https://plus.google.com/103283675665371670119/posts/Ff3BpgYZopK2015-03-07 14:40:1150011911
Allan watson22,056Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-03-04 06:00:51490181430
Noah Wesley21,014Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-03-02 11:28:56495232641
Gailen Mapes79,441Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 29 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-28 13:38:27194517
Dylan Cuffy21,408#WhatLiesAground Welcome, one and all, to the final edition of Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Luckily enough, no account of significance has gone away.As I continue wrapping things up in my old quarters, say hello to our last 25 (all of whom I found on G+ comments and posts alike). This list took me less than 40 minutes to compile (with the help of +All my +), and does not include members in the just launched follow-up, Fab 3.• +Manish Singh-SEO, +Sachin Saroj, and +Rainbow Craft™ 2015 (who requested inclusion, last we met at CS&M)• Four furry artists: +Marquis The Eevee (whose work is reminiscent of "RoareyRaccoon's"), +Scarlett Wolf  (via +Artix the Inheritor at Furry+), +ApolloWolf Productions (via +Harold Gardner), and +Haz Fox (who just approached 100 followers lately; via a Furry+ post of his)• +Radim Kacer (from the Czech Republic; via G+'s personalised circle recommendations)• +Ross University School of Medicine (in Portsmouth, Dominica)• +Johannes Kleiber (from Germany; via the Hot stream)• As seen on the Explore stream: +Sherrie Lacritz (relative newcomer from South Carolina), +Andrésy 2015-02-25 07:46:3950011720
Dylan Cuffy21,158#WhatLiesAground And without further ado...Welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. As two accounts (Patsy Priebe and Hanna Lynn) went away since my last update, I've had to bring in +Sean Cushing​ and +Crimson Star​ to keep things fresh. Again, consider yourselves welcome!As I mentioned yesterday in another post, our last 25 members are on the way—and I only have ten days to choose carefully and cautiously. In addition to the ones I mentioned above, say hello to:• The +Circloscope​ team (whose tool I'll use to generate a fresh new list of active Fab members next month)• +Gernot Glaeser​ and +蕭文男​/Xiāo Wénnán (from my recent follower queue)• +Isabel Merchan​ (via +Brian Gill​)• +Gregory Colbert​ (no relation to elephant champion Stephen) and +VICENTE PEÑARROJA APARICI​ (via G+'s personalised circle suggestions)• +David Marx​ (no relation to '80s hitmaker Richard), +Christian Rogers​, +PHOTOMENTARY by Nikon​, +Lena Levin​, and +Paul L​ (via the Hot stream)• +Jørgen Jensen​ and +2015-02-18 06:36:25475131421
Dylan Cuffy20,967#WhatLiesAground And welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. This new version arrives over one month later than estimated; blame it on keeping up with +Daniel Stock's team back last holiday season.Alas, giving you a full list of whom I've circled in the interim will take me hours to compile. So as it stands, special greetings go out to these select newcomers:• +Larry Fournillier (out of Trinidad and Tobago)• +Anthony Deane (out of Barbados)• +Jerry Blank (my last circle addition of 2014)• +R.G Kirk (follower #20,000 of mine de facto; Australian poet)• Tsū network members +Sylvia Sotuyo (CC0 supporter, just like me), +Phil Aston (Cornwall photographer), +Adriana Popovici (recommended by +Daniel Mihai Popescu), and +Linda Lee Williams (fellow author)• +Sarah Draws cartoons and +Leah Winchell (thanks for your takes on Samson Dixwell!)• +Hannah Heath (thanks for the guide to character development!)• +Author and Illustrator Rosemary Wells (creator of Timothy Goes to School and Max & Ruby; sending you a licensing request e-mail anytime soon)• +Russell Gould2015-02-07 21:39:4645051512
George Clark15,373Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:*1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-05 06:07:22430121220
Gailen Mapes75,974Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-30 11:36:2119010518
Allan watson17,849Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-01-14 07:17:56375201330
AyJay Schibig83,736AWESOME CIRCLE 1.12.15 by  +AyJay Schibig My 1st circle share of 2015!  Please ReShare.Some  Awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to enhance your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-01-13 05:02:54485685191
Becky Collins21,423Photographers 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 ?2015-01-09 05:11:154345210
Doce Mel975Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   2015-01-08 20:56:11501568
John Cleese9,872Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:18494292344
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:06:41500324
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-01 ------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2015-01-05 06:05:005005415
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:03:49500216
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-1 -------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:02:39500327
Amanda Maria226▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂HERE'S VERSION 88-A OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED THURSDAY 1/1/2015▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-02 20:35:39501358
Doce Mel440AQUI ESTÁ VERSÃO 87-B ao meu círculo pública compartilhada ATUALIZADO sábado 2014/12/27 ▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔ Vamos quebrar 500 partes novamente e manter o ritmo! Estes são os melhores dos melhores Engagers de todas as esferas da vida. Dê a si mesmo um pouco de diversidade e adicionar estas grandes pessoas aos seus círculos. ➤ Para ser adicionado para a próxima ação, siga estes simples passos: 1) Adicionar o círculo 2) Além disso, o post original 3) Compartilhe o círculo publicamente (e com os seus círculos / círculos estendidos) 4) Comente sobre o post original quando completa #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmediaMostrar menos2014-12-30 18:24:02501636
Ikoupi1,142Circle share by +Ikoupi #circleshare         #circlesharing       #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #circles   #topcircles   #bestcircles   #engagedcircles 2014-12-30 18:01:58248211324
Anton Danilov927Public Shared Circle #25Reshare or if you want to be included in next circles#Bosmolcircle #GrowthCircle  #TopEngagers  #Sharers  #circleshare #circlesharing  #TheHood #Cicle #SharedCircle  #CicleOfDay  #Circles #SharedPublicCircles   #Engagers   #SocialMedia   #EngagersCircle  #Google #SharedCircleOfTheDay   #Shared   #SEO   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Marketing  #Google+ #SharingCircles   #PublicCicle   #SharedCircle   #Engagement2014-12-30 14:50:00247332135
Gailen Mapes74,659Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-30 11:55:1419315410
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Holger Fährmann17,375Christmas Release of "PHOTOGRAPHER CIRCLE Vol. 1".Only handpicked photographers from all over the world. Add and share if you like.Thanks for commenting, sharing and pluses my posts. Have a nice christmas time!!! #photography   #photographer   #photographers   #photographersongoogle+   #photographersongoogleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  2014-12-22 15:24:37501000
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Benjamin Davis2,983 This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-12-15 12:50:43500141528
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Becky Collins19,795Creative 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 ?2014-12-15 05:19:45444139
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2015-04-23 18:00:39 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Here's a thoughtful article about a few of the issues with taking the position that God directs evolution.

Cheers.

Most reshares: 5

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2015-03-28 20:30:15 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This is neat. Enjoy.

Most plusones: 123

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2015-04-17 03:49:00 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

I got back from a brief trip to Yosemite, yesterday. Here's a 300 or so degree phone camera panorama of Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge.

For those who want to know about conditions:

Cool and breezy, with no clouds in the sky. A bit dry, but the waterfalls are flowing (though they're wispy), and there are some nice patches of greenery. No snow in the valley. Some patches of snow on the way to Glacier Point. (The road there is open.) It is perhaps a bit early for the dogwood, but there are many patches of dogwood blooming spectacularly. The redbud is mostly past its prime.

And the Park Service apparently opened Tioga Pass immediately after we left. 

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2015-05-24 04:13:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This was interesting and worthwhile, particularly in regard to the role of meaning in remembering and learning. 

This also fits in well with what I've been writing in Notes for Aspiring Photographers.

Thank you, +Renata Davidson, for bringing this to my attention.

This was interesting and worthwhile, particularly in regard to the role of meaning in remembering and learning. 

This also fits in well with what I've been writing in Notes for Aspiring Photographers.

Thank you, +Renata Davidson, for bringing this to my attention.___

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2015-05-22 04:07:34 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

As some of you have probably already figured out from pictures such as this one, I have a fascination with sleeping animals and people. I like the way that certain aspects of them fall away and others shine through. I find sleeping people and animals lovely.

For a while now, I've wanted to do a project photographing people sleeping in public places. I see them often – on the train, on the beach, on the lawn at the park, in cafés, etc. Just a little while ago there were two people wonderfully sprawled, sleeping in chairs at the library. 

I'm concerned that some of these people might be bothered with me making photos of them sleeping, and then likely posting them all over the internet, perhaps selling fine art prints, and maybe a collection of them in a photo art book. So, I'm wondering if I should embark upon such a project – and if yes, how I should handle it.... more »

As some of you have probably already figured out from pictures such as this one, I have a fascination with sleeping animals and people. I like the way that certain aspects of them fall away and others shine through. I find sleeping people and animals lovely.

For a while now, I've wanted to do a project photographing people sleeping in public places. I see them often – on the train, on the beach, on the lawn at the park, in cafés, etc. Just a little while ago there were two people wonderfully sprawled, sleeping in chairs at the library. 

I'm concerned that some of these people might be bothered with me making photos of them sleeping, and then likely posting them all over the internet, perhaps selling fine art prints, and maybe a collection of them in a photo art book. So, I'm wondering if I should embark upon such a project – and if yes, how I should handle it.

I'm thinking I should print up some messages, letting folks know I made fine art photos of them while they were sleeping, and letting them know how to contact me if there's anything they'd like to discuss. I could put these notes on or near these people while they sleep, after I make my photos and before I leave.

What do you think? Should I proceed with this project? If so, would this be a good way to handle it?

Thank you in advance for your thoughts on the subject.___

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2015-05-18 05:18:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Here's a video of Dean Potter slacklining.

I knew Dean. We weren't friends, but we were associates. I doubt anyone who knew him is surprised to see that he died young, but it's still saddening to see that he died yesterday. At least he died living the way he wanted to.

http://www.outsideonline.com/1981591/dean-potter-killed-base-jumping-accident

Here's a video of Dean Potter slacklining.

I knew Dean. We weren't friends, but we were associates. I doubt anyone who knew him is surprised to see that he died young, but it's still saddening to see that he died yesterday. At least he died living the way he wanted to.

http://www.outsideonline.com/1981591/dean-potter-killed-base-jumping-accident___

2015-05-17 06:40:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I think "Writer's block" = "It's not coming to me instantly. Thinking things up and writing them well is actually hard work. So, I'm quitting at the first encounter with difficulty, instead of doing the labor of working through the challenge." 

I think "Writer's block" = "It's not coming to me instantly. Thinking things up and writing them well is actually hard work. So, I'm quitting at the first encounter with difficulty, instead of doing the labor of working through the challenge." ___

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2015-05-16 22:54:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Well done, Google.

I see Google's self-driving Lexuses (Lexi?) around town fairly often. They seem to perform well.

I'm looking forward to further developments toward commercial self-driving vehicles.

Well done, Google.

I see Google's self-driving Lexuses (Lexi?) around town fairly often. They seem to perform well.

I'm looking forward to further developments toward commercial self-driving vehicles.___

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2015-05-13 21:38:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

It's great to see one of the writers in our local writing group, Shut Up and Write!, has found some inspiration from our group.

It's great to see one of the writers in our local writing group, Shut Up and Write!, has found some inspiration from our group.___

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2015-05-13 18:00:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I finally got my websites working again. To celebrate, I'm going to share some of my blog posts. This one, Dreaming of Middlemen, explains why I'd rather publish my books independently than with a big publisher – and why you (fellow writers) might, too.

I hope you enjoy it. Cheers.

I finally got my websites working again. To celebrate, I'm going to share some of my blog posts. This one, Dreaming of Middlemen, explains why I'd rather publish my books independently than with a big publisher – and why you (fellow writers) might, too.

I hope you enjoy it. Cheers.___

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2015-05-13 06:48:19 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

This seems pretty slick. I don't see it as a replacement for skill and vision for serious aerial photography and videography, but it looks like a great toy camera for casual snappers, and a useful tool in a photographer's arsenal, for certain kinds of situations.

This seems pretty slick. I don't see it as a replacement for skill and vision for serious aerial photography and videography, but it looks like a great toy camera for casual snappers, and a useful tool in a photographer's arsenal, for certain kinds of situations.___

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2015-05-12 19:57:00 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Here's an interesting video where this fellow gives an hour-plus explanation of how and why he lost his faith. This is somewhat similar to a different video by a different guy, which I posted about previously 
(https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/GYPxE7Nm5um). In fact, this person directly attributes the previous video and video maker as influences.

I don't think this one is as superb as the other one, but it's still good enough to be worth watching. He mostly approaches things in a fairly rational manner. His ultimate rejection of Seventh Day Adventism, then Christianity, and ultimately all faith in the existence of God, came from things such as Biblical contradictions, evidence of plagiarism, logical fallacies of theology, etc. Some of what he discusses is a bit questionable, but most of it is fairly solid (though not always deep). 

Overall, he presents ane... more »

Here's an interesting video where this fellow gives an hour-plus explanation of how and why he lost his faith. This is somewhat similar to a different video by a different guy, which I posted about previously 
(https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/GYPxE7Nm5um). In fact, this person directly attributes the previous video and video maker as influences.

I don't think this one is as superb as the other one, but it's still good enough to be worth watching. He mostly approaches things in a fairly rational manner. His ultimate rejection of Seventh Day Adventism, then Christianity, and ultimately all faith in the existence of God, came from things such as Biblical contradictions, evidence of plagiarism, logical fallacies of theology, etc. Some of what he discusses is a bit questionable, but most of it is fairly solid (though not always deep). 

Overall, he presents an engaging case against Christian faith, and religious faith in general. 

What I like most about this video is his discussion of how these changes affected him. Like in the other video, the loss of faith was at first devastating for this fellow. However, he doesn't stop there. He discusses getting over that, and discusses how he is happier and better off now than he was as a believer. ___

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2015-05-10 22:16:05 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the mothers reading this: Thank you for everything you do for your children.

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the mothers reading this: Thank you for everything you do for your children.___

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2015-05-09 01:11:07 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Here's a phone snapshot of a crab foaming at the mouth, from today at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with the fabulous +Sanjana Raghunath​.

Here's a phone snapshot of a crab foaming at the mouth, from today at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with the fabulous +Sanjana Raghunath​.___

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2015-05-02 20:25:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I enjoyed this video, wherein Gorkem Sen demonstrates his musical instrument, "Yaybahar." Especially the part beginning around 4:25, when he starts playing a fascinating and lovely interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony #9: Ode to Joy.

I hope you enjoy it, too.

I enjoyed this video, wherein Gorkem Sen demonstrates his musical instrument, "Yaybahar." Especially the part beginning around 4:25, when he starts playing a fascinating and lovely interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony #9: Ode to Joy.

I hope you enjoy it, too.___

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2015-05-02 04:23:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A couple days ago I posted a video of this fellow, noting that the video was hilariously over the top, and that the ending did not justify the build up. 

After watching that video, I poked around more on Youtube, to find out whether that video was meant to be serious or a joke, and to find out whether this man has real chops as an organist.

I came across this video, where he gave a 1.5 hour lecture / concert. Based on this, I'd say there is some real substance to him and to what he's doing. In this lecture, he shares some of his criticism of pipe organs. I must say I found these criticisms thoughtful and interesting. He then shares his proposed solution, and demonstrates some of the advantages offered by his solution.

I stand by my words in regard to my post the other day. And I still feel he is perhaps too focused on the equipment, and also too focused on technique... more »

A couple days ago I posted a video of this fellow, noting that the video was hilariously over the top, and that the ending did not justify the build up. 

After watching that video, I poked around more on Youtube, to find out whether that video was meant to be serious or a joke, and to find out whether this man has real chops as an organist.

I came across this video, where he gave a 1.5 hour lecture / concert. Based on this, I'd say there is some real substance to him and to what he's doing. In this lecture, he shares some of his criticism of pipe organs. I must say I found these criticisms thoughtful and interesting. He then shares his proposed solution, and demonstrates some of the advantages offered by his solution.

I stand by my words in regard to my post the other day. And I still feel he is perhaps too focused on the equipment, and also too focused on technique (and I want to be clear that I think his skills are superb), while not focused enough of the meaning, the expression, the representation, and the communication. But he can be forgiven for that. It tends to go along with being young, and I imagine he'll develop more artistic substance in time. He seems to be making a real effort and seems to be heading in the right direction.

Anyway, I share this video with you to give a more positive counterpoint to the video I showed the other day.___

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2015-04-30 20:45:38 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Here are two somewhat opposite reviews of the latest version of Lightroom, and specifically its new HDR feature.

One is by +Michael Frye:
http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/04/30/lightroom-6-first-impressions/

The other is by +Trey Ratcliff:
http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2015/04/23/lightroom-6-and-hdr-wtfadobehdr/

In my estimation, +Michael Frye's review seems to be more considered, more knowledgeable, more authoritative, and more relevant than +Trey Ratcliff's opposing review, but you can decide for yourself.

Here are two somewhat opposite reviews of the latest version of Lightroom, and specifically its new HDR feature.

One is by +Michael Frye:
http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/04/30/lightroom-6-first-impressions/

The other is by +Trey Ratcliff:
http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2015/04/23/lightroom-6-and-hdr-wtfadobehdr/

In my estimation, +Michael Frye's review seems to be more considered, more knowledgeable, more authoritative, and more relevant than +Trey Ratcliff's opposing review, but you can decide for yourself.___

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2015-04-28 19:39:18 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

From the first moment when this fellow opens his shirt and bares his chest, the delightful over-the-top-ness of this video just keeps getting better.

In my naiveté, I actually expected this would end in a brilliant performance of amazing music that would justify the grandiose build-up. (After all, most geniuses are quirky, right?) But when the opposite happens, the payoff for sitting through this monument of unintentional silliness is even better.

Let this video be another warning for gearheads: It's not the equipment; it's the expression you make with it.

From the first moment when this fellow opens his shirt and bares his chest, the delightful over-the-top-ness of this video just keeps getting better.

In my naiveté, I actually expected this would end in a brilliant performance of amazing music that would justify the grandiose build-up. (After all, most geniuses are quirky, right?) But when the opposite happens, the payoff for sitting through this monument of unintentional silliness is even better.

Let this video be another warning for gearheads: It's not the equipment; it's the expression you make with it.___

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2015-04-24 19:54:23 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is a nice little set of summaries and introductions to some computer science concepts worth knowing.

Enjoy.

This is a nice little set of summaries and introductions to some computer science concepts worth knowing.

Enjoy.___

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2015-04-24 18:43:58 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This is interesting. 

What's shown in these teaser videos is too brief for me to get a sense whether Chase Me is something special, or mostly hype. But in either case, it's enough to demonstrate that the potential is there to make splendid films this way.

This is interesting. 

What's shown in these teaser videos is too brief for me to get a sense whether Chase Me is something special, or mostly hype. But in either case, it's enough to demonstrate that the potential is there to make splendid films this way.___

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2015-04-23 18:00:39 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Here's a thoughtful article about a few of the issues with taking the position that God directs evolution.

Cheers.

Here's a thoughtful article about a few of the issues with taking the position that God directs evolution.

Cheers.___

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2015-04-23 07:33:51 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

If you're an admirer of Charles Cramer's work, you'll probably appreciate this video.

If you're not an admirer of Charles Cramer's work, this video might make you one.

Enjoy.

If you're an admirer of Charles Cramer's work, you'll probably appreciate this video.

If you're not an admirer of Charles Cramer's work, this video might make you one.

Enjoy.___

2015-04-23 02:28:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

To those who expressed an interest in the second round of test-reading The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals:

Thank you all for your interest and your help. 

I'm letting you know that we are approaching the end of the test-reading period. As I move toward finishing the book, I'll probably be ending the period of receiving and incorporating feedback from test-readers this Friday evening. If you have any more feedback you want to give: speak now or forever hold your peace.

Thanks, again.

To those who expressed an interest in the second round of test-reading The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals:

Thank you all for your interest and your help. 

I'm letting you know that we are approaching the end of the test-reading period. As I move toward finishing the book, I'll probably be ending the period of receiving and incorporating feedback from test-readers this Friday evening. If you have any more feedback you want to give: speak now or forever hold your peace.

Thanks, again.___

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2015-04-20 20:43:32 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

I have no issues with people hunting for food and similar need / use reasons, but I do consider causing death, often preceded by suffering, for purposes of entertainment and vanity, to be the height of perversion. Which is to say, I hold trophy hunting in poor regard.

Furthermore, if someone wants involvement with nature, the experience of stalking, the thrill of close encounters with wildlife, and the challenge of perfectly shooting unpredictable creatures under difficult circumstances, – then (speaking as a wildlife photographer) I recommend shooting animals with a camera instead of a firearm or other projectile system. Killing animals with a rifle, or even a bow, is easy by comparison. With a camera, you have to succeed in getting a lot closer - without impacting the animal. Then set up a tripod, cable release, flash with flash extender, etc., and take light meter readings, then adjusta... more »

I have no issues with people hunting for food and similar need / use reasons, but I do consider causing death, often preceded by suffering, for purposes of entertainment and vanity, to be the height of perversion. Which is to say, I hold trophy hunting in poor regard.

Furthermore, if someone wants involvement with nature, the experience of stalking, the thrill of close encounters with wildlife, and the challenge of perfectly shooting unpredictable creatures under difficult circumstances, – then (speaking as a wildlife photographer) I recommend shooting animals with a camera instead of a firearm or other projectile system. Killing animals with a rifle, or even a bow, is easy by comparison. With a camera, you have to succeed in getting a lot closer - without impacting the animal. Then set up a tripod, cable release, flash with flash extender, etc., and take light meter readings, then adjust aperture, shutter speed, and focus. Your equipment is often even larger, heavier, and more awkward. And if that's not enough challenge for you – don't forget to make it art, instead of just a snapshot! You need greater patience, greater observation skills, greater naturalist knowledge, and greater timing, to catch interesting events and perfect moments, and compose them into excellent photos which convey something worthwhile.

With a camera, you still get your trophy, but now it's a better trophy of a bigger accomplishment, and it's easier to show others and share. If you're good, you can even sell the pictures you get. Furthermore, the photos will bring back all the details and memories much better, and they'll also help you and others see and learn more about nature. And your prey doesn't have to suffer a painful death in the process.___

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2015-04-17 03:49:00 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

I got back from a brief trip to Yosemite, yesterday. Here's a 300 or so degree phone camera panorama of Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge.

For those who want to know about conditions:

Cool and breezy, with no clouds in the sky. A bit dry, but the waterfalls are flowing (though they're wispy), and there are some nice patches of greenery. No snow in the valley. Some patches of snow on the way to Glacier Point. (The road there is open.) It is perhaps a bit early for the dogwood, but there are many patches of dogwood blooming spectacularly. The redbud is mostly past its prime.

And the Park Service apparently opened Tioga Pass immediately after we left. 

I got back from a brief trip to Yosemite, yesterday. Here's a 300 or so degree phone camera panorama of Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge.

For those who want to know about conditions:

Cool and breezy, with no clouds in the sky. A bit dry, but the waterfalls are flowing (though they're wispy), and there are some nice patches of greenery. No snow in the valley. Some patches of snow on the way to Glacier Point. (The road there is open.) It is perhaps a bit early for the dogwood, but there are many patches of dogwood blooming spectacularly. The redbud is mostly past its prime.

And the Park Service apparently opened Tioga Pass immediately after we left. ___

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2015-04-13 00:09:52 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

It's #SignSunday  and I haven't posted a silly sign photo in weeks. When I photographed this, it made me chuckle that they'd rather put up a sign than fix the issue.

Since I'm about to go out of town for a few days, I thought this is appropriate for anyone who tries to contact me.

Have a great week, everyone.

#SignSunday  curate by +Lori Carey, +Janice Hackney, +Jetski Jones, and +Gary Posner.

It's #SignSunday  and I haven't posted a silly sign photo in weeks. When I photographed this, it made me chuckle that they'd rather put up a sign than fix the issue.

Since I'm about to go out of town for a few days, I thought this is appropriate for anyone who tries to contact me.

Have a great week, everyone.

#SignSunday  curate by +Lori Carey, +Janice Hackney, +Jetski Jones, and +Gary Posner.___

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2015-04-11 00:48:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

One last Sibling Day photo of my sister, Miss R., from the day I met her, a couple years ago.

One last Sibling Day photo of my sister, Miss R., from the day I met her, a couple years ago.___

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2015-04-11 00:43:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

For Sibling Day, here's a photo of my sister, Miss R. at the court proceeding when our family adopted her, a little over a year ago. 

I'm still thrilled for her to be part of our family.

For Sibling Day, here's a photo of my sister, Miss R. at the court proceeding when our family adopted her, a little over a year ago. 

I'm still thrilled for her to be part of our family.___

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2015-04-11 00:14:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Happy Sibling Day!

Here's my new sister, Miss R. graduating from preschool, several months ago.

Happy Sibling Day!

Here's my new sister, Miss R. graduating from preschool, several months ago.___

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2015-04-11 00:12:36 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Happy Sibling Day! 

Here's a picture of me (on the left) and my sibling, the redoubtable +Larry Spinak (on the right), held up by our father.

Happy Sibling Day! 

Here's a picture of me (on the left) and my sibling, the redoubtable +Larry Spinak (on the right), held up by our father.___

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2015-04-08 21:13:24 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Fine cheeses are yummy, but I've been less than thrilled by the dairy-free cheeses in the past. I've wondered why they don't try actually culturing and fermenting dairy-free cheese. It's good to see this trend is starting.

I'm cautiously hopeful.

Fine cheeses are yummy, but I've been less than thrilled by the dairy-free cheeses in the past. I've wondered why they don't try actually culturing and fermenting dairy-free cheese. It's good to see this trend is starting.

I'm cautiously hopeful.___

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2015-04-08 19:53:20 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is such sheer idiocy, I hardly know where to start. So, I'll make a few quick points now, and perhaps come back to it, later:

1) Unless you're just vacuuming up as many contcts as you can – who don't know you, don't care about you, and don't engage with you – just so you can point at big numbers and gloat, you're better off with a profile picture which communicates something relevant about you to those whom you want to reach, rather than simply a picture that impresses strangers and or / makes you look slightly more attractive.

2) The rule of thirds is numerological mysticism, not useful advice for composing better photos.

3) "Squinching" – I've addressed this silliness, before, here:
https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/7Nd5MEo47cZ

4) Follow the advice in this article at your own disservice, if you mustfollo... more »

This is such sheer idiocy, I hardly know where to start. So, I'll make a few quick points now, and perhaps come back to it, later:

1) Unless you're just vacuuming up as many contcts as you can – who don't know you, don't care about you, and don't engage with you – just so you can point at big numbers and gloat, you're better off with a profile picture which communicates something relevant about you to those whom you want to reach, rather than simply a picture that impresses strangers and or / makes you look slightly more attractive.

2) The rule of thirds is numerological mysticism, not useful advice for composing better photos.

3) "Squinching" – I've addressed this silliness, before, here:
https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/7Nd5MEo47cZ

4) Follow the advice in this article at your own disservice, if you must follow goofy rules or guidelines.___

2015-04-07 00:53:50 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

My coming-soon book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals, was "finished." Then I realized that the reason I cut off the book's length where I did no longer applied. So, since you were all nice enough to help me fund the publication of the book, I went ahead and added more. A lot more. 

While I appreciate those who generously served as test readers, I am again looking for test readers. If anyone is interested in reading it and providing substantial feedback, please let me know.

Thank you.

My coming-soon book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals, was "finished." Then I realized that the reason I cut off the book's length where I did no longer applied. So, since you were all nice enough to help me fund the publication of the book, I went ahead and added more. A lot more. 

While I appreciate those who generously served as test readers, I am again looking for test readers. If anyone is interested in reading it and providing substantial feedback, please let me know.

Thank you.___

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2015-04-05 21:58:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

All of these posts I see about chocolate Easter bunnies remind me of this video.

Just to be clear, I'm not posting this out of any negativity toward Easter. I just think this is a great video. I love how it demonstrates conductive, irradiative, and convective heat transference. It is also a moving demonstration of the human ability to anthropomorphize inanimate objects and feel for them. And the cinematography and music are good.

Enjoy, and have a happy Easter and / or a happy Passover!

#ScienceSunday  

All of these posts I see about chocolate Easter bunnies remind me of this video.

Just to be clear, I'm not posting this out of any negativity toward Easter. I just think this is a great video. I love how it demonstrates conductive, irradiative, and convective heat transference. It is also a moving demonstration of the human ability to anthropomorphize inanimate objects and feel for them. And the cinematography and music are good.

Enjoy, and have a happy Easter and / or a happy Passover!

#ScienceSunday  ___

2015-04-05 05:23:36 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

A lot of folks seem to have the attitude that knowledge and understanding kill wonder and diminish an experience, while ignorance increases wonder and improves an experience. Folks, knowledge and understanding actually heighten wonder and amplify experiences. They heighten the ability to observe the wondrous, and enable more directions of inquiry. 

The only thing that can kill your sense of wonder is you.

A lot of folks seem to have the attitude that knowledge and understanding kill wonder and diminish an experience, while ignorance increases wonder and improves an experience. Folks, knowledge and understanding actually heighten wonder and amplify experiences. They heighten the ability to observe the wondrous, and enable more directions of inquiry. 

The only thing that can kill your sense of wonder is you.___

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2015-04-04 05:09:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I love this FAQ page on +Alex Wild's website.

<3 <3 <3

Thank you, +Rob Lopes for bringing it to my attention.

I love this FAQ page on +Alex Wild's website.

<3 <3 <3

Thank you, +Rob Lopes for bringing it to my attention.___

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2015-04-04 02:07:56 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This made me smile. The "Gluten Free Museum" carefully retouches famous art to remove all traces of gluten. Enjoy.

Thanks to +Larry Spinak for bringing this to my attention.

This made me smile. The "Gluten Free Museum" carefully retouches famous art to remove all traces of gluten. Enjoy.

Thanks to +Larry Spinak for bringing this to my attention.___

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2015-04-04 00:35:35 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

You may recall my friend and fellow nature photographer, +Joe Decker, and I made some nature photography instructional videos together a few years ago, and offered workshops. He is also famously known as the man behind the God Hates Shrimp crusade. 

http://www.godhatesshrimp.com/

Joe filed an initiative with the California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, a couple days ago, to have the selling or consuming of shellfish made into a felony in California. After all, God specifically calls shellfish "an abomination" in the Old Testament. (King James Translation, Leviticus 11:12) 

I respect Joe for standing up for what he believes in, though I personally think there are much bigger issues we need to be dealing with. For example, just today, I saw someone wearing clothing woven of two different materials, which God also expressly forbids. (Leviticus 19:19) 
... more »

You may recall my friend and fellow nature photographer, +Joe Decker, and I made some nature photography instructional videos together a few years ago, and offered workshops. He is also famously known as the man behind the God Hates Shrimp crusade. 

http://www.godhatesshrimp.com/

Joe filed an initiative with the California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, a couple days ago, to have the selling or consuming of shellfish made into a felony in California. After all, God specifically calls shellfish "an abomination" in the Old Testament. (King James Translation, Leviticus 11:12) 

I respect Joe for standing up for what he believes in, though I personally think there are much bigger issues we need to be dealing with. For example, just today, I saw someone wearing clothing woven of two different materials, which God also expressly forbids. (Leviticus 19:19) 

What a wicked world we live in!___

2015-04-03 05:18:06 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

How long does it take you to comb and / or brush your hair?

And how many times do you comb and / or brush your hair per day?

I'm asking as research for a children's book I'll be writing.

Thank you for your answers.

How long does it take you to comb and / or brush your hair?

And how many times do you comb and / or brush your hair per day?

I'm asking as research for a children's book I'll be writing.

Thank you for your answers.___

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2015-04-02 01:35:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Poor guys. Peter Lik's world record photo sale price only lasted a few months, and Pat Chew's didn't even last a day, before I beat both of them this evening with an $11.6 million sale of my photo, Some Kind of Animal, I Think. 

I'd show it to you, but part of the deal was that there would be no copies, so I can't show it to anyone.

Like Lik's record breaker, mine was also a private, undocumented, unverified sale. But it's real! Really! Just as real as Peter Lik's $6.5 million sale was....

Poor guys. Peter Lik's world record photo sale price only lasted a few months, and Pat Chew's didn't even last a day, before I beat both of them this evening with an $11.6 million sale of my photo, Some Kind of Animal, I Think. 

I'd show it to you, but part of the deal was that there would be no copies, so I can't show it to anyone.

Like Lik's record breaker, mine was also a private, undocumented, unverified sale. But it's real! Really! Just as real as Peter Lik's $6.5 million sale was....___

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2015-04-02 00:36:27 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak.

Here's an anhinga mother and chick from Wakodahatchee in Delray Beach. I hope you enjoy.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak.

Here's an anhinga mother and chick from Wakodahatchee in Delray Beach. I hope you enjoy.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!___

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2015-04-01 23:17:49 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Exciting news!

I used the prototype to get this shot of Mount Rainier –

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_Q6SJIUnW8s/UmrQOwtMg5I/AAAAAAAAY8w/dVep9WPsQgI/w612-h912-no/Wildflowers%2Band%2BGalciers%2C%2BMount%2BRainier.jpg







– from my place in California!

Exciting news!

I used the prototype to get this shot of Mount Rainier –

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_Q6SJIUnW8s/UmrQOwtMg5I/AAAAAAAAY8w/dVep9WPsQgI/w612-h912-no/Wildflowers%2Band%2BGalciers%2C%2BMount%2BRainier.jpg







– from my place in California!___

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2015-03-31 23:39:01 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is fun, even if the streets around my area are not ideal for it.

This is fun, even if the streets around my area are not ideal for it.___

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2015-03-28 20:30:15 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This is neat. Enjoy.

This is neat. Enjoy.___

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2015-03-26 00:48:46 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak.

Here's a sea nettle (Chrysoara fuscescens). This is a wild jellyfish, photographed in the ocean, not photographed in an aquarium. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak.

Here's a sea nettle (Chrysoara fuscescens). This is a wild jellyfish, photographed in the ocean, not photographed in an aquarium. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!___

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2015-03-24 18:25:13 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

This societal change over the last few decades has surprised me. I grew up walking home from school without parental supervision. I spent my youth wandering as I pleased, going over to friends' houses or to the market, playing by the local creek, exploring on my bike, etc. Sometimes my brother (2 years older than I am) was with me, other times not.

And this wasn't just me. This was the case for all the kids around.

I wasn't really aware of how much this has changed until Dr. K had a daughter. Then I got to see that the local elementary school requires parents to drop off and pick up kids. Now I'm aware that kids being outside the house on their own (in the USA) is often considered parental neglect, leading to interventions by Child Protective Services, to arrests, and to kids being taken away. Even for stuff like walking home from school or over to a neighbor's... more »

This societal change over the last few decades has surprised me. I grew up walking home from school without parental supervision. I spent my youth wandering as I pleased, going over to friends' houses or to the market, playing by the local creek, exploring on my bike, etc. Sometimes my brother (2 years older than I am) was with me, other times not.

And this wasn't just me. This was the case for all the kids around.

I wasn't really aware of how much this has changed until Dr. K had a daughter. Then I got to see that the local elementary school requires parents to drop off and pick up kids. Now I'm aware that kids being outside the house on their own (in the USA) is often considered parental neglect, leading to interventions by Child Protective Services, to arrests, and to kids being taken away. Even for stuff like walking home from school or over to a neighbor's house alone, or in some cases for playing alone in front of the house.

As I've come to see, most kids these days are prevented from ever being entirely alone, exploring their area, or doing anything self-directed, until adolescence or later. 

I can understand why some might find it frightening to let their kids wander around by themselves. And I don't blame parents for doing what is necessary to prevent being arrested or having their kids taken away from them by the state. But I do find it concerning that many kids are prevented from self-directed activity and exploration, and prevented from experiencing independence and developing autonomy.___

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2015-03-24 02:16:24 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I remember several years ago when all the photographers were going on about how these super-high-resolution cameras would be too noisy, not light sensitive enough, far beyond what lenses could resolve, far beyond what human eyes or autofocus systems could handle, etc. They were all going on about limitations imposed by the laws of physics which could never be overcome. And they were saying that the files would be bigger than they'd want to deal with, and larger than anyone would need. Everyone was calling for the camera manufacturers to "end the megapixel wars,"  and make cameras with lower resolution and larger photo sites, with higher maximum ISO.

That was back when the high end cameras were around 11 megapixels. Now a nearly 51 megapixel camera is announced, and it seems like every photographer has already pre-ordered it. 

Anyway, thank you, +G Dan Mitchell, forb... more »

I remember several years ago when all the photographers were going on about how these super-high-resolution cameras would be too noisy, not light sensitive enough, far beyond what lenses could resolve, far beyond what human eyes or autofocus systems could handle, etc. They were all going on about limitations imposed by the laws of physics which could never be overcome. And they were saying that the files would be bigger than they'd want to deal with, and larger than anyone would need. Everyone was calling for the camera manufacturers to "end the megapixel wars,"  and make cameras with lower resolution and larger photo sites, with higher maximum ISO.

That was back when the high end cameras were around 11 megapixels. Now a nearly 51 megapixel camera is announced, and it seems like every photographer has already pre-ordered it. 

Anyway, thank you, +G Dan Mitchell, for bringing this to my attention. I don't demand the latest, greatest technology, but it's about time to replace my worn out circa 2004 camera. ___

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2015-03-23 07:39:38 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

This is brilliant!

This is brilliant!___

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2015-03-23 03:18:51 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Eat Ice Cream First

It's Sign Sunday, and if there's one thing I like even better than silly signs, it's ice ceam. Here's an important message from Rick's Ice Cream. It's a philosophy I live by.

#SignSunday curated by +Lori Carey​, +Janice Hackney​, +Jetski Jones​, and +Gary Posner​

#SillySigns

Eat Ice Cream First

It's Sign Sunday, and if there's one thing I like even better than silly signs, it's ice ceam. Here's an important message from Rick's Ice Cream. It's a philosophy I live by.

#SignSunday curated by +Lori Carey​, +Janice Hackney​, +Jetski Jones​, and +Gary Posner​

#SillySigns___

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2015-03-21 19:37:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Mike is a spirit animal who uses thinking outside the box to create unorthodox paradoxes of mansplaining in social media."

This random generator for bogus job descriptions is amusing.

"Mike is a spirit animal who uses thinking outside the box to create unorthodox paradoxes of mansplaining in social media."

This random generator for bogus job descriptions is amusing.___

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2015-03-20 22:21:49 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Happy Spring, everybody!

Happy Spring, everybody!___

2015-03-20 05:30:28 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

My campaign for funding the publication of The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals ended yesterday. It went slightly better than I expected. Thank you all.

Now, it's time to make the book – and start my own press, for all of my future books. I'm excited!

My campaign for funding the publication of The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals ended yesterday. It went slightly better than I expected. Thank you all.

Now, it's time to make the book – and start my own press, for all of my future books. I'm excited!___

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2015-03-18 23:53:10 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Apparently, the Horror Writers Association is calling for Amazon to create a system to allow writers to get book reviews removed when the writers deem them inappropriate. You might imagine that, as a writer, I'd be on board with this petition. But when you get down to the details, my feelings are mixed. Going through the kinds of reviews the HRA wants to be removable, any review that...

indicates the customer has not read the book, but only a small portion of it, such as a free electronic sample;

That's OK, so far. If you can sufficiently demonstrate that a reviewer did not actually read the book, I think that is reasonable grounds for review removal.

includes spoilers which, once revealed, could significantly reduce interest in the work;

I can't go along with this one. Sometimes, giving the best review one can might require spoilers.... more »

Apparently, the Horror Writers Association is calling for Amazon to create a system to allow writers to get book reviews removed when the writers deem them inappropriate. You might imagine that, as a writer, I'd be on board with this petition. But when you get down to the details, my feelings are mixed. Going through the kinds of reviews the HRA wants to be removable, any review that...

indicates the customer has not read the book, but only a small portion of it, such as a free electronic sample;

That's OK, so far. If you can sufficiently demonstrate that a reviewer did not actually read the book, I think that is reasonable grounds for review removal.

includes spoilers which, once revealed, could significantly reduce interest in the work;

I can't go along with this one. Sometimes, giving the best review one can might require spoilers. Perhaps there should be a warning in place that this review contains spoilers, but that's all. Moreover, if a book is good, then the interest in the book and the enjoyment of the reading experience can't be significantly impacted by a spoiler. Spoilers only ruin the experience with bad works that rely exclusively on gimmickry.

includes negative personal remarks about the author;

That seems unnecessarily censorious, in my opinion. This article gives the example of bullying reviewers saying the author "should be raped in prison." Seriously? That's a nasty, immature thing for a reviewer to say, but if an author is going to let that get to him or her, she needs to have a thicker skin. Let idiots who say such things have their say, and don't worry about it. I should also note that sometimes negative remarks about the author may be appropriate in a review. I know I've read some books where an accurate and informative review would have to mention that the author was lazy, and just quickly cranking out trash in the hope for quick money.  

is focused on the work's price rather than its content.

If any author would like to make a case why a review focused on the price should be removed, I'm willing to listen. However, my initial impression is that this could be a legitimate kind of review, and striking out reviews of this type seems unnecessary and and overly censorious.

While I can agree with removing reviews where it is demonstrable that the reviewer never read the book, I don't think I could join a petition that called for removal of these other types of reviews. 

What do you think?___

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