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Takahiro Yamamoto3,230,593Where are you and what are you doing on December 12, 2012 (tomorrow), and at 12:12:12 if possible (your lunchtime?). SLRs, compact cameras. phone camera, digital or anolog ... Any cameras are welcome! Let's record the day together! *Invite your friends :)* *Share this link with your friends outside Google+:* http://bit.ly/Shoot121212 明日は12/12/12。どこにいて、何をしていますか? この日に撮った写真をシェアしましょう! 12時12分12秒なら、なお素敵(ランチタイムでしょうか!) カメラは一眼、コンデジ、スマホ、何でもオーケーです。みんなでこの日を記録しましょう。 *お友だちもご招待ください!*Shoot 12/12/122012-12-12 04:00:00487  
Baber Afzal13,212@114476892281222708332 and I are proud to announce that the *G+ photowalk* we have been planning for is under way! Linda Vista Community Hospital has been abandoned for over 20 years and the reason it was shut down was because of the high death rates in the hospital. Since then, the hospital has been used for many big movies and tv series e.g. Se7en, End of Days, Pearl Harbour to name a few. You can find the rest of the list here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Vista_Community_Hospital We are fortunate enough to arrange this photowalk before they demolish/revamp the hospital soon so its an awesome opportunity for you all to capture whatever you can out there. The HDR shot you see above (set as the theme) is a shot I took when I was in the boiler room which was in the 2nd basement of the hospital. It felt great and creepy too at the same time since I was the only one shooting at that time and the only sound you could hear was off the camera going *click*! :) I would like to also point out that to get hold of this location and to reserve it for ourselves, we have to pay a permit fees. Hence, each individual/photographer who would like to participate and confirm their attendance to us would have to pay *$35* as permit fees. You may click on the link below for payment and confirmation (Map and location also shown in link below):  https://pnla.eventbrite.com/ The address of the hospital is: *610 S St Louis St* *Los Angeles, CA 90023* We also plan to hold two short sessions as well during that time too: 1. *HDR Photography Fundamentals* session, by @107023475113646570269  (myself) 2. *Extended Exposures* session, by @114476892281222708332  If there is anyone I have forgotten to send an invite too, please inform them too. *Invite in and share it* with your friends too who would be willing to participate in this awesome event! Can't wait to get clicking again! We really look forward to meeting you all there!  Start charging up your camera batteries and don't forget to bring a spare too! ;)G+ Photowalk - Linda Vista Hospital2012-08-11 22:00:0025  

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2015-09-30 20:05:14 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Hating the Samsung Galaxy S6

Sometime in the near future, I'm thinking of getting back to vanilla Android, or at least, a heck of a lot closer than the horrid TouchWiz garbage +Samsung Mobile USA insists on installing on their otherwise well-built Galaxy handsets. 

Here's the thing. I bought the S6 knowing it was filled with TouchWiz junk from the get go, "how bad could it be? People buy the hell out of this device." Well, I immediately hated it and took practical measures to get it back to a vanilla Android-like experience. Google Now, Launcher, and Keyboard, installed Google apps (calendar, Hangouts, camera, etc)... that seemed to be alright for a while. I felt like I had a Nexus device's 3rd cousin twice removed. As time went on, and the phone was "used", the whole thing has slowly become some kind of unpredictable sick joke, like a MichaelB... more »

Most reshares: 5

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2015-11-13 22:14:23 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Minimum Wage in the United States 

I was curious about this whole, $15/hr thing. We have, basically, a class-based war, waged by various levels of working class people, fighting each other, because of what we're exposed to by the media, by posts like this, by rhetoric, by anger, lots of emotions - very few facts, and never a clear picture. 

I'm going to look at some data, crunch some numbers, and attempt to change my mind on the issue. My belief is pretty simple, minimum wage jobs don't actually exist to provide a living wage, rather, they exist to train job skills to entry level employees as they step through the gauntlet of life. 

Living Wage

I'm going to use a very simplified version of what a living wage in the United States looks like, based on one factor taken from a Google search, "the average price of a 1 bedroomap... more »

Most plusones: 30

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2015-10-13 21:13:51 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Racism in the United States is fucking disgusting. Pathetic, shallow, cowardly, short-sighted ignorant thoughts run rampant throughout the web as though an unstoppable wildfire has been beset upon human kind fueled by courage only harvested through the protection of a screen and a keyboard. It's appalling, it causes pain, it causes anger, it motivates, and most importantly, it shows the quality of the people who spread hate blindly at their fellow person. They do it in passing, without regard for their actions, without the fear of being held accountable for their words, without any regard for facts, without respect, without remorse... just stupidity for laughs, for idiocy, for "Murka". 

As a patriot who loves this country, I say with respect, our history is tarnished with harsh realities of decisions drenched in blood as most things in history are. Although it might appear that the... more »

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2015-12-22 05:56:59 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

What did you think of the Star Wars - The Force Awakens?

I finally saw it, Sunday. Opening weekend. I caught the movie in 3D at the iconic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The theater itself is an experience for Hollywood, and awesome. If you haven't seen the movie yet, and want spoiler free whatever, click away now - because I'm going to be spoiler heavy, quite candid, and blatant with them. Not even joking, I'll flat out spoil the surprises and plot points for anyone that hasn't seen this movie all over this post. This is "Snape kills Dumbledore" level spoilers filled... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Death Star 3.0

SW:TFA has a few story arcs within it, the main ones being "where's Luke", another is "Death Star 3.0". I thought the Starkiller plot vehicle was a bit cheap; I mean, it was "just introduced" excessively late... more »

What did you think of the Star Wars - The Force Awakens?

I finally saw it, Sunday. Opening weekend. I caught the movie in 3D at the iconic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The theater itself is an experience for Hollywood, and awesome. If you haven't seen the movie yet, and want spoiler free whatever, click away now - because I'm going to be spoiler heavy, quite candid, and blatant with them. Not even joking, I'll flat out spoil the surprises and plot points for anyone that hasn't seen this movie all over this post. This is "Snape kills Dumbledore" level spoilers filled... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Death Star 3.0

SW:TFA has a few story arcs within it, the main ones being "where's Luke", another is "Death Star 3.0". I thought the Starkiller plot vehicle was a bit cheap; I mean, it was "just introduced" excessively late into the film. I get it, it's reminiscent of the 1977 release when "that's no moon" popped in and became the icon of all things Empire for the Star Wars franchise. So much so, it was done again, in Return of the Jedi. But this time, Starkiller seems to serve only two real purposes and neither of which had much to do with crippling the First Order/Empire or were even actually all that necessary, but at the same time, was very necessary - so as an item in the SW Universe, I feel its very significant, but in The Force Awakens, it felt glossed over in favor of numerous sub-plots and universe expanding precursors. In fact, by the end of the film, the Starkilller only really did two things, listed in order of importance:

1) Place to kill Han Solo, akin to the way Obi Wan got murdered so "pointlessly" in New Hope

2) Show of resource and organization of the First Order... as though none of the previous films efforts had any lasting effect on the power of the Empire or the Dark Side.

I liked it, but I also felt that there was so much going on in the sub-plots, Starkiller was basically a cop-out to kick Act 3 into high gear with a reasonable action sequence and give Kylo Ren a large scale stage to murder his father, Han Solo, and make his transition to the Dark Side "complete".

Sounds like a huge freakin' deal when typed out like this, and maybe with a second viewing I'll pick up on a more clear feeling of significance with Starkiller overall, but it felt like I was watching all this awesome new Star Wars stuff get moving then all of a sudden... "oh yeah, this giant planet's a weapon... the good guys are gonna jack it up... Hans dead now... on to the rest of the act"... Maybe a few scenes before hand needed to linger a bit more, I could have used an extra 8 minutes of dramatic screen time to allow some type of emotional response when it was destroyed, but I guess the same thing could go for the death of Han Solo. That whole sequence seemed like "you're dead now"; that was about it. Obi-wan went out the same way in New Hope, so maybe it's by design.

Han dies, "shit! seriously?!! what just happened?" - Boom that Starkiller thing got jacked up already, "well bummer". That's life. It's almost merciless how these things play out, giving you the sense that shit just goes down without a huge build up in Star Wars now. They've all done it before. They suffered the gungans and now everything's just easy.

Questions

I loved all the questions that were raised. Who's Rey? Where did Finn come from? Where the hell did Snoke come from? The Starkiller was a massive undertaking, how did that even get started? Why is 3PO's arm red? Aside from fanfare, why was the falcon reintroduced into this trilogy? Is Rey commanding the Force or is the Force using her to wake up? Why did R2 suddenly power on half way through the third act? Are BB droids R2 upgrade units?

I'm a fan. It's good stuff.

Final Thoughts

This was the prettiest Star Wars done ever. Period. The practical and visual effects teams did a phenomenal job. The acting was superior to most other acting across the board on all 6 other Star Wars feature films. It successfully kicks off more "War" and has a powerful World War 2 feel, in antagonist presentation, ground war filmography, and so on. It's not lost on me that 4 - 6 are probably being morphed into a metaphor for WWI wherein the vale of the "war to end all wars" is obliterated by a vicious war that follows decades later. It introduced a ton of sub-plots. I can see the groundwork for the many, many, many movies coming from the Disney powerhouse.

Overall, I put it as the third best Star Wars film to date; where New Hope still reigns king.. and of course Empire Strikes back still holds second place on my nerd shelf. But this easily trumped 1 - 3, easily; and it beats Jedi out mainly because... well, Ewoks. Sorry, not sorry.
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2015-12-16 19:32:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

$1,000,000,000 in merchandise sales.
$100,000,000 in movie ticket presales
25th largest grossing film in history already...

... hasn't even been released yet.

$1,000,000,000 in merchandise sales.
$100,000,000 in movie ticket presales
25th largest grossing film in history already...

... hasn't even been released yet.___

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2015-12-01 20:27:24 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Los Angeles - Night, Cityscapes

...

I found out how to do what I've been looking to do with Google+... now that they've done jacked up photo viewing.

1. Go to https://photos.google.com
2. Click Collections
3. Click "+" next to Search Box (seriously)
4. Create a new album
5. Add a photo or two
6. Close
7. Open album
8. Click "Edit" pencil
9. Click double "+"
10. Browse photos and select them
11. Click done
12. Click "Share" icon
13. Select "Get Link"
14. Slam face into desk.
15. Be sad that no one can +1 photos
16. Give up on hoping for comments on new shares
17. Consider spamming people with Collections
18. Consider just migrating to Pinterest, fuck it.

Yeah... much better, Google. Well done.

Los Angeles - Night, Cityscapes

...

I found out how to do what I've been looking to do with Google+... now that they've done jacked up photo viewing.

1. Go to https://photos.google.com
2. Click Collections
3. Click "+" next to Search Box (seriously)
4. Create a new album
5. Add a photo or two
6. Close
7. Open album
8. Click "Edit" pencil
9. Click double "+"
10. Browse photos and select them
11. Click done
12. Click "Share" icon
13. Select "Get Link"
14. Slam face into desk.
15. Be sad that no one can +1 photos
16. Give up on hoping for comments on new shares
17. Consider spamming people with Collections
18. Consider just migrating to Pinterest, fuck it.

Yeah... much better, Google. Well done.___

2015-12-01 19:45:40 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Ok, Google+, wtf

So... let me get this straight; aside from liking the new interface, I'm pretty much hating the shit out of the limited functionality presented within the new Google+

1. Public view of Albums, organized over years of sharing... gone
2. Seeding collections from past works.. spams everyone
3. Profiles are pretty hideous actually
4. Collections are basically Pinterest. If I wanted to use Pinterest, guess what I'd do?

Bring back Albums. Let me organize them accordingly, without "creating" bullshit content streams for the 40,000+ users following me... even though I'm certainly only 12 of them still stomach Google+.

I really wish Google would pay closer attention to use-case shit. They've been on a tirade of new UI behaviors, which is experimental and awesome, sure - but drastic alterations to UX... more »

Ok, Google+, wtf

So... let me get this straight; aside from liking the new interface, I'm pretty much hating the shit out of the limited functionality presented within the new Google+

1. Public view of Albums, organized over years of sharing... gone
2. Seeding collections from past works.. spams everyone
3. Profiles are pretty hideous actually
4. Collections are basically Pinterest. If I wanted to use Pinterest, guess what I'd do?

Bring back Albums. Let me organize them accordingly, without "creating" bullshit content streams for the 40,000+ users following me... even though I'm certainly only 12 of them still stomach Google+.

I really wish Google would pay closer attention to use-case shit. They've been on a tirade of new UI behaviors, which is experimental and awesome, sure - but drastic alterations to UX and burying key functionality for people at the same time is ludicrous bullshit, and amateur at best.___

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2015-11-25 06:08:10 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Civil War Trailer !!!!!!

Civil War Trailer !!!!!!___

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2015-11-24 19:43:02 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Neat!

But more importantly, click this: https://www.google.com/search?q=a+long+time+ago+in+a+galaxy+far+far+away

Neat!

But more importantly, click this: https://www.google.com/search?q=a+long+time+ago+in+a+galaxy+far+far+away___

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2015-11-23 18:44:16 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Google+ for a Photography Archive is Useless

There used to be a tab for "photos" on Google+ profiles. That tab had albums listed of uploads dating back to the inception of Google+. That tab is now gone. So, now what? The only way anyone would ever see this republished photo from 2004 would be to scroll all the way back through my endless stream of posts, to sometime in 2012, and just "happen" upon it...

I've hunted for a way to share my public albums with others these past couple of days, and the only solution I've found is - revert back to Flickr - what the fuck, +Google+?

I can only assume that this is due to some "not yet done" functionality. Just an oversight; like, some part of the team is still working on it... +Dmitry Shapiro? if that's not the case, man - what an upset. Right now I'm uploading some 1000+ photos to... more »

Google+ for a Photography Archive is Useless

There used to be a tab for "photos" on Google+ profiles. That tab had albums listed of uploads dating back to the inception of Google+. That tab is now gone. So, now what? The only way anyone would ever see this republished photo from 2004 would be to scroll all the way back through my endless stream of posts, to sometime in 2012, and just "happen" upon it...

I've hunted for a way to share my public albums with others these past couple of days, and the only solution I've found is - revert back to Flickr - what the fuck, +Google+?

I can only assume that this is due to some "not yet done" functionality. Just an oversight; like, some part of the team is still working on it... +Dmitry Shapiro? if that's not the case, man - what an upset. Right now I'm uploading some 1000+ photos to Flickr because I need to have a running archive of publicly shared photos for people interested in them. They exist. My "go to" was Google+

I'm hoping it can stay that way, but for now, I'm going to have to send people to Flickr. Yuck.___

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2015-11-23 18:36:45 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

#1281

#1281___

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2015-11-23 18:11:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

#1280

#1280___

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2015-11-20 08:25:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Downtown LA

#samsunggalaxys6

Downtown LA

#samsunggalaxys6___

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2015-11-19 23:23:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

New Google+? Shiny.
I like it.

New Google+? Shiny.
I like it.___

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2015-11-16 22:38:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

This might be one of the best YouTube channels... ever.

This might be one of the best YouTube channels... ever.___

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2015-11-13 22:14:23 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Minimum Wage in the United States 

I was curious about this whole, $15/hr thing. We have, basically, a class-based war, waged by various levels of working class people, fighting each other, because of what we're exposed to by the media, by posts like this, by rhetoric, by anger, lots of emotions - very few facts, and never a clear picture. 

I'm going to look at some data, crunch some numbers, and attempt to change my mind on the issue. My belief is pretty simple, minimum wage jobs don't actually exist to provide a living wage, rather, they exist to train job skills to entry level employees as they step through the gauntlet of life. 

Living Wage

I'm going to use a very simplified version of what a living wage in the United States looks like, based on one factor taken from a Google search, "the average price of a 1 bedroomap... more »

Minimum Wage in the United States 

I was curious about this whole, $15/hr thing. We have, basically, a class-based war, waged by various levels of working class people, fighting each other, because of what we're exposed to by the media, by posts like this, by rhetoric, by anger, lots of emotions - very few facts, and never a clear picture. 

I'm going to look at some data, crunch some numbers, and attempt to change my mind on the issue. My belief is pretty simple, minimum wage jobs don't actually exist to provide a living wage, rather, they exist to train job skills to entry level employees as they step through the gauntlet of life. 

Living Wage

I'm going to use a very simplified version of what a living wage in the United States looks like, based on one factor taken from a Google search, "the average price of a 1 bedroom apartment's rent in the United States", it's $982 per month. Multiply it by 3 = $2946. Multiply that by 12 = $35,352. 

That's our living wage, for the sake of this post. Simple math, probably not accurate, but it seems pretty darn close to me. If I was making $36,000 per year, I'd be broke, but that's the result of a series of lifestyle choices, career decisions, and (quite possibly) pushing my "living beyond my means" bar a little higher every year since I became a "skilled professional"... which, oddly enough, seems to be a good enough summation of "the rest of us lucky ones" in the middle class.

Occupation Projections 2012 - 2022

Now, mind you, if these are less than $35,352 per year, it's basically below the assumed national average living wage in the US... I'm going to list the jobs by current employment, highest to lowest:

Type / Openings (in 1000's) / Average Annual Pay
Retail / 1,955.7 / $21,110
Cashiers / 1,530.0 / $18,970
Office Clerks / 810.9 / $27,470
Food Service / 1,557.0 / $18,260
Registered Nurses / 1,052.6 / $65,470
Customer Service Reps / 941.6 / $30,580
Waiter/Waitress / 1,268.3 / $18,540
Secretaries / 587.6 / $32,410
Janitors / 717.3 / $22,320
Freight & Stock Labor / 922.5 / $23,890
General Managers / 613.1 / $95,440
Stock Clerks / 546.0 / $22,050
Bookkeeping / 370.0 / $35,170
... 

ref: http://data.bls.gov/projections/occupationProj

The list keeps going, and the picture is actually pretty bleak. Nursing and General managers are projected to account for 1.6 million openings in the next 10 years. Put that against the current 158,000,000 (rough #) adult Americans today, the disparity is obvious, and those are the only two in this top 12 list that actually pay above the conjectured "living wage". Also, if under $36,000/year jobs exist to help bring entry level workers into the working class, what are things like, Bookkeeper, Secretaries, Janitors, etc doing in this list? Those are definitely not jobs held by students, their hours alone wouldn't allow it to be a match. 

Some other interesting occupations that pay (on average) less than $36,000 per year, and which are clearly adult in nature: nurses assistants, paramedics, EMT, firefighters, housekeepers/cleaners, repairmen, childcare workers, teacher's assistants, landscapers, security guards, cooks, receptionists, teachers, home-health aids, light truck/delivery services, shipping/receiving traffic clerks, packers/packagers, hairdressers/stylists, farm workers, medical assistants, bartenders, bank tellers, bus drivers, preschool teachers, bill collectors (ironic), social and human services (more ironic)... 

This is manufactured poor.

What the actual fuck?

What would it cost to pay people a living wage in the US? Far too much, because there are far too many people living underneath it. Can it be fixed? I don't know. I doubt it. Looking at this, my hands just go up, like, "shit, no idea wtaf the nation can do about this..."; it's not even about jobs exiting the nation in favor of cheap labor overseas. It looks like most of those workers would be below the living-wage line anyway, so they'd need what most people on this list need... two fucking jobs

So, let's be honest, minimum wage probably should be raised, sure - across the board. If not to elevate the status-quo for other professions in what we deem "low paying" is when it comes to getting a job... say, for example, a teacher's salary being $8000 less than minimum wage sounds a lot worse than $24,000 a year.

Besides, $15 per hour is actually $3000 less than the living wage number too... if you can still get 40 hour per week at that rate. You'd need to work a bit of overtime... if the company you're working at will allow you to claim it. Wal*mart, for example, will dock your hours from one week to the next, to keep your median take within the range they deem "decent pay" for their employees. Even worse, people in Washington responded to the higher wages by asking for LESS hours because they're striving to stay in their Section 8 programs; as that solution is "common place" for a number of 'upper lower class' individuals. 

Speaking of...

We're already paying for it

Yep! A vast majority of people in the above list are in government aid programs to help them with little things like... oh, you know, food and shelter. Section 8, no joke, sucks. Government cheese sucks. But, hey, at least EBT comes on a discreet debit card these days, so you don't have to swallow your pride handing actual stamps to the lady behind the register anymore. 

Where's all that come from? The taxpayers, you say? Yep. Basically. But the actual tax payers... the real ones. The people who work 40+ hour weeks for some people in a board room. 

I know a lot of people hate math, but when you pit this problem against actual tax payers, it certainly isn't coming out of the pockets of our super wealthy. Tax shelters, write offs, corporate investments, venture funds... all the vernacular anyone making less than $65,000 a year can't really afford to understand, let alone use.

A lot of us are poor, a lot of us don't care

What am I going to do? By myself, probably nothing. I have my businesses to tend to; I made a series of choices over the past 20 years to put me in a highly stressful situation that just happens to pay my bills... sometimes. That's called Entrepreneurship, and in tech, that means some days it sucks, some days it doesn't; but i make due in the long run, and it's obviously better than being a preschool teacher or a firefighter -- which is fucking absurd. 

But as a group, working-class voters, who outnumber the wealthy (no bullshit, 9,999 to 1), should do something. We should support to help out fellow people and simply eat the cost of doing business. Will shit be more expensive? Probably. But for anyone that went to economics 101 long enough to understand a simple chart... when prices go up, demand plummets, when demand plummets supply chains get disrupted, and the economy implodes.

There will need to be a compromise, and it won't be pretty, all sides will have casualties, but in the end of the fight, hopefully most of us are left standing, and hopefully a bigger percentage of working-class people in the US can support themselves, own a home, and raise a family as a result of trading their literal life for someone else's shareholder's pocket change... It would be pretty awesome if a working class family could become single-income again, or even dual income with just a single job each. It'd be nice if people leaving college had a place to work that could pay them enough to live and pay off their student loans... which in and of itself is a whole other topic I"m not even going to get started on.___

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2015-11-10 23:23:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Cryogenics

(Actually, it's die casting)

Cryogenics

(Actually, it's die casting)___

2015-11-06 19:03:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

If you could only choose one... 

Franchise or gritty western? Spy or Sci-Fi? Dialogue or Special Effects? This would be a hard decision to make, for me - the choice would be tough, but obvious. Great time to be a movie fan. 

Which blockbuster franchise did I leave out? Can you guess without looking it up?

If you could only choose one... 

Franchise or gritty western? Spy or Sci-Fi? Dialogue or Special Effects? This would be a hard decision to make, for me - the choice would be tough, but obvious. Great time to be a movie fan. 

Which blockbuster franchise did I leave out? Can you guess without looking it up?___

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2015-10-30 00:35:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Old Desk... New Desk

With a quick trip to IKEA, rather ikea.com, +Danya Swanson and I redesigned the workspace. Two corner table tops, two 23" rectangular table tops, a kidney bean table, and 22 simple black legs, 3 filing cabinets. Total price with shipping is somewhere in the $650 range.

Pretty solid work space, happy with the result.

Old Desk... New Desk

With a quick trip to IKEA, rather ikea.com, +Danya Swanson and I redesigned the workspace. Two corner table tops, two 23" rectangular table tops, a kidney bean table, and 22 simple black legs, 3 filing cabinets. Total price with shipping is somewhere in the $650 range.

Pretty solid work space, happy with the result.___

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2015-10-20 05:33:20 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Who are you?

Who are you?___

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2015-10-13 21:13:51 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Racism in the United States is fucking disgusting. Pathetic, shallow, cowardly, short-sighted ignorant thoughts run rampant throughout the web as though an unstoppable wildfire has been beset upon human kind fueled by courage only harvested through the protection of a screen and a keyboard. It's appalling, it causes pain, it causes anger, it motivates, and most importantly, it shows the quality of the people who spread hate blindly at their fellow person. They do it in passing, without regard for their actions, without the fear of being held accountable for their words, without any regard for facts, without respect, without remorse... just stupidity for laughs, for idiocy, for "Murka". 

As a patriot who loves this country, I say with respect, our history is tarnished with harsh realities of decisions drenched in blood as most things in history are. Although it might appear that the... more »

Racism in the United States is fucking disgusting. Pathetic, shallow, cowardly, short-sighted ignorant thoughts run rampant throughout the web as though an unstoppable wildfire has been beset upon human kind fueled by courage only harvested through the protection of a screen and a keyboard. It's appalling, it causes pain, it causes anger, it motivates, and most importantly, it shows the quality of the people who spread hate blindly at their fellow person. They do it in passing, without regard for their actions, without the fear of being held accountable for their words, without any regard for facts, without respect, without remorse... just stupidity for laughs, for idiocy, for "Murka". 

As a patriot who loves this country, I say with respect, our history is tarnished with harsh realities of decisions drenched in blood as most things in history are. Although it might appear that the worst of our decisions are behind us, ultimately today is no better than it was when we conquered the Americas, when we dishonored our treaties with the natives, when we turned on our brethren in North versus South, while we enslaved thousands of Africans, while we used the backs of the Chinese to build our infrastructure, while we imprisoned Japanese-Americans  during World War II, while we build our walls and arm our "God fearing Minutemen, protectors of our borders from pesky Mexicans", and while we fear for the security of the jobs we'd never want to do in the first place... we’re still not much better off than when we started. 

We're divided by religion, culture, the color of our skin, the biology between our thighs, the people in our hearts, the style of clothes we wear, the personalities we're afforded, the motivations we have in school or work. We're judgmental. We're angry. We're pointlessly fighting to carve out "our way" as "the way" and desiring absolutely no room for difference. 

Our shallow, our cowardly, our sheltered, our ignorant, all great in number, all in our borders... and we are all neighbors. First, foremost, and last, we're all humans. We are all here on this planet taking up some segment or section of dirt we did not create, we did not stake, and we somehow entitle ourselves to. We concoct systems that force limited resources to divide that haves from the have-nots, and we leverage each other like resources on a whim. We hold each other up, we support one another, we knock each other down, we fight to keep what's "rightfully ours" and to maintain a status quo we did not invent.

As news spins around the web, when comments rise up challenging my family's legal status in this country, it doesn't phase me deeply, but it spells out an alarming pandemic of idiocy powered by so many factors present today in the USA. It's appalling. I'm more than certain my father didn't volunteer to join the US Navy in 1963 to be disregarded as "some illegal" by random idiots that think, by some account of entitlement, that they are owed some type of leniency for their bigotry in a country their family has lived in for a maximum of four generations. I'm also more than certain that my very white, very blonde mother who taught about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to hundreds of her students for years on end would tell me that the First Amendment protects even the most moronic of jackasses. 

Since the accident, I've been fortunate enough to be bombarded with a stream of amazing support celebrating my brown Catholic father, and my white Lutheran mother as they were both beloved teachers in a part of California that is heavily populated with first or second generation Mexican-Americans. They were cherished by thousands of kids, hundreds of peers, dozens of friends, and truck loads of family members. 

Through decades of hard work, public service, selfless action, and genuine caring, they empowered others, empowered me, and now in death, their lives are being honored with memories, prayers, and thoughts from all walks of life, all cultural backgrounds, all religious sects, and all types of socio-economic foundations. My parents never labeled themselves as humanitarian, but they certainly acted like they were, and they definitely raised one. 

To anyone who assumes that reading a last name entitles you to form an opinion about the origins of another person, with all due respect… you’re a fucking dumb ass. To anyone who disregards the lives, cultures, religions, or educational background of your fellow citizen in favor of your own status quo, don’t be a bigot and open your heart and mind to something other than the way “you know” things are “supposed to be”. We are all out of excuses now, we have so many avenues and angles to consume facts from all corners of the globe, and to persist that differences are wrong, illegal, criminal, or enemy is shallow, stupid, petty, and sad. Ignorance is not bliss.

Challenge yourself to be a better person, and above all, be a better human being.___

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2015-10-12 07:37:22 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

On Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at about 4:00pm, both of my parents died suddenly when their car left the Interstate 10 near Indio, CA.

I've fought with whether to share this with you all or not, and how to tell people that care about me, respect my parents, and/or knew how great they were, but I decided to share something about them, and how I feel, and what I know is coming.

They were pronounced at the scene of the accident, neither of them survived the impact their vehicle incurred. I know they did not suffer. I know they were doing what they loved. I know they were enjoying the end of a well deserved vacation. I know they were surrounded with life long friends and family hours before the accident. I know they were proud of me. I know they loved my support center, my heart, +Danya Swanson​​. I know they were happy. I know they were full of life and truly enjoying it everycha... more »

On Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at about 4:00pm, both of my parents died suddenly when their car left the Interstate 10 near Indio, CA.

I've fought with whether to share this with you all or not, and how to tell people that care about me, respect my parents, and/or knew how great they were, but I decided to share something about them, and how I feel, and what I know is coming.

They were pronounced at the scene of the accident, neither of them survived the impact their vehicle incurred. I know they did not suffer. I know they were doing what they loved. I know they were enjoying the end of a well deserved vacation. I know they were surrounded with life long friends and family hours before the accident. I know they were proud of me. I know they loved my support center, my heart, +Danya Swanson​​. I know they were happy. I know they were full of life and truly enjoying it every chance they got.

My parents were inseparable for as long as I could remember. The outpouring of support and condolences from their friends, my friends, our family, and their students has been incredible. Its testament to who they were, and how many lives they touched.

I am fortunate to have such an amazing woman in my life, she has been supporting me with everything, and though it's been hard for us both, we're getting through this together... inseparable.

From the moment I found out, we've received support from the incredible San Diego Chorus, Danya and I were in Vegas for the International Sweet Adelines competition, her mother was there with us, my uncle went straight to my parents home to help with next steps, and the list goes on, and on. It's incredible.

I'm not happy, but I'm grateful it was fast, they did not suffer, they were doing what they loved. I find peace knowing that. They will be missed, they are missed.

Mom, dad, I love you. ___

2015-10-07 17:45:57 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

I keep seeing "tech industry influencers" post on Medium, Facebook, etc that no one uses Google+... So, if you're reading this, you're not here. It's like Cold War espionage. You are the night.

So, I've decided that the persistent attack on Google+ and the ghost town argument is actually a sign of something else: Tech influencers, CEO's, and CTO's are simply not the target market for Google+ and they have convinced themselves that they're so important, if they don't use it, well... then no one else does.

This kind of rhetoric turns these old hat Facebook lovers into dinosaurs. Their views are focused on a single "winner" in a space. They assume LinkedIn is in third place. Twitter is a close second... They speak generally about the Internet as though 3 billion people don't have access to it.

There are roughly 200 million... more »

I keep seeing "tech industry influencers" post on Medium, Facebook, etc that no one uses Google+... So, if you're reading this, you're not here. It's like Cold War espionage. You are the night.

So, I've decided that the persistent attack on Google+ and the ghost town argument is actually a sign of something else: Tech influencers, CEO's, and CTO's are simply not the target market for Google+ and they have convinced themselves that they're so important, if they don't use it, well... then no one else does.

This kind of rhetoric turns these old hat Facebook lovers into dinosaurs. Their views are focused on a single "winner" in a space. They assume LinkedIn is in third place. Twitter is a close second... They speak generally about the Internet as though 3 billion people don't have access to it.

There are roughly 200 million active users on Google+ (estimate). It's not a billion, sure. But 200 million is a market. Hell, 10,000 users is a market. It's just not "their" market. Whenever I see people in tech, or some journalist pub list a news story about the G+host town, I chuckle a bit.

Just because the Google+ users don't care about what you say, doesn't mean they don't care about what others say. I see tons of engagement here, tons. On photography, on MKBHD videos, on polls, there are always new posts, people are using Communities, Events... Google+ gets tons of play, and its jumped a shark, the tech influencer shark. Good. Those guys don't know shit about mass market appeal anyway, and have so little scope in their global view...

Thanks for not being here and not reading this, invisible Google+ ghost.___

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2015-10-07 02:13:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Vegas

Got a little JJ Abrams lens flare going on  here... View from the hotel room/office. My home for the next few days while +Danya Swanson competes in the Sweet Adeline's International competition.

#samsunggalaxys6  

Vegas

Got a little JJ Abrams lens flare going on  here... View from the hotel room/office. My home for the next few days while +Danya Swanson competes in the Sweet Adeline's International competition.

#samsunggalaxys6  ___

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2015-10-06 00:12:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

+Lorne Thomas - I decided to do one more as well. This was mainly color balance, with some curves in the blue channel.

ICYMI: NASA did a huge photo dump from the Apollo missions. It makes for soem good Internet. If you have a few moments, click over and check it out. Awesome stuff. https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive/

+Lorne Thomas - I decided to do one more as well. This was mainly color balance, with some curves in the blue channel.

ICYMI: NASA did a huge photo dump from the Apollo missions. It makes for soem good Internet. If you have a few moments, click over and check it out. Awesome stuff. https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive/___

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2015-10-05 23:54:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Awesome post process of the recently released NASA photos from the Apollo missions by +Lorne Thomas 

One last one for the night +Enrique Gutierrez, this one has a bit more film grain and low light film exposure issues to tackle, but still cleans up nice.___Awesome post process of the recently released NASA photos from the Apollo missions by +Lorne Thomas 

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2015-10-05 21:29:02 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 24/F - Earth orbit

NASA released 1000's of photos from the Apollo missions on their flickr account: ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3260346/One-giant-leap-photography-fans-8-400-hi-definition-images-Apollo-missions-uploaded-Flickr-including-Neil-Armstrong-s-steps-moon.html

I wanted to give one of them some post in Photoshop, levels, curves, color balance... a little dodge. These images are awesome. Have a look at them over on their Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive/

Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 24/F - Earth orbit

NASA released 1000's of photos from the Apollo missions on their flickr account: ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3260346/One-giant-leap-photography-fans-8-400-hi-definition-images-Apollo-missions-uploaded-Flickr-including-Neil-Armstrong-s-steps-moon.html

I wanted to give one of them some post in Photoshop, levels, curves, color balance... a little dodge. These images are awesome. Have a look at them over on their Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive/___

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2015-10-01 02:50:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Hot off the presses

Brand new track from my buddy Alcalá - great track, give a listen! Support new artists, its good karma

Hot off the presses

Brand new track from my buddy Alcalá - great track, give a listen! Support new artists, its good karma___

2015-09-30 20:05:14 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Hating the Samsung Galaxy S6

Sometime in the near future, I'm thinking of getting back to vanilla Android, or at least, a heck of a lot closer than the horrid TouchWiz garbage +Samsung Mobile USA insists on installing on their otherwise well-built Galaxy handsets. 

Here's the thing. I bought the S6 knowing it was filled with TouchWiz junk from the get go, "how bad could it be? People buy the hell out of this device." Well, I immediately hated it and took practical measures to get it back to a vanilla Android-like experience. Google Now, Launcher, and Keyboard, installed Google apps (calendar, Hangouts, camera, etc)... that seemed to be alright for a while. I felt like I had a Nexus device's 3rd cousin twice removed. As time went on, and the phone was "used", the whole thing has slowly become some kind of unpredictable sick joke, like a MichaelB... more »

Hating the Samsung Galaxy S6

Sometime in the near future, I'm thinking of getting back to vanilla Android, or at least, a heck of a lot closer than the horrid TouchWiz garbage +Samsung Mobile USA insists on installing on their otherwise well-built Galaxy handsets. 

Here's the thing. I bought the S6 knowing it was filled with TouchWiz junk from the get go, "how bad could it be? People buy the hell out of this device." Well, I immediately hated it and took practical measures to get it back to a vanilla Android-like experience. Google Now, Launcher, and Keyboard, installed Google apps (calendar, Hangouts, camera, etc)... that seemed to be alright for a while. I felt like I had a Nexus device's 3rd cousin twice removed. As time went on, and the phone was "used", the whole thing has slowly become some kind of unpredictable sick joke, like a Michael Bay film. 

If I can get the battery to last longer than 5 hours away from a charger, it's goes from decent performance to "crashing heroine addict" stability for no apparent reason. It's like I have some bipolar schizophrenic jumping off meds at moments notice in my pocket just ready to not notify me of a call I'm getting. The S6 even seems to hate it's kid brother, the Android Wear Moto 360. Their relationship goes from "old chums" to "not talking", hour by hour... I tried sending them in for counseling, but it hasn't helped. 

I rely on Hangouts/Google Voice,  and now don't even think about having a stable relationship with a Bluetooth Headset if I get a call through my Google Voice number. It'll just drop the audio connection sporadically... which makes it more difficult to use my office line, on my office phone, while I'm doing office work. 

Did I mention the battery? It's more than likely related to location services, which I only need when I'm away from a charger, which I only have on when I'm on the road, which I only get about 45 minutes of before it completely destroys my battery life. God forbid I hop in an Uber for 30 minutes and then attempt a return trip without an external charging source between trips. The S6 just belly flops into Mount Doom, hotter than lava, the CPU just burns up all the juice the phone has to offer and blam! No more device power. It's like magic.

Is the phone defective? Probably. Does it need to be replaced? Definitely.

So, my gut is telling me my hate for TouchWiz and force feeding the S6 a more "Google experience" is causing it to be bulimic. No, I won't just suck it up and enjoy the tourquose status bar of TouchWiz in the hideous app-switching glory Samsung gods have provided us, so my question to you would be... Nexus 6P or Moto X Pure? Neither of which have wireless charging which is a bit of an upset given how awesome that experience can be, though it's probably helped destroy the battery life of my S6 (slow clap, guys) but both look pretty good. 

I'm leaning more toward the Nexus 6P due to the fact that it is actually stock Android and "M" to boot. But the Moto X Pure brings enough punch to the table to make me think that a "near" stock experience is worlds better than TouchWiz, so I might just be able to stomach it.___

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2015-09-27 05:53:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-24 19:07:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Vintage Downtown @ Exchange LA

Vintage Downtown @ Exchange LA___

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2015-09-20 05:44:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery___

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2015-09-10 01:26:41 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Apple phone, tablet and TV fail to impress investors

Here's the thing - didn't Apple's last release cause a little dive in share price the day of? Didn't Apple share price take a nose dive on "launch day" of the iPhone 6? I don't see the doom & gloom. Do I think it's hysterics? Yep. It also makes a good headline. 

At the end of the day, Apple released themselves back into the smart TV market. Good. We need more attention by manufactures and app developers in that space. The Amazon Fire TV is bad ass, gaming is great, programming is pretty solid, and ultimately - it has access to Netflix, which - let's be honest, that's pretty much the only thing people use these set-top boxes for anyway. 

They also released the new iPhone 6s and Plus. Neat? I don't know, at this point - a flagship phone is a flagship phone is a flagshipp... more »

Apple phone, tablet and TV fail to impress investors

Here's the thing - didn't Apple's last release cause a little dive in share price the day of? Didn't Apple share price take a nose dive on "launch day" of the iPhone 6? I don't see the doom & gloom. Do I think it's hysterics? Yep. It also makes a good headline. 

At the end of the day, Apple released themselves back into the smart TV market. Good. We need more attention by manufactures and app developers in that space. The Amazon Fire TV is bad ass, gaming is great, programming is pretty solid, and ultimately - it has access to Netflix, which - let's be honest, that's pretty much the only thing people use these set-top boxes for anyway. 

They also released the new iPhone 6s and Plus. Neat? I don't know, at this point - a flagship phone is a flagship phone is a flagship phone. After 8 years of app-store and music ecosystem investment, I highly doubt people are going to jump ship from Android to iOS or vice versa based on a new phone's release. As of now, the expectation is "better is coming all the time" and innovation is so rare that there are no truly compelling "must haves" provided by pretty much anyone to really drive a stake into the hearts of consumers with brand loyalty. 

The iPad Pro, on the other hand - bad ass. I'm a fan. I'm not a "buy it" fan. I'm a "to hell with tablets not being laptops, and laptops not being tablets" guy. I really want a Surface Pro 3, but would like to see a little more muscle in it - the kind of muscle and attention smartphones and tablets have been getting. Yeah; it's a bad ass system, and it's full Windows 10. But there's still a little more distance to go before it becomes a must-have device. Same goes for the iPad Pro. 

Apple loaded this thing up with enough guts to make it a solid OSX device, but that would just destroy Macbook Air (or whatever they're selling now) sales, because people don't want a laptop & a tablet. Why? Money. Also portability. But I don't think people want to rifle through a mobile OS to be productive either. Speaking from a purely anecdotal perspective - I certainly as hell don't. Can I make websites, check analytics, perform system updates, and SSH from my Android? Yes. Yes, I can. Do I? No. Just no. I have 3 monitors up at most times, coding/testing/managing/consulting. Yes, I know, iOS 9 multi-tasks, and it's being touted as a superior OS... over iOS 8. Neat, but until Apple & analysts come out and say, "holy hell, iOS X is faster, more powerful, and better than OSX for getting shit done!" it's not as good as sitting down at a desk with a "real" computer and hammering stuff out. It's just not. Don't try to justify a disagreement with false logic. You know you'd be lying to yourself and others. It's not nice. 

Apple Pencil... good for them! But, LOL! Anyone can trace stylus computing alllll the way back to the Newton & even before that. For those of you unaware - the stylus is the fanny-pack of computing inputs. Does it work? Heck yes, it works. But so do Segweys, Mopeds, Bluetooth Headsets, and Selfy-Sticks. Should Wacom worry? Read my above paragraph. (Hint: "NO"). Fact of the matter is this, for $99 you can use your huge tablet in your home to make art & blueprints. I don't think it's going to be a mass market thing, but then again - what do I know? Microsoft and Adobe seemed to believe everyone is dying to bring a highlighter to their tablet. 

As for the Apple Watch... do people even have these? I have a Moto 360; it's neat, but it's near the very bottom of my "you're on a deserted island, pick three things to take with you" list. I would recommend it for people who... I don't know, have nothing else to buy and feel like spending money. So when it comes to the Apple Watch - which is far more pricey than the Moto 360 trinket - does that purchase even make sense at this point? I mean - until it can cast a hologram or something it's still "only sorta better" than pulling your phone out of your pocket to check a notification or the time. I mean, they haven't even gotten to mass market enough to be a shame device like the fanny-pack stylus, Apple Pencil.___

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2015-09-09 20:40:25 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-09 05:52:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

My niece rocked out with some photography today. 

Did some photographing of the MS building and library after my math test today. ___My niece rocked out with some photography today. 

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2015-09-05 20:11:50 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Took a stroll today with the LA Conservancy on their Art Deco tour.

Took a stroll today with the LA Conservancy on their Art Deco tour.___

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2015-09-04 23:53:11 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

The Broad 

Dowtown LA's latest obligatory "gotta take this" shot.

The Broad 

Dowtown LA's latest obligatory "gotta take this" shot.___

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2015-09-04 23:46:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Upper Grand / Financial District

Took a little walk with +Danya Swanson and +Jason Goldman last night through a famliar, yet very different route. Downtown LA is changing very fast. I routinely take a hiatus from photography - between 2008 - 2010, nothing. Between 2013 and last night, very rarely. It hones my style, sharpens what I want to see, and allows me rediscover the tools, keeping my art from becoming a craft.

Upper Grand / Financial District

Took a little walk with +Danya Swanson and +Jason Goldman last night through a famliar, yet very different route. Downtown LA is changing very fast. I routinely take a hiatus from photography - between 2008 - 2010, nothing. Between 2013 and last night, very rarely. It hones my style, sharpens what I want to see, and allows me rediscover the tools, keeping my art from becoming a craft.___

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2015-09-04 00:59:36 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Socality Barbie

This, this is great satire. http://www.wired.com/2015/09/hipster-barbie-much-better-instagram/

#socalitybarbie   #instagram   #hashtagstorm   #satire   #wired   #lol   #iranoutofhashtags   #justgonnamakeafewup   #heresanotherone   #keepmcoming   #vsco   #etc   #andstuff  

cc +Jason Goldman / +Danya Swanson 

Socality Barbie

This, this is great satire. http://www.wired.com/2015/09/hipster-barbie-much-better-instagram/

#socalitybarbie   #instagram   #hashtagstorm   #satire   #wired   #lol   #iranoutofhashtags   #justgonnamakeafewup   #heresanotherone   #keepmcoming   #vsco   #etc   #andstuff  

cc +Jason Goldman / +Danya Swanson ___

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2015-09-01 18:51:23 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Hooray, new stuff!

PayPal launched it's own thing today for accepting payments easier, even though it wasn't tough before, it's even... "less tough" now, apparently. Squat your name, kids!

Hooray, new stuff!

PayPal launched it's own thing today for accepting payments easier, even though it wasn't tough before, it's even... "less tough" now, apparently. Squat your name, kids!___

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2015-08-20 14:28:56 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Deez Nuts for President

Some news was floating around last night that looked like a gag being played on the American polls, and did some digging this morning to find this article in the +Rolling Stone.

The absurdity factor of seeing "Deez Nuts" pulling in 9% of North Carolina's votes was bait of a more well thought-out point being made by this guy. 15 years old, on his way to his sophomore year of high school, and more insight into what makes Americans tick than a vast majority of voters.

The 24 hour news cycle will just shovel this well played argument against the current state of both the (R) and (D) campaign trails to the way side if this guy doesn't keep beating his drum in louder or ridiculous ways, but here's to hoping people at least hear about this guy, maybe read this article, and perhaps have a little light click on that makes them pay... more »

Deez Nuts for President

Some news was floating around last night that looked like a gag being played on the American polls, and did some digging this morning to find this article in the +Rolling Stone.

The absurdity factor of seeing "Deez Nuts" pulling in 9% of North Carolina's votes was bait of a more well thought-out point being made by this guy. 15 years old, on his way to his sophomore year of high school, and more insight into what makes Americans tick than a vast majority of voters.

The 24 hour news cycle will just shovel this well played argument against the current state of both the (R) and (D) campaign trails to the way side if this guy doesn't keep beating his drum in louder or ridiculous ways, but here's to hoping people at least hear about this guy, maybe read this article, and perhaps have a little light click on that makes them pay a little more attention to actual patriotism, and not the circus.

Footnote - this isn't some endorsement or view into the way I'll be voting. For the most part, I'm refusing to get into any in-depth analysis of candidates prior to 100 days out from the elections___

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2015-08-19 19:49:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Star Wars: Rogue One

Star Wars: Rogue One___

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2015-08-18 14:55:03 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Facebook Notes is back

Apparently, while I was converting my own blog into a G+ Collection, Facebook was relaunching Notes with the intent to draw people towards using Facebook as a blogging platform. It's features... well, the ones I see right now - a title, place to write the post, a spot to upload a photo, and an input area for tags... As the article's title suggests (http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2015/08/17/through-the-medium-of-facebook/) the look of it goes head-on at Twitter founders' Medium site. The reason why FB is doing this is pretty obvious, and whether it'll take or not is still up for grabs. 

One thing it probably won't do very well is populate Twitter/Pinterest/Google+ posts when sharing the link - a Twitter card, for example, are absent from this +Dave Winer tweet:  https://twitter.com/davewiner/status/633244015098507264 .
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Facebook Notes is back

Apparently, while I was converting my own blog into a G+ Collection, Facebook was relaunching Notes with the intent to draw people towards using Facebook as a blogging platform. It's features... well, the ones I see right now - a title, place to write the post, a spot to upload a photo, and an input area for tags... As the article's title suggests (http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2015/08/17/through-the-medium-of-facebook/) the look of it goes head-on at Twitter founders' Medium site. The reason why FB is doing this is pretty obvious, and whether it'll take or not is still up for grabs. 

One thing it probably won't do very well is populate Twitter/Pinterest/Google+ posts when sharing the link - a Twitter card, for example, are absent from this +Dave Winer tweet:  https://twitter.com/davewiner/status/633244015098507264 .

Google+ has the same issue, but the G+ folk aren't sitting here touting Google+ as a blogging platform or possible replacement/contender for WordPress/Squarespace/Tumblr/Medium/Blogger... So there is that.

Funny enough , It's also kinda weird to me when HUGE news is made about an image uploader, tinyMCE textarea, and an input type="text" box, basically. Apparently this is "Earth shattering, omg!" because it looks like someone else's image uploader/tinyMCE implementation, it even uses background-size: cover for the image up top! I guess that can be said for most of the web though, it's not about the form objects, its how they're displayed, marketed, and press released that drives the difference.___

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2015-08-18 14:37:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Classic classic rock

Super early Zeppelin, stellar sound quality to boot. 

Classic classic rock

Super early Zeppelin, stellar sound quality to boot. ___

2015-08-17 19:50:39 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Google+ as my Blog

Would you do it?

I've created a Collection called "Blog" on Google+ and hand picked a series of posts that are relatively blog-like. Let's see how this goes.

I guess the big commitment to this Collection is linked to directly from the "Blog" navigation item on my own site, nrek.co.

While a lot of people are basically claiming Google+ has already nailed the iceberg and poor Jack is about to sink to the bottom of the Atlantic, I'm not convinced... yet. Fact is, most of the folks I've heard "death nail" comments from either don't use Google+, jumped ship back to Facebook, or have been horribly wrong in the past (about iPhone killing Android, about the death of PC's, about Tablets taking over the world, blah blah blah)...

Anyway, I'll now be blogging on Google+
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Google+ as my Blog

Would you do it?

I've created a Collection called "Blog" on Google+ and hand picked a series of posts that are relatively blog-like. Let's see how this goes.

I guess the big commitment to this Collection is linked to directly from the "Blog" navigation item on my own site, nrek.co.

While a lot of people are basically claiming Google+ has already nailed the iceberg and poor Jack is about to sink to the bottom of the Atlantic, I'm not convinced... yet. Fact is, most of the folks I've heard "death nail" comments from either don't use Google+, jumped ship back to Facebook, or have been horribly wrong in the past (about iPhone killing Android, about the death of PC's, about Tablets taking over the world, blah blah blah)...

Anyway, I'll now be blogging on Google+

I'm also going to fire up Night Photography Photowalks in Downtown LA again next month, presumably with +Jason Goldman,+Danya Swanson, and anyone/everyone else that's interested in participating in the crazy...cough +David Seibold +Eric Stoliker +Yas Mean *cough*___

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2015-08-16 22:15:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Pit 91, LA Area Tar Pits with +Danya Swanson​ today. Hot out there.

Pit 91, LA Area Tar Pits with +Danya Swanson​ today. Hot out there.___

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2015-08-12 01:55:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Google Photos made you all a present
#dtla #autoawesome #samsunggalaxys6


Google Photos made you all a present
#dtla #autoawesome #samsunggalaxys6
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2015-08-10 23:03:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Housefly.
#samsunggalaxys6

Macro setting in this phone is sorta nuts

Housefly.
#samsunggalaxys6

Macro setting in this phone is sorta nuts___

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2015-08-10 21:42:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Alphabet. Google. 

Larry Page & Sergey Brin doing "weird" like they do.

Alphabet. Google. 

Larry Page & Sergey Brin doing "weird" like they do.___

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2015-08-09 22:54:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Beer Bottle Chandelier @ STOUT

#samsunggalaxys6  

Beer Bottle Chandelier @ STOUT

#samsunggalaxys6  ___

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2015-08-07 02:09:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Office View.

#samsunggalaxys6

Office View.

#samsunggalaxys6___

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2015-08-04 08:10:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Another #samsunggalaxys6

No post process. Kinda crazy

Another #samsunggalaxys6

No post process. Kinda crazy___

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2015-08-04 05:44:44 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Downtown LA #samsunggalaxys6

Downtown LA #samsunggalaxys6___

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