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ARTISTS IN THE PLUS1,992,328*September 25th we kick off the 2013 AITP Online Music Festival week. The fun all starts when Artists from all over the globe start arriving in LA. This event bringing you close to hundred emerging Artists worldwide. In person and virtually using Google Hangouts.  Is also part of this year's Social Media Week in Los Angeles.*   *Live from Village Studios* We will be bringing you live performances from thirty of your favorite Artists In The Plus musicians, streamed on YouTube worldwide.  In every decade since its founding, The Village has produced the favorite songs of all time. As the look and sound of music changes, so does The Village. From legends like Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, B. B. King and Bob Dylan to current artists like Coldplay, Taylor Swift and John Mayer you would be hard pressed to find an artist who hasn't recorded here.  *Live from Bergen* We have a special live event in Bergen, Norway Saturday September 28th, brought to you by the new European division of Artists In The Plus! You can join us in Bergen with performances by Madcraft, Ilona, and Artist Of The Year 2012 Myrna Braza from the beautiful Biblioteket Bar!  *12 Hours a day of Hangout On Air Performances!* We’ll have dozens of artists from _all over the world_ live on Youtube as well via Hangouts On Air.  *Los Angeles Photo Walk* We also will have Jordan Oram in LA with us, and he is planning a photo walk for the event on Monday September 30th! Contact Jordan if you would like to join us. *Unfamous AITP POST-FEST* Join us at *The Roxy Theater* 9009 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. World famous live music venue on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood since 1973. This event will run Monday September 30th 9pm-2am    *Artists In The Plus RECORDING CONTEST WITH GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER Val Garay!*  You can help one of your favorite Artists get the opportunity to have a song recorded with Val Garay. The Artists In The Plus panel and Val Garay will narrow those submissions down to five finalists. Those finalists will be announced live at Village Studios during the Online Music Festival. Then is up to you the fans, who gets a chance to record with Val Garay at his studio. He’s garnered over 100 gold & platinum records with total record sales over 125,000,000 worldwide. He’s been Nominated for Grammy’s on 9 different occasions and won for the “Record of the Year & Song of the Year” with Bette Davis Eyes in 1981 and an Emmy Nomination for Neil Diamond’s TV Special, “Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight”. *Luna Guitars and Artists In The Plus are giving away two guitars during the AITP Online Music Festival!* One Artists in The Plus fan will win a beautiful TRI PAR (Trinity Parlor)  Luna Guitar during the Artists In The Plus Online Music Festival. On Saturday September 28th fans can add a special catch phrase to any comment on YouTube, or or Facebook and Google+ event pages. This will make them eligible for the random drawing of a winner. They can simply add the phrase *“Artists In The Plus Online Music Festival 20132013-09-27 20:00:00575  

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2015-07-14 14:34:31 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Today may be the day when the warring sentient species on Charon and Pluto, locked in their eons old rivalry, are suddenly made aware that there is truly alien life in the universe, and it may be time to put their differences aside and join forces against the unknown existential threat in their solar system.

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2015-07-14 14:34:31 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Today may be the day when the warring sentient species on Charon and Pluto, locked in their eons old rivalry, are suddenly made aware that there is truly alien life in the universe, and it may be time to put their differences aside and join forces against the unknown existential threat in their solar system.

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2015-07-14 14:34:31 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Today may be the day when the warring sentient species on Charon and Pluto, locked in their eons old rivalry, are suddenly made aware that there is truly alien life in the universe, and it may be time to put their differences aside and join forces against the unknown existential threat in their solar system.

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2015-08-31 13:14:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Things I couldn't do at 5 years old
Or now, for that matter. Fun start to the morning.

Things I couldn't do at 5 years old
Or now, for that matter. Fun start to the morning.___

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2015-08-28 15:24:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is awesome on so many levels

Social commentary aside, this looks like a really awesome comic book! Okay, I'll say it, yes, I'm also really excited (as a mentor to young people of all ethnicities) to see a black kid FINALLY as the lead role in a story where he isn't the star athlete, star dancer or token best friend of a white kid. Yes, I said it! :D #RaisingDion  ___This is awesome on so many levels

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2015-08-27 16:29:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A new book on InkShares - crowdshared publishing
One of my good writer friends, Chris Garson, is releasing his latest novel though a new crowdsharing publishing site called Inkshares. If you want to take a look at a description and the preface, you can find it at the link below. If you are curious about how Inkshares works, you can find information on that at https://www.inkshares.com/how_it_works

A new book on InkShares - crowdshared publishing
One of my good writer friends, Chris Garson, is releasing his latest novel though a new crowdsharing publishing site called Inkshares. If you want to take a look at a description and the preface, you can find it at the link below. If you are curious about how Inkshares works, you can find information on that at https://www.inkshares.com/how_it_works___

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2015-08-24 11:51:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thank you sketches
This past week, I attended a tech conference called MWLUG in Atlanta. While there, a couple I know described their visit to Japan, and how the Japanese believe in giving small meaningful gifts to show appreciation and respect. These two sketches are my thank yous.

Thank you sketches
This past week, I attended a tech conference called MWLUG in Atlanta. While there, a couple I know described their visit to Japan, and how the Japanese believe in giving small meaningful gifts to show appreciation and respect. These two sketches are my thank yous.___

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2015-08-21 15:50:56 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

For gamers, this is fascinating
It's very well done (even though I understand neither video games nor Chatroulette).

For gamers, this is fascinating
It's very well done (even though I understand neither video games nor Chatroulette).___

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2015-08-20 13:36:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Missing MWLUG? You don't have to miss all the goodies
Learn how to use (i.e. create) the useful http://example.com/db.nsf/view/unid/$Links.json syntax (source code included), as well as the aptly named Daleks demo at http://planetlotus.org/d37084
#IBM #MWLUG2015 #social  

Missing MWLUG? You don't have to miss all the goodies
Learn how to use (i.e. create) the useful http://example.com/db.nsf/view/unid/$Links.json syntax (source code included), as well as the aptly named Daleks demo at http://planetlotus.org/d37084
#IBM #MWLUG2015 #social  ___

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2015-08-20 03:58:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Empower the Pig - Don't Disturb the Lipstick presentation posted
Sparked a priceless father-daughter Twitter conv.
Available at http://planetlotus.org/d37084 #MWLUG2015

Empower the Pig - Don't Disturb the Lipstick presentation posted
Sparked a priceless father-daughter Twitter conv.
Available at http://planetlotus.org/d37084 #MWLUG2015___

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2015-08-17 13:04:12 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I probably shouldn't share, but this is exactly what O'Reilly covers seem like to me.

___I probably shouldn't share, but this is exactly what O'Reilly covers seem like to me.

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2015-08-12 01:26:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I can vouch for this. Great book.

___I can vouch for this. Great book.

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2015-08-11 19:02:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Last CoexEdit customer upgraded to AppsFidelity

Blog post:  http://planetlotus.org/d34cf8 

#ibm #xpages

Last CoexEdit customer upgraded to AppsFidelity

Blog post:  http://planetlotus.org/d34cf8 

#ibm #xpages___

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2015-08-07 00:33:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

h/t +Galen Hussey 

Words to live by. #privacy   #security   #truth  ___h/t +Galen Hussey 

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2015-08-06 01:35:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Switching from my simple sketch profile to a self portrait I did this week in drawing class.

Switching from my simple sketch profile to a self portrait I did this week in drawing class.___

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2015-08-06 01:28:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Desperately seeking similarity
Our last week of this art class, and I spent part of it drawing the woman who was sitting across from me, and the other half on a self portrait. I'm getting better at this, though I still have a long way to go. I feel pretty good about the drawings as drawings, but...

Desperately seeking similarity
Our last week of this art class, and I spent part of it drawing the woman who was sitting across from me, and the other half on a self portrait. I'm getting better at this, though I still have a long way to go. I feel pretty good about the drawings as drawings, but...___

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2015-08-05 01:43:05 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Priceless

Priceless___

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2015-08-03 14:40:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

In particular, items 2, 4 and 5 are really worth considering for anybody planning a presentation. (I have one at a tech conference in a couple of weeks, and even knowing this stuff, I'm really glad for the reminder and will go back and look over what I have planned.)

7 Really Bad Pieces of Advice About Public Speaking http://bit.ly/1DmVC4N___In particular, items 2, 4 and 5 are really worth considering for anybody planning a presentation. (I have one at a tech conference in a couple of weeks, and even knowing this stuff, I'm really glad for the reminder and will go back and look over what I have planned.)

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2015-07-31 03:04:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Please be aware this is a phishing scam - proceed with caution
Per +Scott Krichau:
http://peterandcompany.tumblr.com/post/124924181627/phishing-warning-avoid-wallpart-at-all-costs

Via +Mz Maau 

kinda scarey---wonder if they've swiped any of +Rick Clark 's images, or +Paul Biedermann or +Jennifer Broderick 's doodles...___Please be aware this is a phishing scam - proceed with caution
Per +Scott Krichau:
http://peterandcompany.tumblr.com/post/124924181627/phishing-warning-avoid-wallpart-at-all-costs

Via +Mz Maau 

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2015-07-30 21:01:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Safety is not outrunning your brother
An old but beloved joke goes something like this. When you are walking in the woods with your brother and an angry bear approaches, you don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your brother. Like many jokes, we don't tend to look past the punchline.

Safety is not outrunning your brother
An old but beloved joke goes something like this. When you are walking in the woods with your brother and an angry bear approaches, you don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your brother. Like many jokes, we don't tend to look past the punchline.___

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2015-07-30 18:12:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Cool Mission Impossible theme by +Taylor Davis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eXzKuRsmrI

Cool Mission Impossible theme by +Taylor Davis.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eXzKuRsmrI___

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2015-07-30 00:50:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Face it - I have a long way to go
This week, we started on faces...

Face it - I have a long way to go
This week, we started on faces...___

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2015-07-27 19:49:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

In an app or even on a webpage, you can pull in high quality rendering of fields, documents or views from Notes using AppsFidelity Render.

High quality HTML rendered by AppsFidelity can be pulled into your mobile or XPages app with a simple URL

Blog post: http://planetlotus.org/d2f1f4___In an app or even on a webpage, you can pull in high quality rendering of fields, documents or views from Notes using AppsFidelity Render.

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2015-07-25 02:35:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Just sharing this again, because while the dragons in my WIP novel are much smaller, this is still my favorite dragon creation.

Galápagos Mysteries
The Galápagos islands hold many mysteries, and it is still not clear that scientists have identified all the secretive creatures who live there. From an original GSV at http://goo.gl/c4Afzg for +Artistic Google's Island Getaways.
#artisticgoogle #Islands
+Jamal Masood +Chee Yow +Patrick Sheeran +Jan McCartney +Rob Robinson ___Just sharing this again, because while the dragons in my WIP novel are much smaller, this is still my favorite dragon creation.

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2015-07-23 14:33:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

If he were bright red, he'd be more recognizable
For drawing class today, we did stuffed animals. I chose this part of Elmo and a very cute elephant who was difficult to capture straight on. While I was drawing Elmo, I kept thinking about the advice that ...

If he were bright red, he'd be more recognizable
For drawing class today, we did stuffed animals. I chose this part of Elmo and a very cute elephant who was difficult to capture straight on. While I was drawing Elmo, I kept thinking about the advice that ...___

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2015-07-20 15:01:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

h/t +Jenny Winder 

It's the 46th Anniversary of our #Apollo11 moon landing. Mankind's first small step -The next giant leap will be #Mars #GYATM___h/t +Jenny Winder 

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2015-07-19 14:05:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Three days until Pop Goes The TARDIS is out!

it's almost time to get your trock on \m/ Here's a sampler with snippets of all the songs: http://bit.ly/PGTTSampler

#PGTT   #DoctorWho   #trock  

Three days until Pop Goes The TARDIS is out!

it's almost time to get your trock on \m/ Here's a sampler with snippets of all the songs: http://bit.ly/PGTTSampler

#PGTT   #DoctorWho   #trock  ___

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2015-07-16 18:18:24 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I love the quote... and the illustration.

Liked this Liana Brooks quote so much I decided to illustrate it. You can find out more about Liana and her books at http://LianaBrooks.com.___I love the quote... and the illustration.

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2015-07-16 17:44:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Negative space (but not Reddit)
This week in drawing class was all about negative space, or at least starting there. I made a few different drawings because I was trying to get the concept. The goal was to focus on the negative space (anything other than the containers) and shade that in...

Negative space (but not Reddit)
This week in drawing class was all about negative space, or at least starting there. I made a few different drawings because I was trying to get the concept. The goal was to focus on the negative space (anything other than the containers) and shade that in...___

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2015-07-16 02:12:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Okay, while #PrimeDay has not been perfect...
I did just save $37 on a pair of sneakers my wife wanted. Not a lightning deal or anything, it just gave the discount when I went to checkout. I'll take it.

Okay, while #PrimeDay has not been perfect...
I did just save $37 on a pair of sneakers my wife wanted. Not a lightning deal or anything, it just gave the discount when I went to checkout. I'll take it.___

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2015-07-15 15:44:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Finally, a #PrimeDay lightning deal I might consider
Acer Aspire E 11 ES1-111M-P2YU 11.6-Inch Laptop for $169.99. My son has one like this, and it might be a handy travel laptop.
#fwiw

Finally, a #PrimeDay lightning deal I might consider
Acer Aspire E 11 ES1-111M-P2YU 11.6-Inch Laptop for $169.99. My son has one like this, and it might be a handy travel laptop.
#fwiw___

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2015-07-15 13:40:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

While it isn't quite as impressive as the hype
Don't forget to check out Prime Day on Amazon for special deals (if you have Amazon Prime)  http://amzn.to/1Hum3UO

While it isn't quite as impressive as the hype
Don't forget to check out Prime Day on Amazon for special deals (if you have Amazon Prime)  http://amzn.to/1Hum3UO___

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2015-07-14 14:34:31 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Today may be the day when the warring sentient species on Charon and Pluto, locked in their eons old rivalry, are suddenly made aware that there is truly alien life in the universe, and it may be time to put their differences aside and join forces against the unknown existential threat in their solar system.

Today may be the day when the warring sentient species on Charon and Pluto, locked in their eons old rivalry, are suddenly made aware that there is truly alien life in the universe, and it may be time to put their differences aside and join forces against the unknown existential threat in their solar system.___

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2015-07-13 01:15:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Pleased to see this.

Be like Bernie Sanders: stick to the issues and keep it clean
I’m getting concerned by the degree of hatred and vitriol that is being leveled at Hillary Clinton recently on Bernie groups (not so much the People For Bernie community, more on Facebook). Note that I am 100% behind Bernie Sanders, have donated what I can afford, bought merch, designed guides, posted like a madman, designed useful guides for the grassroots campaign, and talked to all sorts of people in the real world about Bernie, so don’t question my loyalty here.

Folks need to stop posting articles and memes bashing Hillary. I’ve even seen some actual right wing extremist websites being used as citations to attack her. That’s not us. We’re better than that. We need to follow Bernie’s example by sticking to the issues and keeping it clean. 

This is important for a few reasons. 
1. We are going to NEED Hillary supporters when Bernie wins the nomination. Should some unforeseen circumstances arise and a different Democratic Party candidate wins, I will support them 100% since no matter who it is they are way better than any of the conservative Republican Party candidates. Bernie will support them too. In the meantime however, assume we are going to win, and we will need their support, so don’t burn any bridges!

2. This contest is not about rumor, scandal, personalities, drama, or like a sports game. This is a real contest between ideas that will have very real effects on real people’s lives. If we stay focused on issues, we win. If we let the conversation descend into infotainment and mudslinging, we will lose. 

While it is fair to accurately point out important differences between the candidates, always do it in a respectful, dispassionate way. Have your facts straight and cite your sources. Make it an assessment based on evidence. 

If you are in doubt whether you should post content or a comment, ask yourself, What Would Bernie Do? 

#Bernie2016  ___Pleased to see this.

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2015-07-09 12:26:36 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Crumpled paper bags
For week 4 of my drawing class, we had to draw two paper bags, both somewhat crumpled. Ugh. Very difficult, though it led to good discussions of shading, blending and planes, as well as how to show whether it is crumpled in or out. Not super excited about my drawing, but...

Crumpled paper bags
For week 4 of my drawing class, we had to draw two paper bags, both somewhat crumpled. Ugh. Very difficult, though it led to good discussions of shading, blending and planes, as well as how to show whether it is crumpled in or out. Not super excited about my drawing, but...___

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2015-07-08 22:26:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Maybe I need more contrast

Maybe I need more contrast___

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2015-07-08 22:15:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Trying out different sketch selfies

Trying out different sketch selfies___

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2015-07-08 13:42:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

First sketch of a girl
Trying to sketch a girl's face. Hmm. I need to figure out what makes a girl look like a girl without going into stereotypical exaggerated big eyes and small round face. A friend on Facebook...

First sketch of a girl
Trying to sketch a girl's face. Hmm. I need to figure out what makes a girl look like a girl without going into stereotypical exaggerated big eyes and small round face. A friend on Facebook...___

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2015-07-07 23:53:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Yet another reason to love Luchita's

Frida Kahlo born 6 Jul 1907 ___Yet another reason to love Luchita's

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2015-07-05 20:24:29 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Presbytère - Louisiana State Museum
I visited New Orleans for +Artistic Google's latest tour, and dropped in on the Louisiana State Museum. Colorful. Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/hcKcu
#artisticgoogle #NewOrleans
+Jan McCartney +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran +Rob Robinson 

Presbytère - Louisiana State Museum
I visited New Orleans for +Artistic Google's latest tour, and dropped in on the Louisiana State Museum. Colorful. Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/hcKcu
#artisticgoogle #NewOrleans
+Jan McCartney +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran +Rob Robinson ___

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2015-07-03 19:26:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Because cats
One of my author friends suggested that I try sketching cats, as they can be quite challenging. From what I can tell, the faces aren't too difficulty (as sketches, not as drawings), but the bodies are harder for me. I will work on them more, but here are two.

Because cats
One of my author friends suggested that I try sketching cats, as they can be quite challenging. From what I can tell, the faces aren't too difficulty (as sketches, not as drawings), but the bodies are harder for me. I will work on them more, but here are two.___

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2015-07-02 19:12:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I might as well post this for ‪#‎tbt‬.
I am third from the left in the back in the bottom picture. (I hit 6' in 7th grade, so I had my perpetual slouch-so-it-isn't-obvious stance on.) Yes, I was Ben Lewis back then, and this was the entire 8th grade. We were a small school.

I might as well post this for ‪#‎tbt‬.
I am third from the left in the back in the bottom picture. (I hit 6' in 7th grade, so I had my perpetual slouch-so-it-isn't-obvious stance on.) Yes, I was Ben Lewis back then, and this was the entire 8th grade. We were a small school.___

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2015-07-02 17:40:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A bit of sketching
While my drawing class is mostly about drawing actual stuff in front of us, I have been playing with sketching on my own. One of the fascinating things is that it is easier in some ways to add fewer details and let the viewer interpret. Such as this face...

A bit of sketching
While my drawing class is mostly about drawing actual stuff in front of us, I have been playing with sketching on my own. One of the fascinating things is that it is easier in some ways to add fewer details and let the viewer interpret. Such as this face...___

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2015-07-01 22:14:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Just boxes all the way down
Straight line drawing plus shading This week's drawing class was exhausting. The teacher had set up a stack of boxes and pointed some lights at them. Then we talked about "straight line drawings" (which are somewhat easier, supposedly, when your objects hav...

Just boxes all the way down
Straight line drawing plus shading This week's drawing class was exhausting. The teacher had set up a stack of boxes and pointed some lights at them. Then we talked about "straight line drawings" (which are somewhat easier, supposedly, when your objects hav...___

2015-06-29 17:35:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Can anyone point to a good, plain English post or article explaining the impact of the Google vs. Oracle America decision today?
+Google+ 

Can anyone point to a good, plain English post or article explaining the impact of the Google vs. Oracle America decision today?
+Google+ ___

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2015-06-27 14:33:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-24 23:30:59 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I am so tired of the immaturity in political discourse

I am so tired of the immaturity in political discourse___

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2015-06-24 21:53:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Toy dinosaurs and relativity
I had my second drawing class today (as you might have gathered from
the photo). We discussed contour drawing, gesture drawing and started on shading. As our models for the day, our teacher brought in many of his son's toy dinosaurs. After a while, we we...

Toy dinosaurs and relativity
I had my second drawing class today (as you might have gathered from
the photo). We discussed contour drawing, gesture drawing and started on shading. As our models for the day, our teacher brought in many of his son's toy dinosaurs. After a while, we we...___

2015-06-24 02:24:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My decision about this election cycle
Feel free to ignore me (most people do), but I have been torn between the feeling that there are very real issues facing the United States and I don't want to ignore them, and the fact that election cycles tend to devolve into personalities and horse races, and I am not the least bit interested in that game.

So, my decision is that to the extent I can, I will discuss issues and not candidates. After all, if Candidate A takes a position and the Candidate B adopts it as well, I don't give a fig that Candidate A got there first. Also, if a candidate I like takes a position I don't approve of, I'm not going to criticize him/her, but take issue with the position instead. I don't care whether Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush or Rand Paul proposed something if it is a good idea, but I'd rather focus on the idea than... more »

My decision about this election cycle
Feel free to ignore me (most people do), but I have been torn between the feeling that there are very real issues facing the United States and I don't want to ignore them, and the fact that election cycles tend to devolve into personalities and horse races, and I am not the least bit interested in that game.

So, my decision is that to the extent I can, I will discuss issues and not candidates. After all, if Candidate A takes a position and the Candidate B adopts it as well, I don't give a fig that Candidate A got there first. Also, if a candidate I like takes a position I don't approve of, I'm not going to criticize him/her, but take issue with the position instead. I don't care whether Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush or Rand Paul proposed something if it is a good idea, but I'd rather focus on the idea than the candidate. Plenty of airtime and energy will be spent letting people know who stands for what. I don't want any part of that.

Perhaps this is unrealistic, but I care deeply about issues such as fighting racism, providing a strong social welfare system, promoting LGBTQ equality and taking care of the environment. I also care about a sustainable and equitable business environment and the embrace of immigration and other measures to strengthen our country. I am not interested in he said/she said, and I am absolutely against tearing people apart. If Ted Cruz comes up with a position I like, I'll applaud the decision without criticizing the "package" and without smearing the man.

In general, I'll discourage commenters from bringing personalities in, but I plan to actively warn and eventually block people who spread hate on my posts. I can't imagine the bravery it takes to run for President or almost any elected position these days, and I don't intend to be part of the hate storm. Obviously, I am left leaning, but I respect public service and the men and women who seek it out, regardless of what others feel about their motives or methods.___

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2015-06-23 19:58:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Well said.

Bravo Tylenol!

Because this isn't just pandering to a particular demographic: this is making it clear that some families have to unfairly fight just to exist in ways that other families never even need consider.___Well said.

2015-06-23 13:26:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The mistrust of expertise
We live in a world where people too often mistrust the scientists, doctors and other experts who have dedicated their lives and careers to the study of a subject, yet implicitly trust the charlatans with no discernible source of expertise. Long term, expensive and carefully conducted experiments, research and studies are dismissed in a moment when confronted with a paranoid opinion accompanied by spooky music.

Yes, there are times when scientists are wrong, when doctors are overly influenced by pharmaceutical companies, when experts are not as unbiased as one would like to think. But those are rare and usually get called out by others. Why do people trust more the talk show host or blogger with zero expertise who spouts a rumor built on conspiracies? It feels like the Dark Ages, when superstition was rampant, and it endangers us all.

The mistrust of expertise
We live in a world where people too often mistrust the scientists, doctors and other experts who have dedicated their lives and careers to the study of a subject, yet implicitly trust the charlatans with no discernible source of expertise. Long term, expensive and carefully conducted experiments, research and studies are dismissed in a moment when confronted with a paranoid opinion accompanied by spooky music.

Yes, there are times when scientists are wrong, when doctors are overly influenced by pharmaceutical companies, when experts are not as unbiased as one would like to think. But those are rare and usually get called out by others. Why do people trust more the talk show host or blogger with zero expertise who spouts a rumor built on conspiracies? It feels like the Dark Ages, when superstition was rampant, and it endangers us all.___

2015-06-19 19:11:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Blocked and/or unfollowed a few people today
While I am all for a variety of opinions, I simply cannot countenance people who think that the #Charleston tragedy is a reason why more people should carry guns into church. I am willing to sacrifice a little diversity of thinking to avoid the stench of self serving denial.

Blocked and/or unfollowed a few people today
While I am all for a variety of opinions, I simply cannot countenance people who think that the #Charleston tragedy is a reason why more people should carry guns into church. I am willing to sacrifice a little diversity of thinking to avoid the stench of self serving denial.___

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