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Gijs van Dijk has been shared in 15 public circles

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John Nuntiatio37,221#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-27 17:29:13478168CC G+
Max Huijgen46,779The 100 most relevant people on G+ you really should check out. It´s impossible to select the people which contributes most to my experience on G+ so I´ll let Google do the dirty work.These 98 people (and 2 pages I helped founding) are the most relevant ones according to Google´s circle sort so they deserve a spot in the Friday sun.  If you´re not in it, be assured I really enjoy your posts and/or comments. I meet a lot of great people here, but this self imposed limit to 100 is just to make it easier for others to circle the whole bunch and check them out.2013-06-21 19:32:111001221459CC G+
Max Huijgen40,460100 Most relevant people on G+: interaction and lively threads guaranteed These folks are generated by the G+ ´relevant´ algorithm and will spice up your streams with great posts and mind challenging reactions on your contributions to G+. Circle them and see your streams come alive... My way to thank all of of you for making G+ such a great place.2013-02-21 22:14:1610059751CC G+
Johnny Johnsen5,985#F1Johnny  Circle :I have had some Formula 1 circles this season.Some from them from the one and only +Jens Graikowski  , some from others and some i have made myself.The things that matters for me is that the person in this circle is above average interested in Formula 1. If you do not get many (sometimes to much) post about Formula 1, you are probably in my "Motorsport " circle or or another one :)I want the person in this circle to feel that he or she belong there.If you want to be there but isn`t. Notify me !If you are in there and think this is to much Johnny !!!!! Notify me !  :-)Now Googla is on fire with "Communities" and this is great news for usFormula 1 fans. Now we can move in to the #F1 #Communities and just chat about Formula 1 all winter :-)Here are the links to the one i`m in :  http://bit.ly/VEMMJhhttp://bit.ly/TRWt1PI will also post and share my Formula 1 circle and my Motorsport circle.I hope that Formula 1 2013 season will be THE season for F1 followers on Google Plus. I think communities and the fact that it is so many more members here at the start of the season will make this to a great team.Google Plus will crush FB and be a good addition to Twitter in 2013 season :-)98,5 days left to the start ;)PS: If there is a lot of spelling mistakes, the reason is that Google Translate is not at work today :-)Have a great wintertime, and a fantastic Christmas.Johnny2012-12-08 17:42:33302805CC G+
Jens „Google Plus Yoda“ Graikowski10,635Last share of the F1 circle (Part one) ...As I have completely changed my circle system and am working exclusively with my "Interaction Ladder" (http://bit.ly/VfSrjs) for incoming and my "Targeted Circles" (http://bit.ly/XSXBoR) for outgoing traffic I have decided to delete even my last themed circle, the #FormulaOne  circle.I believe that creating a #Formula1  community via a circle is impractical and cumbersome. A #GooglePlusPage  is better suited for this endeavour, so if you want to be part of a large #F1 community I recommend you try some of the pages around, like +F1 Circle (the page that belongs to this circle) or +Formula 1 Fans. I will share this circle in two parts (One of the reason that it is cumbersome. You can't share circles larger than 500) so it doesn't get lost for those who are still interested in it. I will delete it from my circles afterwards.This is part one with F1 aficionados from A to L. The M to Z part will follow in a second.Don't get me wrong! I'll keep on posting about the F1 and I'll do so publicly. You can still all read my Formula 1 posts. If you'd like to be notified of them I'll gladly add you to my Formula 1 targeted circle. Just +1 the first comment underneath this post!I hope we'll all enjoy the last race of the season 2012 and am looking forward to see you all again in 2013.And now go and share this circle all over the place, will ya!Greez,+Jens Graikowski ***************************************************************** #jgformula12012-11-22 23:02:21367418CC G+
Dede King0The Oontz Oontz Circle #Top500  According to Google. This started as a ♂ circle, then became a 'Let me test G+'s notification limits' circle, but gosh there's just too many. I need more estrogen in my circles if this is anything to go by. I was listening to electro-house music in the background. Connect the dotz.I'm pretty sure this is a good bunch, though there might be some rogue snipers that missed my wine toothed comb. I notified no one. I'm just throwing it out there because I can't sleep and going through my circles and rambling in run on incoherent sentences about it seemed like a good idea at the time.2012-09-12 00:43:30500163447CC G+
Max Huijgen27,907A mystery shrouded in an enigma: My Top 99 circle These are the 99 users who are on top of my relevance list and I considered myself quite relevant to myself so I overruled Google there :)Many of these folks are engaging with me through posts or comments, but it´s still a surprise circle. Some people have a magic link thanks to Google´s relevancy algorithm which is a mystery shrouded in an enigma. If anyone has a clue what determines relevancy I would like to know.It´s clear that it´s something like ´interaction * no. of followers as I rarely comment on +Robert Scoble and vice versa. Most of the others are completely understandable, but then again some names are missing..I have removed some people who I know mostly through work related email or don´t post in English and added instead the profiles next in line. Want to create your own?► Click circles on the tab on the right► Make sure relevance is selected (default)► Select the top 99 users. (Drag a box around them)► Drag the whole group to "drop here to create new circle"► The new circle will open up. Make sure its 99 and adjust it if needed► Share it and use the hashtag #top99  and #sharedcircles  #top99   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  +Shared Circles on G+  +Nothing but Circles  +Public Circles  +Full Circle  +CircleCount  If you got notified you are one of the 99.2012-07-25 23:37:0699109644CC G+
Max Huijgen27,573Will Red Bull be allowed to race this afternoon? FIA finds fault with their engine mapping suggesting that Red Bull uses illegal torque maps. Technical delegate Jo Bauer put forward his findings after Saturday's qualifying session, claiming that both cars are in breach of the regulations.The effect of the strange looking torque maps is that maximum power is not delivered in the mid RPM ranges suggesting that the exhaust flow is used to influence the aerodynamics. Strictly forbidden after last years 'exhaust-blown diffuser' exploit of the rules. Sanctions could range from grid penalties to exclusion of this race!find below the first F1 circle; I will share the second one in a minute2012-07-22 10:39:5350021216CC G+
Max Huijgen25,284The latest F1 circle: just in time for the Montreal race, don´t miss it!The circle has only 495 members as I hit the limit earlier today. Next round I will add everyone who I missed or who comments here with a request and split over two circles.Let´s share and grow this circle and reach out to all fans on G+ to connect!I will merge with the work of +Brian Titus and +Jens Graikowski like we did before when we all have sufficient room again to grow this in to all-in-one series of #F1  circles.2012-06-10 17:53:3949520618CC G+
Jens „Google Plus Yoda“ Graikowski4,830the SUPER F1 CIRCLE (first installment) ...here it finally is! ... the collective effort of hundreds of F1 buffs all over the world ... the SUPER F1 CIRCLE! ...this circle started some time ago with three guys roaming G+ on the search for #formula1 fans ... +Brian Titus +Max Huijgen and my humble self put everybody who posted #F1 posts or commented on them in a circle and this circle has been circulating (you see what i did there, don't you? ... circle? ... circulating? ... no? ... well, never mind!) G+ for weeks and months now ... now we went one step further ... in one of my last posts i asked all members of the circle to send me their's, since it was probable that they had some #foreveralone aficionados in their private F1 circle that weren't yet in ours ... and there were! ... our SUPER F1 CIRCLE has grown to impressive 593 members! ... since i can only share 500 in a circle, this is the first installment ...the next installment will follow in a second, but there might be a problem ... since google in its infinite wisdom decided to make every movement in your circles a circle addition i can't split the circle properly ... i tried to and because i had moved some of the F1 buffs around already, my circle page told me that i had exceeded my limit to add people to my circles ... i had only added about 20 but since i moved hundreds from one circle to another i was told off ... well, that is the subject for another post ...anyway, i'll share the second installment in a sec, but there might be some doubles ... that doesn't matter though if you just add the second circle to the first ... doubles will automatically ignored then ...if you still have your ow F1 circle, send it to me (share it with just me) ... i will add to the next update then ... like this we should be able to collect the majority of the F1 buffs in one all encompassing circle ... thx for your collaboration! ...please don't forget to share this post publicly! ... we want to reach every F1 fan out there and we can only do that with your help! ... and don't forget, we are going to start our formula 1 race hangout at around 6pm GMT! ... you better reserve yourself a spot ... read more here http://bit.ly/Lg58Xj ! ...greez,+Jens Graikowski ...************************************************************************permalink to this post: http://bit.ly/KJbun4 ... #jgformula1  if you'd like to be notified about these kinds of posts, please read http://bit.ly/JPJxor ... if, on the other hand you are already receiving these notifications and would rather not anymore, please let me know in a PM (no questions asked) ...2012-06-10 15:52:2850116412CC G+
Max Huijgen23,013The latest #F1 circle of true Formula one fansRemember we are in Barcelona now, hence European hours so we can all watch the race at the same time now. Please share it to see if we can collect more fans.Let´s turn G+ into a place to share our interests: an F1 communityhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/112352920206354603958/posts/fTL61jyECov2012-05-11 20:26:44407241632CC G+
Jens „Google Plus Yoda“ Graikowski3,652newest version of our #F1 circle ...updated on the saturday, the 14th of april 2012» honey, they're here!+Max Huijgen has finally shared his eagerly anticipated #formulaone circle ... just in time for the race weekend in china ... i added it to our already existing circle and we gained a whopping 96 new members! ... thx to his excellent work our circle is now 344 #formula1 buffs strong! ... that's impressive, though there must be more out there ... please share this circle publicly, so we can find them all! ... if you are reading this and are not yet included in the circle, but would like to be, give me a shout in the comments! ...» who are we?originally this circle was curated by +Brian Titus (with a bit of a helping hand by myself) to bring all the F1 fans at #googleplus together and discuss our favorite subject ... we have our own +page too, called +F1 Circle ... don't forget to add it! ... apart from discussing the news around the formula 1 circus we'd like to do more though ... i for example will invite the whole circle to a hangout at every #race (if i can't or won't watch a race, like bahrain, we'll find somebody else who starts the hangout) ... like this, we can watch the #grandprix together (it's always nicer in good company) ... if you have some other great ideas about activities, that could make our little circle more interesting, let me or +Brian Titus or +Max Huijgen know! ...and now, let's all have a great time together! ...greez,+Jens Graikowski ...****************************************************************************** #jgformula12012-04-14 18:59:363441007CC G+
Max Huijgen20,565Will Rob Smedley start driving the Ferrari himself? An F1 circle of fans!A few weeks ago I started collecting people who are real fans of F1. Now crowd sourcing has the disadvantage that there are always people who want to be in a circle no matter the subject. I have taken my time to go through comments and posts all over G+ and came up with the following hard core fans. Now I´m pretty sure there must be much more and I will gladly add you if you have a clue about the post titlle :)Now, there is already a +F1 Circle and +Jens Graikowski and +Brian Titus have been curating this. Last year +Kol Tregaskes and I made the same effort. The goal is of course to get to one circle to rule them all ;)It makes no sense at all to have fragmented circles so I checked mine against the existing ones and found 98 new names compared to the latest shard one, so that´s good news.Before I merge I want to be sure we have as many people who really love #F1 as possible and avoid taking on board too many people who just want to be in. If you already have the latest circle you can just add this one to it to win the 98 new ones. What I hope for however is that we will find even more F1 fans thanks to this post and that I can share an even larger one next time. So if you´re in it and feel others are forgotten please mention them. Oh, and if you don´t want to be notified just say so, and I make sure someone else can be on the selected list for notifications.2012-04-14 14:56:1417056622CC G+
Jens „Google Plus Yoda“ Graikowski3,553newest version of our #F1 circle ...if you are a #formula1 buff, this might interest you ... a circle of birds-of-a-feather ... these are either people whom i've found all over G+ commenting and posting about the #formulaone , or peeps who specifically asked to be added to the circle ... being in this circle is fun! ... if you are interested in formula one you'll find fellow fans here ... there are always interesting, sometimes even heated, discussions going on ... we organise hangouts at #race weekends, to watch the #grandprix together ... if you'd like to be added, you can either add yourself and share the circle on, or just let me know in a comment at this, the original post, and i'll add you to the next up date (we do them regularly) ... also if you'd like to be taken out of the circle, please let know ...we are 230 strong now, but this can not be every F1 fan on G+, so please help us find the rest! ... add your own F1 followers, but don't share this circle only with your formula 1 peeps ... please share it publicly, so we can reach every living soul here on G+ (and of course all the ghosts too) ... #jgformula12012-04-05 16:40:4423017137CC G+
Jens „Google Plus Yoda“ Graikowski3,344#formula1 circle ...and here the newest version of +Brian Titus' #F1 circle ... not even brian himself has it yet, that is how new it is ... :D ... i added some #formulaone buffs of my own, so make sure you update it ... and make sure you re-share it on! ... let's bolster up our numbers a bit shall we? ...#jgformula12012-03-24 20:50:18197116CC G+

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2013-08-15 19:33:21 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Google being slashed for privacy
There is a lot of talk recently about Google supposedly to taking privacy so serious. And they are being slashed because of it. Seems like this is more of a typical internet storm of selective reading.

This article from The Verge does a good job of explaining what the fuss is about, and bringing a little sense of sanity and reality into the story.

Most reshares: 3

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2014-01-12 19:11:45 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)

Scott Kelby’s Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users, a reader review

Just a couple of days after I saw the introduction from +Scott Kelby   about his new book, ‘Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users’, I got the ebook version. There was no stock yet on the paper version, and I didn’t feel like waiting for the shipment anyway. :)

But let me start off with a little bit of background history.

Back in the day, me and all of my friends had +Adobe Photoshop   on their computers. Not that we could afford to pay for that software, nor did we have any clue about how to use it. But since all the pro’s used it, it was mandatory to have in case you needed to edit an image, right? It didn’t matter that the only thing we understood was the crop tool and the saturation slider.

Today, some things have changed dramatically and some things haven’t changed a bit.I appreciate the ... more »

Most plusones: 7

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2013-09-27 15:50:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  

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2014-08-11 09:33:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

10 REASONS WHY THE U.S.A. IS NOW A ROGUE STATE

1) The recent NSA revelations have revealed that the U.S. now spies on everyone, at all times. Everyone is considered an enemy combatant until proven otherwise.

2) A staggering 48 percent of americans are considered to be low income or living in poverty.

3) For the past 13 years U.S. military spending has increased 114 percent. The U.S military is now almost as large as the rest of the world combined.

4) The U.S. has signed "occupancy quotas" of 90-95% with private prison operators. If crime falls, these places still have to remain occupied. Perhaps that's why the U.S. has a quarter of the world's prison population?

5) President Obama now has executive powers to drone strike anyone in the world (even U.S. citizens) at any time with the stroke of a pen. An extensive "death... more »

10 REASONS WHY THE U.S.A. IS NOW A ROGUE STATE

1) The recent NSA revelations have revealed that the U.S. now spies on everyone, at all times. Everyone is considered an enemy combatant until proven otherwise.

2) A staggering 48 percent of americans are considered to be low income or living in poverty.

3) For the past 13 years U.S. military spending has increased 114 percent. The U.S military is now almost as large as the rest of the world combined.

4) The U.S. has signed "occupancy quotas" of 90-95% with private prison operators. If crime falls, these places still have to remain occupied. Perhaps that's why the U.S. has a quarter of the world's prison population?

5) President Obama now has executive powers to drone strike anyone in the world (even U.S. citizens) at any time with the stroke of a pen. An extensive "death list" is maintained.

6) The U.S. has a national debt of over $17.6 trillion and continues to run up a trade deficit of $40 billion every month. No one wants to buy U.S. bonds anymore, so the Federal Reserve has to print money to buy the government's debts.

7) Interest rates are at 0% and have been for 5 years since the 2008 crisis. According to the pattern of the last 40 years a new crisis is due any time now. Except this time there will be very few easy monetary policy measures available.

8) The federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) now feeds 45 million U.S. people. Due to the mirracles of modern technology these people remain hidden from plain sight. But if these cards were replaced by great depression style soup lines, they would be far longer than anything seen in the 1930s.

9) All major conflicts the U.S has been involved in since 2000 have been around oil-rich countries. The U.S. has to protect the oil backed status of the U.S. dollar, or it will become worthless. Despite this countries around the world are signing currency swap agreements daily to exclude the dollar from their international trade.

10) The U.S. is increasingly ramping up what looks like pre-war propaganda against Russia and China, as it continues indefatigably with a failing foreign policy. These are nuclear superpowers.

And that's what my list looks like when the U.S. is supposedly enjoying the boom times.

With another financial crisis due any time soon be afraid, very afraid.

#US   #USA   #Iraq #ISIS #Obama   #President #Airstrikes #PresidentObama #ISIL #IraqCrisis #Syria #WhiteHouse #Iraqi #IraqWar #GOP #ObamaAdministration #HillaryClinton #ForeignPolicy #Military #Congress #Oil   #petroleum   #debt   #deficit   #IS   #Israel   #gaza   #war   #russia   #china   #inflation   #deflation   #crime  ___

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2014-07-22 09:04:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Grossglockner & Franz Josef glacier

+AUSTRIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS 
#austrianphotographers  
#austria  
#mountains  

Grossglockner & Franz Josef glacier

+AUSTRIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS 
#austrianphotographers  
#austria  
#mountains  ___

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2014-07-22 08:56:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria

+AUSTRIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS 
#austria  
#austrianphotographers  
#mountains  

Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria

+AUSTRIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS 
#austria  
#austrianphotographers  
#mountains  ___

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2014-06-25 07:14:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Ferrari California
Ok, I suck at this compared to +Scott Kelby and not being able to touch or position the car correctly doesn't help either, but his video tips did help in post-processing these, even with my limited Photoshop skills.:)

They were taken at a hotel we were staying at in Ercolano, Italy on a motorcycle trip I have made last month. It's the +Ferrari California of the owner, and it is just a piece of automotive art in my opinion. Hope you like.

#nikonphotographers  
#d800  
#italy  
#travelphotography  
#ferrari  

Ferrari California
Ok, I suck at this compared to +Scott Kelby and not being able to touch or position the car correctly doesn't help either, but his video tips did help in post-processing these, even with my limited Photoshop skills.:)

They were taken at a hotel we were staying at in Ercolano, Italy on a motorcycle trip I have made last month. It's the +Ferrari California of the owner, and it is just a piece of automotive art in my opinion. Hope you like.

#nikonphotographers  
#d800  
#italy  
#travelphotography  
#ferrari  ___

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2014-06-25 06:59:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Lol

TCP Joke :D___Lol

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2014-06-05 15:13:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Don’t ask for your privacy: Just take it back!
Says Edward Snowden in a statement supporting 'Reset the Net'. A call for developers to secure the web and present a splash screen on June 5.

Good to see an initiative which focuses on developers and others in the tech world as the NSA couldn't have gotten such a strong handle on the web without active support from the tech community as well as sloppy standards in security. 

What you can do is use security enabled software where availabe, encrypt your email and prioritize the protecting of your data.

Vote with your wallet and support companies which support high standards and protect your privacy. 

Meanwhile you can support the pledge here https://www.resetthenet.org/

Don’t ask for your privacy: Just take it back!
Says Edward Snowden in a statement supporting 'Reset the Net'. A call for developers to secure the web and present a splash screen on June 5.

Good to see an initiative which focuses on developers and others in the tech world as the NSA couldn't have gotten such a strong handle on the web without active support from the tech community as well as sloppy standards in security. 

What you can do is use security enabled software where availabe, encrypt your email and prioritize the protecting of your data.

Vote with your wallet and support companies which support high standards and protect your privacy. 

Meanwhile you can support the pledge here https://www.resetthenet.org/___

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2014-05-21 16:18:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Sometimes you're the windscreen

Life is good. View from an agritourismo in Sardinia we're staying at tonight. (iPhone photo)

Sometimes you're the windscreen

Life is good. View from an agritourismo in Sardinia we're staying at tonight. (iPhone photo)___

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2014-04-12 17:53:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Siri versus Cortana
Bitch fight. LOL!

#apple   #microsoft   #siri   #cortana  

Siri versus Cortana
Bitch fight. LOL!

#apple   #microsoft   #siri   #cortana  ___

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2014-03-05 17:48:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Join Brad & me LIVE on "The Grid" today at 4pm for our topic: "How the photo industry is changing." 

We'll be sharing lots of insights from this week's WPPI show in Vegas, everything from gear to education to industry stuff. We're both coming off a red-eye, so it should make for an (ahem) interesting show. Hope to see you there (and please share this if you would be so kind). :)  http://bit.ly/LQqFg7 

Join Brad & me LIVE on "The Grid" today at 4pm for our topic: "How the photo industry is changing." 

We'll be sharing lots of insights from this week's WPPI show in Vegas, everything from gear to education to industry stuff. We're both coming off a red-eye, so it should make for an (ahem) interesting show. Hope to see you there (and please share this if you would be so kind). :)  http://bit.ly/LQqFg7 ___

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2014-01-16 10:59:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Intensify Pro for the cheap

For those interested in Intensify Pro, which I think +RC Concepcion (?) mentioned recently, you have 21 hours left to get it for $19.95 as part of the Macheist NanoBundle 4. Regular price: 59,99.

It installs as both a standalone program, and as a plugin for Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture if when installed.

And you get a few other programs you may find useful as well in thrown in there too.

Oh and if you do purchase the Maheist bundle, you also help a charity of your choice.

Seem like a win-win to me. :)

#intensifypro  
#photography  
#macheist  

Intensify Pro for the cheap

For those interested in Intensify Pro, which I think +RC Concepcion (?) mentioned recently, you have 21 hours left to get it for $19.95 as part of the Macheist NanoBundle 4. Regular price: 59,99.

It installs as both a standalone program, and as a plugin for Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture if when installed.

And you get a few other programs you may find useful as well in thrown in there too.

Oh and if you do purchase the Maheist bundle, you also help a charity of your choice.

Seem like a win-win to me. :)

#intensifypro  
#photography  
#macheist  ___

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2014-01-13 13:10:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

After almost five months of preparation we are finally ready to open signature collection, thank you for your patience! It is now time to collect the one million signatures and change the catastrophic direction where European electronic cigarette is heading towards. Please sign the initiative, and share it with as much people as possible!
http://www.efvi.eu/#sign

After almost five months of preparation we are finally ready to open signature collection, thank you for your patience! It is now time to collect the one million signatures and change the catastrophic direction where European electronic cigarette is heading towards. Please sign the initiative, and share it with as much people as possible!
http://www.efvi.eu/#sign___

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2014-01-12 19:11:45 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 1 +1s)

Scott Kelby’s Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users, a reader review

Just a couple of days after I saw the introduction from +Scott Kelby   about his new book, ‘Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users’, I got the ebook version. There was no stock yet on the paper version, and I didn’t feel like waiting for the shipment anyway. :)

But let me start off with a little bit of background history.

Back in the day, me and all of my friends had +Adobe Photoshop   on their computers. Not that we could afford to pay for that software, nor did we have any clue about how to use it. But since all the pro’s used it, it was mandatory to have in case you needed to edit an image, right? It didn’t matter that the only thing we understood was the crop tool and the saturation slider.

Today, some things have changed dramatically and some things haven’t changed a bit.I appreciate the ... more »

Scott Kelby’s Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users, a reader review

Just a couple of days after I saw the introduction from +Scott Kelby   about his new book, ‘Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users’, I got the ebook version. There was no stock yet on the paper version, and I didn’t feel like waiting for the shipment anyway. :)

But let me start off with a little bit of background history.

Back in the day, me and all of my friends had +Adobe Photoshop   on their computers. Not that we could afford to pay for that software, nor did we have any clue about how to use it. But since all the pro’s used it, it was mandatory to have in case you needed to edit an image, right? It didn’t matter that the only thing we understood was the crop tool and the saturation slider.

Today, some things have changed dramatically and some things haven’t changed a bit. I appreciate the hard work software developers put in to create amazing software, so every piece of software on my computers is properly licensed and paid for. However, Adobe Photoshop is still intimidating, probably even more so than it was more than a decade ago. It has so many options and possibilities that it is virtually impossible to learn how to use it properly and effectively without some sort of training and education.

When I started with digital photography, I didn’t like post-processing. I used to say: I didn’t want to develop and print my negatives myself, so why would I want to do exactly that in digital? When I got my first dSLR, a Nikon D70, I quickly found that shooting jpeg cost me a lot of detail. Particularly in the shadow areas, whereas if I shot RAW I could hold on to those details even after I converted them to jpeg. But, since I didn’t like post-processing, that’s all I did: try to set up the camera to produce the look I wanted, shoot RAW and convert 1-to-1 to jpeg and be done with it.

Of course this position was not maintainable, as when you start shooting better images, you also start wanting to get them to look the best when you show them to others. However, while I might have been warming up to the idea of post-processing, I still didn't want to spend exuberant amounts of time processing my images. So when Adobe came with their +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  software, I loved it. It let me process my images quickly and intuitively. And each version was better than the previous, letting me do more things quick and easy. Currently, we’re at version 5.3 and I am loving it.

But, as intuitive as it may seem, to get the most out of it, you really need some instruction. I joined kelbytraining.com and NAPP (now combined into one as kelbyone.com, highly recommended), and my Lightroom and processing skills have jumped more in the last year than in several prior years combined. Knowledge is a double-edged sword though: the more you learn, the more you see that you still want to learn. One of the things I found out when watching countless training videos on kelbyone.com is that to really take my post-processing skills to the next level, I needed Adobe Photoshop. Eek! Photoshop is expensive, like really expensive. Like $700 expensive. As an amateur and hobbyist there is no way I can justify spending $700 on a software license I don't use on a very regular basis. As in daily. I looked at alternatives, but they’re not quite the same, and worse, just about all training and tutorials online assume Adobe Photoshop. Then, when I had the chance to join the Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers @ just $9.99/mo for Photoshop and Lightroom, I jumped on it. $700 may be a bit much in one go, but I certainly can skip two lattes each month to pay for this.

But still, Adobe Photoshop is intimidating. It is so powerful and can do so many different things, how are you going to filter out just the stuff you really cannot do in Lightroom?

This is where +Scott Kelby’s book comes in. It is not a huge bible trying to tell you everything there is to know about Photoshop. It doesn’t dazzle you with all the stuff it can do, but you probably will never use. It is just about the things you cannot do in Lightroom, or which are just plain easier to do in Photoshop. This is just such a brilliant idea, I have no idea why it took until December 2013 for someone to publish a book about it.

If you are a member of kelbyone.com or have seen some of Scott’s free training videos from the Kelby Media Group on YouTube, you know Scott doesn’t take himself all too seriously. He’s funny and relaxed and his writing style in this book is exactly the same. Do not let this fool you though. If there is anything he does take seriously, it is his craft and desire to transfer his Photoshop knowledge onto others.

The book is set up very logically. He starts with some of the Photoshop basics that you just need to know to be able to use the program effectively. Things like an explanation of the UI, basic editing features like cloning and patching, transformations, layers (very important) and adjustment layers & filters.

Then he moves on to how you get your images from Lightroom into Photoshop. If you already have a basic understanding of how Photoshop works, then you could skip these first two chapters. Then again, most users buying this book will probably do go going through these chapters regardless of what they think they may know.

In the third chapter, the real stuff is happening. He starts off with smart objects and then goes into how you can stich photos together into a panorama or merge them into an HDR photo. Stitching panos in Photoshop is just too easy to bother with other programs. HDR can be done in a million ways, but they are not exclusive for each other and knowing how to properly do HDR is useful even if you are used to using something like Photomatix. Why? Because Photoshop is pretty amazing lining up the images properly and removing ghosts and it can save the resulting file as a 32b HDR file that you can then tone map in Photomatix if you want. Regardless, more options means more flexibility.

The fourth chapter focusses entirely on portrait retouching. I personally don't do that many portraits, but it is just amazing what you can do and how you can polish 10 years from someones face without it looking like it has been photoshopped. 

Chapter five is all about compositing. If you want to be creative with your images or combine/remove features from multiple images into one final one, you need to know about compositing. There are books a mile thick on compositing, and this is not that. This is photography stuff, like removing the background from a subject. Or removing distractions by blending multiple exposures. It’s the more basic compositing you would do as a photographer.

In chapter six, the focus is on adding special effects using filters or text, or changing parts of the image. 

Chapter seven is about sharpening and problems like distortion. 

The last chapter, eight, is kind of a bonus chapter in which he describes a load of things that you may think you need Photoshop for, but that you can actually do inside of Lightroom.

It really is a great book for people getting into Adobe Photoshop fresh, particularly if they are already using Lightroom. One of the really great features of this book is that all images you see in the book, Scott has made available online for you to work with. So not only can you recreate the results you see in the book if follow the book step by step, but also it allows you to change the sliders and see how that changes the result from the one you see in the book. This is such an important feature and I am so glad he did this. You can do everything you want on your own images but if you don't have a known baseline to which you can compare your own attempts with, it just makes it so much harder to understand what specific tools and adjustments do. But now, you can recreate the result form the book and then start playing with it and it’s like a lightbulb going on in your head. 

This book does not pretend to be the be all, end all book about Adobe Photoshop. But it is a great way to learn the basics and get out of the comfortable shoe that is called Lightroom and take a step into a brand new world of Photoshop creativity. The results in your photos will be visible immediately, but at the same time it will probably plant a little seed that makes go and want to learn more and more about Photoshop. I know it did for me.

If you have made it this far, I hope this has helped you a little bit. Thanks for reading.

Links: 
http://kelbyone.com
https://creative.adobe.com
http://scottkelby.com

#adobephotoshop   #adobelightroom   #kelbyone   #kelbytraining   #review   #photography  ___

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2014-01-11 17:09:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

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2013-12-24 20:16:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Yet another one from 2011, reprocessed with the knowledge of today. :) Different angle from most tourist photos.

HDR, 3 exposures 2 stops apart, merged and processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.

#hdrphotography   #scotland   #europeanphotography   #europhoto   #hdr   #adobe   #photoshop  

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Yet another one from 2011, reprocessed with the knowledge of today. :) Different angle from most tourist photos.

HDR, 3 exposures 2 stops apart, merged and processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.

#hdrphotography   #scotland   #europeanphotography   #europhoto   #hdr   #adobe   #photoshop  ___

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2013-12-20 14:25:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

HDR from a couple of years ago: North Scotland coast.

Three exposures, 2 stops apart. Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.

#scotland   #hdr   #photography   #europhoto   #europeanphotography  

HDR from a couple of years ago: North Scotland coast.

Three exposures, 2 stops apart. Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC.

#scotland   #hdr   #photography   #europhoto   #europeanphotography  ___

2013-12-18 12:07:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Ok, so it has a few f-words. Ok, more than a few. But it has a point. And it is funny. And it works in Lynx, if you know what that is.

Stop burning my eyes with colorful stuff moving around. If it doesn't add to your content, don't add it to your site. Less is more.

#html5   #webdesign   #minimalism  

Ok, so it has a few f-words. Ok, more than a few. But it has a point. And it is funny. And it works in Lynx, if you know what that is.

Stop burning my eyes with colorful stuff moving around. If it doesn't add to your content, don't add it to your site. Less is more.

#html5   #webdesign   #minimalism  ___

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2013-12-11 16:52:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

#vr46   #rossi  

#vr46   #rossi  ___

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2013-12-06 17:00:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

7 quotes from Nelson Mandele you will probably not see in the US Media (or any other Western media!)

7 quotes from Nelson Mandele you will probably not see in the US Media (or any other Western media!)___

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2013-12-04 20:32:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Adobe extends Photoshop deal till December 8th due to popular demand.

+Adobe Photoshop
+Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
#adobe
#photoshop
#lightroom
#cc

Adobe extends Photoshop deal till December 8th due to popular demand.

+Adobe Photoshop
+Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
#adobe
#photoshop
#lightroom
#cc___

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2013-11-26 22:57:47 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Love this. Good to see these guys have a sense of humor and don't take themselves too seriously. :)

$9.99/mo for Photoshop + Lightroom + Behance ProSite + 20GB of storage = a pretty smart decision? Here's a tool to help you figure it out: http://bit.ly/18F9Fla.

Offer open to EVERYONE only through Dec. 2: http://adobe.ly/I3rG2q.___Love this. Good to see these guys have a sense of humor and don't take themselves too seriously. :)

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2013-11-26 07:57:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Funny shit! :)

God I love this video.. never gets old!___Funny shit! :)

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2013-11-20 17:36:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Finally!

By "everyone" we mean EVERYONE! Sign up before Dec. 2 to get Photoshop, Lightroom, 20GB of storage, and Behance ProSite for $9.99/month: http://adobe.ly/I3rG2q.___Finally!

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2013-11-08 23:00:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Hard Link Memory Corruption

"In most UNIX-like systems a hard link to a directory is only reserved for the 'root' user when possible at all. In Mac OS X 10.6 there was one such a vulnerability (CVE-2010-0105) causing the filesystem being resulting corrupted; the creation of many hard links was the cause."
It's there again on OS X 10.9.

More at http://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2013110059

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Hard Link Memory Corruption

"In most UNIX-like systems a hard link to a directory is only reserved for the 'root' user when possible at all. In Mac OS X 10.6 there was one such a vulnerability (CVE-2010-0105) causing the filesystem being resulting corrupted; the creation of many hard links was the cause."
It's there again on OS X 10.9.

More at http://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2013110059___

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2013-10-27 21:45:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Exactly.

;-)___Exactly.

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2013-10-19 15:45:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Ted Talks: Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.

#tedtalk   #privacy  

Ted Talks: Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.

#tedtalk   #privacy  ___

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2013-10-15 13:14:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

A Rant Worthy of a Listen

#shutdown   #politics   #moderates  

A Rant Worthy of a Listen

#shutdown   #politics   #moderates  ___

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2013-09-27 15:51:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  ___

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2013-09-27 15:50:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  ___

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2013-09-27 15:49:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  ___

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2013-09-27 15:49:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  ___

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2013-09-27 15:21:28 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  

Chasing windmills like Don Quichot
I don't like getting up early. Seriously, I really don't like getting up early. Sometimes though, it is worth it. Especially if plan to get up to take some photos and you end up going home with the shots you wanted to take.

Hope you like.

#europeanphotography  +European Photo by +Susanne Ramharter #photography   #holland   #dutch   #kinderdijk   #nikon   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #sunrisephotography  ___

2013-09-19 16:02:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Best prank ever

This surely puts a smile on your face, grim times or not. :)

Guy finds his house plumbed with beer

Best prank ever

This surely puts a smile on your face, grim times or not. :)

Guy finds his house plumbed with beer___

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2013-09-16 11:15:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

When will we wake up from the delusions presented to us by our governments?

When will we wake up from the delusions presented to us by our governments?___

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2013-09-11 14:42:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Piccinin: "It is not the Assad government used sarin gas"

"The Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin, who was abducted in Syria in April and released this Sunday with Italian journalist Domenico Quirico, claims to have evidence that it is the Syrian rebels who used chemical weapons."

Not seeing this in any other mainstream news outlets, and that definitely would be terribly inconvenient for most western government. It does however support the claims Russia has made from the beginning.

Why are we not jumping on this? Why are news outlets so preoccupied with the official government lines that they ignore this? This guy was there. He's a support of the Syrian revolution. When news media are apparently so scared to lose their contacts in the government that they stop reporting independently, maybe they are not worth listening to anymore.

Piccinin: "It is not the Assad government used sarin gas"

"The Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin, who was abducted in Syria in April and released this Sunday with Italian journalist Domenico Quirico, claims to have evidence that it is the Syrian rebels who used chemical weapons."

Not seeing this in any other mainstream news outlets, and that definitely would be terribly inconvenient for most western government. It does however support the claims Russia has made from the beginning.

Why are we not jumping on this? Why are news outlets so preoccupied with the official government lines that they ignore this? This guy was there. He's a support of the Syrian revolution. When news media are apparently so scared to lose their contacts in the government that they stop reporting independently, maybe they are not worth listening to anymore.___

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2013-09-11 13:24:35 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Ferrari confirms Kimi
Ferrari just confirmed Kimi Raikonen next to Fernando Alonso for 2014 and 2015.

I am already looking forward to next year. This will be entertaining.

#formula1  
#ferrari  
#kimiraikkonen  

Ferrari confirms Kimi
Ferrari just confirmed Kimi Raikonen next to Fernando Alonso for 2014 and 2015.

I am already looking forward to next year. This will be entertaining.

#formula1  
#ferrari  
#kimiraikkonen  ___

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2013-08-20 12:17:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

UK govt: You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more
 Whitehouse tried to stop the Guardian from further publishing on Snowden material and went as far as destroying hard disks under supervision of the British Secret Service

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian today revealed that he has been summoned to meetings with 'senior government officials speaking on behalf of the prime minister". They wanted him to hand over or destroy the material from Edward Snowden. 

When the Guardian didn't give in and told the "shadowy Whitehall figures" that - like the secret services - modern journalism could pick jurisdictions which would allow reporting, the answer was: You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more.

The news paper already reported most of the stories from their US office as whatever youm... more »

UK govt: You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more
 Whitehouse tried to stop the Guardian from further publishing on Snowden material and went as far as destroying hard disks under supervision of the British Secret Service

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian today revealed that he has been summoned to meetings with 'senior government officials speaking on behalf of the prime minister". They wanted him to hand over or destroy the material from Edward Snowden. 

When the Guardian didn't give in and told the "shadowy Whitehall figures" that - like the secret services - modern journalism could pick jurisdictions which would allow reporting, the answer was: You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more.

The news paper already reported most of the stories from their US office as whatever you may think of Washingtons meddling, press freedom is much more sacred than in the UK. With Glenn Greenwald living in Brazil there were sufficient options to keep publishing.

A clue the British government ignored and they made the Guardian decide between 'prior restraint' (also known as censorship before publishing) and letting the secret service destroy a few hard disks.

one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian's basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. "We can call off the black helicopters," joked one as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro.

Still as a symbol destroying hard disks in the basement of the Guardian is just as worse as burning books on government orders (and just as effective which offers some solace :)

Should the Guardian have made a big deal out of it or is the pragmatic approach the wisest? Can freedom of press exists when threatening with censorship is allowed?

as an aside: maybe there was a gag order involved on the destruction of the disks. The editor is exceptionally brief in the reader  comments:.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/19/david-miranda-schedule7-danger-reporters

#NSA #Snowden #PressFreedom  ___

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2013-08-15 19:33:21 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Google being slashed for privacy
There is a lot of talk recently about Google supposedly to taking privacy so serious. And they are being slashed because of it. Seems like this is more of a typical internet storm of selective reading.

This article from The Verge does a good job of explaining what the fuss is about, and bringing a little sense of sanity and reality into the story.

Google being slashed for privacy
There is a lot of talk recently about Google supposedly to taking privacy so serious. And they are being slashed because of it. Seems like this is more of a typical internet storm of selective reading.

This article from The Verge does a good job of explaining what the fuss is about, and bringing a little sense of sanity and reality into the story.___

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2013-08-07 15:20:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Since the controversy and the debate apparently will not die, how about adding a little fuel to the flames. 

Perhaps we should stick with facts instead of speculation, assumption and racial prejudice. Things that are presented as facts are much easier to deal with. They have no emotion and they can be verified and proven to be correct (or not).

Personally, I am getting tired of all the people that have no idea of the facts, but are shouting for a public lynching just because the courts didn't give them what they want. Suck it up, that's how the democratic justice system works. What is called for by these outraged people is not justice, it's anarchy and lynch mobs.

#Trayvon
#Zimmerman

Since the controversy and the debate apparently will not die, how about adding a little fuel to the flames. 

Perhaps we should stick with facts instead of speculation, assumption and racial prejudice. Things that are presented as facts are much easier to deal with. They have no emotion and they can be verified and proven to be correct (or not).

Personally, I am getting tired of all the people that have no idea of the facts, but are shouting for a public lynching just because the courts didn't give them what they want. Suck it up, that's how the democratic justice system works. What is called for by these outraged people is not justice, it's anarchy and lynch mobs.

#Trayvon
#Zimmerman___

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2013-08-05 14:42:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Parallel Construction

One has to wonder how big a step it is to go from fabricating the origins of evidence to fabricating evidence?

Even if you are guilty of a crime, how can you defend yourself if it is made impossible to question the origins of the evidence used to indict you?

It is good to remember that constitutional safeguards are not there to let the criminals of the hook, but to protect innocent citizens from an over-eager government and government abuse.

Parallel Construction

One has to wonder how big a step it is to go from fabricating the origins of evidence to fabricating evidence?

Even if you are guilty of a crime, how can you defend yourself if it is made impossible to question the origins of the evidence used to indict you?

It is good to remember that constitutional safeguards are not there to let the criminals of the hook, but to protect innocent citizens from an over-eager government and government abuse.___

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2013-08-04 15:56:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

*No contingency planning at the NSA...*

"...But perhaps the greatest fallout may come from the NSA's failure to safeguard the trust and reputation of American technology companies.

A 2009 Inspector General report details how NSA leadership understood concerns of private companies about legal liability, but what about the broader reputational risk?

When initial reports of the PRISM program asserted that there were backdoors and direct data access in some of the most important tech companies in the world, the firms' awkward denials were justifiably met with skepticism. They couldn't fully deny the charges without disclosing certain classified details, and the only affirmative statements they could make had to be cleared with the government first, which ultimately led to all of the companies issuing statements that included curiously similar phrasing,... more »

*No contingency planning at the NSA...*

"...But perhaps the greatest fallout may come from the NSA's failure to safeguard the trust and reputation of American technology companies.

A 2009 Inspector General report details how NSA leadership understood concerns of private companies about legal liability, but what about the broader reputational risk?

When initial reports of the PRISM program asserted that there were backdoors and direct data access in some of the most important tech companies in the world, the firms' awkward denials were justifiably met with skepticism. They couldn't fully deny the charges without disclosing certain classified details, and the only affirmative statements they could make had to be cleared with the government first, which ultimately led to all of the companies issuing statements that included curiously similar phrasing, further fueling paranoia. By the time the record was corrected, over a week later, the damage had been done. ...

This mistrust of these companies is particularly damaging to the cloud computing services, a sector led by American firms like Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Many countries have talked about limiting use of American firms, or requiring data be kept locally, dramatically raising the cost of trade, and potentially locking many U.S. companies out of lucrative foreign markets. More generally, the complicity of American firms in safeguarding America has raised suspicions about all American firms."
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2013-08-03 16:14:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

This man is a genius

This man is a genius___

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2013-07-31 14:33:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

What did you say about lying, Mr. Mike Rogers?

#snowden  
#prism  
#xkeyscore  

What did you say about lying, Mr. Mike Rogers?

#snowden  
#prism  
#xkeyscore  ___

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2013-07-25 13:16:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Holy crap!

Train was going way too fast.___Holy crap!

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2013-07-22 20:01:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Gatekeepers

Just watched the documentary "The Gatekeepers". It's about Shin Bet, the Israeli Security Agency and it features all the living leaders talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the birth of the State of Israel to today.

It is very sobering and in a way also encouraging, in the way that they appear to have a very realistic view of what has been and is going on, the reasons why, and how it could be stopped. Now if only the political establishment at either side would take a dose of their realism.

Very worthwhile watching.

#israel  
#palestine  
#documentary  

The Gatekeepers

Just watched the documentary "The Gatekeepers". It's about Shin Bet, the Israeli Security Agency and it features all the living leaders talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the birth of the State of Israel to today.

It is very sobering and in a way also encouraging, in the way that they appear to have a very realistic view of what has been and is going on, the reasons why, and how it could be stopped. Now if only the political establishment at either side would take a dose of their realism.

Very worthwhile watching.

#israel  
#palestine  
#documentary  ___

2013-07-20 15:03:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Thunderbolt External SSD

I needed some extra storage, and I wanted it to be FAST storage. So that means two things for my #Mac :
1 - #Thunderbolt
2 - #SSD

So I got me a #Buffalo #Ministation Thunderbolt 500GB and a #Crucial   #M4 960GB SSD. The Buffalo Ministation includes a Thunderbolt cable as well as a USB3 cable, which saves you from buying a pretty expensive Thunderbolt cable from Apple.

I opened up the Buffalo Ministation, which is relatively easy to do, removed the 500GB 5400rpm harddisk and put the Crucial SSD in. Put everything back together again, and I now have a blazing fast external drive.

Total cost:
Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt 500GB: 122 euro
Crucial M4 960GB: 530 euro
Combined total: 652 euro for a 1TB external ssd with Thunderbolt.

I don't think this can be done any cheaper at the... more »

Thunderbolt External SSD

I needed some extra storage, and I wanted it to be FAST storage. So that means two things for my #Mac :
1 - #Thunderbolt
2 - #SSD

So I got me a #Buffalo #Ministation Thunderbolt 500GB and a #Crucial   #M4 960GB SSD. The Buffalo Ministation includes a Thunderbolt cable as well as a USB3 cable, which saves you from buying a pretty expensive Thunderbolt cable from Apple.

I opened up the Buffalo Ministation, which is relatively easy to do, removed the 500GB 5400rpm harddisk and put the Crucial SSD in. Put everything back together again, and I now have a blazing fast external drive.

Total cost:
Buffalo Ministation Thunderbolt 500GB: 122 euro
Crucial M4 960GB: 530 euro
Combined total: 652 euro for a 1TB external ssd with Thunderbolt.

I don't think this can be done any cheaper at the moment.___

2013-07-20 08:38:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I don't want to be a pro, why do you keep assuming I do?

Why is it that just about everybody and just about every photo resource and every other place on the Internet where you see photographers, including G+,  assumes that if you have a dSLR you must:

a) Be a pro
b) Learning to be a pro
c) Aspire to be a pro
d) Be a wannabee pro

And that if you have something that is more expensive than a entry-level dSLR with a kit lens, these assumptions become stronger and stronger?

Why is it so incomprehensible that there are (a lot of) people out there that enjoy photography, the toys that come with it and aspire to become better at it, without wanting to be a professional and make money out of it?

Why do people keep telling me I should only put the very best of my photos in a portfolio, without even asking why I am putting my photos... more »

I don't want to be a pro, why do you keep assuming I do?

Why is it that just about everybody and just about every photo resource and every other place on the Internet where you see photographers, including G+,  assumes that if you have a dSLR you must:

a) Be a pro
b) Learning to be a pro
c) Aspire to be a pro
d) Be a wannabee pro

And that if you have something that is more expensive than a entry-level dSLR with a kit lens, these assumptions become stronger and stronger?

Why is it so incomprehensible that there are (a lot of) people out there that enjoy photography, the toys that come with it and aspire to become better at it, without wanting to be a professional and make money out of it?

Why do people keep telling me I should only put the very best of my photos in a portfolio, without even asking why I am putting my photos online in the first place?

Why is it so completely off this world to understand that I don't want to cull 400 photos of a trip I took down to 3 or 4 great shots I can show off to complete strangers when it is a documentary of my memories I want to be able to share with my friends and family?

Why is it that if I want to put snapshots online for myself, my family and my friends, I should not be using my D800 and it is a total waste? Is it not I who gets to decide the price of my toys?

But worst of all, why do people assume that if I don't want to be a pro and I just want to put my all snapshots online I can't possibly want to learn to be the best possible photographer I can be? After all, I am just a poser wannabee with an expensive camera...

Maybe +Matt Kloskowski , +RC Concepcion or +Matt Granger can shed some light on this or share their ideas as they spend a lot time trying to teach people great stuff. I for one I have learned so much from these guys.

Both my photography and post-processing skills have improved dramatically after watching countless videos from +KelbyTraining.com , ThatNikonGuy, +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and weeding through Matt Kloskowski's excellent LR resources @ http://www.lightroomkillertips.com. But I still don't want to be a pro.

Please stop assuming I do!

#photography  
#europeanphotography  
#lightroom  ___

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2013-07-18 20:29:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Scotland
I don't like #HDR . And I also suck at processing HDR. There, I said it. Take it as a warning or a disclaimer, whatever you want. The photo you see below is one of my photos I made on a trip through Scotland in 2011.

It was originally processed as HDR. It sucked. If you don't believe it, see it here: http://photography.sport-touring.eu/Travel/Bike-Trips/Scotland-2011/i-G65fgkP/0/X3/IMG_20110902_3029_30_31Enhancer-X3.jpg

We're a couple of years later now, and I've gotten to know my way around #Lightroom pretty well I think, so I thought I would re-process this photo again as I would if I had just shot it, using just a single exposure of the bracketed sequence.

I think the difference is rather extreme, in favor of the current version. I think I may have to redo the entire library now.

Let me know what you think in the... more »

Scotland
I don't like #HDR . And I also suck at processing HDR. There, I said it. Take it as a warning or a disclaimer, whatever you want. The photo you see below is one of my photos I made on a trip through Scotland in 2011.

It was originally processed as HDR. It sucked. If you don't believe it, see it here: http://photography.sport-touring.eu/Travel/Bike-Trips/Scotland-2011/i-G65fgkP/0/X3/IMG_20110902_3029_30_31Enhancer-X3.jpg

We're a couple of years later now, and I've gotten to know my way around #Lightroom pretty well I think, so I thought I would re-process this photo again as I would if I had just shot it, using just a single exposure of the bracketed sequence.

I think the difference is rather extreme, in favor of the current version. I think I may have to redo the entire library now.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.___

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2013-07-14 08:13:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Video from my recent trip

This will take you through Gorges Du Cains in southern France.

Discalimer: I suck at video editing so it is mostly raw footage that's been cleaned up a bit

#motorcycle  
#travel  
#france  
#video  

Video from my recent trip

This will take you through Gorges Du Cains in southern France.

Discalimer: I suck at video editing so it is mostly raw footage that's been cleaned up a bit

#motorcycle  
#travel  
#france  
#video  ___

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2013-07-09 20:20:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Photos from my recent trip

Aachen, Germany

#germany
#germanyphotography  
#europeanphotography  
#nightphotography  

Photos from my recent trip

Aachen, Germany

#germany
#germanyphotography  
#europeanphotography  
#nightphotography  ___

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2013-07-09 20:19:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Photos from my recent trip

Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse, Austria

#austrianphotographers  +AUSTRIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS  
#austria  
#europeanphotography  
#silvretta  

Photos from my recent trip

Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse, Austria

#austrianphotographers  +AUSTRIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS  
#austria  
#europeanphotography  
#silvretta  ___

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