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Jens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski has been at 12 events

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Jens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski574,015_*PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CLICK ON "GOING" OR "MAYBE"!*_ It's race weekend again! Let's hang out! Here is how it works: ➢ We all watch the race on our own individual TV sets. There is not going to be a race broadcast in the hangout for several reasons. ▸ A broadcast would take over the hangouts audio and would make it impossible for us to talk. ▸ It means, we can all watch the race in the language we prefer (in my case it's German). ▸ The broadcast would take up a hangout spot. I'd rather have one of you guys there. ▸ Since it's a HoA (Hangout on Air) we'd have copyright issues. ➢ I'll invite participants in two steps. ▸ About an hour before the race starts (find out here, when exactly that will be in your time zone: http://bit.ly/16HoQeb) I will invite all of those of the _Google+ Paddock Club_ ... ▸ Just before the race I will invite my _Formula 1_ circle. *Get your _Google+ Paddock Club_ pass! ...* So if you want to make sure, that you get a spot, clicking on _"Going"_ will get you into the _Google+ Paddock Club_ and clicking on _"Maybe"_ into the _Formula 1 Circle_! I'd also like your ideas on how to make the _Formula 1 Race Hangout_ more interesting. _*Please guys, share this event!*_ Let's give the whole G+ community the opportunity to join our F1 circle and this week's _Formula 1 Race Hangout_! Greez, +Jens Graikowski Formula 1 Race Hangout - Montreal/Canada2013-06-09 19:00:0032  
Jens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski574,015It's race weekend again! Let's hang out! Here is how it works: ➢ We all watch the race on our own individual TV sets. There is not going to be a race broadcast in the hangout for several reasons. ▸ A broadcast would take over the hangouts audio and would make it impossible for us to talk. ▸ It means, we can all watch the race in the language we prefer (in my case it's German). ▸ The broadcast would take up a hangout spot. I'd rather have one of you guys there. ▸ Since it's a HoA (Hangout on Air) we'd have copyright issues. ➢ I'll invite participants in two steps. ▸ About an hour before the race starts (find out here, when exactly that will be in your time zone: http://bit.ly/10VUrAs) I will invite all of those of the _Google+ Paddock Club_ ... ▸ Just before the race I will invite my _Formula 1_ circle. *Get your _Google+ Paddock Club_ pass! ...* So if you want to make sure, that you get a spot, clicking on _"Going"_ will get you into the _Google+ Paddock Club_ and clicking on _"Maybe"_ into the _Formula 1 Circle_! I'd also like your ideas on how to make the _Formula 1 Race Hangout_ more interesting. _*Please guys, share this event!*_ Let's give the whole G+ community the opportunity to join our F1 circle and this week's _Formula 1 Race Hangout_! Greez, +Jens Graikowski  Formula 1 Race Hangout - Monte Carlo/Monaco2013-05-26 13:00:0043  
Jens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski574,015Here is how it works: ➢ We all watch the race on our own individual TV sets. There is not going to be a race broadcast in the hangout for several reasons. ▸ A broadcast would take over the hangouts audio and would make it impossible for us to talk. ▸ It means, we can all watch the race in the language we prefer (in my case it's German). ▸ The broadcast would take up a hangout spot. I'd rather have one of you guys there. ➢ I'll invite participants in two steps. ▸ About an hour before the race starts (find out here, when exactly that will be in your time zone: http://bit.ly/11XPQPw) I will invite all of those of the _Google+ Paddock Club_ ... ▸ Just before the race I will invite my _Formula 1_ circle. *Get your _Google+ Paddock Club_ pass! ...* So if you want to make sure, that you get a spot, clicking on _"Going"_ will get you into the _Google+ Paddock Club_ and clicking on _"Maybe"_ into the _Formula 1 Circle_! I'd also like your ideas on how to make the _Formula 1 Race Hangout_ more interesting. _*Please guys, share this event!*_ Let's give the whole G+ community the opportunity to join our F1 circle and this week's _Formula 1 Race Hangout_! Greez, +Jens Graikowski Formula 1 Race Hangout - Barcelona/Spain2013-05-12 13:00:0020  
martin shervington1,441,677Have you heard of a chap called Kevin MacCleod? Well, you almost certainly have heard his work... It has been estimated that in the region of 800,000 videos on YouTube have included music he has created. 800,000! And so many of those videos have thousands upon thousands of views. He has over 1000 entries on IMBD as the composer the music for movies as well. WOW. Kevin is not only a powerhouse who has transformed how people access music through a creative commons licence, he is one heck of a nice fellow. We met in a hangout the other day and he has agreed to an interview on everything from why 'giving it away' works, about his most successful tracks (will a quick taste if we are lucky), and all about the documentary they are making on him as well. Should be a lot of fun.  Hope to see you then!Interview with legendary Composer Kevin MacCleod, the chap from Incompetech!2013-05-08 20:00:0022  
Jens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski574,015Yeeehaaaw! It's Race weekend again and we are going to hang out! Loads has happened in this #Formula1 season already, some of it good, some not so good. Our _Formula 1 Race Hangouts_ have been created to discuss those happenings with birds-of-a-feather and to watch the races together. Last year, when I started with those hangouts they were rather poorly frequented. This year things seem to have settled a bit at G+ and I'm really happy with the turn out. We've always had several, highly knowledgeable #F1 buffs in attendance and I can only imagine what is going to happen once the European races start. I therefore invite everybody who wants to join in with the following system: ▸ The race starts at 1 pm GMT. About an hour before (find out here, when exactly that will be in your time zone: http://bit.ly/17JhW5Z) I will invite all of those of the _Google+ Paddock Club_ ... ▸ Just before the race I will invite my _Formula 1_ circle. You can request admission to the _Google+ Paddock Club_ by clicking on _Going_ and to the _Formula 1_ circle by clicking on _Maybe_. We all watch the race on our own individual TV sets. There is not going to be a race broadcast in the hangout for several reasons. ▸ A broadcast would take over the hangouts audio and would make it impossible for us to talk. ▸ It means, we can all watch the race in the language we prefer (in my case it's German). ▸ The broadcast would take up a hangout spot. I'd rather have one of you guys there. ▸ Since this is a HoA (Hangout on Air) we'd risk copyright infractions. Hope to see you all on Sunday and *Please share this event!* Greez, +Jens Graikowski  Formula 1 Race Hangout - Grand Prix of Bahrain2013-04-21 13:00:0023  
Jens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski574,015HANGOUT FOR THE FIRST F1 GRAND PRIX OF THE SEASON Last year we did several "Formula 1 Race hangouts" and though I'd have wished attendance to have been a bit higher, we had great fun with the few who did come. This year (after G+ has settled down a bit) I hope that we get a few more peeps to watch the races together with us. Here is how it works: ➢ We all watch the race on our own individual TV sets. There is not going to be a race broadcast in the hangout for several reasons. ▸ A broadcast would take over the hangouts audio and would make it impossible for us to talk. ▸ It means, we can all watch the race in the language we prefer (in my case it's German). ▸ The broadcast would take up a hangout spot. I'd rather have one of you guys there. ➢ I'll invite participants in two steps. ▸ About an hour before the race starts (find out here, when exactly that will be in your time zone: http://bit.ly/Ynm5nT) I will invite all of those of the "Google+ Paddock Club".  ▸ Just before the race I will invite my Formula 1 circle. GET YOU GOOGLE+ PADDOCK CLUB PASS! So if you want to make sure, that you get a spot, join the "G+PC"! To join the club you can either click on "Going" at this event or +1 the second comment at this post: http://bit.ly/ZfYUhL. Either way you'll be added to the "G+PC" circle. I'd also like your ideas on how to make the Formula 1 Race Hangout more interesting.Formula 1 Race Hangout - Melbourne/Australia2013-03-17 07:00:0048  
Jens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski574,015*is the world going to end on the 21st of december? ...* according to the _mesoamerican long count calendar_ which the mayans used, the 21st of december is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle ... the end of the world as we know it ... *who cares? ... let's have a party! ...* i invite you all to a _pre-end of the world hangout party_ ... if the world ends we might as well go down in style ... live music, drinks, fun and good company ... what better way to spend the last hours and minutes ... and if the world doesn't end, we can go straight over into the _after-end of the world hangout party_ with even more music, drinks, fun and the same good company ... *and don't you guys forget to state if you are going or not by clicking on the _going_ button on the top right! ...* and of course invite your mates too (you can simply share the event publicly via the _share_ button on the top) ... it's going to be a 24 hrs event and will be on-air ... the more the merrier ... ;-) ... *so, what's planned? ...* i want this event to be spectacular ... to achieve this we'll need some help from you guys ... it is supposed to be a 24 hrs event (since we want to be sure we won't miss the end of the world) and we need to fill it with some action ... i was thinking about live music, among other things ... when i discussed this party with +Ryan Van Sickle quite some time ago (no, this idea is not new) he generously offered to play for us ... he can't play 24 hrs though ... only +Daria Musk can do that ... ;-) ... we therefore need musicians all over the world, who will play for us in their timezone ... i would also like other stuff, so if there are artists out there who'd like to contribute, you are more than welcome ... magicians? ... dancers? ... cultural stuff? ... if you have what it takes and would like to participate, please let me know in a comment! ... also if you have any ideas on how to make this event a day to remember (wait! ... who's going to remember it after the end of the world?), please let us know! ... i will regularly update this event, to let you guys know how the whole thing is progressing ... stay tuned to this frequency! ... greez, +Jens Graikowski ... ********************************************************* #endoftheworldhangoutparty  Pre-End of the World Hangout Party2012-12-21 01:00:0025  
Kol Tregaskes54,972*THE LAST RACE of 2012* Feel free to join in the live chat for the race today. Where are you watching the race , who are you supporting, how do you think the race will go? *BBC Live Coverage:* The BBC have a live stream here that includes live commentary and standings and live TV coverage [UK only]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/default.stm *Official F1 Site:* Get the latest info, including track standings, from the official page: http://www.formula1.com/live_timing/live_timing_popup.html *Android App:* There is an official Android app here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.formula1.twothousandelevenapplication *Twitter Twazzup Updates:* You can watch the tweets come in in real-time on twazzup here: http://beta.twazzup.com/?q=%23f1&l=en#search/%23f1. *McLaren Live Updates:* Also, keep up to date with the McLaren cars during the race here: http://www.mclaren.com/formula1 *F1 Google+ Circle List:* If you'd like to be included in my F1 G+ Circle then add your name to the comments here: https://plus.google.com/104405539079062799451/posts/ToSQiZZA73Y *Google+ F1 Search:* And lastly watch the posts come in real-time on Google+: https://plus.google.com/s/%23f1%20OR%20%23formula1%20OR%20%23formulaone When it says "going" for the event it seems in this case if you are either going physically or going to be in the live chat below. :-) _Feel free to reshare (suggest disabling comments and linking back to this (the original) post. You'll need to view the thread on a stream page._ *_Please leave a comment or DM me with any other useful links_* #f1 #formula1 #formulaone #sport #motorsport #kollivechat #livechat    #SundaySportFormula One Brazilian Grand Prix RACE Live Chat on Google+2012-11-25 17:00:0058  
Ronnie Bincer115,183Google Plus just made a BIG change to the Hangout Interface... Join in the discussion about what changed and how to use the new Hangout Options. The HOA video will be added above when it goes live... watch it later or join Live in the discussion here in the Event. Add your comments and I'll try to address them in the live HOA. Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/user/VideoLeadsOnline?v=Ctm9XyHOxYU I am trying to help everyone make the most out of the new Hangout Look & Feel. Ask some questions here in the event comments, invite your friends to the Journey of Discovery... it will be a fun road, join me on it! If you want to be notified about the new MasterClass I'm planning on having to help people keep up with the latest G+ changes, sign up to be notified at http://www.GooTubePlus.com/MasterClass ... You'll get a free PDF of my top posts just for joining my email list. #NewHOdiscussonHOA  New Hangout Changes - Overview with Ronnie Bincer2012-11-03 03:00:0042  
Chef Dennis Littley945,953Stop by for my class on pesto, and we're not just talking about Basil!  From the classic Genovese, to Sun Dried Tomato, join me as I show you how easy it is to make pesto at home and my favorite way to serve it!ChefHangout- Let's Make Pesto2012-10-12 01:00:00112  
Jake Croston1,050,847*Want a fast and easy dinner?* Join me as we make a delicious and simple chicken dish, with caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, and of course, bacon! *Check out the video here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEnD2WvV-J8* ChefHangout - Smokey Mountain Chicken2012-10-11 01:00:00116  
Ronnie Bincer115,183*Google Plus is a Brave New World Now...* Certain Tools (i.e. Circle Level Notifications) have been removed from our toolbox. We had a lively discussion on what and how to post now that things have changed. _And don't be fooled, they have changed..._ *Watch part 1 above and watch part 2 here: http://goo.gl/N07RN ..* *@107022061436866576067 & @108210288375340023376 host the discussion...* Join in via comments or make a request here in the Event (and say you are "Going") to get a possible Invite to join in the HOA Filmstrip discussion. *The HOA video will be streamed live right here when we start - and after the show for your viewing pleasure.*Google Plus New Posting Strategy Discussion - HOA2012-08-24 20:00:0072  

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2017-04-21 14:21:00 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

The changes of life
I'm outta here. Peace ya'll.

For quite some time I've been debating with myself to drop #GooglePlus (and most other social media activity, for that matter). My life has changed, my priorities have shifted.

One reason is, that G+ was nice while it lasted, but has finally become the #ghosttown everybody called it from the start and I just don't have the energy (or motivation) anymore to waste time on posts that get almost no interaction whatsoever.

The other, that I spend far more time now enjoying real life. I've realised that making real friends on G+ is just an illusion and though I have made some astonishing connections with people here, they're mostly temporary. I sometimes think I've lost more friends here than I made (yes, I know that's not possible).

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2017-04-01 13:29:17 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

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2017-04-21 14:21:00 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

The changes of life
I'm outta here. Peace ya'll.

For quite some time I've been debating with myself to drop #GooglePlus (and most other social media activity, for that matter). My life has changed, my priorities have shifted.

One reason is, that G+ was nice while it lasted, but has finally become the #ghosttown everybody called it from the start and I just don't have the energy (or motivation) anymore to waste time on posts that get almost no interaction whatsoever.

The other, that I spend far more time now enjoying real life. I've realised that making real friends on G+ is just an illusion and though I have made some astonishing connections with people here, they're mostly temporary. I sometimes think I've lost more friends here than I made (yes, I know that's not possible).

Finding interesting content is also getting... more »

The changes of life
I'm outta here. Peace ya'll.

For quite some time I've been debating with myself to drop #GooglePlus (and most other social media activity, for that matter). My life has changed, my priorities have shifted.

One reason is, that G+ was nice while it lasted, but has finally become the #ghosttown everybody called it from the start and I just don't have the energy (or motivation) anymore to waste time on posts that get almost no interaction whatsoever.

The other, that I spend far more time now enjoying real life. I've realised that making real friends on G+ is just an illusion and though I have made some astonishing connections with people here, they're mostly temporary. I sometimes think I've lost more friends here than I made (yes, I know that's not possible).

Finding interesting content is also getting more and more difficult on this #socialmediaplatform. Due to extensive changes within the platform all my old systems to organise my circle stream don't work anymore and I just lack the energy to start all over again and again. Technical changes have also made G+ less and less attractive to me over time. Maybe I'm getting too old to take 180° policy changes very well anymore. When I now want content tailored to my interests I go to #Flipboard rather than scrolling through my G+stream for hours to pick out the few gems.

I'll check in on my stream occasionally (when I don't have anything better to do), but my posting days are over. I'll spend some more time on the other large social network to keep up with the lives of my RL friends, but generally speaking I'm outta #socialmedia, but not without thanking all those wonderful people who made Google+ an amazing place at the very beginning (some of them seem to have moved on as well).

+Vic Gundotra​​ without whom there would be no G+.
+chee chew​ without whom there wouldn't be any hangouts (the former killer feature of G+)
+Natalie Villalobos​​ who looked after us plussers so lovingly in the very beginning.

And there are other (mostly former) members of the Google+team, too many to mention.

Than there are those who are (or used to be), like me, G+evangelists and who, like me, spent countless hours (mostly in the middle of the night) to make Google+ a better place. Among many, my special thanks go out to +Jaana Nyström​, +Alex Garcia​, +John Elstone​​, +Ayoub Khote​, +John Skeats​, +Kamal Tailor​ and so many other Google+ninjas.

And last but not least those fantastic peeps I had closer, more privat relationships with, almost bordering on real friendship. We've had amazing hangouts in the very beginning of G+ and I've experienced some real support when times where bad. Unfortunately some (most) of them have also moved on or have become strangers. +James Pakele​, +Dusan Vrban​, +Russell Deasley​, +Floyd Canfield​, +Frank Garufi Jr.​, +Dolidh Young​, +Robert Anderson​, +Tom Rolfson​ and hundreds more.

And so it'll be for the last time in the foreseeable future, "May the Plus be with you",
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-04-21 00:30:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Multi account support for Google Home
The new killer feature opens the door for many more goodies to come.

#Google starts rolling out multi user support for #GoogleHome. Those who already have it can now link up to six accounts to their voice controlled assistants and the Home will tell them apart just by their voices. This should smooth the way for so many other nice features like setting reminders and adding entries to each user's calendar. This is a great step forward for Google Home and will definitely set it apart from its competition.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Multi account support for Google Home
The new killer feature opens the door for many more goodies to come.

#Google starts rolling out multi user support for #GoogleHome. Those who already have it can now link up to six accounts to their voice controlled assistants and the Home will tell them apart just by their voices. This should smooth the way for so many other nice features like setting reminders and adding entries to each user's calendar. This is a great step forward for Google Home and will definitely set it apart from its competition.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-04-19 10:53:20 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Is it the end of an era?

It's an interesting coincidence, that I read this post at a time when I plan to drop G+ entirely. Thank you, +George Station​, for bringing it to my attention.

When I first started at Google+ what attracted me most was the almost RL like relationships one had with other plussers and the Google+ team. I left Facebook because I couldn't find that there. In those olden days we had occasional hangouts even with top dogs like +Vic Gundotra​​ (then head of Google+) and +chee chew​​ (then head of hangouts). With wonderful people like (then) G+ community manager +Natalie Villalobos​​ those hangouts were far more frequent. Like +Gideon Rosenblatt​​ says. Very few of the new bunch are even using G+, not talking about interacting with the end user. If +Google​ doesn't believe in its own product, why should anybody else?
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Losing My Patience with Google+

Over the last six months or so I have watched as the quality of engagement here on Google+ has steadily declined. I have watched my follower count fluctuate and flatline. I have watched as people I used to engage with quite a bit here have left or dramatically scaled back their investments of time here. And yes, I have seen my own enthusiasm for investing time here wane significantly.

I ask myself why and the answers are never as simple as I would like. In the end though, I have come to the sad conclusion that the real thing that is killing Google+ is just plain bad management.

Lack of Attention
One gets the real sense that many of the people now charged with running Google+ don't really understand what it was that once made this service so good in its early days. Indeed, one gets the sense that few of the people managing the service today even really use Google+. There are a few noteworthy exceptions like +Yonatan Zunger and +Leo Deegan, of course. I once made a circle with some 50+ Googlers who were once active here, and when I click on that stream, well, it feels a lot like a ghost town.

+Bradley Horowitz, the VP in charge of Streams, Photos and Sharing, (which is where Google+ sits within the Google org structure) hasn't posted here on Google+ in half a year.

Oh, and remember +Luke Wroblewski, who used to manage Google+ and would send out all those updates on the redesign? Well, he hasn't posted a single thing here in over 7 weeks (even though @lukew is quite active on Twitter). You know why? I just happened to check his LinkedIn profile, and he's apparently no longer managing Google+. I don't recall seeing any announcement of this change - just a sudden silence from the man perhaps most responsible for the UI makeover of Google+.

Rudderless and Un-resourced
That decision to remake the Google+ UI followed a long string of decisions going back to the separation of Photos and Hangouts, each of which have seriously hurt the service. I know there were probably some good reasons to move to the new, mobile-dominant (as opposed to "mobile-friendly") UI, but the lack of enduser empathy from deprecating all the old functionality really was pretty staggering. Much of it hasn't come back, and much of what has is so stripped down (e.g. Events, community moderation) that it isn't really that usable.

As users, we have been asked to be patient and to have faith in the new strategy. Because I have been such a huge fan of Google+ for so long, that is exactly what I have done. I've been patient. I've believed. Believed that some big, cool fix was coming down the pike that would not only fix all the problems caused by the UI decision, but actually start innovating again with some cool new functionality.

Yes, we got Collections, and they actually are quite useful even if they do need a lot of work still. But that's really about it. It's been a couple years now and the silence is stultifying.

And finally, it hit me:

Maybe this is it. Maybe Google has significantly curtailed its investments in this network. Maybe the management squandered the scarce resources it did have on a redesign that users weren't really even asking for. And maybe, just maybe, what we see right now is pretty much what we're going to get.

User Investments
And this is where I start to get really mad. Like many others here, I have invested a lot of personal time and energy building a following here. Like many of you, I have poured heart and soul into filling this place not just with great content, but also with a sense of community. I could have made those investments in Twitter or Facebook or reddit, but like many of you, I made them here. And now I'm starting to wonder how smart of a decision that was.

All of this is particularly raw right now because I'm starting to play around a bit with the new distributed social network called Mastodon (https://mastodon.technology/@gideonro). It's far from perfect, but one thing that is very different is that it is open source and federated, rather than centrally owned and controlled.

There are lots of implications to this different model. For one, there is lots of competition and innovation in the works because Mastodon sits on top of GNU Social and rests within a "Fediverse" of related, and interoperable, social network platforms. They are working on solutions that make it easy to export your content from one platform to another - to prevent lock-in. Also, there is a lot of visibility on exactly what investments are being made in the platform by various contributors.

More importantly though, there is a very conscious understanding that the value of these networks is only partially the result of the software developers behind these solutions. Just as much of it lies with the end users.

In the end, this is the thing that I am most frustrated about right now with Google+. End users have made this place every bit as much as the coders and product planners behind Google+. This isn't to in any way diminish the importance of those contributions. But what I do find frustrating is the way that Google seems to regularly dismiss the importance, and the real economic and social value, of end user contributions. This was true with Google Reader, and sadly it appears to be true with Google+.

I'm still rooting for Google+ to turn things around, of course. I have a huge soft spot for this place, given all the great learning I've done here with my fellow travelers. But one thing is clear: I'm losing my patience, and I don't think I'm alone. ___Is it the end of an era?

It's an interesting coincidence, that I read this post at a time when I plan to drop G+ entirely. Thank you, +George Station​, for bringing it to my attention.

When I first started at Google+ what attracted me most was the almost RL like relationships one had with other plussers and the Google+ team. I left Facebook because I couldn't find that there. In those olden days we had occasional hangouts even with top dogs like +Vic Gundotra​​ (then head of Google+) and +chee chew​​ (then head of hangouts). With wonderful people like (then) G+ community manager +Natalie Villalobos​​ those hangouts were far more frequent. Like +Gideon Rosenblatt​​ says. Very few of the new bunch are even using G+, not talking about interacting with the end user. If +Google​ doesn't believe in its own product, why should anybody else?

Also the interaction between plussers is nothing to write home about anymore. I used to ramble on to anybody who wanted to hear it (and those who didn't) how wonderful the community is,how G+friends are just like friends in RL. No, they are not. Of most of my old friends I don't even hear anymore. I used to get tons of birthday wishes in the first few years. This year I got three and those of people I don't even know (I still do appreciate them).

Most people I know have moved on. Funny enough, many went back to Facebook. +Google+​might not yet be a ghost town, but it's on its way. It used to be that what you invested you got back, but nowadays the amount of energy one has to invest is in no relation to the return.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#GooglePlus #Google

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2017-04-18 11:50:10 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

The new Google Earth
A long overdue update on one of my favourite Google apps.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

H/t: +John Elstone​

#GoogleEarth #Google

Welcome home to the new Google Earth___The new Google Earth
A long overdue update on one of my favourite Google apps.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

H/t: +John Elstone​

#GoogleEarth #Google

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2017-04-16 19:09:58 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

My lunch break
I hate to love animal parks.

Had a great couple of hours again today when I spent my lunch break in our local animal park (which is the second best #animalpark in the world, according to TripAdvisor). I don't pay entry, so I can afford to just go in for an hour or two from time to time. I always do so with mixed feelings.

I'm eagerly awaiting the day when #virtualreality (another hobby of mine) will make zoos obsolete. With my #VR goggles I'm already able to swim with white sharks and sit in the middle of a pack of lions. The time will come when #VRtechnology will be able to replace animal parks entirely, but until then they have the very important task to introduce the #animal world to us humans. Let's hope the day will come soon that they'll only be needed as #breeding installations to save certain animals from #extinction. All animals... more »

My lunch break
I hate to love animal parks.

Had a great couple of hours again today when I spent my lunch break in our local animal park (which is the second best #animalpark in the world, according to TripAdvisor). I don't pay entry, so I can afford to just go in for an hour or two from time to time. I always do so with mixed feelings.

I'm eagerly awaiting the day when #virtualreality (another hobby of mine) will make zoos obsolete. With my #VR goggles I'm already able to swim with white sharks and sit in the middle of a pack of lions. The time will come when #VRtechnology will be able to replace animal parks entirely, but until then they have the very important task to introduce the #animal world to us humans. Let's hope the day will come soon that they'll only be needed as #breeding installations to save certain animals from #extinction. All animals belong in the wild. Once we'll all be able to observe them out there (and not just the lucky few who do so professionally or have the money to go on safaris on a regular basis) via VR technology I'll be the first to hold up my "get rid of all zoos" sign, but until then I'm glad they exist, so the little boy next door learns about animals and the dangers they face (mainly from us humans) on his school trip to the local #zoo and the Amur leopards (and so many other species) get saved from extinction because of breeding programs in animal facilities all over the world.

And so I can have the best of all lunch breaks, of course. 😁😉

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-04-13 23:05:56 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Roll on 18 Wheeler
Elon Musk announces an electric semi-truck, a pick up truck and a convertible roadster.

Being a truck driver and technology freak this is great news. I also believe that electric cars are the future, so what's not to like about an electric 18 wheeler and a roadster?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#electriccar #Tesla #ElonMusk #semitruck #pickuptruck #convertible #roadster

Roll on 18 Wheeler
Elon Musk announces an electric semi-truck, a pick up truck and a convertible roadster.

Being a truck driver and technology freak this is great news. I also believe that electric cars are the future, so what's not to like about an electric 18 wheeler and a roadster?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#electriccar #Tesla #ElonMusk #semitruck #pickuptruck #convertible #roadster___

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2017-04-13 10:20:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Into the sun

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#sunset

Into the sun

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#sunset___

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2017-04-11 08:53:10 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Google Home just became LESS useful
Shopping lists won't get saved in Google Keep anymore.

The first #GoogleHome I bought was for the bedroom. I loved the fact that I could control my lights (via #SmartThings), turn my TV on/off (via #AnyMote) pause videos, etc. When I (in my boundless excitement) wanted to buy another one of those voice controlled assistants for the living room I had my wife to convince first. After all I had to import the devices from the states which is not exactly cheap. My main selling point was, that she could do the #shoppinglist via voice now, since the Home in the living room would be within talking distance of the kitchen. This shopping list was saved in #GoogleKeep which not only made it easily shareable and accessible via widgets on the home screen of our phones, but I could also access it from my #smartwatch. Thanks to the infinite wisdom of some... more »

Starting April 10, shopping lists created in Google Assistant will no longer be saved in Google Keep. #News #GoogleAssistant #GoogleHome___Google Home just became LESS useful
Shopping lists won't get saved in Google Keep anymore.

The first #GoogleHome I bought was for the bedroom. I loved the fact that I could control my lights (via #SmartThings), turn my TV on/off (via #AnyMote) pause videos, etc. When I (in my boundless excitement) wanted to buy another one of those voice controlled assistants for the living room I had my wife to convince first. After all I had to import the devices from the states which is not exactly cheap. My main selling point was, that she could do the #shoppinglist via voice now, since the Home in the living room would be within talking distance of the kitchen. This shopping list was saved in #GoogleKeep which not only made it easily shareable and accessible via widgets on the home screen of our phones, but I could also access it from my #smartwatch. Thanks to the infinite wisdom of some +Google​ decision maker or other this is now at an end.

As of yesterday the #GoogleAssistant shopping list is not saved in Google Keep anymore, but in Google Home and #GoogleExpress. Though I do understand the motivation behind it (#Google after all wants to make money with their devices and therefore needs to make it easier for users to do their shopping at Google Express), but that was a kick in the teeth for all those who don't use Google Express either because they can't (like me. It doesn't exist on my little rock in the Atlantic) or because they don't want to. I have (and choose) to do my shopping locally and therefore need a shopping list that I can access from my devices. My own and those of my family (depending on who does the shopping).

I am a Google fan-boy. That doesn't mean I have to agree with everything Google does. In this case especially I'm extremely pissed off. One of the main uses of my Google Homes has just been axed by the overlords at Google. Cheers!

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

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2017-04-09 21:16:31 (28 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

I wonder why so many don't get it?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​

___I wonder why so many don't get it?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​

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2017-04-06 18:29:57 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Mindful Sex
EVERYTHING is better when experienced fully aware.

I thought the other day, "You are integrating #mindfulness into all aspects of life. Why not also in #makinglove?" Let's face it. There's rarely another occasion in life when we are as fully aware of and focused on one single thing as we are when we have #sex. Especially during #orgasm. Have you ever thought about anything else while you were coming? Orgasm is one of the few natural times when our roaming mind leaves us alone, when we don't think about the future or the past, when we are completely and utterly focused on the present. And it is probably one of the happiest moments in life. So, I thought, I'll incorporate the principles of #mindfulnessmeditation in love making.

No, I'm not going to go into details! Let it suffice to say, that I approached the next "sex... more »

Mindful Sex
EVERYTHING is better when experienced fully aware.

I thought the other day, "You are integrating #mindfulness into all aspects of life. Why not also in #makinglove?" Let's face it. There's rarely another occasion in life when we are as fully aware of and focused on one single thing as we are when we have #sex. Especially during #orgasm. Have you ever thought about anything else while you were coming? Orgasm is one of the few natural times when our roaming mind leaves us alone, when we don't think about the future or the past, when we are completely and utterly focused on the present. And it is probably one of the happiest moments in life. So, I thought, I'll incorporate the principles of #mindfulnessmeditation in love making.

No, I'm not going to go into details! Let it suffice to say, that I approached the next "sex session" with my dear better half in a far more aware state of mind. With what Jon Kabat-Zinn calls a "beginner's mind" I experienced everything like it was the first time. I focused on giving and taking from moment to moment and, judging by my wife's reactions, I wasn't the only one profiting from it. Yes, it was definitely a "new" experience.

Afterwards I researched the topic a bit. There's actually quite a bit of information on it on the Interweb. I particularly liked "What’s Sex Got To Do With Mindfulness?" What our partners are really craving is connection, attention—­and better use of our tongues. You can find it here: https://goo.gl/Ae57e9 . Anyway, have even more fun making love with mindfulness.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

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2017-04-03 14:26:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

No "Daydream" compatibility for Galaxy S8

I wonder if that is a good move by +Samsung Mobile​? I love my #SamsungGearVR, but anybody who's interested in #VR will want to at least have a #Daydream option. I know I do. I went from the S4 to the S6 and was planning to get the #SamsungGalaxyS8, but I guess I'll have a look elsewhere. "Daydream" compatibility is a must for me.

What's your take on that? Are you interested in #virtualreality? Is Daydream compatibility a decision making factor for you when it comes to buying your next #mobilephone?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Though they meet all of the necessary requirements, installing the Daydream VR app on Samsung's new phones simply yields an error message. #News #Google #GoogleDaydream___No "Daydream" compatibility for Galaxy S8

I wonder if that is a good move by +Samsung Mobile​? I love my #SamsungGearVR, but anybody who's interested in #VR will want to at least have a #Daydream option. I know I do. I went from the S4 to the S6 and was planning to get the #SamsungGalaxyS8, but I guess I'll have a look elsewhere. "Daydream" compatibility is a must for me.

What's your take on that? Are you interested in #virtualreality? Is Daydream compatibility a decision making factor for you when it comes to buying your next #mobilephone?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

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2017-04-01 13:29:17 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 65 +1s; )Open 

This;-)

This;-)___

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2017-03-31 22:29:28 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Introducing Google Gnome
The smart yard is finally here.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#Google #GoogleHome #GoogleGnome 

Introducing Google Gnome
The smart yard is finally here.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#Google #GoogleHome #GoogleGnome ___

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2017-03-31 21:45:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Bronze Buddha
Surprise find.

I'm not a #Buddhist. I enjoy #mindfulnessmeditation, but I'm not a friend of any organised #religion. If I was though, #Buddhism would probably agree with me most. I've always been interested in Asian culture and history though and #Buddha statues have always held a certain attraction for me. Ever since I got into #mindfulness I've thought about getting a little statue as an object for my focus, I could just never find one that took my fancy. Today I wandered through a local shopping center with my family and passed by a cute little stand with all kinds of Asian merchandise. I decided to have a closer look and though I wasn't particularly looking for Buddha statues this one spoke to me. It was positioned beside some other, probably more sophisticated pieces, but somehow those couldn't catch my eye. This one though connected with me... more »

Bronze Buddha
Surprise find.

I'm not a #Buddhist. I enjoy #mindfulnessmeditation, but I'm not a friend of any organised #religion. If I was though, #Buddhism would probably agree with me most. I've always been interested in Asian culture and history though and #Buddha statues have always held a certain attraction for me. Ever since I got into #mindfulness I've thought about getting a little statue as an object for my focus, I could just never find one that took my fancy. Today I wandered through a local shopping center with my family and passed by a cute little stand with all kinds of Asian merchandise. I decided to have a closer look and though I wasn't particularly looking for Buddha statues this one spoke to me. It was positioned beside some other, probably more sophisticated pieces, but somehow those couldn't catch my eye. This one though connected with me straight away. It is made of bronze, weighs a ton (not really, it's only about 20 cm tall) and found it's place right next to me on my bedside table. I love its comparative simplicity (everything else I saw was far more detailed) and its overall shaping. The warm colour of the bronze goes perfectly with the sunflower colours of my bedroom and somehow (to me) it conveys composure and serenity. Love it!

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-21 22:03:53 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Think you've got a shitty day?
It all comes down to attitude.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Think you've got a shitty day?
It all comes down to attitude.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-21 09:08:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

My first IndieGogo backing
And of course it has to be a gadget.

I have a huge problem. My work #phone is from the stone ages. Smoke signals or drums would be more convenient. It's soooo 1990s. Why can't it be like my private phone? Well, it could, if I had a #dualSIMcard phone, which I don't. But there is (or there is going to be) a solution for that and I made it my first backing ever on #IndieGogo. I hope I'm not going to regret it.

It's called #PieceCard and gives your phone dual SIM card abilities. Any phone. As long as it is an #Android or #iPhone. Check out the link!

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

My first IndieGogo backing
And of course it has to be a gadget.

I have a huge problem. My work #phone is from the stone ages. Smoke signals or drums would be more convenient. It's soooo 1990s. Why can't it be like my private phone? Well, it could, if I had a #dualSIMcard phone, which I don't. But there is (or there is going to be) a solution for that and I made it my first backing ever on #IndieGogo. I hope I'm not going to regret it.

It's called #PieceCard and gives your phone dual SIM card abilities. Any phone. As long as it is an #Android or #iPhone. Check out the link!

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-18 19:47:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

My new collection: Google Home and Home Automation
The future is now.

I already have a #technology and #gadgets collection, but since I'm getting more into #homeautomation now I decided to split that off. Since I'm realising the #voicecontrol part of my home automation system via my #GoogleHome I'll include posts about that as well.

So, stay tuned. Over the next few months (and years) my house will increasingly become voice controlled. I have many things planned and will implement them depending on my financial means. But first I'll move all my Google Home posts to this collection.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​

My new collection: Google Home and Home Automation
The future is now.

I already have a #technology and #gadgets collection, but since I'm getting more into #homeautomation now I decided to split that off. Since I'm realising the #voicecontrol part of my home automation system via my #GoogleHome I'll include posts about that as well.

So, stay tuned. Over the next few months (and years) my house will increasingly become voice controlled. I have many things planned and will implement them depending on my financial means. But first I'll move all my Google Home posts to this collection.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​___

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2017-03-16 15:04:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Down at the river bank

Still enjoying my holiday I went for a gorgeous walk with my mother down at the river Rhine followed by probably the best sushi I've had in my life.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Down at the river bank

Still enjoying my holiday I went for a gorgeous walk with my mother down at the river Rhine followed by probably the best sushi I've had in my life.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-15 19:16:14 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Enchanted forest

I'm on holiday in Germany right now and one of the most beautiful things in the area where my family lives are the mixed forests. No matter the season they're an amazing place to recharge your batteries, meditate or just go for a quiet walk.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Enchanted forest

I'm on holiday in Germany right now and one of the most beautiful things in the area where my family lives are the mixed forests. No matter the season they're an amazing place to recharge your batteries, meditate or just go for a quiet walk.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-15 12:43:28 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

My mindfulness library

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
~Charles W. Eliot

If you live on a rock in the middle of the Atlantic like me you might find it difficult to find a #meditation teacher or go to #mindfulnessmeditation retreats. You are pretty much on your own, but in nowadays connected world that shouldn't inhibit you. I'm only a novice in #mindfulness but I have a few #books in my collection that I believe might help other beginners like me to find their way to moment-to-moment non-judgmental #awareness. These books are listed in the order I've read them, but of course you'll have to pick the books that might interest you and the order to read them in yourself. Also I've started my journey into mindfulness with #JonKabatZinn and... more »

My mindfulness library

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
~Charles W. Eliot

If you live on a rock in the middle of the Atlantic like me you might find it difficult to find a #meditation teacher or go to #mindfulnessmeditation retreats. You are pretty much on your own, but in nowadays connected world that shouldn't inhibit you. I'm only a novice in #mindfulness but I have a few #books in my collection that I believe might help other beginners like me to find their way to moment-to-moment non-judgmental #awareness. These books are listed in the order I've read them, but of course you'll have to pick the books that might interest you and the order to read them in yourself. Also I've started my journey into mindfulness with #JonKabatZinn and though he's still my favourite author there are loads of other great teachers around. Enjoy!

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment-and Your Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn

We may long for #wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of #contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditatiion Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life
Barry Boyce and 4 more

A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce #stress and improve mental and physical #health. Countless people who have tried it say it's improved their quality of life. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of paying steady and full attention, without judgment or criticism, to our moment-to-moment experience. Here is a collection of the best writing on what mindfulness is, why we should practice it, and how to apply it in daily life, from leading figures in the field.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is considered the heart of #Buddhist meditation. But its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to everyone. In Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in our lives, and awakening us to the unique beauty and possibilities of each present moment.

Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world.
Prof. Mark Williams

Mindfulness reveals the secrets of lifelong #happiness and details a unique programme developed by Oxford University psychologist Professor Mark Williams with colleagues around the world.

Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food
Susan Albers and 1 more

In our modern society, weight concerns, obesity rates, and obsession with appearance have changed the way we look at #food—and not necessarily for the better. If you have ever snacked when you weren’t hungry, have used guilt as a guide for your eating habits, or have cut calories even when you felt hungry, you have experienced “mindless” eating firsthand. This mindless approach to food is dangerous, and can have serious health and emotional consequences. But if you’ve been mindlessly eating all your life, it can be difficult to make a change. When it comes down to it, you must take a whole new approach to eating—but where do you begin? Practicing #mindfuleating habits may be just the thing to make that important change. In fact, it might just be the answer you’ve been searching for all these years.

The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships, Heal Conflicts and Accomplish Your Goals
Susan Gillis Chapman

Good #communiation is essential to any healthy #relationship, whether it's between spouses, family members, friends, or co-workers. In this book Susan Chapman, a marriage and family therapist and a longtime meditation teacher, explains how mindfulness can be brought to bear in the way we speak and listen to each other so that we can strengthen our connections and better accomplish our goals. Drawing on Buddhist principles and on her training as a psychotherapist, Chapman explains how the practice of mindfulness—learning to become fully present in the moment—makes it possible for us to listen more deeply to others and to develop greater clarity and confidence about how to respond. #mindfulcommunication

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​​___

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2017-03-13 11:03:06 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Won't be long now

The #Formula1 calendar for 2017.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#F1 #formulaone

___Won't be long now

The #Formula1 calendar for 2017.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#F1 #formulaone

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2017-03-12 22:55:20 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Do the myAndroid test
And let Google customise your phone.

One of the biggest advantages of #Android phones over those with other operating systems is the high level of customisation one can get into. We are really spoiled for choice but #Google can now help you with finding the best set up for you.

I took the #myAndroid test, refined the result a bit further and really got a set up I liked. I'm using a new #launcher but chose my favorite #wallpaper and the launcher's icon pack rather than the one suggested by the test. Vióla! Try it for yourself here: https://goo.gl/t7S6oX

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Do the myAndroid test
And let Google customise your phone.

One of the biggest advantages of #Android phones over those with other operating systems is the high level of customisation one can get into. We are really spoiled for choice but #Google can now help you with finding the best set up for you.

I took the #myAndroid test, refined the result a bit further and really got a set up I liked. I'm using a new #launcher but chose my favorite #wallpaper and the launcher's icon pack rather than the one suggested by the test. Vióla! Try it for yourself here: https://goo.gl/t7S6oX

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-11 17:34:28 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I'm glad I'm having depressions

Don't get me wrong. There's nothing nice about a bout of #depressions. Nothing! They are bad! I don't want to live through them. But without depressions I'd probably never have learned about #mindfulness. That means I'd have never found out things that are very important to me today.

#Mindfulnessmeditation has not only helped me to live with depressions, it has also slowly and subtlely changed my way of looking at things.

Without it I'd have never learned that I can take a step back from my thoughts and moods. I can watch them like an observer rather than being controlled by conditioned thought patterns and negative self-talk.

I wouldn't really have understood that to experience the good, you also have to experience the bad. I can embrace and accept negative emotions, because I know that... more »

I'm glad I'm having depressions

Don't get me wrong. There's nothing nice about a bout of #depressions. Nothing! They are bad! I don't want to live through them. But without depressions I'd probably never have learned about #mindfulness. That means I'd have never found out things that are very important to me today.

#Mindfulnessmeditation has not only helped me to live with depressions, it has also slowly and subtlely changed my way of looking at things.

Without it I'd have never learned that I can take a step back from my thoughts and moods. I can watch them like an observer rather than being controlled by conditioned thought patterns and negative self-talk.

I wouldn't really have understood that to experience the good, you also have to experience the bad. I can embrace and accept negative emotions, because I know that without them I wouldn't really enjoy the happy moments.

Mindfulness made me aware that nothing is eternal. I now understand that negative emotions are fleeting like clouds in the sky and they will go away after some time. I also learned to enjoy when the sky is entirely blue. Happy moods are also fleeting and knowing that makes me enjoy them all the more.

I enjoy mindfulness #meditation. I dedicate at least half an hour a day to a meditation session and try to incorporate mindfulness into my daily routines as much as I can. It is astonishing how much pleasure I suddenly find in everyday tasks. One could almost say that life has become an adventure again.

I'm not one to multitask. Actually, chewing chewing gun and crossing the street at the same time, is quite a challenge for poor little me. Mindfulness helps me to focus on one task at a time and give it my all. I work far better like that.

All in all I'm beginning to live life to the fullest and though it could be that I might have found the motivation to do so without my depressions, they certainly pushed me to get on the right path and for that I'm grateful.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​

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2017-03-10 16:32:50 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Got it!
The Google Assistant roll out seems to be happening faster than anticipated.

#Google promised that all phones running #Android #Marshmallow or higher will get the #GoogleAssistant eventually. It's only a matter of time. The English language phones in the US were the first to get the new voice controlled assistant, followed by other countries and languages. I seem to be lucky. Living in Spain I got it today. So, if you, like me, can't live any longer without AI on your phone, it won't be long now.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​

Got it!
The Google Assistant roll out seems to be happening faster than anticipated.

#Google promised that all phones running #Android #Marshmallow or higher will get the #GoogleAssistant eventually. It's only a matter of time. The English language phones in the US were the first to get the new voice controlled assistant, followed by other countries and languages. I seem to be lucky. Living in Spain I got it today. So, if you, like me, can't live any longer without AI on your phone, it won't be long now.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​___

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2017-03-09 21:46:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Stay amazed

One of the most dangerous aspects of my #depressions is that when they come over me, they make me feel that there's never been anything else. That this is what my whole life feels like. That there's never been a happy moment. Of course that's crap. But that is what it feels like.

Thinking about it, it makes sense. While the depressions are very much in the forefront of my #mind when they happen, I never think about my happy moments. When I am content I don't check in with myself and see how I feel. I am just fine. When I'm experiencing a depression, on the other hand, I very much think about it. I ask myself why I'm feeling like this, which I don't do when I'm happy. The end result is, that there is very little recollection of my happy states when I become depressed. It allows the depressions to make me feel like they're are all... more »

Stay amazed

One of the most dangerous aspects of my #depressions is that when they come over me, they make me feel that there's never been anything else. That this is what my whole life feels like. That there's never been a happy moment. Of course that's crap. But that is what it feels like.

Thinking about it, it makes sense. While the depressions are very much in the forefront of my #mind when they happen, I never think about my happy moments. When I am content I don't check in with myself and see how I feel. I am just fine. When I'm experiencing a depression, on the other hand, I very much think about it. I ask myself why I'm feeling like this, which I don't do when I'm happy. The end result is, that there is very little recollection of my happy states when I become depressed. It allows the depressions to make me feel like they're are all there is.

#Mindfulnessmeditation has changed that for me. It allows me to experience my happy and content moments fully aware. #Mindfulness makes ordinary moments feel extraordinary. I suddenly notice little things and I appreciate them more. It keeps me amazed. And it makes me remember those happy moments when I'm in the dump.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-03 19:23:54 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Pixel's camera for every Android phone
Should Google make its camera software open source?

It is said, that the #Pixel's #camera is a cut above the rest, due mainly to its superior algorithm. Should #Google make that algorithm open source, like it does with #Android? Would that be beneficial for Google, because it'd support the Android ecosystem or is it more of an advantage for them to keep that secret close to their collective chest to provide their own Pixel phones with a killer feature. And is the Pixel's camera really really that good? I always thought that #Samsung puts a pretty amazing camera into their flagships as well.

What's your take on it?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Pixel's camera for every Android phone
Should Google make its camera software open source?

It is said, that the #Pixel's #camera is a cut above the rest, due mainly to its superior algorithm. Should #Google make that algorithm open source, like it does with #Android? Would that be beneficial for Google, because it'd support the Android ecosystem or is it more of an advantage for them to keep that secret close to their collective chest to provide their own Pixel phones with a killer feature. And is the Pixel's camera really really that good? I always thought that #Samsung puts a pretty amazing camera into their flagships as well.

What's your take on it?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-03 18:19:56 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Let the music play
The power of sound as a supportive tool for mindfulness meditation.

I love #music and much has been said about the relaxing effect of music as a tool for #meditation. Generally speaking though it seems that the use of music as a support for meditation is rather frowned upon, especially by traditional practitioners. Well, I'm not much of a traditionalist. Actually, if tradition gets in the way of doing something better, I usually take the opposite way. "That's the way it's always been done" has never been a sound way of reasoning for me. We all have to find our own ways, the ways that work for us and the same is valid for #mindfulness.

Traditionally, the idea of listening to music while meditating would be completely out of the question. In no #Buddhist lineage is there any kind of musical accompaniment to meditation. Traditionally... more »

Let the music play
The power of sound as a supportive tool for mindfulness meditation.

I love #music and much has been said about the relaxing effect of music as a tool for #meditation. Generally speaking though it seems that the use of music as a support for meditation is rather frowned upon, especially by traditional practitioners. Well, I'm not much of a traditionalist. Actually, if tradition gets in the way of doing something better, I usually take the opposite way. "That's the way it's always been done" has never been a sound way of reasoning for me. We all have to find our own ways, the ways that work for us and the same is valid for #mindfulness.

Traditionally, the idea of listening to music while meditating would be completely out of the question. In no #Buddhist lineage is there any kind of musical accompaniment to meditation. Traditionally there would simply be silence or ambient background noise to accompany meditation. But there is no such thing as complete silence, is there? Even if we would practice our meditation in a soundproof room there'd still be our breathing, the heart beat and other noises that we produce ourselves. Isn't becoming aware of those sounds part of mindfulness? I just make the music part of the background that I'm taking in. Sometimes I don't use music but relaxing nature sounds. Whatever strikes my fancy that particular day. Sometimes I even go so far as using sounds as the object for meditation. Try it! Listen to your music with full awareness! You'll enjoy it like never before.

Following that thought, it shouldn't really make any difference what kind of music or sounds you are listening to. I just can't picture myself meditating to Metal (and I love Metal). I use traditional meditation and #yoga music and nature sounds like rain, a crackling fire, flowing water, waves or birds singing, but not because they are traditional, but because I find them relaxing. In this post I linked to my #Spotify playlist of almost 400 songs that I like. I very much enjoy flute music for meditation, so you'll find plenty of that there. For nature sounds I usually turn to YouTube. But it's only a starting point. In the end you'll have to make your own choices regarding sounds for meditation.

What's your view on the topic? Is music just a crutch on our way to #happiness or is it a valuable tool? If you use music for meditation, let me know which one you prefer.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-02 12:42:45 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

My mind is a rolling stone
One has to develop a certain stubbornness practicing mindfulness meditation.

I have good days and bad days. On some, concentrating on my #meditation comes easy and on others my mind insists on wandering. It is amazing how inventive my brain gets when it comes to conjuring up distracting thoughts. Today is one of the bad days. My mind is like a humming bird. I've developed the habit of including mindfulness meditation into my morning routine. I'm getting quite good at being completely aware of brushing my teeth or shaving. It usually makes my morning a very pleasant experience. Today my mind was all over the place and there was not much I could do about it.

I've learned by now to mostly accept that my mind is worse than an ant hill, but it still gets frustrating sometimes. I know I should accept it, I shouldn't judge. I know that... more »

My mind is a rolling stone
One has to develop a certain stubbornness practicing mindfulness meditation.

I have good days and bad days. On some, concentrating on my #meditation comes easy and on others my mind insists on wandering. It is amazing how inventive my brain gets when it comes to conjuring up distracting thoughts. Today is one of the bad days. My mind is like a humming bird. I've developed the habit of including mindfulness meditation into my morning routine. I'm getting quite good at being completely aware of brushing my teeth or shaving. It usually makes my morning a very pleasant experience. Today my mind was all over the place and there was not much I could do about it.

I've learned by now to mostly accept that my mind is worse than an ant hill, but it still gets frustrating sometimes. I know I should accept it, I shouldn't judge. I know that #mindfulness is not a matter of success or failure, but it still feels like it sometimes. When I have mornings like today I intellectually know that I shouldn't worry. I know I'm not doing anything wrong. But I feel that I failed and I find it far more difficult to set aside feelings without judging them than thoughts.

One has to develop a certain stubbornness. #Mindfulnessmeditation is simple, but not easy. I'm still in the process of learning how to let go of thoughts and feelings, how to not judge them, to accept them for what they are and to bring my focus back to the present. I have noticed though, that it becomes easier over time. I will probably spend the rest of my life perfecting it. Pablo Casals, a famous cellist, still practiced three hours a day when he was 93. When asked why he still practiced at that age, he said, "I'm beginning to see some improvement".

Important is not to limit #meditation to "sessions". It has to become part of everyday life, second nature. I do my morning meditation and again half an hour in the evening, but I also spend most of my day applying mindfulness in all kinds of situations. I sometimes find that some of the distracting thoughts are actually about meditation. It's quite amusing to think that I should be more aware of the present.

#Awareness is often not easy to achieve. But I'm getting quite stubborn. Don't give up! It will get easier and you'll already notice benefits with only short periods of awareness.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-03-01 14:43:47 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Body Scan Meditation
A guided meditation with Jon Kabat Zinn.

I'm by no means an expert in meditation. Actually I only got into it out of necessity. If you want though, you can follow me on the path I chose to enrich my life with #mindfulnessmeditation.

So, what is it all about?
I'm not going to get into what #mindfulness meditation (or in short, mindfulness) is. There's so much stuff on the Internet to be found about it. Let it suffice to say that mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's #awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. If you crave a more detailed definition, Wikipedia is your friend ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness ). There're also loads of books around. Just google for "best... more »

Body Scan Meditation
A guided meditation with Jon Kabat Zinn.

I'm by no means an expert in meditation. Actually I only got into it out of necessity. If you want though, you can follow me on the path I chose to enrich my life with #mindfulnessmeditation.

So, what is it all about?
I'm not going to get into what #mindfulness meditation (or in short, mindfulness) is. There's so much stuff on the Internet to be found about it. Let it suffice to say that mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's #awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. If you crave a more detailed definition, Wikipedia is your friend ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness ). There're also loads of books around. Just google for "best books on mindfulness" and you can fill up a library. I personally like "The Mindfulness Revolution", a combined effort by leading experts in the field, edited by #BarryCampbellBoyce. And I guess my favourite author up to now must be #JonKabatZinn. You'll stumble over his books everywhere, if you choose to get into mindfulness. I particularly like "Wherever You Go, There You Are" and "Mindfulness for Beginners".

That is how it all started
So, after satisfying your hunger for information I'd like to tell you how I got hooked on mindfulness. Last year I was diagnosed with #depressions. Woah! Me! Who always thought he was the most positive and optimistic man alive! Turned out I'd been having them for years and never knew about it. But that's a different story. After trying everything from medication to #meditation (there's an app for that) I finally went to see a psychotherapist. And that did the trick. Suffice it to say that I'm off my medication and though my depressions and #panicattacks are still with me (though to a far lesser degree) I now know how to deal with them so they don't control my life. After doing some research I quickly realised that what my psychotherapist was doing was introducing me slowly and methodically to mindfulness, without ever mentioning the word (which I'd never heard of anyway).

Everything is easier with a little help
I will get into the effects that mindfulness has had on me in future posts, but for now I'd like to talk about the video I linked to. One of the reasons I wanted to voluntarily apply what I had learned out of necessity was that from childhood on I've suffered from an extremely bad memory and concentration problems. You can imagine, that school was hell for me. The rest of my life wasn't exactly a walk in the park either because of it. So I thought "mindfulness has helped you with your depressions, let's see if it can sort out your muddled brain as well". There was just a tiny problem. The very problem I have with my concentration inhibits me to meditate for any longer period of time. I just can't concentrate long enough. My wandering mind has different ideas. It insist on contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or may never happen at all. I found that I'm most successful with guided meditation and I very much enjoy this "body scan guided meditation" video by Jon Kabat Zinn. I even set my alarm clock half an hour early to make time for it.

Follow me, I don't know the way either
Mindfulness is said to be able to help you with all kinds of problems (I know it helped me with my depressions), but you don't have to have a problem for it to be beneficial to you. I use it to live a more aware and satisfying life. To make a few things just that little bit easier. To be happier. If you want to follow me on that journey, feel free to follow this collection. Over the next weeks, months, probably years you'll find out about my experiences, read about book and video recommendations and stuff I find on the Interweb. And I would be very interested in your own experiences, so whether you suffer from depressions, meditate on a regular basis or are just thinking about making a change in your life, let me know in the comments.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​___

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2017-03-01 00:32:20 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

First post coming soon

I'm just getting into mindfulness mediation and its effect on me is so profound and positive that I'd like to write about it in this brand-new collection. The first post will come soon, but until then let me know, if you've had any experiences with mindfulness meditation and what they are.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

First post coming soon

I'm just getting into mindfulness mediation and its effect on me is so profound and positive that I'd like to write about it in this brand-new collection. The first post will come soon, but until then let me know, if you've had any experiences with mindfulness meditation and what they are.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-02-28 11:26:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Nokia 6
Will this be my next phone?

It ticks almost all the right boxes, apart from one. It looks great. It is just the right size. Dual SIM. Android 7.1.2. Google Assistant. The cameras seem to be decent. The price is right too. But .... it doesn't seem to be Daydream compatible. That's a must for me.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#Nokia6 #daydream #Nokia #mobile #phone #android7 #android 

Nokia 6
Will this be my next phone?

It ticks almost all the right boxes, apart from one. It looks great. It is just the right size. Dual SIM. Android 7.1.2. Google Assistant. The cameras seem to be decent. The price is right too. But .... it doesn't seem to be Daydream compatible. That's a must for me.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#Nokia6 #daydream #Nokia #mobile #phone #android7 #android ___

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2017-02-28 11:06:42 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A woman in Formula 1
Why are there so few women in motorsport?

Tatiana Calderón just got a job as development driver with the +Sauber F1 Team​. Is this the first step for her into #Formula1? And why are there not more women like her?

There have only ever been five female drivers who have actually entered a #GrandPrix. Only two of them ever qualified and started a race. #LellaLombardi and #DesiréWilson, the latter being the only woman to win a #FormulaOne race of any kind. There were also a few female drivers in testing and development capacities, including Sauber's very own #SimonadeSilvestro (yes, Sauber has a history of female drivers).

Why is it that such few women drivers make it into the top level of #motorsport? Not enough talent around? Is it a man's sport? Do women have it more difficult to get accepted? Sauber doesn't seem to have apro... more »

Tatiana Calderon becomes Development Driver

We are pleased to announce Tatiana Calderón as a Development Driver for 2017. In addition to becoming a Sauber F1 Team Development Driver, she will compete in the GP3 Series again in 2017.

Read the full report on sauberf1team.com!

#SauberF1Team #25YearsInF1 #F1___A woman in Formula 1
Why are there so few women in motorsport?

Tatiana Calderón just got a job as development driver with the +Sauber F1 Team​. Is this the first step for her into #Formula1? And why are there not more women like her?

There have only ever been five female drivers who have actually entered a #GrandPrix. Only two of them ever qualified and started a race. #LellaLombardi and #DesiréWilson, the latter being the only woman to win a #FormulaOne race of any kind. There were also a few female drivers in testing and development capacities, including Sauber's very own #SimonadeSilvestro (yes, Sauber has a history of female drivers).

Why is it that such few women drivers make it into the top level of #motorsport? Not enough talent around? Is it a man's sport? Do women have it more difficult to get accepted? Sauber doesn't seem to have a problem with it.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

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2017-02-26 15:59:14 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Google Assistant coming to more Android phones
If you have a phone running Marshmallow or Nougat you might be in luck.

I'm not sure, if I've mentioned this before (actually I am quite sure), but I just love the #GoogleAssistant. That voice controlled smart assistant is a real improvement compared to its predecessor #GoogleNow. Unfortunately only #Google's own #Pixel phones come with it. That might change now. Android phones running Android 6 (Marshmallow) and 7 (Nougat) are also supposed to get it within the next week. Or at least for English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. What about me poor English user in Spain?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

H/t: +John Elstone​

Now coming to more Android phones — your own helpful #GoogleAssistant, right in your pocket → https://goo.gl/J9nYAH #MWC2017___Google Assistant coming to more Android phones
If you have a phone running Marshmallow or Nougat you might be in luck.

I'm not sure, if I've mentioned this before (actually I am quite sure), but I just love the #GoogleAssistant. That voice controlled smart assistant is a real improvement compared to its predecessor #GoogleNow. Unfortunately only #Google's own #Pixel phones come with it. That might change now. Android phones running Android 6 (Marshmallow) and 7 (Nougat) are also supposed to get it within the next week. Or at least for English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. What about me poor English user in Spain?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

H/t: +John Elstone​

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2017-02-25 14:47:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Unexpected Google account sign-outs are no security issue

Happened to me as well.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#Google #security 

Unexpected Google account sign-outs are no security issue

Happened to me as well.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#Google #security ___

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2017-02-24 15:49:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

If you could travel back in time and kill Hitler, would you do it?

I wonder if there's going to be anybody left who'll ask the question "If you could travel back in time and kill Trump, would you do it?" once that maniac is finished with the world? I think his version of "Make America great again" is to bomb it (and the rest of the world) back into the stone ages.

"A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes". [Hillary Clinton, second worst choice for the oval office]

May the Plus be with all of us,
+Jens Graikowski​​

#DonaldTrump #potus #president #usa #coldwar #nuclearwar


If you could travel back in time and kill Hitler, would you do it?

I wonder if there's going to be anybody left who'll ask the question "If you could travel back in time and kill Trump, would you do it?" once that maniac is finished with the world? I think his version of "Make America great again" is to bomb it (and the rest of the world) back into the stone ages.

"A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes". [Hillary Clinton, second worst choice for the oval office]

May the Plus be with all of us,
+Jens Graikowski​​

#DonaldTrump #potus #president #usa #coldwar #nuclearwar
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2017-02-21 11:07:16 (14 comments; 5 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

There are presidents and then there are "presidents"

#AbrahamLincoln #DonaldTrump #usa #president 

There are presidents and then there are "presidents"

#AbrahamLincoln #DonaldTrump #usa #president ___

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2017-02-20 11:53:39 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Now, that is a beauty
Now it just needs to be fast.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#SauberF1 #Sauber #F1 #formula1 #formulaone

BOOM!

Proudly presenting the Sauber C36-Ferrari – the anniversary car for a new era >> sauberf1team.com

#25YearsInF1 #C36___Now, that is a beauty
Now it just needs to be fast.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#SauberF1 #Sauber #F1 #formula1 #formulaone

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2017-02-20 10:46:37 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

LG Watch Style
An underwhelming piece of wearable.

Since there probably won't be a #Moto360 3rd gen I'll have to look elsewhere for my next #smartwatch and I had great hopes that my favourite tech company #Google would come up with something I could give my heart too. Looks like my heart will have to wait for something else to come along though. Luckily I'm not in a hurry.

This thing has no heart rate sensor, no #NFC/#AndroidPay, no #GPS, and no #LTE. It looks cheap and that at $249,-? Really, +Google​?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#LGWatchStyle #LG



LG Watch Style
An underwhelming piece of wearable.

Since there probably won't be a #Moto360 3rd gen I'll have to look elsewhere for my next #smartwatch and I had great hopes that my favourite tech company #Google would come up with something I could give my heart too. Looks like my heart will have to wait for something else to come along though. Luckily I'm not in a hurry.

This thing has no heart rate sensor, no #NFC/#AndroidPay, no #GPS, and no #LTE. It looks cheap and that at $249,-? Really, +Google​?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#LGWatchStyle #LG

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2017-02-20 08:59:31 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Hypocrisy at its best

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​

H/t: +Ole Olson​

#abortion #immigrants #politics 

Word!!. ___Hypocrisy at its best

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​

H/t: +Ole Olson​

#abortion #immigrants #politics 

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2017-02-19 21:19:05 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

No more Google Home on Amazon?
Looks like Amazon is not selling the Google Home anymore.

I bought my #GoogleHome on Amazon Germany. It was the only place I could get it. Actually I'm not aware of any other supplier in Europe where you could get the voice controlled smart assistant. Looks like that is a thing of the past too now, though.

I can't find the Google Home on any #Amazon website worldwide. I know there are other places in the US where you can get it, but that leaves us Europeans with nothing. I wanted to get at least one more for my house, but I have no way of laying my hands on one now.

Was it too much of a competition for Amazon's own #Echo?

Do you know of any other place where to get it in Germany, Spain or the UK?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​

No more Google Home on Amazon?
Looks like Amazon is not selling the Google Home anymore.

I bought my #GoogleHome on Amazon Germany. It was the only place I could get it. Actually I'm not aware of any other supplier in Europe where you could get the voice controlled smart assistant. Looks like that is a thing of the past too now, though.

I can't find the Google Home on any #Amazon website worldwide. I know there are other places in the US where you can get it, but that leaves us Europeans with nothing. I wanted to get at least one more for my house, but I have no way of laying my hands on one now.

Was it too much of a competition for Amazon's own #Echo?

Do you know of any other place where to get it in Germany, Spain or the UK?

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​___

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2017-02-18 17:05:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

My Precious!

A Gabor Balogh inspired design in blue to go with my work uniform.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#watchfaces #smartwatch #WatchMaker #moto360 #GaborBalogh 

My Precious!

A Gabor Balogh inspired design in blue to go with my work uniform.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

#watchfaces #smartwatch #WatchMaker #moto360 #GaborBalogh ___

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2017-02-17 00:38:30 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Shop with Google Home
The voice controlled smart assistant just got a shopping feature.

#GoogleHome is still in its infancy and to keep up with the #AmazonEcho it still has a lot to learn, but nobody can say that Google and third party developers are not working on it. In many ways it is already better than its main competitor and now you can shop with Google Home just like with the Echo. I have just one issue with that.

I do understand the need to monetise the device, but my priorities would be on more basic features. Is #shopping really more important than for example being able to set a reminder via voice? For #Google it obviously is, for me not so much.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Shop with Google Home
The voice controlled smart assistant just got a shopping feature.

#GoogleHome is still in its infancy and to keep up with the #AmazonEcho it still has a lot to learn, but nobody can say that Google and third party developers are not working on it. In many ways it is already better than its main competitor and now you can shop with Google Home just like with the Echo. I have just one issue with that.

I do understand the need to monetise the device, but my priorities would be on more basic features. Is #shopping really more important than for example being able to set a reminder via voice? For #Google it obviously is, for me not so much.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-02-15 16:25:59 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Bomberg Bolt 68 Fenix

Head over to the WatchMaker community (https://goo.gl/Bfqjfy ) to get this excellent watch face by +ajoy das​​​​!

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​​​

#WatchMaker #watchfaces #bomberg 

Bomberg Bolt 68 Fenix

Head over to the WatchMaker community (https://goo.gl/Bfqjfy ) to get this excellent watch face by +ajoy das​​​​!

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​​​

#WatchMaker #watchfaces #bomberg ___

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2017-02-15 15:55:43 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Portal to the centre of the earth
Covão dos conchos

The Covão dos Conchos is a giant mystical water hole belonging to a hydro-electric dam. The tunnel was built back in 1955 to ensure the water diversion from Ribeira das Naves to Lagoa Comprada in Portugal. The 1519 meters long hole creates the illusion that the dam is broken, similar to a portal to the center of the earth.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​​​

Portal to the centre of the earth
Covão dos conchos

The Covão dos Conchos is a giant mystical water hole belonging to a hydro-electric dam. The tunnel was built back in 1955 to ensure the water diversion from Ribeira das Naves to Lagoa Comprada in Portugal. The 1519 meters long hole creates the illusion that the dam is broken, similar to a portal to the center of the earth.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​​​___

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2017-02-15 14:37:31 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Android 7.0 Nougat update to be released by end of February

And not one minute too soon, I might add. It's not really the OS update I'm after for my #GalaxyS6edge, but the #GoogleAssistant, which I will hopefully be able to install (as I mentioned here: https://goo.gl/wXCN4n ) once I've got the update. Then I only need the voice controlled smart assistant on my #Moto3602nd (which should arrive with #AndroidWear 2.0 very soon, as mentioned here: https://goo.gl/t5cFYz ) and I'm all set up on all my #Android devices. That's all I wanted ever since I had my first experience with the Google Assistant on my #GoogleHome.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Android 7.0 Nougat update to be released by end of February

And not one minute too soon, I might add. It's not really the OS update I'm after for my #GalaxyS6edge, but the #GoogleAssistant, which I will hopefully be able to install (as I mentioned here: https://goo.gl/wXCN4n ) once I've got the update. Then I only need the voice controlled smart assistant on my #Moto3602nd (which should arrive with #AndroidWear 2.0 very soon, as mentioned here: https://goo.gl/t5cFYz ) and I'm all set up on all my #Android devices. That's all I wanted ever since I had my first experience with the Google Assistant on my #GoogleHome.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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2017-02-14 15:27:27 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The flying cars are coming
Dubai will look even more futuristic with passenger drones in the sky.

Many, like my G+mate +Mike Elgan​​​, don't believe that we're anywhere close to having #flyingcars, but it looks like #Dubai is proving them wrong (though passenger drones are not strictly speaking flying cars, since they don't drive on roads).

I believe, the only way that flying cars are going to become a reality is to make them #autonomous. It'll be easier to get the necessary permits for pilotless #passengerdrones and everybody could "fly" them, since there's no actual piloting involved. And that is exactly what Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority are planning to do.

They will use the #EHang184, manufactured by the Chinese aeronautics company #EHang. I was already quite excited when this autonomous passenger drone wasintrodu... more »

The flying cars are coming
Dubai will look even more futuristic with passenger drones in the sky.

Many, like my G+mate +Mike Elgan​​​, don't believe that we're anywhere close to having #flyingcars, but it looks like #Dubai is proving them wrong (though passenger drones are not strictly speaking flying cars, since they don't drive on roads).

I believe, the only way that flying cars are going to become a reality is to make them #autonomous. It'll be easier to get the necessary permits for pilotless #passengerdrones and everybody could "fly" them, since there's no actual piloting involved. And that is exactly what Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority are planning to do.

They will use the #EHang184, manufactured by the Chinese aeronautics company #EHang. I was already quite excited when this autonomous passenger drone was introduced at last year's #CES, but not even I expected them to have their #drone ready for practical use so quick. I'm going to keep a very close eyes on this project, that's for sure.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​​​___

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2017-02-13 09:45:52 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-12 09:12:03 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

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No, this is not about the song by Pink Floyd.

Up to now the #GoogleHome is mainly made for those good guys in the US, but you can get it in other corners of the world, like the UK, as well. What you can't get outside the US (to the best of my knowledge) are the different coloured bases. Don't fret, just make your own.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​

Any Colour You Like
No, this is not about the song by Pink Floyd.

Up to now the #GoogleHome is mainly made for those good guys in the US, but you can get it in other corners of the world, like the UK, as well. What you can't get outside the US (to the best of my knowledge) are the different coloured bases. Don't fret, just make your own.

May the Plus be with you,
+Jens Graikowski​___

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