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I paint. I write. I enjoy meeting new people on Google+, participating in their conversations and learning what makes them special. Here are the topics about which I post most frequently: Writing, Dig

Occupation: Artist/Illustrator (JLWard Illustration)

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DL Keur1,073authors sharing scene snips and free peeks at their work to the general publicJohn Ward's Saturday Scenes begins2014-05-03 09:30:0022  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors154,497Welcome to the Books & Beer Hangout! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing… and we drink beer! This week +John Ward will join us to discuss some of the best new Google+ communities out there for authors. Google+ Communities are a way for people of similar interests to connect and collaborate within Google+. John is the founder of the Writer's Discussion Group, the largest writing focused Google+ Community to date, while Evo and Jeff are moderators for the Digital Publishing community. In 15 minutes, we'll discuss the best writing related communities out there, how to effectively get involved in engage with the people using them, and how to use them as a resource for education and network building. After that we open up the chat to everyone in what we call the "Hangover" at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! Join us then to ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! To join you just need a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra and +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer but it's always more fun live. Join us!Books and Beer: Google+ Communities for Authors2013-02-08 03:00:0015  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors154,497On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @109952403888787261893 and @114714204358609742953  Nathan Lowell and Debora Geary defend their love of unconventional novel creation. Both have received criticism for writing books “where nothing happens”. That’s a rather unfair characterization, but you need to hear what they have to say on the topic. Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:30. Our guests -- and the two of us -- are happy to take your specific questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 & @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Rules for Writers, and When You Can Break Them2012-08-31 03:00:0065  

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2016-07-14 19:11:56 (41 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Finished reading the first issue of Nameless last night. Seems like a promising beginning. The story feels very Lovecraftian. 

Most reshares: 87

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2016-05-10 01:09:08 (22 comments; 87 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

A 15 year old Canadian boy discovered a new Mayan city without ever leaving his hometown. At 12 years old, he began to develop a theory that the Maya built their cities to correspond to their constellations. When he overlaid his star map on top of a terrestrial map, he discovered that 117 Mayan cities lined up with 22 constellations. Two other cities lined up with the stars of a three star constellation, but no known city matched the location of the third star... until satellites confirmed his belief that an undiscovered city was located in that area.

Most plusones: 126

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2016-05-24 11:19:55 (34 comments; 28 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

You know this would happen.

Art by Alister Lockhart. +Mz Maau was kind enough to share a link to the artist's site where you can purchase a print of this or the other pieces they've made available there:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/alisterlockhart/works/21944885-the-end-lol

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2016-07-29 23:14:42 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Harrow County is shaping up to be a good horror comic. I've read the first two issues. The story references a lot of Appalachian folklore and myths. I've read the first two issues and have enjoyed them. If you like stories that talk about haints and things like that, I think you'll like these books.

Harrow County is shaping up to be a good horror comic. I've read the first two issues. The story references a lot of Appalachian folklore and myths. I've read the first two issues and have enjoyed them. If you like stories that talk about haints and things like that, I think you'll like these books.___

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2016-07-28 23:35:14 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

It's like someone wrote my biography and turned it into a meme.

It's like someone wrote my biography and turned it into a meme.___

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2016-07-27 17:41:12 (1 comments; 18 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

This is insightful.

This is insightful.___

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2016-07-27 16:31:44 (15 comments; 9 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

Yep. That seems right.

Yep. That seems right.___

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2016-07-23 19:54:09 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A story about a 'necronaut' who travels to the world of the dead to save the land of the living, set in the American Midwest on a road trip down Route 66.

Sounds like a good story to me.

A story about a 'necronaut' who travels to the world of the dead to save the land of the living, set in the American Midwest on a road trip down Route 66.

Sounds like a good story to me.___

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2016-07-21 18:11:51 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

The hometown newspaper did an article about the painting I did to raise money for Richwood after the flood. I haven't been able to read the article yet. I hope they said good things about me.

The hometown newspaper did an article about the painting I did to raise money for Richwood after the flood. I haven't been able to read the article yet. I hope they said good things about me.___

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2016-07-16 23:40:06 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

I recently finished reading Grant Morrison's comic Nameless. The book featured these weird alien parasite monsters that would latch onto the backs of their symbiotes to control them.

The image below was inspired by those creatures. It's not exactly the same as the ones in the book because I wanted to give it my own twist. 

I recently finished reading Grant Morrison's comic Nameless. The book featured these weird alien parasite monsters that would latch onto the backs of their symbiotes to control them.

The image below was inspired by those creatures. It's not exactly the same as the ones in the book because I wanted to give it my own twist. ___

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2016-07-14 19:11:56 (41 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Finished reading the first issue of Nameless last night. Seems like a promising beginning. The story feels very Lovecraftian. 

Finished reading the first issue of Nameless last night. Seems like a promising beginning. The story feels very Lovecraftian. ___

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2016-07-13 22:17:35 (1 comments; 15 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Some of you may enjoy this.

Some of you may enjoy this.___

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2016-07-12 21:36:03 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I've worked with some people living in Richwood to set up a fundraiser that uses the lumberjack painting I did for a t-shirt design. These shirts are being sold (15 up to 20 dollars depending on size) to raise money for Richwood Flood Relief. It's estimated that there has been at least 10 million dollars worth of damage to the town.

Please consider picking up a shirt or sharing this post with someone you think might be interested in them. You can also make donations through the site.

Here's a link to the fundraiser:

https://www.booster.com/richwoodlumberjack

I've worked with some people living in Richwood to set up a fundraiser that uses the lumberjack painting I did for a t-shirt design. These shirts are being sold (15 up to 20 dollars depending on size) to raise money for Richwood Flood Relief. It's estimated that there has been at least 10 million dollars worth of damage to the town.

Please consider picking up a shirt or sharing this post with someone you think might be interested in them. You can also make donations through the site.

Here's a link to the fundraiser:

https://www.booster.com/richwoodlumberjack___

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2016-07-10 18:31:05 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Something +Amanda Rachelle Warren and +Ellen Joyce will enjoy. 

Something +Amanda Rachelle Warren and +Ellen Joyce will enjoy. ___

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2016-07-09 23:52:02 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

This is important. Read it and do what you can to oppose it.

This is long, but it's worth your time.

It sounds a little overly dramatic to say this, but the TPP will fundamentally alter democracy in the U.S. and the other nations who ratify it.

Among the things it does:

Set up a trans-national arbitration system more binding than national laws. A secret arbitration system at that. The public isn't going to be allowed to see the new de facto laws they have to live with.

Requires ISPs to log all activity of their subscribers so content providing companies can comb though it for piracy. BUT, it gives all your information to those companies to do with as they will, including selling it.

Creates a 'no lose' scenario for large corporations. If you don't want a fracking operation or a strip mine next to your kid's school? Or in the middle of a national park? Too bad. It goes in or the taxpayer is on the hook for billions. That's not theoretical, by the way. The same provision is in NAFTA and it's been used to sue the U.S. government already.

Specifically prohibits 'Buy American' or 'Made in the U.S.A.' initiatives. (Or any signing country from promoting their own goods to their own citizens.)

Allows circumvention of food and drug safety laws, kills affordable generics and extends IP protections for everything from books to drugs to software to seeds.

This one is well worth dropping your congress-critters a note and telling them 'no thanks'.___This is important. Read it and do what you can to oppose it.

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2016-07-06 17:15:42 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

This made me laugh.

This made me laugh.___

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2016-07-06 14:30:14 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Pictures from the WV flood

These pictures were taken of what was the 'big city' to me as a child. I grew up three miles away from here in an unincorporated town. However, my mom would take us into the city at least once a week to do her shopping and to pay bills. Richwood is situated in a bowl shaped valley. A river runs right through the middle of it.

The day before the flood, rains saturated the ground. On the day of the flood, they received a little under 10 inches of rain in less than 3 hours. All of that water came rushing down off of the surround hills and filled the already wet ground. The pictures you see here are because of that 10 inches of rainfall.

To make matters worse, a few hours after the city was flooded by rainfall a dam, that was built for flood control, couldn't contain all of the water. Water crested the dam and caused the river to... more »

Pictures from the WV flood

These pictures were taken of what was the 'big city' to me as a child. I grew up three miles away from here in an unincorporated town. However, my mom would take us into the city at least once a week to do her shopping and to pay bills. Richwood is situated in a bowl shaped valley. A river runs right through the middle of it.

The day before the flood, rains saturated the ground. On the day of the flood, they received a little under 10 inches of rain in less than 3 hours. All of that water came rushing down off of the surround hills and filled the already wet ground. The pictures you see here are because of that 10 inches of rainfall.

To make matters worse, a few hours after the city was flooded by rainfall a dam, that was built for flood control, couldn't contain all of the water. Water crested the dam and caused the river to rise. On average, it was between 20 to 30 feet higher than normal. This caused the already existing floodwaters in Richwood to get as high as a little over five feet.

There are amazing stories of courage, tragedy, and loss from all parts of the town, but probably the most heart-touching one is the story about the nursing home.

The nursing home had 93 residents. Almost all of them are in wheel chairs or bed ridden. Volunteer firemen, nursing home employees, paramedics, and just people who happened to be in the area waded through chest deep waters to rescue these patients. Almost all of them had to be carried out of the home on their rescuer's shoulders.

The patients were housed in a nearby church for the first three days after the flood. They have since been relocated to other homes. One of them passed away from pneumonia. It's believed the patient contracted the disease due to exposure to the flood waters.

Multiple houses have already been torn down. Even now, it's hard to gauge just how much has been lost or will need to be demolished. I'm not even sure whether I will recognize the place the next time I visit.

I've only heard of one family who has decided to move. Everyone else is staying and doing what they can to rebuild.

You can make donations at this site, but you need to specify that the donation should go to Richwood Flood Relief. This is the site being recommended by the locals who are heading up the relief efforts. That site is giving 100% of all moneys donated directly to Richwood.

https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Nccfwv ___

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2016-07-06 14:25:56 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

A little under two weeks ago, the area where I grew up was devastated by a horrible flood. The mascot for the local high school is a lumberjack. With that in mind, I did this painting of a mud-spattered lumberjack pushing his way out of the floodwaters to rebuild all that has been lost.

A site has been setup to receive donations for the flood victims. It's located here:

https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Nccfwv

A little under two weeks ago, the area where I grew up was devastated by a horrible flood. The mascot for the local high school is a lumberjack. With that in mind, I did this painting of a mud-spattered lumberjack pushing his way out of the floodwaters to rebuild all that has been lost.

A site has been setup to receive donations for the flood victims. It's located here:

https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Nccfwv___

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2016-07-04 15:55:09 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-03 19:02:46 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

This kind of kindness will drive you mad.

This kind of kindness will drive you mad.___

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2016-06-30 22:34:16 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Some of these presidential candidates are really getting desperate.

Some of these presidential candidates are really getting desperate.___

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2016-06-26 04:52:00 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

I saw this at a store earlier today. It made me laugh.

I saw this at a store earlier today. It made me laugh.___

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2016-06-21 16:13:02 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I hope this is as good as the book was.

+Masha du Toit you should take a look.

I hope this is as good as the book was.

+Masha du Toit you should take a look.___

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2016-06-15 22:16:53 (25 comments; 11 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

I may be doomed.

I may be doomed.___

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2016-06-11 14:55:58 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

The other day I stepped into our bathroom because... well, I needed to do the things that people do while in the bathroom. The first thing I noticed was that a Yellow Jacket was perched on the window.

This led to some mental calculations. Do I have time to go get the flyswatter so I can kill this or should I just risk it and go now? I decided that I had time. I ran back into the kitchen, grabbed the flyswatter, and returned to the bathroom. He was still enjoying the morning sun shining in through the window.

I shut the door behind me to make sure the Yellow Jacket wouldn't escape. Then, I swung the fly swatter at the bug. I think I got him, but I'm not sure. When I pulled the fly swatter away, the bug was gone, but I couldn't find his corpse anywhere.

The problem was that by the time all of this had happened, I really, really had to use the bathroom. I made it... more »

The other day I stepped into our bathroom because... well, I needed to do the things that people do while in the bathroom. The first thing I noticed was that a Yellow Jacket was perched on the window.

This led to some mental calculations. Do I have time to go get the flyswatter so I can kill this or should I just risk it and go now? I decided that I had time. I ran back into the kitchen, grabbed the flyswatter, and returned to the bathroom. He was still enjoying the morning sun shining in through the window.

I shut the door behind me to make sure the Yellow Jacket wouldn't escape. Then, I swung the fly swatter at the bug. I think I got him, but I'm not sure. When I pulled the fly swatter away, the bug was gone, but I couldn't find his corpse anywhere.

The problem was that by the time all of this had happened, I really, really had to use the bathroom. I made it through the ordeal without incident, but not without some paranoia about getting stung on my exposed skin.___

2016-06-11 07:48:21 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Have you ever woken up at 2:47 in the morning and thought that this would be the perfect time to clean out the 47 pages of documents from your Kindle e-reader?

The early morning logic goes that those Kindle processors are really slow so every document you delete will only improve how responsive the device is. I haven't yet tested this theory, but my Kindle is now much cleaner. 

Have you ever woken up at 2:47 in the morning and thought that this would be the perfect time to clean out the 47 pages of documents from your Kindle e-reader?

The early morning logic goes that those Kindle processors are really slow so every document you delete will only improve how responsive the device is. I haven't yet tested this theory, but my Kindle is now much cleaner. ___

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2016-06-04 15:51:37 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Interesting article that details Facebook's war against Google+. 

Interesting article that details Facebook's war against Google+. ___

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2016-06-02 03:39:04 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

+Amanda Rachelle Warren, someone made a movie for you.

+Amanda Rachelle Warren, someone made a movie for you.___

2016-06-01 02:52:05 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

I was cleaning up the bookmarks in my browser. One of the bookmarks I deleted was a link to a baby monitor I was thinking about buying... nine years ago.

I was cleaning up the bookmarks in my browser. One of the bookmarks I deleted was a link to a baby monitor I was thinking about buying... nine years ago.___

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2016-05-31 20:17:50 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Has anyone read this? If so, is it any good?

Has anyone read this? If so, is it any good?___

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2016-05-28 18:01:04 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Today, I learned that Roy Clark is still alive. Who knew?

Today, I learned that Roy Clark is still alive. Who knew?___

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2016-05-27 01:44:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Take a moment to read this post from +John Lewis and consider helping.

I'm going to post this again tomorrow morning during "coffee hour", but here's a link to my wife's GoFundMe. We're heading in for some expensive procedures that we've been saving up for, but everything feels like it's down to the wire. If you can pitch in even a little it would really help. I seriously counting change to figure out how to buy pizza on the trip as a treat for the kids.

I hate asking for help.

Thanks for all the support and shares. Thanks to all of you who read what I write. I hope I entertain some of you, or get you thinking or whatever it is that I do for you; Thanks.

(Again, I'll be posting this one more time tomorrow morning but then the trip to see the doctors is at hand and we have to go so this is kind of the last shebang.)___Take a moment to read this post from +John Lewis and consider helping.

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2016-05-26 23:21:34 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

For +Gregory Lynn and +Lisa Cohen.

For +Gregory Lynn and +Lisa Cohen.___

2016-05-26 01:45:41 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I get too many e-mails. Yeah, yeah... first world problems.

I get too many e-mails. Yeah, yeah... first world problems.___

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2016-05-25 12:07:36 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

+Eoghann Irving, something for you to consider next payday. 

+Eoghann Irving, something for you to consider next payday. ___

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2016-05-25 01:53:04 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

If you read digital comics, Comixology has just announced that they offer an unlimited plan for six dollars a month. The plan doesn't include titles from Marvel and DC, but almost everyone else is part of the offer. Lots of good titles out there from Image, Boom!, and others.

If you read digital comics, Comixology has just announced that they offer an unlimited plan for six dollars a month. The plan doesn't include titles from Marvel and DC, but almost everyone else is part of the offer. Lots of good titles out there from Image, Boom!, and others.___

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2016-05-24 15:34:07 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Behold: a cautionary tale on the dangers of poetry.

Behold: a cautionary tale on the dangers of poetry.___

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2016-05-24 11:19:55 (34 comments; 28 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

You know this would happen.

Art by Alister Lockhart. +Mz Maau was kind enough to share a link to the artist's site where you can purchase a print of this or the other pieces they've made available there:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/alisterlockhart/works/21944885-the-end-lol

You know this would happen.

Art by Alister Lockhart. +Mz Maau was kind enough to share a link to the artist's site where you can purchase a print of this or the other pieces they've made available there:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/alisterlockhart/works/21944885-the-end-lol___

2016-05-22 19:01:50 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Out of the products I've tried, Google easily has the best voice recognition. They also have Google Glass. Why not combine the two to offer Real Time Closed Captioning for people that are hard of hearing?

Out of the products I've tried, Google easily has the best voice recognition. They also have Google Glass. Why not combine the two to offer Real Time Closed Captioning for people that are hard of hearing?___

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2016-05-14 00:07:15 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

This is for all of the programmers and everyone who loves the command line out there.

This is for all of the programmers and everyone who loves the command line out there.___

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2016-05-13 21:58:17 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Daryl and Glenn Helped Victims of a Car Crash in Real Life

I think I would freak out if the actors who portray Daryl and Glenn came to save me from a car wreck. Not because I'm some super fanboy, but because I'd be looking around for zombies.

Here's the story:

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/walking-deads-norman-reedus-steven-yeun-rescue-car-crash-victim-w206398

Daryl and Glenn Helped Victims of a Car Crash in Real Life

I think I would freak out if the actors who portray Daryl and Glenn came to save me from a car wreck. Not because I'm some super fanboy, but because I'd be looking around for zombies.

Here's the story:

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/walking-deads-norman-reedus-steven-yeun-rescue-car-crash-victim-w206398___

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2016-05-10 19:59:39 (29 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

+Matthew Graybosch, I think you're right. The Ulysses writing app is just as good and maybe even better than Scrivener. The more I use it the better I like it.

Scrivener basically offers the exact same functionality. It's no slacker either, but there's something about the way Ulysses is set up that makes sense to my mind.

+Matthew Graybosch, I think you're right. The Ulysses writing app is just as good and maybe even better than Scrivener. The more I use it the better I like it.

Scrivener basically offers the exact same functionality. It's no slacker either, but there's something about the way Ulysses is set up that makes sense to my mind.___

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2016-05-10 05:04:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I read the comic series that this is based on. This probably runs more toward the horror side of the Urban Fantasy spectrum, but if you're okay with that the comics are great. The TV show looks promising as well.

+Amanda Rachelle Warren was the one who introduced me to the comics. So, she may be interested in the TV show as well.

I read the comic series that this is based on. This probably runs more toward the horror side of the Urban Fantasy spectrum, but if you're okay with that the comics are great. The TV show looks promising as well.

+Amanda Rachelle Warren was the one who introduced me to the comics. So, she may be interested in the TV show as well.___

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2016-05-10 01:09:08 (22 comments; 87 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

A 15 year old Canadian boy discovered a new Mayan city without ever leaving his hometown. At 12 years old, he began to develop a theory that the Maya built their cities to correspond to their constellations. When he overlaid his star map on top of a terrestrial map, he discovered that 117 Mayan cities lined up with 22 constellations. Two other cities lined up with the stars of a three star constellation, but no known city matched the location of the third star... until satellites confirmed his belief that an undiscovered city was located in that area.

A 15 year old Canadian boy discovered a new Mayan city without ever leaving his hometown. At 12 years old, he began to develop a theory that the Maya built their cities to correspond to their constellations. When he overlaid his star map on top of a terrestrial map, he discovered that 117 Mayan cities lined up with 22 constellations. Two other cities lined up with the stars of a three star constellation, but no known city matched the location of the third star... until satellites confirmed his belief that an undiscovered city was located in that area.___

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2016-05-08 01:06:59 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Our changing society has made it necessary to rephrase the lyrics to a few dated, but popular songs.

Our changing society has made it necessary to rephrase the lyrics to a few dated, but popular songs.___

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2016-05-07 16:07:07 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

My hearing is bad enough that I'm supposed to wear hearing aides. Sometimes, I do. Sometimes, I don't. I can still hear as long as there isn't a lot of ambient noise and nothing is between me and the speaker. Unfortunately, people try to talk to me from the other room or with a TV on in the background. Things like that mess me up.

Just now, my wife gave me the ultimate way to deal with this. She said, "Abby's lunch is right there." To make sure I understood her, I repeated what I'd heard which was, "Tell Abby to wash her hair."

Then, my wife gave me one of the best gifts I've ever received. She said, "Talking to you is like playing Operator."

In case you're not already familiar with Operator, it's the childhood game where you tell one person something, they repeat it to their neighbor until the tale works its way... more »

My hearing is bad enough that I'm supposed to wear hearing aides. Sometimes, I do. Sometimes, I don't. I can still hear as long as there isn't a lot of ambient noise and nothing is between me and the speaker. Unfortunately, people try to talk to me from the other room or with a TV on in the background. Things like that mess me up.

Just now, my wife gave me the ultimate way to deal with this. She said, "Abby's lunch is right there." To make sure I understood her, I repeated what I'd heard which was, "Tell Abby to wash her hair."

Then, my wife gave me one of the best gifts I've ever received. She said, "Talking to you is like playing Operator."

In case you're not already familiar with Operator, it's the childhood game where you tell one person something, they repeat it to their neighbor until the tale works its way through the class. At the end, you compare the first message to the last one and see how much it has changed.

From now on, anytime I don't understand what someone has said, I'm going to repeat the most ridiculous thing I can think of at that moment. Should we ever speak in real life and you say something like, "Just came over to say Hi!" Don't be surprised if I give you a dirty look and ask, "Did you say, I really hope you die?" More than likely, I know you didn't really say that, I'm just double checking to make sure.___

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2016-05-07 00:49:58 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

+Edward Morbius makes a fantastic point. If it's not illegal now, it should be.

Um, US Department of Justice, can you just wup the shit out of Samsung here already?

Denying essential updates to hardware on the basis of failure to provide additional personal information post-purchase is simply wrong. Should be illegal.

I'm thinking a $500 miillion fine would be a good starting point.___+Edward Morbius makes a fantastic point. If it's not illegal now, it should be.

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2016-05-06 19:51:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

This is a nice review written by +Sarah Gilman of a coloring book anthology in which I participated. Each artist submitted two images to the anthology. With 55 artists participating, that made for a wide variety of styles and subject matter. We priced the book at cost because all of us were new and, honestly, we were just trying to introduce ourselves to the community of coloring book enthusiasts. I'm happy to see that people are enjoying the book.

Here's a quote from Sarah's review:

"...The Adult Coloring Book Treasury is a collection of 110 images from 55 different artists...

The illustrations range from doodle-style drawings with quotes to highly detailed works of fantasy art. I've never picked up a book with as much variety within its covers. It also includes information about each artist to make it easier to find more from those whose style you... more »

#coloringbooks #coloring___This is a nice review written by +Sarah Gilman of a coloring book anthology in which I participated. Each artist submitted two images to the anthology. With 55 artists participating, that made for a wide variety of styles and subject matter. We priced the book at cost because all of us were new and, honestly, we were just trying to introduce ourselves to the community of coloring book enthusiasts. I'm happy to see that people are enjoying the book.

Here's a quote from Sarah's review:

"...The Adult Coloring Book Treasury is a collection of 110 images from 55 different artists...

The illustrations range from doodle-style drawings with quotes to highly detailed works of fantasy art. I've never picked up a book with as much variety within its covers. It also includes information about each artist to make it easier to find more from those whose style you enjoy. The best thing about this book is the price; it's sold at cost on Amazon for only $6.14 normally, but it is currently on sale..."

Thanks for the review, Sarah! I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

Here's a link to the treasury on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Adult-Coloring-Book-Treasury-illustrations/dp/1944845046/

And, um, of course, a link to my first book as well:

http://www.amazon.com/Craddocks-Cranky-Coloring-Book-Adult/dp/0692639853/

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2016-05-05 20:31:27 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Universal Studios is looking to hire zombies.

This reminds me of the number one thing that bothers me about zombie stories. Where are all of the fat zombies? Obesity, in America, is at record levels. Logically, if the majority of the population is overweight, then, wouldn't we also see a high number of obese zombies? Does becoming a zombie induce weight loss? Are overweight people more adept at surviving the zombie apocalypse? Is that why you never see heavy zombies?

It's worth thinking about. I'd love to hear your thoughts on why we only see skinny and emaciated zombies.

Universal Studios is looking to hire zombies.

This reminds me of the number one thing that bothers me about zombie stories. Where are all of the fat zombies? Obesity, in America, is at record levels. Logically, if the majority of the population is overweight, then, wouldn't we also see a high number of obese zombies? Does becoming a zombie induce weight loss? Are overweight people more adept at surviving the zombie apocalypse? Is that why you never see heavy zombies?

It's worth thinking about. I'd love to hear your thoughts on why we only see skinny and emaciated zombies.___

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2016-05-05 14:24:25 (19 comments; 2 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Anyone remember these Guys?

Anyone remember these Guys?___

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2016-05-03 14:08:41 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Wow.

Wow.___

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2016-04-30 03:20:31 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

This is exciting.

This is exciting.___

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2016-04-29 14:53:38 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

If you're able, consider donating to this cause. +Jeff Baker has had a rough year. He explains everything better than I can on the site.

If you're able, consider donating to this cause. +Jeff Baker has had a rough year. He explains everything better than I can on the site.___

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