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Karin Nelson has been at 20 events

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Lotus Carroll1,775,875Welcome to Self Portrait Sunday for May 1st, 2016. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: No theme - do whatever you like! Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Self Portrait Sunday: https://goo.gl/bxIHd4 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, April 25th up until Monday Morning, May 2nd. (Other photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj _ #selfportraitsunday   #photography   #selfportraiture   #SSP   #selfportrait  May 1st: Self Portrait Sunday2016-05-01 03:00:0042  
kimberton pemberly133,051  *it's a hamburger party and you're all invited* Are we ready to wear some meat.. LadyGaGa style??  Take a photo of yourself, your cat, your dog.. your fish.. whatever floats your boat and paste that hamburger hat somewhere on the photo! This is all for Gilmar! Let's make her smile that huge gorgeous smile that we all love to see.  Lets get her hamburger hat all over the interwebs! If you don't want to wear the hamburger hat, any photo or happy dedication for her would be fantastical.  Use the hashtag *#HamburgersForGilmar* here is the download link from +Mark Rodriguez if you would like to use the original hamburger hat in your photo:: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ptju6wztncnxbp/hamburger-hat.png?dl=0 thanks for your participation, everyone!  :) WE LOVE YOU GILMAR!!!!!HAMBURGERS FOR GILMAR2016-02-19 15:00:0089  
Lotus Carroll1,775,875  This is the Event for our January Self Portrait Challenge: *Faceless*. What this means is create a self portrait where your face is not the focal point, or even present... use other parts of your body to make a statement this time. Here is where you enter your ONE Faceless Self Portrait. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST January 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Tips & Inspiration* Your creativity will play a huge part in getting this image right - as will composition.  Thanks to Community moderator @112528921891703025888 for recommending this month's theme - he offered this article as a good read in connection with it: http://www.lightstalking.com/faceless-portrait Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we will also be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/W69Ohj and ask away! We have a category for discussion and questions and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* *1 Year @118357019708110162087 Portfolio Account http://www.smugmug.com/features *$150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870  http://www.borrowlenses.com  *@100266938567862344330 Citywalker 20 http://goo.gl/TjWfXK * @101789561086090624750 Gift Code in the amount of $43.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com and @100424993750772730018 Free One Month Awesome Acct Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes, and also has their image take the place of the current Avatar for The Art of Self Portraiture Community. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in January 2015 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The RighJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: Faceless2015-01-29 07:00:00154  
Lotus Carroll1,775,875This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear. We figured we'd go beyond just a general "Halloween" theme, but still keep the "fright factor" alive. So show us something that absolutely terrifies you! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Greatest Fear" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* @100266938567862344330 Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com @100424993750772730018 1 Year Awesome Account @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 5 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 5 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 4 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of remaining 3 prizes. 4th place selects choice of remaining 2 prizes. 5th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 4th, & 5th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2014 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0093  
Jeff Smith61,233Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for Oct. 26, 2014 *Halloween Edition* Don't forget that this ties in well with: *October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear* found here  https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cgik4hlbf2g0j3fgv7kun5nkb28 Thanks to @113847951893881070422 for her fantastic photo on the theme image. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken from Oct. 20/14 before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Oct. 27/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-10-26 02:00:0058  
Jeff Smith61,233  Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for April 27, 2014 *Theme: Your Alter Ego* You have to ask yourself this question: Who or what would you want to be if you had the chance to change yourself? Or even perhaps what other "alter egos" just lurk inside your head, waiting to be revealed. Thanks to the "most" extraordinary @110573952887886961621 for his theme suggestion and photograph. Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken the week before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Apr. 28/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-04-27 03:00:0082  
Jay Patel1,635,070Just how do you make a choice before getting the next tripod? We will also be sharing storied about what happens when things go wrong...and what is the best workflow to ruin your tripod. ;) @115105647022907007398, @101145980349117737014 and rest of the Visual Wildernes will join a special guest @117697399358826098478 to talk about how to go about selecting a tripod. Enjoy & Share. ________________ Via: http://visualwilderness.com/articles #landscapePhotography  Visual Wilderness E9: How to choose a Tripod2014-04-22 03:00:0066  
Jeff Smith61,233*Happy New Year* Welcome to the first Selfy Sunday Project of 2014 (Jan. 5, 2014) *Theme: A fresh start* Since we have started a new year its time for everyone to have a fresh start so that is a theme for this week.  Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfy Sunday. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Your photo can be taken the week before the event up until 8:00 AM EST Monday Jan. 6/14. Older photos posted will be removed from the event. Please only post one photo to the event and that photo should ideally be taken the weekend or the week prior to the event. Again, please no dipping into the archives. As always have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _____ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Cheers, JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2014-01-05 03:00:00124  
Lotus Carroll1,775,875This is the Event for our October 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a creepy/disturbing halloween type theme. Your photo must have been captured *this month.* This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Keep an eye on the submissions to the Event and you'll notice moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community adding their own "creepy/disturbing" self portraits. We each may add multiple photos - remember that moderators cannot win, but we're putting our photos in to inspire you! If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  Get your _disturbing_ on, be creative, and have fun! *Prizes* 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Pro http://www.smugmug.com/pro @100266938567862344330 Sling O' Matic 20 Sling Bag http://goo.gl/UZh1N @101789561086090624750 Gift Code in the amount of $43.95 http://www.capturingcouture.com A signed copy of the newly released book by Jon Blacker, Musical Ink http://goo.gl/suKg7w Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 4 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 4 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 3 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 4th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2013 *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme!2013-10-31 06:00:00156  
Jeff Smith61,233Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for October 20/13. Theme for this week is: *Halloween* A great companion theme to The Art of Self Portraiture October 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: Creepy/Disturbing Halloweenie Theme! http://goo.gl/BuPxDD Ghoulish, gruesome, creepy and horrific, they all fit the bill for this Selfy Sunday. Lets have some fun. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-10-20 03:00:0084  
Jeff Smith61,233Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for October 6/13. *No theme for this week* but I can guarantee the next SPP will be a scary one. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, so have fun. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _____________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-10-06 03:00:00167  
Jeff Smith61,233Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for September 22/13. No theme for this week. Everyone is looking forward to some great selfies, have fun. Any questions, We have 18 moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture community who can help you along the way. _______________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-09-22 03:00:00153  
Jeff Smith61,233Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for June 2/13.  The theme for this week is *I've got the music in me* Again this can be taken literally or metaphorically but basically since we have have some love or appreciation for music I would like to see that incorporated into your selfy. Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. We have 17 moderators who can help you along the way. _____________________________ UPLOADING The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the  Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-06-02 03:00:48127  
Jeff Smith61,233Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for *May 19/13.*  No theme for this week.  I want to thank +Jason Jakober  for allowing us to use his fantastic "Selfy" from a previous project as the *event cover*.  Like always everyone is looking forward to some great Selfies. We have 17 moderators who can help you along the way. _______________________________ *UPLOADING* The event will be open for uploading photos at 9:00 PM on the Saturday before. Click the  *Add Photos* button in the event to upload your images. This is a Public event open to all. Any questions, again please check the FAQs. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-05-19 03:00:00155  
Jeff Smith61,233Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for March 24/13. Coming off our monumental "Film Noir" themed SSP we will be free styling it this week so *no theme* but please consider our  March *Self Portrait Challenge: Face Close Ups! Event* here https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ckh29md3mvj0g8pa5ch8gks426g for some inspiration. There are 16 moderators who can assist you along the way with SPP. The Selfy Sunday Project is the cornerstone event in the Art of Self Portraiture Community. This Community was designed as a place to share self portraits and to learn, grow, and challenge one another. The Selfy Sunday Project allows everyone to share their results on a bi-weekly basis all in one event.  __ Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EST. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let post here in the community. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project2013-03-24 02:00:00189  
Peter From82,204Time for the (shorter) November challenge... Your task is to upload a creative self portrait to the event.  *Rules: only ONE picture (must be taken by you or by using a self-timer) or you will be removed from the event guest list. Please add a few lines about your photo as well, it's always nice.* The contest ends on November 30, 1 PM CET. Winners will be announced in my feed as soon as possible after the event has closed. Good luck!November Challenge –– Creative Self Portrait –– Please Reshare2012-11-14 19:00:00466  
Jeff Smith61,233Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for November 11/12 This will be an "open" project this week so no theme. __________________________________ The Halloween SSP was the scariest, most ghoulish, terrifying Selfy Sunday ever. The submissions were amazing. Well done everyone. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride   for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _______________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday   page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffSelfy Sunday - Nov. 11, 20122012-11-11 03:00:00195  
Isabelle Fortin27,334Whatever your poison of choice is, I am hoping everyone can raise a glass to celebrate Mark Rodriguez's Birthday on Sunday Sept. 23rd. Mark will be away on a trip in wine country so I thought we could all post a photo raising a glass and toasting one of the best people on G+ Cheers !! Raise your Glass to International Godriguez Day ! Happy Birthday Mark :)2012-09-23 05:30:00144  
Leslie Lina Sigala6,961Hello Everyone!  September 19 not only happens to be Luc Asbury Birthday  (Okay Ladies Swoon together ;p ...)  It's also "Talk Like a Pirate" DAY!!!!  Two of my favorite things wrapped into one day!   Surprise Luc with some Birthday Luv on September 19! If you can cross anything to do with Pirates, talking like a Pirate or some fun Nekkidness... (wink, wink) anything Luc is known for, Do it!!!!!!!  And don't forget to hash tag it as well !!!      #lucasburybday  #lucasburybirthday  Also, Please pass this along!!! Luc Asbury Birthday / Talk Like a Pirate Day2012-09-19 09:00:0012  
Scott Jarvie445,806*POST YOUR GOOGLE+ ALBUM OF PICTURES* It's been very very popular event in the past and I'm finally doing it again tonight. _This time it will be more organized, more heads up than usual and even a live event._ *SHARE AN ALBUM/GALLERY LINK* It's simple and easy but a lot of work and very fun for all. You simply share an album here and I'll be going through every single one of the albums. Then I will +1 the pictures in the album that I'm really drawn to. *BENEFIT* Well it's simply if you'd love to know which pictures I like most.  I always loved knowing which pictures people really love of mine because it helps me have an eye for which pictures are best received. It's a huge part of becoming a better photographer in my opinion. _*To be able to put out great art is first to know what great art looks like*_ *ON AIR* This will be something new... I'm going to go through all the albums Live, Online as an On-Air hangout. I'll talk a little bit about what I'm doing. If the show goes well I'll keep it for later viewing on YouTube... if the recording isn't great I won't. *SPECIAL GUEST* Because I want to have an outloud conversation about what and why I'm doing things  I will have my good friend and great photographer @109486822103622036238 on the show to facilitate the discussion. She will also visit a lot of these albums and +1 pictures as well. We ask that everyone add her to a circle ... not just because she's awesome (though that's reason enough) but so that if any of these albums are by mistake limited access she will have access. *DIRECTIONS* 1. Paste a link of a Google+ image gallery 2. Put a title or description of what we'll see in the album 3.  *IMPORTANT* If you post a link you hereby give us permission to use a screenshare view of all those pictures and perhaps your profile in a recorded Youtube video. 4. Make sure the album is Public access 5. Add @100962871525684315897  @109486822103622036238 to your circles 6. Return the favor. Take some of the other people's albums and +1 some of your favorites. *IMPORTANT* It bears repeating: _If you post a link you hereby give us permission to use a screenshare view of all those pictures and your profile (maybe) in a recorded Youtube video._ Do not post a link if you are not ok with lots of people visiting that link in addition to us and are not ok with it being on video as well.Share your Album- A Jarvie PlusOne Critique Experience2012-09-12 05:30:00141  

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2017-01-25 19:41:44 (29 comments; 6 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Scary New Developments on Social Media
Others have noticed it over on Twitter, and now it is here: A sharp increase in "blue heads" that have no posts, who will only comment on political posts of popular G+ers, only to defend Trump or his policies (never the other way around). Here is what they all have in common:

- No profile picture
- No or very few posts (some have a lot of posts who are all very alt-right)
- Poor orthography and/or punctuation (weird)

They are everywhere, and they are taking over. They are riding on the backs of popular people, and they are trying to spew their "alternative facts" to take advantage of higher follower counts that they obviously not have, in order to bring their message across.

There seems to be a propaganda machine in the works that would make Goebbels envious... But I will not back down. I will... more »

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2017-02-22 00:12:32 (17 comments; 12 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

Roses for my birthday...

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2017-01-28 02:48:02 (23 comments; 8 reshares; 357 +1s; )Open 

For our Chinese guest, to celebrate Chinese New Year, I wanted to bring a fish to the table. I heard that serving a fish (complete with head) for New Year's dinner is good luck. So I made a cinnamon-apple filled fish cake for dessert. First time I tried it, but I'm quite pleased with the turnout.
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2017-02-27 23:19:12 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Really, Mother Nature? REALLY???

Really, Mother Nature? REALLY???___

2017-02-27 18:58:25 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

+Google+, your new notification drop-down isn't working. 

+Google+, your new notification drop-down isn't working. ___

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2017-02-27 16:50:48 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Drain the swamp. Yes, sure.

Drain the swamp. Yes, sure.___

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2017-02-25 03:23:41 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 126 +1s; )Open 

Potato-cheese soup with the pressure cooker... a 10 minute affair. 

Potato-cheese soup with the pressure cooker... a 10 minute affair. ___

2017-02-25 01:33:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Cooking dinner. While cooking, I have the choice between watching the news or listening to some more Johann Strauss. The choice is obvious. 

Cooking dinner. While cooking, I have the choice between watching the news or listening to some more Johann Strauss. The choice is obvious. ___

2017-02-24 20:58:40 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

He has now completely and utterly lost it. There is no salvation. There is no hope. He is crazy, and he WILL destroy your country. 

He has now completely and utterly lost it. There is no salvation. There is no hope. He is crazy, and he WILL destroy your country. ___

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2017-02-24 00:27:51 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Week 7: The Loss
This week was hard for a working mom. Besides my day job, I was a "cheerleader" for my son. He was playing with his middle school team in the Fraser Valley finals. I schlepped my camera everywhere, but I wasn't in it with my head, and I didn't take a lot of pictures. I promised that I would take a picture each week that takes some effort to make. Well, maybe carrying the camera bag around all week counts towards that effort...
In the end, they didn't make the Provincials. Which makes me life a bit easier, because it means that basketball is now over.


Week 7: The Loss
This week was hard for a working mom. Besides my day job, I was a "cheerleader" for my son. He was playing with his middle school team in the Fraser Valley finals. I schlepped my camera everywhere, but I wasn't in it with my head, and I didn't take a lot of pictures. I promised that I would take a picture each week that takes some effort to make. Well, maybe carrying the camera bag around all week counts towards that effort...
In the end, they didn't make the Provincials. Which makes me life a bit easier, because it means that basketball is now over.
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2017-02-24 00:00:13 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Oh look!! It's me!!!!! *happy dance*

Meet Create Member +Karin Nelson

Hello Karin, what got you into photography?

"I've taken pictures ever since I was a girl with a little point and shoot camera in the 70s. Then I moved to Italy, and I forgot about my passion - until meeting people that shared that same passion. I bought a SLR camera and started up again. Then, a few years later, I moved to Canada with only a couple of suitcases, and there was no room (and no money) for expensive camera gear, so I sold everything. In Canada, the next few years were busy, starting a family, a new job... and no time for any hobbies. But then, a few years ago, a friend showed me his new DSLR camera - and something just clicked. I was reminded of how amazing it was to hold a camera and focus on life through a viewfinder. That's when everything came together for me. I purchased a camera and I haven't stopped taking pictures since."

What's your favorite creation?

"I love my ""The Egg and I Trip"" collection... it combines photography with traveling and story telling. I traveled with my family on the traces of my favourite book of all time (Betty MacDonald, ""The Egg and I"") and visited some of the places she described in her book. And we saw a bit more of the beautiful Olympic Peninsula." (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AUBXNB)

Links to Karin's Collections:

Lights, Camera, Dinner: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/s93yZ
Floral Macros: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YnAMg

The Create Program (g.co/PlusCreate) is welcoming high quality content creators and curators with active Collections who would benefit from an official Google+ recognition and from the insights of a diverse network of passionate people.

___Oh look!! It's me!!!!! *happy dance*

2017-02-23 03:23:20 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

I signed up for Amazon Prime a couple of weeks ago. And I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised by the offerings of the Unlimited Photo Storage. A few years ago when they first offered it, the Fujifilm RAF files were not recognized as images, so one would have to purchase extra storage for raw files. But they changed that. I would now basically be able to store ALL my photographs on the Amazon cloud, for CAD $ 79 per year, plus free 2 day shipping to boot.

I have three options for the cloud storage:
a) I can keep my photo library on my hard drive and add copies to synchronized folders which resides on my hard drive AND on the cloud;
b) I can keep my photo library in the synchronized folder only (which means, it's local on my computer AND on the cloud, but it's only one file)
c) I can keep my local photo library and upload copies to the cloud without synchronizing... more »

I signed up for Amazon Prime a couple of weeks ago. And I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised by the offerings of the Unlimited Photo Storage. A few years ago when they first offered it, the Fujifilm RAF files were not recognized as images, so one would have to purchase extra storage for raw files. But they changed that. I would now basically be able to store ALL my photographs on the Amazon cloud, for CAD $ 79 per year, plus free 2 day shipping to boot.

I have three options for the cloud storage:
a) I can keep my photo library on my hard drive and add copies to synchronized folders which resides on my hard drive AND on the cloud;
b) I can keep my photo library in the synchronized folder only (which means, it's local on my computer AND on the cloud, but it's only one file)
c) I can keep my local photo library and upload copies to the cloud without synchronizing anything.

a) and c) would mean I have to manually upload all files regularly. b) means I don't have to do a thing - everything is automatic. In Lightroom I would still do everything locally, but all changes would be uploaded automatically to the cloud. But that also means that if I destroy/overwrite/delete on my computer by accident, it will be deleted from the cloud also, automatically.

I'm seriously hesitant to what to do. I don't think I want option a), because that means I would have every photo TWICE on my computer. Raw files are heavy, I don't want to fill up my computer with duplicates. But when I delete a file on LR, I will have to go and delete it in the cloud as well.

Aw, crap. What to do?___

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2017-02-22 00:12:32 (17 comments; 12 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

Roses for my birthday...

Roses for my birthday...___

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2017-02-21 00:25:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

How to adapt filters to a smaller size holder

I love Long Exposure photography. But I also love my smaller camera. A couple of years ago I invested in a Big Stopper and a 0.6 ND filter, the filter holder and the circular polarizer from the Lee Seven5 system. But that's where it stopped. I just couldn't justify spending more money on the other filters. Sure, I wanted a Little Stopper. And different ND filters too. But they are just so expensive! The other day I stumbled across the Rangers filter system. They are only a bit bigger than the Lee Seven5, and so much cheaper! They come with their own little filter bag and look really nice. Only, they're too big for my Seven5 holder. What to do? Carry two different systems around? No, of course not. That's what HACKS are for.

The length of the filters doesn't really matter, plus they're only a little bit... more »

How to adapt filters to a smaller size holder

I love Long Exposure photography. But I also love my smaller camera. A couple of years ago I invested in a Big Stopper and a 0.6 ND filter, the filter holder and the circular polarizer from the Lee Seven5 system. But that's where it stopped. I just couldn't justify spending more money on the other filters. Sure, I wanted a Little Stopper. And different ND filters too. But they are just so expensive! The other day I stumbled across the Rangers filter system. They are only a bit bigger than the Lee Seven5, and so much cheaper! They come with their own little filter bag and look really nice. Only, they're too big for my Seven5 holder. What to do? Carry two different systems around? No, of course not. That's what HACKS are for.

The length of the filters doesn't really matter, plus they're only a little bit longer. It's the width that's the issue. These were only a quarter of an inch or so wider than the Lee Seven5 filters which are - you guessed it - 75 cm wide.

So I went and googled how to cut plexiglass. Basically, you score it on both sides, then you snap it off. And then you just sand it down. That's it. I tried it, and it worked like a charm. I used a handy paper cutter to score, some flat pliers to snap the edge off, some medium and fine sandpaper to sand it down and a glass nail file to finish them off.

Can't wait to get out there and take more pictures!___

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2017-02-18 23:12:29 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Another day, another... you guessed it. 

Another day, another... you guessed it. ___

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2017-02-18 02:21:26 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Another day, another smelly school gym. And on my birthday. grumble

Another day, another smelly school gym. And on my birthday. grumble___

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2017-02-17 19:40:21 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

If Kraft will be allowed to buy Unilever, you will have a complete monopoly.


If Kraft will be allowed to buy Unilever, you will have a complete monopoly.
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2017-02-17 18:51:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

But the headline moment of the presser came when Trump insisted that he inherited a mess from President Obama. This little nugget sent Colbert off.

“No, you inherited a fortune, we elected a mess,” Colbert emphatically stated to his studio audience, “for the record.”

But the headline moment of the presser came when Trump insisted that he inherited a mess from President Obama. This little nugget sent Colbert off.

“No, you inherited a fortune, we elected a mess,” Colbert emphatically stated to his studio audience, “for the record.”___

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2017-02-17 18:39:33 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Hopefully it will work!

Hopefully it will work!___

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2017-02-17 16:17:51 (15 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Today is Ed Sheeran's birthday.
And Michael Jordan's.
And Paris Hilton's.
And Joseph Gordon Levitt's.
And Denise Richard's.

They're all cool. But I'm cooler. :)

Today is Ed Sheeran's birthday.
And Michael Jordan's.
And Paris Hilton's.
And Joseph Gordon Levitt's.
And Denise Richard's.

They're all cool. But I'm cooler. :)___

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2017-02-16 02:49:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Another day, another stinky school gym. 

Another day, another stinky school gym. ___

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2017-02-15 19:27:26 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

There he is, complaining about "unfair" treatment, and "illegal" leaks. And the leaks the led to Hillary's defeat weren't "illegal"?
What a complete and utter asshat this man is. America, I feel sorry for you today more than ever.


There he is, complaining about "unfair" treatment, and "illegal" leaks. And the leaks the led to Hillary's defeat weren't "illegal"?
What a complete and utter asshat this man is. America, I feel sorry for you today more than ever.
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2017-02-15 18:06:50 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Another one of those things that make so much sense... why has nobody thought of this before?

Another one of those things that make so much sense... why has nobody thought of this before?___

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2017-02-15 02:12:20 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

"What romantic things did you do for Valentine's Day dinner this year?"
"Oh, we watched a bunch of 9th graders play basketball in a smelly school gym."

"What romantic things did you do for Valentine's Day dinner this year?"
"Oh, we watched a bunch of 9th graders play basketball in a smelly school gym."___

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2017-02-14 16:05:29 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

After spending $ 13 on a card last year, I promised myself I would never to that again. So this year, for Valentine's Day, I gave my loved ones home-made cards.

After spending $ 13 on a card last year, I promised myself I would never to that again. So this year, for Valentine's Day, I gave my loved ones home-made cards.___

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2017-02-14 01:25:49 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Ice makes thorns less dangerous. 

Ice makes thorns less dangerous. ___

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2017-02-13 21:45:42 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

The only nice thing about ice storms are the photo ops.

The only nice thing about ice storms are the photo ops.___

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2017-02-10 20:04:29 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

This is a fun read...

This is a fun read...___

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2017-02-09 22:47:31 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Week 6 - Digging out
Now that the temperature has finally come above freezing, stuff is starting to melt. 90 cm of snow, covered in 2 cm of ice. Every once in a while, sheets of snow and ice are falling off the side of the house with a loud noise that makes me think of falling chandeliers...
I ventured outside today, taking a few pictures, trying not to get hurt by falling ice. It will be a while before all this snow and ice has melted. 

Week 6 - Digging out
Now that the temperature has finally come above freezing, stuff is starting to melt. 90 cm of snow, covered in 2 cm of ice. Every once in a while, sheets of snow and ice are falling off the side of the house with a loud noise that makes me think of falling chandeliers...
I ventured outside today, taking a few pictures, trying not to get hurt by falling ice. It will be a while before all this snow and ice has melted. ___

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2017-02-09 22:36:33 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

You'd almost think it's pretty...

You'd almost think it's pretty...___

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2017-02-06 23:39:28 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Can we appreciate the magnitude of this snow fall we got over the weekend... considered that we live on the West Coast near the temperate rain forests and that we never get snow and that this hedge is 4 feet tall???

Can we appreciate the magnitude of this snow fall we got over the weekend... considered that we live on the West Coast near the temperate rain forests and that we never get snow and that this hedge is 4 feet tall???___

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2017-02-05 19:32:32 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

There are a table and chairs in there, somewhere...

There are a table and chairs in there, somewhere...___

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2017-02-05 05:06:54 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Week 5 - It Ain't Over Til the Fat Lady Sings
We got hammered with the biggest amount of snow this winter. We had JUST gotten rid of the last storm's residues, and now we got even more snow. I turned the porch light blue and made the best of it.​

Week 5 - It Ain't Over Til the Fat Lady Sings
We got hammered with the biggest amount of snow this winter. We had JUST gotten rid of the last storm's residues, and now we got even more snow. I turned the porch light blue and made the best of it.​___

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2017-02-04 20:27:30 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Backyard. OMG. This is nuts. 

Backyard. OMG. This is nuts. ___

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2017-02-04 17:56:45 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

No, you can't go outside today. 

No, you can't go outside today. ___

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2017-02-02 03:36:57 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Week 4 - Wet and cold
I was hoping that the snow will be gone for good, but in its place, nature gave us rain.

Week 4 - Wet and cold
I was hoping that the snow will be gone for good, but in its place, nature gave us rain.___

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2017-02-01 21:34:01 (21 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

This is a dumpster fire. Not a train wreck. A train wreck has too much class. 

This is a dumpster fire. Not a train wreck. A train wreck has too much class. ___

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2017-02-01 16:35:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

YESSSSS!!

YESSSSS!!___

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2017-01-31 05:54:40 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

I just... I can't anymore. :(

I just... I can't anymore. :(___

2017-01-31 02:41:52 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

Fear is a strong emotion. If played right, it will have powerful effects. It is what got Trump elected for president. He pushed every right button to make people afraid. Afraid of losing their jobs to foreign workers. Afraid of being poor and helpless. Afraid of being killed by people who look different, act different, and go to differnet churches. Fear of the unknown, the unfamiliar, and hence, "unnatural". Fear is truly powerful... and it will eventually turn into hate, and hate is what gets people killed.

Those who are exploiting people's ignorance and fear, when they would have it in their power to explain and to calm, are to blame. 

Fear is a strong emotion. If played right, it will have powerful effects. It is what got Trump elected for president. He pushed every right button to make people afraid. Afraid of losing their jobs to foreign workers. Afraid of being poor and helpless. Afraid of being killed by people who look different, act different, and go to differnet churches. Fear of the unknown, the unfamiliar, and hence, "unnatural". Fear is truly powerful... and it will eventually turn into hate, and hate is what gets people killed.

Those who are exploiting people's ignorance and fear, when they would have it in their power to explain and to calm, are to blame. ___

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2017-01-30 21:37:35 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

If this his how he "leads" I really hope he will never get to lead anything. 

If this his how he "leads" I really hope he will never get to lead anything. ___

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2017-01-30 18:58:41 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

This is crazy! They protesting abortions, but they are not protesting the death of our air, our waters, and our future?


This is crazy! They protesting abortions, but they are not protesting the death of our air, our waters, and our future?
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2017-01-30 17:34:54 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Just in case you missed David Harbour's amazing acceptance speech at least night's Screen Actors' Guild Awards:

"In light of all that is going on in the world today, it is difficult to celebrate the already-celebrated Stranger Things. But this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe — like me — that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and -women to go deeper and through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness, and the exclusivity of a predominantly narcissistic culture and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired, they are not alone. We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous,exc... more »

Just in case you missed David Harbour's amazing acceptance speech at least night's Screen Actors' Guild Awards:

"In light of all that is going on in the world today, it is difficult to celebrate the already-celebrated Stranger Things. But this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe — like me — that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and -women to go deeper and through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness, and the exclusivity of a predominantly narcissistic culture and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired, they are not alone. We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting, and mysterious ride that is being alive. Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy what we have envisioned for ourselves and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility!"

And if you haven't watched "Stranger Things" on Netflix yet, you can't be helped. :)___

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2017-01-30 17:22:13 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

This is only the beginning of a very fast and steep descent into dark times for the US.

This is only the beginning of a very fast and steep descent into dark times for the US.___

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2017-01-30 00:36:37 (13 comments; 6 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

Lunches... it's always a difficult thing to come up with satisfying, healthy lunches that are yummy. Ever since the announcement of the WHO regarding lunch meats I have been wondering about other ways to serve a healthy lunch to my family that go beyond the bologna, salami or ham sandwiches. This week, I used my Instant Pot to cook two chicken breasts and shredded them. Then I mixed 4 tbsp peanut butter, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp hoisin sauce, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1/2 tsp ground ginger until smooth. I added the shredded chicken, 1 cubed yellow pepper, 1 cup of broccoli slaw and a bag of sugar snap peas. This way, we will be getting lots of beautiful raw vegetable, a creamy peanut dressing and some lean protein from chicken meat. If you are vegetarian, I can imagine this would also work with cubed tofu or simply some drained chick peas. Eat as salad, or fill tortillas or pita breads, and Bon... more »

Lunches... it's always a difficult thing to come up with satisfying, healthy lunches that are yummy. Ever since the announcement of the WHO regarding lunch meats I have been wondering about other ways to serve a healthy lunch to my family that go beyond the bologna, salami or ham sandwiches. This week, I used my Instant Pot to cook two chicken breasts and shredded them. Then I mixed 4 tbsp peanut butter, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp hoisin sauce, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1/2 tsp ground ginger until smooth. I added the shredded chicken, 1 cubed yellow pepper, 1 cup of broccoli slaw and a bag of sugar snap peas. This way, we will be getting lots of beautiful raw vegetable, a creamy peanut dressing and some lean protein from chicken meat. If you are vegetarian, I can imagine this would also work with cubed tofu or simply some drained chick peas. Eat as salad, or fill tortillas or pita breads, and Bon appetit!___

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2017-01-29 01:32:57 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Still glad you voted for Trump?

Still glad you voted for Trump?___

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2017-01-28 02:58:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Crop and straighten with content-aware fill in Photoshop is the bee's knees.


Crop and straighten with content-aware fill in Photoshop is the bee's knees.
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2017-01-28 02:48:02 (23 comments; 8 reshares; 357 +1s; )Open 

For our Chinese guest, to celebrate Chinese New Year, I wanted to bring a fish to the table. I heard that serving a fish (complete with head) for New Year's dinner is good luck. So I made a cinnamon-apple filled fish cake for dessert. First time I tried it, but I'm quite pleased with the turnout.
#chinesenewyear

Happy New (Lunar) Year!

For our Chinese guest, to celebrate Chinese New Year, I wanted to bring a fish to the table. I heard that serving a fish (complete with head) for New Year's dinner is good luck. So I made a cinnamon-apple filled fish cake for dessert. First time I tried it, but I'm quite pleased with the turnout.
#chinesenewyear

Happy New (Lunar) Year!___

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2017-01-27 05:09:54 (3 comments; 11 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

I'm just putting this out there...

I'm just putting this out there...___

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2017-01-25 19:41:44 (29 comments; 6 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Scary New Developments on Social Media
Others have noticed it over on Twitter, and now it is here: A sharp increase in "blue heads" that have no posts, who will only comment on political posts of popular G+ers, only to defend Trump or his policies (never the other way around). Here is what they all have in common:

- No profile picture
- No or very few posts (some have a lot of posts who are all very alt-right)
- Poor orthography and/or punctuation (weird)

They are everywhere, and they are taking over. They are riding on the backs of popular people, and they are trying to spew their "alternative facts" to take advantage of higher follower counts that they obviously not have, in order to bring their message across.

There seems to be a propaganda machine in the works that would make Goebbels envious... But I will not back down. I will... more »

Scary New Developments on Social Media
Others have noticed it over on Twitter, and now it is here: A sharp increase in "blue heads" that have no posts, who will only comment on political posts of popular G+ers, only to defend Trump or his policies (never the other way around). Here is what they all have in common:

- No profile picture
- No or very few posts (some have a lot of posts who are all very alt-right)
- Poor orthography and/or punctuation (weird)

They are everywhere, and they are taking over. They are riding on the backs of popular people, and they are trying to spew their "alternative facts" to take advantage of higher follower counts that they obviously not have, in order to bring their message across.

There seems to be a propaganda machine in the works that would make Goebbels envious... But I will not back down. I will keep on posting the things I care about, and I will not get drawn into useless discussions with nameless, faceless people that are sent to disrupt the flow of information and are spreading "alternative facts".

I will delete ANY and EVERY comment I don't agree with, and I will block and report suspicious profiles.

And just in case you still don't understand:

On my page, my profile, my posts, FREEDOM OF SPEECH ONLY APPLIES TO ME. My posts are not a newspaper article or an open platform. They are my opinion, my property. You don't agree with them, just simply uncircle/unfollow/block me. It's easy. You should try it sometime.

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2017-01-25 17:11:19 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

If you think fertilized eggs are people, but refugees kids aren't, you're going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious.


If you think fertilized eggs are people, but refugees kids aren't, you're going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious.
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2017-01-25 17:03:08 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

"As in so many other cases, the returns on deregulation will go to a handful of very wealthy Americans, and the cost will be spread across society, falling particularly hard on those who live near the highways and on the flood plains."

How can they be so greedy, and so ignorant??

"As in so many other cases, the returns on deregulation will go to a handful of very wealthy Americans, and the cost will be spread across society, falling particularly hard on those who live near the highways and on the flood plains."

How can they be so greedy, and so ignorant??___

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2017-01-25 15:18:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Alright. If you're like me, you are prepared for any eventuality. Ok, maybe not EVERY single one. But let's say, you have a fire steel in your camera bag, in case you ever get lost. And with your fire steel, add a couple of pieces of really good fire starter. Because a spark alone doesn't always make a fire.

Now it's handy that I am such a big fan of scented waxes. I have them in the house on electric burners, and it always smells nice in here. But scented waxes only smell so long. And then... what do you do with the old wax?

EASY! You throw a couple of cotton balls in the dish when the wax is still warm. Add quite a few, because you don't want them to be completely covered in wax. You want to have a bit of cotton showing. Why? Because wax alone doesn't ignite with a spark.

You can see it in the video: The completely covered cotton ball doesn't... more »

Alright. If you're like me, you are prepared for any eventuality. Ok, maybe not EVERY single one. But let's say, you have a fire steel in your camera bag, in case you ever get lost. And with your fire steel, add a couple of pieces of really good fire starter. Because a spark alone doesn't always make a fire.

Now it's handy that I am such a big fan of scented waxes. I have them in the house on electric burners, and it always smells nice in here. But scented waxes only smell so long. And then... what do you do with the old wax?

EASY! You throw a couple of cotton balls in the dish when the wax is still warm. Add quite a few, because you don't want them to be completely covered in wax. You want to have a bit of cotton showing. Why? Because wax alone doesn't ignite with a spark.

You can see it in the video: The completely covered cotton ball doesn't ignite, but the one that's only partially soaked catches on fire quickly, yet burns almost as long as a fully coated cotton ball. I tested it.

So, next time you have to change your scented wax, soak the old wax up with cotton balls, let them cool on a sheet of wax paper and then store them in a ziplock bag for your next fire.
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