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Kee Hinckley has been shared in 123 public circles

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Becky Collins12,812Small Business Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-08 05:12:1542311513CC G+
Aahana Priyadarsinee9,780Another Great circle Share from me!ENGAGER CLUSTER: VERSION 5!Hey friends ENGAGER CLUSTER is ready to be shared, you to get MORE FOLLOWERS! This circle features some of the coolest GOOGLE + engagers who love keeping us engaged with their cool posts!Just to the following to feature in the next Edition of this Awesome Circle share:1. +1 this post!2.Publicly share this circle and if possible leave a comment behind!3.Don't forget to add me i.e. +Aahana Priyadarsinee 4.Keep smiling and enjoy the weekend! #saturday   #saturdayshare   #topsharedcircle   #awesomepeople   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #engagerspeople  2014-07-04 22:45:17400171221CC G+
Eli Just1,549Are you an avid reader or want to connect with avid readers? Share and add this awesome circle of BOOK LOVERS who read and support authors. Lots of great connections in here that I enjoy hearing from daily.To be added to this circle--please add it, +1 it, comment on and share it!  #reader #readers #readersrocks #readingisfun #readinglist #authors #authorsupport #avidreaders #readinglist #circle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #isupportauthors  2014-06-27 14:09:34390200CC G+
Aahana Priyadarsinee7,415Featuring a COOL CIRCLE OF TOP GOOGLE PLUS ENGAGERSTo be included in this circle just do the following:1)Add me to your circles!2)+1, share and comment on my posts!3)+1 and Share this circle publicly in your stream!4)If possible please leave a comment behind so that I can know you have done the above steps!Enjoy your weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #fridaycircle   #fridayfun   #fridaycircleshared   #funcircle  #sharedcircle   #publiccircleshare     #circleshare     #circleoftheday  #circleshares     #circlesharing     #circlesshare    #publicsharedcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle  #todayssharedcircle     #publiccircle   #circle     #circles    #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle     #bestengagers   #followers   #followback     #awesomecircles  #topsharedcircle   #topsharedcircle     2014-06-20 18:30:4740115615CC G+
Ryan Johnson6,972These are some of the most active and interesting users on Google Plus. If you want to join the list please do the following:1) Plus one this post2) Share this circle PUBLIC3) Leave a message at the original post#bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing 2014-06-18 12:53:45486623172CC G+
John Nuntiatio36,773#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #football #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-19 21:53:11494136CC G+
Kristin Milton9,730Hi everyone, This is a starter circle for +Ben Milton.It's mostly my 'most relevant' circlers, heavily weighted for sciency content.Enjoy :)2014-05-13 12:51:4398105CC G+
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111CC G+
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:58:15230002CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:53230022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:28230003CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:04230022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:56:44231305CC G+
Ole Olson39,934This is my newest political circle. If you know that there are solutions to the problems that we face, and understand that standing united to move forward is the answer, this circle is for you. These folks are intelligent commenters, good engagers, activists at heart, and have a progressive stream of posts that are fun to read.2014-02-10 02:52:51181227CC G+
Jane Ellen43,979I call this one my Big Ball-0-Fun.  I started with Dede's Fundies, thank you +Dede Craig King and added smaller circles I had made, along with a science circle from +Ray Sanders ,  and some small circles from +Lynette Young and +Carter Gibson and I don't even know who else.  So I haven't organized circles in two years.  You wanna make sumpin' of it? #sharedcircles   #circleshare  #newbies 2013-09-06 17:42:0642925630CC G+
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335CC G+
Alex Grossman56,667G+ Engagers CircleIt's been a while since I shared a circle, so here's a small circle of people I recommend following. They are great to engage with, full of energy and opinions and fun, with very little anger, disrespect, or poor manners. Hope you enjoy all of them as much as I do. They certainly make my time in G+ lots of fun. :)2013-08-22 03:31:187510711CC G+
Uniikii0Uniikii's networking #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   #sharedcircles                 #2013-08-14 15:07:53483309CC G+
Domus Vitae Inc.153Shared Circle of #entrepreneurs  www.domusvitae.ca   #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   2013-08-05 19:31:504824114CC G+
Jack C Crawford67,189So you all might remember the Angels circle, right?This one has 440 cool guys (caveat emptor ... my preferences may differ from yours ... I like all of these gentlemen).So here's to the men!G+{I added myself just because ...}2013-07-10 20:10:59441913783CC G+
Richi Jennings42,921Sunday Circle Share of Awesome... :: A big HELLO to all the new Plussers I met last week (plus a few I reconnected with).In the main, these folks are engagers, not passive consumers, so do add them if you're looking for interesting conversations here on G+.Also, feel free to share this publicly. Spread the love! For last week's share, see: plus.google.com/u/0/117220625678034723010/posts/SSmyG6BtuMN2013-06-16 13:19:51406241069CC G+
Jack C Crawford63,736Here's another truly awesome circle of additional Google plus folks who will enrich you personally.2013-05-18 00:35:523268320CC G+
Dede King0Star Stuff Circle"We are all connected: To each other, biologically; To the earth, chemically; To the rest of the Universe, atomically."  - Neil Degrasse Tyson...And through G+, algorithmically. Thanks for the relevance. If you're new to G+, this is a pretty good circle if you want to liven up your stream or you're in the mood to pop a blood vessel or two. IJS. Have a happy Friday. #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   2013-05-17 14:34:4948121641208CC G+
Mohammad Rahimi3,102I am sharing  this circle of very nice and engaging peopleIf you want to be included in the next circle do the following:1- Add the circle 2- Publicly share it3-Comment under this postNote: those who get notification are included.2013-05-04 10:52:39171522CC G+
Dede King0The Fundie CircleIt's round. I've hand picked the ones I interact with not because they're relevant to me or because of what they post, but because I could pick them out of a line-up, state their name and at least one fact about them and they're generally wonderful people to know. The top 10 I'd probably bail out of jail and take a bullet for, but that's neither here nor there. One thing none of them can be accused of, is being soporific. As a disclaimer: Circle with caution or stalk quietly as the circle is filled with every type of G+ user that might not appeal to all tastes including:1. Photo fundies2. Meme fundies3. Gif fundies4. News link reshare fundies5. Art fundies6. Science fundies7. Music fundies8. Narcissistic fundies9. Selfie shot fundies10. Food fundies11. Passive-aggressive one liner vague posting fundies12. Contrarian fundies (not trolls, just opinionated)13. Long form post fundies14. Leg humper fundies15. Lastly, the G+ fundies (they know everything about G+ and will tell you how to Internet)16. High Voltage Noms (+A.V. Flox)17. Low Voltage Noms (+Jake Kern)18. Cat fundies (+Bobbi Jo Woods)19. Sine Wave Noms (+fan tai)It's not really a circle meant to be shared, just my way of saying hey to all of you that make this place worth while <3 No hard feelings if I forgot anyone, it happens. Have a wonderful day.2013-04-17 15:28:3834742831130CC G+
Richi Jennings35,045Sunday Circle Share... :: Hello to all the new Plussers I met last week (plus a few I reconnected with).Mainly, these folks are engagers, not passive consumers, so add them if you're looking for interesting conversations here on G+.Also, feel free to share this with your circles. Spread the love! (Or not, as you wish.)For the previous circle: plus.google.com/u/0/117220625678034723010/posts/9MDWKhJQ7uZ2013-03-31 08:35:47348331844CC G+
Matthew Shuey1,381Socially Influential Google+ UsersThis is a hand picked circle of highly influential Google+ Users.To be added tho this or other circles do the following.1. Share this circle publicly2. Make sure your profile description is complete and country are visible in your profile3. Leave a comment4. Have a wonderful experience! #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-03-18 22:46:5842726913CC G+
Matthew Shuey1,289Socially Engaged Google+ Users Updated 3-15-13Shared public circle of socially engaging and socially influential Google+ users.Feel free to add and share. To be added to this or other circles please do the following.1. Share this circle2. Confirm your share by leaving a comment on this postThis is a hand picked circle. #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles Enjoy!2013-03-15 20:29:3641813515CC G+
Matthew Shuey880Socially Engaged Google+ Users UpdatedThis circle contains socially influential and socially engaging  Google+ users.2013-03-08 04:24:2537411310CC G+
Matthew Shuey734Socially Engaged Google+ Users #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday  2013-03-03 16:20:563541368CC G+
Bob Mulholland12,616Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware #InformActShareStayAware  #InternetFreedom   #SharedCircle  *Part 1 of 2*With the impending #Anonymous  day of action tomorrow #PM2012 , here's a Circle of people who care about internet freedom.+1 or share to be added.2012-12-20 18:51:28490916CC G+
Annika O'Brien61,941This is my shared circle of inventors, makers, and DIY hobbyists (not all are robot builders). Let me know if I forgot to add someone or have mistakenly added someone who doesn't belong. #sharedcircles2012-12-10 20:57:3612414322CC G+
Bob Mulholland12,239#InternetFreedom   #SharedCircle  [Part 1 of 2]+1 to be added. I don't notify anymore, but all #InternetFreedom  related posts have this added:Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware #InformActShareStayAware 2012-12-04 15:15:2349251011CC G+
Dave Tozier0+Danial Hallock originally shared this post:The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 17:22:28295000CC G+
Danial Hallock4,767The Three HundredRevised CopyIt's been about a month since my last share of #thethreehundred  so I wanted to share the revised copy of the circle; and true to my word, there have been a lot of revisions in the last month.For example, I've gone through each and every one of the 200 some odd recommendations and circle shares that came about from the last circle share.  As a result, of the original 297 that were shared a little under a month ago (http://goo.gl/xqGb4), I removed approximately 137 300ers and added 129 new members.  You can expect this circle to continue to change, but I think the triple digit adjustments are mostly done.  For those of you just joining us, this is a continuation of a project where I've been changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream?  Remember: #sharingiscaring  (Link to this post: http://goo.gl/cHwht)2012-11-20 15:47:332941172383CC G+
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)4,130The Three HundredRough DraftA few weeks ago I posted a rather lengthy post about how I was changing my #circlemanagement  strategy from purpose based to engagement based (http://goo.gl/kqE8h).  This is the first rough draft of that circle, minus a few ninjas that prefer not to be shared out.  As such, the landscape of this circle will change drastically over the next few months; but I wanted to give the people who are following this circle a glimpse of what to expect.  As always, If you're notified you're in it. If you're in it, why not recommend a few people for me to circle up, or share the circle out with your stream? :D #thethreehundred   #circleshare   #sharingiscaring  2012-10-22 15:52:142971201281CC G+
Alex Grossman27,422Last time I shared a relevancy circle was back in July. From then until now (October 19), it's only changed by 7 people, and most but not all of that was near the end of the list. So, it's remarkably consistent.These 99 users are on top of my relevance list (plus me since I'm relevant to myself, so a total of 100). I excluded Pages that were in there so as to only have people.Most of these folks are engaging with me through posts or comments (though some are clearly more by e-mail, such as a family member) and the Circle is definitely more accurate now than last time. Does the algorithm get better over time due to more data? I still suspect that as you go down you end up with a number of close calls in which the algorithm can go either way. If anybody has more details on the relevancy algorithm, I'd still be curious and interested to learn more about it.Anyway, these people are relevant to me and truly help me enjoy my time sharing, talking, discussing, and hanging out on G+. So, thank you to all of you :)TGIF and have a great start to the weekend!P.S. - Typical inconsistent G+ - I could share the Movie Lovers Circle earlier today with about 130 people being notified. However, by mid-morning I couldn't notify the 99 people in this Circle. Now, I can again. But it appears that instead of setting a limit on the number of people in a circle, maybe they've set a limit on the number of people you could notify in a set period of time? Very strange. If anybody has any clue as to why this is, please let me know.2012-10-20 03:24:2710023124CC G+
Alex Grossman27,364It's TGIF so hope you have a great day. Here's a Circle I thought I'd share today for Follow Friday - Movie Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about movies, all kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, engaging with others, sharing and exchanging comments, please let me know and I can try and add you to this Circle (notification limits permitting). If you're a member of this circle, you agree to participate in a respectful manner. Due to the changing and, at times uncertain, notification restrictions Google has in terms of number of people you can notify with a post I've split this up into two Circle. The overflow from this Circle can be found at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/Ad9LJFo9PLrFYI - you can find today's movie thread at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/RDDzuGdsvLX #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #movies   #film  2012-10-19 14:01:4110111219CC G+
Bob Mulholland9,885#InternetFreedom #CircleShare #SharedCircles  Part 1 of 2+1 the post to be included, +1 my first comment to also be notified (although these types of posts are becoming less and less common)2012-10-01 02:46:474983213CC G+
Andrew Eva2,872Thought for #followfriday   I'd share my "Makes me Think" circle.These folks all post things, or engage in my posts, with comments and thoughts that make me think. If I find myself at home, hours later, still thinking about a comment, or post, or idea that was being discussed, one of these individuals was most likely part of that discussion or triggered the thought.I hope they all challenge you to think as well.2012-09-28 17:25:226233626CC G+
Alex Grossman26,573For another Follow Friday Circle for today, here is my Music Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about and listen to music. All kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. Unlike other circles, not all shares will be public since some people don't want to see playlists or song shares in their stream. So, articles and discussions of artists, software, the industry, etc will be public and playlists from Spotify or songs may (but not always) be shared to Circles only. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, exchanging comments back and forth, sharing music, please let me know and I can add you to this Circle. You only need to agree that if you do participate that you do so in a respectful manner.For a playlist I shared today, go to:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/7vrRYxfXr4c #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #playlist   #music  2012-09-28 14:23:558512112CC G+
Alex Grossman26,002It's TGIF so hope you have a great day. Here's a Circle I thought I'd share today for Follow Friday - Movie Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about movies, all kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, engaging with others, sharing and exchanging comments, please let me know and I can try and add you to this Circle (notification limits permitting). If you're a member of this circle, you agree to participate in a respectful manner.FYI - you can find today's movie thread at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/4Mfu1vAyyzg #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #movies  2012-09-07 20:52:151001449CC G+
Kurt Smith530Quality Circle ShareHere's a quality group of Plussers to circle. There are some active posters in here and many whom will circle you back. #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  2012-08-07 00:19:0778305CC G+
Alex Grossman24,371My Top 99 circle - is Relevancy Accurate?These are the 99 users who are on top of my relevance list (plus me since I'm relevant to myself). I excluded Pages that were in there so as to only have people.Most of these folks are engaging with me through posts or comments (though some are clearly more by e-mail, such as a family member) and the Circle is surprisingly accurate until the last bit of it when some names appeared and others were left off. I suspect that as you go down you end up with a number of close calls in which the algorithm can go either way. If anybody has more details on the relevancy algorithm, I'd be curious to continue the discussions I've seen on other similar threads this week.Want to create your own? (instructions borrowed/stolen from +Max Huijgen )► Click circles on the tab on the right► Make sure relevance is selected (default)► Select the top 99 users. (Drag a box around them)► Drag the whole group to "drop here to create new circle"► The new circle will open up. Make sure its 99 and adjust it if needed► Share it and use the hashtag #top99  and #sharedcircles   #top99   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  +Shared Circles on G+ +CircleCount If you got notified you are one of the 99.2012-07-26 17:22:4510040731CC G+
Alex Grossman24,072It's TGIF so hope you have a great day. Here's a Circle I thought I'd share today for Follow Friday - Movie Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about movies, all kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, engaging with others, sharing and exchanging comments, please let me know and I can try and add you to this Circle once I whittle it down a bit (it's at the limit for notifications currently). If you're a member of this circle, you agree to participate in a respectful manner.FYI - you can find today's movie thread at:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/Yab31kVxMux #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #movies  2012-07-20 15:39:381017312CC G+
Alex Grossman24,072For another Follow Friday Circle for today, here is my Music Lovers Circle. This Circle is by request only and filled with people who love to talk about and listen to music. All kinds, all genres, languages, you name it - the point is to have fun and share. Unlike other circles, not all shares will be public since some people don't want to see playlists or song shares in their stream. So, articles and discussions of artists, software, the industry, etc will be public and playlists from Spotify or songs may (but not always) be shared to Circles only. If you're interested in joining in to the discussions, exchanging comments back and forth, sharing music, please let me know and I can add you to this Circle. You only need to agree that if you do participate that you do so in a respectful manner.For a playlist I shared today, go to:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102001774674190160714/posts/2XVUsmDQ86M #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #music   #playlist  2012-07-20 15:25:0683722CC G+
Alex Grossman24,072For my second Circle today for Follow Friday, here is my Respectful Politics Circle. This Circle is by request only and not for the faint of heart. It's filled with people who are passionate about politics and issues that impact society and come from across the political spectrum - the point is to have fun, learn and share. If you're interested in joining the discussions, please let me know and I can add you to this Circle. No commitment to share your own posts, but it is preferred that you at least comment semi-regularly so as to encourage discussion. Just keep in mind that if you do participate that you do so in a respectful and civil manner. Let your passion fill you, but always temper it with manners, respect and politeness. Bullies will not be tolerated. The point is not to "win" but to learn. #followfriday   #followfridaycircle   #politics  2012-07-20 15:10:0498901CC G+
Bob Mulholland7,562Sorry it's been a couple weeks, but Melissa is going to have the baby any day now and my focus now needs to be offline most of the time.After Zane has been born, my posts will become regular again.#InternetFreedom   #CircleShare  [part 1 of 2]Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware+1 if you want in+1 my first comment if you also want notifications. #InformActShareStayAware  2012-07-17 17:15:194947211CC G+
Lamar Jamieson0Quite an interesting circle. You will find here a great variety of people. From artists, writers and photographers to business people. Please add & share!2012-07-04 12:30:44190717CC G+

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2014-08-20 20:47:07 (49 comments, 11 reshares, 37 +1s)

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2014-08-20 20:47:07 (49 comments, 11 reshares, 37 +1s)

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2014-08-13 00:31:27 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)

A selfie of me and my sweetie for +Charles C. Dowd

Cheated and put both of us in it, but since we just got married, we're inseparable. :)

#sendmeyourselfie

#ns

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2014-08-22 03:05:08 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

"A small band of men and their women..." Nice when critics make your point for you.

Whose "law" is it? About misogynists always helpfully proving that there is a problem when they attempt to say there isn't?

But sheesh. What a cover! I need to find a hir-es copy to frame for +Mollie Pepper :)

How did this even get published? Were traditional publishing standards that much lower in the 1970s? Pinnacle wasn't exactly an unknown publisher.___"A small band of men and their women..." Nice when critics make your point for you.

Whose "law" is it? About misogynists always helpfully proving that there is a problem when they attempt to say there isn't?

But sheesh. What a cover! I need to find a hir-es copy to frame for +Mollie Pepper :)

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2014-08-22 00:43:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

"Free Range" hens are anything but.

Honestly, who do you believe?

Via a friend on FB

#freerangeegg  ___"Free Range" hens are anything but.

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2014-08-22 00:34:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2014-08-21 23:55:32 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

The tale of the monkey's copyright (or lack thereof) continues. 

The tale of the monkey's copyright (or lack thereof) continues. ___

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2014-08-21 23:31:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

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2014-08-21 19:55:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2014-08-21 19:37:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

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2014-08-21 04:40:14 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 19 +1s)

One of the internet a purest new forms of satire...Amazon reviews. Today's example? My Parents Open Carry.

However, Ping and Family Circus still remain the original classics.

Dear Internet, there is a book called "My Parents Open Carry" on Amazon. Hilarity ensued in the comment section...

Also, questionable ads placement imo... 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1618081012___One of the internet a purest new forms of satire...Amazon reviews. Today's example? My Parents Open Carry.

However, Ping and Family Circus still remain the original classics.

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2014-08-20 20:47:07 (49 comments, 11 reshares, 37 +1s)

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2014-08-20 20:33:53 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)

Colorado has managed to reduce teen birth rates by 39% and teen abortion rates by 35% in five years.* They did this with one simple program: providing free or low-cost, long-acting, reversible contraception (such as IUDs and implants) to low-income women.

It's hardly surprising that contraception is the most reliable way to reduce unintended pregnancies, since that's what contraception is for, after all. Those of you who have followed this will probably know that the cost of contraception is actually a huge barrier to entry for low-income women to use it; $40/month may not seem like a lot, but when your budget is already close to the line, it's a big difference. Reducing that cost therefore can have a big impact on use. 

The "long-acting" part is one of the most interesting parts: to quote Dr. Stephanie Teal, head of the state Dept. of Public Health's family... more »

Colorado has managed to reduce teen birth rates by 39% and teen abortion rates by 35% in five years.* They did this with one simple program: providing free or low-cost, long-acting, reversible contraception (such as IUDs and implants) to low-income women.

It's hardly surprising that contraception is the most reliable way to reduce unintended pregnancies, since that's what contraception is for, after all. Those of you who have followed this will probably know that the cost of contraception is actually a huge barrier to entry for low-income women to use it; $40/month may not seem like a lot, but when your budget is already close to the line, it's a big difference. Reducing that cost therefore can have a big impact on use. 

The "long-acting" part is one of the most interesting parts: to quote Dr. Stephanie Teal, head of the state Dept. of Public Health's family planning division, “With an implant or an IUD, if someone wants it out, we take it out, but once it’s in and they have to make an appointment to take it out, they really have to think, ‘OK, do I want a baby now, really?’ As opposed to the pill, you basically have to decide every single day, ‘Do I want to be not pregnant?’ And some days, you might want to be pregnant.” That's especially important for teens, who (as you may recall or know from your own kids) are not known for having the most reliable long-term thinking and planning skills. (For real reasons: the parts of the brain which control that don't fully mature until your mid-20's. The idea that your brain stops growing in childhood has turned out to be wrong, wrong, wrong.)

So what we have here is a simple, highly cost-effective method for reducing both unwanted pregnancies and abortions: it's based on reliable medicine, puts individual choice first (nobody is forced to have this!), makes the people getting it happier, and on the whole, saves the state a bundle. 

This is what I call a good idea.

* Compared to a nationwide decline of 29% in teen birth rates. CDC (who did the study) reports the delta as statistically significant. Correlation is not causation, but cf the other studies referenced in the article, such as the Missouri one indicating the relative efficacy of long-term versus short-term birth control, and the drop in repeat pregnancies seen in the CAMP study. Not a smoking gun, but from an engineering perspective, this is what I would call "working well enough that I would definitely double down on the strategy."___

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2014-08-20 01:44:38 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

An interesting argument for why society does owe people something (e.g. basic income).

"One common therapeutic strategy [to deal with people who feel as though they are a burden] is to talk about how much the patient’s parents/friends/girlfriend/pet hamster love them, how heartbroken they would be if they killed themselves. In the absence of better alternatives, I have used this strategy. I have used it very grudgingly, and I’ve always felt dirty afterwards. It always feels like the worst sort of emotional blackmail. Not helping them want to live, just making them feel really guilty about dying. “Sure, you’re a burden if you live, but if you kill yourself, that would make you an even bigger burden!” A++ best psychiatrist.

There is something else I’ve never said, because it’s too deeply tied in with my own politics, and not something I would expect anybody else to understand.

And that is: humans don’t owe society anything. We were here first.

If my patient, the one with the brain damage, were back in the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness, in a nice tribe with Dunbar’s number of people, there would be no problem.

Maybe his cognitive problems would make him a slightly less proficient hunter than someone else, but whatever, he could always gather.

Maybe his emotional control problems would give him a little bit of a handicap in tribal politics, but he wouldn’t get arrested for making a scene, he wouldn’t get fired for not sucking up to his boss enough, he wouldn’t be forced to live in a tiny apartment with people he didn’t necessarily like who were constantly getting on his nerves. He might get in a fight and end up with a spear through his gut, but in that case his problems would be over anyway.

Otherwise he could just hang out and live in a cave and gather roots and berries and maybe hunt buffalo and participate in the appropriate tribal bonding rituals like everyone else.

But society came and paved over the place where all the roots and berry plants grew and killed the buffalo and dynamited the caves and declared the tribal bonding rituals Problematic. This increased productivity by about a zillion times, so most people ended up better off. The only ones who didn’t were the ones who for some reason couldn’t participate in it. [...]

Society got where it is by systematically destroying everything that could have supported him and replacing it with things that required skills he didn’t have. Of course it owes him when he suddenly can’t support himself. Think of it as the ultimate use of eminent domain; a power beyond your control has seized everything in the world, it had some good economic reasons for doing so, but it at least owes you compensation! [...]

As the waterline rises, the skills necessary to support yourself comfortably become higher and higher. Right now most people in the US who can’t get college degrees – which are really hard to get! – are just barely hanging on, and that is absolutely a new development. Soon enough even some of the college-educated won’t be very useful to the system. And so on, until everyone is a burden."___An interesting argument for why society does owe people something (e.g. basic income).

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2014-08-20 00:32:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Differences in How Rich vs. Poor Use Search Engines

The NYTimes' Upshot blog posted this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/upshot/inequality-and-web-search-trends.html on inequality and web search. An excerpt:

"The results, based on a decade of search data, offer a portrait of the very different subjects that occupy the thoughts of richer America and poorer America. They’re a glimpse into the id of our national inequality.

In the hardest places to live – which include large areas of Kentucky, Arkansas, Maine, New Mexico and Oregon – health problems, weight-loss diets, guns, video games and religion are all common search topics. The dark side of religion is of special interest: Antichrist has the second-highest correlation with the hardest places, and searches containing “hell” and “rapture” also make the top 10."

Differences in How Rich vs. Poor Use Search Engines

The NYTimes' Upshot blog posted this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/upshot/inequality-and-web-search-trends.html on inequality and web search. An excerpt:

"The results, based on a decade of search data, offer a portrait of the very different subjects that occupy the thoughts of richer America and poorer America. They’re a glimpse into the id of our national inequality.

In the hardest places to live – which include large areas of Kentucky, Arkansas, Maine, New Mexico and Oregon – health problems, weight-loss diets, guns, video games and religion are all common search topics. The dark side of religion is of special interest: Antichrist has the second-highest correlation with the hardest places, and searches containing “hell” and “rapture” also make the top 10."___

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2014-08-20 00:29:56 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)

Love this!

#Cthircle (ish)   ^(;,;)^

[H/T +Rachel Palmer]

[Image: "Art-octopus" by Kim C.: http://goo.gl/XvK4tN]

Love this!

#Cthircle (ish)   ^(;,;)^

[H/T +Rachel Palmer]

[Image: "Art-octopus" by Kim C.: http://goo.gl/XvK4tN]___

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2014-08-19 23:17:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Liberian curfew (and quarantines)

Fun has been canceled until further notice. ___Liberian curfew (and quarantines)

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2014-08-19 21:09:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Hilariously, a lot of people have decided that this is a conspiracy. An alternative hypothesis, from someone with no actual knowledge of the underlying Translate architecture:

Translate trains on a corpus of documents matched with their translations. From the common words in the "translations" (things like "Iraq" and "business"), it looks like it's learning off of newswire stories. Sources of newswire stories will often put up a "stub" headline with Lorem Ipsum text underneath, and later insert the article text itself. As a result, the model learns weak pairings between Lorem Ipsum text and actual English-language articles. 

And so when you put in randomized Lorem Ipsum text, you get stuff like this:

Tomorrow spectrum for free or concrete sidewalk. Housing and control structure. Prior to that user base and revenue policies. To... more »

Hilariously, a lot of people have decided that this is a conspiracy. An alternative hypothesis, from someone with no actual knowledge of the underlying Translate architecture:

Translate trains on a corpus of documents matched with their translations. From the common words in the "translations" (things like "Iraq" and "business"), it looks like it's learning off of newswire stories. Sources of newswire stories will often put up a "stub" headline with Lorem Ipsum text underneath, and later insert the article text itself. As a result, the model learns weak pairings between Lorem Ipsum text and actual English-language articles. 

And so when you put in randomized Lorem Ipsum text, you get stuff like this:

Tomorrow spectrum for free or concrete sidewalk. Housing and control structure. Prior to that user base and revenue policies. To change the sheets of paper. Just remember, but that takes practice, football on the fringe of the mass. Rainbow is a lot faster now. Over time, the pain is worth it. Unfortunately, there is no picnic. The advantage of a soft economy, and it's just crazy easy life. It's like it was a lake, it is always a lot of life but, manufacturing a wide range of timing. Unfortunately, a lot goes on forever. Need emergency, so that across the country the members of the platform. Marketers do not amazing transformation, but the airline industry. Mid-employee, a lion ice cream importantly, more hatred played by fear, is not susceptible of the mass and it was worth it.

Which is basically a cut-up of Cicero, press releases, and stuff with geopolitical significance -- exactly what you'd expect if the algo were trained this way, but absolute flypaper for conspiracy theorists.___

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2014-08-19 20:40:34 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

This is a profoundly disturbing editorial. It's an op-ed written by a police officer in the Washington Post, and its message is very simple: 

"If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?"

I wish I could tell you that this article betrayed a sense of the absurd, or that it was meant in some kind of satirical fashion. It isn't. His argument is simple: you have no idea what's going on for that cop or what the cop isgoing through. The cop... more »

This is a profoundly disturbing editorial. It's an op-ed written by a police officer in the Washington Post, and its message is very simple: 

"If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?"

I wish I could tell you that this article betrayed a sense of the absurd, or that it was meant in some kind of satirical fashion. It isn't. His argument is simple: you have no idea what's going on for that cop or what the cop is going through. The cop has the right to use whatever force is needed. So if you don't want to get shot, do everything the cop says, never argue, never object. Later, he says, you can "ask for a supervisor, lodge a complaint or contact civil rights organizations if you believe your rights were violated."

To list a few of the exceptionally obvious things which this ignores:

(1) All of the arguments that you don't know what a cop is going through, that this "routine traffic stop" is actually very dangerous for them, and so on, apply just as well to the person being stopped. In fact, especially if you don't look white and upper-class enough, that routine stop is even more dangerous for you than for the cop: the cop doesn't know if you're armed and willing to become violent, but (by Dutta's own admission) you do know that the cop is. Saying that people being stopped need to be respectful and do what the cop says, but that the cop isn't under any such obligation to anyone else, is an invitation for violence.

(2) These post facto remedies which he suggests are incredibly limited in their value. Go ahead and lodge a complaint; it will promptly be filed in the appropriate place. Under the POBOR (Peace Officers' Bill of Rights, a California law) and similar laws elsewhere, you get all sorts of guarantees here: for example, that if a decision is made in regards to your complaint, you will be notified of that decision within 30 days. It does not guarantee, for example, that a decision will actually be made, and in fact it guarantees that if a decision isn't made within a year, the officer will face no consequences from it. The police have a tremendous degree of immunity, and outside of very exceptional situations, are investigated only by an internal system.

(You can read the text of the POBOR here: https://www.cslea.com/legal/pobor . Other states have similar laws, but you should check your own state's laws for the details)

(3) If a police officer does something wrong during a stop, it can have serious consequences for you, which will not be redressed no matter what. As far as the police are concerned, an arrest isn't a "consequence," since the courts can easily throw it out; but go ahead and explain that to your employer when you're telling them why you didn't come to work. Being threatened and harassed every time you walk out the door in your neighborhood isn't a "consequence," because if the cop didn't have a good reason, they wouldn't have done anything.

Knowing that you might be publicly bullied and humiliated, in front of your children, your spouse, or your employer, that you may be searched, beaten, or arrested at any time -- and that such things happen routinely to you and everyone around you -- is something acceptable, in the view of this editorial, because you have the right to file a grievance later with the same organization which has decided that this behavior is, at a baseline, OK.


My purpose here isn't to say that people should be rude or threatening to cops. I'm saying that the obligation of police and citizens is a reciprocal obligation. It is absolutely true that the work of police is dangerous and complicated, and they require certain allowances in order to be able to do their jobs; however, if you translate that to "they must be granted unlimited authority over the citizenry, and must never be challenged, except after the fact and in very limited ways," then the police have been set up to become villains, not heroes. 

Dutta's attitude is profoundly corrupted: he has taken the real and reasonable fears of police about doing their jobs, and expanded it into a notion of the police as being a class above the public, with tremendous powers of force and coercion, and subject to not even contradiction. If you heard this sort of statement from soldiers, you would think you were living in a military junta; if you hear this from police officers, you wonder if they think we are living in a junta.

h/t +Xenophrenia for the link.___

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2014-08-18 02:53:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

"This trial will mark a pioneering invocation of the necessity defense, the longstanding legal doctrine that it is acceptable to commit a crime if you are preventing a greater harm. Traditionally, this defense is used for situations like a prisoner fleeing from a burning jail, but Wood and O’Hara’s lawyers will make the more sweeping argument that their illegal interference with a coal delivery was justified in light of the greater danger of catastrophic climate change. In past cases, judges have blocked the attempt to use “necessity” as a defense by climate protesters. In this case, the defense has not been challenged. That means that in Bristol County, for the first time, the climate necessity defense appears bound for an American court."

"This trial will mark a pioneering invocation of the necessity defense, the longstanding legal doctrine that it is acceptable to commit a crime if you are preventing a greater harm. Traditionally, this defense is used for situations like a prisoner fleeing from a burning jail, but Wood and O’Hara’s lawyers will make the more sweeping argument that their illegal interference with a coal delivery was justified in light of the greater danger of catastrophic climate change. In past cases, judges have blocked the attempt to use “necessity” as a defense by climate protesters. In this case, the defense has not been challenged. That means that in Bristol County, for the first time, the climate necessity defense appears bound for an American court."___

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2014-08-17 23:37:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

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2014-08-17 22:20:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

There aren't many situations where it's arguably a better idea to disband an entire police department outright than to allow them to continue to function, but Ferguson's police (the same fellows who brought you three days of martial law earlier this week) seem to really be trying to achieve that. 

I'll leave you to read the article at Lowering the Bar, since (as usual) they give an excellent summary of the case. A preview: the reason we can be so confident that this was an innocent man is that the cops ultimately admitted, under oath, that they had made up all of the charges against him (also under oath), after arresting the wrong man, then beating and kicking him at the police station.

Interestingly enough, the federal magistrate in the case seems to have decided that, now that the matter of Davis' bleeding on official police uniforms has been settled in his... more »

There aren't many situations where it's arguably a better idea to disband an entire police department outright than to allow them to continue to function, but Ferguson's police (the same fellows who brought you three days of martial law earlier this week) seem to really be trying to achieve that. 

I'll leave you to read the article at Lowering the Bar, since (as usual) they give an excellent summary of the case. A preview: the reason we can be so confident that this was an innocent man is that the cops ultimately admitted, under oath, that they had made up all of the charges against him (also under oath), after arresting the wrong man, then beating and kicking him at the police station.

Interestingly enough, the federal magistrate in the case seems to have decided that, now that the matter of Davis' bleeding on official police uniforms has been settled in his favor, the remaining matters of perjury and assault aren't really serious enough to sustain any action against the police officers involved. That ruling is under appeal.

In case you want more details about this, including interesting parts from the police depositions and the like, you can get the original story here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/15/the-day-ferguson-cops-were-caught-in-a-bloody-lie.html .___

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2014-08-17 22:18:41 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)

“We have people who have warrants because of traffic tickets and are effectively imprisoned in their homes,” Malik Ahmed, the C.E.O. of an organization called Better Family Life, told Cobb. “They can’t go outside because they’ll be arrested. In some cases, people actually have jobs but decide that the threat of arrest makes it not worth trying to commute outside their neighborhood.”

This is something I think a lot about and have experienced but recent events helped clarify with additional context I wished never materialized in the form of another dead person of color at the hands of public servants (I still like to remind myself and everyone that's who the police are) . These financial weapons are part of the microaggressions and beyond taken against communities every day. The separate parking authority or traffic patrols in local municipalities who seem to function solely as cashiers with guns.

The connection may not be obvious to those who’ve never had the gas or water or electricity in their homes shut off. But these forces operate in tandem—the tear gas and the tickets; the weaponry and the warrants—compromising a wide range of fundamental rights that seem, in Ferguson and beyond, to have gone up in smoke.

The coordination of these systems funded by the people they are designed to exploit, intimidate and oppress can't just be placed at the feet of corporate greed or corruption. This isn't just weapons and money for the sake of weapons and money. The effects these actions take help lay a strong foundation to disenfranchise our poor and working class communities. They keep parents out of work, kids from school and people from the polls. All the while the actual police work of protecting and serving is left to us with little to no support.

We went from bad to worse a while ago and have been in the middle of a disgraceful period for far longer than any nation of people should consider acceptable.

h/T +Yonatan Zunger for the inspiration to post on the subject.___“We have people who have warrants because of traffic tickets and are effectively imprisoned in their homes,” Malik Ahmed, the C.E.O. of an organization called Better Family Life, told Cobb. “They can’t go outside because they’ll be arrested. In some cases, people actually have jobs but decide that the threat of arrest makes it not worth trying to commute outside their neighborhood.”

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2014-08-17 22:11:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

"my heart cries louder for men and women like my parents -- who returned in an effort to give back, rebuild, only to now witness an unprecedented withering of that beloved country. For families like Nathaniel Dennis' -- the young Liberian-American who recently died in Liberia of a non-Ebola related illness after being refused entry into Ghana for medical treatment, even after his tests were negative. For the doctors and nurses who make up 15% of the total deaths in Liberia, who died committed to saving the lives of their people. And for those who lived through the first or second war to suffer additional loss, sickness, and now the afflicting poverty that will result from the city's recent lockdown, through no fault of their own."

"But that future is delayed, for so many, yet again. It broke my heart to cancel my trip, but my heart cries louder for men and women like my parents -- who returned in an effort to give back, rebuild, only to now witness an unprecedented withering of that beloved country."
  #liberia   #ebola  ___"my heart cries louder for men and women like my parents -- who returned in an effort to give back, rebuild, only to now witness an unprecedented withering of that beloved country. For families like Nathaniel Dennis' -- the young Liberian-American who recently died in Liberia of a non-Ebola related illness after being refused entry into Ghana for medical treatment, even after his tests were negative. For the doctors and nurses who make up 15% of the total deaths in Liberia, who died committed to saving the lives of their people. And for those who lived through the first or second war to suffer additional loss, sickness, and now the afflicting poverty that will result from the city's recent lockdown, through no fault of their own."

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2014-08-16 22:37:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

Is this what +Brian Koberlein was like as a child?

genius..!___Is this what +Brian Koberlein was like as a child?

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2014-08-16 03:52:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Opening a bottle of wine (or port) with a feather?

Being a fan of the Stephen Brust "Jhereg" novels, I've seen him routinely mention, when the characters are eating out or serving (or being served) wine, having present; ice, tongs, and a feather.

I finally was re-reading one of the books and thought to myself "Ok, what's the deal with the feather?"

Wow!

Behold:

Opening a bottle of wine (or port) with a feather?

Being a fan of the Stephen Brust "Jhereg" novels, I've seen him routinely mention, when the characters are eating out or serving (or being served) wine, having present; ice, tongs, and a feather.

I finally was re-reading one of the books and thought to myself "Ok, what's the deal with the feather?"

Wow!

Behold:___

2014-08-16 03:45:53 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

What do you get when you put Russian Dressing on spaghetti?

Putinesca.

#f

What do you get when you put Russian Dressing on spaghetti?

Putinesca.

#f___

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2014-08-16 03:39:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

John Oliver slams "native advertising"...otherwise known as "tricking you into thinking ads are news".

There are few things more important to our society than the existence of a free press. The events of the past few days in Ferguson, Missouri have been a powerful highlight of that: several days of violence looked like they were about to spiral into an all-out bloodbath, when some reporters finally managed to get the story out to people's attention. Twenty-four hours later, the police force had been replaced with a much more professional one, and a massive crisis had been averted. It's moments like these that you realize just how important having news is.

(And by "news," I don't just mean companies with "news" in their name. I mean the entire system of people trying to report on what's going on in the world and get this truth out there: journalism is not just the domain of a select few!)

And the news has always been under threat, because news done right is a threat to the powerful: it exposes wrongs. In advertising-supported media (which is the large bulk of all media, since it turns out to be really hard to keep a non-ad-supported system in business) one of the biggest threats to news comes from the advertisers -- for example, the business side of the office wanting to keep the editorial side from saying something that will upset a big client.

Because of that, one of the most sacred traditions of news is the wall between editorial and business. These sides do not talk to one another. That wall is so important that it's traditionally referred to as the "separation of Church and State" -- in reference to one of the other most important walls that keeps our society functioning.

(And this idea goes far beyond the traditional newsroom: at Google, for example, the same principle has always separated search and ads. And so we've gotten plenty of experience with all of the challenges that maintaining such a wall entails -- it's never simple, but it's critically important!)

Recently, an old idea has started to come back in popularity, called "native advertising" or "sponsored content" -- that is, ads designed to look (with the publisher's assistance!) like news stories. You might expect it from places like BuzzFeed, but stalwarts of journalism like Time and the New York Times are getting in on the game, too. And this is a problem.

Now enough reading my lectures; go watch John Oliver, he explains it better than I do.___ John Oliver slams "native advertising"...otherwise known as "tricking you into thinking ads are news".

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2014-08-16 03:11:18 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Great article on scientific debates (spats), and on the one in the 20's on the size of the Universe.

Just because people fight and argue, it doesn't necessarily mean they hate each other. Sometimes fierce arguments can occur between people seeking the same goal. The same is true in science, where fierce public debate can lead to a better understanding of the universe. I wrote about this in the latest Nautilus blog.___Great article on scientific debates (spats), and on the one in the 20's on the size of the Universe.

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2014-08-16 02:48:37 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

"Historia Discordia" and some other books covering all things Discordian and prankster, from Robert Anton Wilson and Operation Mindfuck, to the Yippies and the Barbie Liberation Organization.

"Historia Discordia" and some other books covering all things Discordian and prankster, from Robert Anton Wilson and Operation Mindfuck, to the Yippies and the Barbie Liberation Organization.___

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2014-08-16 02:34:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

"Sexy What!?" A Pinterest board of items being sold as "sexy" for no apparent reason.

"Sexy What!?" A Pinterest board of items being sold as "sexy" for no apparent reason.___

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2014-08-15 14:01:17 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

A nice article on why it pays to be polite. Some reasons trite, some very important (as you'll see towards the end).

If you haven't tried going through the world this way, you should. See what happens. ___A nice article on why it pays to be polite. Some reasons trite, some very important (as you'll see towards the end).

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2014-08-15 13:54:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

This is how combating #Ebola  in #Liberia  looks.

This is how combating #Ebola  in #Liberia  looks.___

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2014-08-15 13:50:05 (32 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)

My biggest fear about Hillary is that she is to tied to entrenched interests. I like her decisivenes. I think she's smart and politically able to get things done (well, in a world where people are willing to negotiate), but I don't like her hawkishness. I don't tknow whether it's a misguided attempt to "move to the center", or her actual beliefs, but it worries me. And I don't have a good feel for where she's going economically (not that I trust anyone not to be beholden to corporate interests in modern politics). I'm much more comfortable with Elizabeth Warren in that respect.

My biggest fear about Hillary is that she is to tied to entrenched interests. I like her decisivenes. I think she's smart and politically able to get things done (well, in a world where people are willing to negotiate), but I don't like her hawkishness. I don't tknow whether it's a misguided attempt to "move to the center", or her actual beliefs, but it worries me. And I don't have a good feel for where she's going economically (not that I trust anyone not to be beholden to corporate interests in modern politics). I'm much more comfortable with Elizabeth Warren in that respect.___

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2014-08-15 13:43:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

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2014-08-15 04:54:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Capt. Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, bringing days of terror to an end with the police -- dressed like cops, not soldiers -- walking alongside the protesters and talking to people.

#DoingItRight.

(Hey, given the amount of post space I gave to it yesterday when there was bad news, surely good news deserves equal attention?)

h/t +Don McArthur for the link.

Capt. Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, bringing days of terror to an end with the police -- dressed like cops, not soldiers -- walking alongside the protesters and talking to people.

#DoingItRight.

(Hey, given the amount of post space I gave to it yesterday when there was bad news, surely good news deserves equal attention?)

h/t +Don McArthur for the link.___

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2014-08-15 00:29:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

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2014-08-14 22:22:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Some very interesting thoughts on same-sex marriage, the importance of gender roles in acceptance, and privacy and the "closet" in the modern world. Thank you +Yonatan Zunger for the commentary and multiple references.

Is in fact the "danger" of same-sex marriage to "traditional" marriage how it questions gender role models? (Says the person whose wedding vows this weekend asked if I would take Mollie to be my spouse; "spouse, you may now kiss your spouse").

And how do we live in a world in which we have publicness of a small village, but the closeness to different lifestyles of a large city?

Some very interesting thoughts on same-sex marriage, the importance of gender roles in acceptance, and privacy and the "closet" in the modern world. Thank you +Yonatan Zunger for the commentary and multiple references.

Is in fact the "danger" of same-sex marriage to "traditional" marriage how it questions gender role models? (Says the person whose wedding vows this weekend asked if I would take Mollie to be my spouse; "spouse, you may now kiss your spouse").

And how do we live in a world in which we have publicness of a small village, but the closeness to different lifestyles of a large city?___

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2014-08-14 22:09:11 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)

Eunice aphroditois (colloquially known as the Bobbit(t) worm), is an aquatic predatory polychaete worm dwelling at the ocean floor.

This organism buries its long body into an ocean bed composed of gravel, mud, or corals, where it waits patiently for a stimulus to one of its five antennae, attacking when it senses prey.

Armed with sharp teeth, it is known to attack with such speeds, its prey is sometimes sliced in half.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eunice_aphroditois

Gif via +Panah Rad
#biology #animals #predator  

Eunice aphroditois (colloquially known as the Bobbit(t) worm), is an aquatic predatory polychaete worm dwelling at the ocean floor.

This organism buries its long body into an ocean bed composed of gravel, mud, or corals, where it waits patiently for a stimulus to one of its five antennae, attacking when it senses prey.

Armed with sharp teeth, it is known to attack with such speeds, its prey is sometimes sliced in half.

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eunice_aphroditois

Gif via +Panah Rad
#biology #animals #predator  ___

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2014-08-14 22:06:27 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

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+ Schedule posts for your Google+ Pages___A brief plug here for Friends+Me, which has enabled me to post and have wonderful conversations here, while simultaneously expanding the connections I have on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere.

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2014-08-14 22:04:57 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

"A peaceful protest in the vicinity of weapons cannot remain peaceful. Full stop."

And so we will continue to see the (poorly trained) militarization of the US police force continue to escalate violence. We live in a world where mayors think they have the authority to declare martial law and enforce no-fly zones. And where the reaction to any potential danger (e.g. a protest) is to fight back with "non-lethal" force, which then turns into lethal force as the victims understandably fight back.

"A peaceful protest in the vicinity of weapons cannot remain peaceful. Full stop."

And so we will continue to see the (poorly trained) militarization of the US police force continue to escalate violence. We live in a world where mayors think they have the authority to declare martial law and enforce no-fly zones. And where the reaction to any potential danger (e.g. a protest) is to fight back with "non-lethal" force, which then turns into lethal force as the victims understandably fight back.___

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2014-08-14 21:53:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Petite Lafitte, Playa del Carmen, QR MX

Petite Lafitte, Playa del Carmen, QR MX___

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2014-08-14 10:35:21 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

"White gun activists can walk with assault rifles while unarmed black men are killed reaching for their wallets"

#f

"White gun activists can walk with assault rifles while unarmed black men are killed reaching for their wallets"

#f___

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2014-08-14 04:24:02 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)

When your church defines you by your virginity, marriage can become a public defilement.

When your church defines you by your virginity, marriage can become a public defilement.___

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2014-08-13 21:06:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Oy. "If you ask Siri how to hide a body today she won't answer in the same way."
"'She simply says: 'I used to know the answer to this'."

To reference a different computer. That was a "funny once."

David Brin's pointer to Murray Leinster's "A Logic Named Joe" is well worth reading. I don't think I've read it since I was a kid. Written in the 40's it pretty much nails the way Google and the internet has permeated our lives.

http://www.baen.com/chapters/W200506/0743499107___2.htm

This news story is creepy-reminiscent of a classic story
"A Logic Named Joe" -- probably the most prescient fictional prediction of how computers would become ubiquitous personal assistants, used for well or ill.  The following is from real Life --

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2723786/College-student-accused-murder-asked-Siri-hide-body.html

Pedro Bravo, 20, stands accused of kidnapping and strangling his friend Christian Aguilar, 18, in September 2012 when they shared a room at the University of Florida. On 20 September 2012, Bravo told Apple's digital assistant Siri: 'I need to hide my roommate'. In response to this, Siri said: 'What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.'

See how this plays out in the short story, which truly was one of the few ever to conceive ubiquitous personal computing.
 http://www.baen.com/chapters/W200506/0743499107___2.htm___Oy. "If you ask Siri how to hide a body today she won't answer in the same way."
"'She simply says: 'I used to know the answer to this'."

To reference a different computer. That was a "funny once."

David Brin's pointer to Murray Leinster's "A Logic Named Joe" is well worth reading. I don't think I've read it since I was a kid. Written in the 40's it pretty much nails the way Google and the internet has permeated our lives.

http://www.baen.com/chapters/W200506/0743499107___2.htm

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2014-08-13 17:48:21 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

What's sad to me here is how matter-of-fact the guy is about being targeted for being black. :/

What's sad to me here is how matter-of-fact the guy is about being targeted for being black. :/___

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2014-08-13 04:38:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

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2014-08-13 03:59:42 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

What's the value-add of a big publishing house? Not quality control.

One assumption people make of traditional publishing is that they'll "get it right."  Unlike those stinky indie books, they'll be well edited, well designed, and well produced.  When you sign a contract with a major publisher giving away 90% of your book, you do so with the assurance that it will be well handled from there on.  Your publisher will mind all the details, and would never, NEVER screw up in a way that would harm you.

Or so you'd think.  But years of being around the publishing industry have shown me otherwise.  Books that were sabotaged in production by departing employees, books with the wrong author name on the cover, books with huge copy-editing problems. titles that have been "fixed" in production to change their meanings, One letter typesetting errors that end up changing the entire meaning of ending of the book, terrible and inappropriate covers, it goes on and on.

But surely these things are aberrations, right?  And they only happen to fringe authors at fringe publishers, right?  Well, maybe not.

I live in a small town with little physical access to a reasonable selection of new books.  The indie bookstores here don't turn over stock fast enough to give you any kind of picture of what's being published, and the selections at the grocery and drug stores are limited to a handful of best-sellers in restricted genres.  So it's a treat even to go into a large discount store with a reasonable book selection (a Fred Meyers in this case) to get a snapshot of what's going on in publishing.  A few weeks ago, +Chris York and I did just this, and in our superficial examination of a fairly limited selection of current paperback books, were surprised to find two major goofs, all of them involving best-selling authors.

One is the sort of thing you'd think editors would routinely check for: two books with the same title.  To be honest, this happens all the time, and it isn't a big deal.  Titles can't be copyrighted, and clever ones tend to get repeated by accident all the time.  But when the books are in the same genre, and come out in mass-market at the same time, from major publishing houses, and both from best-selling authors (one a New York Times lister), you'd think somebody would have noticed, and at least rescheduled one of the books.  But no, here was have two true crime books with the same title on the shelf right next to each other.

At best, this causes confusion, and if one of the books gets bad reviews or creates some controversy, the stronger of the books (and in turn the author) could suffer.  It could also cause ordering errors, as store and buyers might order quantities of the weaker book of the two hoping for the stronger.  And if the stronger book isn't reordered, or if the weaker book is over-ordered and doesn't sell, both authors could suffer.

My wife Chris York nearly had this happen on one if her cozy mysteries.  The mass-market release of a cozy-mystery book with the same title was scheduled to come out at the same time, and worse, the book in question had already gotten bad reviews and flopped in hardcover.  Fortunately, I spotted it, she passed word to her editor, and it wasn't took late for Chris to change her title.

Then we have New York Times best-selling author, Jeffrey Archer, and a book so badly reprinted it's unreadable.  The cover is on upside down, and the pages are in backwards as well.  You can't even read it from the back, as left and right pages are swapped as well.  This book won't be sold, or if it's sold, it will be returned.  In either case it will be "stripped," counted as a return, and charged against the author's royalties, even though the return is no fault of their own.

Of course, this could be an isolated production error, but we checked, and all the copies on the shelf were bound the same way.  How many were shipped misprinted?  Probably more than we saw here.  Probably at least dozens.  But it could be hundreds.  Or thousands.

But, if a major publisher ships one of your books with a huge production error that makes it nearly unreadable and tanks sales, surely they'll take some corrective action, right?  They'll slot a reprint of the book into their schedule, or at least take into consideration that the low sales aren't your fault in considering your next contract, right?

Uh, no, you're screwed.  At least, of all the horror stories I've heard, I can't think of any where the publisher came back and made it good.  The book, and the author, were generally tossed aside like a wormy apple.  Unless, of course, you're already a marketable name.  Then you may just ride over it like a pothole in the road.

Actually, it's possible Jeffery Archer doesn't give a damn about this.  If +Barry Eisler's recent post is to be believed (and it makes a great deal of sense), big best-sellers like Archer are paid up front through huge advances, and royalties and returns really don't much figure into their bottom-lines at all.  So, who pays for these kinds of mistakes then?  Not the publisher, surely.  No, it goes on the backs of all those less-than-New-York-Times-best-selling authors not making seven figure advances, reflected in lower advances, lower royalties and less generous contract terms.

Like I said, this isn't a scientific sampling, but it suggests that publishing errors are far more common than people realize, and that working authors are the ones to suffer.

#publishing   #writing   #books  ___What's the value-add of a big publishing house? Not quality control.

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2014-08-13 03:56:50 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

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2014-08-13 00:52:13 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 8 +1s)

How to write your code so that errors stand out. "Making Wrong Code Look Wrong"--Joel on Software.


h/t +Edward Falk

How to write your code so that errors stand out. "Making Wrong Code Look Wrong"--Joel on Software.


h/t +Edward Falk___

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2014-08-13 00:40:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

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2014-08-13 00:31:27 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)

A selfie of me and my sweetie for +Charles C. Dowd

Cheated and put both of us in it, but since we just got married, we're inseparable. :)

#sendmeyourselfie

#ns

A selfie of me and my sweetie for +Charles C. Dowd

Cheated and put both of us in it, but since we just got married, we're inseparable. :)

#sendmeyourselfie

#ns___

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2014-08-13 00:23:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

Apparently "you can always go to the emergency room" applies to forest fires too.

Apparently "you can always go to the emergency room" applies to forest fires too.___

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