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Google Local Austin357,594Win a pair of seats to our exclusive evening at Franklin BBQ – goo.gl/2Sn5jBWe're giving you a chance to experience every Austin carnivore's dream: the most mouthwatering brisket, ribs, sausage and salty sides imaginable...without waiting three hours in line!Want access to chow down at Franklin's during our private buy out, complete with live music, ice cold beer, and enough leftovers to last a week? Start writing local reviews on Google. Each high-quality review you write between now and August 7 will increase your chances of landing two coveted spots at our family style table. 1) Make sure you’re signed up for City Experts: g.co/cityexpert2) Enter the contest: goo.gl/2Sn5jB3) Get your reviews in by Thurs., August 7.We'll announce the winners here (and via email) on Friday., August 8.Photo by Franklin BarbecueFranklin BBQ Takeover2014-08-12 18:30:00134 
Sarah Hill2,748,799Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.  Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life).Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +. Our venue only holds 100 so you must RVSP early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00247 

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Maurizio Maraglino120Networking Circle Share Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post*More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2015-01-13 15:22:12501536
Christian kaysen2,781↦ follow me (so I can include you)↦ ↦ share the circle (public or to a public community)↦ ↦ if you want, delete the last circle share↦ ↦ no plussing, no comments, no obligation,↦ just share it and circle the profile above#Circle#Sharers#Engagers#Followers#AddCircle#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#круглим #кругляши #обмен   #круги   #crazycircles   #hyperball  2015-01-01 13:23:26233011
Михаил Пушкарев420#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-01-01 08:18:41500001
Михаил Пушкарев420#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-01-01 08:18:30500003
Neil Bailey5,146If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared   #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople   #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus #meetingpeoplecircle2014-12-22 07:02:43494342768
Михаил Пушкарев301#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-20 08:13:59500103
Михаил Пушкарев0#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-13 08:06:48496213
Jason Ryckman0 Hey this is jason I'm a follower of your page, I think you might really enjoy my #health    #fitness   and  #weightloss    #review     page, Please head over and check it out, I just added you to one of my circles could you please add me to your circles in returnThese followers are currently active and many will add you back when you add this circle to your circles.#circleshare #circlesharing   #circleshares  SIMPLE STEPS1. Please add me to one of your circles2. Please comment and reshare this post to public3. please comment on the original post or i may miss it4. If you would rather not receive these posts or be in my circle shares please shoot me a message and i will remove you from the List2014-12-12 01:49:47466000
Jason Ryckman0 Hey this is jason I'm a follower of your page, I think you might really enjoy my #health    #fitness   and  #weightloss    #review     page, Please head over and check it out, I just added you to one of my circles could you please add me to your circles in returnThese followers are currently active and many will add you back when you add this circle to your circles.#circleshare  #circlesharing   #circleshares  SIMPLE STEPS1. Please add me to one of your circles2. Please comment and reshare this post to public3. please comment on the original post or i may miss it4. If you would rather not receive these posts or be in my circle shares please shoot me a message and i will remove you from the List2014-12-09 20:12:54467000
Sharon Caroline3,767Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+! Add them all!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this. :)Circle by : http://informasidoang.blogspot.com/#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-12-01 08:28:58501435
Becky Collins19,401Advertising 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 ?2014-12-01 05:03:314922412
Ryan Johnson18,123Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496482651
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest 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 ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
Michael Junghans10,859A big thank you. Great to be connected with you :-)Please share | +#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #teamelite   #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle    #sharedcircle #cerchiacondivisa   #condividicerchia   #cerchiadiitaliani   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #circleshare  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare 2014-10-26 18:14:54501839
Norman Grant4,973If you want to add some brilliant people to your circles, you are in the right place. #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharingIncrease your following with this Amazing Circle#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles 2014-09-30 18:27:12449000
Allan watson7,797Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done. If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#News #BusinessNews #TechNews #Aviation #Flight #Flights #Passengers #Airport #Travel #KLM #Aircraft #AirTravel #Airbus #Flying #AvGeek #Boeing #Chicago #Safety #AmericanAirlines #Canceled #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle     #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle2014-09-27 12:27:02303283042
George Clark7,103Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.#topcircle #circleshareoftheday #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles   #fridaycircle   #themecircle   #mediterranean   #addbackspree   #ripplescircle   #addback   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #peoplescircle   #circleoftheday   #followme   #follow4follow  2014-09-27 10:52:53486372240
Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525
John Kellden29,637Good Evening Dear Googleverse NetizensBeen ages since I shared a circle. This one is put together by +Lynn Keller which means there's good people in it.Pleased to meet you all.2014-08-05 20:33:40201737
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Mike Elgan3,437,756Behold! The new League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!My League of Extraordinary Circle Friends is my hand-picked group of super charming super-sharers! I want you to do three things: 1. Click the "Add people" button below and circle this group (especially if you've circle this group previously -- doing this will update the group without duplicates). 2. Share this post with all your circles. 3. Share this post with people who are looking for awesome people to circle on G+. I've added four new people to the League.+Amira Elgan! Yes: She's my wife. And I've been trying to avoid adding her for a year. But her stream is perfect for the League so I've added her. +Noble Ackerson is a super nice and interesting guy, a super nerd and consummate glasshole -- he uses Google Glass to great effect to bring you into his world. In fact, the only bigger glasshole I know is... +Cecilia Abadie and Noble work at the same company, and Ceclia is another Glass user with a wonderful Google+ stream. +Andreas Katifes gives you a window into Greek scenes and Greek food that's so compelling you might accidentally quit your job and move to Greece. Welcome to the League, everyone! 2014-07-27 23:39:2625111240
Lose Those Poundz1,283Health and Weight loss Circle V 1.0This is a super circle and in it I have put together a group of really interesting and active friends on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the *top Google+ users who share and reshare unique and original contents regarding weight loss and healthy eating.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with like minded people who share marvelous content:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be circled and added  to the next circle, do these simple steps:1 - Add this circle2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Plus 1 the post 4 - CommentIf you already have me in circle and want to be included in the next circle to be shared, don't be sad, just  leave a comment. Saying you wish to be included. More you share, more you get sharedHave fun! #circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedpubliccircles     #addpeople     #addcircle       #weightloss   #healthyeating  2014-07-11 04:13:23483206
Norman Grant2,373#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #circleshared2014-05-29 22:08:20454115
Norman Grant2,139I highly suggest adding each and every person in this #GoogleCircle  as they will b sure to interact with you.#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #circleshared2014-05-21 02:12:03450121
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 21:53:11494136
Rosie Taylor0Google Friends! - You're in this  #Circle   -  #Share   the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be  #Shared   :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                              This is a super  #Circle   and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   #Google + users that share unique and original contents.#Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:#boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 -  #Follow   your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles      #circleshare      #circlesharing      #sharedcircles                #addcircles    #addpeople      #addcircle    #addfriends      2014-05-16 17:12:07458208
Rosie Taylor0Google Friends! - You're in this  #Circle   -  #Share   the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be  #Shared   :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                              This is a super  #Circle   and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   #Google + users that share unique and original contents.#Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:#boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 -  #Follow   your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles      #circleshare      #circlesharing      #sharedcircles                #addcircles    #addpeople      #addcircle    #addfriends      2014-05-15 09:08:16458208
Robert Connor8,250My new circle about circle shearing PEOPLE and page who update regular his circlePlus, Comment and Re-share this post in to PUBLIC and to EXTENDED CIRCLES#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleshares  #circlesharing  #circlesshare  #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-05-15 08:17:17457292145
Ryan Johnson4,790Awesome circle with amazing photographers you want to have in your circlesRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #holidays #vacation #views #trekking #tourist #tour #honeymoon #cruise #landscape #sea #weekend 2014-05-12 09:51:28465114104139
John Nuntiatio33,831#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-17 06:46:35484348
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:58:15230002
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:53230022
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:28230003
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:04230022
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:56:44231305
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519
Becky Collins2,634Learning and Knowledge Management Circle - Feb22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:31:49991013
Scott Buehler69,427Web Designers of Google+ - These are people that came up in my searches for web design on Google Plus. I'm sure this group has people that may not be actual designers but are people interested in design but nonetheless, I gave it a good effort.Keeping the community aspect alive. Get to know these people.This is a one time release. If you are a designer but I missed you, just leave a comment for others to find you. Rock on Google+Scott's New Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115253059523607863437 #webdesign   #webdesigner   #circleshare  2014-02-09 22:54:294547829
Larry Chuon74I'm new to Google+.  My circle of PlusOne is for those who are leveraging Google+ to grow their circle and business.2014-02-08 04:36:20236304
Mike Elgan3,022,401Drafting +Renata Sherwin into the League!Click "Add people" below to circle my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!" (And please SHARE with all your circles!)My Google+ charm offensive continues with the addition of one +Renata Sherwin into the League. Renata was an early Google+ superstar, then mysteriously vanished for awhile. Now she's back, bigger than life, and sharing her world and discoveries. Welcome to the League, Renata!!2014-01-26 18:46:493220625
Gerard van Schip19,561My best maintained circle is my "English speakers living in Japan" circle. In this circle you will find people from all over the world who are now living in Japan . About half of them are Japanese natives.Enjoy.2014-01-19 12:42:05216604
Custom Button Co.119People on Plus to Network with for feeding your Graphic Design NeedsSo we've been carefully curating the best designers, pages, and communities to procure the best logo designs for your business and more.If we were to fill up promotional space on buttons, business cards and other ideas, these are the people we'd look to for inspiration:Some of whom we've recently mentioned in our blog posts+Jake Dugard +Daniel Coelho - Graphic Design +Karl Gookey - Graphic Designer +Aylin Hakova Graphic Design +Chris Metzner Graphic Designer +F5 Graphic Design  #business   #graphicdesigners   #sharedcircles   #customdesign   #custombuttons  2013-12-12 22:00:23169014
Johnny Huntington0#webdesign #sharedcircles #webdevelopment  Here is a great shared circle of Professional Web Designers.2013-11-04 13:45:45501003
Laura Milani1,520Topengagers Laura CircleHappy Saturday People !  May you have a great shopping day !This #sharedcircle has my top engagers for great ripples !Laura2013-09-07 15:57:562946214
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 17:42:0642925629
Mike Elgan2,555,670Please click 'Add people' below!It's still August. And that means the Blogs of August experiment is still picking up steam. We've got 166 dedicated bloggers now blogging primarily on Google+. Please click Add people to add this circle (even if you've already added it in the past) then share this post to "Public!*2013-08-28 04:19:0216515629
Mike Elgan2,515,444More bloggers in the Blogs of August - Please 'Add people' again!I've added more bloggers to the Blogs of August circle since the last time you added this circle. Please add again to get the new people!Also: Please share this circle with all of YOUR circles. August is halfway done -- let's support Google+ blogging by adding, sharing and promoting the Blogs of August!2013-08-15 11:20:36148291535

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Humor: Christian Love
"...I look forward to observing from my post in heaven the exquisite tortures you will suffer at the hands of the just and loving god..."

#hatemail #loveletters #ridiculous  

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2014-08-24 22:13:44 (0 comments, 11 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

If you love historical films! https://www.youtube.com/user/britishpathe

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"...I look forward to observing from my post in heaven the exquisite tortures you will suffer at the hands of the just and loving god..."

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Humor: Christian Love
"...I look forward to observing from my post in heaven the exquisite tortures you will suffer at the hands of the just and loving god..."

#hatemail #loveletters #ridiculous  

Humor: Christian Love
"...I look forward to observing from my post in heaven the exquisite tortures you will suffer at the hands of the just and loving god..."

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We Will Not Be Silenced
"People seem more interested in the hyperbole of righteous indignation than the skill of debate, perhaps because rationality, clear thinking, and even basic literacy have fallen out of fashion.
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In an environment in which taking offense is a method for avoiding responsibility for gratuitous stupidity and laziness, it seems peculiarly appropriate to respond: ‘Kiss my arse!’"
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OFFENDED? KISS MY ARSE!

Yesterday the Russian state sponsored TV channel RT posted to Google Plus on Noam Chomsky. The internationally renowned academic, philosopher, and public commentator pointed out a degree of hypocrisy in the outrage expressed about the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Chomsky’s point was about the absence of such outrage about American drone strikes, or the 1999 NATO bombing of a media organisation in Yugoslavia.

The very first comment in that thread was by Ishmael Finn whose profile suggests he is an American Ranger:

Fuck Noam Chomsky! Let him take up residence with Edward Snowden in Moscow if he doesn’t like it here.

I suspect Finn didn’t read the reportage, just the headline, and doesn’t really know who Chomsky is, or why he deserves at least some respectful attention, even if strong disagreement is the outcome.

That little Google Plus moment sparked memories of the Faurisson affair in the later 1970s and throughout the 1980s.

In the late 1970s Chomsky had defended the idea that freedom of speech should trump ideological demands to silence even potentially odious ideas. Chomsky’s essay, ‘Some Elementary Comments on the Rights of Freedom of Expression’ became a foreword of sorts in a book by French literary scholar Robert Faurrison, against Chomsky’s wishes, but without later repentance for his views about freedom of speech.

The thing is, Faurrison is a holocaust denier, and was widely branded a neo-Nazi anti-Semite. A characterisation of his orientation that Chomsky never agreed with.

But, as a consequence, Chomsky was widely condemned for the illusory act of endorsing neo-Naziism and anti-Semitism, all with the same lack of self-reflection that applied in the 1960s, when Hannah Arendt was vilified for not echoing a doctrinaire view of the Nazis as inexplicably evil rather than just 'banal' after observing the Eichmann trial.

What giants these thinkers are to transcend their own Jewishness, focusing on the intellectual content of their analyses, and finding a humanity lacking in both the (neo) Nazis and their opponents.

Chomsky said on his website some years after the eye of the Faurisson hurricane had passed:

A professor of French literature was suspended from teaching on grounds that he could not be protected from violence, after privately printing pamphlets questioning the existence of gas chambers. He was then brought to trial for “falsification of History,” and later condemned for this crime, the first time that a modern Western state openly affirmed the Stalinist-Nazi doctrine that the state will determine historical truth and punish deviation from it. Later he was beaten practically to death by Jewish terrorists. As of now, the European and other intellectuals have not expressed any opposition to these scandals; rather, they have sought to disguise their profound commitment to Stalinist-Nazi doctrine by following the same models, trying to divert attention with a flood of outrageous lies. So, the issue has not been settled, or even addressed.

It suddenly occurred to me why I was engaged in this train of thought. It was my own subconscious processing of other, far more trivial Google Plus moments in recent days.

I have come across many online discussions in which a pernicious kind of totalitarianism has led to astonishing refutations of rationality, and a snarky kind of persecution by self-appointed crusaders against others who do not meet some imagined standard of political correctness.

In most cases of these crusades by the self-righteous, what is really going on is character assassination as a means of avoiding engagement with an argument. Don’t get me wrong: character assassination, or ad hominem, is sometimes a logical and even necessary adjunct to destroying a false premiss. For example, a gun-toting religious fundamentalist who argues that women seeking abortions should be shot, as should be their doctors, in the name of saving the life of a foetus, has opened himself to attacks not just on his ideas, but on his very character for being quite such a barbarian.

Politically correct crusading is in fact a form of the Chomskian Stalinist-Nazi absolutism. Particularly when you keep in mind Arendt’s conclusions that Eichmann (and probably many other Nazis) was not so much evil as crushingly ordinary and simple-minded. A technocrat cum bureaucrat without the education or imagination to understand that his pursuit of efficient mass murder was the most vile of crimes rather than a servile act of ‘following orders’ with the greatest ‘effectiveness’ and ‘efficiency’ that he knew how to strive for.

In other words, there are potential monsters hidden in billions of outwardly ordinary, perhaps even meek men and women. People without the education, moral fibre, or imagination to act with ethics not imposed on them.

That insight suggested then, as it does now, that layers of technocrats, possibly leading subsidiary layers of bureaucrats, are capable of the most horrifying, nauseating perversions of humanity and decency. All in the name of technological efficiency and orderly process, and not at all comprehensible as some distinguishable category of evil.

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In contemporary Western societies it is legitimate to regard algorithmic determinism and the cult of technological efficiency as blanking out moral questions around the application of technology, and its human consequences.

This idea was taken up quite recently in a thread by Jake Weisz on the public warning by Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk about the potential dangers of developing artificial intelligence.

In that thread, Jordan Schnaidt, using as an avatar a Matt Groening cartoon character, asserted, as a matter of opinion, and without further qualification, that Hawking and Musk did not have credibility to warn against AI research.

I suggested to Schnaidt that it was he, representing himself as a cartoon character, and without argument to back his assertion, who was lacking credibility to discredit two men with highly visible public personas, and impressive résumés.

My comment resulted immediately in a small example of Chomsky’s 'Stalinazi' absolutism, albeit in the flavour of the contemporaneously popular, and archly politically correct fetish of being offended. My argument was not to be answered because it was invalidated solely by mentioning an avatar, and because mentioning an avatar is apparently sound cause for thumb-sucking sulking instead of engaging with proposed arguments.

I removed myself from all further discussion on that thread, despite thinking that the argument was about the credibility of publicly expressed opinions based on the credibility of the people expressing the opinions. Schnaidt has the credibility of a cartoon character, while Hawking and Musk are eminent international figures. How could that have been missed by the crusaders?

I found it irresistible to conclude that regardless of demands to the contrary, only the Google Plus ‘public profiles’ could guide me in assessing Google Plus commentators. So, in looking at Schnaidt’s profile, I discovered that in addition to likening himself to a cartoon character, he is a college kid who likes ‘decent’ Christian music, and posts mostly techno pr0n, with some gamer and popcorn culture asides. That’s how he represents himself to the world on his public profile and in his public posts. His words and posts, not my fabrications.

The next logical question was whether I would be happy to be judged on my Google profile and posts? Yes, I think I would. The categorical imperative, or golden rule, is satisfied.

This Google Plus moment led me to reflect on how similar, melodramatically staged incidents of being offended seem to have become popular pastimes in recent years. People seem more interested in the hyperbole of righteous indignation than the skill of debate, perhaps because rationality, clear thinking, and even basic literacy have fallen out of fashion.

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Conservative commentators like Roger Kimball (USA) and Roger Scruton (UK) have traced this kind of petulant, politically correct ‘culture of complaint’ to what they see as a debasement of intellectual rigour, arising from the 1960s counter-culture (I recommend Roger Kimball’s sharply argued invective The Long March as a potent antidote to too much nostalgic longing for hippie self-indulgence).

Personally I suspect many Google crusaders are both too young and ignorant to remember counter-culture, or to have absorbed any of it, save the ensuing formula for political correctness. Instead I see a contemporary amalgam of Chomsky’s ‘Stalinaziism’, political correctness, and ignorance as being reflected nowhere more strongly than in America’s sociopathic religious right. That lunatic fringe has re-fashioned itself into the most menacing, dominant political force by pursuing the relentless argument that its members are offended every time someone does not precisely echo their insane economic, political, and social prescriptions.

I think it most likely that witnessing such lunatics getting airtime and apparently being taken seriously is what fuels the contemporary idea in youngsters like Schnaidt that you can behave like a socially awkward, ignorant but entitled loud-mouth. One who identifies himself as a nerdy gamer auto-masturbator, but who insists that he should not be judged according to that image. And, apparently, someone who should not be held accountable for his opinions at all if that means calling him out as lacking the credibility of intellect or profile.

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That line of thought was re-awakened not six hours after I’d put it to bed, when I had another Google moment, this time on Eli Fennell’s thread, decrying the publication of some Google Plus user statistics in Business Insider (and then BoingBoing ), because the originator of the statistical analysis was using a pseudonym: Edward Morbius.

There were at least two people active in Fennell’s thread who had keelhauled me earlier for deriding the credibility of Schnaidt as a Matt Groening puppet. Yet in this new thread, there was absolute silence following the proposition that statistics originating from someone using a pseudonym were not credible entirely because of the pseudonym.

Moreover, for a little while, I was castigated for daring to suggest that the credibility of the source data and method for arriving at the statistics did not rely on the identity of the number cruncher. I maintain that if you release the source and describe both methods and assumptions for statistical analysis, your identity is not necessary to confirm or reject the figures or the method.

It was a bizarre sequence of posts to witness. I was compelled to wonder whether Walt Disney ever produced a sanitised version of Lord of the Flies, which is probably the only way some of Google’s crusaders would ever absorb any part of William Golding’s message.

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The lesson for me is that it didn’t really matter what I’d said in either case. What mattered was the opportunity for others to pose as one of the perpetually offended. Righteously indignant. Appalled that anyone could dare to disagree with … irrational or unstated assumptions.

Why do I regard all of this as worth thinking about?

Because in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, and the earlier Sydney café siege, there had been a lot of talk about empathy, understanding, and most particularly tolerance. And yet the most visibly absent quality in those calling for these indulgences is tolerance. For anyone and any argument that doesn’t agree with their own version of history, and with their own interpretations of current events.

Chomsky's Stalinaziism again.

In that light I have terminated a pre-Christmas internal conversation in which I was debating with myself whether I should work to ‘soften’ my own essays. To strive to be more ‘inclusive’, as I have been admonished to be from time to time, presumably by catering to the less well-read, and even to the poor idiots who prefer using the internet to absorb nonsense rather than the mountains of knowledge it makes available. And to be less trenchant in calling cretinism what it is when I see it.

Back to square one, though. It seems to me that the only way to survive Stalinist Nazis parading as politically correct crusaders, affecting a fey, sniffling victimhood by being permanently offended, is to laugh at them and speak my mind the way I see things.

I have no doubt that the impact and intention of deliberately offensive language has been dulled by a habitual overuse. But I think the impact of claims about being offended have now reached a similar status.

In an environment in which taking offense is a method for avoiding responsibility for gratuitous stupidity and laziness, it seems peculiarly appropriate to respond: ‘Kiss my arse!’

[From Minority Reports at http://peterstrempel.com/2015/01/22/offended-kiss-my-arse/]___We Will Not Be Silenced
"People seem more interested in the hyperbole of righteous indignation than the skill of debate, perhaps because rationality, clear thinking, and even basic literacy have fallen out of fashion.
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In an environment in which taking offense is a method for avoiding responsibility for gratuitous stupidity and laziness, it seems peculiarly appropriate to respond: ‘Kiss my arse!’"
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2015-01-21 02:56:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

ATX: Inaugural Parade 2015
At the end of any political event, it's wise to have a plan for cleaning up the shit.

HT +Joe Phelps 

#inauguration #parade #texas  

ATX: Inaugural Parade 2015
At the end of any political event, it's wise to have a plan for cleaning up the shit.

HT +Joe Phelps 

#inauguration #parade #texas  ___

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2015-01-21 02:07:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

ATX: Inaugural Parade 2015
Aggies on horseback. Girl on skateboard. Billboard in Spanish: Viva la cerveza de Mexico. Texas: land of contrasts.

#keepaustinweird #inauguration #texas  

ATX: Inaugural Parade 2015
Aggies on horseback. Girl on skateboard. Billboard in Spanish: Viva la cerveza de Mexico. Texas: land of contrasts.

#keepaustinweird #inauguration #texas  ___

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2015-01-20 22:55:12 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

ATX: Inauguration Day 2015: Texas State Capitol
"I'm an American first. A Texan second. And a servant of the people, third."

Sorry. Just wishful thinking on my part. What newly-elected Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick actually said (to thunderous applause) was, "I'm a Christian first. A conservative second. And a Republican third."

#danpatrick #inauguration #texas  

ATX: Inauguration Day 2015: Texas State Capitol
"I'm an American first. A Texan second. And a servant of the people, third."

Sorry. Just wishful thinking on my part. What newly-elected Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick actually said (to thunderous applause) was, "I'm a Christian first. A conservative second. And a Republican third."

#danpatrick #inauguration #texas  ___

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2015-01-18 03:39:38 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

ATX: Austin City Blues
After two weeks of gray skies, a sunny day. I like the new blue buildings of this decade more than the pink granite-colored glass period of the 1980s.

From left to right: the Austonian, the W, and the new Colorado Tower (with the Frost Bank building in its reflection).

#sonya6000

ATX: Austin City Blues
After two weeks of gray skies, a sunny day. I like the new blue buildings of this decade more than the pink granite-colored glass period of the 1980s.

From left to right: the Austonian, the W, and the new Colorado Tower (with the Frost Bank building in its reflection).

#sonya6000___

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2015-01-15 02:37:33 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Artifacts: One Man's Treasure
As one season ends and a new one begins, I mark the transition by assessing what to keep and what to discard. I have an archivist's fascination for ephemera so I have many odd scraps of no value except my own amusement. Those are the things I keep.

Now in the December 15, 2014 New Yorker, I read an article (which I clipped and saved until I got around to writing about it here a month later), which suggest I might have a problem.

"…in 2013 the American Psychiatric Association declared [these] storage habits a diagnostic feature of a mental illness called "hoarding disorder"…[defined as] a persistent difficulty in discarding possessions, regardless of their actual value, to the point where the person's accumulated goods congest living areas and impede their intended use."

The APA's ever-expandingman... more »

Artifacts: One Man's Treasure
As one season ends and a new one begins, I mark the transition by assessing what to keep and what to discard. I have an archivist's fascination for ephemera so I have many odd scraps of no value except my own amusement. Those are the things I keep.

Now in the December 15, 2014 New Yorker, I read an article (which I clipped and saved until I got around to writing about it here a month later), which suggest I might have a problem.

"…in 2013 the American Psychiatric Association declared [these] storage habits a diagnostic feature of a mental illness called "hoarding disorder"…[defined as] a persistent difficulty in discarding possessions, regardless of their actual value, to the point where the person's accumulated goods congest living areas and impede their intended use."

The APA's ever-expanding manual of mental disorders has broadened its scope to the extent that almost any behavior can be pathologized. If something is defined as an illness, then cures can be developed and sold. It's all a matter of degrees. Deviate too far from the ever-tightening social norm, and you will be branded a deviant. Here we have psychiatry being used to covertly attack nonconformity, insinuating that there is something wrong in not being exactly like everyone else.

Feeling the fear and guilt? Well, help is on the way. It's not just the psychiatrists who can make a buck off pathologizing our eccentricities. The Container Store is doing very well, as is the National Association of Professional Organizers. And, in America, we can always make a religion out of any paranoia and line the pockets of armies of self-help gurus, like the pop psychiatry writer, Sandra Felton, who founded Messies Anonymous.  If cleanliness is next to godliness, then clutter must be akin to sin and addiction.

I'd counter that the true sickness lies in our disposable consumerist culture, one where well-meaning children can sweep away the accumulated mementos and aspirations of their elders. Saying, literally and metaphorically, your life is nothing but trash.

Aococella describes doing just that to her mother, "…the clear-outs were hard for her. Soon, she knew, she was going to lose everything she had, because she was going to lose her life. Until that happened, she was making sure that she had plenty of things. And here I came year after year, throwing them away."

When people lose everything to fire and flood, to war or fleeing war, we feel the tragedy of their loss. The loss is more than the material value of their goods; it's the years, maybe generations of work and sacrifice, that those things represent. How then should we feel when the next generation disposes of us? Just so much trash.

Acocella ends her article saying that there is a well-established link between hoarding and aging. Hoarding is symptomatic of dementia.

I can't take her seriously when I look around at younger people taking photos of their lunch and collecting data on every mundane aspect of their lives. How many videotapes, selfies, tweets, and Facebook posts accumulate over a lifetime. Have you gotten through your email yet? The current generation is drowning in digital detritus. Perhaps, someday, their children will come along and press delete.
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The New Yorker: Let It Go
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/15/let-go

The photo is of "Narcissus, after Caravaggio" by Vik Muniz which I saw at MoMA in 2004. It is constructed industrial rubble.
#artifacts #whatwekeep  ___

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2015-01-14 14:12:52 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Seedpod: Devil's claw
Harpagophytum procumbens

Seedpod: Devil's claw
Harpagophytum procumbens___

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2015-01-13 21:56:13 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Balls

Balls___

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2015-01-12 20:08:06 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

No Respect for the Ridiculous
The British reaction to self-proclaimed "terrorism expert" Steven Emerson saying that the entire city  Birmingham is a no-go zone for non-Muslims is classic. And classy. Rather than play offended or enraged, the Brits find that laughter is the best antidote for dealing with preposterous lies. They spin a few jokes of their own and even the Prime Minister is not above calling him a "complete idiot".

My favorite response on Twitter is @Rabeb_Othmani co-opting the #illridewithyou hashtag to allay the fears stoked by Fox News of any non-Muslims who might be headed to Birmingham.

#foxnewsfacts  

No Respect for the Ridiculous
The British reaction to self-proclaimed "terrorism expert" Steven Emerson saying that the entire city  Birmingham is a no-go zone for non-Muslims is classic. And classy. Rather than play offended or enraged, the Brits find that laughter is the best antidote for dealing with preposterous lies. They spin a few jokes of their own and even the Prime Minister is not above calling him a "complete idiot".

My favorite response on Twitter is @Rabeb_Othmani co-opting the #illridewithyou hashtag to allay the fears stoked by Fox News of any non-Muslims who might be headed to Birmingham.

#foxnewsfacts  ___

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2015-01-12 15:07:14 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

User Design: Complexity as a Feature
Over the weekend, I bought a new camera, the Sony a6000. So far I'm amazed and delighted with what it can do but I also know that this is a tool that I will have to study up on and practice with quite a bit in order to get the most out of it.

The Sony a6000 is very feature rich and like most complex systems, knowing what each feature does is not enough. You have to understand how they work together to get the most out of it. In other words, you have to examine features from the changing perspectives of what you want to achieve in any given case, not just a static list of what the camera does. This is design that trusts its users to know what they want and that respects that they don't all want the same thing.

Intuitiveness in design has become somewhat of a sacred cow. While it's certainly true that successful acceptance of... more »

User Design: Complexity as a Feature
Over the weekend, I bought a new camera, the Sony a6000. So far I'm amazed and delighted with what it can do but I also know that this is a tool that I will have to study up on and practice with quite a bit in order to get the most out of it.

The Sony a6000 is very feature rich and like most complex systems, knowing what each feature does is not enough. You have to understand how they work together to get the most out of it. In other words, you have to examine features from the changing perspectives of what you want to achieve in any given case, not just a static list of what the camera does. This is design that trusts its users to know what they want and that respects that they don't all want the same thing.

Intuitiveness in design has become somewhat of a sacred cow. While it's certainly true that successful acceptance of new systems is sometimes stymied by a learning curve that users refuse to broach, the other extreme also causes problems: creating systems so simplistic that they aren't very useful, especially when they rely too heavily on a one-size-fits-all approach. Simplistic is not the same as intuitive.

Intuitiveness mostly draws what knowledge we've internalized from previous experiences. However conscious effort—to think, to be—is our human birthright, what sets us apart and what what enables us progress. We oughtn't just operate the world on a gut feeling; we have brains, after all. Most of our best work is when we are forced out of our mindless, unthinking behavior and we interrogate the world around us, when we question our own assumptions. Yes, it's hard work to see things with new eyes.

The best systems do not simply provide better solutions (faster, more efficient, more automated), they rethink the problem. They try to understand what the user really needs. Users frequently can't tell you themselves as they are as constrained by the existing solutions as the designer is. That is, they have adapted themselves to the system and can no longer think outside it.

Sometimes, that means the solution isn't intuitive. Rethinking a problem, changing habits can be a bit uncomfortable, initially. But make that effort and when you get it. Wow. Then you'll think, "It's so obvious." It will seem intuitive.
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That prelude was an introduction to this bit of very well-written procedural documentation I found by someone who understands that it is better to think of machines in terms of functions, not features. It's not enough to describe the parts, we have to learn how the parts work together.

#sonya6000 #uxdesign #intuitiveinterfaces  ___

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2015-01-08 21:39:40 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Provoked: Same Product, Different Brand
The rebuke is achingly the same. "You shouldn't have provoked him." Whether we're talking about a woman punched in the face by a man twice her size, a black man shot down while shopping in Walmart, or a gay couple attacked walking down a street, our focus is diverted from the thugs, rapists, and terrorists who perpetrate the crime onto those who suffer at their hands.

"You shouldn't have provoked him. You shouldn't have had that drink. You shouldn't have worn that dress. You shouldn't have held hands in public." And now... "You shouldn't have made fun of me."

While the rest of the world stands together in denouncing terrorism and promises not to be silenced, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, sympathizes with the terrorists. They had a right to be angry...being... more »

Provoked: Same Product, Different Brand
The rebuke is achingly the same. "You shouldn't have provoked him." Whether we're talking about a woman punched in the face by a man twice her size, a black man shot down while shopping in Walmart, or a gay couple attacked walking down a street, our focus is diverted from the thugs, rapists, and terrorists who perpetrate the crime onto those who suffer at their hands.

"You shouldn't have provoked him. You shouldn't have had that drink. You shouldn't have worn that dress. You shouldn't have held hands in public." And now... "You shouldn't have made fun of me."

While the rest of the world stands together in denouncing terrorism and promises not to be silenced, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, sympathizes with the terrorists. They had a right to be angry...being mocked and ridiculed as they are. We must not tolerate this mockery.

You know what follows, right? After the perp sympathizers wonder what the victim did to provoke the violation: the beating, the rape, the killing? They see it as justice served. They justify it. "He was asking for it." "She had it coming."

Yep. Donohue went there. "Stephane Charbonnier, the paper’s publisher, was killed today in the slaughter. It is too bad that he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death. In 2012, when asked why he insults Muslims, he said, “Muhammad isn’t sacred to me.” Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive. Muhammad isn’t sacred to me, either, but it would never occur to me to deliberately insult Muslims by trashing him."

Mr. Donohue, you have shown your true colors. Un-Christian. Un-American. Hardly a full-formed man. You are as pathetic as you are laughable.

#catholicleague #charliehebdo  ___

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2015-01-07 15:10:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Artifacts: A History of the World in 100 Objects 
I have long been fascinated with what objects tell us about their makers and owners, about their daily lives and their aspirations, about what they choose to commemorate personally and publicly, how the objects they fashion reflect the lives they've fashioned—an image of themselves made tangible, and perhaps used as a standard to live up to or disown.

In 2010, BBC Radio 4 developed a radio broadcast (and also a website and book) in which Neil MacGregor examined 100 objects in the British Museum from all over the world spanning the breadth of human history. The objects were grouped into sets of five, each focusing on a theme: religion, economy, manufacturing, exploration, status symbols, trade and so forth.

Together they form an imperfect history, merely fragmented and often incomprehensible messages from ouran... more »

Artifacts: A History of the World in 100 Objects 
I have long been fascinated with what objects tell us about their makers and owners, about their daily lives and their aspirations, about what they choose to commemorate personally and publicly, how the objects they fashion reflect the lives they've fashioned—an image of themselves made tangible, and perhaps used as a standard to live up to or disown.

In 2010, BBC Radio 4 developed a radio broadcast (and also a website and book) in which Neil MacGregor examined 100 objects in the British Museum from all over the world spanning the breadth of human history. The objects were grouped into sets of five, each focusing on a theme: religion, economy, manufacturing, exploration, status symbols, trade and so forth.

Together they form an imperfect history, merely fragmented and often incomprehensible messages from our ancestors, messages distorted not only by time and ignorance but often purposefully by those who came afterward in shaping their own vision of the world.

As MacGregor says, this series can only ever be a history of the world. Select a different 100 objects and you'd have a different story. And any single object represents different things to different generations as our understanding about the context within which it was created changes. Sometimes we learn more and sometimes we forget what was once obvious.

I was fortunate to see some of these objects in the fall of 2013. The other day as I was dusting off my bookshelves, I came across the book that accompanied the series and lost myself in it again.

The radio shows are still available via podcast for free.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/about/british-museum-objects/

Update
A link of the "exhibit" at the British Museum...which is a better organized website. It's not an exhibit in the traditional sense as the objects are not gathered into one location. One has to hunt all over the museum for them which is as fun as any treasure hunt, although it did not enable me to see them all in one day.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/a_history_of_the_world.aspx

#britishmuseum #whatwekeep #artifacts  ___

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2015-01-05 15:55:27 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Texas Police: Liberty and Justice for All
Thank you, Fort Worth police officers for saying it, "...anyone who puts their life on the line to protect other Americans should not be treated unequally or be denied the ability to protect their own family by being barred from marrying.”

Texas Police: Liberty and Justice for All
Thank you, Fort Worth police officers for saying it, "...anyone who puts their life on the line to protect other Americans should not be treated unequally or be denied the ability to protect their own family by being barred from marrying.”___

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2015-01-01 15:50:26 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Language: Making Sense of Experience
訳 The original meaning of this kanji is related to the idea of making sense of things, of interpreting experience and translating it into something understandable to ourselves and to others. To render comprehensible.

The kanji itself is made up of two components, the radical 「言」("iu" to say) and the grapheme 「尺」("shaku" a unit of length). However, that element is likely there to indicate pronunciation not meaning.

Interpretation, Translation
YAKU is the on-yomi (Chinese sound reading) of this kanji. Typically compounds which use the Chinese-derived pronunciation are related directly to the concepts of translation and interpretation.
* 「訳す」yakusu: to translate
* 「訳者」yakusha: translator
* 「翻訳」honyaku: translation

Sense, Reason,Rationalization, Excuse
In c... more »

Language: Making Sense of Experience
訳 The original meaning of this kanji is related to the idea of making sense of things, of interpreting experience and translating it into something understandable to ourselves and to others. To render comprehensible.

The kanji itself is made up of two components, the radical 「言」("iu" to say) and the grapheme 「尺」("shaku" a unit of length). However, that element is likely there to indicate pronunciation not meaning.

Interpretation, Translation
YAKU is the on-yomi (Chinese sound reading) of this kanji. Typically compounds which use the Chinese-derived pronunciation are related directly to the concepts of translation and interpretation.
* 「訳す」yakusu: to translate
* 「訳者」yakusha: translator
* 「翻訳」honyaku: translation

Sense, Reason, Rationalization, Excuse
In compounds and expressions using the kun-yomi (Japanese reading) wake the definition of this kanji expands from interpretation to meaning, from meaning to sense, from sense to reason, and from reason to cause.

To follow the connection between those concepts, imagine that I suddenly stand up at my desk and throw my coffee cup at the wall. You are mystified by my actions. They seem incomprehensible. You can't interpret them. They make no sense. You look for a reason, an underlying cause.

In Japanese, you would think, 「訳も無く」"wake mo naku" ; this behavior is unreasonable, without reason, without cause. You can't interpret my actions and so they don't make sense to you. They are irrational.

A sensible man, a reasonable man, the rational man is one who can explain the reasons for his actions.
* 訳の分かった人 wake no wakatta hito
Literally, a man (hito) whose reasons (wake) are understandable (wakatta). In English, we might say that his motivations are transparent to us, rather than opaque.

If I am able to help you make sense of my actions by offering you a reason or a cause, in Japanese this is seen as a form of apology.

* 「言い訳」iiwake: apology, excuse, explanation
Literally "to say the reason". I try to translate for you what my actions signify, what they mean.

"To understand all is to forgive all." Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited...possibly from the French proverb, "Comprendre, c'est pardoner."

In English, we might call this reason a rationalization, with all its negative connotations of making excuses, of being an apologist. My father, a military man, raised us with the idea that if we messed up our only response to his questions was "No excuse, Sir."

The Japanese have a similar, very common, set phrase used as an apology.
*  申し訳ありません moshiwake arimasen

Literally the opposite of iiwake (「もうし」moshi being the humble form of 「言う」iu, to say) moshiwake arimasen means that there is no reason I can tell you, there is no rational explanation I can offer as an excuse for what has happened. What can I say? There's no reason. I can't explain myself.

All in all, some of us prefer explanations to apologies and understanding to forgiveness.

#Japanese #kanji___

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2014-12-04 19:51:16 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Leaves That Are Green
"Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello.
Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.
That's all there is.
And the leaves that are green, turn to brown."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARqLRcvUBN0

Related
From another walk in the same woods, when the leaves were still green.
https://plus.google.com/+MSinclairStevens/posts/NVnaqkUmkEL

Leaves That Are Green
"Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello.
Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.
That's all there is.
And the leaves that are green, turn to brown."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARqLRcvUBN0

Related
From another walk in the same woods, when the leaves were still green.
https://plus.google.com/+MSinclairStevens/posts/NVnaqkUmkEL___

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2014-12-03 18:53:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

States of Mind I: The Farewells
To those who go and those who are left behind.

"Set in a train station, this series of three paintings explores the psychological dimension of modern life's transitory nature. In The Farewells, Boccioni captures chaotic movement and the fusion of people swept away in waves as the train's steam bellows into the sky. Oblique lines hint at departure in Those Who Go, in which Boccioni said he sought to express "loneliness, anguish, and dazed confusion." In Those Who Stay, vertical lines convey the weight of sadness carried by those left behind."

States of Mind I: The Farewells
To those who go and those who are left behind.

"Set in a train station, this series of three paintings explores the psychological dimension of modern life's transitory nature. In The Farewells, Boccioni captures chaotic movement and the fusion of people swept away in waves as the train's steam bellows into the sky. Oblique lines hint at departure in Those Who Go, in which Boccioni said he sought to express "loneliness, anguish, and dazed confusion." In Those Who Stay, vertical lines convey the weight of sadness carried by those left behind."___

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2014-12-02 14:25:16 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Blue Moon

Blue Moon___

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2014-11-04 01:11:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Movie: The Tale of Princess Kaguya: かぐや姫の物語
I was lucky to see this in the original Japanese-language version at the +Alamo Drafthouse.  From the info I could glean on the Internet about the limited release in other American cities, I was afraid it was going to be the dubbed version. So a big thanks to the +Alamo Drafthouse for showing it in the original language!

Taken as a whole (story, visual, and graphics) I think Princess Kaguya is the most Japanese Japanese movie I've ever seen. The closest Western-style experience I could imagine would be a movie based on Grimm Fairy Tales drawn in Arthur Rackham's style. Disney felt it necessary to modernize and sanitize those stories for mid-twentieth century tastes and now, in the face of Pixar and Dreamworks, even the old Disney stuff seems quaint. But since childhood, I've alway preferred Arthur Rackham, JohnTenniel, and R... more »

Movie: The Tale of Princess Kaguya: かぐや姫の物語
I was lucky to see this in the original Japanese-language version at the +Alamo Drafthouse.  From the info I could glean on the Internet about the limited release in other American cities, I was afraid it was going to be the dubbed version. So a big thanks to the +Alamo Drafthouse for showing it in the original language!

Taken as a whole (story, visual, and graphics) I think Princess Kaguya is the most Japanese Japanese movie I've ever seen. The closest Western-style experience I could imagine would be a movie based on Grimm Fairy Tales drawn in Arthur Rackham's style. Disney felt it necessary to modernize and sanitize those stories for mid-twentieth century tastes and now, in the face of Pixar and Dreamworks, even the old Disney stuff seems quaint. But since childhood, I've alway preferred Arthur Rackham, John Tenniel, and Randolph Caldecott to Disney.

So it's no surprise to me that I was completely charmed by Takahata's Princess Kaguya  He also directed one of my other favorite Studio Ghibli films, Only Yesterday (おもひでぽろぽろ), in which he switched between animation styles to great effect to show childhood memories flooding back during a young woman's vacation in the country.

Princess Kaguya is so unashamedly nostalgic and Japanese that I wonder if it found an audience even in Japan. When I lived there, my colleagues and students were anxious to distance themselves from this kind of old folksy stuff, to show how modern and global they were.

Anyway, I loved this movie but I can't think of anyone I'd take to see it, anyone who would enjoy it the way I do rather than become bored and impatient or unable to get past the foreignness of the story. It's a really long, slow movie. I didn't notice the time passing myself because I just sat there minute after minute feeling visually stunned.
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#studioghibli  ___

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2014-11-02 12:26:40 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Language: Purpose, Goals, Destination
目的地 [mokutekichi] destination: combines 目的 (purpose, aim, objective, goal) and 地 (ground) as in map「地図」 or underground/subway「地下鉄」.

We are advised to have goals, to move forward with purpose, toward a preconceived destination. When I think of goals, especially design goals, I've gotten in the habit of thinking of what I want ultimately and then preparing myself to make a lot of trade-offs. Before I even begin, I'm readying myself for disappointment. That's the reality of design, isn't it? Prioritizing elements of functionality against the realities of executing the design. Balancing desire against constraints, be they time, money, or ability. Constraints create the box we designers are always told to think outside of when imagining solutions. However, when it comes to implementing our solutions, thebox closes in on us. At some po... more »

Language: Purpose, Goals, Destination
目的地 [mokutekichi] destination: combines 目的 (purpose, aim, objective, goal) and 地 (ground) as in map「地図」 or underground/subway「地下鉄」.

We are advised to have goals, to move forward with purpose, toward a preconceived destination. When I think of goals, especially design goals, I've gotten in the habit of thinking of what I want ultimately and then preparing myself to make a lot of trade-offs. Before I even begin, I'm readying myself for disappointment. That's the reality of design, isn't it? Prioritizing elements of functionality against the realities of executing the design. Balancing desire against constraints, be they time, money, or ability. Constraints create the box we designers are always told to think outside of when imagining solutions. However, when it comes to implementing our solutions, the box closes in on us. At some point we have to get real, right?

I realized that I've had another kind of implementation experience. One where reality doesn't fall short of imagination but rather pushes beyond it. This usually happens in the best and most creative collaborations, working with someone whose ideas feed off yours and propel you both beyond what either person initially and separately conceived as possible.

How can we make that happen more often?

Maybe, too, the focus on destination creates its own restrictions. Maybe we should just follow the road and see where it takes us. After all, if we reach our destination, what will we do then? Is that the end of the road?
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#japanese #Chicago #uxdesign  ___

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2014-10-31 01:53:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Language: The Pleasure of New Words
Every day I spend an hour or so learning new words. For me the practice is a type of meditation: an investigation into meaning, signs and significance; comparing and contrasting concepts via two different sets of words. I learn a lot about my native tongue (English) as I dip my mind into other modes of expression (Japanese).

Sometimes, I wonder if I'm not just wasting time. I have always rationalized my hobby as no more time-wasting than playing games or watching TV. Now science confirms I'm having as much fun as sex and drugs without the hangover or pregnancy! Woot!

Today's word: 意 Sense, feeling, meaning. Literally, the sound of one's heart. Listen to it and you will understand your...

   意向 inclination (what direction you sense you're leaning)
   意図 intention (whatever you've"mapped" ... more »

Language: The Pleasure of New Words
Every day I spend an hour or so learning new words. For me the practice is a type of meditation: an investigation into meaning, signs and significance; comparing and contrasting concepts via two different sets of words. I learn a lot about my native tongue (English) as I dip my mind into other modes of expression (Japanese).

Sometimes, I wonder if I'm not just wasting time. I have always rationalized my hobby as no more time-wasting than playing games or watching TV. Now science confirms I'm having as much fun as sex and drugs without the hangover or pregnancy! Woot!

Today's word: 意 Sense, feeling, meaning. Literally, the sound of one's heart. Listen to it and you will understand your...

   意向 inclination (what direction you sense you're leaning)
   意図 intention (whatever you've "mapped" out, by design)
   意味 meaning, significance (you can almost taste it)
   意地 disposition (your base, the foundation of your character, what "grounds" you)
   意志 volition, will (including free will, weak-willed, strong-willed)
   意見 opinion (viewpoint)

Damn! I need a cigarette.
 
via +Mari Thomas via +Cindy Brown ___

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2014-10-24 02:22:07 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

ATX: The Clash Rocked the Casbah in South Austin
I never knew the video was filmed in my hood...!  back in 1981. That particular section of South Congress just north of Oltorf hasn't changed a lot in 33 years. Bonus shot: fighter jets still landing at Bergstrom. (I bet you thought I was going to say the armadillo.)

In depth: http://debris.adamnorwood.com/post/83836580754/on-the-clash-rock-the-casbah-austin-and-winchells-donuts

#atx   #theclash #78704

ATX: The Clash Rocked the Casbah in South Austin
I never knew the video was filmed in my hood...!  back in 1981. That particular section of South Congress just north of Oltorf hasn't changed a lot in 33 years. Bonus shot: fighter jets still landing at Bergstrom. (I bet you thought I was going to say the armadillo.)

In depth: http://debris.adamnorwood.com/post/83836580754/on-the-clash-rock-the-casbah-austin-and-winchells-donuts

#atx   #theclash #78704___

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2014-10-15 18:38:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Chicago: Shifting Perspective
Change in the weather. Change in light. Change in tone. 

Chicago: Shifting Perspective
Change in the weather. Change in light. Change in tone. ___

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2014-10-13 22:26:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Chicago: The L 

Chicago: The L ___

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2014-10-13 18:24:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Chicago: Downtown Prairie 

Chicago: Downtown Prairie ___

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2014-10-12 13:44:36 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Chicago Corn Cobs

Chicago Corn Cobs___

2014-10-09 22:36:21 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Poll: A|B Testing
A or B?
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Hat tip to +Dieter Mueller who is the person who seems to be having the most fun with polls.

Poll: A|B Testing
A or B?
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Hat tip to +Dieter Mueller who is the person who seems to be having the most fun with polls.___

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2014-10-09 11:36:05 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Technology: Rewriting History
Pictures, or it didn't happen. However, technology is now creating pictures of events that never happened, stitching together moments in time to manufacture a moment that never existed.

Photographs do alter our memories by reminding us of moments we might otherwise forget. Memories themselves are composed; they represent our subjective experience of an event. That's not sinister. That's human. We narrow our focus to what interests us and interpret it with the biases of our personal experience. And when we take a photograph to capture that moment, we refine and edit our memory even more as we try to distill the essence of the moment so that we can understand it or communicate it to others. What distinguishes this place, this time, these actions from all the other moments in our life? Art versus artlessness.

A photograph, like our... more »

Technology: Rewriting History
Pictures, or it didn't happen. However, technology is now creating pictures of events that never happened, stitching together moments in time to manufacture a moment that never existed.

Photographs do alter our memories by reminding us of moments we might otherwise forget. Memories themselves are composed; they represent our subjective experience of an event. That's not sinister. That's human. We narrow our focus to what interests us and interpret it with the biases of our personal experience. And when we take a photograph to capture that moment, we refine and edit our memory even more as we try to distill the essence of the moment so that we can understand it or communicate it to others. What distinguishes this place, this time, these actions from all the other moments in our life? Art versus artlessness.

A photograph, like our stories, is a composition of what we found meaningful in that moment in time. We manipulate memory by what we choose to keep and what we discard. We attempt to smudge people from memory by throwing away our photographs of them or cutting them out of the picture.

We control public perception and memory by manipulating imagery as well. Joseph Stalin was not content to do away with people; he was impelled to erase them from history, too, by retouching photographs to delete them. (See The Commisar Vanishes http://amzn.com/0805052941).

This type of manipulation works on both the private and public memory because we've come to rely on photographs to remember for us. However, forgetting a moment that did exist is not the same as creating a moment that never did.

via +Alexander Becker

#memory #forgetting #photography  ___

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2014-10-05 16:54:57 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

彼岸花: Lycoris radiata 
Higanbana (equinox flower) is an autumn-blooming bulb native to Asia and popular in Japan. They don't always bloom in my Texas garden but we had a heavy rain a couple of weeks ago and now about a dozen are blooming. Seeing them always makes me want to watch the Ozu movie of the same name.

彼岸花: Lycoris radiata 
Higanbana (equinox flower) is an autumn-blooming bulb native to Asia and popular in Japan. They don't always bloom in my Texas garden but we had a heavy rain a couple of weeks ago and now about a dozen are blooming. Seeing them always makes me want to watch the Ozu movie of the same name.___

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2014-10-05 14:49:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Lifehacks: Examining Surprise
Surprise comes in two flavors: disaster and delight. Typically, I'm not the kind of person who enjoys a surprise. Although I'm highly adaptable, I'm not always quick to adapt because I spend quite a bit of time in forethought and planning. I'm more confident in my abilities and performance when I have time to prepare. So I don't like things that undo my preparation. I don't like to be unsettled.

However, in situations that do not require me to do anything, I can be delighted by surprise. I'm a very curious person and driven to poking my nose past the veil in search of the normally unseen. In this context surprise means discovery and delight, a revelation of the unimagined: discovering a self-sown flower blooming out-of-place or out-of-season; talking to someone whose observations are fresh and unpredictable, conversations or... more »

Lifehacks: Examining Surprise
Surprise comes in two flavors: disaster and delight. Typically, I'm not the kind of person who enjoys a surprise. Although I'm highly adaptable, I'm not always quick to adapt because I spend quite a bit of time in forethought and planning. I'm more confident in my abilities and performance when I have time to prepare. So I don't like things that undo my preparation. I don't like to be unsettled.

However, in situations that do not require me to do anything, I can be delighted by surprise. I'm a very curious person and driven to poking my nose past the veil in search of the normally unseen. In this context surprise means discovery and delight, a revelation of the unimagined: discovering a self-sown flower blooming out-of-place or out-of-season; talking to someone whose observations are fresh and unpredictable, conversations or lectures or books or movies in which I must carefully attend, that mentally take me places I would not otherwise go.

This article has a slightly different take on surprise. It does not ask us to judge surprises on whether the event ended up being good or bad for us, but rather to step back a moment earlier and examine the act of being surprised itself. What does surprise tell us about our assumptions? Surprise should help us flag misguided expectations. Did we expect too little or too much and, most importantly, why? How will we change our assumptions to weave this new tidbit of experience into our base of knowledge of the world? Or will we fail to integrate it and close ourselves off to learning and growing?

We ignore surprise at our own risk.

via +Cara Evangelista ___

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2014-10-03 14:56:12 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Political Economy: Middle Class, When's the Revolution?
Nothing is inevitable. This is the world of our making.

From the article. Any emphasis mine:  "You [BC Partners] took a viable company, ran up ridiculous levels of debt, paid yourselves millions and then walked away, leaving unemployment and unpaid tax bills in your wake. What’s to understand? We should be calling for your heads on a plate."
....
"Instead of shrugging and saying, “This is the world we live in” you [the middle class readers of The Telegraph] should be on the streets, you should be calling for this sort of thing to be a jailable offence, and you should want to see these guys up in front of parliament (or, better yet, in stocks) explaining why they made around £3,500 for every person they put out of a job."
...
"[The Phones4U story is] just another example ofpeop... more »

Political Economy: Middle Class, When's the Revolution?
Nothing is inevitable. This is the world of our making.

From the article. Any emphasis mine:  "You [BC Partners] took a viable company, ran up ridiculous levels of debt, paid yourselves millions and then walked away, leaving unemployment and unpaid tax bills in your wake. What’s to understand? We should be calling for your heads on a plate."
....
"Instead of shrugging and saying, “This is the world we live in” you [the middle class readers of The Telegraph] should be on the streets, you should be calling for this sort of thing to be a jailable offence, and you should want to see these guys up in front of parliament (or, better yet, in stocks) explaining why they made around £3,500 for every person they put out of a job."
...
"[The Phones4U story is] just another example of people who build and make nothing gutting businesses, privatising the profits and socialising the losses.  Slowly, it makes us all poorer. So, yes, this is a lifestyle issue inasmuch as it’s about ensuring that you and your children will be able to worry about things like Farrow & Ball Paint colours, rather than getting another credit card to pay the rent."
...
"OK, you might say, but this has always been going on. But it hasn’t."
...
"So, why aren’t the middle classes revolting? I think there are a number of reasons. The first is simply that it’s not that bad, yet. It takes a long time to undo all the good that was done between the end of World War II and the mid 70s. Living standards are still high and genuine poverty still feels a long way off. Plus we have plenty of entertaining distractions, although people in their 30s are starting to notice that you can’t spend all those Facebook likes on a decent house.

"It was Troksky who originally said that all revolutions were impossible until they became inevitable and I think is the position we’re in right now. Everyone keeps telling us that scandals like Phones4U are just the way things are and that, sorry, you can’t have a pay rise this year. You’re used to it. But if we continue like this, there will come a point when the middle classes really do snap."___

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2014-10-02 21:54:42 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Language: Intonation
Digging through old files, I came across this gem. The trick is to read it out loud.  From a related link: 'Ladle Rat Rotten Hut is a version of the story "Little Red Riding Hood" written in 1940 by H.L Chace, a French professor, to show his students how integral intonation is to the meaning of language. You can read a printed version of the story or listen to a recording and see how much easier it is to understand the spoken version.'

Language: Intonation
Digging through old files, I came across this gem. The trick is to read it out loud.  From a related link: 'Ladle Rat Rotten Hut is a version of the story "Little Red Riding Hood" written in 1940 by H.L Chace, a French professor, to show his students how integral intonation is to the meaning of language. You can read a printed version of the story or listen to a recording and see how much easier it is to understand the spoken version.'___

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2014-10-02 20:08:21 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Humor: Animator vs Animation IV
A bit long but wonderfully diverting.

Humor: Animator vs Animation IV
A bit long but wonderfully diverting.___

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2014-09-29 18:19:38 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Language: Google Translate
The advent of Google Translate encourages me to work at my Japanese because it piques my interest in the original text. I laugh and wonder what could possibly be going on in the original Japanese to produce results like these?

農業とは無縁だった高野さんには不可能に近い難題であったが、「むずかしい仕事に直面すると、胸がジーンと熱くなるのです」。
It was a challenge nearly impossible to Takano-san was unrelated to agriculture, "When you face a difficult job, chest I become hot and Jean."

高齢化阻止には空地・農家を若い都市住民に貸す。
I lend to young urban residents the open space-farmers to prevent aging.

Bonus: I learned a new English word today: plangently.
高野さんは切々と手紙を書いた。
Takano-san wrote a letterplangently.... more »

Language: Google Translate
The advent of Google Translate encourages me to work at my Japanese because it piques my interest in the original text. I laugh and wonder what could possibly be going on in the original Japanese to produce results like these?

農業とは無縁だった高野さんには不可能に近い難題であったが、「むずかしい仕事に直面すると、胸がジーンと熱くなるのです」。
It was a challenge nearly impossible to Takano-san was unrelated to agriculture, "When you face a difficult job, chest I become hot and Jean."

高齢化阻止には空地・農家を若い都市住民に貸す。
I lend to young urban residents the open space-farmers to prevent aging.

Bonus: I learned a new English word today: plangently.
高野さんは切々と手紙を書いた。
Takano-san wrote a letter plangently.___

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2014-09-28 12:54:45 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-28 12:39:59 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
The first ten minutes I thought I'd walked into the wrong movie. I couldn't decide if the level of cheesy parody was targeted for 8-year-olds or the pot-smoking SNL crowd and I never liked Indiana Jones. Moreover I hate the CGI teal and orange look which attempt to blur the line between movies and video games. I associate comic books with bold colors, especially reds, yellows, and a generous balance of white.

Then we get to the first fight scene. In broad daylight under a bright blue sky. It's fast, fun, and funny. My interest piques. By the end of the movie, I decided Guardians of the Galaxy had pulled of a pretty neat trick, successfully staying on the right side of the line between cheesy fun and an embarrassing mess.

It's such a relief to watch a superhero movie which doesn't take itself too seriously. And every time... more »

Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
The first ten minutes I thought I'd walked into the wrong movie. I couldn't decide if the level of cheesy parody was targeted for 8-year-olds or the pot-smoking SNL crowd and I never liked Indiana Jones. Moreover I hate the CGI teal and orange look which attempt to blur the line between movies and video games. I associate comic books with bold colors, especially reds, yellows, and a generous balance of white.

Then we get to the first fight scene. In broad daylight under a bright blue sky. It's fast, fun, and funny. My interest piques. By the end of the movie, I decided Guardians of the Galaxy had pulled of a pretty neat trick, successfully staying on the right side of the line between cheesy fun and an embarrassing mess.

It's such a relief to watch a superhero movie which doesn't take itself too seriously. And every time someone sinks into a reflective, moment of embarrasng emotion, the comedy kicks in. Less pompous, more fun. It's also refreshing to see women characters who are actors not objects. Maybe not that surprising in a movie where almost everyone exercises free will, even the talking raccoon and a tree. (Would you describe the way the tree, Groot, walks as "lumbering"?)

Bottom line: Great fun for 8-year-olds of all ages and genders.___

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2014-09-28 00:49:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Books: Banned Book Week
Just make a simple change! Don't censor. Discuss.

#bannedbooksweek  

Books: Banned Book Week
Just make a simple change! Don't censor. Discuss.

#bannedbooksweek  ___

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2014-09-18 06:51:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Rain, Baby. Rain!
#ATX  

Rain, Baby. Rain!
#ATX  ___

2014-09-17 13:47:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Movie: Boyhood 
Life between the milestones. In one of the closing scenes of Richard Linklater's Boyhood the boy's mother (Patricia Arquette)  breaks down into a tearful soliloquy as she says goodbye to her son, who is departing for college, departing his boyhood. She ticks off various parenting milestones and waves her hand to indicate the emptiness of her nest, the emptiness of the rest of her life now that her children are raised and out the door. Next stop, funeral.

But Linklater's film hasn't focused on the milestones. The story—if it can be called a story given that it has no real narrative beginning, middle, or end—meanders through time, peeking in once a year over the span of twelve years in real time at these characters' lives. The gimmick (filmed over twelve years with the same cast) never seems gimmicky because one scene flows seamlessly into theother... more »

Movie: Boyhood 
Life between the milestones. In one of the closing scenes of Richard Linklater's Boyhood the boy's mother (Patricia Arquette)  breaks down into a tearful soliloquy as she says goodbye to her son, who is departing for college, departing his boyhood. She ticks off various parenting milestones and waves her hand to indicate the emptiness of her nest, the emptiness of the rest of her life now that her children are raised and out the door. Next stop, funeral.

But Linklater's film hasn't focused on the milestones. The story—if it can be called a story given that it has no real narrative beginning, middle, or end—meanders through time, peeking in once a year over the span of twelve years in real time at these characters' lives. The gimmick (filmed over twelve years with the same cast) never seems gimmicky because one scene flows seamlessly into the other and everyone simply ages naturally before our eyes.

Boyhood is not a transformative coming-of-age story where a single incident plucks one from childhood and forces the protagonist to face adulthood. Instead it shows the stumbling progress of real life, where we keep putting one foot in front of another and end up in a different place without much sense of moving forward or accomplishment. No magical demarcation between boyhood and adulthood where you suddenly know what life is all about exists. The adults are still trying to discover meaning.

As the boy says. We do not seize the moment. The moment seizes us. Life is always "right now."

For my part, I found Boyhood to be Linklater's best love letter to Austin and Texas. More than any of his movies with this same setting, it evokes the world I inhabit. I walked home from the theater and felt aware of and appreciative of this specific time and place. Everything seemed more real.

#boyhood #richardlinklater #atx  ___

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2014-09-14 15:05:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Death and Dying
Helping people face mortality. Mortician Caitlin Doughty tries an offbeat approach to getting people to talk about something they'd rather not acknowledge: one hundred percent of us are going to die.

Death and Dying
Helping people face mortality. Mortician Caitlin Doughty tries an offbeat approach to getting people to talk about something they'd rather not acknowledge: one hundred percent of us are going to die.___

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2014-09-10 22:30:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Language: In Defense of Obscure Words
On writing in a risk-adverse world, cushioning our sentences with semantic padding. A retreat from the difficult.

This article is a couple of years old but the ideas don't have an expiration date and some of us have spent a lot of time discussing them both on Google+ and elsewhere. So I've reposted the link for +Peter Strempel who has been known to make this same complaint on his Google+ threads, "Both general readers and specialist critics often complain about my own use of English - not only in my books, but also in my newspaper articles and even in radio talks such as these. "I have to look them up in a dictionary", they complain - as if this were some kind of torture."

However, I don't agree with this, "...after all, one of the great things about writing, as opposed to other media, is that it... more »

Language: In Defense of Obscure Words
On writing in a risk-adverse world, cushioning our sentences with semantic padding. A retreat from the difficult.

This article is a couple of years old but the ideas don't have an expiration date and some of us have spent a lot of time discussing them both on Google+ and elsewhere. So I've reposted the link for +Peter Strempel who has been known to make this same complaint on his Google+ threads, "Both general readers and specialist critics often complain about my own use of English - not only in my books, but also in my newspaper articles and even in radio talks such as these. "I have to look them up in a dictionary", they complain - as if this were some kind of torture."

However, I don't agree with this, "...after all, one of the great things about writing, as opposed to other media, is that it makes no claims on people unless they engage with it: words, no matter how torturous, don't leap out of books and articles and assault you. You have to go looking for them."

I've known people whose writing slaps me against the wall and leaves me gasping.

I also find interesting this idea that when writing called difficult that formerly it meant the subject-matter was taboo and now that the subject matter is commonplace, it is the complexity of words themselves that is taboo.

"...although the subject matter of my stories and novels - which includes such phenomena as sexual deviance, drug addiction and mental illness - has become quite unexceptionable, the supposedly difficult language they are couched in seems to have become more and more offensive to readers.

"'Difficult' is the key word here. In the past, before the withering away of censorship, it was the depiction of sexuality and the bodily in general - together with anything smacking of anti-authoritarianism - that was perceived as difficult."

We should not always seek our ease.

"But the most disturbing result of this retreat from the difficult is to be found in arts and humanities education, where the traditional set texts are now chopped up into boneless nuggets of McKnowledge, and students are encouraged to do their research - such as it is - on the web."

"In place of the difficulty involved in seeking out the literary canon, younger people are coming to rely on search engines to do their thinking for them. The end result of this will be a standardisation of understanding itself, as people become unable to think outside of the box-shaped screen."___

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2014-09-10 00:34:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Unsatisfied Women in Western Art History
"why do i only have a stone lion for my LEFT HAND
what am i supposed to do with my right hand
besides BE DISAPPOINTED"

Unsatisfied Women in Western Art History
"why do i only have a stone lion for my LEFT HAND
what am i supposed to do with my right hand
besides BE DISAPPOINTED"___

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2014-09-06 17:38:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

UX: Hanx
Simulated typewriter app. I'd loved to have tried this just to hear the sound of the carriage return. Seemed worth ten minutes of novelty for the price of the app (free). Unfortunately, my iPad is too old.

Related
Memories of using a real typewriter.
http://peterstrempel.com/2013/03/19/my-adler-decade/

UX: Hanx
Simulated typewriter app. I'd loved to have tried this just to hear the sound of the carriage return. Seemed worth ten minutes of novelty for the price of the app (free). Unfortunately, my iPad is too old.

Related
Memories of using a real typewriter.
http://peterstrempel.com/2013/03/19/my-adler-decade/___

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2014-09-01 15:31:20 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Allium tuberosum: Chinese chives
Hint of fall in Austin, Texas. These allium know. Just a hint, mind you. Today's forecasted high temperature is 100°F. Austin's highest temperatures were recorded in September. Not quite time yet to break out the sweaters.

#atx

Allium tuberosum: Chinese chives
Hint of fall in Austin, Texas. These allium know. Just a hint, mind you. Today's forecasted high temperature is 100°F. Austin's highest temperatures were recorded in September. Not quite time yet to break out the sweaters.

#atx___

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2014-08-29 22:22:34 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Community: Complicit Silence
Don't let a few loud-mouthed jerks set the tone for the community.  Or as +Joel Webber said,  "More importantly, if you're one of those sitting on the sidelines and saying nothing -- in forums, social media, or in person -- get off your ass and say something so that these little shits know that they're not earning anyone's approval."

#peerpressure  

The article title says it well.

I'm unfortunately very unlikely to reach any of the responsible cretins from my little soapbox here, but just in case I do -- quit it. Seriously, you're eventually going to grow up and realize what an incredibly stupid position you're taking, and how unconscionable your actions are.

More importantly, if you're one of those sitting on the sidelines and saying nothing -- in forums, social media, or in person -- get off your ass and say something so that these little shits know that they're not earning anyone's approval.

I sincerely hope that everyone responsible for making these threats is arrested and punished harshly. There's absolutely no justification for this behavior, and any person capable of reading, writing, and interacting with other humans on the internet should already know this.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/27/6075179/anita-sarkeesian-says-she-was-driven-out-of-house-by-threats___Community: Complicit Silence
Don't let a few loud-mouthed jerks set the tone for the community.  Or as +Joel Webber said,  "More importantly, if you're one of those sitting on the sidelines and saying nothing -- in forums, social media, or in person -- get off your ass and say something so that these little shits know that they're not earning anyone's approval."

#peerpressure  

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2014-08-29 02:07:53 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Books: Plot Twist
Context matters. Same story. Different setting. Read ALL the way to the end.

Books: Plot Twist
Context matters. Same story. Different setting. Read ALL the way to the end.___

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2014-08-25 22:04:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Postcard: Great Sand Dunes National Park
Visited: August 2012
Info: http://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm
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Celebrate the National Park Service’s 98th Birthday!

FREE ADMISSION AND SPECIAL EVENTS AT NATIONAL PARKS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
Washington, D.C. (August 25, 2014) – Today the National Park Service celebrates its 98th birthday and, along with the National Park Foundation, begins the countdown to its 100th anniversary in 2016 with an entrance fee-free day at all national parks, a host of exciting events across the country, and the launch of a new Centennial logo. 
“Today, we reflect on almost a century of preserving some of the most spectacular and meaningful places for the benefit of all Americans,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the countdown begins to theNational Pa... more »

Postcard: Great Sand Dunes National Park
Visited: August 2012
Info: http://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm
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Celebrate the National Park Service’s 98th Birthday!

FREE ADMISSION AND SPECIAL EVENTS AT NATIONAL PARKS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
Washington, D.C. (August 25, 2014) – Today the National Park Service celebrates its 98th birthday and, along with the National Park Foundation, begins the countdown to its 100th anniversary in 2016 with an entrance fee-free day at all national parks, a host of exciting events across the country, and the launch of a new Centennial logo. 
“Today, we reflect on almost a century of preserving some of the most spectacular and meaningful places for the benefit of all Americans,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the countdown begins to the National Park Service’s Centennial in 2016, we want to introduce a new generation of park visitors and advocates to their national parks. These national treasures collectively tell the story of our country – who we are and what we value as a society.”

#nationalparkservice  ___

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2014-08-24 22:13:44 (0 comments, 11 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Film: British Pathe Archive
...on YouTube.

If you love historical films! https://www.youtube.com/user/britishpathe___Film: British Pathe Archive
...on YouTube.

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2014-08-24 22:12:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Film: You & Me on a Sunny Day
"While staring at the memorabilia, Jack’s sporting life comes rushing back to me. Running was part of his training regimen, and running eventually won out."

McCorkle spent every Sunday for five years—from 2007–2012—photographing the silent film. Below is a selection of stills and captions from his non-motion picture, You & Me on a Sunny Day.

Film: You & Me on a Sunny Day
"While staring at the memorabilia, Jack’s sporting life comes rushing back to me. Running was part of his training regimen, and running eventually won out."

McCorkle spent every Sunday for five years—from 2007–2012—photographing the silent film. Below is a selection of stills and captions from his non-motion picture, You & Me on a Sunny Day.___

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2014-08-24 18:30:23 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Music: Kate Bush Documentary on BBC
Reviewed in the Guardian. Currently available on YouTube: Kate Bush- Running Up That Hill (BBC Documentary)

Music: Kate Bush Documentary on BBC
Reviewed in the Guardian. Currently available on YouTube: Kate Bush- Running Up That Hill (BBC Documentary)___

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