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M Sinclair Stevens

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Context Sensitive. Solution Oriented.

Occupation: UX User Advocate (Making a Simpler, More Beautiful G+)

Location: Austin

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Sarah Hill2,869,602Calling 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 12:00:00246  

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2016-05-24 05:32:55 (20 comments; 11 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

Politics: Failed Nations
Adam Gopnik, "If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump. Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal. Ask Argentinians or Chileans or Venezuelans or Russians or Italians—or Germans. The national psyche never gets over learning that its institutions are that fragile and their ability to resist a dictator that weak. "

Most reshares: 18

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2016-04-29 14:16:32 (17 comments; 18 reshares; 325 +1s)Open 

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.

Most plusones: 325

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2016-04-29 14:16:32 (17 comments; 18 reshares; 325 +1s)Open 

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.

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2016-05-26 02:33:02 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 72 +1s)Open 

Travel: Leaving Las Vegas
View from Lee Canyon/Mt. Charleston...just about a twenty minute drive northwest of Las Vegas. Desert. Gloriously deserted. I always forget how quickly you can get away from the smog, the lights, the noise, the tourists.

Travel: Leaving Las Vegas
View from Lee Canyon/Mt. Charleston...just about a twenty minute drive northwest of Las Vegas. Desert. Gloriously deserted. I always forget how quickly you can get away from the smog, the lights, the noise, the tourists.___

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2016-05-24 05:32:55 (20 comments; 11 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

Politics: Failed Nations
Adam Gopnik, "If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump. Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal. Ask Argentinians or Chileans or Venezuelans or Russians or Italians—or Germans. The national psyche never gets over learning that its institutions are that fragile and their ability to resist a dictator that weak. "

Politics: Failed Nations
Adam Gopnik, "If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump. Countries don’t really recover from being taken over by unstable authoritarian nationalists of any political bent, left or right—not by Peróns or Castros or Putins or Francos or Lenins or fill in the blanks. The nation may survive, but the wound to hope and order will never fully heal. Ask Argentinians or Chileans or Venezuelans or Russians or Italians—or Germans. The national psyche never gets over learning that its institutions are that fragile and their ability to resist a dictator that weak. "___

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2016-05-14 12:13:48 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 108 +1s)Open 

Travel: Lake Tahoe
2006-05-14. Ten years ago today I was floating over Lake Tahoe in a hot air balloon, part of a trip with colleagues for a job well done. We were allowed to choose a special activity and I jumped at the chance to go up in a hot air balloon. At the time, I didn't know that spousal unit, who acquiesced to my enthusiasm, is afraid of heights.

Unlike the roar and rattle of airplanes, the sensation of leaving Earth in a hot air balloon is so gentle that one isn't aware of motion or ascent— until you look down. Looking down is more frightening at the beginning when you can still gauge how far you have to fall. The higher up you float, the less real the earth below seems, as if one escapes the psychological pull of Earth, the very gravity of it.

Travel: Lake Tahoe
2006-05-14. Ten years ago today I was floating over Lake Tahoe in a hot air balloon, part of a trip with colleagues for a job well done. We were allowed to choose a special activity and I jumped at the chance to go up in a hot air balloon. At the time, I didn't know that spousal unit, who acquiesced to my enthusiasm, is afraid of heights.

Unlike the roar and rattle of airplanes, the sensation of leaving Earth in a hot air balloon is so gentle that one isn't aware of motion or ascent— until you look down. Looking down is more frightening at the beginning when you can still gauge how far you have to fall. The higher up you float, the less real the earth below seems, as if one escapes the psychological pull of Earth, the very gravity of it.___

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2016-05-14 01:01:31 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Situated just south of Las Vegas in the middle of the desert stands seven stacks of brightly colored boulders— forms which appear to be in a line or cluster depending on how you view their arrangement. From one side the structures line up neatly in a row, while from the other they seem to be positioned in one giant mass. The cairn-like towers are Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone‘s “Seven Magic Mountains” and stand between 30 and 35 feet tall. Each contains between three and six human-sized masses which are all locally-sourced limestone painted an assortment of dayglow hues.

Situated just south of Las Vegas in the middle of the desert stands seven stacks of brightly colored boulders— forms which appear to be in a line or cluster depending on how you view their arrangement. From one side the structures line up neatly in a row, while from the other they seem to be positioned in one giant mass. The cairn-like towers are Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone‘s “Seven Magic Mountains” and stand between 30 and 35 feet tall. Each contains between three and six human-sized masses which are all locally-sourced limestone painted an assortment of dayglow hues.___

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2016-05-12 12:46:10 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Women Work: WWII Pilots
1. In 1942, General Henry “Hap” Arnold created the WASP unit with the intention of granting them full military status, though Congress never approved the plan. The program ran from 1942 to 1944.

As such, the WASPs were considered civilian volunteers and the military was not required to pay for their funerals or pay for their remains to be sent home. 38 female pilots died in service.

2. In 1977, Congress passed legislation retroactively granting active duty status to WASP pilots for the purposes of all laws administered by the VA.

3. Arlington National Cemetery approved in 2002 active duty designees, including WASP pilots, for military honors and inurnments.

4. However, in March 2015, then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh reversed this decision... citing limited space.

5. May 11, 2016: Congresshas... more »

Women Work: WWII Pilots
1. In 1942, General Henry “Hap” Arnold created the WASP unit with the intention of granting them full military status, though Congress never approved the plan. The program ran from 1942 to 1944.

As such, the WASPs were considered civilian volunteers and the military was not required to pay for their funerals or pay for their remains to be sent home. 38 female pilots died in service.

2. In 1977, Congress passed legislation retroactively granting active duty status to WASP pilots for the purposes of all laws administered by the VA.

3. Arlington National Cemetery approved in 2002 active duty designees, including WASP pilots, for military honors and inurnments.

4. However, in March 2015, then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh reversed this decision... citing limited space.

5. May 11, 2016: Congress has passed legislation to allow the cremated remains of women who served as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, to be buried in the revered Arlington National Cemetery, a space reserved for people who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

The legislation will now go to President Obama for his signature.


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Additional Source
https://mcsally.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/us-rep-mcsally-bill-reinstate-wasps-arlington-passes-committee___

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2016-05-08 20:12:59 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Travel: Butchart Gardens
2014-05-06. We spent all day among the tulips. I have never seen so many tulips in bloom, so many different varieties, an explosion of colors. My senses were overloaded. I found a quiet bench near a shaded pond. Tints of calming green. One should paint this scene, no?
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http://www.butchartgardens.com

Travel: Butchart Gardens
2014-05-06. We spent all day among the tulips. I have never seen so many tulips in bloom, so many different varieties, an explosion of colors. My senses were overloaded. I found a quiet bench near a shaded pond. Tints of calming green. One should paint this scene, no?
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http://www.butchartgardens.com___

2016-05-08 13:25:28 (16 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Politics: Austin Citizens Slap Uber and Lyft
I wake up completely surprised by this turn of events. We Austin voters have defeated Proposition 1 which let Uber and Lyft write their own rules about regulating themselves.

The companies poured millions of dollars into influencing the electorate and, perhaps, in the end the very hard sell was what began to make people suspicious: they are the Walmart of this generation.
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From the Statesman...(link didn't work)
"It was spending on a scale that had never been seen in Austin politics, as Uber and Lyft singlehandedly funded the pro-Prop 1 campaign group, Ridesharing Works for Austin, to the tune of $8.6 million, campaign finance reports showed. That’s more than seven times the previous record of $1.2 million, which was set by Adler in his 2014 mayoral campaign."

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Politics: Austin Citizens Slap Uber and Lyft
I wake up completely surprised by this turn of events. We Austin voters have defeated Proposition 1 which let Uber and Lyft write their own rules about regulating themselves.

The companies poured millions of dollars into influencing the electorate and, perhaps, in the end the very hard sell was what began to make people suspicious: they are the Walmart of this generation.
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From the Statesman...(link didn't work)
"It was spending on a scale that had never been seen in Austin politics, as Uber and Lyft singlehandedly funded the pro-Prop 1 campaign group, Ridesharing Works for Austin, to the tune of $8.6 million, campaign finance reports showed. That’s more than seven times the previous record of $1.2 million, which was set by Adler in his 2014 mayoral campaign."

“You can elect governors in other states for that much money,” Butts said. “We set an example for the rest of the nation: Stand up to these guys.”

"Butt’s anti-Prop 1 campaign, which raised less than $200,000, was outspent nearly 50 to 1."

"On average, Uber and Lyft spent $223.15 for each of the 38,539 votes they received."
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After the city passed regulation for Uber and Lyft last fall, the companies campaigned hard to get enough signatures to force the proposition on a ballot. For weeks, one couldn't walk around Austin without being accosted by homeless men, not asking for change, but pushing the petition in one's face.

After the Proposition got on the ballot, the onslaught increased. Daily I'd get glossy flyers in the mail telling me that the City's regulations were no better or no more stringent (that is no more able to protect consumers) than the companies' own.

If that were so, why were they spending millions to overturn those regulations? Hmmm

Then the attack changed to a warning cry of "government takeover". But perhaps the other citizens of Austin, like myself, are more suspicious of corporate malfeasance than government oversight...we being the government, the government of the people.

Finally, we got the big crybaby act. If you don't let us write our own rules, then we're going to leave Austin. We'll show you. We're going to make an example of you.

Well, goodbye then. And no tears shed. I'm sure in this land of startups and venture capitalists that there are many ready to take your place in the hole you'll leave in the market.

It must be a pretty good market if you'd spend millions of dollars on this election.

Unfortunately for Austin, the companies are already off to the capitol. Once again, as so frequently happens in Texas, local governance will be wrested away by the state___

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2016-05-06 19:38:04 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Learning: Pause and Process
I experienced this technique first hand when teaching children with learning disabilities. For example, if practicing to hit a ball with a bat, they were more successful if I gave them a moment to gather themselves after each attempt: process what just happened on the last play, reposition their bodies, take a breath, refocus, pay attention. Ready? Next throw. All this was more work for both of us and seemingly slower work even though we made better progress. They were learning not only how to hit the ball but how to get themselves ready to hit the ball...to be more aware of the position of their bodies in space (are your hands holding the bat correctly, are your feet positioned correctly, is your body facing forward, is your head up, are your eyes on the pitcher) and in relationship to the plate and the pitcher.

For More Perfect Practice, Try…Longer…Pauses___Learning: Pause and Process
I experienced this technique first hand when teaching children with learning disabilities. For example, if practicing to hit a ball with a bat, they were more successful if I gave them a moment to gather themselves after each attempt: process what just happened on the last play, reposition their bodies, take a breath, refocus, pay attention. Ready? Next throw. All this was more work for both of us and seemingly slower work even though we made better progress. They were learning not only how to hit the ball but how to get themselves ready to hit the ball...to be more aware of the position of their bodies in space (are your hands holding the bat correctly, are your feet positioned correctly, is your body facing forward, is your head up, are your eyes on the pitcher) and in relationship to the plate and the pitcher.

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2016-05-05 21:28:06 (12 comments; 8 reshares; 178 +1s)Open 

Travel: Oregon Coast Highway
2016-05-02. From Eugene, we drove west to Florence and the Pacific coast to drive north on Highway 101. We pulled off the first overlook we came to, at the Sea Lion Caves. When I think of the ocean, this is what I imagine. This was my first time to see the Oregon coast in life. It did not disappoint.

Travel: Oregon Coast Highway
2016-05-02. From Eugene, we drove west to Florence and the Pacific coast to drive north on Highway 101. We pulled off the first overlook we came to, at the Sea Lion Caves. When I think of the ocean, this is what I imagine. This was my first time to see the Oregon coast in life. It did not disappoint.___

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2016-04-29 16:12:05 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

Travel Portland: Petite Provence
The place smells like the best fresh bread and the coffee is hot and delicious. I'm about to consume my entire calorie count for the day with this Banana French Toast

Travel Portland: Petite Provence
The place smells like the best fresh bread and the coffee is hot and delicious. I'm about to consume my entire calorie count for the day with this Banana French Toast___

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2016-04-29 14:16:32 (17 comments; 18 reshares; 325 +1s)Open 

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.

Travel Oregon: Multmonah Falls
We did the tourist thing... I think this is the second highest falls in the USA.___

2016-04-27 13:23:34 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

UX: Hulu
This morning I got an earful from my fellow commuter who was pretty upset about recent changes to the Hulu interface. A lot of designers remain unaware or unconcerned with the amount of grief arbitrary changes have on their users. Here's the thing: the more engaged, the more involved users are with your product, the more they customize it; so, the more upset they are going to be when you make changes that messes up their workflow.

I don't use Hulu anymore but I'll try to recall some of the points.
  * Don't introduce changes by telling me how much I'm going to love them or how they're going to improve my experience. That puts me on guard right away...because I've been around long enough to know that most changes are going to undo my customizations and the hours of thought I've put into making it work for me the way I want it to work.more »

UX: Hulu
This morning I got an earful from my fellow commuter who was pretty upset about recent changes to the Hulu interface. A lot of designers remain unaware or unconcerned with the amount of grief arbitrary changes have on their users. Here's the thing: the more engaged, the more involved users are with your product, the more they customize it; so, the more upset they are going to be when you make changes that messes up their workflow.

I don't use Hulu anymore but I'll try to recall some of the points.
  * Don't introduce changes by telling me how much I'm going to love them or how they're going to improve my experience. That puts me on guard right away...because I've been around long enough to know that most changes are going to undo my customizations and the hours of thought I've put into making it work for me the way I want it to work.

  * If you really believe I'll love it...give me the option to use the new features. Don't force them on me. You don't really believe it, do you? Cowards.

  * No, I don't want to watch what everyone else is watching. I want to watch what's in my queue. Where did you hide that?

  * No, I don't want to sign in with my Facebook ID. No, I don't care what my friends like. I want to watch what's in my queue. I know what I like.

  * Just because I watched one episode of [whatever series] recently, stop pushing the whole series on me. I specifically wanted to watch the one episode I watched. That's why I specified it via Search.

  * And most irritating...I used to be able to sort my queue by expiration date (unlike on Netflix which is why I used Hulu). That way I could be sure to watch stuff before it expired. Now it just lumps everything into an "Expiring Soon" category and it doesn't even say when soon is! The date that it  expires has disappeared. How useful is that. Aaaaaaaaaargh!
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There was a lot more ranting but then the commute was over. ___

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2016-04-24 19:24:50 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Papaver rhoes 'Angel's Choir'
The only static garden is in the 2-dimensional photograph. A garden is a process not a thing. What a photograph fails to capture is time. The garden moves through time and we move through the garden--trailing a hand over the lavender and rosemary, picking caterpillars off the sweet peas, bending over to admire the face in the violas, and seeing the spent flowers, deadheading them.

Papaver rhoes 'Angel's Choir'
The only static garden is in the 2-dimensional photograph. A garden is a process not a thing. What a photograph fails to capture is time. The garden moves through time and we move through the garden--trailing a hand over the lavender and rosemary, picking caterpillars off the sweet peas, bending over to admire the face in the violas, and seeing the spent flowers, deadheading them.___

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2016-04-23 21:52:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

ATX: The End of the Parade
2015-01-20. Marching up Congress Avenue toward the Texas State Capitol.

ATX: The End of the Parade
2015-01-20. Marching up Congress Avenue toward the Texas State Capitol.___

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2016-04-23 20:45:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

ATX: Architecture
I'm glad that Austin architects have been designing sky blue glass buildings instead of the horrible mauve glass (meant to look like marble) of the 1980s. I also like the balcony detail on this new building.

#ilookup

ATX: Architecture
I'm glad that Austin architects have been designing sky blue glass buildings instead of the horrible mauve glass (meant to look like marble) of the 1980s. I also like the balcony detail on this new building.

#ilookup___

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2016-04-21 14:27:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

UX: Shopping Cart Fails
This! "if the entities aren't under our control, we have no business sending commands to the representations.  Our representations don't have veto power over the book of record.Aggregates only make sense when your domain model is the book of record."

Shopping Carts and the Book of Record.
If I'm shopping for books on Amazon, I can look at my shopping list, click on a book, and have it added to my shopping cart.  For some items, Amazon will decline to add the item to my cart, and inform me, perhaps, that the item is no longer available. At th...___UX: Shopping Cart Fails
This! "if the entities aren't under our control, we have no business sending commands to the representations.  Our representations don't have veto power over the book of record.Aggregates only make sense when your domain model is the book of record."

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2016-04-21 13:44:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Iris 'Mystic's Muse'
Developed by Schreiner in 1993. I received one rhizome as a bonus when I placed an order with them in 2000. I never would have bought it myself because, as a newly-bred iris, the price was prohibitive, $17.50. Now you can get it for $7.50.

Mystic's Muse opened on the morning of the local iris show and, on a whim, I entered it. (Never before or since have I participated in a flower show.) It won the first place ribbon in its category, pink, tall bearded irises.(It's actually more an orange sherbet color than pink.)

This is a photo of it blooming four years later, April 20, 2005. Now in 2016, my yard is too shady to grow flowers. And these days, I'm too busy to putter in the garden. Only when I look at pictures of my former garden do I feel a slight pang of regret.
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American Iris Society... more »

Iris 'Mystic's Muse'
Developed by Schreiner in 1993. I received one rhizome as a bonus when I placed an order with them in 2000. I never would have bought it myself because, as a newly-bred iris, the price was prohibitive, $17.50. Now you can get it for $7.50.

Mystic's Muse opened on the morning of the local iris show and, on a whim, I entered it. (Never before or since have I participated in a flower show.) It won the first place ribbon in its category, pink, tall bearded irises.(It's actually more an orange sherbet color than pink.)

This is a photo of it blooming four years later, April 20, 2005. Now in 2016, my yard is too shady to grow flowers. And these days, I'm too busy to putter in the garden. Only when I look at pictures of my former garden do I feel a slight pang of regret.
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American Iris Society
'Mystic's Muse' (Schreiner, R. 1993). Sdlg. W 600-A. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason late bloom. Bright pink (RHS 38C) self; beards tangerine. S 364-1: (M 851-1: (('Rippling Waters'x (Annabel Lee sibling x 'Claudia Rene')) x (('Annabel Lee' x ('Gracie Pfost' x T 889-1)) x ((('Amethyst Flame' x ('Amethyst Flame' x 'Alpenrose')) x 'Lilac Supreme') x 'Warm Laughter' sibling))) x H 941-B, unknown) X N 528-A: (K 475-B: ('Elizabeth Stuart' x ('Pink Horizon' x ('One Desire' x 'Esther Fay'))) x 'Pinafore Pink'). Schreiner 1993.

http://www.schreinersgardens.com/mystics-muse___

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2016-04-19 04:59:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Writers on Writing: Hilary Mantel

My writing day: Hilary Mantel via The Guardian___Writers on Writing: Hilary Mantel

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2016-04-19 01:23:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

20080419. Jenny's Garden. This is one of my favorite private Austin gardens, one which successfully divides the gardens into small rooms with windows framing views of other parts of the garden.

20080419. Jenny's Garden. This is one of my favorite private Austin gardens, one which successfully divides the gardens into small rooms with windows framing views of other parts of the garden.___

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2016-04-17 15:17:31 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Education: Make America Great Again
Educate our politicians in Canada. (Take a moment to listen to the clip...how refreshing is that!)

Oh that's fun :) Go ahead and click thru, there's a captioned video in which he explains it. Well, rather one application of t his, but how much fun is it when your national leader can Science! ?

I love the blackboard behind him.
___Education: Make America Great Again
Educate our politicians in Canada. (Take a moment to listen to the clip...how refreshing is that!)

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2016-04-17 00:39:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

誰もいない。

誰もいない。___

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2016-04-16 23:45:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

ATX: SXSWi Jinrikisha
The new economy.

ATX: SXSWi Jinrikisha
The new economy.___

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2016-04-15 19:38:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Garden: American Painted Lady
Sipping nectar from a prairie verbena. If you look closely, you can see it slip its proboscis into the flower. This is nine separate photos turned into an animation by Google Photos. 

Garden: American Painted Lady
Sipping nectar from a prairie verbena. If you look closely, you can see it slip its proboscis into the flower. This is nine separate photos turned into an animation by Google Photos. ___

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2016-04-15 17:15:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

ATX: Junior, The Wendy Guy Dies
He couldn't give you money. But he could brighten your day with a smile.

More info from Richard Whitacker in The Austin Chronicle
http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2016-04-14/farewell-to-junior-the-wendys-guy/

"Junior (his real name was Ishmael Mohammed, but everybody always knew him as Junior) was always there with a big smile and a handshake, so well liked and well known that he won a Best of Austin: there's even a short film about this larger-than-life, record setting personality (see that below.) "

"Sadly, he faced some tough times in his later years. After over a decade at the Texas Union Wendy’s, he left Austin to return to his native New York. However, he came back and ended up tragically homeless in 2014. Back then, the community came together, launching a massive fundraisingoperat... more »

ATX: Junior, The Wendy Guy Dies
He couldn't give you money. But he could brighten your day with a smile.

More info from Richard Whitacker in The Austin Chronicle
http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2016-04-14/farewell-to-junior-the-wendys-guy/

"Junior (his real name was Ishmael Mohammed, but everybody always knew him as Junior) was always there with a big smile and a handshake, so well liked and well known that he won a Best of Austin: there's even a short film about this larger-than-life, record setting personality (see that below.) "

"Sadly, he faced some tough times in his later years. After over a decade at the Texas Union Wendy’s, he left Austin to return to his native New York. However, he came back and ended up tragically homeless in 2014. Back then, the community came together, launching a massive fundraising operation to get him in temporary housing. That's how much he meant to people, just from selling fast food with love and energy. His daughter, Kimberly Guerin, said, “His life was that Wendy’s job. It really kept him going, and when he was no longer there, he was not the same person.”

"Junior was found unconscious at a bus stop on Friday in Austin, and medical examination showed that he was suffering severe bleeding in the brain. Unfortunately, surgery was unsuccessful, and he passed on Monday morning."___

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2016-04-14 12:15:13 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Contemporary Employment Reimagined in Classical Art
"“Understaffed team maintaining Oracle Enterprise features based solution”

Contemporary Employment Reimagined in Classical Art
"“Understaffed team maintaining Oracle Enterprise features based solution”___

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2016-04-14 12:05:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

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2016-04-12 23:35:09 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Architecture: National Architecture Week 2016
Apparently there are no architects or people interested in architecture on Google+...or Pinterest either? From the press release...

"Share photos or videos of what architecture means to you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Use  #ARCHWeek16  and  #ilookup . Share your favorite architecture quotes, buildings, models, renders, sketches, and more. We will post many of your photos and videos on the AIA National social media accounts during the next several months."
#ARCHWeek16  

Architecture: National Architecture Week 2016
Apparently there are no architects or people interested in architecture on Google+...or Pinterest either? From the press release...

"Share photos or videos of what architecture means to you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Use  #ARCHWeek16  and  #ilookup . Share your favorite architecture quotes, buildings, models, renders, sketches, and more. We will post many of your photos and videos on the AIA National social media accounts during the next several months."
#ARCHWeek16  ___

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2016-04-11 21:03:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Aztec Lily, Sprekelia formosissima 
Sex in the garden. 

Aztec Lily, Sprekelia formosissima 
Sex in the garden. ___

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2016-04-11 13:04:31 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

UX: Social Networks by Design
Tools shape our experience. Designers build tools these days to elicit specific responses from us (rather, as in the past, solely to enable us to better attend to our task at hand.)

As +David Amerland says in his introduction, "social networks are essentially technosocial constructs that are governed by specific rules which then affect that way their members use them, which in turn affects everything that gives them value."

"By starting out with what was important to it first (a.k.a. capturing people's attention) Facebook created an environment where the metrics counted more than the people. "

Facebook on a Slide

I am placing this in the technology section because social networks are essentially technosocial constructs that are governed by specific rules which then affect that way their members use them, which in turn affects everything that gives them value.

By starting out with what was important to it first (a.k.a. capturing people's attention) Facebook created an environment where the metrics counted more than the people.

When that happens it is only a matter of time before the goodwill extended towards you begins to run out.

___UX: Social Networks by Design
Tools shape our experience. Designers build tools these days to elicit specific responses from us (rather, as in the past, solely to enable us to better attend to our task at hand.)

As +David Amerland says in his introduction, "social networks are essentially technosocial constructs that are governed by specific rules which then affect that way their members use them, which in turn affects everything that gives them value."

"By starting out with what was important to it first (a.k.a. capturing people's attention) Facebook created an environment where the metrics counted more than the people. "

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2016-04-09 15:29:13 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 175 +1s)Open 

Travel England: Tatton Park, Japanese Garden
2007-07-05. Visitors to Tatton Park can view the Japanese Garden only from the perimeter...tantalizingly forbidden.
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HISTORY
"The Japanese Garden was almost certainly the result of Alan de Tatton’s visit to the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition at the White City in London in 1910.

Inspired by what he saw there, Alan de Tatton decided to introduce a Japanese garden to Tatton. A team of Japanese workmen arrived to put together what is now rated to be the “finest example of a Japanese Garden in Europe.”

The Shinto Shrine and artefacts contained within the garden are all reputed to have been brought from Japan especially for the construction of the garden."

http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/what_to_see_and_do/gardens/garden_areas/japanese_garden.aspx

Travel England: Tatton Park, Japanese Garden
2007-07-05. Visitors to Tatton Park can view the Japanese Garden only from the perimeter...tantalizingly forbidden.
================
HISTORY
"The Japanese Garden was almost certainly the result of Alan de Tatton’s visit to the Anglo-Japanese Exhibition at the White City in London in 1910.

Inspired by what he saw there, Alan de Tatton decided to introduce a Japanese garden to Tatton. A team of Japanese workmen arrived to put together what is now rated to be the “finest example of a Japanese Garden in Europe.”

The Shinto Shrine and artefacts contained within the garden are all reputed to have been brought from Japan especially for the construction of the garden."

http://www.tattonpark.org.uk/what_to_see_and_do/gardens/garden_areas/japanese_garden.aspx___

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2016-04-09 15:17:00 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

ATX: Les Amis
Flipping through LPs at Inner Sanctum. Fresh-squeezed lemonade at Les Amis. Life in Austin in the 1970s.

Blast from the past 
from the +Austin History Center, Austin Public Library 

ATX: Les Amis
Flipping through LPs at Inner Sanctum. Fresh-squeezed lemonade at Les Amis. Life in Austin in the 1970s.

Blast from the past 
from the +Austin History Center, Austin Public Library ___

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2016-04-09 12:48:13 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Tumbler has deleted +Dieter Mueller 's account.  I preserved his final words here: http://peterstrempel.com/2016/04/09/mein-freitod/

Tumbler has deleted +Dieter Mueller 's account.  I preserved his final words here: http://peterstrempel.com/2016/04/09/mein-freitod/___

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2016-04-08 17:46:36 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Scrivener: On Sale
I paid about $45 US for my Scrivener license and I now consider it some of the best money every paid for a piece of software. Scrivener is not a mere word processor; it's a "writing development environment" that enables you to collect research, outline, make notes, tag, cross-reference, group, make hierarchies, AND write.

Then you can publish to a variety of formats. And all the information is kept in non-proprietary formats so if Scrivener ever dies, you'll still be able to access your data.

Scrivener is 50% off for 4 days
If you've been wanting to try it, this is a good chance

I just stumbled upon this deal today. I already have Scrivener and love it so I highly recommend it to any writer. It is quite a robust piece of software and actually does far more than I need it to but I keep learning new tricks as I use it to make writing faster and easier.

It also helps me collect thoughts and ideas that I want to save for later, as well as craft character or location profiles. It can output a file in a variety of formats and I used it to create a Word file for my editor to work on.

Rather than me blabbing about it though, check out their website for more details. I'm probably not even doing a sufficient job describing it. Note that I'm *not affiliated with Scrivener or BoingBoing in any way. I just thought this was a good deal for a struggling writer who wants to up their game:

https://store.boingboing.net/sales/scrivener-2-for-os-x?utm_source=boingboing.net&utm_medium=dealfeed-Right-Sidebar&utm_campaign=scrivener-2-for-os-x___Scrivener: On Sale
I paid about $45 US for my Scrivener license and I now consider it some of the best money every paid for a piece of software. Scrivener is not a mere word processor; it's a "writing development environment" that enables you to collect research, outline, make notes, tag, cross-reference, group, make hierarchies, AND write.

Then you can publish to a variety of formats. And all the information is kept in non-proprietary formats so if Scrivener ever dies, you'll still be able to access your data.

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2016-04-07 22:30:23 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

UX Wave
Dateline: 2009-06-19. Ah. Feeling a wave of nostalgia. I wonder how many Google plussers also jumped into Wave.

UX Wave
Dateline: 2009-06-19. Ah. Feeling a wave of nostalgia. I wonder how many Google plussers also jumped into Wave.___

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2016-04-06 19:52:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Gender Determinism
If X, then WTF?
ht +Carl Niclas 

___Gender Determinism
If X, then WTF?
ht +Carl Niclas 

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2016-04-06 01:01:54 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 138 +1s)Open 

Travel: Central Texas Bluebonnet Trails
The Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) is the state flower and this is the time of year to pack the kids and dogs in the car and take a long Sunday drive.

Festivals abound: like this one in Ennis south of Dallas. http://www.visitennis.org/bluebonnet.htm

Travel: Central Texas Bluebonnet Trails
The Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) is the state flower and this is the time of year to pack the kids and dogs in the car and take a long Sunday drive.

Festivals abound: like this one in Ennis south of Dallas. http://www.visitennis.org/bluebonnet.htm___

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2016-04-05 19:08:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

ATX: Community First
Homelessness is not just the loss of the physical structure of a house, but of the social structures of home, family, and community. Community First is a 27-acre master-planned community built to provide sustainable housing for the homeless and a community.

ATX: Community First
Homelessness is not just the loss of the physical structure of a house, but of the social structures of home, family, and community. Community First is a 27-acre master-planned community built to provide sustainable housing for the homeless and a community.___

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2016-04-02 11:17:39 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Gender Determinism: Women's Guilt
After this, I'm looking forward to +The Guardian's article on white collar men's moral conflict over hiring lawn maintenance services or taking their cars to a mechanic.

Gender Determinism: Women's Guilt
After this, I'm looking forward to +The Guardian's article on white collar men's moral conflict over hiring lawn maintenance services or taking their cars to a mechanic.___

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2016-03-31 19:27:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Women Work: Architecture
More info on Dame Zaha Hadid in the New Yorker obit. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/postscript-zaha-hadid-1950-2016

Remembering Zaha Hadid 1950 – 2016 http://bit.ly/1RNzuEv___Women Work: Architecture
More info on Dame Zaha Hadid in the New Yorker obit. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/postscript-zaha-hadid-1950-2016

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2016-03-31 17:04:02 (1 comments; 14 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Social: Regulation is the Response
From the article, "That’s a problem.  If a solution works really well, within a few generations we have naive idiots who think that this new, hard-won order of things is just how things are naturally."
....
 "Regulation works.  It works disturbingly well.  Yet you see tons of libertarians asking not the sensible question of “Why do we need these particular regulations?” but the more terrifying question of “Why do we need regulations at all?”"

"And these libertarians haven’t read up on their history, because the 19th century was exactly what they wanted – almost no taxes, practically zero regulations, things mostly handled by private industry – and if you want a glimpse at what this glorious future brought us, read The Poisoner’s Handbook for a solid compendium of nonregulatory horrors that thefree market failed to... more »

Social: Regulation is the Response
From the article, "That’s a problem.  If a solution works really well, within a few generations we have naive idiots who think that this new, hard-won order of things is just how things are naturally."
....
 "Regulation works.  It works disturbingly well.  Yet you see tons of libertarians asking not the sensible question of “Why do we need these particular regulations?” but the more terrifying question of “Why do we need regulations at all?”"

"And these libertarians haven’t read up on their history, because the 19th century was exactly what they wanted – almost no taxes, practically zero regulations, things mostly handled by private industry – and if you want a glimpse at what this glorious future brought us, read The Poisoner’s Handbook for a solid compendium of nonregulatory horrors that the free market failed to solve."

"(Spoiler: things were bad enough that the voters demanded these regulations.)"

"But it’s the same problem.  Because this new and safe generation have never dealt with butchers putting sawdust into putrid meat to sell it to you for cheap, or personally watched a tenement burn because a cheap home-owner built his fireplaces out of wood – no, that happened – they think that businesspeople will just miraculously be nice to their customers because the customers have infinite time to research and infinite alternatives to buy from and the business people certainly won’t indulge in propaganda to muddy the waters."

"Your restaurants are sanitary because regulations force business-owners into actions they wouldn’t normally take.  And it’s fine to argue to reduce regulations if there’s too many to follow, because regulations do start choking business after a time – but when you start saying, “Hey, business would just fix this stuff on their own if we left them alone, why do we need regulations at all?” then you’re back to the vaccination problem.  You forgot history."___

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2016-03-30 16:23:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

They're Coming

They're Coming___

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2016-03-29 12:55:01 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Artifacts: New York City, Treasures in the Trash
File under "One Man's Trash..." Objects rescued from New York City's trash are stored in a somewhat secret museum. It began as a personal collection of items rescued by sanitation worker, Nelson Molina. 

The article indicates that the collection is now in public keeping although not very accessible. I wonder if they intend to open it up as a regular museum or, alternatively, why they don't create a ReUse/ReStore and sell the items to raise money for the city. 

As someone who hates waste and lost, I'm fascinated by objects (and their stories) retrieved from obscurity or destruction.

Artifacts: New York City, Treasures in the Trash
File under "One Man's Trash..." Objects rescued from New York City's trash are stored in a somewhat secret museum. It began as a personal collection of items rescued by sanitation worker, Nelson Molina. 

The article indicates that the collection is now in public keeping although not very accessible. I wonder if they intend to open it up as a regular museum or, alternatively, why they don't create a ReUse/ReStore and sell the items to raise money for the city. 

As someone who hates waste and lost, I'm fascinated by objects (and their stories) retrieved from obscurity or destruction.___

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2016-03-28 22:24:27 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

UX Instagram: Creating the Filter Bubble 
The design of a tool shapes our use of it and what we do with it. Part of climbing the learning curve is adapting our work flows and priorities to the features the tool offers. That's why changes upset so many users. Unless the change is both easy to learn and provides clear new benefits, designers are taking something away that users have already invested in. 

What's makes change worse. When a company assumes the extraordinarily patronizing tone that, as they know our wants and desires better than we know ourselves, they're just making this change to make enrich our experience, to give us what we really care about...while blatantly ignoring what we're telling them we really care about.

From Instagram, “The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested inthe c... more »

UX Instagram: Creating the Filter Bubble 
The design of a tool shapes our use of it and what we do with it. Part of climbing the learning curve is adapting our work flows and priorities to the features the tool offers. That's why changes upset so many users. Unless the change is both easy to learn and provides clear new benefits, designers are taking something away that users have already invested in. 

What's makes change worse. When a company assumes the extraordinarily patronizing tone that, as they know our wants and desires better than we know ourselves, they're just making this change to make enrich our experience, to give us what we really care about...while blatantly ignoring what we're telling them we really care about.

From Instagram, “The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post,” Instagram said in a recent blog post about the news. Instagram wants you to “see the moments you care about first,” which may otherwise get lost in the sheer length of your feed."

All this could easily be solved as we used to do it in the 1980s and 1990s by giving users options: let them decide which way to sort the feed, by algorithm or chronologically. 

Instagram's move to emphasize posts based on interaction means your filter bubble gets smaller and smaller. You can't interact with people they don't show you. Instagram slowly removes them from your life.___

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2016-03-27 15:39:32 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Kanji: I Knead Practice 
One of the reasons I enjoy my rather pointless study of kanji is because it provides plenty of fodder for bad puns. For instance, today I discovered that the first character in the word "practice", 練習「れんしゅう」"renshuu"  is also used in the verb "knead", 練る「ねる」"neru".

Anyone who has made bread by hand knows that kneading is more than just mixing the ingredients together. You have to work the dough. The action is similar to massage. English similarly applies  the word of  "massage"  to expressions like "We had to massage the plan...work out the kinks in the plans."  

 計画の細部を練る
work out the details of the plan.

The kneading action seems to smooth out any of the lumps, in the dough or clay or plan, and forms the parts into acohesive whole. We take something from a coarse stat... more »

Kanji: I Knead Practice 
One of the reasons I enjoy my rather pointless study of kanji is because it provides plenty of fodder for bad puns. For instance, today I discovered that the first character in the word "practice", 練習「れんしゅう」"renshuu"  is also used in the verb "knead", 練る「ねる」"neru".

Anyone who has made bread by hand knows that kneading is more than just mixing the ingredients together. You have to work the dough. The action is similar to massage. English similarly applies  the word of  "massage"  to expressions like "We had to massage the plan...work out the kinks in the plans."  

 計画の細部を練る
work out the details of the plan.

The kneading action seems to smooth out any of the lumps, in the dough or clay or plan, and forms the parts into a cohesive whole. We take something from a coarse state to a fine one. Refined. Where in English we might say polish, in Japanese you'd say knead.

 英文を練る
polish (up) one's English style / make improvements on one's English sentences.

The best way to do that is  練習する。renshuu suru (to practice).___

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2016-03-26 22:54:22 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Portals and Passages: The Met Cloisters 
2007-03-21. Memory has me about to enter the hall where the Nine Heroes tapestries and Unicorn tapestries are displayed. But looking at the map, it seems that I have just left it and am facing the doorway between the Romanesque Hall and the Main Hall/Entrance.

Portals and Passages: The Met Cloisters 
2007-03-21. Memory has me about to enter the hall where the Nine Heroes tapestries and Unicorn tapestries are displayed. But looking at the map, it seems that I have just left it and am facing the doorway between the Romanesque Hall and the Main Hall/Entrance.___

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2016-03-24 09:16:15 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 124 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: The Blue Massif, Torres del Paine
2015-03-20. When I look back a year later at my favorite day of the trip, indeed of the year, it was the day of the longest hike, a point-to-point from the south end of the park to Refugio Pehoé. I walked for over six hours into a strong headwind, a headwind so strong that, as I learned when I arrived, it blew over one of our party resulting in a sprained ankle. I also lost my balance at one point and fell headfirst. I luckily escaped with only torn pants and a nasty bruise on my thigh.

So why, in a week of experiencing stunning scenery, does this day stand out from the others. I think because I felt more than the present happiness, more than merely "being in the moment". Those six hours were the culmination of months of training and preparation. Initially, I wasn't confident that I could hike this distance, carrying... more »

Travel Patagonia: The Blue Massif, Torres del Paine
2015-03-20. When I look back a year later at my favorite day of the trip, indeed of the year, it was the day of the longest hike, a point-to-point from the south end of the park to Refugio Pehoé. I walked for over six hours into a strong headwind, a headwind so strong that, as I learned when I arrived, it blew over one of our party resulting in a sprained ankle. I also lost my balance at one point and fell headfirst. I luckily escaped with only torn pants and a nasty bruise on my thigh.

So why, in a week of experiencing stunning scenery, does this day stand out from the others. I think because I felt more than the present happiness, more than merely "being in the moment". Those six hours were the culmination of months of training and preparation. Initially, I wasn't confident that I could hike this distance, carrying all I needed for two days. But I did. Context makes a difference.___

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2016-03-22 00:25:00 (6 comments; 13 reshares; 149 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Grey Glacier
2015-03-21. Hiking from Refugio Pehoé to Refugio Grey. We did this section in the opposite direction from how most people hike "The W". I'm glad we did it in this direction because I'd rather be facing Grey Glacier.

Travel Patagonia: Grey Glacier
2015-03-21. Hiking from Refugio Pehoé to Refugio Grey. We did this section in the opposite direction from how most people hike "The W". I'm glad we did it in this direction because I'd rather be facing Grey Glacier.___

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2016-03-21 16:55:53 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Spring Sprang

Spring Sprang___

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2016-03-20 03:07:56 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park
2015-03-19. The view from our room was of the snow-dusted Almirante Nieto. After two and half days of passively viewing scenery from inside the bus, we all were anxious to stretch our legs. So we were out on the trail for a couple of hours before dinner. In contrast to the vast emptiness of Tierra del Fuego, the Torres was crowded with tourists.

Travel Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park
2015-03-19. The view from our room was of the snow-dusted Almirante Nieto. After two and half days of passively viewing scenery from inside the bus, we all were anxious to stretch our legs. So we were out on the trail for a couple of hours before dinner. In contrast to the vast emptiness of Tierra del Fuego, the Torres was crowded with tourists.___

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2016-03-20 02:51:41 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 91 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park 
2015-03-19. Snow had fallen the night before we arrived and closed the trails. Just as we entered the park, the clouds lifted revealing our first glimpse of the Torres del Paine. 

Travel Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park 
2015-03-19. Snow had fallen the night before we arrived and closed the trails. Just as we entered the park, the clouds lifted revealing our first glimpse of the Torres del Paine. ___

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