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Google Local Austin357,955Win 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 Hill2,731,738Calling 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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Михаил Пушкарев303#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 08:13:59500000
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 08:06:48496111
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 11:49:16496215
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
Christy Sandhoff12,220from +Mike Elgan ...Get ready for the return of my charm offensive!I haven't added anyone to or promoted my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends circle in a long time. But the Internet's most charming and original crew of engagers is coming back!Here's what you need to know about the League:As a group, they're not the usual suspects.This circle is not tech heavy or filled with celebrities, pundits or people with massive circle counts (people who reach 100k followers are "graduated" out).This is my hand-picked, carefully curated list of people I personally recommend. So here's what I'm asking you to do: 1. Share this post2. Click "Add people" and circle this shared circle3. If you have a circle you share, please add this circle to that circle. 2013-07-11 19:07:5230033
Mike Elgan2,441,171Get ready for the return of my charm offensive!I haven't added anyone to or promoted my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends circle in a long time. But the Internet's most charming and original crew of engagers is coming back!Here's what you need to know about the League:As a group, they're not the usual suspects.This circle is not tech heavy or filled with celebrities, pundits or people with massive circle counts (people who reach 100k followers are "graduated" out).This is my hand-picked, carefully curated list of people I personally recommend. So here's what I'm asking you to do: 1. Share this post2. Click "Add people" and circle this shared circle3. If you have a circle you share, please add this circle to that circle. 2013-07-11 18:58:02299924
Max Huijgen46,779The 100 most relevant people on G+ you really should check out. It´s impossible to select the people which contributes most to my experience on G+ so I´ll let Google do the dirty work.These 98 people (and 2 pages I helped founding) are the most relevant ones according to Google´s circle sort so they deserve a spot in the Friday sun.  If you´re not in it, be assured I really enjoy your posts and/or comments. I meet a lot of great people here, but this self imposed limit to 100 is just to make it easier for others to circle the whole bunch and check them out.2013-06-21 19:32:111001221459
Technology Roundup0BMN's Designers, Graphic Artists, And General Artists ListWant some art in your life? Follow this circle of designers, graphic artists, and general artists. Know someone not on this circle who should be? Let us know!2013-06-21 01:12:47124113
Lucas Appelmann12,923For quite some time I haven't shared circles. I now will, exclusively on g+, by presenting the world my "Favorite International Users" circle. It only consists of about 100 people - and most of you will already have a good amount of them in your own circles. So why am I posting this, then?The reason is that these people are highly relevant for my g+ experience and viewing the stream for this circle it contained all the posts that I found important in my main stream. So this is why. #circleshare  +Social Circles +CircleHub +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+ 2013-06-19 10:13:4110717311

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2014-07-07 18:19:39 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

She found it offensive...
And that, my dear citizens, is how the rest of us find our hands tied, unable to work toward solving any issues in a sensible or practical fashion. Want to lower the number of teen abortions and save the taxpayers millions on health care?

"A state health initiative to reduce teen birth rates by providing more than 30,000 contraceptive devices at low or no cost has led to a 40 percent drop in five years, [Colorado's] Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday." That's great news in a state where seven out of ten teen pregnancies is unintended.

Left completely unchallenged in the reporting of the news is the opinion of the other side, who despite constantly railing against abortion and taxes, finds this progam that is so successful at reducing both, "offensive". Whether the woman is a hypocrite or delusional, she's welcome... more »

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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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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.

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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

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From another walk in the same woods, when the leaves were still green.
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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

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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
   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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2014-10-13 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."
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"[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."
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"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 

Japanese: 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 »

Japanese: 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, 26 +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 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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2014-08-20 00:13:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Postcard: Moffat
Not sure what to say about this except that I'm married to a Moffat and have visited the towns of Moffat both in the UK and the USA.

#moffat  

Postcard: Moffat
Not sure what to say about this except that I'm married to a Moffat and have visited the towns of Moffat both in the UK and the USA.

#moffat  ___

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2014-08-15 22:26:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Women Work: Math Edition

Maryam Mirzakhani won the Fields medal yesterday.

As a child in Tehran, she didn't intend to become a mathematician - she just wanted to read every book she could find!  She also watched television biographies of famous women like Marie Curie and Helen Keller.  She started wanting to do something great... maybe become a writer.

She finished elementary school while the Iran-Iraq war was ending, and took a test that got her into a special middle school for girls.  She did poorly in math her first year, and it undermined her confidence.  “I lost my interest in math," she said.

But the next year she had a better teacher, and she fell in love with the subject.  She and a friend became the first women on Iranian math Olympiad team.  She won a gold medal the first year, and got a perfect score the next year.

After getting finishing her undergraduate work at Sharif University in Tehran in 1999, she went on to grad school at Harvard.  There she met Curtis McMullen, a Fields medalist who works on hyperbolic geometry and related topics.

Hyperbolic geometry is about curved surfaces where the angles of a triangle add up to less than 180 degrees, like the surface of a saddle.  It's more interesting than Euclidean geometry, or the geometry of a sphere.  One reason is that if you have a doughnut-shaped thing with 2 or more holes, there are many ways to give it a hyperbolic geometry where its curvature is the same at each point.  These shapes stand at the meeting-point of many roads in math.  They are simple enough that we can understand them in amazing detail - yet complicated enough to provoke endless study.

Maryam Mirzakhani took a course from McMullen and started asking him lots of questions.  “She had a sort of daring imagination,” he later said.  “She would formulate in her mind an imaginary picture of what must be going on, then come to my office and describe it. At the end, she would turn to me and say, ‘Is it right?’ I was always very flattered that she thought I would know.”

Here's a question nobody knew the answer to.  If an ant walks on a flat Euclidean plane never turning right or left, it'll move along a straight line and never get back where it started.  If it does this on a sphere, it will get back where it started: it will go around a circle.  If it does this on a hyperbolic surface, it may or may not get back where it started.  If it gets back to where it started, facing the same direction, the curve it moves along is called a closed geodesic.  

The ant can go around a closed geodesic over and over.  But say we let it go around just once: then we call its path a simple closed geodesic.    We can measure the length of this curve.  And we can ask: how many simple closed geodesics are there with length less than some number L?

There are always only finitely many - unlike on the sphere, where the ant can march off in any direction and get back where it started after a certain distance.  But how many?

In her Ph.D. thesis, Mirzakhani figured out a formula for how many.  It's not an exact formula, just an 'asymptotic' one, an approximation that becomes good when L becomes large.  She showed the number of simple closed geodesics of length less than L is asymptotic to some number times L to the power 6g-6, where g is the number of holes in your doughnut. 

She boiled her proof down to a 29-page argument, which was published in one of the most prestigious math journals:

• Maryam Mirzakhani, Growth of the number of simple closed geodesics on hyperbolic surfaces, Annals of Mathematics 168 (2008), 97–125, http://annals.math.princeton.edu/wp-content/uploads/annals-v168-n1-p03.pdf.

This is a classic piece of math: simple yet deep.  The statement is simple, but the proof uses many branches of math that meet at this crossroads. 

What matters is not just knowing that the statement is true: it's the new view of reality you gain by understanding why it's true.   I don't understand why this particular result is true, but I know that's how it works.  For example, her ideas also gave here a new proof of a conjecture by the physicist Edward Witten, which came up in his work on string theory!  

This is just one of the first things Mirzakhani did.  She's now a professor at Stanford.

"I don't have any particular recipe," she said.  "It is the reason why doing research is challenging as well as attractive. It is like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out."

She has a lot left to think about.  There are problems she has been thinking about for more than a decade. "And still there’s not much I can do about them," she said.

"I can see that without being excited mathematics can look pointless and cold. The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers."

I got some of my quotes from here:

http://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20140812-a-tenacious-explorer-of-abstract-surfaces/

and some from here:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/13/interview-maryam-mirzakhani-fields-medal-winner-mathematician

They're both fun to read.

#spnetwork doi:10.4007/annals.2008.168.97 #geometry #mustread___Women Work: Math Edition

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2014-08-07 01:46:04 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Google+: The Case of the Disappearing Comments 
As +Mike Elgan points out, it's difficult to have engagement when the algorithms are so censorious. One size does not fit all. Also one man's garbage is another man's treasure. I would rather spend a little time blocking comments I don't want to see (which happens very, very rarely on my posts) than have to go through comments that Google+ has marked as spam and approving them.

h/t +Mari Thomas 

Good news and more detail on the automatically flagged comment problem, plus a demo.

I did some consciousness raising (I whined and complained) this morning about the number of good posts Google+'s anti-spam and anti-troll algorithms deep-sixes into the flagging purgatory.

Here's a video illustrating the problem (sorry about the weird noise; don't know what caused that....)

When the system flags comments, they vanish into a private area that only the person who posted the original post can see. 

The commenter who's comment has been "disappeared" never knows it, and just assumes people are ignoring them. 

I estimated that I personally spend about 30 minutes a day un-flagging comments so they can go back into circulation. 

In the comments of my post, Google+ chief +Dave Besbris wrote the following: 

We try very hard to keep G+ free from spam but this is a tricky problem to solve and sometimes we make mistakes. Restoring the comments helps train our systems to prevent future mistakes, so thank you for doing it. It sounds like you see these false positives often, so we'll investigate to see if were missing some spam signal. Thanks for letting us know.

This is good news because 1) our un-flagging efforts are supposed to have an effect over time (rather than just being a futile paddling against the tide); and 2) Google+ is working on the problem. 

The bad news is that many commenters on that post essentially said they didn't have that problem, even though I have personally rescued their comments out of the flag purgatory and they never even knew they were flagged. 

It's kind of like Facebook's "Other Messages" folder problem. Facebook buries messages from people who have never messaged you before into a folder nobody ever checks. But nobody thinks is a problem because the nature of the problem itself makes the problem invisible. 

https://www.facebook.com/messages/other/___Google+: The Case of the Disappearing Comments 
As +Mike Elgan points out, it's difficult to have engagement when the algorithms are so censorious. One size does not fit all. Also one man's garbage is another man's treasure. I would rather spend a little time blocking comments I don't want to see (which happens very, very rarely on my posts) than have to go through comments that Google+ has marked as spam and approving them.

h/t +Mari Thomas 

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2014-07-20 00:20:39 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Books: Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day
A cookbook designed especially to help those on a very limited budget, such as SNAP (food stamps) prepare healthy and delicious meals. Free pdf download.

Leanne Brown wrote this as her Master's project whose intent was "...to  create satisfying food that doesn't require you to supplement your meals with cheap carbohydrates to stave off hunger."

Books: Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day
A cookbook designed especially to help those on a very limited budget, such as SNAP (food stamps) prepare healthy and delicious meals. Free pdf download.

Leanne Brown wrote this as her Master's project whose intent was "...to  create satisfying food that doesn't require you to supplement your meals with cheap carbohydrates to stave off hunger."___

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2014-07-19 23:57:34 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Women Work: Delivering Ice
via Inspire52: http://www.inspire52.com/colored-old-photos/

Women Work: Delivering Ice
via Inspire52: http://www.inspire52.com/colored-old-photos/___

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2014-07-17 18:40:04 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Seedpod

Seedpod___

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2014-07-12 22:32:00 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Pink Ghetto: Brewers
If you had the potential to almost double your market share, could you take a fresh look at your assumptions? Beer companies already have the male market in their pocket; why do they continue to perpetuate the idea that beer is a man's drink ? Why not pitch ads to target the vast untapped market? Tradition? Laziness? Comfort zone? Baking and brewing were staples of housewifery as recently as a hundred years ago. To say that beer is a man's drink makes as much sense as saying bread is a man's food.
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From the article, "The main obstacles that women continue to face in this industry include perceptions of taste, media influence, and preconceived notions about their skill and ability."
...
"The idea of women in the beer world is often parodied and, occasionally, openly mocked. But why?...The oldest known... more »

Pink Ghetto: Brewers
If you had the potential to almost double your market share, could you take a fresh look at your assumptions? Beer companies already have the male market in their pocket; why do they continue to perpetuate the idea that beer is a man's drink ? Why not pitch ads to target the vast untapped market? Tradition? Laziness? Comfort zone? Baking and brewing were staples of housewifery as recently as a hundred years ago. To say that beer is a man's drink makes as much sense as saying bread is a man's food.
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From the article, "The main obstacles that women continue to face in this industry include perceptions of taste, media influence, and preconceived notions about their skill and ability."
...
"The idea of women in the beer world is often parodied and, occasionally, openly mocked. But why?...The oldest known record of beer brewing comes from Ancient Egypt, where beer was made and sold almost entirely by women. After the colonization of America, women were the family brewers, crafting rich beers from corn, pumpkins, artichokes, oats, wheat, honey, and molasses. Settlers of the colonies drank large quantities of beer as a nutritional break from a diet based largely of salted, smoked and dried meats."
...
"But as we shifted from an agricultural-based to an industrial-based economy, beer brewing left the privacy of the home and became another commercial, large-scale product run almost entirely by men. At the same time, the variety of beer available became more limited and actually caused most of the unique regional beers that had been developed over centuries to become extinct."

#brewers  ___

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2014-07-09 01:22:26 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Measure of Man
From the article, "The male position is not the neutral position. It has a point of view, the male point of view, which not everyone shares, and which is not always superior. Either clarify everyone or clarify no one, otherwise it sends the message that one group is the norm and the other is a deviation, even when "the other" is more successful in the field.

"And next time someone on national TV refers to Landon Donovan as the all-time leading goal scorer for the U.S., it would be great if he displayed some of the dignity and grace we know he possesses and say, "All-time leading men's scorer. There are seven U.S. women higher on the list than me."

The Measure of Man
From the article, "The male position is not the neutral position. It has a point of view, the male point of view, which not everyone shares, and which is not always superior. Either clarify everyone or clarify no one, otherwise it sends the message that one group is the norm and the other is a deviation, even when "the other" is more successful in the field.

"And next time someone on national TV refers to Landon Donovan as the all-time leading goal scorer for the U.S., it would be great if he displayed some of the dignity and grace we know he possesses and say, "All-time leading men's scorer. There are seven U.S. women higher on the list than me."___

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2014-07-07 22:22:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Books: The Wheel on the School
I just bought a paperback copy of Meindert DeJong's lyrical The Wheel on the School to give to my niece for her eighth birthday. Although—or perhaps because—it was written before I was born it's truly a children's books where boys and girls together adventure out-of-doors: in this instance, trying to bring the storks back to nest in their village. Parents live in parallel reality of daily business and rarely intervene. But since it takes place in a tiny Dutch village where everyone knows each other, there are quite a number of quite old characters as well: every old man being a village grandpa and every old woman a village grandma. My niece has almost daily interaction with her grandparents and so I think she'll find the interactions in this multi-generational story familiar and satisfying.

Although I give it to my niece because Ilov... more »

Books: The Wheel on the School
I just bought a paperback copy of Meindert DeJong's lyrical The Wheel on the School to give to my niece for her eighth birthday. Although—or perhaps because—it was written before I was born it's truly a children's books where boys and girls together adventure out-of-doors: in this instance, trying to bring the storks back to nest in their village. Parents live in parallel reality of daily business and rarely intervene. But since it takes place in a tiny Dutch village where everyone knows each other, there are quite a number of quite old characters as well: every old man being a village grandpa and every old woman a village grandma. My niece has almost daily interaction with her grandparents and so I think she'll find the interactions in this multi-generational story familiar and satisfying.

Although I give it to my niece because I love the story of children who are encouraged to wonder why and then follow through and do, I'm quite disappointed in the physical paperback book (HarperTrophy edition). The paper is the cheapest pulp, as poor quality as newsprint. Even brand-new it looks dark and grimy. I don't see any pleasure in holding it or turning the pages. It will fall apart after a few reads. My own hardback edition (Harper Collins) is printed on beautiful paper which has never yellowed over the many years I've owned it. The binding is sewn and sturdy.

I would have bought my niece the hardback had it been in stock. But I chose to support my local bookseller and so I compromised. I don't regret that. I just dislike the shoddy things made for children in the first place: books, tools, or clothes.___

2014-07-07 18:19:39 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

She found it offensive...
And that, my dear citizens, is how the rest of us find our hands tied, unable to work toward solving any issues in a sensible or practical fashion. Want to lower the number of teen abortions and save the taxpayers millions on health care?

"A state health initiative to reduce teen birth rates by providing more than 30,000 contraceptive devices at low or no cost has led to a 40 percent drop in five years, [Colorado's] Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday." That's great news in a state where seven out of ten teen pregnancies is unintended.

Left completely unchallenged in the reporting of the news is the opinion of the other side, who despite constantly railing against abortion and taxes, finds this progam that is so successful at reducing both, "offensive". Whether the woman is a hypocrite or delusional, she's welcome... more »

She found it offensive...
And that, my dear citizens, is how the rest of us find our hands tied, unable to work toward solving any issues in a sensible or practical fashion. Want to lower the number of teen abortions and save the taxpayers millions on health care?

"A state health initiative to reduce teen birth rates by providing more than 30,000 contraceptive devices at low or no cost has led to a 40 percent drop in five years, [Colorado's] Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday." That's great news in a state where seven out of ten teen pregnancies is unintended.

Left completely unchallenged in the reporting of the news is the opinion of the other side, who despite constantly railing against abortion and taxes, finds this progam that is so successful at reducing both, "offensive". Whether the woman is a hypocrite or delusional, she's welcome to her opinion but I don't understand why it's reported as if it is somehow comparable to the facts. Evidence and opinion do not carry te same wait.

Related via +Pamela Zuppo Go, BBC!
https://plus.google.com/113630612440279083293/post/9PyCeJ7QLoL

"The Trust has asked the BBC to improve its coverage by not inviting guests with questionable credentials or presenting information that does not pass scientific muster. In other words, they'll no longer be presenting "both sides of the debate" if one side isn't based on any actual science."


Related___

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2014-07-01 22:34:12 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Supreme Court Extends Ruling to All Forms of Contraception
Well it only took one day and the supposed "narrow" ruling has already widened. So couples don't have to worry about their bosses playing doctor and overriding your real doctor's medical advice to choose the appropriate form of family planning for you. They can say no to all.

Side note: If corporations can have religion, can they be sued for practicing medicine without a license?

Supreme Court Extends Ruling to All Forms of Contraception
Well it only took one day and the supposed "narrow" ruling has already widened. So couples don't have to worry about their bosses playing doctor and overriding your real doctor's medical advice to choose the appropriate form of family planning for you. They can say no to all.

Side note: If corporations can have religion, can they be sued for practicing medicine without a license?___

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2014-06-30 23:38:56 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Politics: Which of These Things is Not Like the Other?

An illustrated guide to American #Personhood.  (◕︹◕)✿ 

#atheism #atheist #AtheistRollCall #skeptic #agnostic #reason #irreligion #irreligious #Monicks #SCOTUS #HobbyLobby #BirthControl ___Politics: Which of These Things is Not Like the Other?

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2014-06-26 00:00:08 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

History: Names Define
I've always been bugged by my American history which lumped the diversity of Native American cultures under the misnomer "Indians". The different peoples who inhabited this land before the European conquest  were vastly different in language, custom, clothing, architecture, and habit. To put them under an umbrella term, to take away their names, is just another way to erase them from history.

I've always wanted a map like this.

History: Names Define
I've always been bugged by my American history which lumped the diversity of Native American cultures under the misnomer "Indians". The different peoples who inhabited this land before the European conquest  were vastly different in language, custom, clothing, architecture, and habit. To put them under an umbrella term, to take away their names, is just another way to erase them from history.

I've always wanted a map like this.___

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2014-06-25 00:20:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Metaphor and Meaning
Why literalists betray stunted thinking.

"...the hardware for making metaphors may be in-born, the software is earned and learned through living."

“Metaphorical thinking … is essential to how we communicate, learn, discover, and invent.”

But in order to think metaphorically, one needs a wide range of knowledge and experiences to make connections from what often are seen as disparate elements. Are education elites worldwide listening?___Metaphor and Meaning
Why literalists betray stunted thinking.

"...the hardware for making metaphors may be in-born, the software is earned and learned through living."

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2014-06-22 02:29:33 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Innovation versus Progress
Jill Lepore rips the cult of disruption and some of her points remind me of discussions we've had on Google+. I was drawn in specifically by her remark, "The idea of progress—the notion that human history is the history of betterment—dominated the world view of the West between the Enlightenment and the First World War...Replacing "progress" with "innovation" skirts the question of whether a novelty is an improvement: the world may not be getting better and better but our devices are getting newer and newer."

We have a restless love affair with change for no rhyme or reason. Questioning whether a change is for the better always makes one suspect: a whiner, a Luddite...especially here on Google+.

Lepore pokes holes in the theories and case studies surrounding "disruptive innovation", especiallyCla... more »

Innovation versus Progress
Jill Lepore rips the cult of disruption and some of her points remind me of discussions we've had on Google+. I was drawn in specifically by her remark, "The idea of progress—the notion that human history is the history of betterment—dominated the world view of the West between the Enlightenment and the First World War...Replacing "progress" with "innovation" skirts the question of whether a novelty is an improvement: the world may not be getting better and better but our devices are getting newer and newer."

We have a restless love affair with change for no rhyme or reason. Questioning whether a change is for the better always makes one suspect: a whiner, a Luddite...especially here on Google+.

Lepore pokes holes in the theories and case studies surrounding "disruptive innovation", especially Clayton M. Christenson's  1997 book The Innovator's Dilemma  Then she goes further to remind us that what began in the specialized realm of business methods and theory focused on bringing product to market has spread with religious fervor to "arenas whose values and goals are remote from the values and goals of business. People aren't disk drives..."

No, we're not. As humans we have social and civil obligations to each other. While hospitals, museums, libraries, and schools have revenues and expenses, they also have "...obligations that lie outside the realm of earnings, and are fundamentally different from the obligations that a business executive has to employees, partners, and investors." The people who work in these institutions are not cogs in a machine any more than the people they serve a commodity.

Disrupt or be disrupted. That's the message from this latest crop of snake oil salesmen. As Lepore describe venture capitalist Josh Linkner, "His job appears to be to convince a generation of people who want to do good and do well to learn, instead, remorselessness. Forget rules, obligation, your conscience, loyalty, a sense of the commonweal."

Change for the good or change for the hell of it? Progress or novelty? A history of incremental improvement or a history decline and fall from grace? How do you view innovation?

#disruptiveinnovation  ___

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2014-06-16 01:04:53 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Fathers

Tradition

I’m the son of a farmer, and a grandson of a farmer, and a great-grandson of a farmer. Tradition dictated that I too would become a farmer.

Growing up, my father was a loving but strict parent. To this day I address my elders as Sir or Ma’am as easy as breathing. My father encouraged me to learn about crop rotation and animal husbandry, but those didn’t hold much interest for me. I worked the farm as required, but didn’t look forward to it with fondness.  I’d much rather stand in the field outside our house at night and look at the stars.

In school I was encouraged by my advisors to take classes like welding and “ag”. Things that would be practical for my future. I wanted to take all the math and science courses I could. My advisors would shake their heads, but my father approved every math and science course I wanted to take.

Recognizing my interest in astronomy, my father made sure I received a small telescope for Christmas one year. It wasn’t very powerful, but it was enough to see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter.  My father still encouraged me to build an interest in farming, but he recognized I had other interests.

When I was about 15, my father told me that if I really wanted to go to college, he would do all he could to support me. Paying for college would still be a challenge, but he made it clear that I did not need to continue on the farm beyond high school. I was his firstborn, and tradition mandated that a farm be passed from father to son.  My father chose to let his bookish boy pursue his own interests.

I was the first of my family to go to college, much less get a graduate degree. I went from standing in a field at night to teaching students about stellar fusion, black holes and dark matter.  I’ve published a book on astrophysics that my father has prominently on his shelf next to the writings of C. S. Lewis. He doesn’t fully understand what I do, but he is proud of what I’ve accomplished.

I never met Carl Sagan. He never gave me a signed book, nor drove me to the bus station on a snowy day.  Instead, I had a father steeped in the tradition of his agricultural heritage.

A man who stood up to tradition and encouraged his son to pursue his dream.___Fathers

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2014-06-15 00:23:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Books: The Death of Inwardness
Which reminds me...I think I'll go curl up on the couch and read.


Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence. Some people think of reading only as a kind of escape: an escape from the “real” everyday world to an imaginary world, the world of books. Books are much more. They are a way of being fully human.

I’m sorry to have to tell you that books are now considered an endangered species. By books, I also mean the conditions of reading that make possible literature and its soul effects. Soon, we are told, we will call up on “bookscreens” any “text” on demand, and will be able to change its appearance, ask questions of it, “interact” with it. When books become “texts” that we “interact” with according to criteria of utility, the written word will have become simply another aspect of our advertising-driven televisual reality. This is the glorious future being created, and promised to us, as something more “democratic.” Of course, it means nothing less than the death of inwardness — and of the book.

~ Susan Sontag, 1996

___Books: The Death of Inwardness
Which reminds me...I think I'll go curl up on the couch and read.

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