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Google Local Austin356,487*Win a pair of seats to our exclusive evening at Franklin BBQ* – goo.gl/2Sn5jB We'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/cityexpert 2) Enter the contest: goo.gl/2Sn5jB 3) Get your reviews in by Thurs., August 7. We'll announce the winners here (and via email) on Friday., August 8. _Photo by Franklin Barbecue_Franklin BBQ Takeover2014-08-12 18:30:00145  
Sarah Hill2,810,798Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00246  

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John Hannah20,238Circle 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!#AksumitEmpirSyroGreemsionaries #who #arriveby #way #ReSewerresponsiblfor #logicadevelopmentIn #early #tcentury #newly #formeArabian #anrulsincludesmalfamily #groups #huntergarers #sucas #San #peopern #larger #morstructuregroups #sucas #family #clan #groupings #Bantuspeakinpeoples #centraern #aneastern #heavily #structureclan2015-05-01 06:10:37369221639
George Clark18,461If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well doneIf you would like to be included in the next #Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.*More you share more you get! :)Thanks*#lamiCaliphatexpandein #Egypt #ann #sex #Nort #sex #short #whilocaBerber #elithabeen #integratein #Muslim #Aratribes #When #mayyacapitaDamascus #felin #tcentury #lamicenter #Mediterranean #shiftefrom #SyrQayrawan #sex #Nort #lamiNort #habecomdiversanhufor #mystics #scholars #jurts #anphilosophers #Durin #bovementioneperiolam #sprea2015-04-30 08:00:31471393852
Tourej Ansari46,878This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this #Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.I will thankful if you plus, Include me in your circles and share this circle! #Washington   #DistrictofColumbia  2015-04-29 04:41:03191012
Simon Weiner6,3701.23 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:) #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #hillaryclinton   #president   #hillary2016  2015-04-20 07:39:36500005
Ruta a la Patagonia27,970┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v42 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼*This is the Great Friends v42 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note: ● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen:+Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos en: www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-04-17 13:30:50500565567
Daniel Gibbs24,387If 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#honorary #Asian #Nobel #laureate #having #spent #considerable #time #as #daughter #of #missionaries #based #many #of #her #novels #namely #Good #Earth #Mother #as #well #as #biographies #of #her #parents #of #their #time #Exile #Fighting #Angel #all #of #which #earned #her 2015-04-13 10:36:224447713
Singularity Utopia5,944I've noticed some people doing #sharedcircles recently on G+, which was a handy thing when I first started using G+, thus for newcomers here is my contribution. This circle includes a mixture of people and pages. The general theme is science, technology, thinkers; people who may have a #Singularity interest.2015-04-09 10:20:04273000
Simon Weiner6,0161.13 High Quality New Active Engager Circle. Enjoy:)#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2015-04-07 18:56:06497000
Ruta a la Patagonia25,609┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Patagonian Gems v21 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼*This is the Patagonian Gems v21 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note: ● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:   +Ruta a la Patagonia  De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen: +Hotel Howard Johnson Trenque Lauquen Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos en: www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar2015-04-03 22:17:39464121013
Михаил Пушкарев973#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-03-30 16:23:07499415
John Sean13,451This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your 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!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-02-20 10:01:55438191841
Maurizio Maraglino120Networking Circle Share Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post*More you share more you get! :)Thanks!*#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday2015-01-13 15:22:12501536
Christian kaysen2,781↦ follow me (so I can include you)↦ ↦ share the circle (public or to a public community)↦ ↦ if you want, delete the last circle share↦ ↦ no plussing, no comments, no obligation,↦ just share it and circle the profile above#Circle#Sharers#Engagers#Followers#AddCircle#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#круглим #кругляши #обмен   #круги   #crazycircles   #hyperball  2015-01-01 13:23:26233001
Михаил Пушкарев420#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-01-01 08:18:41500202
Михаил Пушкарев420#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-01-01 08:18:30500004
Neil Bailey5,146If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared   #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople   #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus #meetingpeoplecircle2014-12-22 07:02:43494342368
Михаил Пушкарев301#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-20 08:13:59500103
Михаил Пушкарев0#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-13 08:06:48496213
Jason Ryckman0 Hey this is jason I'm a follower of your page, I think you might really enjoy my #health    #fitness   and  #weightloss    #review     page, Please head over and check it out, I just added you to one of my circles could you please add me to your circles in returnThese followers are currently active and many will add you back when you add this circle to your circles.#circleshare #circlesharing   #circleshares  SIMPLE STEPS1. Please add me to one of your circles2. Please comment and reshare this post to public3. please comment on the original post or i may miss it4. If you would rather not receive these posts or be in my circle shares please shoot me a message and i will remove you from the List2014-12-12 01:49:47466000
Jason Ryckman0 Hey this is jason I'm a follower of your page, I think you might really enjoy my #health    #fitness   and  #weightloss    #review     page, Please head over and check it out, I just added you to one of my circles could you please add me to your circles in returnThese followers are currently active and many will add you back when you add this circle to your circles.#circleshare  #circlesharing   #circleshares  SIMPLE STEPS1. Please add me to one of your circles2. Please comment and reshare this post to public3. please comment on the original post or i may miss it4. If you would rather not receive these posts or be in my circle shares please shoot me a message and i will remove you from the List2014-12-09 20:12:54467000
Sharon Caroline3,767Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+! Add them all!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this. :)Circle by : http://informasidoang.blogspot.com/#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-12-01 08:28:58501436
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 05:03:314922413
Ryan Johnson18,123Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496482651
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-29 05:09:314303512
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 18:27:12449213
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 10:52:53486372038
Jade Turner0Circle of #Graphic   #design  experts & enthusiasts! Add, Plus & Share!!--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- #web   #design   #graphic   #print   #graphicdesigner   #graphicdesigning   #marketing   #business   #marketingtips   #marketingonline   #businessintelligence   #businessideas   #businessidentity   #brand   #branding   #promotion  #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle 2014-08-13 17:49:34414001
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 04:13:23483217
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 09:51:28465109102134
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Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
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2015-03-09 01:52:11 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Travel: Preparing to be Unprepared
Humans notice change. If we treated all the sensory material we receive equally, we would be too overwhelmed with information to identify what is important. A movement in the landscape can be a threat (if a predator) or an opportunity (if prey). So we learn to notice and pay closer attention to differences.

Familiarity ossifies experience. The things we see around us day in and day out fade out of focus into the background of ordinariness. We stop paying attention to them. We no longer really see them. One of the great benefits of traveling for pleasure, is that it forces us to see everything with new eyes.

When we travel we must recalibrate our instruments of perception. We cannot perceive strange new landscapes with the same eyes with which we half-absently perform our daily chores.

Before a trip into the unknown, I spend a... more »

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2015-04-08 23:55:21 (1 comments, 10 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

survival tips

Most plusones: 92

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2015-05-01 02:59:16 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

April is the Cruelest Month 
When I returned from my trip a month ago, the air was heavy with the grape soda scent of Texas mountain laurel. In the darkness, I could make out vaguely that the front yard was overgrown—it must have rained a lot when I was gone—but I didn't pause to look. I just stumbled indoors and into bed.

That's how I knew I wasn't a gardener any longer; a real gardener would have been prowling the garden with a flashlight to see what had happened in his absence. As I used to do.

In the last couple of weeks, however,  I've felt the familiar twinge, the gardening urge stirring. The unusually cool, wet spring is not what roused it. I know that in the Austin gardener's year, "April is the cruelest month " because it is the moment of full flower before deadly, baking summer. It is full of promise, signs of hope, that sendspeopl... more »

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2015-05-27 22:42:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Models meet reality.

Models meet reality.___

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2015-05-25 01:41:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

ATX: Barton Springs Pool Flood 
Even worse in San Marcos and Wimberley. http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/24/us/severe-weather/index.html

ATX: Barton Springs Pool Flood 
Even worse in San Marcos and Wimberley. http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/24/us/severe-weather/index.html___

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2015-05-23 20:52:28 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Education: The Customer Myth

quote: If given the benefit of the doubt, these assertions have some merit: College today is far too expensive. But let’s leave aside the fact that ballooning tuition does not, I repeat, does not, go to professors’ imaginary $200,000 salaries. Faculty are by and large co-victims, along with students, in the cratering of the American university system. Scaring the beejezus out of professors is largely redundant, and the GOP’s thirst for their blood is ideological.

But college students are not customers. That analogy needs to die. It needs to be drowned in the world’s largest bathtub. It needs a George R.R. Martin–esque bloodbath of a demise.

Legitimate research has determined that student evaluations of professors are biased, and so their “customer ratings” aren’t fair. Legitimate research also indicates that while professorial popularity and effectiveness do overlap, one does not immediately signify or correlate with the other. Further, most students don’t actually view themselves as customers, because they know how education works and actually want to get one.___Education: The Customer Myth

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2015-05-22 12:06:08 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Travel Yosemite: Mist and John Muir Trails
Five years ago today, we did a short version of our Half-Dome hike, making a loop by going up the Mist Trail to Nevada Fall and then coming back down the John Muir trail.

What a difference the season makes. Our first experience of these trails was in September 2009 and then the Mist Trail was as dry as a bone. This time, in late spring, the Mist Trail lived up to its name. We were walking enveloped in cloud, water streaming around us. When we reached Vernal Falls rainbows danced in the mist as the sun broke into the valley.

At the top of Nevada Fall, the weather changed abruptly and it began to snow lightly. Snow melt was running in rivulets, cascading down mountain everywhere including the trail. A wet hike home.

This paragraph describes our experience in May of 2010 exactly, even to the rainbows. "To proceed... more »

Travel Yosemite: Mist and John Muir Trails
Five years ago today, we did a short version of our Half-Dome hike, making a loop by going up the Mist Trail to Nevada Fall and then coming back down the John Muir trail.

What a difference the season makes. Our first experience of these trails was in September 2009 and then the Mist Trail was as dry as a bone. This time, in late spring, the Mist Trail lived up to its name. We were walking enveloped in cloud, water streaming around us. When we reached Vernal Falls rainbows danced in the mist as the sun broke into the valley.

At the top of Nevada Fall, the weather changed abruptly and it began to snow lightly. Snow melt was running in rivulets, cascading down mountain everywhere including the trail. A wet hike home.

This paragraph describes our experience in May of 2010 exactly, even to the rainbows. "To proceed directly to the top of Vernal Fall, follow the Mist Trail 0.5 miles (0.8 km) up a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps. Prepare for slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer (hence the name for this trail!). You will delight in views of Vernal Fall all along this stretch of trail and may even be able to see a rainbow in the spray of the fall. At the top of Vernal Fall, you can experience jaw-dropping views straight down the length of the 317-foot waterfall (please don't cross the railings and use extreme caution while you're near any flowing water or wet rock in this area)."

When we went the first time in fall,  it was quite dry and we wondering what the guide books were talking about.

Whenever people say, "Been there. Done that." I always laugh. It's never the same twice. Season, weather, time of day, and even changes in your own life experience all filter the moment.
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For more information about this hike: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/vernalnevadatrail.htm

#yosemitenationalpark  ___

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2015-05-21 23:26:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Language: More Fun with Google Translate 
"Before a doctor became a demon instructor, every one of the cycle clinic also cringing. Driving school is a series of happenings! "

【あす】チャリダー★快汗!サイクルクリニック「本日開校!自転車教習所」
[BS1]5月23日(土) 午後6:30~6:50

本格的自転車情報番組「チャリダー」。
サイクルスポーツがブームになっている中で、意外に知らないのが、そのルールとマナー。
ドクター竹谷が教官となって、楽しく自転車の乗り方を学ぶ教習所がオープン! 手信号や、交差点のわたり方、必須の装備など、チャリダーならしっかり知っておきたいルールを学ぶ。
鬼教官となったドクターを前に、サイクルクリニックの面々もたじたじ。教習所はハプニングの連続!

【司会】うじきつよし
【出演】朝比奈彩,猪野学,レイザーラモン,堤下敦
【コメンテーター】竹谷賢二
【語り】千葉繁,七緒はるひ

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チャリダー★快汗!サイクルクリニック
[BS1]
土曜 午後6:30~
http://www.nhk.or.jp/charida/
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"Before a doctor became a demon instructor, every one of the cycle clinic also cringing. Driving school is a series of happenings! "

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2015-05-20 12:57:51 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Power: How Prestige Overcame Strength
And how you can make being an asshole work for you. 

This was a long article and I almost didn't get to the good part because I thought it was going to blithely confuse correlation with causation. However, it turned out to be worth the read, more thoughtful and thought-provoking than is initially apparent.
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From the article, "Homo sapiens developed a newer, uniquely human path to power. Scholars call it “prestige.”... Prestige emerged when our ancestors gained the ability to exchange know-how. An undersized ape-man who knew a better way of finding berries or building a fire or trapping a gazelle could now, instead of being forced to accept beta status, attract a clientele who would trade deference for access to his expertise. Unlike dominance, which is mediated by fear, prestige is freely conferred.But ... more »

Power: How Prestige Overcame Strength
And how you can make being an asshole work for you. 

This was a long article and I almost didn't get to the good part because I thought it was going to blithely confuse correlation with causation. However, it turned out to be worth the read, more thoughtful and thought-provoking than is initially apparent.
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From the article, "Homo sapiens developed a newer, uniquely human path to power. Scholars call it “prestige.”... Prestige emerged when our ancestors gained the ability to exchange know-how. An undersized ape-man who knew a better way of finding berries or building a fire or trapping a gazelle could now, instead of being forced to accept beta status, attract a clientele who would trade deference for access to his expertise. Unlike dominance, which is mediated by fear, prestige is freely conferred. But once conferred, of course, it decisively changes the dynamic of power: five ordinary ape-men can, in conjunction, overcome even the strongest single antagonist. The question of “who’s in command?” was now complexified by the question of “who’s in demand?”"

Whether this new, competence-based path to power emerged is not debated by scholars. If it hadn’t, The Iliad wouldn’t have opened with Achilles, the greatest warrior in all of Greece, working for Agamemnon. The question is whether prestige supplanted dominance as the only path to power—or whether the older system also remains operational.___

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2015-05-20 01:32:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Politics: Education and Democracy
"...the evolution of neoliberalism from a set of economic policies into mode of reason imperils not just liberal institutions but democracy itself. Education across the board is jeopardised by the corporate university model."

___Politics: Education and Democracy
"...the evolution of neoliberalism from a set of economic policies into mode of reason imperils not just liberal institutions but democracy itself. Education across the board is jeopardised by the corporate university model."

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2015-05-19 22:24:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Travel Wales: Powis Castle
Gardens are not all about the flowers. Contrast in foliage (texture, color, shape) provides interest. Long term investment versus short term.

Travel Wales: Powis Castle
Gardens are not all about the flowers. Contrast in foliage (texture, color, shape) provides interest. Long term investment versus short term.___

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2015-05-17 01:36:25 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-16 14:07:10 (16 comments, 7 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Artifacts: Cultivating Delight 
One of my continuing interests has always been what the physical objects which we create and with which we surround ourselves say about us, both as individuals and as a society. 

Who does not walk into someone else's living space and eye the collection of books, or music, or video to help form some opinion of the person who lives there?

Our possessions are both archival (what we treasure about our pasts) and aspirational (what we hope to accomplish in our future). When we feel overwhelmed by our possessions, a need to purge them, it's evidence that we need to move on from some impediment, some shackle to the past or illusory future. 

People tend to foist stuff on us (think spam mail) and we find it hard to say no. Tidying up is the physical first step to regaining our sense of self, to assessing our own true needs andde... more »

Artifacts: Cultivating Delight 
One of my continuing interests has always been what the physical objects which we create and with which we surround ourselves say about us, both as individuals and as a society. 

Who does not walk into someone else's living space and eye the collection of books, or music, or video to help form some opinion of the person who lives there?

Our possessions are both archival (what we treasure about our pasts) and aspirational (what we hope to accomplish in our future). When we feel overwhelmed by our possessions, a need to purge them, it's evidence that we need to move on from some impediment, some shackle to the past or illusory future. 

People tend to foist stuff on us (think spam mail) and we find it hard to say no. Tidying up is the physical first step to regaining our sense of self, to assessing our own true needs and desires.

In writing these little meditations on "what we keep", I came across Marie Kondo and her konmari method for taking control of clutter. Her method is far closer to my own than say, the Puritan-style "Clutterers Anonymous". Cleaning isn't about focusing on what to get rid of, on shaming people to get rid of their stuff. (Apparently so they can buy new stuff and keep the consumerist economy going.) No. No. No. It's about focusing on what to keep, those things that bring us delight.

When I sit here drinking my tea, I consider my cup. And yes, it brings me delight. Because I was quite poor in my youth, I always spent a great deal of time carefully weighing the characteristics of any purchase until finding just the thing that brought that spark of delight. If I didn't find it, I didn't buy it. (For example, I didn't own a couch until my late 30s).

When I look at my tea cup, I also think of the Japanese tea ceremony, which is about truly appreciating (paying attention to) the present moment, the radiance of the ordinary. Every time I look at this cup it makes me happy. I just have to remember to look.
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So ends my long introduction to the linked story which examines the KonMari Method from the perspective of an economist. I think it will be interesting to those of you who prefer a less lyrical explanation.


#whatwekeep   #theradianceoftheordinary  ___

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2015-05-16 11:01:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

ATX: Charting Tech Start-ups

ATX: Charting Tech Start-ups___

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2015-05-16 10:25:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Artifacts: Save Our Global Cultural Wealth
+nomad dimitri "It makes me sad that, as we spend our time chatting about receiving Amazon packages via drones, using self-driven Google cars, hailing taxis via Uber, and counting our calories with Apple smartwatches, this historical masterpiece will be forever wiped out."

"Why haven't the global tech giants, in particular, who could provide funds, reconnaissance & tech support, teamed up with the UN to help protect our shared cultural heritage from thieving fanatics? "

Don't let IS destroy Palmyra, the "Venice of the Sands"

The city of Palmyra, in Syria, more than 2000-years-old, is one of the most magical places I have ever visited.  Islamic State (IS) fighters have been advancing towards Palmyra and it is a matter of days before it falls into their hands to be pillaged and destroyed.

Palmyra sits at the edge of an oasis of date palms and gardens and has been, for millennia, a watering place on a trade route from the east.  Think caravans bringing Chinese silks, stopping to water their camels on the way to Rome!

It makes me sad that, as we spend our time chatting about receiving Amazon packages via drones, using self-driven Google cars, hailing taxis via Uber, and counting our calories with Apple smartwatches, this historical masterpiece will be forever wiped out.

Why haven't the global tech giants, in particular, who could provide funds, reconnaissance & tech support, teamed up with the UN to help protect our shared cultural heritage from thieving fanatics?  

Larry, we need an initiative urgently: this is a hornet's nest but it is your cup of tea as well.

(read more about Palmyra on BBC today: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32748392)
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#nomadimitritravel___Artifacts: Save Our Global Cultural Wealth
+nomad dimitri "It makes me sad that, as we spend our time chatting about receiving Amazon packages via drones, using self-driven Google cars, hailing taxis via Uber, and counting our calories with Apple smartwatches, this historical masterpiece will be forever wiped out."

"Why haven't the global tech giants, in particular, who could provide funds, reconnaissance & tech support, teamed up with the UN to help protect our shared cultural heritage from thieving fanatics? "

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2015-05-12 13:02:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Women Work: Erased From (Cinematic) History
Another example of how some demographic groups seem never to have participated because they are specifically erased from history. This case is so weird because it's fiction...and it's something that would give anyone who just saw the movie a double-take. "Wait, Captain America wasn't in that scene. It was Black Widow."

So what possible justification could there be? Only the very recent idea that boys won't play with girl action figures. Hell, in my day, the boys had to commandeer the girls Barbies to create our fictional universes with female adversaries and allies for our GI Joes.

#genderdeterminism   #pinkghetto   #blueghetto  

Women Work: Erased From (Cinematic) History
Another example of how some demographic groups seem never to have participated because they are specifically erased from history. This case is so weird because it's fiction...and it's something that would give anyone who just saw the movie a double-take. "Wait, Captain America wasn't in that scene. It was Black Widow."

So what possible justification could there be? Only the very recent idea that boys won't play with girl action figures. Hell, in my day, the boys had to commandeer the girls Barbies to create our fictional universes with female adversaries and allies for our GI Joes.

#genderdeterminism   #pinkghetto   #blueghetto  ___

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2015-05-11 02:18:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

ATX: Reflection Congress Ave
circa 2006

ATX: Reflection Congress Ave
circa 2006___

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2015-05-09 19:27:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Politics: Support Our Troops
Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert...I'm talking to you, you unAmerican sons-of-bitches.

Ok, this "Jade Helm" conspiracy bullshit has gone way too far.

At first it was just embarrassing, wondering if the Texas governor was so stupid as to believe it, or just pandering to the idiots who do.

Now it's gone way too far.

Listen up. This is one of the most offensive things I've ever heard about our troops. This requires you believe that our soldiers would fire on and arrest and detain citizens simply because of their political belief.

Anyone who thinks that has clearly never served a day in uniform or taken the oath of enlistment.

It requires we believe our soldiers and veterans are mindless automatons, with no comprehension of the Constitution we've sworn to uphold and defend, or of posse comitatus.

It has come to the point where this stupidity and arrogant ignorance will endanger lives. Without the ability to train in combat exercises, these troops won't be properly prepared.

These multi-state exercises aren't a new thing: they're a regular and nearly annual thing. Under every single President since it was easy to move our troops between states.

Quit making up lies about the honor and integrity of our troops, and try and remember that they are also citizens. Who vote.

And I hope every ass associated with spreading this bullshit is voted out in their next election, overwhelmingly by the AD and veterans from their respective constituents.

#SupportOurTroops


Img source: http://www.runnersforheroes.org/images/afghanistan-wounded-soldier-2010-11-28-22-50-24.jpg___Politics: Support Our Troops
Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert...I'm talking to you, you unAmerican sons-of-bitches.

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2015-05-07 10:23:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Japan: Culture Shift, Business Style
In the 1980s, Japan dominated business in the industries of auto and personal electronics and the globe looked to them to figure out their secrets of management and production. However, as the landscape changed, practices that were successful in one context became a liability in another. Now a new generation is looking outside of Japan for ways to adapt to the new economy.

#disruption  

Japan: Culture Shift, Business Style
In the 1980s, Japan dominated business in the industries of auto and personal electronics and the globe looked to them to figure out their secrets of management and production. However, as the landscape changed, practices that were successful in one context became a liability in another. Now a new generation is looking outside of Japan for ways to adapt to the new economy.

#disruption  ___

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2015-05-07 02:59:08 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

UXG+: Collections
What she said. +Meirav M. gets Collections. 

What's so good about the new G+ Collections
(and also some tips)

I posted already about why I'm not going to be grouping my posts into Collections, but many people are finding this new feature extremely useful, and here's why:

1. on the consumer side, being able to opt out of posts on a particular topic by someone you do want to keep following - e.g. if you have a friend who geeks out about a particular subject you have zero interest in. This way you get to see less posts you're not interested in, and more posts you are interested in seeing.

1a. Also, if there's someone you are generally not interested in following, but there's one topic they post about that you are interested in - e.g. there's a person you find obnoxious but he's a really good photographer and you want to see his photos; or someone who posts lots of stuff you find boring, but also shares great Vegan recipes and you're a Vegan in desperate need of great recipes. So you could follow just that Collection, without even adding that person to your circles.

2. on the author side, that friend in #1 is now feeling free to post a lot more stuff about that specific niche area, because she knows she's not swamping people with stuff they're not interested in, because she knows we can opt out of those posts.

so it's a win win really.

it gives people more freedom to post more stuff, and also gives us all more control over what we see in our streams.

a few tips while I'm on the subject

a. Yes, you can move an existing post into a Collection: the new dropdown button next to the reshare button is a quick way of doing that. If you would like to say something about it though, you need to use the standard reshare button.

b. Yes, you can change your mind. If you've made a Collection and decided this wasn't a good idea after all, you can delete the Collection - but you'll get a warning message saying that this would delete all the posts in that Collection, so don't do it before moving all the posts out of the Collection first! (The dropdown menu for a post in a Collection includes the option to move it out of there, so it goes back to where it was before.) (This is also useful if you want to move it to a different Collection - move it out of the first one, then move it to the other one.)

c. When you set up a new Collection, the default setting is that it will be included in your followers' streams. I highly recommend leaving it like that, so people don't need to do anything extra unless they specifically want to opt out. The default setting simply leaves the status quo as it is - someone who follows you has already been getting your posts unfiltered, so that's what they'd generally be expecting. And it's really not very hard to opt out.

d. if someone you're following has set up Collections, you'll start seeing that in your stream - each post that belongs to a Collection has a special heading, which links to the Collection the post is part of. Clicking on that link will take you there, so you can (1) see more posts from that Collection (2) opt out if you want to (3) set Notifications to On if you want to get notified of these posts in future. (I had a buggy experience with that but found that clicking Unfollow and then clicking Follow again did the trick.) (filed under: teething problems)

If you have questions or problems, ask at the G+ Official Help community - they have a section dedicated to Collections:
https://plus.google.com/communities/115758385206378551362/stream/7572b3ef-97eb-48de-9bfa-566689641434
(I posted there about that buggy behaviour I mentioned, and got really good advice! much respect to the people who help out there - they seem to have amazing levels of patience!)

p.s. my post about why I don't personally see myself setting up separate Collections:
https://plus.google.com/+MeiravMBerale/posts/5WAATZLQqiJ

#Collections   #Gplusupdates   #Gplustips  ___UXG+: Collections
What she said. +Meirav M. gets Collections. 

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2015-05-04 12:08:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Work While Ye Have the Light
"Are the people happier who are content to drift comfortably down the stream of life, to take things easily, not to want to take pains?...I only know that to my own mind and conscience pure idleness seems to me akin to folly...and that in some form or other I must obey the Divine command: "Work while ye have the light." —Gertrude Jekyll

Work While Ye Have the Light
"Are the people happier who are content to drift comfortably down the stream of life, to take things easily, not to want to take pains?...I only know that to my own mind and conscience pure idleness seems to me akin to folly...and that in some form or other I must obey the Divine command: "Work while ye have the light." —Gertrude Jekyll___

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2015-05-01 02:59:16 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

April is the Cruelest Month 
When I returned from my trip a month ago, the air was heavy with the grape soda scent of Texas mountain laurel. In the darkness, I could make out vaguely that the front yard was overgrown—it must have rained a lot when I was gone—but I didn't pause to look. I just stumbled indoors and into bed.

That's how I knew I wasn't a gardener any longer; a real gardener would have been prowling the garden with a flashlight to see what had happened in his absence. As I used to do.

In the last couple of weeks, however,  I've felt the familiar twinge, the gardening urge stirring. The unusually cool, wet spring is not what roused it. I know that in the Austin gardener's year, "April is the cruelest month " because it is the moment of full flower before deadly, baking summer. It is full of promise, signs of hope, that sendspeopl... more »

April is the Cruelest Month 
When I returned from my trip a month ago, the air was heavy with the grape soda scent of Texas mountain laurel. In the darkness, I could make out vaguely that the front yard was overgrown—it must have rained a lot when I was gone—but I didn't pause to look. I just stumbled indoors and into bed.

That's how I knew I wasn't a gardener any longer; a real gardener would have been prowling the garden with a flashlight to see what had happened in his absence. As I used to do.

In the last couple of weeks, however,  I've felt the familiar twinge, the gardening urge stirring. The unusually cool, wet spring is not what roused it. I know that in the Austin gardener's year, "April is the cruelest month " because it is the moment of full flower before deadly, baking summer. It is full of promise, signs of hope, that sends people to the nurseries to buy and plant like people flocking to a bullish stock market, that infectious enthusiasm to buy at the height.

As it turns out, it wasn't the fair weather or pretty flowers that piqued my interest in the garden again. It was organizing and migrating my files from one computer to another. Going through over 8000 photos taken these last 20 years, I didn't become depressed by my failures and negligence (as I have sometimes done in these most recent years of heat and drought). Instead, I was reminded that what I liked most about gardening is that the garden is never the same twice.

Every day is a new opportunity to look. The garden is full of thrills and surprises. I've been gardening here 22 years and last week was the first time I ever saw a rat snake! So the garden piques my curiosity; it encourages me to observe and record, to compare, research, and analyze. And that makes me want to get up each day to rush outside with my morning coffee to see what's up.

I've never succeeded in "making" a garden, designing or making a living space. My garden is more like a laboratory, a place to tinker and experiment. Mostly, though, I just wander around watching and wondering.
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"April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing 
memory and desire, stirring 
dull roots with spring rain."
T. S. Eliot The Waste Land___

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2015-04-26 18:32:19 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

ATX: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly 
Sipping a praire verbena.

ATX: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly 
Sipping a praire verbena.___

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2015-04-24 16:56:50 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Texas Rat Snake, Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri 
Yesterday the grackles were making more of a ruckus than normal. One male flew in all puffed up and vocalizing loudly (even for a grackle), then another. I thought they were fighting over territory or showing off for the females, four of which had gathered nearby. Then I saw the head of the snake, in a fork of the tree about 15 feet up, near a hole which has been occupied alternately by squirrels and starlings.

All the grackles were screaming at the snake and a couple of the males attacked it.

By the time I got my camera, the grackles had knocked the Texas Rat snake to the ground but it was undeterred. They harried it for awhile and then stopped and flew off. The snake crawled up the tree and settled in the nest. It's still there today, peeking its head out of the hole, surveying its realm. 

Although they dobi... more »

Texas Rat Snake, Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri 
Yesterday the grackles were making more of a ruckus than normal. One male flew in all puffed up and vocalizing loudly (even for a grackle), then another. I thought they were fighting over territory or showing off for the females, four of which had gathered nearby. Then I saw the head of the snake, in a fork of the tree about 15 feet up, near a hole which has been occupied alternately by squirrels and starlings.

All the grackles were screaming at the snake and a couple of the males attacked it.

By the time I got my camera, the grackles had knocked the Texas Rat snake to the ground but it was undeterred. They harried it for awhile and then stopped and flew off. The snake crawled up the tree and settled in the nest. It's still there today, peeking its head out of the hole, surveying its realm. 

Although they do bite, Texas rat snakes are non-venomous and very beneficial. So I'm glad to have it. I've lived at this house for more than twenty years and have never seen any snakes. I wonder how long it's been here and whether it explain why the cats no longer visit my yard. I used to think I was on the cat expressway but I haven't seen a cat in my yard in more than six months.
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Pinging +Tejas Richard +Michael O'Reilly because I thought you'd be interested.___

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2015-04-24 13:16:46 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Ethics: Courage of Conviction 
Sometimes the stories of "great" people are more discouraging than motivating because they seem like a different kind of being than us ordinary types with ordinary cares.

Susan Cramm explores some of the issues and provides some specific ways to challenge one's own complacency. From the article (bolding mine).

"The common denominator of those who 'do something' is conviction borne of a higher purpose that fuels the courage necessary to act."

"Unfortunately, conviction is in relatively short supply. When I ask clients about their values, legacy, motivators, and talents, many lack Pollaro’s level of self-awareness. And even if they have it, the temptation to envision more practical dreams all too often short-circuits conviction. Finally, even when armed with self-awareness and dreams thatma... more »

Ethics: Courage of Conviction 
Sometimes the stories of "great" people are more discouraging than motivating because they seem like a different kind of being than us ordinary types with ordinary cares.

Susan Cramm explores some of the issues and provides some specific ways to challenge one's own complacency. From the article (bolding mine).

"The common denominator of those who 'do something' is conviction borne of a higher purpose that fuels the courage necessary to act."

"Unfortunately, conviction is in relatively short supply. When I ask clients about their values, legacy, motivators, and talents, many lack Pollaro’s level of self-awareness. And even if they have it, the temptation to envision more practical dreams all too often short-circuits conviction. Finally, even when armed with self-awareness and dreams that make the heart go pitter-patter, the daily demands of living complicate the process of creating tomorrow while living today.

In our 20s, if we are free of the responsibilities of mortgages, children, and a fully developed prefrontal cortex, these barriers seem like mere speed bumps. But as we get older, we put more weight on what we could lose than on what we might gain — and developing conviction to pursue our dreams becomes more difficult."___

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2015-04-23 01:34:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Parry Fjord, Chile

#tierradelfuego #earthday2015  

Parry Fjord, Chile

#tierradelfuego #earthday2015  ___

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2015-04-22 01:32:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Garden Blues
Many blue flowers are actually some shade of purple or lavender. I put them side-by-side to see which is the bluest of the blue.

From left to right:
   Muscari neglectum, grape hyacinth
   Nemophila insignis, baby blue eyes
   Hyancinthoides hispanica, Spanish bluebell
   Lupinus texensis, Texas bluebonnet
   Commelinantia anomala, false dayflower (a solid one and a bicolor)

Garden Blues
Many blue flowers are actually some shade of purple or lavender. I put them side-by-side to see which is the bluest of the blue.

From left to right:
   Muscari neglectum, grape hyacinth
   Nemophila insignis, baby blue eyes
   Hyancinthoides hispanica, Spanish bluebell
   Lupinus texensis, Texas bluebonnet
   Commelinantia anomala, false dayflower (a solid one and a bicolor)___

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2015-04-19 22:00:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Opuntia, Spineless Prickly Pear 

Opuntia, Spineless Prickly Pear ___

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2015-04-19 02:01:36 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Delacroix: Solitude and Sharing 
Sharing this thought seems almost wrong.

"I must work alone. I think that going into society from time to time, or just going out and seeing people, does not do much harm to one’s work and spiritual progress, in spite of what many so-called artists say to the contrary. Associating with people of that kind is far more dangerous; their conversation is always commonplace. I must go back to being alone. Moreover, I must try to live austerely, as Plato did. How can one keep one’s enthusiasm concentrated on a subject when one is always at the mercy of other people and in constant need of their society? … The things we experience for ourselves when we are alone are much stronger and much fresher. However pleasant it may be to communicate one’s emotions to a friend there are too many fine shades of feeling to be explained, and although eachprobably... more »

Delacroix: Solitude and Sharing 
Sharing this thought seems almost wrong.

"I must work alone. I think that going into society from time to time, or just going out and seeing people, does not do much harm to one’s work and spiritual progress, in spite of what many so-called artists say to the contrary. Associating with people of that kind is far more dangerous; their conversation is always commonplace. I must go back to being alone. Moreover, I must try to live austerely, as Plato did. How can one keep one’s enthusiasm concentrated on a subject when one is always at the mercy of other people and in constant need of their society? … The things we experience for ourselves when we are alone are much stronger and much fresher. However pleasant it may be to communicate one’s emotions to a friend there are too many fine shades of feeling to be explained, and although each probably perceives them, he does so in his own way and thus the impression is weakened for both." —Eugène Delacroix 

via +Maria Popova ___

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2015-04-17 21:18:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Friday: Time to Wrap Up Work

Friday: Time to Wrap Up Work___

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2015-04-14 20:56:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Superpower: Invisibility 
Ask any woman over a certain age...she haz it!

#hillary  

Superpower: Invisibility 
Ask any woman over a certain age...she haz it!

#hillary  ___

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2015-04-14 15:18:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Literature: Salman Rushdie on Günter Grass 
"I loved him for his writing, of course—for his love of the Grimm tales, which he remade in modern dress, for the black comedy he brought to the examination of history, for the playfulness of his seriousness, for the unforgettable courage with which he looked the great evil of his time in the face and rendered the unspeakable into great art."

Literature: Salman Rushdie on Günter Grass 
"I loved him for his writing, of course—for his love of the Grimm tales, which he remade in modern dress, for the black comedy he brought to the examination of history, for the playfulness of his seriousness, for the unforgettable courage with which he looked the great evil of his time in the face and rendered the unspeakable into great art."___

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2015-04-09 22:27:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

ATX: Humanity

Testing the Snapseed App on my iPhone.

#snapseed  

ATX: Humanity

Testing the Snapseed App on my iPhone.

#snapseed  ___

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2015-04-08 23:55:21 (1 comments, 10 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Politics: USA Today

survival tips___Politics: USA Today

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2015-04-08 01:40:25 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Religion: Conversion

Religion: Conversion___

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2015-04-07 21:01:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

ATX: The Brewtorium
Friends +Chris Rauschuber and +Whitney Roberts are well on road toward their dream of opening a brewpub in 2016. Here's a preview of coming attractions. I've been lucky enough to get to sample many a tasty brew at their house. I'm looking forward to them going public.

#brewpub #craftbeer #austin  

ATX: The Brewtorium
Friends +Chris Rauschuber and +Whitney Roberts are well on road toward their dream of opening a brewpub in 2016. Here's a preview of coming attractions. I've been lucky enough to get to sample many a tasty brew at their house. I'm looking forward to them going public.

#brewpub #craftbeer #austin  ___

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2015-04-05 16:43:04 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Book: Going Light with Backpack or Burro
Before I left on my trip to Patagonia, I came across this delightful little book at Recycled Reads. Written in 1951 by various members of the Sierra Club of San Francisco (the focus audience being people exploring the National Parks of the American West), the editor, David R. Brower, prefaces the sixth printing in 1962 with this message. "More than a decade later (and six printing later, each helped by suggestions for readers), the book is still at it. The need seems even greater in these days of ubiquitous attempts to move the wilderness experience to the roadside. True wilderness is where you keep it and real wilderness experience cannot be a sedentary one; you have to seek it out—not seated, but afoot. That, at least, is how the Sierra Club Feels about it. D.R.B Berkeley, August 1, 1962"

The slim volume is packed full of usefula... more »

Book: Going Light with Backpack or Burro
Before I left on my trip to Patagonia, I came across this delightful little book at Recycled Reads. Written in 1951 by various members of the Sierra Club of San Francisco (the focus audience being people exploring the National Parks of the American West), the editor, David R. Brower, prefaces the sixth printing in 1962 with this message. "More than a decade later (and six printing later, each helped by suggestions for readers), the book is still at it. The need seems even greater in these days of ubiquitous attempts to move the wilderness experience to the roadside. True wilderness is where you keep it and real wilderness experience cannot be a sedentary one; you have to seek it out—not seated, but afoot. That, at least, is how the Sierra Club Feels about it. D.R.B Berkeley, August 1, 1962"

The slim volume is packed full of useful advice. Like backpacking itself, the authors succeed by leaving out anything extraneous. In these days of blogs and listicals, I miss the matter-of-fact tone of these mid-twentieth century how-to books. Adults writing to adults. Informative. Sensible. No nonsense. And focused on the subject not themselves. Still there is optimism, humor, and encouragement.

The book has one chapter with advice specifically for women, but it could have just as easily been labelled for the novice backpacker. "What [success] takes is know-how, and precisely the same advice that applies to men and boys should be assimilated by women and girls." The reminder to the novice is to practice enough ahead of time to be in shape in order to enjoy the experience.

The one issue women faced in 1951 that has been remedied in 2015 is that there were not good hiking boots made for women. The book suggests they buy their hiking boots in the boy's department.

Another chapter is written especially for men but could be titled, "For the Experienced Backpacker". The advice is how to mentor the people in your group that are less experienced; how to assess the abilities of everyone in order to plan treks that have enough options for all levels. The goal of the leader is not to show-off or to race but to optimize the experience for everyone by adapting it to individual capacities.

I took the gist of the advice to heart and profited from it. I was careful in my selection of clothes and equipment. I packed light. I put myself through "...a schedule of physical training...hikes of increasing length carrying a pack and wear the same shoes that you will wear on your trip so that they will be thoroughly tested and broken in."

"To begin with, test your capacity for hard exercise and exposure on easy trips before undertaking anything too strenuous. Do not go along with a bunch of cannonballs whose ambitions run to great distances, great altitudes, and burning speed...unless you know your ability to keep up."

I couldn't  avoid going along with a bunch of cannonballs, but I did have a very accurate assessment of my abilities and the trails we were hiking (based on my research). I was able to say, for example, "Run along and look for me in six hours."  By their standard I was slow but I beat every one of my own estimates. (Probably because we had extraordinarily fine weather for every hike.)

When it came time to put my practice into action, I was pleased that I had brought nothing unnecessary nor was I ever wanting for something I'd forgotten. I was comfortable in my clothes, with my equipment, and in my person. I was a slow walker (in a group of fast runners) but I never lacked confidence in my ability to complete the distance.

The Patagonia trip was not a true backpacking experience as defined by the Sierra Club. We stayed in nice hotels and went for long walks on well-established trails. "Glamping" is what one woman called it. (Glamorous camping).

The success of my treks encourages me to push a little harder. Maybe some day I will return to Torres del Paine and actually backpack the 5-day "W" route or the 9-day "O" route. This little book leaves me with the feeling, "Yes! You can!"___

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2015-04-03 22:47:05 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 


Book: Ongoingness
I have not read this book nor know, yet, if I will. However, I do track my own life in various ways, with various degrees of intensity or obsession. So I understand the some of the impulses described in Alice Gregory's critique. Like the character in Memento I won't remember an experience unless I write it down. Writing is not just an aid to memory, it's a method of processing experience and tying it into the fabric of my life.

When I was in the fourth grade, I realized that I had read so many books in my classroom library, that I couldn't remember them all. So I made a list in tiny hand on a 3x5 card, which I still have.

When I was in the twelfth grade, I moved to another state. Thrust into a new town, a new school, in my senior year, I longed for "one of those days that never made an impression on the old score." How many... more »


Book: Ongoingness
I have not read this book nor know, yet, if I will. However, I do track my own life in various ways, with various degrees of intensity or obsession. So I understand the some of the impulses described in Alice Gregory's critique. Like the character in Memento I won't remember an experience unless I write it down. Writing is not just an aid to memory, it's a method of processing experience and tying it into the fabric of my life.

When I was in the fourth grade, I realized that I had read so many books in my classroom library, that I couldn't remember them all. So I made a list in tiny hand on a 3x5 card, which I still have.

When I was in the twelfth grade, I moved to another state. Thrust into a new town, a new school, in my senior year, I longed for "one of those days that never made an impression on the old score." How many conversation, encounters, jokes, lazy days of hanging around had I forgotten and was unable to recall when I most needed the solace.

So my friends "back home" and I wrote copious letters to each other. I carried my letters with me and during breaks between class or anywhere I had an odd moment standing in line, I'd write a few lines about what I was doing. In sharing status updates, today's teenagers had nothing on us with their texting and social sites, just different tools. Eventually those letters were lost to me and so were those years.

I track events on calendars. I have an desktop log of things done and to do and purchases made. I keep lists of books read, movies seen, and wines drunk. I take note of what is blooming in my garden on any given week, when a flower first bloomed in a given year, the number of 100°+ days in Austin in a summer. I record my weight with WeightBot and the number of calories consumed and expended with Lose It. I add photos of my meals out in Evernote Food. My iPhone monitors the number of steps I've walked in a day (falsely assuming that I carry it with me, which I usually don't). I have a notebook filled with the kanji I've learned. I have another notebook where I make notes of articles I've read and ideas of essays I want to write. I have many, many, many notebooks.

And I keep a handwritten journal. My letter to my future self.

Looking over all my words, I waffle between feeling abashedly egocentric and the fear of forgetting. After all, if we have forgotten what we've done, isn't that the same as never having done it at all. And I must give my account, stand as an eyewitness and add my drop to the stream of history. Our histories are told by too few voices.

In these days of quantified self, I no longer feel singular in my desire to collect and record the data of my existence. There's an app for that. Dozens, scores of them. What will all this data tell us about ourselves.

Nothing, I think. We can use it to examine ourselves but in the end we must write our story. We compose our lives. The data is just the raw material. Meaning comes only from what we do with it, what we make of it.

And what about you? What do you record, if anything? And why?

Related
Journals
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MSinclairStevens/posts/82rMZ2EiKtc___

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2015-04-01 12:16:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Religion: Bullies Cry
...when they realize that they've lost the privilege of the majority.

The safety of refusing to serve the minority

The Bible-based laundry list in the article of reasons not to serve someone at your place of business is amusing, but it serves another point: such discrimination seems highly unlikely to happen because, well, you couldn't stay in business, right? Exclude divorcees, people with tattoos, anyone who illegitimate (or has illegitimacy in their family tree going back generations)?  Potential customers would laugh in your face (or spit in it) for asking, and your doors would shortly close.

No, the only time such discrimination works is when a majority chooses to take a "principled" stand against a minority -- where it won't hurt too much, won't alienate too many others, won't overly damage the bottom line, where there are plenty of Our Kind around to fill in the gaps and maybe even reward us for our moral behavior with additional custom.

That's a big part of what's pernicious about the "religious freedom" law in Indiana, and, to similar laws when proposed: they provide a vehicle for not just (to be charitable) for person religious expression, but for the majority to safely discriminate against a minority who can't strike back, e.g., gays.

It's not a sign of moral courage, but of bullying.___Religion: Bullies Cry
...when they realize that they've lost the privilege of the majority.

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2015-03-30 16:58:27 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Grey Glacier
From a boat on Lago Grey.

#patagonia #lagogrey #greyglacier  

Travel Patagonia: Grey Glacier
From a boat on Lago Grey.

#patagonia #lagogrey #greyglacier  ___

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2015-03-29 22:10:30 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Journey or Destination
...thoughts on two scenes on Ruta 9 headed toward Puerta Natales, Chile.

We are frequently counseled to focus on the journey, not just the destination. Point taken. I understand that it's important to focus on the doing, on the present, not be obsessed always with the end result. However, I also believe that some people look upon the destination as just another finish line to cross. They don't pay enough attention to the destination once they arrive. They don't pause and look around and explore the place they've made all the effort getting to. They see the arrival as the termination, the end point of the journey rather the beginning of being there.

When I was growing up, it was fashionable to mock the stereotype of Japanese tourists who would travel long distances together in a bus, arrive at some point of interest,... more »

Travel Patagonia: Journey or Destination
...thoughts on two scenes on Ruta 9 headed toward Puerta Natales, Chile.

We are frequently counseled to focus on the journey, not just the destination. Point taken. I understand that it's important to focus on the doing, on the present, not be obsessed always with the end result. However, I also believe that some people look upon the destination as just another finish line to cross. They don't pay enough attention to the destination once they arrive. They don't pause and look around and explore the place they've made all the effort getting to. They see the arrival as the termination, the end point of the journey rather the beginning of being there.

When I was growing up, it was fashionable to mock the stereotype of Japanese tourists who would travel long distances together in a bus, arrive at some point of interest, jump out and snap a lot of group photos of themselves in front of said sight, then jump back in the bus and repeat.

On this trip, I found myself in similar circumstances. I could see that I was different than my fellow travellers but this difference was not explained away neatly by nationality, gender, age, or race.

Technology was partially a factor. This was mostly a group of Facebook-savvy people, people entirely used to taking a selfie (unembarrassed to use a selfie-stick) and immediately checking it before sharing it. On our first long bus ride, they spent most of the time checking their photos from the previous day and feeling frustrated that there was no wifi to upload them to Facebook. Then someone discovered that they could airdrop and they spent hours swapping selfies with each other.

I spent most of my time looking out the window.

I think the Japanese tourist was similarly excited about technology; postwar Japan was turning out great cameras for the avid amateur: Nikon, Canon, Minolta. Taking a snapshot reflected the ubiquitousness of that technology. The two years I lived in Japan, I got very use to posing with my students for snapshots on every occasion and for formal group photos with my colleagues for any school event.

When I lived as an ex-pat in Japan, my consciousness was focused on being there, not getting there. That's one reason I chose to live there rather than just visit as a tourist. I wonder if I would behave differently if I were also a long-distance runner as were my companions on this trip. I come from a family of runners and am married to one. The finish line is just an end marker to the run itself. They spend all their time running with no interest of getting anywhere. Their focus is on running faster, stronger, better—beating some previously set record. I've been told if a runner cares only about the finish, then all the hours of running and running and running would be miserable. They have to love the running itself.

In sharp contrast, I enjoy most simply being there. In some ways, every photograph is a mini-destination, a momentary stopping point frozen in time.

What kind of traveller are you: are you more interested in the journey or the destination? or do you manage to balance an interest in both?


#patagonia #a6000  ___

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2015-03-29 00:05:30 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Torres del Paine
To the theme of Hokusai's One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji.

Monday, March 23, 2015  Our final day In the Parque National Torres del Paine, we made the requisite pilgrimage to the Torres themselves. One cannot imagine a more perfect day. Earlier in the week, snow had closed the trail. But this day was the warmest of the trip. The skies were cloudless. The wind still.

We started out at 7:40, directly after breakfast and an hour and a half ahead of the rest of our group. (This because I, as the non-runner, was always the last to arrive anywhere. Even the woman who had sprained her ankle was faster than I.) The skies were lighting up but the valley floor was still dark. Rabbits dashed everywhere.

We made good time and did not see a single other person coming or going until Refugio Chileno. By then, the sun had lit up the Torres... more »

Travel Patagonia: Torres del Paine
To the theme of Hokusai's One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji.

Monday, March 23, 2015  Our final day In the Parque National Torres del Paine, we made the requisite pilgrimage to the Torres themselves. One cannot imagine a more perfect day. Earlier in the week, snow had closed the trail. But this day was the warmest of the trip. The skies were cloudless. The wind still.

We started out at 7:40, directly after breakfast and an hour and a half ahead of the rest of our group. (This because I, as the non-runner, was always the last to arrive anywhere. Even the woman who had sprained her ankle was faster than I.) The skies were lighting up but the valley floor was still dark. Rabbits dashed everywhere.

We made good time and did not see a single other person coming or going until Refugio Chileno. By then, the sun had lit up the Torres and I asked a young woman if she had seen the sunrise. She smiled and said, "Yes! ...from my tent."

The last kilometer was a steep hike and then finally a clamber over midsized boulders. Just as you think you finally made it to the rim, the trail takes a discouraging detour down and around. Ten minutes more and we arrive.

The day is warm enough for us to strip down to T-shirts and dip our feet in the water. And I just lie there for almost two hours watching groups come, pose for a photo, eat lunch and go. I decide to experiment with every whacky setting on my new Sony a6000 camera.

The main photo in this set is the closest to actual color (as I remember it) although the water did often have a creamy emerald cast. I played with the "Ansel Adams" black and white, and in the last added a little "golden" warmth to the rocks.

The rest of our group arrived and we did our tourist snapshots. At 2PM we all headed back down the mountain. By this time the trail was quite crowded...rather like hiking to Half Dome in Yosemite. Four hours up and (for me) a bit longer going down because I didn't bring my walking poles. Spousal unit found me a handy stick to use as a cane.

A quick shower and then to the bar for Pisco sours. This night I had a calafate sour, made with the calafate berry that legend promises if you eat it you will return to Patagonia.

#TorresdelPaine #patagonia #sonya6000  ___

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2015-03-28 15:16:41 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Monte Almirante Nieto
Early snowfall on Almirante Nieto. We are just about to enter the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine after a long, bumpy, dusty bus ride.

If I post a random photo from my trip to Patagonia every day, it will take four years to get through them all. After which, I may be able to afford another vacation.

#patagonia #TorresdelPaine  

Travel Patagonia: Monte Almirante Nieto
Early snowfall on Almirante Nieto. We are just about to enter the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine after a long, bumpy, dusty bus ride.

If I post a random photo from my trip to Patagonia every day, it will take four years to get through them all. After which, I may be able to afford another vacation.

#patagonia #TorresdelPaine  ___

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2015-03-27 21:50:00 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Parque National Torres del Paine
First let me say that I did not auto-enhance or HDR these photos: Lake Pehoé is really that shade of turquoise and the autumnal light in Patagonia cast a golden glow on the land, making the landscape look, at times, like a badly done CGI movie. However, this isn't other-worldly at all but very real-worldly—a landscape that outstrips imagination.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to tag along with group of runners for ten days to run around in Chilean Patagonia, specifically Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine. I'm more an ambler myself but I was confident I could cover the distance if I was allowed to do so at my own pace. This hike from the administration trail head to the Refugio Paine Grande was a little over 11 miles. The runners darted off and I was left almost completely alone, although almost always withinth... more »

Travel Patagonia: Parque National Torres del Paine
First let me say that I did not auto-enhance or HDR these photos: Lake Pehoé is really that shade of turquoise and the autumnal light in Patagonia cast a golden glow on the land, making the landscape look, at times, like a badly done CGI movie. However, this isn't other-worldly at all but very real-worldly—a landscape that outstrips imagination.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to tag along with group of runners for ten days to run around in Chilean Patagonia, specifically Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine. I'm more an ambler myself but I was confident I could cover the distance if I was allowed to do so at my own pace. This hike from the administration trail head to the Refugio Paine Grande was a little over 11 miles. The runners darted off and I was left almost completely alone, although almost always within the line-of-sight of someone. Unlike our hikes in England's the Lake District or in Yosemite and other US national parks, I really did feel as if I had reached the Fin del Mundo, the end of the earth.

The day was fine and temperatures were mountain brisk but not cold. However, the Patagonian wind was fierce and never let up. This was hard on the runners who had to run the distance with a head wind. The wind was so strong, I found it difficult at times to keep my balance and once didn't. I learned literally what "two steps forward, one step back" feels like.

Eventually, spousal unit finished running and came back for me. We walked to the Lake Pehoé mirador (lookout) together. The wind sent up huge gusts of water from the surface of Lake Pehoé and with the sun behind us we could see rainbows shimmer momentarily in the resulting mist.

#patagonia #torresdelpaine #lagopehoe  ___

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2015-03-27 17:36:53 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Science: Gender is not Binary
"The science is indeed clear that biological sex exists on a continuum; a sport divided into two categories is, in contrast, unavoidably binary. There is no possible rule that will make that tension go away. “I have said repeatedly—and I don’t think this is an opinion, but a fact—that there’s never going to be a satisfying biological dividing line,” Alice Dreger, a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told me. “Nature doesn’t care that we want neat categories.”

#genderdeterminism #reductionism  

Science: Gender is not Binary
"The science is indeed clear that biological sex exists on a continuum; a sport divided into two categories is, in contrast, unavoidably binary. There is no possible rule that will make that tension go away. “I have said repeatedly—and I don’t think this is an opinion, but a fact—that there’s never going to be a satisfying biological dividing line,” Alice Dreger, a professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, told me. “Nature doesn’t care that we want neat categories.”

#genderdeterminism #reductionism  ___

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2015-03-26 16:01:55 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

UX: Chatelaines: Utility for the Pocketless
As a child, I viewed Batman's utility belt with envy: what could be more wonderful than to always have the correct tool ready-to-hand, rather than fumbling for it in a bag or wandering from room to room wondering where I left it.

Follow the link to a well-researched article and many more photos.

#wearabletechnology  

UX: Chatelaines: Utility for the Pocketless
As a child, I viewed Batman's utility belt with envy: what could be more wonderful than to always have the correct tool ready-to-hand, rather than fumbling for it in a bag or wandering from room to room wondering where I left it.

Follow the link to a well-researched article and many more photos.

#wearabletechnology  ___

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2015-03-19 10:40:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Travel Patagonia: Parry Fjord
Tierra del Fuego. Glacier in Bahia Parry, Cueves Arm.

Travel Patagonia: Parry Fjord
Tierra del Fuego. Glacier in Bahia Parry, Cueves Arm.___

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2015-03-13 12:29:56 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Travel: The View from the Middle of the Journey
From Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet, “Depict your sorrows and desires, your passing thoughts and beliefs in some kind of beauty—depict all that with heartfelt, quiet, humble sincerity; and use to express yourself the things that surround you, the images of your dreams and the objects of your memory. If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor or unimportant place.”

Travel: The View from the Middle of the Journey
From Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet, “Depict your sorrows and desires, your passing thoughts and beliefs in some kind of beauty—depict all that with heartfelt, quiet, humble sincerity; and use to express yourself the things that surround you, the images of your dreams and the objects of your memory. If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor or unimportant place.”___

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2015-03-11 19:29:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-09 01:52:11 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Travel: Preparing to be Unprepared
Humans notice change. If we treated all the sensory material we receive equally, we would be too overwhelmed with information to identify what is important. A movement in the landscape can be a threat (if a predator) or an opportunity (if prey). So we learn to notice and pay closer attention to differences.

Familiarity ossifies experience. The things we see around us day in and day out fade out of focus into the background of ordinariness. We stop paying attention to them. We no longer really see them. One of the great benefits of traveling for pleasure, is that it forces us to see everything with new eyes.

When we travel we must recalibrate our instruments of perception. We cannot perceive strange new landscapes with the same eyes with which we half-absently perform our daily chores.

Before a trip into the unknown, I spend a... more »

Travel: Preparing to be Unprepared
Humans notice change. If we treated all the sensory material we receive equally, we would be too overwhelmed with information to identify what is important. A movement in the landscape can be a threat (if a predator) or an opportunity (if prey). So we learn to notice and pay closer attention to differences.

Familiarity ossifies experience. The things we see around us day in and day out fade out of focus into the background of ordinariness. We stop paying attention to them. We no longer really see them. One of the great benefits of traveling for pleasure, is that it forces us to see everything with new eyes.

When we travel we must recalibrate our instruments of perception. We cannot perceive strange new landscapes with the same eyes with which we half-absently perform our daily chores.

Before a trip into the unknown, I spend a lot of time researching, reading, and otherwise preparing to see it. Some people feel that this spoils the surprise of a new place, takes away the sense of discovery and wonder.

However, for me, envisioning my journey beforehand enables me to deal with all the insignificant aspects of travel, the minor irritations and discomforts, to better focus on the experience at hand. If I have a good feel for the parameters, then I can pay attention to what is most significant. If I don't do this, then I'm overwhelmed with sensation and not really meaningfully present.

I do not expect the experience to unfold as I've imagined it. I simply prepare myself to be unprepared.___

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2015-03-08 21:04:32 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Science: You Can't Prove Me Wrong If the Facts Don't Matter
"...when people’s beliefs are threatened, they often take flight to a land where facts do not matter. In scientific terms, their beliefs become less “falsifiable” because they can no longer be tested scientifically for verification or refutation."
...
"With the disease of bias, then, societal immunity is better achieved when we encourage people to accept ambiguity, engage in critical thinking, and reject strict ideology."

via +Dan Ariely 

Science: You Can't Prove Me Wrong If the Facts Don't Matter
"...when people’s beliefs are threatened, they often take flight to a land where facts do not matter. In scientific terms, their beliefs become less “falsifiable” because they can no longer be tested scientifically for verification or refutation."
...
"With the disease of bias, then, societal immunity is better achieved when we encourage people to accept ambiguity, engage in critical thinking, and reject strict ideology."

via +Dan Ariely ___

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2015-03-08 14:44:32 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Economy: Can Young White Guys Save the World (Again)
While the rest of the world today is paying various types of lip-service to the concept of women's participation in life as fully-realized human beings, +The Guardian manages to publish an article which seems oblivious to any form of human being unless they come in the  young, white, and male model (preferably bearded and tattooed).

On the surface, the article is about a new kind of economy, the flat white economy, driven by a new set of life goals, redefining the measure of success.

One quote even explains how diversity powers it all. 'According to McWilliams, the capital’s talent pool, continually refreshed by immigration, is what sets it apart. “People do seem to be more creative in London,” he told me. “The mix of races, genders and backgrounds seems to generate a flow of ideas. Other parts of theeconomy ... more »

Economy: Can Young White Guys Save the World (Again)
While the rest of the world today is paying various types of lip-service to the concept of women's participation in life as fully-realized human beings, +The Guardian manages to publish an article which seems oblivious to any form of human being unless they come in the  young, white, and male model (preferably bearded and tattooed).

On the surface, the article is about a new kind of economy, the flat white economy, driven by a new set of life goals, redefining the measure of success.

One quote even explains how diversity powers it all. 'According to McWilliams, the capital’s talent pool, continually refreshed by immigration, is what sets it apart. “People do seem to be more creative in London,” he told me. “The mix of races, genders and backgrounds seems to generate a flow of ideas. Other parts of the economy might move out of London, but anything that depends on creativity will remain London-based.” While other jobs are increasingly replaced by machines, those that demand a constant stream of creative thinking will endure.'

However, the article then blithely reduces any observations about a plurality of people by reducing the subject to a single, representative model, the hipster. From that point on, it is white males talking to white males about white males. The new revolution is about the clothes the wear, the gadgets they buy, the drinks they drink, and the machines they ride. And, of course, the jobs they take to power their lifestyles.

There is nothing inherently wrong in that. What becomes problematic is when the discussion creates an artificial environment where the inhabitants are unable to perceive anything that doesn't look or act exactly like themselves. They narrow the parameters of the world until they are the norm and everything else is other. They think they are the world.

No wonder these guys are so confused and hostile when the rest of the world presses in and pops their social bubble.___

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2015-03-06 13:31:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Politics: Universal Healthcare
From the article, "Arguably, race and gender anxieties are the reasons that healthcare reform, which would otherwise be a dry economic issue, has been such an ugly fight in this country. Healthcare is about bodies, after all. Racism and sexism are about a lot of things, but bodies are a big part of it, and whether or not people should have unequal status based on what bodies they have. Granting white and male bodies better care, on average, that female bodies and bodies of people of color get is a major way to preserve these kind of racial and gender hierarchies. Of course legislation that might equal out the kinds of care we receive is going to be a threat. But you don’t usually see people like Carvin spell it out so plainly."

#determinism  

Politics: Universal Healthcare
From the article, "Arguably, race and gender anxieties are the reasons that healthcare reform, which would otherwise be a dry economic issue, has been such an ugly fight in this country. Healthcare is about bodies, after all. Racism and sexism are about a lot of things, but bodies are a big part of it, and whether or not people should have unequal status based on what bodies they have. Granting white and male bodies better care, on average, that female bodies and bodies of people of color get is a major way to preserve these kind of racial and gender hierarchies. Of course legislation that might equal out the kinds of care we receive is going to be a threat. But you don’t usually see people like Carvin spell it out so plainly."

#determinism  ___

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