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Google Local Austin358,217Win a pair of seats to our exclusive evening at Franklin BBQ – goo.gl/2Sn5jBWe're giving you a chance to experience every Austin carnivore's dream: the most mouthwatering brisket, ribs, sausage and salty sides imaginable...without waiting three hours in line!Want access to chow down at Franklin's during our private buy out, complete with live music, ice cold beer, and enough leftovers to last a week? Start writing local reviews on Google. Each high-quality review you write between now and August 7 will increase your chances of landing two coveted spots at our family style table. 1) Make sure you’re signed up for City Experts: g.co/cityexpert2) Enter the contest: goo.gl/2Sn5jB3) Get your reviews in by Thurs., August 7.We'll announce the winners here (and via email) on Friday., August 8.Photo by Franklin BarbecueFranklin BBQ Takeover2014-08-12 18:30:00137 
Sarah Hill2,715,175Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.  Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life).Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +. Our venue only holds 100 so you must RVSP early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00247 

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Norman Grant4,973If you want to add some brilliant people to your circles, you are in the right place. #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharingIncrease your following with this Amazing Circle#powercircle #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles 2014-09-30 18:27:12449000
Allan watson7,797Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done. If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#News #BusinessNews #TechNews #Aviation #Flight #Flights #Passengers #Airport #Travel #KLM #Aircraft #AirTravel #Airbus #Flying #AvGeek #Boeing #Chicago #Safety #AmericanAirlines #Canceled #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle     #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle2014-09-27 12:27:02303273140
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 10:52:530292437
Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525
John Kellden29,637Good Evening Dear Googleverse NetizensBeen ages since I shared a circle. This one is put together by +Lynn Keller which means there's good people in it.Pleased to meet you all.2014-08-05 20:33:40201737
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Mike Elgan3,437,756Behold! The new League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!My League of Extraordinary Circle Friends is my hand-picked group of super charming super-sharers! I want you to do three things: 1. Click the "Add people" button below and circle this group (especially if you've circle this group previously -- doing this will update the group without duplicates). 2. Share this post with all your circles. 3. Share this post with people who are looking for awesome people to circle on G+. I've added four new people to the League.+Amira Elgan! Yes: She's my wife. And I've been trying to avoid adding her for a year. But her stream is perfect for the League so I've added her. +Noble Ackerson is a super nice and interesting guy, a super nerd and consummate glasshole -- he uses Google Glass to great effect to bring you into his world. In fact, the only bigger glasshole I know is... +Cecilia Abadie and Noble work at the same company, and Ceclia is another Glass user with a wonderful Google+ stream. +Andreas Katifes gives you a window into Greek scenes and Greek food that's so compelling you might accidentally quit your job and move to Greece. Welcome to the League, everyone! 2014-07-27 23:39:2625111240
Lose Those Poundz1,283Health and Weight loss Circle V 1.0This is a super circle and in it I have put together a group of really interesting and active friends on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the *top Google+ users who share and reshare unique and original contents regarding weight loss and healthy eating.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with like minded people who share marvelous content:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be circled and added  to the next circle, do these simple steps:1 - Add this circle2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Plus 1 the post 4 - CommentIf you already have me in circle and want to be included in the next circle to be shared, don't be sad, just  leave a comment. Saying you wish to be included. More you share, more you get sharedHave fun! #circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedpubliccircles     #addpeople     #addcircle       #weightloss   #healthyeating  2014-07-11 04:13:23483206
Norman Grant2,373#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #circleshared2014-05-29 22:08:20454115
Norman Grant2,139I highly suggest adding each and every person in this #GoogleCircle  as they will b sure to interact with you.#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #circleshared2014-05-21 02:12:03450121
John Nuntiatio36,773#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #football #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-19 21:53:11494136
Rosie Taylor0Google Friends! - You're in this  #Circle   -  #Share   the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be  #Shared   :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                              This is a super  #Circle   and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   #Google + users that share unique and original contents.#Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:#boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 -  #Follow   your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles      #circleshare      #circlesharing      #sharedcircles                #addcircles    #addpeople      #addcircle    #addfriends      2014-05-16 17:12:07458208
Rosie Taylor0Google Friends! - You're in this  #Circle   -  #Share   the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be  #Shared   :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                              This is a super  #Circle   and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   #Google + users that share unique and original contents.#Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:#boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 -  #Follow   your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles      #circleshare      #circlesharing      #sharedcircles                #addcircles    #addpeople      #addcircle    #addfriends      2014-05-15 09:08:16458208
Robert Connor8,250My new circle about circle shearing PEOPLE and page who update regular his circlePlus, Comment and Re-share this post in to PUBLIC and to EXTENDED CIRCLES#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleshares  #circlesharing  #circlesshare  #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-05-15 08:17:17457291946
Ryan Johnson4,790Awesome circle with amazing photographers you want to have in your circlesRe-share this circle in your stream Plus and comment#sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #holidays #vacation #views #trekking #tourist #tour #honeymoon #cruise #landscape #sea #weekend 2014-05-12 09:51:28465114104139
John Nuntiatio33,831#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-17 06:46:35484348
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:58:15230002
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:53230022
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:28230003
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:04230022
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:56:44231305
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519
Becky Collins2,634Learning and Knowledge Management Circle - Feb22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:31:49991013
Scott Buehler69,427Web Designers of Google+ - These are people that came up in my searches for web design on Google Plus. I'm sure this group has people that may not be actual designers but are people interested in design but nonetheless, I gave it a good effort.Keeping the community aspect alive. Get to know these people.This is a one time release. If you are a designer but I missed you, just leave a comment for others to find you. Rock on Google+Scott's New Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115253059523607863437 #webdesign   #webdesigner   #circleshare  2014-02-09 22:54:294547829
Larry Chuon74I'm new to Google+.  My circle of PlusOne is for those who are leveraging Google+ to grow their circle and business.2014-02-08 04:36:20236304
Mike Elgan3,022,401Drafting +Renata Sherwin into the League!Click "Add people" below to circle my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends!" (And please SHARE with all your circles!)My Google+ charm offensive continues with the addition of one +Renata Sherwin into the League. Renata was an early Google+ superstar, then mysteriously vanished for awhile. Now she's back, bigger than life, and sharing her world and discoveries. Welcome to the League, Renata!!2014-01-26 18:46:493220625
Gerard van Schip19,561My best maintained circle is my "English speakers living in Japan" circle. In this circle you will find people from all over the world who are now living in Japan . About half of them are Japanese natives.Enjoy.2014-01-19 12:42:05216604
Custom Button Co.119People on Plus to Network with for feeding your Graphic Design NeedsSo we've been carefully curating the best designers, pages, and communities to procure the best logo designs for your business and more.If we were to fill up promotional space on buttons, business cards and other ideas, these are the people we'd look to for inspiration:Some of whom we've recently mentioned in our blog posts+Jake Dugard +Daniel Coelho - Graphic Design +Karl Gookey - Graphic Designer +Aylin Hakova Graphic Design +Chris Metzner Graphic Designer +F5 Graphic Design  #business   #graphicdesigners   #sharedcircles   #customdesign   #custombuttons  2013-12-12 22:00:23169014
Johnny Huntington0#webdesign #sharedcircles #webdevelopment  Here is a great shared circle of Professional Web Designers.2013-11-04 13:45:45501003
Laura Milani1,520Topengagers Laura CircleHappy Saturday People !  May you have a great shopping day !This #sharedcircle has my top engagers for great ripples !Laura2013-09-07 15:57:562946214
Jane Ellen43,979I call this one my Big Ball-0-Fun.  I started with Dede's Fundies, thank you +Dede Craig King and added smaller circles I had made, along with a science circle from +Ray Sanders ,  and some small circles from +Lynette Young and +Carter Gibson and I don't even know who else.  So I haven't organized circles in two years.  You wanna make sumpin' of it? #sharedcircles   #circleshare  #newbies 2013-09-06 17:42:0642925629
Mike Elgan2,555,670Please click 'Add people' below!It's still August. And that means the Blogs of August experiment is still picking up steam. We've got 166 dedicated bloggers now blogging primarily on Google+. Please click Add people to add this circle (even if you've already added it in the past) then share this post to "Public!*2013-08-28 04:19:0216515629
Mike Elgan2,515,444More bloggers in the Blogs of August - Please 'Add people' again!I've added more bloggers to the Blogs of August circle since the last time you added this circle. Please add again to get the new people!Also: Please share this circle with all of YOUR circles. August is halfway done -- let's support Google+ blogging by adding, sharing and promoting the Blogs of August!2013-08-15 11:20:36148291535
Christy Sandhoff12,220from +Mike Elgan ...Get ready for the return of my charm offensive!I haven't added anyone to or promoted my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends circle in a long time. But the Internet's most charming and original crew of engagers is coming back!Here's what you need to know about the League:As a group, they're not the usual suspects.This circle is not tech heavy or filled with celebrities, pundits or people with massive circle counts (people who reach 100k followers are "graduated" out).This is my hand-picked, carefully curated list of people I personally recommend. So here's what I'm asking you to do: 1. Share this post2. Click "Add people" and circle this shared circle3. If you have a circle you share, please add this circle to that circle. 2013-07-11 19:07:5230033
Mike Elgan2,441,171Get ready for the return of my charm offensive!I haven't added anyone to or promoted my League of Extraordinary Circle Friends circle in a long time. But the Internet's most charming and original crew of engagers is coming back!Here's what you need to know about the League:As a group, they're not the usual suspects.This circle is not tech heavy or filled with celebrities, pundits or people with massive circle counts (people who reach 100k followers are "graduated" out).This is my hand-picked, carefully curated list of people I personally recommend. So here's what I'm asking you to do: 1. Share this post2. Click "Add people" and circle this shared circle3. If you have a circle you share, please add this circle to that circle. 2013-07-11 18:58:02299924
Max Huijgen46,779The 100 most relevant people on G+ you really should check out. It´s impossible to select the people which contributes most to my experience on G+ so I´ll let Google do the dirty work.These 98 people (and 2 pages I helped founding) are the most relevant ones according to Google´s circle sort so they deserve a spot in the Friday sun.  If you´re not in it, be assured I really enjoy your posts and/or comments. I meet a lot of great people here, but this self imposed limit to 100 is just to make it easier for others to circle the whole bunch and check them out.2013-06-21 19:32:111001221459
Technology Roundup0BMN's Designers, Graphic Artists, And General Artists ListWant some art in your life? Follow this circle of designers, graphic artists, and general artists. Know someone not on this circle who should be? Let us know!2013-06-21 01:12:47124113
Lucas Appelmann12,923For quite some time I haven't shared circles. I now will, exclusively on g+, by presenting the world my "Favorite International Users" circle. It only consists of about 100 people - and most of you will already have a good amount of them in your own circles. So why am I posting this, then?The reason is that these people are highly relevant for my g+ experience and viewing the stream for this circle it contained all the posts that I found important in my main stream. So this is why. #circleshare  +Social Circles +CircleHub +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+ 2013-06-19 10:13:4110717311
Daniel Mihai Popescu4,968A circle based on +Richard Green's last creation! Add it to yours, share it! They all have some wonderful spark in them!If you're notified, you're in! Sorry to disturb you with the notification! If you want out, just say so :)2013-06-19 09:59:4539032733
Steven Krohn1,616The Popular Choice Circle________________________Richard Green originally shared:Here's version 2 of my Popular Choice circle. The members of this circle were nominated for inclusion here (http://goo.gl/vY07d). Anecdotal evidence suggests that this circle is a pretty good one to add: after the last share, somebody that I follow made the comment:I have to admit I have never had so many people add me back so shortly after adding a shared circle.As guest members of the circle this time, I'm including everyone who has created a circle with me in it in the last four weeks, including +Chris Cota, +Steven Krohn, +Marlo Angelo Tito, +Leo Walsh, +Cesare Riccardo, +Michael Bennett, +1212Scenery, +Daniel Mihai Popescu, +Gai Xinh, +Mithu Hassan, +Daniel Stock, +Marino Puletti, +Christy Sandhoff, +Johnathan Yesson, +Roleta Anedotas, +Linda Dee, +Mariusz Zapart, +César Bustíos Benites, +Andrea Orselli, +Katherine Vucicevic, +Networx, +Rome Heels, +Thumb up your Followers ►, +AyJay Schibig, +Zbynek Kysela, +Ewart Corrigan, +Hamilton Carter, +Don Dobbie, +Brian Buckley, +Wajahat Khan, +Crazy Circles, +Laurent Jean Philippe, +Maria Leoni and +Wolfgang Wodeck.  I'd especially like to thank +Scott Buehler, +Ludovic Moreeuw and +Science on Google+: A Public Database for including me in some particularly exciting circles: the Hyperball, the VIIP Circle and the Smokin' Science Circle, respectively.And now the surprise feature: I invite everyone to leave a comment on (the original post of) this circle share containing a link to one of your own posts. Ideally, this should be something that you posted recently and that you are particularly pleased with. (Don't post spam though; I will delete it.)2013-06-18 14:06:1838425937
Daniel Mihai Popescu4,802I have added version 2 of +Richard Green's  Popular Choice, re-freshed with my nucleus of Invincible circle and brushed of inactive accounts :)If you are notified, you're in, of course :)Thank you for sharing!2013-06-17 10:29:4338924937
Richard Green16,268Here's version 2 of my Popular Choice circle. The members of this circle were nominated for inclusion here (http://goo.gl/vY07d). Anecdotal evidence suggests that this circle is a pretty good one to add: after the last share, somebody that I follow made the comment:I have to admit I have never had so many people add me back so shortly after adding a shared circle.As guest members of the circle this time, I'm including everyone who has created a circle with me in it in the last four weeks, including +Chris Cota, +Steven Krohn, +Marlo Angelo Tito, +Leo Walsh, +Cesare Riccardo, +Michael Bennett, +1212Scenery, +Daniel Mihai Popescu, +Gai Xinh, +Mithu Hassan, +Daniel Stock, +Marino Puletti, +Christy Sandhoff, +Johnathan Yesson, +Roleta Anedotas, +Linda Dee, +Mariusz Zapart, +2013-06-17 04:33:32384693082
Matthew Shuey6,232Meet Web Developers on Google+This circle contains the top Web Developers, Web Designers, SEOs and Google+ Experts on Google Plus.If anyone would like to be added to this circle please do the following.1. Make sure your profile description mentions that you are either a Web Developer, Web Designer, App Developer, SEO, SMM, or Google Plus Expert.2. Share This Circle Publicly3. Leave a comment confirming your shareHave fun meeting your colleagues.! #webdesign #webdevelopment #seo #googleplus #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleday  2013-06-12 15:17:0129912213
Christy Sandhoff10,119Richard Green originally shared:Remember the Much Better than the Average Circle circles I used to share?  Well, this circle is much better even than those.  The people in this circle were recommended for inclusion in response to my call for nominations, and there are some really interesting profiles in here.  If you've never added a circle before, this one would make a good Starter Circle.I'd especially like to thank +Dirk Talamasca, +Ed Ross, +Korinne M Jackman, +Nina MJ and +Tim Utzig, each of whom suggested a large number of profiles for the circle.  I think I added everyone who was tagged in the nomination post; sorry if I missed anyone.And here's the circle.2013-06-04 04:14:1033821830
Richard Green15,407Remember the Much Better than the Average Circle circles I used to share?  Well, this circle is much better even than those.  The people in this circle were recommended for inclusion in response to my call for nominations, and there are some really interesting profiles in here.  If you've never added a circle before, this one would make a good Starter Circle.I'd especially like to thank +Dirk Talamasca, +Ed Ross, +Korinne M Jackman, +Nina MJ and +Tim Utzig, each of whom suggested a large number of profiles for the circle.  I think I added everyone who was tagged in the nomination post; sorry if I missed anyone.And here's the circle.2013-06-02 14:20:43338532176
Dede King0Star Stuff Circle"We are all connected: To each other, biologically; To the earth, chemically; To the rest of the Universe, atomically."  - Neil Degrasse Tyson...And through G+, algorithmically. Thanks for the relevance. If you're new to G+, this is a pretty good circle if you want to liven up your stream or you're in the mood to pop a blood vessel or two. IJS. Have a happy Friday. #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   2013-05-17 14:34:4948121641208
Bob Mulholland15,429Love the way these new Circle Shares look!Anyway, the good people inside this circle just can't get enough of everybody's favorite sci-fi show: Star Trek[waits for backlash on the above statement]So click +1 if you want to hang out with the cool kids in this groovy looking Circle.  #StarTrek   #SharedCircles   #CircleShare  2013-05-15 23:18:174846315

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

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

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

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

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2014-07-07 03:15:30 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

When did you stop dancing?
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves."
~ Gabrielle Roth 

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago: The L 

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2014-10-13 18:24:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Chicago: Downtown Prairie 

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2014-10-12 13:44:36 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Chicago Corn Cobs

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

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

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

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2014-10-09 11:36:05 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

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

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

A photograph, like our... more »

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

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

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

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

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

via +Alexander Becker

#memory #forgetting #photography  ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We ignore surprise at our own risk.

via +Cara Evangelista ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-09-28 12:39:59 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#bannedbooksweek  

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

#bannedbooksweek  ___

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

Rain, Baby. Rain!
#ATX  

Rain, Baby. Rain!
#ATX  ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#boyhood #richardlinklater #atx  ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We should not always seek our ease.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#atx

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

#atx___

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

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

#peerpressure  

The article title says it well.

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

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

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

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

#peerpressure  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#nationalparkservice  ___

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

Film: British Pathe Archive
...on YouTube.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#moffat  

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

#moffat  ___

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2014-08-18 13:43:44 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Social Media: Ad Fest
We've had many a nice chat on my threads here on Google+ discussing how we can get it to show us the things we signed up to see. For those of you too young to remember wonderful days of newspapers, magazines, or even RSS feeds, the idea is that you subscribed to something and that something was sent to you, available to you to peruse at your leisure, to leaf through it or not.

Here on Google+, we subscribe to various content producers and then spend our time fiddling with the controls to get Google+ to show us those streams we've circled.

However, on Facebook, the situation is far, far worse. Unlike +Mathew Honan, I have not "Liked" everything I saw yet my results lately have been quite similar. In the last month my Facebook stream has been swollen with posts that look like stories possibly shared by people I know, basically, I'm... more »

Social Media: Ad Fest
We've had many a nice chat on my threads here on Google+ discussing how we can get it to show us the things we signed up to see. For those of you too young to remember wonderful days of newspapers, magazines, or even RSS feeds, the idea is that you subscribed to something and that something was sent to you, available to you to peruse at your leisure, to leaf through it or not.

Here on Google+, we subscribe to various content producers and then spend our time fiddling with the controls to get Google+ to show us those streams we've circled.

However, on Facebook, the situation is far, far worse. Unlike +Mathew Honan, I have not "Liked" everything I saw yet my results lately have been quite similar. In the last month my Facebook stream has been swollen with posts that look like stories possibly shared by people I know, basically, I'm getting more fake posts than any communication from people I know.

The situation is worse than spam email in the 1990s or broadcast TV which shows you 3 minutes of show and 5 minutes of ads. Facebook can no longer pretend to be a social network. I've never used it as such or much at all...so that's no loss to me really. If it were not for a handful of friends and family who are avid users, I would have never signed up or sign in. I rarely post, comment, or Like; that is, I read but I don't interact.

So, I'm just wondering what's the tipping point for all those who bought in to the promise of Facebook, a planetary community and who were willing to give up privacy and be bombarded with ads to do so. Where does the balance shift to the point where that deal just doesn't seem like a good deal anymore? Or is Facebook clever enough in making small changes and counting on people to be adaptable enough to accept them without too much resistance?

Any new system has to contend with the weight of all those numbers, all those people who are deeply invested in the old system. I've "lost" friends along the way to each big change: letters, telephone calls, email, blogs, social media, and texting. Currently there is no one system I can use reliably to reach everyone I know. My current dilemma is trying to remember the best way to reach each of them

#socialmedia #facebook #ux  ___

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

Women Work: Math Edition

Maryam Mirzakhani won the Fields medal yesterday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I got some of my quotes from here:

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

and some from here:

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

They're both fun to read.

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

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2014-08-09 01:32:20 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

ATX: Buzzfeed Does Austin

#atx #blogsofaugust

ATX: Buzzfeed Does Austin

#atx #blogsofaugust___

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2014-08-07 08:47:13 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Book: The End of Absence
If technology changes our brains, will fast and shallow thinking do us in?

From the article, “Some said they are already witnessing deficiencies in young people’s abilities to focus their attention, be patient and think deeply. Some experts expressed concerns that trends are leading to a future in which most people become shallow consumers of information, endangering society.”

Book: The End of Absence
If technology changes our brains, will fast and shallow thinking do us in?

From the article, “Some said they are already witnessing deficiencies in young people’s abilities to focus their attention, be patient and think deeply. Some experts expressed concerns that trends are leading to a future in which most people become shallow consumers of information, endangering society.”___

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

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

h/t +Mari Thomas 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

h/t +Mari Thomas 

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2014-08-03 01:36:36 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Environment: Urine
Using potable water to flush nutrients away to be "treated" or pollute more water is crazy. Let's be sensible about his valuable resource.

#peecycling

Environment: Urine
Using potable water to flush nutrients away to be "treated" or pollute more water is crazy. Let's be sensible about his valuable resource.

#peecycling___

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2014-08-01 23:41:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

ELP: Toccata

ELP: Toccata___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seedpod

Seedpod___

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

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

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

#brewers  ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Related___

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2014-07-07 03:15:30 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Ebullient Dance
Happily, I've never stopped dancing.

via +Cara Evangelista 

When did you stop dancing?
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves."
~ Gabrielle Roth ___Ebullient Dance
Happily, I've never stopped dancing.

via +Cara Evangelista 

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

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

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

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

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

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2014-07-01 00:14:47 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Brain: Handwriting and Thinking
For the last two years I've carried on a lively correspondence with my almost-eight-year-old niece. She decorates her letters with drawings in the margins and I try to send her postcards from interesting places around the world and use a variety of unusual stationery. So we entertain each other and provide the joys both of anticipation and satisfaction, the exhilaration and sense of mystery when a letter from afar arrives in the post like a gift and one tears it open to see what secret thoughts it contains.

Beyond the pleasure of the correspondence itself, I find a special satisfaction in seeing a love for handwritten expression passing into a new generation. I'm quite sensitive to the tools I use for composing, for tools shape the product as well as the process. I write differently depending on the software I'm using and I write differently... more »

Brain: Handwriting and Thinking
For the last two years I've carried on a lively correspondence with my almost-eight-year-old niece. She decorates her letters with drawings in the margins and I try to send her postcards from interesting places around the world and use a variety of unusual stationery. So we entertain each other and provide the joys both of anticipation and satisfaction, the exhilaration and sense of mystery when a letter from afar arrives in the post like a gift and one tears it open to see what secret thoughts it contains.

Beyond the pleasure of the correspondence itself, I find a special satisfaction in seeing a love for handwritten expression passing into a new generation. I'm quite sensitive to the tools I use for composing, for tools shape the product as well as the process. I write differently depending on the software I'm using and I write differently by hand depending on whether I'm jotting notes on a pad, writing in my Moleskine, composing a letter, or dashing off a quick comment on a Post-It.

I've never found one system which satisfies my requirements. It's silly to think I could...as if a dancer could be satisfied with one step.

I hate to see the next generation so limited in their tools. I feel almost subversive to have opened a door to the world of the arcane.

Related
Journals
https://plus.google.com/+MSinclairStevens/posts/82rMZ2EiKtc

Pens
https://plus.google.com/+PeterStrempel/posts/ADsu75nYYP3

Typewriters
https://plus.google.com/+PeterStrempel/posts/TDwWbsUjfhW

#handwriting  ___

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

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

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

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

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

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

I've always wanted a map like this.

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

I've always wanted a map like this.___

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

Metaphor and Meaning
Why literalists betray stunted thinking.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#disruptiveinnovation  ___

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