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Mike Spinak has been at 6 events

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Billy Wilson1,543,283Joined by:-Photographer +Laurie Rubin (http://google.com/+laurierubin) who'll talk about Wildlife/Zoo Photography.-YouTuber/YouNower +Eugenia Cooney (https://youtube.com/eugeniacooney).-Author & YouNower +nikki roman (http://amzn.com/B00B0JP38Y).-Writer & Musician +Cecilee Linke (http://google.com/+CecileeLinke) finishing the last 16 minutes of the hour off with some live music.The show is live on Friday at 10pm Eastern here & on YouTube: #94 Fun Discussion & Live Music from Cecilee Linke (time zone converter http://goo.gl/3itW5).+That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHFind Me Elsewhere: Google+: https://google.com/+billywilsonTwitter: https://twitter.com/BillyWilson14Facebook: http://facebook.com/BillyWilsond  Photography: http://flickr.com/photos/billy_wilson/sets Site/Blog: http://thebillywilson.comHelp support me, my family, projects, & show on Patreon: #94 Fun Discussion & Live Music from Cecilee Linke2014-01-18 04:00:0062 
Heidi Anne Morris63,713Hi Folks :) Everyone welcome here !! I thought we could have a little fun now that the G+ Events allow you to post video links - SO NO PHOTOS IN THIS EVENT please - +YouTube video's only!Share your favourite songs - share your own music - share you singing! If you do decide to post please just do one thing, add a comment to describe the sort of music you are posting - i.e. rock, classical, acoustic.If the tune means something special to you, share your story ♥  :) Just for fun  :) and to test out the new feature ! HOW TO POST A TUNEgo to the event - click on video icon - search for tune ! :)) or paste in a link x All my best Heidi The Favourite Tunes Of Heidi Anne Morris & Friends2013-12-19 09:30:0020 
Isabelle Fortin24,811Hello again !!Last year, some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow Moustaches, we thought maybe we can post our pictures with fake ones  The success of the event was so phenomenal it's time to do it all over again  ! thank you so much for all your photos and messages.This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics,I have created a donation page called "Ladies Of Movember" you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortinPlease don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤ Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember ... Part 2 !2013-11-01 05:00:00262 
martin shervington666,215In this interview with the brightest chap on the subject, I ad going to be asking every question I've wanted to ask Mark for months!We should all get the most understanding on this whole subject area in a rapid fire, energetic and dense 30-40 minute session.Content will include...What is ‘authorship’?How do you set authorship up? (G+ account, website, publishers)What is the benefit of setting it up?Can a business Page have authorship?What is ‘rel publisher’ all about?What is PageRank? (simple version!)Is this all about ‘relevance’?How do the people you to whom you are connected matter now?What advice would you give to:a) an individual, and b) a business to get it all set up!See you all there :DJust about everything you need to know about 'authorship', 'author rank' and 'social SEO', with Mark Traphagen2013-03-30 18:00:0094 
Billy Wilson1,543,283Thank you for all of the support each week during my weekly G+ variety show +That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) ! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining us Nature Photographer +Mike Spinak; Photographer and Blogger +Thomas Hawk; Photographer +Mark Rodriguez who'll be showing us some behind the scenes for his Scavenger Hunt photos; Photographer +Isabelle Fortin; Photographer +Margaret Tompkins; Social Media Editor for +SURFER Magazine +Aaron Carrera; and Special Musical Guest +Danni Rosner ! The show will be embedded on this event where you can watch and chat with us and other people watching the show, the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can get reminders about the show if you RVSP by saying you're "Going". +Tibby loves to share screenshots of himself posted to the event! You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW Variety Show #34: Photography, Thomas Hawk, SURFER Magazine, and Live Music from Danni Rosner ! (On Air Hangout)2012-11-24 04:00:00112 
Mark Forman63,212This event is for a shot taken on the street that you feel conveys they humanity of the person photographed. Please comment on others photos liberally. Limit 1 per day.Feel the Person on the Street-1 photo per day!2012-08-31 15:00:00231 

Mike Spinak has been shared in 386 public circles

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Harry Day7,520Active 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#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #engager #engagers #engagerscircle #engagersshowcasecircle #followers #photography #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccirclesproject #publiccircle #publiccircleshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #photoblog #photoblogger #blog2014-09-13 11:35:27500113115154
Holger Fährmann15,590Best handpicked PHOTOGRAPHER around the world! 2014-09-09 16:37:465007614
Gailen Mapes67,208Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.  (Because of it's size, this circle will be split next month.)These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to August 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting July 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-08-29 10:30:45209836
AyJay Schibig69,399AWESOME CIRCLE 8.12.14 by +AyJay Schibig RESHARE if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-08-13 06:19:41500493763
Dylan Cuffy13,593#WhatLiesAground Well...life goes on, and I'd better keep going. (Let me know how you feel about Robin Williams' death in the comments below.)Time for the first edition of the Fab 500 sequel, Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Everyone I've circled, from the time the first one became full (back in April) on till now. From seasoned writers, to +Empire Avenue stalwarts, to several buddies in the furry fandom.A special shout-out to +Franck RABESON out of Madagascar—probably that country's only established fur—and to +Jason Levy and his Elite Inner Circle pals (with thanks to Ms. Blankenship, +Amanda Wright).Stay tuned for the upcoming +Widbook launch of Marigot Magic, my 2012 NaNoWriMo project. (Written with furries, Disney fans, and the Caribbean elite in mind.) Until then, enjoy your summer—and wish me luck!(NEXT UPDATE: 275 accounts, ETA late August–early September.)2014-08-12 02:20:32250101
Gailen Mapes66,394Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-29 10:16:1119910511
Prince John8,675This is my circle named 'Photographers'. Everyone in this circle share beautiful photos - of landscapes, birds, animals, flowers, babies, and people.In fact, I have 1024 people in this circle, but can share only 500 of them at a time. Try this circle, add some colour to your stream.2014-07-17 13:11:565006110
hanh duc1,024v92014-07-05 18:46:3448311019
Carms Perez50,839Want some nice pictures on your stream? Add this Photography circle and I assure you, your G+ will always be interesting! 2014-07-02 19:42:43500328
Lowongan Kerja725**CIRCLE sharing Mania**1)  Add me to your circle2) Plus the original post3) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete5) Add the circle to get more membersThat's it! I'll add you to my next circle share.Have a great day :#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-06-30 02:34:58493226
Gailen Mapes65,590Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-06-29 10:00:362007110
Charles Lupica83,296═════════════════════════════════     Top Photographers you should follow                 An Art of Photography Circle  Photographers whose art we think will amaze you ═════════════════════════════════#ArtOfPhotographyCircle tag to allow people to easily mute this post. It's been a while since I shared a circle here on G+ so I thought I would team up with +Scott Thomas and +Brian Dukes to share with you the first new circle I've created in more than a year.  We think you'll find that the photographers in this circle are some of the very best that G+ has to offer.  Of course you're probably already following people like Jeff Sullivan , Lori Hibbett, Jay Patel and  Vivienne Gucwa but we think that all of the people in this circle will add high quality content to your stream.  All share their amazing work and many of them share tutorials and resources to help you perfect your art. When deciding who would be in this circle, we used these guidelines• Sharing mostly their own work• When sharing the work of others, the work is clearly identified• Little to no, promotional material. • Some people are included that share a lot about technique but may not share a lot of their photography.• If they have gifs in their stream, they're almost always educational. • The images shared by these people frequently fall into the category of, "I wish I'd taken it" • They post to G+ on a regular basis,  For some this may be a little as once a month.  For others, this may be one or more a day.  People who post less than once a month are not included.  We prefer to circle people that are active here on G+. No one has asked to be in this circle, however, we intend to share a version of this each month.  *If you know of a talented photographer you'd like us to add*, please leave a comment and share the circle.  Doing so will get us to look at their profile. However, there is no guarantee that we'll include them in a future circle.   We want to maintain the quality of this circle.  Therefore, we will only add photographers that we would want to see in our own personal stream. Many of the photographers in this circle are well known so we are particularly interested in hearing your choice of photographers with fewer than 15'000 followers.  We would like to give them the opportunity to gain more views for their work.Please plus, comment and share.  This circle has no requirements for future participation but your support and encouragement is appreciated.I have chosen the name of the circle carefully to try to accurately represent the quality of the work by the photographers in it.  ValidationThis circle was very heavily vetted.  We have looked at each photographer's stream and decide that we would like to include them in this circle. +Charles Lupica (me), +Scott Thomas and +2014-06-27 17:39:05116934956
AyJay Schibig64,87121ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHAREThis Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay2014-06-25 20:29:38405241943
AyJay Schibig64,871AWESOME CIRCLE 6.25.14 by +AyJay Schibig Please RESHARE.Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia   #circlesbyayjay  2014-06-25 19:55:19490464562
Ryan Johnson7,499Check out my Circle Share➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete#awesome         #awesomepeople         #chadwick         #circle     #circles     #circlesharing         #circleshare         #circleoftheday     #circleplus     #community   #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs     #team 2014-06-21 13:32:1942617724
AyJay Schibig63,664MOST RELEVANT CIRCLE  6.18.14 by +AyJay Schibig Welcome to my  Most Relevant Circle as determined by CircleScope.  Many thanks to all of you for your support! These are a great bunch of People and Pages to Add and Share!See  all my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  Find more Circles in my  Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-06-18 20:18:31369131129
Trendii1,870Cat Lovers! - Like & Share this Circle to be included in the next.#CircleShare#CircleSharing#Circle#SharedCircles#CircleOfTheDay#SharedPublicCircles#GooglePlusTips#Google+#Engagers#Google#CircleSunday#CircleOfTheWeek#PublicCircle#EngagersCircle#Share#engagersshowcasecircle#PublicSharedCircles#CircleofFriends#SharingCircles#Circles2014-06-12 13:45:07379929
Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure599Google Circle of creative individuals, I highly suggest adding each and every person in this #GoogleCircle  as they will be sure to interact with you.#circle #circles #circleshare #circleshares #circleshared #circlesharing #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #follow #followme #followers #following #authicle #authiclecircleshare #authiclecircle #authiclevol66 #authicle .com #circle #googleplus #coolpeople   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #fullcircleshare #social   #socialmedia   #socialmediamarketing   #socialnetworks   #socialnetworking     #marketing   #affiliate   #internet   2014-06-10 16:42:4848315418
Igor Kazmin318GOOGLE FRIENDS! - You're in this  Circle 6   -  *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!2014-06-07 22:11:1594204
Marsha Friedman3,586This circle is for +++++++Published Authors++++++. You'll find both fiction and non-fiction writers who are committed to promoting each other's work here on Google+. Please feel free to add all of these fine folks and share this circle with your friends!Just add the circle and share it with your followers!#greenliving   #environmentalism   #environment   #alternativeenergy2014-06-05 14:43:06329000
Walter Soestbergen62,967✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯The New Bird Photographers Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is out!    [30-05-2014]This 3rd 2014 edition from the Birds circle has been released. This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Birds photographers circleHow to get in this circle:Ask for inclusion here when you are active on google+ and regular posting Bird photos from yourself.You comment, plus and share this postingWhen I +1 you, you are in the upcoming Bird circleIf you want to share your photos with the +Birds4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Birds4All by +113942799549327773662 & +115533614048623021648 (+114469338382698658494)Also I want to thank  +Ricky L Jones for his great help on the +Birds4All theme and for the communitie +Jane Floor , +Mandy Allen and  +Thomas Kirchen.You can find the #Bird4all communitie here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117152286456045395241with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergenps.I have also included a few special friends.  These people are good to know.   #photography #photographycircles  #diamondcircle   #awesome   #awesomesauce   #awesomeness  #awesomepeople #diamondclub   #circle #circles #circlesharing 2014-05-30 13:30:3740216148110
Gailen Mapes64,652Hand Picked Photographers Circles -"Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-05-29 10:35:002005312
Farid shaikh226Google Friends! - You're in this  Circle 5   -  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  #friends   #add  2014-05-27 05:40:26501108
Wayne Marinovich26,506Wildlife Photographers CircleWell, it has been over a year since I last shared my wildlife photographers circle. I have recently been through it, and dropped some folks who no longer seems to be posting. Whilst going though all the people, I realise just how many friends I have made in this online world. I look forward to meeting more of you in the flesh someday.Please feel free to share this with your followers (that is how this works after all). If you are not on here and are a keen amateur, semi-pro or seasoned pro, let me know and I will add you.  2014-05-23 08:07:52474938
Mattias Willis9,068A nice circle of people who inspire me and are generally awesome PhotographersFeel free to share2014-05-21 20:53:06492113
Ryan Johnson5,301MY BEST OF THE BEST CIRCLETo add yourself to the circle or stay in the circle:Add me and reshare the circle PUBLICOptional: Add the circle, plus or comment the post. :)#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #thursdaycircleshare   #circlethursday   #circlethursdaycircle 2014-05-21 12:34:0943016916
Promote Photography14,222TO BE PROMOTED & SHAREDYou have been chosen by +Promote Photography because your work is very good and have to be promoted / shared.If you do not share this circle you will still be in it! But if you do share we will be thankful to you!If you like to be in, tag us with #promotephotography . There is no guaranty but it will help us found your work!We lost some people and we like to add you back. Are you not included in this circle and you was before say it please so we can add you back!Spread it! & Share it!  2014-05-17 07:40:09469176114162
Wedding Dress Central4,853If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-12 14:47:13401002
AyJay Schibig59,63621ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  5.9.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-05-09 20:20:29366361643
Paul Revere8,781Google Friends! - You're in this Circle - Share the circle *'"*:•:•* •-::-•:*:•-:¦: Share and Be Shared :¦:-•:*:•.::• •-:•:''''*                                              114This 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 your 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!Circle Networkhttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/112542593288160483901/postsNetwork Circleshttps://plus.google.com/b/112542593288160483901/communities/113362757071870225795#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle  Circlenetwork CircleNetworking IPNetwork NetworkingCircles2014-05-09 01:35:08501463972
Mark Hanson3,303Visual Creatives CircleThis is my circle of those involved in visual creativity. It includes graphic designers, amateur and professional photographers, and those involved in art and website design.If you need a visual boost in your stream then do consider adding this circle!(Shared especially for my #graphicdesigner friend +Lena Lahab, though I'm sharing publicly as I think many may be interested.) #sharedcircles #photography #graphicdesign #webdesign  2014-05-08 10:41:31340305
Wedding Dress Central4,376If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-08 10:01:57401004
John Nuntiatio35,829#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle 2014-05-07 05:47:1176033
Wedding Dress Central4,086If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-05 12:29:53401001
Patty Lin537Best Quality Photography Circle II!!⇩⇩High Quality circle.⇩⇩SEE BELOW⇩Here is the second version of this circle (released on 2014 May)!You'll have every day in your stream amazing shots by google+ most skilled photographers. Get in contact with New People from all over the World and enjoy the absolutely original contents!Best Quality Photography Circle Updated!!!I update and create new circles often so, if you are a photographer and you want to be featured in my next new circle, please follow this steps:-Plus one this circle-Add this circle on your profile if you like it-Reshare the circle on your public stream-Leave a message asking for addingI'll check your profile and let you know!This way I'll be able to keep the Quality of this circle at a High Level!Even if you are not a photographer but you love to have Quality Photos in your stream please Add and Reshare pubblicly this circle!Thank You!!Patty ;-) #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #googleplus #googlephotos #travel #travelphotography #circleshares #circleadd #bestcircle #bestcircleshare #circlequotes #share #googlephotographers #bestphoto #googlephotography #bestcircleshare #bestcircles2014-05-05 08:51:57456003
David Leonhardt18,260These 101 G+ers are worth waiting forI am a day late with my weelky share of the most engaging people in my community - people who have shared, commented or otherwise engaged with me on G+ over the past seven (Oops - eight) days.  These are people worth circling - people worth sharing with your circles.I share this circle with you for 3 reasons...1. So you can click  "Add people" in the white box and save the circle to your circles to increase your own engagement on G+.2. So you can share this circle to let other people know about these awesome engagers.  Pay it forward.3. So my top engagers know how much I appreciate their interactions with me over the past week.  Thank you!TOP POSTS OF THE WEEK - Please re-shareIn case you missed them, here are my picks of the best things I shared this week:Do you call yourself a writer?https://plus.google.com/u/0/112928640804164819202/posts/QFr3nrW1WkVThe World's Ugliest Woman Respondshttps://plus.google.com/u/0/112928640804164819202/posts/e6NMuoXPNbbPicture-perfect Pinnable Pics (to help you go viral)https://plus.google.com/u/0/112928640804164819202/posts/Zfb3oH79oSxWhich of these definitions of happiness do you subscribe to?https://plus.google.com/u/0/112928640804164819202/posts/hWv7xewfgGR #circles #friends #circleshare #engagers  2014-04-29 14:02:09102121014
Gailen Mapes63,234Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to April 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting March 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-04-29 10:33:5920014513
Thomas Hawk7,121,413Updated -- 2,500 Kick Ass G+ Photographers Sh-ZA-Da:  http://goo.gl/4gh66cDa-Ho:  http://goo.gl/E6u9IrHo-Mi:  http://goo.gl/eVU9dwMi-Sh:  http://goo.gl/Peo77RSh-Z: http://goo.gl/FVhz462014-04-26 19:42:04472281867
BigBangBiceps742>> REMEMBER TO ADD ME TO YOUR CIRCLES  <<1.  Add this circle to yours 2.  +1 this post 3.  Share this circle to "Public"4.  Leave a comment.#topsharedcircle   #facciamolastoria   #leonardo   #deroplus   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial  #trust #circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social   #socialnetworking   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #googleplus  #communities   #topsocialcircle   #influencers   #influencer   #socialnetworking   #betrustable   #trustinme   #popularitycircle   #trustablesharedcircle   #cerchiacondivisa   #circuloscompartidos   #smiletolife   #circlesharing   2014-04-24 12:52:3049911615
Shashi S6,379SOME COOL ASPIRING AUTHORS AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Aspiring Authors I have found at Google Plus, over the years. Following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Writing something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedcircles   #Friday #sharingcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday     #share     #shared     #followers     #addcircles #publicsharedcircles     #share     #addpeople     #addcircle #addfriends     #circle     #empireavenue     #socialmedia     #influencers     #influencer     #influence     2014-04-23 08:12:05371001
John Nuntiatio33,607#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-14 18:15:07394151726
Henderson Vapor88Uh oh, circle shares from your favorite #Vapor  shop in #Vegas !Remember, sharing is caring! #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #circlesharing   #circleshareoftheday  2014-04-10 23:44:31500101226
Simon Kasper389Share this awesome circle! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-04-05 01:10:51500331234
AyJay Schibig55,321MOST RELEVANT CIRCLE  4.4.14Welcome to my 500  Most Relevant Circle as determined by CircleScope.  Many thanks to all of you for your support! These are a great bunch of People and Pages to Add and Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-04-04 22:28:19501564560
Shashi S5,256CIRCLE OF WRITERS WHO ARE ENGAGING___________________________________________Circle of very Engaged Writers... which have been selected by me over a period of last few years... To be included in my shares of the writes #2 edition, please:1 - Do +1 the post2 - Comment the post3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)*5 - Write something ... bring out the writer hidden within... Improve your engagement, be socially cool !To keep yourself updated, add me in your circles... __Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-03-29 16:12:064466312
Gailen Mapes61,362Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-03-29 11:45:451911319
AyJay Schibig53,73421ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS CIRCLE (2 of 2)  3.26.14This Circle has Active G+ members passionate about photography. Add/Share this latest edition to circulate some great photography!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-03-26 21:27:3935022942
Robby Ball32,183PEOPLE WHO SAY "THANK YOU" (Mar26) This circle is to show appreciation to the 400  who said thanks to my last circle, and 96 new #thankyou members entering this circle for the first time. All of these people I observed over the last week taking a second to say "thanks". I was so pleased, I created a circle of 500 of you. I am amazed every day what a fun group of people have been accumulating here on Google+. I continue to be impressed with quality, the professionalism,  and the sincerity of everyone I am meeting. This circle is for YOU  (Click on this #thankyoumagic to see my other 2014 circles) #Circlemagic #Magiccircle   PLEASE VISIT the "The Magic of Circles" hosted by +Circle Magic Each day I am gathering the most active Circles I can find. Circles are #Magic , and if you love them, they will love you back.   PLEASE SHARE A #CIRCLE  Do you want to Grow your ? Get started now, add or share a Circle and watch your  grow.  Sharing circles benefits everyone, Sharing circles helps you by getting you added to their next circle and it helps the "Circle Master" by getting them recognized and promoted as active circle distributors. The more shares he/she gets THIS WEEK the more people that follow you NEXT WEEK. THE MAGIC OF CIRCLEShttps://plus.google.com/u/1/b/103678492966360900254/communities/110533309056060602888SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM +Circle Magic  - I just wanted to take a second to thank all the best of the best circle promoters, who probably mostly go un-noticed, but without them, the success of the circle sharing would be much more challenging. These SPECIAL people have all dropped by my community "The Magic of Circles" and shared someone else's circle. #TIPHAT to .....+Logan Lynn Roberts +Michael Q Todd  +Sandra Deichmann      +Jasmina Brozović     +Ivana Zuber +SpaceyQT +Suzanne W   +2014-03-26 15:48:27497461373393
Project Bolony0This is the Birding Circle Share!Share this circle publicly on YOUR STREAM. Rules are simple:Birding Circle Share1. SHARE this circle PUBLICLY to your stream to stay in the next circle2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle#sharedcircle     #awesomepeople   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #circleshared  2014-03-24 01:09:33267001
Shashi S5,199GREAT WRITERS AT GOOGLE PLUS CIRCLES_____________________________________________Very interesting and engages writers at Google Plus. Add them to enliven your G+ network!  Please Share!To be added to the Circle you have to A) Be an aspiring or published writer, B) do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle   #womenscircles  2014-03-22 05:28:27447003

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2014-06-17 23:24:26 (56 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Here's an article about the "Anti-Photoshop Bill", since it may affect some of my fellow photographers if legislators pass it.

Most reshares: 21

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2014-07-08 18:44:59 (12 comments, 21 reshares, 90 +1s) 

#KeepTressaHome  

A fine fellow writer, +Tressa Green, is about to have her house foreclosed upon. She and her family will be on the streets.

You can read more about that, here:
https://plus.google.com/115938538525562546443/posts/VLYHuiM9szV

A number of folks on G+ are trying to prevent that, by having an auction to raise money for Tressa to make her payments. For example, +Lisa Cohen is auctioning her wonderful ceramics, here:
https://plus.google.com/113113447782383069533/posts/LMxQkwniUcV

I am offering 8"x12" prints of the picture below, Be Still, My Beating Heart, in exchange for a $75 donation to Tressa's GoFundMe campaign, to save her house. The campaign is here:
http://www.gofundme.com/b5ez3o

If you can, please make a donation for Lisa's ceramics, and / or my photo, then let us know. (Please be patient.I... more »

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2014-06-11 07:04:25 (31 comments, 10 reshares, 143 +1s) 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak      

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's a burrowing owl staring at me.

Someone just murdered a nesting pair of burrowing owls in my favorite nesting area, over by the Shoreline golf course, close to Google's headquarters. 

http://mv-voice.com/news/2014/06/10/burrowing-owls-found-dead-at-shoreline-golf-course

I'm saddened and disgusted. Look at this wonderful beast. Could you imagine someone executing these splendid creatures for kicks? Unbelievable. 

So many of the creatures and places I've photographed were later wantonly destroyed.... Animals have intrinsic worth. Nature, too. Please treat them kindly and responsibly.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at otherpeople... more »

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2014-09-18 01:33:58 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s) 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak 

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's an opalescent nudibranch (Hermissenda crassicornis), photographed at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak 

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's an opalescent nudibranch (Hermissenda crassicornis), photographed at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!___

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2014-09-16 02:36:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

This made me laugh.

[Just to be clear, this is not intended to be anti-U2, nor anti-Apple. It's just a fun reminder not to assume that everyone likes and wants the same thing.]

This made me laugh.

[Just to be clear, this is not intended to be anti-U2, nor anti-Apple. It's just a fun reminder not to assume that everyone likes and wants the same thing.]___

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2014-09-14 07:42:09 (24 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s) 

If I gave out an award for the stupidest article I've read each month, this article would be a shoo-in. I had to check to make sure this wasn't published on April first, and that this was the real Outside magazine, not a satire site. It appears this is sincere in all of its boneheadedness.

If I gave out an award for the stupidest article I've read each month, this article would be a shoo-in. I had to check to make sure this wasn't published on April first, and that this was the real Outside magazine, not a satire site. It appears this is sincere in all of its boneheadedness.___

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2014-09-07 23:24:53 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s) 

Thank you, +Aamir Shahzad, +Alexander von Ness, +Avanish Raju, +Charles Barouch, +Chris Winkley, +David Leonhardt, +Dana Hermanová, +Doug Thompson, +Edward Fisher, +Eli Fennell, +Ergun Çoruh, +Gabriela Zavadilova  +Greg Poulos, +Francisco Herrera, +Jenni Wiltz, +Kasia Hopewell, +Kelly Meissner, +Kimberly A Edwards, +Larry Spinak, +Lady Katie, +Linda Dean, +Lisa Cohen,  +Marti Lawrence, +Martin Turon, +mary Zeman, +Matthew Graybosch,  +Ola Birch, +Paul Beiser, +Ramprakash R, +Ricardo Williams, +Rosemary Rideout,  +Shanda Simmons, +Susan Cower, +Terence Towles Canote, +Terrie Gray, +Victoria Michaelis, and +Zhena Muzyka, for your kind birthday wishes. You have each brought me smiles with your thoughtfulness, today.

Also, thank every one of you who subscribes and reads what I write or show, here, and each of you who joins in the conversations, posts engaging stuff, connectswith me here, and make... more »

Thank you, +Aamir Shahzad, +Alexander von Ness, +Avanish Raju, +Charles Barouch, +Chris Winkley, +David Leonhardt, +Dana Hermanová, +Doug Thompson, +Edward Fisher, +Eli Fennell, +Ergun Çoruh, +Gabriela Zavadilova  +Greg Poulos, +Francisco Herrera, +Jenni Wiltz, +Kasia Hopewell, +Kelly Meissner, +Kimberly A Edwards, +Larry Spinak, +Lady Katie, +Linda Dean, +Lisa Cohen,  +Marti Lawrence, +Martin Turon, +mary Zeman, +Matthew Graybosch,  +Ola Birch, +Paul Beiser, +Ramprakash R, +Ricardo Williams, +Rosemary Rideout,  +Shanda Simmons, +Susan Cower, +Terence Towles Canote, +Terrie Gray, +Victoria Michaelis, and +Zhena Muzyka, for your kind birthday wishes. You have each brought me smiles with your thoughtfulness, today.

Also, thank every one of you who subscribes and reads what I write or show, here, and each of you who joins in the conversations, posts engaging stuff, connects with me here, and makes my life better. 

I am grateful to every one of you.

I'll be doing my best to make the most of this year, hugging and kissing babies, rubbing dog bellies and scratching cats behind the ears, spending times with loved ones, eating tropical fruits and fine cheeses, learning and sharing, loving and giving, and making photos and drawings and books of my writing to share with you.

All the best to all of you. Cheers!___

2014-09-06 06:50:37 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s) 

I took a brief nap and had a fascinating dream. 

I dreamt that I opened a restaurant called "SWAP". At SWAP, it was customary to order two dishes, keep one for yourself, and exchange the other with another random restaurant patron.

Then John von Neumann came into SWAP and did an extensive game theory analysis of a variety of possible food ordering strategies.

I took a brief nap and had a fascinating dream. 

I dreamt that I opened a restaurant called "SWAP". At SWAP, it was customary to order two dishes, keep one for yourself, and exchange the other with another random restaurant patron.

Then John von Neumann came into SWAP and did an extensive game theory analysis of a variety of possible food ordering strategies.___

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2014-09-03 20:02:10 (10 comments, 11 reshares, 83 +1s) 

I really like this song – but this video makes it just amazing. Wonderful. :-)

Thank you, +Gabriela Zavadilova, for sharing it with me.

I really like this song – but this video makes it just amazing. Wonderful. :-)

Thank you, +Gabriela Zavadilova, for sharing it with me.___

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2014-09-02 21:06:33 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 33 +1s) 

Ooh! This baby penguin is so adorable!

Ooh! This baby penguin is so adorable!___

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2014-08-28 01:04:11 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s) 

This seems like it will be a good deal for some. $10 for the device, then a full percent less than Square and Paypal until 2016.

This seems like it will be a good deal for some. $10 for the device, then a full percent less than Square and Paypal until 2016.___

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2014-08-25 05:50:12 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s) 

Wow! This is incredible. Watch a puffer fish build an intricate circle design on the ocean floor, to attract mates.

Wow! This is incredible. Watch a puffer fish build an intricate circle design on the ocean floor, to attract mates.___

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2014-08-23 19:41:46 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s) 

I hammer on about this a lot (as you've probably noticed). Anyway, this guy gets it. 

I hammer on about this a lot (as you've probably noticed). Anyway, this guy gets it. ___

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2014-08-23 04:41:10 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s) 

This article makes a pretty good case in favor of not refrigerating your butter. It focuses first on the argument that it is more spreadable if you don't refrigerate it, and second on the argument that it is more flavorful.

However, the arguments are based mainly on an overly narrow view of butter usage, and does not apply well to my case. For my butter usage, I remain unconvinced. 

First, I'm much more likely to mix my butter into hot foods I'm making, or fry foods in butter, than to spread it on something like toast. Thus, neither the spreadability argument nor the flavor argument apply.

Second, when I use butter on something like toast, I generally don't "spread" it. Instead, I slice it and lay it in place. Call me a piglet (oink!), but I like my butter in a thicker coating that you can achieve through spreading. The easiest way to lay it on... more »

This article makes a pretty good case in favor of not refrigerating your butter. It focuses first on the argument that it is more spreadable if you don't refrigerate it, and second on the argument that it is more flavorful.

However, the arguments are based mainly on an overly narrow view of butter usage, and does not apply well to my case. For my butter usage, I remain unconvinced. 

First, I'm much more likely to mix my butter into hot foods I'm making, or fry foods in butter, than to spread it on something like toast. Thus, neither the spreadability argument nor the flavor argument apply.

Second, when I use butter on something like toast, I generally don't "spread" it. Instead, I slice it and lay it in place. Call me a piglet (oink!), but I like my butter in a thicker coating that you can achieve through spreading. The easiest way to lay it on thick is in cut wedges, carefully laid in place.

Third, (and the article did passingly mention this), if I left my sticks of butter on the counter, there are many days of the year when it would melt into a butter puddle.

Finally, I should note that the arguments about cold, hard, flavorless butter seem highly questionable to me. In my experience, if you put butter on hot toast, it almost instantly warms, thereby becoming spreadable and flavorful – basically negating all of the article's arguments.

None o this is to say that there's anything wrong with leaving it out. Dr. K, leaves her butter in one of those upside down butter crocks of water, and that's how I use it at her place.

There are many good ways to use butter.___

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2014-08-22 08:36:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

There you have it: official word that +Larry Spinak's photos can't be copyrighted.  ;-)

There you have it: official word that +Larry Spinak's photos can't be copyrighted.  ;-)___

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2014-08-21 00:50:26 (23 comments, 5 reshares, 85 +1s) 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak       

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's an Anna's Hummingbird, from a great trip to the UCSC arboretum, with +Barry Blanchard, +Ed Sweeney, and +Swee Oh. I hope you enjoy it.

This was the very last photo to make it into my book, Growing Up Humming. Unlike all of the other photos, this one is sort of hidden in the book, Can you find it?    ;-)

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak       

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's an Anna's Hummingbird, from a great trip to the UCSC arboretum, with +Barry Blanchard, +Ed Sweeney, and +Swee Oh. I hope you enjoy it.

This was the very last photo to make it into my book, Growing Up Humming. Unlike all of the other photos, this one is sort of hidden in the book, Can you find it?    ;-)

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!___

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2014-08-20 06:24:57 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s) 

I love this chalk pastel drawing that Miss B made of the sun and moon over the hills. I'm posting it to show that little kids can make real art, when they apply themselves. I hope you appreciate it, too.

I love this chalk pastel drawing that Miss B made of the sun and moon over the hills. I'm posting it to show that little kids can make real art, when they apply themselves. I hope you appreciate it, too.___

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2014-08-17 02:25:24 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 84 +1s) 

I said I'd post more than one of my cloud photos for #CloudWars - so here's a shot of nacreous clouds, above Mount Evans, in Colorado.

Yes! They really look like that. The colors are real.

I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

I said I'd post more than one of my cloud photos for #CloudWars - so here's a shot of nacreous clouds, above Mount Evans, in Colorado.

Yes! They really look like that. The colors are real.

I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!___

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2014-08-17 00:04:21 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 80 +1s) 

Did someone mention #CloudWars ? I'll throw in a few cloud photos. :)

Here's Mount Florence, with a thundercloud. I hope you enjoy it.

Did someone mention #CloudWars ? I'll throw in a few cloud photos. :)

Here's Mount Florence, with a thundercloud. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-08-16 05:41:01 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 35 +1s) 

I shared this video a couple years ago, but I'm in the mood to share it again. Here's Miss B climbing into a treehouse.

:-)

I shared this video a couple years ago, but I'm in the mood to share it again. Here's Miss B climbing into a treehouse.

:-)___

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2014-08-09 06:57:25 (28 comments, 5 reshares, 52 +1s) 

The narrator of this video demonstrates how to clean your camera sensor and lens, simply and effectively. 

Thank you, +Favourite WasteofTime, for bringing this to my attention. 

The narrator of this video demonstrates how to clean your camera sensor and lens, simply and effectively. 

Thank you, +Favourite WasteofTime, for bringing this to my attention. ___

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2014-08-08 04:43:46 (15 comments, 12 reshares, 76 +1s) 

According to +Olav Folland, today is National Lighthouse Day and #LighthouseThursday , so here's a phone snapshot of Walton Lighthouse, in Santa Cruz. I hope you enjoy it.

According to +Olav Folland, today is National Lighthouse Day and #LighthouseThursday , so here's a phone snapshot of Walton Lighthouse, in Santa Cruz. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-08-01 02:11:15 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

This is fun. This fellow demonstrates how to cut a bagel into interlocking pieces.

It's simply not true that he "invented" this way to cut, as the article claims; wood whittlers have been cutting interlocking wood pieces this way since ... probably since prehistoric times. Nonetheless, it's delightful to see it applied to bagels. 

I think "greater surface area for more cream cheese" is a fair point. It's similar to the reason I prefer angel hair pasta over  spaghetti – because there's more surface-area-to-volume, for holding more sauce.

This is fun. This fellow demonstrates how to cut a bagel into interlocking pieces.

It's simply not true that he "invented" this way to cut, as the article claims; wood whittlers have been cutting interlocking wood pieces this way since ... probably since prehistoric times. Nonetheless, it's delightful to see it applied to bagels. 

I think "greater surface area for more cream cheese" is a fair point. It's similar to the reason I prefer angel hair pasta over  spaghetti – because there's more surface-area-to-volume, for holding more sauce.___

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2014-07-29 17:53:12 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s) 

This awesome photo of the Eiffel Tower was made by my dear friend, +Gabriela Zavadilova. She has aspirations to sell her photographic art. 

YOU can make this happen. If you would like to be the first person to get a photo by her, now is your chance. If you'd like to buy a print of this, then please do so here and now. Get a great shot, and get her started at making this dream come true.

You can get a silver halide print of this for $25. It will be printed a little smaller than 12 inches on the long side, on 8 inch x12 inch photo paper, with a small white border.

If you're interested, send me a private message, or call me at (831) 325-6917. Thank you for your consideration.

This awesome photo of the Eiffel Tower was made by my dear friend, +Gabriela Zavadilova. She has aspirations to sell her photographic art. 

YOU can make this happen. If you would like to be the first person to get a photo by her, now is your chance. If you'd like to buy a print of this, then please do so here and now. Get a great shot, and get her started at making this dream come true.

You can get a silver halide print of this for $25. It will be printed a little smaller than 12 inches on the long side, on 8 inch x12 inch photo paper, with a small white border.

If you're interested, send me a private message, or call me at (831) 325-6917. Thank you for your consideration.___

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2014-07-28 04:22:37 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

I found this a worthwhile read. I agree with most of his points, and they are well put.

I found this a worthwhile read. I agree with most of his points, and they are well put.___

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2014-07-20 19:08:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

I've never been particularly interested in making selfies, but this is cool.

I've never been particularly interested in making selfies, but this is cool.___

2014-07-16 20:01:35 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s) 

Wow! The judged has changed her policy, allowing a water bottle in the courthouse, in response to my request.

Wow! The judged has changed her policy, allowing a water bottle in the courthouse, in response to my request.___

2014-07-15 21:20:56 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

I'm not very socially smooth under the best of circumstances - and when prosecution's witnesses and defense's witnesses are stuck in a courthouse hallway together for hours or days (each with axes to grind about the other side's testimony), it's less than the best of circumstances.

I may have more to say about all of this, next week.

I'm not very socially smooth under the best of circumstances - and when prosecution's witnesses and defense's witnesses are stuck in a courthouse hallway together for hours or days (each with axes to grind about the other side's testimony), it's less than the best of circumstances.

I may have more to say about all of this, next week.___

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2014-07-14 19:48:32 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s) 

Can you guess where I just landed?

Can you guess where I just landed?___

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2014-07-11 20:15:04 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 34 +1s) 

Why Are My Auto-Uploaded Panoramas Getting Downsized?

Dear Googlers,

Here's a recent (slightly more than) 360 degree panorama of the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, made with my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. The original shot on my phone is 19,568 pixels wide. The version which was auto-uploaded to G+ is 4,374 pixels wide – greatly downsized. This has been happening to all of my panoramas recently, but my panoramas used to auto-upload to G+ at full size (~19,000 pixels wide). I don't think I've changed any settings on my phone, or on Google Plus, in regard to this.

Google's auto-uploading feature has saved my pictures once when I accidentally deleted a bunch of them from my phone, as I discussed here:
https://plus.google.com/116043947632177598920/posts/Qm5VsXF22Xn

It's a great feature, and I love it. However, it will be basically brokena... more »

Why Are My Auto-Uploaded Panoramas Getting Downsized?

Dear Googlers,

Here's a recent (slightly more than) 360 degree panorama of the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, made with my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. The original shot on my phone is 19,568 pixels wide. The version which was auto-uploaded to G+ is 4,374 pixels wide – greatly downsized. This has been happening to all of my panoramas recently, but my panoramas used to auto-upload to G+ at full size (~19,000 pixels wide). I don't think I've changed any settings on my phone, or on Google Plus, in regard to this.

Google's auto-uploading feature has saved my pictures once when I accidentally deleted a bunch of them from my phone, as I discussed here:
https://plus.google.com/116043947632177598920/posts/Qm5VsXF22Xn

It's a great feature, and I love it. However, it will be basically broken and useless for me as a form of backup if it continues to only upload downsized versions of my pictures. 

Please help, if you can.

Thank you for any help you can provide, and for all that you do.___

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2014-07-10 04:25:22 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Am I likely to have any issues carrying my mini-tripod set-up onto a plane? I don't plan to check any luggage.

It's a tiny, sturdy aluminum tripod legset, with legs about 4 inches long, with a full sized panoramic tripod head on top.

Any relevant knowledge and / or experiences you can share will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Am I likely to have any issues carrying my mini-tripod set-up onto a plane? I don't plan to check any luggage.

It's a tiny, sturdy aluminum tripod legset, with legs about 4 inches long, with a full sized panoramic tripod head on top.

Any relevant knowledge and / or experiences you can share will be appreciated.

Thank you.___

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2014-07-08 18:44:59 (12 comments, 21 reshares, 90 +1s) 

#KeepTressaHome  

A fine fellow writer, +Tressa Green, is about to have her house foreclosed upon. She and her family will be on the streets.

You can read more about that, here:
https://plus.google.com/115938538525562546443/posts/VLYHuiM9szV

A number of folks on G+ are trying to prevent that, by having an auction to raise money for Tressa to make her payments. For example, +Lisa Cohen is auctioning her wonderful ceramics, here:
https://plus.google.com/113113447782383069533/posts/LMxQkwniUcV

I am offering 8"x12" prints of the picture below, Be Still, My Beating Heart, in exchange for a $75 donation to Tressa's GoFundMe campaign, to save her house. The campaign is here:
http://www.gofundme.com/b5ez3o

If you can, please make a donation for Lisa's ceramics, and / or my photo, then let us know. (Please be patient.I... more »

#KeepTressaHome  

A fine fellow writer, +Tressa Green, is about to have her house foreclosed upon. She and her family will be on the streets.

You can read more about that, here:
https://plus.google.com/115938538525562546443/posts/VLYHuiM9szV

A number of folks on G+ are trying to prevent that, by having an auction to raise money for Tressa to make her payments. For example, +Lisa Cohen is auctioning her wonderful ceramics, here:
https://plus.google.com/113113447782383069533/posts/LMxQkwniUcV

I am offering 8"x12" prints of the picture below, Be Still, My Beating Heart, in exchange for a $75 donation to Tressa's GoFundMe campaign, to save her house. The campaign is here:
http://www.gofundme.com/b5ez3o

If you can, please make a donation for Lisa's ceramics, and / or my photo, then let us know. (Please be patient. It will take me a few weeks to fulfill the orders; I have a lot going on right now.) Also, please re-share this post, and / or Lisa's and Tressa's.

Thank you for any help and generosity you can contribute.___

2014-07-08 02:39:10 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s) 

I've been somewhat absent around G+ the last few weeks, and this is going to have to continue for the next few weeks. There's a lot going on right now that I have to give my attention to. Please forgive me if I don't get back to you promptly, or if I don't post much, for the next several weeks.

Cheers.

I've been somewhat absent around G+ the last few weeks, and this is going to have to continue for the next few weeks. There's a lot going on right now that I have to give my attention to. Please forgive me if I don't get back to you promptly, or if I don't post much, for the next several weeks.

Cheers.___

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2014-07-08 00:47:31 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s) 

Here's a quick panoramic phone snapshot of the local woods. 

Here's a quick panoramic phone snapshot of the local woods. ___

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2014-07-07 22:44:25 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s) 

Here's a wonderful video clip of dolphins executing an amazing fishing technique.

Here's a wonderful video clip of dolphins executing an amazing fishing technique.___

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2014-07-05 17:46:23 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 44 +1s) 

For the theme #SaturdayScenes , curated by +John Ward, here's a small excerpt from my forthcoming book, Notes for Aspiring Photographers:

How to Photograph Anything

People will tell you to avoid photographing in mid-day light. Apparently because the dynamic range is too wide, or the light is flat, or the colors are bland, or some combination of the above.

It’s a defeatist attitude you’ll likely encounter often. “Don’t bother shooting W; it’s too boring.” “Don’t bother shooting X; it’s too ugly.” “Don’t bother shooting Y; it’s overdone.” “Don’t bother shooting Z; it’s too difficult.” As though it’s beyond you to perceive something notable, think of something interesting, and express something worthwhile, unless conditions are ideal in every way.

Don’t sell yourself short. You can succeed. Dismiss yourpreconceptions of what the picture shou... more »

For the theme #SaturdayScenes , curated by +John Ward, here's a small excerpt from my forthcoming book, Notes for Aspiring Photographers:

How to Photograph Anything

People will tell you to avoid photographing in mid-day light. Apparently because the dynamic range is too wide, or the light is flat, or the colors are bland, or some combination of the above.

It’s a defeatist attitude you’ll likely encounter often. “Don’t bother shooting W; it’s too boring.” “Don’t bother shooting X; it’s too ugly.” “Don’t bother shooting Y; it’s overdone.” “Don’t bother shooting Z; it’s too difficult.” As though it’s beyond you to perceive something notable, think of something interesting, and express something worthwhile, unless conditions are ideal in every way.

Don’t sell yourself short. You can succeed. Dismiss your preconceptions of what the picture should be like. Stop fighting the circumstances you’re dealt. Start working with them.

The “problem” preventing the shot you had in mind is the solution to another shot. Emphasize it, instead  of trying to minimize it. If the dynamic range in mid-day light is too wide to capture good details in both the shadows and highlights, then emphasize the drama inherent in the light’s harshness, look for patterns in the interplay of shadow and light, or create metaphors of obscuration and illumination. If you go to the mountains and find that everything is brown and dry, with dust, smoke, and haze hanging heavily in the air, when you were hoping for clear air and lush foliage – then use the situation to its best advantage. Focus on how layers fade into nothingness in the hazy distance, on the way the brown vegetation glows golden when backlit, how crepuscular rays streak through the shadows in the murky atmosphere, and the way the smoggy sky glows at sunset. With this simple shift in perspective, you can rise to the challenge and make good photos despite supposed problems.

_Whatever it is, look for what's good and useful in the situation at hand, embrace it, and make the best of it. Flow with what you have available. Let nothing deter you.___

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2014-06-29 05:45:13 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 44 +1s) 

Awww... This made me smile.

Happy Caturday, everyone.

#Caturday  

Awww... This made me smile.

Happy Caturday, everyone.

#Caturday  ___

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2014-06-19 05:55:23 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 10 +1s) 

Here's a really neat video about the discovery of asteroids in our inner solar system over the last few decades. It's well worth watching.

Here's a really neat video about the discovery of asteroids in our inner solar system over the last few decades. It's well worth watching.___

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2014-06-19 01:14:32 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s) 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak       

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here are two northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) fighting over territory and breeding rights, at Piedras Blancas. This is one of the pictures that will be in my forthcoming book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. 

I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak       

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here are two northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) fighting over territory and breeding rights, at Piedras Blancas. This is one of the pictures that will be in my forthcoming book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. 

I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!___

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2014-06-17 23:24:26 (56 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Here's an article about the "Anti-Photoshop Bill", since it may affect some of my fellow photographers if legislators pass it.

Here's an article about the "Anti-Photoshop Bill", since it may affect some of my fellow photographers if legislators pass it.___

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2014-06-17 16:43:37 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s) 

This looks like it could be a fun short story anthology. If you like science fiction and fantasy, check it out.

For the first week or so only, Quantum Zoo is at 99c/77p in the Kindle store! Twelve SF/F short stories for under a dollar. Can't be bad.

So, folks, please reshare as widely as possible, buy and leave a review.

Official launch party on the Quantum Zoo blog next Wednesday, with author giveaways and such. More details soon.___This looks like it could be a fun short story anthology. If you like science fiction and fantasy, check it out.

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2014-06-15 23:12:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Here's a good discussion about how to defend against and how to challenge this odd patent Amazon recently managed to get for the world's most popular and well known studio lighting technique. This might be useful for some of my friends whose businesses rely heavily on studio photography against white backgrounds.

Here's a good discussion about how to defend against and how to challenge this odd patent Amazon recently managed to get for the world's most popular and well known studio lighting technique. This might be useful for some of my friends whose businesses rely heavily on studio photography against white backgrounds.___

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2014-06-15 22:04:44 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 24 +1s) 

This is very nifty. I want one.

This is very nifty. I want one.___

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2014-06-15 21:08:15 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s) 

Happy Nature Photography Day!

Today is the 9th annual Nature Photography Day. I hope you see a lot of lovely nature today. If you can, go out and make some pictures.

Here's a Brandt's cormorant couple doing a mating ritual called "skypointing," photographed at Point Lobos.

#NaturePhotographyDay  

Happy Nature Photography Day!

Today is the 9th annual Nature Photography Day. I hope you see a lot of lovely nature today. If you can, go out and make some pictures.

Here's a Brandt's cormorant couple doing a mating ritual called "skypointing," photographed at Point Lobos.

#NaturePhotographyDay  ___

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2014-06-15 19:48:35 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s) 

Happy Father's Day!

To all you fathers who raise your kids the best you can, thank you for doing what you do. 

Happy Father's Day!

To all you fathers who raise your kids the best you can, thank you for doing what you do. ___

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2014-06-12 05:54:09 (20 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s) 

I found this article disturbing, to put it mildly.

I appreciate that mosquitoes are disease carriers, and are implicated with more human deaths than any other animal. And, of course, they can be bothersome. Nonetheless, I'm shocked at this cavalier attitude about about driving species to extinction.

You know those hummingbird photos I often show? Anna's hummingbirds eat lots of mosquitoes. So do many species of spiders, frogs, dragonflies, fish, bats, and so on. They are an important part of the food chain and the ecosystem.

I know that the article says, "As it turns out, mosquitos wouldn’t really be missed if they were to disappear. While mosquitos can act as pollinators as well as a food source for other animals, their absence would be merely a temporary setback before another species filled the niche," and it also links to this article about studiess... more »

I found this article disturbing, to put it mildly.

I appreciate that mosquitoes are disease carriers, and are implicated with more human deaths than any other animal. And, of course, they can be bothersome. Nonetheless, I'm shocked at this cavalier attitude about about driving species to extinction.

You know those hummingbird photos I often show? Anna's hummingbirds eat lots of mosquitoes. So do many species of spiders, frogs, dragonflies, fish, bats, and so on. They are an important part of the food chain and the ecosystem.

I know that the article says, "As it turns out, mosquitos wouldn’t really be missed if they were to disappear. While mosquitos can act as pollinators as well as a food source for other animals, their absence would be merely a temporary setback before another species filled the niche," and it also links to this article about studies showing we'd be fine to eradicate mosquitos:
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100721/pdf/466432a.pdf

Excuse me for being unimpressed with the reasoning that we could eradicate mosquitoes with few negative repercussions. It strikes me as supremely ignorant, arrogant, and unimaginative to believe that we can know this.

I've shown this video before, about how wolves change rivers:
How Wolves Change Rivers

It's a good example of how the effects that creatures have on their ecosystems are much more complicated and unpredictable than we can realize. Exterminating animals we don't like, on the basis of a narrow study or two determining that we can do it scot-free, is shortsighted and foolish.

Thank you, +Daniel Ely Rankin, for bringing this article to my attention.___

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2014-06-12 00:28:14 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

It's interesting that Frank came out as the first openly gay congressman while in office, but chose not to come out as a nontheist until after he left.

As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing at all shameful about being gay or about being a nontheist / atheist. Being a career politician, on the other hand....

;-)

It's interesting that Frank came out as the first openly gay congressman while in office, but chose not to come out as a nontheist until after he left.

As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing at all shameful about being gay or about being a nontheist / atheist. Being a career politician, on the other hand....

;-)___

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2014-06-11 23:16:14 (15 comments, 9 reshares, 120 +1s) 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak       

It's still Wildlife Wednesday. Here's another burrowing owl staring at me, at the nesting area over by the Shoreline golf course, near Google's headquarters. Someone just murdered a nesting pair of burrowing owls in this area. 
http://mv-voice.com/news/2014/06/10/burrowing-owls-found-dead-at-shoreline-golf-course

I'm appalled. These are majestic little creatures, and they deserve better than this cruel fate at the hands of callous hooligans.

Please treat wild animals and the rest of our natural world kindly and responsibly.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is posta wil... more »

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak       

It's still Wildlife Wednesday. Here's another burrowing owl staring at me, at the nesting area over by the Shoreline golf course, near Google's headquarters. Someone just murdered a nesting pair of burrowing owls in this area. 
http://mv-voice.com/news/2014/06/10/burrowing-owls-found-dead-at-shoreline-golf-course

I'm appalled. These are majestic little creatures, and they deserve better than this cruel fate at the hands of callous hooligans.

Please treat wild animals and the rest of our natural world kindly and responsibly.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!___

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2014-06-11 07:04:25 (31 comments, 10 reshares, 143 +1s) 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak      

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's a burrowing owl staring at me.

Someone just murdered a nesting pair of burrowing owls in my favorite nesting area, over by the Shoreline golf course, close to Google's headquarters. 

http://mv-voice.com/news/2014/06/10/burrowing-owls-found-dead-at-shoreline-golf-course

I'm saddened and disgusted. Look at this wonderful beast. Could you imagine someone executing these splendid creatures for kicks? Unbelievable. 

So many of the creatures and places I've photographed were later wantonly destroyed.... Animals have intrinsic worth. Nature, too. Please treat them kindly and responsibly.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at otherpeople... more »

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak      

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's a burrowing owl staring at me.

Someone just murdered a nesting pair of burrowing owls in my favorite nesting area, over by the Shoreline golf course, close to Google's headquarters. 

http://mv-voice.com/news/2014/06/10/burrowing-owls-found-dead-at-shoreline-golf-course

I'm saddened and disgusted. Look at this wonderful beast. Could you imagine someone executing these splendid creatures for kicks? Unbelievable. 

So many of the creatures and places I've photographed were later wantonly destroyed.... Animals have intrinsic worth. Nature, too. Please treat them kindly and responsibly.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!___

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2014-06-10 20:17:18 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s) 

Apparently Google is somewhat open to hiring people without college degrees. I guess that shouldn't be surprising, since it's in their interest to hire the brightest and best they can, and many very capable people don't finish college. Furthermore, a number of the leaders in the tech industry – such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg – didn't finish college. So, perhaps cultural acceptance of non-degreed folks is increasing in tech work environments.

Apparently Google is somewhat open to hiring people without college degrees. I guess that shouldn't be surprising, since it's in their interest to hire the brightest and best they can, and many very capable people don't finish college. Furthermore, a number of the leaders in the tech industry – such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg – didn't finish college. So, perhaps cultural acceptance of non-degreed folks is increasing in tech work environments.___

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2014-06-10 04:15:21 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s) 

I've never seen this Dog Whisperer show nor even seen what Cesar Millan looks like, before. (I don't have a television.) However, I've heard about Cesar's methods on the show from a fellow writer who trains dogs and writes dog training books. He explained to me how misguided, counterproductive, and dangerous Millan's methods are.

This article gives a detailed look at the combination of the old paradigm of dog psychology and ... made up nonsense? ... that Cesar Millan preaches and practices, and compares it to more enlightened, humane, effective modern practices based in our best current understanding of dog psychology. Based on my knowledge of ethology from what I was taught at UCSC, what I've read, and what I've experienced as a wildlife photographer and friend of many animals, this article seems plausible to me.

It's worth a read.

I've never seen this Dog Whisperer show nor even seen what Cesar Millan looks like, before. (I don't have a television.) However, I've heard about Cesar's methods on the show from a fellow writer who trains dogs and writes dog training books. He explained to me how misguided, counterproductive, and dangerous Millan's methods are.

This article gives a detailed look at the combination of the old paradigm of dog psychology and ... made up nonsense? ... that Cesar Millan preaches and practices, and compares it to more enlightened, humane, effective modern practices based in our best current understanding of dog psychology. Based on my knowledge of ethology from what I was taught at UCSC, what I've read, and what I've experienced as a wildlife photographer and friend of many animals, this article seems plausible to me.

It's worth a read.___

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2014-06-10 03:07:36 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Here's a notable review of the Sony A7R for landscape photography.  In short, he wasn't happy with it and he sold it, and basically says it's not ready for prime time yet (for landscape photography). He gives a number of reasons, such as adapter issues, light leaks, and the lens system not being adequately in place, yet.

He sounds pretty sensible in this review, or at least his concerns sound like ones that I'd find concerning, too. He commends Sony's innovation, here, and notes that this is the first generation in a line that may get better over time. I hope so. This could be the start of something promising, even if it's not quite where it needs to be, today.

Thank you, +Patricia Davidson and +Joe Azure, for bringing this review to my attention.

Here's a notable review of the Sony A7R for landscape photography.  In short, he wasn't happy with it and he sold it, and basically says it's not ready for prime time yet (for landscape photography). He gives a number of reasons, such as adapter issues, light leaks, and the lens system not being adequately in place, yet.

He sounds pretty sensible in this review, or at least his concerns sound like ones that I'd find concerning, too. He commends Sony's innovation, here, and notes that this is the first generation in a line that may get better over time. I hope so. This could be the start of something promising, even if it's not quite where it needs to be, today.

Thank you, +Patricia Davidson and +Joe Azure, for bringing this review to my attention.___

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2014-06-09 19:37:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Interesting. It looks like someone is marketing a commercial version of the fabled "image fulgurator." I wonder whether this will be used much for disrupting other people's photos, as the original concept was used for. 

Thank you, +Levi Moore , for bringing this to my attention.

Interesting. It looks like someone is marketing a commercial version of the fabled "image fulgurator." I wonder whether this will be used much for disrupting other people's photos, as the original concept was used for. 

Thank you, +Levi Moore , for bringing this to my attention.___

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