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Glenn Blair724Bonus Day: "My December 24th"Day Seven: Christmas/Seasonal/Holiday clothingDay Six: "It's not my pet/who is this guy?"Day Five: "Christmas wrapping/gifts of all shapes and sizes and colours"Day Four: "Santa!!!!! Santa! I know him"Day Three: "Happy" Something in your day to day life that makes you happy.Day Two: Christmas/Holiday Displays (preferably not your own so a friend, workplace or shop window)Day One: "My 2014" - be creative, I want to see in one picture something that sums up your yearWelcome back to the second year of this game, last year was a huge success, far more people participated than I had planned.  I didn't expect to bring it back for a second year, but I was asked to so here it is!For those that need a reminder, or who are new to the game here are the rules:Every day for one week you will be assigned an object and/or theme.  The challenge is to take a Selfie with that object or in line with that theme. As an example, if the object was a cat, you would have to take a selfie with a cat.... don't own a cat? then be creative! I am sure you can find a solution, if the theme is "silent night" then maybe take a picture of some carol singers - use your imagination.You should be as creative as possible and if it calls for it be Christmasy too!Watch out for Day One's announcement coming at some point before the start date (Wednesday 17th) and the competition runs right through to 6pm on Christmas Eve. (This description will be edited to include each days theme/object/idea)Rules:- Nothing should be posted that is "not safe for work" (NSFW);- Picture has to include yourself, preferably in a 'selfie' style;- Each submission must be made before midnight on the relevant day (GMT);- Enjoy yourself!;- No Photoshopping, the pictures have to be realThe "One Week In December, 'Selfie' Challenge" 20142014-12-17 09:30:0056 

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Kherlakyan Hanan3,412HERE'S VERSION 91 OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED WEDNESDAY 1/21/2014▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-21 23:43:32500000
Kherlakyan Hanan2,725HERE'S VERSION 89 OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED WEDNESDAY 1/7/2014▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-08 21:33:53500022
Secret Food45407-Jan-2015 #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  2015-01-06 23:44:30454323
Kherlakyan Hanan2,011AQUI ESTÁ VERSÃO 86-B ao meu círculo pública compartilhada ATUALIZADO sábado 2014/12/20 ▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔ Vamos quebrar 500 partes novamente e manter o ritmo! Estes são os melhores dos melhores Engagers de todas as esferas da vida. Dê a si mesmo um pouco de diversidade e adicionar estas grandes pessoas aos seus círculos. ➤ Para ser adicionado para a próxima ação, siga estes simples passos: 1) Adicionar o círculo 2) Além disso, o post original 3) Compartilhe o círculo publicamente (e com os seus círculos / círculos estendidos) 4) Comente sobre o post original quando completa #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-12-24 03:37:555014210
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche11,603┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v12 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v12 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:       De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen: +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #Patagonia   #Bariloche   #SanMartin   #LaAngostura   #SantaRosa   #LaPampa   #TrenqueLauquen   #ruta5   #Hotel   #howardJohnson   #alojamiento  2014-12-21 18:56:4249810814
Natural Remedy for Diabetes1,975Share Circle2014-12-14 18:12:22499111
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche10,286┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊WORLD GEMS v3 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the WORLD GEMS v3 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #hotel   #HowardJohnson   #TrenqueLauquen  2014-12-12 20:16:07499293450
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche9,995┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊WORLD GEMS v2 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the WORLD GEMS v2 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:  +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #TrenqueLauquen   #Hotel   #howardJOhnson   #bariloche   #SantaRosa                           2014-12-11 16:35:50499215
michael Addi012/10/2014   #CircleShare  And have a good night/morning!2014-12-11 04:11:52400494474
michael Addi0#CircleShare   12/5/2014Have a good day everyone.2014-12-05 14:44:4343215718
Sport News95Dear Google Friends! - You're in this CircleAdd Users & Pluss +1 & ShareThis 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!#circleshare #circlesharing #circle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlecount #circlecircle #naturephotographers #naturephotography #birdphotography #birdphotographers #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers 2014-11-30 05:41:14500332
michael Addi0Today's Circle Share - 11/19/2014 #circleshare  Great people and pages in this circle. Have a great day! 2014-11-19 13:55:35429211229
Kenneth Nicholson6,980Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#sharedcircleday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday #circlesunday #circleoftheweek #circlemeup #circles #circleshare #communities #community #coolpeople #findcircles 2014-10-24 12:15:41498445685
George Clark7,103Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.#topcircle #circleshareoftheday #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles   #fridaycircle   #themecircle   #mediterranean   #addbackspree   #ripplescircle   #addback   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #peoplescircle   #circleoftheday   #followme   #follow4follow  2014-09-27 10:52:53486372240
Moan Lisa38,882Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle05 August, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-08-05 10:26:3130095101122
Maria Morisot35,573Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle07 July, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-07-07 10:34:533009098132
Tarık Bulut238#growthcircle   #circleshare   This is my 21st circle share of this circle and I hope to get over 400+ shares and continue to grow this as time goes on.  This should increase Google Plus comments and plus ones.  This is a circle I created a few months ago and am now sharing with you in hopes that we can all benefit and grow our online presence.  This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..  #GrowthCircle   For all you SEO and social media marketing needs visit my company  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery 2014-07-02 14:40:215015816
Tarık Bulut238Free google Plus FollowersTo be added to the Circle you have to 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______________________________________ #CircleSharing #Circle#Share#CircleOfTheDay#ShareCircle#Google+#ADD#SharedPublicCircles#Google#SharedCircles#Friends#GooglePlusTips#SocialMedia#AddCircle#Marketing#SocialMediaMarketing#Engagers#AddPeople#PublicSharedCircles#teamelitecircle2014-07-02 12:08:3430010712
Tarık Bulut78 #growthcircle   #circleshare   This is my 21st circle share of this circle and I hope to get over 400+ shares and continue to grow this as time goes on.  This should increase Google Plus comments and plus ones.  This is a circle I created a few months ago and am now sharing with you in hopes that we can all benefit and grow our online presence.  This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..  #GrowthCircle   For all you SEO and social media marketing needs visit my company  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery 2014-07-01 19:46:105015510
michael Addi0If you're receiving this notification then you are in this circle!6/27/2014This circle has a great group of active users on G+, they also share some great content as well.  #circleshare  If you'd like to stay included in this circle, then I ask you to please share this original post.If you want to be excluded, please let me know and you will no longer be included.2014-06-27 18:04:52385112
Maria Morisot34,675Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle27 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-27 10:54:53299106112154
Maria Morisot34,522Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle25 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-25 10:39:0229589101130
Robert Connor9,868this is a good circle to add and share1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.3. If possible, leave a comment on this postcircle #circleshare #sharingcircles #addme #followme #followmeback #circlesharing #yourcircle #circleoffriends #topcircle #helpingcircles #followers #topcircleshare   #topcircles #curatorscircle2014-06-12 12:11:124487410
Ryan Johnson6,525Circle of FriendsTo get in, and to ensure you stay in     #circleoffriends    you need to do the following:1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.3. If possible, leave a comment on this post.#circleshared #circlesdiscovery #shared #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #fashion #fashionphotography #WorldCup #Software #SwiftKey #Wednesday #Files #Hyderabad  #SouthAfrica2014-06-11 12:06:07474221239
Maria Morisot31,940Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle08 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-08 14:58:06300706788
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, 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 after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with 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 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe 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     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213
Becky Collins4,895Video Games Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-03-15 09:20:54492005
Thibaut Delp22,406Time for some  #CircleShare   This is my  #Awesome  Circle! Awesome people for an awesome Google+ experience! Enjoy folks :)+Nothing but Circles +Shared Circles on G+ +Full Circle +Circles (CircleHub) 2014-03-07 19:15:572389713
Maria Morisot24,771Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared CircleFebruary 08, 20142014-02-09 00:31:09300413773
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216
Kai Saffron15,310THE SAFFRONSTEIN'S MONSTER CIRCLEIt's....ALIVE!!!http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lt37qhzLMh1qbhnrvo1_500.pngI started noticing a lot of the same faces in some of the publicly shared circles this week, some people being in only one or two, and some people being in as many as four.  I then had an idea for a diabolical experiment of a new shared circle.I took four popular circles and threw them together to be a G+normous circle of over 1,500 of the most interesting and engaging users according to four different circle sharers.  For added spice and seasoning, I also threw in my smaller and cuddlier   #SaffronStarterCircle , which is my personal Top 109 Most Relevant users according to G+.  I then scrolled through this beast and removed almost all of the business pages (do they really think people are interested in the posted content- if ANY- of a page devoted to a car rental business?  REALLY?), as well as most self-proclaimed social media gurus, snake oil hucksters, follower-phishers, plus-and-reshare whores, scammers, spammers, and any other examples of general annoying uselessness.  I can't vouch for everyone who survived the cut, but there was that minimum level  of quality control at least. Since G+ lists people in circles by order of relevancy, I then took my affront to God and Nature and proceeded to amputate people from the bottom of the list (least relevant) moving upwards until I had reduced this monstrous circle to 499 people.  As a cherry on top of this abominable sundae, this means if you add this circle, I have left just enough room for you to click "add yourself to this circle" when you re-share it from your own circles (not from this post).You're welcome.Happy exploring your new Saffronstein's Monster Circle stream! #SharedCircles   #GhostTown   #PublicSharedCircles   #ItsALIVE     2013-08-12 00:38:11499531749
Kai Saffron14,989Saffron's Starter Circle (Top 110)According to G+, this circle is the top 109 people I most regularly interact with, plus yours truly.  I think it's a good-sized circle for newbies to add if you want to liven up your stream, but don't want to be overwhelmed (as can happen with adding circles maxed at 500 active people.).    Remember, you can always uncircle someone later if it turns out they're not your cup of tea.  Think of it as auditioning people.  Like the old saying goes, "nothing ventured, nothing gained".  If you wait for your Faceborg friends to start using their long-abandoned G+ profiles (assuming they even have one), I can tell you right now you may be waiting a very long time, if not forever.  You get what you put into G+.  This platform isn't a collection of walled cities of unchanging social cliques, a.k.a. FB.  It's a social network for the purpose of networking, in the true sense of the word.  So jump in.  Be a leader, not a lemming.  Most of these people don't bite (unless you ask them to nicely).  This concludes our G+ Public Service Announcement. #SharedCircles   #GooglePlus   #GhostTown     #SaffronStarterCircle  2013-08-08 14:51:1311015511
Kelvin Williams3,027Here are the people I'd recommend you follow on this #FollowFriday .I think these people are so awesome I'm sharing this circle again.  Add it, share it, and I'll put you into the next one.  :)(This is a slightly modified circle that was shared earlier in the week--I had some people left out.)2013-06-21 20:52:51202303
Kelvin Williams3,027This circle rightchea....  This is the only one you ever need.  This is the bestest circle on Google+ without question.Import it and share it.  It will make your Google+ more better.2013-06-20 00:51:1319176338
Gai Xinh1,521Share now2013-06-14 02:56:3029020625
Thibaut Delp19,470Add it, Share it, Enjoy :DI would like to share with you guys some of the most interesting, interactive and smart people of Google+!If you need fun, informations, beautiful photos, lots of humour, great musics, to be able to discuss on topics with people that think and if you want to be part of a community for whom human rights matter, well this is the circle you are looking for :D. Have fun!I may have forgot some of you guys.... Sorry for that! I will add you to this circle next time :) #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #share   #AwesomeCircle   #HumanrightsCircle   #HumourCircle   #Funcircle   #Googlepluscircle   #Circle   #circles  2013-05-29 16:16:2423613217
Gai Xinh1,118share circle. good luck2013-05-17 14:33:1529312417
Gai Xinh1,0362013-05-14 00:04:4033813519
Bob Mulholland13,418Bob's G+ To-Do listMonday: Share my Don't Panic Circle ✔Tuesday: Share my Star Trek Circle ✔Wednesday: Share my Discover Indie Circle ✔Thursday: Share my Frank Zappa Fans Circle ✔Friday: Share my Bacon Lovers Circle ✔+1 today's Circle to get hooped.2013-02-23 00:14:4763201
matthew rappaport147,898499 +Google+ ers that are RELEVANT to me according to the PLUSarithmPart 2[Part 1 of Relevant +Shared Circles on G+  :https://plus.google.com/111048918866742956374/posts/5QvAYUjxhW1]This 2nd MEGA +Shared Circles on G+ is literally the 2nd 499 names that are listed when RELEVANCE is selected and 'Your Circles' is clicked under https://plus.google.com/circles (very close to it!)There are 41 that I didn't include in the circle but made the cut that are celebs or pages that I will list below as I wanted to share more users overall in this #sharedcircle  which is almost entirely full of WIN.The 41 +mention ed referenced above are:Pages:+Schemer, +HangoutParty, +G+ Live Hangout Events , +Kickin' and Plussin' , +Funny Pictures & Videos, +Having said that , +1000 zombies , +Handmade , +Mashable , +Animated Gifs! , +First Friday Art Walk , +2013-01-04 20:38:55500321731
Shells Bells5,180Best of 2012 CircleThis circle is some of the G+ awesomeness that has enriched my life this year - and I am grateful.  A while back +Sean Cowen asked what G+ has meant to us.  After watching Brene Brown's TEDTalks (http://www.ted.com/speakers/brene_brown.html) I realize that for me, G+ has been a lesson in vulnerability and courage. I have been humbled by the courage of every one of you.  I love that women post no make-up pictures and that you all speak your minds (your clever, creative, crazy & beautiful minds...). I have been blown away by the public sharing regarding topics as deep as abuse and depression - talk about vulnerability and putting yourself out there - absolutely amazing.  By doing so, you have helped others in ways you may never know.  <3Inspiration's what you are to me, inspiration, look... see.  Led Zeppelin - Thank YouYou have inspired me. (warning TL:DR personal stuff below) Oh, & I did include some new peeps.  If they're freaks, blame +Ben Zaitz.This month, I gathered some courage and let three people see me in, what was to me, a position of vulnerability.The first was a very dear friend from Elementary School.  For the past few years, I avoided HIRLing because I was ashamed of my weight and I guess I didn't want to disappoint him.  The same reason recently kept me from seeing a dear High School friend.  I saw them and each did not care that I was not perfect, they love me for me.  Mann, it was great to see their faces again, talk in person and have some non-virtual hugs.  <3I attribute this change in thinking to your responses to a July post: https://plus.google.com/115807723984369772514/posts/Ui2TQBPuELKAmong the other awesome words from you peeps, +Alvin Stearns wrote, "Never again compare yourself to others so that you make unfair and useless judgments about yourself or others.  That includes comparing yourself to you in the past."  The third was that, with your encouragement on a private post, I actually asked a guy out.  I would have never even considered doing that a year ago.  (He has a gf, so no deal, but it's all good cause he was cool.)I know these are little things, but I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  And thank you to +matthew rappaport, Bobbi Jo Woods and +Tiffany Henry for coordinating the first NYCHIRL. Due to my kiddies, I couldn't see +Daria Musk and +Ryan Van Sickle2012-12-31 06:09:4450026231
Erin Burrell3,360It has been a while since I have shared any circles so I thought I should share my best of the best!This is my awesomesauce circle.  All of them comment.  All of them post regularly.  All of them are smart and clever.Circle them.  Hug them.  Get to know them! #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #circleoftheday  (psst..if you were notified it is because you are in the circle)2012-12-30 20:24:105223323
AyJay Schibig13,174AWESOME CIRCLESome awesome people in my new edition of this circle.  Add and  Re-Share  then Comment below if you believe you should be included !I keep  names and faces "fresh" across all of my 11 circles, so please ask only if you are not already in any of  my other circles. Thanks.Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday     #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou  2012-12-29 22:34:01331528
Leslie Stockton0GUYS GOOGLE IS SAYING FOR ME TO SHARE A CIRCLE again..so here is my contribution to the community ..i am still not allowed to add ..?? many apologies for that .. <3 HAPPY DAY GOOGLERS ..<3 2012-12-28 09:55:5850017511
AyJay Schibig12,308AWESOME CIRCLESome awesome people in my new edition of this circle.  Add and  Re-Share  then Comment below if you believe you should be included !#circleoftheday    #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles    #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou  2012-12-14 03:17:263915411
AyJay Schibig11,448AWESOME CIRCLESome awesome people in my new edition of this circle.  Add and  Re-Share  then Comment below if you believe you should be included !  #circleoftheday    #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles    #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou  2012-12-03 23:23:444038312
Carter Gibson628,961The Lifeblood of my Google+ ExperienceThe people in this circle (and I'm sure I've forgotten some of you!) are some of the most amazing people I've ever interacted with, online or off or both! I could not recommend this circle more highly. They're artists, bloggers, business owners, and the list goes on and on. Something they all share is that they are amazing people who I would do a favor for in a heartbeat. If you want to surround yourself with good people, this is an excellent circle to add. So, go on and circle up :)2012-11-30 21:16:131491251997
AyJay Schibig10,675AWESOME CIRCLESome awesome people in this circle.  Add and  Re-Share  then Comment below if you believe you should be included !  #circleoftheday    #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles    #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou  2012-11-18 04:57:4742412319
Leslie Stockton24hey guys this is my first time to do this ..so here goes ...My first circle share ... lol  just fun people reading and sharing stuff, like photo's and quips and poems..oh and some pretty salacious stuff ..so those with a weak constitution need not apply ..lol HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE .. LOL2012-11-12 12:43:4950017413

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2014-12-29 14:00:39 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Almost made it through 2014 without a trip to the ER.. so close! 

Most reshares: 4

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2015-01-31 23:28:41 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

The Kawa Ijen volcano, which erupts with blue flame due to its high sulfer content. A fantasy scene in a real location, for +Lex Larson​.

Most plusones: 164

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2015-01-07 05:02:46 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 164 +1s)Open 

This is amazing. Somewhere in America...

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2015-01-31 23:28:41 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

The Kawa Ijen volcano, which erupts with blue flame due to its high sulfer content. A fantasy scene in a real location, for +Lex Larson​.

The Kawa Ijen volcano, which erupts with blue flame due to its high sulfer content. A fantasy scene in a real location, for +Lex Larson​.___

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2015-01-31 21:51:08 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Oh, poor dears, they're worried they might actually be some of the biggest fuck ups in modern medical history.

As a measles outbreak spreads across the US, with 14 states now affected, the advocates of letting deadly epidemics run wild are finding themselves suddenly unpopular:

Members of the anti-vaccine movement said the public backlash had terrified many parents. “People are now afraid they’re going to be jailed,” said Barbara Loe Fisher, the president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a clearinghouse for resisters. “I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s gotten so out of hand, and it’s gotten so vicious.”

This is not, to be honest, an unreasonable fear: it turns out that when you recklessly engage in conduct which places another person (or the general public) in danger of death or serious bodily injury, you may well have a reason to fear that people might want you to go to jail. The technical term is "reckless endangerment." And when people -- especially children -- start actually dying because of your actions, you may well have reason to fear that your neighbors may suggest that you find some other neighbors, starting right away.

The reaction to this outbreak has, however, offered me some real hope. I suspect that as soon as people remember just why people were so terrified of these diseases, the popularity of the "anti-vaccine" movement is likely to plummet, largely at the hands of people who don't feel like being put in mortal danger by their neighbors' fears. Hopefully, this movement will be gone and forgotten before too many people die. (But I want to be honest here: people are going to die. Mostly kids.)

We should recognize that there are real access problems in some parts of the country: the government pays for vaccines but not the doctor's time, and if you get paid by the hour and don't have a car, simply the time to go to the doctor is a major factor. But we know how to fix these problems: the mobile vaccination stations that helped end the polio epidemic of the 1950's are proof of that.

The best proof by far, though, is that some states are doing a great job to this day. It turns out that the winner is Mississippi, which has managed to achieve a 99.7% immunization rate for the most serious diseases! They've done this through a combination of a strong public health program and not messing around with their laws. You can read more about what they've done, and how they stack up against other states, at http://wpo.st/QKT20 .

I suggest a three-point strategy:

(1) Make sure that the CDC-approved vaccine schedule is available to every person. Task an agency with achieving as close to 100% coverage as possible; the only people who shouldn't be getting these are people for whom there is a medical reason not to.

(2) Educate the public about what's going on and why. Don't be afraid to pull out the old videos and show people of just why measles is not a "thing you just get over." 

(3) Starting in areas where vaccination is already reliably available, and ultimately spreading to all areas of the country, impose criminal liability for the deliberate failure to vaccinate without medical reason, under existing laws for reckless endangerment and/or child endangerment. 

My parents and their generation got to watch their families and their friends die from these diseases. I don't want to do the same.


h/t to +Kyla Myers for the WaPo article about Mississippi's success. Another very interesting article to read is http://goo.gl/BYp3iF, from the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, which goes through the reasons why people aren't getting vaccinated and proposes several ways to help fix it. Thanks to +James Salsman for that one.

Special thanks to +Steve Esterly for his thorough critique of a previous version of this post, and in particular catching that I had misinterpreted the JAAPA article in a rather important way. ___Oh, poor dears, they're worried they might actually be some of the biggest fuck ups in modern medical history.

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2015-01-30 16:20:36 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Today is National Croissant Day! Of course we have some at work...

Today is National Croissant Day! Of course we have some at work...___

2015-01-28 21:55:24 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

"You know damn well you don’t eat enough fruit but you sure as shit hit that waffle quota every month."

I love this site +Jessie Mullins​ just showed me. 

"You know damn well you don’t eat enough fruit but you sure as shit hit that waffle quota every month."

I love this site +Jessie Mullins​ just showed me. ___

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2015-01-28 17:55:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Science!

Sipping Caramel
thank you, Alton Brown!

So I tried the sipping caramel from Lucette Grace, and I found it remarkably bitter.  I'd never really thought of caramel as bitter, but then I remembered I didn't start liking caramel until the popularity of salted caramels.

Having recently binge watched Good Eats on Netflix, I remembered, oh yeah, salt!  I didn't salt the drink directly, because that's a thing you can never take back, but a little salt made it a lot more palatable (sweeter and more buttery, and a little less bitter).

Still, I'll stick to sipping chocolate.

And now, related scientific article abstract!___Science!

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2015-01-27 13:39:47 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I could watch this all day. What is the world coming to?

___I could watch this all day. What is the world coming to?

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2015-01-27 00:55:41 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Salmon Tartare & Avocado Salad Timbale

My lunch for the next week. At least I can still eat a few yummy things.

Since I know you'll ask at some point and I'll probably miss it, assume this is what's in my face at any given moment, +Shinae Choi Robinson​. ;)

Salmon Tartare & Avocado Salad Timbale

My lunch for the next week. At least I can still eat a few yummy things.

Since I know you'll ask at some point and I'll probably miss it, assume this is what's in my face at any given moment, +Shinae Choi Robinson​. ;)___

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2015-01-26 05:58:24 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Amaaaaaaaazeballs! Bacteria that subsist SOLELY on electricity!

Shewanella bacteria are unlike anything we’ve ever encountered___Amaaaaaaaazeballs! Bacteria that subsist SOLELY on electricity!

2015-01-19 05:02:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

 "We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered."

—Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead

 "We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered."

—Tom Stoppard, Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead___

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2015-01-16 22:32:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Puppies on guard duty while I reformat the laptop.

Puppies on guard duty while I reformat the laptop.___

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2015-01-09 14:18:16 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

#memespiration

#memespiration___

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2015-01-08 19:41:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

#jesuischarlie

___#jesuischarlie

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2015-01-07 19:50:06 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

I have lost touch with many people I used to be, mostly because they were dicks. 

I have lost touch with many people I used to be, mostly because they were dicks. ___

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2015-01-07 05:02:46 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 164 +1s)Open 

This is amazing. Somewhere in America...

This is amazing. Somewhere in America...___

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2015-01-02 16:16:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

TIL: Driders were evidently sourced from Inuit legend, and polar bears with extra eyes are nightmare fuel. 

Wow, these illustrations are so great! But they do remind me why I was so terrified by Inuit legends as a kid.___TIL: Driders were evidently sourced from Inuit legend, and polar bears with extra eyes are nightmare fuel. 

2015-01-02 05:16:00 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

When you say #policelivesmatter  I hear "I don't even begin to understand the problem we're discussing." 

When you say #policelivesmatter  I hear "I don't even begin to understand the problem we're discussing." ___

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2014-12-30 05:04:28 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Dis my other jam today

Too bad every time I move to it, I hurt. >.> 

I've got one friend laying across from me:
 I did not chose him; he did not choose me.
We have no chance of recovery
Laying in hospital, joy and misery. 

Dis my other jam today

Too bad every time I move to it, I hurt. >.> 

I've got one friend laying across from me:
 I did not chose him; he did not choose me.
We have no chance of recovery
Laying in hospital, joy and misery. ___

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2014-12-30 04:00:30 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Yes, yes-yes-yes.

These twelve items have two important things in common:

(1) They're important and valuable things, and
(2) They have absolutely nothing to do with autism.

Lead is a heavy metal which melts at low temperatures. It's used in large batteries like the ones in your car, as well as as a stabilization weight and radiation shield. It can be poisonous if you ingest it, though, so be careful! (The #1 safety risks in most radiation labs is actually accidental lead poisoning from the shielding equipment)

Fluoride is an ion of the Fluorine molecule. It's critical for human health: without it, your teeth will decay and fall out. In some places, it's found naturally in local foods and water, but in other places, it gets added to reservoirs or table salt instead. Water fluoridation is considered one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, and is a major reason why people today have healthy teeth. It was also believed by some to be part of a Communist plot to corrupt the Purity of Essence of our Precious Bodily Fluids. (And yes, people describing the plot Liked to Capitalize Things)

Antibiotics are probably the single greatest public health improvement of the twentieth century: they're drugs which can give our immune system the capability to fight off bacterial infections. Without them, common diseases like strep and TB will simply kill you. However, antibiotics do nothing against viruses. In fact, if you don't have a bacterial disease, or take only part of a course, antibiotics are dangerous: they'll kill just the bacteria which were most vulnerable to them, leaving behind the strongest and most resistant ones to breed! Overuse of antibiotics has resulted in the development of many strains of bacteria which are resistant to even very powerful antibiotics, leading to the fear that we may soon be vulnerable to these diseases again. The most important things you can do are (a) don't ever pressure a doctor to prescribe them when they aren't appropriate, and (b) fight their overuse in ranching, where they're given as prophylactics to otherwise healthy animals -- thus breeding deadly resistances.

Vaccines are antibiotics' competitor for greatest public health victories. They're small doses of dead or weakened viruses which are injected into you, letting your immune system learn to recognize and destroy the real ones when they come. They're the reason that so many of the deadliest diseases of the past -- smallpox, measles, pertussis, and the like -- are things of the past. However, unscrupulous folks have tried at times to convince the public that these are dangerous (generally as part of a scheme involving lawsuits), and as a result, some people are avoiding them! This can cause many other people to die, because of what’s called herd immunity. You can learn more about vaccines from this great comic:
https://medium.com/the-nib/vaccines-work-here-are-the-facts-5de3d0f9ffd0

Pesticides are chemicals which kill pests which destroy crops. These are a dangerous, but important, tradeoff: their residues can be poisonous, especially if they accumulate in groundwater; they can kill insects which are not just beneficial, but critical, like bees; and their misuse can lead to monoculture, which we’ll talk about in a moment. On the upside, they greatly increase crop production, and have been a major factor in ending starvation. They can also kill insects like the tsetse fly and malaria mosquito which are major vectors of disease. Together, this makes them a powerful lifesaving tool which has to be carefully managed.

GMOs are any sorts of organisms whose genes have been modified. This is a blanket term for a wide range of things, from corn that produces additional nutrients, to wheat that can grow in a wide range of climates, to goats which can produce antibiotics in their milk (!), to crops which are immune to certain pesticides and herbicides. “GMO” is a term for the technique which produces all of these. Some of these are huge benefits, but some of them are dangerous: for example, herbicide-resistant crops can be doused with huge doses of powerful weed-killers. In addition to their normal risks, this creates what’s called a “monoculture,” where only one species of plant can survive. This can make an entire crop vulnerable to a single blight, so it’s extremely dangerous for food security. Also, many companies who make such products are known for unethical business practices, so many people hear “GMO” and think of them. But don’t be led astray! GM is a technique which saves lives, too.

Balloons may make you think of things at birthday parties, but they’re also the best way to get high into the stratosphere. Weather balloons, made of modern materials like mylar and kevlar and filled with Helium, can fly over 100,000’ above the ground fairly cheaply, making it possible to understand weather patterns in places where satellites can’t be. They were also the way the recent record-breaking skydivers got up: you can watch +Alan Eustace's record-breaking jump at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsftfzBrVko. In the process of doing this, he and his team invented several new technologies which should make flight safer, balloons cheaper, and more.

Tubesocks are long socks which can protect your shins. More important than protection, they wick moisture away from your feet, which are some of the heaviest sweat-producers in your body: they can produce as much as a quarter-pint of sweat each day. By moving the moisture away, they can protect you from frostbite in the cold, and fungi like athlete’s foot in the heat.

Testicles are the organs in which sperm is produced in male animals. They’re also important glands, producing hormones such as testosterone which help regulate bodily function. They hang outside the body in most land mammals in a sac called the scrotum, because sperm production works best when the testes are kept below body temperature. Because your body considers them pretty important, they’re therefore covered with nerves to quickly tell if something’s wrong. That means that you don’t want to hit them, but that they often enjoy gentle touch.

Bunnies, also known as rabbits, are small mammals with big ears. They’re shy herbivores, depending for their survival upon their ability to hear and quickly run away from prey – but also on their ability to reproduce quickly, so that their groups can sustain losses and keep going. Most species of rabbit live in burrows, often networked together to form a warren. People’s opinions of them are split: some people raise them for food or fur, while others love them as pets. They can also turn into a plague, as happened when they were introduced into Australia: feral rabbits caused tremendous damage to agriculture and local species. You can see many pictures of bunnies at http://goo.gl/FVlVJD.

Strippers are a kind of sex worker. Most famously, they perform erotic dances (often using a fixed pole as a prop) for an audience. But most of their work takes the form of one-on-one interaction with patrons, performing individually for them in settings from the public (such as table dances) to private rooms. Strippers will create one or more personas for this, working to create a fantasy environment for the patron in which they feel aroused, appreciated, and at the center of attention. Many strippers travel from city to city around the year, as the best business is often found in different places at different times. The most important thing to remember about strippers is that, while they may be playing any number of roles that seem different, they are professional entertainers and should be treated with respect.

Dromedaries are the famous “one-humped camels” of the Sahara and Arabian deserts. Their two-humped Bactrian cousins live further east. Dromedaries are known for their incredible ability to store water in their bodies, allowing them to travel across the entire desert. Unlike horses, they have paws rather than hooves, which gives them excellent traction on difficult terrain. As a result, they are highly valued as pack and riding animals, and camel racing is a major sport. Dromedaries were what made the Spice Road and the western part of the Silk Road possible, and they continue to be an important way to transport people and goods across the desert to this day.

So next time someone shows you a list like this, think through all of the various items in them and realize all of the ways in which they’ve made our world a better place. Some of them, like pesticides and bunnies, involve tradeoffs which you need to manage carefully; others, like antibiotics and vaccines, simply need to be used correctly to make the world a better place.

To learn more:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoride and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibiotics and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibiotic_resistance
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balloon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sock
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testicle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripper
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dromedary

Thanks to +Robyn Miller  for the image!___Yes, yes-yes-yes.

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2014-12-30 03:13:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

You're so nice.
You're not good, you're not bad,
You're just nice.
I'm not good, I'm not nice,
I'm just right.
I'm the Witch, you're the world.
I'm the hitch.
I'm what no one believes,
I'm the Witch.

You're so nice.
You're not good, you're not bad,
You're just nice.
I'm not good, I'm not nice,
I'm just right.
I'm the Witch, you're the world.
I'm the hitch.
I'm what no one believes,
I'm the Witch.___

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2014-12-29 14:00:39 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Almost made it through 2014 without a trip to the ER.. so close! 

Almost made it through 2014 without a trip to the ER.. so close! ___

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2014-12-29 03:49:03 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

If you want to sound smart by invoking things like Occam's Razor, the easiest way to do that is to, I dunnoh, understand it and use it correctly?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_razor

If you want to sound smart by invoking things like Occam's Razor, the easiest way to do that is to, I dunnoh, understand it and use it correctly?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_razor___

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2014-12-28 07:02:26 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I grow weary of the Hedgehog's Dilemma. There is an unpleasant truth to it. We must at times maintain distance to stay close. 

I grow weary of the Hedgehog's Dilemma. There is an unpleasant truth to it. We must at times maintain distance to stay close. ___

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2014-12-27 17:16:33 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I love my house. 

I love my house. ___

2014-12-27 00:17:26 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Got bored. My hair paid the price. Full story at 11. 

Got bored. My hair paid the price. Full story at 11. ___

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2014-12-26 19:33:36 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

If only science were compelling to those who make our decisions.

___If only science were compelling to those who make our decisions.

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2014-12-25 14:51:50 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

And then it was over... I call this piece "Holiday Aftermath"

And then it was over... I call this piece "Holiday Aftermath"___

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2014-12-25 03:16:20 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Exactly

___Exactly

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2014-12-25 01:07:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

God Jul!

God Jul!___

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2014-12-24 20:48:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

This. This is why I don't do gift exchange holidays.

This.___This. This is why I don't do gift exchange holidays.

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2014-12-24 18:39:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I really like this VP in particular. There are a lot of things I find very challenging about my new job, but the people I work with on a personal level aren't one of those things. 

I really like this VP in particular. There are a lot of things I find very challenging about my new job, but the people I work with on a personal level aren't one of those things. ___

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2014-12-24 14:37:17 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This is beautifully done visualization, for anyone wanting to be mindful of what they put in their mouth this season.

___This is beautifully done visualization, for anyone wanting to be mindful of what they put in their mouth this season.

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2014-12-24 04:57:25 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I'm going to make gin&tonic jelly for the black light "Tron" themed new years party, and probably glowing bubbles to blow. Any other ideas? Olive oil glows a beautiful red, but I'm not sure how to really put that to use in party food.

I'm going to make gin&tonic jelly for the black light "Tron" themed new years party, and probably glowing bubbles to blow. Any other ideas? Olive oil glows a beautiful red, but I'm not sure how to really put that to use in party food.___

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2014-12-24 03:34:57 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Is Gizmodo really the ONLY news source to get this right? How sad it must be to work at a "gay" pub these days...

Seriously, how can any news outlet, let alone those tailored to the LGBT community, spin the change in the FDA's blood ban as anything but a step backward? Y'all bitches need Jesus.

FDA Continues to Discriminate Against Gay & Bisexual Men
New rules to ban blood for one year from men who have sex with men

After significant public pressure, the FDA announced that it will finally recommend accepting blood donations from men who have sex with men. Previously, the FDA placed a lifetime ban on blood from men who had sex with men. It's hard to believe, though, that in 2015 - with advanced technology - that the FDA would place such a lengthy restriction on blood donation.

+Gizmodo writes: The glaringly problematic issue with this new policy is that men in monogamous relationships with other men still cannot donate blood. ... In the dark early days of the AIDS epidemic, testing for HIV could indeed be tricky. Thus the lifetime blood donation ban for any men who have had sex with other men after 1970 became policy in 1983. Three decades later, however, we can now reliably and easily test for the HIV in blood.___Is Gizmodo really the ONLY news source to get this right? How sad it must be to work at a "gay" pub these days...

Seriously, how can any news outlet, let alone those tailored to the LGBT community, spin the change in the FDA's blood ban as anything but a step backward? Y'all bitches need Jesus.

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2014-12-24 01:35:43 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is a good read, especially if you have a viscerally negative reaction to the notion of "privilege" or have somehow convinced yourself that it's a meaningless internet phenomenon. 

___This is a good read, especially if you have a viscerally negative reaction to the notion of "privilege" or have somehow convinced yourself that it's a meaningless internet phenomenon. 

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2014-12-23 13:12:59 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Best cat image on the Internet.

ooooooooooo!___Best cat image on the Internet.

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2014-12-22 04:24:49 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Eermagerd, I actually remembered to put up a RECIPE for something! ^_^

Saturnalia Cakes Recipe!

Since many asked, and I'm usually terrible about remembering to post actual recipes, I'm excited to be putting this up!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cX3BpVRsS4gMlNn_LJpJJGnOXSIhhj4FsH3QddQVLTQ/edit?usp=sharing___Eermagerd, I actually remembered to put up a RECIPE for something! ^_^

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2014-12-21 22:36:36 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

#mischiefmanaged

#mischiefmanaged___

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2014-12-21 21:21:26 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Incoming awesomeness... leek, tricolor potato medley, and bacon heading to chowderland!

Incoming awesomeness... leek, tricolor potato medley, and bacon heading to chowderland!___

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2014-12-19 07:24:42 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I can literally feel my brain unhinge...

Thanks to +Brandon F, I'll just leave this here...

#Animated   #GIF   #TrippyStuff  ___I can literally feel my brain unhinge...

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2014-12-19 05:52:46 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Beer Braised Country Pork Ribs with Sriracha Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce - Checkmate, Vegetarians. ^_^

Beer Braised Country Pork Ribs with Sriracha Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce - Checkmate, Vegetarians. ^_^___

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2014-12-19 03:08:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Saturnalia Cakes with gold sparkle and pomegranate jewels for Bardic at Historic Haven tomorrow! Wohoo! Spice cake with Chevre & Turkish Honey cream cheese frosting. #nomnomnom

Saturnalia Cakes with gold sparkle and pomegranate jewels for Bardic at Historic Haven tomorrow! Wohoo! Spice cake with Chevre & Turkish Honey cream cheese frosting. #nomnomnom___

2014-12-19 00:25:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Added photos to The "One Week In December, 'Selfie' Challenge" 2014.

Added photos to The "One Week In December, 'Selfie' Challenge" 2014.___

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2014-12-18 20:22:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Wohoo! (Sorry, I doubt anyone cares as much as I do about this... I'll stop now. )

We're not done yet!

The last announcement for the day is Lost Girl's Kenzi - Ksenia Solo! Ksenia is also known for her work on Life Unexpected as Tasha.

Are you excited about Lost Girl coming back to Syfy in 2015?___Wohoo! (Sorry, I doubt anyone cares as much as I do about this... I'll stop now. )

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2014-12-18 20:21:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

All the Lost Girl at Dragon Con!

You can't talk about Lost Girl and not Mention Carpe Noctem, right? And who better to talk about Carpe Noctem than it's owner, Paul Amos (otherwise known as Vex).

We have one more Lost Girl announcement to go. Who do you think it is?___All the Lost Girl at Dragon Con!

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2014-12-18 19:31:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Yesssssssss

The second announcement from Lost Girl is the Light Fae Dyson, Kris Holden-Reid! Welcome to Dragon Con 2015 Kris?

What's your favorite Lost Girl moment?___Yesssssssss

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2014-12-18 07:59:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Thanks to +Yonatan Zunger​ for providing an elegant analysis with which I agree wholly.

I have to admit that, until a few days ago, I had no idea what an "Elf on the Shelf" was. But after hearing about it, I'm both horrified and thoughtful. The headline of the article below is clearly meant to attract attention, but the underlying analysis is, I think, quite sound. This is a "game" in which the child, every day, has to find where the elf which is spying on them is. They aren't allowed to touch the elf or play with it; the most they can do is talk to it, in the knowledge that whatever they say will be duly reported back to Headquarters that night.

I was about to say that this is not "play" in any normal sense, but that's not true.

Let me ask: What is the purpose of play? Specifically, what is the purpose of "pretend play," in which personalities are given to items, identities are adopted, stories are told? It's very similar to the purpose of fiction: it's how we learn to interact with the world, by imagining scenarios and thinking about all of the different ways that we could respond to them. (Fiction both does this, and gives us exposure to how other people might think about them: it's thus a combination of play -- imagining ourselves in the protagonist's shoes -- and a window into other people's worlds) 

A game like "Elf on the Shelf" is a chance to place oneself in the situation of knowing that one is being watched, monitored, reported on, and analyzed by remote and powerful forces, and think about how to structure one's life in such a circumstance. 

So to be perfectly honest, it's a perfect game for today's children, in that it asks them, when still small, to role-play through real challenges which they'll face as adults: how to survive in a panopticon. Being aimed at children, it takes the form of a happy, pleasing elf, as opposed to -- say -- a Stasi agent wearing headphones and listening to a bugging device. (Although I don't think I can really look at this toy without remembering Ulrich Mühe's brilliant performance in The Lives of Others) 

Pinto's critique of this toy is that it normalizes living under surveillance for children, and encourages them to grow up thinking that this is normal. There are really three ways to think about this, though.

One is to imagine a world in which these children will grow up to have agency over the state in which they live. In such a case, for them to grow up seeing surveillance as the most ordinary of things would be terrifying -- at least from our perspective as people who have grown up in a world which was not quite so monitored. (Which is to say, those who grew up in the Western world prior to the mid-90's or so) 

A second is to imagine a world in which our children have no meaningful agency over these matters, in which various organizations with ambiguously alarming names like "the committee for state security" (among others) are monitoring one continuously, and their operators therefore have infinite powers of blackmail or imprisonment over everyone. ("Show me six lines written by the most honest man in the world," Cardinal Richelieu famously said, "and I will find enough therein to hang him." He meant it, too.) In a world like this, children need to learn how to survive from an early age: dealing with a panopticon becomes as important a thing to learn as dealing with wolves or Klansmen was for other generations.

But there is a third possibility, one which I think is both the most likely and the hardest to think through: that, by the time our children grow up, the ways in which they think about surveillance will be as foreign to us as the ways we think about computers are foreign to our own parents. The rise of surveillance has not been a simple ascent of the Stasi: it's been a "democratized panopticon," in which many people have access to one another's information: people as unknown to one another as strangers in a city knowing as much about one another as fellow residents of a small village. We have already seen many profound shifts in our notions of privacy, and we are still quite far from reaching an equilibrium with which we are, as a society, happy. Consider, for example, the question: is it appropriate for a prospective employer to look at one's social media posts, and deny employment to someone based on -- say -- pictures of them at a party? Most people instinctively feel that there is something profoundly wrong here, but within the rather rough bounds of our established norms, it's hard to say what: these pictures are publicly visible, after all.

What's happening here, and in hundreds of other similarly complex cases, is that as information has become tremendously more available, our social norms around the acceptable use of such information, and the acceptable means by which such information can be gathered, are still evolving. This is something I deal with every day, trying to balance people's wish to disseminate information with people's wish to control it -- and often, with the same people having profoundly contradictory desires for themselves and for others. We don't have solid answers yet: what we have are evolving norms, as we (as a society) feel out the boundaries of the acceptable, and try to construct a working system in a technologically different world.

In a context like this, the Elf on the Shelf suddenly has a very important meaning: it's a way for children to start to grasp and grapple with these issues from childhood. We've created toys like this for our children because, consciously or not, we are aware that the problems which face our world are profound, and we've come to see them as so natural that of course they would manifest in the toys we make. This is beyond natural: it is important, because it creates a channel for children to start to explore these questions from an early age.

I don't know what kinds of games and behaviors children will develop around these toys. I suspect that there will be a wide range, and that as these children grow up, the experience of surveillance-play will shape their attitudes and feelings around the technical panopticon which we have accidentally created. And I suspect that it is these children -- the still-unnamed, post-Millennial generation -- who will ultimately come up with a working social order that defines much of our future.

So given that, I understand the existence and the popularity of the Elf on a Shelf.

But I still think the damned thing is creepy.___Thanks to +Yonatan Zunger​ for providing an elegant analysis with which I agree wholly.

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2014-12-18 03:11:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Okay, yes. This wins.

___Okay, yes. This wins.

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2014-12-17 23:41:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

T'is the season to be jolly! 

T'is the season to be jolly! ___

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2014-12-17 02:53:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

+Jessie Mullins​ neglected to share this with me. Evidently it was sent to her a few weeks after the Con. Wohoo! 

+Jessie Mullins​ neglected to share this with me. Evidently it was sent to her a few weeks after the Con. Wohoo! ___

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2014-12-16 02:39:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

I'm a highly lawful creature by nature, though the flickering, uneven arcs of light are really doing it for me tonight. 

I'm a highly lawful creature by nature, though the flickering, uneven arcs of light are really doing it for me tonight. ___

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