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Mike Spinak has been at 7 events

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Isabelle Fortin26,018It is time again, ladies !! The Official G+ *"Ladies Of Movember"*  started 2 Years ago, 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 for the 3rd year !  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" for Canada you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortin Please don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤  Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember 20142014-11-01 05:00:00178 
Billy Wilson1,545,229Joined by: -Photographer @110334215429099763864 (http://google.com/+laurierubin) who'll talk about Wildlife/Zoo Photography. -YouTuber/YouNower @102038424961939040787 (https://youtube.com/eugeniacooney). -Author & YouNower @116718646765125511655 (http://amzn.com/B00B0JP38Y). -Writer & Musician @113249697464941249341 (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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Reprda1niY4 (time zone converter http://goo.gl/3itW5). @108595299975404341987 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/ceHtH Find Me Elsewhere:  Google+: https://google.com/+billywilson Twitter: https://twitter.com/BillyWilson14 Facebook: http://facebook.com/BillyWilsond   Photography: http://flickr.com/photos/billy_wilson/sets Site/Blog: http://thebillywilson.com Help support me, my family, projects, & show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/billywilson or Donate on Paypal: https://paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E74U8G8TZKYDJ #TSBW#94 Fun Discussion & Live Music from Cecilee Linke2014-01-18 04:00:0062 
Heidi Anne Morris64,019Hi 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 TUNE* go 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 09:30:0018 
Isabelle Fortin26,018Hello 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/isabellefortin Please 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 05:00:00259 
martin shervington959,454In 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 Wilson1,545,229Thank you for all of the support each week during my weekly G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 ! 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 @116043947632177598920; Photographer and Blogger @104987932455782713675; Photographer @110573952887886961621 who'll be showing us some behind the scenes for his Scavenger Hunt photos; Photographer @104635450513456833657; Photographer @107958599012052618167; Social Media Editor for @107462556458861279431 @117660105917761371824; and Special Musical Guest @104512939554821050751 ! 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". @111188574736819390850 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 04:00:00111 
Mark Forman63,092This 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 15:00:00230 

Mike Spinak has been shared in 452 public circles

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Dylan Cuffy21,408#WhatLiesAground Welcome, one and all, to the final edition of Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Luckily enough, no account of significance has gone away.As I continue wrapping things up in my old quarters, say hello to our last 25 (all of whom I found on G+ comments and posts alike). This list took me less than 40 minutes to compile (with the help of +All my +), and does not include members in the just launched follow-up, Fab 3.• +Manish Singh-SEO, +Sachin Saroj, and +Rainbow Craft™ 2015 (who requested inclusion, last we met at CS&M)• Four furry artists: +Marquis The Eevee (whose work is reminiscent of "RoareyRaccoon's"), +Scarlett Wolf  (via +Artix the Inheritor at Furry+), +ApolloWolf Productions (via +Harold Gardner), and +Haz Fox (who just approached 100 followers lately; via a Furry+ post of his)• +Radim Kacer (from the Czech Republic; via G+'s personalised circle recommendations)• +Ross University School of Medicine (in Portsmouth, Dominica)• +Johannes Kleiber (from Germany; via the Hot stream)• As seen on the Explore stream: +Sherrie Lacritz (relative newcomer from South Carolina), +Andrésy 2015-02-25 07:46:395003111
Dylan Cuffy21,158#WhatLiesAground And without further ado...Welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. As two accounts (Patsy Priebe and Hanna Lynn) went away since my last update, I've had to bring in +Sean Cushing​ and +Crimson Star​ to keep things fresh. Again, consider yourselves welcome!As I mentioned yesterday in another post, our last 25 members are on the way—and I only have ten days to choose carefully and cautiously. In addition to the ones I mentioned above, say hello to:• The +Circloscope​ team (whose tool I'll use to generate a fresh new list of active Fab members next month)• +Gernot Glaeser​ and +蕭文男​/Xiāo Wénnán (from my recent follower queue)• +Isabel Merchan​ (via +Brian Gill​)• +Gregory Colbert​ (no relation to elephant champion Stephen) and +VICENTE PEÑARROJA APARICI​ (via G+'s personalised circle suggestions)• +David Marx​ (no relation to '80s hitmaker Richard), +Christian Rogers​, +PHOTOMENTARY by Nikon​, +Lena Levin​, and +Paul L​ (via the Hot stream)• +Jørgen Jensen​ and +2015-02-18 06:36:25475101115
Dylan Cuffy20,967#WhatLiesAground And welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. This new version arrives over one month later than estimated; blame it on keeping up with +Daniel Stock's team back last holiday season.Alas, giving you a full list of whom I've circled in the interim will take me hours to compile. So as it stands, special greetings go out to these select newcomers:• +Larry Fournillier (out of Trinidad and Tobago)• +Anthony Deane (out of Barbados)• +Jerry Blank (my last circle addition of 2014)• +R.G Kirk (follower #20,000 of mine de facto; Australian poet)• Tsū network members +Sylvia Sotuyo (CC0 supporter, just like me), +Phil Aston (Cornwall photographer), +Adriana Popovici (recommended by +Daniel Mihai Popescu), and +Linda Lee Williams (fellow author)• +Sarah Draws cartoons and +Leah Winchell (thanks for your takes on Samson Dixwell!)• +Hannah Heath (thanks for the guide to character development!)• +Author and Illustrator Rosemary Wells (creator of Timothy Goes to School and Max & Ruby; sending you a licensing request e-mail anytime soon)• +Russell Gould2015-02-07 21:39:46450168
Doce Mel2,449HERE'S VERSION 93-A OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED THURSDAY 2/5/2015▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔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 2015-02-06 17:28:28501000
George Clark15,296Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:*1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-05 06:07:22430011
Gailen Mapes75,854Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: 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 January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 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   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-30 11:36:21190000
Doce Mel1,737HERE'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 2015-01-22 00:10:42501435
Allan watson17,849Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-01-14 07:17:56375324
AyJay Schibig83,736AWESOME CIRCLE 1.12.15 by  +AyJay Schibig My 1st circle share of 2015!  Please ReShare.Some  Awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to enhance your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-01-13 05:02:54485685191
Becky Collins21,423Photographers 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 ?2015-01-09 05:11:150002
Doce Mel975Let'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   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   2015-01-08 20:56:11501568
John Cleese9,799Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:184945711
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:06:41500000
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-01 ------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2015-01-05 06:05:00500000
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:03:49500002
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-1 -------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:02:39500002
Amanda Maria226▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂HERE'S VERSION 88-A OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED THURSDAY 1/1/2015▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔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 2015-01-02 20:35:39501358
Doce Mel440AQUI ESTÁ VERSÃO 87-B ao meu círculo pública compartilhada ATUALIZADO sábado 2014/12/27 ▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔ 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 #socialmediaMostrar menos2014-12-30 18:24:02501646
Ikoupi1,142Circle share by +Ikoupi #circleshare         #circlesharing       #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #circles   #topcircles   #bestcircles   #engagedcircles 2014-12-30 18:01:58248000
Anton Danilov47Public Shared Circle #25Reshare or if you want to be included in next circles#Bosmolcircle #GrowthCircle  #TopEngagers  #Sharers  #circleshare #circlesharing  #TheHood #Cicle #SharedCircle  #CicleOfDay  #Circles #SharedPublicCircles   #Engagers   #SocialMedia   #EngagersCircle  #Google #SharedCircleOfTheDay   #Shared   #SEO   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Marketing  #Google+ #SharingCircles   #PublicCicle   #SharedCircle   #Engagement2014-12-30 14:50:00247000
Gailen Mapes74,639Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: 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 December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  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   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-30 11:55:14193001
John Hannah8,729Circle 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!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing #wisata #WisataIndonesia #Travel #IndonesiaOnly #Liburan #TOUR #Indonesia #Bali #WisataBandung #Paket #Pulau #FotoKita #PROMO #Pantai #Jogja #Bandung #Yogyakarta #WisataLombok #BOGOR #Jakarta 2014-12-26 10:57:45494241838
Harry Day12,525*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Japan #Jersey #Jordan #Kazakhstan #Kenya #Kiribati #Latvia #Lebanon #Lesotho #Liberia #Libyan #Arab #Jamahiriya #Liechtenstein #Lithuania #Luxembourg #Macao #Macedonia #Madagascar #Malawi #Malaysia #Maldives #Mali #Malta #Marshall #Islands #Martinique #Mauritania #Mauritius #Monaco 2014-12-26 06:06:46490271342
Sport News95SHARE CIRCLE#sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #sharingiscaring   #circles   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles  2014-12-23 21:48:28501354
Noah Wesley14,732This is a public circle of Photographers and Photography loversTo increase your chances of inclusion in future circles please leave a comment when sharing the circle.If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include +ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC PHOTOGRAPHERS  • Comment on this postIf you like what you find in this circle, please share it with your followers to help these individuals reach a wider audience. I will share more circles of those I find Inspiring in the future#circle #publiccircle #Liechtenstein #sharedcircles #music #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #circlesharing2014-12-23 08:36:18496192136
Allan watson15,681Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday#bosmol #BosmolCircle    #GrowthCIrcle      #GooglePlus    #CircleShare    #sharedpubliccircles    #sharedcircles    #circlesharing    #circleshared    #publiccirclesproject    #publicsharedcircles    #circleoftheday    #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles    2014-12-23 07:03:50494333767
Holger Fährmann17,375Christmas Release of "PHOTOGRAPHER CIRCLE Vol. 1".Only handpicked photographers from all over the world. Add and share if you like.Thanks for commenting, sharing and pluses my posts. Have a nice christmas time!!! #photography   #photographer   #photographers   #photographersongoogle+   #photographersongoogleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  2014-12-22 15:24:37501000
Timothy Eberly8,242If you like landscape photographers. This is the circle for you! Great bunch of professionals here. Add this circle and enjoy! 2014-12-21 07:30:04500011
hạnh Đức633v62014-12-17 03:32:52479607
Benjamin Davis2,983 This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-12-15 12:50:43500141626
Robert Connor26,256This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-12-15 10:38:20495214
Becky Collins19,795Creative Authors Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-15 05:19:45444001
Doris Scott66#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:59:10501011
The Hood83Great circle to add & gain followers!share & +1!2014-12-13 12:07:565006912
Ryan Johnson20,406This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday2014-12-11 10:33:04496596196
Sport News95Let'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 #circleoftheday #circles #followers #gpluslist #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #Sharingcircles #topofthepeople #googlecircleshare #googleplus #sharingiscaring #sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia 2014-12-08 21:18:09501536
Gailen Mapes72,417Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: 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 November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 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   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-30 11:33:31198000
Project Bolony1,679Thanksgiving CircleRules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-29 14:29:29265107
sirilus kristiyo ami joyo0This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*2014-11-24 15:20:25493001
Robert Connor24,820This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-11-24 11:21:22492113
Neil Bailey1,094This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared   #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople   #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus #meetingpeoplecircle  2014-11-21 06:02:42491347
Dylan Cuffy17,642#WhatLiesAground And...welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Can't believe it's only been four days since the last update!Just so you know, I have 17,600+ followers/1,000,000+ page views at this writing (per +CircleCount). Point of no return, isn't it? (Especially since I linked up my feed to Bloglovin' early this morning.)Time to say hello to these newest additions:• +Anthony Long (founder of Tsū, the new social service; doesn't use G+, but is a honorary member of my network)• +Amelia Sides (owner of the Writing Pit)• +Rebekkah Niles (from whom I shared a beginner's guide to writing book synopses earlier this week)• +Eustacia Tan (who introduced me to +Amazon.com's WriteOn last month)• +Kimi Arista, +Micha Fire, and +Amy Knepper (whom Ms. Tan mentioned in her WriteOn post)• +All my + (whose post backlog feature is serving me well as I prepare this list; along with CircleCount, they are the only big players in town when it comes to G+ stats these days. Say, is anyone planning to resurrect Google Plus Suomi anytime soon—and buy back the domain?)• +Stephan Klimmeck (who keeps track of circle creators; you can thank +P. Mehta for bringing him to my attention. Here's hoping this update is enough for Mr. Klimmeck to add me to his next one.)• +Rex Dow (who shows up on Tsū very often)• +2014-11-15 20:50:134003210
George Clark10,711This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle   #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing 2014-11-11 11:30:334505513
Circle Google153DIAMOND TEAM ELITE ENGAGER CIRCLE 11.11.14This is my Diamond Team Elite Circle. Along with my Elite Inner Circle, these are the people who have helped me grow to where I am today. They have my gratitude, and to help them, and to help you grow your followers I am sharing them here. There is no automatic criteria to get into this circle. These are people who I have chosen and personally hand curated.To get to the next level and have a chance to become a Team Elite Engager, there are five simple steps:1. Make sure you have added me!2. +1 this post3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. DO NOT DELETE THIS SHARE OR YOU WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM NEXT WEEK'S  OR POSSIBLY BLACKLISTED FROM  FOR GOOD4. Optionally, comment to let me know what you have done! (this is optional, because my circles often reach the maximum 500 comments).5. So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.6. Optionally, add everyone from this circle - your Google Plus engagement is likely to skyrocket, as many people in the circle will add you back and plus, share and comment on your posts!~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~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.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~The ReSound Enzo includes two firsts: It is the first Super Power Made For iPhone hearing aid, and it is also the first MFi hearing aid that includes a telecoil, allowing wearers to take advantage of hands free calling with their iPhone, as well as wireless streaming of music, Facetime and YouTube from their iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod Touch - as well as listening through public loop induction systems in theatres, banks, post offices and places of worship.Unless you have used this kind of technology before you're probably thinking it's no big deal - after all, you've been able to get Bluetooth headsets for years, but until now you used to need an intermediate wireless device worn as a necklace or lapel clip to translate between Bluetooth and each manufacturer's own proprietary wireless protocol. As well as extra bulk, these would be one more gadget you'd have to remember to charge. The Made For iPhone protocol and hardware does away with all that as it's already built in to the hearing aids. Pretty neat, huh?http://www.londonhearingaids.co.uk/ReSound/resound-enzo-9-hearing-aid-uk-price-lowest-guaranteed-1675-including-lifetime-aftercare-call-0203-397-9787.html#enzo   #resoundenzo   #resound   #mfi   #MadeForiPhone   #superpower2014-11-11 01:24:34211001
Circle Google153DIAMOND TEAM ELITE ENGAGER CIRCLE 10.11.14This is my Diamond Team Elite Circle. Along with my Elite Inner Circle, these are the people who have helped me grow to where I am today. They have my gratitude, and to help them, and to help you grow your followers I am sharing them here. There is no automatic criteria to get into this circle. These are people who I have chosen and personally hand curated.To get to the next level and have a chance to become a Team Elite Engager, there are five simple steps:1. Make sure you have added me!2. +1 this post3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. DO NOT DELETE THIS SHARE OR YOU WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM NEXT WEEK'S  OR POSSIBLY BLACKLISTED FROM  FOR GOOD4. Optionally, comment to let me know what you have done! (this is optional, because my circles often reach the maximum 500 comments).5. So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.6. Optionally, add everyone from this circle - your Google Plus engagement is likely to skyrocket, as many people in the circle will add you back and plus, share and comment on your posts!~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~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.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~The ReSound Enzo includes two firsts: It is the first Super Power Made For iPhone hearing aid, and it is also the first MFi hearing aid that includes a telecoil, allowing wearers to take advantage of hands free calling with their iPhone, as well as wireless streaming of music, Facetime and YouTube from their iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod Touch - as well as listening through public loop induction systems in theatres, banks, post offices and places of worship.Unless you have used this kind of technology before you're probably thinking it's no big deal - after all, you've been able to get Bluetooth headsets for years, but until now you used to need an intermediate wireless device worn as a necklace or lapel clip to translate between Bluetooth and each manufacturer's own proprietary wireless protocol. As well as extra bulk, these would be one more gadget you'd have to remember to charge. The Made For iPhone protocol and hardware does away with all that as it's already built in to the hearing aids. Pretty neat, huh?http://www.londonhearingaids.co.uk/ReSound/resound-enzo-9-hearing-aid-uk-price-lowest-guaranteed-1675-including-lifetime-aftercare-call-0203-397-9787.html#enzo   #resoundenzo   #resound   #mfi  #MadeForiPhone   #superpower   2014-11-10 16:19:56212414
Circle Google153• #CR7Underwear this weekend! #vangaal   #moyes  #manchesterunited   #manutd   #premierleague  #football  #vangaal   #management  #manchesterunited   #football   #footballnews  #soccernews   #manutd   #premierleague   #ihavenoideawhatimdoing   #funny  #football   #lol  #HalaMadrid  #andreapirlo   #pirlo  #juventus   #juve  #manchester   #manchesterunited   #manchestercity  #andreapirlo   #pirlo   #juventus   #football #ronaldo   #ronaldinho   #ronaldo7  #vangaal  #moyes   #manchesterunited   #manutd  #premierleague   2014-11-10 01:32:56213001
Rivas Little16All my best friend! #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #friends   #morefollowers  2014-11-03 15:51:31501011
Harry Day10,043Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar2014-10-31 12:40:25496312357
Arif Baltacı0Hello my friends on G+.....I release my My Best Circle Number 2. I have add wonderful and important  engagment people.To be added into the next circle you should do some steps :1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( +Circle Network ) in the comments on the share and  I can add you to the next circle immediately.   Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-10-31 01:10:16267000
Gailen Mapes70,233Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31NOTE: October 31 will be my last circle share.  I will be taking down my profile this weekend.Note: 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 October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 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  #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-10-30 10:40:46201002

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2015-02-08 01:07:46 (38 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

An associate on Facebook made a post about how she gets crazy with rage when men leave the toilet seat up, then asked for her Facebook contacts to share their views on the matter. So I shared my view about it, and in response, she promptly deleted me from her contacts.

Folks, if you don't actually want people's opinions, then don't ask for them.

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2015-01-22 00:09:18 (28 comments, 11 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

I'm imagining that George Lucas had already sketched out the script for Episode 7: Jar Jar's Tale, when ... inexplicably ... Disney chose to deviate from Lucas's vision.

;-)

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2015-01-22 00:09:18 (28 comments, 11 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

I'm imagining that George Lucas had already sketched out the script for Episode 7: Jar Jar's Tale, when ... inexplicably ... Disney chose to deviate from Lucas's vision.

;-)

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2015-02-26 06:14:52 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus​ and +Mike Spinak​

Here's an enraged, bloody elephant seal, in the midst of battle.

Every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a picture of wildlife, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so others can find and look at it. I look forward to seeing the wild animals you've encountered.

This is one of the many pictures in my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you'd like to help me publish the book, you can, by pre-ordering the eBook here:

Http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

There are also many other things available for helping fund the publication of the book, such as a digital file of an elephant seal photo that you can print large, and three hours of wildlife photography instruction through live video conferencing.

Thankyou... more »

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus​ and +Mike Spinak​

Here's an enraged, bloody elephant seal, in the midst of battle.

Every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a picture of wildlife, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so others can find and look at it. I look forward to seeing the wild animals you've encountered.

This is one of the many pictures in my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you'd like to help me publish the book, you can, by pre-ordering the eBook here:

Http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

There are also many other things available for helping fund the publication of the book, such as a digital file of an elephant seal photo that you can print large, and three hours of wildlife photography instruction through live video conferencing.

Thank you for your consideration.___

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2015-02-20 02:47:15 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Here's a photo of a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep mother nursing her babe. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Here's a photo of a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep mother nursing her babe. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Chinese New Year!___

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2015-02-19 19:32:47 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! May the Year of the sheep be a good one for you.

Here's a desert bighorn sheep. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! May the Year of the sheep be a good one for you.

Here's a desert bighorn sheep. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2015-02-19 01:25:36 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

I've been saying for years that the science to back the notion that dietary cholesterol intake affects blood serum cholesterol levels just isn't there. It's nice to see the U.S. government is finally coming around, and dropping their guidelines against cholesterol.

Enjoy your dinner.

I've been saying for years that the science to back the notion that dietary cholesterol intake affects blood serum cholesterol levels just isn't there. It's nice to see the U.S. government is finally coming around, and dropping their guidelines against cholesterol.

Enjoy your dinner.___

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2015-02-18 21:16:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus​ and +Mike Spinak​

Here's a fat little baby elephant seal, against its mother's bosom.

Every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a picture you've taken of wildlife, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so others can find and look at it. I look forward to seeing the wild animals you've encountered.

This is one of the many pictures in my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you'd like to help me publish the book, you can, by pre-ordering the book, here: Http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

There are also many other things available for helping fund the publication of the book, such as a digital file of an elephant seal photo that you can print large, and three hours of wildlife photography instruction through live videoconferencing.<... more »

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus​ and +Mike Spinak​

Here's a fat little baby elephant seal, against its mother's bosom.

Every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a picture you've taken of wildlife, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so others can find and look at it. I look forward to seeing the wild animals you've encountered.

This is one of the many pictures in my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you'd like to help me publish the book, you can, by pre-ordering the book, here: Http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

There are also many other things available for helping fund the publication of the book, such as a digital file of an elephant seal photo that you can print large, and three hours of wildlife photography instruction through live videoconferencing.

Thank you for your consideration.___

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2015-02-16 20:04:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Here's a photo of an elephant seal resting in the tide. I hope you enjoy it.

This, and many other photos, are in my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you would like to help me publish it, you can, by going to my fundraising campaign and prepaying for an eBook. There are also many other things available for funding my book, such as the eBook of my previous book, Growing Up Humming, and 3 hours of wildlife photography instruction through video conferencing.

Check out the fundraising campaign here: Http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

Thank you for your consideration.

Here's a photo of an elephant seal resting in the tide. I hope you enjoy it.

This, and many other photos, are in my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you would like to help me publish it, you can, by going to my fundraising campaign and prepaying for an eBook. There are also many other things available for funding my book, such as the eBook of my previous book, Growing Up Humming, and 3 hours of wildlife photography instruction through video conferencing.

Check out the fundraising campaign here: Http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

Thank you for your consideration.___

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2015-02-15 03:11:03 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Being severely dyslexic is awkward when doing book readings. I tried to deal with it at previous book readings by memorizing the entirety of what I was going to "read," then reciting it from memory.

It turns out that doesn't work well when reading children's books, because the children in the audience constantly stop you to ask questions, which makes recitation from memory difficult.

Anyway, my book reading went really well. The venue was packed! Everyone stayed until the end. People asked dozens of questions. All of these are good signs that the people who attended my reading were interested and engaged.

A few notes to myself for future readings:

1) Talk loudly;

2) Hold the microphone close to my face;

3) Make announcements at the beginning, not at the end;

4) Bring a laser pointer.

Being severely dyslexic is awkward when doing book readings. I tried to deal with it at previous book readings by memorizing the entirety of what I was going to "read," then reciting it from memory.

It turns out that doesn't work well when reading children's books, because the children in the audience constantly stop you to ask questions, which makes recitation from memory difficult.

Anyway, my book reading went really well. The venue was packed! Everyone stayed until the end. People asked dozens of questions. All of these are good signs that the people who attended my reading were interested and engaged.

A few notes to myself for future readings:

1) Talk loudly;

2) Hold the microphone close to my face;

3) Make announcements at the beginning, not at the end;

4) Bring a laser pointer.___

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2015-02-14 19:45:32 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is the day for wildlife photographers to share photos of animals in love. Here's a photo of a Brandt's cormorant couple, engaged in a courtship ritual called "skypointing." I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is the day for wildlife photographers to share photos of animals in love. Here's a photo of a Brandt's cormorant couple, engaged in a courtship ritual called "skypointing." I hope you enjoy it.___

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2015-02-14 19:23:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

This is a final reminder that I'll be doing a book reading of my book, Growing Up Humming, today. It will be at 3:15, at the Rinconada Library, at 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Come a little bit early, parking may be a problem.

I hope to see you there.

This is a final reminder that I'll be doing a book reading of my book, Growing Up Humming, today. It will be at 3:15, at the Rinconada Library, at 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Come a little bit early, parking may be a problem.

I hope to see you there.___

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2015-02-13 22:23:54 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

This is a mother northern elephant seal with two of the six pups she adopted. (Adoption is on my mind because of a conversation I had, this afternoon.) I hope you enjoy it.

This is one of the many pictures in my forthcoming book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you would like to help me publish it, by prepaying for a copy, please visit my fundraising campaign, here:

http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

Thank you for your consideration.

This is a mother northern elephant seal with two of the six pups she adopted. (Adoption is on my mind because of a conversation I had, this afternoon.) I hope you enjoy it.

This is one of the many pictures in my forthcoming book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you would like to help me publish it, by prepaying for a copy, please visit my fundraising campaign, here:

http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

Thank you for your consideration.___

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2015-02-13 18:45:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I mentioned the other day that I will be giving a book reading of Growing Up Humming, at the grand opening of the Rinconada Library (1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto), on Saturday, February 14th. Tomorrow. I hope you can attend.

I wrote this book for Miss B., whom you can see sitting on my shoulders in this picture. She might be at my book reading. (She was ill, so we'll have to see whether she's all better by Saturday.)

I mentioned the other day that I will be giving a book reading of Growing Up Humming, at the grand opening of the Rinconada Library (1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto), on Saturday, February 14th. Tomorrow. I hope you can attend.

I wrote this book for Miss B., whom you can see sitting on my shoulders in this picture. She might be at my book reading. (She was ill, so we'll have to see whether she's all better by Saturday.)___

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2015-02-12 23:50:47 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Happy Darwin Day!

Happy Darwin Day!___

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2015-02-12 19:38:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

It's interesting to see that when you launch a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo, you get a constant stream of spam private messages from people claiming they'll help your campaign. For example:

"Hello!"

"Could you use some help with your campaign?"

"For $5 I will contribute $1, leave a nice personal comment and share your campaign link on Facebook. This will help your campaign get more views and potential backers, get a better position here and also raise its credibility and motivate others to contribute as well."

"I can also help you improve and promote your campaign."

"If you are interested I have even more promo services, please visit: (URL deleted)"

"Good luck with your campaign!"

So far, I've received 8 spam messages like this, and my campaign isn't... more »

It's interesting to see that when you launch a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo, you get a constant stream of spam private messages from people claiming they'll help your campaign. For example:

"Hello!"

"Could you use some help with your campaign?"

"For $5 I will contribute $1, leave a nice personal comment and share your campaign link on Facebook. This will help your campaign get more views and potential backers, get a better position here and also raise its credibility and motivate others to contribute as well."

"I can also help you improve and promote your campaign."

"If you are interested I have even more promo services, please visit: (URL deleted)"

"Good luck with your campaign!"

So far, I've received 8 spam messages like this, and my campaign isn't even one day old, yet. I had not expected this.___

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2015-02-12 00:25:19 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus​ and +Mike Spinak​.

Here's an Anna's hummingbird and salvia flower. I hope you enjoy it.

If you like hummingbirds, please feel welcome to come to my book reading of Growing Up Humming, at the grand opening of the Rinconada Library in Palo Alto (1213 Newell Road), this Saturday, February 14, beginning at 3:15. I'll also be answering questions, and I'll be happy to sign your copy of Growing Up Humming, if you bring it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus​ and +Mike Spinak​.

Here's an Anna's hummingbird and salvia flower. I hope you enjoy it.

If you like hummingbirds, please feel welcome to come to my book reading of Growing Up Humming, at the grand opening of the Rinconada Library in Palo Alto (1213 Newell Road), this Saturday, February 14, beginning at 3:15. I'll also be answering questions, and I'll be happy to sign your copy of Growing Up Humming, if you bring it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!___

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2015-02-11 23:27:05 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I just launched the crowdsourced fundraising campaign to fund the publication of my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you are interested, you can help by going to

Http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

and prepaying for the eBook ($5).

Thank you for your consideration.

I just launched the crowdsourced fundraising campaign to fund the publication of my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you are interested, you can help by going to

Http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

and prepaying for the eBook ($5).

Thank you for your consideration.___

2015-02-09 17:50:40 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I had several notable dreams, last night. One of them was about the next big trend in photography: lighting everything on fire!

Product photography? High speed splashes were passé. Now, every product was engulfed in flames. Portrait photography? Every portrait was illuminated with the stark lighting of nearby flaming objects against the darkness, or they were Photoshopped with people on fire. Urbex? Photographers weren't just photographing abandoned buildings, they were torching them. Landscapes? Every beach photographer brought canisters of kerosene to pour on the foreground sand and light it up.

Lighting everything on fire made every picture look dramatic! It didn't matter whether it meant anything. Folks would post their latest fiery photos on Facebook, 500PX, and so on, and the likes, etc., would come flooding in. All the camera manufacturers touted how their cameras had... more »

I had several notable dreams, last night. One of them was about the next big trend in photography: lighting everything on fire!

Product photography? High speed splashes were passé. Now, every product was engulfed in flames. Portrait photography? Every portrait was illuminated with the stark lighting of nearby flaming objects against the darkness, or they were Photoshopped with people on fire. Urbex? Photographers weren't just photographing abandoned buildings, they were torching them. Landscapes? Every beach photographer brought canisters of kerosene to pour on the foreground sand and light it up.

Lighting everything on fire made every picture look dramatic! It didn't matter whether it meant anything. Folks would post their latest fiery photos on Facebook, 500PX, and so on, and the likes, etc., would come flooding in. All the camera manufacturers touted how their cameras had great dynamic range for shooting conflagrations. And all the third-party photo gear makers were selling the latest remote I controlled, synchronized ignition systems, heat shields for cameras, and a variety of chemicals to change the colors of flames. All of the photography gurus were offering fire workshops. And everywhere you looked you could see the ashes and cinders where photographers had burned subjects up for striking shots.___

2015-02-09 06:42:13 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The blackout continues, still.

I wonder whether anyone has actually written a Bulwer Lytton Contest winner during a blackout, on a dark and stormy night.

The blackout continues, still.

I wonder whether anyone has actually written a Bulwer Lytton Contest winner during a blackout, on a dark and stormy night.___

2015-02-09 04:26:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

We're having a blackout. It's a dark and stormy night. :)

We're having a blackout. It's a dark and stormy night. :)___

2015-02-08 01:07:46 (38 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

An associate on Facebook made a post about how she gets crazy with rage when men leave the toilet seat up, then asked for her Facebook contacts to share their views on the matter. So I shared my view about it, and in response, she promptly deleted me from her contacts.

Folks, if you don't actually want people's opinions, then don't ask for them.

An associate on Facebook made a post about how she gets crazy with rage when men leave the toilet seat up, then asked for her Facebook contacts to share their views on the matter. So I shared my view about it, and in response, she promptly deleted me from her contacts.

Folks, if you don't actually want people's opinions, then don't ask for them.___

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2015-02-02 00:33:34 (10 comments, 6 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

Here's another, a western screech owl, for Superb Owl Sunday. I hope you enjoy it.

Cheers.

Here's another, a western screech owl, for Superb Owl Sunday. I hope you enjoy it.

Cheers.___

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2015-02-01 18:26:18 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

I'm not particularly into sports, but I wish you a great Superb Owl Sunday

I'm not particularly into sports, but I wish you a great Superb Owl Sunday___

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2015-01-31 09:18:31 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Here's an article about whether the PonoPlayer delivers the better musical experience it promises. I found this article fascinating - not because I care about the PonoPlayer (I don't care about it at all), and not because the article is insightful (it seems somewhat lacking in insight) - but, rather, because of what it inadvertently indicates about fidelity, perception, and preference.

David Pogue did some blind testing on people whether they could tell the difference between the PonoPlayer and an iPhone; and, if they could, which they preferred. The results were (A) that most people couldn't detect much difference, (B) when they could detect differences, they slightly preferred the sound from the iPhone, and (C) they didn't really care about the slight sound differences, and did not think the difference was worth paying for. This is despite the purported advantages of the... more »

Here's an article about whether the PonoPlayer delivers the better musical experience it promises. I found this article fascinating - not because I care about the PonoPlayer (I don't care about it at all), and not because the article is insightful (it seems somewhat lacking in insight) - but, rather, because of what it inadvertently indicates about fidelity, perception, and preference.

David Pogue did some blind testing on people whether they could tell the difference between the PonoPlayer and an iPhone; and, if they could, which they preferred. The results were (A) that most people couldn't detect much difference, (B) when they could detect differences, they slightly preferred the sound from the iPhone, and (C) they didn't really care about the slight sound differences, and did not think the difference was worth paying for. This is despite the purported advantages of the PonoPlayer system - more data in the sound file, better electronic components, etc - and also despite the fact that numerous big name musicians, such as Neil Young and Tom Petty, have gone on record saying the PonoPlayer sounds dramatically better.

Thus, the "Emperor Has No Clothes" headline.

Now, let me venture some guesses, theories, opinions, and lessons from this.

First: In regard to the claim that the music files for the PonoPlayer are less compressed / not compressed than the currently popular music formats, and therefore the music is higher resolution, and the claim that the electronic components are capable of better fidelity - I'm guessing those claims are true. If they are true, then the "Emperor Has No Clothes" headline seems somewhat misleading / off-base. Furthermore, the veracity of these claims should be fairly easy for those with an electrical engineering background and a software engineering background to determine, but the article gives no indication that such an investigation was done. To say "The Emperor Has No Clothes" without assessing the technical merits of the claims would be rather sloppy journalism, in my estimation.

Second: In regard to claims by Neil Young, Tom Petty, David Crosby, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, etc., saying they could hear dramatically better sound quality with the PonoPlayer - I'm torn about whether I think this is true. On the one hand, they probably do have better training about sound quality, and more sophisticated ears. To draw an analogy (which I'll emphasize more, later), it's like professional photographers being more aware than non photographers of chromatic aberration, halos, posterization, over sharpening, blocked shadows and blown highlights, low resolution, etc., when looking at pictures. On the other hand, most career musicians have exposed themselves to dangerously loud music on a routine basis, and almost all of them are hard of hearing. Their inability to hear well certainly casts doubt on their ability to discern the PonoPlayer's quality differences. Tentatively, I'll grant that these rock stars truly could hear better sound quality with the PonoPlayer.

Then what happened? Why couldn't the tested people consistently hear the differences? Why would they slightly prefer the iPhone, if it had objectively lower resolution and / or worse fidelity? Why would they not care much about better sound quality, and not feel that it was worth paying for?

First, the flip side of what I mentioned above, the average listener is not trained to tune in to fine technical distinctions in resolution and fidelity. If technical issues are below a certain threshold, they'll be lost on the average listener. Meanwhile, these same technical issues might be magnified by the hyper-attuned audio sensibilities of professional musicians, so such differences might seem dramatic and apparent to them.

Second - and I'm going out on a limb with some wild guesses, here - it's easy to imagine several reasons why people would prefer the iPhone's sound, even if it truly does have objectively lower audio resolution and worse fidelity. For one thing many compression algorithms cause some "sharpening." For example, with photos, the JPEG compression algorithms slightly sharpen pictures. Similarly, it could be that the more compressed audio files on the iPhone are slightly sharper than the uncompressed PonoPlayer files. Have you ever seen how beginning photographers often greatly oversharpen photos? People like oversharpening. They like the way it makes pictures "pop!" Similarly, they probably like such sharpening with audio clarity, and the more compressed file format may provide some such sharpening. For another thing, I would not be surprised if the iPhone's sound reproduction was optimized to sound pleasing to average listeners, and likewise if the PonoPlayer was optimized to sound accurate. The two are not necessarily the same thing. I'm reminded of when my friend Bill would get in front of the microphone for interviewing people; he would tinker with the knobs on the sound system and make his voice sound deep and smooth and resonant. He was striving for "pleasing," not for "accurate." To give an analogy with photography: Almost everybody prefers oversaturated colors over life-like colors, and almost everybody oversaturates their colors. When seeing and hearing recordings, we perceive them differently than seeing things in real life, and (for many people), recorded experiences need more emphasis and more "oomph" for them to seem "lifelike." So, if the PonoPlayer sounded accurate while the iPhone boosted the bass or some such, people might have preferred sound enhancements meant to please, over lifelike fidelity.

Third, as for why people didn't care, even when they could hear differences - I can only speak for myself, but I'm not an audiophile; in fact, I'm somewhat of the opposite. Not because I can't hear any difference between a $100 stereo and a $5,000 stereo. I can. But that difference doesn't make the music particularly more enjoyable for me. That's because the experience of the music occurs in my head, not in my ears. Thus, as long as the sound quality meets a modest standard, as long as I can hear the relationships of the notes to each other and the relationships of the instruments to each other - my brain will take care of the rest. All my ears need is for the content to be adequately conveyed. Beyond that, great emphasis on optimum sound is mostly frivolous. And I think that's the way it is for most people.

As for the larger lessons to be drawn from this: I see this as a bit of a morality tale about musicians with hyper-sensitized audio sensibilities getting a case of "gearhead disease" when it comes to the pursuit of sound fidelity, and assuming that the public hears sound quality the way they do - only to discover the public can't easily detect these technicalities, and doesn't generally care much about them. But the lesson goes beyond this one case. For example, it applies to Peter Jackson getting goofy over making films at 48 frames per second. It applies to every photographer who thinks they need a camera with 14 bit depth color instead of 12, every photographer who thinks they need a camera with an 11 stop dynamic range instead of 10, every photographer who thinks their 20 megapixel camera won't be able to compete with the coming 50 megapixel cameras - instead of staying focused on what they do with the cameras.

I'm not saying artists shouldn't take care to make the best they can. I'm just saying to let this be a reminder that most viewers barely notice the technical minutiae and don't really care much about it; instead, they focus on the content. Keep in mind what really matters and what doesn't. Especially when manufacturers announce new gear.___

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2015-01-26 20:37:43 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This author's list of "12 worst" religious ideas is interesting. While I do find the ideas listed problematic, there are numerous other prime candidates for such a list, which I find equally concerning. I don't think I could narrow it down to a mere 12. To mention just a small sample of others that might belong on such a list: the idea that we are born reprobate, wicked, corrupt; vicarious sin; vicarious redemption; abnegation of life; the idea that there's a supernatural, evil force constantly tempting us, leading us astray, working against us, and that we are routinely encountering manifestations of this; the idea that God owns us, we are His slaves, and he has the right to do with us as He sees fit; the idea that we have no moral compass without God; the idea that morality equals God's command and obedience to God's command; the idea that "God did it"-type... more »

This author's list of "12 worst" religious ideas is interesting. While I do find the ideas listed problematic, there are numerous other prime candidates for such a list, which I find equally concerning. I don't think I could narrow it down to a mere 12. To mention just a small sample of others that might belong on such a list: the idea that we are born reprobate, wicked, corrupt; vicarious sin; vicarious redemption; abnegation of life; the idea that there's a supernatural, evil force constantly tempting us, leading us astray, working against us, and that we are routinely encountering manifestations of this; the idea that God owns us, we are His slaves, and he has the right to do with us as He sees fit; the idea that we have no moral compass without God; the idea that morality equals God's command and obedience to God's command; the idea that "God did it"-type explanations are satisfactory substitutes for understanding the mechanisms and particulars of how things work; the idea that it's virtuous to wholeheartedly and uncritically hold the most extraordinary claims about things which can't be detected as knowledge, with an unwillingness to modify the position regardless any data; the idea that we should put God before family, friends, and our fellow humans; the idea that we need spiritual intermediaries; and the idea to seek magical solutions to problems.___

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2015-01-24 21:54:43 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

I snapped this photo in a local bookstore, yesterday. I shook my head that they set up a monument of stupidity in the name of an intellectual pursuit. Lose a bit of humanity? Srsly? They'd rather take swipes at their imagined enemies than realize the "enemies" are actually potential allies. They'd rather squander their business opportunities than embrace them.

This is a bookstore that is half the size it was last year. (The other half has been turned into a furniture showroom.) This is a bookstore so ossified that they can't buy books they want. (They told me last year that they love my book and would like to carry it, but they won't - because they buy all their books through only one single distributor, and that distributor didn't carry my book at the time.)

I guess it's easier for them to blame the changing world than for them to understand that... more »

I snapped this photo in a local bookstore, yesterday. I shook my head that they set up a monument of stupidity in the name of an intellectual pursuit. Lose a bit of humanity? Srsly? They'd rather take swipes at their imagined enemies than realize the "enemies" are actually potential allies. They'd rather squander their business opportunities than embrace them.

This is a bookstore that is half the size it was last year. (The other half has been turned into a furniture showroom.) This is a bookstore so ossified that they can't buy books they want. (They told me last year that they love my book and would like to carry it, but they won't - because they buy all their books through only one single distributor, and that distributor didn't carry my book at the time.)

I guess it's easier for them to blame the changing world than for them to understand that they run their business so badly that they're the cause of their own problems. I love bookstores, and it breaks my heart to see them drive themselves into irrelevance, and out of business.___

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2015-01-23 04:35:12 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Here's a photo of me (made by Dr. K) from about 1990.

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT #BlastFromThePast

Here's a photo of me (made by Dr. K) from about 1990.

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT #BlastFromThePast___

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2015-01-22 00:09:18 (28 comments, 11 reshares, 147 +1s)Open 

I'm imagining that George Lucas had already sketched out the script for Episode 7: Jar Jar's Tale, when ... inexplicably ... Disney chose to deviate from Lucas's vision.

;-)

I'm imagining that George Lucas had already sketched out the script for Episode 7: Jar Jar's Tale, when ... inexplicably ... Disney chose to deviate from Lucas's vision.

;-)___

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2015-01-17 17:35:51 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

In a future printing of my book, Growing Up Humming, I might mention that the kind of seed pod the hummingbird nest is built upon is a sweet Hakea tree seed pod (Hakea suaveolens), and then include a photo of a sweet Hakea seed pod next to a cherry for size reference, and say that the nest is built on a seed pod about the size of a cherry. (I wouldn't necessarily use this photo; I have a bunch of photos of Hakea seed pods next to cherries.) Before I do this, I have a couple of questions:

1) Are cherries well known around the world, or would folks in most countries be unfamiliar with them?

2) Would you agree that using a cherry for size reference is better than using a quarter for size reference?

Thank you for your thoughts.

In a future printing of my book, Growing Up Humming, I might mention that the kind of seed pod the hummingbird nest is built upon is a sweet Hakea tree seed pod (Hakea suaveolens), and then include a photo of a sweet Hakea seed pod next to a cherry for size reference, and say that the nest is built on a seed pod about the size of a cherry. (I wouldn't necessarily use this photo; I have a bunch of photos of Hakea seed pods next to cherries.) Before I do this, I have a couple of questions:

1) Are cherries well known around the world, or would folks in most countries be unfamiliar with them?

2) Would you agree that using a cherry for size reference is better than using a quarter for size reference?

Thank you for your thoughts.___

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2015-01-15 21:22:16 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I strongly disagree with Pope Francis about this.

If someone believes cockamamie and harmful things for foolish reasons, invoking the word "faith" does not grant an automatic free pass.

Faith is not off the table for criticism, satire, or ridicule. Sometimes, such expression accords with the "obligation to say what he thinks in the name of the common good."

If one's faithistic sensibilities are so fragile that the faithful can't take the heat, that means they need to reexamine how they hold their faith; it does not mean that the contrarian may never legitimately speak against the faith.

In regard to Francis's notion that the limits of freedom of speech mean you should not cause offense, I think freedom of speech is most relevant where people find it troubling.

And insults alone never provoke violence; that's just... more »

I strongly disagree with Pope Francis about this.

If someone believes cockamamie and harmful things for foolish reasons, invoking the word "faith" does not grant an automatic free pass.

Faith is not off the table for criticism, satire, or ridicule. Sometimes, such expression accords with the "obligation to say what he thinks in the name of the common good."

If one's faithistic sensibilities are so fragile that the faithful can't take the heat, that means they need to reexamine how they hold their faith; it does not mean that the contrarian may never legitimately speak against the faith.

In regard to Francis's notion that the limits of freedom of speech mean you should not cause offense, I think freedom of speech is most relevant where people find it troubling.

And insults alone never provoke violence; that's just a weak excuse for poor impulse control.

I must also note the hypocritical irony here, of him saying in one breath that you can't speak badly about people's religions, then in the next breath calling other people's religions "deviant" and "an aberration." ___

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2014-12-31 23:45:52 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Here's my last photo of the year, a phone snapshot I just made in the woods.

A fallen oak leaf. A gnawed deer femur. An old stump.

Deciduation, death, deterioration.

For me, this gives a feeling of senescence, fitting with the last hour or so of sunlight for 2014.

I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great New Year's Eve!

Here's my last photo of the year, a phone snapshot I just made in the woods.

A fallen oak leaf. A gnawed deer femur. An old stump.

Deciduation, death, deterioration.

For me, this gives a feeling of senescence, fitting with the last hour or so of sunlight for 2014.

I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great New Year's Eve!___

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2014-12-30 19:01:12 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Here's another phone snapshot of a mushroom I saw during my walk in the woods, yesterday. I didn't take the time to thoroughly ID it, but I'm fairly sure this was an Amanita phalloides, one of the two most deadly poisonous kinds of mushroom in the world - a horrible way to die, over a two week period, as the poison shuts down your body's RNA synthesis. Pretty little things, though. ;-)

Here's another phone snapshot of a mushroom I saw during my walk in the woods, yesterday. I didn't take the time to thoroughly ID it, but I'm fairly sure this was an Amanita phalloides, one of the two most deadly poisonous kinds of mushroom in the world - a horrible way to die, over a two week period, as the poison shuts down your body's RNA synthesis. Pretty little things, though. ;-)___

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2014-12-30 00:16:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

I just took a walk in the woods. Here's a phone snapshot of a mushroom (Lactarius ssp.) and some oak bark. I hope you enjoy it.

I just took a walk in the woods. Here's a phone snapshot of a mushroom (Lactarius ssp.) and some oak bark. I hope you enjoy it.___

2014-12-25 01:29:52 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Since some falsely pious media whores are creating a hub bub over a supposed "War on Christmas," and since I'm the kind of outspoken atheist that these charlatans pretend to be concerned about, allow me to weigh in on the matter.

Personally, I'm not engaged in any war on Christmas. Furthermore, among the atheists I know, I have never encountered one who was anti-Christmas, nor even any who know anyone else who is anti-Christmas. Basically, the consensus of the atheist "community" is that the "War on Christmas," as some kind of actual movement, rather than the occasional isolated crank, is made up, and nonexistent.

It's true that I probably say "Happy Holidays" more often than I say "Merry Christmas." Apparently some people see this as a subtle attempt to undermine Christmas. I see it as simply a more sensible thing to say to... more »

Since some falsely pious media whores are creating a hub bub over a supposed "War on Christmas," and since I'm the kind of outspoken atheist that these charlatans pretend to be concerned about, allow me to weigh in on the matter.

Personally, I'm not engaged in any war on Christmas. Furthermore, among the atheists I know, I have never encountered one who was anti-Christmas, nor even any who know anyone else who is anti-Christmas. Basically, the consensus of the atheist "community" is that the "War on Christmas," as some kind of actual movement, rather than the occasional isolated crank, is made up, and nonexistent.

It's true that I probably say "Happy Holidays" more often than I say "Merry Christmas." Apparently some people see this as a subtle attempt to undermine Christmas. I see it as simply a more sensible thing to say to the atheists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Pagans, etc., that I know, as well as for people whose views I don't know.

I also must admit that I find most of the Frank Sinatra / Rosemary Clooney / Bing Crosby / José Feliciano type Christmas music that gets played constantly in every public establishment between Thanksgiving and Christmas to be crassly commercial, sentimental and manipulative, mostly artless, and occasionally creepy. Maybe I could get behind a war on the constant repetition of that schlock for a month straight. ;-)

Seriously, though - I like the traditions of getting together with loved ones, feasting and celebrating, and giving each other tokens of affection, just as much as everyone else. Everybody I know, including even the most antireligious, like these Christmas celebrations. Practically nobody has an agenda against Christmas, as far as I know.

I and other non-believers certainly have a number of points of contention with some fundamentalist Christians - such as their belief that I should be eternally tortured for disagreeing with their religious views, or their desire to force their religious beliefs on others through legislation. But a "War on Christmas"? Seriously? That would be preposterously picayune.

Merry Christmas!___

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2014-12-18 05:56:16 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I tried pressing "D" during start-up to run a hardware diagnostic test of my dead computer. This was the result. Does anyone have any idea what this means?

Thank you for any help.

I tried pressing "D" during start-up to run a hardware diagnostic test of my dead computer. This was the result. Does anyone have any idea what this means?

Thank you for any help.___

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2014-12-14 21:37:19 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

With Valentine's Day a mere 2 months away, some of you are probably wondering, "What's the most romantic thing you could do with your sweetheart to celebrate the occasion?" Luckily for you, I have a Valentine's Day suggestion that will really set you apart from everybody going on weekend getaways, or having candle-lit dinners.  
;-)

February 14th will be the grand opening of the newly rebuilt Main Library in Palo Alto, and I will be there from 3-4 PM, giving a reading of my book (Growing Up Humming), answering your hummingbird questions, and signing books. Come join me, if you can.

You can purchase Growing Up Humming, online, if you would like to bring a copy and get it signed.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480165220/

Growing Up Humming was the #1 top-rated book in its category on Amazon, out of about 50,000, for 6 month straight. So don't... more »

With Valentine's Day a mere 2 months away, some of you are probably wondering, "What's the most romantic thing you could do with your sweetheart to celebrate the occasion?" Luckily for you, I have a Valentine's Day suggestion that will really set you apart from everybody going on weekend getaways, or having candle-lit dinners.  
;-)

February 14th will be the grand opening of the newly rebuilt Main Library in Palo Alto, and I will be there from 3-4 PM, giving a reading of my book (Growing Up Humming), answering your hummingbird questions, and signing books. Come join me, if you can.

You can purchase Growing Up Humming, online, if you would like to bring a copy and get it signed.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480165220/

Growing Up Humming was the #1 top-rated book in its category on Amazon, out of about 50,000, for 6 month straight. So don't miss out!

I hope to see you, there.___

2014-12-14 01:54:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'd pretty much completed all of the photos and writing I need for my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals – but there were still two particular photos more I wanted, to make the book just right. Today, I got one of those two. One more to go. 

Soon....

Thank you, +Ramprakash R, for a great day.

I'd pretty much completed all of the photos and writing I need for my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals – but there were still two particular photos more I wanted, to make the book just right. Today, I got one of those two. One more to go. 

Soon....

Thank you, +Ramprakash R, for a great day.___

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2014-12-11 17:02:31 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Wow! More rain last night than last year.

Wow! More rain last night than last year.___

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2014-12-10 03:00:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Here's Miss B sitting at her desk, reading The Grumpy Guide to Life.

I've been enjoying making photos like this. I like showing the living spaces people make for themselves, in a way that gives insight about them, almost like exo-somatic portraits. I like showing people doing what they do. (Miss B reads a lot.) It's a fun challenge to make pictures so wide that they show just about everything in the scene, and yet trying to keep a sense of composition where everything is for a reason. (It's also fun to tackle the technical challenges of making perfectly stitched panoramas in tight indoor environments, with both near and far objects.) And I like trying to compose pictures that I can't "see," in the sense that they are wider than my field of view.

It could be a fun project to seriously document people's living spaces - perhaps with them doing what... more »

Here's Miss B sitting at her desk, reading The Grumpy Guide to Life.

I've been enjoying making photos like this. I like showing the living spaces people make for themselves, in a way that gives insight about them, almost like exo-somatic portraits. I like showing people doing what they do. (Miss B reads a lot.) It's a fun challenge to make pictures so wide that they show just about everything in the scene, and yet trying to keep a sense of composition where everything is for a reason. (It's also fun to tackle the technical challenges of making perfectly stitched panoramas in tight indoor environments, with both near and far objects.) And I like trying to compose pictures that I can't "see," in the sense that they are wider than my field of view.

It could be a fun project to seriously document people's living spaces - perhaps with them doing what they do.

I hope you enjoy this, too.___

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2014-12-03 00:31:37 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

This is a reminder for everyone who is doing holiday shopping for presents that my book, Growing Up Humming, is available to order through Amazon. If this fits with your needs, please consider choosing my book as a present for your loved ones, thereby helping support my literary endeavors.

Growing Up Humming was the #1 top-rated book in its category on Amazon, out of almost 50,000, for 6 months straight. 

The paperback edition can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480165220/

The ebook version can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A4TG0NI/

Here are a few excerpts from some 5 star reviews of it on Amazon:

"I could not put it down! The photographs alone are priceless."

"Growing Up Humming is brilliant... He captures the maturation of two hummingbird chicks beautifully, so beautifully... more »

This is a reminder for everyone who is doing holiday shopping for presents that my book, Growing Up Humming, is available to order through Amazon. If this fits with your needs, please consider choosing my book as a present for your loved ones, thereby helping support my literary endeavors.

Growing Up Humming was the #1 top-rated book in its category on Amazon, out of almost 50,000, for 6 months straight. 

The paperback edition can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480165220/

The ebook version can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A4TG0NI/

Here are a few excerpts from some 5 star reviews of it on Amazon:

"I could not put it down! The photographs alone are priceless."

"Growing Up Humming is brilliant... He captures the maturation of two hummingbird chicks beautifully, so beautifully that I kept wondering, "How does he get these shots?" But it's not just the photography that's good. His accompanying text is aimed at a young audience, but I, as an adult, found it both entertaining and educational. Not only did it teach me a lot about Anna's hummingbirds, but it has a subtext about growing up, being taken care of by a parent, learning from her, and then becoming self-sufficient, that while plentifully clear wasn't at all heavy-handed."

"Breathtaking... Every time you look at the photos, you discover something new."

"As a parent, I completely identified with Mama bird. These photographs, along with the authors clear and informative story are a complete package."

"While it's marketed as a book for children, the writing strikes a fine balance of intelligence and simplicity in a way that adults will appreciate and children will understand."

"Really enjoyable and informative story, the visual artwork accompanying it is absolutely astonishing - I'd highly recommend this book to anyone!"

"A true work of art that any aged person may enjoy. The photography skills and knowledge of the author and photographer Mike Spinak is spectacularly displayed on each page. This is a book I will treasure for life and will share with my family."

"This is the kind of book which will fascinate and inspire children and their parents for generations."

"After flipping through a few pages, I was hooked. The photography and text are superb... I was blown away with the quality of the author's remarkable images. The book is being marketed primarily as a children's book, but in my opinion, it's just as appealing to grownups who love nature stories."

"Very often, books with photography can ignore the writing and be quite fascinating simply in pictures, but this book does not ignore the writing. Mike Spinak describes in detail the nesting material used to make the nest, and he details the stages of the hummingbird life cycle. Not only was I dazzled by the photographs, but I learned a lot about the life cycle of hummingbirds."

Thank you for your consideration.___

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2014-11-27 23:32:40 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thank you to everyone here who shares your interests, arts, information, and ideas, who appreciates what I say and show, who shares friendship and camaraderie, and who makes G+ a great place.  

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thank you to everyone here who shares your interests, arts, information, and ideas, who appreciates what I say and show, who shares friendship and camaraderie, and who makes G+ a great place.  ___

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2014-11-27 04:32:00 (16 comments, 8 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak  

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's a mother Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) feeding a 15 day old chick, on the nest. 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 a mother Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) feeding a 15 day old chick, on the nest. 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!___

2014-11-26 00:35:08 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I read a lot of children's picture books as a tot; I've read a lot more to the kidlets in my life, and a lot more still as I've journeyed along the path of becoming a children's book author. Here are some of my favorite children's books (not including the one I made), and some of my least favorite children's books. These lists are not exhaustive, and they're in no particular order.

Of course, your own tastes might differ from mine.

Some Favorites:
Cathedral, by David Macaulay
Spring is Here, by Taro Gomi
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
The Awdrey-Gore Legacy, by Edward Gorey
Olivia, by Ian Falconer
A Special Trick, by Mercer Mayer
Apple Farmer Annie, by Monica Wellington
Letters from A Lost Uncle, by Mervyn Peake
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
The Lorax, by Dr. Suess

Some Least Favorites:... more »

I read a lot of children's picture books as a tot; I've read a lot more to the kidlets in my life, and a lot more still as I've journeyed along the path of becoming a children's book author. Here are some of my favorite children's books (not including the one I made), and some of my least favorite children's books. These lists are not exhaustive, and they're in no particular order.

Of course, your own tastes might differ from mine.

Some Favorites:
Cathedral, by David Macaulay
Spring is Here, by Taro Gomi
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
The Awdrey-Gore Legacy, by Edward Gorey
Olivia, by Ian Falconer
A Special Trick, by Mercer Mayer
Apple Farmer Annie, by Monica Wellington
Letters from A Lost Uncle, by Mervyn Peake
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
The Lorax, by Dr. Suess

Some Least Favorites:
Guess How Much I Love you, by Sam McBratney
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
Happy Pig Day!, by Mo Willems
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Eric Carle
A Fly Went By, by Mike McClintock
The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister
Put Me in the Zoo, by Robert Lopshire
All of the Thomas the Tank Engine books, by Rev. W. Awdry
Everything by Beatrix Potter___

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2014-11-25 22:43:43 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Flickr is selling photographers' no-restriction Creative Commons licensed photos without remunerating the photographers. It's legal for them to do, but it's uncouth, and exemplifies perfectly why I've stopped supporting Flickr and their parent company, Yahoo! – as I've discussed previously (such as here: https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/PKNjo4sox4d ).

I must note that I don't think Flickr is solely to blame, here. The photographers who put their pictures up with licenses that they can be used for free, without restriction, should've expected such usage. Any of them who were taken by surprise by this – hopefully they will read the licenses and think more carefully about agreeing, next time.

If Flickr has at times been somewhat negligent in regard to their care of filtering pictures by how they're licensed ... that could make this potentiallyconc... more »

Flickr is selling photographers' no-restriction Creative Commons licensed photos without remunerating the photographers. It's legal for them to do, but it's uncouth, and exemplifies perfectly why I've stopped supporting Flickr and their parent company, Yahoo! – as I've discussed previously (such as here: https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/PKNjo4sox4d ).

I must note that I don't think Flickr is solely to blame, here. The photographers who put their pictures up with licenses that they can be used for free, without restriction, should've expected such usage. Any of them who were taken by surprise by this – hopefully they will read the licenses and think more carefully about agreeing, next time.

If Flickr has at times been somewhat negligent in regard to their care of filtering pictures by how they're licensed ... that could make this potentially concerning even for those who did not put up pictures with no restriction CC licenses.

Fortunately, I've only put pictures on Flickr at rather small sizes, even besides avoiding no restriction licenses.___

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2014-11-25 21:42:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Nice. I like this.

Nice. I like this.___

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2014-11-25 03:35:45 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Here's Sleeping California Seal Lions, from my Sleeping Sea Lions series. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's Sleeping California Seal Lions, from my Sleeping Sea Lions series. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-11-24 08:12:06 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I've seen this posted a number of times. While I can appreciate the humor, the "science" is way off.

The farthest star that most people can see with unaided eyesight is Deneb, which is less than 3,000 light years away. Meanwhile, stars tend to last much longer than that. Our sun is about 4.5 billion years old, and stars the size of our sun tend to live about 10 billion years. Red dwarf stars can last up to 10 trillion years. Even the shortest lasting blue giant stars last for many millions of years.

Don't give up on your dreams, and don't let social media memes mislead you about science.  :-)

I've seen this posted a number of times. While I can appreciate the humor, the "science" is way off.

The farthest star that most people can see with unaided eyesight is Deneb, which is less than 3,000 light years away. Meanwhile, stars tend to last much longer than that. Our sun is about 4.5 billion years old, and stars the size of our sun tend to live about 10 billion years. Red dwarf stars can last up to 10 trillion years. Even the shortest lasting blue giant stars last for many millions of years.

Don't give up on your dreams, and don't let social media memes mislead you about science.  :-)___

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2014-11-23 22:41:44 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

Here's a cedar waxwing I photographed around this time of year, a few years ago. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's a cedar waxwing I photographed around this time of year, a few years ago. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-11-23 04:34:39 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Here's a picture of garlic mushrooms growing on a tanoak leaf, from a few years ago. Maybe the last few days of rain will be enough to fill the woods with mushrooms.

I hope you enjoy it.

Here's a picture of garlic mushrooms growing on a tanoak leaf, from a few years ago. Maybe the last few days of rain will be enough to fill the woods with mushrooms.

I hope you enjoy it.___

2014-11-21 22:26:42 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I just upgraded to Android Lollipop. (I should've done it a few days ago.) 

I'm now I'm exploring the new version of the OS....

I just upgraded to Android Lollipop. (I should've done it a few days ago.) 

I'm now I'm exploring the new version of the OS....___

2014-11-20 21:10:33 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

PSA for Dog Owners

I love all dogs. I wish I could say the same about their owners. 

I'm amazed at how inconsiderate many dog owners are, both toward their dogs, and toward everyone and everything else. Not all dog owners, of course – but far too many. Since so many dog owners seem clueless, I'll spell out a few things dog owners should try to avoid doing.

1) Getting a big dog that needs lots of space, and then keeping it cooped up all the time in a small apartment with no yard. 

2) Letting your big dog run up to every stranger in public and sniff her or his crotch.

3) Taking your easily-overstimulated dog to a stimulating environment, then harshly jerking it around on a leash with a spiked choke collar, to keep it under control.

4 A) Taking your dog to a wildlife preserve where it's not allowed on the trails, thenlea... more »

PSA for Dog Owners

I love all dogs. I wish I could say the same about their owners. 

I'm amazed at how inconsiderate many dog owners are, both toward their dogs, and toward everyone and everything else. Not all dog owners, of course – but far too many. Since so many dog owners seem clueless, I'll spell out a few things dog owners should try to avoid doing.

1) Getting a big dog that needs lots of space, and then keeping it cooped up all the time in a small apartment with no yard. 

2) Letting your big dog run up to every stranger in public and sniff her or his crotch.

3) Taking your easily-overstimulated dog to a stimulating environment, then harshly jerking it around on a leash with a spiked choke collar, to keep it under control.

4 A) Taking your dog to a wildlife preserve where it's not allowed on the trails, then leaving it in the car for hours.

4 B) Alternatively, taking your dog to a wildlife preserve where it's not allowed on trails, then taking it on a trail anyway, while all the wildlife evacuate the area as the dog approaches.

5) Letting your dog crap in your neighbors' yards. 

6) Leaving your anxious dog at home while it howls hysterically all day long.

7) Letting your dog chew up and destroy public property.

8) Not reining in your barking and growling dog on its 20 foot leash while passing strangers on a narrow sidewalk or path. 

9) Scolding and punishing your dog all the time for being a dog and behaving according to its dog nature.

10) Letting your dog off its leash at the park and encouraging it to chase the ducks, geese, squirrels, lizards, etc..

11) Disposing of your dog at the pound over trivial inconveniences, as though you never committed to making the dog a true family member when you adopted it.

If you own a dog, or are thinking of getting one, please be better than this.

Thank you.___

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2014-11-20 02:19:45 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Well, it seems like this 5 day black and white challenge going around G+ and FB has come and gone. Anyway, here's one of my photos of a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains. I hope you enjoy it.

Well, it seems like this 5 day black and white challenge going around G+ and FB has come and gone. Anyway, here's one of my photos of a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains. I hope you enjoy it.___

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