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Mike Spinak has been at 7 events

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Isabelle Fortin26,064It 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 Wilson1,545,385Joined 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 Morris64,088Hi 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 Fortin26,064Hello 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 shervington1,006,861In 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 Wilson1,545,385Thank 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 04:00:00110  
Mark Forman63,050This 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 459 public circles

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Gailen Mapes85,014Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 26 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag 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.2015-03-26 10:26:58194000
Wayne Marinovich28,496Writers / Authors / Publishers / Bloggers circleTime to share one of my favourite circles. It has grown quite a bit in the past few months and I will be starting a second one because I am on the 500 mark here. Let me know if you want to be included.Please share to pass on the love. Thanks and write well.2015-03-25 08:21:36499000
Walter Soestbergen76,467✯✯  *WS Bird Photographers circle*  ✯✯This is the 1st #Birds4All circle share for 2015.This circle is a must have for people who love Birds.Please support yourself by adding and sharing this awesome Birds photographers circleSharing is not required but is highly appreciated when this is doneIf you want to share your photos with the +Birds4All theme then you can use this copy and paste line:#Birds4All by +113942799549327773662 & +115533614048623021648 (+114469338382698658494)You can find the Bird4all communitie here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117152286456045395241 which is greatly maintained by  +Jane Floor with kind regards,+Walter Soestbergen2015-03-18 20:01:56320924093
Kenneth Nicholson21,985This circle contains people who are very active on Google+People in this Circle are top google+ engagers and great resharers. These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with youIf you want to continue or wish to get in the next version please complete 1-4 below.INSTRUCTIONS1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. +1 this circle.3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Comment to inform me that you have done the above three things.#circlesharing #publiccircle #border #between #Asia #and #the #loosely #defined #region #of #Oceania #is #usually #contention #about #what #it #means #Asia #is #larger #and #more #culturally #diverse #than #Europe #It #does #not #exactly #correspond #to #the 2015-03-18 07:21:08428224
Dylan Cuffy21,984#WhatLiesAground To begin this morning's run, a replacement version of Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. As I explained in yesterday's posts, a certain site known as AndroidDissected recently rebranded into +TechDissected, shuttering their old G+ page in the process. Thanks to some detective work with Google search, I went forward to patch things up.And now you know, folks! Stay tuned in the next few days for the "Fab 500 Actives", generated with +Circloscope.(For +Amig Von Hallen, CS&M owner +AyJay Schibig, and circle guru +Stephan Klimmeck)----Original version:https://plus.google.com/103283675665371670119/posts/Ff3BpgYZopK2015-03-07 14:40:115009810
Allan watson22,056Active 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 #dur2015-03-04 06:00:51490244
Noah Wesley21,014Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! 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 #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-03-02 11:28:56495011
Gailen Mapes79,441Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 29 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 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.2015-02-28 13:38:27194001
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 06:36:25475131421
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 17:28:28501645
George Clark15,373Grow 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 06:07:22430121220
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 05:11:154345210
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 Cleese9,872Hey 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 12:52:18494292444
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 06:06:41500324
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 06:03:49500216
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 18:24:02501636
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 07:03:50494333563
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 12:50:43500141528
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 12:07:565006812
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 10:33:04496595896
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

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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.

Most reshares: 11

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2015-01-22 00:09:18 (29 comments, 11 reshares, 146 +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.

;-)

Most plusones: 146

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2015-01-22 00:09:18 (29 comments, 11 reshares, 146 +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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2015-03-28 20:30:15 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This is neat. Enjoy.

This is neat. Enjoy.___

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2015-03-26 00:48:46 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

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

Here's a sea nettle (Chrysoara fuscescens). This is a wild jellyfish, photographed in the ocean, not photographed in an aquarium. I hope you enjoy 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 a sea nettle (Chrysoara fuscescens). This is a wild jellyfish, photographed in the ocean, not photographed in an aquarium. I hope you enjoy 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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2015-03-24 18:25:13 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

This societal change over the last few decades has surprised me. I grew up walking home from school without parental supervision. I spent my youth wandering as I pleased, going over to friends' houses or to the market, playing by the local creek, exploring on my bike, etc. Sometimes my brother (2 years older than I am) was with me, other times not.

And this wasn't just me. This was the case for all the kids around.

I wasn't really aware of how much this has changed until Dr. K had a daughter. Then I got to see that the local elementary school requires parents to drop off and pick up kids. Now I'm aware that kids being outside the house on their own (in the USA) is often considered parental neglect, leading to interventions by Child Protective Services, to arrests, and to kids being taken away. Even for stuff like walking home from school or over to a neighbor's... more »

This societal change over the last few decades has surprised me. I grew up walking home from school without parental supervision. I spent my youth wandering as I pleased, going over to friends' houses or to the market, playing by the local creek, exploring on my bike, etc. Sometimes my brother (2 years older than I am) was with me, other times not.

And this wasn't just me. This was the case for all the kids around.

I wasn't really aware of how much this has changed until Dr. K had a daughter. Then I got to see that the local elementary school requires parents to drop off and pick up kids. Now I'm aware that kids being outside the house on their own (in the USA) is often considered parental neglect, leading to interventions by Child Protective Services, to arrests, and to kids being taken away. Even for stuff like walking home from school or over to a neighbor's house alone, or in some cases for playing alone in front of the house.

As I've come to see, most kids these days are prevented from ever being entirely alone, exploring their area, or doing anything self-directed, until adolescence or later. 

I can understand why some might find it frightening to let their kids wander around by themselves. And I don't blame parents for doing what is necessary to prevent being arrested or having their kids taken away from them by the state. But I do find it concerning that many kids are prevented from self-directed activity and exploration, and prevented from experiencing independence and developing autonomy.___

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2015-03-24 02:16:24 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I remember several years ago when all the photographers were going on about how these super-high-resolution cameras would be too noisy, not light sensitive enough, far beyond what lenses could resolve, far beyond what human eyes or autofocus systems could handle, etc. They were all going on about limitations imposed by the laws of physics which could never be overcome. And they were saying that the files would be bigger than they'd want to deal with, and larger than anyone would need. Everyone was calling for the camera manufacturers to "end the megapixel wars,"  and make cameras with lower resolution and larger photo sites, with higher maximum ISO.

That was back when the high end cameras were around 11 megapixels. Now a nearly 51 megapixel camera is announced, and it seems like every photographer has already pre-ordered it. 

Anyway, thank you, +G Dan Mitchell, forb... more »

I remember several years ago when all the photographers were going on about how these super-high-resolution cameras would be too noisy, not light sensitive enough, far beyond what lenses could resolve, far beyond what human eyes or autofocus systems could handle, etc. They were all going on about limitations imposed by the laws of physics which could never be overcome. And they were saying that the files would be bigger than they'd want to deal with, and larger than anyone would need. Everyone was calling for the camera manufacturers to "end the megapixel wars,"  and make cameras with lower resolution and larger photo sites, with higher maximum ISO.

That was back when the high end cameras were around 11 megapixels. Now a nearly 51 megapixel camera is announced, and it seems like every photographer has already pre-ordered it. 

Anyway, thank you, +G Dan Mitchell, for bringing this to my attention. I don't demand the latest, greatest technology, but it's about time to replace my worn out circa 2004 camera. ___

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2015-03-23 07:39:38 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This is brilliant!

This is brilliant!___

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2015-03-23 03:18:51 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Eat Ice Cream First

It's Sign Sunday, and if there's one thing I like even better than silly signs, it's ice ceam. Here's an important message from Rick's Ice Cream. It's a philosophy I live by.

#SignSunday curated by +Lori Carey​, +Janice Hackney​, +Jetski Jones​, and +Gary Posner​

#SillySigns

Eat Ice Cream First

It's Sign Sunday, and if there's one thing I like even better than silly signs, it's ice ceam. Here's an important message from Rick's Ice Cream. It's a philosophy I live by.

#SignSunday curated by +Lori Carey​, +Janice Hackney​, +Jetski Jones​, and +Gary Posner​

#SillySigns___

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2015-03-21 19:37:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"Mike is a spirit animal who uses thinking outside the box to create unorthodox paradoxes of mansplaining in social media."

This random generator for bogus job descriptions is amusing.

"Mike is a spirit animal who uses thinking outside the box to create unorthodox paradoxes of mansplaining in social media."

This random generator for bogus job descriptions is amusing.___

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2015-03-20 22:21:49 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Happy Spring, everybody!

Happy Spring, everybody!___

2015-03-20 05:30:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

My campaign for funding the publication of The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals ended yesterday. It went slightly better than I expected. Thank you all.

Now, it's time to make the book – and start my own press, for all of my future books. I'm excited!

My campaign for funding the publication of The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals ended yesterday. It went slightly better than I expected. Thank you all.

Now, it's time to make the book – and start my own press, for all of my future books. I'm excited!___

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2015-03-18 23:53:10 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Apparently, the Horror Writers Association is calling for Amazon to create a system to allow writers to get book reviews removed when the writers deem them inappropriate. You might imagine that, as a writer, I'd be on board with this petition. But when you get down to the details, my feelings are mixed. Going through the kinds of reviews the HRA wants to be removable, any review that...

indicates the customer has not read the book, but only a small portion of it, such as a free electronic sample;

That's OK, so far. If you can sufficiently demonstrate that a reviewer did not actually read the book, I think that is reasonable grounds for review removal.

includes spoilers which, once revealed, could significantly reduce interest in the work;

I can't go along with this one. Sometimes, giving the best review one can might require spoilers.... more »

Apparently, the Horror Writers Association is calling for Amazon to create a system to allow writers to get book reviews removed when the writers deem them inappropriate. You might imagine that, as a writer, I'd be on board with this petition. But when you get down to the details, my feelings are mixed. Going through the kinds of reviews the HRA wants to be removable, any review that...

indicates the customer has not read the book, but only a small portion of it, such as a free electronic sample;

That's OK, so far. If you can sufficiently demonstrate that a reviewer did not actually read the book, I think that is reasonable grounds for review removal.

includes spoilers which, once revealed, could significantly reduce interest in the work;

I can't go along with this one. Sometimes, giving the best review one can might require spoilers. Perhaps there should be a warning in place that this review contains spoilers, but that's all. Moreover, if a book is good, then the interest in the book and the enjoyment of the reading experience can't be significantly impacted by a spoiler. Spoilers only ruin the experience with bad works that rely exclusively on gimmickry.

includes negative personal remarks about the author;

That seems unnecessarily censorious, in my opinion. This article gives the example of bullying reviewers saying the author "should be raped in prison." Seriously? That's a nasty, immature thing for a reviewer to say, but if an author is going to let that get to him or her, she needs to have a thicker skin. Let idiots who say such things have their say, and don't worry about it. I should also note that sometimes negative remarks about the author may be appropriate in a review. I know I've read some books where an accurate and informative review would have to mention that the author was lazy, and just quickly cranking out trash in the hope for quick money.  

is focused on the work's price rather than its content.

If any author would like to make a case why a review focused on the price should be removed, I'm willing to listen. However, my initial impression is that this could be a legitimate kind of review, and striking out reviews of this type seems unnecessary and and overly censorious.

While I can agree with removing reviews where it is demonstrable that the reviewer never read the book, I don't think I could join a petition that called for removal of these other types of reviews. 

What do you think?___

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2015-03-18 20:13:50 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

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

I showed this photo of a double-crested cormorant with a sculpin to my aunt, yesterday, and she quite liked it. So now I'm showing it to you. :-)

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.

I showed this photo of a double-crested cormorant with a sculpin to my aunt, yesterday, and she quite liked it. So now I'm showing it to you. :-)

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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2015-03-18 18:00:56 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The Last Day of the Fundraising Campaign for My Next Book

Today is the last day of my fundraising campaign to fund the publication of my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you are interested, go check out the webpage for the campaign at: http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

To show you what the book is like, here's a small sample where I discuss molting:

Northern Elephant Seals come to land in Spring and Summer to molt. They show up sequentially, probably due to the different distances of where they're traveling from. In April or May, the female elephant seals in their prime, and the yearlings, show up. In May or June, the young adults arrive. In July or August, the mature males arrive. By coming and going in progressive waves, there's more room for each within the limited space of their colonies. Seals stay on land for a little under 4... more »

The Last Day of the Fundraising Campaign for My Next Book

Today is the last day of my fundraising campaign to fund the publication of my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you are interested, go check out the webpage for the campaign at: http://igg.me/at/onshore-lives

To show you what the book is like, here's a small sample where I discuss molting:

Northern Elephant Seals come to land in Spring and Summer to molt. They show up sequentially, probably due to the different distances of where they're traveling from. In April or May, the female elephant seals in their prime, and the yearlings, show up. In May or June, the young adults arrive. In July or August, the mature males arrive. By coming and going in progressive waves, there's more room for each within the limited space of their colonies. Seals stay on land for a little under 4 weeks, fasting, while their old, brownish coats peel off, and are replaced with new, darker coats, underneath. Then they head back to the North Pacific.

Most mammals shed and replace little bits of skin and hair constantly. Elephant seals, however, lose and replace theirs all at once, a process known as catastrophic molting. Since their dive reflex shunts blood from their surface to their core, their skin and fur can't receive the nutritional support necessary for epidermal growth while they are at sea. Consequently, they have to come to land to abruptly exuviate and regrow whole new pelts. During the process, they might briefly splash around in the tide to cool off, but they don't go out to the open water because they can't insulate properly from the cold sea while their old layer is peeling away and the new layer is not yet fully grown in.___

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2015-03-15 22:02:06 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

It's down to the last few days of my fundraising campaign for the publication of my book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you missed this campaign before and you are interested, please go to this webpage for my campaign. By prepaying for the ebook, you can greatly help me in making this book happen. You can also get some other goodies, in addition to the ebook, for supporting this. Check it out.

Thank you for your consideration..

It's down to the last few days of my fundraising campaign for the publication of my book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals. If you missed this campaign before and you are interested, please go to this webpage for my campaign. By prepaying for the ebook, you can greatly help me in making this book happen. You can also get some other goodies, in addition to the ebook, for supporting this. Check it out.

Thank you for your consideration..___

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2015-03-15 05:37:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I enjoyed this. I hope you do, too.

Thank you, +Cynthia Chia, for bringing it to my attention.

I enjoyed this. I hope you do, too.

Thank you, +Cynthia Chia, for bringing it to my attention.___

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2015-03-14 16:26:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Happy Pi Day!

I'm posting this at 3 /14 / 15  at 9:26 and 53 seconds! 

I hope you all eat some pie today.

(Yes, this southern sea otter photo is gratuitous. I hope you enjoy it.)

Happy Pi Day!

I'm posting this at 3 /14 / 15  at 9:26 and 53 seconds! 

I hope you all eat some pie today.

(Yes, this southern sea otter photo is gratuitous. I hope you enjoy it.)___

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2015-03-11 23:33:26 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

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

Here's an elephant seal portrait, showing the proboscis that their name comes from I hope you enjoy it.

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 instructionth... more »

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

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

Here's an elephant seal portrait, showing the proboscis that their name comes from I hope you enjoy it.

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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2015-03-10 05:30:39 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is perfect timing for this news – for me. I just picked up my completely rebuilt 2011 Macbook Pro from Apple this morning. With a new screen, new motherboard, new hard disk, new trackpad, new battery, etc., it seems like a brand new computer.

I was just thinking that I should be fine with this laptop for another four years, and then I saw this announcement of a new direction for Apple's laptops that I'd find onerous and obnoxious. I'm glad I'll be able to avoid portless laptops for at least a few more years.

This is perfect timing for this news – for me. I just picked up my completely rebuilt 2011 Macbook Pro from Apple this morning. With a new screen, new motherboard, new hard disk, new trackpad, new battery, etc., it seems like a brand new computer.

I was just thinking that I should be fine with this laptop for another four years, and then I saw this announcement of a new direction for Apple's laptops that I'd find onerous and obnoxious. I'm glad I'll be able to avoid portless laptops for at least a few more years.___

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2015-03-08 04:54:22 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Here's a brown pelican in flight. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's a brown pelican in flight. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2015-03-03 01:05:32 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

In celebration of World Wildlife Day, here's Slumber Party, #2, from my Sleeping Sea Lions series. I hope you enjoy it.

In celebration of World Wildlife Day, here's Slumber Party, #2, from my Sleeping Sea Lions series. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2015-03-02 05:30:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

No Cavorting

It's Sign Sunday, and it's been way too long since I've posted a photo of a silly sign. I hope you enjoy this one.

#SignSunday curated by +Lori Carey​​, +Janice Hackney​​, +Jetski Jones​​, and +Gary Posner​​

No Cavorting

It's Sign Sunday, and it's been way too long since I've posted a photo of a silly sign. I hope you enjoy this one.

#SignSunday curated by +Lori Carey​​, +Janice Hackney​​, +Jetski Jones​​, and +Gary Posner​​___

2015-02-28 02:42:11 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

And so Getty learns that destroying its own industry on a race to the bottom is not a good business plan. Will the next chapter of this saga be Chapter 11? Perhaps the holders of Getty's debt will announce trading it at 5 decimal places on the dollar....

And so Getty learns that destroying its own industry on a race to the bottom is not a good business plan. Will the next chapter of this saga be Chapter 11? Perhaps the holders of Getty's debt will announce trading it at 5 decimal places on the dollar....___

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2015-02-26 06:14:52 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +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, 88 +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, 9 reshares, 74 +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, 33 +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, 27 +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, 43 +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, 44 +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, 54 +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, 32 +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, 24 +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, 74 +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, 14 +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, 3 +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, 3 +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, 91 +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, 103 +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 (29 comments, 11 reshares, 146 +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, 48 +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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