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Kenneth Nicholson10,622This 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 #circleday #circleme #circlenetwork #circleoftheweek #circleplus #Australia #Adelaide #Brisbane #Cairns #Darwin #Hobart #Melbourne #Perth #Sydney #circleshare #rikacircles #circletoday #circleup #circleyoushare2014-12-09 07:20:124864513
Ryan Johnson18,123Active 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#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496215
Johnathan Yesson32,565TO GAIN MORE G+ CIRCLES DO THE FOLLOWING:1.) +12.) RE-SHARE3.) ADD PEOPLESIMPLE!#circle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #SuperCircle #sharepubliccircle #sharedcircles #shared #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #googlecircleshare #ShareThis #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addtoyourcircles #engagerscircle #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #megacircle #plus1 #plus1this #plus1it #plusonethispost #getmorefollowers #followme #addme #circlesdiscovery #epiccircle2014-09-09 09:24:3050114629
Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525
Johnathan Yesson30,544TO GAIN MORE G+ CIRCLES DO THE FOLLOWING:1.) +12.) RE-SHARE3.) ADD PEOPLESIMPLE!#circle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #SuperCircle #sharepubliccircle #sharedcircles #shared #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #googlecircleshare #ShareThis #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addtoyourcircles #engagerscircle #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #megacircle #plus1 #plus1this #plus1it #plusonethispost #getmorefollowers #followme #addme #circlesdiscovery #epiccircle 2014-07-29 13:59:14501302137
Mark Tillison15,294The UK CrowdIt's been a while since I shared the circle of UK Plussers I've been gradually curating over the last 12 months or so.If you're in the UK, you could do worse than follow this great crowd of folks who share good content, engage and lend a hand when folks need it.If you're not sure how to create circles and share them, read:http://tillison.co.uk/2014/06/19/circles-circling-sharing-circles/If you're new(ish) to Google+, I made a Community for beginners' tricks and tips and for you to ask questions - none of which are silly (we've all been there).https://plus.google.com/communities/101236419942719160905Thank you all, friends. #CircleShare   #Britpack  2014-07-06 21:24:2137111210
Shivakant Tripathi1,773IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle   2014-06-05 23:05:224351048
Simon Green1,267UK , British circle of great interesting endangers! A must have if you want to meet a some great people from Britain!2014-06-04 09:20:3444003
Shashi S6,379SOME COOL ASPIRING AUTHORS AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Aspiring Authors I have found at Google Plus, over the years. Following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Writing something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedcircles   #Friday #sharingcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday     #share     #shared     #followers     #addcircles #publicsharedcircles     #share     #addpeople     #addcircle #addfriends     #circle     #empireavenue     #socialmedia     #influencers     #influencer     #influence     2014-04-23 08:12:05371001
Shivakant Tripathi1,650IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not. (。◕‿◕。)#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles 2014-04-16 21:12:284362111
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213
Garry Pickles2,271here is a nice circle full of UK Google plus users #circleshare   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-03-21 16:19:43340419
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010
Simon Green1,108My top engagers UK / British CircleAre you new ? or just want to make contact with people in the UK? This is the circle for you! People and pages with humour, insight and fun/interesting content!2014-03-10 10:19:5542001
Simon Green1,108My first Circle - I have created this small circle of mostly UK  fellow G plusser, These guys and gals are great engagers and i have enjoyed their posts/comments, whether its news/humour or putting the world to rights.  You should check them out!Regards simon :o)2014-03-10 09:22:3042403
Shashi S4,923Circle Of Aspiring Authors_________________________TO STAY IN THIS CIRCLE (and future editions)1. keep up your activity2. support each otherTO GET IN THIS CIRCLE1. you must be a Writer (amateur or professional)2. post your own work and share thoughts of other Aspiring Authors3. Share contents or links only WITH INTRODUCTION to inspire other writers4. be active and show support for this circle in your profilePlease support each other and recommend this circle to your friends and followers.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya2014-03-09 06:59:09166003
Tourej Ansari10,655Looked for more interesting circles and this is a great start#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy#TBT#JuicyJ#Cklostopcutting#TeamUSA#LoveYourPetDay#Hangouts#Disneyland#NFLCombine#TMobile#publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #uk   #ireland   #england   #wales   #scotland  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #ukcircles   #british  #circle   #circles   #sharedcircle   #thursday   #thorsday   #googleplus   #gpluscircles   #googlecircles   #publiccircle   #awesome   #amazing   #people   #friends   #followers   2014-02-21 05:59:29311216
Johnny Stork7,288Spirituality & Self Development CircleWe all strive towards various personal, professional and for many, spiritual goals in life. In our increasingly crowded and interconnected planet, we are often reminded of how each of out lives intersect and how each of us share many of the same values and needs. Many of these shared values and shared needs included the welfare of others, the welfare of the entire planet and the welfare of all living creatures.One way to think of what it means to be "spiritual" or concerned with "self" development is simply to be concerned with something, or someone, beyond yourself, beyond the personal. Holding a transpersonal world-view.The people in this circle share these values, these interests in developing personally, professionally and spiritually for the sake of all people as well as themselves. I am honoured to share this circle of humanitarian, compassionate, learned and transpersonally inclined friends. #transpersonalpsychology   #spirituality   #selfdevelopment   #positivepsychology  2014-02-05 00:55:3849011616
David Leonhardt2,546Resharing the Engagers VI: Christmas edition by +Markos Giannopoulos1. Plus the circle.2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle as one of your own circles (Click on "Add people" to do this).4. Share the circle as I am doing now (but don't forget to "Include yourself" when sharing).5. Get offline for a while, too.  :-).#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshared    #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomepeople   #circlecount  #newfollowers   #googleplus  2013-12-16 19:39:07340109
Markos Giannopoulos13,655Engagers VI: Christmas edition // It's a festive season so my monthly "round-up & thank you" circle is on the right mood!First some stats on people who engaged me (gathered via +Circloscope) and on my posts (tracked by +CircleCount):September: 620 plussers, 93 commentators and 86 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 745 +1s, 74 re-shares and 117 comments October: 395 plussers, 33 commentators and 39 sharers on 43 posts for a total of 1057 +1s, 80 re-shares and 165 comments November: 616 plussers, 114 commentators and 176 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 1109 +1s, 234 re-shares and 227 commentsA great month fuelled by two posts: 6+1 WordPress initial-setup plugins  (http://bit.ly/1bKXVgX 359 +1s, 59 comments, 183 re-shares) and Ode à Eiffel (http://bit.ly/1heptNZ 46 +1s, 4 comments, 5 re-shares). If I wanted to get "analytical" about it, it was two posts with some decent value (helpful list of plugins in one case on a every-day issue for a WordPress developer and an album of 18 original photos of night Paris on the other) :) So on to the circle: the formula for this month is - Plussers who are on over 3 engagers circles (so basically who have engaged with me in previous months as well this one)  - Sharers and commentators - A few kind highly-engaging people who have shared original circles including me. - People with over 300 in G+'s "relevance score" (as reported by +Circloscope), e.g. the people Google considers that I interact more and post similar content to mine (or of my interest)All in all, this came to a healthy group of 340 content creators and real engagers interested in technology and photography. Feel free to add them! As usual, stats and circle creation for this post were only made possible thanks to +CircleCount and +Circloscope. #engagers   #circleshare #circlesharing   #circleversary #milestone #googleplus #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles 2013-12-16 17:49:57340441178
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910046117
Donna Beckett9,384#BritPack circle share 1The UK certainly lags behind the US and Asia when it comes to Google Plus usage but the UK is producing more and more Plussers! This is my circle of UK Plussers which contains  all kinds of UK Plussers ranging from real Google Plus experts (such as +martin shervington - highly recommended to add ) to top engagers, to complete newbies.Check out the members ( add the circle or share the circle only if you want to  - do what you like) and hopefully you'll find some great people to connect with!#BritPack   #CircleShare    #UKPlussers  2013-10-24 12:16:17497522340
martin shervington230,927People who love Google+ hints and tips!Here is a recent circle of people who are dedicated to learning more about Google+, including G+ psychology. Add them in if you also want to see people who produce great content on the subject too. #sharedcircles   #ns   #sharedpubliccircles  2013-10-23 09:47:558524440
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:47:14431303
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:58431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:44431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:06431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:45:54431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:45:40431001
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:44:59431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:44:19431004
Mark Tillison6,179UK Plussers' CircleThank you. This has had an amazing response this week, helping me build this UK Circle of the most excellent UK Plussers.Those that are in this circle are all in the UK and have shared good content or been nominated for inclusion by their connections here on The Plus.The original discussion thread is here:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108087495968597596174/posts/fdeYSsim4HwI'll publish this again next Sunday.How this circle is populated:1. UK Plussers only2. Sharing great content and/or engaging3. Nominated by a friend and qualified in points 1 & 2.Please, friends, nominate anyone you think may be missing in the comments thread below.Have a great week all. Feel free to reshare, but it isn't mandatory. #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles  2013-09-29 15:11:31293601836
Markos Giannopoulos6,137It's the start of a new month and as I did for June, this is my thank you to people I engaged with in July. But first some stats! In June I've had 526 plussers, 65 commentators and 95 sharers. In July the numbers are 710 plussers, 93 commentators and 158 sharers! An amazing month for which I'm most thankful :) I have added back everyone one who engaged with me (tracking is done via +Circloscope, if you want to learn how you can do it, read this http://bit.ly/14oNoYR) but since I can't fit everyone in the 500 people limit of circles, this July Engagers circle includes all sharers and commentators and the grand majority of plussers sorted according to the relevancy score that Google+ calculates for each two users (along with some other criteria where there was no relevancy score). I've also include the 20+ people who through the last months honoured me by including me in original circles as tracked by +CircleCount. My posts this month had a variety of topics around technology, web/mobile apps and web development, social media, Google+, photography and some ranting about overuse of animated GIFs :) So if you're looking for some geeky engagers, add this circle! #circleshare   #circleoftheday  2013-08-02 22:06:375005938130
Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #2 The ones with last names that start from N-Z.These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles. We try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know).And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let me know, I'll add them.2013-06-21 03:47:32198124
Lucas Appelmann12,923For quite some time I haven't shared circles. I now will, exclusively on g+, by presenting the world my "Favorite International Users" circle. It only consists of about 100 people - and most of you will already have a good amount of them in your own circles. So why am I posting this, then?The reason is that these people are highly relevant for my g+ experience and viewing the stream for this circle it contained all the posts that I found important in my main stream. So this is why. #circleshare  +Social Circles +CircleHub +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+ 2013-06-19 10:13:4110717311
Gideon Rosenblatt28,713Gideon Rosenblatt's Top 100These are the folks Google tells me are my most relevant people (slightly modified to remove people who are relevant, but not active here on Google+).Looking through this list, I can tell you that these are great people full of interesting ideas and engagement. I'm not in the circle here, so I can objectively say that this group is a worthy addition to your circles. Enjoy this group of people - I know I do. They enrich my experience here. Without them, I probably wouldn't still be here today. P.S. - If you got a notification, that means you're in the circle. 2013-06-11 20:53:39100662467
Markos Giannopoulos3,766197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circlesharing  2013-05-26 09:51:2119713412
Lee Smallwood23,038This is my #dunbar  circle  - people's content I can't do without... #CircleShare   #FollowFriday  2013-05-17 17:19:4616121419
Lee Smallwood22,777Outstanding Contribution to G+ CircleActions [sometimes] speak louder than words - spoken or otherwise...Which is why I want to share this circle in particular. It contains people that go beyond the norm and their contributions to G+ are second to none.There maybe some familiar faces contained within it and some not so well known... However, together they create an entertaining and thought provoking content stream that I can't do without on a daily basis.Seriously consider adding them to your circles :) #circleshare  2013-05-10 10:51:3613625219
Zbynek Kysela6,148AWESOME PLUSSERS - APRIL 2013============================This is a public circle of awesome plussers on G+! If would like to be included here in next update please follow these steps:HOW TO BE PART OF IT===================1. Add this circle to your circles (Click Add circle)2. Re-Share This Post Publicly (Click Share Button Next To +1 Button)3. Click +1 and Comment to support the circle!Done ツMy entire social presence:http://xeeme.com/bouchacFeel free to connect.=====================#Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle   #QSC   #querosercirculado   #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #awesome     #awesomesauce #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #awesomesauce  #круг   #círculo     #サークル     #cercle     #دائرة   #xeeme2013-04-24 09:25:05494421734
Timothy Coxon1,262Tim's Top EngagersSeeing that +martin shervington has put out his top engagers earlier figured I might follow his lead! #circle   #sharedcircles   #timothycoxon  2013-04-11 19:17:0531527
martin shervington81,949Commoogling Engagers Circle 1 (April 2013)These circles are some of the longest and deepest connections I have made during my time on Google+. Thanks to everyone who make Google+ such a positive learning environment.Still learning... #commoogling  2013-04-11 17:23:23456401440
Max Huijgen41,136Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! A new circle of Europeans as I promised long ago to connect the people who responded and share them. See for the first shared circle this post https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has multiple managers out of the community and that initiative recently span off +European Photo  but feel to offer a bit of your time for this community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. We need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+I hope these posts can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)2013-03-15 15:05:14291532076
Diane Barnett1,964I shared my circle of bloggers earlier today and have been asked to add +Ludovic Moreeuw, which I am happy to do. I couldn't figure out how to put him in the circle on a post that already exists, so I've added him to my blogger circle and am reposting. So, here again is a fine circle of all sorts of blogs. :>}2013-02-26 01:27:58145214
Diane Barnett1,956One more circle to share today. I met +Prodigal Me on here this morning. She is new to Google Plus and she's writing a blog. This is a circle of bloggers that I'm sharing to help everyone meet. If I have included you in this circle by mistake, please let me know.2013-02-25 17:51:41140702
Gideon Rosenblatt23,936My Top 150 Here are the 150 people that Google tells me are most relevant to me here on Google+. This is a really good group of people, full of interesting insights and a willingness to help others.I give you a hardy recommendation to add these folks to your circles here. Your stream will thank you for it later.:-)2013-02-22 00:43:3815037734

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2014-11-12 13:03:46 (26 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Between Lies and Truth
A social poem

The worst lies are the ones you tell yourself,
The truths you hide from your heart.
Pain you have inflicted lies heavier than that which you have endured.

The worst deceptions are those you keep to yourself,
The truths you thought your mind had hidden.
Self eye gland damage inflicted far quicker, than you have ever imagined.

The truth is beyond the constructs we agree to share, when you ask me who I am.
The worst is it's not important, neither here nor there,
I am not interested. I do not care.

The truth is that we can no longer tell the difference.
The worst is that there may not be a difference.
The universal truths and lies, forever intertwined.

The truth is a lie we seek to perpetuate,
The worst offence we commit is to believe it. ... more »

Most reshares: 7

2014-11-12 13:03:46 (26 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Between Lies and Truth
A social poem

The worst lies are the ones you tell yourself,
The truths you hide from your heart.
Pain you have inflicted lies heavier than that which you have endured.

The worst deceptions are those you keep to yourself,
The truths you thought your mind had hidden.
Self eye gland damage inflicted far quicker, than you have ever imagined.

The truth is beyond the constructs we agree to share, when you ask me who I am.
The worst is it's not important, neither here nor there,
I am not interested. I do not care.

The truth is that we can no longer tell the difference.
The worst is that there may not be a difference.
The universal truths and lies, forever intertwined.

The truth is a lie we seek to perpetuate,
The worst offence we commit is to believe it. ... more »

Most plusones: 18

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2014-11-18 21:18:06 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Nice :)

#lollipop

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2014-12-18 20:23:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Falls in the woods

I can't remember how old I was when I first answered the "if a tree falls in the woods" question but I know I was reasonably young and thought the answer to be blatantly obvious.

Of course, if we accept the tree's existence and that it does fall, even though we are not there to observe it, we know that it will have an effect on its surroundings.

But will it make a sound?

This is a classic example of how our observations, and what we are trying to measure, determine the result of an experiment.

If one person were to rig up a microphone and record the event then they could indeed prove that the tree makes a noise because the apparatus is specifically tailored to converting energy into sound.

If another were to set up a seismograph then they would detect the vibrations when the tree hit the floor and... more »

Falls in the woods

I can't remember how old I was when I first answered the "if a tree falls in the woods" question but I know I was reasonably young and thought the answer to be blatantly obvious.

Of course, if we accept the tree's existence and that it does fall, even though we are not there to observe it, we know that it will have an effect on its surroundings.

But will it make a sound?

This is a classic example of how our observations, and what we are trying to measure, determine the result of an experiment.

If one person were to rig up a microphone and record the event then they could indeed prove that the tree makes a noise because the apparatus is specifically tailored to converting energy into sound.

If another were to set up a seismograph then they would detect the vibrations when the tree hit the floor and conclude it had a more physical effect. If a third person instead set up a barograph then they would determine that the tree actually creates a shock wave because of the change in air pressure detected.

One event, three different outcomes. As I wrote yesterday: "we see ... what we expect to see."

Unfortunately, this extends to all aspects of our lives. We approach situations, and other people, preprogrammed with opinions, biases, prejudices and expectations.

It is impossible for us to just observe, to begin from a blank slate. We always have questions, we are always making comparisons, we are always trying to build frames of reference and we are always passing judgement.

This is just the way of it, it is human nature and it doesn't make us bad people regardless of any frustration we might feel - we just have to be open to other possibilities.

There is more than one answer.

#write365___

2014-12-17 21:37:16 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Memories

At the best of times our memories are poor and easily influenced by our own vanities or prejudices.

The reliability of eye witness reports is always called in to question. We see what we want to see or what we expect to see and, therefore, our memory of any event will be clouded.

When I wrote yesterday that our acknowledgement of existence hinged on "our acceptance of our reality" I was considering the idea that what we think we know might be false. Our whole existence could be a dream, or an hallucination or even a creation of some Matrix style computer simulation.

If this was the case would it invalidate our memories?

Our memories are what we recall, what we believe to have happened. If our memories are forged within a false reality does that serve to negate them? Or, on the other hand, is the actual state of reality... more »

Memories

At the best of times our memories are poor and easily influenced by our own vanities or prejudices.

The reliability of eye witness reports is always called in to question. We see what we want to see or what we expect to see and, therefore, our memory of any event will be clouded.

When I wrote yesterday that our acknowledgement of existence hinged on "our acceptance of our reality" I was considering the idea that what we think we know might be false. Our whole existence could be a dream, or an hallucination or even a creation of some Matrix style computer simulation.

If this was the case would it invalidate our memories?

Our memories are what we recall, what we believe to have happened. If our memories are forged within a false reality does that serve to negate them? Or, on the other hand, is the actual state of reality irrelevant?

If we remember something, regardless of whether it actually happened, then isn't it still a memory, isnt it still a recollection of what we believed to have occurred? And, therefore, isn't it just as valid if we are convinced of the reality of the experience and don't know otherwise?

I think I'm tired.

#write365___

2014-12-16 20:29:53 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Existence

The following thought came to me this morning, almost like the beginning of a poem:

"_The flicker of sunlight through trees plays against closed eye lids. Teasing glimpses of another world like shadows on the wall of Plato's cave."_

It seemed to re-emphasise everything I have ever written about how we determine or define reality and whether it must be based on perception.

Without observation does anything truly exist? "Of course it does" we say, just because it is not observed it is not going to vanish from our reality. Common sense dictates this but the philosophical point is that we never really know, we can only confirm existence by observation in some form.

Fortunately, we are not alone - reality doesn't depend on the individual. Reality in these terms can be thought of as the combination of the... more »

Existence

The following thought came to me this morning, almost like the beginning of a poem:

"_The flicker of sunlight through trees plays against closed eye lids. Teasing glimpses of another world like shadows on the wall of Plato's cave."_

It seemed to re-emphasise everything I have ever written about how we determine or define reality and whether it must be based on perception.

Without observation does anything truly exist? "Of course it does" we say, just because it is not observed it is not going to vanish from our reality. Common sense dictates this but the philosophical point is that we never really know, we can only confirm existence by observation in some form.

Fortunately, we are not alone - reality doesn't depend on the individual. Reality in these terms can be thought of as the combination of the observations of every person, animal, bacteria or system. As long as someone or something observes or otherwise engages with an object our own state will not define its existence.

Reality is a web of intersections.

From another philosophical perspective, solipsism is the idea that we can only be certain of our own mind - everything else is inferred.

Now, Descartes' "cogito ergo sum" provides the mechanism by which, individually, we know we exist. We think, we scheme, we create but we also interact with things, with our environment and with each other.

If we know we exist because of the products of our thought then we must surely also know that others exist thanks to the products of their thought. While solipsism only lets us infer the existence of others their creations allow us to confirm it. Don't they?

But then we head back into the quantum observation loop: we "know" others exist (or have existed) because of our observations either directly or indirectly thanks to the evidence they leave behind (which in itself only exists while it is being observed...) And so it goes on.

The physicist John Wheeler is quoted as saying "nothing exists until it is observed" and that everything else lies within a haze of probability, very Schrödinger-esque. Logic dictates that others do not jump in and out of existence based on our observations but we are never truly sure until we open the box.

Returning to the notion of existence through thought and our surety of our own existence, if we acknowledge the existence of others (even for the briefest of moments) and they are in an equal state of surety, then we can justifiably state that their existence will persist beyond our interactions.

I do not cease to exist because others no longer observe me, my self observation ensures my continued existence, so the same must be true for them. No observation required.

But this all hinges on our acceptance of our reality.

I think I'll stop there..

#write365___

2014-12-15 18:21:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Character

The train is was on going to work this morning hit a person. I was in front carriage, everyone said they felt a bump and the train came to an abrupt halt.

No information was given at the time about the person or whether the incident was a fatality (although I think everyone presumed it was and I have since confirmed that the person did die, apparently he was seen leaning over the edge of the platform when the train passed through the station).

My understanding is that after something like that the train driver is not obligated to continue and would normally be taken from the scene there and then but, as we were past the station the train just stopped while the staff awaited instructions.

They shut off the power to the line and a while later an announcement was made that the driver had agreed to bring the train in to London so that everyone on it... more »

Character

The train is was on going to work this morning hit a person. I was in front carriage, everyone said they felt a bump and the train came to an abrupt halt.

No information was given at the time about the person or whether the incident was a fatality (although I think everyone presumed it was and I have since confirmed that the person did die, apparently he was seen leaning over the edge of the platform when the train passed through the station).

My understanding is that after something like that the train driver is not obligated to continue and would normally be taken from the scene there and then but, as we were past the station the train just stopped while the staff awaited instructions.

They shut off the power to the line and a while later an announcement was made that the driver had agreed to bring the train in to London so that everyone on it wasn't stuck.

How must he have been feeling right at that moment? He must have just wanted to curl up in a ball somewhere. But, no. Instead he thought of others. He considered all of those of us on the train and opted to do his job.

He put us before himself even though no one on that train would have blamed him for just wanting to hide himself away and, somehow, begin trying to come to terms with what had just happened.

Perhaps he was just in shock and the enormity of the event hadn't kicked in yet but you have to admire the strength of character it must have taken to do what he did.

I like to think that I can control my emotions and be the practical one in times of emergency - my wife always says that it's a good job I'm around if something serious happens like the kids having to go to hospital - but for something like this, something that you can't help but feel responsible for, I don't know if I would be able to cope in the same way.

The driver must be devastated, I hope comes through this okay.

#write365___

2014-12-14 23:23:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Weekends

A long commute is often seen as an annoyance, time wasted, but the silver lining to its grey cloud is that you are captive to the situation without certain distractions so are able to spend the time on your own terms.

Much of my thinking and writing happens during those four hours a day when there is little else to do but watch the world go by.

The weekends are supposed to be when time is ours, when we can kick back and relax, do the things we want to rather than the things we're supposed to.

So often it doesn't work out this way.

Weekends are when I find it hardest to write, hardest to find the time I need to be alone with my thoughts so this is when I feel that my posts are least consistent.

What it also means, however, is that some of the posts that are created during this time are the most rewarding on some... more »

Weekends

A long commute is often seen as an annoyance, time wasted, but the silver lining to its grey cloud is that you are captive to the situation without certain distractions so are able to spend the time on your own terms.

Much of my thinking and writing happens during those four hours a day when there is little else to do but watch the world go by.

The weekends are supposed to be when time is ours, when we can kick back and relax, do the things we want to rather than the things we're supposed to.

So often it doesn't work out this way.

Weekends are when I find it hardest to write, hardest to find the time I need to be alone with my thoughts so this is when I feel that my posts are least consistent.

What it also means, however, is that some of the posts that are created during this time are the most rewarding on some deeply personal level. When you stumble across a thought or idea that transfixes you, that encapsulates exactly what you want to say, then it virtually writes itself.

It sounds like a cliché but that's only because it's true and phrases become clichés for good reason.

The very definition of cliché is something that is overused and "betrays a lack of original thought" but if it truly expresses the exact situation and we all know, and understand, precisely what it means then why reinvent the wheel (there's another), why waste time and effort on trying to think of new and original ways to describe it.

Now, you might think that this is the job of a writer: to be original, to find new perspectives, to be incessantly creative. No, the job of a writer is to communicate, to present the subject matter to the audience in the best way possible and sometimes this cannot be done by devising complicated metaphors, rhetoric or hyperbole.

Sometimes you just have to keep it simple and save the originality for when it will make the biggest impact.

#write365___

2014-12-13 21:33:55 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Stand and stare

"A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."
- William Henry Davies

We value time.
We spend it.
It is a resource and an asset.
Time is money.

We "make" time but we cannot add hours to the day, all we are actually doing is spending it in a different way. We make time by not doing something.

Time is constant but it drags, flies and somehow catches up with us.

But forget all of the descriptions, analogies and metaphors, time is simply the rate at which things change.

Time as we understand it didn't exist until we measured it and that is possibly one of the worst things we have ever done as a species.

Those measurements have become more specific over the millennia from sweeping broad concepts based on our observations of the... more »

Stand and stare

"A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."
- William Henry Davies

We value time.
We spend it.
It is a resource and an asset.
Time is money.

We "make" time but we cannot add hours to the day, all we are actually doing is spending it in a different way. We make time by not doing something.

Time is constant but it drags, flies and somehow catches up with us.

But forget all of the descriptions, analogies and metaphors, time is simply the rate at which things change.

Time as we understand it didn't exist until we measured it and that is possibly one of the worst things we have ever done as a species.

Those measurements have become more specific over the millennia from sweeping broad concepts based on our observations of the world around us to atomic time where its passage is measured by the tiniest of vibrations.

Accuracy is progress

Still, perhaps the one thing we would like to do most with time is forget it but we cannot hope to unlearn our definition of it.

Seconds, minutes, hours, days, these are all firmly fixed in our head. Once a concept such as this exists and is so widely understood how can we go back?

Our understanding of time let's us know when things are going to happen but enforces a rigidity upon us.

Time is fluid, it flows, but we have artificially segmented it ensuring that each segment is full to bursting.

Every now and then let's forget the measurements, let's not do something, let's make time to just stand and stare.

#write365___

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2014-12-13 11:14:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

+Nollind Whachell​ with some interesting follow up to the "state of Google+" debate that has been happening recently.

Focus on Interests (Passions) Not People
My two cents on the discussions around Google Plus lately.

Google Plus has succeeded in spite of itself because there has been a different intention in its use from the outset by its users for it to be something more than just another Facebook for friends. Unfortunately this intention can only take it so far before the system itself has to have a way to empower or amplify that social intention technically, giving its users the tools to do so.

Ironically, the dilemma is that Google Plus has lost its sense of identity. It's hilarious because this is something that we are all struggling with at this time as we go through this Big Shift in society. To solve this problem, it's not about letting go of your past and starting over but about re-examining it and remixing it, so that you can clarify the complexity of who you are into its simplest essence (which is what the clarity of leadership is all about).

One of the key things I heard Google Plus was supposed to focus on was people's interests. Noble indeed. What is my identity? What am I seeking? What are my questions, my quests? It is not what we know but what we wish to learn and know that unites us as explorers and lifelong learners (aka having a growth mindset).

Flowing Streams of Interest

And yet therein lies the problem. We are complex human beings. What we seek of interest does not appear fully formed of sense but instead slowly emerges almost nonsensically. At first we just collect and curate what intuitively jumps out at us. Over time, we see patterns and categories emerge. In time those categories evolve and break off becoming whole projects and endeavours of their own. This is the celestial evolution, complexity through simplicity, of who we are, our identity.

This is why Google Plus fails because, as others have already stated, you are forced to follow a whole person rather than just one of their many evolving interests which is what the focus should be on. For example, if a person could create a category (similar to how communities can) as a separate stream of their conversation, it then allows others to aggregate (aka circle) and harness those specifically focused streams of interest together into a mighty river of relevant knowledge and meaning.

This also has the potential to even change the way communities work because an individual's category could be a smaller stream that is simply merged into others to form a category in a community. For example, imagine I have a category on video games and my friends do as well. We could aggregate our separate streams of interest into one community. This has potential to work for Pages as well, envisioning our aggregated circle of streams as a video game news site.

Structured Knowledge

Aggregating flows is the easy part though. The hard part is taking little micro sediments of knowledge and having a way to structure them into something sustainable and accessible, almost like how sediment forms a sandy bank on a river making it more accessible and inviting. Or like how sediment forms a delta of rich flat soil that creates an environment for easy growth.

Within online forums, this is often done by being able to sticky post the best content to the top of the topic stream. But we need to go deeper than this. As people within the Conversation community found when trying to write a book, they needed a way to playfully and fluidly move and structure content posts around so as to easily envision the structure or index of their book. This is the flexibility we need to form and reform our structure and meaning as it evolves and emerges. 

And note that these structural tools not only help us to map out our communities but in turn also help us to make sense and map out our individual lives. Thus they allow us to flexibly change and adapt our sense of our selves, our structural identity both individually and collectively, as the world rapidly changes. These are the types of tools and platforms necessary to build our future upon.  

Image via Wikipedia (Argo Navis)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argo_Navis___+Nollind Whachell​ with some interesting follow up to the "state of Google+" debate that has been happening recently.

2014-12-12 16:49:48 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Creative despair

Last night my eldest daughter quoted from the Uberfacts Twitter account that writers are, apparently, 121% more likely to be bipolar than non-creative types. My wife replied "Yep, Dad writes."

That kind of says it all.

I have written before about the fine lines between genius and insanity or pain and pleasure (after Robin Williams' suicide http://goo.gl/AkTf3S) but there is also one that sits between creativity and despair.

We can't fully appreciate the highs if we've never had lows and we can't understand the depths of despair if we haven't fallen - there needs to be a contrast. We can all feel happy or sad, we can all know when we're having a good time or if we are down and out but it is that contrast which really tells us how extreme our position.

The above fact, however, reads the wrong way:... more »

Creative despair

Last night my eldest daughter quoted from the Uberfacts Twitter account that writers are, apparently, 121% more likely to be bipolar than non-creative types. My wife replied "Yep, Dad writes."

That kind of says it all.

I have written before about the fine lines between genius and insanity or pain and pleasure (after Robin Williams' suicide http://goo.gl/AkTf3S) but there is also one that sits between creativity and despair.

We can't fully appreciate the highs if we've never had lows and we can't understand the depths of despair if we haven't fallen - there needs to be a contrast. We can all feel happy or sad, we can all know when we're having a good time or if we are down and out but it is that contrast which really tells us how extreme our position.

The above fact, however, reads the wrong way: it is not that creative types become more unstable but that to be creative often requires a predisposition towards this instability. It requires a certain way of looking at the world and interpreting things. It requires being able to tap into emotional states but this means that the individual will be susceptible to both the ups and the downs.

Doing a search on the fact itself lead me to a piece on CNN in January called The Dark Side of Creativity (http://goo.gl/9E8sVR) that discussed this connection. The article uses Edvard Munch and Vincent Van Gogh as examples of those who have suffered for their art quoting Munch's diary:

"My fear of life is necessary to me, as is my illness. They are indistinguishable from me, and their destruction would destroy my art."

Now, I'm not trying to compare myself to such eminent creatives as these but I can certainly understand what Munch is trying to convey.

There is something strangely energising about completely losing yourself to emotion, to being so consumed by it that it dominates your every thought - even if negative. I think this state of mind is part of what separates the creatives from the non-creatives, that and their ability to use it to feed their creativity.

Psychologists may have been trying to prove (successfully) a connection between creativity and disorders such as bipolar for decades but many creatives will be able to tell you that connection exists without the need for a study.

#write365___

2014-12-11 16:51:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

As we sow

A lot is said and written about making your own destiny - shaping the world around around you just as it shapes you - a symbiotic relationship but one that we can influence and turn in our favour.

It is said that you should judge someone by the company they keep meaning that who we are can be discerned from those with whom we associate.

But it's not just who. We become what we surround ourselves with, whether people possessions or attitudes, what we allow to infuse into our hearts.

As well as people we are influenced by thought and feeling; emotion breeds emotion - a feedback loop.

The problem with loops is that they go round and round and the effect they have can be cumulative with each instance drawing from the one before and feeding the one after. We risk becoming trapped unless we consciously take steps to break free.
... more »

As we sow

A lot is said and written about making your own destiny - shaping the world around around you just as it shapes you - a symbiotic relationship but one that we can influence and turn in our favour.

It is said that you should judge someone by the company they keep meaning that who we are can be discerned from those with whom we associate.

But it's not just who. We become what we surround ourselves with, whether people possessions or attitudes, what we allow to infuse into our hearts.

As well as people we are influenced by thought and feeling; emotion breeds emotion - a feedback loop.

The problem with loops is that they go round and round and the effect they have can be cumulative with each instance drawing from the one before and feeding the one after. We risk becoming trapped unless we consciously take steps to break free.

This, in itself, is a multi-stage process:

- recognise a loop exists
- admit to yourself that you are stuck
- take positive action to remove yourself
- change your environment to prevent the loop reforming

This might sound simple when written down but it can be extremely difficult, especially admitting to yourself that there is a problem or that your own actions might be at fault or at least a major contributory factor.

However, it is not a question of apportioning blame, that can be just as destructive, but at least accepting some measure of responsibility for the situation. Only when one is honest about their culpability are they able to take corrective action.

Still, this only takes us so far. We might break the cycle but, unless things change, we risk falling straight back in to the maelstrom and each escape becomes harder than the last.

To reap a better harvest we must be mindful of what we sow.

#write365___

2014-12-10 20:26:48 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The journey home

I put on my headphones not out of a desperate need to listen to the music on my phone (the selection has started to bore me) but to separate myself from my immediate surroundings.

The ridiculously noisy eater devouring his McDonalds and slurping needlessly, excessively on his drink even though it was obviously empty a long time ago.

The music escaping from the ear buds of the person opposite, an annoying monotonous insect whine.

The inane chatter of a group at the next table who obviously travel together at the same time each day, talk endlessly about their work and manage to say precisely nothing. Just peacocks presenting their plumage.

I would not be able to handle over an hour of this without some aural distraction.

It has been a long, busy day and I crave the isolation of sleep. The advantage of almost never... more »

The journey home

I put on my headphones not out of a desperate need to listen to the music on my phone (the selection has started to bore me) but to separate myself from my immediate surroundings.

The ridiculously noisy eater devouring his McDonalds and slurping needlessly, excessively on his drink even though it was obviously empty a long time ago.

The music escaping from the ear buds of the person opposite, an annoying monotonous insect whine.

The inane chatter of a group at the next table who obviously travel together at the same time each day, talk endlessly about their work and manage to say precisely nothing. Just peacocks presenting their plumage.

I would not be able to handle over an hour of this without some aural distraction.

It has been a long, busy day and I crave the isolation of sleep. The advantage of almost never remembering your dreams is that you don't need to relive and interpret them in waking hours - the time spent in slumber is truly my own.

I know I shouldn't be so jaded but at times like this I just can't help it. So, I sit back and try to get comfortable even though these train seats are certainly not conducive to comfort.

My choice of music proves ineffective as the insect whine pervades my senses and the peacocks cry louder, all show and polite smiles. So I switch to something more up tempo even though it doesn't match my mood.

The world outside is a sea of black interspersed with the cold light of stations trying briefly to give some respite from the chill winter air. At each stop groups of passengers brace themselves before disembarking, pass through these small pools of light and then are lost to the night.

My time will come.

#write365___

2014-12-09 22:30:43 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Tired

Some days it is hard to focus on the positives, even though you swore to yourself you would.

Some days it is almost impossible to understand how knowledge learnt in one sphere can actually benefit you in another.

Some days you just get so tired that you wonder how long you can keep it up before something gives.

Not all change is progress, not all change is good. Change for the sake of change, under the guise of streamlining and layer reduction, can leave you lost and the knowledge you gained redundant.

Although it should help you see the bigger picture it is as though someone has crept into the artist's studio and daubed some twisted caricature over the canvas before the masterpiece was complete.

But with all the skill in the world it seems impossible that this lost masterpiece could ever be recovered.

A... more »

Tired

Some days it is hard to focus on the positives, even though you swore to yourself you would.

Some days it is almost impossible to understand how knowledge learnt in one sphere can actually benefit you in another.

Some days you just get so tired that you wonder how long you can keep it up before something gives.

Not all change is progress, not all change is good. Change for the sake of change, under the guise of streamlining and layer reduction, can leave you lost and the knowledge you gained redundant.

Although it should help you see the bigger picture it is as though someone has crept into the artist's studio and daubed some twisted caricature over the canvas before the masterpiece was complete.

But with all the skill in the world it seems impossible that this lost masterpiece could ever be recovered.

A combination of early mornings, late evenings and ever decreasing lunch breaks without so much as a pat on the back only serve to grind you down, to chip away at your defences until you can no longer even see the positives let alone stand a chance of focusing on them.

And all you can feel is empty, empty and tired - running on fumes - but you know that you must keep putting in the laps as you have been unceremoniously dropped into this endurance race and cannot let everyone down.

So many laps to go but at least there is some respite in the next pit stop, you can rest a short while then.

#write365___

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2014-12-09 05:45:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Now that winter finally seems to have arrived in the UK I thought it a good time to reshare this for those that didn't see it when originally posted nearly two years ago.

It's still one of my favourite poems that I wrote in my earlier years.

#poetryonplus

Song of Winter

Look out upon these shining winter fields,
Crisp fingers reach out with their chilled embrace,
Seeming as spectres - with white, ghostly face.
Cast your net o'er all, this display to yield,
Each smallest detail to mine eye revealed.
And from leaf to bough, fore'er held in place;
Life's pattern frozen with infinite grace,
And in gracious form remain to lie sealed.
As nature appareled in whitest dress,
(such crystalline beauty) by your caress,
With feeling us mere mortal artists lack.
Each reflective curve - each cold, solid line,
And endless gallery of Hoar design,
Each sculpture there signed with the mark of Jack.

24/12/94


This sonnet was written on the train between London Waterloo and Portsmouth whilst looking out on a particularly frosty day. It is written in a variant of the French sonnet style (abba,abba,ccdeed) with 10 syllables per line. Most of my poetry was free form - without rhyme or meter - but I occasionally succumbed to convention.

The choice of today's poem was obvious based on the appearance of winter in the UK.


#poetryonplus  

Image by me'nthedogs on flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66176388@N00/___Now that winter finally seems to have arrived in the UK I thought it a good time to reshare this for those that didn't see it when originally posted nearly two years ago.

It's still one of my favourite poems that I wrote in my earlier years.

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2014-12-08 17:18:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Growing up

When I was at school I toyed with the idea of being a Maths teacher or a computer programmer but didn't really have a clue about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I still don't and, by and large, haven't grown up.

Whatever that actually means.

I considered going to university but, being exceptionally shy and insecure, couldn't bring myself to do it. I guess I wasn't ready to place myself in such a testing environment.

When we are young we see growing up as being bogged down by rules and responsibilities, being unable to have fun and becoming boring. A lot of the time we simply don't want to turn into our parents.

But, thanks to technology and the internet I think that this is the first generation of kids that aren't necessarily ashamed to turn out like their mum and dad.

Just as our children... more »

Growing up

When I was at school I toyed with the idea of being a Maths teacher or a computer programmer but didn't really have a clue about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I still don't and, by and large, haven't grown up.

Whatever that actually means.

I considered going to university but, being exceptionally shy and insecure, couldn't bring myself to do it. I guess I wasn't ready to place myself in such a testing environment.

When we are young we see growing up as being bogged down by rules and responsibilities, being unable to have fun and becoming boring. A lot of the time we simply don't want to turn into our parents.

But, thanks to technology and the internet I think that this is the first generation of kids that aren't necessarily ashamed to turn out like their mum and dad.

Just as our children have not experienced genuine musical evolution (http://goo.gl/EaU0tr) so they haven't experienced a great technological one. The devices might be different and speeds increased but they are not the first generation to experience global connectivity - the only real difference is that they were born to it and take it for granted.

Because of this we are more like our children in outlook and behaviour than most kids would like to admit. Much of what fills the internet gets lambasted as mindless rubbish but, thanks to things like memes and using the same online services, the generations now share more cultural reference points than ever before.

Yes, growing up comes with a certain amount of responsibility, maybe relationships and children, but perhaps it should be looked at more as gaining independence and experience.

As we have found, growing up doesn't have to mean being boring and no longer having fun and, for the first time, our kids don't have to feel afraid of doing so thanks to our lives being visible on a global scale.

#write365___

2014-12-07 23:02:23 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Explaining

Tolkien once wrote of his influences:

"An author cannot of course remain wholly unaffected by his experience, but the ways in which a story-germ uses the soil of experience are extremely complex, and attempts to define the process are at best guesses from evidence that is inadequate and ambiguous."

There are the times when influence is obvious, when we regale stories from our past or use events as a direct template for what we create.

But, as Tolkien suggests, everything we experience is taken into ourselves and we can never be exactly sure what effect it will have upon us in later life.

Our minds make connections that are not always readily apparent. We get from A to B without any logical thought progression or juxtapose completely unrelated items and, somehow, seem to make sense of it.

We wonder if we have to... more »

Explaining

Tolkien once wrote of his influences:

"An author cannot of course remain wholly unaffected by his experience, but the ways in which a story-germ uses the soil of experience are extremely complex, and attempts to define the process are at best guesses from evidence that is inadequate and ambiguous."

There are the times when influence is obvious, when we regale stories from our past or use events as a direct template for what we create.

But, as Tolkien suggests, everything we experience is taken into ourselves and we can never be exactly sure what effect it will have upon us in later life.

Our minds make connections that are not always readily apparent. We get from A to B without any logical thought progression or juxtapose completely unrelated items and, somehow, seem to make sense of it.

We wonder if we have to explain ourselves and our meanings, if we have to translate what we have created. Is the metaphor too subtle or the analogy too obtuse? Can we justify the connections we have created between such disparate things?

In short, does what we do actually make any sense to anyone other than ourselves?

This is the risk we take when presenting anything for the consideration of others: will they understand, will they follow where they are taken?

It might, at first, seem like quite an arrogant stance but it is actually the opposite. It is incredibly self doubting: we are unsure of our ability to communicate effectively, worried that our own minds will betray us by creating too convoluted paths or grossly inappropriate links.

But we must remember that we are not alone in this, our minds are all prone to act a little eccentric from time to time so others will probably understand us far better than we imagine.

There is no need for explaining.

#write365___

2014-12-06 19:27:27 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Open mic night

One by one they come in from the cold, all making their own way but drawn to this place as though compelled by some unseen force.

The performance artists seeking to tell their tales through the medium of interpretive dance.

The beatniks with their perfectly coiffured beards and bongos, reciting abstract poetry whilst perpetuating a stereotype that never actually existed outside of the media.

The comedians with a new style, a fresh look at the world hoping to get a foot on the bottom rung before climbing the long ladder to fame and arena tours.

The public speakers with finely crafted speeches able to galvanise any audience into action or reduce it to tears at a moments notice.

And then come the singers and musicians looking for that big break, relying on there being at least one talent scout in the crowd - watching,... more »

Open mic night

One by one they come in from the cold, all making their own way but drawn to this place as though compelled by some unseen force.

The performance artists seeking to tell their tales through the medium of interpretive dance.

The beatniks with their perfectly coiffured beards and bongos, reciting abstract poetry whilst perpetuating a stereotype that never actually existed outside of the media.

The comedians with a new style, a fresh look at the world hoping to get a foot on the bottom rung before climbing the long ladder to fame and arena tours.

The public speakers with finely crafted speeches able to galvanise any audience into action or reduce it to tears at a moments notice.

And then come the singers and musicians looking for that big break, relying on there being at least one talent scout in the crowd - watching, listening, looking for the next big thing.

This used to be such a quiet place, a secluded bar with few patrons. Some even described it like the bar from Cheers where everybody knew your name.

Word got out. The must go "hip" spot.

Popularity increased and a new wave of clientele started coming through the doors. Some lamented the "good old days" when there were still empty tables, when there was not a crush at the bar. They recall through rose tinted glasses the time when you could still sit in a corner with a book, nursing the same coffee cup and remain undisturbed.

But nothing stays the same. Progress means change and we cannot stand in its way.

So now the bar holds these open mic nights with all manner of performers placing themselves in front of the thronging crowd, hoping to make themselves seen or heard. The old regulars stay away, unimpressed by the vanity and egos and clamour for attention.

At least it's not every night.

#write365___

2014-12-05 21:13:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Countdown

Now that we are in December it's all about advent calendars and counting down to Christmas.

Today we also began the countdown to getting humans on Mars with first the test of NASA's Orion space craft.

But, personally and somewhat singularly, all I can think about is the countdown to 365, the initial target of the project and what comes next.

Do I just go by dates, in which case the 4th January will be the anniversary of its inception? Do I go by number of posts so that I actually have 365 items meaning that 8th January will be the target. As I have said before, I'm not exactly sure what will happen after whichever date I choose.

Do I summarise? Do I take some time off? Do I just keep writing?

It has been getting harder to come up with something every day, perhaps this is because I have already told a number of... more »

Countdown

Now that we are in December it's all about advent calendars and counting down to Christmas.

Today we also began the countdown to getting humans on Mars with first the test of NASA's Orion space craft.

But, personally and somewhat singularly, all I can think about is the countdown to 365, the initial target of the project and what comes next.

Do I just go by dates, in which case the 4th January will be the anniversary of its inception? Do I go by number of posts so that I actually have 365 items meaning that 8th January will be the target. As I have said before, I'm not exactly sure what will happen after whichever date I choose.

Do I summarise? Do I take some time off? Do I just keep writing?

It has been getting harder to come up with something every day, perhaps this is because I have already told a number of tales from my past. Maybe the process of self analysis has been fruitful and I have reached a point where I am more comfortable with who I am such that I don't need this to be so therapeutic.

Or maybe I'm just getting tired and need a break.

I find myself retracing previous steps and wandering down the same paths of thought I have already traversed. How many ways can I say the same thing? How can I avoid repetition whilst wanting to get a point across?

But who am I trying to get it across to? You? Myself? And to what end?

What continues to amaze me is that you, the reader, still offer support, comment and encouragement for what has become such an intensely personal experience.

Maybe you're just as curious as me to see what happens when the countdown reaches zero.

#write365___

2014-12-04 19:32:13 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Motives

Sometimes, people do crazy things and we find it impossible to fathom their motives, if indeed there were any. We cannot believe that such a path could be taken by a normally rational and responsible person.

In the digital age, when something can spread right around the world in minutes, one of our greatest assets is our reputation, personal and professional.

No longer are things localised. No longer can something be swept under the carpet and forgotten. Virality can be as much of a curse as a blessing, especially when apparent stupidity is involved.

So, what can possess someone to perform an act that will be so obviously damaging to reputation - either their own or beyond when there will be obvious ramifications?

Perhaps the person feels trapped and considers it the only way out. Perhaps they want to force an issue and sacrificing the... more »

Motives

Sometimes, people do crazy things and we find it impossible to fathom their motives, if indeed there were any. We cannot believe that such a path could be taken by a normally rational and responsible person.

In the digital age, when something can spread right around the world in minutes, one of our greatest assets is our reputation, personal and professional.

No longer are things localised. No longer can something be swept under the carpet and forgotten. Virality can be as much of a curse as a blessing, especially when apparent stupidity is involved.

So, what can possess someone to perform an act that will be so obviously damaging to reputation - either their own or beyond when there will be obvious ramifications?

Perhaps the person feels trapped and considers it the only way out. Perhaps they want to force an issue and sacrificing the queen might be the only way to win the game. Or, perhaps, there was no motive and the act was indeed as stupid as it seemed.

Maybe the long term consequences of actions are overlooked in favour of the short term gains or, maybe, the individual is driven almost to the point of insanity and all rational thought goes out the window only for their world to come crashing down once reality kicks in.

Whether the motive is money, power or love desperation can drive people to extremes of behaviour. Using this behaviour to expose others or for emotional blackmail and, thereby, forcing a course of action can only backfire.

If there is something we do not have it is probably for a good reason. Trying to make something happen in such a way can have the opposite effect to that which was intended and drive the object of desire away.

And for what?

The impact spreads like ripples on a pond, the loss extends much further than initially feared.

Pride? Job? Career? Was it worth it?

#write365

This post was inspired by recent events witnessed by, but in no way connected to, myself and I just had to ask the questions as I fail to understand why the person did what they did.___

2014-12-03 18:52:25 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Heroes

They say you should never meet your heroes or you'll be disappointed. Does that extend to those you have met on social networks?

I've never considered myself as anyone's hero so perhaps that's overstretching the analogy.

Still, here I am outside a bar about to meet or be met - I haven't really worked out which it is.

+David Amerland​'s hectic global schedule meant that he had not been able to attend this "watering hole get together" instigated by +todd l lebeauc​ leaving the way for me, a named substitute to come off the bench, get my game face on and make an impact.

I'm not even sure if I have a game face.

It is said that you should write how you talk so that your text sounds genuine but I write more like I think - a direct translation from mind to page without having to trip over wordsas ... more »

Heroes

They say you should never meet your heroes or you'll be disappointed. Does that extend to those you have met on social networks?

I've never considered myself as anyone's hero so perhaps that's overstretching the analogy.

Still, here I am outside a bar about to meet or be met - I haven't really worked out which it is.

+David Amerland​'s hectic global schedule meant that he had not been able to attend this "watering hole get together" instigated by +todd l lebeauc​ leaving the way for me, a named substitute to come off the bench, get my game face on and make an impact.

I'm not even sure if I have a game face.

It is said that you should write how you talk so that your text sounds genuine but I write more like I think - a direct translation from mind to page without having to trip over words as they fall jumbled from my mouth.

Will I freeze? Will I sound like a simpleton unable to string a coherent sentence together?

I feel like some Faustian protagonist willing to trade his soul for knowledge, wisdom and, most vitally, courage.

I have walked up and down the block for the past ten minutes, back and forth past the bar and its welcoming light. Heard the music and laughter emanate from within its depths as the door swings open to allow the passage of patrons, in and out.

The door swings shut leaving me alone with the melodic buzz of the city - incessant like a swarm of angry bees in the distance.

I am procrastinating, covering every angle, every possibility before committing myself. Even now I dwell on my procrastination to delay things further.

Coward!

A nearby car horn wakes me from my reverie as if to say "it's now or never" so, unable to delay the inevitable any longer, I open the door and step inside...

#write365

To set this fictional account in context please see +todd l lebeauc​'s post here: http://goo.gl/J9H4Oz___

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2014-12-02 20:40:28 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sing our songs

Music has played a very important part in my life for almost as long as I can remember, at least since hearing Rapper's Delight and being "awoken" back in 1979.

Even before then my one endearing musical memory from about the age of 7 was playing a cassette of the Wombles second album over and over again until I drove my family crazy. The jump from there to hip hop in less than 18 months is massive but one I seemed to make easily.

Throughout my life music has been enlightening, empowering, comforting and an act of rebellion. It has served to provide me with a sense of identity and to also reaffirm ideas and mental states.

This is the power that music has - it enchants us in a way that little else can.

As I grew older my reliance on music also grew both as a way to help define who I was and as emotional crutch until, at... more »

Sing our songs

Music has played a very important part in my life for almost as long as I can remember, at least since hearing Rapper's Delight and being "awoken" back in 1979.

Even before then my one endearing musical memory from about the age of 7 was playing a cassette of the Wombles second album over and over again until I drove my family crazy. The jump from there to hip hop in less than 18 months is massive but one I seemed to make easily.

Throughout my life music has been enlightening, empowering, comforting and an act of rebellion. It has served to provide me with a sense of identity and to also reaffirm ideas and mental states.

This is the power that music has - it enchants us in a way that little else can.

As I grew older my reliance on music also grew both as a way to help define who I was and as emotional crutch until, at the height of my manic depression, I dived headlong into ambient music for solace.

The linked video is one of the pieces that has always maintained a particular place in my thoughts and history. It had a strange way of being both uplifting during the manic phases but also a source of comfort, reinforcing the melancholy during the lows.

It inspired at least one of my poems and accompanied me through many insomnia driven sleepless nights.

It is strange how we can become so attached to particular pieces of music in this way. Obviously, something resonates so deeply that we feel this is exactly what we need. It is as though the composer understands perfectly and is talking directly to our soul, as though the piece was written just for us to be heard at that precise time.

In our own way we wish for our own creations to, somehow, resonate with others in such a fashion that they might be able to take comfort in the way we have.

This won't make sense unless you've heard the piece but let's sing our songs.

#write365___

2014-12-01 23:10:26 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Artificial

In a comment on yesterday's post +Randy Resnick remarked how forcing a new post every day for the project was creating an artificial environment.

And I agree, he's right.

We may share links and engage every day but having something to say such that it demands a full written post is not necessarily the norm for the average social networker.

Yes, the issue is forced. Yes, I sometimes struggle for something to write. Yes, I sometimes feel like I'm phoning it in but that is part of the joy, of the challenge: to create something natural and organic from such an artificial position.

That is why I like stream of consciousness posts, especially late at night. You can't get much more organic than that: the literal translation from thought to word.

They may not make riveting reading or be particularly thought provoking... more »

Artificial

In a comment on yesterday's post +Randy Resnick remarked how forcing a new post every day for the project was creating an artificial environment.

And I agree, he's right.

We may share links and engage every day but having something to say such that it demands a full written post is not necessarily the norm for the average social networker.

Yes, the issue is forced. Yes, I sometimes struggle for something to write. Yes, I sometimes feel like I'm phoning it in but that is part of the joy, of the challenge: to create something natural and organic from such an artificial position.

That is why I like stream of consciousness posts, especially late at night. You can't get much more organic than that: the literal translation from thought to word.

They may not make riveting reading or be particularly thought provoking but they are the most revealing, the most transparent and provide the best insight into the mind of the individual.

They show exactly what's going on inside someone's head without the airs and graces or trappings of clever language. At these times we forget to hide behind our words, we let things slip that might otherwise remain unwritten.

That is not to say we normally perpetrate a deception but that we might be more reticent to share, to reveal.

So, the setting may be artificial but, considering one of the definitions of word is "insincere or affected", I certainly hopefully the resultant posts are not.

#write365___

2014-11-30 23:12:03 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Fear

+David Amerland​ wrote a somewhat resonant piece (http://goo.gl/VFQMBW) about the fears associated with writing, detailing the concerns that anyone who has ever written regularly, whether as a job or even a hobby, has experienced at some time.

The fears are real: being judged on what you say or the skill with which you say it; that any skill you might have may, some day, desert you leaving you unable to string two words together; that your writing is an integral part of yourself and any criticism of your work becomes personal.

As I have written previously, I suffered with such fears whilst writing my blog.

I felt that I had to try to be clever, always searching for a new twist. I felt that I always had to be relevant and up to the minute or the audience would not be interested. Towards the end I felt that my ability to write was, indeed, desertingm... more »

Fear

+David Amerland​ wrote a somewhat resonant piece (http://goo.gl/VFQMBW) about the fears associated with writing, detailing the concerns that anyone who has ever written regularly, whether as a job or even a hobby, has experienced at some time.

The fears are real: being judged on what you say or the skill with which you say it; that any skill you might have may, some day, desert you leaving you unable to string two words together; that your writing is an integral part of yourself and any criticism of your work becomes personal.

As I have written previously, I suffered with such fears whilst writing my blog.

I felt that I had to try to be clever, always searching for a new twist. I felt that I always had to be relevant and up to the minute or the audience would not be interested. Towards the end I felt that my ability to write was, indeed, deserting me as I struggled to find things to say or new ways to say them.

But it wasn't the ability that was leaving me, like the different types of creativity lost before it, it was the interest in the subject.

I am lucky. I don't write to pay the bills or need to sate the needs of a particular audience. I can write about anything and when I have no topic in mind I can afford to write rubbish.

There's no pressure.

But the fear still lingers, the fear that I will not be able to write, that I will one day awaken to discover that I have absolutely nothing to say or have no way to say it.

I hope that day is a long way off.

#write365___

2014-11-29 21:36:55 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In a different light

We tend to only think of the phrase "to see things in a different light" as a way of saying to gain an alternate perspective or different understanding.

Today, however, I was lucky enough to have a reminder of what it really means, where it really comes from.

Understanding the world around us is an art. How we choose to portray that understanding is the work of an artist.

Driving home on a glorious autumn afternoon with the sun low in the sky the world was flooded with the most glorious yellow glow.

I truly saw the world in a different light.

Literally.

Artists and photographers talk about having the right light and losing the light, for once I understood exactly what they mean.

Whether it's bright or grey, sunrise or midday, the light teases out details and accentuate particular... more »

In a different light

We tend to only think of the phrase "to see things in a different light" as a way of saying to gain an alternate perspective or different understanding.

Today, however, I was lucky enough to have a reminder of what it really means, where it really comes from.

Understanding the world around us is an art. How we choose to portray that understanding is the work of an artist.

Driving home on a glorious autumn afternoon with the sun low in the sky the world was flooded with the most glorious yellow glow.

I truly saw the world in a different light.

Literally.

Artists and photographers talk about having the right light and losing the light, for once I understood exactly what they mean.

Whether it's bright or grey, sunrise or midday, the light teases out details and accentuate particular aspects of the world around us. It can reveal blemishes or hide flaws, show us only one side at a time.

Then there are the times when we can't help but see things differently, when we are truly inspired, when we just know how things are supposed to be, that this is exactly what we are supposed to see.

When the light is right.

#write365___

2014-11-28 16:48:38 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ten percent

The notion that we only use about 10% of our brain capacity intrigues us, it is like replacing a deck of cards with a powerful computer just to play solitaire - we know we could do so much more if only we knew how. It frustrates us because we feel there is so much untapped potential.

We struggle with memory and thought, calculations and learning. We dream of being able to unlock the mind to give us access to the vast quantities of data that must be stored within our grey matter. Things we have learnt but forgotten, connections we never knew existed, things we have looked at but never even realised we have seen.

Hollywood has taken the theme to heart in recent times but succumbed to the idea that the possibilities are literally limitless while taking things way too far.

The truth is that the 10% notion is just that, a notion, a myth. We know that... more »

Ten percent

The notion that we only use about 10% of our brain capacity intrigues us, it is like replacing a deck of cards with a powerful computer just to play solitaire - we know we could do so much more if only we knew how. It frustrates us because we feel there is so much untapped potential.

We struggle with memory and thought, calculations and learning. We dream of being able to unlock the mind to give us access to the vast quantities of data that must be stored within our grey matter. Things we have learnt but forgotten, connections we never knew existed, things we have looked at but never even realised we have seen.

Hollywood has taken the theme to heart in recent times but succumbed to the idea that the possibilities are literally limitless while taking things way too far.

The truth is that the 10% notion is just that, a notion, a myth. We know that different areas of the brain have different functions, serve different purposes and that much of it is being used all the time.

But still the notion persists. Why wouldn't it? It is too attractive a proposition to dismiss, especially when we compare ourselves to other, lesser creatures.

Regardless of how much of the brain we use, the one thing we wish is that it could be used more efficiently and effectively. Better recall, better reasoning, faster processing, a more expansive view and appreciation - we wish we could see and understand the bigger picture, to control the flow of information between neurones and build infinite connections.

We look at basic organisms, see "knowledge" passed down at the cellular level and wish this for ourselves.

To just know rather than to learn.

We see instinct in animals and are sorely aware that we have largely evolved away from it or, at least, no longer have need of instinct as technology negates our reliance upon it. We adapt our environment rather than having to adapt to it ourselves.

We see idiot savants able to perform amazing mental feats despite being otherwise intellectually impaired. We recognise that they must be "made differently" and want their talents without any of the shortcomings.

We want to reprogramme. We want it all!

Maybe, in future, we will be able to influence mental capacity and function by altering brain chemistry. Maybe we will be able to unlock some of that potential.

After all, we are still evolving.

#write365___

2014-11-27 22:42:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Conclusions

Sometimes I want nothing more than to read and research, link to resources and paste quotations.

Multiple strands weaved together to fashion a coherent whole.

But then there are those occasions when I will avoid everything, shut myself off from social and the web. I want to capture the thought as it comes to me without outside influence.

I want it to remain pure and unadulterated as I know that exposing myself to the thoughts of another will twist it, turn it away from its original path and meaning.

Even when serendipity dictates that different people are simultaneously arriving at the same place it doesn't mean they are travelling down the same road.

We take our own routes, see unique sights and explore different avenues. These are the times that we want to experience the journey for ourselves rather than rely on the... more »

Conclusions

Sometimes I want nothing more than to read and research, link to resources and paste quotations.

Multiple strands weaved together to fashion a coherent whole.

But then there are those occasions when I will avoid everything, shut myself off from social and the web. I want to capture the thought as it comes to me without outside influence.

I want it to remain pure and unadulterated as I know that exposing myself to the thoughts of another will twist it, turn it away from its original path and meaning.

Even when serendipity dictates that different people are simultaneously arriving at the same place it doesn't mean they are travelling down the same road.

We take our own routes, see unique sights and explore different avenues. These are the times that we want to experience the journey for ourselves rather than rely on the stories of others.

We don't want to be rude or distant, even if it might come across like it. We just want to make our own conclusions.

#write365___

2014-11-26 16:54:39 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Opinions

We all have opinions, we can be absolutely convinced by them, but our divisions determine if it is okay to express them.

Statements like "you weren't there" or "you wouldn't understand" or "how would you know" or "you're not like me" put up barriers to discussion and empathy despite the best of intentions.

White, black, rich, poor, privileged, destitute - we live amongst opposites and extremes, convinced that the other side is unable to see or understand.

We profile and stereotype, it is easier to exclude rather than include especially when the other person seems to match the profile that we are so opposed to.

We find it hard to trust based on appearances, on expectations, on experiences but, in doing so, we burn the olive branches extended towards us.

The problem is that,... more »

Opinions

We all have opinions, we can be absolutely convinced by them, but our divisions determine if it is okay to express them.

Statements like "you weren't there" or "you wouldn't understand" or "how would you know" or "you're not like me" put up barriers to discussion and empathy despite the best of intentions.

White, black, rich, poor, privileged, destitute - we live amongst opposites and extremes, convinced that the other side is unable to see or understand.

We profile and stereotype, it is easier to exclude rather than include especially when the other person seems to match the profile that we are so opposed to.

We find it hard to trust based on appearances, on expectations, on experiences but, in doing so, we burn the olive branches extended towards us.

The problem is that, while we might have an understanding, we cannot truly know if, indeed, we aren't like them or weren't there. We can't push our opinion, even if valid, or else be accused of interfering or trying to exert undue influence.

So, if we are unable to offer it the only way our opinion is to be heard is if it is asked for - this is, however, extremely unlikely in many situations.

Stand off.

We develop a siege mentally, we don't want to accept help from them, the very ones we consider to be the problem. We don't want to appear weak or fraternising with the enemy. We are too stubborn, too proud, too defensive, digging ourselves deeper into our trenches.

Entrenched in our views, for all the blustering, the actual silence is deafening, unnecessary and oh so avoidable. All because we are unwilling to speak, to listen, to consider.

All for the sake of pride.

#write365___

2014-11-25 20:24:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Too much

Is too much introspection a dangerous thing? Can we go too deep and become lost along the way?

Do we cause more harm than good?

Do we search for things that aren't there and convince ourselves that they are?

Psychological hypochondriacs taking the slightest nuance of thought or behaviour and creating a syndrome.

We know ourselves better than anyone else but have to be honest with that knowledge or we suffer at the hands of our own deceptions.

The very act of introspection alters us in ways that we might not realise and, with that in mind, what we think we know may no longer be valid but how far do we chase the white rabbit?

But we are always changing, minute by minutes, day by day, so how can we really know ourselves at all? How can we be truly sure of the person we are now when we don't yet know the person... more »

Too much

Is too much introspection a dangerous thing? Can we go too deep and become lost along the way?

Do we cause more harm than good?

Do we search for things that aren't there and convince ourselves that they are?

Psychological hypochondriacs taking the slightest nuance of thought or behaviour and creating a syndrome.

We know ourselves better than anyone else but have to be honest with that knowledge or we suffer at the hands of our own deceptions.

The very act of introspection alters us in ways that we might not realise and, with that in mind, what we think we know may no longer be valid but how far do we chase the white rabbit?

But we are always changing, minute by minutes, day by day, so how can we really know ourselves at all? How can we be truly sure of the person we are now when we don't yet know the person we will become?

We can't and, perhaps, we shouldn't try. Perhaps we should be satisfied with the broad brush strokes rather than dwell on the details.

All we can do is own the process of change, of our reaction to, and assimilation of, the events which propel us from one moment to the next.

All we can do is recognise the shadows that we cast and the silhouette we create when exposed.

#write365___

2014-11-25 19:30:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Got a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to replace my work Blackberry as part of a pilot program.

Couldn't wait to install Google Now Launcher, Messenger and the Google Keyboard to de-TouchWiz-ify it a bit.

Felt unclean for a while there ;)

Got a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to replace my work Blackberry as part of a pilot program.

Couldn't wait to install Google Now Launcher, Messenger and the Google Keyboard to de-TouchWiz-ify it a bit.

Felt unclean for a while there ;)___

2014-11-24 16:58:45 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Narcissism

If there's one thing we don't want to be accused of on the internet it's narcissism. We connect this with arrogance, lack of empathy and self obsession.

It is not considered a nice trait to possess.

Reading this post (http://goo.gl/uhzf78) by +Geoff Livingston​​ I must confess to have gotten myself a little worried.

I have written a lot about myself but have considered this more therapy than self obsession but could the latter actually be the case?

I've been called self absorbed but always taken it in the context of in my own little world, hoped that this was the intended meaning.

Yet here I am, writing about me again, analysing not only myself but my reaction to previous analysis.

Spiralling in an ever deepening self-referential loop.

One of the classic symptoms ofnar... more »

Narcissism

If there's one thing we don't want to be accused of on the internet it's narcissism. We connect this with arrogance, lack of empathy and self obsession.

It is not considered a nice trait to possess.

Reading this post (http://goo.gl/uhzf78) by +Geoff Livingston​​ I must confess to have gotten myself a little worried.

I have written a lot about myself but have considered this more therapy than self obsession but could the latter actually be the case?

I've been called self absorbed but always taken it in the context of in my own little world, hoped that this was the intended meaning.

Yet here I am, writing about me again, analysing not only myself but my reaction to previous analysis.

Spiralling in an ever deepening self-referential loop.

One of the classic symptoms of narcissism is requiring the approval of others and, as we have already learnt this year, I have had that in spades. Still do? This seems like a paradox, however. An overly inflated sense of self worth does not sound like it requires external approval.

Maybe the need actually forms a blanket of reverse psychology: the approval coming under the guises of "don't be daft" and "of course you're not" rather than direct praise and affirmation.

The ultimate case of fishing for compliments disguising the true intent. Like methadone for a heroine addict or the child that misbehaves because any attention is better than none.

Are my actions at odds with reality? Are my protestations simply that - protestations? Is my apparent social nonchalance actually a smokescreen?

Perhaps my saving grace is that I am able to question it all, am able to look at myself and truly wonder.

Perhaps it is that I know the real face behind the mask even though I attest to not wearing one.

#write365___

2014-11-23 22:52:01 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Translating

Tired eyes stare at the screen under half closed lids trying to tease individual words into focus from the blur before them. They try to translate the characters into some semblance of meaning.

That is really all we are doing: translating.

Even when we use the same language we are translating thoughts and ideas into words, written or spoken.

With art we try to translate not just a scene but the emotion we felt whilst observing it.

We translate as much for ourselves as for others. To translate is to understand and, in doing so, we attempt to comprehend fear, beauty, hope, misery, joy and pain.

One of the definitions of translate is to "express the sense of" something. I think that sums it up perfectly.

We are not necessarily looking for the right words (although they can often help) but we are seeking... more »

Translating

Tired eyes stare at the screen under half closed lids trying to tease individual words into focus from the blur before them. They try to translate the characters into some semblance of meaning.

That is really all we are doing: translating.

Even when we use the same language we are translating thoughts and ideas into words, written or spoken.

With art we try to translate not just a scene but the emotion we felt whilst observing it.

We translate as much for ourselves as for others. To translate is to understand and, in doing so, we attempt to comprehend fear, beauty, hope, misery, joy and pain.

One of the definitions of translate is to "express the sense of" something. I think that sums it up perfectly.

We are not necessarily looking for the right words (although they can often help) but we are seeking to distill something down to its essence, to its component parts - its ingredients.

By breaking it down we can analyse, pick out the elements that we recognise and begin to reassemble them in a way that resonates with us. Rather than trying to describe it exactly, forcing a strict definition onto others, we seek to express the sense of it - the broad brush strokes which enable quicker recognition and understanding.

Translation rather than transliteration - we can worry over the details later.

#write365___

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2014-11-23 13:04:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

At the Ideal Home Show.

It's good having friends: VIP parking and free tickets ;)

At the Ideal Home Show.

It's good having friends: VIP parking and free tickets ;)___

2014-11-22 23:43:17 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The messenger

Those moments where an idea spontaneously materialises fully formed and transfers itself from mind to screen amaze and astound me.

These moments make me feel like little more than a conduit, a channel for these nuances of thought to share themselves with the world and I ask myself "why me?"

It is as though these ideas are physical manifestations, they exist in their own right and have just been looking for a way to get from A to B.

By writing have I made myself more receptive? Do they seek the path of least resistance and I am no more than a lightening rod providing these wondrous sparks with the quickest route to ground?

Whatever the reason I cannot helped but feel blessed. I cannot help but feel that their passage through me alters me, each thought and idea imparting some of its wisdom on the way and, hopefully, making... more »

The messenger

Those moments where an idea spontaneously materialises fully formed and transfers itself from mind to screen amaze and astound me.

These moments make me feel like little more than a conduit, a channel for these nuances of thought to share themselves with the world and I ask myself "why me?"

It is as though these ideas are physical manifestations, they exist in their own right and have just been looking for a way to get from A to B.

By writing have I made myself more receptive? Do they seek the path of least resistance and I am no more than a lightening rod providing these wondrous sparks with the quickest route to ground?

Whatever the reason I cannot helped but feel blessed. I cannot help but feel that their passage through me alters me, each thought and idea imparting some of its wisdom on the way and, hopefully, making me a better person for its passing.

Gradually, I feel I become an amalgam of fragments of the wisdom of the universe - what else can it be but the collective unconscious handing me preprepared speeches and all I have to do is read them.

But I cannot be the only one, surely we all have these experiences - these moments when we are just the messenger unaware of the content or importance of the missive we deliver even once that content has been revealed.

It can be days, weeks or even months before realisation hits. It can be ages before that spark has burnt its way in, a glowing ember, until it catches the imagination like a field of dry grass and we are suddenly enveloped by its meaning.

Perhaps we have always known and all it does it remind us, reawaken lost memories.

Perhaps we have just forgotten.

#write365___

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2014-11-21 20:00:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

With all the talk about lock screen notifications in Lollipop, swiping left or right to dismiss, hiding sensitive data, prioritising which notifications are seen etc. I've not seen it mentioned anywhere that you can swipe down on lock screen notifications to show their expanded versions (including the music controls widget).

I read somewhere someone complaining that they only had Pause and Next on the lock screen so thought I'd try swiping down.

It worked!

Handy!

#lollipop 

With all the talk about lock screen notifications in Lollipop, swiping left or right to dismiss, hiding sensitive data, prioritising which notifications are seen etc. I've not seen it mentioned anywhere that you can swipe down on lock screen notifications to show their expanded versions (including the music controls widget).

I read somewhere someone complaining that they only had Pause and Next on the lock screen so thought I'd try swiping down.

It worked!

Handy!

#lollipop ___

2014-11-21 17:06:02 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The audience

Sometimes, I feel like a jazz musician in a dingy little bar, random riffs and tangents and variations emanating from my instrument of choice. I'm never sure of what I'm going to play next, never have a plan - improvisation to the extreme.

The bar is in a busy part of town and there is a lot of potential footfall but, night after night, I play to the same small crowd: regular patrons who drop in for a while, clap after each piece and even hum along to a tune they recognise, if only in part.

Every now and then - when inspiration drives - one of them will step forward, pick up an instrument and jam along for a while, briefly lost in a creative haze.

The scene is relaxed, comfortable, everyone in the bar knows each other and no one feels any pressure to join in or embarrassment when they do.

From time to time strangers wander in... more »

The audience

Sometimes, I feel like a jazz musician in a dingy little bar, random riffs and tangents and variations emanating from my instrument of choice. I'm never sure of what I'm going to play next, never have a plan - improvisation to the extreme.

The bar is in a busy part of town and there is a lot of potential footfall but, night after night, I play to the same small crowd: regular patrons who drop in for a while, clap after each piece and even hum along to a tune they recognise, if only in part.

Every now and then - when inspiration drives - one of them will step forward, pick up an instrument and jam along for a while, briefly lost in a creative haze.

The scene is relaxed, comfortable, everyone in the bar knows each other and no one feels any pressure to join in or embarrassment when they do.

From time to time strangers wander in from off the street, perhaps they are enticed by the light seeping from the windows, drawn in by the promise of warmth and shelter from the night rather than by any expectation of entertainment.

They sit at a table in the back, order a drink and observe silently, awkwardly. After a short while some will realise that this isn't the place for them, maybe leave a tip and walk out never to return. Others become intrigued and decide to stick around and, gradually, move to tables closer to the stage.

Some musicians might feel disheartened in such a place, might long to be performing in front of thousands, but I prefer the intimacy of knowing the audience. With all that potential footfall passing by the bar, maybe even taking a flyer, the regular small crowd (of little more than ten) are there because they like and enjoy it.

As a performer that is all I need.

#write365___

2014-11-20 20:56:32 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Blind

"You're blind baby. You're blind from the facts on who you are 'cause you're watching that garbage" - Public Enemy, She Watch Channel Zero.

Connections.

There are times when you realise the connections between things, seemingly unconnected but with an obvious direction once juxtaposed.

Different messages, different contexts, but all leading to the same place.

In the Hitchhikers books Douglas Adams popularised the notion of SEP - Somebody Else's Problem. This is the condition where people will ignore, even dissociate themselves from something if they feel it does not concern them. Being the man he was he gave it a twist, stated that an SEP Field was created around things people didn't want to see or couldn't handle seeing.

They were effectively blind to them.

In the short novel Wave... more »

Blind

"You're blind baby. You're blind from the facts on who you are 'cause you're watching that garbage" - Public Enemy, She Watch Channel Zero.

Connections.

There are times when you realise the connections between things, seemingly unconnected but with an obvious direction once juxtaposed.

Different messages, different contexts, but all leading to the same place.

In the Hitchhikers books Douglas Adams popularised the notion of SEP - Somebody Else's Problem. This is the condition where people will ignore, even dissociate themselves from something if they feel it does not concern them. Being the man he was he gave it a twist, stated that an SEP Field was created around things people didn't want to see or couldn't handle seeing.

They were effectively blind to them.

In the short novel Wave Without a Shore CJ Cherryh describes a world called Freedom populated by humans and aliens. This mix creates a type of caste system and each caste exists within its own "reality". Those of a higher caste refuse to acknowledge the realities of those lower, they ignore them and they might as well not exist - they are "the invisibles". In fact, the highest amongst them argue that all others are part of their reality and anything else is delusion.

They are blinded by choice.

The song quoted above is driven by the concern that modern, commercialised Western society has corrupted black people, fed them nonsense and irrelevance so that they can no longer see or identify with their own culture.

They are blinded by the need to fit in.

But we are all blinded in some ways. We ignore that which does not concern us, cross the street and don't want to get involved.

It is always somebody else's problem.

We become too focused, too engrossed that we fail to see what's around us, fail to acknowledge the reality beyond our own bubble.

But this is not always due to ego or arrogance or not caring; sometimes there are things which we are unable to process. As G.K Chesterton wrote:

"Men can always be blind to a thing so long as it is big enough. It is so difficult to see the world in which we live."

We talk about "holistic views" and "seeing the bigger picture" but are seldom able to see beyond the minutiae, the fine details, the here and now. We cannot comprehend the multiple threads life weaves around us, it's like trying to watch a movie with your face pressed up against the screen - only able to concentrate on one tiny portion at a time.

The increasing success of the telethon, with more money raised year after year even when we all plead that times are hard, gives us a way out, a chance of restitution, a means of contributing to the solution even if we don't understand the problem. Even if we don't always know there is a problem.

We dutifully put our hands in our pockets.

With our pledges made and our text messages sent we feel better about ourselves, feel we have achieved something - for that brief moment the Field dissipated and we chose to see.

For the shortest time the problem was ours.

But then the realisation returns and we know in our hearts that we cannot take this all in, cannot comprehend the scale of it all. We turn our backs and walk away with renewed interest in the meaningless details in front of us.

Our defence mechanisms. Our escape.

#write365___

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2014-11-19 19:59:47 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Now, here's a revelation sure to frustrate all the therapists and gurus.

#itsnotwhatyouthink

Meditation is not even 'meant' to be relaxing

   If it's a study of "the nature of reality" (so we can drop our illusions and delusions and veils and biases), then it's as stressful as any other studying!
   Studying can surely be rewarding in some sense, but it's not expected to primarily  be 'relaxing'.

   Relaxing is a side-effect which might come —after a longer or shorter while— from dropping views that were conflicting with reality.
   We shouldn't expect relaxation from the meditation itself.


   A lot of people stop meditating because they think it's wrong to experience the "busy mind".

   It isn't wrong: it's just a sign of a healthy brain and ordinary mind. Yes, the "quiet mind" can be experienced, but it isn't what the goal of meditation is.

   The goal of our cultivation is freedom from ignorance. Ignorance primarily takes the form of mental proliferations and projections (or "veils" over reality, which cause biases in our responses)…
   One possible way to avoid ignorance is indeed to calm the mind, but this can only be a temporary solution (until any stimulus is strong enough to overcome the calm). The Buddha was clear that even the highest concentration and quietest mind aren't gates into unending nirvana.
   Another way is to learn to let thoughts be without grasping them, without fuelling them, without perpetuating them. It lies in another way to relate  to thoughts rather than in the suppression of thoughts: one may then experience a busy mind but without becoming a slave of the thoughts (the thoughts exist but do not "force" one's response).
   With this second approach, one might see how some thoughts do not  faithfully represent reality… one may then start dropping views that were conflicting with reality! By dropping such views, one might become a lot more at peace with reality, and the mind might then 'naturally' calm down (because there's no internal contradiction to solve anymore). Relaxing is a side-effect, not the goal.


#Buddhism   #meditation  
Unattributed photo___Now, here's a revelation sure to frustrate all the therapists and gurus.

#itsnotwhatyouthink

2014-11-19 19:41:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Change

"There must be a word for it … the thing that lets you know time is happening. Is there a word?"
"Change."

The Sandman - Brief Lives

Some demand change but complain when it happens. The main reason for complaint? Things are different. Surely, that's the whole idea but they actually complain because the result is different to what they expected.

Change can be for better or worse and change itself does not necessarily equal progress.

However, if those instigating change are willing to accept that it is only an option and might not turn out to be the best solution, then a change that needs correction (or even reversal) can be deemed progress: knowing what doesn't work can be just as valuable as knowing what does.

We fall into the trap of thinking that change is good, change is needed, thatt... more »

Change

"There must be a word for it … the thing that lets you know time is happening. Is there a word?"
"Change."

The Sandman - Brief Lives

Some demand change but complain when it happens. The main reason for complaint? Things are different. Surely, that's the whole idea but they actually complain because the result is different to what they expected.

Change can be for better or worse and change itself does not necessarily equal progress.

However, if those instigating change are willing to accept that it is only an option and might not turn out to be the best solution, then a change that needs correction (or even reversal) can be deemed progress: knowing what doesn't work can be just as valuable as knowing what does.

We fall into the trap of thinking that change is good, change is needed, that things can't be worse then they are at the moment.

But we can be wrong.

On the other hand, those who adhere to "better the devil you know" strategies could be missing out on potential improvements.

If nothing else, change - even just trialled for a short time - can be the mechanism by which we ascertain if our current methods are the most efficient or effective.

Consider how a supermarket will move products from time to time - is it to be awkward? Actually, yes. It makes us find their new locations forcing us to walk past other products which we might not normally see or think about purchasing.

Change for the sake of change is disruptive and pointless but if the point of change is to drive progress then even failure can be deemed a success when viewed from the right perspective.

Effective change forces us to see things from a new angle, to approach them differently and that can only be a good thing.

#write365___

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2014-11-18 21:18:06 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Nice :)

#lollipop

Nice :)

#lollipop___

2014-11-18 20:45:30 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Stress

I don't deal with stress very well, in fact, I am terrible, I can't handle it at all.

For me, stress leads to migraines and irritable bowel syndrome but, perhaps more importantly (or unfortunately) a feeling of helplessness. This, in turn, triggers the first telltale signs of depression.

I often find myself feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope, unable to prioritise - staring at a list of things and not knowing where to start.

Denial

There is often a tendency to try to hide and ignore things, in the hope that they will go away or magically resolve themselves.

They never do.

I have a hard time dealing with delegation and just saying no but the most damaging issue is dealing with confrontation. Whether it is because I am inherently insecure or lacking in self confidence I don't know but confrontation in any... more »

Stress

I don't deal with stress very well, in fact, I am terrible, I can't handle it at all.

For me, stress leads to migraines and irritable bowel syndrome but, perhaps more importantly (or unfortunately) a feeling of helplessness. This, in turn, triggers the first telltale signs of depression.

I often find myself feeling overwhelmed, unable to cope, unable to prioritise - staring at a list of things and not knowing where to start.

Denial

There is often a tendency to try to hide and ignore things, in the hope that they will go away or magically resolve themselves.

They never do.

I have a hard time dealing with delegation and just saying no but the most damaging issue is dealing with confrontation. Whether it is because I am inherently insecure or lacking in self confidence I don't know but confrontation in any situation is always the worst outcome.

So, I try to avoid it, I put it off and try to forget it even though dealing it early would be the better option: the longer it's left the worse it gets!

But the real problem is in admitting that there is one, in admitting that I need help and in asking for it.

Even though we have reappropriated the word vulnerable and made it to mean open and transparent we cannot escape its true meanings: in danger, at risk, requiring special protection. Vulnerable is associated with weakness and admitting that weakness to yourself, as well as displaying it for others to see, is a tough ask.

Ironically, it requires strength.

Perhaps I do not believe I have that strength.

#write365___

2014-11-18 19:47:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm loving Smart Lock on my Nexus 5.

I know some people have been saying it's really buggy and slow and only works 1 time in 10 but I honestly haven't had a problem with it.

It has worked every time so far (except once in low light which is excusable) and detects my face within about half a second of hitting the power button.

#lollipop

I'm loving Smart Lock on my Nexus 5.

I know some people have been saying it's really buggy and slow and only works 1 time in 10 but I honestly haven't had a problem with it.

It has worked every time so far (except once in low light which is excusable) and detects my face within about half a second of hitting the power button.

#lollipop___

2014-11-17 19:46:48 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Digital literacy

Have we gone too far?

Sometimes I wonder if technology, or rather the ease of access to information, in these digital times has gone to far, has destroyed something within us.

We confuse digital literacy with just knowing how to find things on the internet.

We are spoon fed, whatever we want is instantly available on tap and I question if it has dulled our sense of humanity.

With billions of data points so readily at hand have we lost part of the wonder of discovery? Have we lost some of our ability to seek out, collate and interpret?

Discovery has always been part of it: the understanding of where things came from, the effort required to produce them and the lateral thinking needed to devise the means of their gathering.

Perhaps our humanity has evolved, perhaps we have entered a different era with a... more »

Digital literacy

Have we gone too far?

Sometimes I wonder if technology, or rather the ease of access to information, in these digital times has gone to far, has destroyed something within us.

We confuse digital literacy with just knowing how to find things on the internet.

We are spoon fed, whatever we want is instantly available on tap and I question if it has dulled our sense of humanity.

With billions of data points so readily at hand have we lost part of the wonder of discovery? Have we lost some of our ability to seek out, collate and interpret?

Discovery has always been part of it: the understanding of where things came from, the effort required to produce them and the lateral thinking needed to devise the means of their gathering.

Perhaps our humanity has evolved, perhaps we have entered a different era with a different way of thinking that us "old timers" don't quite recognise or appreciate.

Perhaps you have to be born to it but, then, you will not know any different.

The obvious rebuttal is that less time searching means more time processing and thinking. But we can take this for granted and what happens when things stop working? Are we capable of doing it on our own? Are we able to revert our thinking and processes to pre-digital ways?

Yes, some of the old ways are dying, maybe even redundant and we need to be digitally literate but that doesn't even mean knowing how to code.

Digital literacy means knowing how to incorporate technology into our daily lives and not become lost in it.

Digital literacy includes using technology to enhance our social connections, not to replace them.

Digital literacy means utilising the tools to facilitate our core understanding, not to replace it.

We must not go too far.

#write365___

2014-11-16 17:23:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Extremes

There are horrors we can only imagine and most will never experience but can we really imagine them? It is said we are capable of creating worse in our minds but true horror needs be felt.

True horror has a scope and a scale that we cannot comprehend, cannot hope to process.

Reality has a capacity for horror far greater that our imagination. It is unlimited, unrestricted, untempered by conscience or compassion.

And then beauty has a depth we cannot replicate.

Or boldest efforts are but poor facsimiles, partial smeared reflections in a dirty, broken mirror - able to show glimpses but not the whole.

Beauty is able to tug at our heart strings by the simplest and most unexpected of means. We feel we know beauty, are sure we understand it until it catches us off guard in the strangest of ways.

We are rarely ready for... more »

Extremes

There are horrors we can only imagine and most will never experience but can we really imagine them? It is said we are capable of creating worse in our minds but true horror needs be felt.

True horror has a scope and a scale that we cannot comprehend, cannot hope to process.

Reality has a capacity for horror far greater that our imagination. It is unlimited, unrestricted, untempered by conscience or compassion.

And then beauty has a depth we cannot replicate.

Or boldest efforts are but poor facsimiles, partial smeared reflections in a dirty, broken mirror - able to show glimpses but not the whole.

Beauty is able to tug at our heart strings by the simplest and most unexpected of means. We feel we know beauty, are sure we understand it until it catches us off guard in the strangest of ways.

We are rarely ready for it.

Beauty exists in the smallest and simplest of things, in the moments that slipped through the cracks of time. We have yet to develop the language to successfully retell it or to recall its memory.

Reality is a place of almost boundless extremes and we are too poor to envisage its reaches.

But that doesn't stop us trying.

We persist in our attempts to describe, to relate even though we can only express a fraction of what we feel. We try to communicate this to others - both the beauty and the horror - that they may better know what we know, what we have seen and so understand who we are and how we became to be.

We deal in fragments hoping to piece them together to approach the whole. Our explanations are like adding fractions, seeking for a common denominator to make the translation easier to comprehend.

But we can never get there, not really. Some things just have to be experienced.

#write365___

2014-11-15 21:14:13 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Fraud

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud.

I say that creative endeavours should not be forced, that things should be organic and wait for a spark yet here I am, every day, writing whether there is a spark or not.

By necessity daily posts sometimes need to be forced, at least initially. Sometimes there is no spark and words must be dragged out of the subconscious when no logical flow exists.

But, ironically, the very act of forcing a post can act as its own spark. The hardest part of creating something is quite often getting started, in finding that initial inspiration to set you on the right path but, once the first few steps have been taken, a direction is found and the journey becomes that much easier.

As we then walk the path before us we make new discoveries that would have never occurred had we never got started. We come to new forks in... more »

Fraud

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud.

I say that creative endeavours should not be forced, that things should be organic and wait for a spark yet here I am, every day, writing whether there is a spark or not.

By necessity daily posts sometimes need to be forced, at least initially. Sometimes there is no spark and words must be dragged out of the subconscious when no logical flow exists.

But, ironically, the very act of forcing a post can act as its own spark. The hardest part of creating something is quite often getting started, in finding that initial inspiration to set you on the right path but, once the first few steps have been taken, a direction is found and the journey becomes that much easier.

As we then walk the path before us we make new discoveries that would have never occurred had we never got started. We come to new forks in the path and are forced to make decisions in order to keep moving forwards.

Sometimes we will stumble across remarkable insights, other times we will realise our destination. Frequently, however, we realise that the journey is its own reward, that a destination is not always needed and that we can be satisfied by our discoveries along the way.

If this is what being a fraud feels like then I think I can handle it.

#write365___

2014-11-14 19:27:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Lollipops, clouds and a lesson learnt

I've always been a bit impatient, always wanted things now rather than waiting - don't forget, I used to like being first.

The compulsion for first may have gone but the impatience is still there driven by an incredibly low boredom threshold. I want new, different, evolving.

So, rather than wait for the Over The Air update for Android Lollipop to hit my phone I downloaded the factory image for a clean install.

Almost everything I do online is on my phone: social, reading, writing - it's all here in the palm of my hand, an extension of my very being.

A full wipe could be considered risky.

The writing application I use syncs to Dropbox - notes, thoughts, daily posts - and we see the cloud as offloading memory, always there with automatic backups.

Hit the sync button, just to be... more »

Lollipops, clouds and a lesson learnt

I've always been a bit impatient, always wanted things now rather than waiting - don't forget, I used to like being first.

The compulsion for first may have gone but the impatience is still there driven by an incredibly low boredom threshold. I want new, different, evolving.

So, rather than wait for the Over The Air update for Android Lollipop to hit my phone I downloaded the factory image for a clean install.

Almost everything I do online is on my phone: social, reading, writing - it's all here in the palm of my hand, an extension of my very being.

A full wipe could be considered risky.

The writing application I use syncs to Dropbox - notes, thoughts, daily posts - and we see the cloud as offloading memory, always there with automatic backups.

Hit the sync button, just to be sure, and we're good to go.

Every comment, every post, they're all on Google+ and now easier than ever to find thanks to the new Mentions tab (at least it would be if I used Plus in a desktop browser) but I like having local copies to refer to, to quote - an easily accessible and searchable resource.

Before you imagine that I am going to tell you that everything was lost, let me reassure you that is not the case.

Syncing after the reinstall brought down plenty but once "complete" my daily posts folder showed 298 instead of the 308 I was expecting.

Now, I have spent some time going through every daily post comparing them to the contents of Dropbox and recreated the local copies of each of the missing items.

So what's the big deal?

It's not what happened but what could have happened. It is about how I got to that position because of my impatience, because of my blind faith in the technology and not checking before leaping in with both feet.

The damage was only minor and repaired within less than an hour but the potential was there for so much more.

And I learned a lesson - that of patience.

#write365___

2014-11-13 23:34:15 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A quantum hallucination

Today has been one of those days that rushes by without even so much as a hint of what the post topic will be so, here I am, heading to bed via a virtual keyboard. Frantically following thoughts along winding paths and down mental dead ends in the hope that they might, somehow, stumble across a clue or a sign.

Ideas come and go, fleeting, teasing suggestively as though the big reveal is right around the next corner.

It never is.

My mind reels, stumbles to and fro in a rapidly deepening stupor fully aware that, at any moment, sleep will come to claim it where it stands with no respect for complete sentences or word counts.

The ideas are all in there but they evade capture, locked away behind imaginary doors that I am sure never existed - not even just a moment before. Perhaps they did, perhaps they have always been there... more »

A quantum hallucination

Today has been one of those days that rushes by without even so much as a hint of what the post topic will be so, here I am, heading to bed via a virtual keyboard. Frantically following thoughts along winding paths and down mental dead ends in the hope that they might, somehow, stumble across a clue or a sign.

Ideas come and go, fleeting, teasing suggestively as though the big reveal is right around the next corner.

It never is.

My mind reels, stumbles to and fro in a rapidly deepening stupor fully aware that, at any moment, sleep will come to claim it where it stands with no respect for complete sentences or word counts.

The ideas are all in there but they evade capture, locked away behind imaginary doors that I am sure never existed - not even just a moment before. Perhaps they did, perhaps they have always been there but only become manifest at this time to fulfil a single purpose.

Maybe, once sleep finally claims me, the doors will again be just fictions, echoes of a reality that no longer exists and, for all intents and purposes, never was.

A dream perhaps, a quantum hallucination induced by the diurnal schizophrenia of our existence. Light and dark, night and day, awake and dreaming - separated by the thinnest of veils that is consciousness.

Sometimes the veil splits and we find ourselves on the wrong side of our duality, our nocturnal selves walking the waking world or our lucid aspect suddenly aware that it is dreaming.

And so we push and probe, try to find the weaknesses that cause the splits, try to exist within the hallucination for, if the answers are never just around the next corner then they are surely just the other side of the veil.

#write365___

2014-11-13 18:04:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Dear +YouTube,

Could you please warn me about an unsupported file format before the half hour upload next time.

kthxbye ;)

Dear +YouTube,

Could you please warn me about an unsupported file format before the half hour upload next time.

kthxbye ;)___

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2014-11-12 23:18:15 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

So fed up of this right now!

So fed up of this right now!___

2014-11-12 22:11:37 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Economies

We're all fed up of hearing about the attention economy with marketers fighting over the eyes and ears of potential consumers.

+todd l lebeauc​​ suggested an alternative of the inspiration economy and +David Amerland​ today mentioned the collaboration economy by why does everything have to be considered in these terms?

Economy is defined as the state of a country in relation to finance and production and consumption of goods and services.

Economy is also used to indicate careful management of resources, being frugal.

We can even be economical with the truth which, unfortunately, can also be considered a resource by some. Such a misuse.

It is easy to see why many should want to call our online environments economies as there is both the production and consumption of resources in the form of content but isn't theanalo... more »

Economies

We're all fed up of hearing about the attention economy with marketers fighting over the eyes and ears of potential consumers.

+todd l lebeauc​​ suggested an alternative of the inspiration economy and +David Amerland​ today mentioned the collaboration economy by why does everything have to be considered in these terms?

Economy is defined as the state of a country in relation to finance and production and consumption of goods and services.

Economy is also used to indicate careful management of resources, being frugal.

We can even be economical with the truth which, unfortunately, can also be considered a resource by some. Such a misuse.

It is easy to see why many should want to call our online environments economies as there is both the production and consumption of resources in the form of content but isn't the analogy overused?

I have said before that interactions are value exchanges, be that monetary, knowledge, experience or even time, and the exchange need not be linear based on our perception of value but we seem so stuck in an economic mindset so that everything is couched in terms of "what's in it for me?" or "what's the return on investment?"

Shouldn't we be more willing to give, to donate rather than analysing our contributions according to a risk/reward ratio?

#write365___

2014-11-12 13:03:46 (26 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Between Lies and Truth
A social poem

The worst lies are the ones you tell yourself,
The truths you hide from your heart.
Pain you have inflicted lies heavier than that which you have endured.

The worst deceptions are those you keep to yourself,
The truths you thought your mind had hidden.
Self eye gland damage inflicted far quicker, than you have ever imagined.

The truth is beyond the constructs we agree to share, when you ask me who I am.
The worst is it's not important, neither here nor there,
I am not interested. I do not care.

The truth is that we can no longer tell the difference.
The worst is that there may not be a difference.
The universal truths and lies, forever intertwined.

The truth is a lie we seek to perpetuate,
The worst offence we commit is to believe it. ... more »

Between Lies and Truth
A social poem

The worst lies are the ones you tell yourself,
The truths you hide from your heart.
Pain you have inflicted lies heavier than that which you have endured.

The worst deceptions are those you keep to yourself,
The truths you thought your mind had hidden.
Self eye gland damage inflicted far quicker, than you have ever imagined.

The truth is beyond the constructs we agree to share, when you ask me who I am.
The worst is it's not important, neither here nor there,
I am not interested. I do not care.

The truth is that we can no longer tell the difference.
The worst is that there may not be a difference.
The universal truths and lies, forever intertwined.

The truth is a lie we seek to perpetuate,
The worst offence we commit is to believe it.
But believe it we must as, for now, it is all we have.

In between lies and truth is paradise.
The place where nothing exists except in the mind.
The things that set you free are all there,
But you know to find, you must first seek, where?

-----

Do you remember that game you played as a kid where you would take it in turns to write a salient point on a piece of paper (a person, a place, what they did, what happened next) then folded it over so others couldn't see and passed it along until you had a whole, funny story?

We called it Consequences.

When I wrote in a post a month ago that it felt like my mind was writing a poem in installments I never imagined that my fellow Plussers would step into the breach and help it along.

Inspired by an initial contribution and call to arms from +Imran Sq​​, fellow thinkers +todd l lebeauc​​, +Iblis Bane​​ and +David Amerland​​ (along with myself) have each submitted additional verses in an internet version of the old Consequences game - write it down and pass it along. Many thanks to each of you for answering the call.

I'm not sure if this is the first of its kind - what I have dubbed the "social poem" - but I certainly hope it will not be the last.

Enjoy.

P.S. For those interested in how this all came about see this post:

https://plus.google.com/100732792168944455620/posts/7RTij1R2fM7

#socialpoem___

2014-11-11 18:23:26 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Checks and balances

The title "Audience is irrelevant" used at the end of last month was deliberately provocative and required a reading of the piece to understand what it really meant.

The idea that these posts will be written regardless of an audience is liberating but it doesn't completely free one from the responsibility that, being exhibited publicly, a potential audience exists and should, therefore, be kept at least partly in mind.

If a tree falls in the woods and all that.

The problem with presenting private thoughts in a public forum is one of translation: we know what we mean but is that how others will interpret?

I have questioned before about whether it is the responsibility of the author to explain more clearly or the reader to make a more concerted effort to divine meaning.

It's a tricky one to get... more »

Checks and balances

The title "Audience is irrelevant" used at the end of last month was deliberately provocative and required a reading of the piece to understand what it really meant.

The idea that these posts will be written regardless of an audience is liberating but it doesn't completely free one from the responsibility that, being exhibited publicly, a potential audience exists and should, therefore, be kept at least partly in mind.

If a tree falls in the woods and all that.

The problem with presenting private thoughts in a public forum is one of translation: we know what we mean but is that how others will interpret?

I have questioned before about whether it is the responsibility of the author to explain more clearly or the reader to make a more concerted effort to divine meaning.

It's a tricky one to get right.

But, regardless of the responsibilities involved, the one thing audience provides (as I alluded to at the very beginning of the project) is accountability.

Some people get training partners for the support when, perhaps, their will power might waver but to also hold them accountable. Others go to dieting clubs for the encouragement of their peers but also for the accountability it provides with the weekly weigh ins.

In private it is easy to fall in to your own traps, to become absorbed with your own thoughts. It is far easier to assume we are correct rather than second guess ourselves.

An audience, however, provides the checks and balances we need to maintain perspective. An audience asks the awkward questions we may wish to avoid or ignore. An audience forces us to reassess, to reevaluate and to clarify, not just to others but to ourselves.

So, while an audience may be irrelevant in one sense it is essential in another - unneeded but simultaneously required.

A perfect paradox.

#write365___

2014-11-10 20:23:06 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Identity and ephemerality

I have spent much of this year, and a number of these daily posts, considering the notion of self and identity.

A recurring point is that identity is transient and evolving: as experience changes us so we become new instances of ourselves and the notion of a static identity goes out the window. Indeed, if we try to maintain one we are deceiving ourselves, trying to play a consistent role that cannot possibly exist after enough change.

It would be like trying to recite a part in a play when the other actors have received new scripts or the dramatis personae has been altered.

It would make no sense.

We mean to be true to ourselves but what does that actually mean when ourselves is a moving target? Is it a contradiction? How can we be true to something that is constantly changing?

Perhaps, what we really mean is... more »

Identity and ephemerality

I have spent much of this year, and a number of these daily posts, considering the notion of self and identity.

A recurring point is that identity is transient and evolving: as experience changes us so we become new instances of ourselves and the notion of a static identity goes out the window. Indeed, if we try to maintain one we are deceiving ourselves, trying to play a consistent role that cannot possibly exist after enough change.

It would be like trying to recite a part in a play when the other actors have received new scripts or the dramatis personae has been altered.

It would make no sense.

We mean to be true to ourselves but what does that actually mean when ourselves is a moving target? Is it a contradiction? How can we be true to something that is constantly changing?

Perhaps, what we really mean is that we won't be false, won't try to be something we are not, won't try to play that role. Instead, we will just do what comes naturally, improvise with the rest of the cast - a different production every evening.

But society demands more, society expects a degree of permanence - something to pin a label on. If our identity is ephemeral how do we accurately represent it? How do we accurately project an ongoing metamorphosis, especially when it is gradual and not always apparent, even to ourselves?

We are forced to go against transience, to pick an aspect, a facet to polish and display over all others.

We have to compromise.

#write365___

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