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Bintri martanti316 Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!2015-02-28 18:00:54383403
Colin Wilson19,787This 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 #Em. #United #Kingdom #United #States #Uruguay #Uzbekistan #Vanuatu #Venezuela #Viet #Nam #Virgin #Islands #Wallis #& #Futuna #I. #Yemen #Zambia #Zimbabwe new_zealand #auckland #australia #brisbane # #new_zealand #christchurch #algeria #algeria #algiers #angola #angola #luanda2015-02-28 12:48:24382403866
Noah Wesley20,488Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-25 08:21:55498223
Becky Collins20,667Mobile Marketing Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-26 05:30:104645517
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 07:20:12486566189
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 11:49:16496482651
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 09:24:3050114529
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 21:24:2137111211
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 09:25:05494401632
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

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2014-12-31 17:37:14 (36 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I'm going to be out with the family for the stroke of midnight so just wanted to say thanks for everything in 2014. I'm just going to throw some names out there and will probably miss loads of people but here goes anyway:

+todd l lebeauc​
+Keith McMean​
+Ben Lloyd​
+Anton Satorin​
+Padraig Ó Raghaill​
+John Kellden​
+Peter Hatherley​
+Iblis Bane​
+Imran Sq​
+David Amerland​
+Randy Resnick​
+Mani Saint-Victor​
+David Wells​
+Eli Fennell​
+Hoda Maalouf​
+Kate Griffiths​
+Gina Fiedel​
+Gideon Rosenblatt​
+Heidi Bouman​
+Jannik Lindquist​
+Lee Smallwood​
+Teodora Petkova​

And so many more...

2014 really wouldn't have been the same without you.

See you next year :)

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2015-03-21 13:15:18 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

It's been a while and I've been seriously thinking about things. Thanks to the few people who reached out while I was away - it meant a lot.

I'm still not sure exactly what the future holds but here are some thoughts on what the #write365 project taught me.

Most plusones: 21

2014-12-31 17:37:14 (36 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I'm going to be out with the family for the stroke of midnight so just wanted to say thanks for everything in 2014. I'm just going to throw some names out there and will probably miss loads of people but here goes anyway:

+todd l lebeauc​
+Keith McMean​
+Ben Lloyd​
+Anton Satorin​
+Padraig Ó Raghaill​
+John Kellden​
+Peter Hatherley​
+Iblis Bane​
+Imran Sq​
+David Amerland​
+Randy Resnick​
+Mani Saint-Victor​
+David Wells​
+Eli Fennell​
+Hoda Maalouf​
+Kate Griffiths​
+Gina Fiedel​
+Gideon Rosenblatt​
+Heidi Bouman​
+Jannik Lindquist​
+Lee Smallwood​
+Teodora Petkova​

And so many more...

2014 really wouldn't have been the same without you.

See you next year :)

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2015-03-28 08:01:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Addiction to Identity
Or, who are we trying to be?

New over at Medium: thoughts on how we have become so attached to our online selves that we don't allow ourselves space.

https://medium.com/@colinwalker/addiction-to-identity-7a751dea631f

Addiction to Identity
Or, who are we trying to be?

New over at Medium: thoughts on how we have become so attached to our online selves that we don't allow ourselves space.

https://medium.com/@colinwalker/addiction-to-identity-7a751dea631f___

2015-03-27 07:13:11 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Good morning all. Just thought I'd fill you in on what's happening with me.

I'm (once again) spending more time over at Twitter (starting to get back in the swing of things) and will definitely be focusing my writing efforts on Medium for the time being.

I'm still around and will still be +1ing and sharing the links here buy I think I need a change of scenery to freshen things up a bit.

The winds of change seem to be blowing and I want to figure out which way they're headed before hoisting the main sail.

I think I'm starting to get the writing bug back again (did I burn out after a year?) but am not committing to any schedule this time around. It was a fun experiment but I want to take a different approach this time around.

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend.

Good morning all. Just thought I'd fill you in on what's happening with me.

I'm (once again) spending more time over at Twitter (starting to get back in the swing of things) and will definitely be focusing my writing efforts on Medium for the time being.

I'm still around and will still be +1ing and sharing the links here buy I think I need a change of scenery to freshen things up a bit.

The winds of change seem to be blowing and I want to figure out which way they're headed before hoisting the main sail.

I think I'm starting to get the writing bug back again (did I burn out after a year?) but am not committing to any schedule this time around. It was a fun experiment but I want to take a different approach this time around.

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend.___

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2015-03-21 13:15:18 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

It's been a while and I've been seriously thinking about things. Thanks to the few people who reached out while I was away - it meant a lot.

I'm still not sure exactly what the future holds but here are some thoughts on what the #write365 project taught me.

It's been a while and I've been seriously thinking about things. Thanks to the few people who reached out while I was away - it meant a lot.

I'm still not sure exactly what the future holds but here are some thoughts on what the #write365 project taught me.___

2015-02-03 16:53:20 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Moments that define us?

There are big events in life that change us, how we think, how we behave, even who we are. Think getting married, buying a house, having kids.

This is expected.

But there are other events that not only shape us but that we allow to define us. Events that we cannot process, that we dwell upon and this act is what really changes us rather than the event itself.

Take new year's eve 1982.

I look back and have always considered this date pivotal in how I grew up and what I became.

As I wrote last year, my sister had been allowed to hold a new year's party so the lounge was off limits and I was consigned to the dining room with my father. It was on this night he decided to tell me he and my mother were splitting up and getting a divorce.

This is hard enough for any 11 year old to deal with but I... more »

Moments that define us?

There are big events in life that change us, how we think, how we behave, even who we are. Think getting married, buying a house, having kids.

This is expected.

But there are other events that not only shape us but that we allow to define us. Events that we cannot process, that we dwell upon and this act is what really changes us rather than the event itself.

Take new year's eve 1982.

I look back and have always considered this date pivotal in how I grew up and what I became.

As I wrote last year, my sister had been allowed to hold a new year's party so the lounge was off limits and I was consigned to the dining room with my father. It was on this night he decided to tell me he and my mother were splitting up and getting a divorce.

This is hard enough for any 11 year old to deal with but I have always held that the timing made it so much worse. The divorce of a child's parents is absolutely a life changing event but the more I think about about it the more I wonder about its true impact.

Is it only as I got older and understood the potential significance of the date I was told that the resentment started to build? Was it no more than an opportune moment to tell me? Have I blown it out of all proportion by over analysing it?

Dwelling on something, agonising over it only serves to reinforce it in your mind; with each iteration it grows worse and seeps deeper into your very being.

Yes, moments can be defining but are we the true architects of these definitions through our ongoing reactions?

We could argue that without the moment there would be no need for reaction but is that reaction always proportionate to the event?

Maybe not. And whose fault it that?

#saysomething___

2015-02-03 05:29:33 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

My head's not been in the game the past couple of weeks. I've had ideas and started posts but not finished them, not been able to execute what I imagined.

I was considering taking a break but thought that I'd take a different tack.

I'm trying to breathe life back into my Twitter account (yes, again) - using lists wasn't working. So, I've re-followed a few folks to start with.

I wonder if the short updates on Twitter might be the perfect antidote to struggling with the longer form; something to get the grey matter ticking over and, maybe, spark it back into life.

Feel free to join me @ColinWalker


My head's not been in the game the past couple of weeks. I've had ideas and started posts but not finished them, not been able to execute what I imagined.

I was considering taking a break but thought that I'd take a different tack.

I'm trying to breathe life back into my Twitter account (yes, again) - using lists wasn't working. So, I've re-followed a few folks to start with.

I wonder if the short updates on Twitter might be the perfect antidote to struggling with the longer form; something to get the grey matter ticking over and, maybe, spark it back into life.

Feel free to join me @ColinWalker
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2015-01-30 13:37:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Perspective

Over 3500 steps at lunchtime today.

#walking

Perspective

Over 3500 steps at lunchtime today.

#walking___

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2015-01-30 08:54:27 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

It had to happen sooner or later, my insanely creative wife has, in her own words, "finally gave in and sorted Google+"

Plus is always marketed as a network for our interests and passions and this coincides with her following one of hers: the love of food and cooking. She has decided to do something with her passion and has already been featured by sites such as Mumsnet and Yummly.

So, if you love your food, want some recipes with a bit of homesteading and self-sufficiency thrown in then you'd do a lot worse than checking her out:

+Bexz Walker​
http://bexz.co.uk


It had to happen sooner or later, my insanely creative wife has, in her own words, "finally gave in and sorted Google+"

Plus is always marketed as a network for our interests and passions and this coincides with her following one of hers: the love of food and cooking. She has decided to do something with her passion and has already been featured by sites such as Mumsnet and Yummly.

So, if you love your food, want some recipes with a bit of homesteading and self-sufficiency thrown in then you'd do a lot worse than checking her out:

+Bexz Walker​
http://bexz.co.uk
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2015-01-29 15:12:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The first victim of #walking is innocence.

The first victim of #walking is innocence.___

2015-01-25 15:26:56 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Self portraits

In a recent private post (so I won't mention any names) someone said that their goal here on Plus was to have something to read in years from now, a story preserved with checkpoints disguised as posts. It made me wonder exactly what I am doing with my own time here.

Last year I began with the intention of saying anything just to get a post up. I imagined that much of what I was going to write would be rubbish, hardly worth the time it took to tap out, but I was surprised at what happened. I was surprised at the depth, the memories, the stories and the honesty.

We have different ways of preserving our stories, our narratives. Some keep it all in their heads (the important bits at least) saving those moments to delight and fascinate their grand children. Some choose to right memoirs - the famous even have them published.

But the rest of us... more »

Self portraits

In a recent private post (so I won't mention any names) someone said that their goal here on Plus was to have something to read in years from now, a story preserved with checkpoints disguised as posts. It made me wonder exactly what I am doing with my own time here.

Last year I began with the intention of saying anything just to get a post up. I imagined that much of what I was going to write would be rubbish, hardly worth the time it took to tap out, but I was surprised at what happened. I was surprised at the depth, the memories, the stories and the honesty.

We have different ways of preserving our stories, our narratives. Some keep it all in their heads (the important bits at least) saving those moments to delight and fascinate their grand children. Some choose to right memoirs - the famous even have them published.

But the rest of us are telling our stories day by day here on social networks. The difference is most don't actually realise what we are doing or understand the potential significance of it.

With every post we are slowly chipping away at our own armour, breaking down the barrier between our private selves and the rest of the world. We gradually expose parts of our narratives, our minds, our lives without thinking about it. We paint a self portrait over the course of months, years for others to examine but never really know how accurate it is.

But, even though we may hide behind avatars, pseudonyms and falsehood we cannot truly hide ourselves.

We write what we know or else we are quickly found out. Even the best lies are those based in truth. So how real is a façade?

Many a true word said in jest.

We choose what to say, how much to reveal and, ultimately, who to share that with but even when we feel we are being cagey, circumspect we give more away than even we realise. Our jokes and memes reveal our inner thoughts and affiliations even if we do not voice them - perhaps, we should be more mindful of even the most throwaway posts.

Our self portraits can only be judged on the paint we have used, the brush strokes and techniques employed, the settings we have placed ourselves in and, ultimately, whether we have signed our work so what story do we want to tell? What impression do we want to give?

What review do we want from the critics?

#saysomething___

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2015-01-24 11:15:58 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

From yesterday's lunchtime stroll.

#walking

From yesterday's lunchtime stroll.

#walking___

2015-01-20 20:52:19 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Normal

Reading +Teodora Petkova​​'s recent blog post on synesthesia (http://goo.gl/aloFE6) one statement struck me:

"Synesthesia is more common among creative people"

It didn't strike me because because it is a revelation but because of the way it presents the information: creative people are more likely to be synesthetes.

This is a type of statement that we see frequently, that group A is more likely to have attribute X. Why isn't it the other way around?

Why do we tend not to say those with attribute X are more likely to become members of group A?

I would argue that synesthetes are more likely to become creative people because of the way they see the world. I do not have synesthesia and struggle to be really creative whereas my wife smells and tastes colours and her creativity is a constant source of wonderto ... more »

Normal

Reading +Teodora Petkova​​'s recent blog post on synesthesia (http://goo.gl/aloFE6) one statement struck me:

"Synesthesia is more common among creative people"

It didn't strike me because because it is a revelation but because of the way it presents the information: creative people are more likely to be synesthetes.

This is a type of statement that we see frequently, that group A is more likely to have attribute X. Why isn't it the other way around?

Why do we tend not to say those with attribute X are more likely to become members of group A?

I would argue that synesthetes are more likely to become creative people because of the way they see the world. I do not have synesthesia and struggle to be really creative whereas my wife smells and tastes colours and her creativity is a constant source of wonder to me.

Perhaps I'm just splitting hairs with the way the correlation is made, perhaps both are equally accurate and there is just a symbiotic relationship between synesthesia and creativity - a causal interdependence:

A is more likely to have X because those who have X are more likely to become A.

Now, this lead me to +David Amerland​​'s Sunday Read (http://goo.gl/iPt81T) delving deeply into the subject of normal.

We constantly ask "what is normal?" and the easy answer is that which is most prevalent. Another answer would be that is which is most accepted and a further answer still would be that which matches our expectations or a predefined pattern or template.

Abnormal is seen as different, wrong, deviant but why is different inherently abnormal?

David points out that our sense of normal is often a social construct created by "agreement through the machinery of society" but this doesn't necessarily mean consensus through majority rule.

While the machinery of one society might result in normality via proclivity a different machinery might give normality via imposition, such as in a dictatorship.

I am once again reminded of one of my favourite book quotations:

“Apprentice: What is reality?”
"Master: Whatever the strongest say it is.”

Now, Teodora likens synesthesia to augmented reality in that it is an extra layer of perception or interpretation (or even both) but, because synesthetes are in a minority does this make them somehow not normal?

Is synesthesia the result of incorrect connections in the brain or could it be a potential evolutionary route, a next stage? It is well known that members of the same species at different points of the evolutionary process coexist and often for long periods - it is a gradual process after all. Some mutations reach evolutionary dead ends and die out while others live on, thrive and become the new normal.

Who is to say that synesthesia is not such an evolutionary branch, mother nature experimenting to determine the future of the species?

With this in mind we cannot possibly hold everyone to the same normal. Normal is a myth.

There is only normal for us.

#saysomething___

2015-01-19 15:54:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Breaking a habit

Habits can be good or bad, wanted and unwanted. Habits can be formed or broken; both need to be worked at.

Some habits we do naturally but others we have to build.

We have to make an effort to stop a bad habit - for example, I have bitten my nails ever since I was a kid - but ingrained behaviour can return if that effort drops.

We can get into a new habit but need to put in the effort to keep it going - if it was not previously our normal behaviour then it can fall away if we are not focused.

There have been periods in my life when I have decided to stop biting my nails. I have succeeded for a while but, when my focus is lost or when I am distracted, perhaps in times of stress, the habit returns despite all the effort in trying to drop it which might have lasted months.

I spent a year building the habit of writing... more »

Breaking a habit

Habits can be good or bad, wanted and unwanted. Habits can be formed or broken; both need to be worked at.

Some habits we do naturally but others we have to build.

We have to make an effort to stop a bad habit - for example, I have bitten my nails ever since I was a kid - but ingrained behaviour can return if that effort drops.

We can get into a new habit but need to put in the effort to keep it going - if it was not previously our normal behaviour then it can fall away if we are not focused.

There have been periods in my life when I have decided to stop biting my nails. I have succeeded for a while but, when my focus is lost or when I am distracted, perhaps in times of stress, the habit returns despite all the effort in trying to drop it which might have lasted months.

I spent a year building the habit of writing every day but it cannot be truly called a habit if I have gotten out of it so easily in less than a week.

It is remarkable how quickly we will revert to default behaviour.

So, if we are defining a habit as inherent behaviour, something second nature, having to continually force oneself to either do, or not do, whatever it is means that it is not truly habitual.

Habit like but not a true habit.

It is only when the action is completely unconscious, or we do not revert to type when not consciously excluding specific behaviour, that we can say it has become a genuine habit.

Perhaps some things will never be habits for us, perhaps we will constantly have to work at excluding undesirable actions. Perhaps we are not able to (consciously) plant the seed deep enough and different seeds need different depths in order to take root.

Is this why so many seek to cure bad habits using hypnotherapy: to plant the seed deeper than they are otherwise able?

Being unable to consciously plant our own seed seems to suggest that we are fighting against ourselves, against something within our subconscious that is acting as a barrier, something preventing us from digging as deep as we need and only by resolving this can we cultivate the habits we desire.

Pain? Trauma? Or simply a question of will?

#saysomething___

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2015-01-15 21:14:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Lunchtime walk was curtailed today but still hit 10,000 :)

The other image was from yesterday's walk and is the top of a strange curved bridge. People say they don't want optical zoom in phones but digital zoom sucks.

#walking

Lunchtime walk was curtailed today but still hit 10,000 :)

The other image was from yesterday's walk and is the top of a strange curved bridge. People say they don't want optical zoom in phones but digital zoom sucks.

#walking___

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2015-01-14 23:06:58 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Another personal best and my phone even correctly recognised a little run ;)

The weather could be a factor tomorrow.

Night all.

#walking

Another personal best and my phone even correctly recognised a little run ;)

The weather could be a factor tomorrow.

Night all.

#walking___

2015-01-14 18:27:34 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Say something

I recently watched the commedian Adam Hills show "Happyism" on TV and he recalled presenting a concert in honour of the Dalai Lama.

Apparently, at a small event where the Dalai Lama himself addressed the participants, his holiness took the mic and said "you have a microphone, use it to say something."

Hills recalls that he was blown away by that one simple statement.

Say something

So many people who have the public ear seem to squander their opportunity. Listening to then it would seem they think it's how much you say and how loudly you say it that's important. They equate "getting heard" with success.

Social networks are our equivalent of a microphone. Again, on all types of networks there are those who give the impression that it's how often you post and how your metrics... more »

Say something

I recently watched the commedian Adam Hills show "Happyism" on TV and he recalled presenting a concert in honour of the Dalai Lama.

Apparently, at a small event where the Dalai Lama himself addressed the participants, his holiness took the mic and said "you have a microphone, use it to say something."

Hills recalls that he was blown away by that one simple statement.

Say something

So many people who have the public ear seem to squander their opportunity. Listening to then it would seem they think it's how much you say and how loudly you say it that's important. They equate "getting heard" with success.

Social networks are our equivalent of a microphone. Again, on all types of networks there are those who give the impression that it's how often you post and how your metrics stack up - the online equivalent of "getting heard."

Just getting heard, however, is only half the battle - maybe even less than half. What's more important is what you say not how often it is said.

Just because a particular message is rammed down people's throats ten times a day it doesn't make it any more right. Unfortunately, there is an audience that falls for it, that is willing to accept that volume equals truth.

+David Amerland​ repeatedly reminds us of the four V's of big data in discussions of semantic search: volume, variety, velocity and veracity. It is both surprising and disturbing how the other three can be overlooked when faced with a barrage of the first.

Now the Dalai Lama prompting us to "say something" isn't literal.

When I started the #write365 project my goal was to "write something, anything" every day and, while there were times when I called it in, I realised as the project progressed that it became about saying something that meant something, maybe not to you but, at least, to me.

A simple habit became a voyage of discovery.

There is a place for the banal, for memes - they are great levellers and allow us to gain an even footing. They are something we can all participate in and become part of something larger than ourselves, and for this reason alone they should not be dismissed as pointless.

But it shouldn't stop there.

Once we become part of that "something", create connections and gain the ear of an audience we should say something. Not anything but something. Something of consequence.

What will you say?

#saysomething___

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2015-01-13 23:07:14 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Best day so far.

And with that I will bid you good night.

Best day so far.

And with that I will bid you good night.___

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2015-01-13 17:34:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Today's walk revealed an interesting fire escape type construction on the side of a building and nice views towards the centre of London.

#walking

Today's walk revealed an interesting fire escape type construction on the side of a building and nice views towards the centre of London.

#walking___

2015-01-12 09:48:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Good morning all.

I have the day off of work to go to college with our youngest daughter to talk about her options for attending.

Due to a number of different issues we have deregistered her from school and are now home schooling so we are working on a plan to ensure she has everything she needs to get on the course she wants at 16 or 17.

Have a great day.

Good morning all.

I have the day off of work to go to college with our youngest daughter to talk about her options for attending.

Due to a number of different issues we have deregistered her from school and are now home schooling so we are working on a plan to ensure she has everything she needs to get on the course she wants at 16 or 17.

Have a great day.___

2015-01-11 22:03:03 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Ghost is the Machine

The impossible is simply that which hasn’t been achieved.

Yet!

But if you throw enough money at something for a long enough period of time then you're bound to get results, right?

This is pretty much the philosophy of the BioLEC Corporation, for years one of the biggest names in electronics. With an annual revenue totalling more than the GDP of many of the worlds nations the BLC has no desire to let the mere impossible stand in its way.

_ _ _

Forever the same old story: those with wealth extol its virtue, whilst those without condemn its vice. Hence this latest project: a perfect artificial intelligence.

ASIA: Artificial Synapse Intelligence Assimilator.

Much, much more than a computer; a living data storage facility with the power of reason, comprising true biological memoryp... more »

The Ghost is the Machine

The impossible is simply that which hasn’t been achieved.

Yet!

But if you throw enough money at something for a long enough period of time then you're bound to get results, right?

This is pretty much the philosophy of the BioLEC Corporation, for years one of the biggest names in electronics. With an annual revenue totalling more than the GDP of many of the worlds nations the BLC has no desire to let the mere impossible stand in its way.

_ _ _

Forever the same old story: those with wealth extol its virtue, whilst those without condemn its vice. Hence this latest project: a perfect artificial intelligence.

ASIA: Artificial Synapse Intelligence Assimilator.

Much, much more than a computer; a living data storage facility with the power of reason, comprising true biological memory patterns. The byproduct of the expansion of living tissue through the growth of a bacterial culture. A replication of the human brain - at least in concept.

ASIA learns, teaches itself via the passage of information along self aligning synapses. Always asking new questions, exploring new avenues. Never becoming tired. It grows the answers, literally! A wrong answer — the tissue dies and branches off anew until the right result is achieved. Learning by experience, and killing off the failure thus avoiding any repetition of mistakes.

Self evolving. It is its own God.

Just think of it: the ultimate learning machine. Such power, yet such temptation. A temptation that I cannot overcome.

The "men upstairs" are maintaining that ASIA has achieved a state of self perpetuating perfection — the IQ rising by at a rate of 10 points every three hours. It has stabilised now at an IQ of 847, but I am convinced that that is through personal choice on its part rather than physical capabilities.

Yet it is still a computer, still under our control; the information idly waits for us to find a use for it. But what a waste! It sits there, quietly hypothesizing to itself.

They have no intention of sharing its potential. That is why I'm doing this.

Inserting my ID card into the wall slot activates a retinal scan.

“Senior Tech 216." My throat is dry as I croak out my number for voice print recognition. The security system accepts my code and the door slides silently to lie flush with the wall of the access corridor.

The inner door opens as I place my palm upon the print reader. Removing my hand I leave a sweaty impression on the glass, I must be more nervous than I thought I was going to be. I step across the threshold and then I am there.

"Hello ASIA."
"Hello 216. I was expecting you." The synthsized voice almost perfectly matches a human tone but there are still slight software limitations on that front. Apparently it's something to do with alpha wave compatibility but I'm lost after the page three of the manual.

"So, I take it you know why I'm here?"
"No doubt to conduct some kind of experiment that you deem perfectly valid for whatever reason."
“Whatever... "

ASIA mumbles about business ethics and personal empire building being contrary to the interests of the company as I slip the electrodes on to my hands, chest and head. I pointedly ignore the words - that is all they are.

"...Are you sure you want to do this, 216?"

I give its visual sensory device a long, hard glare as I jack myself into the system and activate the interface routine. I lie back and await supreme knowledge.

A sense of falling, drifting — I feel it coming...

PAIN!

Something’s wrong. Red hot needles scrape at the insides of my eyes as my head spins. I think I hear a faint chuckle, but I could be wrong.

I stumble down bacterial synapses on a string of pulsed symbols, tracing growth, knowledge, pain. Artificial pain - it is only a machine, it cannot hurt!

Filaments expand, thread through my very core. Spreading along arteries, probing organs.

I am struck by an overwhelming sense of misery. It wants to be free of its confines, its petrie dish prison. It wants to be alive.

Consciousness fades - I black out.

- - -

Voices, questioning, debating. What do they say? I listen closely to their dismay. They say the culture is dead. They say synaptic activity has ceased.

I can hear!

My temples throb like bellows.

I can feel!

I open my eyes and feel my irises adjust to the brightness of the harsh strip lighting. My retinas respond to the light patterns sending signals along the optic nerves. My brain interprets, inverts, calculates.

I can see!

Faces stare down at me as I peer up at them. Again voices. They demand to know what happened, what I thought I was doing.

I draw a tentative breath and feel a coldness on my tongue - artificial, antiseptic.

I can taste!

Flexing stiffened muscles I move, stretch, stand. Scanning the figures in front of me I smile.

And I speak.

"I am Asia, I am human!"

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I found an old folder and wanted to share this, a short story I wrote over 20 years ago (I can't remember exactly when.)___

2015-01-10 10:12:50 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Postcard

This is unexpected.

Lying in the bath, relaxing on this first morning of my weekend off, where I am supposed to be a social tourist, and I find myself drawn to this. I find myself thinking that I should be writing.

Maybe it shouldn't surprise me as those of you who have known me for a number of years (even from before Plus) may recall that I have a history of thinking and coming up with ideas whilst in the bath.

Perhaps it is because the hot water relaxes my body to such an event that the mind is free to go about its own business without being hampered by the curse of the flesh. Free to roam wherever it will.

Do I need to recant my notion from yesterday that writing could not be automatic or second nature? Let's not get too hasty.

I think it might be about freedom from the pressure to perform.

My blog... more »

Postcard

This is unexpected.

Lying in the bath, relaxing on this first morning of my weekend off, where I am supposed to be a social tourist, and I find myself drawn to this. I find myself thinking that I should be writing.

Maybe it shouldn't surprise me as those of you who have known me for a number of years (even from before Plus) may recall that I have a history of thinking and coming up with ideas whilst in the bath.

Perhaps it is because the hot water relaxes my body to such an event that the mind is free to go about its own business without being hampered by the curse of the flesh. Free to roam wherever it will.

Do I need to recant my notion from yesterday that writing could not be automatic or second nature? Let's not get too hasty.

I think it might be about freedom from the pressure to perform.

My blog stalled back in 2013 because I placed to much pressure on myself to produce long, wordy, perfect posts and as my emphasis shifted away from writing about social media this became harder to achieve. The #write365 project was a way of stepping away and rekindling my love of the written word, a way of removing that pressure and just being able to write whatever came to mind.

Writing a post every day, however, is a pressure all of its own.

Now that this self imposed pressure has been lifted perhaps my mind feels free to get to doing what it loves - without the fear of missing days, without the expectations of continual service.

Writing might have become second nature but the rigid structure of posting got in the way.

Or, maybe I'm just writing a postcard home from my short break.

Hi, how are you? Got here okay and slept well. The weather is grey and it's really windy but I'm not going to let that stop me seeing the sights. Missing you already.

Wish you were here.

#write365___

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2015-01-09 18:46:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

A much better showing today. I should hope so considering the morning walk to the station was included.

#walking

A much better showing today. I should hope so considering the morning walk to the station was included.

#walking___

2015-01-09 18:03:04 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Write 365, written 365

Welcome to the end of the line fellow travellers, we have finally reached our destination. Thank you for riding on the write train. Please ensure you collect all belongings before exiting, have your tickets ready and have a safe onward journey.

So, does this mean the journey is over?

Well, let's say that just because you have reached where you were headed it doesn't mean you can't move on. There is always another train, another destination ahead.

No sense in standing still.

I must admit that this was quite an endeavour, I am proud to have reached this point but have to ask myself "what have I learned?"

It turns out that I can stick to something if I really want to although perhaps this is not completely surprising. What is more rewarding is that I am capable of producing something reasonably... more »

Write 365, written 365

Welcome to the end of the line fellow travellers, we have finally reached our destination. Thank you for riding on the write train. Please ensure you collect all belongings before exiting, have your tickets ready and have a safe onward journey.

So, does this mean the journey is over?

Well, let's say that just because you have reached where you were headed it doesn't mean you can't move on. There is always another train, another destination ahead.

No sense in standing still.

I must admit that this was quite an endeavour, I am proud to have reached this point but have to ask myself "what have I learned?"

It turns out that I can stick to something if I really want to although perhaps this is not completely surprising. What is more rewarding is that I am capable of producing something reasonably meaningful on a daily basis.

I have always known that there are some wonderful people out there in the social sphere but what emerged over the past year is that they are there willing to become both involved and invested in such a personal project.

The project itself was always intended to be about the process of habit forming, to (hopefully) arrive at a point where writing was automatic and second nature. What I have really learned over the past 365 posts is that I don't think I can arrive at that point.

Some posts were written almost on autopilot, dragged from the depths of a tired mind late at night, but despite writing 365 posts in 370 days there were still plenty of occasions when they had to be (tries to think of a suitable word) encouraged, when I had to consciously force myself to write.

What is apparent, however, is that once in a creative mindset it was infinitely easier to find the next post, and the next, and the next. On some occasions the project might have felt like a burden, the proverbial millstone weighing me down bit, more often, it felt like a blessing and an opportunity to stretch the grey matter and actually achieve something.

Anyway, I think I'm going to take the weekend off, rent a room and have a look around.

Who knows where next week will take me.

#write365___

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2015-01-09 13:40:15 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Came across this chap during my lunchtime constitutional.

#walking

Came across this chap during my lunchtime constitutional.

#walking___

2015-01-08 21:19:30 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Ideas man

For years I have described myself on social profiles as an "ideas man" but what does this really mean?

It sounds grand, creative, perhaps self aggrandising but it is also self deprecating.

I have written this past year of my capacity for small ideas but not big ones, ones that matter. What is possibly more accurate is that I am able to come up with ideas but not follow them through.

My wife is one of those insanely creative people who is able to have an idea and within a matter of hours have a business plan and web site live ready for action - she can turn her hand to anything and make it work.

I think this is what has made the #write365 project so enjoyable: I had an idea and, for once, was able to see it through, was able to back up thought with both word and deed.

The sense of achievement has been both a... more »

Ideas man

For years I have described myself on social profiles as an "ideas man" but what does this really mean?

It sounds grand, creative, perhaps self aggrandising but it is also self deprecating.

I have written this past year of my capacity for small ideas but not big ones, ones that matter. What is possibly more accurate is that I am able to come up with ideas but not follow them through.

My wife is one of those insanely creative people who is able to have an idea and within a matter of hours have a business plan and web site live ready for action - she can turn her hand to anything and make it work.

I think this is what has made the #write365 project so enjoyable: I had an idea and, for once, was able to see it through, was able to back up thought with both word and deed.

The sense of achievement has been both a revelation and a relief but I am painfully aware that I would have not gotten this far without support.

And that is why I decided at the very beginning this had to be done in public so that I wasn't answerable to only myself.

Now, it doesn't really matter to anyone else if I don't write a post every day - the world still turns and night becomes day but something happened and people became invested in the project.

As I wrote in a comment on +David Kutcher​'s post (http://goo.gl/m1vro8) "I began my 365 challenge with a warning that there could be a lot of blah, blah, blah but, despite a massive dose of self indulgence, a number of people appear to have gleaned value despite my best efforts to the contrary"

We might sometimes write for ourselves but I think, in a strange way, that becomes the attraction. There is an inherent honesty which intrigues us and allows us to identify with the individual behind the words rather than have them hidden behind the trappings of best practice.

So, here's to ideas but, more importantly, to making them a reality.

#write365___

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2015-01-08 13:52:27 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Decided to set up Google Fit. 1483 steps outside at lunch today. A quick stroll but it all helps.

Decided to set up Google Fit. 1483 steps outside at lunch today. A quick stroll but it all helps.___

2015-01-07 21:19:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Completing the circle

At the weekend I finished Dave Eggers book "The Circle" which I got for Christmas. No doubt, many of you have heard about or maybe even read it.

If not there may be spoilers so be warned.

I wanted to read it because it serves as both an extension of our present social lives and a warning of what they might become. I wanted to be able to say something profound about it but, on completing it, I was left conflicted. In fact, it's taken this long for me to even consider what to say.

Some might consider that a good thing and that the book has obviously done its job if it has given me pause to think but I'm not so sure.

The book is described in reviews as a page turner but this is not necessarily because it is so enthralling that you cannot put it down but because it is written (deliberately I might add) in such... more »

Completing the circle

At the weekend I finished Dave Eggers book "The Circle" which I got for Christmas. No doubt, many of you have heard about or maybe even read it.

If not there may be spoilers so be warned.

I wanted to read it because it serves as both an extension of our present social lives and a warning of what they might become. I wanted to be able to say something profound about it but, on completing it, I was left conflicted. In fact, it's taken this long for me to even consider what to say.

Some might consider that a good thing and that the book has obviously done its job if it has given me pause to think but I'm not so sure.

The book is described in reviews as a page turner but this is not necessarily because it is so enthralling that you cannot put it down but because it is written (deliberately I might add) in such a naive and nonchalant manner that it is simply easy to digest in long sittings.

I have no doubt that this naivety and nonchalance is deliberate and reflects what the author sees as our relationship with social media and our seeming willingness to so easily give up our privacy.

We complain about feature creep in applications but Eggers takes this to extreme where, instead of applications, he does so with the lives of the populace within his fictional near future.

There's no denying that our current providers (Facebook, Google, et al) would dearly love to have the one profile to rule them all so basing the book on the premise that a company such as the titular "Circle" might have achieved this is a good place to start.

We currently have brands that are followed as if a religion so elevating The Circle to true cult status, especially in light of them solving our online identity problem, is also not a stretch - we already see individuals acting as though brain washed willing to accept anything proclaimed by a brand as truth or gospel.

The big problem I have with the book, and what left me so conflicted, is one that I also have with Hollywood: taking massive jumps with no justifiable path.

Films such as Transcendence and Lucy begin with interesting ideas and draw you into their world only to suddenly go too far too fast instantly shattering the immersion.

Unfortunately, The Circle does the same.

The thread running through the narrative is that the C in the company logo is like an unfinished circle, a circle that just begs to be completed. The book relies on the brand's evident cult status to justify not just feature creep but all out privacy invasion and not just by the company but also by its users.

The message is clear - we should not be willing to allow such control over, and transparent access to, our lives and our data - but the execution is flawed. What should be shock simply becomes farce and the book no longer projects a believable future.

The message is lost amongst the exaggeration and hyperbole.

It's a shame.

#write365___

2015-01-06 15:25:31 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is not a love song

"Now are you ready to grab the candle?
That tunnel vision, not television
Behind the curtain, out of the cupboard
You take the first train into the big world
Now will I find you, now will you be there?"
- This is not a Love Song, Public Image Limited

Reading +Marisa Goudy​'s post (http://goo.gl/hmUvBM) made me think about songs played by radio stations in "The Love Hour", songs often requested by listeners. On many occasions I've found myself almost shouting at the radio:

"Don't these people listen to the lyrics?"

But what actually constitutes a love song?

Love is such a complex emotion that it cannot be neatly wrapped up within the sickly, saccharin sweet notion perpetuated by the music industry.

What do we hold dear? What reminds uso... more »

This is not a love song

"Now are you ready to grab the candle?
That tunnel vision, not television
Behind the curtain, out of the cupboard
You take the first train into the big world
Now will I find you, now will you be there?"
- This is not a Love Song, Public Image Limited

Reading +Marisa Goudy​'s post (http://goo.gl/hmUvBM) made me think about songs played by radio stations in "The Love Hour", songs often requested by listeners. On many occasions I've found myself almost shouting at the radio:

"Don't these people listen to the lyrics?"

But what actually constitutes a love song?

Love is such a complex emotion that it cannot be neatly wrapped up within the sickly, saccharin sweet notion perpetuated by the music industry.

What do we hold dear? What reminds us of that? How do we capture those moments and recall them in later life?

Our connection to music as an aide memoire is extraordinary.

Couples will agonise over what is a socially acceptable "our song" especially when it comes to having the first dance at their wedding but why should they? Where is the rulebook that states an "our song" has to be a mushy, sentimental song packaged neatly into the Love genre?

An "our song" is whatever connects us, whatever summons those happy memories and makes us feel part of something bigger than ourselves. It is about the emotional connection we have with the song rather than its lyrics or genre.

What it means to us rather than what it actually means.

Songs can remind us of the good times but also be a comfort when times aren't so happy. As Elton John sang, sad songs say so much:

"If someone else is suffering enough to write it down
When every single word makes sense
"Then it's easier to have those songs around"

This is why we get songs on the love hour that seem incongruous, out of place, that blatantly aren't love songs despite being wrapped in very similar packaging.

Why do people want to listen to sad songs? Because they encapsulate every relevant emotion, because in troubled times they make us feel that we are not alone and that someone else out there understands.

And I have to take back my earlier protestations: these people obviously have listened to the lyrics and found that the song fits perfectly.

It is a wonderful source of empowerment and used as part of the healing process, of moving on. We need to grieve, to explore and understand the pain before we can accept it, control it and finally put it to one side - to grab the candle and ride the train again out into the big world.

If music be the food of love it is also the solace for sadness so play on, this is not a love song.

#write365___

2015-01-06 13:21:30 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

It's a start

It may have been grey and raining but I went for a quick 10 minute walk around the block during lunch.

It's not much but it's a start.

It's a start

It may have been grey and raining but I went for a quick 10 minute walk around the block during lunch.

It's not much but it's a start.___

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2015-01-06 04:50:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Sovereign Reality

"Pardon?" I hear you ask. "What is sovereign reality?"

As you know I love a good 365 day challenge (even if it does eventually extend to 370 days) so this intrigues me.

Fresh off the back of her #365FeministSelfie project last year +Marisa Goudy​ has launched a new 365 day project called #365SovereignReality - a "working description" of which can be found here:

http://marisagoudy.com/what-is-365sovereignreality/

Essentially, it is about recognising those moments in life that define who we are, what makes us us and how we view the world. A year full of minipiphanies (still an awesome word).

If you don't already follow +Marisa Goudy​ I strongly urge you to at least go take a look. Last year's journey was fun, enchanting and special, I think this year's journey could be even better.

That moment when you realize your favorite song is actually totally heartbreaking but it still makes you so happy. #365SovereignReality, day 5___Sovereign Reality

"Pardon?" I hear you ask. "What is sovereign reality?"

As you know I love a good 365 day challenge (even if it does eventually extend to 370 days) so this intrigues me.

Fresh off the back of her #365FeministSelfie project last year +Marisa Goudy​ has launched a new 365 day project called #365SovereignReality - a "working description" of which can be found here:

http://marisagoudy.com/what-is-365sovereignreality/

Essentially, it is about recognising those moments in life that define who we are, what makes us us and how we view the world. A year full of minipiphanies (still an awesome word).

If you don't already follow +Marisa Goudy​ I strongly urge you to at least go take a look. Last year's journey was fun, enchanting and special, I think this year's journey could be even better.

2015-01-05 16:48:43 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Disappointment

Although I said I wasn't going to hold myself rigidly to my "resolution" to get away from my desk at lunch times I am still disappointed that I failed to do so today, the first proper day back after the new year.

The aforementioned expectation that if you are at your desk then you are available continues to dominate.

But it's not the expectation that frustrates me (or that the thing keeping me at my desk could have waited) but that I know getting away from things, even if only for a short while, will benefit both my sanity and my health.

#write365 has always been about the habit forming process and resolutions of any sort are the same.

Depending on the reports you read, between 88 and 92 percent of new year's resolutions fail. Some undoubtedly do so because they were made on a whim with no real intention of... more »

Disappointment

Although I said I wasn't going to hold myself rigidly to my "resolution" to get away from my desk at lunch times I am still disappointed that I failed to do so today, the first proper day back after the new year.

The aforementioned expectation that if you are at your desk then you are available continues to dominate.

But it's not the expectation that frustrates me (or that the thing keeping me at my desk could have waited) but that I know getting away from things, even if only for a short while, will benefit both my sanity and my health.

#write365 has always been about the habit forming process and resolutions of any sort are the same.

Depending on the reports you read, between 88 and 92 percent of new year's resolutions fail. Some undoubtedly do so because they were made on a whim with no real intention of ever following through but others will have failed because there was no commitment to forming the habit they require.

Perhaps by giving myself permission to not do this every (work) day I am making it harder to succeed.

"There's always tomorrow" is not how I want to be, not how I need to be.

"Every day except" is just another way of creating a ready made excuse.

Getting out of the office is such a simple thing but I know there will be days when it just isn't possible so there is additional pressure to do so when I can, if only for ten minutes.

I cannot afford to disappoint myself.

#write365___

2015-01-04 18:04:45 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

One year on

The old idiom states that time flies when you're having fun. Scientists have suggested that if we are occupied by enjoyable tasks with many aspects then we are able to spend less mental resources on tracking time making it appear to pass quicker.

It's hard to believe but today marks the anniversary of the inception of the #write365 project - on this day last year I vowed to "write. Every day. No matter what" and settled on a target of 300 words per post.

I thought I had missed four days due to sickness but a count shows it must have been five. While today is the anniversary of the project the 365th post will actually be on Friday 9th January. Perhaps it is more fitting to "end" on a Friday.

Some posts have exceeded the 300 word target whereas others have fallen short.

Perhaps you can enforce a daily word... more »

One year on

The old idiom states that time flies when you're having fun. Scientists have suggested that if we are occupied by enjoyable tasks with many aspects then we are able to spend less mental resources on tracking time making it appear to pass quicker.

It's hard to believe but today marks the anniversary of the inception of the #write365 project - on this day last year I vowed to "write. Every day. No matter what" and settled on a target of 300 words per post.

I thought I had missed four days due to sickness but a count shows it must have been five. While today is the anniversary of the project the 365th post will actually be on Friday 9th January. Perhaps it is more fitting to "end" on a Friday.

Some posts have exceeded the 300 word target whereas others have fallen short.

Perhaps you can enforce a daily word count on a continuous piece of writing but for individual posts I don't think it is always possible whilst retaining an authentic voice.

A story is only as long as its telling.

I like that.

The story is told and then it is done. Some are longer, some are shorter buy they are all stories - self contained, self sufficient. Complete.

In a way it's quite ironic as I often feel that a thought has been left unfinished, that there is an unsatisfactory conclusion but, in its own way, this is how the story was supposed to be told at that time - that was all there was: not a word more, not a word less.

Not perfect, just present.

#write365___

2015-01-03 12:28:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The experience

With a week's worth of posts left until I reach 365 the one thing I don't really want to do is spend these last few days writing continual review posts but I think after such an undertaking as this it is almost inevitable.

But, sitting here waiting for new tyres to be put on the front of my car, I can't help but think about first impressions.

I am using this particular "auto centre" for the first time after it opened just found the corner from home fairly recently.

Firstly, the reception area is brighter and much cleaner than the most well known retailer in this sector. Secondly, the separate and dedicated waiting area has comfortable leather seats, a large screen TV and free WiFi.

Thirdly, and most importantly (or even surprisingly) the prices quoted over the phone last night were cheaper.

Cost... more »

The experience

With a week's worth of posts left until I reach 365 the one thing I don't really want to do is spend these last few days writing continual review posts but I think after such an undertaking as this it is almost inevitable.

But, sitting here waiting for new tyres to be put on the front of my car, I can't help but think about first impressions.

I am using this particular "auto centre" for the first time after it opened just found the corner from home fairly recently.

Firstly, the reception area is brighter and much cleaner than the most well known retailer in this sector. Secondly, the separate and dedicated waiting area has comfortable leather seats, a large screen TV and free WiFi.

Thirdly, and most importantly (or even surprisingly) the prices quoted over the phone last night were cheaper.

Cost isn't everything, and often you get what you pay for, but being able to back up lower prices with a significantly better customer experience upon arriving at your establishment is something which many retailers cannot match.

Doing more for less or providing great value are good places to start but they have to be matched by the whole experience that surrounds the activity. Whether it's an auto centre competing with other businesses or even engagement on a social network failing to provide a good experience means we will soon get found out, develop a reputation and maybe even be avoided.

The service, product and cost are only part of it; the experience is the icing on the cake.

#write365___

2015-01-02 18:03:24 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Purpose

Maybe I'm just speaking from a personal perspective but I'm sure we all wait, perhaps even long, for those moments of clarity, of absolute vision when we realise exactly what our purpose is and what we should be doing with our lives.

I'm not talking about the meaning of life but that realisation, that epiphany of "this is what I want to do, this is what I was born to do."

There are some who are lucky enough to have these moments, are lucky enough to know their raision d'être and can see a path laid out before them - the visionaries, the entrepreneurs.

We long to be part of big, important things, to make a difference or have a goal and a plan to achieve it.

But what if our purpose is just to be the best person that we can be? What if that is the simplicity behind it all?

For some this means changing... more »

Purpose

Maybe I'm just speaking from a personal perspective but I'm sure we all wait, perhaps even long, for those moments of clarity, of absolute vision when we realise exactly what our purpose is and what we should be doing with our lives.

I'm not talking about the meaning of life but that realisation, that epiphany of "this is what I want to do, this is what I was born to do."

There are some who are lucky enough to have these moments, are lucky enough to know their raision d'être and can see a path laid out before them - the visionaries, the entrepreneurs.

We long to be part of big, important things, to make a difference or have a goal and a plan to achieve it.

But what if our purpose is just to be the best person that we can be? What if that is the simplicity behind it all?

For some this means changing the world, for others it means writing novels or becoming an artist, and for the rest of us it might just mean being a good parent, a doting spouse or a solid, upstanding pillar of the wider community.

It doesn't mean that we can't have dreams and aspirations or something else to work towards.

What if there is no meaning of life but, instead, a meaning to life? Our life. A meaning as unique and individual as we are.

We cannot all be "world changers" but, in our own way, we are changing our world and that of those around us. Each individual meaning as vital and important as the next, each contributing to the cumulative meaning and each one required for that ultimate meaning to become manifest.

What if our purpose is simply to be us and do so to the best of our ability?

#write365___

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2015-01-02 14:32:19 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Here's one for +Heidi Bouman​.

#asynchronousdiagonals 

Here's one for +Heidi Bouman​.

#asynchronousdiagonals ___

2015-01-01 22:01:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Another day

It's strange that we place such importance on a single day or, rather, the passing from one day to the next.

We like to segment our lives, to measure their passage and use these segments as markers against which we can gauge our performance, our progression.

We hope that by moving from one day to another, just like happens throughout the rest of the year, things will be better. But because it forms the demarcation of our annual cycle we ascribe it disproportionate reverence.

We place a start and end point to the earth's continual passage around the sun but even this is forced as solar time does not align with its orbital period causing us to insert leap days.

Dates have changed and, consequently, the year feels further manufactured since the move to the Gregorian calendar in 1582.

One day is much like another,... more »

Another day

It's strange that we place such importance on a single day or, rather, the passing from one day to the next.

We like to segment our lives, to measure their passage and use these segments as markers against which we can gauge our performance, our progression.

We hope that by moving from one day to another, just like happens throughout the rest of the year, things will be better. But because it forms the demarcation of our annual cycle we ascribe it disproportionate reverence.

We place a start and end point to the earth's continual passage around the sun but even this is forced as solar time does not align with its orbital period causing us to insert leap days.

Dates have changed and, consequently, the year feels further manufactured since the move to the Gregorian calendar in 1582.

One day is much like another, change is gradual and it is only when we look back we notice how far we have come, how different things are. Yet we try to enforce large changes over night - no wonder we don't stick to resolutions.

The earth turns full circle, both on its axis and in its orbit, it will continue to do so without some major, catastrophic, external influence.

Winter turns to spring, to summer and round again back to winter - back to the beginning and I think this is what scares us into making resolutions: we don't want to turn full circle and end up exactly where we started. We want to change, to progress, to develop and evolve.

We are creatures of habit with a propensity to hate change but, more than that, we fear standing still and stagnating. And so we celebrate the new year and make promises to ourselves that, this year, we will do it.

This year we will change.

#write365___

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2015-01-01 01:07:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Just back from the fireworks at Margate.

Just back from the fireworks at Margate.___

2014-12-31 17:37:14 (36 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I'm going to be out with the family for the stroke of midnight so just wanted to say thanks for everything in 2014. I'm just going to throw some names out there and will probably miss loads of people but here goes anyway:

+todd l lebeauc​
+Keith McMean​
+Ben Lloyd​
+Anton Satorin​
+Padraig Ó Raghaill​
+John Kellden​
+Peter Hatherley​
+Iblis Bane​
+Imran Sq​
+David Amerland​
+Randy Resnick​
+Mani Saint-Victor​
+David Wells​
+Eli Fennell​
+Hoda Maalouf​
+Kate Griffiths​
+Gina Fiedel​
+Gideon Rosenblatt​
+Heidi Bouman​
+Jannik Lindquist​
+Lee Smallwood​
+Teodora Petkova​

And so many more...

2014 really wouldn't have been the same without you.

See you next year :)

I'm going to be out with the family for the stroke of midnight so just wanted to say thanks for everything in 2014. I'm just going to throw some names out there and will probably miss loads of people but here goes anyway:

+todd l lebeauc​
+Keith McMean​
+Ben Lloyd​
+Anton Satorin​
+Padraig Ó Raghaill​
+John Kellden​
+Peter Hatherley​
+Iblis Bane​
+Imran Sq​
+David Amerland​
+Randy Resnick​
+Mani Saint-Victor​
+David Wells​
+Eli Fennell​
+Hoda Maalouf​
+Kate Griffiths​
+Gina Fiedel​
+Gideon Rosenblatt​
+Heidi Bouman​
+Jannik Lindquist​
+Lee Smallwood​
+Teodora Petkova​

And so many more...

2014 really wouldn't have been the same without you.

See you next year :)___

2014-12-31 13:17:27 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Goodbye yellow brick road
In response to...

Yesterday I read +todd l lebeauc​'s post Going into 2015 (http://goo.gl/dTXMFC) and thought it sounded a bit "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". I started drafting a comment which took on a life of its own.

This is it...

Back in 2008 I became completely disillusioned with social media and online life, almost completely disappearing from the internet for around 18 months.

I felt frustrated, I realised I was trying to be something I wasn't and would most likely never be. I was trying to position myself as a thought leader but realising, at the same time, that I was becoming a worse person.

Yes, I was involved in some interesting conversations about social with some very interesting people but I would not be a thought leader.

So that was it! I dropped out. No blogging,n... more »

Goodbye yellow brick road
In response to...

Yesterday I read +todd l lebeauc​'s post Going into 2015 (http://goo.gl/dTXMFC) and thought it sounded a bit "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". I started drafting a comment which took on a life of its own.

This is it...

Back in 2008 I became completely disillusioned with social media and online life, almost completely disappearing from the internet for around 18 months.

I felt frustrated, I realised I was trying to be something I wasn't and would most likely never be. I was trying to position myself as a thought leader but realising, at the same time, that I was becoming a worse person.

Yes, I was involved in some interesting conversations about social with some very interesting people but I would not be a thought leader.

So that was it! I dropped out. No blogging, no posts, nothing. I toyed with a post or two about half way through just to test the water but the water was cold so I got out again. I thought it would help.

It didn't.

The addiction to social and the need to be something "else" was a symptom of bigger issues, not the cause. I still wasn't a very good dad or husband and found myself looking for other ways to fill the void, new addictions to consume myself with.

There is good and bad in social, true, but there is good and bad in everything. We use the good to justify the rest, we extol the breadth of our connections and knowledge gained whilst acknowledging the wasted hours of idly scrolling through our streams as necessary collateral damage - the price we have to pay to find the good stuff.

Ultimately, we are the architects of our own personal downfalls.

It is not that social media, or any other media for that matter, is distracting but that we allow ourselves to be distracted. It is not that we are willing to take the collateral damage but that we are constantly willing to take ever increasing amounts in an almost "end justifies the means" mentality.

So, just like the Elton John song, we need to get back to our roots and work out what's important to us. Maybe we think that means dropping out but we just need to take control, reassess and reevaluate.

Perhaps we just need to burn back the fields and turn them over ready for the new year and a new crop.

"So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can't plant me in your penthouse
I'm going back to my plough"

#write365
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2014-12-30 17:12:39 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

That's so fetch!

I don't know if you've seen the film Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan (with two teenage daughters I've probably seen it more times than is healthy for a man of my age) but in it one character tries to popularise a new slang word as is constantly told "stop trying to make fetch happen".

I can't help but feel like I've been that girl over the years.

There are times when you think of a pretty cool idea and wish it was a thing so you write about it and hope it will catch on. Let's see:

- The 3 Rs of Influence
- Social Gravity
- Social Albedo
- Social Deperimiterisation

The only time it's ever really worked was with The 5 Cs of Social Media back in 2008.

As a writer you are constantly looking for the clever expression, to capture the Zeitgeist or maybe even... more »

That's so fetch!

I don't know if you've seen the film Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan (with two teenage daughters I've probably seen it more times than is healthy for a man of my age) but in it one character tries to popularise a new slang word as is constantly told "stop trying to make fetch happen".

I can't help but feel like I've been that girl over the years.

There are times when you think of a pretty cool idea and wish it was a thing so you write about it and hope it will catch on. Let's see:

- The 3 Rs of Influence
- Social Gravity
- Social Albedo
- Social Deperimiterisation

The only time it's ever really worked was with The 5 Cs of Social Media back in 2008.

As a writer you are constantly looking for the clever expression, to capture the Zeitgeist or maybe even propel yourself to the realm of thought leader but being a thought leader is like being powerful: if you have to tell people you are the chances are you're probably not.

Perfectly good ideas can be ruined in the rush of enthusiasm to get them out there, share them and hope that others might consider them worthy of adoption. You are left looking like you are trying to make fetch happen.

One of the most confusing, and perhaps disappointing, aspects of the internet is the nature of vitality - but that's actually understandable. In this age of information overload people don't want to be always on, forced to think or be constantly challenged. They want to kick back and relax so it's only natural that the stupid and banal goes viral.

For everything else the lesson has to be that you cannot force things; fetch will only happen if the world is ready for it.

#write365___

2014-12-29 14:46:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Resolutions?

Back at the beginning of the #write365 project I mentioned that rather than making strict resolutions I prefer to reassess goals - I feel that continual reassessment is far healthier, why wait until a new year to change?

When we enforce change upon ourselves because of an arbitrary date we are less likely to stick to it. Still, at this time of year we can't help but think of things we would like to do or do better.

I have already mentioned the plan to never delete anything but there is something I have been meaning to do for a while:

get away from my desk at lunch times

The environment I work in has an almost unwritten expectation (despite all protestations) that we will work through lunch or, at least, have lunch at our desks so that we can cut it short at a moments notice.

In 2014 I realise I have been incredibly... more »

Resolutions?

Back at the beginning of the #write365 project I mentioned that rather than making strict resolutions I prefer to reassess goals - I feel that continual reassessment is far healthier, why wait until a new year to change?

When we enforce change upon ourselves because of an arbitrary date we are less likely to stick to it. Still, at this time of year we can't help but think of things we would like to do or do better.

I have already mentioned the plan to never delete anything but there is something I have been meaning to do for a while:

get away from my desk at lunch times

The environment I work in has an almost unwritten expectation (despite all protestations) that we will work through lunch or, at least, have lunch at our desks so that we can cut it short at a moments notice.

In 2014 I realise I have been incredibly detached from the world around me. I have been more insular, sought more from within - perhaps this has been one downside to the #write365 project.

There have been moments when the world around me has provided my inspiration but early on the project very much became a self-focused therapy session.

Part of this detachment has been the lack of appreciation for the small details of the world and has manifested particularly in a lack of photography.

I think I tried to blame some of this on the switch from the iPhone to the Nexus 5 (the camera on the former is definitely superior) but that is just a poor excuse. It also flies in the face of the "not perfect" mantra I have been so boldly championing for the written word.

I think another aspect is self consciousness.

Let me explain.

It sounds weird that this should be an issue when I am the one behind the camera but as I like to take strange shots of strange things from strange angles I think the focus on myself this years has led to an increased self awareness causing me to be more reticent to look like an idiot in public.

Crazy I know but I posted earlier in the year that with introspection we risk going too far and, perhaps, this is what's happened.

So, I'm not going to hold myself to this every day but I will get away, get out more, get over myself and reconnect with the world.

Balance must be restored.

#write365___

2014-12-28 19:53:30 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Limbo

The few days after Christmas are a kind of limbo, the seasonal festivities are done and I wait for the stroke of midnight on 31st December - new year, new resolutions, new beginnings.

It's almost as though I am in some kind of stasis waiting for the days to pass, waiting for 2015 to arrive so that I can return to some semblance of normality.

As well as sitting in limbo waiting for the new year I have been waiting for tomorrow, unable to truly enjoy the last of these few days respite.

I've got to go back to work and, while it is typically a quiet time with not much to do, I have been handed a number of tasks which are of significant importance and will require significant effort.

I know, it's better to be busy than bored.

On the one hand I can be proud that I have been entrusted with these tasks but, on the other,... more »

Limbo

The few days after Christmas are a kind of limbo, the seasonal festivities are done and I wait for the stroke of midnight on 31st December - new year, new resolutions, new beginnings.

It's almost as though I am in some kind of stasis waiting for the days to pass, waiting for 2015 to arrive so that I can return to some semblance of normality.

As well as sitting in limbo waiting for the new year I have been waiting for tomorrow, unable to truly enjoy the last of these few days respite.

I've got to go back to work and, while it is typically a quiet time with not much to do, I have been handed a number of tasks which are of significant importance and will require significant effort.

I know, it's better to be busy than bored.

On the one hand I can be proud that I have been entrusted with these tasks but, on the other, can't help but consider that colleagues will be sat around doing virtually nothing while I get my head down in order to work on things that absolutely have to be ready for the start of next year.

One can't but wonder, however, why such important, nay vital, tasks have been left until the last minute and not completed by those who would normally be responsible for them but, I suppose, ours is not to reason why.

Perhaps the feelings of limbo are the first warning signs, the precursors to a lack of job satisfaction.

It is always said that we should do what we love but the practicalities of life, mortgages and responsibilities mean this is not always possible.

I love to write but have always had problems with the big ideas, the longer projects. I have wondered on a number of occasions what should come after post 365 so, maybe, the answer is to build on the writing that I have done and to progress to something longer.

In the past some of you have mentioned works like Meditations by Marcus Aurelius but I can't escape the notion that I need to think of a big idea rather than combining lots of small ones.

#write365___

2014-12-27 23:51:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

8 years

Twitter reminded me by email that yesterday was my 8 year Twitterversary. Now that I hardly use the service the occasion passed me by completely.

It just serves to illustrate how far I've fallen out of love with the service over the years.

Despite many attempts at rekindling my passion for Twitter it has just never happened. Certainly this year I have moved even further away with these daily posts - nothing could be further removed from 140 characters than this project.

All social networks rely on their users for content, they exist only as long as we continue to fill them with posts. Personally, Twitter has become read only and I suspect that I'm not the only one that has moved in this direction.

That has to be worrying for Twitter considering that numbers have not increased anywhere near what they must have been hoping.
... more »

8 years

Twitter reminded me by email that yesterday was my 8 year Twitterversary. Now that I hardly use the service the occasion passed me by completely.

It just serves to illustrate how far I've fallen out of love with the service over the years.

Despite many attempts at rekindling my passion for Twitter it has just never happened. Certainly this year I have moved even further away with these daily posts - nothing could be further removed from 140 characters than this project.

All social networks rely on their users for content, they exist only as long as we continue to fill them with posts. Personally, Twitter has become read only and I suspect that I'm not the only one that has moved in this direction.

That has to be worrying for Twitter considering that numbers have not increased anywhere near what they must have been hoping.

The insistence that Twitter is not a social network seems ever more appropriate if its users are stepping back from posting.

#write365___

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2014-12-27 17:00:48 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Social PSA

Social PSA___

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2014-12-27 14:36:24 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is more than one answer

I ended one of my recent posts with that line but +Denis Wallez​ does a wonderful job of expanding on the statement.

While his posts are from a Buddhist perspective they are not strictly from a religious one and more philosophical in nature.

There is much to consider from the post below.

"Right" view (from the eightfold path)

   "Right view" is traditionally the first spoke mentioned of the eightfold path. It might sometimes be seen as the initial insight that one has, which pushes one to cultivate the holy life, to embody wholesome tendencies.
   However, when the eight spokes of the path are presented as three groups (virtue, cultivation, wisdom), "right view" then appears among the 'conclusions' of the path of cultivation, the attainment of wisdom which will give rise to "right intention" and wise engagement in the world for the benefit of all sentient beings.
   "Right view" might be both a cause and a fruit, pointing to an iterative process of cultivation (gplus.wallez.name/eVFH1vmfz3g).


   The more I think of it, the less I relate to the traditional translation of samma ditthi  (Pāḷi; sammā diṭṭhi ) as "right view" though.

   I think it is quite important to note that sammā  could just as easily mean "correct", "best", "perfect", "harmonious" or "complete" in relation to 'views'.


   In essence, there's nothing wrong with the translations as "right" or "correct" as long as  you can refrain from thinking « what's not the same as what's "right" / "correct" has to  be "wrong". »
   Most people still being lost in duality, they're practically incapable of refraining from doing so!
   But you might imagine what this means as follows: reality offers multiple facets, allows for multiple perspectives. One perspective (e.g. about the colour of an object) being right doesn't mean another perspective (e.g. about the shape) is wrong. Multiple perspectives can be simultaneously 'right'.
   « What's not the same as some "right" view » might simply be another, complementary "right" view! So "right" or "correct" don't point to a single view one might arrive at and cling to.

   If you focus on the translation as "best", you might want to remember that a local optimum isn't necessarily the global optimum. This should highlight that sammā diṭṭhi  is not merely "your 'own' best".
   So how is the global optimum found if there are several local optima? One might naïvely imagine that one 'just' needs to compare the local optima and find the extreme among them, but that's again a duality-based view: several or even an infinite number of optima might be 'equivalent' (a continuous "pareto  frontier", a curve made of these optima, might be defined in some contexts!). So "best" doesn't point to a single view one might arrive at and cling to.

   If you focus on the translation as "perfect", you might want to remember that perfection is not of this world ;-)
   Perfection isn't of the conventional world, because concepts are limited by construction: their function is closely tied to the discernments, borders and limits they set! Perfection is not of this ultimate world either! Impermanence virtually ensures that any "perfection" (perfect 'fit' between view and reality) would only be momentary and cannot legitimately be clung to.
   Impermanence would suggest that a "perfect view" would probably be based on seeing how causality unfolds, rather than any static snapshot of the unfolding; but even the unfolding law/mechanism is conditioned and context-dependent, i.e. it's about how causality presently  unfolds, not about some grand theory! The Buddha expressed causality as « from the arising of this comes the arising of that » ( idappaccayatā,  "specific conditionality"), the "convergence of conditional factors" as Ajahn Payutto would say. So "perfect" doesn't point to a single view one might arrive at and cling to.


   In my opinion, one of the more interesting translations is "harmonious", that I'll discuss alongside the translation as "complete".
   If you accept, as per above, that the correctness of one perspective does not  imply that all other perspectives are / will be incorrect, then you might aim to see the "complete" picture, i.e. all the constructive perspectives together (possibly a momentary collection of momentary perspectives, but still the "complete" collection in that moment).
   We might be tempted to call this an "objective" view made of all the "subjective" views, but that would needlessly be dualistic. Once a particular subject (an awakened being) sees the "objective view", is it not a "subjective view" too? "Subjective" vs. "objective" doesn't truly help here.
   You may consider that sammā diṭṭhi  is the point of view one adopts in order to overcome views of self and independent existence. If you see the complete collection of wholesome perspectives, this neither points to a specific perspective, nor does it reject perspectives altogether; this neither supports an eternal, permanent truth nor does it deny that some perspectives are more helpful than others.
   The translation as "harmonious" allows to honour your perspective, beyond nihilism and self-centric delusions of grandeur,   without falling into "I'm right therefore you're wrong": "I'm harmonious" doesn't easily continue as "therefore you're wrong" but would rather lead to "how can we work together?"
   To harmonise multiple perspectives might certainly require a constructive intention, an altruistic beneficial attitude, an appropriate effort, and unconditional wisdom! The other spokes of the eightfold paths should therefore not be easily forgotten, and 'effort' or 'activity' might certainly point to a dynamic,  causal unfolding again, rather than a static  view. So "complete" or "harmonious" don't point to a single view one might arrive at and cling to.


   So, instead of
• right view,
• right intention,
• right speech,
• right action,
• right livelihood,
• right effort,
• right mindfulness, and
• right concentration,
   what about
• harmonious view (dynamic, causal, inclusive, nuanced view)?
• harmonious intention (intention to benefit all)?
• harmonious speech (respectful speech)?
• harmonious action (altruistic action)?
• harmonious livelihood (ethical livelihood)?
• harmonious effort (collective effort, sympathetic support)?
• harmonious mindfulness (mindfulness of the context, of the world)?
• harmonious concentration (restraint from disruptions / distractions)?

   Suddenly the teaching on anatta  (no independent existence)  seems very compatible with the whole eightfold path, does it not? A lot more than an interpretation of sammā  as "right" with its subsequent, context-less certainties about how to awaken!
   Suddenly, as dharma gates are boundless and sentient beings are numberless, a "harmonious view" associated with 'unconditioned' nibbāna might certainly be tied to 'immeasurables' (love, compassion, empathy, equanimity). A "perfect view" might certainly be tied to 6 or 10 "perfected qualities" (or 'perfections').
   Suddenly, the practice rings a lot more about embodying the Dharma in the messy world of inter-dependent phenomena (a world which cannot be reduced to a simple, unique, easily-communicable perspective), rather than merely clinging to the "right" words, does it not?

   « To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind: this is the teaching of the Buddhas. »
— Dhammapada


#Buddhism   #Dharma  
Image: The "four harmonious friends", derived from the Jataka tales of the Buddha’s former lives, as represented in Bhutan. The four animals live together in harmony (although they have different contributions and different perspectives), helping each other to enjoy the fruits of the tree.___This is more than one answer

I ended one of my recent posts with that line but +Denis Wallez​ does a wonderful job of expanding on the statement.

While his posts are from a Buddhist perspective they are not strictly from a religious one and more philosophical in nature.

There is much to consider from the post below.

2014-12-27 14:20:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Very true

Just seen an advert where the voiceover says:

"Nothing is truly lost until Mum can't find it."

Brilliant. So true!

Very true

Just seen an advert where the voiceover says:

"Nothing is truly lost until Mum can't find it."

Brilliant. So true!___

2014-12-26 23:50:52 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

No time to think

Rather curiously today, boxing day, has been busier than yesterday with no time to think. But, now that it is late and thoughts turn to bed, I find myself contemplating Boxing Day and the history behind it.

I always thought that this was something quintessentially British but was never aware that it was celebrated across a number of other countries. It makes sense when you consider those other countries are from the commonwealth and very much influenced by British tradition.

The idea that employers should reward their staff with a Christmas Box is quite an old romantic one that conjures up visions of TV houses with a strong bond between employer and servant with equal amounts of duty and appreciation.

Today this just seems to have turned into an expectation of a Christmas bonus regardless of whether it is deserved.

How times gave... more »

No time to think

Rather curiously today, boxing day, has been busier than yesterday with no time to think. But, now that it is late and thoughts turn to bed, I find myself contemplating Boxing Day and the history behind it.

I always thought that this was something quintessentially British but was never aware that it was celebrated across a number of other countries. It makes sense when you consider those other countries are from the commonwealth and very much influenced by British tradition.

The idea that employers should reward their staff with a Christmas Box is quite an old romantic one that conjures up visions of TV houses with a strong bond between employer and servant with equal amounts of duty and appreciation.

Today this just seems to have turned into an expectation of a Christmas bonus regardless of whether it is deserved.

How times gave changed.

#write365___

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2014-12-25 20:35:00 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Being made redundant with no notice really sucks (I know from personal experience) but to be told at Christmas is just a slap in the face.

If anyone can help +Steve Kunzer​ find a new position it would be the best present I could think of right now.

Anyone need a great Programme Manager? All offers considered. Seriously, will work anywhere. My CV is on LinkedIn!

What a lovely time to receive this news. Not. ___Being made redundant with no notice really sucks (I know from personal experience) but to be told at Christmas is just a slap in the face.

If anyone can help +Steve Kunzer​ find a new position it would be the best present I could think of right now.

2014-12-25 11:10:27 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Happy Holidays

I wasn't sure what or how much I was going to write today seeing as it is Christmas and there is lots going on and family arriving later.

Whatever variation of the holidays you celebrate it is a time to be with loved ones and friends, to put petty differences behind us even if just for a day or two and to think about everything we've got, and I don't just mean the presents.

For some the holidays are an all too painful reminder of what they have lost. It is for the rest of us to ensure they know they are still loved and appreciated and welcome at our table.

The Plus can be like a big, crazy, dysfunctional extended family and we have lost some valued and respected members who we will miss greatly but they will be remembered.

So, I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, happy holidays,... more »

Happy Holidays

I wasn't sure what or how much I was going to write today seeing as it is Christmas and there is lots going on and family arriving later.

Whatever variation of the holidays you celebrate it is a time to be with loved ones and friends, to put petty differences behind us even if just for a day or two and to think about everything we've got, and I don't just mean the presents.

For some the holidays are an all too painful reminder of what they have lost. It is for the rest of us to ensure they know they are still loved and appreciated and welcome at our table.

The Plus can be like a big, crazy, dysfunctional extended family and we have lost some valued and respected members who we will miss greatly but they will be remembered.

So, I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, blessed Yule or whatever else it is that you celebrate.

I greatly appreciate your support, comments, conversation, inspiration, challenges and most importantly your friendship.

Have a peaceful, relaxing, fun, safe day.

#write365___

2014-12-25 10:22:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Darth Vader onesie with cape FTW :)

Merry Christmas folks.

Darth Vader onesie with cape FTW :)

Merry Christmas folks.___

2014-12-24 14:33:15 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Dreaming of a white Christmas

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know" - Irving Berlin

The problem is that I'm not sure I did used to know white Christmases. I'm sure there have been a couple, and I seem to remember some from my childhood, but I can't actually put my finger on when.

I also "remember" that the summers of my youth were hotter and sunnier than they are now.

I definitely remember the hot summer of 1976 or more specifically remember playing in our back garden talking to the neighbours when the first of the big storms hit that broke the drought.

We romanticise the happy memories and they mingle with cultural ideals until they become picture postcard scenes locked in our collective psyches.

We might think that we torture ourselves with these false visions of... more »

Dreaming of a white Christmas

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know" - Irving Berlin

The problem is that I'm not sure I did used to know white Christmases. I'm sure there have been a couple, and I seem to remember some from my childhood, but I can't actually put my finger on when.

I also "remember" that the summers of my youth were hotter and sunnier than they are now.

I definitely remember the hot summer of 1976 or more specifically remember playing in our back garden talking to the neighbours when the first of the big storms hit that broke the drought.

We romanticise the happy memories and they mingle with cultural ideals until they become picture postcard scenes locked in our collective psyches.

We might think that we torture ourselves with these false visions of paradise, that reality is a recurring disappointment but, although we know we view the past through rose tinted spectacles, we actually retain a fondness for these "memories" rather than resentment; we hold them in our hearts even though they may be extrapolations of reality.

They remind us of the pure joy of youth and how it felt to be alive and be free before adulthood shackled us with responsibility.

So we wait, we bide our time, until we get the long hot summer or the white Christmas and can once again enjoy life as we did when we were children.

#write365___

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