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Ryan Johnson18,123Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496215
Johnathan Yesson32,565TO GAIN MORE G+ CIRCLES DO THE FOLLOWING:1.) +12.) RE-SHARE3.) ADD PEOPLESIMPLE!#circle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #SuperCircle #sharepubliccircle #sharedcircles #shared #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #googlecircleshare #ShareThis #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addtoyourcircles #engagerscircle #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #megacircle #plus1 #plus1this #plus1it #plusonethispost #getmorefollowers #followme #addme #circlesdiscovery #epiccircle2014-09-09 09:24:3050114629
Mike Elgan3,464,700Follow the Blogs of August!1. Click "Add people" then circle this shared circle (even if you did it before)2. Share with your circlesThe Blogs of August are bloggers who are either trying or have already decided to blog on Google+ exclusively for the month of August (or permanently). 2014-08-06 12:34:462215525
Johnathan Yesson30,544TO GAIN MORE G+ CIRCLES DO THE FOLLOWING:1.) +12.) RE-SHARE3.) ADD PEOPLESIMPLE!#circle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #SuperCircle #sharepubliccircle #sharedcircles #shared #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #googlecircleshare #ShareThis #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addtoyourcircles #engagerscircle #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #megacircle #plus1 #plus1this #plus1it #plusonethispost #getmorefollowers #followme #addme #circlesdiscovery #epiccircle 2014-07-29 13:59:14501302137
Mark Tillison15,294The UK CrowdIt's been a while since I shared the circle of UK Plussers I've been gradually curating over the last 12 months or so.If you're in the UK, you could do worse than follow this great crowd of folks who share good content, engage and lend a hand when folks need it.If you're not sure how to create circles and share them, read:http://tillison.co.uk/2014/06/19/circles-circling-sharing-circles/If you're new(ish) to Google+, I made a Community for beginners' tricks and tips and for you to ask questions - none of which are silly (we've all been there).https://plus.google.com/communities/101236419942719160905Thank you all, friends. #CircleShare   #Britpack  2014-07-06 21:24:2137111210
Shivakant Tripathi1,773IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle   2014-06-05 23:05:224351048
Simon Green1,267UK , British circle of great interesting endangers! A must have if you want to meet a some great people from Britain!2014-06-04 09:20:3444003
Shashi S6,379SOME COOL ASPIRING AUTHORS AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Aspiring Authors I have found at Google Plus, over the years. Following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Writing something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #sharedcircles   #Friday #sharingcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday     #share     #shared     #followers     #addcircles #publicsharedcircles     #share     #addpeople     #addcircle #addfriends     #circle     #empireavenue     #socialmedia     #influencers     #influencer     #influence     2014-04-23 08:12:05371001
Shivakant Tripathi1,650IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not. (。◕‿◕。)#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles 2014-04-16 21:12:284362111
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213
Garry Pickles2,271here is a nice circle full of UK Google plus users #circleshare   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-03-21 16:19:43340419
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010
Simon Green1,108My top engagers UK / British CircleAre you new ? or just want to make contact with people in the UK? This is the circle for you! People and pages with humour, insight and fun/interesting content!2014-03-10 10:19:5542001
Simon Green1,108My first Circle - I have created this small circle of mostly UK  fellow G plusser, These guys and gals are great engagers and i have enjoyed their posts/comments, whether its news/humour or putting the world to rights.  You should check them out!Regards simon :o)2014-03-10 09:22:3042403
Shashi S4,923Circle Of Aspiring Authors_________________________TO STAY IN THIS CIRCLE (and future editions)1. keep up your activity2. support each otherTO GET IN THIS CIRCLE1. you must be a Writer (amateur or professional)2. post your own work and share thoughts of other Aspiring Authors3. Share contents or links only WITH INTRODUCTION to inspire other writers4. be active and show support for this circle in your profilePlease support each other and recommend this circle to your friends and followers.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya2014-03-09 06:59:09166003
Tourej Ansari10,655Looked for more interesting circles and this is a great start#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy#TBT#JuicyJ#Cklostopcutting#TeamUSA#LoveYourPetDay#Hangouts#Disneyland#NFLCombine#TMobile#publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #uk   #ireland   #england   #wales   #scotland  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare   #ukcircles   #british  #circle   #circles   #sharedcircle   #thursday   #thorsday   #googleplus   #gpluscircles   #googlecircles   #publiccircle   #awesome   #amazing   #people   #friends   #followers   2014-02-21 05:59:29311216
Johnny Stork7,288Spirituality & Self Development CircleWe all strive towards various personal, professional and for many, spiritual goals in life. In our increasingly crowded and interconnected planet, we are often reminded of how each of out lives intersect and how each of us share many of the same values and needs. Many of these shared values and shared needs included the welfare of others, the welfare of the entire planet and the welfare of all living creatures.One way to think of what it means to be "spiritual" or concerned with "self" development is simply to be concerned with something, or someone, beyond yourself, beyond the personal. Holding a transpersonal world-view.The people in this circle share these values, these interests in developing personally, professionally and spiritually for the sake of all people as well as themselves. I am honoured to share this circle of humanitarian, compassionate, learned and transpersonally inclined friends. #transpersonalpsychology   #spirituality   #selfdevelopment   #positivepsychology  2014-02-05 00:55:3849011616
David Leonhardt2,546Resharing the Engagers VI: Christmas edition by +Markos Giannopoulos1. Plus the circle.2. Leave a comment3. Save the circle as one of your own circles (Click on "Add people" to do this).4. Share the circle as I am doing now (but don't forget to "Include yourself" when sharing).5. Get offline for a while, too.  :-).#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshared    #sharedcircleoftheday #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomepeople   #circlecount  #newfollowers   #googleplus  2013-12-16 19:39:07340109
Markos Giannopoulos13,655Engagers VI: Christmas edition // It's a festive season so my monthly "round-up & thank you" circle is on the right mood!First some stats on people who engaged me (gathered via +Circloscope) and on my posts (tracked by +CircleCount):September: 620 plussers, 93 commentators and 86 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 745 +1s, 74 re-shares and 117 comments October: 395 plussers, 33 commentators and 39 sharers on 43 posts for a total of 1057 +1s, 80 re-shares and 165 comments November: 616 plussers, 114 commentators and 176 sharers on 32 posts for a total of 1109 +1s, 234 re-shares and 227 commentsA great month fuelled by two posts: 6+1 WordPress initial-setup plugins  (http://bit.ly/1bKXVgX 359 +1s, 59 comments, 183 re-shares) and Ode à Eiffel (http://bit.ly/1heptNZ 46 +1s, 4 comments, 5 re-shares). If I wanted to get "analytical" about it, it was two posts with some decent value (helpful list of plugins in one case on a every-day issue for a WordPress developer and an album of 18 original photos of night Paris on the other) :) So on to the circle: the formula for this month is - Plussers who are on over 3 engagers circles (so basically who have engaged with me in previous months as well this one)  - Sharers and commentators - A few kind highly-engaging people who have shared original circles including me. - People with over 300 in G+'s "relevance score" (as reported by +Circloscope), e.g. the people Google considers that I interact more and post similar content to mine (or of my interest)All in all, this came to a healthy group of 340 content creators and real engagers interested in technology and photography. Feel free to add them! As usual, stats and circle creation for this post were only made possible thanks to +CircleCount and +Circloscope. #engagers   #circleshare #circlesharing   #circleversary #milestone #googleplus #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles 2013-12-16 17:49:57340441178
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910046117
Donna Beckett9,384#BritPack circle share 1The UK certainly lags behind the US and Asia when it comes to Google Plus usage but the UK is producing more and more Plussers! This is my circle of UK Plussers which contains  all kinds of UK Plussers ranging from real Google Plus experts (such as +martin shervington - highly recommended to add ) to top engagers, to complete newbies.Check out the members ( add the circle or share the circle only if you want to  - do what you like) and hopefully you'll find some great people to connect with!#BritPack   #CircleShare    #UKPlussers  2013-10-24 12:16:17497522340
martin shervington230,927People who love Google+ hints and tips!Here is a recent circle of people who are dedicated to learning more about Google+, including G+ psychology. Add them in if you also want to see people who produce great content on the subject too. #sharedcircles   #ns   #sharedpubliccircles  2013-10-23 09:47:558524440
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:47:14431303
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:58431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:44431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:46:06431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:45:54431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:45:40431001
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:44:59431000
James Steward1,727*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday2013-10-21 05:44:19431004
Mark Tillison6,179UK Plussers' CircleThank you. This has had an amazing response this week, helping me build this UK Circle of the most excellent UK Plussers.Those that are in this circle are all in the UK and have shared good content or been nominated for inclusion by their connections here on The Plus.The original discussion thread is here:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108087495968597596174/posts/fdeYSsim4HwI'll publish this again next Sunday.How this circle is populated:1. UK Plussers only2. Sharing great content and/or engaging3. Nominated by a friend and qualified in points 1 & 2.Please, friends, nominate anyone you think may be missing in the comments thread below.Have a great week all. Feel free to reshare, but it isn't mandatory. #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles  2013-09-29 15:11:31293601836
Markos Giannopoulos6,137It's the start of a new month and as I did for June, this is my thank you to people I engaged with in July. But first some stats! In June I've had 526 plussers, 65 commentators and 95 sharers. In July the numbers are 710 plussers, 93 commentators and 158 sharers! An amazing month for which I'm most thankful :) I have added back everyone one who engaged with me (tracking is done via +Circloscope, if you want to learn how you can do it, read this http://bit.ly/14oNoYR) but since I can't fit everyone in the 500 people limit of circles, this July Engagers circle includes all sharers and commentators and the grand majority of plussers sorted according to the relevancy score that Google+ calculates for each two users (along with some other criteria where there was no relevancy score). I've also include the 20+ people who through the last months honoured me by including me in original circles as tracked by +CircleCount. My posts this month had a variety of topics around technology, web/mobile apps and web development, social media, Google+, photography and some ranting about overuse of animated GIFs :) So if you're looking for some geeky engagers, add this circle! #circleshare   #circleoftheday  2013-08-02 22:06:375005938130
Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #2 The ones with last names that start from N-Z.These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles. We try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know).And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let me know, I'll add them.2013-06-21 03:47:32198124
Lucas Appelmann12,923For quite some time I haven't shared circles. I now will, exclusively on g+, by presenting the world my "Favorite International Users" circle. It only consists of about 100 people - and most of you will already have a good amount of them in your own circles. So why am I posting this, then?The reason is that these people are highly relevant for my g+ experience and viewing the stream for this circle it contained all the posts that I found important in my main stream. So this is why. #circleshare  +Social Circles +CircleHub +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+ 2013-06-19 10:13:4110717311
Gideon Rosenblatt28,713Gideon Rosenblatt's Top 100These are the folks Google tells me are my most relevant people (slightly modified to remove people who are relevant, but not active here on Google+).Looking through this list, I can tell you that these are great people full of interesting ideas and engagement. I'm not in the circle here, so I can objectively say that this group is a worthy addition to your circles. Enjoy this group of people - I know I do. They enrich my experience here. Without them, I probably wouldn't still be here today. P.S. - If you got a notification, that means you're in the circle. 2013-06-11 20:53:39100662467
Markos Giannopoulos3,766197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circlesharing  2013-05-26 09:51:2119713412
Lee Smallwood23,038This is my #dunbar  circle  - people's content I can't do without... #CircleShare   #FollowFriday  2013-05-17 17:19:4616121419
Lee Smallwood22,777Outstanding Contribution to G+ CircleActions [sometimes] speak louder than words - spoken or otherwise...Which is why I want to share this circle in particular. It contains people that go beyond the norm and their contributions to G+ are second to none.There maybe some familiar faces contained within it and some not so well known... However, together they create an entertaining and thought provoking content stream that I can't do without on a daily basis.Seriously consider adding them to your circles :) #circleshare  2013-05-10 10:51:3613625219
Zbynek Kysela6,148AWESOME PLUSSERS - APRIL 2013============================This is a public circle of awesome plussers on G+! If would like to be included here in next update please follow these steps:HOW TO BE PART OF IT===================1. Add this circle to your circles (Click Add circle)2. Re-Share This Post Publicly (Click Share Button Next To +1 Button)3. Click +1 and Comment to support the circle!Done ツMy entire social presence:http://xeeme.com/bouchacFeel free to connect.=====================#Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle   #QSC   #querosercirculado   #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #awesome     #awesomesauce #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #awesomesauce  #круг   #círculo     #サークル     #cercle     #دائرة   #xeeme2013-04-24 09:25:05494421734
Timothy Coxon1,262Tim's Top EngagersSeeing that +martin shervington has put out his top engagers earlier figured I might follow his lead! #circle   #sharedcircles   #timothycoxon  2013-04-11 19:17:0531527
martin shervington81,949Commoogling Engagers Circle 1 (April 2013)These circles are some of the longest and deepest connections I have made during my time on Google+. Thanks to everyone who make Google+ such a positive learning environment.Still learning... #commoogling  2013-04-11 17:23:23456401440
Max Huijgen41,136Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! A new circle of Europeans as I promised long ago to connect the people who responded and share them. See for the first shared circle this post https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has multiple managers out of the community and that initiative recently span off +European Photo  but feel to offer a bit of your time for this community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. We need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+I hope these posts can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)2013-03-15 15:05:14291532076
Diane Barnett1,964I shared my circle of bloggers earlier today and have been asked to add +Ludovic Moreeuw, which I am happy to do. I couldn't figure out how to put him in the circle on a post that already exists, so I've added him to my blogger circle and am reposting. So, here again is a fine circle of all sorts of blogs. :>}2013-02-26 01:27:58145214
Diane Barnett1,956One more circle to share today. I met +Prodigal Me on here this morning. She is new to Google Plus and she's writing a blog. This is a circle of bloggers that I'm sharing to help everyone meet. If I have included you in this circle by mistake, please let me know.2013-02-25 17:51:41140702
Gideon Rosenblatt23,936My Top 150 Here are the 150 people that Google tells me are most relevant to me here on Google+. This is a really good group of people, full of interesting insights and a willingness to help others.I give you a hardy recommendation to add these folks to your circles here. Your stream will thank you for it later.:-)2013-02-22 00:43:3815037734
Aidan Cole1,819This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..Everyone OLD and NEW Must ADD this circle to your own the latest versionsBELOW INSTRUCTIONS is what make this all possible so thanksFor newcomers and members this system is the best, we do 3 to 4 things every share.1. ADD THE CIRCLE if you can't try again this ensures you stay in the circle long term and you won't be removed2. Share the post3. PLUS the circle4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #publicsharedcircles #circleshared #publiccirclesproject #growthinfollowers #followers #addmetoyourcircles  2013-02-12 23:37:40265271227

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

Between Lies and Truth
A social poem

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

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

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

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

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

Most reshares: 7

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

Between Lies and Truth
A social poem

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

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

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

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

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

Most plusones: 18

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

Nice :)

#lollipop

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

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

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

It worked!

Handy!

#lollipop 

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

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

It worked!

Handy!

#lollipop ___

2014-11-21 17:06:02 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The audience

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

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

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

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

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

The audience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As a performer that is all I need.

#write365___

2014-11-20 20:56:32 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Blind

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

Connections.

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

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

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

They were effectively blind to them.

In the short novel Wave... more »

Blind

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

Connections.

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

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

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

They were effectively blind to them.

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

They are blinded by choice.

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

They are blinded by the need to fit in.

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

It is always somebody else's problem.

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

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

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

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

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

We dutifully put our hands in our pockets.

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

For the shortest time the problem was ours.

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

Our defence mechanisms. Our escape.

#write365___

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2014-11-19 19:59:47 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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

#itsnotwhatyouthink

Meditation is not even 'meant' to be relaxing

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

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


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

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

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


#Buddhism   #meditation  
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#itsnotwhatyouthink

2014-11-19 19:41:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Change

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

The Sandman - Brief Lives

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

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

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

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

Change

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

The Sandman - Brief Lives

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

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

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

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

But we can be wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

#write365___

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

Nice :)

#lollipop

Nice :)

#lollipop___

2014-11-18 20:45:30 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Stress

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

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

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

Denial

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

They never do.

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

Stress

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

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

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

Denial

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

They never do.

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

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

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

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

Ironically, it requires strength.

Perhaps I do not believe I have that strength.

#write365___

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

I'm loving Smart Lock on my Nexus 5.

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

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

#lollipop

I'm loving Smart Lock on my Nexus 5.

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

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

#lollipop___

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

Digital literacy

Have we gone too far?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digital literacy

Have we gone too far?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We must not go too far.

#write365___

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

Extremes

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

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

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

And then beauty has a depth we cannot replicate.

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

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

We are rarely ready for... more »

Extremes

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

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

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

And then beauty has a depth we cannot replicate.

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

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

We are rarely ready for it.

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

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

But that doesn't stop us trying.

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

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

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

#write365___

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

Fraud

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud.

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

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

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

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

Fraud

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud.

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

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

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

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

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

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

#write365___

2014-11-14 19:27:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Lollipops, clouds and a lesson learnt

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

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

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

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

A full wipe could be considered risky.

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

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

Lollipops, clouds and a lesson learnt

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

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

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

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

A full wipe could be considered risky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what's the big deal?

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

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

And I learned a lesson - that of patience.

#write365___

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

A quantum hallucination

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

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

It never is.

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

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

A quantum hallucination

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

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

It never is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

#write365___

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

Dear +YouTube,

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

kthxbye ;)

Dear +YouTube,

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

kthxbye ;)___

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2014-11-12 23:18:15 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

So fed up of this right now!

So fed up of this right now!___

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

Economies

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

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

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

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

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

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

Economies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#write365___

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

Between Lies and Truth
A social poem

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

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

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

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

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

Between Lies and Truth
A social poem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We called it Consequences.

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

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

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

Enjoy.

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

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

#socialpoem___

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

Checks and balances

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

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

If a tree falls in the woods and all that.

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

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

It's a tricky one to get... more »

Checks and balances

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

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

If a tree falls in the woods and all that.

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

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

It's a tricky one to get right.

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

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

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

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

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

A perfect paradox.

#write365___

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

Identity and ephemerality

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

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

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

It would make no sense.

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

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

Identity and ephemerality

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

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

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

It would make no sense.

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

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

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

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

We have to compromise.

#write365___

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2014-11-10 07:53:35 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Identity, permanence, ephemeratlity, change

Excellent share from +Denis Labelle​ and intriguing thoughts to get your brain ticking on a Monday morning.

Temporary Social Media / The Liquid Self
"Temporary social media will provide new ways of understanding the social media profile, one that isn’t comprised of life hacked into frozen, quantifiable pieces but instead something more fluid, changing, and alive."  - +nathan jurgenson 
. blog.snapchat.com/post/55902851023/temporary-social-media
. blog.snapchat.com/post/61770468323/the-liquid-self

Image: Denis Labelle's ghost by +Yuko Nakamura ___Identity, permanence, ephemeratlity, change

Excellent share from +Denis Labelle​ and intriguing thoughts to get your brain ticking on a Monday morning.

2014-11-09 21:52:30 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Caring

I say that my actions on social media have changed largely because I have stopped caring.

That's not entirely true.

I still care about what I write. I still care about the actions of certain people and have them in a notification circle. I also still care about the opinions of some and what they might say in reply to my posts. Feedback and discussion is always nice and, let's face it, why we're all here.

What I have stopped caring about is the social rat race, the chase for metrics, the need for everything to receive a certain level of return.

I have also stopped caring about trying to keep up with certain things. FOMO (fear of missing out) no longer has a hold over me - if stuff happens and I'm not there so what? The world will keep in turning, life goes on.

Really important things have a way of circling back... more »

Caring

I say that my actions on social media have changed largely because I have stopped caring.

That's not entirely true.

I still care about what I write. I still care about the actions of certain people and have them in a notification circle. I also still care about the opinions of some and what they might say in reply to my posts. Feedback and discussion is always nice and, let's face it, why we're all here.

What I have stopped caring about is the social rat race, the chase for metrics, the need for everything to receive a certain level of return.

I have also stopped caring about trying to keep up with certain things. FOMO (fear of missing out) no longer has a hold over me - if stuff happens and I'm not there so what? The world will keep in turning, life goes on.

Really important things have a way of circling back and making themselves known - that's the beauty of reshares and +1s recycling content and the likes of +Mick Sharpe​ and his Friday Favourites posts.

I have stopped caring about trying to be everywhere, trying to use certain networks "just because I should" and not being afraid to stop.

The real freedom is gained from not caring what others think: about what you say, what you do or what your opinions may be. It is nice to not be considered an idiot online but you can't please all of the people all of the time. We will always have differences of opinion so the real trick is to stop caring about pleasing others.

Now, I have the advantage that I am an individual and not a brand so can afford to have this attitude. I'm not selling anything so it makes no material difference if I gain or lose followers, receive more or less +1s.

I just have to care about being true to myself and even brands can benefit from that.

#write365___

2014-11-08 23:57:54 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Must and could

Aristotle gave us deductive reasoning: arriving at a specific conclusion by following a trail of arguments becoming less and less generic.

If A is true and B is true then it must must follow that C is also true. For example:

A - All boxes are red,
B - This is a box,
C - Therefore it is red.

Now we know that all boxes aren't red but that doesn't, necessarily, make C false it is still possible but it just means we have to observe the reality to confirm its truth.

Now, this leads on to Plato's concept of essential and inessential (or accidental) properties of an object.

The fact that it is a receptacle, possibly with a lid, for placing things in is essential - it is what makes it a box - but the colour is inessential and does not have a bearing on its ability to be a box.

Inessential... more »

Must and could

Aristotle gave us deductive reasoning: arriving at a specific conclusion by following a trail of arguments becoming less and less generic.

If A is true and B is true then it must must follow that C is also true. For example:

A - All boxes are red,
B - This is a box,
C - Therefore it is red.

Now we know that all boxes aren't red but that doesn't, necessarily, make C false it is still possible but it just means we have to observe the reality to confirm its truth.

Now, this leads on to Plato's concept of essential and inessential (or accidental) properties of an object.

The fact that it is a receptacle, possibly with a lid, for placing things in is essential - it is what makes it a box - but the colour is inessential and does not have a bearing on its ability to be a box.

Inessential properties are those it could do without and still be it. The box could, however, still be red.

It is the difference between must and could.

This is all well and good for simple items but, as things become more complex, there are considerably more variables at play.

We have to examine carefully what is actually essential.

What is a ball? Easy, you think, but a simple definition of a spherical object isn't always correct - we have balls that are non-spherical in Rugby and American Football just to name two.

A house? Even trickier as they can vary enormously and seemingly obvious properties might not occur in all cases.

How about a cat? As there are numerous breeds that have different characteristics (even hairless varieties) we are probably referring to more scientific properties such as species or genus or even DNA.

And so it is with humans.

We have the typical notion of a human in our head but we know that we differ by race and more. Missing limbs, physical and mental disabilities, birth defects and genetic abnormalities set us apart from one another but we know we are all still human.

We could be black or white, we could have two arms and legs, we could be more intelligent than all other creatures but, depending on circumstance, these are all inessential properties. None of them are actually required for being human.

To define humanity we must look at the species level, the broad strokes and essential characteristics and, in doing so, we must surely recognise the futility of division by our differences.

#write365___

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2014-11-07 23:58:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I have sooooo signed up for this!

#overwatch

I have sooooo signed up for this!

#overwatch___

2014-11-07 20:39:57 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Out of context

Most of the things we do will appear to others as isolated actions and events as we move through our daily lives but they actually occur within a specific context that only we may have the ability to appreciate.

Others are not always there to get the whole story, to see events pass from cradle to grave. They walk in half way through the conversation and, just like in a movie, have to pick it up as they go along without the luxury of asking "who is that?" or "what just happened?"

Walking a particular route or catching a train - they don't know when we started or where we're going, just that our existences coincided briefly at that time and in that place.

Snippets of overheard conversation about people or things we will never know but, for the shortest time, we become part of their world.

Pages of a book... more »

Out of context

Most of the things we do will appear to others as isolated actions and events as we move through our daily lives but they actually occur within a specific context that only we may have the ability to appreciate.

Others are not always there to get the whole story, to see events pass from cradle to grave. They walk in half way through the conversation and, just like in a movie, have to pick it up as they go along without the luxury of asking "who is that?" or "what just happened?"

Walking a particular route or catching a train - they don't know when we started or where we're going, just that our existences coincided briefly at that time and in that place.

Snippets of overheard conversation about people or things we will never know but, for the shortest time, we become part of their world.

Pages of a book gleaned over someone else's shoulder on a crowded tube train that we can't help but read hoping the other person doesn't turn the page before we are finished - we want to know what happens next even if it is only a fraction of the whole tale.

Our days are made up of these fragments from the lives of others, self contained bubbles floating out of context with no beginning or end except the artificial ones imposed by circumstance.

We just experience middles.

Still, we try to ignore them, shut ourselves off from the world around us with books of our own or electronic devices. Even without a distraction to hand we will attempt to tune them out hoping not to appear rude.

Besides, we are far too busy and our lives are complicated enough without concentrating on, and getting lost in, these unintentionally shared experiences, aren't they?

Aren't they?

Wasted opportunities.

#write365___

2014-11-06 20:57:50 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Being first

I used to love being first: first to know, first to see, first to update, first to join. But being first is not always what it's cracked up to be.

Sometimes, first is useful: it means we can reserve the account name we want before others or that we can a headstart on our competitors.

Other times we use first for bragging rights but this can come over as arrogant or petty just like those people who like to post "First!" in a comment thread. They offer nothing and just make themselves look stupid.

First can be a disadvantage.

While we may talk about trail blazing, first means not knowing the lie of the land or the rules. First means having no one to guide you and not being able to call on the experience of others.

First takes time and effort to get it right and there will be inevitable problems or... more »

Being first

I used to love being first: first to know, first to see, first to update, first to join. But being first is not always what it's cracked up to be.

Sometimes, first is useful: it means we can reserve the account name we want before others or that we can a headstart on our competitors.

Other times we use first for bragging rights but this can come over as arrogant or petty just like those people who like to post "First!" in a comment thread. They offer nothing and just make themselves look stupid.

First can be a disadvantage.

While we may talk about trail blazing, first means not knowing the lie of the land or the rules. First means having no one to guide you and not being able to call on the experience of others.

First takes time and effort to get it right and there will be inevitable problems or inadequacies.

We must be convinced of the value of first: does it provide that je ne sais quoi we expect and is it really worth the extra effort we will need to put in?

If our reason for first is literally just being first then we are no better than the comment trolls.

First, however, can allow us to be at the genesis of something, to discover for ourselves and draw the map. First allows us to mould the future, to amass that experience for others to call on.

But, here too, we face a dilemma. Do we only map the trails beneficial to us or all paths? Do we then hand that map out for free or insist on payment?

First is both an opportunity and a responsibility - it requires us to find a balance, a happy medium. First can provide benefit but without consideration that benefit will be lost.

#write365___

2014-11-05 21:08:51 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Nothing new

People talk, they have conversations, resolve issues and build friendships. Business is done, agreements made and contracts signed all based on communication.

People have always talked, have always had conversations - that's just how it has always been.

Engage and interact.

The old proverb states there is nothing new under the sun (it is actually written in the Bible) and we should heed it now more than ever.

What has been done will be done again.

We get caught up in our technological trappings, blinded by our science, forget how to talk. Some believe that they now have a monopoly on conversation forgetting that social networks are merely tools - tools to help us achieve the same goals as our ancestors, tools to help us communicate.

They are merely remembering what was before - the only differences are... more »

Nothing new

People talk, they have conversations, resolve issues and build friendships. Business is done, agreements made and contracts signed all based on communication.

People have always talked, have always had conversations - that's just how it has always been.

Engage and interact.

The old proverb states there is nothing new under the sun (it is actually written in the Bible) and we should heed it now more than ever.

What has been done will be done again.

We get caught up in our technological trappings, blinded by our science, forget how to talk. Some believe that they now have a monopoly on conversation forgetting that social networks are merely tools - tools to help us achieve the same goals as our ancestors, tools to help us communicate.

They are merely remembering what was before - the only differences are immediacy and scale.

Life does not exist in a bubble - engage and interact. We converse and argue, we are forever communicating, relying on these interactions to pass through life, one chapter to the next, writing our stories.

But our stories have been told for millennia, since before we could ever write or build or type. They were handed down, one generation to the next, father to soon and mother to daughter and teacher to student.

There has always been talk, always been conversations; there is nothing new under the sun only new ways of doing it.

#write365___

2014-11-04 23:42:51 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The 300

The legend of the 300 regales us with the exploits of King Leonidas who, with 300 Spartans, marched to face the Persian king Xerxes with an army upwards of 70,000 men.

The tale is romanticised and offered as the ultimate display of honour, bravery and self sacrifice in the face of unspeakable odds.

Instead, it is suggested that the fact only 300 men accompanied him may have been a reflection on the uncertainty that the Spartans should come to the aid of Greece at all.

It was hoped, however, that the sight of such a small force would inspire others, that they would believe these soldiers had such confidence that they could not be beaten.

Just as Leonidas is said to have gathered additional troops en route and actually commanded up to 7000 men at the battle of Thermopylae so I too have not reached this point with only 300 posts behind... more »

The 300

The legend of the 300 regales us with the exploits of King Leonidas who, with 300 Spartans, marched to face the Persian king Xerxes with an army upwards of 70,000 men.

The tale is romanticised and offered as the ultimate display of honour, bravery and self sacrifice in the face of unspeakable odds.

Instead, it is suggested that the fact only 300 men accompanied him may have been a reflection on the uncertainty that the Spartans should come to the aid of Greece at all.

It was hoped, however, that the sight of such a small force would inspire others, that they would believe these soldiers had such confidence that they could not be beaten.

Just as Leonidas is said to have gathered additional troops en route and actually commanded up to 7000 men at the battle of Thermopylae so I too have not reached this point with only 300 posts behind me.

Along the journey I have gathered support in the form of +1s, comments, reshares and even new followers. I may have set out in initial uncertainty against seemingly impossible odds (having all but abandoned my blog) but this support has given me the much needed confidence to continue.

It may not seem particularly brave by comparison to just write every day but the project has become much more than just a literary task: it had been an exploration of self and therapeutic necessity.

So I thank you, dear reader, thank you for embarking on this trek, for standing with me and for providing both your strength and your counsel.

#write365

#300___

2014-11-03 18:45:30 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Endings

I can roughly remember a quote (probably from a book) but can't remember exactly where it is from. It has stuck with me for years and goes something like this:

Happy endings are about knowing when to stop.

The idea was that if you continue a story long enough then, eventually, people die and others grieve. Given enough time there are no happy endings.

But this doesn't have to be the case. Endings don't always have to be sad; endings are merely transitions.

But, just because a particular storyline ends - and it may be a sad ending - the story itself continues. Life goes on and the story shifts from one set of protagonists to another.

Our lives are but threads in a much wider web, sometimes entwined, sometimes unravelling. Sometimes they snap and the web has to be built anew. But be rebuilt it will.

Sad... more »

Endings

I can roughly remember a quote (probably from a book) but can't remember exactly where it is from. It has stuck with me for years and goes something like this:

Happy endings are about knowing when to stop.

The idea was that if you continue a story long enough then, eventually, people die and others grieve. Given enough time there are no happy endings.

But this doesn't have to be the case. Endings don't always have to be sad; endings are merely transitions.

But, just because a particular storyline ends - and it may be a sad ending - the story itself continues. Life goes on and the story shifts from one set of protagonists to another.

Our lives are but threads in a much wider web, sometimes entwined, sometimes unravelling. Sometimes they snap and the web has to be built anew. But be rebuilt it will.

Sad events are an ending but they do not have to be the end - even deaths. We mourn our dead but then we remember them. We remember the good times, the good things they have done, we remember the lessons they have taught us which enable us to be better people.

We continue their legacy and write new chapters of the never ending story. It began way before we were born and will continue long after we are gone.

So, rather than saying happy endings are about knowing when to stop perhaps we should be saying that unhappy endings are about stopping too early.

#write365___

2014-11-03 08:55:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Wanted

Experienced plumber to fix exceptionally severe leak in sky based irrigation system.

Must have experience with cloud technology and own extremely long ladder.

Wanted

Experienced plumber to fix exceptionally severe leak in sky based irrigation system.

Must have experience with cloud technology and own extremely long ladder.___

2014-11-02 22:32:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Control

We pride ourselves on our evolution, how we are more advanced than other animals that inhabit the planet, but the curse of intelligence and self awareness is the need for control.

The more self aware, the more we know, the greater the need for control - or to at least maintain the illusion of it.

The notion that we are not in control, or can lose control, scares us. Those times when instinct kicks in and we don't remember doing something.

Acting on autopilot.

To think that we are capable of taking action without our direction knowledge or conscious involvement is daunting, frightening.

With our evolution came the acknowledgement of time and its cycles. Our obsession with it comes from not being able to control it. As soon as we are aware and intelligent enough to understand its passage we measure it, fret over it and try... more »

Control

We pride ourselves on our evolution, how we are more advanced than other animals that inhabit the planet, but the curse of intelligence and self awareness is the need for control.

The more self aware, the more we know, the greater the need for control - or to at least maintain the illusion of it.

The notion that we are not in control, or can lose control, scares us. Those times when instinct kicks in and we don't remember doing something.

Acting on autopilot.

To think that we are capable of taking action without our direction knowledge or conscious involvement is daunting, frightening.

With our evolution came the acknowledgement of time and its cycles. Our obsession with it comes from not being able to control it. As soon as we are aware and intelligent enough to understand its passage we measure it, fret over it and try to control everything else around it.

Perhaps the real driver behind this need for control is the awareness, and subsequent fear, of our mortality. Understanding time reinforces how relatively short our lives really are, how quickly days become weeks, become months and years.

We seek to control all aspects of our lives so that we can make time work for us, so that we can make the most of it. We aim to avoid stress and, when we can, like to while away the hours - wasting time is a dream, a utopian state - but the irony is that time is the one thing we don't have to waste.

Time is our most valuable resource and to be able to waste it is, in effect, a brag to say that we have achieved control.

#write365___

2014-11-01 16:58:49 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Crave and slave

We are all part of multiple systems and the interplay between those systems is what defines the course of our lives.

Self, home, family, work, clubs, society, they are all systems at varying levels of scale and they overlap or absorb one another creating endless dynamics.

Just as is proposed by the butterfly effect, small changes in one can have large ramifications elsewhere and it is virtually impossible to conduct change without there being some kind of knock-on effect.

Time, money, attention, creativity, we have a limited set of resources with which we can work, trade, buy, exchange. Using these resources requires careful management across the different systems we occupy in order to keep life in balance and providing for our needs.

We crave more of certain resources but are slaves to others and, as we grow, we attempt to create... more »

Crave and slave

We are all part of multiple systems and the interplay between those systems is what defines the course of our lives.

Self, home, family, work, clubs, society, they are all systems at varying levels of scale and they overlap or absorb one another creating endless dynamics.

Just as is proposed by the butterfly effect, small changes in one can have large ramifications elsewhere and it is virtually impossible to conduct change without there being some kind of knock-on effect.

Time, money, attention, creativity, we have a limited set of resources with which we can work, trade, buy, exchange. Using these resources requires careful management across the different systems we occupy in order to keep life in balance and providing for our needs.

We crave more of certain resources but are slaves to others and, as we grow, we attempt to create a better balance between crave and slave. In doing so we have to be brutally honest with ourselves and distinguish between want and need.

We all want to live rather than just exist, we want to explore rather than just commute but this requires that some tough choices be made and those choices will impact on the systems of which we are a part. The effects will ripple out, gradually dissipating as they spread but it is the systems closest to us that we need to consider most.

In all but the most extreme of cases society will continue without us with barely a ripple being felt, work might be temporarily inconvenienced while a replacement is recruited but it will return to equilibrium in time. It is with those smaller systems that change had the biggest impact: self, home, family.

We say that we want to do great things, we want to "make a difference", we want to build a legacy but these don't have to be at the upper end of our systems. Besides, do many of us really want that degree of responsibility?

It is harder to have that impact the more remote you get from self so we should be happy with initially achieving those things amongst the smaller systems that really matter to us. We can make a difference and leave a legacy even on a smaller, more personal scale. Just because they impact fewer people it does not mean they are not as great - they are just as appreciated, if not more so.

We have to cede to slave before we can crave.

While chasing dreams we cannot abandon reality.

#write365

Postscriptum

We cannot all change the world but we can all change our world.___

2014-10-31 22:13:08 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Hijacked conversations

+Gideon Rosenblatt​ mentioned something in one of his posts which echoed what I have been thinking about and was going to mention today anyway.

He wrote that with the current trend for new social networks trying to get away from treating us as the product we might instead begin "treating each other as products" - well, I'm sorry to say that is already the case and, I feel, it is driving a significant deal of resentment towards certain sectors on social networks.

The influx of marketers on any social network is often seen by some as the beginning of the end. For some it marks the point at which the original explorer spirit is lost - the few brave souls blazed a trail and found gold only for the exploiters to arrive, build towns and then try to sell a share of that gold to the masses.

Brands are advised not to sellbut t... more »

Hijacked conversations

+Gideon Rosenblatt​ mentioned something in one of his posts which echoed what I have been thinking about and was going to mention today anyway.

He wrote that with the current trend for new social networks trying to get away from treating us as the product we might instead begin "treating each other as products" - well, I'm sorry to say that is already the case and, I feel, it is driving a significant deal of resentment towards certain sectors on social networks.

The influx of marketers on any social network is often seen by some as the beginning of the end. For some it marks the point at which the original explorer spirit is lost - the few brave souls blazed a trail and found gold only for the exploiters to arrive, build towns and then try to sell a share of that gold to the masses.

Brands are advised not to sell but to initiate conversations but, with the obvious vested interest they hold, the conversation will be inevitably one sided or steered in a favourable direction.

Participant resent their conversations being hijacked.

This is why there is such a fascination with new networks: they are the new uncharted territories, lands where we hope to build a better world - this time it's going to be different, this time we'll change the rules and keep it raw.

But you know that's never going to happen, the marketers will always find what's new, what's popular and find a way to exploit it by starting their "conversations" under the guise of honest discussion.

With the attention economy we are, unfortunately, all marketers. If we engage on social then we are all seeking ways to get our content or comments in front of others, we all want "eyes on".

You may think I am being hypocritical, I said yesterday that audience was irrelevant and that these posts would continue regardless. That is true but I still engage elsewhere, I still want others to see my comments on their threads, I still expect to be heard - we all do.

If we go beyond basic platitudes and contribute in any meaningful way we too are guilty of hijacking these conversations, placing our stamp upon them, turning them in a favourable direction.

We want our thoughts and opinions to have the attention we feel they deserve, we want recognition and affirmation. Otherwise why bother?

It will not matter how many networks we visit, whether we are the product or the customer, paid or otherwise remunerated.

#write365___

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2014-10-31 10:36:56 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Even +Mr. Jingles​ is getting in on the act :)

Even +Mr. Jingles​ is getting in on the act :)___

2014-10-31 10:33:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Happy Samhain

Whether you celebrate the old festival or Halloween, any combination of the two or neither, have a great day.

Samhain is considered the time when the veil between the real and spirit worlds is at its thinnest so the spirits of our ancestors can return.

So set an extra plate for dinner and welcome them back, they are the reason we are here and we should be always thankful.

Happy Samhain

Whether you celebrate the old festival or Halloween, any combination of the two or neither, have a great day.

Samhain is considered the time when the veil between the real and spirit worlds is at its thinnest so the spirits of our ancestors can return.

So set an extra plate for dinner and welcome them back, they are the reason we are here and we should be always thankful.___

2014-10-30 23:13:04 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Audience is irrelevant

I often contemplate where and what I write. Having shuttered the blog I wonder if I should return, redecorate, repurpose and reopen the doors.

But, it was a site with a specific purpose and I don't know if it would survive the transition. Psychologically.

I have other avenues available such as Svbtle and Medium in addition to new networks like Ello and Tsu.

Now it seems like it might be a good idea to gain a passive income (however small) from just doing what you already do but, from my perspective, is there a cost to consider beyond a financial one?

It is unlikely that I would be writing more than the daily post and, with this in mind, you have to consider where those posts will be seen.

Even though I write for self (and any audience participation is strictly a bonus) I feel that a pattern has been... more »

Audience is irrelevant

I often contemplate where and what I write. Having shuttered the blog I wonder if I should return, redecorate, repurpose and reopen the doors.

But, it was a site with a specific purpose and I don't know if it would survive the transition. Psychologically.

I have other avenues available such as Svbtle and Medium in addition to new networks like Ello and Tsu.

Now it seems like it might be a good idea to gain a passive income (however small) from just doing what you already do but, from my perspective, is there a cost to consider beyond a financial one?

It is unlikely that I would be writing more than the daily post and, with this in mind, you have to consider where those posts will be seen.

Even though I write for self (and any audience participation is strictly a bonus) I feel that a pattern has been established, an informal social contract is in effect, and anyone who is interested knows where to come each day.

Were I to look at repurposing this content one somewhere like Tsu it poses some questions:

- would the post be republished in full at each location?
- if not, where would the primary publishing location be?
- if still Plus, could I reasonably expect to build a new audience on a new network, have them click through and embrace the posts in the same way as those who have known me long enough to be interested in the person behind the profile?

Still, the #write365 project is not about building an audience or even about getting any individual posts read - now who else can say that about their social strategy.

#write365___

2014-10-29 19:13:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Hiding to be seen

It might seem out of character but the shy and introverted can really come out of their shells in a social forum.

Just as internet trolls hide behind their keyboards so can introverts. For some it might seem strange that the disconnect created by a social network can be a better facilitator to communication than meeting face to face but, for those who have difficulties interacting with new people or talking about themselves in public, it can be a wondrous thing.

It can be as though the audience doesn't actually exist, that you are just talking to fresh air. It avoids the awkwardness involved with engaging "in person" and allows for a more natural flow.

An introvert isn't someone who wants to shut themselves off from the world, on the contrary, they can be some of the most passionate and engaging people you could ever meet... more »

Hiding to be seen

It might seem out of character but the shy and introverted can really come out of their shells in a social forum.

Just as internet trolls hide behind their keyboards so can introverts. For some it might seem strange that the disconnect created by a social network can be a better facilitator to communication than meeting face to face but, for those who have difficulties interacting with new people or talking about themselves in public, it can be a wondrous thing.

It can be as though the audience doesn't actually exist, that you are just talking to fresh air. It avoids the awkwardness involved with engaging "in person" and allows for a more natural flow.

An introvert isn't someone who wants to shut themselves off from the world, on the contrary, they can be some of the most passionate and engaging people you could ever meet - the problem is with breaking down the barrier that sits between them and the rest of the world.

A social forum is ideal for breaking down that barrier - or, more accurately, acting as though it doesn't exist - but also for building a relationship once the initial foundations have been laid.

I was in two minds as to whether to post this - not because it is anything contentious but because, looking back for reference, I realised that it is very similar to "Shyness" written in January.

(Yet again, we're back to the notion of self censorship, or lack thereof.)

I suppose it is inevitable that not all posts are going to be remembered throughout the course of the year.

But, rather than scrap it and start afresh, I thought it was a good idea to illustrate that this opinion has remained consistent during the course of the project so far.

In a way it's reassuring.

#write365___

2014-10-28 18:16:04 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Creativity

There has to be something about where we are in life that affects our creativity.

I have undergone very definite phases over the years: artistic (graffiti) -> DJ'ing -> poetry -> music -> writing.

There is a lot to be said for habits and allowing yourself to become consumed, absorbed such that being creative in one particular way trains the mind and opens the flood gates but there must also be psychological triggers which cause us to move from one type of creative process to another.

The required thought processes for different means of creative expression are varied and alternative states of mind much be reached.

What causes us to switch? How do we go from one dominant process type to another? And what it is about getting out of a particular mindset that virtually blocks creativity in that direction?

When I... more »

Creativity

There has to be something about where we are in life that affects our creativity.

I have undergone very definite phases over the years: artistic (graffiti) -> DJ'ing -> poetry -> music -> writing.

There is a lot to be said for habits and allowing yourself to become consumed, absorbed such that being creative in one particular way trains the mind and opens the flood gates but there must also be psychological triggers which cause us to move from one type of creative process to another.

The required thought processes for different means of creative expression are varied and alternative states of mind much be reached.

What causes us to switch? How do we go from one dominant process type to another? And what it is about getting out of a particular mindset that virtually blocks creativity in that direction?

When I first heard Rapper's Delight back in 1979 I instantly knew that this was the kind of music I wanted to listen to. I was 8. A few years later I was listening to anything I could get my hands on and became fascinated by the whole world around the music including breakdancing and graffiti. I put up my first tags back in 1982 and, looking back, I wonder if graffiti became an act of rebellion in response to my parents separating.

Following on from yesterday's post, maybe this was my reaction to home life - where others lashed out at people I lashed out at walls and trains.

Maybe I needed to be part of something, to feel wanted as I want getting that at home.

Being immersed in the music and the culture focused my mind and drawing was easy. I was exceptionally creative and was constantly sketching.

After I left school the graffiti continued for a couple of years but as I then worked for local government common sense took over as I knew I would lose my job if I was caught. There were a couple of last hurrahs but any further works were done on legal walls and it soon dried up. Perhaps the thrill of rebellion was needed to spark the creativity.

Over the next couple of years I became very depressed with long bouts of insomnia and this is when I turned to poetry as a way to express my feelings. It was very much a creative outlet, a pressure valve set to release before things got too bad and it all went bang.

Poetry was obviously something I needed at the time. After I started going out with my now wife they slowed as I became happier. One of the last poems I wrote at the time was my proposal and then it was almost as if I didn't need to write them any more. The pressure had been released.

DJ'ing was also around the same period. It continued my love of music but, as I have written before, twisted it into a need to belong - a means of seeking approval. After getting married I no longer felt the need to prove myself in this arena and eventually sold my records and turntables as we needed the money in the run up to our first daughter being born.

Some time later the music bug bit again but this time making it rather than just playing it. My wife is a multi-instrumentalist so this was something we were both able to do. For a while I got deeply absorbed and the creativity flowed.

What all of these periods have in common is that once they ended it's almost as if the creative spark that fed them was extinguished, that I used up all of my creativity in that field.

I'm no longer particularly artistic, I've only written one track outside of my creative period and poetry is something that no longer comes easily - again, I have only written one poem recently.

Its strange how I can no longer do things that I used to be pretty good at. When I try to draw or mess about with an audio application I am just left frustrated.

Perhaps, given time and patience, I could reestablish some semblance of creativity in these various areas. Maybe it's a "use it or lose it scenario ".

But, for now, I'll just continue to write.

#write365___

2014-10-27 16:25:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Bullying

Earlier today +Jacob Dix shared (http://goo.gl/6FkvPt) a very personal and powerful look at bullying - a subject that deserves much more attention and than it gets.

It got me thinking about events that almost never come to the fore in my mind.

I too was bullied verbally, physically and mentally (though not to Jacob's extent) by one guy. Unlike with Jacob's assertions in his blog post my bully didn't want or require an audience, all bullying happened when we were alone which was often hard to avoid as he lived just down the street and would catch me to or from school.

I was small, week, pretty pathetic and geeky looking, no style and wore crappy hand-me-downs. He had family issues after his dad left home so I guess it was an opportunity for him to feel superior to someone and remove some of the anger and aggression he felt about his... more »

Bullying

Earlier today +Jacob Dix shared (http://goo.gl/6FkvPt) a very personal and powerful look at bullying - a subject that deserves much more attention and than it gets.

It got me thinking about events that almost never come to the fore in my mind.

I too was bullied verbally, physically and mentally (though not to Jacob's extent) by one guy. Unlike with Jacob's assertions in his blog post my bully didn't want or require an audience, all bullying happened when we were alone which was often hard to avoid as he lived just down the street and would catch me to or from school.

I was small, week, pretty pathetic and geeky looking, no style and wore crappy hand-me-downs. He had family issues after his dad left home so I guess it was an opportunity for him to feel superior to someone and remove some of the anger and aggression he felt about his dad. As I've written before I was already pretty screwed up about my own parents separating along with the lack of love I felt and didn't have any fight in me at the time.

He was upset and angry and lashed out at the world whereas I collapsed in upon myself. He was looking for someone to deflect the blame to and I just happened to get in the way.

He used to try to justify it by saying he was "trying to toughen you up". We changed schools got separated into different houses and luckily, with different social circles in a bigger school, it stopped.

I have no doubt, looking back, that the bullying was a symptom of a deeper problem. He got in to a lot of trouble in the years after school and eventually went off the rails and died of a drug overdose.

We can't always rationalise it at the time but in hindsight we can peel back the layers and this brings up a whole different argument. On the one hand we have those who say we can't make excuses for people like this and they have to take responsibility for their own actions and then there are those who look for the root cause.

It is often said that bullies are cowards - maybe that's true in a lot of cases - but they can actually be just as scared or messed up as their victims but react in a different way. Perhaps it's down to conditioning or just a need to feel strong and in control when other aspects of life are so obviously not.

I always consider myself lucky, lucky to have escaped the self destructive cycle I was slowly sinking in to - the alcohol, gambling and theft. I don't think I could have ever resorted to bullying (I just don't have it in me) but without realising the path I was on that person dead from an overdose could have been me.

#write365___

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2014-10-27 12:25:55 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Love the way +Inbox by Gmail exposes items shared within Google+ comments.

Love the way +Inbox by Gmail exposes items shared within Google+ comments.___

2014-10-26 22:35:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Back on the horse

It's strange, I almost feel as though I am starting again. After a few days break writing doesn't seem to want to happen so naturally.

Once again, I find myself just staring at the screen tapping out whatever springs to mind in order to get the mind back into some semblance of flow.

Yesterday I sought an element of sanctuary from the chaos that had been the day so far, a little quiet away from my daughter's birthday party where 6 girls sound more like 60. It didn't happen so I crawled into bed with a headache - another day missed.

But it is really difficult to get going again and really emphasises that it's a lot easier to fall out of a habit than to form one.

You would think that after 290 posts a few days off wouldn't make much of a difference. It obviously does.

Perhaps not doing... more »

Back on the horse

It's strange, I almost feel as though I am starting again. After a few days break writing doesn't seem to want to happen so naturally.

Once again, I find myself just staring at the screen tapping out whatever springs to mind in order to get the mind back into some semblance of flow.

Yesterday I sought an element of sanctuary from the chaos that had been the day so far, a little quiet away from my daughter's birthday party where 6 girls sound more like 60. It didn't happen so I crawled into bed with a headache - another day missed.

But it is really difficult to get going again and really emphasises that it's a lot easier to fall out of a habit than to form one.

You would think that after 290 posts a few days off wouldn't make much of a difference. It obviously does.

Perhaps not doing something becomes just as much as of a habit as doing it. Perhaps, once the habit is broken it becomes harder to reestablish it due to an underlying sense of failure.

At the beginning there was no precedent set, no ongoing routine and no expectations. There was a promise but no guarantee that the promise would be kept. Maybe the worst part of it is the sense of breaking that promise even without fault - breaking that promise to myself.

But, as is so often the way, it is just a case of having to take the knocks, dust yourself off and get back on the horse. Forget about the fall and just get back to enjoying it.

I shouldn't be so hard on myself, the world isn't going to come to an end because I don't post, but if I set a goal I like to meet it.

#write365___

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2014-10-24 20:16:31 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Grab some popcorn, sit back and watch normally intelligent people reduced to a begging horde.

Hey Inboxers, you can now invite your friends. 3 invites coming your way shortly. Look for the golden ticket in Speed Dial.___Grab some popcorn, sit back and watch normally intelligent people reduced to a begging horde.

2014-10-24 20:04:58 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Acting your age

Tomorrow is our eldest daughter's birthday - she'll be sixteen.

It is quite a sobering thought that our little baby is going to be old enough to legally get married (albeit with parental consent) and it makes you start to think about your own age. Not necessarily your mortality but certainly your age.

And then you think "in two years we'll be parents to a fellow adult" - where does the time go?

There are times when you wonder what exactly you have achieved in life in the time that this other person has been on the planet: have I met my goals, is my career at the place it should be, and the like.

But then you take a step back and realise that bringing this other person in to being, providing them a stable home, caring for them and tending to their needs, enabling them to reach this age as an intelligent,... more »

Acting your age

Tomorrow is our eldest daughter's birthday - she'll be sixteen.

It is quite a sobering thought that our little baby is going to be old enough to legally get married (albeit with parental consent) and it makes you start to think about your own age. Not necessarily your mortality but certainly your age.

And then you think "in two years we'll be parents to a fellow adult" - where does the time go?

There are times when you wonder what exactly you have achieved in life in the time that this other person has been on the planet: have I met my goals, is my career at the place it should be, and the like.

But then you take a step back and realise that bringing this other person in to being, providing them a stable home, caring for them and tending to their needs, enabling them to reach this age as an intelligent, capable human being, that is what you have achieved, that is your accomplishment and it is leaps and bounds ahead of anything else you might have hoped to accomplish in those sixteen years.

Yes, having a good job and being able to provide comfort and a relative amount of luxury is something to strive for but it doesn't make you a good parent. You can be a good parent while doing this but the two are not causally related.

People say that at certain ages you should be at certain points in your life - married, homeowner, a manager - and that, consequently, you should be acting your age. Perhaps we fall foul of this ideal that society has created for us. Perhaps we chastise ourselves too harshly and too readily for not living up to expectations.

We punish ourselves for what we haven't achieved rather than celebrating what we have.

And what could be better than enabling another person to grow and accomplish their own goals.

#write365___

2014-10-23 18:38:56 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Time well spent?

And so the #write365 project becomes #write365 + 4 with the past three days missed added to the one before.

Despite the best of intentions and trying to think of something to write it just didn't happen.

Even just writing anything can be tricky occasionally, especially when you're not firing on all cylinders. It's at times like this that you realise you can take your health, and what it allows you to do, for granted.

It's always interesting to take a step back and reassess things. Over the past three days I have been almost completely absent from all social media - on Plus I've posted the grand sum of two comments on threads I am subscribed to. Beyond that I have deliberately stayed away.

Just like writing, social is habit forming: if you don't engage then you get out of practice doing so and the... more »

Time well spent?

And so the #write365 project becomes #write365 + 4 with the past three days missed added to the one before.

Despite the best of intentions and trying to think of something to write it just didn't happen.

Even just writing anything can be tricky occasionally, especially when you're not firing on all cylinders. It's at times like this that you realise you can take your health, and what it allows you to do, for granted.

It's always interesting to take a step back and reassess things. Over the past three days I have been almost completely absent from all social media - on Plus I've posted the grand sum of two comments on threads I am subscribed to. Beyond that I have deliberately stayed away.

Just like writing, social is habit forming: if you don't engage then you get out of practice doing so and the need to be involved drops off. You get on with other things in life. Although, the other things for me in this instance have been resting and trying to get better.

As I wrote on one of +Gideon Rosenblatt's posts recently:

"There is an ROI to social but it is not fixed, it is as individual as we are and only we can make the call if it is sufficient.

Knowledge? Friendship? Escape? Keeping in touch? Self confidence boost?

Time is spent but it is up to us to justify if it is well spent."

Anyway, I'm still not well and easing myself back in gently but that I have actually sat down and written this bodes well.

#write365___

2014-10-19 22:07:55 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

An urban symphony

All drugged up and nowhere to go.

Except sleep, but that eludes me.

My mind is dulled and my body aches, flu like symptoms invade - how ironic, I have my flu jab booked for Friday. I guess it couldn't wait another few days or, perhaps, it heard and wanted to get in while it still could.

And that was Sunday, spent fighting against feeling crappy. Neck, shoulders, legs all protesting at the slightest movement; the mind just wanting to shut off, collapse in a corner and not resurface until it has all passed.

Still, you just have to get on with things - life doesn't stop just because you do.

But now that I am in bed, trying to leave the day behind, a police helicopter circles noisily above for the second weekend running, obviously searching with its light angling straight through the window as it flies by.... more »

An urban symphony

All drugged up and nowhere to go.

Except sleep, but that eludes me.

My mind is dulled and my body aches, flu like symptoms invade - how ironic, I have my flu jab booked for Friday. I guess it couldn't wait another few days or, perhaps, it heard and wanted to get in while it still could.

And that was Sunday, spent fighting against feeling crappy. Neck, shoulders, legs all protesting at the slightest movement; the mind just wanting to shut off, collapse in a corner and not resurface until it has all passed.

Still, you just have to get on with things - life doesn't stop just because you do.

But now that I am in bed, trying to leave the day behind, a police helicopter circles noisily above for the second weekend running, obviously searching with its light angling straight through the window as it flies by.

With a noise like that I couldn't sleep even if I wanted to so my brain automatically focuses on all other noises and distractions, seeking out everything else it can find to prevent my slumber.

Planes, nearby traffic, a train clattering along its tracks then another, faster, impatient going the other way and I subconsciously follow until it is out of ear shot.

The breeze rustles trees and bushes, causes the curtains to slowly dance with with open window as a dog barks at passing strangers.

A coughing fit. What next?

I can't switch off, can't fall into the waiting darkness, cannot settle as aching limbs make every position uncomfortable.

And I tell myself that I am rambling, babbling nonsense, that I should really try to clear my mind but the helicopter circles back round to orchestrate another urban symphony.

It's going to be a long night.

#write365___

2014-10-18 16:37:34 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Daylight

It is amazing the difference that waking up to a dry, bright day can have, especially when the windows are open and you hear the chatter of birds going about their business.

For me, birdsong is a connection to nature - it instantly transports me away from the bustle of urban life; it is calming, relaxing.

This is a strange time of year, those few weeks before summertime officially ends and the clocks go back. It takes us a couple of weeks to adjust to the change but it is worth it as these few weeks are imbalanced.

Shifts over the past few weeks have invariably meant leaving home in the dark in the morning and getting home in the dark after work. Being stuck in the office for the rest of the day, gaze firmly rooted to my monitors creates a disconnect with daylight.

Any sun that might come in through the windows is shut out with blinds... more »

Daylight

It is amazing the difference that waking up to a dry, bright day can have, especially when the windows are open and you hear the chatter of birds going about their business.

For me, birdsong is a connection to nature - it instantly transports me away from the bustle of urban life; it is calming, relaxing.

This is a strange time of year, those few weeks before summertime officially ends and the clocks go back. It takes us a couple of weeks to adjust to the change but it is worth it as these few weeks are imbalanced.

Shifts over the past few weeks have invariably meant leaving home in the dark in the morning and getting home in the dark after work. Being stuck in the office for the rest of the day, gaze firmly rooted to my monitors creates a disconnect with daylight.

Any sun that might come in through the windows is shut out with blinds due to glare on our screens - it is almost like we are vampires and it burns.

It's easy to see how seasonal affective disorder takes hold.

Every year I promise myself that I will go outside more during my lunch break but every year I break that promise. Demands often mean that lunch is snatched in brief sections, a couple of minutes here, a few more there - the downside of eating at your desk. If you are at your desk you are deemed "available" and there is almost a feeling of guilt attached to actually taking a proper lunch hour.

We have to break the cycle. I have to break the cycle.

During the week I have to rekindle my acquaintanceship with daylight, to escape the confines of my diurnal coffin - be a vampire no more.

And so I remake the annual promise to myself - let's hope that this time I can keep it.

#write365___

2014-10-17 20:16:27 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

No

This isn't the post I was going to write.

For all the talk of honesty and not self censoring there are times when you just have to say no!

No to yourself, no to the situation, no to the direction you find yourself travelling.

Sometimes you run the risk of going too far, of dragging yourself along a road you don't wish to go down - self induced, self inflicted, a self fulfilling prophecy.

So this is me refusing to succumb, refusing to be dragged down, dragged under, refusing to drown.

#write365

No

This isn't the post I was going to write.

For all the talk of honesty and not self censoring there are times when you just have to say no!

No to yourself, no to the situation, no to the direction you find yourself travelling.

Sometimes you run the risk of going too far, of dragging yourself along a road you don't wish to go down - self induced, self inflicted, a self fulfilling prophecy.

So this is me refusing to succumb, refusing to be dragged down, dragged under, refusing to drown.

#write365___

2014-10-16 22:03:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A journey

I have had a long and often unsatisfactory relationship with the written word. From short stories written at school (which were often poorly disguised derivative pieces) to abstract creations that warranted nothing but got marked 'A' for audacity.

I always knew I wanted to write.

The sad thing was that I never really turned to it until later in life except for the dalliance with poetry in my twenties. I never wrote with any regularity as a youth despite the longing. Attempts at keeping a diary or journal always stalled after the first couple of entries.

Perhaps what is more criminal is that I also didn't read regularly - for recreation - until after leaving school. We just didn't have the money for nonessential books so I had to wait until I left home and was earning.

Reading is the best tool we have for becoming a... more »

A journey

I have had a long and often unsatisfactory relationship with the written word. From short stories written at school (which were often poorly disguised derivative pieces) to abstract creations that warranted nothing but got marked 'A' for audacity.

I always knew I wanted to write.

The sad thing was that I never really turned to it until later in life except for the dalliance with poetry in my twenties. I never wrote with any regularity as a youth despite the longing. Attempts at keeping a diary or journal always stalled after the first couple of entries.

Perhaps what is more criminal is that I also didn't read regularly - for recreation - until after leaving school. We just didn't have the money for nonessential books so I had to wait until I left home and was earning.

Reading is the best tool we have for becoming a better writer but one I never used.

Something I have only recently discovered is the joy of writing just for the sake of writing - too often it was used as a tool, a weapon, something with which to manipulate or impress.

Writing was always a means to appear more knowledgeable, more intelligent than perhaps was the reality. It was used as a way to flaunt a certain geekiness - what I now recognise as decidedly undignified posturing.

Maybe the #write365 project might be seem by some as exhibitionism or attention seeking (isn't everyone who posts on social networks seeking some kind of attention?) but I prefer to call it a journey; a journey to rediscover the pure joy of writing.

The difference with the project is that there is genuinely no agenda - it is just posting. Regardless of plusses or responses I would still be putting up the one a day. The feedback is appreciated but not necessary as the only metric or target is one significant post a day.

The written word has taken me back and given me a second chance. The relationship is getting back on track after we agreed to be honest with each other.

And that honesty makes it a joy.

#write365___

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2014-10-16 09:26:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

How do you make now relevant?

Wonderful thoughts on the concept and perception of time, change and age from +Denis Wallez.

Don't-know 'your' age

   If you don't 'know' your age, here&now, what are you going to do?

When you say you're 39, which 39 is it?

   Someone born on January 1st, 2000 reaches January 1st, 2039 and states "I'm 39 years old".
   Someone born on January 1st, 2001 reaches January 1st, 2040 and states "I'm 39 years old".
   On their respective dates, each of them is "39 years old"…
   but one is 14,245 days old while the other only is 14,244 days old!

   Between 10 and 13 days were 'lost' by people overnight, depending on locations and when they switched from Julian to Gregorian calendar (some time between 1582 and 1927)! Twins living each side of a border could thus celebrate their birthdays nearly two weeks apart for a while… In the UK, a baby born on Wednesday September 2nd, 1752, was on Thursday only one day old, although that was September 14th!

   In some East Asian cultures, you traditionally were "one year old" the day you came out of the womb… Moreover, your 'age' would tick up at the beginning of the calendar year, regardless of when your exact birth day is in the year. People might thus be one or two  years older in Asian reckoning than in the Western system.

Change is not 'time'

   A few days ago, someone told me « since I'm 39yrs old with all these experiences which I've appropriated as mine, I infer that time has flown by. »

   Such a narrative this is! Let's pass the imprecision of saying this any other day than your birthday…
   Do you 'feel' your "39"? Do you 'know' "39"? If I banged your head and you became amnesiac, would you 'know' you're 39, without the stories asserting it as a fact (incl. the stories put down on paper, like in your passport)?

   Let's imagine a huge body of knowledge. And let's imagine you know 39% of it. And when circumstances change, you then know 40% of it.
   Is your gradual appropriation of the knowledge equal to the knowledge itself expanding? No.
   The total body of knowledge might have shrunk, you learnt nothing but what constituted 39% of the earlier total now represents 40% of the reduced corpus. Or you might have learnt something while the body of knowledge practically remained stable. Or the body of knowledge to master might have expanded but you just learnt faster than it expanded…
   Would you necessarily call this change of circumstances, this change in 'proportion' of knowledge, "time"? No.
   So… the fact that the narrative appropriated as a 'self' expands really tells you nothing about time.

   It isn't even clear the narrative appropriated as a 'self' is "expanding", the expansion is itself a narrative: you might accumulate memories in one sense, but you're also forgetting a lot (few people are able to pass, at 39, exams they were capable of passing at 18): maybe you're just replacing a narrative from "I'm 38"  to "I'm 39", and that took a millisecond, not a year!
   The change in the narrative appropriated as a 'self' tells you about a change in circumstances. It does  tell you about some form of change, of impermanence. But it tells very little about 'time'; the 'inference' that time has passed is just a narrative.

You're infinitely old

   Another reason why "I'm 39"  says absolutely nothing is that you're not 39!
   First, there's no ultimate  'you' (that is unchanged through change)… but, okay, let's consider the 'conventional' you (the caricature where you ignore change in order to project some 'identity').
   The conventional 'you' might be seen as infinitely old: if you search your causal origin, you'll fall into an infinite regress! You have no legitimate reason to stop the causal regress on a particular event, that you'll call 'birth' or 'conception' or "meeting of my to-be parents" or "births of my to-be parents"…
    And one year added to infinity is still infinity: one year later, you're not older, you're still the same "infinite" age! So you're not 39, at all! ;-)

Time is related to space

   Time is empty of essence: if nothing at all moved (not even an electron, a photon of light, the handles of a watch…), how would you know that time has passed or not? how would you measure time without something 'moving' (i.e. crossing 'space')?

   The passage of time is itself dependent on your speed (space / time) through space (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dilation)… or dependent on the speed of everything else if you imagine you're a fixed point in space.
   You cannot separate time from space, time is empty of independent 'essence', it only exists in dependence to space.
   Thus, when you count your age, do you just count how much you travelled (possibly back and forth, or spinning a wheel like a hamster)?

Cyclical karma vs. exit of the cycle

   And when you tell yourself that a day has passed and you can point to changes to 'prove' that, are you telling the truth? Are the changes you're pointing at even relevant?  Is your life really changed, or is it the same job, the same routine, the same unsatisfactoriness, the same cyclical  samsara?

   One of the reasons for which 'time' in Buddhism is a tough question is simply because it's "metaphysics" and the Buddha repeatedly rejected wasting time on metaphysics that are irrelevant to the cessation of suffering  (e.g. "the origin of the world").
   When you say that time has passed but that nothing has truly changed in your wisdom, was the time relevant to the Dharma?


Don't-know you age!

   Time is a label, an illusion that we 'know' what has changed!
   All we "know" is change, all we "know" is impermanence. But the impermanence might be in space, in time, in anything else; we don't know which one. One of the reason we don't know is that we cannot separate time from space, or existence from conditioned manifestation.

   Impermanence is easily interpreted as 'time'. It doesn't have to be.
   You might look at old photos to tell the narrative of your self, but what if I use one of these 'ageing' programs used to guess how missing kids might look a few years after their disappearance? Do you say "years have passed"? I only changed pixels on the photo, not time!

   We assume 'time', when all we really see is change.
   We label change 'time' when we don't know what else to name it… so we can reassure ourselves that we 'know', just because we named it, just because we conceptualised it.
   We shouldn't be reassured though: when we label change as 'time', we still have no understanding of its cause. Which means we have no understanding of whether 'time' could suddenly speed up, stop, turn dramatic or prove beneficial… How can we be reassured just by naming something? We imagine that giving a name gives us control?


   If you don't 'know' your age, if you drop the stories about who you are… here&now, what are you going to do?

   This is not a "mere rhetorical question": most people proliferate thoughts about their age, and about where they 'should' be in life at 'that' age (e.g. married at 28, "manager" at 30, home-owner at 31, 2.1 kids at 37, life insurance at 40, retired at 65… in wealthy countries).
   Such thoughts (re)started in the first months of (this) life when one's parents are tracking one's physical growth and cognitive abilities (and are giving unconscious feedback via the joy or worry they manifest), and it goes on forever by comparing oneself to others instead of assessing the appropriateness to the situation at hand.
   We could look at such thoughts with a sense of humour, but unfortunately most people take them seriously so these thoughts generate anxiety, anguish and they bias people's reactions… These thoughts give rise to unsatisfactoriness.

   If you don't 'know' your age (even if you don't drop notions of past and future), if you drop the stories about who you are,  where you're at, and who or where you 'should' be… here&now, what are you going to do?
   How do you make now  'relevant'?


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Wonderful thoughts on the concept and perception of time, change and age from +Denis Wallez.

2014-10-15 20:59:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Assumptions

It is amazing what we take for granted when we know things, when we know our way around. Based on this we make assumptions about others and it doesn't compute when they don't know what we consider to be something very basic.

For example, we can't imagine that anyone would still get caught out by stupid email scams and wonder why they still get sent out - the obvious answer is because people do still fall for them.

We just can't get our heads round how?

But there are those who don't know what we know, haven't been exposed to what we have. The less fortunate, the inexperienced, the lonely and elderly - they are prime targets and normally those who can least afford to be victims.

They are vulnerable and not in the sense we throw the term about on social networks to illustrate our openness and authenticity.... more »

Assumptions

It is amazing what we take for granted when we know things, when we know our way around. Based on this we make assumptions about others and it doesn't compute when they don't know what we consider to be something very basic.

For example, we can't imagine that anyone would still get caught out by stupid email scams and wonder why they still get sent out - the obvious answer is because people do still fall for them.

We just can't get our heads round how?

But there are those who don't know what we know, haven't been exposed to what we have. The less fortunate, the inexperienced, the lonely and elderly - they are prime targets and normally those who can least afford to be victims.

They are vulnerable and not in the sense we throw the term about on social networks to illustrate our openness and authenticity.

While doing a stint volunteering at a mission near work it transpired that one of the patrons had indeed fallen for an email scam most of us would treat with the contempt it deserved.

The scam in question was supposedly from a pretty Eastern European lady who needed money to come to the UK and was never heard from again after parting him from his cash - around a thousand pounds in this instance.

We just can't believe that this still works, our assumptions won't let us.

It is events like this, however, that make us step back and reassess those assumptions we make about people.

Or at least they should.

Whatever we take for granted we cannot presume others do also. We cannot presume that our knowledge, meanings and interpretations are shared. But, most importantly, we cannot look down upon them if our obvious is their oblivious.

Be careful with your assumptions, they can be dangerous.

#write365___

2014-10-14 22:10:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hope

The eponymous they say "it's the hope that kills you" but that's not exactly true.

It's the realisation.

Hope gives you something to live for, gives you a reason to keep going.

One of my old poems contained the line: "There is no hope, but there is only hope."

Depressives don't necessarily fear depression as it can be welcoming, like slipping into the arms of an old flame - comforting, forgiving.

Depression is an easy way out, a ready made excuse, a reason for failure that doesn't demand you try.

Depressives, however, welcome hope, hope that they will rise up, hope that they won't slip back down again. What they fear is that moment of realisation when you suddenly notice that you are on the slide.

Everything seems to be going fine, small changes go unnoticed until... more »

Hope

The eponymous they say "it's the hope that kills you" but that's not exactly true.

It's the realisation.

Hope gives you something to live for, gives you a reason to keep going.

One of my old poems contained the line: "There is no hope, but there is only hope."

Depressives don't necessarily fear depression as it can be welcoming, like slipping into the arms of an old flame - comforting, forgiving.

Depression is an easy way out, a ready made excuse, a reason for failure that doesn't demand you try.

Depressives, however, welcome hope, hope that they will rise up, hope that they won't slip back down again. What they fear is that moment of realisation when you suddenly notice that you are on the slide.

Everything seems to be going fine, small changes go unnoticed until it hits you and you are aware that you are in a lift and every button is a basement button.

But the realisation can also be a catalyst, it just depends on how it is handled. On the one hand it can trigger a downward spiral - that "here we go again" feeling - but on the other it can be the much need shot across the bows.

The realisation is feared because it is never certain which way it is going to send you - up or down - until you ride that lift and the doors slide open leaving you to step out to your fate.

But, even when the days are at their darkest and it seems like there is no point, when it feels like there is nothing except the pit you wallow in, there is always hope.

Without hope we might as well be dead.

#write365___

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