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Carter Gibson has been at 22 events

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Jerry James Stone446,150Join me for a LIVE chat with Lieutenant Governor +Gavin Newsom on the challenges California vineyards face with respect to sustainability and climate change. We'll touch on how wineries influence what other farmers are doing and why the Lieutenant Governor is interested in this space. Oh, and we'll probably talk about his hair too.Live Chat with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom on Sustainable Farming Practices in California Vineyards2013-08-21 20:30:0081  
Google Local San Francisco851,411*RSVP Here* — http://goo.gl/6Uh6A Got a flair for design? Learn to build your own private terrarium world at our DIY Terrarium Workshop & Cocktail Party.  Don’t worry if you’ve never designed your own terrarium. The fantastic designers behind *MakersKit* (http://makerskit.com/) will be on hand to offer personal instruction and advice. You’ll also have everything you need to make your own glass terrarium to take home with you: charcoal, pea pebbles, soil, moss and an abundance of succulents and indoor plants from which to choose. Personalize your eco-creation with a found object, rock or figurine — we’ll have a few to pick from or bring a favorite from home. After we’ve created our tiny living worlds, we’ll sip on layered ‘terrarium cocktails’ hand-crafted by local bartenders and nibble on gourmet treats. We’ll also engage in a little show-and-tell; the designer of the most creative, original and novel terrarium will be rewarded with something extra special to help further their creative spirit. *Be sure to RSVP for you and up to 1 guest. We’ll send you a confirmation invite as soon as we’ve read your fantastic new reviews*. — http://goo.gl/6Uh6A Remember that Power User events are ONLY for our most active Google+ Local users (those who have written a large number of quality reviews and continue to write new, quality reviews each month), and their guests, so start reviewing places you’ve visited.Power Users + Friends: DIY Terrarium Workshop & Cocktail Party2013-07-11 18:30:0061  
The LittleBigFund110,894Join one of three LGBT organizations we're featuring for July to discuss their story, their strategy and their difficulties. Read their story over on our website :: http://bit.ly/13I7U12 :: and then come here to ask questions that we'll answer live on air.  This is your chance to get to know the organizations your donations can help. We value transparency, openness, and want to give you the opportunity to make informed decisions about how to help the world around you. So go ahead! What do you want to know about the Q Center's SMYRC?The story of the Q Center's SMYRC2013-06-22 01:00:0010  
Google Local San Francisco851,411*RSVP Here* — http://goo.gl/eUUcP Power users, get your quarters ready. We’re taking a time machine back to an era when pinball machines ruled the earth.  We’ve reserved the entirety of the retail store and custom silk screen printing shop *Free Gold Watch* (http://goo.gl/Tcrqn) for a three-hour pinball and screen printing marathon. Bring in your most boring t-shirt, tote bag, tank top or hoodie, and we’ll jazz it up together with the help of the Free Gold Watch team.  Come ready to play the pinball games (your first fistful of quarters is on us) as you nosh on snacks and nurse a few drinks. We’ll also engage in some friendly competition to find out which of our power users know their way around a playfield. Don’t worry if you haven’t yet received your diploma from the Hogwarts School of Pinball Wizardry — Bay Area pinball champion *Andrei Massenkoff* (http://goo.gl/9pXwb) will be on site to give you tips on how to improve your game and make your first skill shot.  *Be sure to RSVP for you and up to three guests. We’ll send you a confirmation invite as soon as we’ve read your fantastic new reviews.* — http://goo.gl/eUUcP Remember that Power User events are ONLY for our most active Google+ Local users (those who have written a large number of quality reviews and continue to write new, quality reviews each month), and their guests, so start reviewing places you’ve visited.Power Users + Friends: Pinball & Screenprinting Palooza2013-06-20 03:30:0058  
MSNBC2,893,660Join +msnbc anchors in a series of Google+ Hangouts On Air surrounding #MarriageEquality beginning June 17. The Supreme Court is set to return monumental decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8. We'll be talking to experts, celebrities, and members of the community who will be affected by the court's decisions. Join the conversation by using #MarriageEquality on Google+. Monday, June 17, 12:15-12:45 PM ET DOMA/Prop 8 Decision: What Does This All Mean? Hosted by +Thomas Roberts   Tuesday, June 18, 12:15-12:45 PM ET DOMA/Prop 8 Decision: Changing Your Community Hosted by +All In with Chris Hayes  Wednesday, June 19, 12:15-12:45 PM ET DOMA/Prop 8 Decision: Both Sides of the Aisle Hosted by +Up with Steve Kornacki  Monday, June 24, 2:15-2:45 PM ET DOMA/Prop 8 Decision: From Hollywood to Your Hometown Hosted by +Andrea Mitchell Reports  Thursday, June 27, 2:15-2:45 PM ET DOMA/Prop 8 Decision: Reaction to the Rulings Hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry of +MHPShow msnbc Hangout On Air Series: Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality2013-06-17 18:15:001841  
Lori Friedrich55,798Join us on Friday, May 17th for our 4th episode of *Friday Live!* when our featured guest will be +Carter Gibson!  Tune in to hear more about the upcoming launch of +The LittleBigFund , reaching *1 MILLION* followers, and more!  *The Little Big Fund* _Giving little actions a big impact._ https://littlebigfund.org/  I hope to see you there! Friday Live! Ep 4 - Carter Gibson2013-05-17 20:00:0023  
Chris Messina178,065*Come join members of the Google+ Design team for a casual meet and greet — with drinks and good times.* The presenters and mentors from the *Get Unstuck: Gamestorming Not Brainstorming* [1] session at Google I/O 2013 will be on hand to continue the conversation and get more acquainted. This event is strictly 21+, as Local Edition will be serving up punch and other adult beverages so do bring ID! *Tickets are limited, so make sure to RSVP on Eventbrite early:* http://googleplusdesign.eventbrite.com/ [1] https://developers.google.com/events/io/sessions/419755974Google + Design Happier Hour #io132013-05-17 17:00:00164  
Trey Ratcliff8,490,533*Meeting Time:*  5:30 PM PT on May 14 *Meeting/Starting Location:*  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls  *Route Map:* http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9  *Ending Location:*  Union Square on the Geary Street Side *Hashtag:*   #GlassPhotoWalk   *How to Win Google Glass:*  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for @118191303233704861327 to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number!  Join @104987932455782713675 and @105237212888595777019 for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you! *The Plan*: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan: - _Focus on PhotoWalkers:_  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative! - _Photo Lessons_ - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera. - _Need Photo Advice_ - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help! - _Sharing_ - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with #GlassPhotowalk    We'll have a TON more details soon...  this will be a great celebration of photography! *Watch Live:* Can't make it?  @112471890387110967375 will be hosting a @106837773805813749834 session.  I'll share it live to my stream too! *What to Bring:* Any camera will do - from a mobile phone to a big DSLR.  It's all good! :) *Party Mode:* Put your Android or iPhone into Party Mode for the event! This means photos you take will be auto-uploaded to the event! Just see this video at http://goo.gl/VA858 in case you don't know how to do this.Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001373  
Google Local San Francisco851,411*Want to join us on an exclusive Dishcrawl in the Mission? What if you could bring a friend too? And maybe even win a brand, spankin’ new Nexus 7?* We want to take you and 10 other winners out for an exclusive night on the town in the Mission on April 10th. We’ve teamed up with Dishcrawl to put together a unique food crawl in the Mission. For the chance to win a spot, all you have to do is review local Mission restaurants, bars or cafes on Google+ Local. Plus, one Grand Prize winner will score a Nexus 7! Check out details on the event below, sign-up and then hop over to Google+ Local to start reviewing. *To enter, please visit:* https://www.google.com/local/contest/missiondishcrawl0313 *Prizes* Grand Prize Winner - 4G Nexus 7 w/32GB  + A pair of tickets to the Mission Dishcrawl on April 10th 10 More Winners -  A pair of tickets to the Mission Dishcrawl on April 10th *Rules* We'll assign points based on how well-written and informative each review is, and whoever has the most points at the end of the contest wins!  Every review you do is another chance to win, so go crazy (but keep it classy because we're looking for quality)!  *We can't wait to enjoy all the Mission has to offer with Dishcrawl and our winners!*Google's Mission Dishcrawl2013-04-10 19:00:0057  
Future of StoryTelling551,443Daria Musk went from playing songs in her room to putting on shows for over 2 million fans when she began live streaming performances over Google+. Her 2012 FoST film detailed what Musk calls “the ripple effect;” the phenomenon that brings people together and mobilizes a fan base: http://futureofstorytelling.org/film/?id=5 On Wednesday, March 27th, Daria hangs out with us for a Virtual Roundtable to discuss how socially-networked concerts change what it means to be a member of an audience.  Does your idea, your product, or your life story have the power to be instantly global? Feel free to submit questions for the panel in the message board below or on Twitter (@FoSTorg)!FoST Virtual Roundtable: The Ripple Effect & Building A Global Audience Through Social Media2013-03-27 17:00:00104  
Google for Nonprofits2,150,897In partnership with Google+, join us for a hangout celebration on World Water Day, March 22nd at 10:30 am PST! This year we are focused on raising awareness for the 780 million people that do not have access to clean water -- and what we can do together to solve the water crisis.              The hangout will feature representatives from +charity: water, +Water.org, +Water For People, +WaterAid, +PEOPLE WATER, +WHOLE WORLD Water, and be moderated by YouTube Star +Justine Ezarik. The participants will be discussing the water crisis at large, and how we can take action. #WorldWaterDay2013World Water Day Google+ Hangout Celebration2013-03-22 18:30:00469  
Sarah Hill2,834,443Calling all inhabitants of the Ghost Town.   Let's #HIRL in Austin, TX!!!   (Hangout In Real Life). Hear how ★ Plusketeers are using the +Google+  platform to create their own #humanmedia posse and how 2013 could be the year for + Google +.  Our venue only holds 100 so you *must RVSP* early and email googleplus@vu.com if you'd like to join us for lunch. +Veterans United is picking up the tab for free food and drinks but you're ghosts...so you don't eat much right?  ♥♥♥   #SXSWHIRL  HIRL in Austin, TX2013-03-09 12:00:00246  
Carter Gibson1,274,840"New Visions for Space" will feature young voices from NASA Academy, Yuri's Night, AIAA Young Professionals Committee, The Moon Society and others to talk about how exciting all of the new developments in space are, and how all of us are making a real difference in our space future. Guests include: The BIL Conference - Carter Gibson (Moderator) The Moon Society - Ken Murphy (Organizer) Liftport - Michael Laine (Co-Organizer) Yuri's Night - Brice Russ Starstryder - Pamela Gay SEDS - Michael Zwach NASA Academy - Will Pomerantz ISU-USA - Laura Burns AIAA YPC - Alison Lauderbach Please tune in on Wednesday, and be sure to let all of your friends know on Facebook, Twitter and other social media!  Let's show the world how awesome space is!New Visions for Space2013-02-07 03:00:00101  
Google Local San Francisco851,411Take a break for lunch out of the office and meet some new friends while discovering all the tasty lunch time treats located at the Ferry Building. Join Google+ Local for a casual lunch at Tacolicious during the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market on Thursday, January 31st. Lunch is on your own tab, but our Community Manager, @109205144679654268249, will be handing out Google+ swag to all the friendly users who check in with her, upload photos and learn more about reviewing on Google+ Local: http://goo.gl/VzSvp As part of our monthly community lunch series, we invite Google+ users to explore fun places in San Francisco to review. Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends!Out Of Office Community Lunch2013-01-31 11:30:008  
Future of StoryTelling551,443The Virtual Roundtable weekly series continues on Wednesday 1/23 with OK Go frontman, Damian Kulash. Deemed the "first post-Internet band", OK Go is responsible for creating some of the most iconic, viral music videos of all time.  Damian's FoST Film offers a play-by-play of the band's farewell to major-label funding and subsequent pursuit of corporate sponsorship—and never at the expense of artistic integrity. Watch it here:  http://futureofstorytelling.org/film/?id=4 What are some ways that emerging storytellers can initiate fruitful relationships with corporate partners or marketers? How heavily does digital technology, especially interactive and mobile technology, play into the process of artistic creation? Tune in Wednesday at 12:30pm est to hear from the expert. FoST Virtual Roundtable: Damian Kulash2013-01-30 18:30:00123  
Billy Wilson1,547,801Another Episode of my weekly G+ variety show +That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) ! The show is one of the largest & longest running on G+ and brings together a variety of the most interesting people on G+ for a hangout! This week we have some fun people including LGBT Activist and CEO & Founder of +The LittleBigFund +Carter Gibson; Model, Actress, TV Presenter, & Playboy Playmate +April Summers; Writer, Artist, & Photographer +M Monica who'll be telling us about some new shows; Photographers +Wick Sakit & +Damien Franco; and Special Musical Guest +Dan Colville ColVane ! The show will be embedded on this event where you can watch and chat with us and other people watching the show, the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can get reminders about the show if you RVSP by saying you're "Going". +Tibby & I are excited! You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH The video player is embedded above!TSBW Variety Show #43: New Shows, The LittleBigFund, Photography, April Summers, & Live Music from ColVane ! (On Air Hangout)2013-01-26 04:00:00110  
Amy Higgins4,981*Want to explore San Francisco in a whole new way and learn about local businesses at the same time?*  Join us for a *Dogpatch neighborhood photo scavenger hunt* where you can win fun prizes, meet new people and take some funky photos! Meet me in front of Piccino Cafe’s lil’ coffee shop on 22nd Street where we'll assign teams, hand out the clue sheets and start the adventure. Teams of up to four people will rove the Dogpatch, uploading pictures of the "hunted" locations to the businesses’ respective Google+ Local business pages. All you need to participate is the Google+ Local app on your smartphone. (On Android, it's part of Google Maps.)  After the hunt, we'll head to Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous to tally the points and hand out prizes! This event is *FREE* and completely open to the public-- just RSVP and we'll see you on Saturday, January 19th! *Party Mode!*  Share the goodness with those who couldn’t attend through photos. Simply download the Google+ App, click on the event, then click Party Mode and start snapping pics! We will also be using the hashtag #DogPatchQuest  if you want to follow along all the fun on Twitter. *Stay Connected!*  Want to find out about other upcoming activities, tips and news? Follow us on Twitter @GoogleLocalSF Sign up for our local SF newsletter: http://goo.gl/FDDP4Neighborhood Photo Quest: Dogpatch2013-01-19 22:00:0020  
Amy Higgins4,981Dine About Town is San Francisco’s "restaurant week." Being a city for foodies though, one week isn’t enough. The program runs twice a year for two weeks, January 15-31 and June 1-15, so you can indulge again and again.  Please join San Francisco Google+ Local Community Manager, +Amy Higgins, for a casual dinner at  Mission Rock Resort to celebrate Dine About Town. Dinner is on your own tab, but we'll be handing out Google+ swag to all the friendly users who check in with Amy, upload photos and learn more about reviewing on Google+ Local: http://goo.gl/VzSvp During Dine About Town, Mission Rock Resort is doing a prix-fixe three-course dinner for $36.95.  Please RSVP in the comments below, so we know how many people to reserve a spot for at our table.Rockin' Dine About Town2013-01-18 04:30:005  
Daria Musk3,701,868*You, Me & A LIttle Music History!* Join me - virtually - on November 29th for a very special live in-studio, interactive Hangout Concert from Times Square in New York City! *How To Join The Hangout!* ★ RSVP Right Here! ★ Circle @109766514680275896293  They're our gracious Hangout Hosts ★ Be a VIP by commenting below! I'll add you to my early-invite VIP circle! ★ We'll rotate the Hangout seats to get as many people in as possible! ★ Global Start Times: http://bit.ly/QbrDDv *Tell Me More...* I have a feeling this virtual, interactive, multi-dimensional concert will be another amazing night to remember and share together! We'll have cameras, lights, lots of songs and tons of action! This is the launch of a new series of Hangout Event Series by +Stonehenge NYC and I'll be singing and hanging with you from world-famous KMA Recording Studios where everyone from Whitney Houston, to Karmin to Jay-Z have laid down their tracks!  And our secret(ly awesome) undisclosed location has been revealed! It's The Brill Building - where hit songs have been written and recorded generation after generation. The walls are singing with music legends past and now you and me will be a part of it's storied history! Woop! :) *One More Surprise* is on the way... Something special for everyone joining the Hangout... I can't wait to light up New York City with you... More deets to come ;) XO, DariaDaria & You ★ In-Studio Concert From Times Square ★ Live At Stonehenge NYC2012-11-30 02:00:00381  
Daria Musk3,701,868CAMPFIRE CONCERT ♨ SAT SEPT 22ND Let's sing farewell to summer and welcome fall together, around the campfire, around the world! KUMBAYA, BABY! We're taking the newest way of sharing back to it's oldest roots. Singing, stories, human connection, and s'mores. Ok maybe they didn't always have s'mores. ;)  Some great friends like @112471890387110967375 @115121555137256496805 @103765013042311928518 @103038287804535196503 @107158210554763556081 @112005390393978914665 and more are coming to share their own campfire-style songs, stories and games. We'll marathon, sing-a-long and rotate seats 'til the sun goes down. So grab some hot cocoa, flashlights, sleeping bags and come hang! _Comment below to let me know if you want a special early-invite or if you'd like to share something! We could use some good 'ol harmonica to set the mood!_  *XO, Daria*Campfire (Hangout) Concert!2012-09-22 22:00:00549  
London 20121,459,350The Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games is almost here!  We can’t wait for the celebrations to begin. But the Olympics isn’t just for those inside the Olympic Stadium in London – it’s for everyone to enjoy wherever you are in the world. We want you to join in and show us how you’re celebrating the start of the Olympic Games. We’ve created this Event on Google+ to bring the pictures of your Opening Ceremony parties (and some from the Stadium too!) together in one place. Wherever you are in the world, simply join this Event and upload your pictures via Android, iPhone or the web. // What you need to do now Tell us you’re ‘going’ to the event by clicking the blue 'Are you going' button above and selecting 'Yes'. Then download the Google+ App to your Android or iPhone and sign in with your Google Account details. Share this event with others who you’ll be celebrating with! // What you need to do on Friday from 7.30pm On the evening of the Opening Ceremony you'll be able to add photos and comments. Android: Open the Google+ App, select Events, then click the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony Event. Check in, and enable Party Mode (http://goo.gl/ziNdk). Then use the camera as usual to take photos of your celebration. These will upload to the Event page. iPhone: Open the Google+ App, select Events, then click the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony Event. From there, click the Camera icon in the bottom right hand corner and take photos of your celebration. These will upload to the Event page. Web: Click the red “Add Photos” button at the top of this page, and upload photos manually to the Event page through the interface.   Please note: This is a family-friendly event. Inappropriate photos or comments will be removed. For more information, please refer to our Moderation Policy (http://goo.gl/s7LvC).London 2012 Opening Ceremony: The Worldwide Watch Party!2012-07-27 20:30:004691  
Lotus Carroll1,777,865Join @107430862196617669986 and myself on June 30th for a Live, On-Air Hangout Concert with @110748045588517484202 in celebration of Google+ turning 1 Year Old! We'll be partying with the band in their studio and we want you all to rock out with us. :)  Be here on my account at 2:30 Central and check it out. We'll be ready to party, and you won't want to miss the performance by @110748045588517484202 - and they say they're giving a special gift to all their Google+ friends, so be there!On-Air Hangout Concert with Suite 7092012-06-30 21:30:0068  

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2015-01-21 00:18:47 (259 comments, 1 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Alright Google+! Who are your favorite artists / photographers?

Who deserves some love out there? +Mention them below!

You know, I'm just curious :)

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2014-11-25 19:12:10 (56 comments, 46 reshares, 171 +1s)Open 

Say it with me: I have racial bias.

I do. I have racial bias. I feel things sometimes that I know are unfair or racially motivated. Honestly, that's okay. We all do. Instead of getting defensive, I think we need to acknowledge the prejudices and biases we have in order to move past them. We need to be aware of our racial biases in our pursuit of equality. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing a lot of that introspection happening at a time it should be. Having racial bias doesn't make you racist. What makes you racist is the actions you choose to take with that bias in mind (or 'not in mind' if introspection isn't your thing). Oh, I have white privilege too. The same applies to it as well.

I saw a tweet last night that really resonated with me. It says: "White people: your privilege lives in the fact that you can be outraged, horrified, and upset about... more »

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2015-06-27 01:24:55 (102 comments, 32 reshares, 465 +1s)Open 

Dear everyone who ever told anyone like me that we can't marry who we please, that our nation is against us, that they love us but not our sin, that America is a "Christian nation", that marriage is about procreation, or that we are "already equal" with civil unions...

Dear everyone who ever told a child to be disgusted by a same sex couple, to not be themselves, to "not think that way", or who repressed or punished them for being different...

Dear everyone who ever worked against this day...

Dear everyone who ever called me a faggot...

#MarriageEquality   #LoveWins   #SCOTUS   #GayMarriage   #YayGay  

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2015-08-24 17:56:10 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

I was Sarah McBride's orientation leader in college before she was Sarah. I've the distinct honor of watching this wonderful become blossom into American University's Student Body President, intern at the White House, and ultimately become a leader in the transgender equality movement. 

Her story about how she lost her husband Andrew (also transgender) is one of the most heart-wrenching, powerful stories I've ever come across. I never knew Andrew, but, through Sarah's writing, I've learned just how much of an impact he had on Sarah and how important his role was / is in Sarah's journey. 

I spent the first twenty minutes of my day today sobbing my sad tears into proud tears - and I highly recommend this read. Sarah McBride's story (so far) is what movies are made of and where heroes come from. This is one of the most honest, well-written piecesI&... more »

I was Sarah McBride's orientation leader in college before she was Sarah. I've the distinct honor of watching this wonderful become blossom into American University's Student Body President, intern at the White House, and ultimately become a leader in the transgender equality movement. 

Her story about how she lost her husband Andrew (also transgender) is one of the most heart-wrenching, powerful stories I've ever come across. I never knew Andrew, but, through Sarah's writing, I've learned just how much of an impact he had on Sarah and how important his role was / is in Sarah's journey. 

I spent the first twenty minutes of my day today sobbing my sad tears into proud tears - and I highly recommend this read. Sarah McBride's story (so far) is what movies are made of and where heroes come from. This is one of the most honest, well-written pieces I've ever read. ___

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2015-08-21 21:49:31 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Alright, all together now! Say it with me! "I HAVE RACIAL BIAS!"

Phew. That felt good.

On August 18th, 2014 I published this blog post in response to Ferguson. A year later, this sentiment is more important than ever, but I recently found myself frustrated by the Black Lives Matter protestors at the rally Bernie Sanders was attending. This feeling would at first appear to be in direct opposition of my defense of the forms rage took in Ferguson. So I thought about it.

If I had to boil this all down into a single point it would be that I generally believe people should direct their outrage at the people actively working against them, but fresh wounds justify outrage.

Alright, all together now! Say it with me! "I HAVE RACIAL BIAS!"

Phew. That felt good.

On August 18th, 2014 I published this blog post in response to Ferguson. A year later, this sentiment is more important than ever, but I recently found myself frustrated by the Black Lives Matter protestors at the rally Bernie Sanders was attending. This feeling would at first appear to be in direct opposition of my defense of the forms rage took in Ferguson. So I thought about it.

If I had to boil this all down into a single point it would be that I generally believe people should direct their outrage at the people actively working against them, but fresh wounds justify outrage.___

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2015-08-20 20:00:13 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Turns out that Josh Duggar, former Executive Director of the Family Research Counsel, actually did have that Ashley Madison account. Today, he said he has been the "biggest hypocrite" ever. Damn straight! That's the same organization that lobbied against my right to marry because I would destroy the sanctity of marriage with my homo-ness.

Unfortunately, in his apology he, says, "I've been living a double life! My poor family!" That's pretty fucking selfish.

I'd prefer, "The double life I've been living to promote myself under false ideals has caused irreparable harm to countless LGBT teens. My insincerity at the Family Research Council could have directly or indirectly lead to their suicides. I apologize to the communities I've villianized over the years with my self-righteousness."

I need to write a longer piece... more »

Turns out that Josh Duggar, former Executive Director of the Family Research Counsel, actually did have that Ashley Madison account. Today, he said he has been the "biggest hypocrite" ever. Damn straight! That's the same organization that lobbied against my right to marry because I would destroy the sanctity of marriage with my homo-ness.

Unfortunately, in his apology he, says, "I've been living a double life! My poor family!" That's pretty fucking selfish.

I'd prefer, "The double life I've been living to promote myself under false ideals has caused irreparable harm to countless LGBT teens. My insincerity at the Family Research Council could have directly or indirectly lead to their suicides. I apologize to the communities I've villianized over the years with my self-righteousness."

I need to write a longer piece on this, but man... There are some serious perks to everyone sharing everything online, like when it's exposed that our leaders don't stand for the things they say they do. On the flip side, as these leaks continue, will it force us to be less expressive (or more expressive?!). Definitely gotta think on this, but the Josh Duggar leak is a special kind of justice porn.___

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2015-08-19 20:23:53 (30 comments, 4 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

One of the best parts about being a Community Manager is that I get to feature fantastic users to the rest of the community. That's right. I'm the dude behind that Suggested User List you so badly want to be on. But I promise you that after you're on the list for a while, you'll ask me this: "Yesterday, I hit 100k followers and I was wondering... If I have so many followers, why am I getting only an average of 100 likes with 100k+ views?"

Good. Question. Thankfully, there's a really rational answer to this that doesn't involve me telling you that your content simply isn't inspiring enough people - try harder.

One of the best parts about being a Community Manager is that I get to feature fantastic users to the rest of the community. That's right. I'm the dude behind that Suggested User List you so badly want to be on. But I promise you that after you're on the list for a while, you'll ask me this: "Yesterday, I hit 100k followers and I was wondering... If I have so many followers, why am I getting only an average of 100 likes with 100k+ views?"

Good. Question. Thankfully, there's a really rational answer to this that doesn't involve me telling you that your content simply isn't inspiring enough people - try harder.___

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2015-08-19 03:41:19 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Good news everyone! I want to fill you all in on the newest, greatest website out there. By total random happenstance, it's also a website I made - about me!

That's right, www.CarterGee.com is real, live, and your new homepage! (probably)

It's the new place - along with Medium - where I'll be posting all my upcoming ramblings and reviving my old ones with a bit of reflective hindsight. I'll also do my best to keep posting here as well. There's still a bit of work to do on it, but I'm really stoked to begin writing more often and having my own place to do it. YAY WEBSITE!

And, of course, feedback welcome.

Good news everyone! I want to fill you all in on the newest, greatest website out there. By total random happenstance, it's also a website I made - about me!

That's right, www.CarterGee.com is real, live, and your new homepage! (probably)

It's the new place - along with Medium - where I'll be posting all my upcoming ramblings and reviving my old ones with a bit of reflective hindsight. I'll also do my best to keep posting here as well. There's still a bit of work to do on it, but I'm really stoked to begin writing more often and having my own place to do it. YAY WEBSITE!

And, of course, feedback welcome.___

2015-08-18 05:06:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

When I was 18, Google decided to make me a Suggested User on Google+. This was at the same time I was bombing interviews in college, the worst of which was for an analyst position where the interviewer stopped me to ask what was wrong. I answered, "I... can't wear this suit every day."​ (I didn't get the job.)

Thrown to the wolves of the internet, I quickly learned the consequences of talking to large audiences and the importance of expectation setting. Finesse and authenticity became my new best friends. I slowly cultivated a following and that's when it hit me: I was becoming a community manager.

Flash forward to today and I'm still at it. Also, I love it. 

Community managers create programs to build loyalty, boost engagement, and retain users. We're the ones who identify advocates and empower users to create compelling experiences.We... more »

When I was 18, Google decided to make me a Suggested User on Google+. This was at the same time I was bombing interviews in college, the worst of which was for an analyst position where the interviewer stopped me to ask what was wrong. I answered, "I... can't wear this suit every day."​ (I didn't get the job.)

Thrown to the wolves of the internet, I quickly learned the consequences of talking to large audiences and the importance of expectation setting. Finesse and authenticity became my new best friends. I slowly cultivated a following and that's when it hit me: I was becoming a community manager.

Flash forward to today and I'm still at it. Also, I love it. 

Community managers create programs to build loyalty, boost engagement, and retain users. We're the ones who identify advocates and empower users to create compelling experiences. We're simultaneously the advocate for our company and for our users, finding middle ground and using our knowledge of the community to communicate effectively. In one hour we're meeting with product, and in the next we're meeting with design. We're the proxy between decisions and users. It's a rewarding, challenging, important place to be.

When I look forward to the future, I eagerly anticipate working hard to build groundwork for more online communities, maintaining their health, and giving people places where they can be themselves - just like I was lucky enough to have when I was 18 and bombing interviews.___

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2015-08-17 17:17:03 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Android M is Android Marshmallow!

Welcome to the Android family.

#Android   #AndroidM   #Marshmallow  

Android M is Android Marshmallow!

Welcome to the Android family.

#Android   #AndroidM   #Marshmallow  ___

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2015-08-11 22:42:46 (32 comments, 4 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Want another +Comcast horror story?

In 2012, I began paying Comcast $125 / month for 150mbps. 

Between 2012 and 2015, I complained that my speeds weren't reaching 150mbps. They were extremely unhelpful, continually resetting my modem and updating firmware.

In mid-2015, I leaned that I could get 250mbps for $80 / month - so I "upgraded", only to find that my speeds were the same.

Their response was: "Oh! I see that your modem is only capable of 100mbps. You will need to stop by the Xfinity Store for an update." 

So, the modem they gave me with my 150mbps plan was only capable of 100mbps.

And all those firmware and resets they'd been doing over the past three years, they never noticed that my modem wasn't capable of the speeds I was paying for. 

So I called to let them know Iwas... more »

Want another +Comcast horror story?

In 2012, I began paying Comcast $125 / month for 150mbps. 

Between 2012 and 2015, I complained that my speeds weren't reaching 150mbps. They were extremely unhelpful, continually resetting my modem and updating firmware.

In mid-2015, I leaned that I could get 250mbps for $80 / month - so I "upgraded", only to find that my speeds were the same.

Their response was: "Oh! I see that your modem is only capable of 100mbps. You will need to stop by the Xfinity Store for an update." 

So, the modem they gave me with my 150mbps plan was only capable of 100mbps.

And all those firmware and resets they'd been doing over the past three years, they never noticed that my modem wasn't capable of the speeds I was paying for. 

So I called to let them know I was paying 3/3rd's for 2/3rd's service. Looking back over my speed tests, my modem only went over 100mbps a couple of times (max 114).

They gave me a one time $40 rebate.

I am furious. 

I'd like a 33.33% refund for the past three years please. Now please.___

2015-08-11 20:11:58 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

My new savings plan:
Ask people who won't miss $1k to give me $1k.

So like, rich friends... Want to give me $1k no strings attached?

My new savings plan:
Ask people who won't miss $1k to give me $1k.

So like, rich friends... Want to give me $1k no strings attached?___

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2015-08-10 16:40:24 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

And this is what I look like now :)

And this is what I look like now :)___

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2015-07-22 18:27:15 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

The White Knight Album

The White Knight Album___

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2015-07-22 17:43:25 (73 comments, 2 reshares, 149 +1s)Open 

Goodbye iMac! Hello first PC I've ever built!*
More pictures including benchmarks: http://redd.it/3e7zdn

So, here's the White Knight in all of his glory. Building him in such a small case was definitely an undertaking for my first PC and my cable management needs some tidying up (don't hate me), but I learned a ton about how this whole thing works. It was simultaneously simpler and more fascinating than I expected. The most interesting part was realizing how hot the CPU gets and how it's cooled down. YOU STICK COPPER ON IT THAT'S CONNECTS TO TUBES WITH WATER THAT PASS THROUGH A RADIATOR!?!? GENIUS! Additionally, the case is truly fantastic. Super well built and the LED light inside + ability to control fan speed is gnarly.

We hit a few snags. First was that the cooler wouldn't fit on the back of the case where it was "supposed" to go.... more »

Goodbye iMac! Hello first PC I've ever built!*
More pictures including benchmarks: http://redd.it/3e7zdn

So, here's the White Knight in all of his glory. Building him in such a small case was definitely an undertaking for my first PC and my cable management needs some tidying up (don't hate me), but I learned a ton about how this whole thing works. It was simultaneously simpler and more fascinating than I expected. The most interesting part was realizing how hot the CPU gets and how it's cooled down. YOU STICK COPPER ON IT THAT'S CONNECTS TO TUBES WITH WATER THAT PASS THROUGH A RADIATOR!?!? GENIUS! Additionally, the case is truly fantastic. Super well built and the LED light inside + ability to control fan speed is gnarly.

We hit a few snags. First was that the cooler wouldn't fit on the back of the case where it was "supposed" to go. Instead, we hooked the fan up to the side. Second, the PSU was too big to keep the HDD rack in the computer. So I removed it along with the 3TB HDD I had. Right now my computer only has a 500GB SSD and I'll get another once I fill that one up. Honestly, it worked out for the best. Now I have to get two SSD's and there's a bunch of space in front for the wires to hang out with awesome airflow.

But that was it! The rest was totally smooth sailing.

Also, he can run Tomb Raider on Ultimate Settings at about 100FPS. Very excited. Exactly what I needed him to do.

Parts
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz Quad-Core Processor (up to 4.4 GHz)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB
Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury White 16GB (2x8GB)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WiFi Mini ITX LGA1150
Case: Corsair 380T Mini ITX - White
PSU: Antec TruePower Classic 750W 80+ Gold
Monitor: BenQ XL2720Z 144Hz 27"
TOTAL: $2,669___

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2015-07-15 08:15:46 (29 comments, 2 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Amazon just launched #PrimeDay  with... a tupperware deal?

This international tragedy calls for a BuzzFeed post: goo.gl/YdpFmc  

Amazon just launched #PrimeDay  with... a tupperware deal?

This international tragedy calls for a BuzzFeed post: goo.gl/YdpFmc  ___

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2015-06-27 01:24:55 (102 comments, 32 reshares, 465 +1s)Open 

Dear everyone who ever told anyone like me that we can't marry who we please, that our nation is against us, that they love us but not our sin, that America is a "Christian nation", that marriage is about procreation, or that we are "already equal" with civil unions...

Dear everyone who ever told a child to be disgusted by a same sex couple, to not be themselves, to "not think that way", or who repressed or punished them for being different...

Dear everyone who ever worked against this day...

Dear everyone who ever called me a faggot...

#MarriageEquality   #LoveWins   #SCOTUS   #GayMarriage   #YayGay  

Dear everyone who ever told anyone like me that we can't marry who we please, that our nation is against us, that they love us but not our sin, that America is a "Christian nation", that marriage is about procreation, or that we are "already equal" with civil unions...

Dear everyone who ever told a child to be disgusted by a same sex couple, to not be themselves, to "not think that way", or who repressed or punished them for being different...

Dear everyone who ever worked against this day...

Dear everyone who ever called me a faggot...

#MarriageEquality   #LoveWins   #SCOTUS   #GayMarriage   #YayGay  ___

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2015-05-29 18:21:23 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

*My mom's second book has been published!"
Find it here: http://amzn.com/1626251703

I am so proud of +Lindsay Gibson, author of _Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents._ She's taken such an interesting approach to bad parenting that isn't what we normally think of, but is still damaging. I couldn't be happier that I was raised by such a smart, caring, wonderful woman :)

"If you grew up with an emotionally immature, unavailable, or selfish parent, you may have lingering feelings of anger, loneliness, betrayal, or abandonment. You may recall your childhood as a time when your emotional needs were not met, when your feelings were dismissed, or when you took on adult levels of responsibility in an effort to compensate for your parent’s behavior. These wounds can be healed, and you can move forward in your life.

In this breakthroughboo... more »

*My mom's second book has been published!"
Find it here: http://amzn.com/1626251703

I am so proud of +Lindsay Gibson, author of _Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents._ She's taken such an interesting approach to bad parenting that isn't what we normally think of, but is still damaging. I couldn't be happier that I was raised by such a smart, caring, wonderful woman :)

"If you grew up with an emotionally immature, unavailable, or selfish parent, you may have lingering feelings of anger, loneliness, betrayal, or abandonment. You may recall your childhood as a time when your emotional needs were not met, when your feelings were dismissed, or when you took on adult levels of responsibility in an effort to compensate for your parent’s behavior. These wounds can be healed, and you can move forward in your life.

In this breakthrough book, clinical psychologist Lindsay Gibson exposes the destructive nature of parents who are emotionally immature or unavailable. You will see how these parents create a sense of neglect, and discover ways to heal from the pain and confusion caused by your childhood. By freeing yourself from your parents’ emotional immaturity, you can recover your true nature, control how you react to them, and avoid disappointment. Finally, you’ll learn how to create positive, new relationships so you can build a better life."___

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2015-05-20 18:48:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

On narrative devices...

Everything should be used a narrative device. Murder. Love. Rape. Torture. Luck. Violence. Compassion. Magic. Everything.

There aren't certain topics that are off limits because they upset you and saying, "It's been done before!" is, under no circumstance, a valid criticism of these tropes. There are only so many things a person can do to another person. The real joy and intrigue is watching how different characters with different experiences react to them. Every depiction of anything can be justified. To say that it can't puts unfair, subjective limitations on artistic expression that push your personal agenda.

We shouldn't judge television, movies, or books on which narrative devices they use, but rather how they justify characters reactions to them. We should be bored by seeing the same thing over and over again,... more »

On narrative devices...

Everything should be used a narrative device. Murder. Love. Rape. Torture. Luck. Violence. Compassion. Magic. Everything.

There aren't certain topics that are off limits because they upset you and saying, "It's been done before!" is, under no circumstance, a valid criticism of these tropes. There are only so many things a person can do to another person. The real joy and intrigue is watching how different characters with different experiences react to them. Every depiction of anything can be justified. To say that it can't puts unfair, subjective limitations on artistic expression that push your personal agenda.

We shouldn't judge television, movies, or books on which narrative devices they use, but rather how they justify characters reactions to them. We should be bored by seeing the same thing over and over again, but not outraged. Our outrage should be directed at media that doesn't justify the use of their narrative devices by using them for exploitative purposes that don't move the plot forward or challenge characters.

Moreover, characters do not earn strength once or earn their status of a villain with one act. To say that someone was challenged once and doesn't "deserve" to be challenged again discredits that character's arc and purpose.

And that, my friends, is why the rape in Game of Thrones is nothing that should upset you deeply until you see a few more episodes.

Just my thoughts :)___

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2015-04-28 00:17:32 (41 comments, 7 reshares, 103 +1s)Open 

Behold. A True Patriot. /Sarcasm

This image about the Baltimore protests infuriates me. This is an 8th grade level argument (which, judging by looks, may be his education level to be fair.). The irony of the image, of course, being that this man is using free speech to be blatantly and offensively racist while protesters make similar imagery by burning the US flag to protest their status and exploitation in America. The flag stands for a certain set of ideals that a certain few people feel aren't being lived up to. It is 100% their choice to do so and I don't feel that it's un-American to do so. The Supreme Court agrees, which is why it's fucking. legal.

Sure, it can be offensive and it can send a message and upset you or whatever, but a reaction like this is disgusting. The same disrespect this well-to-do (mental note: do not say 'hick'...) hick feels... more »

Behold. A True Patriot. /Sarcasm

This image about the Baltimore protests infuriates me. This is an 8th grade level argument (which, judging by looks, may be his education level to be fair.). The irony of the image, of course, being that this man is using free speech to be blatantly and offensively racist while protesters make similar imagery by burning the US flag to protest their status and exploitation in America. The flag stands for a certain set of ideals that a certain few people feel aren't being lived up to. It is 100% their choice to do so and I don't feel that it's un-American to do so. The Supreme Court agrees, which is why it's fucking. legal.

Sure, it can be offensive and it can send a message and upset you or whatever, but a reaction like this is disgusting. The same disrespect this well-to-do (mental note: do not say 'hick'...) hick feels about people burning the flag is far and away second to the disrespect black people feel from the force that's supposed to keep them safe. This reaction gets us no where and asks all the wrong questions. When your patriotism overpowers your love and protection of a nation's ideals, promises, and convictions you're no longer a true patriot.

Ugh. And to see some of my friends support this image. #Baltimore  ___

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2015-04-21 16:11:20 (43 comments, 20 reshares, 143 +1s)Open 

A week with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: A Review

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the most surprising phone released within the past year. Why? Because I didn't think Samsung could make something this good. Usually tied up in figuring out how to add every feature under the sun, Samsung's "selling points" were quickly becoming annoyances. The S5 was waterproof - but you had to pry off a protective cover every time you wanted to charge it. It had a micro SD slot - but holy god was it slow when loading your gallery. It had facial recognition, eye tracking, tilt scrolling, and some gestures I've long forgotten to ignore calls - but none of them made the phone easier to use. All of it made for great commercials, but none of it made for a good user experience.

This year, Samsung went back to the drawing board, isolated a few nerds, and created the best Android phone that... more »

A week with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: A Review

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the most surprising phone released within the past year. Why? Because I didn't think Samsung could make something this good. Usually tied up in figuring out how to add every feature under the sun, Samsung's "selling points" were quickly becoming annoyances. The S5 was waterproof - but you had to pry off a protective cover every time you wanted to charge it. It had a micro SD slot - but holy god was it slow when loading your gallery. It had facial recognition, eye tracking, tilt scrolling, and some gestures I've long forgotten to ignore calls - but none of them made the phone easier to use. All of it made for great commercials, but none of it made for a good user experience.

This year, Samsung went back to the drawing board, isolated a few nerds, and created the best Android phone that has ever been made. Period.

Hardware and Design
When HTC, maker of the elegantly manufactured M8, was facing off against Samsung at Mobile World Congress, no one could have expected that Samsung, maker of cheap feeling plastic phones, would be the one getting all the praise for exceptional hardware. But man, does Samsung deserve that praise.

What I like most about Samsung, as a brand, is that they've been able to swallow their pride. While HTC rests on its laurels with a three-year-old design, Samsung said, "Hey. You're right. Our flagship line does feel a little cheap. Let's spend the cash to improve that experience for you." And it did. The S6's Gorilla Glass 4 back replaces the S5's removable, BandAid-textured plastic back and real aluminum replaces last year cheap, chrome-painted plastic rim. The metal rim has the volume and power buttons at EXACTLY the right place. Seriously. It's magical. They are perfect. Now, hearing about the glass back may sound like the phone is more fragile than previous iterations and conjure horror stories of the iPhone 4 and Nexus 4, but it shouldn't. Corning's Gorilla Glass has been massively improved and a few drops from yours truly can confirm that it holds up. More thorough drop tests on YouTube confirm that the phone is exceptionally tough.

The front of the phone is made from the same glass. It's just as tough. On the front you'll find a physical home key with a fingerprint reader a la iPhone 6 and capacitive buttons for back and multitasking in lieu of on screen buttons. I actually prefer this approach to on screen buttons, but wish the back button was swapped with the multitasking button since I have large, scary, manly hands. (Or just relatively large, very normal hands. You know, whatever....)

The headphone jack is on the bottom (thank god) and the micro usb charging port faces the right way with the longer end on the bottom and the shorter end on top (THANK GOD). Why manufacturers ever swapped this is a mystery to me. The bottom is also where you'll find the lone, stereo speaker. The bottom is also where you'll see every tech site ever compare the S6 to the iPhone. They'd be right. But I don't care. Android steals from Apple. Apple steals from Android (cough notification bar cough). Everything copies everything. Get over it.

I've heard some criticize the S6 for having a flat back and feeling slippery to hold, but I couldn't disagree more. The back has a good grip on your hands and the flatness of it makes the phone feel especially premium. That doesn't mean the phone lays flat however. Man, there is quite the camera bump on this device (about 1/4th the thickness of the entire phone), but it's not a deal breaker - even if I have to be a little more thoughtful about making sure none of my phone overhangs off the table when I put it down. More on the camera later. Also on the back is a heart rate scanner I will never use next to the flash. 

Waterproofing, Removable Battery, and Micro SD
All three are gone. Why? Because most people don't use that shit and Samsung wants this to be the best selling Android phone in the world. Don't like it? Sorry. Samsung has decided to focus on the mass market and, thankfully, that includes increasing the quality of the hardware at the expense of some geeky features (and the expense of your wallet if you want the 64GB or 128GB version). That may sound abrasive, but ask yourself.... Did you REALLY use any of those that often? 

Thankfully, fast charging is here and it works like a dream. "But I don't WANT to carry around a fast charger! I want to carry around my batteries and always wonder which ones are charged and which ones aren't and the special battery charger for my spare batteries!" Shut. Up.

The Screen
I bet you want to hear what I think about the edge part of the Edge. It's coming. But as for the screen? Fucking. Shit. This is the best smartphone display out there - and I'll tell you why: OLED. OLED displays have come so far in the last couple of years, with Samsung's investment in them clearly paying off. If you didn't know, OLED displays are different than LCD displays (like the one found in the iPhone) because they can light up individual pixels to use less power. Black or dark colors use less power than whites or bright colors. The colors on the S6 absolutely dazzle, but, if the saturation is too much for you, you can change the screen calibration in settings. 

Now, let's talk about that resolution: 2560x1440 with 577pixels-per-inch. You can't see a pixel on this phone, no matter how close you look. While this would normally be a huge battery drain, Samsung's AMOLED technology makes sure the screen is uber-power efficient - and it is. Is this resolution necessary? Who the fuck cares what's necessary? Half the shit you own isn't necessary. What's true is that it's awesome, crystal clear, and makes my friends say, "Wow." Mission. Accomplished.

TouchWiz and Performance
I don't care if my phone can run Grand Theft Auto while updating all of its apps while accessing the Pentagon. I care about my phone feeling fast when I'm doing day to day things like opening photos, switching apps, loading webpages, and won't buckle while multitasking. The S6 completely succeeds at this. To get geeky, the S6 uses Samsung's own 14 nanometer Exynos Octo-core chip clocked at - ugh. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that Samsung packed a hugely powerful chip that they've been able to easily optimize. It shows.

After I halved all of Android Lollipop's animations in developer settings, the phone flies. Switching apps is seamless. Editing photos is quick and easy. WiFi is super speedy. The download booster that downloads files using 4G and WiFi actually works. The camera opens in just over one second with a double tap of the home button NO MATTER WHAT. Navigating menus never stutters. It's seriously impressive. Despite all that awesomeness, sometimes my widgets take an extra second to load, but it's nowhere near as show stopping as with my past Android devices. 

Samsung's TouchWiz is..... generally annoying, too bubbly, and difficult to navigate. This time though? Not so much. I barely notice it. The settings menus still isn't perfect and having to press 'Sort A-Z' after installing every app is mind-numbingly stupid, but other than that? It's fine. Very close to stock Android with some genuinely useful tricks, like that double tap of the home button to open the camera. I don't have much else to say about TouchWiz. It will probably anger some people more than it does me and other people won't notice it at all. For me, it's good enough in the most polite way possible.   

The Camera
That bump in the back is worth it. This camera is the best camera on an Android phone. Ever. Photos are always crisp, saturated, in focus, and beautiful. The 16MP rear shooter is a camera you can feel confident about whipping out. It will stand toe-to-toe with the iPhone 6 and, in low-light situations, it will beat the iPhone 6 (albeit with some warmer tones). The interface is dialed back (just like TouchWiz) and the shutter is snappy. 

The 5MP front camera was a surprise. It's.... really good. Like, almost better than my M8's main camera. That's not saying much for the M8, but the point here is that this front camera is stellar. Subjects look far enough away that selfies are beginning to look like someone else took the photo for you.

There isn't much else to say about the camera. Sure, it can shoot 4K video, has auto-focus tracking, and can take slow-mo videos, but the coolest thing about this camera is that you don't really have to think much about it. If you've owned an Android (or considered switching from iPhone), I'm sure you've asked yourself whether it was worth the sacrifice in the camera departure, both in regards to features and quality. Worry no longer. The S6 delivers.

Battery Life
I use my phone. A lot. Here's my day: unplug phone, go to work, use phone, charge phone before leaving work at work, use phone, go to bed, and charge phone. That's been my routine for the past four years. It continues to be my routine. The S6 doesn't have out of this world battery life. In fact, some days I've wondered how it got so low so fast. But I've wondered that with my iPhone 6 too. Bottom line is that fast charging really is your best friend and that this won't won't disappoint, but also won't wow, in the battery life department.

If you're in a jam, power saving and ultra power saving modes are available. And they kick ass. Use in dire situations. 

Audio
I don't know who these people are that want surround sound on their phones and who are willing to make the design sacrifices for giant, front-facing speakers and a big black bar (zing to HTC. Again.). Honestly, 90% of the time, my phone's audio is coming out of headphones or my car or a Jambox or my sound bar. The other 10% of the time, I just want it to be loud enough to hear my podcasts in the shower. The S6 is loud. That's for sure. The audio is not the best quality, but it's not noticeably bad. It IS noticeably loud. This was the right call for Samsung to make and I no complaints in the sound department. This includes call quality. 

The Edge
And now for the part you've been waiting for: the edge of the Edge. The Edge does not have a killer "feature" or functionality to revolutionize the way we interact with our phones. You may hear a lot of criticism about for the phone for those reasons. But here's the deal.... Those people don't know what they're talking about. The Edge is awesome because it looks (and feels) awesome. That's why it exists and that's a good enough reason.

Because the screen tapers off, the metal sides are thinner. I don't feel like this makes the phone feel too sharp or slippery, but I can see how certain hands could feel that way. To me, the thinner metal sides let the screen's bezels melt away and the curved glass makes video / images more immersive than ever. Hey! Maybe that is a feature! Again, who cares. It looks and feels awesome, but I recommend playing around with it before dropping the extra $100 for something that looks cooler. This decision totally depends on your situation.

As for me? I made the right choice. I like new and different things. I want my phones to be eye-catching and interesting. The S6 Edge is both. 

Overall
There are some features I didn't go into (like wireless charging or the still annoying Verizon bloat or the Edge's my favorite 5 people feature I use more often than I thought I would), but the bottom line is that all of the main criteria that should decide whether or not you should buy a phone are met - and not just for Android, but for every phone out there. Snappy performance. Worry free camera that produces striking shots. A screen that wows (and can be easily seen in broad daylight). The Samsung Galaxy S6 literally has it all. Phones aren't perfect yet, but man. This phone comes damn close.

I was fully expecting to get the M9 this cycle (thanks, in large part, to leaks that ended up being fabricated), but Samsung has won me back. Here's to hoping this is the start of a most customer-centric company that continues to push boundaries in both hardware and performance. I like this new Samsung - and I love my S6.

#Android   #Samsung   #S6   #S6Edge   #Google   #Apple   #iPhone  ___

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2015-04-20 07:20:02 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Take me back. I'm ready to go back.

Take me back. I'm ready to go back.___

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2015-04-15 19:45:25 (27 comments, 1 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

There's something about casually dating on Tinder or Grindr or OkCupid that completely numbs you to people that would otherwise be incredible. "Oh, you're a so-and-so too? So was that last dude I went on a date with...." I had been doing that so long that I was beginning to think that I was permanently degrading my ability to be intimately attached to someone. Dating was so casual and easy that it started to feel routine. That's, admittedly, how it felt when I first matched with Shane on Tinder. "Oh, he's cute.... Yeah, I can do a date," I thought as I sat cross-legged on by bed in my underwear eating Indian food, recovering from Coachella (minus the Tinder-ing, this is now a tradition I continued this year as well).

Somehow, Shane gets me to agree to go to the Embarcadero for a drink instead of the Mission where I'd usually take my dates so I could at... more »

There's something about casually dating on Tinder or Grindr or OkCupid that completely numbs you to people that would otherwise be incredible. "Oh, you're a so-and-so too? So was that last dude I went on a date with...." I had been doing that so long that I was beginning to think that I was permanently degrading my ability to be intimately attached to someone. Dating was so casual and easy that it started to feel routine. That's, admittedly, how it felt when I first matched with Shane on Tinder. "Oh, he's cute.... Yeah, I can do a date," I thought as I sat cross-legged on by bed in my underwear eating Indian food, recovering from Coachella (minus the Tinder-ing, this is now a tradition I continued this year as well).

Somehow, Shane gets me to agree to go to the Embarcadero for a drink instead of the Mission where I'd usually take my dates so I could at least take them back to my place to find out what they were packing if the date wasn't going well. Seriously. That's the chore dating had become to me, but it wouldn't be that way with Shane. Instead, we talked. And we talked. And we talked. My fears of never being able to be attached slowly drifted away and I found myself thinking about this curly-headed, broad-shouldered man constantly. "Ugh. Feelings. The worst."

A year later, I'm so much happier than I was. Frankly, dating Shane fucking rocks and I'm having a hard time imagining my life without having started doing so. I'm not sure when people exactly start dating anymore. Is it on the first Tinder match? Is it when I make my date-ee Facebook official without asking him first? (oops) But what I do know is that I "met" Shane a year ago. Ever the balancing force in my day-to-day, ever the challenger of my outbursts, ever the supportive boyfriend, ever the person to enjoy any moment with, ever the wonderfully thoughtful and driven human being - Shane has been with me (for some reason...) since.

And yes. Feelings are still the worst. They are gross and they are icky and they make you weak and when you have someone like Shane they're too god damn strong and that's terrible. What? Me, deflecting? Definitely not. Well, actually... Yes. And this the only time I'll admit it. ___

2015-04-15 02:41:39 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

Another year, another Coachella. :) 

Another year, another Coachella. :) ___

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2015-03-16 17:31:35 (62 comments, 11 reshares, 258 +1s)Open 

"What sets the Apple Watch Edition apart from your average Rolex is the everyone knows exactly how much it costs. People will be like, "Ho. Ly. Shit. Doesn't that thing cost like $10,000?" Then people will know you have that much money."

I honestly, sincerely, 100% believe that this is the worst thing Apple has made within the last decade. Apple has always been uncomfortable close to having their products be status symbols over functional technology. With the Apple Watch Edition, Apple is basically saying, "Fuck you. You'll buy it because you care about asserting your status. We're motherfucking Apple." And THAT is what bothers me the most about this watch and the people who buy it. San Francisco tech culture already has a serious perception issue with copious consumption and Apple isn't doing its community any favors.

"What sets the Apple Watch Edition apart from your average Rolex is the everyone knows exactly how much it costs. People will be like, "Ho. Ly. Shit. Doesn't that thing cost like $10,000?" Then people will know you have that much money."

I honestly, sincerely, 100% believe that this is the worst thing Apple has made within the last decade. Apple has always been uncomfortable close to having their products be status symbols over functional technology. With the Apple Watch Edition, Apple is basically saying, "Fuck you. You'll buy it because you care about asserting your status. We're motherfucking Apple." And THAT is what bothers me the most about this watch and the people who buy it. San Francisco tech culture already has a serious perception issue with copious consumption and Apple isn't doing its community any favors.___

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2015-03-15 04:53:37 (39 comments, 2 reshares, 221 +1s)Open 

Welp, after 11 years, my 52' Sony Bravia died. After months of flickering and negative images, it was time to replace it. Thanks TV. You were a good companion (and you somehow survived a cross-country trip in U-Haul).

After much debate, internal strife, researching, and acknowledgment of brand bias, I went out and acquired a 4k 65' Sony Bravia (X850B to be exact). After some fiddling, messing around, and finagling, my first impression is that I'm impressed. While I wish I could have waited until later this year or two for an OLED TV, this definitely feels like a future-proof, solid option. Because I love reviewing tech, I'll be sure to let you know what I think about it after some more time with it.

I can say, however, that I spent about 2hrs watching 4k nature.... moving images? I regret nothing. My favorite was desert.

The dead TV:... more »

Welp, after 11 years, my 52' Sony Bravia died. After months of flickering and negative images, it was time to replace it. Thanks TV. You were a good companion (and you somehow survived a cross-country trip in U-Haul).

After much debate, internal strife, researching, and acknowledgment of brand bias, I went out and acquired a 4k 65' Sony Bravia (X850B to be exact). After some fiddling, messing around, and finagling, my first impression is that I'm impressed. While I wish I could have waited until later this year or two for an OLED TV, this definitely feels like a future-proof, solid option. Because I love reviewing tech, I'll be sure to let you know what I think about it after some more time with it.

I can say, however, that I spent about 2hrs watching 4k nature.... moving images? I regret nothing. My favorite was desert.

The dead TV: http://amzn.com/B000TNFAQ2
The new TV: http://amzn.com/B00J58BEIK___

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2015-03-13 20:52:08 (1 comments, 19 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Talk about a thread-killer! +Denis Labelle is a badass who has created the end all be all of Google+ how-to and best practices. There's a little something in here for everyone - especially if you're new.

How To Google And Google Plus
First, Take a Tour of Google+ -> goo.gl/5WTMTP
I. 50 Google+ Tips
50. Create A Killer Hovercard: goo.gl/ifDhJW
49. Sharing to Circles vs. Publicly: goo.gl/1qr0YO
48. Google+ Communities: goo.gl/NC21Ly
47. Share Your G+ Posts on Other SM : goo.gl/QeefiD
46. Report Issues With G+ or Suggest Ideas: goo.gl/FywX2c

45. Create A "Save For Later" Circle: goo.gl/PmBRWf
44. Add A Large Image To Your Post: goo.gl/lVr3yj
43. The Various G+ Keyboard Shortcuts : goo.gl/7BaxMs
42. Share Someone Else's G+ Post : goo.gl/DYJo3U
41. Create A Mini Blog on G+: goo.gl/zEVIOM

40. Host A Google+ Hangout: goo.gl/2P0n0Q
39. Leave A Wake of Value-Add In Your Path: goo.gl/lpCzaD
38. Take Control Of Your G+ Notifications: goo.gl/WHU0p3
37. SEO Your Google+ Posts: goo.gl/oYb6J1
36. How To Find Things On G+: goo.gl/rY18uQ

35. Formatting For Beautiful, Engaging Posts: goo.gl/mnfP5d
34. How To Disable Comments & Shares: goo.gl/Bkc6Mp
33. Attract More Comments With Gifs & Image Posts: goo.gl/VGcNhl
32. Start A Conversation With Someone : goo.gl/VXOVmy
31. Create An Event Using G+: goo.gl/IUFmlP

30. Enable Automatic Hash-tagging: goo.gl/MuoV9h
29. Don’t Give Up At The First Hurdle: goo.gl/2zdPQ8
28. The Benefits of Link Shorteners: goo.gl/pwfGXo
27. Understanding Ripples & Using Them To Your Advantage: goo.gl/Z47kxp
26. What Not To Do On G+ (Part 1): goo.gl/IdP51J

25. Edit Posts - Did You Know You Could Do That?: goo.gl/aFsKU9
24. Choose The Best Link Thumbnail For Your Post: goo.gl/wXTSh4
23. Start Building Your Author Rank: goo.gl/4427P3
22. Link G+ To Your Content With Authorship Tags: goo.gl/Rn4GGJ
21. Curate & Streamline Circles for Awesome News Streams: goo.gl/e8lNhh

20. Use Eye-Grabbing Headlines: goo.gl/p45IPK
19. Use Google Drive With Google+: goo.gl/zpwHHC
18. Track Circle Shares With CircleCount: goo.gl/TXfe2j
17. Be Awesome With AutoAwesome: goo.gl/Inq2bX
16. Build Your Following By Watching Hangouts: goo.gl/Rjgrhi

15. Overcome Difficulties With Plus-Mentioning People: goo.gl/nQsT9T
14. Write Posts That People Are Actually Looking For: goo.gl/D8NwGh
13. Use ‘The Google+ Effect’ To Improve Your Twitter Experience: goo.gl/hLE1Ia
12. Learn How To Use Images Appropriately & Legally: goo.gl/D3dzCc
11. Learn To Schedule Posts With +Do Share:  goo.gl/1BUcrN

10. Build A Community Around Your Passion: goo.gl/IsFrHg
9. Optimise Your Profile/Page/Community For Search: goo.gl/YMblJF
8. Share Beyond Your Circles & GPlussers: goo.gl/ryHWHQ
7. Blocking & Muting People - As Simple As It Sounds?: goo.gl/wqsXnN
6. Extend The Life Of Your Best Posts: goo.gl/tGw9g7

5. Merge Multiple Google+ Profiles Together: goo.gl/sRKzp8
4. Using Your About Tab More Effectively: goo.gl/sNqUDQ
3. Posting Multiple Photos Per Post: goo.gl/sM32aP
2. Use Google+ ...Every Day: goo.gl/fS0tIq
1. What Not To Do On Google+ (Part 2): goo.gl/3ahoO4
by +Rick Eliason

(More: Discover Google(+) -> goo.gl/eIJTNs )

II. New to Google+? Don't know where to start?
. Take a Tour on Google+: http://bit.ly/1HD2rkh
. Google+ best practices for beginners: http://bit.ly/1CmUT1X
. Choose what you share on your profile: http://bit.ly/1Aek1Hl
. Who can send you notifications: http://bit.ly/1EXjaJW
. Don't just drop links: http://bit.ly/15YSWea
. Share Google+ posts on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1AejncN
. Hide your circles and followers: http://bit.ly/1AejxAW
. Control what you see from your communities: http://bit.ly/15YVxVl
. Create a private community for yourself: goo.gl/biyWME
. Change the cover photo on Android: http://bit.ly/1JZAwJa
. Tips for sharing on Google+: http://bit.ly/1EXj5pI
. Tips for building relationships: http://bit.ly/1CmUInj
. Tips for community members: http://bit.ly/1EXdmjE
. Tips about Google+ Photos: http://bit.ly/1Lyr1lR
. Tips for using hashtags: http://bit.ly/15YURPN
. Tips for blocking someone: http://bit.ly/1EXiXGJ
. The official Google+ Help Center: http://bit.ly/1CmUMUa
. Set up recovery options for your Google account: http://bit.ly/1AejO6X
. Switch between Google accounts: http://bit.ly/1yYnjb7
. Account permissions and apps: http://bit.ly/15YVfxO
. All your Google+ statistics: http://bit.ly/1AekDN5
. Deleting a Google+ profile / Page: What happens to YouTube: http://bit.ly/1HD7OQB
. Who owns your business page and YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1EXjkRH
. Google+ Partner Playbook for businesses: http://bit.ly/1yYoyr0
. Promote your business on Google+: http://bit.ly/1JZAYHb
. Video: Google+ tips http://bit.ly/1D0WuJL
via +Google+ Top Contributors 

III. Google+ Infographics
. How To Improve Engagement on Google Plus: goo.gl/4kWbne . How To Get More Interaction On Google+: goo.gl/6ZZqwk
by +Irfan Ahmad / +Digital Information World
. The Beginner’s Guide to Google+: goo.gl/DQPRd1
by +Mervik Haums 
. Amplifying B2B Marketing Content with Google+: goo.gl/MpxYCJ
by +Ivan Serrano 

IV. Google+ Help Communities in
. English: goo.gl/5PmCXu
. Portuguese: goo.gl/jbWtX2
. Turkish: goo.gl/7t9H8y
. German: goo.gl/BpB6F5
. Spanish: goo.gl/BTud7c
. Italian: goo.gl/gXYbF2
. Indonesia: goo.gl/0NlPFa
. Japanese: goo.gl/Z4flcY
. Russian: goo.gl/mT1BKS
. French: goo.gl/T1vjXl
. Finnish: goo.gl/OQqYGg
via +Google+ Top Contributors
 
V. 136 Google+ Help Tips
136. All About Google+ Communities: goo.gl/EHSBu0

135. Unknown People Circling You on Google+? : goo.gl/XpLBTJ
134. How to Be a Good G+ Community Moderator goo.gl/YJJs8w
133. Hitting Limits Adding People to Your Circles: goo.gl/ZqDlLb
132. Get a custom URL for your YouTube channel (and Google+): goo.gl/3C6VWM
131. Controlling your privacy on Google+: goo.gl/32R1pt

130. Troubleshooting your G+ Business Pages: goo.gl/CsWoFQ
129. How to use Google+ polls: goo.gl/8XIxKD
128. Posting, Handling fake accounts and switching pages on Google+ or YouTube: goo.gl/5Tn4P6
127. Basic guide to Google+ Circles: goo.gl/E7j4ws
126. Everything you wanted to know about Google+ Photos on your phone: goo.gl/Cd6qnv

125. Everything you’ll want to know about Google Pages but were afraid to ask: goo.gl/upafgK 124. Changing Names, Clash of Clans, Auto Enhance: goo.gl/yTwDU4
123. Communities, Circles, Posts: goo.gl/Osr0zD
122. How to Remove Yourself from Someone's Google+ Circles goo.gl/h6ft6L
121. Comments, Community, Circles and Google+ Album: goo.gl/k3OYbB

120. People You Meet in G+ Communities: goo.gl/JhzPlD
119. Profile, Photos, Auto Backup: goo.gl/w9ffcT
118. Whom Should You Circle?: goo.gl/RoNPvA
117. Make use of Google+ tours: goo.gl/c5RZFy
116. Photos: goo.gl/fF6lth

115. Save posts, articles and ideas on G+: goo.gl/WSN8Ov
114. 3 steps to more privacy on your G+ profile: goo.gl/u3I3Wv
113. Actively managing your community membership: goo.gl/TVymDg
112. How to explore and join Communities: goo.gl/zL2pl3
111. How to send feedback on G+: goo.gl/VvLWoX 

110. Make Your G+ Photos “Auto Awesome”: goo.gl/UdahMn
109. Automatically share your blog posts to Google+: goo.gl/sHDbhm
108. Ways to use Google+ photo editing: goo.gl/Byk90r
107. Let hashtags find fun posts for you: goo.gl/MWWD4i
106. Make your Communities happier and healthier: goo.gl/DoByrf

105. Do More with Your Photos From Auto Backup: goo.gl/f9WFRJ
104. Search your own photos -> goo.gl/VB3ZEU
103. How to delete your Auto Backup photos -> goo.gl/oTO6Eq
102. Google Photos app is one-tap access to your Google+ Photos: goo.gl/jJ2Dma
101. How to post publicly, to your circles, or to a community: goo.gl/5NTmUo

100. Share an album with someone not yet on G+: goo.gl/M9RJDR
99. How to restore photos from Trash: goo.gl/hpgp3c
98. How to adjust the mix of posts in your Home stream: goo.gl/4XCqy4
97. Follow your favorite YouTube channel on Google+: goo.gl/RgsI55
96. Assign a G+ Page Manager: goo.gl/ccGqji

95. Getting started on Google+: goo.gl/scpl11
94. Turning on Auto Backup on Android: goo.gl/tEMs9F
93. Formatting a Google+ Post: goo.gl/va50H0
92. Start a scheduled Hangout on Air: goo.gl/nWc3Fk
91. Grow your following on G+: goo.gl/0GII5U

90. Use Q&A in your Hangout: goo.gl/X5ZMNA
89. Select your stream based on your circles: goo.gl/mmoFVb
88. Produce your Hangout with Control Room: goo.gl/CmktPj
87. Article Rendering: goo.gl/3ogWrA
86. See more posts from your favorite communities: goo.gl/QPT3VS

85. Mastering the art of Hangouts on Air: goo.gl/WEjUik
84. How to leave a Google+ community: goo.gl/ya1hUS
83. How to Get Rid of Junk in Your G+ Home Stream: goo.gl/X0tUoW
82. Seeing Junk in What's Hot?  Clean Up Your Circles!: goo.gl/PQHRKq
81. Why Your Community Posts Might Be Flagged As Spam: goo.gl/3sJd18

80. Why Are My Private Posts in Google Search Results?: goo.gl/QOAxKx
79. How to Set Your Profile Picture: goo.gl/mXqE6y
78. How to add text to an image already in a G+ album: goo.gl/qrOQau
77. Ensure Images from Your Website "Full Bleed": goo.gl/ebV15t
76. To Mute or To Block? That is the Question!: goo.gl/CVZXin

75. Dealing with Google+ Notification Overload: goo.gl/kwHHyu
74. Why You Can Only Post to One Google+ Community at a Time: goo.gl/KBiCDl
73. Circles, Your Circles, and Extended Circles: How Sharing and Notifications Work: goo.gl/iLEfsl
72. Google+ Tips Collection: goo.gl/Th3hV0 What's Hot and  Recommended: How Posts Get Selected: goo.gl/jNlTMT
71. Using Photo Sphere on your device: goo.gl/JO8Xa9

70. Deleting Business Pages, How "Google feedback" works, Transferring to another Google Account: goo.gl/ZaaZEo
69. Public view of profile, Updating page information and Managing circles: goo.gl/MzAj9B
68. Lost in Translation, 2 Many Accounts, Added You Back: goo.gl/asV6wy
67. Focus on Communities and a Google+ Update: goo.gl/wtWrTC
66. Deleting Google+ Photos, Who Follows You On Google+, Hangout Invitations: goo.gl/9XzCdk

65. Profiles & Pages, Public posts to Communities, Private Communities: goo.gl/eUY0E0
64. Photos, Profile, Custom URL: goo.gl/TpR3I8
63. Frozen Auto Backup, Auto Backup on Multiple Devices, and Changing Cover Photos: goo.gl/MTfErM
62. Auto-Backup and Page Ownership: goo.gl/OsWeL0
61. Connect G+ page to website, Retrieving deleted pics and videos, Add links to G+ business page: goo.gl/OIFJbS

60. Spam, Stories, Profiles: goo.gl/5GMoG5 
59. Pages and Communities: goo.gl/pRmH6D
58. Page Managers, Duplicate account, Hangouts Help: goo.gl/rtbKqR
57. HOA invites, Autobackup management, YouTube Migration to Brand Page: goo.gl/vBq5lz
56. Communities, Pages, and Photos: goo.gl/SWvj5D

55. Community sharing preferences, reporting spammers and mobile stream not loading: goo.gl/CACcc1
54. Followers, Cover Banner, Brand Pages: goo.gl/7oeSw8
53. Getting more followers, deleting an old local page: goo.gl/0pj1yi
52. Autobackups, Custom URL’s and +1’s and viewcounts: goo.gl/uhZuTU
51. Pages, Names, and Photos: goo.gl/S3c3k4

50. How To Get Help, Stories privacy, Google+ Page: goo.gl/az1T3K
49. Photo Privacy, Finding All Your +1s, and Pages Without Profiles:  goo.gl/TbCuZ0
48. Profile/Page Clarification, Google+ Auto-backup,  Circling Limits: goo.gl/3Cw5s4
47. Circles, Google maps listing for business, different types of Hangouts: goo.gl/mXNh1W
46. Google+ Posts notification emails , “Avis” tap , Merge G+ local page with G+ business page: goo.gl/GuiKTe

45. Engagement, Photos to albums, Larger images in posts: goo.gl/NYAi2k
44. Creating Community From Mobile, Upgrading To Full Size Auto Backup: goo.gl/dCb3y0
43. Page views, Hoffsome photos, Home page filters: goo.gl/LDe1Ji
42. Apps, Extended Circles, and Hashtags: goo.gl/9aoNg1
41. Profile Verification, What’s Hot list, Access Auto Backup photos: goo.gl/WCR0Xy

40. Page ownership, Privacy, Personalized URLs: goo.gl/Myy5ha
39. Community Pinned Posts, Preventing Circle Adds, Images in Web Shares: goo.gl/XH4d6P
38. Ignore/Mute a conversation, Commenting on YouTube, Google+ Hashtags: goo.gl/f7aQaj
37. Gmail notices, Circles, and Photo AutoBackUp: goo.gl/dPfFp8 
36. Google Plus pages, Using A Business page to +1 and share from the web, Formatting GPlus posts: goo.gl/mysxFK

35. Visibility of private posts, Merging profile with Google Apps, Deleting Google Local photos: goo.gl/jxRdlt
34. Public posts, picture tagging, and privacy: goo.gl/4uIOcF
33. Managing Google+ Business Page, Google+ backing up pictures, Transferring Google+ custom URLs: goo.gl/o0TcG9
32. Restore, Backup, and Business: goo.gl/KVbTeZ
31. Your Posts and Membership in a Community, Turning Off Community Posts in Profile, Vanity URLs: goo.gl/V3OgfJ

30. Contacts, YouTube, and Auto Awesome Movies: goo.gl/9pFZU3
29. Pages, pages, and more pages: goo.gl/kVxIhd
28. Photos, Videos: goo.gl/4KrntW 
27. Downloading your photos, Google+ Local Pages, Authorship: goo.gl/CpvL6u
26. Migrating to a new account, Post visibility, Profiles & Pages: goo.gl/gTMhZc

25. Auto Backup, E-mail notification, Change E-mail Account: goo.gl/84yhdq
24. Custom URL Changes, YouTube Comments Explained, Managing a Business Page: goo.gl/9faF4o
23. Random People, Cover Photos, That’s My Face: goo.gl/4MhWMz
22. Custom URLs, Photo upload settings: goo.gl/ceVyyZ 
21. Images, Blogger Comments, Archived Hangouts: goo.gl/hj7Gru 

20. Names, endorsements, newbies: goo.gl/ox2zTD
19. Community Abandonment, Business Pages,  Notification Exhaustion: goo.gl/ajNwnN 
18. Getting noticed, protecting youth, & photo editing: goo.gl/99Fhn7 
17. Adblock Plus, Google Places, G+ Page/YouTube: goo.gl/1DJ6mP
16. Hangouts without webcams, local business listings, and resharing posts: goo.gl/sPIAQl

15. Events, Communities, and Monetization: goo.gl/65ewNH 
14. Upload videos from Google+ straight into YouTube, Auto Backup of pictures from mobile: goo.gl/yDC3nF
13. Recover pictures back to my phone or tablet, change the privacy settings on old posts, search the posts for a single community: goo.gl/hZO2xK
12. Post to Circles and to a community at the same time, Who can see my post when I make them Public: goo.gl/FiCzoM 
11. Google+ Support Firefox, What time zone shows up on Events, Can non-Gmail users become G+ users: goo.gl/wzuOoI 

10. Faces, Photos, and Plusses: goo.gl/gM3NTn
9. Notifying circles, Google+ training resources, Finding hangouts, Securing your Google+: goo.gl/87NHjk
8. Communitues, Commenting, Hangout Request, and Email Notifications: goo.gl/9JsanF
7. Webmasters, Geotags , Notifications , and +1's: goo.gl/zSCX9T 
6. +1 activity posts, Why can’t I post to Communities and Circles/Public at the same time, Why can't I add more people to my circles: goo.gl/tpDzuK 

5. Searching, Filtering, Boxes, and Histories: goo.gl/203smg
4. Photo and video privacy, removing yourself from circles, migrating circles from Profile to Page: goo.gl/G1Nx2U
3. How to Choose Photos When Sharing Links: goo.gl/SrGZmp
2. See your Google+ stream in chronological order: goo.gl/94N6IX
1. 11 Useful Google+ Keyboard Shortcuts: goo.gl/U2ksVi
by +Google+ Help

(More: Discover Google(+) -> goo.gl/eIJTNs )

VI. Google+ Management Tools
1. +Circloscope / www.circloscope.com
. Google+ Circles On Steroids: goo.gl/sGCPbU
. Removing No Follow Backs From Your G+ Circles: goo.gl/kxJEFM
. Removing Inactive Profiles From Your G+ Circles: goo.gl/VLm7fV
. Creating Blacklists Using Circloscope: goo.gl/794sMz
. Creating Whitelists Using Circloscope: goo.gl/L1RtrN
. Adding Engagers To Your Google Plus Circles: goo.gl/E3byML
. Remove Blue Heads (No Profile Photo) From Your G+ Circles: goo.gl/y4FSb9
. How To Create a Curated Circle to Share: goo.gl/r6FpCR
. How to Export G+ ID's for Plus Mentioning: goo.gl/vTMrmr
. Adding Other People's Followers to Your Circles: goo.gl/9CdQpx
. Adding People Who Attended a G+ Hangout On Air: goo.gl/GHrhxW
. Adding Community Members To Your G+ Circles: goo.gl/RqS2jD
. Find, Combine & Add Multiple Shared Circles: goo.gl/Qctp5K
. How To Update Circloscope: goo.gl/JqIdRw
. How To Find Your Google+ Profile ID: goo.gl/fUzDqz
. Send Multiple URLs to Circloscope: goo.gl/bsvVeK
. CircleCount & Circloscope Integration: goo.gl/VVe79I
. Importing Facebook Friends to Google+: goo.gl/ZBVxEb
. Finding YouTube Video Engagers To Add To Your G+ Circles: goo.gl/wGYwZe
. Importing LinkedIn Contacts to Google+: goo.gl/tSMKPh
2. +CircleCount / www.circlecount.com
. Getting Started with CircleCount: goo.gl/eMDI3F
. Explore CircleCount: goo.gl/7LUi2O
. Profile Overview on CircleCount: goo.gl/uGli6I
. Shared Circles Including You on CircleCount: goo.gl/EvtDbN
. Follower Map/Demographics on CircleCount: goo.gl/1YUPAh
. Graphs & Charts on CircleCount: goo.gl/6b1q4v
. Adjusting Settings & Newsletter Sign-Up: goo.gl/81P83P

VII. Google & Google+ 160 How To's
First, have a look here -> goo.gl/v9yHoY
160. Google Plus Pages for business and brands: goo.gl/IHWiVe
159. A Complete Google+ User Guide: goo.gl/wnzsrU 158. How to make a custom Google Hangouts Lower Third: goo.gl/E7wyhL
157. How to send a private message on Google+: goo.gl/cL3GDh
156. The Anatomy of an Engaging G+ Post: goo.gl/ojMVf5

155. A Guide to HOA Event Notifications: goo.gl/bbLHEj 154. Google+ Posts - 10 Things You Should Know: goo.gl/au3dvh
153. How to disable reshares or comments prior to posting on Google+: goo.gl/5DCeNr
152. How to change which YouTube channel connects to your Google+ account: goo.gl/CiS5YK
151. What are the best sized images to use on your Google+ profile?: goo.gl/HSN30k

150. How to have a ‘Local Reviews Box’ as a landing page: goo.gl/98okxI
149. Can you change a Google Local Page to a Brand Page, or vice versa?: goo.gl/vdxTvK
148. Google+ Partner Playbook: Audio-Visual Guide: goo.gl/yFBrG3
147. How to manage two or more G+ profiles at the same time: goo.gl/B6Wdcj
146. G+ comments generating suggestions on a mobile: goo.gl/qNqrGA

145. The Google Review Revolution: goo.gl/FhRc9c
144. Need help with a Google+ and YouTube account issue?: goo.gl/7mrQdH
143. How to ‘pin a post’ to a Profile or a Page on Google+: goo.gl/7yGWJf
142. Super Smart ‘Google Apps Management’ Tip: http://goo.gl/xHNkbj
141. How to change settings in a public Google+ community: goo.gl/wbKsxc

140. Who can comment on your Google+ posts?: goo.gl/kVQmzh
139. How to claim your Google+ custom URL: goo.gl/GGiLA1
138. What if you have an issue with ‘Google Local’ listing?: goo.gl/MFqBLz
137. Want more subscribers on your YouTube channel?: goo.gl/a9OHsY
136. A ‘Small Business’ guide to using Google+: goo.gl/Fa1dw7

135. How “Keeping it Real” Became the Next Thing In Marketing: goo.gl/JoMakj
134. How to filter a private Google+ community using Circloscope: goo.gl/9JM0Em
133. How to delete a circle on Google+: goo.gl/ez5MRB
132. How to create a custom ‘Google Map’: goo.gl/bsQ1nI
131. How many businesses in your area are on Google Maps?: goo.gl/lH4kya

130. Why use a URL shortener?: goo.gl/wGxwlO
129. How to find the embed code for a Business Listing on Google Maps: goo.gl/2FfDf1
128. How to find the URL for a Business Listing on Google Maps: goo.gl/AYx2XB
127. What do you need to claim a custom URL on YouTube?: goo.gl/eoJoHq
126. What pages are not eligible to be Google Local Pages?: goo.gl/psfvwe

125. How to create a 24/7 Google Hangout: goo.gl/XSERHn
124. How to cross connect between Gmail and Linkedin: goo.gl/89YOPr
123. How to put a village on the map: goo.gl/ABUA2J
122. The Art of Managing a Google + Brand Page: goo.gl/wg0RjW
121. How to add in a shared circle on Google+: goo.gl/scCBPr

120. How to change your cover photo on Google+: goo.gl/Baxb5Z
119. How to change your profile picture on Google+: goo.gl/atDLKB
118. How to find the 21 digit ID of a Google+ Profile or Page: goo.gl/vGLWie
117. Socialize – adding and engaging with people from your area: goo.gl/Ek4Rx7
116. Optimize – helping people find your Google+ Page: goo.gl/7UYL0x

115. Localize – how to get yourself on the Map with Google: goo.gl/zOJGzw
114. How to reach more people with your Google+ content: goo.gl/bX8Q8k
113. A Guide to Collaborative Working using Google software and tools: goo.gl/cifIq7
112. Personal Branding using Google+, an A-Z Guide: goo.gl/ou75bk
111. Want to add in a delivery radius to a ‘Storefront’ Business?: goo.gl/9KXmh7

110. Google Pages for Businesses who ‘deliver as well’: goo.gl/iSU948
109. How to Integrate Google+ into Your Editorial Calendar: goo.gl/SmTF4d
108. How to stop showing YouTube tab on your Profile: goo.gl/9z0djW
107. Make your Google+ Page or Profile a Destination: goo.gl/4JE8h5
106. How to import your Linkedin Contacts to Google+: goo.gl/MraUx3

105. How to rename a Google+ community: goo.gl/d7dqOn
104. Who can see your Google+ posts?: goo.gl/f80hCh
103. How to use Google Plus Communities for outstanding Customer Service: goo.gl/eVY3NY
102. Can you turn off the plus ones on Google+?: goo.gl/U9mGQ8
101. How to share circles between Profiles and Pages: goo.gl/275uYK

100. A Guide to Google Plus Polls: goo.gl/mxqmJL
99. Google Plus and Social SEO Facts and Evidence: goo.gl/uqGTmn
98. Google Plus Marketing Case Study Teaser: goo.gl/LpKjIO
97. How to share a blog post from a website as a Google Plus page, not a profile: goo.gl/KYGgKi
96. The value of using tools on Google Plus: goo.gl/mhUvh0

95. What are extended circles on Google+? And why should we care anyway: goo.gl/k5YcgC
94. How to delete a Google+ Business Page: goo.gl/qNNGqD
93. Anatomy of a Time Stamp Post: goo.gl/ZAyoge
92. The Power to ‘Recommend’ on Google Plus: goo.gl/FFIOjc
91. Google Business View: Step Inside the Sage Group Headquarters: goo.gl/DQYBJT

90. 10 brilliant things you can do with Circloscope: goo.gl/4XzFn5
89. How to Use Clean Google+ URLs & the Google+ Canonicals: goo.gl/RTYbOl
88. ‘Google+ for Business’ Presentation: goo.gl/imhF5W
87. Discover Google Plus: goo.gl/5AXCsk
86. A Complete Guide to Google Pages: goo.gl/J0PwN7

85. Google Plus Marketing Stats: goo.gl/gG6ESY
84. Google Plus ‘Explore’ and Hangouts: goo.gl/wYW8JA
83. Google Plus Marketing Circles and Communities: goo.gl/Dy9NJ1
82. Google Plus Marketing Profile and Pages: goo.gl/a74DQg
81. Google Plus Posts: goo.gl/iabGnJ

80. A Complete Guide to Google+ Marketing: goo.gl/Q218qw
79. 10 brilliant things you can do with CircleCount.com: goo.gl/zlFDHZ
78. Google Plus Analytics and Insights: goo.gl/rSCNu2
77. Google Plus SEO: Trust, Reputation and Authority: goo.gl/3cs1zi
76. How to create a ‘plus post ad’ within Google Adwords: goo.gl/B1Uu9s

75. Social Media Marketing and the Power of Google Plus: goo.gl/IMFMpn
74. How to REALLY build a community on Google Plus: goo.gl/jel8DH
73. The ‘View Count’ Feature on Google Plus explained and explored: goo.gl/dPdNNE
72. Organizational Analysis on Google Plus: goo.gl/RiyaQm
71. Google Plus – Frequently Asked Questions: goo.gl/pVN6UB

70. Social, Search and Site – how to use Google+ to make it all work together: goo.gl/V03LZF
69. Google Chrome Extensions – as Suggested by the Google+ Community:  goo.gl/YTT3JG
68. Lights, Camera, Produced Hangouts: goo.gl/IYXIt7
67. A Guide to Google Maps Business View: goo.gl/OvgTr5
66. Complete Guide to Google Hangouts for Businesses and Individuals: goo.gl/eBldKf

65. Content is King; Community is Kingdom: goo.gl/TFbaUG
64. Planning Your Social Media Marketing Strategy, using Google Plus: goo.gl/D9XZ34
63. Content Creation Tools: goo.gl/10lUbC
62. Hashing Out Google Plus Hashtags: Uncover Their Hidden Powers: goo.gl/NBxOm9
61. Free Google Plus Training Materials: goo.gl/ZmjtHs

60. A guide to Google Plus notifications: goo.gl/ChhCPi
59. Google Plus Coaching, Training, Consulting Directory: goo.gl/l96JIA
58. How to create a private Google Hangout-on-Air (VIDEO): goo.gl/Dhh3X8
57. Google Plus For Business and Individuals: goo.gl/LQ0qD3
56. Getting your Google Plus Brand Page ready for +Post Ads: goo.gl/p9Es89

55. How to build niche email lists using Google+: goo.gl/OPKfZt
54. What is Content Marketing? And how to use Google+ to do it brilliantly: goo.gl/aeWLVX
53. How to use content marketing for high visibility in Google Search: goo.gl/PP0zyU
52. 6 Circles every Google Plus business page should have: goo.gl/XtqfRO
51. How to create a Google+ Community: goo.gl/VDZVJn

50. Beginners Guide to Google Plus: goo.gl/6C7ibF
49. Google Plus Custom URLs: goo.gl/oOuACS
48. How does Google Plus influence online behavior?: goo.gl/LSNPa5
47. How to use Google+ for Social SEO: goo.gl/FY82rB
46. A Complete Guide to Google Pages: goo.gl/txD0RX

45. Google+ and YouTube comment integration: goo.gl/ChSu7N
44. A Complete Guide to Google Helpouts: goo.gl/ryqKAR
43. How to make a Google Plus Page: goo.gl/e2dgFq
42. Should you choose a ‘Profile’ or a ‘Page’ on Google Plus?: goo.gl/oqsVZ0
41. Google Plus Tips Guide: goo.gl/7MiUZA

40. Shortcuts: goo.gl/dg07uL
39. How to resume from a position ‘down stream’ and receive more content too: goo.gl/5jiYVC
38. Viewing the profile as if from other’s perspectives: goo.gl/dshbLq
37. Changing your profile circle settings: goo.gl/X82l3B
36. How to filter searches on Google Plus: goo.gl/Uiml5D

35. How to subscribe and receive emails of new content: goo.gl/71RMUq
34. Showing or hiding posts to communities on your Profile or Page: goo.gl/K0Osma
33. How to submit feedback on Google+: goo.gl/nC1Kw7
32. Where to mute or block a profile: goo.gl/3fLO5b
31. Customise your hangout settings (part 1): goo.gl/ZyztlQ

30. Customise your hangout settings (part 2): goo.gl/EGBR18
29. How to change the flow of content from communities in your stream: goo.gl/sduvMX
28. Top fans on YouTube–circles: goo.gl/3dP9vS
27. How to turn notifications on or off: goo.gl/gvsWQb
26. How to change the flow of content from circles in your stream: goo.gl/11HQxz

25. Adding people to circles from ripples: goo.gl/hJ2u3d
24. Mute posts you no longer want to hear from: goo.gl/VQ8JRQ
23. Create a private community with categories for future posts: goo.gl/BMdkRT
22. How to find channel settings and monetization on Youtube: goo.gl/tsMGBV
21. Changing your photo settings: goo.gl/m5hfK4

20. Share public for maximum reach: goo.gl/txbTzL
19. Change settings on who can interact with you: goo.gl/4yQKKp
18. Flipping the Google Plus cards: goo.gl/9t6WUB
17. Choosing to notify a circle by email: goo.gl/Sq96Y8
16. How to create a new circle from activity on a post: goo.gl/P18Ji0

15. How to disable comments and reshares before you post: goo.gl/nJjpu0
14. How to open a new link by dragging and dropping: goo.gl/7PZfB7
13. How to embed a Google Plus post into a website: goo.gl/wQbrT4
12. Google+ Page Manager Circle Tip: goo.gl/SuZ4Y4
11. Using Google Plus communities to work on projects: goo.gl/mexhiA

10. Analyzing your Google+ Page Content using SNA: goo.gl/ZHJ1WD
9. What is Google Drive? – a complete user guide: goo.gl/RCWUh0
8. Gain social reach by adding shared circles to circlecount.com: goo.gl/6WqYrZ
7. Refining Google Plus Search Using Filters: goo.gl/lO4EcL
6. Google Circles Management Tips: goo.gl/858xNX

5. Connect Google account to YouTube: goo.gl/rOF3Jf
4. Add a thumbnail to your YouTube videos: goo.gl/sAAHoa
3. Google+ Plus Training Modules: goo.gl/n8QBpQ
2. Google Apps for Business: http://goo.gl/gG7cUv
1. Google Plus Cover Photo and Design Tips: goo.gl/r9HP9m
by +Plus Your Business!

(More: Discover Google(+) -> goo.gl/eIJTNs)

VIII. Google+ Hangouts
. Training You for Hangout Success: goo.gl/UCCKUV . Hangout on Air via YouTube Live Event Quickstart: goo.gl/P5eb2z
. Scheduled Hangout on Air Event Quickstart: goo.gl/KGLD7Z
. Hangouts and Hangouts on Air Top 10 Mistakes To Avoid: goo.gl/h5pml4
. New Account Setup for Hangouts and Hangouts on Air: goo.gl/pGXPYM
. What is a Hangout on Air Event: goo.gl/c9tNnu
(by +Ronnie Bincer)
More: HOA guides
. goo.gl/1ukAs9
. goo.gl/Mlu2uw
. goo.gl/ZlU7jF 
. goo.gl/2zTH7P
. goo.gl/p3gJke

IX. 21 Awesome Google Tips
21. Your Personal Google Search Trends History: goo.gl/agMWXD

20. Google Chrome: goo.gl/ynciWj
19. Search like a Pro: goo.gl/dkUgf4
18. Google Doodles: goo.gl/s65qHq
17. Google Alerts: goo.gl/uaY3Oj
16. Google Docs: goo.gl/UYSdiV

15. Shorten Your Links with Google: goo.gl/UvWmpP
14. Back in time with Google Maps: goo.gl/5dqv60
13. Google Location History:  goo.gl/oJ0kbl
12. Google Dashboard: goo.gl/3KmiFM
11. YouTube Playlists: goo.gl/1lgkmM

10. Google Translate: goo.gl/VFmYGn
9. Google Calender: goo.gl/PmkIoM
8. Google Trends: goo.gl/7i6GW4
7. Secure your Google account: goo.gl/7tNJvL
6. Android Device Manager: goo.gl/rHtCqm

5. Make money with Google Adsense: goo.gl/37M90D
4. Advertising with Google Adwords: goo.gl/y0RRAe
3. Google Chrome & Search Tricks: goo.gl/mj2vst
2. 15 Awesome Gmail Tricks: goo.gl/vLHyBd
1. Google Plus - Series Finale: goo.gl/37l2Q7
More: danielfuterman.com/21-awesome-google-tips-and-tricks/
(by +Daniel Futerman)

X. A Guide to Google Tools: goo.gl/JJxbbt
(by +Ryan Dube)

XI. 10 reasons Businesses need to get started on Google Plus Now!: goo.gl/mq8gB7

XII. Google+ University: goo.gl/noz9LH
(by +Mike Allton)

XIII. Google Support & Forums: www.support.google.com

XIV. Google Blogs
News, features, tips, training and more
. YouTube Creator: goo.gl/je4fNd
. YouTube: goo.gl/7C8X8p 
. Think With Google: goo.gl/75oPW0
. Online Security: goo.gl/03MRU1
. Work: goo.gl/2ZEVZF
. Google: goo.gl/7m92Nj
. Gmail: goo.gl/E2REJQ
. Mobile Ads: goo.gl/BnUzuu
. Inside Search: goo.gl/ShngX3
. Inside AdWords: goo.gl/DbktUp
. Inside AdSense: goo.gl/UfnfbL
. Google+: goo.gl/clH5tj
. Webmaster: goo.gl/c6fMu6
. Translate: goo.gl/TI4ud0
. Shopping: goo.gl/1BXHif
. Google News: goo.gl/6ECpH7
. Earth & Maps: goo.gl/zVX9Go
. Nonprofits: goo.gl/5f28QK
. Drive: goo.gl/wouQnB
. Commerce: goo.gl/G5VH9x
. Cloud: goo.gl/nQuYBM
. Chrome: goo.gl/1bCPpa
. Google & Your Business: goo.gl/V1CBLd
. Analytics: goo.gl/9LKizW
. Agency: goo.gl/bsjdYf
. Android: goo.gl/jo98mU
. DoubleClick Advertiser: goo.gl/VDnsTt
. DoubleClick Publishers: goo.gl/CpYMeB
. DoubleClick Search: goo.gl/O9M0Fu

XV. Google on YouTube
. Google: goo.gl/dHuVIc
. Google Help: goo.gl/M0x94i
. Google Top Contributors: goo.gl/pgsuFp
. Google Security and Privacy: goo.gl/rR1PSo
. Google+: goo.gl/Ar3qLn
. Google Chrome: goo.gl/CmEdjH
. Chrome Help Center: goo.gl/A725Cp
. Google Webmasters: goo.gl/X8KHQx
. Google Maps: goo.gl/RCbH6a
. Google Earth: goo.gl/ECYIit
. Google Android: goo.gl/Xe28un
. Google Nexus: goo.gl/2O7zNN
. Google Play: goo.gl/IIk7jT
. Google Glass: goo.gl/FfCSRS
. Google for Entrepreneurs: goo.gl/tvecVa
. Google and Your Business: goo.gl/2HFhTf
. Google Engage for Agencies: goo.gl/djALY2
. Google Mobile Ads: goo.gl/678bYq
. Google AdSense: goo.gl/6IL6Y3
. Google AdWords: goo.gl/ghbgfr
. Google Analytics: goo.gl/8ZtQfW
. DFP for Small Business: goo.gl/I4nJzy 
. DoubleClickBusiness: goo.gl/bwiBr8
. Google Consumer Surveys: goo.gl/19XZeg
. Google Enterprise: goo.gl/ZBYrsK
. Google Maps for Business: goo.gl/1a8Kb1
. Google Watch this Space: goo.gl/pVp9fl
. Google Creative Sandbox: goo.gl/0DLtJY
. Learn with Google: goo.gl/cPWHNt
. Think with Google: goo.gl/D7pyky
. Google Ventures: goo.gl/meoIxr
. YouTube Creator Academy: goo.gl/fvKNCg
. YouTube Curriculum: goo.gl/h502jy
. YouTube Help: goo.gl/RExT0f
. YouTube Advertise: goo.gl/nnj53U
. YouTube Creators: goo.gl/t7cJ45
. YouTube Spotlight: goo.gl/4ElAHP
. YouTube Live: goo.gl/S2nq4p
. YouTube for Nonprofits: goo.gl/iHYg54
. Google for Nonprofits: goo.gl/fQupWj
. Google Art Project: goo.gl/rukwpM
. Google Earth Outreach: goo.gl/5JV3Wd
. Google in Education: goo.gl/wXQmnk
. Google Green: goo.gl/ocgHK4
. GoogleOrg: goo.gl/NSYDms
. Google Cultural Institute: goo.gl/hPYMge
. Google Idea: goo.gl/wYFPak
. Google for Media: goo.gl/jw1epv

XVI. Official Google Communities on G+
. Google+ Help -> goo.gl/Ebmtni
. Google+ Your Business -> goo.gl/Ut0cAj
. Developing with Google+ -> goo.gl/Bhuhha
. Google TV -> goo.gl/7V1viI
. Google Art Project -> goo.gl/YoOljq
. Google Cultural Institute -> goo.gl/SvcTli
. Google Drive Developers -> goo.gl/R9MJSS
. Learn with Google for Publishers -> goo.gl/SDFHSP
. Google+ YouTube Integration -> goo.gl/Ca3liz
. YouTube Creators -> goo.gl/k6VYRD
. YouTube Analytics - goo.gl/VVwuIH
. YouTube Google+ Integration - goo.gl/Oy7nFL.
. YouTube Creators - goo.gl/s1WbxE
. Google Play -> goo.gl/c07NJL
. Life at Google -> goo.gl/EzNnll
. Advanced Power Searching -> goo.gl/H0mihP
. Mapping with Google -> goo.gl/BWoBVo
. Online Marketing 101 -> goo.gl/tG0gpv
. Nexus -> goo.gl/w4e1qD
. Google Giving -> goo.gl/UvBDvP
. Chrome Developers -> goo.gl/uV9Hes
. Android -> goo.gl/1KFP5o
. Android Developer Tools -> goo.gl/mHHnoC
. Android Development -> goo.gl/tjzYK5
. Android Design -> goo.gl/PhRm3Z
. Google Science Fair -> goo.gl/aiJ8wb
. Project Loon -> goo.gl/LCrJQg
. Google Government -> goo.gl/OdM4ce

XVII. Google on Google+: Circle (click ->) +Google+, +Google+ Help, +Google+ Your Business, +Google+ Top Contributors, +Google for Work, +Google for Entrepreneurs, +Think with Google, +Google Ads, +Google Analytics, +Google Partners, +Google AdSense, +YouTube Creators, +YouTube Advertisers, +Google Wallet, +Google Offers, +DoubleClick Digital Marketing,  +Google Creative Sandbox, +Google Consumer Surveys, +Google Maps, +Helpouts by Google, +Accelerate with Google, +Google Earth, +Google Ideas, +Google Web Designer, +Google Express,  +AdMob and +Google Design            
 
About +Denis Labelle: plus.google.com/+DenisLabelle/about
(Image by +Rick Eliason) 

Google+: Discovering, Sharing and Socializing the Web with You.___Talk about a thread-killer! +Denis Labelle is a badass who has created the end all be all of Google+ how-to and best practices. There's a little something in here for everyone - especially if you're new.

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2015-03-13 19:59:38 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

I'm still obsessed with money-saving plan Digit
Check it out here: https://digit.co/r/ipK-i

Since writing about Digit a few weeks ago, I've only grown more enamored with it. My friends and I have started making saving a competition, I think about saving all the time, and I occasionally get GIF's sent to me by a robot. When I imagined the future, I never imagined one where I'd enjoy saving money. Oops.

For those of you who don't know, Digit isn't an app. It's a service that communicates with you through text messages only. Every morning I wake up a text that says, "Your balance is $X. Yesterday it was $X." I can text back to see what transactions I made or, if I got a direct deposit, I'll wake up to that good news instead. If I want to save money, I just text Digit an amount. Withdrawing works the same way.

Digit is... more »

I'm still obsessed with money-saving plan Digit
Check it out here: https://digit.co/r/ipK-i

Since writing about Digit a few weeks ago, I've only grown more enamored with it. My friends and I have started making saving a competition, I think about saving all the time, and I occasionally get GIF's sent to me by a robot. When I imagined the future, I never imagined one where I'd enjoy saving money. Oops.

For those of you who don't know, Digit isn't an app. It's a service that communicates with you through text messages only. Every morning I wake up a text that says, "Your balance is $X. Yesterday it was $X." I can text back to see what transactions I made or, if I got a direct deposit, I'll wake up to that good news instead. If I want to save money, I just text Digit an amount. Withdrawing works the same way.

Digit is like a poor friend I send money to on occasion.

So how does it all work? Digit will sync to your bank using your bank's API (for BoA all I had to do was sign in) and the money you save is held in a Digit account (like Venmo before cash out) that's FDIC insured. It's a super simple, painless setup process and the webpage you use to check transactions and savings is super simple as well. 

This is your, "Man, I'd do that if I had some extra cash," fund.

The question I get most often about Digit is whether or not your saved money earns interest. It doesn't - but that's not what Digit is supposed to be used for. I plan to spend my Digit money within a few months of accumulating it. I've got my savings account for longterm savings and I feel terrible about taking money out of it. Digit, on the other hand, is for saving up for trips, a gadget, or something else special. 

Saving is fun. And it shouldn't be.

At the end of day, I've never spent so much time thinking about saving money than I have after using Digit. That sounds stressful, but it isn't. Digit makes it fun. There's little to no pressure to save when you can't and the occasional celebratory GIF's don't hurt either. I know I've recommended Digit before, but it's because it's actually, 100% the coolest thing I've used in 2015. 

You can try it here: https://digit.co/r/ipK-i___

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2015-03-04 18:59:42 (50 comments, 2 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

I'm in love with a computer who texts me to take my money.
You can also fall in love here: https://digit.co/r/ipK-i

I'm an abhorrent saver. I seriously suck at putting away money for a rainy day. So, imagine my delight when I heard about digit - a fun little, FDIC-insured, startup that looks at my spending habits and asks me to save small amounts at a time via text message when I'm underspending.

Digit is the 'friend' who says, "Hey, let me borrow a few bucks," but actually gives it back. And, well, I think I'm forming a very intense relationship with him as you can see below....

Seriously though, this thing is awesome. I don't use it as my "Savings Account" - rather, I use it to save up money for trips or gadgets or that little something extra every few months. It works great and works exclusively through textm... more »

I'm in love with a computer who texts me to take my money.
You can also fall in love here: https://digit.co/r/ipK-i

I'm an abhorrent saver. I seriously suck at putting away money for a rainy day. So, imagine my delight when I heard about digit - a fun little, FDIC-insured, startup that looks at my spending habits and asks me to save small amounts at a time via text message when I'm underspending.

Digit is the 'friend' who says, "Hey, let me borrow a few bucks," but actually gives it back. And, well, I think I'm forming a very intense relationship with him as you can see below....

Seriously though, this thing is awesome. I don't use it as my "Savings Account" - rather, I use it to save up money for trips or gadgets or that little something extra every few months. It works great and works exclusively through text messages - so no app download required.

I seriously suggest giving it a try. Honest. From the bottom of my heart, especially if you find yourself in the, "Man, if only I had a few hundred bucks for that...." camp like I do.

You can try it here: https://digit.co/r/ipK-i___

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2015-03-02 03:44:00 (76 comments, 31 reshares, 276 +1s)Open 

A tale of two brands and the changing of the guard

Technology is important to me. We rely on it every day and depend on manufacturers seeking profit to innovate for us. That's kind of scary, but it usually works out. We're not always sure what we want, but we know that we want to record our memories, interact with others, and be more efficient both individually and collectively. There is perhaps no more important piece of technology in someone's hands than their smartphone. It's a tiny little computer, more powerful than the massive towers of 15years ago under you desk, that we touch hours of every day and that we depend on for all the essentials. Like it or not, the technology inside of your device matters. It affects you every single day.  

Every year, at the Mobile World Congress, the manufacturers of these devices unveil their newest creations to improve our... more »

A tale of two brands and the changing of the guard

Technology is important to me. We rely on it every day and depend on manufacturers seeking profit to innovate for us. That's kind of scary, but it usually works out. We're not always sure what we want, but we know that we want to record our memories, interact with others, and be more efficient both individually and collectively. There is perhaps no more important piece of technology in someone's hands than their smartphone. It's a tiny little computer, more powerful than the massive towers of 15years ago under you desk, that we touch hours of every day and that we depend on for all the essentials. Like it or not, the technology inside of your device matters. It affects you every single day.  

Every year, at the Mobile World Congress, the manufacturers of these devices unveil their newest creations to improve our lives. They ride a fine line of meeting existing expectations and delivering the unexpected. Speaking strictly about smartphones and not VR or wearables, this year was surprising for two reasons: HTC worried itself too much with meeting expectations while Samsung delivered something wholly original and unexpected. 

Let's start with HTC... If you thought my introduction was hyperbolic, you should have watched their announcement. Not only did it begin with a narration from Robert Downey Jr. about how "we are all one" and "quiet, yet brilliant," but every introduction was accompanied by a flashier and flashier video. The amount of muscle flexing in the video was a stark contrast to the awkardness unfolding from the presenters on stage, but one thing was clear - HTC was presenting itself as the best designers in the game. The HTC One M9 was coming and it was getting lots of hype.

I can't go much further into this description without setting the stage though. Long story short: The HTC One M8 is simply one of the best designed phones ever with its all metal body, crisp screen, and insanely loud Boomsound, front-facing speakers, despite its lackluster 4MP rear camera.  With HTC struggling for cash, everyone expected that something stunning would be shown given the momentum of the M8. Some early leaks confirmed a beautiful new device, but later leaks showed the M9 disappointingly looking a little too similar to the M8.

Still with me? While it isn't fair to hold HTC to expectations of leaked renders, it IS fair to hold them the standard of pushing devices forward with each release. They owe their customers something to dramatically improve their lives. Say what you will about Apple's iterative process, but each phone brings a major new feature with it. What did HTC bring with it at the Mobile World Congress? 

The M8 with a more megapixel-dense camera (without optical image stabilization). Full stop.

As the owner of the HTC One M8, I was ready to throw my money at HTC, but, unfortunately, a phone so similar just doesn't cut it - and not just with me, but with the mobile landscape as well. The screen is the same, it has a faster processor, a better front-facing camera, and the power button was moved to more convenient spot. All that would be fine if HTC did something to meet the claims it made during its introductory videos or if there was even some standout new feature. Alas, HTC instead decided to rest on its laurels from M8 and M7 (the device released two years which looks very similar to the M8). That's three years of the same design with an "improved" camera that's getting less than lukewarm reviews. It's so similar that The Verge even poked fun at it by introducing the M8 for its M9 video only to say, "Oops, no THIS is the M9." 

If you really want to get nasty, the M9 looks like the M8 in a dummy case thanks to its very awkward no-longer-flush-on-the-sides design.

One hour later, it was Samsung's turn to announce the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge... Samsung has been on the chopping block for a while now about releasing plastic, non-premium feeling phones that only see minor or gimmicky improvements year after year. With poor sales of the S5 hanging over its head, Samsung shouldn't have had much confidence - but they showed that they were willing listen while also creating a new design identity. 

Samsung phones are adored by Android-fanatics for their removable batteries and Micro-SD card slots. Not too sure what that means? Don't worry, most people don't. Samsung took a risk this year by removing both of those features from their two flagships. While HTC chose a, "You told us you like this.... so here it is again!" approach, Samsung was ballsy enough to remove things some fans loved to improve the device for many more people - and it was the right call. (FYI - Galaxy phones had a plastic back so it could be easily removed to switch out the battery.)

While the regular Galaxy S6 is interesting, the Galaxy S6 Edge was the show stealer. 

Both devices rock metal sides with a glass back, but the Edge's screen slopes over the sides of the device for a curved screen. It's completely bizarre, weird, and brilliant. It solves the issue of ugly side bezels and utilizes that slope in interesting ways - like having it flash different colors when face down to show you which of your favorite contacts is calling. Gimmicky? Maybe it is, but it's new. And it doesn't stand alone.

Say hello to a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization, real-time HDR, a 577 PPI screen (almost twice that of the iPhone 6 that can be used for VR), a fingerprint reader, and some nice touches with the front camera - like being able to take a selfie by tapping the heartbeat reader on the back of the phone. All that is addition to its new premium design and toned back custom version of Android, Touchwiz. 

It was a surprise to almost everyone. More than that, it was as stark a contrast as it could be to HTC's minimal evolution from last year.

As an owner of HTC and Samsung phones, I have to say that I'm completely surprised to be going back to Samsung this year. I love my HTC One M8 and the HTC One M9 is still beautiful, but Samsung was looking forward and trying new things, unafraid at ruffling feathers from their most avid fans in the name of better design. Whereas HTC only had to truly fix one or two things to wow, it appears to have missed the boat by using a three year old design as Samsung speeds by with something we never thought we needed. That's the kind of innovation we need to be seeing more of.

#HTC   #Samsung   #HTCOneM9   #GalaxyS6   #GalaxyS6Edge   #mwc2015  ___

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2015-01-26 18:10:27 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Community Manager Appreciation Day, #CMAD , is a strange day for me. Still in its relative infancy, I can't help but shake the thought that CMAD exists to give all of us Community Managers a chance to explain, defend, and broadcast what it is, exactly, we do. If my experience on the east coast taught me anything, this profession is a nuanced, generally poorly understood profession. So, in the spirit of what I think CMAD is, I'd like to write about what it means, to me, to be a Community Manager.

Luckily, I've had a lot of practice explaining what I do - specifically to my parents. Over the years, I've tried all sorts of explanations ranging from "I'm the voice of the customer to the company, and vice versa" to "My job is to retain valuable customers after they're brought into the app" to many other variations. A cornerstone of all of my explanations... more »

Community Manager Appreciation Day, #CMAD , is a strange day for me. Still in its relative infancy, I can't help but shake the thought that CMAD exists to give all of us Community Managers a chance to explain, defend, and broadcast what it is, exactly, we do. If my experience on the east coast taught me anything, this profession is a nuanced, generally poorly understood profession. So, in the spirit of what I think CMAD is, I'd like to write about what it means, to me, to be a Community Manager.

Luckily, I've had a lot of practice explaining what I do - specifically to my parents. Over the years, I've tried all sorts of explanations ranging from "I'm the voice of the customer to the company, and vice versa" to "My job is to retain valuable customers after they're brought into the app" to many other variations. A cornerstone of all of my explanations is that I'm a marketer and that happy, passionate communities have intrinsic value. This, undoubtedly, leaves people saying, "Wow! That's great!" while at the same time wondering what my day-to-day activities and what kind of company would pay me a living wage. Through all of the confusion about me working in support (a personal pet peeve of mine), I'm generally pleased with how understanding most people are. I guess I have the total weirdness of Silicon Valley to thank for that. "Oh, that's what you do? Well, if we can have a startup that sends your enemies glitter, I guess your job seems pretty reasonable."

Damn straight it's reasonable!

One of the most important lessons I ever learned as a Community Manager is that my job is to support the community that already exists instead of viewing my job as a "Community Builder". No matter where you are, no matter what industry, no matter how small your company, you already have a community if you have customers. My job is the reach out to those people and give them the tools they need to foster their own communities. With Community Management essentially revolving around organic metrics, I don't like to measure my success on the size of my community or on any 'salesman tactics'. If I have to sell someone on being a part of my community, they probably won't stay long or will end up being toxic. I prefer to identify passionate people and reward them with more tools to do what they love doing (like beta programs over free 'swag'). 

So if my metric for success isn't something like 'Number of Twitter Followers' (Product Marketing does this by the way), what is my metric? It's engagement. It's retention. It's fixed bugs or product influence. Sometimes, it's even stories. 

In gaming, if I could boost the number of attacks-per-hour with a development-light feature that also solved a player concern (for instance, having a hard time getting experience points), it would be a success for me and validate my... well... worth. If I can sit in on a product meeting and say, "Ohhhh. No. Don't do that. The community will literally shit themselves" thanks to my understanding of my users and avoid a clusterfuck, I've done my job. If I can motivate the team by sharing an inspiring story about how a user did something great with our app, I feel happy. If more people answer, "From a friend" when answering a survey about why they used the app, I can assume that I've done what I'm supposed because organic growth is super tough to track - so I'm just going to take (at least some) credit. :)

At the end of the day, I've found that people are relieved to know that companies employ someone who is reading tweets and shit to represent their feedback to the company they're interacting with. With more Community Managers, we can show people that their opinions and preferences really do make it back to the people making the decision. I hate the ideas that so many people feel so detached from the brands they love and feel like they're just along for the ride. Now that we have hundreds of apps on our phones, I want to differentiate the ones I work on by connecting my users to both the brand and each other. Happy communities have intrinsic benefits. 

If you want to become a community manager, work for a company that believes that. Trust me. It will make your life a whole lot easier.___

2015-01-21 00:18:47 (259 comments, 1 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Alright Google+! Who are your favorite artists / photographers?

Who deserves some love out there? +Mention them below!

You know, I'm just curious :)

Alright Google+! Who are your favorite artists / photographers?

Who deserves some love out there? +Mention them below!

You know, I'm just curious :)___

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2015-01-18 23:52:44 (30 comments, 2 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

This coming week I will start as a Senior Community Manager at PicsArt - a photo editing, drawing tool, and social art community!

It was tough for me to leave the gaming industry. I love games. I admire the craftsmanship. I appreciate the strong gaming community. But, most of all, I've always been fascinated by visual storytelling. After studying film at American University, I decided once and for all that I need to be working in a creative space. I need to be somewhere that gives people tools to express themselves and be inspired by others.

Even though leaving gaming is hard, I realize that working for a creative platform, namely PicsArt, is the right move for me. This realization is strengthened by their mission and drive.

"We want to give freedom to our creativity and make the world a more beautiful place to live in."

That's something I can... more »

This coming week I will start as a Senior Community Manager at PicsArt - a photo editing, drawing tool, and social art community!

It was tough for me to leave the gaming industry. I love games. I admire the craftsmanship. I appreciate the strong gaming community. But, most of all, I've always been fascinated by visual storytelling. After studying film at American University, I decided once and for all that I need to be working in a creative space. I need to be somewhere that gives people tools to express themselves and be inspired by others.

Even though leaving gaming is hard, I realize that working for a creative platform, namely PicsArt, is the right move for me. This realization is strengthened by their mission and drive.

"We want to give freedom to our creativity and make the world a more beautiful place to live in."

That's something I can get behind. That's a mission that will make it easier to get up in the morning. So, am I stoked for this next adventure? You better believe it :)___

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2015-01-07 00:15:20 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Yesterday, I gave notice at KIXEYE.

Leaving this company is hard for me. KIXEYE is absolutely filled to the brim with incredibly talented, fun, unique, and interesting people that I have loved seeing every day. I am truly entrenched in the culture here and have had a blast whether I'm in a meeting or winning at a KIXBALL game. (Seriously. My meetings were fun.) More importantly, every day was a new professional challenge. KIXEYE has allowed me to grow, learn, and experiment. I've become a better worker by being here and am grateful for every single chance I've had.

I debated with myself about when I would tell my friends about this, but came to the conclusion that I hate secrets and that I didn't want to surprise people on my last day when I'd be emotional. And I will be emotional. I'm a crier. Get ready KIXEYE. My tears are coming. Prepare your Beyonce... more »

Yesterday, I gave notice at KIXEYE.

Leaving this company is hard for me. KIXEYE is absolutely filled to the brim with incredibly talented, fun, unique, and interesting people that I have loved seeing every day. I am truly entrenched in the culture here and have had a blast whether I'm in a meeting or winning at a KIXBALL game. (Seriously. My meetings were fun.) More importantly, every day was a new professional challenge. KIXEYE has allowed me to grow, learn, and experiment. I've become a better worker by being here and am grateful for every single chance I've had.

I debated with myself about when I would tell my friends about this, but came to the conclusion that I hate secrets and that I didn't want to surprise people on my last day when I'd be emotional. And I will be emotional. I'm a crier. Get ready KIXEYE. My tears are coming. Prepare your Beyonce playlist.

So where am I off to? What am I doing next? I'll leave that for another post, but I'm thrilled.___

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2014-12-24 20:55:51 (30 comments, 3 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

The last Christmas before a new tradition.

I get incredibly reflective around the holidays. Always. It was probably my dad's incessant joy for Christmas that eventually rubbed off on me to make me someone who plays Christmas songs before Thanksgiving and who says, "I love you. Seriously." to all of my closest friends. Every year on Christmas morning, my dad will make my mom and I sit at the top of stairs. He'll run down to turn on the Christmas lights and, when I was younger, set up a toy train. He'll then shout from downstairs, "I think Santa came.... Do you want to see?" After a photo at the top of the stairs, my mom and I will venture downstairs to see. 

This tradition has been carried out in Chesapeake, Virginia for almost as long as I can remember. We've done it over 20 times. This year will be the last year it happens.

In... more »

The last Christmas before a new tradition.

I get incredibly reflective around the holidays. Always. It was probably my dad's incessant joy for Christmas that eventually rubbed off on me to make me someone who plays Christmas songs before Thanksgiving and who says, "I love you. Seriously." to all of my closest friends. Every year on Christmas morning, my dad will make my mom and I sit at the top of stairs. He'll run down to turn on the Christmas lights and, when I was younger, set up a toy train. He'll then shout from downstairs, "I think Santa came.... Do you want to see?" After a photo at the top of the stairs, my mom and I will venture downstairs to see. 

This tradition has been carried out in Chesapeake, Virginia for almost as long as I can remember. We've done it over 20 times. This year will be the last year it happens.

In Chesapeake at least.

That's because my parents, ever the cunning planners for the future, have completed a new home. You see, my parents have had quite the journey. Starting their relationship young and poor, my dad took out a loan for a home that my mom thought was too much. He made her cry with the amount they'd have to pay each month. My dad isn't someone who likes to settle. Having grown up in a room with five siblings his entire life, he feels very strongly that a home should have space and, most importantly, a big bedroom for just him and the love of his life. So there they were. Broke, stressed, and working two jobs in Norfolk, Virginia.

As my mom completed school for clinical psychology and my dad came to grips with just getting back from serving as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, they started talking about, well, me. I didn't exist yet, but I was in their plans. If I was going to exist, I was going to need a bedroom. So they moved to a bigger home. As I grew, they moved to an even bigger home. This home is where our top-of-the-stairs Christmas tradition takes place. 

Though we haven't moved in over 20 years, my parents seemingly sold and bought houses every few years. We had a home in Washington, DC where my dad spent the work week and we also had a beach house that we rented out all but a few weeks a year. I've always been proud of my parents for what they've been able to accomplish. But I don't think I've ever been as happy for them or as proud of them as I am this very second. 

Last year, my dad told me that we were selling the beach front property we had bought just a few years before. I didn't understand. I thought it was excessive. And, honestly, I was pretty attached to it. My dad didn't think it was good enough, so he informed that work had begun on a new property. A dream home, on the ocean. It would be the fifth house my dad has built. 

He assures me that it will not be his last. I told him he was crazy. He told me that he has one or two left in him.

I tear up as I write this, in front of the Christmas tree in my living room while my dad washes dishes. I'm calling out to him to make sure I have my facts right. You see, I think of this post as a permanent documentation of the way I'm feeling right this second. I want to remember it. I want to remember the tree the looks out on the street I grew up on. I wan to remember that I want to start a fire in the gas fireplace, but don't know how and am too embarrassed to ask dad like I am every year. I should know how to do that by now. I want to remember that my mom is upstairs taking a nap. I want to remember the guilt I feel for being so self-focused in 2014. I want to remember how happy I am because I've been so self-focused in 2014. I want it to sink in how special this moment, in this living room, is to me.

I want to remember this house and sitting at the top of the stairs before we sell it and move into our new home. 

Next Christmas we'll start a new tradition. I don't know what it will be. I don't know where the tree will be. I don't know how I'll sit at the top of steps since my new room opens up directly onto the living room. Will I remain trapped inside while my dad yells out that Santa came? Will I sleep downstairs so I can walk upstairs? What will happen when my parents are too old to carry presents to the tree in the morning? We'll have to figure out all of these things together.

It will be the first Christmas tradition that we figure out together. I can't wait. I'm so excited for the future as I try, desperately, to be in the present right now. When I wake up tomorrow morning, groggy, I will hold my mom extra tight at the top of the stairs. I might cry. I'm almost crying right now. My mom's awake from her nap and helping my dad with the dishes. They don't know how special this moment - this house - is to me in this very moment. It's my secret. I hate showing them that I'm sentimental. I don't want my dad thinking that he's rubbed off on me too much.___

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2014-12-15 18:49:27 (32 comments, 3 reshares, 168 +1s)Open 

I got to do something I never thought I'd be able to.

If you know me, you know that I have a huge thing for pandas. Specifically, I have a huge thing for red pandas. I think they are the fucking cutest, best, most stupid, most adorable creatures on the planet. Hands down. I never thought I would ever have the chance to get close to one, let alone touch one. I was wrong.

My boyfriend Shane (oh yeah. I've been dating this really hot, really nice, really awesome dude for 8months. More on that later...) told me weeks ago that I couldn't make  plans for Sunday. So I, of course, spent the coming days trying to figure out what we were doing. About an hour before we went, I figured it out. We were going to the zoo! BOOM BITCH! I figured it out. I'm a genius. I'm so smart.

Nope. I was wrong. Well, at least I didn't get the whole story.

As... more »

I got to do something I never thought I'd be able to.

If you know me, you know that I have a huge thing for pandas. Specifically, I have a huge thing for red pandas. I think they are the fucking cutest, best, most stupid, most adorable creatures on the planet. Hands down. I never thought I would ever have the chance to get close to one, let alone touch one. I was wrong.

My boyfriend Shane (oh yeah. I've been dating this really hot, really nice, really awesome dude for 8months. More on that later...) told me weeks ago that I couldn't make  plans for Sunday. So I, of course, spent the coming days trying to figure out what we were doing. About an hour before we went, I figured it out. We were going to the zoo! BOOM BITCH! I figured it out. I'm a genius. I'm so smart.

Nope. I was wrong. Well, at least I didn't get the whole story.

As we're walking about the zoo, Shane is insistent that we go to the children's part of the zoo. This is very confusing for me, but hey - there's the insect house and some goats to pet. So I'm not too upset. While we're there, we run into the red pandas. Tenzing is San Francisco's red panda and the cutest red panda ever, and I make sure I spend a ton of time looking at him. I'm having the best time ever. He's eating grass. He's walking around. It's perfect. He's perfect. 

As we're walking to the goats that I want to pet while I pretend they're red pandas, a zookeeper shouts out, "Shane! Hey! How are you?" She's holding a cup. It has grapes in it. They chat for a bit and she says, "Okay! I'll get everything set up and I'll see you soon." I think this is strange, so I look at Shane and ask who that is. He says he met her at an event. Shane is a grant writer for the Red Panda Network. 

And then it hits me and I'm completely overcome with emotion.

By that I mean I am crying and in complete shock. I'm also embarrassed because it's Sunday and there are a lot of people at the zoo. I don't know if you've ever seen the Kristen Bell / Dax Shepard sloth video, but it was pretty close to that. 

Flash forward a few minutes later and I am doing something I never, ever thought I'd do in my entire life. I am feeding a red panda. His little nose touches me and one time he licked me. One time Tenzing took the whole grape and sorta choked a little bit and I was terrified because I knew I'd have to move if I accidentally killed San Francisco's prized red panda. He was fine. Just excited.

It was perfect :D___

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2014-12-07 03:31:47 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

With 15 days left in SF before the holidays...

I just couldn't justify buying a whole tree. I'll settle for this Charlie Brown-Inspired version until I go home to the real tree. ;)

With 15 days left in SF before the holidays...

I just couldn't justify buying a whole tree. I'll settle for this Charlie Brown-Inspired version until I go home to the real tree. ;)___

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2014-12-04 19:03:19 (14 comments, 9 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

Every year, it's the same. But this year is better.

+Secret Santa this year has almost 500 wishlists already. Damn. What's special about this year is that we have an awesome new website and some seriously dedicated volunteers. Here's the deal: Secret Santa doesn't belong to just me any more. Sure, I created it, but it would be as broken this year as it was during the era of the spreadsheet if the other elves didn't do so much work. Secret Santa belongs to all of us now.

The reason we do Secret Santa is because we know that it improves people's lives. How do we know? Because they tell us. They show us. They share their stories. Every year, Secret Santa helps send joy to hundreds (thousands?) of people. It's awesome. It's truly, truly awesome.

That makes it all the more disheartening to me when I see people upset at minor bugs or minor... more »

Every year, it's the same. But this year is better.

+Secret Santa this year has almost 500 wishlists already. Damn. What's special about this year is that we have an awesome new website and some seriously dedicated volunteers. Here's the deal: Secret Santa doesn't belong to just me any more. Sure, I created it, but it would be as broken this year as it was during the era of the spreadsheet if the other elves didn't do so much work. Secret Santa belongs to all of us now.

The reason we do Secret Santa is because we know that it improves people's lives. How do we know? Because they tell us. They show us. They share their stories. Every year, Secret Santa helps send joy to hundreds (thousands?) of people. It's awesome. It's truly, truly awesome.

That makes it all the more disheartening to me when I see people upset at minor bugs or minor usability issues on GPlusSanta.com. I don't like people to think of this as a service that they're entitled to. I want them to think of it as a "nice thing" that's "cool to have" around the holidays. Now, the people that are frustrated are in the minority, but man, if I haven't seen it.

At the end of the day, this is the simplest, easiest to use Secret Santa yet. It's that way because I and the elves feel passionately about making sure more holiday stories come out of it. That's what we're here to do: spread cheer. :)___

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2014-12-02 19:42:14 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Secret Santa is here!
Add and browse wishlists here: http://goo.gl/EfOCct

'Tis the season! #SecretSanta  has an all new, easier-to-do-everything-with website which will make gift giving even easier. Enjoy everyone. I love this time of year :)

Secret Santa starts today!
Add and browse wishlists here: http://goo.gl/EfOCct

It's December. That means it's the season the spread joy, love, and tell the people who've impacted you that you appreciate them. This year for Secret Santa, we've streamlined our process (and website) to make it easier than ever before. 

Here's how it works:
- Go to GPlusSanta.com here: http://goo.gl/EfOCct
- Sign in with Google in the top right. 
- Add your wishlist with an explanation of why Secret Santa is important to you.
- Search, browse, and gift your friends or a stranger!

Create your Amazon wishlist here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist

**IMPORTANT** Make sure you add an address! Instructions in this video:  http://goo.gl/vCzvWR


Happy Secret Santa 2014! #Gplussanta   #SecretSanta  ___Secret Santa is here!
Add and browse wishlists here: http://goo.gl/EfOCct

'Tis the season! #SecretSanta  has an all new, easier-to-do-everything-with website which will make gift giving even easier. Enjoy everyone. I love this time of year :)

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2014-12-01 22:24:08 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Threats. Facebook. Intent. SCOTUS. And the First Amendment.

Awesome article from my friend Tess van den Dolder about threats on Facebook, intent, and the First Amendment. Also, I'm quoted in it - which makes it more awesome. Obviously.

"Social media is inherently different than an in-person conversation, sound bite, or even books. Statuses are often reactive, bite-sized chunks of information which often have certain context restricted by privacy settings or are posted to select audiences, but seen by unintended ones regardless,” Gibson explained to GVH Live. “Being a blogger, I've had my intent misconstrued despite having what I thought was an obvious tone or amount of sarcasm. There's a fine line between taking too many things seriously online and not taking enough seriously. I'm not sure where that line is, so I always try to engage in dialogue with aper... more »

Threats. Facebook. Intent. SCOTUS. And the First Amendment.

Awesome article from my friend Tess van den Dolder about threats on Facebook, intent, and the First Amendment. Also, I'm quoted in it - which makes it more awesome. Obviously.

"Social media is inherently different than an in-person conversation, sound bite, or even books. Statuses are often reactive, bite-sized chunks of information which often have certain context restricted by privacy settings or are posted to select audiences, but seen by unintended ones regardless,” Gibson explained to GVH Live. “Being a blogger, I've had my intent misconstrued despite having what I thought was an obvious tone or amount of sarcasm. There's a fine line between taking too many things seriously online and not taking enough seriously. I'm not sure where that line is, so I always try to engage in dialogue with a person to figure it out if I'm alarmed. Threats online are difficult. We say what we would in person, but the context is missing. I think anonymous threats are far more dangerous than ones from individuals because they don't have any context at all."___

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2014-11-25 19:12:10 (56 comments, 46 reshares, 171 +1s)Open 

Say it with me: I have racial bias.

I do. I have racial bias. I feel things sometimes that I know are unfair or racially motivated. Honestly, that's okay. We all do. Instead of getting defensive, I think we need to acknowledge the prejudices and biases we have in order to move past them. We need to be aware of our racial biases in our pursuit of equality. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing a lot of that introspection happening at a time it should be. Having racial bias doesn't make you racist. What makes you racist is the actions you choose to take with that bias in mind (or 'not in mind' if introspection isn't your thing). Oh, I have white privilege too. The same applies to it as well.

I saw a tweet last night that really resonated with me. It says: "White people: your privilege lives in the fact that you can be outraged, horrified, and upset about... more »

Say it with me: I have racial bias.

I do. I have racial bias. I feel things sometimes that I know are unfair or racially motivated. Honestly, that's okay. We all do. Instead of getting defensive, I think we need to acknowledge the prejudices and biases we have in order to move past them. We need to be aware of our racial biases in our pursuit of equality. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing a lot of that introspection happening at a time it should be. Having racial bias doesn't make you racist. What makes you racist is the actions you choose to take with that bias in mind (or 'not in mind' if introspection isn't your thing). Oh, I have white privilege too. The same applies to it as well.

I saw a tweet last night that really resonated with me. It says: "White people: your privilege lives in the fact that you can be outraged, horrified, and upset about tonight. But you are not afraid." (via @jazzedloon) We need to stop being defensive about this privilege and thinking that having it means we aren't good people. Bottom line, you can't help it. You were born with it. You will die with it. How you deal with it is up to you, but we're going to move past this shit a lot faster if you acknowledge it.

Listen, I get it. Talking about race is really difficult, but talking about looting is really easy. Looting. It's wrong. Racial bias? Complicated. Nuanced. Challenging. Personally, I'm not that interested in talking about a small minority of people who abused a situation. Unfortunately, it appears that a ton of you, my Google+ peeps, are. From memes that imply black people don't have jobs to sarcastic comments about how this is "absolutely helping" to the "Why, I would never act that way!" statuses, the importance of the looting has been greatly exaggerated as people, once again, try to ignore the bigger issue and focus on something easier to understand.

To those people I say: May you never feel the anguish, frustration, or as shorted as the people protesting do now. Everyone reaches a breaking point. I empathize with the protesters, but I don't encourage violence. I say that with the knowledge that without justice, there can't be peace. Honestly, if I were in their shoes, I don't know what I would do. I'd probably want to set a car on fire too. You have no idea what it feels like to be born into a society that wasn't made for you. That doesn't mean I dismiss the actions of the looters, but it means I understand them. I try to look at all of it through that lens.

As an aside, I'm incredibly disappointed with my gay friends who say that the protests are too violent or over the top. Do you not remember what people did to get you your rights in the first place?

If you've noticed, I haven't said much about the actual verdict yet. That's on purpose. The reason why I haven't is because I'm not sure talking about it is productive yet. I'm not sure we're ready to talk about someone else's racial bias when we can't even acknowledge our own. We're not going to make any progress on deciding whether or not the grand jury made the right call if we're still thinking we aren't racist because we have black friends. So let's use this moment productively and think about what it means to have racial bias. If all we can see is looting, we have a long way to go.

I don't pray, but my thoughts are with you #Ferguson .___

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2014-11-25 03:31:27 (20 comments, 6 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Welcome to Post Racial America.

Be safe in your love and rage, #Ferguson .

Photo by @fordm

Welcome to Post Racial America.

Be safe in your love and rage, #Ferguson .

Photo by @fordm___

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2014-11-23 04:18:32 (19 comments, 4 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Becoming an accidental hero, deserter, or role model

Disconnecting yourself is a truly strange feeling, especially when you've got followers. Now that Google+ has been around for quite some time, I've had the opportunity to engage with it and the people on it in varying degrees of intensity. From checking it all the time to not checking for months, my interest and availability has ebbed and flowed. What I struggle with is A) whether I view this platform as a place for fun or more like a job and B) people's expectations of me. 

What I've found is that you can accidentally become someone's role model, enemy, hero, or biggest deserter. Every way someone paints you in their head will affect you. They will project their expectations on you, imagine themselves as more meaningful than they actually are to you, or think that they have a close connection to you... more »

Becoming an accidental hero, deserter, or role model

Disconnecting yourself is a truly strange feeling, especially when you've got followers. Now that Google+ has been around for quite some time, I've had the opportunity to engage with it and the people on it in varying degrees of intensity. From checking it all the time to not checking for months, my interest and availability has ebbed and flowed. What I struggle with is A) whether I view this platform as a place for fun or more like a job and B) people's expectations of me. 

What I've found is that you can accidentally become someone's role model, enemy, hero, or biggest deserter. Every way someone paints you in their head will affect you. They will project their expectations on you, imagine themselves as more meaningful than they actually are to you, or think that they have a close connection to you because they've been following your posts. This is the part that freaks me out the most and something I'm written about before. People can be truly hurt by you when you haven't done anything. 

My actions affect people in unintended ways. I can ruin someone's day by not checking notifications. If I miss someone's important life event because I'm out of town, that person can think I'm heartless. When I took some time off here on Google+, I felt the need to tell people. It's another obligation, but that's one I think is reasonable. 

There are so many people here that I still deeply care about. Even if we don't talk every single day, there are many, many people that I would help out if they reached out to me. It's possible that I'm projecting my attitude about taking a step back onto other people, but I think the lesson I'm learning is that I can't be responsible the way I make people feel sometimes - even if they've helped me in an online capacity. When you someone thinks you owe them something you don't, it gets messy. All you can really do is apologize and move on. ___

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2014-11-21 22:16:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

My company launched a new game & interviews Bruce Campbell.

Good. Nice interview. Went well. Nice job CEO of KIXEYE. Yes. It's good that Bruce Campbell is our announcer in TOME. Very fun.

Possibly the best thing KIXEYE has ever done. haha

My company launched a new game & interviews Bruce Campbell.

Good. Nice interview. Went well. Nice job CEO of KIXEYE. Yes. It's good that Bruce Campbell is our announcer in TOME. Very fun.

Possibly the best thing KIXEYE has ever done. haha___

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2014-11-16 03:25:15 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Seriously. Secret Santa is really, really easy.

While we work on tidying up some wires, remind yourself how this whole thing works and start making your list!

How does this whole thing work? Start by making your wishlist!

Participating in Secret Santa is really, really easy. While we work on tidying up some wires behind the scenes making the #SecretSanta  experience even easier, today we'll let you know how the whole thing works!

1) Make your wishlist at Amazon. This is how people will choose what gifts to get you. You make your wishlist at http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist

2) Soon, we'll announce where you submit your wishlist.

3) Browse and gift! It's incredibly simple. On the #GPlusSanta  site, you'll be able to browse wishlists and see why your friends or followers need some extra love this season. Additionally, you can search Google+ with the hashtag #SantaGift  

Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.___Seriously. Secret Santa is really, really easy.

While we work on tidying up some wires, remind yourself how this whole thing works and start making your list!

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2014-11-13 18:50:15 (12 comments, 12 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

It's happening!

I would like to shower you all in gifts soon. :)

#SecretSanta   #GPlusSanta  

Ho ho ho

Santa Clause is coming (back) to town....___It's happening!

I would like to shower you all in gifts soon. :)

#SecretSanta   #GPlusSanta  

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2014-11-06 22:20:44 (10 comments, 8 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

This family looks insufferable....

That being said, speaking to something in my home is pretty sweet, especially when I need to know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon when my hands are covered in flour (seriously though).

THAT being said, the only time I've ever found the Kinect useful is that one time I had three kittens on me and Netflix wanted to know if I was still watching with my controller across the room.

#AmazonEcho  

This family looks insufferable....

That being said, speaking to something in my home is pretty sweet, especially when I need to know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon when my hands are covered in flour (seriously though).

THAT being said, the only time I've ever found the Kinect useful is that one time I had three kittens on me and Netflix wanted to know if I was still watching with my controller across the room.

#AmazonEcho  ___

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2014-11-05 00:14:13 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Mich McConnell reelected, but at least there's this.

You go dude. Thank you for taking the time to #vote  today.

PSA: Please vote today no matter how cynical or disillusioned you are with our system. Be a part of preventing or support at least one ballot measure you care about. Remember, the lesser of two evils is the lesser of two evils :)

Mich McConnell reelected, but at least there's this.

You go dude. Thank you for taking the time to #vote  today.

PSA: Please vote today no matter how cynical or disillusioned you are with our system. Be a part of preventing or support at least one ballot measure you care about. Remember, the lesser of two evils is the lesser of two evils :)___

2014-10-30 04:11:46 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Dear San Francisco,

My neighborhood is flammable. Please don't try to test that just because the Giants won.

Love,
Carter

Dear San Francisco,

My neighborhood is flammable. Please don't try to test that just because the Giants won.

Love,
Carter___

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2014-10-28 20:41:01 (40 comments, 7 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

"I believe two parents of the same sex raising children... violates a child’s inherent right to both a loving mother and a father." Fuck that.
I encourage you to leave a comment on his post: http://goo.gl/2GJr1R

I went to college with the kid who wrote the article above and... shit. Holy fuck. Wow. Ugh. There just isn't enough space in this post to express my frustration over his 'Christian acceptance' of gay people. I implore you to read the whole post and comment on it to let him know what you think about his dehumanizing perception of homosexual parenting. To kick things off, here's what I commented:

 "I believe two parents of the same sex raising children, while they could love the child as any other parent would, violates a child’s inherent right to both a loving mother and a father." It's funny... I feel like the way YOUfeel ... more »

"I believe two parents of the same sex raising children... violates a child’s inherent right to both a loving mother and a father." Fuck that.
I encourage you to leave a comment on his post: http://goo.gl/2GJr1R

I went to college with the kid who wrote the article above and... shit. Holy fuck. Wow. Ugh. There just isn't enough space in this post to express my frustration over his 'Christian acceptance' of gay people. I implore you to read the whole post and comment on it to let him know what you think about his dehumanizing perception of homosexual parenting. To kick things off, here's what I commented:

 "I believe two parents of the same sex raising children, while they could love the child as any other parent would, violates a child’s inherent right to both a loving mother and a father." It's funny... I feel like the way YOU feel violates my inherent right to raise well-adjusted children in a loving, supportive home free of the limitations of the 'holy way' to do things and without the fear-mongering of hell. Your absolutely unsubstantiated fear of a child missing out on a mother and father is so deeply rooted in your own idea of what child raising should look like that you ignore the overwhelming amount of science at your fingertips. Children raised by gay parents are, simply and factually, normal, adjusted, loved, articulate, and have no additional risk of longterm emotional issues other than people like you who tell them that they've been robbed.

I'm disgusted by you every time I see you post something. You end your post saying that need to show gay people love and respect, but what you imply is that you pity them and their children. You don't have love for them. You look down on them. You call their choice to raise children a poor one and liken it to child abuse. You have no idea what you're doing and are so, absolutely, wrong on this.

Let me tell you what Ryan...

When I raise my child, I will not repent. I will not tell my child that he or she is less because of the absence of a mother. Instead, I will think of you when my kid laughs, plays, socializes, and goes to college. I will, without hesitation, loudly broadcast that I have raised the most perfect child. You will be a case study to my child about how hateful, spiteful, and self-righteous some people in the world can be.___

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2014-10-27 22:16:02 (43 comments, 45 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

Lung capacity of a smoker v. non-smoker.

I honestly, 100% do not understand frequent smokers. I haven't heard a single explanation from a smoker that satisfies me. 

Lung capacity of a smoker v. non-smoker.

I honestly, 100% do not understand frequent smokers. I haven't heard a single explanation from a smoker that satisfies me. ___

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2014-10-21 17:48:16 (11 comments, 17 reshares, 141 +1s)Open 

Man. This is a great Android ad.

This is amazing differentiation from Apple and I'm glad Android nailed it so well with this spot. Android's biggest strength (outside of all that Google stuff that works so seamlessly) is the diversity of its products. From Apple's stark, monochromatic, device worship-inducing ads about the "best X ever for everyone", Android has taken a really smart step to left with an energetic ad that quickly and effectively messages "There's no one Android for everyone, but you have choices. You can express yourself with the phone you choose. There's a phone for YOU." It's a great, fun ad!

Man. This is a great Android ad.

This is amazing differentiation from Apple and I'm glad Android nailed it so well with this spot. Android's biggest strength (outside of all that Google stuff that works so seamlessly) is the diversity of its products. From Apple's stark, monochromatic, device worship-inducing ads about the "best X ever for everyone", Android has taken a really smart step to left with an energetic ad that quickly and effectively messages "There's no one Android for everyone, but you have choices. You can express yourself with the phone you choose. There's a phone for YOU." It's a great, fun ad!___

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2014-10-14 20:22:38 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Movie adaptions of video games can work. Without agency.

I've never disagreed with Satchbag more. His conclusion is that video games adapated into movies lose player agency, choice, and atmosphere. All of this is, of course, possible, but making a blanket statement like this about art puts very little faith in creators. Movies aren't about having a choice. They're about participating in an immersive story as determined by the director, writers, producers, and countless other roles. Satchbag brings up some choices in Bioshock as being core to the game, but I never felt that my choices in any Bioshock game had massive repercussions that dramatically altered the game's narrative. Sure, I got a different ending in the original (that felt remarkably detached from the previous 15hrs), but I was in the world Kevin Levine's wanted me to be without choice for most of it. Hell.... more »

Movie adaptions of video games can work. Without agency.

I've never disagreed with Satchbag more. His conclusion is that video games adapated into movies lose player agency, choice, and atmosphere. All of this is, of course, possible, but making a blanket statement like this about art puts very little faith in creators. Movies aren't about having a choice. They're about participating in an immersive story as determined by the director, writers, producers, and countless other roles. Satchbag brings up some choices in Bioshock as being core to the game, but I never felt that my choices in any Bioshock game had massive repercussions that dramatically altered the game's narrative. Sure, I got a different ending in the original (that felt remarkably detached from the previous 15hrs), but I was in the world Kevin Levine's wanted me to be without choice for most of it. Hell. Not having choice at all is the big twist. Levine wanted to tell me a specific story about Rapture and my role in it. It's not so different than what a film director would do. 

For a story driven game like The Last of Us, a movie would work brilliantly. For World of Warcraft, there's more than enough lore to create an interesting vignette. Assassin's Creed could even narrow in its scope to create a compelling story. Mario? Grand Theft Auto? Maybe not so much. I would have appreciated this video a lot more if it focused on the kind of game that could work most easily or has the greatest potential to fail. It came across that Satchbag is so desperately in love with the experience he had with Bioshock, that he rejects any other interpretation of it without considering its potential as another piece of art. We've heard this argument before about how books are better than movies - but we know it isn't necessarily true. Put in the hands of a great creator, movies based on books can become faithful representations of the spirit of their source material (I'm looking at you Paprika and Lord of the Rings). With something like Bioshock which has so much atmosphere and, frankly, a very straightforward, singular story that deviates very little throughout most of the game, I could see a movie working very nicely. 

Movies don't require agency. They require believability. Is the character reacting a reasonable way to their situation? Does the atmosphere give me the same tension the game did? Is the story compelling? Did I learn something about this world? If those things succeed, agency isn't required for a masterpiece. Agency is not required for great art. People don't need agency to feel the feelings that give a game its spirit. Claiming that video games are some kind of super medium is misunderstanding the different strengths of each medium. The adaptations that work best are the ones that best take advantage of those strengths. Books for immersion and world building. Movies for feelings. Video games for agency. What matters most between them is the spirit which can be retained if treated respectfully. There's a reason Alien Isolation worked better than Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Long story short, Satchbag's conclusion misunderstands the intrinsic values of certain mediums while simultaneously ignoring successes and disasters in movie / game adaptations to protect a property he loves. That's fine. It's okay to be protective over material you love. But instead of placing video games on a pedestal, this video would have been much more agreeable if it focused on HOW Bioshock could become a movie, using examples of past adaptions that became masterpieces. It's no secret it can work if it's in the right hands.___

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