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John Nuntiatio0#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-17 06:46:35484247CC G+
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134313CC G+
Photo Exchange Club0The latest Photo Exchange Club Member List is here!April 10 to April 24, 2014If you're new to G+, or you just love beautiful photos, add this curated circle, and enjoy viewing the posts in your stream!If you are a photographer of any level, you may qualify to become a member.  This circle share, a weekly contest, a lot of engagement from fellow members, and many G+ users circling you are all the benefits of being in this great club.This circle is shared every 2 weeks, and if you want to be in the next one, add a URL to a recent G+ photo from your stream  in the comments below.  Mingle through the comments, click on some links to other people's shots and get to know some new people with similar interests.  You need at least 25% of your posts to be either your own photos, or credited work of others. (preferably G+ users!)  *Please do not add more than 1 photo per week here!*The (optional) Photo of the Week Contest is here >>http://goo.gl/KLqrDqLast week's winner was +Tor Pedersen - see his photo here >>http://goo.gl/7ct1h6, and the other 2014 winners here >>http://goo.gl/pzCz4BSee the Honorable Mention album here >>http://goo.gl/b9o9LAand the 2013 Winners here >>http://goo.gl/prDTcAThe Biggest Ripple Award goes to >> +Cathy Neth << with a chain of 18 shares!  Thanks to all those that helped: +Heather Kelman,  +Brian Dukes,  +Miguel Almeida Sharing,  +Robin Cohen,  +Anders Stedtlund,  +Stefanie Schächtel,  +Larry Beekman,  +Vinod Kalathil,  +Sergio Miranda,  +2014-04-13 19:00:57401312152256CC G+
Sheila B. DuBois32,804+Luke Strothman  here is a circle of Photographers.... and HEY Your in it   How about that........   I have a couple more I can share with you.... Or I could just put them all in one circle and share that out but then the circle would be large to add :)         and  +Joshua Fisher  is in this one  too :)2014-04-05 05:06:0160505CC G+
Amaresh Singh0Great circle shared  AprilThis circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement .Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#awesome       #awesomepeople       #chadwick       #circle     #circles   #circlesharing       #circleshare       #circleoftheday     #circleplus  #community #followback   #followers     #gplus   #influence  #leadership   #public       #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles       #reshare       #reshared     #reshareday     #resharetags  #ripples   #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharewithyou       #sharing     #sharingcircle   #socialmedia #theplus #tcs  #team2014-04-04 13:10:16494115CC G+
Amanda Blain3,997,764Season Finale of The Walking Dead... Well Circle These Zombie Fans UpNom nom nom..... Brainnnnnns ....All these people either watch The Walking Dead  or are into Zombie Movies/comics/art... These people share fun zombie stuff... and it is full of lots of people new and old to Gplus..   It has been cleaned from non public posters and these people interact... at least on zombie ideas.. ;) If you were notified you are in here.. so why not share the Zombie ♥ around.... Circle these people up!(If you watch the show or like zombies ... comment here with a decent comment about why... and perhaps ill add you to the next round)#zombies #zombieapocalypse #thewalkingdead   #sharedcircles  2014-03-31 02:34:21933317130CC G+
Photo Exchange Club0The latest list of Photo Exchange Club Members is here!March 27 to April 09, 2014If you're new to G+, or you just love beautiful photos, add this curated circle, and enjoy viewing the posts in your stream!If you are a photographer of any level, you may qualify to become a member.  This circle share, a weekly contest, a lot of engagement from fellow members, and many G+ users circling you are all the benefits of being in this great club.This circle is shared every 2 weeks, and if you want to be in the next one, add a URL to a recent G+ photo from your stream  in the comments below.  Mingle through the comments, click on some links to other people's shots and get to know some new people with similar interests.  You need at least 25% of your posts to be either your own photos, or credited work of others. (preferably G+ users!)The (optional) Photo of the Week Contest is here >>http://goo.gl/XhIjRWLast week's winner was +Silke Tüxen - see her photo here >>http://goo.gl/L3OYj7, and the other 2014 winners here >>http://goo.gl/pzCz4BSee the Honorable Mention album here >>http://goo.gl/b9o9LAand the 2013 Winners here >>http://goo.gl/prDTcAThe Biggest Ripple Award goes to >> +Michael Rutta << with a chain of 20 shares!  Thanks to all those that helped: +Tina Apostolova,  +Carsten Schlipf, +Sergio Miranda, +Trudy Grossman, +Vinod Kalathil, +Stefanie Schächtel, +Andy Brown, +Gabriel Codrut Nitescu, +Septimiu Catona, +Share Card-Photo, 2014-03-28 17:19:06420455166314CC G+
Gailen Mapes61,311Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  N-Q - 28 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-03-28 10:19:32145408CC G+
John Nuntiatio31,394#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  2014-03-27 20:58:01283253CC G+
Daniel Zawadzki6,461Very soccial Circle#specialcircle      #topengagers   #circleoftheday     #saturdaycircle #weekendcircleHi friends! This is very imoprtant circle, most of top g+ pplif you want to add this circle:1 - include all circle in your circles 3 - shared the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post More you share more you are great.2014-03-22 09:41:38472571772CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,452#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-20 19:04:242732513CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,452#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-20 19:03:253671214CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,452#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-20 19:02:284184421CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,452#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-20 19:01:2142319833CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:58:15230002CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:53230022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:28230003CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:57:04230022CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,804#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-15 09:56:44231305CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102CC G+
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486518CC G+
Jean-François Durocher3,158I've never shared any circle but I'll try it today. This circle is on that I built over the last month or so of interesting people on G+. Some are popular some are less but I think it's a good idea to give them all a try and see what they can bring to your Google+ experience.Thanks guys for this cool G+ experience. #engagers   #circles   #circle  2014-03-03 20:50:551865312CC G+
Andrej Ilišin4,435Hello guys and girls!It's finally time to share one great circle full of interesting people and businesses!Here we go:1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles/Include Yourself4. Share The Circle!#awesome      #awesomepeople       #chadwick       #circle     #circles    #circlesharing       #circleshare       #circleoftheday     #circleplus #followers     #gplus       #public       #publiccircles    #publicsharedcircles       #reshare       #reshared     #reshareday      #resharetags     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles      #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharewithyou       #sharing      #sharingcircle 2014-02-28 22:06:06495372636CC G+
Gailen Mapes60,170Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera N-Q  - 28 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-02-28 11:40:51144206CC G+
Photo Exchange Club0The updated  Pʜᴏᴛᴏɢʀᴀᴘʜʏ ENGAGERS Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is here! Period: Feb 27 - Mar 13,  2014The #1 Circle on G+ for 2013 is back, and still leading the pack!Public:  Just add this circle and enjoy the photos in your stream!Participants: Do you qualify? Read this >>http://goo.gl/pRqyxR Quick start instructions:➊  Post a URL link to a recent G+ photo in the comments below ➋ Click photo links from others and +1, comment, and/or share ➌  Publicly share this circle-post, from another person's stream➍  Add this circle / replace it often to save circle time updating➎  +1 this post to say thanks to the curator and promote the PEC!The only required action is #1: share a photo from your stream in the last 2 weeks in the comments below.   The next PEC Circle will come out on Mar 13.  The optional Photo of the Week Contest that complements this photo share is here >>http://goo.gl/yAxbVQParticipation here qualifies you to enter the contest.  Last week's winner was +Rosie Nixon - see here >>http://goo.gl/rwk2okThe Biggest Ripple Award goes to >> +James Petruzzi << with a chain of 14 shares!  Thanks to all those that helped: +Larry Beekman, +Vinod Kalathil, +Björn Kleemann, +Ree Saunders, +DialAFlight, +Miguel Almeida Sharing, +Peter Grew, +Ronald Varley, +Rodney Campbell, +Dominique Bonnet, +Heiko Köster2014-02-27 23:35:43434435201340CC G+
John Nuntiatio28,459#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health   #entertainment  #news  2014-02-27 07:06:56409341548CC G+
Cristian Teodoridis3,270Another great circle of G+ engagers I found, thanks to +Robby Ball 2014-02-24 13:18:5950017539CC G+
Shared Circles Magic G+9,550TOP PHOTOGRAPHY ENGAGERS  V223.02.2014Great circle of mostly hand-picked Photography Engagers.This circle contains genuine engagers of the past few days, who share great photos and content.I did my best to choose those only, who share great content andmake Google Plus even more fascinating.I really hope that I did not miss anyone in the process.If I did, I am sorry and I will add you to my next vercion of the circle.PROMISE!IF YOU WANT TO BE IN THIS CIRCLE then you may want to followthese few steps:1. SHARTE2. Mention your friends (photographers or photography-sharers) in your comment3. PLUS AND/OR COMMENT4. Reshare the circle during a week.5. AND ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!If you are a photographer then FANTASTIC.But it is enough if you are a photography passionatewho share work of others.If you receive a notification it means that you are included.Note that it is important to comment on this post to stay in the circle. I will post a new version probably next Monday/Tuesday (around 1st or 2nd March).I will be more then happy to add you to my next versions of the circle.I am Ian, fascinated with Google Plus, doing my best to contruibute to the world of G+I do it for fun, I love to learn and see happy people:)Have a great week!Ian2014-02-23 14:03:0342016690191CC G+
John Nuntiatio28,116#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health   #entertainment  #news  2014-02-23 08:29:52478271138CC G+
Robby Ball28,425#ThankyouMagic  PEOPLE WHO SAY "THANK YOU" (Feb22) This circle is to show appreciation to the 391 who said thanks to my last circle, and 109 new #thankyou members entering this circle for the first time. All of these people I observed over the last week taking a second to say "thanks". I was so pleased, I created a circle of 500 of you. I am amazed every day what a fun group of people have been accumulating here on Google+. I continue to be impressed with quality, the professionalism,  and the sincerity of everyone I am meeting. This circle is for YOU  (Click on this #thankyoumagic to see my other 2014 circles) #Circlemagic #Magiccircle     PLEASE VISIT the "The Magic of Circles" hosted by +Circle Magic Each day I am gathering the most active Circles I can find. Circles are #Magic , and if you love them, they will love you back.   PLEASE SHARE A #CIRCLE  Do you want to Grow your followers? Get started now, add or share a Circle and watch your followers grow #googleplus #google  README - Sharing circles benefits everyone, Sharing circles helps you by getting you added to their next circle and it helps the "Circle Master" by getting them recognized and promoted as active circle distributors. The more shares he/she gets THIS WEEK the more people that follow you NEXT WEEK. THE MAGIC OF CIRCLEShttps://plus.google.com/u/1/b/103678492966360900254/communities/110533309056060602888SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM +Circle Magic  - I just wanted to take a second to thank all the best of the best circle promoters, who probably mostly go un-noticed, but without them, the success of the circle sharing would be much more challenging. These SPECIAL people have all dropped by my community "The Magic of Circles" and shared someone else's circle. #TIPHAT to .....Logan Lynn Roberts  +Logan Lynn Roberts     Michael Sonntag +Michael Sonntag   Sandra Deichmann  +Sandra Deichmann      Jasmina Brozović +Jasmina Brozović    Ivana Zuber +2014-02-22 15:57:48500472330404CC G+
Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!871**SUPER-MIXer**  VOL. 3HELLO to this weeks top #engagers   !!!  **Thanks for the your support**This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +Circle your Circle with Circles!!!!   :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create a new circle name on the top left3-  Click "Create Circle" 4 - share the new circle (include yourself) 5 - add +1 to this post 6- enjoy your new fRiEnDs!!!More you share more you get!#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #sundaycircle   #circlesunday   #circlesundaycircle 2014-02-20 21:28:08453553358CC G+
Brett Bjornsen41,190Random Grab BagThis circle ain't for you old timers on G+... it's for the new people to browseBecause new content in your stream is a Plus... feel free to pick through the circle and add people of interest, or just add the whole circle to see what it does for your stream content... I make no promises...  #sharedcircles   #noguarantees   #norefunds   #nobutthurtallowed  2014-02-19 09:03:0011510114CC G+
Ian Archibald16,093Circle of Google PlussersSo, I often get asked Who should I circle?  I say whomever strikes your interest. Find topics of interest and connect with those people who share that interest.I would very much like to share with you "my" circle of Plussers of whom I LOVE to engage with.  There are people in science, sports, networking, technology, comics, art and medicine found inside, and likely some others as well.  I've been spending the last couple years curating this list.I hope that you will connect with some of these folks!Have a great weekend everyone!2014-02-15 01:16:53326182225CC G+
Robby Ball27,292#ThankyouMagic  PEOPLE WHO SAY "THANK YOU" (Feb 14) This circle is to show appreciation to the 410 who said thanks to my last circle, and 90 new #thankyou members entering this circle for the first time. All of these people I observed over the last week taking a second to say "thanks". I was so pleased, I created a circle of 500 of you. I am amazed every day what a fun group of people have been accumulating here on Google+. I continue to be impressed with quality, the professionalism,  and the sincerity of everyone I am meeting. This circle is for YOU  (Click on this #thankyoumagic to see my other 2014 circles) #valentines   PLEASE VISIT the "The Magic of Circles" hosted by +Circle Magic Each day I am gathering the most active Circles I can find. Circles are #Magic , and if you love them, they will love you back.   PLEASE SHARE A #CIRCLE  Do you want to Grow your followers? Get started now, add or share a Circle and watch your followers grow #googleplus #google  README - Sharing circles benefits everyone, Sharing circles helps you by getting you added to their next circle and it helps the "Circle Master" by getting them recognized and promoted as active circle distributors. The more shares he/she gets THIS WEEK the more people that follow you NEXT WEEK. THE MAGIC OF CIRCLEShttps://plus.google.com/u/1/b/103678492966360900254/communities/110533309056060602888SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM CIRCLE MAGIC - I just wanted to take a second to thank all the best of the best circle promoters, who probably mostly go un-noticed, but without them, the success of the circle sharing would be much more challenging. These SPECIAL people have all dropped by my community "The Magic of Circles" and shared someone else's circle. #TIPHAT to .....Logan Lynn Roberts  +Logan Lynn Roberts    Michael Sonntag +Michael Sonntag  Sandra Deichmann  +Sandra Deichmann     Jasmina Brozović +Jasmina Brozović   Ivana Zuber +Ivana Zuber   SpaceyQT  +2014-02-14 16:28:25501375300359CC G+
Businessmens1,561Циркуляция сообщества!1. Добавь себе этот круг.2. Добавь в него себя.3. Поделись кругом (запись должна быть видна всем) и скопируй в комментарий это сообщение.Каждый следующий человек будет добавлять тебя в круги, тем самым увеличивая кол-во твоих подписчиков! (плюс ответные добавления от ранее добавленных)ЗЫ: иллюстрированная инструкция тут - https://plus.google.com/photos/110423182607385092010/albums/5750111506919621249?authkey=CNLZ5N_77cOEjgE#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddMeToYourCircles #AddPeople #Affiliate #afo #AllSortsOfPeople #Art #AstroPhotography #AuthorCircle #Authorshelpingauthors #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomeIdeas #AwesomeIndividuals #AwesomeJuice #AwesomeNess #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures 2014-02-14 08:53:494987612CC G+
Photo Exchange Club4,883The updated  Pʜᴏᴛᴏɢʀᴀᴘʜʏ ENGAGERS Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is here! Period: Feb 13 - 26,  2014With nearly 30,000 engagements in 2013, the PEC is where to be!Public:  Just add this circle and enjoy the photos in your stream!Participants: Do you qualify? Read this >>http://goo.gl/pRqyxR Quick start instructions:➊  Post a URL link to a recent G+ photo in the comments below ➋ Click photo links from others and +1, comment, and/or share ➌  Publicly share this circle-post, from another person's stream➍  *Add this circle* / replace it often to save circle time updating➎  *+1 this post* to say thanks to the curator and promote the PEC!The only required action is #1: share a photo from your stream in the last 2 weeks in the comments below.   The next PEC Circle will come out on Feb 27.  The optional Photo of the Week Contest that complements this photo share is here >>http://goo.gl/911m8NParticipation here qualifies you to enter the contest.  Last week's winner was +Walter Soestbergen (see here >>http://goo.gl/MPEXSj), and the week before was  +Edith Kukla - see her photo here >>http://goo.gl/oLS4e8.The Biggest Ripple Award goes to >> +Minna Serula << with a chain of 24 shares - great!  Thanks to all those that helped: +Mark R. Meyer, +Silke Tüxen, +Larry Beekman, +Hotel Now, +Miguel Almeida Sharing, +Robin Cohen, +Andrew Cohen, +Bo Christensen, +Chris Renton, +2014-02-13 21:11:51417485192338CC G+
Jason Levy24,173This is my SURPRISE WELCOME CIRCLE 7 - RAIN EDITIONI'm sharing with you my SURPRISE WELCOME CIRCLE 7 - RAIN EDITIONThis circle contains people who are new to my circles. I'm still playing catch up with my welcome circles, so many of the people in this circle have already engaged with me in some way, and some are already in #teamelite . They are all great people, and without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google plus experience as they plus, share and comment on your own posts.To help them, and to help you grow your followers I am sharing them here. If you add this circle, many of the people in the circle will add you back, growing your followers and multiplying your Google Plus enjoyment.To get to the next level and have a chance to become a Team Elite Engager (and this also applies to people who aren't in this circle), there are four simple steps:1. Add me to your circles.2. +1 this post.3. Share this post.4. Optionally, comment to let me know what you have done! (If it has already reached 500 comments, you won't be able to comment - that's why it's optional).5. Also, share my current #teamelite circle at https://plus.google.com/+JasonLevy/posts/huoZu9hMsGL (this circle is currently on 417 shares, so just think of how much your circles will grow if you get into #teamelite !)You can also add both circles, but BE WARNED! Your g+ engagement is likely to increase if you do so. I'm not sure if you could handle it. My Team Elite Engager Circles are shared regularly by other circle sharers - they currently stand at over 1000 active sharers, and will be reviewed and reshared regularly, so do yourselves a big favour and become one of the Elite!      #teamelite  #circleshare    #circlesharing    #sharedcircles    #sharedpubliccircles     #publiccircle    #teamelitecircle    #teameliteengagecircle   #dontconfusethecircles  ~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~Searching for a cure for tinnitus? Looking for tinnitus treatment prices? Don't know where to find a tinnitus specialist? To get affordable private tinnitus treatment in London, go here:2014-02-12 13:28:31499309125216CC G+
Shared Circles Magic G+8,192TOP PHOTOGRAPHY ENGAGERS  V1Great circle of mostly hand-picked Photography Engagers.This circle contains genuin engagers of the past few days, who share great photos and content.I did my best to choose those only, who share great content andmake Google Plus even more fascinating.In my circles there will be no place for "takers", becausefor "takers" who are not active is something called... Facebook?:DDDGoogle Plus is about sharing and making the world more fascinating.Google Plus is for PASSIONATES:)So if you want to be included in this circleall you need to do is to SHARE. RE-SHARE, COMMENT and love photography.If you are not a photograper then you may be included in one of my other circles like this one:https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103293115798339379299/103293115798339379299/posts/LnEC45VCwFZIf you receive a notification it means that you are included.Note that it is important to comment on this post to stay in the circle. If you want to be included in a new version of the circle then SHARE, RE-SHARE, PLUS AND COMMENT:)If you are not a photographer or photography engager, SHARE, RE-RESHARE, PLUS AND COMMENTand I will include you in a special circle for engagers.I will post a new version probably next Monday/Tuesday.I will be more then happy to add you to my next versions of the circle.I am Ian, fascinated with Google Plus, doing my best to contruibute to the world of G+I do it for fun, I love to learn and see happy people:)Have a great week!Ian2014-02-12 12:03:0930515956136CC G+
Silvio De Rossi19,817TOP INFLUENCERS DeroPLUS CIRCLE 07!Yeppa! It's the DAY of the my new Circle Plus!#sharedcircle #sharedcircles #topcircleshare  #deroplus  This is my new #Sharedcircle of #topengagers, a group of TOP interesting people who share unique and original contents.What are you waiting to add them to your circles? :)To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1) Do +1 at the post!2) Include the circle among your circles!3) Share the circle (include yourself)!4) Smile to life, sun in sunshine!Have a good life!Special thanks my BEST #friends and #followers!#topsharedcircle   #facciamolastoria   #leonardo   #deroplus   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial  #trust #circles  #circleshare  #sharedcircle   #circlesharing   #followers   #social   #socialnetworking   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #googleplus  #communities   #topsocialcircle   2014-02-10 00:34:41500263173272CC G+
Sahadat Hossain0#ThankyouMagic  PEOPLE WHO SAY "THANK YOU" (Feb 8) This circle is to show appreciation to the 300 who said thanks to my last circle, and 200 new thankyou members entering this circle for the first time. All of these people I observed over the last week taking a second to say "thanks". I was so pleased, I created a circle of 500 of you. I am amazed every day what a fun group of people have been accumulating here on Google+. I continue to be impressed with quality, the professionalism,  and the sincerity of everyone I am meeting. This circle is for YOU  (Click on this #thankyoumagic to see my other 2014 circles)    PLEASE VISIT the "The Magic of Circles" hosted by +Circle Magic Each day I am gathering the most active Circles I can find. Circles are #Magic , and if you love them, they will love you back.   PLEASE SHARE A #CIRCLE  Do you want to Grow your followers? Get started now, add or share a Circle and watch your followers grow #googleplus #google  README - Sharing circles benefits everyone, Sharing circles helps you by getting you added to their next circle and it helps the "Circle Master" by getting them recognized and promoted as active circle distributors. The more shares he/she gets THIS WEEK the more people that follow you NEXT WEEK. THE MAGIC OF CIRCLEShttps://plus.google.com/u/1/b/103678492966360900254/communities/110533309056060602888SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM CIRCLE MAGIC - I just wanted to take a second to thank all the best of the best circle promoters, who probably mostly go un-noticed, but without them, the success of the circle sharing would be much more challenging. These SPECIAL people have all dropped by my community "The Magic of Circles" and shared someone else's circle. #TIPHAT to .....Logan Lynn Roberts  +Logan Lynn Roberts  Michael Sonntag +Michael Sonntag Sandra Deichmann  +Sandra Deichmann    Jasmina Brozović +Jasmina Brozović   Ivana Zuber +Ivana Zuber   SpaceyQT  +SpaceyQT  Suzanne W +Suzanne W   Paula Teshima  +Paula Teshima Abby Baker  +Abby Baker Ralf Skirr +Ralf Skirr Michael Sonntag   +Michael Sonntag  Tantalizing Web Marketing  +Tantalizing Web Marketing Laura Sanna  +Laura Sanna  ArmStreet  +Ihr mittelalter Shop: Armstreet.de  Michael Sonntag  +Michael Sonntag  Cristina De R.Costa +Cristina De R.Costa SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE CIRCLE MASTERS - I cannot forget you either. without your  thankless hard work, building, maintaining, auditing, promoting these lists in the first place, none of us would have anything to promote.+Circle Boss +Work With Billy Funk +Billy Funk's Sharing +Ludovic Moreeuw +Jason Levy +Circle Plus +Vladimir Samsonov +Paula Teshima +Tiny Prints +Andrey Mashnich +Mario Falcetti +Altered DNA +Carlos Esteban +Gert Jan Hermus +Auth Icle +Cesare Riccardo  +Riccardo Lemons +Paula Teshima +Shared Circles Magic G+ Here are some of the most amazing circles I have seen released in the last seven days, each of these amazing people have worked rea2014-02-09 16:19:20501491354CC G+
Robby Ball26,606#ThankyouMagic   PEOPLE WHO SAY "THANK YOU" (Feb 8) This circle is to show appreciation to the 300 who said thanks to my last circle, and 200 new thankyou members entering this circle for the first time. All of these people I observed over the last week taking a second to say "thanks". I was so pleased, I created a circle of 500 of you. I am amazed every day what a fun group of people have been accumulating here on Google+. I continue to be impressed with quality, the professionalism,  and the sincerity of everyone I am meeting.... This circle is for YOU  (Click on this  #thankyoumagic  to see my other 2014 circles)    PLEASE VISIT the "The Magic of Circles" hosted by +Circle Magic Each day I am gathering the most active Circles I can find. Circles are  #Magic  , and if you love them, they will love you back.   PLEASE SHARE A  #CIRCLE   Do you want to Grow your followers? Get started now, add or share a Circle and watch your followers grow  #googleplus   #google   README - Sharing circles benefits everyone, Sharing circles helps you by getting you added to their next circle and it helps the "Circle Master" by getting them recognized and promoted as active circle distributors. The more shares he/she gets THIS WEEK the more people that follow you NEXT WEEK. THE MAGIC OF CIRCLEShttps://plus.google.com/u/1/b/103678492966360900254/communities/110533309056060602888SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM CIRCLE MAGIC - I just wanted to take a second to thank all the best of the best circle promoters, who probably mostly go un-noticed, but without them, the success of the circle sharing would be much more challenging. These SPECIAL people have all dropped by my community "The Magic of Circles" and shared someone else's circle.  #TIPHAT  to .....Logan Lynn Roberts  +Logan Lynn Roberts  Michael Sonntag +Michael Sonntag Sandra Deichmann  +Sandra Deichmann    Jasmina Brozović +Jasmina Brozović   Ivana Zuber +Ivana Zuber   SpaceyQT  +SpaceyQT  Suzanne W +2014-02-08 21:18:15501448261351CC G+
Larry Chuon74I'm new to Google+.  My circle of PlusOne is for those who are leveraging Google+ to grow their circle and business.2014-02-08 04:36:20236304CC G+
Corlis Gray2,503Shared Circle of Bloggers V26These are people that really engage with posts.  I mean REALLY.  Plussers, sharers, circle adders, you name it!  Every post every time!  Awesome people if you ask me!Want more followers?  Want people that engage with your posts?  What people that care about growing your followers as much as theirs?  Please follow these steps:1. +1 (please)2. Share this circle publicly. (show them love, and they'll show you love in return)3. Add this circle to your circles.4.  Share this circle (adding yourself of course!)#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circleshareoftheday   #sharedacirclewithyou   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircle  #Sochi2014 #ValentinesDay #ThrowbackThursday #DigitalMarketing #NYFW #Thirstythursday #AutoExpo2014 #BlackHistoryMonth #SnowDay #EndFGMhttp://corlisandmegangray.com2014-02-06 17:22:29500744670CC G+
Amanda Blain3,786,623Zombie And The Walking Dead Fans CircleZOMBIES! It's been awhile since I shared a circle... This awesome circle is updated with the top posters from my zombie and The Walking Dead fans Community.. https://plus.google.com/communities/114093761017316566380and others who have expressed interest in the living dead.  ITS FINALLY TIME FOR THE NEXT SEASON OF THE WALKING DEAD... so jump start by adding some zombie fans to your google plus stream. Nom nom nom..... Brainnnnnns .... If you were notified you are in here.. so why not share the Zombie circle ♥ around.... Circle these people up!#zombies #zombieapocalypse #walkingdead   #sharedcircles  2014-02-05 23:17:131003122131CC G+
Gray Photography Chicago1,256Shared Circle of Bloggers V8#superbowl of BloggersThese are people that really engage with posts.  I mean REALLY.  Plussers, sharers, circle adders, you name it!  Every post every time!  Awesome people if you ask me!Want more followers?  Want people that engage with your posts?  What people that care about growing your followers as much as theirs?  Please follow these steps:1. +1 (please)2. Share this circle publicly. (show them love, and they'll show you love in return)3. Add this circle to your circles.4.  Share this circle (adding yourself of course!)#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circleshareoftheday   #sharedacirclewithyou   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircle  #superbowl2014 #superbowlcommercials #superbowlcommercial2014 2014-02-02 19:22:52402462447CC G+
Corlis Gray1,770Shared Circle of Bloggers V17#superbowl of BloggersThese are people that really engage with posts.  I mean REALLY.  Plussers, sharers, circle adders, you name it!  Every post every time!  Awesome people if you ask me!Want more followers?  Want people that engage with your posts?  What people that care about growing your followers as much as theirs?  Please follow these steps:1. +1 (please)2. Share this circle publicly. (show them love, and they'll show you love in return)3. Add this circle to your circles.4.  Share this circle (adding yourself of course!)#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circleshareoftheday   #sharedacirclewithyou   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #superbowl2014  http://corlisandmegangray.com2014-02-02 14:58:30467582955CC G+
Corlis Gray1,770Shared Circle of Bloggers V13 #superbowl  of BloggersThese are people that really engage with posts.  I mean REALLY.  Plussers, sharers, circle adders, you name it!  Every post every time!  Awesome people if you ask me!Want more followers?  Want people that engage with your posts?  What people that care about growing your followers as much as theirs?  Please follow these steps:1. +1 (please)2. Share this circle publicly. (show them love, and they'll show you love in return)3. Add this circle to your circles.4.  Share this circle (adding yourself of course!)#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circleshareoftheday   #sharedacirclewithyou   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #superbowl2014  2014-02-02 14:57:23303281537CC G+
Robby Ball25,758#ThankyouMagic   PEOPLE WHO SAY "THANK YOU" (Jan 31) This circle is to show appreciation to photographers and photography enthusiasts. These people I observed over the last week taking a second to say "thanks". I was so pleased, I created a circle of 500 of you. I am amazed every day what a fun group of people have been accumulating here on Google+. I continue to be impressed with quality, the professionalism,  and the sincerity of everyone I am meeting. This circle is for YOU   #thankyoumagic       NICE...PLEASE VISIT the "The Magic of Circles" hosted by +Circle Magic Each day I am gathering the most active Circles I can find. Circles are  #Magic  , and if you love them, they will love you back.   PLEASE SHARE A  #CIRCLE   Do you want to Grow your followers? Get started now, add or share a Circle and watch your followers grow  #googleplus   #google   README - Sharing circles benefits everyone, Sharing circles helps you by getting you added to their next circle and it helps the "Circle Master" by getting them recognized and promoted as active circle distributors. The more shares he/she gets THIS WEEK the more people that follow you NEXT WEEK. THE MAGIC OF CIRCLEShttps://plus.google.com/u/1/b/103678492966360900254/communities/110533309056060602888SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM CIRCLE MAGIC - I just wanted to take a second to thank all the best of the best circle promoters, who probably mostly go un-noticed, but without them, the success of the circle sharing would be much more challenging. These SPECIAL people have all dropped by my community "The Magic of Circles" and shared someone else's circle.  #TIPHAT  to .....Logan Lynn Roberts  +Logan Lynn Roberts Michael Sonntag +Michael Sonntag   Sandra Deichmann  +Sandra Deichmann    Jasmina Brozović +Jasmina Brozović   Ivana Zuber +Ivana Zuber     SpaceyQT  +SpaceyQT Suzanne W +Suzanne W   Chris Zalamia  2014-02-01 00:58:21501464268343CC G+
Photo Exchange Club4,356The Jan 30, 2014 Pʜᴏᴛᴏɢʀᴀᴘʜʏ ENGAGERS Cɪʀᴄʟᴇ is here! An authentically curated, top quality circle!Public:  Just add this circle and enjoy the photos in your stream!Participants: Do you qualify? Read this >>http://goo.gl/pRqyxR Quick start instructions:➊  Post a URL link to a recent G+ photo in the comments below ➋ Click photo links from others and +1, comment, and/or share ➌  Publicly share this circle-post, from a new friend's stream➍  *Add this circle* / replace it every 2 weeks to save your time➎  *+1 this post* to say thanks to the curator and promote the PEC!The only required action is #1: share a photo from your stream in the last 2 weeks in the comments below.  Sharing this post has other benefits, and is at your discretion!  *The next PEC* Circle will come out on Feb 13.  This edition will be shared again but you do not need to add a second photo/comment!The optional Photo of the Week Contest that complements this photo share is here >>http://goo.gl/wtxKlcParticipation here qualifies you to enter the contest.  Last week's winner was +peter ebner - see his photo here >>http://goo.gl/7dhPH2The Jan 19 winner was  +Michael B. Stuart, -see his photo here >>http://goo.gl/BJu6cCThe Biggest Ripple Award goes to >> +Markus Landsmann << with a chain of 27 shares - another record tying RIPPLE-NADO!  Thanks to all those that helped: +Silke Tüxen, +Carsten Schlipf, +Jean-Philippe Jouve, +Larry Beekman, +Septimiu Catona, +Robin Cohen, +Ree Saunders, +Kathy McLeman, +2014-01-30 20:54:40396458196336CC G+


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2014-04-22 22:08:18 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

One Indicator Minimum Wage Should Be Higher

The summary: There is no county in the United States in which a person working a minimum wage job can afford a decent one-bedroom apartment plus utilities.

The longer story is that minimum wage has failed to keep up with inflation over the past four decades, leaving us in a situation where millions of full-time workers require government assistance for food and housing. Government assistance has effectively become a handout to corporations by enabling them to pay workers so little that they wouldn't be able to survive without the programs. However, some people don't like the idea of raising the minimum wage and don't like the idea of providing government "handouts" either. Unfortunately it's one or the other unless something changes in the system.

My own preferred solution, as I've mentioned... more »

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2014-04-21 17:22:33 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)

Predator Defenses: Dog Tested, Michael Approved

Yesterday we were in the front yard trying to locate various brightly-colored eggs someone had misplaced there, and unbeknownst to us one of our (big) dogs was enjoying himself a little too much in the back yard. Apparently he heard the chickens making noise in the coop and was interested in getting in there to have some fun of his own. He managed to chew a good bit through the cedar baseboard and tried to dig under the wall, but was thwarted by the hardware cloth that we buried around the perimeter.

While I'm not exactly happy that he did this, and will do my best to discourage him from doing so in the future, I was gratified that the time and effort to trench around the chicken coop and run seems to have paid off and the barrier is effective. Fortunately the baseboard is screwed into place to help secure the hardware cloth,... more »

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2014-04-20 15:15:11 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)

The Worst Holiday Task

Easter egg hunts are fun, but the single holiday task I dread more than any other each year is the washing of the plastic eggs when they're unpacked from the attic. If someone were to start a business and charge me a reasonable fee to clean all my plastic eggs I'd be a happy customer!

On the plus side, the eggs sure are colorful. Happy Easter, everyone!

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2014-04-18 14:25:14 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 27 +1s)

It's Been A While Since I Juggled

I realized this morning that I haven't juggled in quite a while. I believe I'll see if I remember how this weekend.

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2014-04-17 02:07:27 (27 comments, 3 reshares, 59 +1s)

Who Needs A Coop When You Have A Woodpile?

It turns out our chicks like the woodpile, as it's both a handy roost and has yummy bugs. It's like breakfast in bed! On the other hand, the coop and run should be ready for habitation tomorrow, so hopefully they'll like that, too. :)

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2014-04-15 12:38:29 (22 comments, 4 reshares, 55 +1s)

Enjoying The Blood Moon

Last night's lunar eclipse didn't reach totality until after 2 AM my time, so I went to sleep around 9 PM and set my alarm for a bit before 1 AM. Hopefully that'll keep me from being too much of a zombie today at work. Still, it was definitely worth getting up to see. My younger son also asked to be woken up, and the commotion woke my wife, so all three of us got to see it.

If you regularly watch the moon, the first thing you notice during the early part of the eclipse is that the crescent isn't in the right place. Then the shadow creeps across the face of the moon, leaving behind just the dark red illumination of the light refracting through the Earth's atmosphere. That red color is what leads to the term Blood Moon, and happens during almost every total lunar eclipse. (The only time it wouldn't is when there's a lot of... more »

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2014-04-14 15:21:40 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Got Six Hour Lines To Vote? Better Ban Restrooms...

Here's one for the Voter Suppression files. Lawyers representing disabled constituents in Miami inquired about whether restrooms at polling places would accommodate the needs of the disabled. Rather than ensure that (or apparently even check whether they did), the (Republican-controlled) Election Department announced that in order not to treat the disabled unfairly they would no longer allow anyone access to restrooms at polling places. Given that the same department has cut numbers of voting booths in poorer neighborhoods, resulting in lines up to six hours long, the banning of restroom access seems like yet another push toward keeping all those poor (and Democratic-leaning) voters from casting their ballots.

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2014-04-14 02:30:11 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)

Weekend Progress...

Well, I haven't given a chicken coop update in a while, but this weekend marks some good progress. All the doors and the glass window are in place, two sides are skirted with buried hardware cloth, the doors between the coop and the run are done, and I've begun work on the under-roost platform. All in all it's feeling closer to done, and I'm tired and achy. I look forward to getting this finished so one of these upcoming weekends can be restful and relaxing. On the plus side, these chickens will be living in luxury!

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2014-04-12 16:08:55 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

Crossvine In Spring

A few years ago my wife planted crossvine at the bottom of the cedar beams holding up the shade sails in our back yard. Over time it's grown up the beams and has started to spread onto the sails themselves. Spring has now arrived, and this year the curtain of crossvine flowers hanging from the shade sails is really spectacular. Those are some of the more colorful flowers we have in our yard.

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2014-04-10 18:15:21 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)

That Time I Got To Pet Dragons.

Here's another good one from the Google facial recognition files. At least this one I can't really fault it for making the guess. That actually does look kind of like me back there.

#gameofthrones  

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2014-04-07 18:12:59 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 36 +1s)

Natural Disaster For Our Woodpeckers

You may recall my picture from several days ago of the woodpecker hard at work building a home in a dead trunk behind my yard. Alas, this weekend I spotted a starling hanging out in the hole, and subsequent observations appear to indicate that the starling family has pushed the woodpecker family out of this spot. Starlings are an invasive species in North America, and aggressively push other birds out of their nests to take them over.

Here's hoping that the woodpeckers have another hole nearby. My reports that she still hears the woodpeckers back around the yard, so it sounds like that may be the case. Go away, starlings!

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2014-04-05 17:38:28 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 75 +1s)

Meanwhile, In The Other Owl House...

We actually have two owl houses in our back yard, as my wife wanted us to have more than one choice out there. The one currently occupied by the owl family has turned out to be the more popular one, but the other has been occupied by owls at least once. Lately, however, we noticed something peeking out of the second house, and it turned out not to be an owl. Apparently this squirrel thinks it's an okay place to hang out. Hopefully for its sake an owl doesn't decide to come investigate.

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2014-04-04 18:21:53 (175 comments, 15 reshares, 93 +1s)

Have We At Least Made It To Number Three Yet?

This list is fairly self-explanatory, but I'm happy to elaborate a bit, anyway. Back in 2003 I had a series of conversations with a Conservative co-worker, because he had recently been brought up to speed by talk radio about the concept of Global Warming and that it didn't actually exist. It was some made-up thing by Liberals and greedy scientists who just wanted to weasel grant money. I explained to him that it was actually a thing that scientists had predicted for quite a long time, and that research studies were increasingly validating. He asked how you'd even show something like that, and I talked about things you'd see like polar ice tending to melt more over the years and more extreme weather activity over time. He was kind of dubious about that.

I haven't worked with that guy for a number of years now, but... more »

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2014-04-03 18:43:37 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)

I Have To Let You In On Something...

I've been keeping this on the down-low, but Google's facial recognition system has figured it out. Watch out, Clark Kent, you're next!

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2014-04-02 18:37:42 (28 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)

A Bit More Progress

I'm racing the chickens to see whether they outgrow their brooder before I finish their coop and run. I think I'm going to win, but it'll be close. I have the hardware cloth up on the run, with part of the cedar screwed on to secure it in place. Once I have all that up, which should happen this evening, it'll be tough for anything to tear through there. Well, a bear wouldn't have much trouble with it, but fortunately we don't get many bears in our back yard. (I must admit that we have never had a single bear in our back yard, to the best of my knowledge.)

It's definitely a learning experience as I go, and I'm having a lot of fun with it. If it weren't for this pesky day job I'd probably be done by now, but I guess if it weren't for this pesky day job I wouldn't be able to afford to build this, so it all evens... more »

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2014-04-01 18:02:12 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 49 +1s)

Spring Is In The Air, And Baby Owls Are On The Way

Here's a shot of Mama Owl resting in the afternoon. She sits right there on the edge of the hole and glances around when she hears noises just to make sure there's nothing threatening on the way. I'm happy that she's pretty much used to us tromping around out there building things and gardening. That bodes well for the owlet(s) thinking it's okay to peek out later on. Last year we had two owlets, so we'll just have to wait and see how many there are this year.

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2014-03-30 15:49:38 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)

Birthday Fun!

Yesterday was my wife's birthday, so naturally a group of us went ziplining! Everyone had a great time, and we got in a little hiking, too. This shot is from the last line, which was down among the trees, but the early lines were up at the top of the mountain and we soared hundreds of feet above everything. It was well worth the drive down to Wimberley Zipline, which is about an hour from Austin. We also found out that once you've done the daytime version they have an unadvertised nighttime tour where they put glow sticks on everyone and the landing zones and you get to do it all in the dark. I believe we may go back for that sometime. :)

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2014-03-28 18:13:19 (38 comments, 3 reshares, 74 +1s)

A Better Look At Mama Owl

Late yesterday afternoon I saw that Mama Owl was leaning well out of the owl house, so I got my camera and tripod and took a chair over to a good viewing spot and sat to watch for a while. She just sat dozing in the entrance until close to dusk, at which point she started looking around and checking out the sources of various sounds. Just after sundown, as it was starting to get darker, she took off to go grab a bite to eat. About five minutes later she flew back and perched just outside the door to the owl house, and I got this shot. It's certainly a more complete view of her than yesterday. I'm already enjoying this owl season a lot. :)

If you got notified of this post that means you're in my Owl Notifications circle from last year. If you'd prefer not to be, please let me know. Alternately, if you would like to get notified of owl... more »

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2014-03-27 19:12:20 (39 comments, 5 reshares, 164 +1s)

Owl Season Has Begun!

A couple of weeks ago we thought we caught a glimpse of something in our owl house, but then a few days later I saw a squirrel peeking out, so I was worried that we weren't going to have owls in there this year. Then two days ago we definitely spotted an adult screech owl peeking out close to dusk, and just after dark Papa Owl flew up to bring Mama Owl some food. So yesterday just before sundown I was out there working on our chicken coop and kept my camera out close at hand, just in case. I was rewarded with this shot of (presumably) Mama Owl just barely peeking out of the doorway to see what was going on.

I'm so excited that maybe we'll have a new batch of owlets to watch this year! I may even take some pictures along the way. Maybe I can improve on last year. :)

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2014-03-26 16:12:55 (20 comments, 13 reshares, 24 +1s)

I've Seen Some Stupid Legislation In My Time...

But this may take the cake. The Kansas legislature has proposed a bill that would outlaw the use of state funds for "development in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come." The Conservative majority has apparently identified "sustainability" as something that Liberals like, so it must automatically be opposed.

Not even taking into account that sustainability and renewable resources are becoming increasingly important simply from a survival point of view (not that they haven't always been important, just less visibly so at times), but they end up being an economic win, as well. Sure, there are companies that make a lot of money doing things in a non-sustainable way, and some of... more »

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2014-03-25 22:29:48 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)

Alas, Poor Shorts! I Knew Them, Horatio...

Some you may have come to the conclusion that due to various circumstances I end up working out in the yard, sometimes building things, with some frequency. My preference is not to mess up good clothes, so I have a favorite pair of shorts that I generally wear out there, on the assumption that if they get a little more beat up then no harm done. Seems like a reasonable plan to me.

Alas, my wife has been giving me the evil eye concerning the shorts, first forbidding me to wear them out to Home Depot and this weekend finally putting her foot down and saying that it's time to retire them entirely. So my poor yard shorts are finally going to the Great Wardrobe in the Sky, and it'll be time to pick another pair to bear the brunt of my labor. I don't really know what she has against this pair, but I guess for the sake of a... more »

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2014-03-24 20:14:13 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)

Woody Builds A House

One of the woodpeckers around our yard has been hard at work building a happy little home for his lovely lady. Here he is peeking out after chipping away inside the cavity. When he goes inside to work he completely disappears from sight, which makes me curious about the shape inside. Maybe he's got a multi-level condo in there. I'm hoping that we eventually get to see baby woodpeckers hanging out at the edge, though we'd have to be really lucky on our timing.

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2014-03-24 01:10:28 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)

Under The Dome Prism

Yesterday I posted a picture of the new chicken habitat and +Ann G pointed out that the shot was missing cute baby chicks. So here is one from inside showing them enjoying their new digs. I'd have loved to have gotten a shot of them up on their roost, but they were far too excited having company in there to want to sit and rest. I was lucky to manage to get a shot with all of them in the frame, as they spent much of the time running circles around me. Which, given my size relative to the space, is quite a feat.

So anyway, baby chicks!

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2014-03-22 16:39:40 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)

Moving On Up...

Out baby chicks are starting to get a little crowded in their brooder box, and the coop/run won't be ready for at least another week or two, so my wife requested that I build a daytime habitat for them to be outside at least during the day and have a bit more room. So last night I stayed up a little later than usual throwing together this little house for them. It's 8 feet long and 3 feet wide, which is plenty more room for them for now. My wife even sat in there with them a bit this morning. So far they love it!

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2014-03-22 14:20:06 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 32 +1s)

Peaceful Afternoon By The River

Here's a shot I took under a bridge at the San Antonio Riverwalk. The ducks were enjoying the shade and this one stood nicely in the reflected light from the outside world. Sometimes you just want to stand there and enjoy the nice view. :)

#forduckssake

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2014-03-21 19:14:22 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)

Maki On The Town

I went to a +Google Local Austin event last night at the Thinkery, which is a pretty neat hands-on children's museum. While there, I got to see +Maki Silberberg for the first time since her baby was born. It's great she's getting out and about to take pictures again. (Not that the baby pictures aren't great, naturally!) She even got to have a colorful drink. :)

If you have kids, particularly in the 5-10 range, I definitely recommend taking them over to the Thinkery to build interesting devices, play with water, make animated movies, climb on really cool structures, and otherwise stretch their minds and bodies.

+Thinkery 

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2014-03-21 00:00:51 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)

Love And Photowalks

One more shot from the SXSW photowalk, toward the end of the evening. You know what they say about couples who photowalk together...

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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2014-03-19 16:58:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)

Obey The Shirt!

Here's another shot from the SXSW photowalk. This fellow was happier for me to take his picture than his expression betrayed. He posed for it with about as neutral a face as I've ever seen. :)

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2014-03-18 22:47:50 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

Double-Duty

It turns out that if you're building a chicken coop/run and determine that you need to put some supports under part of the frame because it's sagging a bit, there's a doodad in the trunk of your car that will do the job of lifting the beam very nicely. Now the run will be nice and straight, which I'm sure the chickens won't care about one bit, but I will.

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2014-03-17 00:49:12 (30 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)

Chicken Coop Progress...

Okay, so maybe this is a little overboard for our first chicken coop and run, but we got the initial framing done today. Over the course of the week I'll be putting in the hardware cloth skirt around the whole structure and under the floor of the coop. Then next week we'll put up the coop walls, roof the whole thing, put in all the hardware cloth around the run, and build the nesting boxes. Then it's just a little paint and ready to go. Easy as that!

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2014-03-15 19:18:48 (22 comments, 6 reshares, 33 +1s)

If You're Going To Boast, Consider Checking Your Spelling...

Yesterday evening at the previously mentioned SXSW photowalk I ran across this young lady advertising something or other. Now maybe she was being more subtle than I'm giving her credit for, and included a mistake on her sign precisely so people like me would share a picture of it, but I don't really think that's the case. Nevertheless, submitted for your amusement!

2014-03-14 22:06:44 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Hi all, we are planning to walk in through downtown Austin, taking photos of what there is to see at SXSW. We would love to have anyone who is interested join us on Friday night at 6pm for the walk. We will start at City Hall and the end point will be announced at the walk.

You can email me at simi@uchephotography.com or RSVP here.The goal is to walk a route that will allow us to take in most of the sites.

You can see the event details at http://photowalk.artsimis.com/2014/03/09/announcement-march-2014-photowalk/.

Please invite anyone who wants to come.

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2014-03-13 21:05:14 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)

At The Museum

The boys and I are heading into the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Fun stuff!

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2014-03-12 22:49:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

The challenge today is not so much getting people to try to fix problems, but to get those who are trying,  to work together. That's why we're asking you to share YOUR vision and ideas of the kinds of great things we can achieve in this world if we work together on the things that really matter to us; and then ask your friends and network to do so as well!

Artists, poets, musicians, video producers, writers, bloggers, vloggers, musicians, poets - anyone who knows how to articulate words, symbols or images - we all have something to say! Participation is simple:  

1: post your update (which could be art, text, video etc) with a good description 
2: make sure to include  #IfWeWorkTogether   #HumanityOnline   
3: get your network buzzing to also participate! 

Everything that you do will also be helping Humanity Online raise funds to build a websitewhere t... more »

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2014-03-10 20:36:54 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)

Sometimes You're On Vacation And A Cat Lounges On You...

Incidentally, the cat was less photogenic from my point of view.

(Also, the cat is not actually the biggest cat in the history of cats. It's the camera angle.)

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2014-03-09 16:18:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

The New Chick Brooder

The other day I posted a teaser as I got ready to build the new brooder for our baby chicks. (Though they're growing every day and soon won't be babies). Here is a shot of the completed project, entirely covering the bathtub in our guest bathroom. I guess the baby chicks are all the guests we can have until the coop is built out back, though my wife insists they are part of the family now and not guests at all.

Overall the brooder was pretty easy to build. It's essentially a big, wooden box and a hinged lid covered with hardware cloth. I built a little shelf along one end to give them something to hide under if they want, and also put a tree branch across it to act as a roost. (Two of them are on the branch in this shot.) It has a raccoon-proof latch, in case we were to want to leave the chicks out in the yard, but in that situation I'd want... more »

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2014-03-07 19:00:46 (55 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)

It's Like He Doesn't Understand Being Poor Is A Real Thing

I have read plenty of unbelievable, crazy, thoughtless, hating, unfeeling, and boneheaded statements by conservative politicians as they all try to outdo each other on how super-conservative they can be, but rarely have I seen something as infuriating as this one from Paul Ryan. The complete lack of understanding that there are families out there who just can't afford enough food is unacceptable in an elected official.

There are lots of kids out there for whom the free meals they get at school and, perhaps, the additional food at after-school programs is the only food they get all day. Paul Ryan, however, seems to think that these kids aren't getting a sack lunch to take with them because their parents don't care enough to bother making one for them. Oh, if only those lazy parents would get off their... more »

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2014-03-07 00:00:14 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

This May Come As A Shock To Some Of You...

But I'm going to build something! My wife requested a thing, so it's back to it for me. I'm not sure if the cat is there to help, give moral support, or look for the woodpecker.

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2014-03-05 17:44:10 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s)

Keep Your Google+ Photo Storage In Check

Your Google account includes 15GB of free storage (assuming you aren't paying for more) which is shared between Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Photos. Google+ Photos also only counts photos larger than 2048 pixels to a side, with unlimited storage for photos below that limit. Many months ago I cleverly made sure my Google+ settings were set to limit uploaded photos to 2048 pixels to a side, resizing any larger photos down to that limit. (You do this by going to your Google+ Settings and then scrolling down to photos and unchecking the box beside "Upload my photos at full size.") I happily went about my business thinking I was good to go.

However, I recently noticed that my storage was still growing beyond what I'd expect from email. I looked and saw that my Google+ Photos was still increasing. A brief bit of sleuthing led me... more »

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2014-03-04 19:30:35 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

For Want Of A Nail Collet Nut...

Some unfortunately long time ago I had an issue with my plunge router and ended up losing its collet nut. That's the piece of metal that screws onto the business end of the tool and holds the cutting bit in place. Needless to say, without that piece the tool was pretty useless other than perhaps as a pretty exceptional paper weight. I made do without it, using other tools where I could, for a pretty long time while I kept looking around my shop for the missing piece. Finally, after totally reorganizing the shop I had to face the fact that I was unlikely to find the missing nut.

The first thing I did was to look online at parts stores for a replacement. However, the replacement nut was $3.09 and shipping to get it to me was $8.99. I found it difficult in good conscience to pay three times as much for shipping as for the part... more »

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2014-03-03 17:54:48 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)

Sleeping Like A Baby

It turns out baby chicks just flop over and fall asleep anywhere they're comfortable. My wife likes to hang out in with the chicks and let them roost on her arms or in her lap, and they're quite happy to take a little nap right there. I'm about to be making a transitional habitat for them, as they will soon outgrow their box but aren't yet big enough to live outside. (Even if we already had a coop, which we don't yet.) So we need a larger chicken container that's cat- and dog-proof and can be moved to either the house, garage, or yard depending on conditions. I may post a picture when I'm done with it. :)

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2014-03-02 23:40:46 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)

I May Have Spoken Too Soon About Spring...

Yesterday was 81 degrees Fahrenheit here in Austin, and some of you might recall the picture I posted then of the happy woodpecker enjoying the spring weather. I fear that woodpecker is off shivering somewhere right now, as a blue norther blew through here this afternoon. The temperature is supposed to drop to around 22 tonight, which the mathematically-inclined will recognize as a 59 degree drop in slightly over 24 hours.

This afternoon I walked out to the car to take a trip to the store to buy some plywood and was greeted with the prettiest layer of ice all over the car that I've ever seen. Some happy combination of the thin layer of ice crystallizing in the wind caused a wonderful pattern. I tried to catch it as best I could, but I was also in a hurry to get to the store before it closed so may not have done the job it deserved.... more »

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2014-03-01 22:47:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)

It's Looking Like Spring...

Look who came to visit our yard. There's also a nice round hole in a dead limb at the back of the yard, so we may see some woodpecker babies soon. That would be pretty exciting!

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2014-02-28 19:38:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

First Lacrosse Game Of The Season

Last Sunday afternoon I went to my son's first lacrosse game of the year. It was a lot of fun, and I was continually amazed at how much the kids improve each year compared to the year before. I took some pictures of the game, which I'm happy to share here. I did my best to include pictures of as many teammates as possible, but clearly I need to take a checklist with me to the game to make sure I get everyone. :)

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2014-02-27 19:49:05 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)

Reflecting On Allie

The other evening at Palazzo Lavaca I had the pleasure of meeting +Allie Brady, who was kind enough to allow me to capture her reflection. I like the way this shot turned out, and was fortunate enough to have an excellent subject for it. One of the nice things about Google City Experts events is the opportunity to meet other locals who enjoy trying out all the variety the city has to offer, and occasionally to take their picture.

#GoogleCityExperts  

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2014-02-26 18:28:25 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)

The Maid In The Mirror

The women serving treats last night at the Google City Experts event I attended used mirrors for serving trays. It was a pretty neat effect. Here's one of the trays on the table stationed by this delightful lady. She was kind enough to glance mischievously in my direction for the shot.

#GoogleCityExperts

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2014-02-26 01:16:33 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 56 +1s)

Versailles In Austin

I'm at a Google City Experts event at Palazzo Lavaca, enjoying delightful treats served by women wearing, among other things, French tables. I'm looking forward to a lovely evening!

#GoogleCityExperts

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