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Evo Terra has been at 72 events

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Gary Arndt1,352,921During this hangout I'll be talking about the closely related concepts of authority and social proof have in blogging and growing your audience. I will also be taking questions during the hangout. Authority and Social Proof in Blogging2015-06-17 17:00:0038  
Error 500 (Serv63*Keeping startup founders out of court & jail - WORKSHOP* Getting sued sucks. Getting thrown in jail sucks. Entrepreneurs aren't immune, and our high-rates of content production can actually exacerbate the problem. Chances are your startup doesn't have the runway to afford a protracted court battle. Or jail term. But fear not. You don't need to be a legal scholar to stay out of trouble. You just need your common business sense augmented with some easy-to-learn lessons, and you'll probably stay out of legal trouble. This week's #OOTatBB will give you those lessons with plenty of real-world examples that demonstrate what went wrong, and what could have been done differently. Open Office Tuesdays at Big Bounce (#OOTatBB) is a great way to network with other entrepreneurs, startup pros and noobs, and a cadre of disruptive-minded people! Use the time to meet new people and to switch your mind and body from "day-job" mode to "side-hustle" mode. We promise that you'll find us a friendly bunch always eager to meet new people! And yes, tell your friends!Keeping startup founders out of court & jail - WORKSHOP2014-08-26 18:00:004  
Error 500 (Serv63*Five Ways To Fund Your Startup's MVP*   _"That sounds like a great startup. Can I see it?" -- The question dreaded by every early-stage startup._ Let's face it: when someone asks that question, they aren't asking for a pitch deck or your articles of incorporation. No, they want to see something they can hold in their hands. Branding elements, signup page, initial website... all the way prototypes and mockups. You need to show, not tell. Chances are, you can't afford $60K or more to get those things started. This workshop will show you how to achieve what you need at various price points, hacking your way to developing an MVP you'll be proud to show off. Open Office Tuesdays at Big Bounce (#OOTatBB) is a great way to network with other entrepreneurs, startup pros and noobs, and a cadre of disruptive-minded people! Use the time to meet new people and to switch your mind and body from "day-job" mode to "side-hustle" mode. We promise that you'll find us a friendly bunch always eager to meet new people! And yes, tell your friends! #OOTatBB is proud to be part of the #yesphx movement. Let's get together and make great things happen!Free Workshop: Startup Funding2014-07-29 18:00:002  
Error 500 (Serv63*#OOTatBB - Cards Against Huge Manatees GAME NIGHT!* What better way to socialize with other disruptive-minded people that playing the most disruptive game ever!  Come play a few hands of CAH with us over drinks and learn a little more than perhaps you wanted to about the entrepreneurial spirit of Arizona! Open Office Tuesdays at Big Bounce (#OOTatBB) is a low-key, no-agenda event. Come meet new people, meet with your team, or just get a little work done. You'll find us a friendly bunch always eager to meet new people! And yes, tell your friends! #OOTatBB is proud to be part of the #yesphx movement. Let's get together and make great things happen!#OOTatBB - Cards Against Huge Manatees GAME NIGHT!2014-07-08 18:00:002  
Error 500 (Serv63*It's a beach-party themed #OOTatBB!* We know it's summer and that many of you don't like to leave your house for anything less then warm sandy beaches and cocktails with little straw hats.  We'll skip the warm sand in favor of blasting the A/C, but I will bring the straw hats and tropical drinks next week at #OOTatBB.  Open Office Tuesdays at Big Bounce (#OOTatBB) is a low-key, no-agenda event. Come meet new people, meet with your team, or just get a little work done. You'll find us a friendly bunch always eager to meet new people! And yes, tell your friends! #OOTatBB is proud to be part of the #yesphx movement. Let's get together and make great things happen!#OOTatBB - Beach Party!2014-07-01 18:00:002  
Error 500 (Serv63There is more than one place to watch Google I/O 2014 here in the valley. At Big Bounce, we'll be watching the events that focus more on the future and changes ahead, rather than geeking out at the code level. Here's what we have planned to watch: _Wednesday, June 25th_ _9:00a:_ *Keynote*  _11:00:_ *Cross-platform design* _3:00p:_ *Biologically inspired models of intelligence* _4:00p_ *Ignite* _Thursday, June 26th_ _9:00a:_ *Google in space* _10:00:_ *The dawn of "Fast Data"* _11:00:_ *Inspirational design* _2:00p:_ *The business side of an app* _3:00:_ *Maps for good: Saving trees and saving lives with petapixel-scale computing* _4:00:_ *Robotics in a new world - Presented by Women Techmakers* Come stay the whole time (though we'd like you to leave at night) or drop in when it's time to see something you're excited about. Pizza, beer, wine, soda and water will all be made available both days, freeloaders.  The show will be on the big screen TV in our conference room, and probably on more than one laptop computer. See you Wednesday!Tempe Watch Party for Google I/O 2014!2014-06-25 09:00:003  
Error 500 (Serv63*Broken Foot Adventures and Other Birthday Stories!* Actually, it's Open Office Tuesday at Big Bounce. But that would make for a catchy title, since it's my birthday and Evo really did break my foot. Again. If you're in the greater Phoenix area and find yourself with some free time the evening of June 10th, come join us!  OOTs are your time to use the Big Bounce space to get a little work done, meet up with friends, or make new connections with cool people as into disruptive innovation as you are! Or just come to see Evo hobble around in yet-another cast on his foot.  We'll have some drinks and snacks available. Join us!Open Office Tuesday @ Big Bounce!2014-06-10 18:00:002  
Error 500 (Serv63*Let's get disruptive this Tuesday night!* For Open Office Tuesdays (also know as “Twice the Work for Evo-day”,) we open our doors to anyone who wants to come check out the space Tuesday night from 6 - 9pm.  Got an idea? We'd love to hear about it. Got something to share? We'd love to talk. Are you bringing craft beer? Now you're our favorite person. Like, ever.Open Office Tuesdays!2014-05-06 18:00:002  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Last weekend Evo and Jeff emceed and presented at an indie author conference in Phoenix. Nearly a hundred authors and authors-in-training gathered to learn tips and tricks on everything from social media promotion to legally protecting your work. In turn, we learned what people were focusing on, were worried about, and were excited over.  On the next epsiode of The Books & Beer Hangout, we'll look at what we learned from attending an indie author conference, and what it might imply for the state of the indie author world. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.comBooks and Beer: What we learned speaking at indie author conference2014-02-11 03:00:008  
Google Partners1,278,805Join us as we demo tools that shed light on what consumers are thinking, where they’re purchasing and how you can get the data you need to develop your strategy. • Think Insights Overview • Consumer Journey to Online Purchase • Our Mobile Planet • Consumer Barometer Q&A will be held after in the Google Partners North American community. Join now - http://goo.gl/BJbbRoExclusive Hangout: Learn about the latest consumer insights2014-01-30 20:00:001503  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569What kind of author are you? No, we're not talking about preferred genres or whether you are an outliner or free-form writer. On this episode of _The Books & Beer Hangout_, we'll talk about the Reader-First, Author-Second author, and the Author-First author. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.comBooks and Beer: Reader First, Author Second2014-01-28 03:00:007  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569The world of fiction and non-fiction books may not seem that different to readers, but there are good reasons few authors excel in both categories. But does that really need to be the case? Recently Jeff Moriarty made the switch from fiction to non-fiction author, and hit more than a few potholes along the way. If you've thought about checking out the grass on the other side of the fence, he has some survival tactics that could save you some of his headaches. On the next episode of The Books & Beer Hangout, we'll look at survival tips for fiction authors looking to enter the world of non-fiction. If you’ve made the switch yourself, join us and share your own ideas. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.comBooks & Beer: Survival tactics for fiction authors writing non-fiction2014-01-14 03:00:007  
Evo Terra1,217,462*Save the Date: No Pants Light Rail Ride 2014* Last year 350 people took to the Light Rail in Phoenix and took off their pants – and we’re doing it again! The 6th Annual No Pants Light Rail Ride is coming up on Sunday, January 12th at 1pm. This is part of the Global No Pants Subway Ride started by Improv Everywhere in 2002. What started as 7 people doing a prank on the New York subway has expanded into an international event involving tens of thousands of people in dozens of cities all over the world. The rules of the event are pretty simple – show up at the designated place and time with your light rail pass, take off your pants, get on the light rail, and act like nothing strange is going on. You have no idea why other people around you aren’t wearing pants. If you have trouble keeping a straight face, you may want to bring your earbuds and listen to your music. Warm or cold, rain or shine we’re doing this. As the date gets closer, we’ll bring you in the loop about where the starting points will be and where the group is meeting up. We had an awesome time last year riding the rail sans pants and meeting up at Angel’s Trumpet Ale House. Check out the photos and video from last year’s event to see for yourself.Phoenix No Pants Light Rail Ride 20142014-01-12 21:00:008  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569For many of us, indie or self-publishing follows the same flow as traditional publishing, but we're in charge. OK... but what if that's not the optimal way? What if we need to completely rethink the entire process? I'm not talking about cutting corners, but I am talking about a new concept called _lean publishing_? On the next episode of The Books & Beer Hangout, we'll cover this new process at a high level and give you our take on the process. Is it for you? Heck, is it for us? That's what we'll find out. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.comBooks and Beer: Lean Publishing2014-01-07 03:00:009  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569In a recent survey of would-be authors, it was found that most are unaware of the difference in royalty payments between indie publishing and a traditional deal. Almost all are under the illusion that traditional publishers will take care of marketing for them, and more than two-thirds are convinced they are unable to make a quality book without a traditional publisher. Of course, _you_ don't think that. You know the score. But knowing what others are wrong about can help you better position yourself and take advantage of the less-educated masses. On this episode of _The Books & Beer Hangout_, we'll dissect the survey a little more, have a good laugh, and hopefully point you in the right direction. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.com How to win the advantage over stupid authors2013-12-17 03:00:008  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569In a recent survey of would-be authors, it was found that most are unaware of the difference in royalty payments between indie publishing and a traditional deal. Almost all are under the illusion that traditional publishers will take care of marketing for them, and more than two-thirds are convinced they are unable to make a quality book without a traditional publisher. Of course, _you_ don't think that. You know the score. But knowing what others are wrong about can help you better position youself and take advantage of the less-educated masses. On this episode of _The Books & Beer Hangout_, we'll dissect the survey a little more, have a good laugh, and hopefully point you in the right direction. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.com How to win the advantage over stupid authors2013-12-17 03:00:003  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569No, print isn't dead. But all too many authors ignore it, out of either ignorance or prejudice. There's room for a print book in the world of indie and digital publishing, and it may be easier than you think. That's what we'll cover on the next recording of _The Books & Beer Hangout._ _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.com Books & Beer: Should you print your ebook?2013-12-03 03:00:008  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569*Selling your book by telling a story - Books & Beer Hangout* Once your books is published the work isn’t over. You need to convince people to look at it, talk about it, and most importantly buy it. With millions of books competing for attention on the market, even the most wonderfully crafted book in history won’t go anywhere if you can’t get someone to give it a try. On this show, we’ll look at how to use the art of storytelling to help get people excited about you and your books. The Books & Beer Hangout is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.comSelling your book by telling a story2013-11-26 03:00:004  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569*Quick and Dirty (and cheap!) Cover Creation - Books & Beer Hangout* Everyone knows that book cover creation is something you should leave to a pro, but not everyone has a few hundred bucks laying around. On this show, we'll show you a fast, simple and cheap way to get a good looking cover on your book. It may not win any awards, but it won't look like a hackjob, either. The Books & Beer Hangout is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … with beer! You can ask us questions during the show, and by all means bring your own beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+ePublishUnum and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! For past episodes, visit http://booksandbeer.comBooks & Beer: Cheap Cover Design2013-11-19 03:00:004  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569*Beer... with a smattering of books!* Normally we make a quick mention of our beer, then discuss books and publishing. This time we're calling on our natural ability to do things totally backwards and will mention what we're reading these days, then discuss beer for the whole show! Yes, beer. What kinds we like, why we drink it, and anything else that pops to mind. Tune in and ask us any questions you might have about this tasty, tasty beverage! _Books & Beer_ is a weekly video show for indie authors and by indie authors. Plenty of digital publishing goodness … and we drink beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Intrigued? Check out http://booksandbeer.com for a complete archive of all our previous shows!Books and Beer: Beer... with a smattering of books2013-11-05 03:00:008  
Google+10,596,461The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033845  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Get ready for the Books & Beer Hangout -- a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing… and we drink beer! On October 28th we will take a return visit to Wattpad with their community manager, @106583315411162728559, and authors @110412676985472047503 and Rebecca  Sky. We'll talk about how the site is growing as a place for authors to show off their work, and share Jeff's first hand experience using the site. Watch live as we chat for 15 minutes, and then you're invited to join us in the "Hangover", where you can ask your questions directly. And by all means, bring your own beer! All you need is a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer/ Hope to see you soon! Evo & JeffBooks and Beer: Return to Wattpad2013-10-29 02:00:006  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Every November thousands of people dive into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and every December a bunch of would-be authors dump garbage into the ebook stores and don't understand why people don't take them seriously. In this episode of Books and Beer we'll tell you what else authors should be doing besides writing if they want to be successful at NaNoWriMo! _Books & Beer_ is a weekly video  show for indie authors and by indie authors. Plenty of digital  publishing goodness … and we drink beer! Follow us on Google+ at  https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our  page during this time to watch or join in! Intrigued? Check out http://booksandbeer.com for a complete archive of all our previous shows!Books and Beer: NaNoWriMo Like a Pro2013-10-22 03:00:006  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Nine years ago, in a studio far, far away, Evo Terra began his career in podcasting! He has walked (and talked) many miles since then, and on tonight's episode of _Books and Beer_ we will catch up with him on the industry and - of course - how authors can use it! Which podcasts should authors be listening to? Should authors consider adding podcasting to their promotion plans? And just how has podcasting changed over the past decade? Join us with your questions! _Books & Beer_ is a weekly video show for indie authors and by indie authors. Plenty of digital publishing goodness … and we drink beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Intrigued? Check out http://booksandbeer.com for a complete archive of all our previous shows!(CANCELLED) Books and Beer: Podcasting for Authors Who Aren't Dummies2013-10-15 03:00:004  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Normally we make a quick mention of our beer, then discuss books and publishing. This time we're calling on our natural ability to do things totally backwards and will mention what we're reading these days, then discuss beer for the whole show! Yes, beer. What kinds we like, why we drink it, and anything else that pops to mind. Tune in and ask us any questions you might have about this tasty, tasty beverage! _Books & Beer_ is a weekly video show for indie authors and by indie authors. Plenty of digital publishing goodness … and we drink beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Intrigued? Check out http://booksandbeer.com for a complete archive of all our previous shows!Books and Beer: Beer... with a smattering of books2013-10-08 03:00:004  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Running your own author website Are you ready to take the jump and run YourName.com? It may seem like an obvious choice, but it take some consideration. RSVP to the next recording of The Books & Beer Hangout, as we're pointing out the skills you'll need to take your online presence to the ultimate level. Spoiler alert: it's not for everyone! _Books & Beer_ is a weekly video show for indie authors and by indie authors. Plenty of digital publishing goodness … and we drink beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Intrigued? Check out http://booksandbeer.com for a complete archive of all our previous shows!Books and Beer: You.com -- Running your own author website2013-10-01 03:00:004  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569*3 Free Blogging Tools for Authors.* Is blogging right for you? RSVP and attend the next recording of The Books & Beer Hangout! We'll cover three free blogging platforms that may help your words take flight and establish your online presence.  _Books & Beer_ is a weekly video show for indie authors and by indie authors. Plenty of digital publishing goodness … and we drink beer! Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Intrigued? Check out http://booksandbeer.com for a complete archive of all our previous shows!Books and Beer: 3 Free Blogging Tools for Authors2013-09-17 03:00:006  
Evo Terra1,217,462*How to stop doing things | Show Up Sundays* If you've noticed, my Google+ profiles shows me working at _helping people figure out what not to do_. Sure, that's a little flippant, but it's also fairly accurate. I've done a lot of dumb things the hard and wrong way in my time. But I've a knack for noticing that -- quickly -- and making the necessary adjustments in my approach to work smarter, not harder.  And that's what I'll pontificate about on the next _Show Up Sundays_. ▶ *Got a question or show idea?* Ask it here: http://goo.gl/SWALwi ▶ *Want to attend?* Click the big YES button below ▶ *Can't watch live?* Subscribe to my YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/zj8gzV _About Show Up Sundays_ For me, Sunday is part work, part relaxation, and part planning for the week ahead. I start early -- or rather I should -- to get the jump on the day. Each week I'll choose a different theme, talk about that for a bit, and then answer questions. And yes, off topic is just fine.  Grab your mate/coffee/tea and put something on to cover your bed-head, and let's see what happens.How to stop doing things | Show Up Sundays with Evo Terra2013-08-25 16:00:006  
Evo Terra1,217,462*Oops! I had this set to a week in the future. Sorry! It's really on the 18th!* _As it turns out, for any plan to work, every team needs at least one asshole who doesn't give a shit if he or she gets fired or exiled or excommunicated._ - David McRaney It's no secret that I pride myself on being an asshole. I had it described to me once with the comment "You get away with so much shit just because you're Evo." True, but the secret therein lies in David's quote. On Sunday, I'll share a few more secrets on how you can become a likable asshole just like me! _About Show Up Sundays_ For me, Sunday is part work, part relaxation, and part planning for the week ahead. I start early -- or rather I should -- to get the jump on the day. Care to join me? Each week I'll choose a different theme, talk about that for a bit, and then answer questions you submit during the show. And if you have question now, add it here: http://goo.gl/SWALwi Grab your mate/coffee/tea and put something on to cover your bed-head, and let's see what happens.Being a likable asshole2013-08-18 16:00:0010  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Welcome to the Books & Beer Hangout! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … and we drink beer! This week we're taking a hard look at the quality vs. quantity debate of social content. If you struggle with being That Guy who won't shut up about his own stuff, or think you may be oversharing pictures of your cat, you'll love this show. We’ll chat with our guest for 15 minutes and then up the show to everyone in our Google+ Circles in the "Hangover". You can ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! All you need is a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer/ Hope to see you soon! Evo & JeffBooks and Beer: Sharing Quality Content as an Author2013-08-13 03:00:007  
Evo Terra1,217,462*Re-state your assumptions.* Assumptions are rather like dust-bunnies. They build up and take on a quasi-sentient nature if you let them. That's not a good thing, because the assumptions you relied on ten years ago can't be all that relevant to you today. Things change. You change. The world changes. And so too should your assumptions. On this _Show Up Sundays_, we'll talk about the systematic dismantling of assumptions and the benefits that will bring.  _About Show Up Sundays_ For me, Sunday is part work, part relaxation, and part planning for the week ahead. I start early -- or rather I should -- to get the jump on the day.  Care to join me? Each week I'll choose a different theme, talk about that for a bit, and then answer questions you submit during the show. And if you have question now, add it here: http://goo.gl/SWALwi Grab your mate/coffee/tea and put something on to cover your bed-head, and let's see what happens.Show Up Sundays with Evo Terra2013-08-11 16:00:0010  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Welcome to the _Books & Beer Hangout!_ This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … and we drink beer! Call it sacrilege if you will, but we're covering Facebook from an author's perspective on the next Books & Beer Hangout. With over a billion members, it's a difficult spot to ignore. Many authors struggle to find ways to appear professional yet continue to interact with friends and family. And since +Jeff Moriarty just wrote the definitive ebook on the subject, it seems a fitting time to have the conversation. Join us? We’ll chat with our guest for 15 minutes and then up the show to everyone in our Google+ Circles in the "Hangover". You can ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! All you need is a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer/ Hope to see you soon! Evo & JeffBooks and Beer: Facebook from an Author's Perspective2013-08-06 03:00:0010  
Evo Terra1,217,462*On Honesty* You were taught to be an honest person. So ... why aren't you better at it? Are you afraid of hurting someone's feelings? Probably. And in some cases, it's OK to lie your ass off. But that's the exception to the rule. On this _Show Up Sunday_, I'll talk about the damage good-natured people do when they fail to be completely -- though not necessarily painfully -- honest with those who ask their opinion. _About Show Up Sundays_ For me, Sunday is part work, part  relaxation, and part planning for the week ahead. I start early -- or rather I should -- to get the jump on the day.  Care to join me? Each week I'll choose a different theme, talk about that for a bit, and then answer your questions. Chances are, the topic will be around the three things I care most about: Publishing. Science. Craft beer. Not necessarily in that order. Grab your mate/coffee/tea and put something on to cover your bed head, and let's see what happens.Show Up Sundays with Evo Terra2013-08-04 16:00:009  
Mike Downes37,508This Hangout On Air will be using the Audience Questions which will show *in* Event Page.. this feature is still in field trial - if you like it, let me know..The Great Questions Giveaway - well for 10 mins anyway2013-08-02 18:30:003  
Evo Terra1,217,462For me, Sunday is part work, part  relaxation, and part planning for the week ahead. I start early -- or rather I should -- to get the jump on the day.  Care to join me? I want it to be a rough and tumble hour, where we can talk about anything, but focus on the three things I care most about: Publishing. Science. Craft beer. Not necessarily in that order. Grab your mate/coffe/tea and put something on to cover your bed head, and let's see what happens.Show Up Sundays with Evo Terra2013-07-28 16:00:0018  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Welcome to the _Books & Beer Hangout_! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … and we drink beer! This week @109993735355691141353 and @108055773101814734204  discuss the value of writing groups in 2013. Do they offer real value, or are they a distraction from the actual act of writing? And how has the advent of digital tools changed the way writing groups work together and, hopefully, publish their work? We’ll chat with our guest for 15 minutes and then up the show to everyone in our Google+ Circles in the "Hangover". You can ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! All you need is a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer/ Hope to see you soon! Evo & JeffBooks and Beer: Value of Writing Groups in 20132013-07-23 03:00:006  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569It's almost time for the _Books & Beer Hangout_! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … and we drink beer! This week Jeff and Evo will share with you the recent trials and tribulations they've each been through as their books are published. Evo's just went live today, and Jeff's just needs the final touches. Find out what they loved, what they hated, and what they didn't plan for. Yeah ... even so-called _experts_ find flaws in their processes. All you need is a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer/The Perilous Path To Publishing -- Now With More Scars!2013-07-16 03:00:008  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569*What questions do you have about indie publishing your book?* For the next _Books and Beer_ tomorrow night, +Evo Terra and +Jeff Moriarty are going to free form things and answer some of the miscellaneous questions we receive. We would also love a few more, so what do you want to know about the world of publishing indie? It could be about a part of the process, like making a book cover, or the future of the industry, like what's the outlook for Barnes and Noble? If it relates to authors getting their book out there for sale it's fair game! Bonus points if you want to come on the show and talk about your question live. Let us know in the comments. Of course we offer no guarantees that we'll be able to answer your question, but we will do our best! _Books and Beer_ is a Hangout on Air on Mondays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. Tune in tomorrow or anytime and say Hello!Books and Beer: Cornucopia of Questions (what do YOU want to know?)2013-07-09 03:00:008  
The Planetary Society5,483,234Join  +Jennifer Vaughn and host +Bruce Betts on today's Planetary Society Hangout as we will talk to to +Chris Lewicki, President of +Planetary Resources, about their upcoming Arkyd telescopes including one for the public, asteroid mining, and more.  Planetary Resources has already raised $1.2 million via an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to make one of their ARKYD space telescopes available for public use.  We'll talk to Chris about the ARKYD telescopes, asteroid mining, and asteroids in general.   Questions are encouraged! Tweet questions with hashtag #planetarylive, or post comments on our Google Plus event page or YouTube page where the video is broadcast.Planetary Society Hangout: Bill Nye with Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources2013-06-27 21:00:00104  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Welcome to the Books & Beer Hangout! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing … and we drink beer! It isn't enough to publish one book and let it sit around gathering dust. Many popular indie authors will tell you that doing something new generates buzz that impacts all of their older work to date. So how do you keep people talking and engaged in this constantly changing online world? +Mignon Fogarty, author of the enormously popular _Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips_ books and podcast join us to discuss the new things she's doing to keep her readers engaged, including some she was seriously advised to avoid. Join us for some solid tips on how to make yourself an indie author in more than just name. We’ll chat with our guest for 15 minutes and then up the show to everyone in our Google+ Circles in the "Hangover". You can ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! All you need is a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer/ Hope to see you soon! Evo & JeffBooks and Beer: Keep people talking by constantly reinventing yourself as an author2013-06-18 03:00:0014  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Get ready for the Books & Beer Hangout -- a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing… and we drink beer! On June 10th, we’ll be joined by +Tim Coe. He has an interesting twist on the choose your own adventure style of books, but with a strong emphasis on digital and social media. Remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions answered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Monday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Choose Your Own Digital Publishing Adventure2013-06-11 03:00:009  
Kevin Lanni0*Seating is limited* Go to the official page to RSVP! From the official site: Carl Sagan once said that there are four large bodies other than the Sun in our solar system, and the rest are debris. But these debris, small as they are, are themselves vast worlds with secrets waiting to be discovered. In the last decade, NASA has sent an unprecedented number of missions into space to explore the mysteries of these debris – specifically Mars, our Moon, and asteroids. The Planetary Society is proud to invite you to an evening with scientists working on the Mars Curiosity and Opportunity missions, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This is a casual event and suitable for the entire family. Grab a snack and a drink and learn about the latest scientific results and stunning images returned from our missions of exploration. Questions and discussion are encouraged. A representative of the Planetary Society, Casey Dreier, will also be in attendance with the Society's own touchable Mars meteorite. The event is located on the third piece of debris from the sun, at Spokes on Southern, an alehouse in Tempe, AZ. Parking is free. We will start gathering around 7pm. There will be free chips, salsa, guacamole and happy-hour prices on drinks and food throughout the duration of the event. Speakers start around 7:30pm. *The event is free and open to all* so bring a friend and get a unique perspective on NASA's exploration of the solar system. *Guests* Dr. Jim Bell (ASU) Jim is an active planetary scientist and has been heavily involved in many NASA robotic space exploration missions, including Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), the Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the MSL Curiosity rover mission. He is also the author of multiple books, his most recent being "The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space and Astronomy," and is available to sign any you bring. He is also the President of the Planetary Society. Dr. Briony Horgan (ASU) Briony's research uses satellites to help determine the habitability of ancient surface environments on Mars. She is an active science team member on the Mars Odyssey mission. Dr. Melissa Rice (Caltech) Melissa is a scientist studying geology on the Martian surface and is an active science team member on the Mars Curiosity and Opportunity missions. Sarah Braden (ASU) Sarah is a graduate student at ASU and works on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.Free Science Café with the President of the Planetary Society2013-06-04 19:00:004  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569In the next _Books and Beer Hangout_ we're going to look at the simplest writing tool that you're not using, but should: *Markdown!* In a sea of complicated tools and complex formats, Markdown is a back-to-basics way to write that can help you focus, is extremely portable, and is being adopted by a growing number of platforms. +Patrick McLean will join us to explain his love for Markdown and show off some of his favorite tools that use it. If you're looking to simplify the clutter to focus more on writing, don't miss this episode. Remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions answered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra  and +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Monday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Keeping it simple - writing with Markdown2013-05-21 03:00:007  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Break out your video cameras and dust off your blogs for the next Books & Beer Hangout! Because at the heart of being an author is _being a content producer_, and that's more than just words or e-ink on the page. Podcasting and video vetran +Jeffrey Powers joins us to cover some ideas and tips to help you, the indie author, develop more and better content. And no, you don't have to be a movie start to benefit from watching the show! Remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Monday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Going Beyond the Written Word2013-05-07 03:00:007  
Virtual Star Party12,005It's Sunday, which means it's time to join your favorite co-hosts: +Fraser Cain and +Scott Lewis for the +Virtual Star Party! They'll be gathering up their phenomenal group of citizen astronomers from across the globe in order to share their view of the universe from their telescopes in a Google+ Hangout on Air! In addition to Fraser, Scott, and the astronomers are PhD astronomers discussing and explaining the amazing space science and astronomy that's being viewed in the telescopes. We'll even take requests and answer questions left in the comments. To make a suggestion, ask a question or just say "hi" to the team, please leave your comments below in the Google+ event, through any of the shares of the live show, or on Twitter using the hashtag #StarParty          #VSP20130505   #ScienceSunday   #ScienceEveryday   #Astronomy   #Space   #Telescope   #Universe   #STEM   #Science   #HangoutsOnAir   #HOA  Virtual Star Party - 5 May, 20132013-05-06 05:30:00170  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next Books & Beer Hangout, we take on a huge shift for some publishing professionals. As independent publishing grows, traditional publishers are feeling the pinch. And some authors who used to have traditional publication deals find themselves caught in the middle. Shipwrecked, if you will. That very thing has happened to +Kimberly Chapman, so we askd her on the show to give us her perspective. This is a do-not-miss show, so be sure and let any authors in a similar circumstance know about it! And remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Monday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Survival Tactics for Shipwrecked Authors2013-04-09 03:00:0012  
Google Creative Sandbox1,933,506Headed to Austin for #SXSW? So are we. Join us and be the first to see Google's latest advertising experiments. We’ve built out a full on Google Playground so you take our new “connected objects” for a spin (don't worry, you'll only work up a mild sweat). You can find us right across from the Convention Center. The Google Playground at SXSW2013-03-09 12:00:00402  
CosmoQuest42,930*UPDATE*: Greetings from Austin, everyone! I'm afraid we won't be able to run our usual Weekly Space Hangout this week. The crowd for SXSW is HUGE and we just won't be able to find a semi-quiet spot with awesome internet to broadcast from. In addition, many of our space journalists who are not at SXSW are otherwise occupied this week.  HOWEVER! We are taking photos and video to share with you all in real time as we can on Google Plus and for post-production. Our team on the ground is: @110701307803962595019, @109036978092446954908, @109479143173251353583, @117494594159696687799, and +Kortney Hogan. We'll share from the +CosmoQuest page all the fun as well. ALSO, @109479143173251353583 and @111723545767173542935 are planning some live Hangout events as space, time, and bandwidth are available. Though we won't have the usual weekly news round-up, they will be sharing the NASA SXSW experience with you all. Follow both of them for updates! See you next week at our usual time and place.  #WSHSXSW   #HangoutsOnAir   #SpaceHangout   #SpaceHangoutSXSW  Weekly Space Hangout -- SXSW Edition - CANCELLED2013-03-08 13:00:0039  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Welcome to the Books & Beer Hangout! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing… and we drink beer! This week +Daniel Messer, Web Content Manager at the Maricopa County Library district will join us to discuss how digital books are changing the way Libraries manage and provide content to their patrons. Daniel is also a filmmaker, artist, and writer, so has extensive experience with the creator side of the equation. In 15 minutes, we'll discuss the place ebooks are occupying alongside traditional books in Libraries, where Libraries see the future of ebook lending going, and if it has impacted how Libraries search for new content to add to their collections. After that we open up the chat to everyone in what we call the "Hangover" at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! Join us then to ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! To join you just need a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer but it's always more fun live. Join us!Books and Beer: Library eBooks for Readers and Authors2013-03-01 03:00:008  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next Books & Beer Hangout, learn from a true master of the digital lifestyle -- @106434073353360803681! He's a best-selling author, freelance writer, photographer, and globe-trotting entrepreneur. And he's someone any author can learn many things from. In 15 minutes, we'll get into his experience as a digital auhor with a traditional house, reaslistic expectations writers should set before they quit their day job, and how he sees the landscape changing tomorrow. It should be a great show! And remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 & @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Living the digital freelance writer lifestyle2013-02-15 03:00:009  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Welcome to the Books & Beer Hangout! This is a weekly video chat on topic related to something in or around the world of digital publishing… and we drink beer! This week +John Ward will join us to discuss some of the best new Google+ communities out there for authors. Google+ Communities are a way for people of similar interests to connect and collaborate within Google+. John is the founder of the Writer's Discussion Group, the largest writing focused Google+ Community to date, while Evo and Jeff are moderators for the Digital Publishing community. In 15 minutes, we'll discuss the best writing related communities out there, how to effectively get involved in engage with the people using them, and how to use them as a resource for education and network building. After that we open up the chat to everyone in what we call the "Hangover" at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! Join us then to ask your questions directly, and by all means bring your own beer! To join you just need a webcam, a microphone, and speakers (or a headset). Follow us on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/105236277208554710444/posts and go to our page during this time to watch or join in! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra and +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. You can see past episodes and upcoming topics on our site at http://epublishunum.com/books-and-beer but it's always more fun live. Join us!Books and Beer: Google+ Communities for Authors2013-02-08 03:00:0016  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569*We've corrected the technical problems last time we tried to have Rose on, so are giving it another shot!* On the next Books & Beer Hangout, new author +Rose Gonsoulin takes you down the path and process she took to develop a good cover for her book. Rose had a clear idea what she wanted for the cover of her new romance novel, so she didn't expect it to be very difficult to put together. The writing was the hard part of the process, right? Spoiler: It took her a lot longer than she thought! She will share some of her early examples, discuss what worked and what didn't, and how others can learn from her quest to save themselves a lot of time and frustration. And remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Quest for a perfect book cover (Take 2!)2013-02-01 03:00:005  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, professional author and writing coach +Patrick McLean joins us for what promises to be a controversial show.  He argues that to acheive the goal of good writing, and author needs to kill words. And he's not alone. Mark Twain said "If you catch an adjective, Kill it." And Stephen King offered "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." We all accept these as true. So in fact, we need to kill words. And that's what Patrick will talk about for 15 minutes. And remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! _Books & Beer_ is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books & Beer: How to Kill a Word2013-01-18 03:00:007  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next Books & Beer Hangout, new author +Rose Gonsoulin takes you down the path and process she took to develop a good cover for her book. Rose had a clear idea what she wanted for the cover of her new romance novel, so she didn't expect it to be very difficult to put together. The writing was the hard part of the process, right? Spoiler: It took her a lot longer than she thought! She will share some of her early examples, discuss what worked and what didn't, and how others can learn from her quest to save themselves a lot of time and frustration. And remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra and +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Quest for a perfect book cover2013-01-11 03:00:007  
Virtual Star Party12,005It's time for another Virtual Star Party. Once again we'll collect together a ragtag team of astronomers from around North America and stream a live view from our telescopes for your viewing pleasure, with color commentary from +Fraser Cain and other amateur astronomers. We'll try to start at 6:00 pm PST, but it all depends on the weather.Virtual Star Party - Jan 6, 20132013-01-07 03:00:00296  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next Books & Beer Hangout, eFiction editor +Doug Lance joins us to discuss the future of short stories. Well-known authors from Stephen King to Philip K Dick published collections of their short works for voracious readers to enjoy, and many new digital authors are attempting to follow that path with collections of their own short-form work. Are readers willing to pay for compilations? Should authors sell them as Singles for 99 cents? Or could this be the return of anthologies? Doug lives in the world of the short story, so we'll get his thoughts on which options exist for short form authors, and what the future might hold. And remember, you can join in for the B&B Hangover at :15 after the hour to get your questions aswered live! But you have to be in our circles to get the invite, so do so now! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Digital Publishing Options for Short Stories2013-01-04 03:00:0017  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569_This week's topic:_ *New Years Writing Resolutions & Predictions* We're winding up our last _Books & Beer_ of 2012 with an open discussion about *your* writing resolutions for 2013, and what you think will happen in the next twelve month. Want to get your first ebook published? Want to break into a new genre? Want to quit your day job and write full time? Immortalize your resolution in video for the world to see, so there is no backing out! Or just come on, have a beer, and chat with us about where you think this crazy industry is going. Entirely up to you! There are no special guests this week, so the Hangout will be open for all comers the entire half hour. Join us and share your hopes, dreams, and predictions! _How to watch:_ Say "I'm going" to this invite and return to this post (it's in your calendar and in the Hangouts section on the right) at 6:00P Thursday. You'll either see links to watch live or, if we can get it figured out, and embedded video to watch live! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books & Beer: New Years Writing Resolutions & Predictions2012-12-28 03:00:005  
Scott Lewis331,242With all of the silly apocalypse myths being muttered all over the place, a few friends and I decided to hang out, maybe have a beer and talk about just how silly all of this hokum is. This will inevitably lead into a discussion about what 12/21/12 really is: The Winter Solstice. What is the Winter Solstice? It's the reason for the season!  Join +Ian O'Neill, +Tony Darnell, +Nicole Gugliucci and myself as we have some fun, debunk some nonsense, spin some science and cause a general ruckus in an HOA. We might even get some surprise guests pop in from time to time. I have no real time-line for this hangout, but have set it at 2 hours just because I arbitrarily decided it was going to be two hours long. It might not be that long, it might be longer. Depends on how the conversation goes.  If you're watching and want to ask some questions or make witty comments, please feel free to do so. We'll try to keep an eye on the comments as well. Dr. Strangedoom OR: How I learned to stopped worrying and love the axial tilt!2012-12-22 01:00:0086  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569_This week's topic:_ *No More Boring Book Videos: YouTube Strategies for Authors YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, and over 4 _billion_ hours of video are viewed each month. This has lured many authors to try their hand at making videos, with everything from outright commercials to cinematic trailers. Unfortunately, many of the videos are just not very good, and don't show much result for the author. So is there a successful approach to video for authors, or is it a medium they should avoid? On this week's show, we'll interview +Caleb J. Ross about how he is killing it as a "booktuber", and how he has sucessfully adopted video as a promotion tool for himself and his work. You'll hear about what works (and what doesn't) and hopefully get some tips you can use to start adding video to your own repertoire. _How to watch:_ Say "I'm going" to this invite and return to this post (it's in your calendar and in the Hangouts section on the right) at 6:00P Thursday. You'll either see links to watch live or, if we can get it figured out, and embedded video to watch live! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books & Beer: No More Boring Book Videos: YouTube Strategies for Authors2012-12-21 03:00:0024  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569_This week's topic:_ *Firing your publisher and embracing self-publishing.* There's a growing trend among savvy authors. Perhaps their dissatisfied with the services received. Maybe they're tired of being short changed on revenues. Or it could be that companies are failing, and authors are forced into self-publishing.   On this week's show, we'll interview +Nathan Lowell about his recent split from his publisher. You'll hear about the pressure, confusion and hard work that was required. And hopefully, a bit about the bright future ahead now that he's fully embraced self-publishing. _How to watch:_ Say "I'm going" to this invite and return to this post (it's in your calendar and in the Hangouts section on the right) at 6:00P Thursday. You'll either see links to watch live or, if we can get it figured out, and embedded video to watch live! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Firing Your Publisher and Embracing Self-Publishing2012-12-14 03:00:007  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569_This week's topic_ is *advertising, and whether or not it's where authors should spend their money and time.* On the next Books & Beer Hangout, Evo will bring his nearly 15 years experience in online advertising to bear on the topic of advertising for books and authors. Spoiler alert: probably not. But tune in to find out why. _How to watch:_ Say "I'm going" to this invite and return to this post (it's in your calendar and in the Hangouts section on the right) at 6:00P Thursday. You'll either see links to watch live or, if we can get it figured out, and embedded video to watch live! Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Advertising for Authors - Is It Worth It?2012-11-30 03:00:0010  
Astronomy Cast11,059Our last catchup episode of Astronomy Cast. Today we'll be recording episode 281 of Astronomy Cast, all about explosions in space. Join +Fraser Cain and +Pamela Gay as we talk about how science fiction gets explosions in space, what would actually happen, and some natural space explosions. You can watch us record the show live, and then stick around and ask us questions about space and astronomy. If you want to get notifications of our live shows, make sure you circle +Astronomy Cast. And if you don't want them... make sure you uncircle us. :-)Astronomy Cast LIVE, Episode 281: Explosions in Space2012-11-22 21:00:00191  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Reminder: _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is this Thursday night at 6P/9E!  This week's topic: Audio books for indie authors On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @109993735355691141353 and @108055773101814734204 discuss the options available to the indie author who wants to explore audio distribution. We'll cover production tips, equipment needs, and marketplaces.  Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:15. We'll open up the Hangout and take your questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by +Evo Terra & +Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Audio books for indie authors2012-11-09 03:00:009  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Reminder: _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is this Thursday night at 6P/9E!  This week's topic: Creating an eBook with Calibre On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @108055773101814734204 and @109993735355691141353 discuss the ins and outs of using the free Calibre software to create your eBook. Calibre is a powerful eBook organizational and device management tool, but many people use it just for its handy ability to convert between document formats. But how good is it? Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:15. We're happy to take your questions and would love to hear your thoughts. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by Evo Terra & Jeff Moriarty, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books & Beer: Creating eBooks With Calibre2012-11-02 02:00:005  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569Reminder: _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is this Thursday night at 6P/9E!  This week's topic: Plagiarism - Has your content been stolen? On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, ... @107022061436866576067 and @115145812983523155770  will be joining us to discuss plagiarism, a very real and growing issue that anyone online faces. With digital authors, it’s just that much more of a pain in the but. How can you fight it? We’ll talk about that on the show. Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:30. Our guests -- and the two of us -- are happy to take your specific questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 and @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Plagiarism - Has your content been stolen?2012-10-12 03:00:002  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @110593319771693604646 shares his experiences with the popular crowd-funding tool Kickstater. We’ll cover the lessons he’s learned that you can use when considering how to raise the funds to get your next book published. Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:30. Our guests -- and the two of us -- are happy to take your specific questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 and @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Publishing a Book with Kickstarter Funding!2012-10-05 03:00:007  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569"Reminder: _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is this Thursday night at 6P/9E!  This week's topic: Balancing Part-Time Writing with a Full-Time Life On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @101453162215777563254 and @106199115696314194214 \discuss the realities of being a writer for most people. That means splitting time between writing, learning to be a writer and all the things that the real world throws at you. Know anyone like that? Yeah... us either. Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:30. Our guests -- and the two of us -- are happy to take your specific questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 & @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!"Books and Beer: Balancing Part-Time Writing with a Full-Time Life2012-09-21 03:00:006  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @116087112805926263425 and @110973047797498816580 try their level best to convince you that yes, you do need an editor before you publish your book. We happen to agree with them, so perhaps we can convince you of the same in 25 minutes. Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:30. Our guests -- and the two of us -- are happy to take your specific questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 & @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer - Book Editing: Yes, you need it2012-09-07 03:00:0013  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next _Books & Beer Hangout_, @109952403888787261893 and @114714204358609742953  Nathan Lowell and Debora Geary defend their love of unconventional novel creation. Both have received criticism for writing books “where nothing happens”. That’s a rather unfair characterization, but you need to hear what they have to say on the topic. Watch the live show and then join in for the interactive _Books & Beer Hangover_ at 6:30. Our guests -- and the two of us -- are happy to take your specific questions. _The Books & Beer Hangout_ is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 & @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer: Rules for Writers, and When You Can Break Them2012-08-31 03:00:0063  
Fraser Cain962,168Join us every Sunday night for another @100902337165997768522, where we stream the view from several telescopes into a live Google+ Hangout on Air. We'll stream whatever's in the sky right now. We'll answer questions, take requests, and generally geek out about astronomy. What's on the agenda this week?  - The @101461771579697778955 is perfect so we'll probably have several views of it - The planets are too low on the horizon, so no luck there - somebody might be able to get @106397393735580644683, though. - The summer constellations are fading, and now the fall constellations are coming up. We should be able to see both, including the Eagle Nebula, Swan Nebula, Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, Ring Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, and more. - If we're lucky, we'll also get a view from the other side of the planet, showcasing a live view of the @116479286515493152582 and its current sunspots. (the image for this week's Event is the Eagle Nebula, captured by @107852824321756704184, and a good example of the kind of stuff we'll see) You don't need any special technology to enjoy our star parties. Just join this event, and then you'll get a notification when we go live. Then you'll be able to ask us questions, request objects, and generally learn about astronomy and astrophotography as a hobby. See you on Sunday!Virtual Star Party - August 26, 20122012-08-27 05:30:00120  
ePublish Unum - Education for Authors157,569On the next Books & Beer Hangout, we take on some myths and misconceptions of the writing life, and get down to the realities of what it means to be an author in today’s digital world. Our experts tonight are NYT best-selling author @108314259245584185142, and his business partner @116730839169823838592. And if all goes well, we'll have the B&B Hangover at 6:30 for those who've watched the show and wish to interact with us or our guests. Books & Beer is co-produced and co-hosted by @109993735355691141353 and @108055773101814734204, publishing pioneers and craft beer enthusiasts. We Hangout every Thursday, at 6:00 pm PT/9:00 pm ET as a Google Hangout On Air. Join us!Books and Beer - The realities of being an author in a digital age2012-08-17 03:00:0013  
Fraser Cain962,168To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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2015-05-30 09:55:17 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Three inappropriate plants.

Pareidolia is everywhere, and it's not always nice. These three plants are right next to each other in our pool area. +Sheila Dee pointed out one to me, then they all looked overtly sexual. 

YMMV. 

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2015-05-06 17:06:28 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

Trip to the Musclarium.

As part of our post-TBEX trip, we were pampered (and by that i mean overfed) by the tourism board of Terres De l'Ebre in Catalunya, an autonomous region of Spain. 

Of the many gastronomical adventures they took us on was a sail boat ride out to eat these critters freshly plucked from the sea. And by "freshly", I mean as we watched. Fantastic!

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2015-05-06 17:06:28 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

Trip to the Musclarium.

As part of our post-TBEX trip, we were pampered (and by that i mean overfed) by the tourism board of Terres De l'Ebre in Catalunya, an autonomous region of Spain. 

Of the many gastronomical adventures they took us on was a sail boat ride out to eat these critters freshly plucked from the sea. And by "freshly", I mean as we watched. Fantastic!

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2015-07-29 05:18:51 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

A wise philosopher once said will say:

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."

#CecilTheLion  

A wise philosopher once said will say:

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."

#CecilTheLion  ___

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2015-07-29 04:33:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

It's oddly topical with the news buzzing about the killing of Cecil the Lion. 

How To Not Crush Your Soul On An Elephant

When we were in Phuket recently, we had plenty of opportunity to take a ride on the back of an elephant. That's on the top of a lot of people's bucket list... and it really, really shouldn't be.

On this week's show, Sheila dons her field reporter hat and asks some tour operators about the working conditions and living accommodations for their animals. It's shockingly honest.

And special thanks to Bret Love from Green Travel Media for lending his expert voice to the discussion... and giving us a happy note to end the episode with!___It's oddly topical with the news buzzing about the killing of Cecil the Lion. 

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2015-07-28 03:09:05 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I never thought I'd say this, but Hitler cares more about the recent moves than I.

Hitler Finds Out Google+ is Now a Standalone Product

In my latest Downfall parody meme, Der Fuhrer finds out his favorite social network will no longer be fully integrated with Google... and he's a bit sore about it.

Whether you like Google's decision or hate it, I think you'll find something in here to make you laugh.

#Satire   #Parody  ___I never thought I'd say this, but Hitler cares more about the recent moves than I.

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2015-07-25 03:38:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

It's rare that I gush about individual books on Podiobooks.com. But I'm breaking character today, because this one is fantastic. 

Great storytelling. A fantastic usage of the episodic format. Rich, well-produced accompanying background music and sounds. And damn good writing. 

I'm listening to the first three books again so I can have the best experience with the fourth and final. Seems a good way to spend a Saturday, right?

Here's the link to the complete series: http://podiobooks.com/series/heavenfield/

The fourth and final installment of the Heavenfield story!

http://podiobooks.com/title/the-heavenfield-book-four/

Hailed as a ‘Modern-day Classic of Science-Fiction’, the Heavenfield is a dark science-fiction thriller set within a British experimental research facility, involving clandestine Government Agencies, Supernatural Forces, and Alternate Realities.

The final part of the story sees the struggle over the Heavenfield escalate, until Grace Palmer and Thomas Sullivan are drawn back into danger. Nations clash, and supernatural forces march towards a battle that threatens to bring the world to the very brink of destruction.

“A must for any sci-fi fan!”___It's rare that I gush about individual books on Podiobooks.com. But I'm breaking character today, because this one is fantastic. 

Great storytelling. A fantastic usage of the episodic format. Rich, well-produced accompanying background music and sounds. And damn good writing. 

I'm listening to the first three books again so I can have the best experience with the fourth and final. Seems a good way to spend a Saturday, right?

Here's the link to the complete series: http://podiobooks.com/series/heavenfield/

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2015-07-25 02:03:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

My twist on product reviews for the Saturday Showcase!

You've got a little more than 23 hours to share your original piece of travel writing with this community. I'll kick things off with a little adventure we had in Phuket recently.

I find most product reviews really, really boring. And that's not what people have come to expect from my writing. So if I can tell a story where a product plays a central (or at least anecdotal) role, it's going to resonate more with my audience. Even if I go a little over the top on the product mention, as I've done here. Hopefully for the intended humorous effect!

My twist on product reviews for the Saturday Showcase!

You've got a little more than 23 hours to share your original piece of travel writing with this community. I'll kick things off with a little adventure we had in Phuket recently.

I find most product reviews really, really boring. And that's not what people have come to expect from my writing. So if I can tell a story where a product plays a central (or at least anecdotal) role, it's going to resonate more with my audience. Even if I go a little over the top on the product mention, as I've done here. Hopefully for the intended humorous effect!___

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2015-07-22 04:28:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

So suddenly I'm a travel writer. I don't follow the normal path of travel writers, but I didn't follow the normal path of being a book author, so that should come as no surprise. 

Nor is my returning to an old trope of mine: bitching about shitty writing. Yeah, this is old, well-covered ground. But I think I may have come to an understanding, and it's all thanks to Danny Bonaduce.

On a bus ride back from Phuket last week, Bigfoot was playing on the bus' entertainment system. It was fully overdubbed in Thai, and thankfully at a low enough volume that I could tune it out and stay focused on one of Iain Banks' Culture novels. The juxtaposition of the two was not lost on me.

Bigfoot is not a good movie. It's filled with not-great actors working with a sub-par script. It's categorically terrible, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone... more »

So suddenly I'm a travel writer. I don't follow the normal path of travel writers, but I didn't follow the normal path of being a book author, so that should come as no surprise. 

Nor is my returning to an old trope of mine: bitching about shitty writing. Yeah, this is old, well-covered ground. But I think I may have come to an understanding, and it's all thanks to Danny Bonaduce.

On a bus ride back from Phuket last week, Bigfoot was playing on the bus' entertainment system. It was fully overdubbed in Thai, and thankfully at a low enough volume that I could tune it out and stay focused on one of Iain Banks' Culture novels. The juxtaposition of the two was not lost on me.

Bigfoot is not a good movie. It's filled with not-great actors working with a sub-par script. It's categorically terrible, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone disagreeing with that statement.

Yet, it was made. It wasn't an accidental flop. Everyone involved with the project -- if they were being honest with themselves -- knew that Academy Awards would not be forthcoming. Yet they still did it. Why?

"Never confuse quality with commercial viability." +Cory Doctorow said that when we were on a panel together at WorldCon years ago. The reason that movie was made was simple: It would make money. Money for the studio. Money for the actors. Money for every single person that worked on the movie. They all got a paycheck.

I'm starting to realize that good vs bad is a false dichotomy. So is hobbyist vs professional. It's all layered nuances, with dedicated and voracious audiences at every level. Donnie Bonaduce isn't and isn't going to become Johnny Depp. Not all scifi authors have to be or even can be Iain Banks. Plenty of talented hockey players aren't cut out for the NHL, but entertain the hell out of fans every time they step onto the ice in smaller arenas. 

There are levels to everything.

These players, actors, writers... all of them work really, really hard to be the best they can be. And those last three words are key. It's not about being lazy. It's not about recognizing you'e not The Best and finding something else. It's about being good, constantly working to improve your own craft to be at the top of your game in whatever level or strata you operate. There is no absolute scale for greatness. 

There are audiences to be found at every level. Audiences which will, if you're good enough at that level, spend their hard-earned money on your stuff. No, the kid playing soccer for a team in Thailand probably isn't making as much as a third-stringer on Manchester United. But he's making a living, and probably living even better as it's super cheap to live here. And he's probably being treated like royalty at this level.

It's really no different for writers; travel, book, or otherwise. 

But I'm still gonna bitch if you consistently and blindly try to punch above your weight. A guy's gotta have his principles.

(PS - None of this is to be construed as me claiming to be a travel writer at the top of his game. Hell, I don't even know the _rules to the game.)____

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2015-07-11 10:35:27 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Thailand Makes You Wet! (And Why You'll Love Every Minute!)

As my contribution to Saturday Showcase, I'm sharing a piece that includes my writing (the script) with my audio production skills. The full experience is had by listening to the audio, but you can also read the script and click the hyperlinks to have the audio play. (But seriously. It's much better if you listen to the whole thing.)

Thailand Makes You Wet! (And Why You'll Love Every Minute!)

As my contribution to Saturday Showcase, I'm sharing a piece that includes my writing (the script) with my audio production skills. The full experience is had by listening to the audio, but you can also read the script and click the hyperlinks to have the audio play. (But seriously. It's much better if you listen to the whole thing.)___

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2015-07-11 00:47:14 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Great stuff when logical fallacies come up and you want to drive the point home.

FALLACY REF is the best collection of memed logical fallacies in the history of memed logical fallacy collections.

I did some quick Google sleuthing and could not find the original source, but to whomever it is...you have my sincerest thanks.

Now go. Share. Fill the internet with logic awareness. Future generations will thank you.

H/t to +Jane Skau for bringing this wonderfulness to my attention!

#logicalfallacies   #meme  ___Great stuff when logical fallacies come up and you want to drive the point home.

2015-07-11 00:32:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Saturday Showcase is on!

For the next 23.5 hours, please share your best travel writing piece in our community. (Remember, share the link directly to a specific piece of content you're proud of. Not just a link to your blog or website!)

We only allow this on Saturday...and that's now!

#travel   #travelblogger   #travelwriter  

Saturday Showcase is on!

For the next 23.5 hours, please share your best travel writing piece in our community. (Remember, share the link directly to a specific piece of content you're proud of. Not just a link to your blog or website!)

We only allow this on Saturday...and that's now!

#travel   #travelblogger   #travelwriter  ___

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2015-07-04 03:40:54 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Why yes, I did risk Hep C by getting a tattoo in Thailand. But I probably won't, and the story of how this relates to my grandfather's tattoo is much more interesting than conjecture.

No, Evo wasn't drugged or drunk when he decided to get a new (and rather large) tattoo... in Thailand.___Why yes, I did risk Hep C by getting a tattoo in Thailand. But I probably won't, and the story of how this relates to my grandfather's tattoo is much more interesting than conjecture.

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2015-07-04 01:11:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'll kick things off. This piece is from our recent (and ongoing) trip to Ranong Thailand. The city looks rough-and-tumble, but we've found it to be quite safe. Even so, walking around the more shady areas of the dock probably isn't a good idea. At least that's what these cops thought, so they picked us up and put is in the back of their truck. #truestory  

I'll kick things off. This piece is from our recent (and ongoing) trip to Ranong Thailand. The city looks rough-and-tumble, but we've found it to be quite safe. Even so, walking around the more shady areas of the dock probably isn't a good idea. At least that's what these cops thought, so they picked us up and put is in the back of their truck. #truestory  ___

2015-07-04 01:10:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Saturday Showcast begins!

For the next 23 hours (it would have been 24, but I slept a little lat), you're free to share one example of your own travel writing that you're proud of. Recent or classic, on your site or on another... it doesn't matter. 

Remember, you are linking to a specific, single piece of content. Not your blog's home page. 

Post away. Impress us. And take the time to read what others have posted and give them your support.

Saturday Showcast begins!

For the next 23 hours (it would have been 24, but I slept a little lat), you're free to share one example of your own travel writing that you're proud of. Recent or classic, on your site or on another... it doesn't matter. 

Remember, you are linking to a specific, single piece of content. Not your blog's home page. 

Post away. Impress us. And take the time to read what others have posted and give them your support.___

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2015-07-03 10:26:49 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

According to the calendar, it's another month. Well look at that. Time sure flies when you aren't looking at things like work weeks anymore.

I've gone through the 100+ photos I took while we've been in Thailand over the last month. These are the only ones I do not hate. 

According to the calendar, it's another month. Well look at that. Time sure flies when you aren't looking at things like work weeks anymore.

I've gone through the 100+ photos I took while we've been in Thailand over the last month. These are the only ones I do not hate. ___

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2015-07-03 00:28:31 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I was really prepared to hate this article. I was already formulating my rebuttal, using the words as a catalyst for my own content.

And then I read the damn thing. Shit. She's right.

OK, the title is a little vapid. But it did it's job and hooked me in for a read. The important part is the body of the short article itself. Here' the clincher:

"..[T]o encourage people to follow your very rare path, because you feel it is the only way to spiritual enlightenment or meaning, makes you an asshole.:

Indeed. I'm pretty sure I've not done this, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Yes, I know I can (and often embrace the fact that I) be an asshole sometimes. But it's not my intention to wave my new lifestyle in anyone's face. 

Well written, Chelsea. I think this just put +The Financial Diet on my reading list. (And propso... more »

I was really prepared to hate this article. I was already formulating my rebuttal, using the words as a catalyst for my own content.

And then I read the damn thing. Shit. She's right.

OK, the title is a little vapid. But it did it's job and hooked me in for a read. The important part is the body of the short article itself. Here' the clincher:

"..[T]o encourage people to follow your very rare path, because you feel it is the only way to spiritual enlightenment or meaning, makes you an asshole.:

Indeed. I'm pretty sure I've not done this, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Yes, I know I can (and often embrace the fact that I) be an asshole sometimes. But it's not my intention to wave my new lifestyle in anyone's face. 

Well written, Chelsea. I think this just put +The Financial Diet on my reading list. (And props on getting it repub'd in Time!)___

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2015-07-03 00:16:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A startup + travel? Now you're pushing my buttons. 

A startup + travel? Now you're pushing my buttons. ___

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2015-07-02 08:29:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

We just updated our Patreon page to make it all about postcards, all the time. Including a new video that we think is kinda funny. How'd we do?

https://www.patreon.com/evoterra

We just updated our Patreon page to make it all about postcards, all the time. Including a new video that we think is kinda funny. How'd we do?

https://www.patreon.com/evoterra___

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2015-06-28 04:58:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

We've created a new category called 'Saturday Showcase'.

Note: it's not Saturday GMT just yet, but you've got almost a week to prepare!

1. Only post on Saturday, GMT.  Posts outside of that time will be deleted.
2. Posts links to specific content you want showcased. Links to your blog or website's homepage or other large collections will be deleted. 
3. Tell us why you're proud of it. Because a link without context is link-litter. Don't litter. Write a little, OK?

(Need help translating GMT to your local time? http://goo.gl/JZNXv )

We've created a new category called 'Saturday Showcase'.

Note: it's not Saturday GMT just yet, but you've got almost a week to prepare!

1. Only post on Saturday, GMT.  Posts outside of that time will be deleted.
2. Posts links to specific content you want showcased. Links to your blog or website's homepage or other large collections will be deleted. 
3. Tell us why you're proud of it. Because a link without context is link-litter. Don't litter. Write a little, OK?

(Need help translating GMT to your local time? http://goo.gl/JZNXv )___

2015-06-27 01:13:13 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

New stats on podcast audience from Edison.

Highlights: 
* 49% of U.S. based respondents familiar with "podcasting" as a word
* 33% have listened at least once in their life
* 17% listened in the last month
* 10% in the last week
* Of the weekly consumers, 87% consume more than one show, and 40% consume four or more.
* Podcasts have lowest "share of ear" of all listed audio sources, only beating out "other"

Interpret the data as you will. Me? It's good to see growth, but it's slow. And we still haven't fixed the solved the Grandmother Problem.

New stats on podcast audience from Edison.

Highlights: 
* 49% of U.S. based respondents familiar with "podcasting" as a word
* 33% have listened at least once in their life
* 17% listened in the last month
* 10% in the last week
* Of the weekly consumers, 87% consume more than one show, and 40% consume four or more.
* Podcasts have lowest "share of ear" of all listed audio sources, only beating out "other"

Interpret the data as you will. Me? It's good to see growth, but it's slow. And we still haven't fixed the solved the Grandmother Problem.___

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2015-06-26 16:56:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Need a break from the exploding rainbow flags dominating your feed today? Read about this thieving bastard of a monkey.

(And well done SCOTUS!)

One little macaque almost put the kibosh on our podcast. And Evo was a little mad about that.___Need a break from the exploding rainbow flags dominating your feed today? Read about this thieving bastard of a monkey.

(And well done SCOTUS!)

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2015-06-26 16:22:16 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

While I'm thrilled at the SCOTUS ruling, having it happen this way would have been much, much better.

“Get married, don’t get married, do whatever you want,” Roberts said. “It’s the opinion of this court that we don’t give two shits what you do.”

If only. [sigh]

While I'm thrilled at the SCOTUS ruling, having it happen this way would have been much, much better.

“Get married, don’t get married, do whatever you want,” Roberts said. “It’s the opinion of this court that we don’t give two shits what you do.”

If only. [sigh]___

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2015-06-26 12:32:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

We took a walk in the Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Center in Ranong, Thailand. In it, we found mangroves. And a bunch of thieving bastards, also known as mangrove macaques, or crab-eating macaques. 

Why thieving bastard? Because they almost stole something extremely precious to me, that would have made it quite difficult to keep bringing you the podcast over at http://TheOpportunisticTravelers.com.

Some of these pics are in the blog post I wrote about the experience: http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/6/26/monkey-murder-is-bad-right

We took a walk in the Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Center in Ranong, Thailand. In it, we found mangroves. And a bunch of thieving bastards, also known as mangrove macaques, or crab-eating macaques. 

Why thieving bastard? Because they almost stole something extremely precious to me, that would have made it quite difficult to keep bringing you the podcast over at http://TheOpportunisticTravelers.com.

Some of these pics are in the blog post I wrote about the experience: http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/6/26/monkey-murder-is-bad-right___

2015-06-25 05:52:16 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Should we allow a weekly (as in once a week) content showcase?

Overall, I'm pretty pleased that we've eliminated the blatant link-dumping on our re-invented community. It's a hard habit to break, so thanks to everyone who's playing along with the new rules.

I've been watching other successful "insider" communities on other sites and am willing to try an experiment, assuming there is interest. My suggestion: A new category to share, on a weekly basis, a single piece of content (probably written, or that at least has a written component to coincide with the name and purpose of our community) that you are proud of.

No, not your entire blog. A single post. An article that was published elsewhere. Maybe even a narrative-style podcast episode. A book you've written and published. 

We'd pick a one day during the week (I'm... more »

Should we allow a weekly (as in once a week) content showcase?

Overall, I'm pretty pleased that we've eliminated the blatant link-dumping on our re-invented community. It's a hard habit to break, so thanks to everyone who's playing along with the new rules.

I've been watching other successful "insider" communities on other sites and am willing to try an experiment, assuming there is interest. My suggestion: A new category to share, on a weekly basis, a single piece of content (probably written, or that at least has a written component to coincide with the name and purpose of our community) that you are proud of.

No, not your entire blog. A single post. An article that was published elsewhere. Maybe even a narrative-style podcast episode. A book you've written and published. 

We'd pick a one day during the week (I'm thinking Friday) and allow, for a 24-hour period from 0:00 - 23:59 GMT (you'll need to do the easy conversion depending on where you are), any member to post once a link to one piece of written content they've created.

Yes, I know this will be a little confusing, and lead to people not understanding they're posting a) outside of the allowed time or b) posting "checkout my website" or c) something else I can't predict lazy marketers will try. Understood. We'll try to police it as best we can and craft nice and friendly "uh, that's not quite what we're looking for" comments when we remove posts.

What say ye? Good idea? Terrible idea? Let me know in the comments. Oh, and I can even make a poll! Nifty.  ___

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2015-06-25 04:39:30 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Oh for fuck's sake, USA Today. Are you using BuzzCrunch headline generators?

You know... you don't have to give the crazies a voice. It's not required. You could just stop and cover the absolutely stunning fact that we've got robot cars driving around on another planet. 

#yourenothelping  

Oh for fuck's sake, USA Today. Are you using BuzzCrunch headline generators?

You know... you don't have to give the crazies a voice. It's not required. You could just stop and cover the absolutely stunning fact that we've got robot cars driving around on another planet. 

#yourenothelping  ___

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2015-06-22 04:17:01 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I can't go to UnGagged in Vegas later this year, but you can. This short video montage ("We're gonna need a montage...") features me (obviously) and a bunch of other speakers and attendees from the London conference, and we're all pretty excited about the conference.

Watch it, if for no other reason that to count how many times I made it in the video. (Sadly, my videobombs all seem to be edited out. Boo.)

I can't go to UnGagged in Vegas later this year, but you can. This short video montage ("We're gonna need a montage...") features me (obviously) and a bunch of other speakers and attendees from the London conference, and we're all pretty excited about the conference.

Watch it, if for no other reason that to count how many times I made it in the video. (Sadly, my videobombs all seem to be edited out. Boo.)___

2015-06-21 11:36:45 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

International plan vs. local SIM cards?

Keep in mind that we travel full-time. There is no "home" for us to return to, no place to "get back to normal". Consider that before offering opinions, please?

I'm seriously considering dumping my international travel friendly mobile carrier and just going with cheap local SIM cards. My motivation:

* I can save money.. Even though the plan for both phones only costs us about $125 a month... that's $125 a month!
* I'm almost always on wifi. That keeps my data usage way down. This month wifi has been spotty, and I don't think either of us will break a gigabyte of data usage.
* We don't make all that many calls. Skype, Hangouts... there are lots of ways to make a "voice" call, often with a face. And of all the calls we are making, a number... more »

International plan vs. local SIM cards?

Keep in mind that we travel full-time. There is no "home" for us to return to, no place to "get back to normal". Consider that before offering opinions, please?

I'm seriously considering dumping my international travel friendly mobile carrier and just going with cheap local SIM cards. My motivation:

* I can save money.. Even though the plan for both phones only costs us about $125 a month... that's $125 a month!
* I'm almost always on wifi. That keeps my data usage way down. This month wifi has been spotty, and I don't think either of us will break a gigabyte of data usage.
* We don't make all that many calls. Skype, Hangouts... there are lots of ways to make a "voice" call, often with a face. And of all the calls we are making, a number approaching 100% of them could be switch to modern communications.
* We text a lot, but... Most of those -- if not all of them -- could be switch to social messaging apps. That might cause some data usage to go up, but probably not all that much.

There are a few unknowns, mostly because I've just started researching. My biggest concern is being "between" SIM cards. Like if we take a three day trip to Vietnam. It's probably (?) not worth buying a card in Vietnam for those three days, so will the Thai SIM card work? Even if the right answer is "SIM cards are cheap, just buy one when you get there", what if I need to make a call before I can buy a SIM card?

Answers to all these questions are out there, and I'm actively searching. But if you have an opinion with experience, I'm open to hearing it! ___

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2015-06-20 06:11:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

You may have read our "oh gods, oh gods we're all gonna die on this Thailand highway" post. If not, now is good: http://goo.gl/ojCjH7

This is the result: Evo, sitting in a tire shop in Ranong, Thailand waiting for four new tires and a completely new front suspension to be hung. Luckily for us, the guys (and gal) in the shop seem to know what they're doing, and we've the only car in the service bay, so we get full and fast attention.

Oh, and it's raining, so Evo's stuck. Might as well make another Video Diaries entry. Cheers from Thailand!

You may have read our "oh gods, oh gods we're all gonna die on this Thailand highway" post. If not, now is good: http://goo.gl/ojCjH7

This is the result: Evo, sitting in a tire shop in Ranong, Thailand waiting for four new tires and a completely new front suspension to be hung. Luckily for us, the guys (and gal) in the shop seem to know what they're doing, and we've the only car in the service bay, so we get full and fast attention.

Oh, and it's raining, so Evo's stuck. Might as well make another Video Diaries entry. Cheers from Thailand!___

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2015-06-20 06:11:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Looks like all those years I spent working in the automotive aftermarket industry paid off already.

A rough "highway" (more like a trail) isn't so great on a truck with over 300K km on it, so it needed a little work. In the rain. Watch the video!

You may have read our "oh gods, oh gods we're all gonna die on this Thailand highway" post. If not, now is good: http://goo.gl/ojCjH7

This is the result: Evo, sitting in a tire shop in Ranong, Thailand waiting for four new tires and a completely new front suspension to be hung. Luckily for us, the guys (and gal) in the shop seem to know what they're doing, and we've the only car in the service bay, so we get full and fast attention.

Oh, and it's raining, so Evo's stuck. Might as well make another Video Diaries entry. Cheers from Thailand!___Looks like all those years I spent working in the automotive aftermarket industry paid off already.

A rough "highway" (more like a trail) isn't so great on a truck with over 300K km on it, so it needed a little work. In the rain. Watch the video!

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2015-06-18 08:13:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Back in the day, my opinion on matters business was often sought. Now I'm a globe traveling bum. But before that happened, I was on +Matthew Turner's yet-to-be-released series called The Successful Mistake. My the audio/video of my interview has (finally) been released, so you can watch in all my glory.

Thanks for having me on, Matthew. Man, I looked all dapper and shit back in August.

Back in the day, my opinion on matters business was often sought. Now I'm a globe traveling bum. But before that happened, I was on +Matthew Turner's yet-to-be-released series called The Successful Mistake. My the audio/video of my interview has (finally) been released, so you can watch in all my glory.

Thanks for having me on, Matthew. Man, I looked all dapper and shit back in August.___

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2015-06-17 06:09:33 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The GoPro of lav mics?

I do a lot of remote recording, and a big rig just isn't conducive to what I'm going for. I love my Zoom H4n, but it's often a conversation killer when I'm trying to capture candid moments on audio.

A friend of mine who knows what I'm doing sent me this IndieGogo campaign, and I decided to fund it at the PRO level. Now here's to hoping it actually gets funded. And that it works well. :)

Thoughts?

The GoPro of lav mics?

I do a lot of remote recording, and a big rig just isn't conducive to what I'm going for. I love my Zoom H4n, but it's often a conversation killer when I'm trying to capture candid moments on audio.

A friend of mine who knows what I'm doing sent me this IndieGogo campaign, and I decided to fund it at the PRO level. Now here's to hoping it actually gets funded. And that it works well. :)

Thoughts?___

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2015-06-16 13:39:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

We had a great 129 days in Europe. And we spent a lot less money that we thought we would!

Episode 23 dropped!

We just spent 129 days in foreign countries, spending 24 hours a day with each other. Against all odds, we didn't kill each other and had no international incidents. And we did it for a lot cheaper than we thought possible! Give us 11 minutes, and we'll show you how on this, the 23rd episode of The Opportunistic Travelers Podcast!___We had a great 129 days in Europe. And we spent a lot less money that we thought we would!

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2015-06-15 14:57:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Jungle trail ride... OF DEATH!

Just kidding about the death part.

Normally, I don't care for the quick videos and enhancements Google makes of my stuff. This time, it's different. (Except the odd rice shot in the middle.) I changed up how I shoot video just to see what would happen. And... it worked.

What do you think?

Jungle trail ride... OF DEATH!

Just kidding about the death part.

Normally, I don't care for the quick videos and enhancements Google makes of my stuff. This time, it's different. (Except the odd rice shot in the middle.) I changed up how I shoot video just to see what would happen. And... it worked.

What do you think?___

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2015-06-14 07:41:19 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

We found monkeys!

They're a little hard to see in the video, because they're not huge monkeys. But you can clearly see MIM -- Monkey Induced Movement -- in the palm trees.

Found way on the northern edge of Koh Phayam in Thailand. A beautiful island with a very chill vibe!

More details coming at http://theopportunistictravelers.com

We found monkeys!

They're a little hard to see in the video, because they're not huge monkeys. But you can clearly see MIM -- Monkey Induced Movement -- in the palm trees.

Found way on the northern edge of Koh Phayam in Thailand. A beautiful island with a very chill vibe!

More details coming at http://theopportunistictravelers.com___

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2015-06-14 07:16:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

FTC to start cracking down on social media posts.

If you're getting something -- money, free stuff, you name it -- from a brand in exchange for saying nice things on your blog, social media, or whatever... be sure to disclose. Early and often.

Free flights are obvious, but what about getting your meal comped because you said "hey, I'm a travel blogger". Yeah, you better disclose that. Even in your tweets.

FTC to start cracking down on social media posts.

If you're getting something -- money, free stuff, you name it -- from a brand in exchange for saying nice things on your blog, social media, or whatever... be sure to disclose. Early and often.

Free flights are obvious, but what about getting your meal comped because you said "hey, I'm a travel blogger". Yeah, you better disclose that. Even in your tweets.___

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2015-06-10 06:35:16 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Pad Thai for my birthday!

I could see myself lounging here for a few years. #Thailand 

Pad Thai for my birthday!

I could see myself lounging here for a few years. #Thailand ___

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2015-06-10 00:23:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Wrapping up our long stay in Spain on this week's episode.

It clocks in in just over 9 minutes, and oddly enough features beer.

Five Days to Fall In Love with Mallorca!

We took in as much of Mallorca as we could in five days, loving every moment. Well... every moment we weren't sick from our prior travels. Getting sick in Paradise is a rotten, rotten idea. Still, we managed to pack in a lot to this short visit. If anything, it just makes us want to go back soon!___Wrapping up our long stay in Spain on this week's episode.

It clocks in in just over 9 minutes, and oddly enough features beer.

2015-06-08 14:45:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Rebranded: Inside Travel Writing!

Since that's the purpose of this community (or has been the last several months) I've taken the liberty of coming up with a new name and a new cover photo. Hopefully that makes our purpose a little more clear, which should in turn funnel the discussions.

Cheers from Thailand!

Rebranded: Inside Travel Writing!

Since that's the purpose of this community (or has been the last several months) I've taken the liberty of coming up with a new name and a new cover photo. Hopefully that makes our purpose a little more clear, which should in turn funnel the discussions.

Cheers from Thailand!___

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2015-06-07 02:12:37 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

Fabulous food in Thailand

Our second week in Thailand was a busy one, with us sitting at "home" much of the time getting some work knocked out. Yes, there are still things to do living a life of travel!

We've only scratch the surface of the food options here in Ranong, at restaurants, at home, and (oddly enough) at a wedding caterers. So much more to eat, see, and do in this town and the surrounding area. It's a good thing we're here for three months so we can take it all in!

Fabulous food in Thailand

Our second week in Thailand was a busy one, with us sitting at "home" much of the time getting some work knocked out. Yes, there are still things to do living a life of travel!

We've only scratch the surface of the food options here in Ranong, at restaurants, at home, and (oddly enough) at a wedding caterers. So much more to eat, see, and do in this town and the surrounding area. It's a good thing we're here for three months so we can take it all in!___

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2015-06-04 13:58:54 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Afraid of flying Aeroflot? Get over it.

Spoiler alert: Aeroflot's bad reputation is pretty much bullshit. At least that's been my experience. In fact, I'd put them at the top of the list.

Read it. It's short. And maybe funny.

http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/6/4/how-to-overcome-your-fear-of-flying-aeroflot

Afraid of flying Aeroflot? Get over it.

Spoiler alert: Aeroflot's bad reputation is pretty much bullshit. At least that's been my experience. In fact, I'd put them at the top of the list.

Read it. It's short. And maybe funny.

http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/6/4/how-to-overcome-your-fear-of-flying-aeroflot___

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2015-06-02 08:37:17 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

First week in Ranong, Thailand!

We've been scooter-hopping all over this town, a town that sees very little (if any) tourist traffic. And since it's the rainy season, we kinda stick out. 

We'll be here for three months (or more, come to think of it), so there will be plenty of stories to tell. For now, enjoy these choice pics, because the big story thus far centers around my (again) GI issues. Not fun. But this too shall pass.

Chohn Gàaeo, from Ranong!

First week in Ranong, Thailand!

We've been scooter-hopping all over this town, a town that sees very little (if any) tourist traffic. And since it's the rainy season, we kinda stick out. 

We'll be here for three months (or more, come to think of it), so there will be plenty of stories to tell. For now, enjoy these choice pics, because the big story thus far centers around my (again) GI issues. Not fun. But this too shall pass.

Chohn Gàaeo, from Ranong!___

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2015-05-30 09:55:17 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 86 +1s)Open 

Three inappropriate plants.

Pareidolia is everywhere, and it's not always nice. These three plants are right next to each other in our pool area. +Sheila Dee pointed out one to me, then they all looked overtly sexual. 

YMMV. 

Three inappropriate plants.

Pareidolia is everywhere, and it's not always nice. These three plants are right next to each other in our pool area. +Sheila Dee pointed out one to me, then they all looked overtly sexual. 

YMMV. ___

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2015-05-25 09:59:20 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

A little bit of London.

As I said in a blog post (http://goo.gl/Sjryl6) recently, we're really not doing London justice. We need to get back and really explore, so we can fully tell a story about London (or probably just a piece of London) properly.

In the meantime, here are a few of the choice pics I took along the way.

A little bit of London.

As I said in a blog post (http://goo.gl/Sjryl6) recently, we're really not doing London justice. We need to get back and really explore, so we can fully tell a story about London (or probably just a piece of London) properly.

In the meantime, here are a few of the choice pics I took along the way.___

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2015-05-25 08:24:13 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Greatest Sex-Ed Video Ever.

Well done, Norway. Let's not muck about and give the kids the facts.

Greatest Sex-Ed Video Ever.

Well done, Norway. Let's not muck about and give the kids the facts.___

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2015-05-23 08:32:43 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

On Monday, I spoke at UnGagged, a marketing conference in London. The conference has a strict "no recording" policy to encourage the speakers and presenters to freely share their ideas without fear of reprisal.

It's rare that I fear reprisal for anything I do, so I recorded myself and synched it with my slides so that I could share it beyond the conference. And with that...

On Monday, I spoke at UnGagged, a marketing conference in London. The conference has a strict "no recording" policy to encourage the speakers and presenters to freely share their ideas without fear of reprisal.

It's rare that I fear reprisal for anything I do, so I recorded myself and synched it with my slides so that I could share it beyond the conference. And with that...___

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2015-05-20 07:21:59 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

They Poured Me The Wrong Beer at Brewdog... And You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

They Poured Me The Wrong Beer at Brewdog... And You Won't Believe What Happened Next!___

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2015-05-13 19:42:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Inbox zero achieved. Again!

It's taken me the better part of the day, but I've managed to get back up on the horse and am proud to re-join the Inbox Zero crowd!

#beingsicksucks   #whoknewtravelingfulltimewouldbethismuchwork  

Inbox zero achieved. Again!

It's taken me the better part of the day, but I've managed to get back up on the horse and am proud to re-join the Inbox Zero crowd!

#beingsicksucks   #whoknewtravelingfulltimewouldbethismuchwork  ___

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2015-05-13 08:54:37 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Sick in, not of paradise!

Mallorca is a beautiful island. Too bad our tummies conspired against us. Still, we made the most of it, some of which is encapsulated in these photos.

Blog post going live shortly is now live at http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/5/13/how-we-got-sick-and-tired-in-not-of-paradise, painting more of the story. 

Sick in, not of paradise!

Mallorca is a beautiful island. Too bad our tummies conspired against us. Still, we made the most of it, some of which is encapsulated in these photos.

Blog post going live shortly is now live at http://www.theopportunistictravelers.com/blog/2015/5/13/how-we-got-sick-and-tired-in-not-of-paradise, painting more of the story. ___

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2015-05-09 19:50:34 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

This is a fairly in-depth look at the effects of automation in the publishing sector - with a particular focus on the impact on employment. The short version is that while employment for newspaper, book and magazine publishers is down considerably, employment for writers and editors is not. 

One of the key points in this article is that what's happened in the publishing sector isn't just about digitalization because digitalization is simply a means to an end, with that end being automation. 

I've a feeling people in this community will have some opinions about this piece, which would be great to hear. 

This is a fairly in-depth look at the effects of automation in the publishing sector - with a particular focus on the impact on employment. The short version is that while employment for newspaper, book and magazine publishers is down considerably, employment for writers and editors is not. 

One of the key points in this article is that what's happened in the publishing sector isn't just about digitalization because digitalization is simply a means to an end, with that end being automation. 

I've a feeling people in this community will have some opinions about this piece, which would be great to hear. ___

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2015-05-09 17:49:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Using Google+ Collections To Show You're More Than A Travel Writer.

For those paying attention to Google+, you probably noticed the new "Collections" feature. I've been traveling, so I've only just had the chance to look things over. And what I see, I like.

Plenty has been said about the new feature, so I'll keep this high level and focused just on travel writers. For you, this new release does one thing: it lets you be a multidimensional.

In my time here, I've posted a lot about a lot of different things. Science, beer, podcasting, digital disruption, entrepreneurship... and of course my own travel writing. Previously, it was up to those who follow me to figure out what circle I belonged to. That was great, but I don't always talk about just one of those things. In fact, I tended to bounce around.

Now, with Collections,... more »

Using Google+ Collections To Show You're More Than A Travel Writer.

For those paying attention to Google+, you probably noticed the new "Collections" feature. I've been traveling, so I've only just had the chance to look things over. And what I see, I like.

Plenty has been said about the new feature, so I'll keep this high level and focused just on travel writers. For you, this new release does one thing: it lets you be a multidimensional.

In my time here, I've posted a lot about a lot of different things. Science, beer, podcasting, digital disruption, entrepreneurship... and of course my own travel writing. Previously, it was up to those who follow me to figure out what circle I belonged to. That was great, but I don't always talk about just one of those things. In fact, I tended to bounce around.

Now, with Collections, I'm in control. It's sort of like a categorization schema I can choose (or not) to place my content under. So if I write about a great craft beer I'm drinking, I can put that in my Craft Beer collection. And it's a bunch of pictures and the outline for a story, the post goes under my Travel Storytelling collection.

My followers now have the option to only following those collections, rather than all of me. So if you're not all about science and craft beer, no worries. Un-follow those Collections. Or if you turn me on to someone, they can choose to only follow my Travel Storytelling collection, and not have to worry about getting flooded with other content.

It's a great feature, and I'm using it right now to segregate my content. You probably should, too. Unless all you do is post about one thing. Me? I like a little variety in life. Cheers!___

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2015-05-09 16:43:36 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Terres de l'Ebre, on the coast of Spain.

Oh, Catalonia, you have so much fantastic stuff to experience! The three days we spent with you wasn't nearly enough. Then again, I'm tired, much fatter, and still full from all the food and drink you plied us with. 

It was a time of awesome experiences and new friends we've met in the travel blogging world. The photos you see below are some of my choice ones, likely to show up on +The Opportunistic Travelers 's website in the coming days. But since you're such an awesome person for following me on Google+, you get a sneak preview! 

Terres de l'Ebre, on the coast of Spain.

Oh, Catalonia, you have so much fantastic stuff to experience! The three days we spent with you wasn't nearly enough. Then again, I'm tired, much fatter, and still full from all the food and drink you plied us with. 

It was a time of awesome experiences and new friends we've met in the travel blogging world. The photos you see below are some of my choice ones, likely to show up on +The Opportunistic Travelers 's website in the coming days. But since you're such an awesome person for following me on Google+, you get a sneak preview! ___

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Trip to the Musclarium.

As part of our post-TBEX trip, we were pampered (and by that i mean overfed) by the tourism board of Terres De l'Ebre in Catalunya, an autonomous region of Spain. 

Of the many gastronomical adventures they took us on was a sail boat ride out to eat these critters freshly plucked from the sea. And by "freshly", I mean as we watched. Fantastic!

Trip to the Musclarium.

As part of our post-TBEX trip, we were pampered (and by that i mean overfed) by the tourism board of Terres De l'Ebre in Catalunya, an autonomous region of Spain. 

Of the many gastronomical adventures they took us on was a sail boat ride out to eat these critters freshly plucked from the sea. And by "freshly", I mean as we watched. Fantastic!___

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