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+Meirav M. here you go, better context maybe :)
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+John Said I just remembered the Victoria part :p

+Gu Kai Fun nope, a mall

+Meirav M. <3 back.
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Received the invoices for my flight tickets to Australia last week.

It's all starting to feel very real. Excitingly real.

Plural for the invoices because part of the flight can claim a subsidy with the Company I'm working for at the moment, only catch is the invoice needs to be submitted for that subsidy claim. Any way, just paper work. 

But paper work for a very exciting thing that's happening: Holidays, with a capital H.

I mean, yes, I had holidays last year when I flew to Japan for 5 days. But then again, though I love my god son and his baby brother to bits, and they are both adorable and smart kids, and his mum and I are best of chums and I'd walk over fire for her... holidays with little kids is not exactly holidaying it much.

I felt more rested being back at work.

This time it's different. I've been to 'Straya (hehe, makes me giggle, have you seen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDb_WsAt_Z0 btw? ) before. Back in 2012, with my brother and mum. We went to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Sydney. Done the touristy things. 

This time I'm on my own. Visiting a friend. Who's going to show me around Melbourne. The 6 days was just a bit short so I used up all my remaining leave days and made it a 13 day stop. My itinerary is looking (at the moment) positively brimming over the edges of the page, with weird gaps in between.

My bro who's currently getting his second MA in NYU (yep, that one, he's the brainy one in the family, I'm the rebel) is making a flash surprise (well, to me, because nobody bothered to tell me about it) visit back home for a week. He heard of my plan, looked at me with disdain: You've been to Sydney! How come you are not visiting ME in NEW YORK?!

Um... you'd be in class most of the time?

It's not like you NEED me to show you around!

Um... maybe next year...

I might not be in NEW YORK next year... I might be in a tiny little place... like Knoxville or something. (Disclaimer on my bro's behalf: I am sure he doesn't mean to insult Knoxville, Tennessee. It's just he's used to THE big city now...)

Um... then maybe Christmas, I dunno...

He continues to look at me in disbelieve. I think he misses me. _grin_
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+Daryl Hunt +morte oakley lol They said the same thing about Newcastle! :D

+Kostika D yeah, England... is... pricier... sadly. And I want a month off for it, because I wanna visit you guys in the South as well as go up NORTH again! :D

+Meirav M. oh, that's I think in Sydney, one old mall Victoria something (terribly sketchy memory at the moment), in the Sydney winter when I visited they had a Winter Light Festival thing on, with light decorations everywhere. I am guessing this was one of those? Anyway, light fixtures, in a mall, from below.
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caturday...
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 A public proposal to a publicly valued body might be personally significant, but culturally it shifts nothing. A public proposal to a publicly reviled body is a political statement.

“When I think back on my teenage self, what I really needed to hear wasn’t that someone might love me one day if I lost enough weight to qualify as human – it was that I was worthy of love now, just as I was. So I’ll be fat on my wedding day. Because being fat and happy and in love in public is still a radical act.”

that sometimes women will still internalise these patriarchal ideas we are taught about how we MUST get married, we MUST be as beautiful as possible, we MUST be loved by a cis man, and if we don’t, we aren’t truly happy or successful. Obviously, this is bullshit. Of course a partner brings us happiness in so many ways that others can’t, but there is a fundamental structure of love, and happiness, and true peace most of us must find in ourselves before we find happiness with a partner, otherwise it’s like a beautiful house built on a shitty foundation. The strongest conflict I navigate is the one between feminism and the capitalism that is so deeply interwoven into weddings. Capitalism is not feminist – it is built on preying on cheap labour, by literally enslaving people to manufacture things so other people get rich. The wedding industrial complex has convinced us that the only ‘good’ weddings are the weddings that cost the most. But I see weddings as a tradition, a ceremony, and those things are important in all cultures. So I work with my clients to strip away the gross stuff that doesn’t feel right, the stuff they’re told they ‘need’, and rebuild a wedding into a ceremony and a party that is reflective of their values, something that they are proud of and feels like an honest celebration of their love

As a fat woman, if you ask for help or guidance on almost any topic, what you inevitably hear is some version of “Take up less space.” Diminish yourself. Feeling sick? Make your body smaller. Can’t find love? Make your body smaller. Undervalued at work? Make your body smaller. Can’t make your body smaller? Hide your body. Can’t hide your body? “Flatter” your body (ie make it look smaller). Choose an empire waist. Cover your arms. Your body is too unattractive. Your body is too expensive. Your body is too unruly. We want to see less of you, or preferably none at all.

...sometimes women will still internalise these patriarchal ideas we are taught about how we MUST get married, we MUST be as beautiful as possible, we MUST be loved by a cis man, and if we don’t, we aren’t truly happy or successful. Obviously, this is bullshit. Of course a partner brings us happiness in so many ways that others can’t, but there is a fundamental structure of love, and happiness, and true peace most of us must find in ourselves before we find happiness with a partner, otherwise it’s like a beautiful house built on a shitty foundation. The strongest conflict I navigate is the one between feminism and the capitalism that is so deeply interwoven into weddings. Capitalism is not feminist – it is built on preying on cheap labour, by literally enslaving people to manufacture things so other people get rich. The wedding industrial complex has convinced us that the only ‘good’ weddings are the weddings that cost the most. But I see weddings as a tradition, a ceremony, and those things are important in all cultures. So I work with my clients to strip away the gross stuff that doesn’t feel right, the stuff they’re told they ‘need’, and rebuild a wedding into a ceremony and a party that is reflective of their values, something that they are proud of and feels like an honest celebration of their love
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So it's only the end of July, I may or may not have a tediously August ahead, but I'm currently planning for a short (a week long) trip to the land of Oz... Australia, that is.

It being an only 6 day stint, I've left my entire travel itinerary in the hands of the host I'll be joining in Sydney. But, I need to ask this to my Aussie lovelies:

What's the two (2 only!) must see museums in Sydney and Melbourne?

In case there is any ambiguity, I probably am only staying in either city for two full days and I'm sure there are other must-dos on the list of to-dos, and I do plan on it being a 'get away from hassle' trip, so no more than two, and I may just pick one. :D
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+Bill le Brisbane is not on the list

+Tren C I think my host mentioned something about limestone caves so I doubt I'd get to Canberra.... 

+John Said that sounds like a full day gone :p
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If you want to tout your own morality, you’d best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality. You did nothing to earn it; it was given to you. If you disagree, I would be interested in hearing your story, because my own heterosexuality was a blessing I received with no effort whatsoever on my part. It is so woven into the very soul of me that nothing could ever change it. For those of you who reduce sexual orientation to a simple choice, a character issue, a bad habit or something that can be changed by a 10-step program, I’m puzzled. Are you saying that your own sexual orientation is nothing more than something you have chosen, that you could change it at will? If that’s not the case, then why would you suggest that someone else can?
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You invoke the memory of the brave people who have fought on the battlefield for this great country, saying that they didn’t give their lives so that the “homosexual agenda” could tear down the principles they died defending. My 83-year-old father fought in some of the most horrific battles of World War II, was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.
He shakes his head in sadness at the life his grandson has had to live. He says he fought alongside homosexuals in those battles, that they did their part and bothered no one. One of his best friends in the service was gay, and he never knew it until the end, and when he did find out, it mattered not at all. That wasn’t the measure of the man.
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The deep-thinking author of a letter to the April 12 Valley News who lectures about homosexual sin and tells us about “those of us who have been blessed with the benefits of a religious upbringing” asks: “What ever happened to the idea of striving . . . to be better human beings than we are?”
Indeed, sir, what ever happened to that?
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Yesterday! So much happened and so much is going on... hopefully next week will be more... normal. Though I'm a weird magnet. 
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YEP.

Troublesomely sexist, because men are just assumed serious by default while women are just assumed moody by default.

But, it's just a natural, normal thing (the face, not the sexism, that should be gone [the sexism, not the face]).

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The perks, perils and hypocrisy of the serious female face at rest.
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off home and overnight work awaits.. 
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Notifications and Collections

Listen up, folks - the goog have changed things again and if you have anyone in a Notify circle, you need to know this:

Until about a week ago, if you had someone in a Notify circle then you got notified of all their posts, but now it's different - if that person has set up Collections for their posts, the Collections posts don't get automatically included in the notifications. If you want to get notified of the Collections posts, you need to sign up separately for each Collection.

So, for example, let's say you put your best friend Jane in a Notify circle because you want to know every time she sneezes. If Jane has set up a Collection for her posts about cookery, you will not automatically get notified of her cookery posts unless you sign up for notifications for her cookery Collection. If Jane has set up a dozen different Collections for a dozen different subjects then, yes, you're going to need to sign up for notifications for each and every one of those Collections or you won't get notified of those posts.

Note: I'm talking about notifications here - you'll still see those posts in your stream unless you opt out of a specific Collection. The recent change doesn't affect what you see in your stream - it only affect whether or not you get notified of new posts - in other words, does Mr Jingles tell you when your friend Jane posts a new recipe?

So what you need to do is go check the profile of each of the people you have in a Notify circle and see if there are Collections you want to get notifications for. I've taken screenshots from one person's profile who does have several Collections so that you can see an example.

So, say you are following Amy and you have her in a Notify circle, what you need to do is this:

1. Go to Amy's profile and click to open the Collections tab.

For each Collection that you want to get notifications for:

2. Make sure it says "following" - that means you get those posts in your stream. If it says "follow" that means you've opted out of it, so if you want to opt in just click "follow" and it should change to "following".

3. Click on the Collection name (e.g. General Geekery in the top left example) and you will then see the black bar (we're in the right hand part of the image now) with "following" and the share arrow and that icon that I always think looks like a flower but I'm sure it isn't meant to - anyway, we're now coming to step 4...

4. Click on that icon on the right and you'll see the bit with the bell saying "notifications off".

5. Click on the bell. It will change from grey to red, and from "off" to "on".

There, that wasn't too bad, now was it? Sadly, you might need to do this quite a lot - depends how many people you have in your Notify circle and how many different Collections each of them has set up.

My thanks to +Kathryn Huxtable for pointing out this change, as otherwise I'd have remained oblivious.

P.S. Also, I think this means that from now on we need to let people know when we set up a new Collection - otherwise those who have us in a Notify circle would miss out.

P.P.S. For anyone who is still baffled by the whole Collections thing, here's an explanatory post I wrote when it was still a brand new thing:
https://plus.google.com/+MeiravMBerale/posts/bRYbH4rkMvV

ABOUT COMMENTING: I've posted this as a PSA, to keep people informed. I'm really not interested in hearing more grumbles about Google. Sorry, it gets boring. If you want to grumble about Google, please do your own post. Thanks.

#gplusupdates   #gplustips  
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The video is... well, not the best. The song, not the most outstanding.

Until you realise this is close to 6,000 people from 101 countries, all using individual youtube videos, joined in a choir.

Born on the internet, shown on the internet.

Humans are capable of great beauties and wonders, together. This is one of them.
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Claws optional, try at your own peril. Nags, rants, growls and meows.
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Warning: Bilingual. I speak irony and sarcasm fluently.

1/3 Chinese Taiwanese, 1/3 German, 1/3 English
Figuratively. Not literally.

Pessimistic/Optimistic
Loves to Laugh/Loves to Cry
Childish/Mature

Translator, interpreter, blogger, writer of some sort, critic of all things in my own right, and definitely a nag (but not a photographer, just some chick with a camera, and a snappy phone)

Points of note:
- I will have typos, and later correct them (most of the time)
- I will post what I like, and re-share what strikes my chords.
- I will rant, aimlessly. And I will derail my threads.
- I will be nice to you, as long as you are nice to me and my friends.
- I will block you if you can't treat my threads with the respect they deserve.
- And I hope you will enjoy that, because anything less would not be me.

Please rememberI'm inviting you to my living room for a chat, not running a public toilet for you to take a piss.

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"There is no spoon" - The Matrix
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