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NEW YORK—Sources confirmed Thursday that millions nationwide are signing up for Squandr, a new social discovery app employing GPS technology to match users with others in their vicinity who also wasted $2.99 on the same software.
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A test of the new Lytro-esque Lens blur feature in the Google camera app...

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Auto Hashtags!

Some of the auto hashtags I've had have been baaaaaad... But easy to get rid of :D

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I turned it off in my account settings very early on, after seeing how lame a lot of the autohashtags were.
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25 years since the events of Hillsborough, and the loss of the 96...

This year, there is hope in the memory of loss. With judgements overturned, and progress on the horizon...

Maybe the storm of injustice for the 96 might end...

You'll Never Walk Alone

#YNWA   #JusticeForThe96  
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Respect from a Manchester United fan
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Question of the Day

What was your worst topic at school?


I was never any good at remembering all the little facts. I liked the topics where I could deduce the answers :D

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I just got this update...

The new camera app looks good! :D
Lens Blur in the new Google Camera app
Posted by Carlos Hernández, Software Engineer

One of the biggest advantages of SLR cameras ( over camera phones is the ability to achieve shallow depth of field effects (also known as bokeh,, which makes the object of interest "pop" by bringing the foreground into focus and de-emphasizing the background. 

Achieving this optical effect has traditionally required a big lens and aperture, and therefore hasn’t been possible using the camera on your mobile phone or tablet. That all changes with Lens Blur, a new mode in the Google Camera app ( 

Lens Blur replaces the need for a large optical system with computer vision algorithms and optimization techniques that are run entirely on the mobile device, simulating a larger lens and aperture in order to creating a 3D model of the world. 

To learn more about the algorithms and optimization that makes Lens Blur possible, head over to the Google Research Blog, linked below. We hope you have fun with your bokeh experiments!
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Question of the Day

What have you learnt recently?

That painkillers work :D

Well, I knew that already, but it was a reminder :P

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I learned that in order to truly love others I need to understand and accept whom I really am
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Back to my favourite genre...

Last Light

The sunlight faded. This familiar sight was more poignant than usual. It wasn't that it was a particularly spectacular sunset; there were a few clouds, but the city’s haze brought out a few more colours than usual. It was memorable, but then, it had to be. I sat on the highest point I could reach. It was likely illegal for me to be on the roof of the BT Tower, but I didn't really care. Nobody would catch me.

The last few rays reflected off of the underside of the clouds. I shed a tear, but I was unsure of whether it was one of joy or sadness. Maybe both. I had always loved that effect; it made the sky look like it was on fire. Were I one to believe in gods or fate, I would have looked upon this as a gift from benevolent powers. I sat there for hours and let darkness envelop me. Up here, the glow of the city’s lights was reduced. As midnight approached I stood. It was time. I walked to the edge of the roof and climbed the railings. I stood, poised, with safety behind me, and my future, such that it was, ahead of me.

I leapt.

As I plunged through the air, I spread my arms and let go of thought. I felt myself separate from one entity into a group. A brief pain shot through every fibre of my being, and then, suddenly, I wasn't falling anymore. I was flying on dozens of dark, leathery wings. I opened a multitude of mouths and screeched. I exulted as the sound revealed the world to me in more colours than I could have ever imagined.

I flew through the night until I reached King’s Cross station, and with a thought I pulled the cloud of leather-winged forms I had become into a single whole, and stepped out of a fading maelstrom of wind, with the echoes of flapping wings ringing in my ears.

It was time for my nocturnal life to begin, and with that, it was time to feed. There were so many around here who would not be missed. I found a target; one separated from the herd. I leapt from my perch, landed, then leapt up again, a dirty, ragged man with me. I had one hand on his mouth, and another under his arms. Before he could scream, I was perched at height again, and my teeth were dipped in his veins. As his blood flowed into me, the world became as bright as day.

I may never again watch sunlight fade without some sort of protection, but the night held more beauty than I could have ever imagined.


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Nicely done!!!
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One of two pieces I wrote recently...

Working Never Ends

“Scary?” he laughed, but without mirth, “we've barely started.” Some of the people in the group that followed him giggled nervously. “I hope it isn't too scary,” the young, female voice behind him insisted on pressing the question.
“It’s a haunted house, doofus,” another voice said, likely the girl’s brother. The tour guide smiled to himself and signalled the beginning of the tour. Ghosts appeared suddenly, floating convincingly along the corridor, stuttering at the end, though, as if driven mechanically. Chains clattered, the sound interwoven by moans and sudden growls. The group screamed as a convincing looking werewolf reared up and slammed against a window beside them. They continued to scream and gasp at appropriate times until the end of the tour.
The insistent little voice piped up again. “So not scary!”
“Then you have your answer,” the guide said in a quiet voice. He didn't show it, but he was exhausted.
“You were screaming convincingly enough,” the likely brother laughed.
“Shut up!” there was an elbow in the ribs, but a good natured one.
“Do come again,” the guide waved his hand and the exit door opened.

When the guests had left, he swiftly calculated the day’s income, and then let go of his corporeal form, fading into motes of dust. It took longer than usual for his translucent form to reassert its shape; that of an elderly woman.
“Someone else is going to have to run the tour for a while,” she yelled in a thin voice at the walls. The other ghosts drifted into the room.
“It’s not easy,” one complained.
“Maybe we need another werewolf,” a man walked in through a door, pulling on a shirt as he came.
“You have someone in mind?” the guide said, settling on a chair.
“Of course,” he smiled, looking wolfish despite remaining human.
“It’ll open up some possibilities,” she admitted.
“Possibilities are good for profit,” another ghost said.
“I thought I’d be able to stop working after I died,” the tour guide said. “This working for a haunting is ridiculous.”


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+Fergus Martin - LMAO! :D
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Question of the Day

What do people ask you for help with?

G+, computers in general, mobile phones, and a few people ask me about relationships… :D

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Hey, I seem to be the only one with a dirty answer.  Did I win something?  Pls say worms.  
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    Brand Evangelist, 2014 - present
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About Me

I'm a writer, I dabble in photography, cooking, and playing guitar. I usually run IT departments as either manager or head of tech. I like doing it because it's cranial work.

I'm a happy man. I'll not say I'm well balanced (even though I am, sort of)... I'd rather say I'm acceptably crazy.

I play Group Captain McInnes in HG World. I also play other voices around the web!

I'm harmless... Mostly ;)


Buy my book "Wolf Dreams" on:

If You've Just Circled Me or I've Just Circled You

I'm here on Google+ to meet people, help new people get around and get to know others, and to have fun. I'm always willing to have a conversation, and to discuss any number of things I might know a little bit about.

So drop in, say hello, and enjoy!

I am a former victim of abuse
It got better for me.
It will get better for you.
Help is available.
Sources of information in the UK:

If you are being abused, or have been and need help, search for #formervictim for more information from participants in your region. Talk to professionals. Be wary of anyone offering help by meeting up. There are people who will understand what you're going through, even if you can't believe its possible.

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In order to avoid any confusion: Top Contributors (TCs) do not work for, represent, or speak on behalf of Google. My posts, comments, and replies in the forums and official Google+ communities are my own personal views and opinions.

TCs do not have any access to your account information, therefore TCs can only respond based on the information that is available publicly, and what you choose to disclose. 

Furthermore, TCs do not have any authority, power, or ability to intervene or interfere with your account.

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On Google+ since July 1 2011. Coined the word: "Pluskins." Google+ Top Contributor. Survived university, have 2 kids, have awesome friends, have awesome family! Had a Hangout with Dede Craig King! Official A.V. Flox Mistress! Been on TV with Good Day LA!
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Leicester, England
Hounslow, London, England - Hackney, London, England
A fantastic dining experience! Great food, an open plan kitchen, the aromas of all the cooking are right there to enhance the flavours. If you're going for the first time, I recommend the mixed grill!
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A beautiful part of Hackney's history. Lovingly refurbished, wonderfully warm and inviting. Always an excellent experience!
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reviewed a month ago
Great food and service! I recommend the stir-fry bar, and the ice cream buffet!
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reviewed 3 months ago
Just go for the salads. Trust me! The salads are huge, filling, and everything you want! One of the best value and tastiest places to get food in the area!
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reviewed 4 months ago
10 reviews
Been going here for years! By far the best Thai food in London! Truly delicious, always busy, and a fantastic range of dishes. Try everything!
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Some of the best ice-cream in London! On my travels, this is a must stop place. I usually aim to get to St Pancras a good couple of hours before my train departs just so that I can sit there and savour the ice creams!
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reviewed 4 months ago
My go-to place for food on the South Bank! Whenever I'm there, I try to visit. The food is great and the atmosphere, especially in summer, is wonderful!
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