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If you'd like to follow me and you aren't in one of my "In Real Life" circles here are some topics that I will likely engage with you in:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
Technology (specifically gadgets and new inventions)
Politics (I'm a conservative but don't let that stop you)
Social Media (specifically application of social media for professional reasons)
American Football - particularly the 49ers
Current Events
Tri-Cities Washington
Dr. Who

I'll adjust this post with additional topics in the future. If you add me to a circle with one of these themes let me know so I can do likewise. 

The power of circles is in the ability to manage the type of content you see in your feed. You will get the type of information that you'd like in your feed by telling me what you'd like to see. Likewise for when I follow someone. Have a great day. #nf
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I don't often share press articles about our products – they rarely seem to say much of use – but this was just such a good case of a journalist Getting It Right that I had to share. Google+ is very much alive, and our recent changes are focused on making it be the best product it can be for what it's best at: helping people meet people and have great conversations about things they're passionate about. 

One particularly noteworthy thing in this article is its discussion of the "majority illusion:" people tend to assume that their friends are typical of the wider world, but almost by definition they aren't – for one thing, they all have one uncommon attribute in common, which is being your friend in the first place. And since people don't choose their friends randomly from the entire spectrum of humanity, one's friends are always a distorted sample. 

So yes, we have here a tech press article which (correctly) uses an important result in cognitive psychology to explain why lots of tech press articles are nonsense.
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A GOP candidate for president is on record saying the economy is better under have 1 guess who this candidate is...hint...he is close friends with Hillary and was invited to her daughters wedding and has contributed to her campaign and that campaign of her husband and the Obama campaigns. And when I say contributed...I don't mean $5...because this candidate doesn't do ANYTHING small. Just ask him. 
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Well, I'm sure there are several but you're missing the point here. The heads of those corporations are not trying to become president of the United States. Trump is. Therefore, he is expected to be a man of principle and a solid conservative, instead of doing anything thats in his immediate interest (like donating to Hillary Clinton!).
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  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratories
    Science & Research Communications Senior Associate, 2013 - present
    Scientific and Technical writing for a government funded national laboratory. Providing writing and editing assistance to fundamental science researchers.
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    Owner/Consultant, 2011 - present
    Business consulting with a focus on social media education and technology consulting. I teach clients how to manage and capitalize on social media tools. I also help them find technology solutions that will help their business grow.
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    Digital Account Executive, 2011 - 2012
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    Technology & Website Specialist, 2010 - 2011
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    Customer Service, 2007 - 2009
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Certified Gold Geek. Father of 5(+1) and loving husband. Political animal leaning right but in a practical way. Blog, Facebook, Twitter, GetGlue, Empire Ave., Foursquare, and Google+. Aspiring social media professional. I'm a Mormon. 

If you're interested in circling me some circles that may make sense are:
  • Politics 
  • sports(NFL, MLB, College Football that's about it)
  • tech 
  • LDS 
  • Social Media 
  • Small Business/Entrepreneur 
  • Whovian

NOTE: Few of my posts will be public so don't base your circle choice on those posts. If you want me to circle you back it might be helpful to give me an idea what type of circle you should be in. 
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I'm an Eagle Scout and proud of it! Finally completed my Masters of Business Administration.
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While the donuts are good they are not extraordinary. Frequently they are over cooked. The decor of the shop needed an update in the 50's and didn't get it. The service has never been poor, but it also has never been particularly good. In general they are a cultural icon in the Tri-Cities and certainly deserve kudo's for being so long lived, but as much as I enjoy donuts I wouldn't make a special trip for these donuts.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
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One of the most forward thinking financial institutions in the Tri-Cities. Local and reasonable. Good customer service.
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I just like how bright and open feeling the store is and the products seem more inviting. I like the Richland Target better than the Kennewick one...but they're both good.
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