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WerdGame 3.4 just posted.
Play it over at +WERDGAME 
 

WerdGame!
  Version 3.4 August 2

Seven letters provided - You make a sentence using words starting with each of those letters in the order provided (see also, the Special Rule below).

Extra point if it is a "themed" sentence. (more info on rules and scoring at the "about" page at +WERDGAME   "about" tab). Play as many times as you want. I'll update the score occasionally until the next game posts.

Letters:
  S, K, A, H, P, V, C

Themes:
  Home
  Weather

SPECIAL RULE Because "K" and "V" are not found at the beginning of as many words, there will be a special rule for this game. You may start your sequence anywhere in the seven letters you like. For example, you could use the sequence H,P,V,C,S,K,A. You still must use every letter in sequence from whatever starting point you choose.
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WerdGame! 3.2 just posted over at +WERDGAME 

Make up a sentence and post it there.
 
WerdGame!
  Version 3.2 , July 12

Seven letters provided - You make a sentence using words starting with each of those letters in the order provided. Extra point if it is a "themed" sentence. Play as many times as you want. I'll monitor this game for 24 hours and update the score occasionally.

Letters:
  W, C, H, M, F, A, T

Themes:
  Geography
  Grocery Store

Straight up rules (more info on the "about" page at +WERDGAME   ).
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Anyone interested in a little WERDGAME this weekend?
If this gets ten plusses, it will happen.

What is Werdgame?
http://goo.gl/Gf5les
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+E Blake Play continues as long as you want to give it a shot. Ping a couple of other people and play away. (Mellie and Kyla are very good players) Inevitably, someone who has already played will join in to. If I see a couple of posts, I usually get back in the action.  I think the record so far for waiting to post an entry is two weeks.  Or just post a couple to get the hang of it for next time.
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This is my in box and one of my file cabinets
open up the filing cabinet pic to see both labels

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One of my take-aways from David Allen's Getting Things Done  is an affirmation of my joy of labeling. Before the days of label makers, if you don't count the old school Dymo embosser that we now relegate to art projects and the garage, I used to use transfer letters with Letraset sheets.   

Now, label makers allow me to easily label everything! My oak inbox deserved some gold Letraset transfer letters and my file drawers got the label maker treatment.

It is fun when people who have been in my office several times before, all of a sudden read the drawer labels and laugh out loud. Sometimes the distraction/reaction/connection is just what is needed. 

+Meirav M.  tagged me on this originally and because I'm naturally inclined to create my own rules, I've taken well over five days to comply with her request.

First: http://goo.gl/VaPRdb
Second: http://goo.gl/YbeFXi
Third: http://goo.gl/ORqtNe
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+Valerie Clark It works. Stuff can get left by the door without interrupting me, no sides to jam things in with, real motivation to get it to zero.
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On my way to work, I travel down a two-lane road through the country side. 

#fivedayquest    *3* in response to +Meirav M. 's  tagging me.

Most of the way is at 60 miles per hour, so scenes fly by, but this house set in the midst of a pecan orchard always attracts my eye. I drove out to shoot this picture this morning and saw they had a plant sale planned for today. I thought about returning to visit and maybe buy a plant or two, but a text just changed my plans for the day.

+Jack C Crawford You've just taken off for India for work. Post us a picture of what you see your way to the job.

Day 1:https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillAbrams/posts/F6Xq9GqwuVM

Day 2: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillAbrams/posts/GVMdPAhRsYS
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This is what my morning prep station looks like

#fivedayquest 1

I am out the door before anyone else is out of bed. Depending on the time of year, it is either well before or just after sunrise. Because I operate in the dark in the bedroom I set out what I will wear the night before and dress in the bathroom. Because coffee is part of suiting up, that is also prepped the night before.

Today, Friday, I do not have any outside appointments and am dressing in jeans. I’m happy to wear jeans lately (well always) because I’ve reunited with my old flame Lee. After swearing by them in my teens and 20’s I lost interest and played the field. Such is the lot of an ENTP. I finally settled on Calvin, but cancer and treatment shrunk me instead of the jeans and recently I had the opportunity to take Lee out for a spin again. How comfortably they hugged and hung. We're back together after all these years

The vanity is an old oak dresser carved up for the purpose. We had toyed with the idea for a while and even bought a sofa table for the purpose of repurposing it as a vanity, but then saw this on Craig’s list and when we went to see it, jumped on it. This is among my favorite pieces of furniture in the house. I love quarter sawn white oak. 

The baskets on the wall I think are old chicken coop trays. Took a bit to figure out how to mount them, but they work pretty well for what we need.

+Meirav M.  tagged me on this, but because I chafe at arbitrary rules (and because I know that she has already done this) I’m tagging +Bobbie Today to post a picture of and comment about what her prep-station-on-vacation looks like.
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WerdGame!
  Version 3.3, July 26

Seven letters provided - You make a sentence using words starting with each of those letters in the order provided. Extra point if it is a "themed" sentence. Play as many times as you want. I'll monitor this game for as long as it is played and update the score occasionally.

Letters:
  W, C, L, O, S, E, T

Themes:
  Medical
  Trees

Straight up rules (more info on the "about" page at +WERDGAME ).
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I've sampled a bit of the chemo cocktail, but don't think I lost very much hair because of it. I like this reaction to the inevitable side effects of high doses over time.  From Aeon Film (3 min.)

When Kim Thelen started chemotherapy for uterine cancer, she knew she would eventually lose the wavy, waist-long brown locks that had defined her appearance for decades. After her hair falls out, she struggles to cope with her changing body image, looking for positive and creative ways to deal with an incredibly challenging situation. When Kim decides to embrace her baldness, she begins to recognize new opportunities for creative expression. Directed by Sarah Berkovich, Blank Canvas is a brief but powerful glimpse into one woman’s experience of ‘Life with cancer, and life after cancer,’ in her own words. The film reveals how Kim’s unconventional approach to facing the disease allows her to share that experience with others in a rich and meaningful way.
This 3-minute documentary reveals a woman's creative and beautiful responses to cancer taking up residence like an alien inside her body.
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Every time I remind someone else it is a reminder to me as well. Thank you for prompting me.
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+Meirav M.  tagged me with the #fivedayquest  and this is the payoff post 

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Over the past 20 years, I've carried one or the other of these bags on most days. The one on the left has been my law bag since the mid 2000's. It carries office supplies like pencils, pens, and pads; personal items like gum, floss, and tissues; and files, phones and mp3 player to and from home, my office, and other places I work. I took my time choosing the briefcase because I knew I’d be using it for many years.  

On the right is my TV bag. I got this from a client and started using it in the early 90’s. It is packed with small tools (Leatherman, scissors, wire strippers, flashlights, make-up brush, crescent wrench, etc.), supplies (wire connectors, ear plugs, headphone covers, spare glasses, tape, cord, plastic bags and sleeving, lighting gels, C-47’s, lens wipes, sharpies, etc.), nutrition for long periods behind the camera. It also performed duty as a book bag during law school and was my original law bag. After I got the briefcase, it happily returned to service as my TV bag. I recently had the manufacturer in Vermont refurbish it and it is ready to serve me for the rest of my TV career.
These guys are always packed and ready to go as is an overnight bag that is packed for two or three-day gigs out of town.

Tagging +Meg L  to show us her bags.

First: http://goo.gl/VaPRdb
Second: http://goo.gl/YbeFXi
Third: http://goo.gl/ORqtNe
Fourth: http://goo.gl/NpFyK3
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oooooh, it's very yummy! I can totally see why you've been lusting after it :-)
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For the length of the time it takes to finish the first cup, wouldn't this be a great place to greet the day?

To think great and small things, to stretch and exercise, to be disconnected from the news and the net and connected to yourself?
 
Headed to my chair... coffee in hand... sit down, turn to face the sun... and watch the morning being born...

#sunrise  
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I’m on the high home camera and I’ve got a decision to make.

#fivedaychallenge  *2* in response to +Meirav M.'s  tagging me

It’s a routine grounder to third base. At the crack of the bat, I collapse in on the third baseman as the ball travels down the line. I end on a little bit larger than head-to-toe shot of the third baseman as he fields the ball. I then follow the throw to first, widening the shot as I go so that when I reach first base, I can quickly freeze the pan on a framing that includes the runner approaching the base in the bottom right of the frame, the ball going into the first baseman’s outstretched glove on the left side of the frame; and the umpire leaning in about to make the call in the middle of the top of the frame. That’s the routine part.

The question is what do I do next?

Do I push in motivated by the runner as he moves away from me and steps on the base? And then, after the call, continue to with him as he rounds back? Possibly, if he just hit into a double play, but probably not, if there is any one else on. But maybe so, if he was safe based on his hustle to the base and that is the story.

Do I squeeze with the runner’s motion tilting up and then continue to zoom in on the ump as he stands up and makes the call, I am shooting a waist up single of him? Maybe if it a close call and the next thing the ump does is the most important part of the little mini-drama of a hit ball. Again, if there is someone else on, I might want to stay a little looser so that I can keep the ball in frame. But if it is the third out, I might risk it even if another man was on. Also, on close calls, there is a possibility that the first base coach or the first baseman will argue the call so I’m looking at the situation outside of my viewfinder to see if I need to widen to include either of those two people reacting or approaching. And if the third baseman either had a great stretch or made a great catch on a bad throw, I might wait for the call and then zoom in on the defense.

What kills me is when the throw or catch is bad and the ball travels into foul territory on the right side of the field, because at that point, I have usually come to rest on the three person tableau and if I either pan with the ball or zoom out to include the players and the ball, the move is not smooth.

All of this happens in real time. Right before the pitch the director says: “Ready two.” Less than a second after the ball is hit, the director says: “Take.” I only have time for one decision, but many need to be made.

#fivedaychallenge   1 is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BillAbrams/posts/F6Xq9GqwuVM

I'm tagging +jonathan keeton  to tell us of one of his narrative decisions.

(also referred to as #fivedayquest  )
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First one of these that has made me think about whether it would work on my wrist.

Smart watches seem clunky and fitness devices seem limited. This seems just right. 
Fitness band meets smartwatch once again: the Gear Fit feels as if it's reading the pulse of where wearables need to be next. Read this article by Scott Stein on CNET.
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