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Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that. I know other people who've been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say "if you call Alan, it doesn't matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he's doing, he'll get back to you within a day".

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner(or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.
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What Happens in One Internet Minute?
2015 Edition

Always interesting to see how much happens in our global online community in such a short span of time.

#oneinternetminute
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+Thomas E. Hanna | BlogPhoto.tv​ is dropping truth bombs and smart strategies right now for the #FLBlogCon presentation on #GooglePlus. Only bummer is that +Greg Trujillo​ and I have to follow his act!
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+Thomas E. Hanna | BlogPhoto.tv hmm... Nope. Can't seem to place that incredibly beautiful graphic you have in the background. ;)
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+Wade Harman has a book coming out!

Don't miss your chance to pre-order a copy :) 

#bookpost   #nowreading   #soonreading  
 
Pre Order Your Copy!
Today you can pre order a copy of The Relationship Manifesto due out later this year!  This book will show you everything I have learned to date on the Relationship marketing process and how a theory I had over 4 years ago, where you can build a successful business without knowing anything technical, is proving true to this day!

Click here to see the pre order page: https://publishizer.com/the-relationship-manifesto/

This has been a long time coming, I've stayed up late, woke up early and labored over this thing.  The best thing about it is that I'm learning it all over again as I jot things down.  The best thing about building any kind of business is the people.  If you can win the people, then you can do anything online!

Take a look and pre-order your copy today!

#RMBook   #relationshipmarketing  
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Well, thank you for ordering anyway :)
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Bloggers: Wondering About WordPress?

We can help! +Chef Dennis Littley is hosting another epic Virtual Bloggers' Conference, and +Greg Trujillo and I will be participating along with +Kristoffer Howes and +Dustin W. Stout, our super-sharp counterparts from +Weal Media. Tune in live with your questions!

#virtualbloggersconference   #forbloggers   #bloggingtips   #wordpress   
 
Although Wordpress is not the only platform for blogging, it seems to be the most popular which also means the most problematic.

Lets talk about ways to make your blogging experience better on Wordpress.  Bring your questions for our panel.

+Kristoffer Howes founder and CEO of Weal Media, an industry-leading content marketing agency and PR firm. Search, social media and brand strategist, devoted father, loving husband and author of Get an A+ on G+: Making the Grade on Google+.

+Dustin W. Stout  Chief Marketing Officer of Weal Media, Web designer, branding enthusiast, blogger and social media junkie. 

+Carolyn Capern Content Writer, Blogger, Social Media Strategist and  partner at CT Social

+Greg Trujillo  co-owner of an Interactive Digital Marketing Agency, Web Development, Lead Developer, Social Media Strategist, Analysts, 

Sunday June 14th @
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"Cat Condo" of adoptable felines for relaxation in an Office Building? Sign me up.

This is a great idea -- both for employees and cats. (Dogs would be great too, but probably better suited to active jobs.)

#cats   #catlovers  
 
A County government office in the Southwest US [has] built a cat condo in their office and are allowing employees to take a cat or kitten back to their desk for an hour a day.

The cats are housed in the lobby of this two storey office and as so many people visit this government building on a daily basis, it gives them a greater chance of being adopted

via +Amber Jacks 
http://welovecatsandkittens.com/cat-news/office-has-cat-library-employees-can-check-out-cats-to-take-to-their-desk/
Find out about this great idea a government office has to give rescue cats a higher chance of being adopted.
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Bet the employees will have longer lives. Blood pressures will go DOWN!
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Cardboard Stories at Christmas

In July 2013, +Rethink Homelessness introduced the world to the real stories of some of the many homeless people who lived on the streets of Orlando.

I'm proud, and deeply touched, to see that two years later, we're able to celebrate stories of some of the many people who have been housed for the first time in years.

Please, please -- share. There IS a solution to homelessness. And it starts with each and every one of us standing up and telling our leaders "our people deserve better."

#rethinkhomelessness #orlando #homelessness
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To anyone who's ever experienced homelessness (via circumstance or unavoidable choices), God bless you. Great to see folks getting a second chance at life! Thanks for this, +Carolyn Capern. 
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It's #domesticviolenceawarenessmonth , and I adore this powerful post from +Katherine Kotaw talking about how she and her daughters have built their new lives and found new strength in their "girl gang." It's an important message worth hearing, for everyone. 
 
The man who tried to kill me called the other day.

At least I think it was him. It was his name on the caller ID, and the voice sounded vaguely familiar.

But the sing-song, taunting timbre (think Jack Nicholson’s “Here’s Johnny” from The Shining) was absent.

The mocking voice that tormented my waking hours while I lived with him?…That made me hyperventilate at the sound of a ringing telephone during the years when he stalked me? …That invaded my dreams long after my daughters and I went into hiding to escape from a reputed hit man?

That’s not the voice I heard when I listened to a message left on +KOTAW Content Marketing's answering machine at 6:20 a.m. September 28th.

It was Kelsey’s birthday and the day before the 15th (or so) airing of the +Lifetime movie Run For Your Life, based on my memoir, Quicksand: One Woman’s Escape From The Husband Who Stalked Her.

The man on the phone was nervous, his words halting and the tone effeminate. He was clearly reading from a script, and I think he was terrified someone would pick up the phone.

With good reason.

If any member of my #KOTAWGirlGang  had answered the call from the man I presume to be my former abusive husband, he likely would have done the same thing he did when he was served divorce papers at his place of work two decades ago: peed his pants. 

And, by the time he finished listening to what any of us had to say to him, I’d bet my next book royalty check that he’d have made an even smellier mess in his boxer shorts.

While his voice has weakened, ours have grown strong beyond measure.

Our words would deafen him, not because of their volume but because of their intent. 

And any conversation would be brief. Our message is succinct:

We are done with you.

I am sharing this blog during #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth     with all of you because I hope you will share my message of HOPE after domestic abuse.  

Domestic violence thrives on silence, so the more we share our stories, the more we all speak up, the more we do to take the taboo out of a topic that is too often shoved under the rug.  

Please share this blog to help my daughters and me deafen #domesticabuse  using the hashtag #WeAreDoneWithYou .

Together, we can start a conversation about domestic violence and say #NOMORE  to men who control women with fists, weapons, emotional blackmail, mind games, sleep deprivation, isolation, financial ruin and myriad other tactics because they’d rather be feared than loved.

Thank you so much for your support.  Let's see if we can get the hashtag #WeAreDoneWithYou  trending!

#empowered   #womenempowerment   #DVAM   #NationalDomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth  
My domestic violence abuser called the other day. He sounded terrified—with good reason. His voice has weakened, but mine has grown strong beyond measure.
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Thank you so much for sharing, +Carolyn Capern.

The message is important even for those fortunate enough not to have suffered from or been exposed to #domesticviolence.

Because what my story demonstrates is that we are all much stronger than we realize or give ourselves credit for.

If we channel our strength -- and put it to meaningful purpose -- we grow stronger still.

Thank you from all of us at the #KOTAWGirlGang, including the three with fur and tails!
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Fun with the Google Deep Dream Generator

We all know that photography is fun on its own, and beautiful pictures are inspirational -- but what images lie within those photos?

I got tipped off to the Google Deep Dream generator by +Greg Trujillo  and started having some fun with it this morning. These were some of the better photo results. Most of the original photos are by +Thomas E. Hanna | BlogPhoto.tv, my sister +Kate Capern, and +Tammy Strobel from the Rowdy Kittens blog.  

The purpose of the Google Deep Dream generator (from the website):

Google has spent the last few years teaching computers how to see, understand, and appreciate our world. It's an important goal that the search giant hopes will allow programs to classify images just by "looking" at them.

And this is where Google's deep dream ideas originate. With simple words you give to an AI program a couple of images and let it know what those images contain ( what objects - dogs, cats, mountains, bicycles, ... ) and give it a random image and ask it what objects it can find in this image. Then the program start transforming the image till it can find something similar to what it already knows and thus you see strage artifacts morphing in the dreamed image ( like eyes or human faces morphing in image of a pyramid ).

Generate your own "deep dream" images: 
http://deepdreamgenerator.com/

#deepdream   #photography   #google   #googledeepdream  
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They really should rename Deep Dream to Trippy animal filter. 
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Should I Be On Every Social Network?

Believe it or not, there are still lots of people in the world who are only just taking their first baby steps on to social media.

When you are still in that stage, it's easy to get overwhelmed...easy to feel like you need to be everywhere at once.

When everyone around you seems to be jockeying for spots on shiny new social networks, should you do the same?

I'm delighted today to have had this blog post shared by +Convince & Convert​ -- be sure to follow along as +Wade Harman​'s Evil Twin has taken over the page!

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Every Social Network?
As my first official share as Evil Wade on the C&C G+ page I thought I would show you a post that I think deserves more attention and this one comes from +CT Social authored by my good friend +Carolyn Capern that talks about whether or not you should be on every social network.

Granted, there will be more crazy people like me that you have to deal with, but is it good for your business?

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If you want to be included in the free giveaways that I will be doing throughout the day, let me know that you want to be included in the Convince & Convert Blog Notification circle.  With that, you will never miss a post that comes across the C&C blog.  They will send you a notification here on G+ and in your email.  Let me know in the comments because I've got some cool stuff to give away today!

#socialmediatips   #EvilWade  
When you take your first steps as a company onto a social network, the sense of possibility can eventually overwhelm your capacity to handle the effort.
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Thanks for sharing +Carolyn Capern :)
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Almost time to talk WordPress!

Bring your questions and your happy hour drinks, and I'll see you at the next section of +Chef Dennis Littley's Virtual Bloggers' Conference :)

#blogger   #bloggerquestions   #wordpress   
 
Although Wordpress is not the only platform for blogging, it seems to be the most popular which also means the most problematic.

Lets talk about ways to make your blogging experience better on Wordpress.  Bring your questions for our panel.

+Kristoffer Howes founder and CEO of Weal Media, an industry-leading content marketing agency and PR firm. Search, social media and brand strategist, devoted father, loving husband and author of Get an A+ on G+: Making the Grade on Google+.

+Dustin W. Stout  Chief Marketing Officer of Weal Media, Web designer, branding enthusiast, blogger and social media junkie. 

+Carolyn Capern Content Writer, Blogger, Social Media Strategist and  partner at CT Social

+Greg Trujillo  co-owner of an Interactive Digital Marketing Agency, Web Development, Lead Developer, Social Media Strategist, Analysts, 

Sunday June 14th @
3 pm PT/ 4 pm MT/ 5 pm CT /6 pm ET / 11 pm UK

If you miss the live event watch it at your convenience on YouTube
https://goo.gl/4oGbkx   Subscribe so you don't miss any of the content!

#VBlogCon15   #askchefdennis   #Wordpress  
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Chef Dennis Littley. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Wise words here from +Wade Harman -- #authenticity  (whatever that means to you) is the name of the game.
 
Selling Yourself
Perhaps one of the most talked about, and least implemented strategy on social media is being who you really are.  

This post covers one of my experiences in the coal mine and how I realized that when you change simply because of the people around you then it's not good.  

Read it here: http://www.wadeharman.com/authenticity-the-coal-miners-guide-to-selling-yourself/

It's important to be YOU.  It is also important that the people in your niche like who YOU really are.  However, you don't have to bend to completely change who you are and what your marketing stands for.  

This article shares some of these facts and how you can make a bigger impact on your social media following.

#socialmediamarketing   #authenticity  
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In this town where BBQ restaurants are abundant, Southern Moon Smokehouse stands out. Don't be fooled by its strip mall location and unobtrusive appearance-- this place makes some very seriously good BBQ. The meat doesn't need the sauce to be amazing... but the sauce is still fantastic. Be sure to try the grilled mac n cheese sandwich with BBQ meat, and the corn bread with honey butter. Don't get stuck at just 4Rivers or Bubbalou's-- next time you want BBQ in Orlando, make a trip to Southern Moon!
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A client took me to lunch there on a Thursday. I went back with a large group of friends that Saturday. That should tell you how much I enjoyed Schumann's. The food was fantastic and incredibly reasonably priced (especially for a downtown restaurant)-- thus far I have tried their knockwurst and their bockwurst, along with German Potato Salat (authentic, hot, vinegary) and green beans (fresh, crisp, and oh-so-buttery). The atmosphere was quirky and very German feeling, the service was friendly and prompt, and (though I didn't try it) the bar menu was extensive. If you're looking for a place with hearty delicious comfort food to eat in downtown Orlando, definitely consider giving Schumann's a try!
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Cafe Murano is among the best Italian food I've found in the Orlando area so far. When you feel like trying out a place that's not Olive Garden, you definitely want to seek out a place like this, with its hearty classic meals. Loved the drinks and the pasta dishes that I've tried-- ravioli and spaghetti. The service was great, the atmosphere was lovely and relaxing, and it was very conveniently located to stroll over and see a movie afterward! Women in the area should also take note of their Thursday Ladies' Night! Great fun.
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There is a reason this place is one of the best-loved BBQ restaurants in Orlando. John Rivers has brought his amazing taste and innovative cooking style to create a place with incredible food and a fun, rustic atmosphere. Expect long lines almost whenever you go, but it is worth it. I loved their selection of glass-bottled sodas in particular, and I always get the Burnt Ends sandwich-- half pulled pork, half brisket. The sides are phenomenal, from the mac and cheese to the corn to the INCREDIBLE baked beans. This is certainly not a place to go with the vegetarians in your life, but everyone else...go here and seriously indulge your taste buds. (And I've heard, but haven't verified, that the cupcakes in their bakery are awesome too.)
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Fantastic little burger joint-- a little pricey, but you absolutely get your money's worth (although you may not be able to eat the whole thing)! I tried the Lone Star burger, and was very impressed-- both burger and friends were delicious. Friendly and helpful staff and a cool eclectic atmosphere on Edgewater Drive make this an awesome place to visit for a good meal. Highly recommend.
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If you're looking for a hole-in-the-wall thin crust pizza experience in downtown Orlando, this is a great place to go. Reasonably priced slices with awesome garlic bread, and their full-sized pizzas look awesome too. The pizza is a little greasy, I guess, but it's not at all overwhelming and tastes oh-so-delicious. The staff is very friendly and it's a really relaxed atmosphere with counter service and upstairs dining. I've been several times and always look forward to stopping by!
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We went to Cafe Annie before taking in a show at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, and I'd certainly recommend it to other theater-goers since it is a rather close proximity. The food was good-- not the best Mediterranean I've ever had, perhaps, but my falafel sandwich was satisfying and delicious. The service was friendly and pretty good speed, too, especially considering that we had a very large group. Just make sure you aren't in a rush; this may be a place better enjoyed at a leisurely pace.
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