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Charles “Chip” Payet
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Attended University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Lives in Charlotte, NC
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Are the Cleaning Agents You Use at Home Safe?

I started a thread in a FB forum called "Healthy Skepticism" on the topic of whether or not "green" cleaning agents for around the home, such as laundry detergents, multi-purpose cleaners, dish soaps, etc, are actually any safer for humans or the environment than conventional ones.

As usual, one of my favorite scientists and science communicators +Mommy, PhD came to the rescue, along with a few others, and a number of good resource links were provided. Interestingly, the answer seems to be that these products simply aren't regulated all that well in the first place, not a ton of research is required, and there are, in fact, some risks. On the flip side, reasonable usage seems to be generally fine, especially as long as you don't combine cleaners, which can cause bad chemical reactions.

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Shaolin Kung Fu Self-Defense Demonstration

Honestly, I always wonder how fights between these 2 really happen at home - 'cause they're married. LOL

#martialarts #kungfu #selfdefensetakesmanyforms
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+John Newman well here's an interesting article that seems to touch on the discussion that we were having yesterday. I'm not quite sure what to make of it yet, but it's a fascinating advancement. This does qualify as a type of AI, correct?

Thanks to +Ward Plunet for the share.
Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

This could be the largest Turing test in history. One of its surprising conclusions is that people don’t necessarily care that they’re chatting with a machine. Many see Xiaoice as a partner and friend, and are willing to confide in her just as they do with their human friends. Xiaoice is teaching us what makes a relationship feel human, and hinting at a new goal for artificial intelligence: not just analyzing databases and driving cars, but making people happier.
One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named…
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+Charles Payet​ yup, they might not be using "deep learning" in this case, but some folks are working on that - thought vector networks. Very interesting stuff :)
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You know, I think I might have slightly miscalculated when putting the water & beef broth into the pot before adding all the ingredients for the Vegetable Beef Stew. Just maybe?
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+lynn hughes LOL can't give you a plus 1 on that last comment.  :-D

Turns out it's a good thing I added the extra salt and pepper.  It is absolutely DELICIOUS!  
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If You're Feeling Cold, This Should Warm You Right Up!

Taken on the Big Island of Hawaii back in 2013 after hiking a couple of hours with the tour guide to the lava flows. Truly amazing to see it, although we were obviously a lot farther away that this looks. And as +Jay Patel mentioned in a photo that he shared of a Hawaiian lava flow not too long before that, it's VERY difficult to get these images focused well. Shooting in the dark with a long lens for half a mile away required a wide open lens, but the focus keeps shifting due to all the steam movement.

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That is one cool photo.
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I could really use some of this today........

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+Charles Payet that sucks I'm sorry :( 
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We don't do this kind of Iron Body training very often, but when we do, it sure ain't easy!
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In honor of Super Bowl 50, I present to you the most musical game of football you've ever seen, along with some pretty fancy footwork.
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I am getting impatient waiting for my shipment of Girl Scout Cookies to arrive. 10 boxes of Thin Mints, 10 boxes of Samoas, and 5 boxes of the peanut butter ones, whatever they're called. But at least I can get a head start on which wine should go with each!

Thanks +Annette Holland for the share. :-)
Tis the season.... Who can hook me up?

#wine #girlscoutcookies #twt #fb
It's officially Girl Scout cookie season. And even though the cookies can be pretty great crushed into milkshakes, straight out of the freezer or eaten just about anywhere, the folks at the Vivino wine app insist that if you want to take your cookies to the next level, you'll need to pair them with wine.
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I need my fix,;)
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For #tbt #throwbackthursday

Taken in the town of Landshut, Bavaria, just north of Munich. I was doing a 2- month rotation during the summer before last year of dental school. I'd become friends with a number of the instructors since I was helpful in proofreading their research papers that they wanted to submit to English language journals. :-) So they asked if I'd like to go to this huge festival - DUH! - and we had a great time. I wish I could remember more details of the festival, as it was a really big deal. I'll have to see if I can find my journal from that summer. 
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It's all about setting achievable goals.

I'm awake. Dressed. Still working on the grown up manners. How are you guys this morning?
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+lynn hughes that's because you don't drink coffee, silly!  :-D
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Dental lasers, microscopes, braces, CEREC, gum surgery, and more. Also a photographer.
  • Smiles by Payet Family Dentistry
    Dentist, 1998 - present
    I am the owner and dentist at my Charlotte office, Smiles by Payet Family Dentistry, where we offer a "Hi-Tech, Soft-Touch" approach to treating people of all ages, with a wide variety of procedures, including: - Laser Dentistry: "No-Shot, No-Drill, No-Pain" dental work for crowns and fillings with the Lightwalker laser; also LANAP Laser Periodontal Therapy "No Cut, No Sew" treatment of moderate and advanced gum disease (periodontitis) with the Periolase - Emergency Dental Care: root canals and extractions - Same Day Crowns with CEREC CAD/CAM - Microscope-Enhanced Dentistry for earlier diagnosis and less expensive treatment - 3 options for Straight Teeth: Invisalign, Powerprox Six Month Braces, and the Inman Aligner - Cosmetic dentistry: teeth whitening, porcelain crowns and veneers - Replacing missing teeth: dental implants and dentures
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Husband, father, dentist, photographer, passionate and creative, always learning.
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.” ~Francoise Chateaubriand

This is the quote by which I live, and I am deeply blessed to have the opportunity and drive to do so.

More than anything, I am a family man - with my wife and 2 daughters, I've lived in in the Charlotte area since 1998 after graduating from dental school in Chapel Hill, NC.  My wife is the love of my life and simply amazing, and we are blessed with 2 incredible daughters.

My profession and passion are one and the same: I've been a Charlotte dentist since 1999, and if you're in need of a dental office, we'll gladly welcome you.  We offer most of the most modern technology available and a unique and broad combination of services.  We know the dentist isn't the most fun place to be, but we try to make it the best possible, and since I truly love my job, we aim to offer the best dental care possible.

Outside of the office, my biggest passion, hobby, and part-time profession is that of photographer.  The G+ community has been an amazing source of inspiration since it began, and it is a wonderful place to share and learn equally.  So many people have encouraged and pushed me, it would be impossible to thank them all.  You can see my work at; prints are available if you like.
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Basically, people tell me that I seem to do a lot of things really well: dentistry, photography, ballroom dance, tennis, yoga, website design and optimization, multi-lingual.......I don't know if that's "bragging rights," but I just enjoy a lot of different things and doing them well!
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
    Biology and German, 1990 - 1994
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
    Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), 1994 - 1998
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Equation shows that large-scale conspiracies would quickly reveal themse...

If you're thinking of creating a massive conspiracy, you may be better scaling back your plans, according to an Oxford University researcher

Fireworks - Charles D. Payet

Charlotte NC photographer and dentist Charles Payet shares his passion for creative and landscape photography

The NC Photographer Awards 2015 • The Mast Farm Inn

The Mast Farm Inn, The North Carolina Blogger Network, and The Professional Photographers of North Carolina, are honored to announce the awa

Dancing with Light - Charles D. Payet

Charlotte NC photographer and dentist Charles Payet shares his passion for creative and landscape photography

Mein Blog in Zukunft wieder in Deutsch...

Ich werde wieder in deutsch bloggen. Die meisten menschen die sich meine Seite anschauen sind deutschsprachige Menschen und die Übersetzungs

Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science

Leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people might desperately look to science to save the day.

Good-bye, Oh Captain My Captain

Robin William's character, John Keating, in the 1997 classic "The Dead Poet's Society" forever changed my life. If only I could have thanked

The Law of Unintended Consequences (and Opportunities?)

Ever try to step back from being so busy, only to accidentally end up even busier than you were before? That's my life right now. OOPS!

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Chicago, IL- Researchers based out of the American Dental Association's (ADA) Chicago compound today announced the development of teeth clea

Charlotte Dentist | Hooray, I'm Dying More Slowly!

Charlotte family dentist Dr. Payet 704-364-7069 explains that good dental health & good overall health go hand-in-hand & his journey to bett

Feeling a Little Overwhelmed? Me Too

Charlotte NC dentist, father, husband, photographer, social media/Google geek, martial artist (and more) Charles Payet examines his (too) bu

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Hints, tips and advice on Google products and services

Google Plus ‘Explore’ and Hangouts - Plus Your Business

If you are looking to broaden your view on Google+, and use Google Hangouts to their full effect, then check this out!

Easy Tips to Clean Your Kids' Teeth

Dr. Charles Payet, a dentist serving families in Charlotte, Pineville, & Matthews begins a series of Kids Tooth Tips on keeping your kids ca

Since moving to the south side of Charlotte from Huntersville back in 2013, Cardinal Camera has become my go-to store. The convenience is a no-brainer since it's less than 10 minutes from my house, but the service, experience, selection, and prices there are very good. Before them, I would buy stuff from B&H Photo up in NYC, but there's simply no need to do that any more. If I need something they don't have, they can get it for me promptly or tell me where to get it at a great price if it's something not available through Cardinal at all. As an example: in early Oct. 2015, I was considering a switch from a Canon 5D3 to the Sony a7R2, but I wanted to know how it actually felt in my hand, try the lenses, etc. On a rather busy Friday afternoon, they spent almost an hour with me, even though I told them up front that I was NOT buying a camera that day. They pulled the body out, a spare adapter so I could try my Canon lenses on it, walked me through the menus, talked about the differences with the viewfinder, pros and cons of Sony and Canon sensors, etc. Bear in mind, I'd already done a lot of online research first, so we were talking the more nuanced details of dynamic range, resolution, and the fun goodies, not just basics. A full hour of their time and attention (of course I stepped back when they had customers who needed help and were making real purchases) with no guarantee that I would buy anything. THAT is what I call service. And naturally, when I was able to sell my 5D3 faster than expected, I headed straight for Cardinal Camera 2 weeks later and bought my Sony a7R2 from them. When it comes time to buy additional lenses, flashes, etc., Cardinal Camera will be where I buy them. Very competitive prices compared to B&H, great selection, helpful guys who've been there for years and know my name when I walk in, highly knowledgeable....what's not to like?
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reviewed 3 months ago
I'm writing this review as BOTH a dentist and as a parent, and I'm giving both Dr. Webbs 5-stars. :-) As a dentist, I have been referring patients to Dr. Webb's office ever since I opened my own practice next door to him in Southpark in 1999. During my early years of practice, not only was Dr. Michael Webb a phenomenal mentor and friend, he took great care of my patients, and we've continued sending patients to their office ever since (almost 16 years as of this writing). We consistently get rave reviews from the patients we send there, both adults and kids, and we will continue referring to them for the foreseeable future. As a parent and husband, I also recommend Dr. Webb. Back in 2006 is when I met my wife, and both she and her daughter Natalie were in need of orthodontics, so of course I sent them to Dr. Webb. Both of them got terrific results and are very happy with their smiles. And now, our 9yo daughter Elizabeth is about to start her orthodontics with the Drs. Webb. Unfortunately for our daughter, she got my upper jaw (too small) and my wife's lower jaw (too big), so Drs. Webb will be taking care of her for MANY years to come. In the interest of disclosure: both my wife and older daughter paid for their orthodontic care just like everyone else, because Fara and I were only dating at the time. Because of the complexity of care that Elizabeth will require, we plan on paying for her treatment, too, as long as they'll let us. That's how much we trust them.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
If you're looking for a beautiful, comfortable, immaculately kept B&B in the Charlottesville area, I highly recommend the Silver Thatch Inn. Very affordable, beautifully maintained, run by the delightfully friendly couple Jim and Terri. They make you feel like you're truly guests in their home. The breakfasts? Just make sure you allow plenty of time, because they are generous and taste amazing. One morning it was a cheese & tomato omelette with home fries, fresh-baked biscuits with home made strawberry jam, homemade sausage, and a cup of fresh fruit. The next morning more sausage, blueberry buttermilk pancakes (really light and fluffy like I've never been able to make). Oh....and did I mention they make FABULOUSLY STRONG COFFEE!?!?!? If there is one thing I hate about staying at most hotels, it's that their coffee is lousy. But not here - they make it as strong as I do at home, and that's saying something. Freshly ground each morning, too - I was in heaven. I'm going to have to find an excuse to take my wife up there for a weekend trip, just the two of us.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
More than 15 years ago, I reached my 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo back in Chapel Hill, but once I moved to Charlotte, I couldn't find a really good martial arts school close to me, so I took a 14 year break. I'd seen ads for the Peaceful Dragon, though, and when we moved closer, I decided to try it. After nearly a year, it's hard to describe how happy I am training there, but I'll try: 1) Sifu Eric Sbarge has been training more than 30 years, and teaching nearly 20 (I think). Most of the other instructors have also been training more than 20 years and teaching more than 10 years - EXPERIENCE MATTERS. 2) They're what I would call "old school." IOW, they teach you truly traditional Chinese martial arts with a focus on hard work, discipline, focus, strength, respect, etc. 3) The facility is beautiful, with more than enough room. 4) They're NOT about just testing people quickly to make money, like you'll find in a lot of schools. In fact, while the membership isn't cheap, there are no hidden costs that will surprise you, like for belts, tests, or gear. Also, testing is usually only held about every 6 months, and trust me, you'd better know your material! 5) Ridiculously nice people. Seriously! 6) Cultural events, like the Chinese New Year Celebration. I've signed up for the Mastership program, which means a 5-year commitment, and there's still a bit over 4 years to go. I love it!
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reviewed a year ago
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Dr. Tillman was recommended by a friend of mine, and I am very grateful for him. I'd spoken with him early this week and scheduled a time this Friday for him to come put our 15yo Shepherd/Chow mix, Lady, down, but when I got home after work on Wednesday, poor Lady's legs had given out and she could no longer stand. Dr. Tillman returned my call within 10 minutes and rearranged his evening plans to come as quickly as he could. As heartwrenching as it was to watch Lady slide gently away forever, Dr. Tillman was wonderfully compassionate and caring. His understanding, gentle words, and silence when needed were so appreciated. Of course, I hope I don't need to work with Dr. Tillman again for a long time, but when the time comes for our other dog to go, there's no one else I'll call. In gratitude.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
I absolutely love fine dining and sushi, and this place delivered in spades. I was only in Charlottesville for a few days for work and was told that this was a "must-eat" restaurant, and wow were my friends not kidding! Some of the best seafood and sushi that I've had anywhere in the world, beautifully presented. As I was there during Restaurant Week, I took advantage of their 3-course menu with the following: Shrimp Tempura Poppers Roll Miso Sea Bass While all 3 courses were delicious and delivered very unique and unusual flavor combinations, the Miso Sea Bass was out of this world. Oh my gawd...incredible. Don't take my word for it....go try it!
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
We just moved from Huntersville to the south side of Charlotte and were looking for a new sushi place, and our daughter found this yesterday, brought us back today. Really EXCELLENT sushi, beautiful presentation. Service was a good. My wife and I are glad that it's only a couple miles from our home, because we will be back regularly!
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago