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Charles “Chip” Payet
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Crazy Wavy Curly Swirly Blowy Icicly Magical CLOUDS!

But then all the clouds disappeared before the sunset and the pretty colors! :-(

Oh well....those were some FUN clouds to shoot tonight! I saw them while out walking my dog Starbucks and realized that I could find some great #cloudwars material if I hurried, so I did (I had to promise Starbucks to take her for a more relaxed walk later so she could sniff everything without rushing to make up for it) Not sure how many photos I took, but I got a bunch that will give me something to edit for fun over the weekend, even if I was bummed out that they all faded away before the sun's colors could illuminate them.

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It's a Topsy-Turvy World Indeed (and a Small One!)

Scrolling through older photos, as I occasionally do, and I came upon this one from at least 3 years ago. Back when +Craig Szymanski was posting a lot of #oculus images, I was inspired to try some, too. Time to dig mine out of the closet again and have some fun, but in the meantime...enjoy!
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New Theory of How the Brain Generates Our Perceptions of the World

This work describes how "perceptual bias" can alter our perceptions of objects in the world. For instance, when we see a blue bus, because we may expect to see a yellow bus we will actually see the blue bus bluer than it really is. They show that during the perception encoding processes of the brain, some perceptions are being decoded, altered and re-encoded to be experienced by other parts of the brain.

I also have an article called "Salience is the Sixth Sense" from earlier this year where I opine on this perceptual bias and how it combines with our raw perceptions, ultimately changing how we experience those perceptions:

From the article,
Alan Stocker, an assistant professor in the psychology and the electrical and systems engineering departments, and Xue-Xin Wei, a psychology graduate student, combined these two concepts to create a new theory about how we perceive our world: How often we observe an object or scene shapes both what we expect of something similar in the future and how accurately we’ll see it.

“There are two forces that determine what we perceive,” Stocker said.

According to his research, those sometimes work against each other; we end up observing the opposite of what our experience tells us should happen. Keeping with the bus example, a bus that is actually blue would look even bluer than it is.

The video from the article is linked below.
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My Favorite New Classical Music News Source!

Sorry, but I can't type anything more right because I'm laughing so hard.  If you love classical music, you MUST visit this site!
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Damn, This One Is a Must Read for Me

Honestly, after skimming through +Mark Bruce 's brief synopsis and selected quotes, this book is getting put at the top of my reading list the moment I finish Asimov.  But I have to finish those first.
Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind
My synopsis plus key excerpts.

Sapiens is probably the most ambitious book that I have ever read. Within the constraints of space and a lay but intelligent target audience that are typical for a book like this it attempts a truly grand and epic synthesis of human history and human culture. Starting with our divergence from our last common ancestor with chimpanzees Yuval Harari weaves a dense and engaging tapestry of human history that covers human biology, culture, institutions, agriculture, religion, money, industrialisation, and science that succeeds in providing a fascinating overview of historical transitions and novel insights into both key events and our indelible human nature. 

Above all, the key takeaway, and the key lesson that Harari conveys with Sapiens is the overwhelming power of ideas to control our lives, our desires, our history, and even the entire biosphere of our planet. Sapiens repeatedly emphasises the seemingly obvious but so often forgotten or neglected point that all of these ideas have no objective reality, no physical existence in the real world, and exist only as abstract constructs in our minds at both an individual and collective level. One’s programming by collective ideas is most starkly presented when considering issues of morality that one takes to be absolutes. Our seemingly fixed society is represented as a fluid and purely imagined order, as a set of games with rules we all agree to follow and adhere to. 

This is a book that I could not put down and it consumed most of my free time for a week. Harari presents such a different lens, with a different focus on human nature and historical human events that I couldn’t help but find the material endlessly fascinating, the story thoroughly engaging and always stimulating. Old lessons and knowledge were represented and reinforced in a new light with new metaphors and of course new lessons and knowledge were presented in powerful ways. There were many nights when I learned more details about history than I had in many, many years. 

Sapiens was one of those rare, wonderful books that helped make me a better person and a better, more aware thinker. 

Selected Excerpts
The following list of excerpts of ~2,200 words has been culled down from an original list that I made of ~13,000 words. 

Tolerance is not a Sapiens trademark. In modern times, a small difference in skin colour, dialect or religion has been enough to prompt one group of Sapiens to set about exterminating another group. Would ancient Sapiens have been more tolerant towards an entirely different human species?

Over the last few centuries [legal fictions known as] companies have become the main players in the economic arena, and we have grown so used to them that we forget they exist only in our imagination.

Unlike lying, an imagined reality is something that everyone believes in, and as long as this communal belief persists, the imagined reality exerts force in the world.

Most millionaires sincerely believe in the existence of money and limited liability companies. Most human rights activists sincerely believe in the existence of human rights.

One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations. Once people get used to a certain luxury, they take it for granted. Then they begin to count on it. Finally they reach a point where they can’t live without it.

Both the Code of Hammurabi and the American Declaration of Independence claim to outline universal and eternal principles of justice, but according to the Americans all people are equal, whereas according to the Babylonians people are decidedly unequal. The Americans would, of course, say that they are right, and that Hammurabi is wrong. Hammurabi, naturally, would retort that he is right, and that the Americans are wrong. In fact, they are both wrong. Hammurabi and the American Founding Fathers alike imagined a reality governed by universal and immutable principles of justice, such as equality or hierarchy. Yet the only place where such universal principles exist is in the fertile imagination of Sapiens, and in the myths they invent and tell one another. These principles have no objective validity.

How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined. You always insist that the order sustaining society is an objective reality created by the great gods or by the laws of nature. You also educate people thoroughly. From the moment they are born, you constantly remind them of the principles of the imagined order, which are incorporated into anything and everything.

The imagined order shapes our desires. Most people do not wish to accept that the order governing their lives is imaginary, but in fact every person is born into a pre-existing imagined order, and his or her desires are shaped from birth by its dominant myths. Our personal desires thereby become the imagined order’s most important defences.

It follows that in order to change an existing imagined order, we must first believe in an alternative imagined order. ... There is no way out of the imagined order. When we break down our prison walls and run towards freedom, we are in fact running into the more spacious exercise yard of a bigger prison.

Most people claim that their social hierarchy is natural and just, while those of other societies are based on false and ridiculous criteria. Modern Westerners are taught to scoff at the idea of racial hierarchy. They are shocked by laws prohibiting blacks to live in white neighbourhoods, or to study in white schools, or to be treated in white hospitals. But the hierarchy of rich and poor – which mandates that rich people live in separate and more luxurious neighbourhoods, study in separate and more prestigious schools, and receive medical treatment in separate and better-equipped facilities – seems perfectly sensible to many Americans and Europeans. Yet it’s a proven fact that most rich people are rich for the simple reason that they were born into a rich family, while most poor people will remain poor throughout their lives simply because they were born into a poor family.

Culture tends to argue that it forbids only that which is unnatural. But from a biological perspective, nothing is unnatural. Whatever is possible is by definition also natural. A truly unnatural behaviour, one that goes against the laws of nature, simply cannot exist, so it would need no prohibition.

Money was created many times in many places. Its development required no technological breakthroughs – it was a purely mental revolution. It involved the creation of a new inter-subjective reality that exists solely in people’s shared imagination. Money is not coins and banknotes. Money is anything that people are willing to use in order to represent systematically the value of other things for the purpose of exchanging goods and services. Money enables people to compare quickly and easily the value of different commodities (such as apples, shoes and divorces), to easily exchange one thing for another, and to store wealth conveniently.

Money is accordingly a system of mutual trust, and not just any system of mutual trust: money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever devised.

For thousands of years, philosophers, thinkers and prophets have besmirched money and called it the root of all evil. Be that as it may, money is also the apogee of human tolerance. Money is more open-minded than language, state laws, cultural codes, religious beliefs and social habits. Money is the only trust system created by humans that can bridge almost any cultural gap, and that does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, race, age or sexual orientation. Thanks to money, even people who don’t know each other and don’t trust each other can nevertheless cooperate effectively.

Money is based on two universal principles:
a. Universal convertibility: with money as an alchemist, you can turn land into loyalty, justice into health, and violence into knowledge.
b. Universal trust: with money as a go-between, any two people can cooperate on any project.

But if we take into consideration natural-law religions, then modernity turns out to be an age of intense religious fervour, unparalleled missionary efforts, and the bloodiest wars of religion in history. The modern age has witnessed the rise of a number of new natural-law religions, such as liberalism, Communism, capitalism, nationalism and Nazism. These creeds do not like to be called religions, and refer to themselves as ideologies. But this is just a semantic exercise. If a religion is a system of human norms and values that is founded on belief in a superhuman order, then Soviet Communism was no less a religion than Islam.

As long as the hosts live long enough to pass along the parasite, it cares little about the condition of its host. In just this fashion, cultural ideas live inside the minds of humans. They multiply and spread from one host to another, occasionally weakening the hosts and sometimes even killing them.

Modern-day science is a unique tradition of knowledge, inasmuch as it openly admits collective ignorance regarding the most important questions.

Our current assumption that we do not know everything, and that even the knowledge we possess is tentative, extends to the shared myths that enable millions of strangers to cooperate effectively. If the evidence shows that many of those myths are doubtful, how can we hold society together? How can our communities, countries and international system function?

In 1620 Francis Bacon published a scientific manifesto titled The New Instrument. In it he argued that ‘knowledge is power’. The real test of ‘knowledge’ is not whether it is true, but whether it empowers us. Scientists usually assume that no theory is 100 per cent correct. Consequently, truth is a poor test for knowledge. The real test is utility. A theory that enables us to do new things constitutes knowledge.

Poverty, sickness, wars, famines, old age and death itself were not the inevitable fate of humankind. They were simply the fruits of our ignorance. . . . The leading project of the Scientific Revolution is to give humankind eternal life.

Europeans began to draw world maps with lots of empty spaces – one indication of the development of the scientific mindset, as well as of the European imperial drive. The empty maps were a psychological and ideological breakthrough, a clear admission that Europeans were ignorant of large parts of the world.

What enables banks – and the entire economy – to survive and flourish is our trust in the future. This trust is the sole backing for most of the money in the world.The entire enterprise is thus founded on trust in an imaginary future – the trust that the entrepreneur and the banker have in the bakery of their dreams, along with the contractor’s trust in the future solvency of the bank.

Credit enables us to build the present at the expense of the future. It’s founded on the assumption that our future resources are sure to be far more abundant than our present resources. A host of new and wonderful opportunities open up if we can build things in the present using future income.

In the new capitalist creed, the first and most sacred commandment is: ‘The profits of production must be reinvested in increasing production.’

Like the Dutch Empire before it, the British Empire was established and run largely by private joint-stock companies based in the London stock exchange.The Indian subcontinent too was conquered not by the British state, but by the mercenary army of the British East India Company. From its headquarters in Leadenhall Street, London, it ruled a mighty Indian empire for about a century, maintaining a huge military force of up to 350,000 soldiers, considerably outnumbering the armed forces of the British monarchy.

First, capitalism has created a world that nobody but a capitalist is capable of running. The only serious attempt to manage the world differently – Communism – was so much worse in almost every conceivable way that nobody has the stomach to try again. In 8500 BC one could cry bitter tears over the Agricultural Revolution, but it was too late to give up agriculture. Similarly, we may not like capitalism, but we cannot live without it.

At heart, the Industrial Revolution has been a revolution in energy conversion. It has demonstrated again and again that there is no limit to the amount of energy at our disposal. Or, more precisely, that the only limit is set by our ignorance. Every few decades we discover a new energy source, so that the sum total of energy at our disposal just keeps growing.

Yet all of these upheavals are dwarfed by the most momentous social revolution that ever befell humankind: the collapse of the family and the local community and their replacement by the state and the market.

For real peace is not the mere absence of war. Real peace is the implausibility of war.

First and foremost, the price of war has gone up dramatically. The Nobel Peace Prize to end all peace prizes should have been given to Robert Oppenheimer and his fellow architects of the atomic bomb. Nuclear weapons have turned war between superpowers into collective suicide, and made it impossible to seek world domination by force of arms.

But the most important finding of all is that happiness does not really depend on objective conditions of either wealth, health or even community. Rather, it depends on the correlation between objective conditions and subjective expectations.

If happiness is determined by expectations, then two pillars of our society – mass media and the advertising industry – may unwittingly be depleting the globe’s reservoirs of contentment.

People are made happy by one thing and one thing only – pleasant sensations in their bodies. A person who just won the lottery or found new love and jumps from joy is not really reacting to the money or the lover. She is reacting to various hormones coursing through her bloodstream, and to the storm of electric signals flashing between different parts of her brain.

Happiness and misery play a role in evolution only to the extent that they encourage or discourage survival and reproduction. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that evolution has moulded us to be neither too miserable nor too happy. It enables us to enjoy a momentary rush of pleasant sensations, but these never last for ever. Sooner or later they subside and give place to unpleasant sensations.

As Nietzsche put it, if you have a why to live, you can bear almost any how. A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship, whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.

Our actions are not part of some divine cosmic plan, and if planet Earth were to blow up tomorrow morning, the universe would probably keep going about its business as usual. As far as we can tell at this point, human subjectivity would not be missed. Hence any meaning that people ascribe to their lives is just a delusion. The otherworldly meanings medieval people found in their lives were no more deluded than the modern humanist, nationalist and capitalist meanings modern people find.

Since we might soon be able to engineer our desires too, perhaps the real question facing us is not ‘What do we want to become?’, but ‘What do we want to want?’ Those who are not spooked by this question probably haven’t given it enough thought.Is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don’t know what they want?

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+Sheng Li thank you for the recommendation, and I will check it out. 
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Headaches. Back Pain. Pain with No Explanation. ANY Kind of Pain. Causes, Therapies, Medications, Research.

Background Story

There are 2 stories underlying this new Collection.  One is professional, and the other is personal.  

Professional As a dentist, I deal with patients suffering in pain on a daily basis.  Most of the time, the causes and treatments are quite straightforward: cavities, trauma and broken teeth, gum disease.  90% of the time, I can diagnose the cause and recommend appropriate treatment with 1-2 x-rays and a brief visual exam, and there are only about 5-6 different treatment options.  But sometimes it's not that easy.  There's referred pain (, in which a tooth on the top might hurt, when in reality it's a tooth on the bottom.  There is muscular pain caused by intense clenching or grinding; this can even lead to headaches, migraines, jaw pain, locking, and more.  And it's not always obvious.  Diagnosing and treating patients in pain involves a lot of listening and working towards a diagnosis, rather than having something clear-cut.
On the professional side, I will be writing about advances in understanding, diagnosing, and treating pain, primarily of the head and neck, as those are my particular areas.

Personal I've written about this experience previously, but to recap: in early July 2015, after going to bed on Wed. evening feeling great, I woke up Thursday morning in the most excruciating pain of my life.  It took nearly 3 months before I had a full day without pain, but even now there are times when I feel twinges and have to be very careful.  The recover involved muscle relaxants, massage, physical therapy, laser biostimulation, pain medications (non-narcotics, as I can't stand the feeling of being on hydrocodone), yoga, etc.  

Through learning how to manage and understand my own pain, I learned that the fundamental understanding of pain (nerves, muscles, neurotransmitters, central and peripheral nervous system roles) has advanced significantly since I finished dental school over 17 years ago.

I've now embarked on a learning journey to better understand the nature and experience of pain, diagnosis, management, and treatment.  As I mentioned, this will be primarily focused on the head, neck, and upper back/shoulders, but I certainly welcome discussion  about all kinds of pain.

Rules of Discussion

For anyone who wants to discuss the topic, I do require it to be evidence and science-based.  No pseudo-scientific woo or junk, please.  Alternative methods of pain relief can be discussed insofar as they are supported by evidence and not personal belief.
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Not a Political Post

I am not making any kind of statement about politics or a particular candidate, even though I am sharing a political post that is clearly promoting a particular candidate. Promise.

But what is worth considering are the depressing statistics cited (and I have no reason to doubt them, but nor have I fact-checked them) about how little the USA spends on the Arts. I don't even really care how much other countries spend, because I don't live there. Those other numbers just put the minuscule and depressingly low amount that the USA devotes to arts education and access into perspective given the relative sizes of those countries.

It is sad that this country no longer seems to value the Fine Arts as it used to do. Schools still support sports programs without fail, but the Arts are always fighting cuts to survive, never to thrive and grow.

Same with science. Research budgets keep getting slashed; almost never does the military face real cuts, not bureaucracies, etc. but fundamental research, the kind of stuff that changes the future? Always a struggle.

We don't just need more reading, writing, and arithmetic - we need to inspire and delight in the wonders and beauty of art, music, science if our children are to truly have a better future.

I have no idea if Bernie will really do what he says, but isn't it sad that he seems to be the only one talking about it? Why doesn't this come up in debates? Why doesn't anyone ask the candidates about these questions and what they'd do to change it? Of course it will cost money - so what? It will be more than worth it to make our lives richer, deeper, more beautiful and inspired.
the USA has become culturally impoverished
Bernie will bring back 'The Arts' to America!

Our country has lost focus on the importance of 'the Arts' to education and the quality of life in our country.  Nobody seems to talk about it anymore. But it has gotten so bad that the 'US National Endowment of The Arts' now spends only 1/40th of what Germany spends on the arts per capita.

☛ from Alternet:      "In 2011, art funding in the United States reached a record low following the financial crisis. The 2013 National Arts Index revealed art spending made up just 0.28 percent of the government’s non-military budget in 2011, with local government spending also dropping by 21 percent over that time. The percentage of American households donating private funds to the arts also declined by almost 9 percent. 

Such figures are symptomatic of our free-market, capitalistic society. Contrast that with the European model, where art is not viewed as a commodity but as a universal birthright to be protected and celebrated. In the spirit of reviving art funding and our perception of culture on our home soil, here is a list of 10 countries that fund citizens to pursue artistic endeavors.

1. Germany: Germany’s cultural budget was approximately $1.63 billion USD in 2013. According to Ian Moss, research director of Fractured Atlas, Germany’s art funding in 2007 equated to roughly $20 per German citizen, which “dwarfs the 41 cents per red-blooded American provided by the NEA. What artist wouldn't want to live there?” Moss told Huffington Post. Since the 1970s, Germany has implemented a federal program for art purchases and the collection of contemporary art in a bid to support artist organizations and bodies. In fact, publicly funded cultural institutions are used to educate people to promote interest in art. In 2013, the German culture budget rose by 8 percent even despite an overall federal budget decrease by 3.1 percent.

2. Northern Ireland: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland announced it will award over £13 million ($21 million USD) to arts projects through northern Ireland, including theater and literature for its tiny 1.8 million population. The Arts Council is the development and funding agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. It distributes public money and National Lottery funds to develop art projects and events throughout the country for both individual international artists to perform in Ireland as well as organizations.

3. France: France has always had a vast appreciation for art and culture, which it considers almost holy. Home to some of the most prominent art displays in the world, French museums generate over 20 million viewers a year. The budget of the French Ministry of Culture for 2013 was close to €7.4 billion ($10 billion USD) with €3.5 billion ($4.73 billion USD) dedicated to the cultural field alone.  Despite such a large distribution, these figures actually represent a 2.3 percent drop in art, which has prompted protests and strikes across the country in recent times.

4. Sweden: The Swedish Arts Council is a government authority that implements national cultural policy by allocating generous funding to performing arts, music and literature. Every year, huge sums of public money are dished out to punk rock and indie music bands, which American Republicans have criticized. In 2011, the Swedish government spent 2.60% of its central government spending on culture alone. The Swedish Arts Grant Committee allocates approximately 100 million SEK to the arts ($15 million USD) for its modest 9 million people. Moreover, the Nordic Culture Fund supports artistic and cultural cooperation between all the Nordic countries. The fund goes a step further, even supporting architecture, design, visual arts, performing arts, film, literature, music and multicultural projects.

5. Australia: In Australia, government expenditure for the arts and cultural activities in 2011-2012 period was estimated to be approximately $7 billion for a population of only 22 million. In 2013, the Australia government confirmed an additional $75.3 million in funding over four years to support Australian artists and art organizations. The government supports the arts in Australia through a number of programs including arts training bodies, music, film festivals and also includes radio and television. Each state in Australia has an Arts Council that provides the majority of funding. In 2008–'09, cultural funding by all three tiers of government averaged $311.77 per person in Australia."

read how the US has become culturally impoverished:

now watch how Bernie would turn this situation around!:

Let's realign America's priorities!  FeelTheBern!

#mydailybernie   #NEA   #BernieSanders   #ArtIsLife  
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As former Chair of the local arts council, it's pathetic on a federal level as well as state level. Even in "progressive" Massachusetts the allotment from the state to local councils has declined each year over the last decade. Our councils have had to work hard to come up with other means to generate funds to meet needs, but we all know how valuable the arts are to our economy and culture. 
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Please Don't Argue With a Doctor When You Don't Have a Clue What You're Talking About


In all seriousness, if you have zero background, education, or training in the scientific method, research, or medicine, and a doctor with training and knowledge in an area under discussion tells you that you're wrong and then explains why and provides information clearly proving that you're wrong, and then also tells you that a link you provided is both outdated and meaningless and tells you why....

...the APPROPRIATE response is to think, "Hmmmm, maybe I'm wrong and I should listen to the doctor and learn something since I'm out of my league."  NOT to tell the doctor that he's wrong and doesn't know what he's talking about.

It's like if I try using data that's 15 years old to argue with a car mechanic...or with a social media expert about metrics (and yes, +Vincent Messina and +David Kutcher , I'm looking squarely at myself right now) .... or a cardiac surgeon about the proper approach to the heart.  It's stupid, is what it is, and to anyone who actually knows what they're talking about, it's obvious you don't.

Seriously...if you don't know anything about medicine, science, or research.... don't argue with someone who does.

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+David Kutcher great article from a year ago, and it pretty much summarizes how I feel about blocking, which is that it's reserved for spam and particularly malicious trolls.  At least on social media.

On my blog, however, I am a bit more selective about blocking people for a very specific reason.  About a year ago (unfortunately, I didn't Evernote the article and can't find it again), there was a rather significant study published showing that allowing science deniers (climate, vaccines, nutrition, whatever) to post false or misleading information in the comments had a strong impact on readers' interpretations of the article itself.  IOW, if the article was about additional research on the dangers of climate change, letting people post denialist information had a very measurable impact on the perception of the research, even if the research showed something completely opposite of the junk posted in the comments.

Therefore, because my dental site is intended to be science- and evidence-based, I take a stronger stance on not allowing people to post crap.  I still try to err on the side of letting stuff stay if it's borderline, but if they're flat out denying or posting misinformation, that stuff gets deleted and the poster gets banned.  I simply will not allow people like that to negatively influence my readers.  Disqus already does a decent job of catching spam, but some things make it through.

On my personal blog, not that it's gotten much attention for a long time, I also tend to be firm.  Sometimes I'll leave a comment but edit out any abusive stuff if there is still something worth having in the conversation.
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Somewhere Else In Europe

I guess I really need to get the box of photos that I had scanned and go through each envelope of prints, because I did write on the back of most of them where they were taken, which would also give me a better idea of when they were taken. But that would be so much WORK! Ugh.

Again, this was either Switzerland or Austria. Might have been taken from the Kitzenstein Gletscherbahn, or maybe not. Either way, it was on a trip with my Dad back around the turn of the millenium. Hehehehe...sounds cool to say that, doesn't it? It'll be even cooler when I"m another 40 years older. "Heh, kids these days just don't know what it was like back at the turn of the millenium. Damn kids!" (Said in a crotchety, querulous old man's voice, obviously.)

BTW - if anyone has any suggestions on good Lightroom settings or presets for fixing the noise and crap on old scanned prints quickly and easily, I'd be much obliged. Noiseless Pro from +Macphun is good at getting rid of the noise, but it seems even the "Light" settings really eliminate all the detail on these at the same time.

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Who Is Shooting with the Sony a7Rii, and Does It Live Up to the Hype?

I've read great reviews from some of the big names (+Colby Brown's was superb), but I'd love to hear from anyone else. In particular those who switched from something like the Canon 5D3, even more so if you use a Metabones adapter and are still shooting with your Canon lenses.

I am not in a position financially to just sell everything and buy all new Sony lenses, too, especially since Sony doesn't have an equivalent to the 70-200 2.8 L IS Mark II. I might sell the 5d3 and 24-105 L, then get the Sony 24-70 with the body.

The good, the bad, and the ugly - all opinions welcome.

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+A.D. Wheeler wonderful, I'll watch this week, thank you!
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Curiosity: Simultaneously the Drive Behind, and the Bane of, Living with ADD

It's often said that people with ADD/ADHD tend to be very curious and creative types; at least, when they are able to focus their mental energy adequately. They are often driven, in fact, able to focus with incredible intensity on things for extended periods. This single-minded focus is often referred to as "hyperfocus.". When in the grip of this hyperfocus (it's usually not something that is "on-demand," as I understand it), a person can accomplish a great deal. The flip side of hyperfocus, however, is that random curiosity can pull you in 100 directions at once, such that you are unable to focus on the one or more that are particularly important at that time. Hence, it is an equal driving force of success and what kills the cat.

Looking at my Kindle book collection is probably a good indication how this might work. :-)

See all those Asimov books? I bought the set 5 days ago, and I have already finished 5 of the 7 books. And that is how I am still up an hour past my usual bedtime, because when a book really grabs me, it becomes impossible to put down. Time and space disappear; there is only the book and my imagination.

And when something doesn't grab me quite so vigorously, or when I come upon a new broader topic and several related books, I bounce around among several and it can take months to finish all of them - unless I get distracted by something else new a shiny...oh look, a squirrel! Gotta go!

BTW I have actually finished most all of the books seen in these screenshots; beyond the last 2 by Asimov, maybe 3 others are either partially read or not even started. I just downloaded them to the iPad for the screenshots.

#add #adhd # #curiosity 
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Wilmington, DE - San Antonio, TX - Goettingen, Germany - Munich, Germany - Chapel Hill, NC
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.
Bragging rights
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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Dr. Charles Payet
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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

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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!

Knudsen's News: Dentist Organization Denies Teeth Cleaning Nanobots Part...

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 &amp; good overall health go hand-in-hand &amp; 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

Plus Your Business!

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, &amp; Matthews begins a series of Kids Tooth Tips on keeping your kids ca

Prove Your World

Ask your questions. Find Your answers.

Slice Your Age with Dr. David Madow

The place to become "Stronger, Thinner, Healthier and Happier!"

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 - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 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 - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 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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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
After a long hiatus from yoga, mostly because I was lazy and didn't take the time to find a studio that my schedule allows me to attend classes, but recently my Massage Envy masseuse, April, told me about Melting Point Hot Yoga, so I have now been to 2 classes and really enjoyed it! Still have to see if I can make any weekdays, but weekends, this is going to be a regular for me! Friendly people, excellent classes, good instruction and gentle help when needed.......wonderful!
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
13 reviews
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 - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 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
*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you love Sushi* We've been going to Sushi Star restaurant pretty regularly for 3-4 months now, and we are always pleased. The prices are beyond reasonable for the excellent sushi, especially when they have "2-for-1" Sushi Rolls or "1/2 Off" Rolls on certain days of the week. It's really become one of our favorite restaurants. Fast service, the decor is simple (that's the only reason I didn't give an "Excellent" for that, because it's not an upscale place, the prices are honestly too low for the quality of the food (don't tell them I said that! LOL), but most of all - we always love the sushi.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago