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Thank You +Vic Gundotra 

I only recently started seeing posts by and about you on G+, although I knew from the news that you were instrumental in making Google+ happen.  Knowing just the little bit that I do, it's hard to imagine you moving on to a new "....and then...", but if it's time, you know all of your fans are wishing you all the best.  I'm so sorry to hear about the tragedy in your family, as well.

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And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 



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A New Smile in Just Six Months?  With Six Month Braces, You Bet!

Seriously, one of the things I love most about my job, is the ability to give people their smile back.  Mostly, we use #sixmonthbraces  at our #charlottedentist  office for adults, because they're really a form of cosmetic dentistry, rather than normal braces.  Whether they never got braces as a teen, or (very commonly) they did have braces but lost their retainers and had some relapse, we can usually solve most crowded teeth or spaced-out teeth within a very reasonable time - like right around 6 months.  :-)

If anyone has any questions, or doubts about whether or not this really works, just check out the article here.  I think you'll be impressed.  

Find Out if You Are a Good Candidate for Six Month Braces

Most adults are candidates for Six Month Braces.  The only real limitations are people with major bite discrepancies, jaw pain, jaw misalignment, or tooth-size problems (teeth too small or big).  

But if you have mild-to-moderate crowding, or some spaces between your teeth, this is a great option.  

#cosmeticdentistcharlotte   #cosmeticdentistry   #smilemakeover   #dentalbraces  
Charlotte family dentist Dr. Payet uses Powerprox Six Month Braces to give patients a straight smile fast. See an real case in progress at just 3 months.
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Start Your Day Right with Some Culture

I need coffee though, so I'll leave it at that. No profound introduction to +David Amerland's usual Sunday Profundity, sorry.

 
The Rise of the Monoculture

It was Cicero (http://goo.gl/dpY2Ec) who some 2,500 years ago first put together the words "cultura animi" (cultivation of the soul) therefore articulating and bringing into being not just the concept of culture but also its definition. 

Dictionary.com defines culture as “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.” (http://goo.gl/w3zQB) and it is of particular interest to us when we think that culture, an insubstantial, fragile and even ephemeral effect is an emergent phenomenon that exists purely in the mind and it appears only after society (a self-evident, organized, complex made up of interacting groups of organisms engaged in persistent relationships - http://goo.gl/MJShhj) has taken form and began to evolve. 

The subject is of particular interest to me. By the end of this month I will have been in four different countries and three continents and I will have spoken to hundreds of individuals that are in leadership positions within large, commercial organizations. Bodies of men and women governed by the sense of a particular culture, embedded within societies that have their own sense of culture, operating in a world where we are busy forming our own unique, and now largely common culture. What critics often disparage as ‘monoculture’ in an attempt to stymie the ability of the web to create something new which will inevitably challenge us. 

Anthropologists suggest that beyond the local or ethnic characteristics of culture there are twelve cultural universals that are found everywhere: 

1. Communicating with a verbal language consisting of a limited set of sounds and grammatical rules for constructing sentences

2. Using age and gender to classify people (e.g., teenager, senior citizen, woman, man)

 3. Classifying people based on marriage and descent relationships and having kinship terms to refer to them (e.g., wife, mother, uncle, cousin)

 4. Raising children in some sort of family setting

 5. Having a sexual division of labor (e.g., men's work versus women's work)

 6. Having a concept of privacy

 7. Having rules to regulate sexual behavior

 8. Distinguishing between good and bad behavior

 9. Having some sort of body ornamentation

10. Making jokes and playing games

11. Having art

12. Having some sort of leadership roles for the implementation of community decisions

At their very core these twelve universals guide are a monoculture of sorts and help drive all human behavior (http://goo.gl/heAKmy). They’re also the best answer as to why a monoculture, which would indeed help us as a race by improving tolerance and communication and removing some of the worst excesses of our behavior towards each other would also be full of sub-cultures, each preserving much of the identities that many fear will be lost and creating a lot of new ones in the process.

To understand both the fragility, complexity and persistence of culture consider +Steve Bonin's  write up riffed off one of my Sunday Reads on Culture (http://goo.gl/JDbcCH) or +Eli Fennell's  magical piece on internet marketing and its direct link to culture (http://goo.gl/Nv5c9T). They both talk about something I discuss sometimes relating to work (http://goo.gl/BhXcxI). 

As an emergent mental phenomenon our sense of culture and the powerful pull it exerts upon us exists only in our minds. There are two immediate takeaways from this: First, it cannot exist in isolation. Culture is a collaborative phenomenon (http://goo.gl/hjmFkX) arising spontaneously the moment humans interact. It is the result of connectivity, it requires tolerance and acceptance. It is driven by the desire to help others, make oneself useful and to create happiness and joy in one’s real or virtual environment through the contacts and connections that are established. Second, as a mental phenomenon it can be influenced by any of us. All of us. 

This means that the fusion of work and life and living and digital that we intuitively sense is happening before our very eyes and of which G+ and its unique culture is just one aspect, has been happening for much longer. We just refused to see it as such. +Luis Galarza  surfaced a piece (http://goo.gl/bRW4Tf) that covers as much. 

Technology now plays a central role in the way culture is shaped and Google is at the very heart of it through its now three-year-old Google Cultural Institute (http://goo.gl/g7HR87) that is busy creating a new sense of the world for everybody. 

+Walter H Groth's  share of a post shows that our more refined sense of culture is universal in its appeal: http://goo.gl/EcMfR9 those who fear that a techno-driven monoculture lacks any form of viable artistic (and therefore ‘soft’) expression overlook Silicon Valley’s hidden culture (http://goo.gl/pUyjT8). 

No talk of culture would be complete without the mention of sex and +Jennifer Ouellette’s share is bound to raise more than one eyebrow (plus teach us something new) – http://goo.gl/ZzOxpf

Finally finishing off my round up of links on a high note in another example of the ability of sharing, connection and connectivity to create a new, wider, open culture +Charlie Richmond's  share of Getty Museum’s free to download Art Books (http://goo.gl/fH2lSX) perfectly fits the bill. 

Are we changing? Yes, we are. My madcap month has, if nothing more, shown me that I managed to remain sane in the long days where the timezone, country and continent I was in became blurred because of Google+. For me it became an anchor point. Wherever I was in the world. Whatever time. Whatever country. You were all there, with me. Providing an immersive environment that was stable and enriching. 

This is new. Culture has always needed others in order to emerge. While we participate in it we cannot create it on our own. In the past our local, physical limitations also meant acceptance. Immersed in the emergent phenomenon of culture that was created by our surroundings we frequently found ourselves trapped. Making compromises. The culture we were in might not always have been the culture we craved. 

That is what’s changed. Wherever I went this month, my world, my connections, my culture. You. Were there with me. That made me more resistant to the need t make compromises in my thinking when I was alone (and ‘different’) in other cultures and, paradoxically, more open minded. With the sense of threat that goes with the overwhelming of one’s identity, removed, I was better situated to acknowledge, assess and consider the validity of the many other cultures I encountered (both social and work-related ones). And I benefited from it. 

The monoculture is coming. It’s driven by technology. But instead of leading to an annihilation of traditions and a total submergence of our identities to a massive, global group norm, it is more likely to lead to a greater acceptance, understanding and cooperation with each other. Not a bad thing to consider. Right? 

It’s Easter weekend. If you do not have chocolate eggs on hand you’re missing out. Let the coffee be plentiful and the sweeties be abundant and have a great Sunday wherever you are. 

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Coffee works +Charles Payet - have a great Easter Sunday. :) 
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Unable to Think of Cool Title Except It's HDR

Now how's THAT for an attention-grabbing headline?  Probably not quite as appealing as my Florida Dreaming sunset, but anyway, there you go.

Took this in Mallory Square on Key West, FL, which is just off Sunset Pier.  We didn't go in for a tour during the day, but I guess it's supposed to be a haunted house tourist trap.  

#hdr   #hdrphotography   #keywest   #floridakeys  
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Its the shipwreck museum , in there they have various things that were recovered during the early years of key west shipwrecking.
Among other things they have silver bars, bottles, etc great view of the island from the top of that tower.
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Florida Dreaming

So a fabulous 5-day vacation in Key West, FL (our first time there, won't be the last) wound up today.  So much relaxation, managed to take a fair amount of time away from the computer, even if I did have to TRY and keep up with a little bit of +Mark Traphagen 's and +Eric Enge 's awesome G+ material, along with some intense, thought-provoking writing by some wonderful Plussers +Owen Ellis and +David Amerland and +Gina Fiedel  , and then I was trying to come up with some shots for +Chrysta Rae 's most excellent #scavengerhunt  ..........I SWEAR that I really did take some time away from the computer and phone!  Really!  

In all seriousness, though, my family and I really did have a great time in Florida, but we're glad to be home.  Lots of family time this Easter weekend to come.

As I go off to sleep tonight, though, I will definitely be #floridadreaming  , so I'll leave you with this #floridasunset  .

Lastly, for #soothingphotography (+Soothing Photography) curated by +E Cindy, +Massimo Marengo, +Tomoaki Matsushita, +Naghmeh Khadembashi and +Steve J. Giardini
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Thank you +David Pilasky. 😃
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Oh Gawd Yes, I Need an IV Starbucks drip, STAT!

I'm sure +Kalebra Kelby would certainly agree, too.  :-)
 
Today for sure
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Just WOW!  

Really, what more is there to say about this awe-inspiring image?
 
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In celebration of #EarthDay , the greatest #globalselfie  of all! My #DayEarthSmiled   pic from Saturn.
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/458601234383908864

Taigne Hammock ‏@taigne 
@carolynporco is the blue haze an extension of dust/ice surrounding Saturn & it's ring system? I love this pic!

 Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco 
.@taigne That blue ring is formed by the exhalations of Enceladus!
https://twitter.com/carolynporco/status/458662991203168258

Michael ‏@Justforinterest 
@carolynporco is the brightest dot the Earth? And can you not see the Moon?

 Carolyn Porco ‏@carolynporco 
.@Justforinterest The brightest dot IS Earth. You can see the Earth AND Moon in our higher resolution view .. http://www.ciclops.org/view_media/38488/One-Special-Day-in-the-Life-of-Planet-Earth
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The Day the Earth Smiled

On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, NASA's Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn's shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings -- and, in the background, our home planet, Earth. 

With the sun's powerful and potentially damaging rays eclipsed by Saturn itself, Cassini's onboard cameras were able to take advantage of this unique viewing geometry. They acquired a panoramic mosaic of the Saturn system that allows scientists to see details in the rings and throughout the system as they are backlit by the sun. This mosaic is special as it marks the third time our home planet was imaged from the outer solar system; the second time it was imaged by Cassini from Saturn's orbit; and the first time ever that inhabitants of Earth were made aware in advance that their photo would be taken from such a great distance. 

With both Cassini's wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras aimed at Saturn, Cassini was able to capture 323 images in just over four hours. This final mosaic uses 141 of those wide-angle images. Images taken using the red, green and blue spectral filters of the wide-angle camera were combined and mosaicked together to create this natural-color view. A brightened version with contrast and color enhanced and an unannotated version are also available. 

This image spans about 404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers) across.

The outermost ring shown here is Saturn's E ring, the core of which is situated about 149,000 miles (240,000 kilometers) from Saturn. The geysers erupting from the south polar terrain of the moon Enceladus supply the fine icy particles that comprise the E ring; diffraction by sunlight gives the ring its blue color. Enceladus (313 miles, or 504 kilometers, across) and the extended plume formed by its jets are visible, embedded in the E ring on the left side of the mosaic. 

At the 12 o'clock position and a bit inward from the E ring lies the barely discernible ring created by the tiny, Cassini-discovered moon, Pallene (3 miles, or 4 kilometers, across). (For more on structures like Pallene's ring, see PIA08328). The next narrow and easily seen ring inward is the G ring. Interior to the G ring, near the 11 o'clock position, one can barely see the more diffuse ring created by the co-orbital moons, Janus (111 miles, or 179 kilometers, across) and Epimetheus (70 miles, or 113 kilometers, across). Farther inward, we see the very bright F ring closely encircling the main rings of Saturn.

Following the outermost E ring counter-clockwise from Enceladus, the moon Tethys (662 miles, or 1,066 kilometers, across) appears as a large yellow orb just outside of the E ring. Tethys is positioned on the illuminated side of Saturn; its icy surface is shining brightly from yellow sunlight reflected by Saturn. Continuing to about the 2 o'clock position is a dark pixel just outside of the G ring; this dark pixel is Saturn's Death Star moon, Mimas (246 miles, or 396 kilometers, across). Mimas appears, upon close inspection, as a very thin crescent because Cassini is looking mostly at its non-illuminated face. 

The moons Prometheus, Pandora, Janus and Epimetheus are also visible in the mosaic near Saturn's bright narrow F ring. Prometheus (53 miles, or 86 kilometers, across) is visible as a faint black dot just inside the F ring and at the 9 o'clock position. On the opposite side of the rings, just outside the F ring, Pandora (50 miles, or 81 kilometers, across) can be seen as a bright white dot. Pandora and Prometheus are shepherd moons and gravitational interactions between the ring and the moons keep the F ring narrowly confined. At the 11 o'clock position in between the F ring and the G ring, Janus (111 miles, or 179 kilometers, across) appears as a faint black dot. Janus and Prometheus are dark for the same reason Mimas is mostly dark: we are looking at their non-illuminated sides in this mosaic. Midway between the F ring and the G ring, at about the 8 o'clock position, is a single bright pixel, Epimetheus. Looking more closely at Enceladus, Mimas and Tethys, especially in the brightened version of the mosaic, one can see these moons casting shadows through the E ring like a telephone pole might cast a shadow through a fog.

In the non-brightened version of the mosaic, one can see bright clumps of ring material orbiting within the Encke gap near the outer edge of the main rings and immediately to the lower left of the globe of Saturn. Also, in the dark B ring within the main rings, at the 9 o'clock position, one can see the faint outlines of two spoke features, first sighted by NASA's Voyager spacecraft in the early 1980s and extensively studied by Cassini.

Finally, in the lower right of the mosaic, in between the bright blue E ring and the faint but defined G ring, is the pale blue dot of our planet, Earth. Look closely and you can see the moon protruding from the Earth's lower right. (For a higher resolution view of the Earth and moon taken during this campaign, see PIA14949.) Earth's twin, Venus, appears as a bright white dot in the upper left quadrant of the mosaic, also between the G and E rings. Mars also appears as a faint red dot embedded in the outer edge of the E ring, above and to the left of Venus. 

For ease of visibility, Earth, Venus, Mars, Enceladus, Epimetheus and Pandora were all brightened by a factor of eight and a half relative to Saturn. Tethys was brightened by a factor of four. In total, 809 background stars are visible and were brightened by a factor ranging from six, for the brightest stars, to 16, for the faintest. The faint outer rings (from the G ring to the E ring) were also brightened relative to the already bright main rings by factors ranging from two to eight, with the lower-phase-angle (and therefore fainter) regions of these rings brightened the most. The brightened version of the mosaic was further brightened and contrast-enhanced all over to accommodate print applications and a wide range of computer-screen viewing conditions. 

Some ring features -- such as full rings traced out by tiny moons -- do not appear in this version of the mosaic because they require extreme computer enhancement, which would adversely affect the rest of the mosaic. This version was processed for balance and beauty.

This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 17 degrees below the ring plane. Cassini was approximately 746,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from Saturn when the images in this mosaic were taken. Image scale on Saturn is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) per pixel.

This mosaic was made from pictures taken over a span of more than four hours while the planets, moons and stars were all moving relative to Cassini. Thus, due to spacecraft motion, these objects in the locations shown here were not in these specific places over the entire duration of the imaging campaign. Note also that Venus appears far from Earth, as does Mars, because they were on the opposite side of the sun from Earth.
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Don't Overdo the Easter Candy and Chocolate

It's one of those things that just kind of bugs me professionally sometimes, you know?  People come in to our office +Smiles by Payet Family Dentistry  with cavities and get mad that we tell them it's going to cost money to fix them.  But why get mad at your dentist?  You wouldn't believe how many times we hear the phrase, "Oh, I just have soft teeth, like my parents."  Well, for 99% of people, the simple answer is no.......you don't.  The reason you have cavities is that you eat too much candy, drink too much soda or energy drinks, don't brush your teeth or floss or use a mouthrinse.  And yes, Easter Egg Hunts, while a lot of fun, usually result in a LOT of chocolate and candy being consumed by kids and adults alike.

True, sometimes people really do have medical conditions, such as GERD (gastro-esophogeal reflux disease), which is basically chronic and uncontrolled heartburn.  In fact, this is one of the most common reasons for people to get cavities, even when they DO all the right things, and we completely understand how frustrating that can be.  

Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy Can Cause Cavities, too

This is very similar to what we hear from women after having children, but it seems it's not covered very well by OB/GYN's in dietary counseling.  The stomach acid that bathes your teeth every time you throw up is eroding the enamel, and the reflux usually doesn't stop right when the baby is born.  

After Candy and Chocolate, Brush Very Soon

If you do indulge (and yes, I confess that I do it, too), there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of cavities:
1) Swish and/or drink some water to get the excess sugar out
2) Brush quickly to get sticky candy off the teeth
3) Use a non-alcohol-containing mouthrinse

And beyond that - I wish all of you (assuming you celebrate it) a very Blessed Easter Sunday (please just hold off the sugar a bit).  
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+Nicholas Calcaterra Yes indeed, pretty cool how that works now, isn't it?  This is with the SZ-Google plugin Comments feature.
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Thoughtful and Thought-Provoking, As Always

+Mick Sharpe 's FridayFavorites post has become one of the 3 "Daily Summaries" (as I think of them) that I really look forward to each and every week.  The others, of course, are +Mark Bruce +ScienceSunday summary, and +David Amerland's Sunday Read .  
I tend to write a little less eloquently, I feel, than any of these 3 gentleman, and perhaps a bit more bluntly, so forgive me if I don't do this justice.  But basically, Mick puts together an excellent summary of each week's most meaningful posts, HoAs, etc for you to catch up on.  Always thought-provoking and revealing, I just can't recommend enough that you follow him if you want your mind sharpened and online knowledge enhanced.
 
A big basket of Easter goodies

+Mia Voss predicted that 2014 would be the year of the kickass. Mia’s not wrong! There seems to be a surge of activity at the moment, a quickening, an increased positivity. It’s fitting then to start with the Saturday edition of +The Mia Connect Power Chat  (http://goo.gl/wXksta). Always worth watching for +Dustin W. Stout, just don’t mention Facebook or Snapchat. Mia was also joined by +David Amerland, +Ileane Smith, +Debi Davis and +Rebekah Radice who gave their predictions for the next few months. Always #BatCrapCrazy this show broke the comments limit again and apparently also broke Instagram! It might be something to do with Dustin’s posted image - you have been warned!

Obviously one of the big topics of the last week was +David Amerland’s new book Google+ Hangouts for Business and there were a couple of HOAs (in addition to the Power Chat above) that are well worth viewing for some background to the book and some further pearls of wisdom. In How to Use Hangouts to improve Brand Impact (http://goo.gl/mQIQ74) +Yifat Cohen looks at how HOAs can be an important element of any business strategy. The second half of the show was driven by guest questions and is well worth staying the course. Good job Yifat.

In G+ Hangouts for Business - The Book (http://goo.gl/fu3q8s) the guys from +Stone Temple Consulting, +Eric Enge and +Mark Traphagen were joined by +David Amerland and the master of the HOA, +Ronnie Bincer. Lots of information as you would expect from these G+ giants including a strategy for coping with the huge growth in the number of available HOAs competing for our time and the lessons we have to learn to effectively use Hangouts. Some humour thrown in for good measure - I’ve now refined my strategy to four words: Sell turnips, buy beer. Thanks guys.

Between these three HOAs you should have enough information to know that you should go and buy the book!

Back to school

David was also centre stage alongside +martin shervington at an innovative HOA organised by +Jim Shankle at +John Brown University. (http://goo.gl/zo4aax) Discussions about the challenges that face businesses in today’s attention economy - it’s all about the trust. Some excellent questions from the students and the usual great responses from David and Martin.

As ever the event comments are well worth a read and I make no apologies for borrowing this insight from +Kristin Drysdale that distils an important aspect of this platform.

The invisible layer of Google Plus is gratitude. It's infectious and overwhelming. We jump at the chance to help others because we are truly, honestly, sincerely grateful... Many thanks Kristin.

I really enjoy these classroom HOAs - they give an extra dimension to an already great medium for sharing knowledge. Glass in the Class Episode 5: The importance of Group communication (http://goo.gl/ymb7gI) is another great example with +John Ellis providing the technical wizardry to put guest educators in front of +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales’s Kent State University class. This week’s expert was +martin shervington sharing his experience of Google services as he has developed Plus Your Business. I could only dream of this kind of information flow when I was but a lad in Academia. Top marks to all for taking this tool to another level.

Adios to the Online Money Show

The final Online Money Show: Earn $100,000 Blogging! Monetize Your Blog! (http://goo.gl/qFrfZB) was everything you could hope for as a swan song. Always full of top tips for making money +David Oldenburg and +Christine DeGraff welcomed +Henneke Duistermaat, +Nicholas Cardot and +Randy Brown to share their money-making tips. You’ll take away a lot from this show and it stands as a testament to the value given by this show and hosts David and Christine. I’m sure we all wish David well in his new venture the Real Estate Power Show.

Social Media: Is it Changing You?

+Gina Fiedel is one storyteller here on Google Plus for whom I always have time. Social Media: Who Are You Becoming? (http://goo.gl/6TJXr2) takes a look at how Google Plus has changed all of us, given us a new landscape to explore and pushed boundaries aside. This thoughtful piece will have you nodding as you see elements of your own development on this platform - I was frequently. Gina also anticipates the coming possibilities, the growth and support of the community, the inspiration, the confidence to venture forward. All of this conveyed in her own inimitable style. I, for one, will never tire of Gina’s Google Plus Mantra (one that I’m sure we all share anyway). Take the time to enjoy this.

Thinkers corner

Those of you who have followed these #FridayFavourites will know I like posts that make you think. It might be a little self indulgent but I’m going to include a couple of posts every week that get you thinking.

This post I missed last week. It is +Bruce Marko’s Denting the Universe (http://goo.gl/SWd9bs). Bruce makes the connection between the content we create and gravitational forces in the Universe. Quality over quantity is something that I try to apply to everything I do. I think it’s the most rewarding in the long term. Go ahead and start creating your brightest stars.

Quality also provides a running thread through issue 21 of the disseminating seeds series from +Owen Ellis. Continuing Lessons (http://goo.gl/mnUYUs) makes the statement that Writing matters. You've probably guessed that I’m in total agreement (or this weekly review would be an HOA!) but you may be thinking it’s not that relevant to you. Well read through and you may change that view.

And finally…

I’ve been in a few offices where the plants have provided the camouflage. Crack a smile at this one from +Craig Chamberlin, When Your Boss Is Coming  (http://goo.gl/FKRL7X). Then take a look at the Craig and Chris Show (http://goo.gl/JEn3LP) - I think you’ll agree that Gary Busey does have taste :-)


Have a great weekend wherever you are

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+Mick Sharpe I'm so glad I could return the favor by introducing you to +Mark Bruce, who always has awesome #science stuff. :-)
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Florida Psychedelic Sunset

I missed capturing this sunset down at Sunset Pier on Key West for one REALLY stupid reason......we had a flat tire on the car, and when I called to have the guy come fix it, he had to come right around sunset.  This would probably have been the most amazing sunset of the entire trip, and I missed it because of my own stupidity.  Should have had them come the next morning.  Oh well.

#sunset   #sunsetphotography   #keywest_florida   #vacation  

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Thank you +Mark Bruce. 😄. Combination of HDR and Paintography techniques that I learned right here on G+. 
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Occupation
Dentist
Skills
Dental lasers, microscopes, braces, CEREC, gum surgery, and more. Also a photographer.
Employment
  • Charles D. Payet, DDS, PA
    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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Currently
Charlotte, NC
Previously
Wilmington, DE - San Antonio, TX - Goettingen, Germany - Munich, Germany - Chapel Hill, NC
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Husband, father, dentist, photographer, passionate and creative, always learning.
Introduction
“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 www.CDPayetPhotography.com; 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!
Education
  • 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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Charlotte NC photographer and dentist Charles Payet provides portrait photography, teaching dental photography, and landscape photographs.

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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 month 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 - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months 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 - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I have been boarding my 2 dogs at East Lincoln for about 5 years now, as well as taking them for all their regular care. They are always extremely helpful, everyone on the staff is super cheerful, helpful, etc. There are other places closer to me, but they are WAAAAY more expensive, but don't really provide anything more. East Lincoln's fees are very reasonable, their customer service is great, my dogs do great there, and I would recommend them to anyone.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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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 - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Absolutely AMAZING New Year's Chef's Tasting Menu. To celebrate the end of an amazing year with my wife, this was perfect. The service is friendly and excellent, the food was EXQUISITE, superb wines, beautifully decorated..........really, this is one of the finest restaurants in Charlotte. Thank you to everyone at The McNinch House Restaurant for a fabulous New Year's Eve dinner!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
We had heard good things about this restaurant, but they certainly did not prepare us for the amazing dinner. The Pan-Seared Salmon with English Pea Risotto was subtle but sublimely delicious. Don't tell them, but if it were $10 more, it still would have been worth it! I can't wait to go back and try the Flat Iron Steak that my wife had and loved, too.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago