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Charles “Chip” Payet
Works at Smiles by Payet Family Dentistry
Attended University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Lives in Charlotte, NC
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Ergonomic Solutions Suddenly Urgently Necessary.  Thoughts on These Desks, Mice, Keyboards?

So earlier this year, I talked about getting an ergonomic desk and chair.  Never actually took the plunge, but at this point, it's become a necessity, as I can't work on my home computer for more than 5-10 minutes without pain.  I've narrowed it down to the following 3; one is just a L-shaped version.  I'm not sure if the L-shape is really worth that much more money, really, nor do I probably need it, but I'm including it in case anyone has any definite thoughts on it one way or another.

I'm also interested in suggestions for an ergonomic mouse, possibly even a new keyboard, but they do have to be Mac-compatible.  The Human Solution offers these, but damn....they better last for that much money:

And this keyboard:

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Just wow!

And as I posted the question to +Sergey Brin, is here a way to invest in individual Alphabet companies? Because I would love to invest in a company like this.
3 years ago we embarked on a project to put computing inside a contact lens -- an immensely challenging technical problem with an important application to health.  While I am delighted at the progress that project has made, I could not have imagined the potential of the initiative it has grown into -- a life sciences team with the mission to develop new technologies to make healthcare more proactive.  The efforts it has spawned include  a nanodiagnostics platform, a cardiac and activity monitor, and the Baseline Study.

It’s a huge undertaking, and I am delighted to announce that the life sciences team is now ready to graduate from our X lab and become a standalone Alphabet company, with Andy Conrad as CEO.  While the reporting structure will be different, their goal remains the same. They’ll continue to work with other life sciences companies to move new technologies from early stage R&D to clinical testing—and, hopefully—transform the way we detect, prevent, and manage disease.  
The team is relatively new but very diverse including software engineers, oncologists, and optics experts.  This is the type of company we hope will thrive as part of Alphabet and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
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A Tame Dragonfly?

This was taken with my iPhone 6 from a distance of less than a foot, which I found remarkable. I've never seen a dragonfly let anyone get so close before.

#insectphotography #iphonephotography
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Wow, awesome shot mate!
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Well, It Ain't Easy Working On You, Ya Know?

This honestly is a very funny look by a woman who decided to retire from dentistry at some of the irritations that we dentists deal with on a daily basis.  

Truly, most of our patients are WONDERFUL, but there are certainly patients who drive us batty, and it's nice to see someone write about it.

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Thanks to +Esther Martinez for sharing this fascinating article about the first fully-sequenced octopus genome. And she's right - here are some bizarre and amazing things in that genome!

+Alison Bernstein and +Kavin Senapathy I bet you've already seen this, right?

The octopus genome is here!

And it is weird.
Analysis points to genes underpinning a complex neural system
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Smaug in Monochrome

Another of my #dragons  series, this time edited primarily in Affinity Photo and MacPhun Tonality Pro.  The photo was converted to B&W in Lightroom, then inverted in Affinity Photo, with final work in Tonality Pro.

#monochromephotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #lordoftherings  

+lynn hughes pinging you to make sure you see it since you said you love Dragons.  :-)
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I do love them +Charles Payet. I like this.
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A Fascinating Look into Kung Fu

I haven't had time to watch the whole thing, which is why I'm sharing it to my Martial Arts Collection for later.  I love watching such documentaries and learning more about the style in which I train, although much of this is advanced WAY beyond my level, and while I can grasp a little bit of the technique, most of it is years away in my training.

+David Amerland you might enjoy this in particular.
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+David Amerland I thought you would appreciate that it was a lot more in-depth than your typical quick YT video.  
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What Else Is There to Say?
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When people ask me what I am. I say,

Are you ready for this

I say, I am a person.
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So +David Kutcher and +Vincent Messina here's the post to which I was referring the other day in the conversation about making your content convert better.

if you look at the images I included in the post, you'll see that this one article absolutely DWARFS all others on the site in terms of views, and the "Search Engine Terms" show many of the variations used that bring people to it.

Here's the problem, though: this is NOT a focus of our practice! Yes, we see emergencies, but that's not what we want a lot of. Not only that, he majority of the traffic isn't even from my geographic area (sorry, I didn't grab a screenshot from Analytics), so most of these people will never become my patients.

if I could, I almost wish I could just delete the page, but that's not really a good idea either. It certainly serves as a good FAQ page, right? I have rewritten large parts of it and added many internal links to related services, but Analytics shows that the huge majority of people viewing this article don't follow them and exit the site.

given that most of the traffic isn't even relevant geographically, what could be done to improve the local reach of the article, or can I stop it from being viewed outside a certain area, or do I just ignore it?
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+Charles Payet while the website might be the method, and search the vector, personalized search is a huge reality. I refer to this as progressive influence, where a review (posted on Google) is a huge factor. It IS a referral, even via search and your website.
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Cloudwars Goes Nuclear!

Shot this on my way home from work today. I'm no good at guessing sizes, but that cloud has to be over a mile high, right? Maybe a couple miles? 
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The Cloud God Awakens and Stretches Forth His Mighty Arms!

Walked out my front door to take Starbucks for a walk this evening and saw this. Immediately, I thought of a mighty god rising from slumber and stretching his arms, with radiant power shining forth.

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WOW that is magnificent +Charles Payet
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A Stunning Waterdrop BY +Geoffrey Dunn
The Pencil Sharpener

Of all the pictures I've ever taken, this is one of my all time favourites.

#gdpgoto   #water  
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Oops.. just realized it's a re-share.
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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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Charlotte, NC
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.
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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!
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  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
    Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), 1994 - 1998
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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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