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Devin Villery
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Musician, Sinfonian, Sound Engineer
Musician, Sinfonian, Sound Engineer

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These are polarizing times, with more of the country upset with the winner of the election or apathetic about the vote than are satisfied with the results. There's a lot of frustration, confusion, and downright anger. It's time for something different, but most of us either don't know what that "different" looks like, or we can't stand to listen to what "different" might be from a person who voted against our candidate.

But maybe... now is the time for "different" to become "normal."

Because it will matter to some, let me start with my voting history. Since I turned of age, I've voted in 7 Presidential elections. In four of those elections, my candidate has won (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama x2), while in the other three, my candidate has lost (George H.W. Bush, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton). My family is heavily Republican and I started my political life as a registered, passionate member of the GOP. Since then, I've become one of those "swing voters" that everybody likes to quantify. I've voted for Republicans and Democrats alike, and I've never had a ballot that was entirely of one party or platform. In one case, I voted for a Republican presidential candidate, then for his Democratic challenger in the next election.

In this cycle, my candidate lost a bitter, horrible, almost surreal election. In my circles there are many who are complaining about the popular vote vs. the electoral college, or spinning theories of conspiracy and voter disenfranchisement. There are those who are pointing out hypocrisy of one form or another, or wildly advocating litigation and harassment. Some are dedicating themselves to "making sure Trump is a one-term President" or "destroying a corrupt political process." -- Much of this talk is out of despair, but some of it sounds like the planning of an actual strategy... and that scares me more than a Trump presidency.

So, as a Republican-turned-Democrat who still occasionally votes Republican, can I make a suggestion?

Stop.

Just stop.

I know the allure. I feel the temptation -- To do everything to Trump that was done to Obama. To give action to the frustration that seemingly has led us to this point in US history. But this frustration WILL turn into unchecked rage if we let it. We'll have Democratic spokesmen talking publicly about the illegitimacy of Trump's presidency, Democratic representatives breaking decorum during a State of the Union addresses, Democratic lawmakers who have an "obstruct-first" policy to legislation. It's so easy to look over the past 8 years and make the decision to become the people about whom we have complained these past two cycles. It would be SO easy to give in and use every trick and tool in the arsenal that was pulled out again Obama, but before we do that...

Stop.

Just stop.

We are at a precarious point in this country... and I'm not talking about the political process or who sits in what seat... I mean a precarious point in defining THE MEANING of America and the American Dream. This country is based on the ideal that hard work can make your life better. This "bootstrap" mentality doesn't belong to Republicans or Democrats, but to all Americans. It's an ethos that is built into our identity: short-term suffering can lead to long-term prosperity. -- But that ONLY works as long as people are willing to look to long-term prosperity... and as a country, we've failed miserably at doing that these past few elections. We've demanded short-term gratification in the form of revenge, or talking points, or lolz... and I don't think we can continue to do that without losing sight of our long-term prosperity altogether.

So... my fellow Democrats. --- Stop. Breathe. Stop. Reflect. Stop... then get back to work.

This isn't to say that we surrender or give up our ideals. It's our job to hold our representatives to their promises and to challenge them when we don't agree... but we CAN'T be obstructionists. We CAN'T be trolls. We CAN'T be focused on proving that "we were right!" every time a republican stumbles. It's time for us to take to heart all the advice we've been offering to our more reasonable Republican brothers and sisters during the Obama Administration. In other words, it's time to be Americans.

And to my fellow Republicans. --- Stop. Breathe. Stop. Reflect. Stop... then get back to work.

The only way this works is if we hold accountable all the people who have done things we don't want to see during the Trump administration. Every representative who promised obstruction when it looked like Hillary would win, should no longer be a representative. Every pundit who claimed we should grab a gun, incite violence, or otherwise overthrow a duly-elected president should be shunned and shamed. Every extremist who was claiming we should "take back America" from Americans should fade into obscurity, replaced by those who are willing and able to put the long-term prosperity of our country above headlines and airtime. It's time for us to work and compromise with our more reasonable Democratic brothers and sisters. In other words, it's time to be Americans.

This is a different way of living the political process than we've know the past two generations, but if we care about being the UNITED States of America, this is the ONLY way it will happen.

If we're willing, and open, and caring... and AMERICAN... this could become our new normal.

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Something for +Jeff Jarvis​ that may be a backup for your Chromebook Pixel. 

Finally got the OTA for Android 7.0 for my Nexus 5X. Now to set some food out for the cats. 

https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/7edUrUjwQrw

So this a link to an article about how a community awareness app cut back it's racist submissions by 75%. While I don't think the same can be applied to twitter it's a possible way to help solve many of these problems online. 

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This seems pretty cool. My concerns would be how long it would take, how much of a battery drain it would be and if possible to use gps to help fight off some spoofing if possible. 

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Ballroom in the Old Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.

On Views: http://goo.gl/6WF2RP

This panorama consist of 4 photos shot hand-held using the Philopod pitch variation technique.

#batonrouge   #louisiana   #photosphere   #panorama
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Out of all the updated Lollipop apps, I'm loving the new calendar. Just glancing at the calendar is so much more informative and the widget, besides looking better, gives me a better understanding of what and when my events are coming up. Thanks +Google​. Much appreciated. 
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I have the 2013 Nexus 7 wifi 16gb running stock android. In the somewhat recently updated Google camera app I can only use the camera, video and lens blur modes. If I enter the panorama or photosphere modes it instantly freezes. In the app description it says that it needs at least 1gb of space for it to operate. I have a little over 2. 

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any know fixes? I have force stopped, cleared the cache and data and uninstalled updates and then re-installed. 

I will say that all the modes did work when I uninstalled the updates and opened the 'original stock' android camera. 

Any help would be appreciated. 

I have the 2013 Nexus 7 wifi 16gb running stock android. In the somewhat recently updated Google camera app I can only use the camera, video and lens blur modes. If I enter the panorama or photosphere modes it instantly freezes. In the app description it says that it needs at least 1gb of space for it to operate. I have a little over 2. 

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any know fixes? I have force stopped, cleared the cache and data and uninstalled updates and then re-installed. 

I will say that all the modes did work when I uninstalled the updates and opened the 'original stock' android camera. 

Any help would be appreciated. 

I have the 2013 Nexus 7 wifi 16gb running stock android. In the somewhat recently updated Google camera app I can only use the camera, video and lens blur modes. If I enter the panorama or photosphere modes it instantly freezes. In the app description it says that it needs at least 1gb of space for it to operate. I have a little over 2. 

Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any know fixes? I have force stopped, cleared the cache and data and uninstalled updates and then re-installed. 

I will say that all the modes did work when I uninstalled the updates and opened the 'original stock' android camera. 

Any help would be appreciated. 
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