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Don MacAskill
Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Geek @SmugMug. Leia, Logan & Audrey's Papa. Lover of Liz.
Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Geek @SmugMug. Leia, Logan & Audrey's Papa. Lover of Liz.

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Sweet! +YouTube featured our amazing ARCTIC SWELL film!
Welcome to Surf City, Arctic Circle.

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So excited we're finally launching +SmugMug Films, a new series celebrating the world's most exciting photographers.  We've been lovingly working on this for awhile, and have some incredible photographers we'll be profiling in the coming weeks.

Subscribe to the SmugMug Films YouTube channel to get a first look at each new video:

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In case you missed it, #Apple   #Aperture  now has built-in support for +SmugMug, no plugins necessary!
SmugMug + Apple Aperture

Shiny, new feature alert! You can now connect and sync your SmugMug account with your account in Aperture and easily browse, upload, download and organize all from one app

Must be used on iOS Mavericks. 

Check out the details on our blog

#SmugMug #Aperture #Apple #Photography

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+Stephen Shankland has a great write-up about all the #Android  troubles and triumphs we encountered building Camera Awesome on Android.  The platform sure has come a long way in the last few years.  :)

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It's finally here.  Camera Awesome for Android has landed.  Sorry it took so long, folks.  But it's worth it.  :)   #Android   #Awesomized  

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Finally! The biggest thing  +SmugMug has ever done launches July 30th.  You're gonna love it.  Tune in live and watch.  

It's been a long, long road, but we couldn't have gotten here without your feedback, support, and patience.  Can't wait to see what you think!

Thanks for being awesome!

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Perhaps +Thomas Hawk's best work ever.
More Proof Pets Really Do Look Like Their Owners -- Mountain View, CA

Had a great day hanging out down at +SmugMug today with the awesome +Michael Bonocore and his doppelganger Rocky.  Always great to get to spend time with the excellent team at SmugMug.  Thanks guys!

#GoogleGlass   #Glass   #SmugMug   #DogsInGlassThursdays  

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Audrey thinks #Google  +Project Glass is the camera she's been waiting for all her life. She takes a photo every three seconds and throws her arms in the air and does a dance when she gets a coveted one, like, erem, our dog's butt. (Click through for more)
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If you happen to have vocal cord issues, or know someone who does, seems like a good initiative - fill it out and pass it along.
About 14 years ago, I got a bad cold, and my voice became hoarse.  At the time I didn’t think much about it.  But my voice never fully recovered.  So I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with left vocal cord paralysis.  This is a nerve problem that causes your left vocal cord to not move properly.  Despite extensive examination, the doctors never identified a cause — though there was speculation of virus-based damage from my cold.  It is quite common in cases like these that a definitive cause is not found.

While this condition never really affected me — other than having a slightly weaker voice than normal which some people think sounded a little funny — it naturally raised questions in my mind about my second vocal cord.  But I was told that sequential paralysis of one vocal cord following another is extremely rare.  

Fast forward to last summer, when the same pattern repeated itself — a cold followed by a hoarse voice. Once again things didn’t fully improve, so I went in for a check-up and was told that my second vocal cord now had limited movement as well. Again, after a thorough examination, the doctors weren’t able to identify a cause.  

Thankfully, after some initial recovery I’m fully able to do all I need to at home and at work, though my voice is softer than before. And giving long monologues is more tedious for me and probably the audience.  But overall over the last year there has been some improvement with people telling me they think I sound better.  Vocal cord nerve issues can also affect your breathing, so my ability to exercise at peak aerobic capacity is somewhat reduced.  That said, my friends still think I have way more stamina than them when we go kitesurfing!  And Sergey says I’m probably a better CEO because I choose my words more carefully.  So surprisingly, overall I am feeling very lucky.

Interestingly, while the nerves for your vocal cords take quite different routes through your body, they both pass your thyroid.  So in searching for a cause for both nerves that was an obvious place to look. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2003.  This is a fairly common benign inflammatory condition of the thyroid which causes me no problems.  It is unclear if this is a factor in the vocal cord condition, or whether both conditions were triggered by a virus.

In this journey I have learned a lot more about voice issues.  Though my condition seems to be very rare, there are a significant number of people who develop issues with one vocal nerve.  In seeing different specialists, I met one doctor — Dr. Steven Zeitels from the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center — who is really excited about the potential to improve vocal cord nerve function.  So I’ve arranged to fund a significant research program through the Voice Health Institute, which he will lead.  Thanks a bunch to my amazing wife Lucy, for her companionship through this journey and for helping oversee this project and get it off the ground.  Also, thanks to the many people who have helped with advice and information many of whom I have not had a chance to thank yet.

Finally, we’ve put together a patient survey to gather information about other people with similar conditions.  As it’s fairly rare, there’s little data available today — and the team hopes that with more information they can make faster progress.  If you have similar symptoms you can fill it out here:

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This is what happens when you leave your #Google  +Project Glass out where the dogs can find it...  :)
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