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Still pretty sick. Managed a lot of productive and study. 

Must be time to get old school. Best at as loud as you can get volume.
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Here's hoping you feel better soon.
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Mondays can be hard on all of us...
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Great photo!
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Something interesting to keep an eye on.
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Feeling sorry for myself. Have flu. Getting out a bit in case it helps.

Well, getting out of the house, don't think I will get out of the car.
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Ick. I've just posted all my photos of cats for warm and fuzzies for you. 
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Little Toes

One day soon my three year old nephew will grow up and find his little toes are now big ones.
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H/t to +Meirav M.

Right guys... Who was it this time?
 
and today's super weird news item...

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Mystery surrounds a man spotted in the morning mist on Lake Burley Griffin in a kayak fashioned as a coffin.
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+Steven Spence - oh I would love that dawn gondola ride in a coffon shaped boat. Scare all the people
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My nephew wants to be like +Bruce Shark​ when he grows up.
How do you think he will go?
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+Dryade Geo totally doomed. might as well have a cuppa while we still can :D
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Walking through Sandgate around Folkestone last week. It was a beautiful day and I think I managed about five miles all up. 
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Hattip to +Richard Moran​ for this post.
I play Ingress, I learn, I respect the history and remember them.

Another journalist desperate to sell trash.
 
I'm fairly certain by this point, many of you have seen the news reports vilifying Google and Ingress for portals in historic locations that people are finding offensive...mainly concentration camps. To say that only one side of the story is being written is an understatement. Here is another perspective...

First and foremost, Google didn't "send" anybody, anywhere. These portals were submitted by players, for players to voluntarily CHOOSE to go to. Furthermore, the players that typically submit these types of portals are doing so for their historic value. Let me be more specific: Different people preserve history in different ways. Has anyone bothered to ask how many more people now have an awareness of a history that they previously never considered?

The more time that passes, the less and less people remember. In today's day and age of technology, younger generations are largely unimpressed with things that do not come to them via their laptops, internet or, in this case, their smartphones. 

I have spoken to Holocaust survivors and their family members over the years.  Growing up, my next door neighbors were a German and Polish Jewish couple who survived the concentration camps.  The vast majority of them do not care how they are remembered, only that they not be forgotten.

+The Independent, to say that "Google sent players to concentration camps to play" is not only grossly inaccurate reporting, but it is also a LIE. As a journalist, Mr. Andrew Griffin, you have a responsibility to learn the facts and report on them accordingly-without your personal spin involved in an attempt to make Google or Ingress out to be bad entities. Ask the Ingress players who went to these places what they walked away with. Ask them what they now know and have learned as a result of them going to these concentration camps. Has anyone bothered to contact the players that submitted the portals?  Is it possible they themselves may be survivors, or related to survivors, and this is how they choose to be memorialized?

If I'm not mistaken, the goal of the curators of these camps is to preserve history and raise awareness of the struggles of people who have come before. Like it or not, that must now include exposure to digital media.  Ingress isn't about just "playing a game", it is about connecting the world through unique places, interactive events, and historical sites. It is about learning the story of these sites, remembering the history, cataloging the past for the present and future generations. Perhaps if people were to take a step back and set aside their indignation (which is further fueled by irresponsible articles such as the one written by Mr. Griffin), they would realize that the individuals who submitted these portals have the same goals in mind as the curators of these places: preserve history, share the story, raise awareness. I promise you that NOT ONCE did it occur to them when submitting these that,  "Hey cool! A concentration camp!  What an awesome place this would be to play!" 
It was probably more like, "People need to see this. There's a story here, a history. We need to share this with the world." 

Interestingly enough, when you take a peek at the website moderated by these curators, www.aushwitz.org, you will see many of the same pictures that were turned into "portals".  These pictures all tell the same story, it's just being done in different ways.  As a newer generation, I apologize on behalf of all my peers that our way of identifying and remembering history offends you, but you're missing the bigger picture....

We are the generation that will need to carry the history forth. We are the generation that will remind the generations that follow using digital media that they can relate to.  We not only tried to do so with pictures and detailed descriptions of the history, but with specific GPS coordinate positions to their exact locations....something that their very own website does not even do.

In closing, for those of us who are involved in Ingress, it is so much more than what others minimalize as "a game". It is our way to record history, interact with others who might be able to show us a new place or location that we never thought of exploring, and most of all, our way to learn the history of places that are quickly becoming forgotten.

See you on the field of history...

Sincerely,
An Ingresser

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/googleowned-ingress-game-sent-players-to-concentration-camps-to-take-part-10361551.html

http://www.zeit.de/zeit-magazin/leben/2015-07/ingress-smartphone-game-google-niantic-labs-nazis-concentration-camp

+Tillmann Prüfer +The Independent +ZEIT ONLINE 

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As Arjen Lucassen said in an Ayreon song "look to the future, but learn from the past". If we sweep these atrocities out of view, we're doomed to repeat them. I've been to places I would never have thought to go through Ingress and met some wonderful (and not so wonderful) people. I sincerely hope that this "journalism" is given the respect from the global Ingress community it deserves. 
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So....new Hong Kong could have happened...
A tongue-in-cheek plan to move the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland is revealed in newly released National Archives files.
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Sorry if I have been quieter than usual.  Life is pretty all over the place. Doing well, just am getting stuck into all of the learning and training I have to do for work and trying to keep up some exercise so I don't turn into a computer potato. 

How are you? I miss you!~
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+Bill Collins - ask me again when am not in training ;) hehehe
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