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Connotation vs. Denotation

Struck by the responses to a comment left under this video, I felt compelled to add these thoughts:

Imagine you are gay and you hear the words "A real man with natural desires." In and of itself there is nothing homophobic about that statement, however, it is tainted with code words often use by those who are. Is it unreasonable for someone gay to be a little suspicious of that statement?

With that in mind, image you are a person of colour and you view a video entitled "All-American Boy" which features not a single person of colour. Is it unreasonable to be a little suspicious? Are "All-American Boy" code words? That depends on the context in which they are used. Unfortunately and probably most unintentionally, the optics of this video don't provide the most reassuring context. 

THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT +Steve Grand  IS RACIST or has any agenda other than to help country music be more inclusive of gay men, of which this video does a beautifully masterful job. However, it is to say that this video's title paired with its content can, probably most unintentionally, bring up painful thoughts for some.

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I happily got lucky when I stumbled across this.  Cute!

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East North-Americans should skip this post. Sorry guys.

I seen far too many snowfalls after exceptionally warm days to count on the temperature as an indicator of approaching spring. That's why today at Trout Lake I was so happy to see the willow trees have long since bud and small leaves are sprouting.

I trust the trees, they have years of experience. They know when winter is truly over so I'm dancing with delight.
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Must Google's Project Ara only be a phone?

I received a nice surprise today when I heard "Tech News Today" read and discuss an email I sent in about my thoughts on Google's Project Ara. (Time segment 31:58 to 35:37)

I've been asked a couple of times what are they referring to in the video when they talk about "white space". It's the bands of frequencies between radio station, cellphone channels, wi-fi bands, etc. left unused by older, less capable equipment that today can now be precisely targeted. Think about a white sheet of paper. A child's writing is large and the white space between lines of text
are equally large. An adult is capable of writing smaller text with small while space between lines. Indeed, an adult could write a line or two in the white space of a child's writing. Similarly, a computer printer is capable of writing many many lines of text in the white space between an average adult's writing. White space can also refer to the unwritten portion of the paper left at the bottom as well as the margins around the edge. "White space" is simple frequencies unused  
yesterday but targetable today.

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A friend and great photographer. Check out his profile. He is a definite must for your photography circle.

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Incredibly Lucky

One of my preferred mean of escape, back in Ontario, when I owned a car, was to take long drives in the countryside, especially on a calm rainy night. There was something soothingly hypnotic about the patter of rain on the windshield, the rhythmic beat of the wipers and the white noise of passing cars.  Lately, I've been longing for the chance to take a similar ride through the mountains here in lower British Columbia ...

But after watching this, I think I should just stay home. :-/
 
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via +Nick Starr 

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Hip hip hooray!
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Sherlock Lives! Series 3 premieres January 19, 2014 at 10/9c on MASTERPIECE #SherlockLives.#SherlockPBS

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Can't Cheat Death

Yeah! The Killing get a final wrap-up season of six episodes. Thanks to +Netflix, this intriguing series will have a chance to come to a clean and conclusive end. We all have experienced the untimely demise of a favourite TV show. I'm glad to hear The Killing will not meet a similar fate.
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