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This guy made the transition, and you can too.
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+Kim McConnell I'm glad to hear that!
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so, pretty sweet techie giveaway that you really should probably enter
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This is exactly how I want to dress when I'm old.
 
104-Year-Young Grandpa Has More Style Than You (And Less Years Than Internet Says) (15 pics): 

http://www.boredpanda.com/elderly-man-hipster-style-gunther-krabbenhoft/

#fashion   #coolerthanyou   #hipsenior   #timelessfashion  
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+Tyson Kemp genius!
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We need your help! Please consider giving to this cause. Any amount helps.
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Hello Plussers!

Today we are officially going public with www.jensroof.com!!

My family was recently blessed with a free roof for our home, and we want to pay it forward. But we need your help! Please consider donating to this cause. Jen is a deserving single mother in need of a new roof.

Reshares are appreciated!! =]

Donations can be given via paypal to donate@jensroof.com
Jen's Story. Jen's story kind of starts with our story. My wife and I were nominated by a great friend of ours for a No Roof Left Behind contest being hosted by a local roofing company called Tri County. The contest was this, whoever got the most votes, got a free roof. Pretty simple.
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On the topic of slavery, from a biblical perspective
 
This is a good coverage of the topic. 

In Europe the Church generally believed that because the Israelites had not been allowed to enslave one another, Christians should not be allowed to enslave one another either. Furthermore, the belief that one God ruled the nations, and that these nations were all ‘of one blood’, prevented any one racial group from successfully arguing that it had a natural right to enslave another. Gradually, slavery was dying out in Europe; but it was revived by the discovery of the New World.
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+Tyson Kemp So, first of all, your first paragraph is your OPINION. Which you're more than welcome to =]

Secondly, your "imaginary friend" comment (which I've seen made many, many times by many other people) is a lot more offensive than people think. You've always been a very pleasant person to speak with, so I don't believe you meant to be offensive, I just wanted to let you know. The "imaginary friend" you speak of is my Creator and savior.  If you want to live your life surrounded only by like minded people then insult-away. You will have very few (if any) theistic friends and you and your atheist friends can all revel in your atheist-ness together. If rather, you intend to live amongst and be friend with all types of people (theists included) I would keep the imaginary friend comments to yourself.

As far as the "disgusting acts" you mentioned, this "imaginary friend" we're talking about absolutely condemns them. Which is why Christians have spoken out against these disgusting acts for centuries. 
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As I sit here in a hip Los Angeles coffee shop across from the seemingly never-ending whooshes and rumbles of LA traffic on a busy boulevard just outside the door, I wonder if my latte is worth the $4 I have just paid for it.

While not a tiny amount of money, it doesn't seem totally unreasonable. After all, I am availing myself the use of said business's counter, its rather lovely interior inspired by the owner's Taiwanese heritage (well, supposedly), a nice ceramic cup for my beverage, and the generally relaxed atmosphere the place provides. All things considered, $4 isn't so bad for the drink and the hour I'll sit here hashing out emails and responding to comments. At least, that's what I'd normally be doing. Instead, I'm writing.

As I type this post on the Galaxy S6 edge+ in my hands right now, I do not feel as though I am holding an $800+ smartphone. I feel like I'm holding a slippery, warm, glass brick, not particularly dissimilar from other slippery, warm, glass bricks I have held in the past.

This slippery glass brick is, of course, brand new. People have only yet started to receive them, pulling them from their soft-touch cardboard packaging, examining them from edge to edge like well-practiced jewelers before carefully and surgically peeling away the logo and text-emblazoned plastic cover, revealing the almost impossibly clean veneer of a factory-fresh smartphone.

"This," they think proudly, "is what $800 (or more) buys you." They then unceremoniously slap a $12 plastic case ordered on Amazon a week ago over it to protect their newest beloved possession, never really considering again the sleek, purposeful, and thin structure all that amazing technology is somehow packed into, like some prestigious tin of silicon caviar.

2 months later, that phone falls down a flight of stairs, and despite the valiant efforts of that $12 branded plastic tomb to absorb each increasingly brutal impact, the screen develops a spidering crack along the edge of the glass. This renders it as ugly and socially stigmatic as a car that was clearly involved in a serious accident quite some time ago and has yet to be repaired because the owner either lacks the funds or, as we "smart consumers" quietly think to ourselves, because that person isn't careful and considerate with their possessions. No one likes to be "the cracked screen guy," and every time that phone leaves your pocket, there is a brief moment of dread - fleeting as it may be: "What the hell did I do to deserve this?"

Perhaps you have insurance. Oh, for joy: a mail-in process. And a deductible. Maybe a loaner device for good measure, a phone you'll use just long enough to get set up to your satisfaction before it's time to send it back. And suddenly your $800 phone and $12 case have turned into an $800 refurbished phone and a $12 case and two months of $8 insurance premiums (that you will continue paying, because you're responsible) and a $200 deductible and probably a cut finger because what were you supposed to do, stop using your phone? And if you don't have insurance? Time for a repair, with no guarantee that it'll be done right or even that a repair is possible without potentially damaging other parts of the phone.

Take a step back. What if you had bought a $400 phone instead? Or even a $250 one? How much would you miss that $800 "experience"? How much more financially able would you be able to deal with a loss if you opted for the cheaper device? Would you even need a case, or phone insurance?

I really think it is time to take a stand against the expensive smartphone. We've all probably wasted too much time and too much money on at least one electronic gadget in our lives for the sake of being an early adopter or out of a sheer desire for a novel toy. Smartphones have stopped being novelties - they are commodities. The products are so alike even at opposite ends of the price spectrum that consumers can't not notice this much longer.

So, I say down with the $800 phones, the $900 phones, and to hell with anything more than that, either. Let's start treating smartphones for what they are: something that almost everyone needs, and thus that should be made for the needs of everyone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go plug in this $800 phone that doesn't last on standby as long as the $200 phone I keep on my desk for occasional app-testing.

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another great article by +Curtis Vaughan. This time a review of the Amazon Echo.
 
+Curtis Vaughan is at it again! Today he brings us a review of the Amazon Echo. Has the Echo converted him into an electronics whisperer, or will he continue to interact with electronics the "normal" way? Read and find out!
Communicating vocally with an electronic device has become rather commonplace. It shouldn’t be long before relationships as in the movie “Her” will regretfully become common as well. That alone should cast concerns over the development of a new personalized device – Amazon’s Echo, whose feminine personality is called Alexa. Echo is about the size of
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haha, this about sums up
+GoDaddy's sales strategies.

"sell this guy [product]" - GoDaddy manager
"but he doesn't need [product]" - GoDaddy customer service rep
"that matters?" - GoDaddy manager
CEO: I welcome any input on our corporate strategy. Dilbert: I think we need to be more customer-centric. CEO: You mean raise our prices? Dilbert: I mean focus on the needs of our customers. CEO: You mean we should be a monopoly so they need us? Dilbert: Um, no. We should find out what they need and then give it to them. CEO: They need to buy our products. Dilbert: They probably don't. CEO: So you're saying our marketing campaign should use psych...
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I'm not worried. I just hope nobody created an account with my name
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ew, that's annoying
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**PLEASE READ**

We just found out that we won the free roof! Thanks everyone for voting!!! We are certainly blessed to receive this free roof!

Please keep in mind, that us winning this contest means that someone else had to lose it. In light of this, we are going to be doing a fund raiser to raise money so that we can buy the runner up a new roof as well. We don't know much about her, but we do know that she adopted her kids from foster care, just like us, but afterwards their new adoptive father disappeared =[ So now she's forced to raise these kids by herself. I can't imagine how hard that must be! 

We will have a website up in the next couple of days, so be sure to keep an eye on www.jensroof.com

Even tho the website isn't up yet, we're already accepting donations! You can send donations via PayPal to donate@jensroof.com OR you can send donations via Google Wallet to james.welbes@gmail.com OR you can always donate the old fashioned way, with cash or check! Message me or Kari for a mailing address. 

I'm guessing we'll need around $6000 to buy a new roof so we're going to need everybody's help in order to pay this immense blessing forward! I have faith that with your help, we can pull it off tho!
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The troll accusation is not ad hominem. It's much simpler than that. You're being troll, so I called you a troll. I even have other people contacting me privately asking me what's up with that troll on my post.

When lots of people call you a troll (as you implied) then it's probably you, not them.

"I don't understand understand why you think that the comments section on this post is an improper forum for any conversation we'd like to have"

First, I don't really want to have this discussion, which is why I'll be disabling comments after I'm finished with my response.

Secondly, I don't understand why you think it makes sense to have any conversation in the comments section of a specific post. What you're advocating for is called thread hijacking. It's a thing. It's very popular among trolls, actually.

My recommendation to not randomly start discussing X on a post about Y is hardly asinine. You seem to think the definition of the word blessing is "featured content" in this post. It's not. The featured content is the celebration of receiving a $4000 roof for free. Seriously, only a troll would see a joyous post like that and ruin it over something so stupid as the definition of a word.

"For me treating others with respect means challenging them"

Just stop. You're an ass, accept it. own it. Stop trying to hide it behind ridiculous statements about "respect" or it being "the right thing to do". You completely sucked the joy out of this post, for what? To respect me? Because it was the right thing to do? No. You did it because you're an ass and you like to argue.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Thread+Hijacking

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=trolling
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"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
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I work for Rocky, and I can tell you first hand, he does great work. I wouldn't work for him if he didn't. Ask him about outdoor kitchens, they're probably the coolest thing you can add to your property.
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Potato skins here are amazing. Also baked potato soup is delish. Service is hit and miss
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Staff is great and knowledgable. Gave me a bunch of free practice tips for my arrows since I had just bought a brand new bow (which they gave me a great price on) when I later accidentally dry-fired my bow (arrow slipped off the string) they re-stringed my bow for me. Love this place!
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The food here is actually incredible. The reason it gets 3 stars is it's crazy expensive, and takes forever to get your food. A single burger and small fry with NO drink is over 9 dollars...
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