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#TopGear Valentines for your sweetie 
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Oh cock, wrong URL, these are better : http://m.imgur.com/a/JhBzO
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Here's a question: Do I know anyone that lives in Sydney Australia? (A friend of mine is moving there.) The answer is, I don't think I do.

Here's a more experimental question: Do I know anyone who knows anyone that lives in Sydney? What about the people they know?

Here's an experiment: If you don't know anyone who lives in Sydney Australia, could you please Share this post to your G+ feed, asking if any of your friends know someone who lives there? If you're reading this and you do live in Sydney, could you please post a reply and let me know on whose feed you saw the post?

I'm curious now; how many jumps between me and someone on the other side for the planet? Thanks in advance!
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There's a healthy contingent of typewriter fiends in Australia that I correspond with. a few might be in Sydney, but I think most are around Melbourne and Perth. I'll ask.
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This is AWESOME!
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Upgradable, modular cellphone.  Interesting idea.
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Fascinatingly Motorola is now doing this.
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If you're interested in CSI type shows or criminal forensics in general, you'll find this article fascinating. There's also a thing on Netflix called "Of Dollhouses and Murder" that covers the woman mentioned here, and the incredible "Nutshell" dollhouse crime-scene studies she created.
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Love your phone.

I love my phone. While i am pretty fond of my current phone (more about that later) what I mean is that I love my phone on principle. Lemme explain.

A cellphone is of course only useful if it is on your person.  How frequently it is on your person isn't really the point - perhaps its only when you leave the house, or just when you’re on a vacation, or maybe you keep it in arm’s reach 24/7 like so many of us do nowadays. The point is that when it is on your person, that should be a pleasant thing. You should love your phone.

You will be more inclined to use a tool you enjoy and so you get more use, and more value, out of a tool that you love. You should love your phone.

This isn't about the function of your phone, though of course that's important too. Maybe its about having cute stickers on your phone, or pictures of your kids, grand-kids, or just scenes you enjoy looking at. Make the ringtone and notification sounds something that makes you smile. Get a nifty case for it that you enjoy. Love your phone.

For some people having a lean, efficient tool makes it something they enjoy and it is of course difficult to love a tool that functions poorly and though to a degree that’s a different issue an associate at work was telling me that he hates his smartphone and enjoyed the simplicity of having a flip phone on a recent trip abroad - all he really does is talk on it anyway.  I encouraged him to get a flip phone - monthly cost is cheaper and so is battery power - because he should love his phone. You should love your phone.

More broadly this applies to everything that you carry around regularly. House keys with amusing patterns on them are a thing now, maybe a thing to make you smile.  I have a Star Trek wallet that amuses me every time I pull it out. Your cellphone is probably the big ticket item you carry around though. You should love your phone.  

No one wants to carry around something they dislike. Doing so brings a bad energy which has a negative effect on your overall quality of life, whereas carrying around something you enjoy does the opposite. 

You really should love your phone.
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I love my Galaxy III so much. I hear what you're saying.
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I am in need of a toy hammer ASAP. Help!
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Haha, well I suppose a chain mail hammer mightn't be the most practical.... http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Lazy-Mans-Chainmail-Shirt/
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Using G+ as a blog gives me an excuse for this, too.
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I think I just figured out what Google Plus is good for.

Like many people I know, I want to like Google Plus. The problem, generally speaking, is that until now I hadn't really figured out what to do with it.

Mostly this stems from G+ being viewed, rightly or wrongly, as a Facebook replacement. Unfortunately it doesn't do that particular function very well, for a variety of reason. Most of the people in my life I want to get tabs on, friends and family, are on Facebook and there's really no compelling reason for them to join a competing service. The idea of having to split your time between two services to keep tabs on people is pretty tiresome. There's plenty to be annoyed with in Facebook, but that basic function it does reasonably well (partly simply by its ubiquity). Certainly some people use G+ like this, but it isn't compelling to me.

I would like things I spend time on to be complementary rather than at odds. The question then becomes, what can I use Google Plus for, if not a Facebook replacement? And I think I have my answer: henceforth, G+ shall serve as my blog.

I need a blog, as it happens. I need to express thoughts that are more than a single paragraph, which has always felt to be about the limit for most Facebook entries. I'd thought about a WordPress site or some such, but that always struck me as a lot of work for me and for anyone interested in actually reading what I have to say. G+ seems like it'd work. I think I'm gonna try it.

I thereby solve two conundrums I'd be having : where exactly can I blog, and what the heck is Google Plus good for.. That's pleasing to me. It also let's me do something that otherwise seems weird, but actually makes a lot of sense: sharing my Google Plus entries on Facebook ;)

-j!
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sweet can't wait to see some. always loved your stuff on SSW, like the religious quest of trek
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Iain M Banks died today, and the world is poorer for it.  It's richer for having had him though, as the author of some stupendously good novels both sci-fi and non.  I wanted him around for longer - I wanted more out of him, more of his incredible works of fiction.  I'm just greedy that way.  RIP Mr Banks.
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