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No, G+ is NOT being shut down!

Lot's of fear-mongering posts and blogs and news reports lately regarding the split off of G+ from YouTube - a merge fiasco that should never have happened in the first place.  As they say, "a tablespoon of shit will ruin a barrel of wine, but a tablespoon of wine will not improve a barrel of shit".  

G+ serves at least 300 Million happy users as a social media platform.  Google continues to streamline and enhance it to IMPROVE it, not to destroy it.  Be sure you get your G+ news from people who actually work for Google or G+ and know what they are talking about, not naysayers looking for clickbait, who have predicted the demise of G+ since before it even was available to the public.

Here is +Mike Elgan's take on the issue:
http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-is-alive-and-well-despite-persistent-media-reports.html



#SocialMedia   #GooglePlus     #MajorityIllusion  
 
Everything in Its Right Place

It’s been a little more than a quarter since I took on leadership of a newly formed team, which we’ve christened SPS: Streams, Photos, and Sharing.

In that short time, I’ve had some time to reflect on the products we’ve built over the last few years, and also the opportunity to oversee the launch of our new Google Photos product. I’ve concluded that it’s time for a “pivot”... or more precisely time to talk more openly about a pivot that’s been underway for some time (and in fact is reflected in the name of the new team). We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

Four years ago when we conceived of the “Google+ Project”, we made it clear that our goals were always two-fold: Google+ aspired to be both a “platform layer that unified Google’s sharing models”, and a product / stream / app in its own right.

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.  

Some of the consequences of this shift in thinking have already been deployed. Others we’re rolling out as fast as possible (e.g. the changes to YouTube we referenced today). And many more will roll out over the rest of the year.

What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how this strategy has played out as realized in the recent Google Photos launch, a product which in many ways embodies and telegraphs the changes discussed above. Google Photos not only doesn’t require a Google+ account, but as much of the functionality as possible doesn’t even require an account at all. It was important to me that when we launched Google Photos, we stressed the product implements sharing by any means a user prefers… without compromise or agenda. This is the right thing for users and the feedback and usage has been extremely validating.

I’m excited to share this strategy with the world, excited about what it means for Google+, and most of all for all of Google’s users.
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+John R. Ellis not that bored just yet.
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Steven Novella on Talk Nerdy podcast

Episode 72 is an interview with Steven Novella, by the brand spanking new SGU Rogue - Cara Santa Maria:

http://carasantamaria.com/podcast/steven-novella


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H/T:  +Cara Santa Maria +Steven Novella 
Dr. Steven Novella (The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, NeuroLogica) joins Cara to talk about the history of the SGU and his 20+ year involvement in the skeptic movement. Also discussed: the importance of science-based medicine and the impact universal healthcare would have on the US. Follow Steven: @SkepticsGuide.
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Happy National Tequila Day in the US of A!

I was allegedly nominated for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for my secret Margarita recipe.  I didn't win, and maybe it was a joke.  Or maybe not.  What is your favorite tequila drink - and if it is obscure - what's the recipe?

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/happy-national-tequila-day-heres-two-cocktail-recipes-n397406

There is/was a good Mexican food place in Houston called Ninfas - and the specialty drink was Ninfaritas - Margaritas with additional Everclear in them.  I just about died after drinking a pitcher of those to celebrate the day before starting my Internship.  I can still feel that hangover.  :'-(

#Tequila   #tequiladay  
July 24th is National Tequila Day. What better way to celebrate than with two tequila cocktail recipes.
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+John R. Ellis mate, we're taxed to the max down under. Fuel excise, road tax, GST, there's reason our medical system can replace a knee for free (I loved doing the rehab in our public health system).
We're called socialists or communists by Republicans, but seeing as they think Donald Trump is a good idea, and Justin Beaver is an entertainer...I'd take socialist stool pigeon any day. YMMV.
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Misheard Lyrics

I never heard the original song by Bruce Springsteen, where the next line is "cut loose like a deuce".  Like most people, my first introduction was the Manfred Mann's Earth Band's version, where the next line is "revved up like a deuce", and I thought he was singing "wrapped up like a douche".  Even Bruce thought they were singing that!  That was one of the first questions I "Asked Jeeves" when the WWW was available - what were the real lyrics.  Now there are websites of misheard lyrics - some funny stuff.  And the theme song of the Rice MOB is Louie Louie - the courts ruled the lyrics are undecipherable.

Here is an article of 13 good ones:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/misheard-song-lyrics_n_5568769.html


Do you have any personal  funny misheard lyrics stories?


#Deuce   #misheardlyrics  
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+John R. Ellis I did it via +John R. Ellis method. Good to know however. Thanks
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Nuts!

Regarding the problem-solving skills of squirrels, as discussed on the most recent SGU podcast in the Science or Fiction segment:

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After watching a chipmunk jump off of a stump onto my bird feeder, I moved the feeder farther away from the stump.

THEN I watched in amusement as the chipmunk leaped from the stump and crashed into the ground, unable to cover the new distance. The varmint gave up after 3-4 bad landings.
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I hate it when you order Decaff coffee to go with your "Death by Chocolate" dessert after supper, and they give you Regular instead.

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One way of getting rid of ugly tattoos I suppose..

Whoops, there goes "Rose Foreva"
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G+ pretty glitchy today

I usually enjoy weekends in Ghosttown so I can catch up with community posts and Moderation, circle management, and other G+ stuff.  Seems things are really glitchy lately from what other people are noting, as well as my own problems with my Profile and Pages and Communities.  I blame the roll out of Windows 10, the Streamlining of G+ as it breaks up with YouTube, and the removal of G+ Photo for Google Photo.  And Bush.  Or Obama, depending on your personal bent.

Regardless, G+ is forever Beta, and the price is reasonable.  Have fun!


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+Peter van Rens Did I ban you from there?  You have been awful quiet there lately.
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I sometimes run across weird looking profiles - sometimes they even circle me - that show "Restricted" so I can't circle them and have no Post tab at all, and no visible About information.  Some have circled Profiles and Followers and Views too.  I can't find any Settings to make a Profile or Page look like that.  Does anyone know the trick?  If I wanted to create an account that looked like this, how is it done?  I know that if someone blocks me - I see "restricted" - but these seemingly "block" everyone on G+ somehow.  Do they have a beta testing feature I don't have?

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But that means you have to set an age limit, and you would lose a lot of followers. Personally I avoid it. 
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Jim Overbeck posts broke mine - wore it plum out.  :'-(

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I can't speak for this person BUT I DID, IT WAS ORGASMIC !!!
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Can you trump this hairy pun?

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He's ready to attack his opponents with trumped-up scandals.
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Overbeck Comebacks

How the animal world reacts to the inane comebacks from Jim Overbeck and his many Alts, at least in his twisted mind, as I see it in mine:

#TTWoJO   #Comebacks  
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+Sissy Banshii Right - we speak English.  You don't seem to have a grasp on any particular language or logic system.  Just spewing random hateful garbage from your dead mother's mind as channeled by the delusional JO.  The internets will be more pleasant when JO terminates this account and concept.
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Not to mention apophasis - my favorite paralipsis. And you can't Reason with Delusion.
Introduction

Communities radically changed how G+ works.  I post almost exclusively to Public and Private Communities.  That's why I (usually) leave my Community posts visible on my Post's page.  If you know me in real life - please notify me when you circle me!

Which Circle?  If I were putting me into my Circles, I'd choose my Favorites circle, my Skeptics (Consumer Protection Advocates who use Science and Reason to debunk harmful frauds and scams) Circle, and/or my Atheists (people who have not found any credible evidence of any gods, angels, devils, ghosts, or souls) Circle.  I doubt there will be a major theme to my occasional original posts or re-shares - just what strikes me as interesting at the time - but that is more likely to be related to Neuroscience or Technology.  Here is a list of the Podcasts I subscribe to, which indicates what I'm most interested in:


As a general rule, I don't believe in banning, blocking, censorship, or flagging. "John Stuart Mill argued that silencing an opinion is "a peculiar evil." If the opinion is right, we are robbed of the "opportunity of exchanging error for truth"; and if it's wrong, we are deprived of a deeper understanding of the truth in its "collision with error." If we know only our own side of the argument, we hardly know even that: it becomes stale, soon learned by rote, untested, a pallid and lifeless truth." - Carl Sagan  It is most unlikely that you will offend me with posts or comments, unless you post moronic idiocy, of course, or try to convince me that Your God really exists, and Your Religion actually knows her, or you post only Spam or Spam my posts.  If you circle me and want to be Notified of my rather infrequent posts, put me in a Circle where you have Notifications set to On. 

Getting started in G+.  Add this entire circle linked below to gets lots of interesting posts and interactions in your Home Stream:


And here is a circle of Pages that Share circles - you can visit them to see what sorts of circles they post that might interest you and add them, or have them add you to the circles some of them maintain on certain topics.


Next - go to Communities and enter in some topics that interest you into the Search bar to find Communities built around those topics.  Join a few of them that show active Owners and Mods, a good number of Members, and lots of recent posts.  Read the rules, and then start commenting on those posts or posting your own contributions to the topic.  Before long, you'll want to throttle down the firehose of information coming your way!

This Community will tell you most all you need to know about how G+ works:


What is G+?  (Explanation for the newly invited). The usual uninformed answer is that it is Google's version of Facebook or Myspace.  But it's not like that at all - it is more comparable to Twitter microblogging, but instead of mostly vapid < 140 character tweets, you get a Stream of thoughtful content, links, videos, and articles from people you choose to follow because they share things that interest you.  Which makes it addictive and time-consuming, because if you follow enough People and Pages and Communities, you get a nearly continuous Stream of things you want to know about.  Plus some occasional other stuff you might not even know you are interested in until you've been exposed to it.  And by using Circles and hashtag searches appropriately, you can check out other people or things Topic by Topic.  In summary, Facebook is about people, Twitter is about trends, and G+ is about Content and Information.  While most people use G+ to microblog, it is well suited to full blogging too - you just won't get paid for your work here, but also are not paying for the blog hosting.  Your blog here is more likely to get a lot more eyeballs and comments.  Or you can use G+ to microblog a link to your professional blog, but most people will be too lazy to do that extra click.

G+ is designed to be Addictive!  Almost like playing a Slot Machine - maybe the NEXT Post in your Stream will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, ask a question you know the answer to, or reveal the Secret of Life.  All while your red Notifications box keeps dinging that someone has thought of you.  Be sure to blink every hour, and get up from your chair at least daily.

How Do Circles and Sharing Work on G+?  Explained here:

Sharing is not Sending! I went ahead and made a post of how G+ Sharing and Circling works, based on what I slowly learned on my own through trial and error:

How Sharing/Posting and Circles work on G+

Well if Circles are used to block people from seeing posts, then what does blocking do?



What the Hell is Atheism Minus?

As founder and Spiritual Leader of Atheism Minus - this should answer the FAQs I get:



Copyrights:  Feel free to use any post or statement or idea of mine in an open source, creative commons way.  Credit me if you like - or not.  BTW: that long "rights" thing you see on a lot of About Pages here and on Facebook is legally meaningless.

Disclaimers:  My posts or G+ comments are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Or Legal advice.  Or Stock Market advice.  Or Dietary advice.  Or Political advice.

If you have a concern about any posting or comment being factually incorrect, please contact me. Please provide details of who you are, how I can contact you, what your interest is, and what your concern is. If something has been written that is factually incorrect (and was not sarcasm), it will be addressed. Anonymous complaints will be ignored.

GloMar Response:  We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of the information requested or records or data on the subject matter responsive to your request - but hypothetically, if such records or data did exist, such subject matter would be classified and could not be disclosed or released to you... 
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Survived Erythroblastosis fetalis. Also backpacked across the Arctic, then ran the Mount Marathon race in Seward, AK. Survived that too. A little worse for wear from all of those. More recently, I was blocked on G+ by SGU's RW, for being an intelligent man with an opinion differing from her clique, which she won't tolerate. Well excuuuuse me... Also, I am Founder and Spiritual Head of the largest Atheist Movement of all time - Atheism Minus (A-). It is comprised of all New Atheists, Old Atheists, and Agnostics who are not members of A+. NTTIAWWT, of course. Supreme Skunk Dick Mims H. Carter has publicly called me a Skunk Dick Squared. I score very high on online Asperger tests, which the NTs might not think is something to brag about, but we know better, as usual. I am Owner of the Advocates - For All the Things! private Community, and of the Irreverent Skeptics ( #IrrSkep ) public Community for fans and Hosts of Skeptical and/or Atheist Podcasts, and Own or Mod many more Communities. Find them in Community Search or links below.
Education
  • Rice University
    Psychology, Electrical Engineering, 1974 - 1978
  • Rice University
    Master of EE, 1978 - 1979
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    MD, 1979 - 1982
  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Neurology, 1982 - 1986
  • Universal Life Church
    Ordained Minister, 2000
  • Irreligiosophy
    PhIrrD, 2010
  • Thunderwood
    Numerous, 2011
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