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This is an iris called Riverboat Gambler.  Happy Friday one and all.


For #FloralFriday  created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James.  +FloralFriday 
+The American Iris Society curated by +andi rivarola 
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas  
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+Laura Ockel That's a possibility and a great connection you made there. Wondering what the hybridizer was thinking. Hmmm. Here's the registration description from the iris wiki: http://wiki.irises.org/bin/view/TbPthruT/TbRiverboatGambler
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Shameless self-promotion + stories about the life of an app designer

Our company, Tesseract Mobile, is making a series of "how to play" videos for our most popular solitaire games.  This game is one of my favorites, so I tried something new - adding my very own strategy tips to the video.  I'd have preferred a more subtle approach, but my fiancee/business partner insisted on using my picture and the phrase "Laura says:" rather than just introducing the tips with the phrase "Strategy tip".  He reads business books, so I yielded to his expertise.  Yikes.

Anyway... Casket was one of our first requested games.  We started the app with 25 solitaire games and the rest came from customer requests (so you know somebody likes them).  Back then, in 2009, it was just Josh and me working in our basement, and Josh still had a full-time job on top of that, so I had to do all sorts of things that were foreign to me, like writing the code to make these game layouts.  This one was tough.  There are a lot of elements to this game, and I don't do things sloppy, so I wanted that casket lid to curve, and I wanted those jewels to be centered, and it was darn challenging. 

So this game has always had a special place in my heart.  Also, it's really fun to play, so check it out if you like games. 

And kudos to +Alexis Behrle for producing the video.  Great work, Alexis!
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If it helps that's great! :)
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Thank you +Jodi Frye!  What a terrific complement :)
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Dogwood flowers from last year
Basking in the sunlight
Dancing in the breeze
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+Marilyn Benham thank you very much!  They are indeed :)
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Platonic Fire - work in progress

Swarovski crystal & copper suncatcher 
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Thank you so much for that wonderful complement +Peggy M, for there is nothing better in life than interesting conversation :)

Robert Heinlein did a short story involving a tesseract house.  Those tesseracts - they get around, at least in the world of fiction.  Glad to hear of another author that wrote of them.

It was all of 17 degrees when I went out today.  I love the winter, but I'm ready for spring blossoms!
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I can relate +Reggie Hudson​!! Thank you so much!
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Really love today's Google doodle :)
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I've tried and been unsuccessful... but thanks to +George Fletcher​, I now know what it's like to watch a bubble freeze!
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All of mine popped +Debashish Samaddar... and/or they blew away.   It's funny the way they crinkle up when they pop, but this result is much nicer :)
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These are the Honorable Mentions on the Abstract album.  This iteration of the Chrysta Rae Photo Scavenger Hunt has been epic in the sense that reveals started in January and awards have stretched through February, giving everyone lots of time to view and appreciate every beautiful, awesome work of art. 

This album is extraordinary and you should absolutely check it out!
 
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Here are  your HONOURABLE MENTIONS
from the ABSTRACT album
from the photography scavenger hunt
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+Peter Tellone has some beautiful, haunting and fascinating images on his page.  Go check it out!
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I'm happy to see #TulipSaturday posts again.  Tulips say "Spring" so perfectly, and I got some great tulip shots last year.  So this is for you fine curators of #TulipSaturday , +Marilyn Benham +Measie Elizabeth and +Eustace James. 
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+Laura Ockel Well said !!!
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This shot from +Ursula Klepper is just gorgeous and absolutely amazing.  One of my favorite photographers brings another stellar work to G+
 
Happiness

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
 ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Day 4/5 of my   #fivedaysbokehchallenge    initiated by   +Carsten Schlipf   to which I was invited by  +Mari Luukkonen 

The simple rules are:
- On five subsequent days post a picture containing significant parts of blur/bokeh.
- Image can be new or from your archives.
- Mention the person who invited you.
- Invite another person to join the challenge.
For tips and the rules of this challenge go to http://goo.gl/jwThhZ

Would you like to give it a go +Lou McCorkle ? :o)


#breakfastclub   +Breakfast Club with thanks to +Gemma Costa 
#dailydepthoffield   +Daily Depth Of Field by +Vince Ong +Nuraini Ghaifullah +Virgil Cowen +f.a. fiebig
#PhotoManiaGermany   with thanks to +Nicole Gruber & +Sandra Deichmann & +Markus Landsmann & +dietmar rogacki, +Photo Mania Germany 
#colormeweekly   +Leavesnbloom with thanks to +Rosie Nixon and +Betty Manousos
  #macro4all   +Macro4All with thanks to +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen   #macromaniacs   +MacroManiacs  with thanks to +Sandra Deichmann #colorsplash   +* by +Scott Roth 
#ice   #bokeh   #bokehlicious   #macrophotography  
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Thank you so much! Your kind words make me feel really flattered! :o)
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  • Tesseract Mobile
    Co-Founder & Game Designer, 2009 - present
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Photographer, Android Game Designer, Glass Explorer
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I love photography.  My specialties are macros and nightscapes.

When I'm not taking pictures or hanging on G+, I'm hard at work doing game design for Tesseract Mobile.  I co-founded Tesseract Mobile in 2009 with my fiancee Joshua Frank.  We specialize in card games which have been enjoyed by millions of people all around the world.  How cool is that?! 

Big thanks to all the awesome people who have downloaded our games!

I am inspired by the technological pioneers of Silicon Valley and I am proud to work in the tech industry.  More than that, I'm grateful for the opportunity to earn my living with art and creativity.  My dad said that wasn't possible ;)

Here on Google+ I enjoy sharing my photography and graphic designs, but most of all I love being inspired by the creativity of my fellow Google+ members. 

Bragging rights
Tesseract Mobile's games have been downloaded over 3 million times. I designed them!
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