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Maria Stepanov Sommerfield
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Started out the morning today laughing over this. It sure made for a better morning.  :)   #funny   #humor  
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Those are a pretty good selection, +Maria Stepanov Sommerfield! :-)

+Daniel Börresen, the iPhone autocorrect is… Special. I discovered that "Flying Spaghetti Monster" is included in the default word list. Yes really. ;-)
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Happy Earth Day Plussers!

This is a truly beautiful TED talk and video about some of our beautiful planets natural wonders.  I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did.
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I've been a little obsessed with this poem, and I just found this audio of Auden reading it himself.

‘The More Loving One’ by W.H. Auden

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.

How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us, we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.
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Sorry Plussers, I've been a little swamped and neglecting all of you.  For #TBT  I wanted to put this up.  I hadn't heard this song for ages and I heard it on the radio while driving home last night.  Music can really be one for stirring all kinds of "throw back" memories.  This song brings back so many memories for me through the years. Do you have a #TBT  song?  
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+Taryn J. White Of course I am, to your little mind. Music is mostly subjective, that's why there are, minimally 2 dozen genres. His voice quality is not that good, his music is not at all original, beyond that, he appeals mostly to women, why? I have no idea.

It's not my taste you don't like, (because you don't know it), it's me. But I couldn't care less! I am very happy with the music I like, and you go on loving yours. It doesn't affect me in the slightest.  smile
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Did everyone see the new Banksy in Bristol England?  If you haven't here you go.  I love, love, love this piece and everything he is trying to say with it. 
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The Back Story

I did not know the back story. Pun intended. "While watching a Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, Sir Mix-a-Lot thought the skinny female models in the ad didn’t represent reality. So he wrote this ode to ample bottoms, featuring its famous to-the-point lyric: “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”
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Who doesn't like a nice round posterior? #TeamGlutes
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I was going through my photos and saw this one I took last year of a dog outside a flower shop.  I suffer from a bit of #puppylove  so I thought this picture might make a few of you fellow dog lovers happy. #dog  #dogs #puppy 
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The man who first discovered the age of the earth
A Superhero in a Lab Coat

How many of you are watching the wonderful science series +COSMOSonTV ?  Yesterday's episode talked about the work of a  scientist called Clair Patterson.  Up till yesterday I had no idea who he was and how much modern day society owed to this great man.  In case any of you missed the episode I decided it was worth a write up here.  

Patterson was assigned measuring the age of the earth by using lead isotopes in igneous rocks as a dissertation project in 1948.   After 5 years of work he found that the "definitive age of the Earth is 4.550 billion years (give or take 70 million years). This number still stands although the margin of error is now down to about 20 million years. " (wikipedia)

But it isn't for his work in discovering the age of the earth that I labeled Patterson a superhero, it's his heroic effort in taking on the corporations of his time and making our world a safer place.  

Patterson discovered during his research how much lead was seeping into our environment because of modern day industrial practices.  He found that ocean water, and even snow in Antarctica was found to show extremely high  concentrations of lead.  Lead was used in many products at that time from paint, to a gasoline additive.   

Industry was busy hiring their own scientists and promoting the idea that lead was safe for humans and their products were not  an  environmental hazard.  Even though corporations went on a publicity campaign to the contrary  It has been known for thousands of years that lead is toxic to humans.  Lead can cause all sorts of mental and physical problems for humans.  Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities and impair the mental ability of children as well as lead to organ failure as well as a whole range of neurological problems.  Yet, at the time large corporations were trying to convince the public it was safe to pollute this earth with lead, which is a cheap and easy to find substance.  

Patterson took on the lead industry as well as the gasoline industry.  It is because of his work, that lead was removed as an additive to gasoline.  Because of his outspoken work against lead, he was denied grants and persecuted by a number of large agencies.  "Patterson's efforts ultimately led to the Environmental Protection Agency announcing in 1973 a reduction of 60-65% in phased steps, and ultimately the removal of lead from all standard, consumer, automotive gasoline in the United States by 1986. Lead levels within the blood of Americans are reported to have dropped by up to 80% by the late 1990s". (wikipedia)

It is because Patterson, that you and me and our children are a lot healthier  than we would be without his work and effort.  I owe this man a lot, and so do you.  Our planet owes this superhero a "Thank You" for his fearless effort in taking on the big corporations of his day to make this a healthier world for all of us by trying to remove lead from their products.  So, thank you Clair Patterson, may your name be remembered and given the respect it deserves.  

#Science   #ScienceSunday  +ScienceEveryDay  #ClairPatterson  
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+Maria Stepanov Sommerfield you won't be disappointed. I have an old copy and the audiobook (read by Richard Matthews ) is also excellent. Enjoy!
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You swore and said 
"We are not, 
We are not shining stars." 
This I know. 
I never said we are.
Though I've never been through hell like that 
I've closed enough windows 
To know you can never look back
So I met up with some friends 
At the edge of the night 
At a bar off 75 
And we talked and talked 
About how our parents will die, 
All our neighbours and wives.
But I like to think 
I can cheat it all 
To make up for the times I've been cheated on 
And it's nice to know 
When I was left for dead 
I was found and now I don't roam these streets. 
I am not the ghost you want of me.
If you're lost and alone 
Or you're sinking like a stone. 
Carry on. 
May your path be the sound 
Of your feet upon the ground, 
Carry on.

Song by Fun.  This song has been my ear worm lately.  I am always a little shy about putting up stuff like this so let's see how it goes.   I snapped the photo while at the park with my kids, no makeup, no fuss, and a little broken out so....
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+Maria Stepanov Sommerfield, thanks so much for posting the lyrics.  I just played the song on youtube and realize that I have heard this a few times before, but it was always playing in a place where I couldn't hear the lyrics which are always special to me.  I'm a sucker for for good lyrics so this is my Saturday night "find" :)

Wonderful selfie of yourself too!  Don't sell yourself short -- I think 90% of the beauty is that you seem so natural.  Makeup begone! :)
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It looks like might be coming out with their own phone.  At least some photos have been leaked.  Amazon tends to price things very competitively so this is some good news for consumers.  
The technology blog BGR gave the public what appears to be the first leaked images of the ever illusive phone that Amazon is supposedly making. If the photos are legit, this much-anticipated gadget will sport not one, not two, but six cameras that ma...
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    Mom, Write, Social Media Mixologist, Programmer, and Certifed Systems Administrator, present
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 I have been digitally exploring the online Universe since 1997.  I am using Google+ as a blog as well as a creative outlet

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I am a mother of three small children and a wife of over 10 years; this is one of the most important parts of my identity and while I don't often write about my family this does not mean they are not an extremely important part of my life.  I have a degree in computer science, and am a certified systems administrator.  I love technology and the internet, and have been actively participating in social media before anyone even came up with that term.  I am a very avid reader, and I am fairly athletic.  I enjoy running and yoga as well as any outdoor activity.  I study mycology as a hobby and have been a ballroom dancer for many years, although lately I don't have a lot of time for dancing.   I have recently become a vegan and am experimenting with a plant based diet.

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