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Shalom. greetings. aloha. hi. nice of you to pop round. put your feet up. coffee? there's biscuits in that tin over there, help yourself. (biscuits is what we call cookies in the UK.)

Who am I?

My name is Meirav. I'm human. My penguin's name is Quentin. I enjoy meeting fellow humans online. I like good intelligent discussion, as well as a good healthy dose of frivolity. I'm fascinated by human nature. I love words and languages. I'm bilingual - grew up in Israel speaking both Hebrew and English. I write. I blog. I have a tendency to speak my mind, sometimes a bit bluntly. (That means if I pay you a compliment, you can know it's for real.)

I'm married. I live in England. I'm Jewish. I'm a fallible and imperfect follower of Jesus, and I don't believe in keeping quiet about my faith. (I'm totally cool with people asking questions or expressing different views. I'm not here to interact only with people who agree with me - that would be boring, and how would any of us ever discover new ideas? Just keep it courteous and stay on topic and we'll be fine.) (Sometimes I disable comments and invite people to PM me if they want to talk – I've found that some posts attract so much crazy that it becomes impossible to have a meaningful conversation. But most of my posts are open for comments.)

Anyway, where was I? (I do have a serious parenthesis addiction.) (so where was I?) I like cats, though currently I don't have any pets. I love chocolate, coffee, and the Oxford comma. I'm a night owl, so you'll often see me saying good night in the early morning. I'm an introvert, which means I need lots of solitude and quiet and time to hear myself think, and I don't do well in crowds and/or noise, which is part of why I find online social media so valuable.

I love reading. I don't currently own a TV. I have a strong aversion to order and structure, and a deep need for a certain level of chaos in my environment. I am annoyingly pedantic and tend to take words very literally. I like buying pretty stationery. I like purple, and pink. and I like randomly listing stuff :)

Photography and digital art

I started out (in 2010) just pointing the camera at things and snapping, but this whole thing grew on me and now I'd say I am someone who uses a camera (and sometimes also software) to create visual art.

I'm not a pro in any sense of the word. I'm a mainly self-taught amateur with a simple point & shoot camera. But I get a huge kick out of taking shots of stuff that I see and sharing some of them with the rest of the world. I'm fascinated by shapes and textures and colours, and I love chopping a random rectangle out of the world around me and presenting just that bit, without context - it's the aesthetics I'm into, not the documentary value.

Sometimes I mess around with a photo and turn it into an image that is not attempting to be realistic. Digital photo editing tools allow me to take a piece of photography and use it as art material. One of my friends said that what I do is painting without paint. I like that.

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If I've added you, that could be because you said something intelligent in a comment somewhere/your posts look interesting/your profile looks like you might be fun to get to know/I think I know you from somewhere/someone I respect recommended you/a whole load of other reasons. It doesn't mean I expect you to add me back, nor does it mean I necessarily want to be your bestest friend forever and ever.

If you want to add me and read my posts, that's cool! Most of my posts are public, and comments are very welcome (as long as they're on topic and courteous, obviously). If you interact with me on my posts, I might get to discover what a fab person you are and add you back. (Though it's perfectly ok to just read quietly and not say anything, if that's what you're comfortable with.) (Also: if you need to respond privately, that's also fine by me. Some of my posts touch on sensitive subjects, which you might prefer to discuss quietly, one to one. Feel free to send me a private message.)

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p.s. Back when the goog introduced the Collections feature, I wrote a post about why I don't see myself separating my posts into different Collections: http://bit.ly/1Rb85x4
so I've set up one big Collection for all my posts: https://plus.google.com/collection/0pCux

I also wrote a while ago about why I've chosen to keep my plus shares switched on: http://bit.ly/1OkFK6B
if you don't like seeing my plussed posts in your stream do feel free to scroll past them, just as you would with any of my own posts you're not interested in seeing.

also: at some stage I started sharing photos of yellow things on a Thursday because of the Vogons, and then I invited others to join in the fun. I set up a G+ Page for this theme: +Yellow on Thursday and anyone is welcome to join in - it doesn't have to be spectacular photography, it's just for fun! the hashtag is #yellowonthursday

alsø alsø: if you happen to be a Christian, you might be interested in +Meirav's Private Christian Lounge, where I mainly post links to stuff I find online that is of interest just to Christians.

alsø alsø wik: the majestik møøse (no, not really. just a penguin, and me.)
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Other places you can find me:

my main blog: http://meiravsblog.wordpress.com
my Hebrew blog: http://mekalefet.wordpress.com
my tweets: http://twitter.com/tsfardea
my virtual bookshelf: http://shelfari.com/meirav

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My penguin, as the regulars on my profile know by now, sticks around when I go to sleep and dishes out cookies to everyone. He is also happy to take your orders for tea and coffee, which is why I gave him a teapot.

#welcomeaboard   #welcometoPlanetMeirav  
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yay! bit.ly lets you customise your shortlinks so they don't look like gobbledegook!

I just made a shortlink for my blog: bitly.com/MeiravsBlog is a lot less of a mouthful (or keyboardful) than meiravsblog.wordpress.com :)

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well played, Shelfari :D
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I knew I shouldn't have taken those tablets.

h/t +Jeremy Seifert.
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someone just viewed this old post so I thought I'd share it again.

#hashtags   #hashtagabuse   #hashtagparties   #socialmedia  
I love hashtags. How did I ever live without them? They have become part of my internet language, a totally essential part of the way I communicate with people on social media. But strangely, on th...
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g'day, plusverse.

we seem to have tomorrow's weather today. I'm not complaining. bright sunshine is most welcome!
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temps here have been pretty good, we really haven't had a real winter this year. #notcomplaining  It was just nice to get sunshine today - I much prefer sunshine & cold to grey & warm.
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yay! first time since I set up this Collection - someone starting to follow the Collection without following my profile.

(suits me fine as all my posts go in here anyway...)
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wow. just watched the end of War and Peace on BBC iPlayer. so many tears.

now sleep, methinks.

#goodnightgoogleplus  
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so, people who use Goodreads, I need your advice please.

I've been using Shelfari for years but it's now closing down and they're offering an automatic export of all my data to Goodreads.

I checked out Goodreads a few years ago and my problem with that site was this:

If each book has to be either "read", "to read" or "currently reading", then what about books I've dipped into, books I have on the shelf for reference, books I started but gave up on...???

I'm spoiled... on Shelfari you can just have a book on your shelf without filing it under any of these categories. (and hey, you guys already know I'm pedantic, right?)
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+Kat Meredith yes, not surprising really but sad as I much preferred the way things work on Shelfari, but it has finally come to this...
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more achievements today:

I think I may have finally finally finally managed to tame my cursor and stop it from doing that weird stuff that it was doing when I fold the laptop and use it in tablet mode.

I was fiddling around in the settings and came across the Asus Flip Lock app and decided to try clicking Repair. I then (after restarting, of course) played a computer game in tablet mode for something like two hours and the cursor didn't jump even once. (the sacrifices one makes for the sake of research...)

time will tell, obviously, but for now it seems like there's progress!

(for those who haven't been following the saga - this weirdness started after the recent major Windows update. thanks Obama Bill Gates.) (and I had tried all the settings I could think of. but there are so many different places to look...)

#ArthurTheLaptop   #computeradventures  
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+Kimberly Hurlbut thanks! so far so good!

+Jihun Kim no, I really think I've fixed it.
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achievements today:
done the supermarket
got back in daylight
bought shoes!
now resting with coffee and maltesers.
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+Aline van Wijk yeah, they seem kinda bossy :)
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yup... been there...
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Introduction
Shalom. greetings. aloha. hi. nice of you to pop round. put your feet up. coffee? there's biscuits in that tin over there, help yourself.

Who am I?

My name is Meirav. I'm human. My penguin's name is Quentin. I enjoy meeting fellow humans online. I like good intelligent discussion, as well as a good healthy dose of frivolity. I'm fascinated by human nature. I love words and languages. I'm bilingual - grew up in Israel speaking both Hebrew and English. I write. I blog. I have a tendency to speak my mind, sometimes a bit bluntly. (That means if I pay you a compliment, you can know it's for real.) I'm married. I live in England. I'm Jewish. I'm a fallible and imperfect follower of Jesus. I like cats, though currently I don't have any pets. I love chocolate. I'm an introvert, which means I need lots of solitude and quiet and time to hear myself think, and I don't do well in crowds and/or noise, which is part of why I find online social media so valuable. I love reading. I don't currently own a TV. I have a strong aversion to order and structure, and a deep need for a certain level of chaos in my environment. I am annoyingly pedantic and tend to take words very literally. I like buying pretty stationery. I like purple, and pink. and I like randomly listing stuff :)

I keep rewriting the bit about photography here, because it's been evolving so much. I started out (in 2010) just pointing at things and snapping, but this whole thing grew on me and now I'd say I am someone who uses a camera (and sometimes also software) to create visual art.

I'm not a pro in any sense of the word. I'm a self-taught amateur with a simple point & shoot camera. But I get a huge kick out of taking shots of stuff that I see and sharing some of them with the rest of the world. I'm fascinated by shapes and textures and colours, and I love chopping a random rectangle out of the world around me and presenting just that bit, without context - it's the aesthetics I'm into, not the documentary value. Sometimes I mess around with a photo and turn it into an image that is not attempting to be realistic. Digital photo editing tools allow me to take a piece of photography and use it as art material. One of my friends said that what I do is painting without paint. I like that.

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If I've added you, that could be because you said something intelligent in a comment somewhere/your posts look interesting/your profile looks like you might be fun to get to know/I think I know you from somewhere/someone I respect recommended you/a whole load of other reasons. It doesn't mean I expect you to add me back, nor does it mean I necessarily want to be your bestest friend forever and ever. If you want to add me and read my posts, that's cool! Most of my posts are public, and comments are very welcome (as long as they're on topic and courteous, obviously). If you interact with me on my posts, I might get to discover what a fab person you are and add you back. (Though it's perfectly ok to just read quietly and not say anything, if that's what you're comfortable with.) (Also: if you need to respond privately, see this post.)

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to getting to know you more.

p.s. I don't do video or voice Hangouts. I much prefer typing to people than doing that face-to-face live conversation thing where you have to think up answers on the spot and you can't edit and rephrase or delete that totally stupid rash comment - it's bad enough having to do that offline, I don't come to G+ for more of the same. I'm a socially awkward penguin. That's just the way it is.

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