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My colleagues sent me this to help me learn more of the accent in tthis part of Germany.
I must say, so far, I'm not feeling all that successful with it.

Schwäbisch = Swabian is a dialect in German, not just an accent.  It has a very light feel, many people describe it as a sing-song sound.  Hearing this guy sing it, making fun of his own way of speaking, is both fun and frustrating at the same time!  
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Is it as bad as Brooklyn vs Birmingham +Michael Ellis​ ?
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Please RING

Actually, it translates more closely to peal, which better describes the very loud clanging sound that a cowbell makes.  Using this to ring for service at an outdoor food stand in case the worker at the ordering window has stepped away somehow seems completely appropriate in the setting.
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Neat :)
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Practicing my German with really awful kids game shows. It's bad television, but surpringly good listening practice. I keep my Google translate nearby to check words i don't know or to add them to MN y saved vocabulary list for later practice.

Warning! Excessive exposure causes brain damage. :)
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search for "Wissen macht Ah!" it's for a little older audience of kids, but should help you :)
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Great news about a Skype competitor VIPER porting its Android app to Chrome OS.   One more bit of pressure on Microsoft to let their Skype app run on Chromebooks.   

via: J.D. Sutter
Another option for conducting interviews. With Chromebooks as cheap as they are do you see this as a viable option for podcasters who want a second machine to patch in interviewees/co-hosts into their board?
Good news for chatterboxes everywhere as Viber is now available to install on a Chromebook. The Skype competitor brings its Android tablet app to the Chrom
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Probably not until Google starts making apps for windows phone OS. Its like an even dumber cold war.
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Men AND women should read this article and catch themselves before this becomes a pattern of behavior.
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Great post +Michael Ellis​. I agree that both sides would benefit from reading it and then ask ourselves why we crave the power and control.
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Today I can be especially proud of my Purdue University for taking the right stand on free speech!
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+Purdue University - For some reason I couldn't get the plusmention of you in the main post.
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For those of us serve as mentors every day in some capacity, this is  a very subtle point that I didn't realize and thought you might appreciate as well.
h/t +Peter Friedman for the share.
So it turns out that as mentors, we've been doing praise in a disastrously counter-productive way. Research shows 'admiration of capability' creates risk aversion: concern over disappointing praisers makes tackling fresh challenges seem too risky. 'Compliments for effort' make even timid learners bold, shockingly unconcerned about failure when struggle is a KPI
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Modern German art

So much of it doesn't appeal to my eye,  I suppose that's because I grew up learning to admire French and Italian renaissance artists.  These are some examples I have seen recently.

For me, these look very typically German.  Much of what I see as modern art doesn't attract me, but I try to appreciate what I see, particularly the skilled craftsmanship that must have gone into make them.  

Am I wrong to think this just "looks" German?   What do you think of the pieces here?

c:  +Lawrence Rodriguez 
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I like it the same as I like American modern art.
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A nice bike ride and some great local cuisine.

Oberderdingen, like so many small towns in this part of Germany, is situated in the valley next to a large hill, in this case known as Derdingerhorn.  From the top, it's a beautiful view over the entire valley with vineyards in every direction and a highly modern speedy ICE train running off in the distance.  Climbing the Horn by bicycle is a nice bit of exercise, just enough to get your heart pumping.  At the top, you're rewarded with some very tranquil vistas and a pleasant place to sit and study the grape varietals that grow all over the region.

After riding the brakes to avoid careening back into town, on a holiday weekend, nearly everything is closed, but I lucked out and found Restaurant Zum Schwanen was open.  Although it features Italian classics including pizza, no restaurant in this area seemingly can survive without offering the well-known local culinary treasure known as Maultaschen.  

In the ravioli family of foods, these little "gob pockets" are thin layers of pasta, with various fillings in between the layers.  In my case, the filling was four layers of alternating pasta and finely chopped broccoli, all breaded and deep-fried (paniert und frittiert) then smothered with a mushroom cream sauce.  

As if pasta alone wasn't enough, the essential sides of potatoes (boiled, then finished with onions and bacon and its fat) and spaetzle, the famous German hand-made noodle.

With all that starch, delicious as it was, I didn't eat another bite all day!
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What I have to look forward to whenever I finish the updates to the customer's system.
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Kein Problem, das können wir einrichten. Und dazu ein schönes BBQ.
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Google made a story out of my first couple weeks in Oberderdingen.

Highlights include:
Ferienhof Schäfer - my new home for the next year
Dinner with my new colleagues from MJRaber
Oberderdingen and Derdinger Horn to see the local sights
A weekend trip to Munich to meet up with my Couchsurfing buddies +Philipp Göllner and +Georg Schmidl 
A photography exhibit at a cloister outside of town and a visit to one of the world-class art museums.
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Speyer is about 60 km NW of me here.   Not far at all.
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I got every question right.......  But it wasn't all that hard.

The only one I had to guess on was passage of Women's Suffrage.  But looks like I got it right!
How much do you really know about the greatest nation on Earth?
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Did anyone 'ace' the quiz besides Michael?
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  • Purdue University
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"Healthy Soul in a Healthy Body"

You could know me from so many different parts of my life:
My time at Purdue University
My career at IBM
My career at ISI
My real estate endeavors
My restaurant, hotel, banquet facility, Cliffbreakers
My cooking adventures
My interest in other languages

Here's how I manage my circles:
I used to have a rather complex process for managing my circles, adding everyone who circled me and then hoping against hope to find a way to classify them by their (mutual) interests.  I have since given up on that approach, since every day so many people follow me but never engage in any way with me.

So now, I just let those notifications pass by untouched.   Instead, I add people to my circles based on their engagement with me.  If I find someone who seems interesting based on their posts that I can see, they go in my "Interesting People" circle.   If we interact with each other in a compelling way, they''ll go in my "Try Outs" circle.  That's a notification circle so I don't miss anything they share, at least for a while.  Every few weeks, I review that circle and move those people their natural home in my interest circles.  
I generally share things publically.  I'm open to all discourse, civilized, interesting and passionate.  If you start out calling me homophobic or an idiot or any other slur based not on intelligence but just on your desire to squelch my free expression, we'll both be better off if we disconnect from each other.  G+ provides block for that reason.     I'm a nice guy and I try to be nice to everyone.  If I make a joke, it's a joke.  You can't get away with calling me a hater, just because you don't like my thoughts or my humor.  Remove me from your life and I'll remove you from mine.  We'll both be better off.  And if, in the course of my free expression here, I say something that I should have worded better, if you politely suggest another way to express myself or engage in meaningful conversation to persuade me to a different way of thinking - GREAT.  

1) Based on this, if you are in my Tryouts circle I try to move you out of the Tryouts to whatever interest group I have for that pursuit (examples, Food Lovers, Wine Lovers, Bicyclists, Exercise Lovers, Dog Lovers, German speakers, etc.... -- see below for complete list). 
2) Anyone who posts offensive things gets blocked. And by hatred, I mean ACTUAL hatred, not just differing views from mine. 
3) If you mostly post political opinions, that can get me excited and interested, whichever side you're on. BUT if you express your political views by simply saying you "hate" a group of candidates, you probably should review your choice of words. Hate is a really strong emotion and word. It should be reserved for things you REALLY hate, which for most decent people is not very much! And certainly not just the guy who's voting pattern in Congress is different than you'd like. If you want to engage in meaningful discussion of issues, I'm all for it, but please respect my opinion and my evaluation of facts and don't automatically deem me or my candidates or my party as stupid just because we disagree or conclude different things from the same set of facts.
4) Anyone who seems to just be trying to sell me on their special brand of SEO or social networking expertise gets ignored. There are SOOO many of them on here and frankly it's not only not an interest of mine, I just don't want my social networking time to be consumed by reading and skipping things that just don't interest me at all.

So in conclusion, please interact with me and let me know how we should connect on Google+!
So here's the circles list:
Dog Lovers
Exercise Lovers
Food Lovers
French Speakers
German Speakers
Google Business Pages
Google Hangouts
Portuguese Speakers
Russian Speakers
SAP Consultants
Spanish Speakers
Wedding Event Planners
Wine Lovers
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Family, Friends, Following, Acquaintances, Google Hangouts, CouchSurfers and Coworkers are not OPT-IN circles. I add those based on my version of the truth......

Hello to All the SigEps in my circles on Google+ ! 
Be sure you also circle our OFFICIAL page:
Many of you are new arrivals because I just discovered you on Google+. If we haven't met, I'll give a brief introduction: I am a SigEp from Purdue (Indiana Alpha), 1984. I was President of my chapter and since then I've been a Chapter Counselor, Alumni Board Treasurer, President and Secretary. I served on the National Board as a student and was District Governor for Illinois. At the moment, I'm active on the AVC Boards for Purdue and for UC Berkeley (California Alpha).

I'm actively engaged in trying to build a circle in excess of 1000 SigEps on Google+ for the purpose of collaboration between Alumni, volunteers and undergraduates. This technology is in its infancy and is already proving to be immensely useful. 

Would you please help in a small way? I'm on a plateau at around 300 SigEps. Help me get over the 1000 mark (where the power of critical mass seems inevitable)! Take these small steps to help:
1) Add me to your circles so that I can see what you share that's of interest to you.
2) Send me a direct message on G+ and tell me who you are in SigEp (chapter, graduation year, ways you have participated in the past, how you're involved today or want to be involved)
3) Make a circle of SigEps you're connected to on Google+ and share that circle with me.

I'll send the occasional post your way when I discover something that I think will be particularly interesting to SigEps in general. As my SigEp circle grows, I expect we'll be able to use it to discover talents and skills that are available to be shared. 

I appreciate your consideration and joining in what will become a very powerful collaboration tool for the benefit of our undergraduate members and chapters !

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Mentored 28 young men on 2 trips to Greece, learning about ancient Greece and how it contributed to the values of western civilization and fraternalism. Anagrams of my name: Shall Mice Lie ? Male Ice Shill..... Lame Ice Shill
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  • IBM
    Sales and Engineering, 1980 - 1988
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I lived in a furnished rental apartment in San Francisco that had a great Hamra sofa and chaise with ottoman as the primary living room furniture. I LOVED THAT PIECE. I am now furnishing a place in NYC and would really like to find one like that one (it was a rust colored leather, no buttons, smooth and soft). IKEA was the source of the one my landlord had, but apparently they don't carry them any more. Do you still make them? Where could a buy one now?
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