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Michael Ellis
Works at Information Systems International
Attended Purdue University
Lives in Mesquite TX
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Google remembered my search for churches in NYC. That effort created a really nice photo collection.
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...and it was good.

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+paulino brener and I finally got to meet in person! Together +Lisa Miller, +Wolf Weber, Paulino and I created the +Language Practice Hangouts page and community to support people learning to speak various world languages. That was 4 years ago on Google+. Today, the group is nearly 100,000 members. The ups and downs of social media notwithstanding, I have enjoyed these 3 people immensely in the time I have "known" them. Earlier this year, I got to meet Wolf in Germany face-to-face. Paulino came to NYC and was the smart one who knew to try for Broadway tickets in the lottery! We went to see "On Your Feet" - the life story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan as told through their music. Fantastic show and great way to spend the evening together.

+Lisa Miller we haven't gotten to meet in person yet, but I'm not ruling out a visit to TX ! 
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NYC is a very central location for all to meet. Just sayin'
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So nice to be back with my wine collection again

Zinfandel, probably my favorite grape varietal, is the only truly native American grape. I had the 2012 Teira Zinfandel on-hand, but the link tells you about the 2013.
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Star Trek II Wrath of Khan in Bryant Park tonight
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Have fun!
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Wow, its hard to imagine that it has been a whole year since Dresden!

An incredibly beautiful city worth a special trip to see it! #GooglePhotos
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I had time for a quick look...they're all amazing ! I'll save it and look again when I can have a proper look again. Thanks for sharing them +Michael Ellis​! :)
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During my time with no air conditioning, I am only eating things which require no cooking in the apartment.
This soup is a bit involved to make - so much chopping of veggies - but the result was fantastic. And this is what I'm taking to our block association pot luck next weekend. A chilled soup during a summer picnic ought to please the crowd.
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For those learning English.....Here's a useful table
h/t +Wolf Weber 
Verbs can turn into nouns

Adjectives can turn into adverbs
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Block Association Potluck today

Everybody is bringing something to share, so I made a Gazpacho. Beautiful tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, cucumber, red onion, serrano pepper salted, drained, blended and strained, then garnished with chopped vegetables, sherry vinegar and parsley. Because at a potluck people all want to try lots of different foods, I put the soup in 2 oz covered cups. Then everyone who wants one gets a taste. My recipe made enough to fill these 35 cups and then additionally there's a bowl in the fridge for me to eat myself!

Gonna be a great day at the park today!
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Okay! I will be there. :)
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Since I'm on a Chromebook I need a ZIP extractor tool. Used this one again today to unpack 3 different courses I wanted to take. I had saved them to my Google Drive and simply selected them and specified the target folder (also in Google Drive). Unzipping always works flawlessly. Terrilby helpful tool for Chrome OS users.
ZIP Extractor is a web application that unzips (decompresses) ZIP files to Google Drive. Works in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
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Wow! 7 years ago I was in Bath, England having a beautiful dinner with some really good people. Implementing an ERP system for Dolby Laboratories, inventors of Surround Sound. #GooglePhotos
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The Looks and Sounds of a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing your memories Michael. You're a man of impeccable character. You ought to know that already, many times over.
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Hardly likely
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+Michael Ellis, bacon is quite different here in the northern parts of Germany than in the south or southwest. Where I come from, it's usually smoked and air dried back bacon whereas over here it's light smoked belly bacon.
Both variants contain to much salt for using it for breakfast "bacon & eggs" so I've to buy sliced Danish or American bacon for that.

Guess you remember your search for bacon in the south. :-))
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I have two questions:
1) In the SQL portion of the formula, I need to substitute
'Vehicle 1'
with whatever value is stored in cell C2, plus the enclosing apostrophes. How do I get that to happen?
2) This statement as shown is stored in cell E14. It returns 2 values, one in E14 (value = max), one in E15 (value = 2). What I wanted from the formula was ONLY the numerical value. What can I do to correct that in my formula?

=Query(importRange("1jCmyWau1mzyCsTa3WAlTYFxxkEaiho7jIJ7qaN5sEG4","Form Responses 1!A1:G"),"select max(Col5) where Col5<>0 and Col7='Vehicle 1' group by Col7",0)
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Consulting for Manufacturing and Hospitality Businesses
  • Information Systems International
    CEO, 1988 - present
  • Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort
    Proprietor, 2006 - 2009
  • IBM
    Sales and Engineering, 1980 - 1988
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Mesquite TX
Indianapolis IN - Rockford IL - San Francisco CA - Guadlajara, Jalisco, Mexico - Brühl, Germany - Boulder, CO - East Fishkill, NY - West Lafayette, IN - Longmont, CO - Cherry Valley, IL
Global ERP Transformations, Cooking and Entertaining, Learning languages, Doing Business

Anima Sana in Corpore Sano
"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
Let me know?
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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    BSCEE, 1980 - 1984
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    Executive Education, 1995 - 1995
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Location is nice, directly next to the ubahn . Room was great, very clean and comfortable. The room door kept sticking open which caused some near miss embarassing moments when staff came to check why door was ajar. Still experience was quite nice.
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Wir waren da mit unserem Chor. Ich habe eine Maß Bier und Bauerngröstl bestellt. Wie immer alles war sehr lecker.
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7 reviews
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Room is in great shape. Very comfortable and clean. Really attractive lobby. Breakfast was mediocre, the only drawback.
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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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