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Michael Ellis
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I've been experimenting with a SigEp cocktail. So far, the colors are right. Taste is almost there.
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Oh, I LIKE the "Balanced Man" name.  I'm still working on this, I promise to use the name and give you credit !   And a "Red Door" might be another version (the layered version with grenadine on the bottom, and the purple concoction on top).
+Dan Nichols - I can't tell that.  If this works out, it'll be the newest secret we have in our secret society.......
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Latest addition to the Churches of New York series.....

Soul Saving Station on 124th & Adam Clayton Powell.
Could the message be any clearer?

See the whole album here:
http://goo.gl/DQ9Tgg
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+Michael Ellis haha..very true!
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Great eating last night. Organic grass-fed ribeye steak, medium rare, red and green peppers and eggplant. A wonderful small Napa winery called Terra Vslentine
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That's why I mentioned you here,+Matt Browne. :-))
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For our community...... hoping to see a full-house tomorrow! 
 
When you receive the Event Invitation you must click Yes or Maybe to join the hangout when it begins.  

PLEASE ALSO ADD THE PAGE TO YOUR CIRCLES

At the time of the Hangout, you may enter the hangout one of three ways:  click the "Join Hangout" button or  'Join Google+ Hangout' link or "Google+ Hangout" link to join.

ATTENTION: This is NOT a class. This is a free form conversation for people already learning German who have an intermediate or advanced level and want to practice with others.  Native Speakers are always welcome to join!

Come practice your German with us<br /><br />We expect native German speakers who will happily converse with you in German.

Everyone speaks, and listens.  Everyone helps everyone.  No mistakes are shunned, no one is embarrassed, everybody learns.

If you haven't already circled or followed our page, you may do it now in order to receive future hangout invitations.

This hangout is intended for INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED level German speakers

If your knowledge is on the BEGINNING level, you may join our Sunday hangouts.
German Practice Hangout - INTERMEDIATE and Up
Sat, February 28, 11:00 AM EST
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+Craig Shipp - Here's wishing you a Very Happy Birthday today....

Hope you do something fun for your day!
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Thanks +Michael Ellis 
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Here's a fascinating example of the migration of languages over time.....  in this case shown by CHESS
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A discovery on PBS website.  AND they let me share it on Google+
Achieve bakery-level bread at home using a covered cast-iron pot.
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agreed, +Alex H Yong 
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I've had a problem for a while that I haven't been able to solve and it looks like this will help.  My scenario is around testing business processes during the implementation of a new ERP software system in a manufacturing business.  
1)  Each business process is tested using a detailed script.  
2)  Each script consists of steps to be performed by a variety of key users.
3)  Key users perform their step in a particular script and record the results (resulting status from that step and any relevant screen captures)
4)  A status sheet in each Script tracks at a summary level the result of the script.
5)  An overall summary sheet (in a separate file) will contain the results from all the scripts to be tested.  This is the sheet where the on-demand pull of data from all the scripts should be available.  

Until now, my overall summary sheet has used =IMPORTRANGE() functions, one for each subsidiary test script, to pull in the results of the last testing round.   Since these functions update in semi-real time, the sheet should contain the most accurate results from all (50 or so) tests.   Unfortunately, the way it works in the real world, the formulas calculate repeatedly, with some of the cells showing "#VALUE" errors at different times.  Occasionally, they will update on their own and some that were in error before now show their correct values.  At no time do I get to have all 50 test script results in my overall summary sheet at the same time.  The subsidiary test script result sheets are NOT changing at this time.  An on-demand method to pull results from the sheets and assemble them in an array will most likely correct for this "bug/feature".  I'm going to give it a try.

Thanks to +Steve Webster for creating this script and the blog post.  Should be most helpful.  If you're interested in seeing more details of my situation, I'd be glad to share.
A better way to create a Master sheetBy Dito’s Steve Webster, Google Apps Script Top Contributor, 1/19/2012 Use CaseLet’s say you have a sales team where they update a spreadsheet with activity information. Each Sales Rep has...
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Please do update
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Braised halibut, leeks, and home fries, a salad, Alsatian riesling

2nd great meal in as many days.  From start to finish, this meal was on the table in 25 minutes !   
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My sister +Diane Ellis has a pirate fish

Her poor fish has been attacked by all the other fish in the tank.  They have eaten one eye and nibbled off all of his fins.   Sad story of the true nature of animals! 

She promises to post a photo of it, if she can ever catch it  in the tank!
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+Steve Young - I wonder how you feel about this entrance of Google into insurance?   Will your agents eventually be impacted in the Casualty branch also?
 
Google Auto Insurance: Are Agents 'Screwed'?

Auto Insurance Agents may be "screwed" by Google's entry into the market, according to William Burkley of W.R. Burkley Corp.

He sees Google's move into the insurance market as disruptive to traditional models and fully expects the Silicon Valley Chocolate Factory to leverage their Big Data and Tech prowess to upend the industry.

In their efforts to develop a self-driving car, Google has amassed a database and practical knowledge of traffic laws in the U.S. and Europe. Berkley forsees Google using this to offer a device, similar to Progressive, to adjust insurance rates upwards or downwards based on your real world driving habits, for example.

Car Insurance is an area where Search is a strong player, with Google positioned as the middle man for millions upon millions of queries. Soon they may not be the middle point leading to a destination: they may be the destination itself.

#GoogleCarInsurance #GoogleAutoInsurance #Disruption
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+Pam Adger​ will want to visit this market.
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oh yes, definitely.  I bought a beer here today.  
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  • Purdue University
    BSCEE, 1980 - 1984
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Executive Education, 1995 - 1995
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Mike
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Global ERP Transformations, Cooking and Entertaining, Learning languages, Doing Business
Introduction

Anima Sana in Corpore Sano
"Healthy Soul in a Healthy Body"

You could know me from so many different parts of my life:
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity (SCROLL DOWN MY PROFILE TO SEE A SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR YOU)
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:
IF YOU ADD ME TO YOUR CIRCLES, PLEASE 
TELL ME WHY AND WHICH OF MY CIRCLES YOU'D LIKE TO BE INCLUDED IN
Artists
Acquaintances
CouchSurfers
Coworkers
Dog Lovers
Exercise Lovers
Family
Following
Food Lovers
French Speakers
Friends
German Speakers
Google Business Pages
Google Hangouts
Googlers
MAPICS
Photographers
Politics
Portuguese Speakers
Russian Speakers
SAP Consultants
SigEp
Spanish Speakers
Technology
Unknown
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......

SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR SIGEPS:
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 !

Bragging rights
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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Consulting for Manufacturing and Hospitality Businesses
Employment
  • Information Systems International
    CEO, 1988 - present
  • Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort
    Proprietor, 2006 - 2009
  • IBM
    Sales and Engineering, 1980 - 1988
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Mesquite TX
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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
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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