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Wow, new CONTENT online for us all to enjoy.....

+Linda Pulver +Diane Ellis +Jeff Ellis 
 
Oh. If you are a history buff...
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I support the Electoral College as the Founders designed it.
I have written this many times before, but this bears repeating.
Working its way across the country is a measure that will (legally in this instance) bypass the Constitution.  

I reiterate my position that bypassing the protection of the Electoral College eliminates the voice of everyone in the country who does not live in a major city (8 largest, approximately).   Let this go through and those outside the cities will lose their voice and likely never see another Presidential candidate swing through town to talk to the people.

The tip-off for my information started with Dick Morris, who I know is a lightning rod for many, so I have included a link to the original proposal.  You can decide for yourself.

The opposition
http://www.dickmorris.com/reject-the-proposal-to-bypass-the-electoral-college/
The proposal being considered:
http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/

An excellent editorial by George Will on the need for the Electoral College:
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=122601

c: +Dan McDermott +David Dierksheide 
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+Michael Ellis This reminds me of a little film the satirical TV show extra 3 has made in 2008. Extra 3 - Das Wahlsystem der USA (German) It tried to explain how the entire election process for the presidential election works.

I also think that the swing states are a major reason why the electoral college might be not the best solution. Maybe a combination of popular vote and state vote could be fix some of this problems and maybe create some newer but less evil ones.

Those different elections laws for federal(!) elections are odd for me.
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Great article by +Ron Miller of TechCrunch that I saw thanks to +Michael Krigsman .

My addition is that IBM has succeeded over many decades by doing what founder Thomas Watson always said it should do.  Everything else about the business can change, but the Basic Beliefs (Respect for the Individual, Superior Customer Service and the Pursuit of Excellence) will never change.

Technologies come and go.  As +Ron Miller points out, IBM is at its core an IT company.  But the changes it has undergone (before I started there in 1981 and after I left in 1988) have been because it held tight to those Basic Beliefs, even in the most tumultuous times in its industry.

I'm grateful today that I first learned business from that company - it has helped me maintain my businesses through some pretty tough years too.
 
IBM has seen its business models tossed asunder more than once in its long history and it's facing the same disruptive pressure most large tech companies are feeling today. It has responded with a full court press to the cloud. I spoke to Big Bang Disruption author Larry Downes, Digital Disruption author James McQuivey and enterprise consultant +Michael Krigsman about the challenges IBM and other companies face when they try to redefine themselves in a changing market.
We are in an age of disruption and this is even more pronounced for a large technology company like IBM, but Big Blue finds itself in the position of having..
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This Tibetan Monk invited me to have my photo taken with him.  I think he was fascinated by my white skin, honestly.  He was very nice, although we couldn't communicate in any way except hand gestures.  He greeted me with a smile and took my hand in a hearty handshake.

 He was there to pray for his wishes.  He granted me one of mine by demonstrating good will between very different people on earth.
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Tibet,I am in Sichuan Province,not far away from Tibet.Tibet is very great and beautiful.
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Praise be to IBM for inventing and sustaining the computer industry for the first 100 years.   Next up, whatever IBM invents next.
 
The IBM360 is 50 years young, today. It'll be in your datacenter for another 50 years.
http://bit.ly/1hwXEgV
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you are correct, Thomas, they have AIX and Linux available on the z servers (which are very grown up S360/S370 systems).  Along with the classic operating systems VM, MVS and another one I can't remember right now.....  
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Hangouts can be dangerous and expensive and leave you hungry for breakfast....

This morning, I was just in a quick hangout with +Douglas Saylor  and +Irfan Farooqi .   I popped some bread in the toaster, hoping to have a quick breakfast and focus on the chat.
Unfortunately, the Hangout was really interesting, the toaster didn't pop up the toast, and two slices of bread were totally burnt to a crisp, the apartment completely filled with smoke.

I opened the front door, the back door and started waving the smoke out of the apartment.   Then the elevator arrived on the first floor and the doors opened.  The elevator filled with the smoke that was pouring out of the apartment.   Then the building fire alarm went off, locked the elevator in place.

SOOOOO, now I've met the fire crew from Engine # 3.  They were very nice.  I showed them to the basement, they found the fire panel, reset the alarm.  I showed them the burnt toast as proof.

Now the apartment is clear, the alarm is off, the neighbors have been calmed and returned to their own apartments, the apology email has been sent.

I'm now choosing where I'm going to breakfast.......

And since this is a post about Hangout technique, I'm copying +Ronnie Bincer and +martin shervington  .... :)
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+Ronnie Bincer LMAO! 
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"To respond to aggressive provocation is not 'provocative' - indeed, unanswered it incentivizes [sic] continued Russian aggression."

Ukraine is our NATO ally and an obligation of the US to aid in defending its borders.   The situation is complicated, but what General Clark and Mr. Karber recommend is a prudent and rational plan that President Obama should act upon immediately.
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My sister +Diane Ellis will really appreciate an Emperor who spends his imperial fortune trying to move a big rock into his front yard.

She complains about hers, but she didn't have to dig any wells or pump water out onto the ground so she could drag her big rock 1000's of miles (about 100 feet at a time) over the ice.   I think she's just complaining.  Imagine how much harder it was to be an emperor of the dynasty in ancient China......
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I feel his pain...the project that just bleeds money.  I have to say...my rock looks better than his rock!
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1st day of #FiveDayQuest  
+Andreas Katifes got me started on one picture for each of 5 days.  Except I'm going to use pictures from the LAST 5 days, not the next..... :)   

Today (really today), I met this Tibetan Monk at the Lama Temple in Beijing.  He reached out to me and wanted me to take my photo with him.   My guide told me he is a visiting Monk, actually from Tibet.  His robes indicate (the yellow color) that he is from the same family as the Dalai Lama.

The Prayer Wheel he sits next to serves as inspiration for their Buddhist faith.   It is said that he must turn the prayer wheel 10,000 times during his lifetime to achieve fulfillment.
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+Xu Deng I was in China for 5 weeks.  Now I'm back in the US.   I really enjoyed China.  It was interesting, somewhat exotic, really different than anything I encountered in-depth before.  
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I don't remember my physics classes that well, but I'm pretty certain I learned this in high school.

h/t: +Wolf Weber 
 
Just because...
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Hahaha....yes, I believe you are correct +Michael Ellis. Most boys learned the immense over-reaction girls can have in high school.!
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  • Information Systems International
    CEO, 1988 - present
  • Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort
    Proprietor, 2006 - 2009
  • IBM
    Sales and Engineering, 1980 - 1988
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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
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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
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Acquaintances
CouchSurfers
Coworkers
Dog Lovers
Exercise Lovers
Family
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French Speakers
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Google Business Pages
Google Hangouts
Googlers
MAPICS
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Portuguese Speakers
Russian Speakers
SAP Consultants
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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 !

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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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  • Purdue University
    BSCEE, 1980 - 1984
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Executive Education, 1995 - 1995
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