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Michael Ellis
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Cathédrale de Chartres
Medieval Catholic church in the French countryside. Some fo the best examples of outstanding stained glass in the world, expressing the best of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
In the carvings of its walls, you can see the contributions of nearly all aspects of medieval society, demonstrating the prominence the church played in the fabric of the community.
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I'm resharing this because projects are SOOOO like this....
h/t +Pam Adger for sharing.
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Google made a movie out of my day yesterday in Paris.
Make sure you watch the video segment it included ! :)

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Oh no, I definitely do not want to dance. Embarrassing myself comes easily to me. I don't need to seek out fresh opportunities to do so.
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Excellent article (in English) about how native speakers can communicate effectively with others who wish to learn English.

I have spent years refining my skills in this area and the article captures very nicely what things we must consciously do to use the English language well with non-native speakers --- making it easier for both sides in a conversation.
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Autocorrect is not always your friend
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Google Voice has gotten me into trouble more than once... I finally quit using it.
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Seinfeld is not REALLY a show about nothing
I never had heard a detailed description about Seinfeld's thoughts and the background in composing his show. But this analysis is really interesting and I thought you might enjoy it too.

Seinfeld is probably the funniest show on television since the I Love Lucy show
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It's more of a different humor. I have a hard time getting into scripted entertainment cos it all seems like the same script to me
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Just another day in Paris.....
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Nice!! Do wish they'd revamp the music.. :))
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French National Day - La Fête Nationale

Today was the French commemoration of their revolution that overthew the monarchy in 1789. We in the US usually refer to it as "Bastille Day", but that name is a bit offensive to the French, since the sentiment is representative of much more than the prison of that day. Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette left power in that struggle. The French Revolution and the ideas of philosophers in France around that time (Voltaire, De Tocqueville) substantively affected the leaders of our country as they organized our new republic with our Constitution (signed in 1787).

Some of us stayed home and watched the magnificent military parade on TV (la défilé militaire). Others of us took advantage of the free admission price at the Louvre.

Tonight, we're going on a dinner cruise on the Seine and then watching the fireworks. It's a good day in Paris today.......
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Using international characters on a Chromebook

Since I've been in Germany for 14 months, and now France for a month, I have always searched for an answer to the problems of typing on my keyboard on the Chromebook and getting the special characters needed for the two languages which are not on my standard US keyboard. Using the German keyboard layout worked fine in Germany, once I got used to it. But in France, I had no idea what a French keyboard looked like, so I struggled a great deal to find the right key combinations to get the accented characters I needed for my class. The linked article explains how to install and use the US International Keyboard layout on your chromebook to make the accented French characters very accessible, without having to constantly change to unfamiliar keyboards. This solved my French problem, but has the added advantage of supporting the German special characters as well.

P.S. I made this picture on Google Drawing, then published it to the web. After I hit POST, I hope to see that everything worked and you all can easily access things as I intended.

[EDIT - the link to the article that explains all of this:]
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+Angelo Torquati I have that add-on and you're right - it's very effective. But it often happens that I'm typing in things OTHER than a Google Doc (such as email) and need the speedy access of touch-typing that I'm good at, once I learn where the keystrokes are.
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Vacations are so hectic, I don't have time to sort out photos.
But Google did a nice movie for me to whet your appetite. (Versailles, France)
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You & Google... Fantastic job! Super.
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+ Michael Ellis ~ all is well. thank you for posting me.
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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
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
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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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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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reviewed 2 months ago
Wir waren da mit unserem Chor. Ich habe eine Maß Bier und Bauerngröstl bestellt. Wie immer alles war sehr lecker.
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5 reviews
Room is in great shape. Very comfortable and clean. Really attractive lobby. Breakfast was mediocre, the only drawback.
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reviewed 4 months ago
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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