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Mike Meraz
Attended University of California, Santa Barbara
Lives in Ventura, CA
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Playing with the dogs. 
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I love these quick auto-awesome videos Google Photos makes. This is a really fun one of our recent Whale Watching trip. 
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We were fortunate to find a big feeding frenzy of about 6 whales, seals, and tons of dolphins. Gotta admit, I completely forgot to record some of the better moments. But at least I got this one. 
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Year 3 of the Summer Diving Team begins!
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+Sunshine Gaming hey that's my thing moo🐮

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It's not much of a teaser but it's enough to get me excited for this new series. I really hope it's done well and stays true to what makes Star Trek so unique. And the use of the word "crews" (plural) has me intrigued. 
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Now that would be an interesting take on a series structure that might be really cool. 

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Episode 07 - Cryolophosaurus. This is one of my all-time favorite episodes so I gave the YouTube version a little extra luv. Enjoy!
 
Episode 07 - Cryolophosaurus.  This is one of my all-time favorite episodes so I gave the YouTube version a little extra luv. Enjoy!
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Another auto-created video from our recent San Diego trip. We definitely seem to have an aquatic theme going this summer. 
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Cruising along the coast of Santa Cruz island and enjoying the view. This is where we went hiking on our last island trip. Tons of coves, sea caves, hidden beaches, and wildlife. Beautiful island. 
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A day with friends out in the channel whale watching, sea cave exploring, and island viewing. The windy and choppy waters made it all the more fun! 
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Wow! This looks really good. Though, it'd be nice if they could explore the Galaxy for a movie or two before destroying the Enterprise again. Still... can't wait to see this. 
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Spent the day exploring new hiking trails on Santa Cruz Island. 🐬
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The single most important thing to me in social media use is control over my feed and what I share. That's it. Simple! Sadly, this runs counter to the goals of every social media service.
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Ya, G+ definitely is far better than the rest. Though, they are not immune from the forced sharing trend (+1s are now auto shared). But my frustration is more with FB. I really want to delete my account. I can't stand it there but still check in because of friends and family. I'm so frustrated with everything I do being shared whether I want it to or not. Literally! I constantly see posts, comments, likes, and wall messages from people I don't know. I've learned inappropriate things about friends because their comments to others (who I don't know) are plastered in my feed. I want to tell them so they can be more careful but it would be very awkward. And I miss posts by friends (on FB and G+) because they force filter my feed instead of allowing me to view chronologically (ya, you can work around that but it's inconvenient). I got ribbed by a friend annoyed that I hadn't responded to a post that FB never showed me. So now, I'm still on FB but rarely post, don't like, and rarely comment.

I kinda feel like the Internet gave us what we all wanted initially... and everything since then has been an attempt to take it back. And by that, I'm referring to the RSS feed. It's perfect in its effectiveness and simplicity. But it also gave complete control directly to content creators and content consumers. Middlemen and gatekeepers didn't control it, couldn't manipulate it, and couldn't monetize it. So, they slowly tried to kill it and replace it with feeds (social or otherwise) that they could control. Ya, I know it's more complicated than that. But it's still frustrating. And I guess this is my day to vent. 😉
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Education
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    Geophysics
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    Education - Physical Sciences
  • California State University, Long Beach
    Counseling - Student Development & Higher Ed Administration
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Male
Birthday
March 4
Relationship
Married
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Tagline
Podcaster, Educator, Geek and Dad
Introduction
I produce the Aaron's World podcast. An imaginative science-themed audio drama for young kids. It was created by my son, Aaron, when he was 6 years old. It's taken us over 5 years to finish the adventure.

Aaron's World is a 50 episode audio-drama following Aaron's time traveling adventures through the prehistoric world with his trusty talking computer companion, INO. If you like adventures with dinosaurs, time travel, robots, and plenty of SCIENCE? Then this podcast is definitely for you!

You can subscribe via iTunes or visit (www.mydogrocket.com) for more information.

Google Plus is my social media home. I love it here. If you want to get to know me and my podcasting family a little better, you've come to the right place. I don't post a lot, but when I do it tends to be public, family-focused, with lots of pictures. And a generous sprinkling of tech, science, and geekiness thrown in for fun.

Oh, and I tend to change my cover photo to match what I'm currently working on in the podcast. Not always, but clues and hints to upcoming episodes do pop up from time to time.
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2011 Parsec Award Winner, 2012 Special Achievement, 2013 Finalist, 2015 Parsec Award Winner!
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University Administration
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Ventura, CA
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Santa Barbara, CA
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