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Can anyone suggest a good system monitor app that will run in the background and specifically identify which app(s) are eating the most battery?

I've run into a sudden issue with the battery on my Un-rooted 2013 Moto X with Stock #Android  4.4.4 draining much faster than usual. Typically I could make it about 12-14 hours on a single charge with moderate use and nearly all day Wi-fi connection. However, just in the last week the battery has started draining much faster. Currently it is draining about 50% in roughly 3-4 hours.

I'm sure it probably has to do with some app that I recently installed or updated. I know I could reinstall everything one by one to identify the culprit, but I really don't want to go to that trouble. Once I know the cause I can use Greenify to resolve the issue.

I am currently using "GSam Battery Monitor" and "System Monitor Lite" to keep an eye on things, but neither of them will actually run in the background to identify specific apps. Anyone have ideas?

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+Derek Ross, so you can see why I'm slightly concerned. It's a pretty noticeable and sudden change. 

Yes, I also really like System Monitor for helping maintain an overview of my phone's resources. GSam is also really great, but when running in the background it only provides aggregate info on usage and network throughput.

Any other ideas?
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Inspired by a post one of my friends made earlier today.
Instead of seeing what gay people are try seeing who they are; a uniquely treasured person.
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On THAT we would agree.

I do think it's a sin.  I think it's a mortal sin.  I think mine are no better.  But my being a sinner doesn't mean that someone else's sin becomes OK.  We're all messed up.
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Mr Nice Guy

Here's another poem I've been working on for a while. The point of this poem is that when given the choice between keeping quiet to keep the peace or speaking up and fighting for people's hearts I have chosen the latter. I will not be merely a meek observer of life, too afraid of ruffling feathers. I am not content to allow my life to pass me by while I avoid confrontation and follow all "the rules".

I will defend the hearts of others and their right to think and act differently from myself. I won't stand for the dehumanization or vilification of people, no matter how different we may seem. 

I will rock the boat. I will pursue my joy. I have determined to laugh easily, love intentionally, and forgive gracefully.


I do NOT want to be known as a "nice guy".
Nice Guy is milquetoast. And not to boast,
But I would rather hold a streak of temerity.
I want to have the courage to fight when all around me fall.
I will build a wall, and I will call
To the world "I will not go down in defeat!"
Nice Guy would only retreat.

I want to be intentional about loving.
With passion and grace,
When others see my face
I want them to break out in smiles not hives.
‘Cause I’m like a warm blanket in their lives,
And we'll spend a thousand breaths breaking out in fits of laughter
Nice Guy is too meek to matter

I will resolutely pursue the heart of my wife
For the rest of my life I'll make the study of her eyes a quest.
And every breath in her chest
And nuance of her sunburst smile
I'll come to know and perfect the art of making her laugh
Just so I can hear her voice.
Nice Guy won’t make duty a choice.

I will not doubt the worth of a person
I will only speak after I think
And I will raise a stink
When people's hearts get lost in the discussion
I will speak with percussion
Blow by weighty blow the full count I will go
Nice guy fears the big KO.

When hearts bleed I will patch them
When Folks fall I will catch them, snatch them
From whole batches of whipped backs
With the broken I will stand
And lend a hand
With their shattered hearts to reattach them
Nice Guy will only tax them

Nice guy always finishes
First he’s a bursted bubble of trouble
Stuck on daily double
He wears a mask of happy faces
To hide his focus on his own reflection
He’s got a complexion of abdication
Nice Guy lives a quiet life of desperation

When I am laid to rest I do not want my headstone to read "Always paid his taxes".
Or “never missed a Sunday sermon”
People would say I was determined
People would say I gave my all.
For those who could not stand I stood tall.
For those who could not speak I spoke
That I never let a person be a joke

They’ll say I had a heart for the hearts of others
That I tried to make all my brothers
That I fought for the right to love and be loved
That when the darkness came my voice led
That when their hearts would bleed my heart bled
That I was heels over head
To bring their worth back from the dead

Don’t tell me of their value you’ve got misgivings
Because your hands aren't dirty from what you call living
Don’t tell me how their skin color makes them stupid
How their sexual orientation makes your vexation lucid
That your solution is elusive while rooted in being abusive
I won’t turn a blind eye to the hate you supply. This is my rallying cry:
No more mister Nice Guy.

Thank you to +Sean Cowen, +Ayoub Khote, +Renata Sherwin, and +Stephanie Van Pelt for giving me feedback while I wrote.

#poem   #poetry   #spokenword   #art  
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Thanks so much, +Ayoub Khote​!
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Thoughts for life

No one ever suffered from a profusion of beauty.
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This track is among my absolute favorite songs. The lyrics of the song are adapted from the poem "Stream of Life" taken from the Nobel-prize-winning collection 'Gitanjali' by Rabindranath Tagore. Here is the English words of the poem translated from Bengali:

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.

I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.
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Just a heads up for anyone who follows my site.
Beginning on April 12, 2015 my site will be changing hosting providers.
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Art is how we decorate space;
Music is how we decorate time.

#art #music #deepthoughts
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The Meal

In a world where people are hungry, one man has the courage to follow his heart and make chili. Prepare yourself for the touching story of five different ingredients, and the man who brought them together. Experience flavor like you've never tasted before.

Coming soon to a tummy near you.
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Mine isn't, sadly, +Mike Searle. Ingredients shopping later...
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Wheels Up
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The result, and the process.
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Thanks, +Mikki Torres​! You have good taste. :P
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This captures #KansasCity so well!
Found on reddit. A very nice compilation by +Timothy Lair​
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I design sunshine. I illustrate laughter.
I am an illustrator, graphic designer, and conceptual designer/artist providing everything from poster illustrations to conceptualizing brand identity. I've worked with clients as far reaching as start-up websites, to small non-profit groups. 

I offer Prints and T-shirts for sale at

I Want To Draw You

I offer commissions of fine art. These portraits make excellent gifts, so if you are interested in commissioning a piece of fine art, you may email me direct from my profile page, or at I don't limit myself to just illustrating people that society calls "beautiful", so whether you're a man or woman, I want to capture your unique beauty and strength!

I specialize in Digital Illustration; Pencil, Pen & Ink Illustrations; Brand Identity; and Conceptual Design/Development. I love art in all forms, but especially visual art and music. I really enjoy cool urban stuff, and anything bold.

I love people, and one of my personal goals is to make the day brighter for as many people as I can.

You can buy custom artwork from me at

You can Like me on Facebook at Searle.Arts, check out my portfolio on Behance, or follow me on Twitter.

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    Illustrator, graphic designer, and conceptual designer/artist. Creative dynamo. People appreciator., present
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This place is the real deal. The people at the shop clearly have a love of music and great gear. I brought in an early seventies Marshall half stack and they gave me a very acceptable price for it. The shop is clean, with a wide variety of guitars, bass guitars, amps, and accessories. If you love guitars, and you want to buy local, you can't go wrong with The Guitar Syndicate.
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Jason is one of the most passionate photographers I've ever met, and it shows in both the way he works and the images he creates. He is singularly able to capture the most emotive glimpses of moments both joyful and dramatic. You'll be glad to have the chance to work with Jason.
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My wife and I have come here about once a month for over a decade. It's our favorite Chinese restaurant in town. The host, Tat, is always very friendly and accommodating.
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Conrad's is an excellent steakhouse. My wife and I ate there for the first time tonight and it was a very good experience. The dining room is comfortable and masculine, but not overbearing. Our server, Bobby, was attentive and friendly without being annoying. My wife had the filet of beef and I had the 12oz Kansas City strip. Both were prepared extremely well and were quite juicy , and the wait was very minimal. They apparently make a point to serve seasonal foods, and the garden salad and vegetable medley were both evidence that they make things fresh. The beer list is nicely complete, and the oatmeal stout was quite a companion to my steak. We followed up our meal with a slice of decadent chocolate cake, baked fresh earlier today. Bobby even gave us a free slice of cake to take home and enjoy later. If you enjoy Hereford House, but prefer a slightly more casual dining experience I would definitely recommend Conrad's.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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