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Works at Naturography - The nature photography of Mike Spinak, specializing in showing the extraordinary in the landscapes and life forms of California and the Western United States.
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It's another perfect day here.

Perfect weather with perfect consistency. Wow, look at this 7 day forecast.
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+Mike Spinak Now its pretty nice weather, but its cold right now, so not for tanning and swimming tho.. On Sunday it should be better :) ... and thank you so much, but ice cream is not an ideal thing for me, unfortunately :/ :D
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Sir Francis Bacon said, "There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness of proportion." What one might think of as imperfections in the beauty are actually integral to the beauty itself, actually draw focus, give it depth and character, increase the greatness of the beauty.

It's a concept that I've strongly agreed with, and have always applied to my photography, both in terms of subject choices and how I represent them. I've even written blog post essays that drew heavily on the idea.

And yet, how blind and foolish I have been to never realize until the last few weeks that this applies as much to the inner beauty of a person's personality and character as it does the outer beauty of someone's appearance.
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Here's a haiku I wrote in a dream last night, about falling in love:

How much can I take?
Before I burst into flames!
Don't know; we'll find out....
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I have a question for those of you who post that if you don't vote for candidate X, it's the same as a vote for candidate Y.

If

[A] a Clinton supporter tells me that if I don't vote for Clinton, it's the same as a vote for Trump, that's only "logic;"

and

[B] a Trump supporter tells me that if I don't vote for Trump, it's the same as a vote for Clinton, that's only "logic;"

and

[C] I don't vote for Clinton and I don't vote for Trump;

then

by not voting for Clinton nor Trump, did I vote for Clinton, or did I vote for Trump?
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Mike, you live in California. Your vote doesn't really count wrt the electoral college. The Democratic Party candidate will get the votes. It doesn't matter what you do.
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This is what I'm like right now. This is what my day is like.

I hope you're all having a super-awesome weekend.
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Today is International Blasphemy Day. You're goddamned right it's a problem that blasphemy is still a punishable offense in many countries.

Only an idiot of a god would take umbrage at blasphemy or criticism. Those who worship a god who demands intellectual protectionism need to step back and consider what this means about their god and about themselves.

Let beliefs be subjected to the contest of ideas, to stand or fall based on their merits. Protect people's freedom to express themselves, rather than protecting beliefs from people's words.
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+Sid Spinak, the knowledge counts for something when it merits it, by its ability to survive rigorous testing and rational criticism.
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My long overdue (sorry!) book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals, is coming soon.

I'm also hoping to get two other books, Notes for Aspiring Photographers, and Every Second Counts, published by the end of the year.

Notes for Aspiring Photographers is not yet finished, but it is far enough along that I'm ready to start sharing chapters with test readers, for feedback. If you'd like to be a test reader, please message me.

Thank you for your interest.
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+Michael Russell, I didn't soften it every much. It's perhaps more unflinching about the realities of nature than any other book / documentary / etc. I've ever seen. I describe that extreme material in a rather neutral tone, and the 48 test readers did not have any issues with that stuff. It will be interesting to see how the public responds to a book that doesn't hold back about that stuff.

+Don Cross, Thanks! I hope you'll find it worthwhile.
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My girlfriend is fantastic!

I am in love!
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Thank you, +Gabri!
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Six-eighths of this graphic are explicitly about particular failed businesses. The main thrust of this graphic seems to be that if someone has repeated failures in business, then s/he'd probably run the presidency incompetently.

In my view, this is a questionable argument. The premise does not support the conclusion: It is completely normal to fail at multiple businesses before making a big success with one. Just like almost any other endeavor, one learns how to succeed largely through past failures. It's part of the process.

In this sense, the argument implied in this graphic seems to me to not grasp the nature of entrepreneurship, the nature of ultimate success in business, and the nature of success in general. If you think you achieve major successes in difficult endeavors by just giving it a try and having everything go perfectly from the start the first time, then you may be in for a harsh reckoning.

If this is really the argument you want to offer against him, then: Please, get a clue.

One could make arguments that his particular failures were extraordinary and significant, with these businesses failing due to greater than average incompetence, significant character flaws, etc. That would be a better way to argue, but it's not the argument being made here.

One could also point out some real shortcomings with him, and make real arguments against him — but this tripe of a meme is not it.

To be clear, I'm not arguing in favor of Trump. I have a low opinion of him and I'm not going to vote for him. Instead, I'm arguing against lowering the level of discourse in our conversations to a degree that it replaces substance with slick-but-unsound soundbites.

Also, to be clear: I'm not posting this to make a political statement. I don't give a damn about Trump, nor do I give a damn what you think about Trump. Please don't post blather for or against Trump here.
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Is failure at business/entrepreneurship equatable with failure (or potential failure) in governance? They are not the same thing and the impacts (scale and repercussions) are different. Failure/experimentation is tolerated much less in government while it is more or less expected in business. A business that fails can turn to the government for assistance (funding or bankruptcy), while a government that fails is in a world of hurt.

I think this and similar memes are pointing out this aspect, while rather unclearly. A government cannot be run entirely like a business. A government can't really bail out of a tough situation by simply throwing up its hands and declaring bankruptcy as a means to clear its palate before moving on to the next venture.

So, the history of particular kinds of failures may be more enlightening than explaining it away as "failure isn't all bad". Failure is highly likely with everything we attempt. It's a primary component in learning and growing. That last bit is important. If you fail and don't grow as a result, that is also telling.

Certainly more too it than a list in a meme. 
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+Rolf Hicker,

I randomly stumbled across this video. You should take a look at it, and see if you have any copyright issues with the video's content.
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+Michael Russell well if it's commercial or they're monetizing their channel with ads I might send a takedown notice, but otherwise, whether my photo appears for 10 seconds in a video or not doesn't make any difference to me. :)
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I'm happy.
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Nature photographer, author, and big softie
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Author and Photographer of Growing Up Humming

I began photography in 1998. I've been writing since I was little. Lifelong passions for travel, nature, and creative expression developed into a lifestyle and career in writing and photography.

I photograph landscapes, wildlife, flora, patterns – anything and everything nature. I use naturalist knowledge to find subjects and themes that people rarely see; then use photography and writing to share my experiences with others. I strive to show people the beauty and wonder of the natural world, so that people feel kinship with nature.

My nature photography studio is wherever he find myself with a camera and Nature’s largess.
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