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The Angry Angry Man: https://youtu.be/57u85dn1Lf0

Fewer songs with better harmonies.... 
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Moon and Venus. 
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So that's what that was! Even I saw it. Although I assumed it was a tower or something, we don't see many stars or planets here. 
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The #1 song on Sunday, February 12th 1961 was: 
Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles - See more at: http://playback.fm/birthday-song#sthash.zb8l1S88.dpuf

Wow, I'm pretty old.
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nah, +Philip Setnik, we're not old, we're vintage.
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This is Carmi (short for Carmel, for her coloring). She is an Airedale we are auditioning for the role of dog. She is extremely shy, but very sweet.

She needs a fairly large amount of work and training, but she is pretty smart, and seems to be picking up on things.

I'm a bit at a loss about how to train her, because so far we haven't found a treat she likes. And just using praise and tone of voice... I dunno, will that work?

Hopefully she'll get over some of her shyness soon. 
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She's so gorgeous
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That's the ticket..... 
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Whenever I ready that phrase I hear a Jon Lovitz caracter making up a lie on the spot.
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SPOILER ALERT - There are major plot elements to Avengers: Age of Ultron in the companion piece.


Wow, I was virtually jumping up and down reading this.  I understand now, I think, what upsets so many of the movie's critics, regarding Natasha's portrayal:  it was the choice of story that they took issue with.  Not with the story per se, the reaction to which I misunderstood - that the story is somehow diminishing to her character and to women and to the cause of women etc. - an attitude to me that was terribly invalidating of Natasha's reactions to what has befallen her, the choices ripped from her, the longing and loss she feels....

And it's not that.

(I will say, if you don't like the choice Joss Whedon made in telling this story, wait until next time.  Maybe he'll tell a different part of the story.)

H/T to +Sallie Alys Montuori .
 
A really great piece, and an unusually high caliber of comments as well.
While there are certainly issues with the Black Widow story in the new Avengers film, we don't just need to get to exactly the right one female Avenger. We need more than one female Avenger.
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The article itself is quite good (and while Whedon has now departed from the MCU), there are a couple items the author of the NPR piece didn't mention. The first being that Scarlett Johansson's role was much more active earlier on, but reduced after she became pregnant. The author also didn't mention Elisabeth Olsen's admittedly somewhat limited role as Scarlet Witch. A role that I think will address many of those scarcity of opportunity issues in future films. 
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Happy Birthday to +Getzel Setnik !  

We love you, kiddo, and hope today is great and your future full of success!
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Judaism for G+ Presents:  Shavuos, one of those holidays you've probably never heard of.

Disclaimer:  I'm not a Rabbi.  I'm just a layman who likes to share some things about my religion, because I consider ignorance a bad thing.  This is presented for information only; it is not meant to proselytize.  For any questions about Jewish Law, please consult your local orthodox Rabbi.

This weekend is very special - it's Memorial Day here in the US, which means I don't have to take additional vacation time for a Jewish Holiday!

That's right, this Sunday and Monday (following immediately after Shabbos) we celebrate Shavuos, the Feast of Weeks.  Also called Pentecost in some circles, because it is fifty days after Passover.

Many non-Jews, and even some Jews, aren't terribly familiar with this holiday.  But it is a Torah-mandated festival, one of the three Pilgrimage Festivals on which the Jews were expected to come to Jerusalem, to the Holy Temple, and worship there.  It ranks as highly in that regard as Passover (Pesach) and Succos (the Feast of Tabernacles).

Here are a few of of the interesting bits about this holiday.

First, the holiday commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai.  The Jewish people stood at the base of the mountain, "like one person with one heart," according to Rashi (commentator from 12th century France), and declared "naaseh v'nishmah" - "we will do and we will hear."  This pledge bound us to the Law - and the order of the wording is very important.  It signifies, says the Talmud and the Commentators, that we have agreed to observe the commandments, and then dedicate ourselves to a deeper understanding of them.  We don't just have an obligation to do what the Torah says - we are also required to understand, to the best of our ability, what the commandments mean.

Studying the Torah and the Talmud and the commentaries are required of us - and the key, we believe, to building an ever-closer connection with G-d.

It is customary to stay up all night studying Torah.  This is a "tikkun" - a compensation or repair - for the fact that the Children of Israel went to sleep the night before the giving of the Torah, despite the fact that this was the most important event in history for the Jewish people.  To make up for their dozing, we stay up all night learning.

We have special prayers we recite, as is true with all holy days.

We have festive meals, again, as on all holy days.  In fact, the Talmud defines "simchas Yom Tov" - the Joy of the Holiday - to be "meat and wine."  We certainly live up to that in our house!

But interestingly, it is also a long standing custom to have dairy on the holiday - some people have at least one dairy meal; others eat dairy and then have a meat meal; etc.  This is in commemoration of the fact that the Children of Israel were getting a whole bunch of new laws about keeping kosher - including the prohibition against mixing meat and dairy.  Their dishes were all questionable; they weren't fully up to speed on the laws; they were concerned they'd mess up the slaughter until they had more details... the bottom line is, they refrained from the meat for the time being.

We read from the book of Ruth on this day.  Ruth is considered the first convert to Judaism, after the giving of the Torah (when all of us "converted" in a fashion).  Her acceptance of Judaism is a fit for the themes of the holiday.

All in all, it's going to be a very busy, exhausting, uplifting, and exhilarating weekend.  We'll be in "Shabbos mode" - no computers, phones, electric or electronic stuff of any kind for three days.  We can cook on Sunday and Monday (that's different than on Shabbos), but we're blessedly off the grid.

I hope all of you enjoy the weekend.  I hope that you take some to learn something and experience growth - in whatever area interests you, be it temporal or spiritual - and that you keep moving ever upward.

Good Shabbos and Good Yom Tov, if I don't catch you before. 
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The "bikurim" was one of the mandatory bits of the Pilgrimage, +Meirav M. !  Thank you for reminding me of that.

Wearing white... don't know; maybe because it's Memorial Day here?  ;-)
 
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I don't know why, but I found this to be very clever.  Cheap, too!
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For all of your college champagne needs!
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Meet the new phone, similar to the old phone....

This is my new Droid Turbo, replacing my older Droid DNA. They bear a superficial resemblance, but I'm quite pleased with the upgrade. This phone has an amazing screen, excellent battery life, and is very fast. I looked at CPU utilization. On the old phone, it sat around 90% much of the time, which accounts in large part for the abysmal battery life. This phone, with an almost identical load of apps, sits between 20% and 25%.

33% more RAM, four times the storage. Nice.

The voice control is very cool as well. My phone is named "Mr. Moto" (it's a Motorola, get it?) and all I have to do is say "Ok, Mr. Moto," and I can ask pretty much anything or give one of many commands. Works really well, aside from the fact that Mr. Moto speaks with a woman's voice... I'm working on that.

Camera is unspectacular as advertised. Competent, but I'm not giving up my regular camera.

Good call quality and Bluetooth performance.

...and in the fine print, I'll acknowledge that it hasn't been upgraded to Lollipop yet. Any day now....

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Phone so advanced it takes its own selfies.
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Does anybody really start here? 
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Well first, I said let there be light... Then we had to wait for the Earth to cool.
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I think I want to learn to play the Stick like Tony Levin.

And tour with some of Dream Theater.  Or whatever Prog Rock band will have me.

These are good goals, aren't they?

TIp o' the kippah to +Kimberly Elaine .
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Given that Jann Wenner (publisher of Rolling Stone) basically controls the selection process and has been a devout hater of progressive rock, it is clear why very little progressive music has made it into the Hall. Rush did make it last year, so there is some progress. 
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I'm a technology professional with a mind on the needs of the business.  I believe that computer systems should work like utilities:  you turn on a switch, and a light comes on - you turn on your computer, and you are productive!

I am dedicated to helping others be more successful.

I also teach - and I love to be in front of a class helping them learn.

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