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I didn't fact check this, but I like it anyway!
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Well, it sounds nice, and yes, it's not totally true. He wasn't a "sole inventor" of AC power, and inventions that were practical, we figured out right away, among other things.
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Wow! Tie-Die Snake! Thanks +Tessa Schlesinger 
 
Versace snake skin for your latest bag! Just joking. This is a California red-side garter snake which is a little bit poisonous. Edit : According to plusser, Lewis Mulholland, this is a San Franciscan garter snake, and it appear he is correct. http://goo.gl/XJNYgM
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XD, very funny.
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Which one of these guys is wrong?

#iphone6    #iphone6plus    #stevejobs    #apple  
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+Emilio Bosques Well played, sir!
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I lost my phone on Tuesday and I'm awaiting a replacement. I did 95% of my interaction with G+ on my mobile device. That's why I've been absent.

I will admit that I felt a level of withdrawal the first two days of being "smart-phone-less". But then I realized that I suddenly found myself with an abundance of extra time for reading, writing, and meditating -- activities that I previously felt I never had enough time for.

I'm re-considering having an "electronic leash" with me at all times. I am rather liking the the idea of having email/texts/G+ happen more on my schedule than the other way around. I'm seriously thinking about selling my new G4 and getting a basic cell phone instead. Then perhaps checking electronic communications maybe one time per day rather than having a continuous connection.

You never really know what kind of effect or addiction you have to a person, a device, a technology, or a lifestyle until it is removed for a time. It's spring-cleaning time for my lifestyle I guess.

We'll see how things go.
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+miapdx maria Glad to have you back!
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The rhythmic breath of someone you love felt on your face.
Relaxing in a safe, comfortable place out of the rain, cold and heat.
Feeling satisfied and never hungry.
Your fingers sliding through the smooth coat of your devoted dog.
Vegetables that are still warm from the sun, delicious, ready for you to eat.
Feeling the whole-body pain and pleasure of having done a full day of physical work.
Sitting, staring up the endless sky-art created by passing clouds.
Feeling the age and wisdom of a tree, as you rest in the cool shade of its branches, left alone with only your thoughts.
Having nothing you do.
Unexpectedly having a friend visit, and blowing off your plans and spending the day with them instead.
The smell of baking bread.
Not being late somewhere, or behind on your list of tasks.
Exploring nature - at your leisure - on your schedule.
Giving someone a gift that you made with your own hands.
Having the time to deeply contemplate.
Leaving the world a little better than you found it.

Why do we forget the simple pleasures of life?
Why do we choose a stressful, hectic, and unhealthy life instead?




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It takes time and patience. The pacing and structure for many of today's cultures rarely support allowance of the time it takes for the necessary patience to develop in an individual.
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I spoke to someone the other day who vehemently denied global climate change. He was seriously claiming that the reason there is overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real and indeed man-caused,  was because of a vast world-wide conspiracy which has been orchestrated by the evil "progressives" who have systematically paid-off all scientists to publish lies.

I chose to set aside the utter absurdity of that notion for a moment and chose to tackle this claim with a different tact.

I said "So, the progressives successfully orchestrated a world-wide master plan -- raising billions of dollars in pay-offs, contacting and persuading millions of scientists, assisting them in replacing real science with believable misinformation? And somehow they've left no paper trail or evidence of any kind for their completely successful and ingenious plan. These guys are freaking geniuses! If you're sincere in your claim that government is completely incompetent, don't you think electing these guys to government wouldn't fix things up right away?"

I wish I could report some delightful response, but he just changed the subject. Something about Obama being a communistic, Muslim, socialist, fascist, illegal Kenyan constitution hater... if memory serves.

#gop   #globalwarming   #climatedenial  
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+Bear Field That's funny! :) Funny how we all gravitate towards rational posts! :)
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Thanks for the invitation! Great community!
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glad to have you here!
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My beloved new dog, Castiel, is now one year old. He's a handsome Terv male. He's affectionate, intelligent, and still a spastic puppy in a big dogs body. He's tipping the scales at 63 pounds these days.

He lives on my 140 acre ranch here in New Mexico. He runs around, chases critters, lays in the sun, and is a real snuggler when he's indoors.

My vet says that "I won the dog lottery" -- and she's right. I'm blessed he's in my life.

Happy Birthday to my bestest dog buddy!

#tervuren   #belgiantervuren   #doglovers   #dogs   #companionship  
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Beautiful. Oh I miss mine so much. GSD are the most loyal protective of all. Wish I could afford another. 
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This is my workhorse primary computer -- the Toshiba P505. I bought this machine on October 22, 2009 and it's been in daily use since -- that's 4 years, 10 months, 20 days. 

I've built several major websites with it. I've done dozens of technical and architectural drawings on it. I've created 3,622 Photoshop images. Created about thirty book covers. I've written twenty four short stories and two novels. I've published a newspaper using only it for two years. And, I've used it as a primary entertainment device to listen to music, play DVDs, stream movies, and watch hundreds of Blu-ray discs. The huge screen and excellent speakers truly make it an entertainment machine.

It came with Windows 7, which had never crashed or had any problems from the day I bought it. It has never had a virus or been infected by malware. I've only rebooted the machine when system updates required it.

And I paid $949 for it.

I'm mentioning my "machine" today because after nearly five years the time has come for me to replace the battery. A Toshiba brand replacement was $55 and arrived in three days. Replacing it took 15 seconds.

Is it as thin as a pencil? Nope. Is it as light as a feather? No. Is it "the latest thing"? Not even close. But is it a tremendously hard-working, revenue producing, reliable, unbeatable value? YES.

In a world where apple can announce a smartphone that is a little bigger, and a smartwatch that no-one wanted and get world attention, I wish that we could celebrate the hard-working devices that really make the world go round.

No one celebrates that refrigerator that works flawlessly for twenty years. No one seems to notice that a modern car can go 100,000 miles before it needs a tune-up. Maybe it's time we acknowledge and celebrate the value of tool rather than its trendy fashion aspects.

#toshiba   #valueformoney   #sustainability   #versatility  
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I have 2 A chrome book and an Asus .The Asus is still working fine. 2011
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I have a Belgian Shepard myself. This makes me sad.

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Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, Thursday, August 28, 2014. K-9 Kye, a three year old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)
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I agree but at the end of the day it's the law and we lose. +James Tolliver we have seen the abuses from police officers in the news lately way too often 
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This morning I noticed the barn inverter beeping. It said that there had been an overvoltage over night. Turns out that lightning hit the outdoor freezer. Amazingly the freezer and inverter survived. The extension cord and freezer cable didn't fare as well.

If you look carefully you can see the entry and exit hole and lots of melted metal and plastic.
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+Roger Hall Thanks for that info.
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Beautiful!
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Cielito Lindo Ranch, Inc. is my non-profit organization. It's an off-the-grid educational living center tasked with teaching through publications and workshops sustainable living techniques, which includes sustainable artistic careers, sustainable environmental habits, and creating sustainable local economies. Currently working in adobe and straw bale construction, solar and wind power systems, and more. Check it out at clrnewmexico.com or cielitolindoranch.org
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Howdy! I'm a child-free, atheist friendly, animal lover, environmentalist, wolf lover, biker (no bike at the moment). Big changes in my life right now -- after 33 years of designing and managing interactive computer projects, I've decided to do something a bit different and make a positive impact on the world. Check out my new educational non-profit focusing on sustainability at clrnewmexico.com
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I've designed, produced, programmed or managed 65 interactive computer products, from Apple II, Nintendo, to coin-op, to major websites. I have begun 4 tech startup companies. I have 10 US patents to my name
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