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Todd Green
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Lives in Rota, Spain
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What are we, if not that which chooses?
A new finding casts an old one in a very different, more free-will-friendly light.
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A sensible review. Reading and thinking critically is an important skill. I hope I can teach this to my kids.
In his latest and most ambitious work, "After Buddhism," Stephen Batchelor makes a sustained and serious attempt to argue for his vision of Buddhism.
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Happy Birthday, +Tatiana Green! It was a splendid evening out in Cadiz with #deparamo  at the Gran Teatro Falla.
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Saturday afternoon in Ronda, Spain. It's just short of 2 hours from home. This was a scouting trip. Looking forward to going back for an over night trip to explore the canyons and take some shots that I couldn't get in the time we had. Hope you enjoy our travels!
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Wow, what a great city. So many characters. 
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The real reason his light saber was red...
https://medium.com/@rstevens/see-also-sithbox-zero-993c8c08a72 
I bet I can bring balance to the Force in four panels.
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Most kids can’t separate their grades from their self-worth. Kyo Maclear on eliminating grades so children can focus on what really matters in life.
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We have bias, whether we know it or not. Have you seen this, +Denis Wallez ?


Better link, without all the ads and other link bait: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzDaBzBlL0


Riding a bicycle is a life skill we learn as kids that sticks with us for a lifetime. Once you learn it, you never forget it. But...
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+Stewart Souter Sorry about that... I usually just grab the video directly and share that. I'll be more careful ;-)
As for what he is demonstrating, it has nothing to do with the novelty of the bike. It's about unlearning, relearning, and assumptions. What we learn may work in one situation, but any change can give us valid reasons to change our approach, even if it's difficult. We have to be ready to re-evaluate.
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An important step towards a positronic brain!
Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich report developing semiconductor nanostructures that can work with quantum bits, the basic unit of quantum computing. Qubits can be stored intact in the nanostructures, which are made by depositing indium gallium arsenide on top of a gallium arsenide substrate, creating quantum dots between the crystal grids in the nanostructure's lattice.
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Wonderful approach to a challenging condition.
The teachers are asked how a meditator deals with episodes of depression.
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Pretty much my experience as well. Not even going to use communities anymore.  Just too difficult.
 
Dearest +Google+

I adore you, I do. I took a test drive on your mobilesque desktop G+ and sadly you broke my heart. I have been here since the first couple days of Beta. The first Beta. I loved you at first sight. And don’t get me wrong, I still do. Otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the time to write all of this. And yes, I’m also sending the official feedback. But the official feedback doesn’t cover the overall impressions. I can’t highlight missing features. I can’t hide personal data because you’ve already removed that.

When you first said you listened to us and are focusing on interests. I was happy. Google + is where I go to find people with common interests and passions. But you left out one very important thing. The PEOPLE. Everything social has been removed from the new G+. Hangouts/Chat. Gone. About Me. Gone. Circles have been stripped down to uselessness. I have 39 circles, but I’m only allowed to view 6!? Do you know why I have so many? Part is I have people sorted by things they post about. One is for people who post things not always safe for work. (I don’t mind that they do, I just need to me sensitive to my surroundings). One is for shushed people. These are the people I adore what they post, but not what they plus. I have to segregate them because you don’t allow me to shut off seeing what they plus. I also have a circle for folks who I allow to see my contact info. My local peoples. People I’ve met in real life. That is a large circle. I’ve met, done hangouts with some amazing, inspirational, talented, kind people in the last several years. But I feel like you’ve taken them from me. It’s no longer easy to send someone a quick Chat message. (And yes I still call it Chat when it’s only text). When someone new circles me, not only do I have to click to see their info, it’s a stripped down version of it. Cold. Impersonal. There are some great About Me’s that will never be seen again. Take a look at Shawn McClure’s. It’s awesome. But it’s nowhere to be found on the new version. Only the 239,042,382 links ;-) See this album https://goo.gl/photos/Aq2dTGnkUQFVsPLV9 ? It’s full of the folks I’ve met here on G+. I've been to your house!! There’s a photo of a couple I met in my very first hangout. The live half a world away, but when they came to vacation near me we met up in person. It was awesome. But I can’t even send you the link via G+ anymore. Just the horrible horrible Photos. Where they sit lonely because no one can comment, plus or anything. Just stare. I can’t look at someone’s profile to see their photos anymore either. To be honest unless they’ve been keeping up on hiding junk from highlights I haven’t been able to in a long time. I don’t care what events they’ve gone too – when I click on their (or my) photos tab I want to see the photos by that person. That’s it. Period. No more.

Now let’s talk about the UI. Is it a great redesign? I don’t know. To be honest it looks like a cross between Classic G+ and my cell phone. I get that nothing will necessarily be where I expect it, that there will be a learning curve. Like finding circles. I sincerely hope you make them more functional again. And more accessible. I get that you’re trying to blend mobile and desktop. But why? Most people I know use them in very different ways. And if it’s at a cost of removing features most people love and use daily, maybe it’s not a wise move. Everywhere I want to go, every comment I want to make, ever plus I want to press takes more steps now. Many more steps in some cases. An update or two ago a friend joked that you were in cahoots with mouse manufacturers trying to get us to wear out our mice faster. I’m starting to believe that’s true. What ever happened to elegant design? And the layout. Images are SO tiny. I have a big monitor, even so I have to zoom in my browser to 175%. And even then images and posts don’t fill the screen. While I like the stream having room to breathe, it doesn’t need half my screen’s width to do so. And speaking of filling up space why can’t I zoom in on photos anymore? And why on earth did you put the Delete button where the Close button use to be in the Lightbox view? I’ve nearly deleted my photo several times now. Why move the close button to the other side? It was happy where it was. It told me so.

What happened to the hover pop ups? Is that going away to mobile-ify the UI? I loved being able to hover over someone’s name and the circles I have them in would show up. Made it easy to rearrange. Or remember why I circled them in the first place. I could hover over someone’s name on a comment and see if I had them circled and the quick tagline about them. Gone. Now I have to click on the name, lose the conversation I was in just to see if I have them circled or to circle them. I can’t tell if they have me circled or not.

I do understand why you broke out some of the features – such as hangouts and Photos. I get that many people use them or want to use them without having a G+ account. But why remove all links to them from G+? I know how to do that on my Wordpress site- it’s easy!! Can’t you simply add a tab/button whatever that opens them up like in G+? Who wants to keep jumping from tab to tab when browsing and chatting with someone? How many missed conversations will there be because we forget to open the Hangouts app? Again – it’s the PEOPLE that keep bringing me here.

Communities. Come on. Why hide some of the most useful features in Communities? Why make the categories a drop down menu? (Again that mouse conspiracy theory rears it’s head). Just show them to me! It’s hard enough to get folks to read community rules when it’s right there in front of them. If they have to click to find it, forget it. Again. Classic Google I could simply over the category and a handy pop up menu would show up and let me move a post. Easy peasy. New one I have to click then select. Then when I’m done with one community, I have to go click on the Hamburger button. Click on Communities. Possibly tab between the ones where I’m a member or moderator (another thing that used to be on one handy screen). Then scroll and scroll and scroll to find and click again on the Community I want to view. I can’t simply click on All Communities at the top of well all my communities anymore. And no longer to I get the most commonly used communities at the top. I’m considering adding an AAAAAAAA to the name of all of the Communities I own ;)

You said you talked to users. You said you visited us in our homes. You said you listened. Honestly Adobe said the same thing about the latest Lightroom and that was a huge disaster. I hope you learned a bit from them and that’s why you’re releasing this test version. Because your biggest fans, your biggest supporters are your existing users. We LOVE G+. That’s why my stream is filled with upset people. We feel like you’ve taken our friends away from us. Remember if we didn’t like you so much we would simply leave. But we want to make G+ a success every bit as much as you do. We joined because G+ was different. It was filled with genuine people. Passionate people. Friendly people. Intelligent people. Please remember that. I'm glad you listened when people said G+ was the place for interests. It is, but more importantly it's about people with common interests.

And last but not least I have been and will continue to send feedback on specific problems. As often as I can :) 
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Yeah. Touch is handy for mobile devices, not as much for when you're at a desk. Or editing photos. 
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Don't let the facts get in the way...
 

As +Juergen Nieveler noted - crimes against refugees have increased while crimes by refugees have not.

Another friend on FB noted:

"It's almost as if people with the guts to pick up their lives, abandon practically everything they own, and flee terror and war, might have some idea that being a criminal shithead is stupid."

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21674694-america-should-reclaim-its-role-beacon-those-fleeing-persecution-and-war-yearning?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/yearningtobreathefree

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Caring for others has its risks.  Some people believe that it is worth the risk. And the evidence shows that the risk is not nearly as high as fear mongers would have us believe. THe more you close your heart, the more fear you generate, and the harder it becomes to see the world as it really is.  The sad part is, such closing off convinces a person that their view of the world is realistic and accurate, because confirmation bias thrives in such an environment.  If it was clear how to reach such people and heal their hearts and minds, the world would quickly benefit from it.  But it's a tough nut to crack.
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Character, style, art. You know it when you see it!
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Computer stuff for fun and profit. Photography for...well, mostly just fun.
Introduction

I started out as a child, but quickly out grew it.

In the middle I studied and worked.

I am blessed to be a parent.

I'm looking forward to the next adventure!

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2 kids, a couple great jobs and a love of light.
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Consultant and Photographer
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  • Photography and IT Consulting
    2005 - present
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Rota, Spain
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Naples, Italy - San Francisco, California - London, UK - Manama, Bahrain - San Diego, California - Chicago, Illinois - Portland, Oregon - Virginia Beach, Virginia
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The Depth of Denial - Some zillionaires can see what's coming
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First a political aside: is anyone else wondering about the absence of Paul Ryan from GOP's nomination circus? Ryan (R-Wis.) is House Ways a

UNICEF, ARM bet on wearables to help the underprivileged
www.pcworld.com

Their 'Wearables for Good Challenge' is aimed at developing wearables that can help improve the health of mothers and children

Radical new battery could reduce phone charging to just one minute
www.pcworld.com

Stanford researchers say the aluminium-ion battery is safer and cheaper than lithium ion.

Amazon Kindle
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The Kindle app puts over a million books at your fingertips. It’s the app for every reader, whether you’re a book reader, magazine reader, o

Nanotubes May Put IBM Watson in a Pocket | EE Times
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Stanford research describes progress in carbon nanotubes, noting the material's promise to pack the equivalent of IBM's Watson system into a

Poetic Process Could Extend the End of Moore's Law | EE Times
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POET Technologies has developed a gallium arsenide process to build electrical, optical, and electro-optical integrated circuits on one mono

Massive Security Bug In OpenSSL Could Affect A Huge Chunk Of The Interne...
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I saw a t-shirt one time. "I'm a bomb disposal technician," it read. "If you see me running, try to keep up." The same sort of idea can be a

Are the robots about to rise? Google's new director of engineering think...
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Ray Kurzweil popularised the 'singularity' concept, when artificial intelligence overtakes human thinking. Now he is trying to make it a rea

No cert? No problem! The 15 IT skills employers want
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Whether you're a senior IT executive evaluating staffing needs and preparing budgets or an IT pro deciding where to invest your time to gain

Do We Really Need Nuclear Fusion for Power?
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Nuclear energy, either fusion or fission, provides virtually limitless power. We know how to do fission right now, especially with next gene

Lisa Hannigan
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The official Google+ page for Lisa Hannigan.

Summer Outer Banks Photography Workshop - North Carolina - Mountains to ...
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Overview What to Expect Itinerary What to bring Travel/Lodging FAQ Instructors For the Outer Banks Landscape Photography Workshop we will be

Suggested 2014 resolution: be present!
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For who embraced meditation in 2013, how to cultivate further?

Suggested 2014 resolution: be present!
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For who embraced meditation in 2013, how to cultivate further?

Listen up: RSA keys snatched by recording CPU sounds with a phone
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It sounds too preposterous for even James Bond: by placing a mobile phone next to a PC, researchers can “listen” to the faintest sound a CPU

Bethesda Now Seeking Playtesters for Unreleased Games
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Here's an ideal opportunity to see what Bethesda is brewing.

Christmas Stollen
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"I got this recipe while I was head baker at London's Dorchester Hotel. It's packed with dried fruit and filled with a marzipan surprise."