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Current status: Home by myself, sitting on the couch in my Jedi robe watching The Princess Bride.

#bliss
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+Gareth Owen I tend to fall asleep after the first gun fight in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Every damn time.

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Got some great pics of the Wagakki Band today. They sold out the #animeexpo and are playing this weekend I believe. They sounded amazing in studio this morning!   #和楽器   #八重流  

A couple of the members I got photos of, appear to be here on G+: +Beni Ninagawa +Yuko Suzuhana 
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Inugami Circus-Dan was always one of my favorites as a wee weeb. They're a little more traditional rock, but still damn good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7opMRV8HQzY

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I run a non-profit and will be looking to redesign our website at the end of this month. Up until now, I'd primarily handled the task myself as it's just a simple wordpress installation but I want something a little nicer than what I've been able to achieve on my own AND we were hacked some time ago and I've never fully recovered the site so I also need someone familiar with SQL databases so I can get everything fully restored (if possible).

I know I said "non-profit" but this will be a paid gig. So, any recommendations on site builders/designers for small businesses would be awesome! The link below is an example of what I'd like to turn my site into.
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+Cynthia LaLuna is a great developer, and she works entirely with WordPress.

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White female leads tours at a southern plantation, fields questions from mostly white visitors, shares the most common questions/misconceptions about slavery based on the most common questions she was asked. For some, this will be a very, very enlightening read and great insight into why our country still struggles with its ethnic divide almost a 100 years after slavery was abolished.

In the end, she sums his thoughts up thusly:
The tough thing is that racism comes more from the gut than from the mind: You can prove slavery was bad six ways from Sunday, but people can still choose to believe otherwise if they want.

Addressing racism isn't just about correcting erroneous beliefs — it's about making people see the humanity in others. We need better education that demonstrates the complexity and dignity of all people; continued efforts from community organizations and faith communities to give justice its due; and better media portraying people of color as people, not caricatures or symbols. 

Thank you +Annette Holland for the share.
 
The minimization of the unjustness and horror of slavery does more than simply keep the bad feelings of guilt, jealousy, or anger away: It liberates the denier from social responsibility to slaves' descendants.
"Did the slaves here appreciate the care they got from their mistress?" one woman asked, pinchedly.
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+Christina Talbott-Clark fixed. Thanks for catching that! Relevance, very duly noted.

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Today's #TheMoreYouKnow  

The police now have the right to search your home without obtaining a warrant first. A Supreme Court ruling earlier this month says that if you're arrested or detained and removed from your home, that's now the same as being "absent" which means police can now enter your home and search, even if you don't give consent. Don't take my word for it though. Here's the dissenting opinion from Justice Ginsburg :

“Instead of adhering to the warrant requirement,” Ginsburg said, “today’s decision tells the police they may dodge it, never mind ample time to secure the approval of a neutral magistrate.”

She added that the ruling, “shrinks to petite size our holding in Georgia v. Randolph.”
Much to the surprise of the general public, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of expanded the ability of law enforcement to search without warrants. Justice
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wtf?

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Had to get a picture with Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Loved her in Low Down Dirty Shame! 
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Dat beard tho.
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Another photo from yesterday's performance by the Wagakki Band. The drummer was incredible. Really wanted to see him tackle that Taiko drum though!
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Hey! I made a list!

Seriously though, if you are into photography at any level and are a family man, there are some amazing guys you should be checking out on Instagram (if you use the platform). Proof there are some amazing cats covered here? +Colby Brown is on this list.

Thanks +Dada Mike for including a brotha! =)
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this is awesome!!!

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Hey guys and gals, if you had any questions about the Connected Camps #Minecraft camps I posted about earlier, or +LA Makerspace, here's a great opportunity to ask founder +Tara Tiger Brown questions!
 
We're excited to host social entrepreneur and all-around community enthusiast Tara Tiger Brown for our next Creator Hangout, a live Q&A session. Brown is the co-founder of KitHub (a resource of creative electronics kits for kids), Connected Camps (online Minecraft camp for kids around the world), and co-founder and Board Chairperson of LA Makerspace (a community space for DIY enthusiasts). Brown has served as an entrepreneur, executive director, technical director, and lead product manager for many companies; she’s also a strong supporter for community and an advocate for making sure kids gain the opportunities to gain technology-related skills. 

Brown’s areas of expertise include:
• Starting a community-focused space for learning new skills like coding, 3D printing and electronics
• Collaborating with local libraries
• Interest-driven youth education

Find her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/tara
And on Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/tara
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Kickstarter. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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I'll definitely go see this. Trailer looks good, but you know how that goes.

h/t +Chris Larrondo for the share.
 
Let's go with "Cautiously Optimistic" for this one. #Creed
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It’s time I come clean. My negligence injured my wife and I felt horrible for it. I'm sharing my experience in the hope that it will save you, your wife or your small children some pain.

#wetshaving   #firstaid   #safetytips  
It’s time I come clean. Neglecting a simple thing like blade disposal injured my wife and I felt like the worst husband in the world for it!
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I make a flat container with an empty toilet paper roll and some duct tape.  Flatten the roll, fold the bottom quarter up and the top quarter down.  Cut a line down to the folds in the middle of the flat part, inside the fold.  Then cut to the sides along the fold to make wings.  Fold the wings behind the roll.  Tape one side down solidly.  This is the base of your holder.  loosely secure the top portion so you can open/close it.  When disposing of the blades, rinse and dry them, open the top, drop it in, reclose the top.  Toss the whole thing away after about a month.

It costs next to nothing, and lies (mostly) flat in the top drawer of my bathroom.

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The video below is an act which should have occurred long ago.

This is the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. That flag and everything involved in its inception is at odds with several lines of the preamble alone without even getting into the body of the Declaration.

That flag coming down is an act which should have occurred long ago.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
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Non-profit Crusader, dad whisperer, status quo challenger, internet safety - digital literacy advocate, eater of chili fries, lover of family, protector of loved ones, social/digital media/engagement ninja, tech reporter at Fox 11 Los Angeles, martial artist. He is that I am.

I'm a tech nerd/geek who cut his teeth for 15 years as a broadcast engineer, then serious blogger working w/ Fortune 500 companies on social campaigns, which prepared me to literally fall into a gig as an on-air tech expert, then tech reporter. By the way, I hate the word "expert." But that and the reason I still  use the word are a longer conversation for another space.

I also run an educational technology non-profit organization, Digital Shepherds, whose purpose is to help families bridge the digital divide. We teach digital literacy and internet safety to parents, kids/teens, educators and large organizations.

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Supply, support and savings. That's what best characterizes SoccerOne. Supply They have a great supply of this and last season's shoes at prices across the spectrum. Need a high-end shoe for your club kid? They've got it? Just getting into soccer and don't know if you or your kids are going to stick with it? They have lower price shoes and supplies for that. Support Their staff is super-friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Most importantly, the gentlemen who helped me today were players so they gave me first-hand advice on shoe fit which was very helpful in choosing shoes for my sons since I never played soccer. With something like this, it's that knowledge which helps me feel comfortable with the purchases I'm making. Savings Not a whole lot to say here other than, they have great prices. Comparable to Big 5 but with better selection and quality of product. Make sure you check their website before you go in and look at the prices for the shoes there as some of the products will be cheaper and they'll give you that price in store. I wish I got the names of the two gentlemen who helped me out today, I only know they were young-ish (maybe in their twenties) and one was from Cameroon.
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Had the sushi, it was "ok." My wife's catfish was very good! We'll come back. Our waitress Tiffany was attentive and accommodating. She gets 5 stars!
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Finally let a professional touch the beard today. Glad I did! Thanks to KG at The Blade for the style. My sons sat in with one of the other barbers and received high quality cuts as well. It was our second or third time there and we will be back. Expect a wait though, as they are busy shop. They do electronic check-in and as others have stated, they're very professional, no need to worry about bringing your young children here.
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Great service. Show up often enough and they quickly learn your order. .. great staff here!
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