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Jean-Loup Rebours-Smith
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Flawed musician, linguist, photographer, environmentalist, open source developer, duellist, father and husband. Nobody's perfect.
Flawed musician, linguist, photographer, environmentalist, open source developer, duellist, father and husband. Nobody's perfect.

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By now you've probably all heard about Google+ closing down for consumers in August 2019. I just wanted to let you all know that I intend to continue posting my weekly flower pictures here until I am no longer able to, at which point posts will shift to my blog. Details on that to come on a later post.

Meanwhile I'm on holiday for just over a week so I'm looking forward to a bit of rest and catching up with my projects and other things around the house I need to do.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend, despite all the hurricanes and the weather going crazy worldwide.

For +FloralFriday curated by +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Tamara Pruessner

#floralfriday #flowers #floraphotography #flowerphotography #hqspflowers
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New companion to +The X-Files book coming out on 16 October

The book Monsters Of The Week: The Complete Critical Companion To The X-Files is a compilation of essays and reflection on many, if not all 218, episodes of the show, including some interviews by Chris Carter and Vince Gillian.

The link below will allow you to read a section on the episode Bad Blood

You can pre-order the book here: https://amzn.to/2A5eXdw
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Finding more structure in playing

I thought I'd try doing a little more repetition in my playing, so I put this simple jam track in Eb minor and hit record. This isn't particularly challenging technically but what I lack in technique I can make up in phrasing and making my music sound more ... conversational.

Let me know what you think
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Good news if you're a paying G+ user, new features coming your way

Well folks the days of free social networking are officially over, they once existed here on G+ as a pipe dream but Google have since wisened up to the fact that the value of free users (or "consumers" as they call us) is not worth investing into. If your company is willing to part up with lots of cash every month that's a different story, and if you're a capitalist that's only logical but I thought Google was better than this, clearly I was mistaken.

So +G Suite users enjoy your headings and organised tags and all sorts of new features us "consumers" have been asking for for years, hopefully they make your G+ experience enjoyable for many years to come...
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Check out Jason Becker's new song Valley of Fire

Performed by "The Magnificent 13", this 9-minute long song composed by Jason Becker, still alive and full of music in spite of his crippling condition, will rock your socks off. Performers include Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Mattias Eklundh, Jeff Loomis and others, each playing Jason's music, yet each keeping their own unmistakable style.

It is a testament of the power of music that can transcend even the most paralysing condition, it is also the first song from Jason's upcoming album Triumphant Hearts available from the 7th of December.
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Oh Google, you're so ironic you should be an Alanis Morissette song

Google's guiding principle is the same as it’s been for 20 years—to respect our users and put them first.

Is that what you call what you're doing to all your dedicated G+ users: respect??

No pixel device for me (they're too expensive anyway) #unmadebygoogle
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The sun is setting on +Google+ and I am PISSED

By now you've probably all heard the news outlined in the link below. Google+ is going the way of Wave, Buzz, Reader and other products which were never fully invested in and therefore were doomed to die. By August 2019, Google+ for consumers (ie, non-paying regular Joes like you and I) will close, only the version for paying +G Suite customers will remain.

And yes I am more than upset about this, and for several reasons. Since July 2011, I have invested every day a little into this platform, building followers as best I could, building communities which also grew beyond what I had ever imagined but then in April 2014, +Vic Gundotra quit Google and from then on the ship became a rickety platform with no captain. They tried to rebuild the ship from the ground up but it was too late, the new ship was a little shinier but lacked many functionalities of the first version and gradually the admiralty just lost interest in the ship altogether with many quietly jumping off ship, many like +Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Inc who not once ever professed support for it instead showing disdain by heavily using Twitter instead.

Meanwhile the small people like myself built collections and had hope that the platform was on the way up again with some of my own collections reaching numbers which would have earned me awards to put on my wall if this had been +YouTube, but it's not YouTube. It's Google+, the platform the "Tech" journalists just love to hate because it points at something Google failed at in their eyes, which was to build a Facebook killer. Apparently in the tech world it's the bloody law of the jungle or something, you can't just cohabit in peace and cater to different demands.

And then we got invited to various programs to help strengthen the platform, give it direction, give it a purpose, help the most active of us to network and learn from each other on how to make the most of Google+. But the admirals still weren't interested and the crew of the ship came and went and when they were gone they would usually never come back. If Google+ can't appeal to Google's own employees, where was the hope for the rest of us? As it turns out, the crew wasn't even informed of this news and as I type I imagine they're still reeling as badly as I am, trying to process it and figure out what's next.

What's the future for Google and the social media sphere then? If you read between the lines of their priorities, there simply isn't one. Artificial Intelligence is the future, not people so it's unlikely you'll ever see Google attempt something like this again in the near future. And to be fair it's probably smart, between Facebook being ruled by Russian bots, milking your personal information as if it was fairy dust and Twitter becoming the Forum where the political divide becomes the maw of a soul-swallowing giant I would say the social media sphere is probably due a significant change in the next few years, if only one of them was built to encourage people being excellent with each other (cue guitar riff).

What's next for me then? Well my account will sail to the undying lands along with everyone else's by next August, which means if I want any chance at remaining a teensy bit relevant on Middle Earth, I have to rethink my online presence. I'll stay on twitter for as long as I can avoid the SSG, and should you wish to follow me there my handle is simply @jean_loup.

However I think it is now time to rebuild my website with a brand new URL, more relevant to the creative direction I want to take my life towards. That means somewhere I can post my photography, woodworking projects and music and maybe spend a little more time in the real world, talking to people around me. I'm grateful for all the friends I made here, I just wish it was easier for me to meet some of you in person, something I was never able to do in those 7+ years here on G+. I still have to make a final decision on the new domain name and will post it here when it's ready but I do hope I still get to see many of you, especially the scavengers over on the wider virtual social sphere. If anything I would be grateful if I were able to appease that sense of betrayal from Google by knowing I can keep some of you as friends.
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Recovering - Please Wait

You know when your computer crashes and the operating system needs to do a full system check to find out if anything got corrupted in the process? That's kinda how I'm feeling right now. I guess I don't get hurt physically often enough to remember from one time to the next just how long it takes for an injury to heal. Maybe I should go back to doing martial arts...

For +FloralFriday curated by +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson +Tamara Pruessner

#floralfriday #floralphotography #flowers #flowerphotography #hqspflowers
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I gotta say this really wets my appetite to see this movie. Jason Momoa may just single-handedly redeem the DC movie universe
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The plot of Daredevil season 3 seems to be something along the lines of: Kingpin hires Bullseye to impersonate Daredevil and turn him into the bad guy.

Season 3 is out on +Netflix from 19 October
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