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M.R. Harris
When I'm not working at my day job, I write.
When I'm not working at my day job, I write.

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Joss Whedon moonlights as The Wolf

"Whereas normal people are forced to slog through their days just accepting the stilted dialogue and strained exposition, director Alan Taylor has at his disposal the Marvel studio machine—and thus its most valuable resource, Joss Whedon. Speaking to SFX Magazine, Taylor discussed how a couple of problems on Thor: The Dark World led to him calling in the big, quippy guns, whereupon Whedon “basically got airlifted in, like a SWAT team or something” out of a scene that Taylor couldn’t make exciting to save his life. Instead Whedon did that for him, rewriting the script on the spot and—after Taylor says he grabbed Whedon before he could get back to his plane—playing fixer on two more scenes he was having trouble with, presumably just nonchalantly tossing the edits over his shoulder as he swaggered down the jetway."

(The rest of the article is on my blog.)
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H.P. Lovecraft wrote:
"Only the human scenes and characters must have human qualities. These must be handled with unsparing realism, (not catch-penny romanticism) but when we cross the line to the boundless and hideous unknown--the shadow-haunted Outside--we must remember to leave our humanity and terrestrialism at the threshold."
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Great info on how to set up and maintain a Wordpress site.
A Crash Course on WordPress

Want to set up a site on WordPress? Secure it from hackers? Avoid common mistakes? Squeeze the most content, traffic, and leads out of it? 

Then dig into these seven articles by WordPress brain +Jerod Morris

How to Set Up Your SEO-Friendly WordPress Website in 15 Minutes

15 WordPress User Errors That Make You Look Silly [Infographic]

10 Steps to a Secure WordPress Website

The WordPress Website Owner’s Emergency Checklist

What Friedrich Nietzsche Can Teach You About Using WordPress Plugins

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective WordPress Publishers

What’s the Best Way to Backup Your WordPress Website?
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Great cheat sheet. Takes a lot of the guesswork out.
A Cheat Sheet for People Afraid of Google+

You probably know them: people who trot out an excuse for not adopting Google+. I've been collecting them (the excuses, not the people).

"Oh my, what's this talk about Circles?" "I'm happy with Facebook." "Isn't that place a ghost town?" 

The reasons are legion. But all easily answered with this short guide.

1. Start simple. Create one Circle--and put everyone in it. You can segment later.
2. Starting a Hangout (also known as the skype killer) is stupid easy. Push one button. Done. 
3. You can reply to posts and comments INSIDE Gmail. 
4. You can sign in to apps and websites with your Google+ account. +Jesse Wojdylo can tell you all about it:
5. Join an interesting Community if you want that feeling of connection quickly. However ... 
6. It's your fault if Google+ feels like a ghost town. Just ask +Chris Brogan: 
7. You can even edit your posts. Endlessly. 
8. You can format your posts, too. Italics, bold, strikeout. Here's how:
9. And, yes, there is no character limit. Write all day, Hemingway.  
10. Did I mention you won't get bombarded with invitations to play games or share your birthday? Yeah. That's what I thought.

Here are 6 more from +Jodi Kaplan

11. When it is your birthday, you get a special surprise.
12. You can hang out with astronauts.
13. What's Hot is now tailored to your preferences! Science yes, Britney Spears no.
14. No ads.
15. Conversations that matter (about art, censorship, space exploration, marketing, politics, and OK, the occasional cat pic).
16. Did I mention the astronauts? 

Bonus reason: all the cool kids are on Google+. That's a joke. I'm a nerd. So plus me. 

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#googleplus   #ghosttown  
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If this picture was a bit darker, a bit more foreboding, it would be the perfect setting for a horror story.
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