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+Yana Weinstein This is such an interesting concept. It would be worthwhile, I think, for this to be researched in regards to mental health and aging. For example, the article states that mind-wandering is mostly associated with negative moods, and therefore may be more frequent in those with depression/depressive mood states. What are your thoughts?
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Help build a huge semantic network!

Another fun experiment (word game) that will only take 5 minutes of your time:

http://www.smallworldofwords.com/tests/
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I doubt that joe average knows 40,000 words
I'm a logphile
and I would be surprised if I knew that many
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Can you turn a Red Bull can into a butterfly in 20 seconds?

A friend of mine made this little animation that shows a Red Bull can transforming from a caterpillar into a butterfly. The link takes you to the video, and it only last 20 seconds. It's a competition, so if you like it, please give it a thumbs up on the website. Thanks for your attention!

http://canimation.redbull.co.uk/gallery#32137021
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itz earth for snake :D
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Google+ Spreadsheet Communities Update

A couple of weeks ago I posted a meta-spreadsheet in an attempt to centralize the communities that have sprung up on Google+ using the Google Spreadsheet model (hence my new term, "Spreadsheet Communities", to differentiate them from other Google+ communities that use alternative models).

Since then, 4 new communities have been added to the spreadsheet, making a total of 10: Photographers, Knitters, Food Lovers, Geocachers, Crafts, Jeep, Etsy, Birders, Cyclists, and Politicophiles. I am pretty sure there are others out there, whose creators haven't found this spreadsheet.

But I am also sure there must be other types of communities - ones that don't use the makeshift spreadsheet model. What do they do instead? I would like to know.
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If you missed the spreadsheet, the post about it (including link to editable doc) is here: https://plus.google.com/104527616393300959037/posts/Gr58xZ17ZKD#104527616393300959037/posts/Gr58xZ17ZKD

If you are interested in setting up your own spreadsheet community, instructions are here: https://plus.google.com/104527616393300959037/posts/4YsBFMgN3gJ#104527616393300959037/posts/4YsBFMgN3gJ
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For new people adding me because of +Christina Trapolino's kind post, thank you so much! If you also happen to be a knitter, please let me know so I can add you to my knitting circle, where I post daily newsletters, a photo of the day, and weekly designer features (I mostly avoid posting the knitting information publicly). THANK YOU!
edit: if your stream hasn't been flooded with knitting pictures over the past hour, you're not in my knitting circle - that's how you'll know! :)
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Add me to your knitting circle? Found you through the G+ Ravelry group :)
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My first book is out! This is for anyone who wants to learn how to program surveys and experiments in Flash and run them online. Feel free to contact me for more info.
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Congrats for your book!
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Very interesting experimental survey about medical treatments

I found this very interesting. The survey takes you through a few imaginary medical treatment scenarios, where you have to pick a treatment for a close friend. This is part of a City University of London student's research project - please click the link if you have a spare 10 minutes.
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Is graduate school education, or a job?

We're having a debate about graduate school salaries on another post (https://plus.google.com/103773811230107801448/posts/1o4ruMrBeBp) so I wanted to do a quick poll. This is open to anyone, regardless of whether you've been to grad school - but if you have (or haven't), feel free to post your specific experiences and opinions in a comment. But first, click +1 on "education" or "a job" - or both, if you really think it's both!
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I think it is supposed to be an education, but universities often treat grad students as slave labor, and grad students put up with it when they shouldn't.
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Communities on Google+

A few days ago I posted about my experience of building the knitting community on Google+ (here's the post if you missed it: https://plus.google.com/104527616393300959037/posts/4YsBFMgN3gJ). Since then, I've come across a few more communities built on the same model.

+Jamie Cai suggested that it would be useful to keep a centralized list of these communities. With that in mind, I've created another Google Spreadsheet where I've entered the details of all the communities I'm aware of.

Find the spreadsheet here: http://tinyurl.com/gpluscommunities

I've made this spreadsheet editable by anyone with the link, so you can go ahead and start adding information without having to go through me. Also, if you think of an extra piece of information that should be recorded for each community, you can add that in, too. For my part, I'll keep monitoring the spreadsheet to make sure the information is accurate.

+Trey Ratcliff +Lesley Scott +Katy Ereira +Evelyn Lamprey +Rich Tennant - I've added your communities (but Rich, I couldn't find the link to your database - only the form).

Any comments or suggestions - please let me know!
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thank you so much baby
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How to Create a Community on Google+ for Your Hobby

To kick-start a community for your hobby or interest on Google+, you'll need to take the following steps: 1) create a central database for members to sign up; 2) spread the news about this database; 3) maintain the database; 4) recruit members from outside Google+ to your new community; and 5) generate content that will get your community to interact.

1) Create a Central Database for Members
The easiest way to create a central database is to make a Google spreadsheet with a Form interface for people to enter their information. The advantage of this method over sites like www.group.as is that you (as a community) can decide what information you want to collect for your members. This will be different for every community, and I recommend crowdsourcing what fields to put in your spreadsheet before making it - if you change your mind halfway through collecting the information, the first batch of members won't have a chance to input the new information. The two essential fields are full name as it appears on Google+, and Google+ profile link. You'll also probably want a field for "websites" where members can add links to blogs etc., if they have any. To give people the option to fill out only a minimum amount of information, don't make any fields compulsory other than the full name and Google+ profile link fields. You need the name as well as the Google+ profile link - I'll explain why below, under step 3 (Maintenance).
Creating the form is simple - see here for basic information on how to create and then edit it:
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=87809
http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=141062
Once the form is ready, test it on yourself. Ensure that all the data is being collected accurately and there are no glitches in the form.

2) Provide Easy Access to Your Database
Now that you have your form up and running, you'll want to direct as many people as possible to it so they can fill out their details and also use the resulting spreadsheet to connect to members of their community on Google+. Instead of having long, cumbersome Google links for your form and spreadsheet, go to a URL shortener website such as tinyurl.com and pick a short, snappy keyword. For instance, I used "gplusknittersform" for the form and "gplusknitters" for the database of the knitting community. Then create a short, to-the-point post which includes those two links. Here's the one I posted for the Google+ Knitters Database:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/104527616393300959037/posts/EtCvTEafZWC
Make sure you request comments to be disabled when people re-share the post. This is essential for you, as self-appointed community manager, to be able to keep up with requests and issues related to the database. You don't want to have to click through to each person's profile to check if anyone has commented on a re-shared version of your post (to give you an idea, my Knitters Database post has been re-shared over 140 times in less than a week). You will get a lot of requests for modifications, and you need to keep track of them (see next step). Make sure you also link to the original database announcement post in your Google+ Profile, so that when new members of the community add your to their circles (or you add them), they know where to find more members.

3) Maintain the Database
I can't stress the importance of this step enough. As manager of the community, it is your responsibility to ensure that the information added to your database is accurate. Your first step is to spend a few minutes every day going through each and every new entry in your database and, at the very least, clicking on the Google+ Profile link to check that it takes you to the right profile. This is where the full name field is indispensable - make very sure that the link takes you to that person's profile. Google+ doesn't make it very easy to locate the correct profile link. You'll be surprised, but often the link will take you to your profile instead. If the link is incorrect, search for that person's name and try to find the correct link. To keep track of the checking you're doing, highlight the rows you've verified in green and the problematic rows in red so that you know you have to go back to them if you can't find the correct profile link by searching for that person's name (this will happen). While going through the database to check each individual link, you might want to add each new member to your own community circle so that you can keep the community entertained and engaged with interesting content (see step 5, Generating Content).
Finally, make sure your members know that it's you they need to contact to make a change or remove themselves from the database: enable the "Send an Email" button on your Profile and put a note in a visible location on the spreadsheet explaining that you are happy to make corrections and removals, and sign it with your name - don't expect everyone to know who you are.

4) Recruit Members from Outside Google+ to Your New Community
You might get a huge surge of new members the first day or two after you post details of your database, but sign-ups will inevitably dwindle once the initial excitement dies down and your announcement post gets buried. To really grow your community, you'll have to reach outside Google+ and talk to people on other forums about why they should come try it out. Be prepared for a variety of reactions, ranging from indifferent to hostile. People will be legitimately concerned about participating in yet another social network. This is where your members come in: have a conversation about why they're enjoying the new community on Google+, and how it's different. Encourage them to post their views on these outside forums. While Google+ is still invitation-only, get current members to volunteer to give out invitations to those interested in joining (thanks to +Kate Forde for this suggestion) .

5) Generate Content that will Get Your Community to Interact
Once your community membership starts to grow, don't just leave it at that. What's the point of a community that doesn't really do anything? The success and sustainability of your community depends on high-quality content and discussions. Try out some regular features for your followers: a "Photo of the Day" related to your hobby, if appropriate; a newsletter/bulletin of some sort summarizing the top news of the day (make sure the content is fresh). Start interesting discussions. This will all take some time and legwork on your part, and some content and topics won't catch people's eye, but don't give up - try new things. At the same time, try to balance new content with posting judiciously, as people might start uncircling you if they feel overwhelmed by your feed. Constantly monitor the quality of your content, so that people who've made the effort to encircle you are rewarded, and new people in the community get to you know your Profile as a good starting-point to engaging with the rest of the community.

This guide was written based on my own experiences of creating a community of knitters, which was entirely modeled on the photography community, and the invaluable comments of +Christina Trapolino +Thomas Hawk +Colby Brown +Ryan Estrada and +Alida Brandenburg. +Natalie Villalobos - keeping you in the loop, as promised.
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Can you say that in English please
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The other Yana Weinstein is a singer. I'm a scientist.

If I've spontaneously added you to my circles and we don't know each other, it's for one of the following reasons:

1) You're a potential colleague, in the broadest sense (anything to do with data analysis or psychology research).

2) You're a knitter. Note: my ravelry name is sparklya. Also, please see this post about the knitters' database:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/104527616393300959037/posts/EtCvTEafZWC

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Lived in a few countries, learnt a few languages, got a phd, knit some things, wrote a textbook.
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    PhD Cognitive Psychology, 2009
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