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Remember +Ryan Estrada (circle him!) the official LiveJournal comic who has suggested G+ could use an official comic to explain things to users (user guides, important info, etc.) Here's a brilliant execution of his idea. At MySpace we had frequent blowups over users misunderstanding of our content policies, many of which I needed to speak about publicly just to try and calm everyone. It's a frustrating issue for content creators (because they're naturally concerned about their rights) and for dotcom companies (because stealing your rights or content is the last thing on their minds).

That said, I'm just curious -- can someone please tell me of a time when a website used a shady content policy to somehow "steal" your work and do something that harmed you? I would love to know about a real example. Please keep in mind, I am not trying to generate hysteria around G+'s policy. Google has nothing to gain by upsetting content creators, nor does any other legitimate business.
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Hello, my happy place.
Reader Rob Higareda shares his home screen with us today, featuring a sparse, almost icon-free interface with just a little bit of text. This is my setup with CyanogenMod 7, the MattedBlues Theme, an...
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If by "amazing" they mean "potentially terrifying," then... yes.
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel in the Indian Ocean has a stunning undersea restaurant. To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the hotel turned the restaurant into a private bedroom for two with a...
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What I'm (probably) Watching:

Spy Myung Wol (Episode 1)

From DramaFever.com:
"In the midst of the Hallyu wave, which is increasing South Korea's influence all over the globe with the popularity of South Korean entertainment, the North Korean government decides that something must be done. An elite North Korean spy is dispatched to South Korea with one mission: to kidnap top Hallyu star Kang Woo (Eric).
"Singer-actor Kang Woo dominates the South Korean entertainment scene with his looks, voice, and flashy stage presence. Han Myung Wol (Han Ye Seul), sent to kidnap him, is one of North Korea's best spies: brilliant, adaptable, and extremely dedicated. She has one weakness, however - an uncontrollable curiosity. This quickly gets her in trouble as she sets out following Kang Woo. Before long, the beautiful spy has fallen for the charismatic superstar - and so begin all sorts of international hijinks as the two are caught between truth and lies and an undeniable attraction."

Why I'm (probably) Watching

Because it sounds completely ridiculous. But that reason alone might make it totally awesome. City Hunter (another S. Korean drama about spy-like stuff) at first sounded awesome (adapted from a popular comic), then slightly disappointing (completely diverting from the story of said manga), then maybe awesome again (writer of manga would be the one rewriting it for the drama), and then just got weird (the promo still for the series were... not exactly clear on what the heck the story was about. For a hilarious explanation of what I'm talking about, see: http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/05/random-thy-name-is-city-hunter). But then City Hunter aired and it is very awesome.

So Myung Wol, even though you might be crazy, you just might be that good kind of crazy that's great to go out with for drinks, is always good for a laugh, but won't get so trashed you'll take your clothes off in public (what am I talking about, you're a K-drama, you won't ever take your clothes off EVER, even when you're in bed*. Unless of course, you've just finished your mandatory military service... in which case: Hello, random shower scene!**), or otherwise embarrass your friends in any way.

Or maybe you will be awful, in which case, you're going in my "Blocked" circle.

* See Mary Stayed Out All Night (a.k.a. _Marry Me Mary_) in which the second lead went to bed in his suit. For no reason. He may have even done it more than once, but seeing as how I'm trying to wipe that drama completely from my memory (it was so bad it was like it was trying to be bad), I can't fully recall.

** See every K-drama ever, where male celebs just out of military service have a requisite "shower scene" (the idea being that they are in such peak physical shape having served for two years) which never has any bearing on the plot whatsoever. Pure fan service type of thing.
NEW SIMULCAST SERIES! Han Ye Seul and Eric Mun star in this action/romantic comedy where a North Korean spy is tasked to kill a South Korean celebrity... until she's ordered to marry him instead!!
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I'm not sure what this is in reference to (the fact that this is a blog-like entry? my K-drama obsession?) but I like it. I'll cover both.

That it's a Blog
Listen, my whole initial problem with getting involved personally in the whole FB, twitter, blogging, social media frenzy was hinged upon one central idea: who the hell am I to think that anything I say or do is interesting?

Because... a lot of that kind of stuff can be a lot of a kind of annoying. Filtering through all the "Here I Am Looking Hot" and "Here I Am Doing So-And So And Generally Being Superior Than You" and "Here I Am Desperately Seeking Attention" and "Here I Am Doing Absolutely Nothing" stuff can be tedious. That said, there's a way to keep people updated on our lives in an intelligent and meaningful way and, in fact, most people I know do this already. Probably that is because, as a user, I have been selective.

And G+ makes being selective even easier with Circles. Now I can easily manage and keep in touch with everyone in my life without feeling like I have lock anyone out completely. And I can keep organizing everyone into Circles that let me easily follow the stuff I find more interesting with one simple click.

Will I continue to use the blog-like capabilities of G+ in a blog-like manner? Probably. I hope to, anyway. And everyone that finds me annoying can just put me into a Circle (let's call it "Noisy People") to quickly tune-out all my nonsense. Like this comment, for example.

That I'm Obsessed With K-dramas
This one's easy: I will, at some point, manage to convert at least one of my friends to the wonderful, thrilling, and sometimes LOL world of K-dramas... if it kills me!

Also, sorry for the super-long comment. And I'm cool with you falling for me. ;)
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Bah. I'm enjoying G+ so much that I'm thinking of switching to Chrome. I know, I know... why haven't I been using Chrome all this time anyway? Well... my Firefox is soooo pretty and I have everything set up just the way I like it.

I mean, this Firefox add-on alone (Colorful Tabs: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/colorfultabs) turns my tabs into a rainbow of hues that instantly makes tabs easier to navigate for me in a visual way. It's truly worth its weight in the gold at the end of that delicious rainbow.

Chrome users, is there anything like that for Chrome? If not, I swear, it makes the idea of switching an unpleasant one for me. I'm serious!

And there are a few other Firefox add-ons that I use that maybe aren't nearly as important as the above, but potentially could be.

So if you're using Chrome, help me out! What is it about Chrome that makes it so personally appealing to you (I already know it's supposedly faster, so no need to mention that bit)? What apps, extensions, and themes do you use?
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"Step by step
Heart to heart
Left right left
We all fall down..."

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Awwww... and YEAH!
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Funny video "First World Problems" -- this kid is hilarious, and probably making quite an allowance with millions of views. He mentions Google but not G+ -- dated now? ;-) Anyway, I'm in LA right now, and about to leave to avoid Carmageddon for the weekend. Vegas here I come -- now that's my first world problem of the day :)
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If you're interested in the whole Google+ phenomenon (and you're here, so ostensibly you should be), do be sure to follow +Christina Trapolino. Her insights are very thoughtful, relatable, and read very much like conversations at the kitchen table over coffee (which, I think, is a good analogy for most of the conversations I have seen on G+ thus far as a whole... and that's a great thing).
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I've added my thoughts... what are yours?
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LOL. So basically, all hipsters should be put in a box for a year. I'm cool with that.

http://xkcd.com/915/
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Man, if I were this talented Husky Fingers would be a reality.
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Awosome mashup ! Thanks for sharing +Lionel Monge
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Home Plus (Tesco) opens a virtual supermarket in a subway station in South Korea. If they sell soju in bulk and ahjumma home perm kits, they will make a zillion spacebucks daily. Guaranteed.
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