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Aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly captures an image of Hurricane Danny, the first of the 2015 Atlantic season. More on hurricanes: http://go.nasa.gov/1E7kuy9 #HurricaneDanny #EarthRightNow
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I've been wanting to pair a song with this book for the longest time but I could never find the right song for it. It's been a few months now on my search for the perfect song to go along with this masterpiece of a book and I...
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interesting read, I think the problem still is how to draw people to G+ and I'm not sure what the answer is there.
 
I don't often share press articles about our products – they rarely seem to say much of use – but this was just such a good case of a journalist Getting It Right that I had to share. Google+ is very much alive, and our recent changes are focused on making it be the best product it can be for what it's best at: helping people meet people and have great conversations about things they're passionate about. 

One particularly noteworthy thing in this article is its discussion of the "majority illusion:" people tend to assume that their friends are typical of the wider world, but almost by definition they aren't – for one thing, they all have one uncommon attribute in common, which is being your friend in the first place. And since people don't choose their friends randomly from the entire spectrum of humanity, one's friends are always a distorted sample. 

So yes, we have here a tech press article which (correctly) uses an important result in cognitive psychology to explain why lots of tech press articles are nonsense.
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Even I will say amen Jessica Kirkland!
“I wish someone had ever, just once, told Anna [Duggar] she was capable of [saying, ‘I don’t deserve this’],” mother Jessica Kirkland fumed in a Facebook post that’s gone viral in the wake of Josh Duggar’s cheating confession. “As for my girls, I’ll raise them to think they breathe fire.”
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Today's thoughts are with the people in the Western North America dealing with wildfires.  
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|  A Friend Is Lost  |
Caprice and Severity in the Social Labyrinth
 
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Shuttered Doors, Closed Windows  |  13 September 2007
Image by Beau Bosko
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     Harmony or Disruption?  You choose.

Another friend in the social-net falls away today, drifting to the Earth like a leaf losing its grip on the lifeline of a nurturing branch… a leaf falling, silent and solitary… falling.
 
Have you cut loose someone from your circle?  I did a few moments ago.  It was necessary, I decided, to protect the fragile shell of harmony, my shell from the unexpected disruption of another’s tumult and desperation. 
 
All it took was the click of an electronic mouse… and away she tumbled into the abyss and despair of broken connections.

     An Idea, An Ideal, and the Dark Night
 
Despair is an appropriate description of the loss of another channel linking my perceptions to the vast and vital world out there, the imagined Universe of my sharers, who exist as an idea and an ideal of life way beyond my viewport here at the cottage.  You are out there… are you not?
 
The Romans spoke of hope with the whisper of the word sperare.  Attach the prefix de- and suddenly we lose all hope in the chill of dark night.  But only for a moment, we pray.  Only for a moment.
 
My social-net friend entered the circle with great promise.  Her departure brings a sharp dash of sadness to the morning. 
 
Once ago I opened a door and said, come in and sit awhile.  Our early visits revealed her unique voice and eclectic rainbow of interests.  But something essential was missing – as if every day turned us into strangers anew… as if every past positive connection had been lost overnight…  as if each flickering encounter demanded fresh proof of identity and intent.

     Beaten and Bruised:
     Worldly Forces Hard at Work
 
How far can we go to help in the healing of another when our own journey to wholeness is not yet done?  My spirit is not yet strong enough to enter into the risky venture of full and unalterable commitment to the sacrifice. 
 
It is my nature to look first for good in the others I meet.  Experience, however, teaches me to watch with practiced wariness for worldly forces hard at work in the mundane flow of daily life… because, once or twice before… I have been beaten and bruised… and don’t like it.  How about you?
 
So, I watch -- through necessity -- for insidious expressions of ego and fear to emerge like Familiars, the ageless disrupters, who are bent on breaking the bonds of community and derailing my quest for unity of purpose.  I look into the mirror and wonder:  Am I trapped in a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure? 
 
Don’t know.  Just don’t.
 
But I am hopeful.  To spite the gloom, I hold dearly to my hope.  This go ‘round, this time:  Yes!  the outcome shall be different.  I will not abandon my desire for wholeness in relationships, ephemeral or casual or as deep and as lasting as blood.

     Sand and Seeds,
     Signs of Illumination
 
“Separateness is a delusion,” the Adept P.F.C. wrote.  “In the world of causes, heaven, the Divine Will works perfectly.”
 
The top of the hourglass on my desk empties itself once again into the microcosm below.  All I can do now is turn the glass over and wait… and watch… as the white grains of sand fall again from the heavenlies to fill the empty globe with fresh patterns and signs of illumination – seeds of good emerging to bring life to a field of misfortune.

Ebenezer Baldwin Bowles
18 August 2015

#socialnetwork   #hope   #despair  
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'preciate the reshare, Rand Howard.  What means "random" at the top left of your post?  

Your comment elsewhere about how to draw people to Google+ touches on fundamental issues of social media, especially the contrast between content-rich elements of Google+ and the rampant narcissism and ad-driven hucksterism of Facebook.  

One way to "draw people" is to take the time to develop and nurture fruitful dialogue on issues and interests outside the realm of contentious politics and competing doxologies.  

I agree with the conclusion that Google+ is "alive and well."  It holds great potential for a new kind of community building based on mutual interests and shared ruling passions, rather than selfies and free-floating fragments. 

Ebenezer Baldwin Bowles
crowscottage.com 

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A Pacific Northwest native where I grew-up on a horse ranch.  Spent most of my life in Seattle where I attended and worked for the University of Washington and later the wireless communication industry.  Like most folks from the Northwest, I have a connection to the Earth and like to get outdoors as much as possible, to recharge that spiritual connection.  In 2003, I was diagnosed with cancer and did not heal well from the treatment which lead to an early retirement.  I am now living in Georgia so that I might watch my grand-kids grow and write my memoirs, real and imaginary.
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