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Dirk Reul
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literature, SciFi, fantasy, coffee, bacon, Browncoat, cooking and photography
literature, SciFi, fantasy, coffee, bacon, Browncoat, cooking and photography

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Heads up regarding notifications for future food posts

With the availability of Collections, in my case Nomilicious, I would like to invite you follow the Collection and turn on notification in it, if you still want to be notified and/or see the posts in your regular stream. 

You can do this by going to the collection, following it (If you are not already per default) and then changing the Notification settings using the little menu in the cog menu on the right side underneath the header. 

This gives you full control  in regards to whether you want to be notified of future posts.   It seems that the option to notify circles is being phased out and so I might be forced to share this post a few times, hoping enough of you will see it. 

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Games of Thrones: The Musical 

brought to my attention by +Björn Dietz and I can say, that this did make my morning. Have a great weekend everyone. Have cake, coffee and laugh :) 

No but seriously, have a coffee and watch this if you haven't seen it. 

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For the other time zone and night owls :) 
I suppose sharing this twice ought to suffice. 
Heads up regarding notifications for future food posts

With the availability of Collections, in my case Nomilicious, I would like to invite you follow the Collection and turn on notification in it, if you still want to be notified and/or see the posts in your regular stream. 

You can do this by going to the collection, following it (If you are not already per default) and then changing the Notification settings using the little menu in the cog menu on the right side underneath the header. 

This give you full control  in regards to whether you want to be notified of future posts.   It seems that the option to notify circles is being phased out and so I might be forced to share this post a few times, hoping enough of you will see it. 

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Introspection

The sunlight did not quite reach where I was sat with my mug on the morning I took that photograph. The hard wood of the table polished to a sheen. The scent of fresh coffee in the air as I closed my eyes for a second to savour the cool breeze. 

It has been a while since I shared my thoughts with you. Months to be more precise. Are you still here? Well then, I miss you. Not quite everyone reading this but a lot more of you than I am capable of keeping in touch with. 

Google+ has changed since I started here back in the Beta. Some of the people I met on here and who became dear to me have left. Some said farewell, others just disappeared for their own reasons. I like to think that they are happy and well off. Wherever they are right now. As for the rest? Some have moved on. Others faded from the close circle of friends to acquaintances with wonderful shared memories. 

I remember being on here all the time. Whenever I could steal a moment or when lack of sleep kept me in its grip. It was my virtual home. The place I met with my online friends and laughed, jested and talked for hours. 

Then I changed, my life changed and events unfolded outside of my control. Some of you might have noticed that I don't do well with things that just happen to those I care about. 

But it wasn't just me who changed. Google+ changed too. The tone changed and some changes had a profound impact on personal interactions. I saw and still see, people pouring out their hearts and I wonder, do people even still see this? Have we, as in users of social media, become so jaded or is everything happening too fast? Has the neverending stream of information around us dulled our ability to see?  

Like always, the answer to this is subjective. Do I have an answer? I might have found one for me. I am still working on it. Just as I am still working on becoming the person I want to be again and who I lost for a while. 

I am still here, listening and responding when people mention me. Collections will enable me to focus my circles to people I interact with. 

The world is a beautiful place isn't it? My online friends are a part of that, wherever you are. For that, I am thankful. 

Enjoy our day, live your life. Do what you need to do, to be happy and safe. 
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+Jacob Dix has written a fine piece about the potential of Collections and what they allow us to do in the future, giving us an unprecedented level of control over the content we see 
What Collections Are (Not)

Google+ now has a new feature, obviously, called Collections. But what are they and what can you do with them? This post is designed to give some inspiration and tips as to how to use Collections.

First off, collections are not the Google+ variation on Pinterest or Flipboard. More on what they are will adequately dispel the idea that these are any similar to Pinterest of Flipboard, so we can leave it at that.

Following

There are two sides to the collections feature, collecting and following. I'll deal with collecting last, as following is briefer. As far as following is concerned, collections will simply open up the door to more nuanced ways to follow/unfollow people. Initially, everyone now starts off following all the collections of everyone else. That's where we have been in the past. We already have:

- Follow everything from someone. 

- Follow nothing from someone. 

- View topic specific communities to get just that kind of content. 

Collections however give us a layer of nuance that is going to change much of how we interact on Google+, as individuals and as brands. What we get (follow wise) with collections:

- Follow everything from someone and get notifications from a specific collection. (Each collection has a notification setting, in case we want to get notified when that person shares into that specific collection. The notification only happens if new content is shared directly to the collection, and not if pre-existing posts are moved to a collection.)

- Follow everything from someone except what they put in a specific collection. (This is especially great if you enjoy most of a person's content, but don't want to see their selfy/cat/gif/food collection. Luckily for you, they put those things in a collection, just in case you wish to unfollow it.)

- Follow only a collection or two of someone, but don't follow them! (Let's say that person doesn't put their cat posts in a collection. But you really love that photography collection they have. Simply unfollow them from your circle but continue to follow that particular collection of their content. The long term result is, if you post mixed content, it pays to use collections for different topics. If you don't nuance how you post, people can't nuance how they follow.)

- The option then is to have notifications on or off for some of all of these collections, whether you follow the person/page or not.

Again, this is a nuanced kind of following.

Inspiration

But let's move on to collecting, because you'll likely want to make your own. Again, if you don't nuance how you share by using collections, people can't nuance how they follow you. With collections, you can build up multiple audiences, both for brand and profiles.

- Make an album of similar posts. Here is my Start Coding with JavaScript collection, in which you can find a couple posts dedicated to that page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/0hySX (by placing these in a specific collection, people can unfollow just this one while still follow me, or do the reverse and follow this one but not follow me or any of my other collections).

- Make a to-read list: make a private collection only visible to you. Share your favorite posts from others into it. Weeks later, when the posts are really far down your profile, you can access them quickly from the collections tab in your profile.

- Make a family album that only people in your family circle can see. Sharing into that collection means sharing only to them, and also gives them easy access to all other posts in that collection.

- Make a spammy post collection. Hang on to followers. As a convenience, post all your cat .gif, food posts and super-diamond-engagement circle share posts into a collection so that people don't unfollow you but instead unfollow just that group of posts. Please do so now. It is a convenience.

- Make a songlist by sharing your SoundCloud songs.

- Make collections to target audiences. Communities have categories for patrons to more easily navigatenavigate and interact on the basis of topics. We do this as well using hashtags. Now, pages and profiles themselves can allow for more topic based interaction.

- Make a collection of all your reshares to highlight others, easily accessible from the collection tab on your profile.

Ways of Viewing Collections

Think of collections this way. Labels are to Gmail emails what circles are to Google+ profiles. Each email and each profile can be in multiple labels or circles, respectively. We aren't talking multiple copies.

Collections, on the other hand, are to posts what albums are to images. Images on Google+ can't be in more than one album, and post can only (currently) be in one collection. To put something in a collection, it has to be a post. A collection is an album of posts.

Think of it as a personal hashtag. If you hashtag a post, clicking on that hashtag will take you to all posts by all people using that tag. However, collections are like a hashtag that, when you click on it, only takes you to that "tag" by that one person.

This allows you to aggregate, collect, organize, categorize your posts.

There are many many other ways to use the feature. It is a major change in how we interact.

#collections
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Nomilicious the Collection 

This is the collection of all my past and future food posts. Allowing you to follow it and seeing all of them, in one place. Collections are a new feature on G+ as anounced here http://goo.gl/ZiJQ1z 

This feature is rolling out and right only, only available on the web and Android. Take a look and let me know what you think. Create your own collections and share them! 

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John Wick

John Wicks first scenes are almost totally wordless, but serve as a potent visual expression of all I need to know in terms of characterization and narrative. As I watch a woman die and the man who clearly loves her crumble, events unfold in straight shots, slow paced right front of me; a sorrowful hospital scene in the final moments of Helen’s life.

There is a poetry to the cinematography too—it’s in the way their camera lingers on the drip of the coffee machine in Wick’s home as he impatiently fills his cup before the brew has finished or the arrival of police cars illustrated not through sirens but rather by visually drawing our attention to the silent, red and blue lights that bore through the tinted windows.

The hyper violent imagines are beautifully choreographed and the shadowy world the character has left behind beckons style and an almost absurd sense of propriety according to their own standards. The movie is not self indulgent, it's not self important, it's stylish to the point of every shot and frame being a piece of art.

John Wicks offers very little in moral scrutiny but for a science of meta commentary with one character playing a video game while around him others are picked off one by one. I thoroughly enjoyed John Wick for what it is, nothing more and nothing less.
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Happy New Year

No resolutions, just the will to act in my own best interest.I have only this one life, if I don’t live it right now, when will I? I’ve let go of many things this year and will continue to do just that. I’m glad that some of you on here and others elsewhere are part of that. Be well, be happy, look after yourself and be everything you look for in other people. You deserve to be loved and in the end, you’re always only responsible for your own happiness.

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
Neil Gaiman
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Happy holidays

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 
Maya Angelou

https://soundcloud.com/dirk-reul/happy-holidays (audio, should you prefer to listen instead of reading)

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, or if you choose to do something else entirely. The next days will be special for many people I know and care for. Regardless of what you believe, I hope you'll have days of peace, time well spent in joy and I wish you well.

Even when I am not here, I hold so many of you in my thoughts and think of you. Everyone deserves to feel loved,  cherished and as happy as you can be. It is the little things that we all know, are in truth never little. It is the small gesture, that we know means a lot. It is also about making sure you take care of yourself, do something nice for yourself. Listen to your favourite song, close your eyes and feel the sun on your face, eat that one dish you love so much, visit that person you have missed, read the book that will make you happy. Whatever you do, do it with the intent of being happy and maybe, just maybe all of this will come right back to you. You deserve it. 

You know who you are,. Be well my friends.
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Lost and Found

In my drawer. Look who's still too short and was found trying to escape.

Have a great day everyone. I'm off to be productive.

Sort of

Don't judge me ;)
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