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Paul Mc Sweeney
Keep positive, and keep moving forward!!
Keep positive, and keep moving forward!!

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Solar-powered dancing sushi. Makes me proud to be Japanese:

By the way, I'm in a restaurant called Gordon Ramsay, and it has the best bread I've ever eaten. Something called Irish soda bread.

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#parody #socialnetworking
What If Men Can't "Get" Social?
There's a lot of talk about gender inequality here on Google+. I have to admit, after reading some of the analysis and reviews, I'm worried. What if guys can't get it? What if it's not in their genetic makeup to be social?

Tool-makers vs. Tool-users
The first instinct of many male early-adopters seems to be to take Google+ apart and try to redesign it. Fiddling with the tool and discussing endlessly how they could have built it better delights them. But they seem stumped on simply how to use Google+.

Relationships. Not a guy thing?
In "Can we ever digitally organize our friends?", Kevin Cheng points to some of his difficulties. "...maintaining digital groups has two problems. First, you don’t know when to move someone from one group to another because transitions happen gradually. Second, it’s simply a lot of effort to maintain...When compounded with the high overhead of maintenance and likely outdated groups over time, it’s even less likely that I’ll know who I’m actually sharing a post with."

Fred Wilson, in his article "Explicit Groups Vs Implicit Groups," responds to Kevin. "...[F]riends and interests are not so finite and fixed. They come and go. They are highly fluid and dynamic.

I'm just about to shout "Yay! Fred gets it!" when he concludes, "I don't want to put my friends into circles. I want a machine to do it for me." [ emphasis mine ]

Despite these initial pockets of resistance, I have hope. In my three weeks on Google+, I've met plenty of men who break gender stereotypes. Maybe we could encourage more guys to open up if they had their own circle on the Recommended Users site. That site (see screenshot below) spotlights "Women in Tech". But where are the men? We need to make them feel more comfortable.

M's List: Guys Who Get Google+
So to correct the oversight, here are some of my daily reads. This list is by no means exhaustive. And I didn't include any superstar gurus (like Scoble). These are just guys who are using Google+ to share their passions. They engage and amuse me and I'm always learning new, cool stuff from them.
+Mark Traphagen
+David Prieto
+Ricardo Francisco Prochnow
+Jeremy Welch
+Ron Pemberton
+Kol Tregaskes
+Geeky Sprocket
+Daniel Jomphe
+Takahiro Yamamoto

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+Kevin Cheng Can we ever digitally organize our friends?

+Fred Wilson Explicit Groups Vs Implicit Groups

Google+ Suggested Users

Tonight is "Movie Night". I'm introducing the children to Superman (1978) with Christopher Reeve. Sometimes we forget to enjoy the simple things in life. A smile or laugh from any of my three children makes me so grateful and reminds me of what is really important in life. Thank You Universe, God, Jesus, Buddha, or whom ever else you look to in your own life.

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Wow, pretty cool!
These are absolutely stunning. Talk about gifs all grown up! If sparkly "Princess!" gifs represented the epoch of Myspace, then these certainly typify the new potential era of sophistication found in Google+, or more broadly, the evolution of social media as a whole.

Hat tip to +Ron Pemberton who shared this with me as a response to my recent gif post.

ETA: Although I really think these people should be giving J.K.Rowling a hat tip. This is exactly how photographs are depicted in Harry Potter.

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£$%^& £$%^& $%&^&* is all that can be said!!!
Good God, Murdoch's apologists know no bounds. This from his Times of London (via Kath Viner

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"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place... and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain't about how hard you hit... It's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward... how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: You ain´t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain´t you! You´re better than that!" (Rocky Balboa)
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