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I've been away from G+ for months now and I'm surprised to find so many changes. The one that startled and #disappointed  me the most was using the #Explore  feature and finding that all the inane religious and "teen meme" crap that perpetuates #Facebook  has made its way here. I thought G+ was a bastion of critical thinkers?! Does this mean G+ has gone mainstream? #boohiss   #howcanIfiltermyexplore  
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Diamond Ring and Shadow Bands
Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Mudge
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap121121.html

As the total phase of last week's solar eclipse came to an end, sunlight streaming past the edge of the Moon created the fleeting appearance of a glistening diamond ring in the sky. And while most eclipse watchers did not consider clouds a welcome sight, a view through thin clouds north of Cairns in Queensland, Australia also revealed these remarkable flickering shadow bands. Projected onto the cloud layer, the bands are parallel to the sliver of emerging sunlight. Caused by turbulence in Earth's atmosphere refracting the sliver of sunlight, the narrow bands were captured in this brief, 1/1000th second exposure.
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Oh, Google+, why have I forsaken you? My appearances here have dwindled down to only posting my weekly entries for the two photography projects I'm participating in, and I've even fallen off THAT wagon recently.

I just checked my Friends circle for the first time in months and there's lots of  tasty stuff in there. Time for me to get back on this horse!
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It's interesting to see the differences between G+ and FB now after a healthy period of time.

G+ sprawls a bit more and offers more ways to send me off into time-kill land by virtue of connecting me with a wide array of novel people.

FB, however, engages me more because it is built on personal relationships that already have deep histories. I also have expectations for my FB experience, whereas G+ is still a bit unknown in that regard.

Also, the continuing flow of unknown people circling me on G+ has passed the point of diminishing returns -- it is so common, it is unremarkable and doesn't even prompt me to investigate the person anymore.
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#2012Project52 #week21ofProject52-2012

Week 21's theme is different depending on whether you're going by the list posted on the new "Project52-2012" page, or on Giu's original "GPLUS:P52:2012" page. On the original list, the theme was "Flowers." On the new list, it was "Mostly White."

I decided to combine the two themes.

These are actually white flowers, but I wanted to go b/w with this to emphasize the contrast. I created a Black and White layer in Photoshop and chose the "Darker" mode.

+Project52-2012 +GPLUS::P52::2012
curated by +Giuseppe Basile +Kate Church
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#52weeks2012 #20of52weeks2012 +52 Weeks Challenge 2012

Finally caught up! Posting early for next week!

I took this one also with my Blackberry Torch. The bathroom mirror in my hotel room has a bright white fluorescent light around it, which created white square reflections on my eyes around the pupils, which I thought looked pretty cool. I'm not sure how clearly you can see the effect in this image, though.

curated by +Arthur Chang
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It was too challenging to worry about getting the highlights just right. I took the shot of myself directly, while I looked into the mirror to be able to see and push the camera button, but the viewfinder-by-way-of-mirror was too difficult to see if the highlight reflections looked "correct" on my eyes. It was a very odd combination of light, reflections, digital displays, reflections of reflections, reflections of displays, etc. with every little movement of any of the components creating a cascading effect of indeterminant amplification, like a very tricky puzzle.
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It's a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey fluff!

J #twt   #DoctorWho   #Kitten  
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Reminds me of Abu Simbel.
 
Leshan Giant Buddha
This giant piece of architecture is one of the remaining fragments of the Tang Dynasty. The structure was carved and engineered from inside a cliff nearly 1400 years ago. The sight looks more amazing because of the rivers and streams that flow below and near it. It is believed to be the largest Buddha statue ever to be built.
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Please keep the holidays in perspective.
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This is the comment I left on the photo:
I absolutely LOVE this. Seriously, it's beautiful. I wouldn't change a thing - the "bright spot" in the bottom left creates a subtle balance to the image that actually makes the daisy pop even more, by emphasizing the depth of field effect.

It would make an amazing album cover (which, to me, is an extremely high compliment).
 
What is it about daisies? No matter how many beautiful flowers are around, you just can't resist taking that daisy shot :)

#floralfriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner 
#hqsppromotion curated by +Carina Marsh +Rinus Bakker +Marina Versaci +Mukundh B +Thierry Raemaekers 

Prints/cards at http://www.redbubble.com/people/inspiraimage/works/8986380-fresh-as-a-daisy
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If you like the image as much as I do, please +1 the original, for the benefit of +Vicki Field.
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Crazy stuff in downtown Montreal. Police on loud speakers shouting at student protesters running through the streets. Riot cops on foot and on bikes. Seems to have calmed down now -- no more cops visible or audible.
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#52weeks2012 #19of52weeks2012 +52 Weeks Challenge 2012

Still catching up! From last week, I took this shot using my BlackBerry Torch.

It was a beautiful day out and I took a break from doing some Mother's Day work for my lovely wife to hang the hammock and rest a bit.

curated by +Arthur Chang
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Bangin' out a rhythm on the keyboard of life.
Introduction
I'm a work-from-home father of 2 girls who travels often for work.

My interests are varied, but include (in no particular order):
  • music
  • games (mostly board and card games)
  • playing soccer
  • running
  • writing
  • reading
  • education
  • linguistics and languages
  • parenting
  • home improvement
  • creative endeavors
  • NFL (fan of the Chargers and Steelers)
  • problem solving
  • pattern matching
  • collaboration
  • cooking and food
  • Science! (if I could insert a sample of Thomas Dolby's "She Blinded Me With Science" here I would)
Here are some of my favorite quotes, to give you some idea of my motivations and attitudes:

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty." [Winston Churchill]

"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it." [Norman Vincent Peale]

"If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way." [Napoleon Hill]

"The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people." [Ken Blanchard]

"The most important trip you may take in your life is meeting people halfway." [Henry Boye]

"You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself." [Harvey Firestone]

"Well done is better than well said." [Benjamin Franklin]

"Great discoveries and achievements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds." [Alexander Graham Bell]

"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win." [Jonathan Kozel]

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left behind by those who hustle." [Abraham Lincoln]

"It never hurts to help!" [Eek the Cat]