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Alex Garcia
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”


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Don't be disappointed if I ignore your hangout request. I can't be available 24 hours and I can't have long conversations. I mostly use hangouts with family. Private posts are the best alternative if you don't want to post public questions
I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to
Born in Argentina
Lived in 3 different countries
Blood type: Red
Married, 2 kids.
Personal Computer user since 1981
Internet user since 1995.
Social network user since 2007.
Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
Have driven on both sides of the road.
Bilingual: Spanish and English
Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
Favourite music: Too many to make a list.
These days I listen to 97.3fm Brisbane.
Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution.

My favourite quotes
LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
"Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)

Bragging rights
I am a proud user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011.

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August 19, 1967
Beatles "All you need is love" hits #1 in the US.
For a week. August 19th-25th.
Written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney, The Beatles performed the song over a pre-recorded backing track as Britain's contribution to Our World, the first live global television link. Watched by over 400 million in 25 countries, the programme was broadcast via satellite on 25 June 1967.
The song captured the utopian sentiments of the Summer of Love era and topped singles charts in Britain, the United States and many other countries.
"All You Need Is Love" was later included on the US Magical Mystery Tour album. It also appears in a sequence in the Beatles' 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine and on the accompanying soundtrack album.
The song starts with the intro to the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise", and contains elements from Glenn Miller's 1939 hit "In the Mood", as well as elements from Wayne Shanklin's 1958 hit "Chanson D'Amour".
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Asher, Patti Boyd, Mike McGear, Keith Moon, Graham Nash, Hunter Davies, Gary Leeds and others provided background vocals.
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New Discover Feature
And I am NOT happy about it.
If you are looking for collections like I do, these are your options.
1) Select Profile. That should show collections you own and collections you follow.
2) bookmark or create a shortcut for (owned) (collections you added).
Find content and communities from all across Google+ with Discover

Big news today Google+! We’re rolling a brand new Discover stream to help you and new users find the absolutely best content our network has to offer. If you glance over at your left-hand navigation bar, you’ll notice a shiny ‘Discover’ tab waiting to be explored. Inside, you’ll find trending posts from curated sources in a new, denser format. Also inside are Featured Collections, Recommended Communities, and the previously announced Topics - which got a bit of a makeover as well, so be sure to check them out!

New and signed out users will land on Discover (previously ‘Featured Collections’) which puts content from a diverse set of sources front and center. We hope that this creates a better experience for new users that more readily communicates the awesome stuff G+ has to offer while providing existing users with a fun way to find and follow creators they haven’t yet, ahem, discovered.

To make way for Discover, you may have noticed we removed the Collections tab and the Events tab. Don’t worry! Collections and Events aren’t gone; they’ve just been moved. ‘Featured Collections’ have a new home within Discover and ‘Your / Followed Collections’ can be found by clicking on ‘Communities and Collections’ on your profile. Events can now be found in the overflow menu (three dots) on your profile when you can also find your Insights.

These changes will be live on web and iOS within the next day or so for all users. As always, please let us know what you think by replying to this thread or using the ‘Send Feedback’ option on web or in-app. Enjoy!

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August 17, 1967
Davy Crockett 5c stamp.
The 5-cent Davy Crockett stamp, the second in the American Folklore Series, was issued on August 17, 1967, at San Antonio, Texas, where Colonel Crockett died in defense of the Alamo.
Issuance date was the 181st birthday of the colorful trapper, hunter, and congressman from the Tennessee backwoods.
Robert Bode, the New York City artist who designed the 1966 Johnnie Appleseed stamp (first stamp in the American Folklore Series), designed this issue. The inscription and portrait were printed on the Giori press. Previously, two shades of green were applied by offset for the foliage.
The stamp was issued in panes of fifty, with an initial printing of 120 million.
David Crockett, frontiersman, Tennessee legislator and U.S. congressman, folk hero, and icon of popular culture, was an intriguing composite of history and myth. Both the historical figure who died at the Alamo and the legendary hero kept alive in the media of his day and ours, Crockett partly invented his own myth. History melted even more easily into legend as eager writers, editors, and producers provided an omnivorous public with an increasing number of remarkable tales about the heroic frontiersman and turned the flesh-and-blood David into the legendary Davy.
Born on August 17, 1786, in Greene County in East Tennessee.
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August 16, 1967
MLK speech: Where do we go from here?.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Atlanta, Georgia
50 years later, this week Americans are asking the same question.
You might agree or disagree with the content and Martin Luther King assessment. But the historical significance is undeniable.
Martin Luther King acknowledged changes in social status for African Americans, but says they are not enough. He encourages his followers to stand up against discrimination, but he also speaks against violence.
Excerpt 1:
Now, in order to answer the question, "Where do we go from here?" which is our theme, we must first honestly recognize where we are now. When the Constitution was written, a strange formula to determine taxes and representation declared that the Negro was 60 percent of a person. Today another curious formula seems to declare he is 50 percent of a person. Of the good things in life, the Negro has approximately one half those of whites. Of the bad things of life, he has twice those of whites. Thus half of all Negroes live in substandard housing. And Negroes have half the income of whites. When we view the negative experiences of life, the Negro has a double share. There are twice as many unemployed.
The rate of infant mortality among Negroes is double that of whites and there are twice as many Negroes dying in Vietnam as whites in proportion to their size in the population.
In other spheres, the figures are equally alarming. In elementary schools, Negroes lag one to three years behind whites, and their segregated schools receive substantially less money per student than the white schools. One twentieth as many Negroes as whites attend college. Of employed Negroes, 75 percent hold menial jobs.
This is where we are. Where do we go from here? First, we must massively assert our dignity and worth. We must stand up amidst a system that still oppresses us and develop an unassailable and majestic sense of values. We must no longer be ashamed of being black. The job of arousing manhood within a people that have been taught for so many centuries that they are nobody is not easy.
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There is nothing wrong with power if power is used correctly. And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites - polar opposites - so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love.
What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. And this is what we must see as we move on. What has happened is that we have had it wrong and confused in our own country, and this has led Negro Americans in the past to seek their goals through power devoid of love and conscience.
This is leading a few extremists today to advocate for Negroes the same destructive and conscienceless power that they have justly abhorred in whites. It is precisely this collision of immoral power with powerless morality which constitutes the major crisis of our times.
Full speech: It is looooooooooooooong
There is also an hour audio:

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August 15, 1967
Chicago Picasso.
The Chicago Picasso (often just The Picasso) is an untitled monumental sculpture by Pablo Picasso in Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture, dedicated on August 15, 1967, in Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop, is 50 feet (15.2 m) tall and weighs 162 short tons (147 t). The Cubist sculpture by Picasso was the first such major public artwork in Downtown Chicago, and has become a well-known landmark.
It is known for its inviting jungle gym-like characteristics. Visitors to Daley Plaza can often be seen climbing on and sliding down the base of the sculpture.
The sculpture was commissioned by the architects of the Richard J. Daley Center in 1963. The commission was facilitated by the architect William Hartmann of the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Picasso completed a maquette of the sculpture in 1965, and approved a final model of the sculpture in 1966. The cost of constructing the sculpture was $351,959.17, paid mostly by three charitable foundations: the Woods Charitable Fund, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, and the Field Foundation of Illinois. Picasso himself was offered payment of $100,000 but refused, stating that he wanted to make his work a gift.
When former Mayor Richard J. Daley spoke at the statue’s unveiling he said, “We dedicate this celebrated work this morning with the belief that what is strange to us today will be familiar tomorrow.”
Note: 50 years later it is still strange :)
The sculpture was initially met with controversy. There was speculation on the subject, which has ranged from a bird, or aardvark to Afghan Hound, a baboon head, or the Egyptian deity Anubis.
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August 14, 1967
The end of Pirate Radios (UK).
All but one of the United Kingdom's pirate radio stations played music for their final day, then signed off before the new Marine Broadcasting Offences Act went into effect at midnight.
The new law was an extension of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 and although it could not prohibit boats from broadcasting from outside Britain's territorial waters, it did prohibit those stations from selling advertising within the British Isles.
Only one station, Radio Caroline, would continue to broadcast the next day. moving its supply operation to the Netherlands where offshore broadcasting had not yet been outlawed. However, the advertising revenue from overseas sources was not forthcoming and the station was forced off the air less than a year later when the ships were impounded by the shipping company due to non payment.
With the shutdown of the pirate stations, BBC Radio 1 would go on the air on September 30 with a popular music format.
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August 13, 1967
Bonnie and Clyde.
The film’s ad campaign: “They’re young. They’re in love. And they kill people.”
Bonnie and Clyde was bloody, graphic, and sexually frank, and it drew on the experimentation of the French New Wave. It blew away taboos left and right. The film was controversial for its supposed glorification of murderers, and for its level of graphic violence, which was unprecedented at the time.
The astonishing audacity of “Bonnie and Clyde” is that it revels in the forbidden sexiness of living beyond the law, of doing whatever you want from moment to moment, yet it never lets Bonnie and Clyde off the hook. Hitched to the jostling thrill of its getaway-ride sequences, which raced along to the antic bluegrass joy of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” the movie is a tragicomedy about what it looks and feels like to want to live too fast.
Young people loved Bonnie and Clyde, which became a rallying cry for the burgeoning counterculture. That might seem counterintuitive, since the characters at its center are based on some gangsters idolized in their parents’ and grandparents’ youth. But 1967 was a time for young people disillusioned with traditionalist culture to run hard in the opposite direction, gleefully flouting laws and norms about everything from drugs and sex to the “right” path in life. Bonnie and Clyde are an emblem of that attitude, and if they flame out in the end, boy, it’s sure romantic.
It is not a documentary. It is entertainment.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow died on May 23, 1934, at the ages of 23 and 25, respectively. The film considerably simplifies the lives of Bonnie and Clyde, which included other gang members, repeated jailings, other murders and a horrific auto accident that left Parker burned and a near-invalid.
The film strays furthest from fact in its portrayal of the Texas Ranger Frank Hamer as a vengeful bungler who had been captured, humiliated, and released by Bonnie and Clyde. In real life, Hamer was already a legendary and decorated Texas Ranger when he was coaxed out of semi-retirement to hunt down the duo; indeed he had never seen them until the moment he and his posse ambushed them near Gibsland, Louisiana on May 23, 1934. In 1968, Hamer's widow and son sued the movie producers for defamation of character over his portrayal and were awarded an out-of-court settlement in 1971.
The film received Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). It was among the first 100 films selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
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August 12, 1967
Night of the Grizzlies.
Since the opening of Glacier National Park in 1910, there were no reported fatal bear attacks until one summer night in 1967, when two grizzlies, in two remote areas of the Park attacked campers and killed two young women.
The story began on the afternoon of August 12, 1967, when seven young park employees set off on long hikes for overnight camping. That night, Julie Helgeson, at a campsite near Granite Park Chalet, was attacked and killed by a grizzly; Roy Ducat was severely mauled. That same night Michele Koons was also killed by a grizzly while camping at Trout Lake; Paul Dunn and three other campers escaped by climbing trees. For everyone involved, it was an unforgettable night of crisis, intense fear, bravery and, ultimately, grief. But it was also a night that marked a watershed moment for bear management, a night that many would later say, “changed everything.”
In a documentary, Ducat and Dunn share gripping on-camera interviews, along with other witnesses, family members, journalists, biologists, and many others. With the cooperation of Glacier National Park, co-producers Gus Chambers and Paul Zalis compiled dozens of hours of interview footage, archival material, photographs and still-camera re-creations. The film, directed by three-time Regional Emmy Award winning Chambers, provides a 360-degree account of the events of that summer in Glacier, framed by the overriding story of the grizzly bear and its survival in the 21st Century.
“The problem started with people feeding bears and leaving garbage out,” Chambers said. “That’s still an issue, and if people don’t learn from this historic event, more people and more bears will die.”
Grizzly bears are at the pinnacle of the animal world, the most powerful omnivores on the continent, but paradoxically in post-World War II America, were too often viewed as relatively safe, tourist spectacles. The film relates what happened in Glacier National Park in the summer of 1967 as almost inevitable, as was the immediately ensuing years when grizzlies were hunted to near extinction.
Here is some safety information when hiking in Bear Country.

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August 11, 1967
Bombing of Long Biên Bridge.
The Long Biên Bridge over North Vietnam's Red River, the only link between that nation's two largest cities (Hanoi and Haiphong), was heavily damaged in an airstrike by the 388th Fighter Wing and 355th Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force, and its center span was destroyed. Nevertheless, the North Vietnamese would quickly restore their supply lines and a repatched bridge would be reopened by October 5.
Designed by French Architect Gustave Eiffel and constructed between 1899 and 1902 during French's occupation of the country.
Today, many people living and visiting Hanoi said that Long Bien Bridge is the best place to look at the sunrise or the sunset and taking nice photos of alluvial patch. Many brides and grooms choose Long Bien Bridge as nice background in their wedding albums. Many tourists come here to visit a historical construction and view nice scenery. Many youngsters, teenagers take nice photos to keep memories of youth on the bridge or in the middle of alluvial patch with full of green tree. Many vendors and housewives still come here every afternoon for an open air market.And many trains pass the bridge each day.
That way, Long Bien – the oldest bridge in Hanoi is still living and sharing the daily life with Hanoians silently.
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