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Ben Taylor
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I'm trying to decide what to do this evening. I could watch the debate, but it might be more fun to read about it after the fact. Thoughts?
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I'm just gonna get angry that neither of them are answering any questions and tapdance around all the talking points, so I'll probably just get a recap myself.
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Three stars/gold circles for me! 
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What I love about checking Google + is the stuff that George Takei shares. It's always one of the first things I see and makes me laugh. Well done sir!
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I like the internet...so helpful!
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my brother and sister are looking at colleges...crap I feel old.
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oh the humanity...please tell me this is a silly joke.
 
Harry Potter fan says The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are rip offs of Harry Potter and goes on to explain some parallels between the two series.

This is possibly the greatest read since that Twilight fan reviewed Bram Stoker's Dracula on +Goodreads!

In case it gets taken down, here's the text by +IMDb user brian__007:

"Overall, I like "Lord of the Rings." However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off "Harry Potter" in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as “Dark Lord” just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves almost as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of "The Two Towers" that reminds one of Aragog from "Chamber of Secrets." I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists’ birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with "The Hobbit" in December. This would be fine, but why didn't he just write this book first to begin with? I still like "Lord of the Rings," though--don't get me wrong--but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I’ll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he’s featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that."

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The olympics are over...that means google doodles won't be nearly as much fun...
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Google is so much fun!
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Elton Brand has been claimed off amnesty waivers by the Dallas Mavericks for a winning bid of $2.1 million, according to sources close to the process.
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Anyone playing 100 floors? Puzzle games are a lot of fun.
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  • University of North Texas
    Residence Hall Director, 2007 - 2013
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I live in Florida with my wife and our 2 dogs. Moving from Texas was very different but Florida has a lot to offer. We are both looking forward to what the future holds for us. 
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  • University of North Texas
    Higher Education- Student Affairs, 2010 - 2012
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    Communication Studies, 2002 - 2007
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