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Happy birthday to Mr. Mark Hamill,
66 years completed today.

Mark Hamill was born in Oakland, California, on September 25, 1951, the fourth of seven children. His father was in the U.S. Navy, so the family relocated often, and Hamill grew up across the world, from California to New York to Japan. After Hamill graduated from high school overseas, his family moved back to the U.S. He enrolled at Los Angeles City College, where he studied drama and theater arts.

Mark Hamill has his place in cinema history as Luke Skywalker, the clean-cut hero of the first trilogy of the Star Wars film series: 'Star Wars' (1977), 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980), and 'Return of the Jedi' (1983). Joined by Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford as Princess Leia and Han Solo, he fought his way through space to defeat Darth Vader and the evil empire.

Between filming his first Star Wars movie and 'The Empire Strikes Back', Mark Hamill was in an auto accident that left his upper lip scarred. The filmmakers accounted for the scar via an encounter with a violent snow creature near the start of the second film. The huge success of the films seemed to stunt Mark Hamill’s career for the next decade, though he did star in the kitsch classic 'Corvette Summer' (1978) and the war film 'The Big Red One' in 1980.

In the 1990s he began a robust second career doing voice work in computer and video games and animated TV shows, including 'Cow and Chicken', 'Batman: The Animated Series' (1992-95, with Hamill as The Joker), 'Justice League', 'Robot Chicken', 'Dragons: Riders of Berk' and many others. He also played himself on a memorable episode of 'The Simpsons', doing Guys and Dolls in a Springfield dinner theater.

With the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, it was announced that there would be more Star Wars films starting with 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', which was released on December 18, 2015. Hamill appeared in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. Hamill will reprise his role in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' which will be released on December 15, 2017.

Released in 1980, 'The Empire Strikes Back' is the most suspenseful, well-paced and most emotional entry of the Star Wars saga. It's the greatest of movie sequels and as far as it goes, it is everything a sequel to a great movie is supposed to be: a darker tone, more development with the characters, universe expanding with some new and greater additions and features.

The perfect adventure telling story that continues from where it left off from and delved deeper into the characters we all know and love today and introduced bigger places in the galaxy far far away that George Lucas originally introduced to us.

'The Empire Strikes Back' does advance the story line forward greatly, has a convincing and blossoming love story between Han Solo and Pricess Leia and gives us the showdown we want. It also introduces us to the legendary Yoda and a new key player in Lando Calrissian and has some breath taking special effects.

But we all know there will be an end to the epic saga, and we have always known this, ever since we first caught a glimpse of a younger, more innocent Luke working for his uncle on that deserted planet, so many years ago, when he could only dream of having adventures in other galaxies far, far away...

#MarkHamill #LukeSkyWalker #TheEmpireStrikesBack
#Actor #StarWars #Happybirthday
#80sMovies #Movies #80sMemories #SciFi
#SciFiFilm #SpaceOperaFilm #ActionAdventure

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Google TTS 3.13.

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President Donald Trump banned or restricted visas for travel to the United States from eight countries on Sunday, the next step in what began as his travel ban from six Muslim nations.

The new presidential order keeps restrictions on five of those six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen — lifts restrictions on visitors from the Sudan and adds new restrictions on visitors and immigrants from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

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What Are Smartphone Users In India Up To?

The smartphone users in India are showing a great sign of obsession as they are spending more time than ever before on their device. An interesting survey conducted by #CMRIndia to map how Indians use their mobile phones, how it has shaped their life, and contributed to their independence.

#smartphone #India #mobile #Qualcomm

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HTC’s operating costs will plummet 30-40% once Google deals is approved

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Creativity: Biology / Psychology

A synthesizer of human complexity, the creative genius is occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner.

"Showing tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated, they contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an individual, each of them is a multitude.”


[ Common Traits ]

Creativity is informed by a whole host of intellectual, emotional, motivational and moral characteristics. The common traits that people across all creative fields seemed to have in common were an openness to one’s inner life; a preference for complexity and ambiguity; an unusually high tolerance for disorder and disarray; the ability to extract order from chaos; independence; unconventionality; and a willingness to take risks.


[ Paradoxical Nature ]

Describing this hodgepodge of traits, the creative genius was “both more primitive and more cultured, more destructive and more constructive, occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner, than the average person.”

This new way of thinking about creative genius gave rise to some fascinating—and perplexing—contradictions. In a subsequent study of creative writers, Barron found that the average writer was in the top 15% of the general population on all measures of psychopathology. But strangely enough, they also found that creative writers scored extremely high on all measures of psychological health.

[ Introspective Synthesis ]

Why? Well, it seemed that creative people were more introspective. This led to increased self-awareness, including a greater familiarity with the darker and more uncomfortable parts of themselves.

It may be because they engage with the full spectrum of life—both the dark and the light—that writers score high on some of the characteristics that our society tends to associate with mental illness. Conversely, this same propensity can lead them to become more grounded and self-aware. In openly and boldly confronting themselves and the world, creative-minded people seemed to find an unusual synthesis between healthy and “pathological” behaviors.


[ Complexity and Wholeness ]

Such contradictions may be precisely what gives some people an intense inner drive to create. As psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said after more than 30 years of observing creative people: “If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an individual, they are multitude.”

[ Multifaceted Interplay ]

Today, most psychologists agree that creativity is multifaceted in nature. And even on a neurological level, creativity is messy.

Contrary to the “right-brain” myth, creativity doesn’t just involve a single brain region or even a single side of the brain. Instead, the creative process draws on the whole brain. It’s a dynamic interplay of many different brain regions, emotions, and our unconscious and conscious processing systems.


[ The Imagination Network ]

The brain’s default mode network, or as we like to call it, the “imagination network,” is particularly important for creativity. The default mode network, first identified by neurologist Marcus Raichle in 2001, engages many regions on the medial (inside) surface of the brain in the frontal, parietal and temporal lobes.

We spend as much as half our mental lives using this network. It appears to be most active when we’re engaged in what researchers call “self-generated cognition”: daydreaming, ruminating, or otherwise letting our minds wander.

( Imaginative Components )

The functions of the imagination network form the core of human experience. Its three main components are personal meaning-making, mental simulation, and perspective taking. This allows us to construct meaning from our experiences, remember the past, think about the future, imagine other people’s perspectives and alternative scenarios, understand stories, and reflect on mental and emotional states—both our own and those of others.

( Compassion and Identity )

The imaginative and social processes associated with this brain network are also critical to developing compassion, as well as the ability to understand ourselves and construct a linear sense of self.

[ The Executive Network ]

But the imagination network doesn’t work alone. It engages in an intricate dance with the brain’s executive network, which is responsible for controlling our attention and working memory.

( Focus and Introspection )

The executive network helps us focus our imagination, blocking out external distractions and allowing us to tune in to our inner experience.


[ Creative Complementarity ]

The creative brain is particularly good at flexibly activating and deactivating these brain networks, which in most people are at odds with each other. In doing so, they are able to juggle seemingly contradictory modes of thought—cognitive and emotional, deliberate and spontaneous.

This allows them to draw on a wide range of strengths, characteristics and thinking styles in their work. Perhaps this is why creative people are so difficult to pin down. In both their creative processes and their brain processes, they bring seemingly contradictory elements together in unusual and unexpected ways.

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Chrome OS Lock Screen Note Taking Coming Soon, First with Google Keep

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Elon Musk to detail updates and new uses for SpaceX’s interplanetary rocket

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Sunlight breaking through the clouds along the highway to Frenchglen, Oregon.

#clouds #sunlight #sky #skies #roads #roadway #highway #hills #mountains #nature #landscapes #light #travel #desert #highdesert

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broke with his longtime friend Donald Trump on Monday, criticizing the president for his “divisive” comments about national anthem protests by NFL players.

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In the WWE endorsed +UpUpDownDown, #Cesaro plays "Clash Royale" - P20

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Google Pixel 2/Pixel XL 2 Preview: All There Is To Know

#android #preview #google #pixel2 #smartphones

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Rest in Peace, Jake LaMotta 😢😢


#boxing #boxeo

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But he's not Hillary, so that's okay, right? BENGHAZI™®©!!!

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After 15 years in a vegetative state, nerve stimulation restores consciousness

A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident has shown signs of consciousness after neurosurgeons implanted a vagus nerve stimulator into his chest. The findings reported in Current Biology on September 25 show that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)—a treatment already in use for epilepsy and depression—can help to restore consciousness even after many years in a vegetative state. The outcome challenges the general belief that disorders of consciousness that persist for longer than 12 months are irreversible, the researchers say. By stimulating the vagus nerve, we show that "it is possible to improve a patient's presence in the world," says Angela Sirigu of Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod in Lyon, France.

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Good for Apple to once again improve on an already good phone camera. Fingers crossed that Google + HTC can figure out how to surpass even that, as they did with the previous generation of their phones.

Remember, folks, competition is a Good Thing if you care about products and services improving over time.

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Star Trek: Discovery Analysis And Recap: Season 1, Episodes 1-2

“As visually stunning as this show is, it's missing the one key element that's been essential to every Star Trek incarnation since the beginning: hope. Star Trek has always brought us a hopeful view of the future, that we could overcome our present-day problems through not only technology, but through altruism and generosity and understanding. Even in times of war and conflict, there were hopes of peace. Those are the principles I want to see on display, and I want to see the characters in the show living up to them, not giving into their worst impulses. Sometimes, it takes making the wrong decision in a catastrophic fashion before you learn the lessons you need in order to get it right.”

The first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery are now behind us, and while I expected it to be darker and more of a continuous story than a series of self-contained episodes, I think this was full of a lot of surprises, not all of them good. Yes, the visuals were absolutely stunning, from the sleek uniforms to the sets to the ships to the Klingons to the battle effects. The binary protoplanetary system was breathtaking. And this was a suspense-filled ride, with plenty of room for growth. But so many elements were missing. Character development was thin and inconsistent; is Michael Burnham a hothead who recklessly acts out whenever she doesn’t get her way, as we’re shown, or is she a cold and logical Vulcan-like person, as we’re told? Does the Federation champion diversity, or uniformity with just the veneer of diversity? And are the Klingons everything that islamophobes fear about Muslims, or are they simply falling for a theocratic demagogue peddling simple answers to complex problems?

There’s a lot to unpack and a lot more yet to come, but find out what my reaction was to the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery!

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[GUIDE] Creating patches in SLE and OpenSUSE

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Unfolding Before Me -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fan-like petals on eternal soil."
-- Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

A species of hoverfly (?) mines the pollen on a white flower in the last rays of the setting sun in northern Colorado... The flower and bees won't last much longer here - it got down to 37ºF on Friday, and fall is truly in the air.

For #MacroMonday, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and #hqspflowers for +HQSP Flowers, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru...

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spring memories

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers
#btpflowerpro +BTP Flower Pro
+//flower colors//

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A beautiful morning

Chelila, Bhutan

My last daybreak in Bhutan is over and the sun is climbing fast in a cloudless sky between mature conifers. Although these trees might look tired or damaged, the ground below is full of young trees working on reaching the very same height one day.

The forest floor was littered with spring flowers and I encountered several of the iconic species like the Kalij pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) and Himalayan monal (Lophophorus impejanus).

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 18 April 2017 05:47
Altitude: 3724 meters

#landscape #sunrise #mountains #forest #himalaya #bhutan

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape

#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro , owned and curated by +Nancy Dempsey

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Peak Blossom

OK, that's enough, it's probably a good thing the blossom season is so short :)

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Lose Weight With Ginger Water: The Healthiest Drink to Successfully Burn Excess Fat on Your Waist, Hips and Thighs! (Recipe)

Ginger is well known for it’s medicinal properties among the alternative treatments. It helps in the weight loss process and ensure the overall well-being. It has anti-bacterial properties which protect us from the infection

#ginger #health #drinks #explore #loseweight #herbal #naturalremedies #treatment #healthy #healthbenefits #recipe #remedy #cure #water #healing #weightloss #disease

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Sunlight breaking through the clouds along the highway to Frenchglen, Oregon.

#clouds #sunlight #sky #skies #roads #roadway #highway #hills #mountains #nature #landscapes #blackandwhite #light #travel #desert #highdesert

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LeBron James Calls Trump a Bum After Stephen Curry Rant

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Playtonic has given fans an update today and have confirmed that while they are still hard at work on Yooka-Laylee for the Nintendo Switch the Unity engine is causing them some technical headaches. The developers have explained the issue below. “The…

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Chinese maze: Village makes giant tech code from trees

At first glance, it could be the courtly maze of an English country manor - albeit with some rather large gaps.

But a tech-savvy eye will instantly see the green design for what it is - a massive QR code.

These high-tech barcodes are hugely popular in China as a way to make cashless payments on a smartphone.

Xilinshui village, in the northern Hebei province, has created one from trees in a bid to raise its profile.

The design was made from 130,000 Chinese junipers, and can be scanned from above using a phone or tablet.

It is not clear how high above the trees you would have to be to scan it - or how you might get there - but visitors who successfully capture the code will be connected to the village's tourism account on WeChat, a Chinese social media site.

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NFL players on Sunday became engulfed in the controversy surrounding the national anthem, following President Donald Trump’s comments at a campaign rally in Alabama on Friday which continued via Twitter throughout the weekend.

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APOD: Massive Shell-Expelling Star G79.29+0.46

Stars this volatile are quite rare. Captured in the midst of dust clouds and visible to the right and above center is massive G79.29+0.46, one of less than 100 luminous blue variable stars (LBVs) currently known in our Galaxy. LBVs expel shells of gas and may lose even the mass of Jupiter over 100 years.

Image Credit: NASA, Spitzer Space Telescope, WISE; Processing & License : Judy Schmidt

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Dwyane Wade Leaving Chicago Bulls

Dwyane Wade is a free agent. Wade signed a two year contract with the Chicago Bulls last off-season. He played his first season in his hometown of Chicago last season. The Bulls bought out the second year of Wade's contract. Wade was suppose to earn around 24 million dollars in the second year of his contract with the Bulls. Sources reported that the Bulls gave Wade 16 million dollars.

Since Wade is good friends with Lebron James of the Cavs, people in the NBA believe that he most likely will play for the Cavs this upcoming season. Other teams that Wade could possibly play for this upcoming season are the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What team do you think Wade will join?

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So of my personal devices, they're all on Nougat, but the LGs are all on 7.0, my Motos and Blackberry are on 7.1.1, and my Nexus Player on 8.0.

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Apple switches from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS and Spotlight on Mac

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Facebook knew about Russian meddling well before the US election

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How many individual profiles could see some or all of the content your profile publishes?

This is a completely unanswerable question on +Google+ at the moment.

I think that is a problem which +Google needs to fix!
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