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This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Book-Blogger Mashup!

At work the other day someone described a friends personality as you would describe a fine wine. You know “she’s bold with an undertone of ripe raspberry’s growing on the coast of California, with a hint of salt”. It got me thinking, I have been following many of you for a few years and after reading some of your reviews, can almost provide my own Book-Blogger Mashup.

https://thereadingchick.com/2019/02/17/this-chicks-sunday-commentary-book-blogger-mashup/
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Fairy Bower Falls, Morton National Park
Celebration: countdown 34

A spray of water, long pendulous roots and ferns cling to this fragile rock-face partway down the Bundanoon canyon.

Image: Cliff faces are the natural enemy of cameras: high contrast environments inevitably mean the lit part of your shot will be overexposed and the shadows will be underexposed. Ordinarily, in poor light with mist rising i would try a HDR composition to even out the contrast or a long exposure to flesh out the shadows (frustrated here because of clouds of mist rising from the nearby large fall and a healthy breeze up the escarpment.

Instead, i took a series of stills from a video i took of this scene. Rewatching the video, i was struck by a significant difference in the white and brightness balance between the dynamic and momentary images. In the dynamic, the static elements (cliff face and vegetation) seemed darker and the shadows deeper while the spray of water was distinct and brighter. This was most noticeable in the top left of the image, where brightness in the undercliff reflections in the still image originally swamped the fall.

I have tried to deal with this using a series of differential filters and by using a technique i have explained previously - placing the original image beneath a 40-60% translucent and desaturated image toned for structure.

Inevitably there is a trade off - a DSLR will be defeated by mist and wind - a video is not going to capture fine detail.

Celebrate: Thank you. To celebrate what we all achieved on G+, i am publishing the 50 most viewed posts in this collection until shutdown. This is a reprocessed image of side falls to the lower Bundernoon Creek Falls (34th most viewed - viewed 1,917,409 times).

After shutdown, you can find me by visiting https://wheretofind.me/@peterquinton
Adventure with me at my website: http://www.silenttheory.net
The books we wrote here on G+ are now on Amazon: https://amazon.com/author/peterquinton
My footprints are on GoogleMaps: https://goo.gl/maps/r2CtN5y38XJ2

#CelebrateCountdown (please feel free to use this hashtag to celebrate your own favorite posts)
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My images from live events and other things non-landscape

Often, when not photographing Ireland's wild and beautiful landscapes, I am indeed photographing many of the world's biggest bands or completing commissions for international publishers.

#photography
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Mt. Fuji over Peach Blossoms
Ootsuki City, Yamanashi Pref., Japan

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As #NorthKorea signals a willingness to open up its highly centralized, socialist economy, #Vietnam's model of development is being widely suggested as a blueprint for Pyongyang to emulate. Hanoi's ability to retain one-party rule, strict censorship, minimal dissent and a top-down system of control after integrating into the #globaleconomy is an attractive prospect for North Korea.

To gauge lessons for its own future, North Korea has long studied communist governments such as #China and Vietnam, countries with state-managed growth that have integrated into the world economy. As Hanoi prepares to host the second U.S.-North Korea summit in late February, experts believe Kim may be more inclined toward Vietnamese-style liberalization. Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh traveled to Pyongyang on Tuesday following North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho's visit to Hanoi last year.


#WorldEconomy #Economy #Geopolitics #Diplomacy #Politics #ForeignPolicy #InternationalRelations #ForeignRelations #EconomicRelations #EconomicCooperation #KimJongUn #EconomicDevelopment #DPRK #EconomicPlan #Economy
North Korea may choose to follow Vietnam's economic model as it looks to open up
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/13/north-korea-may-choose-to-follow-vietnams-economic-model.html
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6 Clear Signs That Your Phone Was Hacked.
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10 Foods that Control Blood Sugar Naturally

Here are 10 best foods that Powers says can help keep your blood sugar in check and make you happy and healthy to boot.

https://www.healthyvogue.com/10-foods-that-can-lower-your-blood-sugar-naturally/
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20 Pound Cat Mr Grim chilling with me in the Garage. He's a Hefty Black Cat that weighs 20 Pounds. Please Like,Share,And Subscribe for more videos. Thanks for watching!
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Mr Grim Being Cute as the cat wants attention. Please Like,Share,And Subscribe for more.
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Colorectal cancer rates are rising in young adults. Knowing these warning signs could save your life.

https://health-zone.org/colon-cancer-symptoms/
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+AAEON has launched a compact embedded computer based on Nvidia Jetson TX2 processor module with 8GB RAM, four GbE ports, HDMI, USB and RS-232 ports designed for robotics, drones and security/surveillance projects.

https://www.cnx-software.com/2019/02/19/boxer-8120ai-jetson-tx2-mini-pc/

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Most cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable and some can even be reversed. Your food choices matter a lot when you've got diabetes. Here are the 11 best foods for diabetics, both type 1 and type 2.

https://medmd.org/11-foods-diabetics-should-eat-daily/
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This Chick Read: Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan

Fall is the third novel in VIP, a rock star romance series by Kristen Callihan. Having had the story of two previous members in this band (well, #2 was about their Manager but..) we already know Jax Blackwood’s history. He was the catalyst to Killian’s escape from reality in VIP. Jax is the best friend who tried to kill himself and sent the band whirling into despair and confusion. Knowing this, I wondered how Ms. Callihan was going to inject a lightness into this troubled man’s story. That injection came in the form of Stella, a funny “free spirit” who dares to knock down Jax’s mental blockade and make him feel again.

https://thereadingchick.com/2019/02/12/this-chick-read-fall-vip-3-by-kristen-callihan/
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"Deep learning may need a new programming language that's more flexible and easier to work with than Python, Facebook AI Research director Yann LeCun said."

"There are several projects at Google, Facebook, and other places to kind of design such a compiled language that can be efficient for deep learning, but it's not clear at all that the community will follow, because people just want to use Python."

"The first portion of the paper is devoted to lessons LeCun took away from Bell Labs, including his observation that the AI researchers' and computer scientists' imaginations tend to be tied to hardware and software tools."

"LeCun reiterated his belief that self-supervised learning will play a major role in advancing state-of-the art AI."

"If self-supervised learning eventually allows machines to learn vast amounts of background knowledge about how the world works through observation, one may hypothesize that some form of machine common sense could emerge."
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Instagram wants you to look like a good person, but Facebook just wants your credit card - Shopping on Instagram has been getting bigger and bigger and Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that enabling more commerce on Instagram is a priority for the 2019. But, the company seems to be starting with a bit of a Trojan horse in order to remove a bit of friction, and the Trojan horse is a very interesting one: donating to charities through Instagram Story stickers. To be fair, a Donation sticker ...
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Little Foot The Cat
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Mystery of purple lights in sky solved by Astronomers

You might have seen a bright, white-purple ribbon weaving up into the sky, unlike anything you had ever seen before. Could it be lighting? Fireworks? Maybe a spaceship finally bringing the first wave of envoys from the nearest habitable planet?

https://rxscience.org/mystery-of-purple-lights-in-sky-solved-by-astronomers/
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G+ Folks - G+ is scheduled to be closed down in April of 2019. If you value these posts on good health, please follow my blog at guysandgoodhealth.com. Been there 9 years.

Sleep is one of the underappreciated aspects of our daily lives. Here are some posts I have done over the years to update you on this critical bodily function. #sleep #weight #brain #dream

Before they close down G+ you can also join https://mewe.com/join/dietexerciseandlivingpast100 to continue to read my information.
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Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on. Consider these symptoms a good reminder to see your doctor about heart health and your risk for heart disease.

https://www.thehealthypage.com/7-weird-signs-might-heart-problem/
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Steve The Cat sitting on the bed wondering why I'm doing this. Please Like,Share,And Subscribe for more videos.
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Regardless of the outcome of special counsel #RobertMueller’s investigation into Donald #Trump’s presidential campaign team’s alleged conspiring with #Russia, the president may face even greater difficulties stemming from the the Southern District of New York's separate inquiry. The Department of Justice’s guidelines, which Mueller is subject to, does not permit the indictment of a sitting president. But some former prosecutors in the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, believe the Southern District of New York, for which they also worked, isn't subject to the precedent.

The Southern District's investigative team was a big part of Trump’s former lawyer #MichaelCohen’s downfall. In August, Cohen struck a deal with the Southern District, pleading guilty to several financial crimes.The Southern District also issued a subpoena to Trump’s inauguration committee, to investigate several allegations.


#WorldEconomy #AmericanPolitics #POTUS45 #Politics #AmericanPoliticians #RepublicanParty #TrumpAdministration #TrumpOrganisation #Republicans #SDNY
NEW YORK INVESTIGATORS COULD 'INDICT' DONALD TRUMP WHILE HE'S STILL PRESIDENT, WATERGATE PROSECUTOR SAYS
https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-investigators-indict-trump-president-1334917
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