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Isabelle Fortin27,223It is time again, ladies !! The Official G+ *"Ladies Of Movember"*  started 2 Years ago, some of us ladies wanted to show our support for #movember and as we cannot grow Moustaches, we thought maybe we can post our pictures with fake ones  The success of the event was so phenomenal it's time to do it for the 3rd year !  thank you so much for all your photos and messages. This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics, I have created a donation page called "Ladies Of Movember" for Canada you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortin Please don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤  Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember 20142014-11-01 05:00:00177  
Billy Wilson1,547,250Joined by: -Photographer @110334215429099763864 (http://google.com/+laurierubin) who'll talk about Wildlife/Zoo Photography. -YouTuber/YouNower @102038424961939040787 (https://youtube.com/eugeniacooney). -Author & YouNower @116718646765125511655 (http://amzn.com/B00B0JP38Y). -Writer & Musician @113249697464941249341 (http://google.com/+CecileeLinke) finishing the last 16 minutes of the hour off with some live music. The show is live on Friday at 10pm Eastern here & on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Reprda1niY4 (time zone converter http://goo.gl/3itW5). @108595299975404341987 brings together Artists, Musicians, Photographers, Personalities, & all sorts of fun and interesting people from around the world each Friday for a hangout and is one of the largest & longest running shows on G+. You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtH Find Me Elsewhere:  Google+: https://google.com/+billywilson Twitter: https://twitter.com/BillyWilson14 Facebook: http://facebook.com/BillyWilsond   Photography: http://flickr.com/photos/billy_wilson/sets Site/Blog: http://thebillywilson.com Help support me, my family, projects, & show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/billywilson or Donate on Paypal: https://paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=E74U8G8TZKYDJ #TSBW#94 Fun Discussion & Live Music from Cecilee Linke2014-01-18 04:00:0060  
Heidi Anne Morris66,801Hi Folks :) Everyone welcome here !! I thought we could have a little fun now that the G+ Events allow you to post video links - SO NO PHOTOS IN THIS EVENT please - +YouTube video's only! Share your favourite songs - share your own music - share you singing! If you do decide to post please just do one thing, add a comment to describe the sort of music you are posting - i.e. rock, classical, acoustic. If the tune means something special to you, share your story ♥  :)  *Just for fun*  :) and to test out the new feature !  *HOW TO POST A TUNE* go to the event - click on video icon - search for tune ! :)) or paste in a link  x All my best Heidi The Favourite Tunes Of Heidi Anne Morris & Friends2013-12-19 09:30:0018  
Wacom288,277From workflow to ergonomics to creative freedom, styli and pen tablets are the connection between your creativity and the digital world. Join @111587264592516780436 of @109422430875423960917, Renee Busse of @109171655397746295481, travel and landscape photographer, @113455290791279442483 and Google+ photo community manager, @108705174211639807508 for a Google+ Hangout for tricks, tips and how they're using styli for their creative work. Bring your questions, and we'll see you on Tuesday at 1:00pm PST.Tricks and Tips to Using Pen Tablets in Digital Creativity2013-12-10 22:00:00105  
Isabelle Fortin27,223Hello again !! Last year, some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow Moustaches, we thought maybe we can *post our pictures with fake ones*  The success of the event was so phenomenal it's time to do it all over again  !  thank you so much for all your photos and messages. This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics, I have created a donation page called "Ladies Of Movember" you can find it here : mosista.co/isabellefortin Please don't be shy to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thank you all so much ❤  Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember ... Part 2 !2013-11-01 05:00:00263  
martin shervington1,277,893In this interview with the brightest chap on the subject, I ad going to be asking every question I've wanted to ask Mark for months! We should all get the most understanding on this whole subject area in a rapid fire, energetic and dense 30-40 minute session. Content will include... What is ‘authorship’? How do you set authorship up? (G+ account, website, publishers) What is the benefit of setting it up? Can a business Page have authorship? What is ‘rel publisher’ all about? What is PageRank? (simple version!) Is this all about ‘relevance’? How do the people you to whom you are connected matter now? What advice would you give to: a) an individual, and  b) a business to get it all set up! See you all there :DJust about everything you need to know about 'authorship', 'author rank' and 'social SEO', with Mark Traphagen2013-03-30 18:00:0093  
Billy Wilson1,547,250Thank you for all of the support each week during my weekly G+ variety show @108595299975404341987 ! The show brings together some of the most interesting people you can find on G+ for a hangout! This week we'll have joining us Nature Photographer @116043947632177598920; Photographer and Blogger @104987932455782713675; Photographer @110573952887886961621 who'll be showing us some behind the scenes for his Scavenger Hunt photos; Photographer @104635450513456833657; Photographer @107958599012052618167; Social Media Editor for @107462556458861279431 @117660105917761371824; and Special Musical Guest @104512939554821050751 ! The show will be embedded on this event where you can watch and chat with us and other people watching the show, the recording will be available immediately afterwards. You can get reminders about the show if you RVSP by saying you're "Going". @111188574736819390850 loves to share screenshots of himself posted to the event!  You can watch previous episodes here: http://goo.gl/ceHtHTSBW Variety Show #34: Photography, Thomas Hawk, SURFER Magazine, and Live Music from Danni Rosner ! (On Air Hangout)2012-11-24 04:00:00110  
Mark Forman62,589This event is for a shot taken on the street that you feel conveys they humanity of the person photographed. Please comment on others photos liberally. Limit 1 per day.Feel the Person on the Street-1 photo per day!2012-08-31 15:00:00235  

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2015-10-29 06:37:42 (21 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I mostly (but not entirely) agree with Lewis's points and opinion. Especially when he says, "Photography has been hijacked by nerds that think that kind of shit matters when it really doesn't." Which goes for those who are all about the gear, as well as those who are all about the post-processing techniques.

Of course there are exceptions, but not enough of them. 


Thanks to +Gary Randall, for bringing this article to my attention.

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2015-09-23 17:42:22 (8 comments; 20 reshares; 75 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-11 00:09:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Worth watching.

Worth watching.___

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2016-02-09 22:50:17 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

You can get 2 free gigabytes of storage for checking and updating your Google security settings, today. 

You can get 2 free gigabytes of storage for checking and updating your Google security settings, today. ___

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2016-01-31 21:07:03 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

I just saw a mother yank a mobile phone out of her daughter's hand in the middle of her daughter playing a game, while saying to the kid, "You're like a zombie with that."

In my estimation, that could hardly be further from the truth. What does it take to excel at such games? Intense focus. Extensively learning a game system. Experimentation. Problem solving. Planning. Memorizing. Practice. Effort. Developing coordination.

All of which I dare say are good skills and abilities for a child to be developing.

We keep going through these idiotic panics whenever there's something kids like. I remember when parents were scared that watching crime shows on TV would make kids grow up hyper-violent. Then there was the one about how Ozzy was going to make kids worship the devil. Then the same thing with Dungeons and Dragons type role playing games. And with... mehr »

I just saw a mother yank a mobile phone out of her daughter's hand in the middle of her daughter playing a game, while saying to the kid, "You're like a zombie with that."

In my estimation, that could hardly be further from the truth. What does it take to excel at such games? Intense focus. Extensively learning a game system. Experimentation. Problem solving. Planning. Memorizing. Practice. Effort. Developing coordination.

All of which I dare say are good skills and abilities for a child to be developing.

We keep going through these idiotic panics whenever there's something kids like. I remember when parents were scared that watching crime shows on TV would make kids grow up hyper-violent. Then there was the one about how Ozzy was going to make kids worship the devil. Then the same thing with Dungeons and Dragons type role playing games. And with Marilyn Manson. Then there was one about how video games would make kids hyper violent. And so on.

It's an unfortunate irony that the more fully mentally engaged kids get with a computer game, the more bothered their parents often get about their child's engagement. Letting your kids be fully mentally engaged in their play for extended periods of time is actually a good thing. I wish parents would recognize this and stop seeking to frustrate their kid's efforts to fully engross themselves in self-selected and self-directed activities.

Sure, kids need play out in the sunshine, too — but that doesn't mean that gaming is a bad thing. Most things that make your kid totally focus their attention and try their hardest are going to be positive for them in the long run.___

2016-01-28 00:31:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

My latest AntiTheo blog post discusses misogyny in the Bible.

My latest AntiTheo blog post discusses misogyny in the Bible.___

2016-01-20 21:52:51 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Yesterday, at my writing group, it occurred to me that most writers approach a certain aspect of the creative process the opposite way from most photographers.

Most photographers seem to think they should be as intentional as possible while making photos. They should try to make every shot count. They should try to get it right in-camera. They should always be striving to improve their ratio of "keepers." They make fun of those who "overshoot." They have a number of derogatory terms for a looser, less intentional process. They call it things like "spray and pray" and talk about the problematic "fix-it-in-Photoshop" attitude.

Contrarily, most writers seem to think that they must turn off their inner critics in order to write. They talk about how the important thing is just getting their stream of consciousness onto paper. They believe they should... mehr »

Yesterday, at my writing group, it occurred to me that most writers approach a certain aspect of the creative process the opposite way from most photographers.

Most photographers seem to think they should be as intentional as possible while making photos. They should try to make every shot count. They should try to get it right in-camera. They should always be striving to improve their ratio of "keepers." They make fun of those who "overshoot." They have a number of derogatory terms for a looser, less intentional process. They call it things like "spray and pray" and talk about the problematic "fix-it-in-Photoshop" attitude.

Contrarily, most writers seem to think that they must turn off their inner critics in order to write. They talk about how the important thing is just getting their stream of consciousness onto paper. They believe they should always strive to write more words per minute and per hour, and they focus heavily on their word counts. They say that trying to write good prose from the start, or trying to write with good grammar, punctuation, and syntax, makes them censor themselves — thereby killing their ability to write. They say that they can always edit their work later.

I don't think there's any right or wrong way for everyone. You can find superb photographers in both camps, and you can find brilliant writers in both camps. I just thought it was interesting that writers and photographers generally seem to have such different views about this.

For me personally, it works best to strive to do as well as I can from the start, and then make fairly minor corrections later — both with photography and with writing. (I can discuss why I prefer this way, if you're interested.)___

2016-01-18 22:01:43 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

My latest AntiTheo blog post tells the extraordinarily ironic story of my recent ban from a Bible forum. 

Cheers!

My latest AntiTheo blog post tells the extraordinarily ironic story of my recent ban from a Bible forum. 

Cheers!___

2016-01-17 20:33:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The legislature in Pakistan recently withdrew a bill to ban child marriages, because an advisory council — The Council of Islamic Ideology — declared the bill "un-Islamic" and "blasphemous." My latest AntiTheo blog post discusses this.

The legislature in Pakistan recently withdrew a bill to ban child marriages, because an advisory council — The Council of Islamic Ideology — declared the bill "un-Islamic" and "blasphemous." My latest AntiTheo blog post discusses this.___

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2016-01-12 03:37:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Those who liked the Harry Potter / Ayn Rand piece and the Lovecraft / chocolate piece may appreciate this fantastic psychological horror version of Curious George.

Thank you, +Larry Spinak, for bringing this to my attention.

Cheers!

Those who liked the Harry Potter / Ayn Rand piece and the Lovecraft / chocolate piece may appreciate this fantastic psychological horror version of Curious George.

Thank you, +Larry Spinak, for bringing this to my attention.

Cheers!___

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2016-01-03 03:06:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

This is worth watching.

This is worth watching.___

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2015-12-10 20:38:55 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Some of you may have heard me express my issues with The Secret, before. This is a fine article on the topic of some of what's wrong with The Secret.

Thank you, +Todd Green and +helen sotiriadis, for bringing this article to my attention.

Some of you may have heard me express my issues with The Secret, before. This is a fine article on the topic of some of what's wrong with The Secret.

Thank you, +Todd Green and +helen sotiriadis, for bringing this article to my attention.___

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2015-11-29 17:52:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

This review, by Seth Andrews, of C.J. Werleman's The New Atheist Threat, is well worth reading. Here's a sample:

"CJ Werleman attempts to parallel a desire to destroy bad ideas with a desire to destroy those who hold them, especially in relation to Islam. There’s little room in his argument for Robert Green Ingersoll‘s famously expressed notion that “The more false we destroy, the more room we make for the true.” There’s little room in his New Atheist outline for those who fight unsubstantiated (and often damaging) religious doctrines and edicts, not because they hate people, but because they love people, genuinely care about the issues, and ache to see the indoctrinated, the misled, the uneducated, and the oppressed liberated from dogma. It’s unfathomable to him that Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris have operated with any genuine compassion and goodwill for believers, evenMuslims. Af... mehr »

This review, by Seth Andrews, of C.J. Werleman's The New Atheist Threat, is well worth reading. Here's a sample:

"CJ Werleman attempts to parallel a desire to destroy bad ideas with a desire to destroy those who hold them, especially in relation to Islam. There’s little room in his argument for Robert Green Ingersoll‘s famously expressed notion that “The more false we destroy, the more room we make for the true.” There’s little room in his New Atheist outline for those who fight unsubstantiated (and often damaging) religious doctrines and edicts, not because they hate people, but because they love people, genuinely care about the issues, and ache to see the indoctrinated, the misled, the uneducated, and the oppressed liberated from dogma. It’s unfathomable to him that Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris have operated with any genuine compassion and goodwill for believers, even Muslims. After all… they’re anti-theists."___

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2015-11-18 08:02:44 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

I've seen this news item circulating for the last few days about a Google self-driving car getting pulled over for going too slowly, in Mountain View. Speaking as someone who spends a lot of time in Mountain View, there's obviously something odd about this story.

Late this afternoon, I walked from the Mountain View Library to the Books Inc. bookstore, which is about a 5 to 10 minute walk. During that walk, one of the older, Lexus type Google self-driving cars drove past me. About 45 minutes ago, I waited for perhaps 2 minutes on the corner of Dana and Castro for a friend to pick me up. During that time, both one of the older, Lexus Google self-driving cars and one of the newer Google self-driving cars (pictured below) drove by me.

So, I saw three of them in less than fifteen minutes on the streets of Mountain View, today. Which is fairly average. In other words, these are... mehr »

I've seen this news item circulating for the last few days about a Google self-driving car getting pulled over for going too slowly, in Mountain View. Speaking as someone who spends a lot of time in Mountain View, there's obviously something odd about this story.

Late this afternoon, I walked from the Mountain View Library to the Books Inc. bookstore, which is about a 5 to 10 minute walk. During that walk, one of the older, Lexus type Google self-driving cars drove past me. About 45 minutes ago, I waited for perhaps 2 minutes on the corner of Dana and Castro for a friend to pick me up. During that time, both one of the older, Lexus Google self-driving cars and one of the newer Google self-driving cars (pictured below) drove by me.

So, I saw three of them in less than fifteen minutes on the streets of Mountain View, today. Which is fairly average. In other words, these are pretty common in MV, not some freak chance sighting. A cop driving around Mountain View doubtless has dozens of sightings of them, every single shift, every day. And they've always been capped at 25 mph, so they are always driving "too slowly."

So, we're too believe that Google never discussed the matter with the government of the city of Mountain View, and gained approval, before releasing a fleet of slow, self-driving test cars onto the residential streets, all day long, every day, for the last several years? That doesn't sound plausible.

So, last Thursday, a cop who had seen them driving slowly around town hundreds or thousands of times before suddenly decided this one needed to be ticketed or warned for driving too slowly? That doesn't make much sense.

I suspect there's something missing from this story. Maybe it was a publicity stunt. Or perhaps an order came down to this officer from a superior, because California needs to push a case, in order to develop precedent of how traffic issues are to be handled with self-driving cars. Or... who knows? But I think there's probably something missing from this story, and the journalists reporting this story are not doing their due diligence, to give us that missing piece which would make this story make sense.___

2015-11-17 07:47:53 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Wow. Someone who swindled money from me about ten years ago just repaid me and apologized.

Wow. Someone who swindled money from me about ten years ago just repaid me and apologized.___

2015-11-14 21:50:15 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Here's my latest AntiTheo blog post, Rationality, wherein I discuss the basis for rationality, and how rationality works, along with some popular irrationalist pitfalls to avoid. It's not a quick, easy read, but I hope you find it a worthwhile one. Cheers!

http://antitheo.com/rationality/

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For #saturdayscenes , hosted by +Steve Turnbull. Saturday Scenes is run by the Saturday Scenes community. Click the hashtag to see other people's scenes, and, if you want to participate, post publicly with the hashtag and ask to join the community.

This is also for +ScienceSunday, hosted by +Allison Sekuler and +Rajini Rao, and for +ScienceEveryDay.

Here's my latest AntiTheo blog post, Rationality, wherein I discuss the basis for rationality, and how rationality works, along with some popular irrationalist pitfalls to avoid. It's not a quick, easy read, but I hope you find it a worthwhile one. Cheers!

http://antitheo.com/rationality/

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For #saturdayscenes , hosted by +Steve Turnbull. Saturday Scenes is run by the Saturday Scenes community. Click the hashtag to see other people's scenes, and, if you want to participate, post publicly with the hashtag and ask to join the community.

This is also for +ScienceSunday, hosted by +Allison Sekuler and +Rajini Rao, and for +ScienceEveryDay.___

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2015-11-14 19:57:00 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

I'm posting this to provide a small modicum of comfort for the people of Paris in this difficult time. My condolences for your losses.

I'm posting this to provide a small modicum of comfort for the people of Paris in this difficult time. My condolences for your losses.___

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2015-11-13 17:37:33 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

As a follow-up to my post the other day, with a video of Mormon elder Bigot Christofferson, explaining his church's new anti-gay policies:

Mormons have been resigning in droves from their church over the past week. In this video, comedian Lewis Black reads a resignation letter from one of them, and it's fabulous. 

(Note: the video has a lot of expletive-laced language.)

As a follow-up to my post the other day, with a video of Mormon elder Bigot Christofferson, explaining his church's new anti-gay policies:

Mormons have been resigning in droves from their church over the past week. In this video, comedian Lewis Black reads a resignation letter from one of them, and it's fabulous. 

(Note: the video has a lot of expletive-laced language.)___

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2015-11-13 06:54:52 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Here's an article on the topic of why atheists are regarded so poorly. It's not a particularly deep article, nor particularly well written. Regardless, it's short and worth the read.

It also ties in well with my post from a couple months ago, The Secret Society of Atheists: http://antitheo.com/the-secret-society-of-atheists/

Here's an article on the topic of why atheists are regarded so poorly. It's not a particularly deep article, nor particularly well written. Regardless, it's short and worth the read.

It also ties in well with my post from a couple months ago, The Secret Society of Atheists: http://antitheo.com/the-secret-society-of-atheists/___

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2015-11-12 03:59:31 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Every time Lytro introduces a new camera, I wish that I actually want it. 

Oh, well. Good on you for being true innovators, anyway, Lytro.

Every time Lytro introduces a new camera, I wish that I actually want it. 

Oh, well. Good on you for being true innovators, anyway, Lytro.___

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2015-11-09 00:01:22 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

In this video, a Mormon Elder explains the recent changes in L.D.S. church policy (i.e., that same sex couples are now "apostates" subject to disciplinary action, and that their children now cannot be baptized and confirmed into the religion unless and until they disavow same sex relationships).

I was taken aback at the hypocrisy, lack of self-awareness, and the unintentional dark humor, when Bigot Christofferson drew parallels between the unacceptability of same sex relationships and the unacceptability of polygamy. You have to see it to believe it.

In this video, a Mormon Elder explains the recent changes in L.D.S. church policy (i.e., that same sex couples are now "apostates" subject to disciplinary action, and that their children now cannot be baptized and confirmed into the religion unless and until they disavow same sex relationships).

I was taken aback at the hypocrisy, lack of self-awareness, and the unintentional dark humor, when Bigot Christofferson drew parallels between the unacceptability of same sex relationships and the unacceptability of polygamy. You have to see it to believe it.___

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2015-11-07 01:33:20 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

This article is about a study which found that, when shown videos of both naked women and naked men, most women were aroused by both sexes. The study concludes (among other things) that, "Even though the majority of women identify as straight, our research clearly demonstrates that when it comes to what turns them on, they are either bisexual or gay, but never straight."

Assuming that the results are accurate, and the results point to these conclusions, and the article is reporting the study accurately — all of which might be big assumptions — I'm not particularly surprised by this. It's been my impression that human sexuality is more plastic than most people seem to think.

The article hints that such testing has also been done on men, with different results, but it doesn't really go into that. I would've been interested for the article to give thoseres... mehr »

This article is about a study which found that, when shown videos of both naked women and naked men, most women were aroused by both sexes. The study concludes (among other things) that, "Even though the majority of women identify as straight, our research clearly demonstrates that when it comes to what turns them on, they are either bisexual or gay, but never straight."

Assuming that the results are accurate, and the results point to these conclusions, and the article is reporting the study accurately — all of which might be big assumptions — I'm not particularly surprised by this. It's been my impression that human sexuality is more plastic than most people seem to think.

The article hints that such testing has also been done on men, with different results, but it doesn't really go into that. I would've been interested for the article to give those results, too, for comparison. ___

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2015-11-06 22:36:19 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

I can't tell for sure whether this article was meant as a joke, or seriously.

I could say a lot about different aspects of this article (and maybe I will, depending upon how the comments develop), but for now I'll focus on just one part:

This guy has ideological issues with spooning, finding it a power-imbalanced, fundamentally sexist arrangement? That's the silliest thing I've heard in months. 

I can't tell for sure whether this article was meant as a joke, or seriously.

I could say a lot about different aspects of this article (and maybe I will, depending upon how the comments develop), but for now I'll focus on just one part:

This guy has ideological issues with spooning, finding it a power-imbalanced, fundamentally sexist arrangement? That's the silliest thing I've heard in months. ___

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2015-11-05 03:11:43 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

I've been seeing a lot of people lamenting that Rupert Murdoch ruined National Geographic, today. I don't have all of the details, but I find this narrative doubtful.

Why was National Geographic sold to him, in the first place? Probably because NG was already in trouble. And why was that? Well, that's complex, but we all know that the magazine industry has been tanking for years. 

Furthermore, NG was already handling photographer's copyrights poorly, when repackaging material for digital use. Their television channel was already light on content and heavy on sensationalism. For a while, there have been lots of little indications that NG was going downhill.

Rupert Murdoch may have been the one to fire the award-winning staff, today. But if he didn't buy the company and gut it, do you think nobody else would have, and that Nat Geo would thrive as though... mehr »

I've been seeing a lot of people lamenting that Rupert Murdoch ruined National Geographic, today. I don't have all of the details, but I find this narrative doubtful.

Why was National Geographic sold to him, in the first place? Probably because NG was already in trouble. And why was that? Well, that's complex, but we all know that the magazine industry has been tanking for years. 

Furthermore, NG was already handling photographer's copyrights poorly, when repackaging material for digital use. Their television channel was already light on content and heavy on sensationalism. For a while, there have been lots of little indications that NG was going downhill.

Rupert Murdoch may have been the one to fire the award-winning staff, today. But if he didn't buy the company and gut it, do you think nobody else would have, and that Nat Geo would thrive as though the last ten years of plummeting subscriptions never happened? I doubt it.

It's sad to see this happening to a once-great magazine, but I think it's happening because our society no longer values the magazine the way it used to (and, of course, the company then failed to successfully adapt), not because of the obnoxious editorial and managerial policies of Murdoch and his companies. ___

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2015-11-04 22:05:36 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

I'm not at all surprised by this kind of harmful religious intolerance. 

Similarly, I've had to deal with more hacking attempts against my new AntiTheo website over the last few months than with all of the other websites I've had over the last 20 or so years, combined.

I'm not at all surprised by this kind of harmful religious intolerance. 

Similarly, I've had to deal with more hacking attempts against my new AntiTheo website over the last few months than with all of the other websites I've had over the last 20 or so years, combined.___

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2015-11-04 21:05:39 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The Joint Photographics Expert Group (JPEG) Committee is considering adding DRM (Digital Rights Management) options to the .JPG format, to disable copying.

I sell photos. People steal my photos, online, somewhat often, and I find it bothersome. You might think I'd be excited about this. Actually, I don't find it very compelling. Maybe I'll be positively surprised, when I see how well it's implemented. But for now, here are some of my thoughts (beyond the issues already discussed in the article):

1) It seems like it would still be easy to steal a picture by doing a screen capture.

2)  DRM hasn't done much to stop hackers, up until now.

3) Most folks who legally buy rights to use my photos start by taking them. They make a copy to show the project manager to get approval to purchase, or make a copy and send it to me to show specifically which... mehr »

The Joint Photographics Expert Group (JPEG) Committee is considering adding DRM (Digital Rights Management) options to the .JPG format, to disable copying.

I sell photos. People steal my photos, online, somewhat often, and I find it bothersome. You might think I'd be excited about this. Actually, I don't find it very compelling. Maybe I'll be positively surprised, when I see how well it's implemented. But for now, here are some of my thoughts (beyond the issues already discussed in the article):

1) It seems like it would still be easy to steal a picture by doing a screen capture.

2)  DRM hasn't done much to stop hackers, up until now.

3) Most folks who legally buy rights to use my photos start by taking them. They make a copy to show the project manager to get approval to purchase, or make a copy and send it to me to show specifically which picture they want, etc. So, it would harm business to use DRM on my pictures.

4) It would be another small additional step slowing down my process of handling my digital assets — probably adding enough labor to outweigh the benefits.

It seems to me that the Joint Photographics Expert Group Committee would do better, in regard to protecting my photos with a minimum of creating problematic issues, by integrating good options that make it easy to add difficult-to-remove, hidden, digital signatures. This could make it easier to track usage of my pictures online (as well as enabling proof of authorship, if necessary).___

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2015-11-04 18:46:44 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

My fellow wildlife photographers who grew up watching David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries will get a kick out of this. Enjoy.

My fellow wildlife photographers who grew up watching David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries will get a kick out of this. Enjoy.___

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2015-11-04 05:45:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Great news from a great author and great inspiration.

(On a side note, it's interesting to read that her "midlife crisis" is the same as mine.)

Great news from a great author and great inspiration.

(On a side note, it's interesting to read that her "midlife crisis" is the same as mine.)___

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2015-11-03 18:37:25 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

My older brother was briefly in the Youth Paramilitary Cub Scouts, so I tagged along for a few meetings and got to see what it was like. While doing things like making compasses was neat, some of the organizational aspects didn't appeal to me. I'm not really surprised to see this development, where they now will be required to declare how they've done their duty to God.

The irony is that if Brian Wendell and others involved with this policy would actually read the handbook of their own religion (i.e., the Bible), it is specifically against behaving this way.

"When you pray, don’t be like hypocrites. They love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners so that people will see them. I assure you, that’s the only reward they’ll get. But when you pray, go to your room, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is present in that secret place. YourFathe... mehr »

My older brother was briefly in the Youth Paramilitary Cub Scouts, so I tagged along for a few meetings and got to see what it was like. While doing things like making compasses was neat, some of the organizational aspects didn't appeal to me. I'm not really surprised to see this development, where they now will be required to declare how they've done their duty to God.

The irony is that if Brian Wendell and others involved with this policy would actually read the handbook of their own religion (i.e., the Bible), it is specifically against behaving this way.

"When you pray, don’t be like hypocrites. They love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners so that people will see them. I assure you, that’s the only reward they’ll get. But when you pray, go to your room, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is present in that secret place. Your Father who sees what you do in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:5-6
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A5-6&version=CEB

(Edited from "Boy Scouts" to "Cub Scouts," for Larry.)___

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2015-11-02 19:09:23 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

The yard here is as natural and wild as we can get it. No lawn, but lots of deer, turkeys, snakes, skunks, woodpeckers, wildflowers, mushrooms, and so on. 

It's lovely. 

The yard here is as natural and wild as we can get it. No lawn, but lots of deer, turkeys, snakes, skunks, woodpeckers, wildflowers, mushrooms, and so on. 

It's lovely. ___

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2015-11-01 04:31:06 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Here's what fundie Christian spoilsports hand out to children on Halloween.

Telling little kids that they're not good enough, so someone suffered and died for them? That is so messed up. 

Here's what fundie Christian spoilsports hand out to children on Halloween.

Telling little kids that they're not good enough, so someone suffered and died for them? That is so messed up. ___

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2015-11-01 03:51:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Happy Halloween, everybody!___

2015-10-30 19:28:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

In a blog post a few weeks ago, I described the Ten Commandments as "profoundly flawed." In Today's AntiTheo blog post, Some Thoughts about the Ten Commandments, I go into more detail about what's wrong with the Ten Commandments, and how they could have been greatly improved.

Cheers!

In a blog post a few weeks ago, I described the Ten Commandments as "profoundly flawed." In Today's AntiTheo blog post, Some Thoughts about the Ten Commandments, I go into more detail about what's wrong with the Ten Commandments, and how they could have been greatly improved.

Cheers!___

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2015-10-29 06:37:42 (21 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I mostly (but not entirely) agree with Lewis's points and opinion. Especially when he says, "Photography has been hijacked by nerds that think that kind of shit matters when it really doesn't." Which goes for those who are all about the gear, as well as those who are all about the post-processing techniques.

Of course there are exceptions, but not enough of them. 


Thanks to +Gary Randall, for bringing this article to my attention.

I mostly (but not entirely) agree with Lewis's points and opinion. Especially when he says, "Photography has been hijacked by nerds that think that kind of shit matters when it really doesn't." Which goes for those who are all about the gear, as well as those who are all about the post-processing techniques.

Of course there are exceptions, but not enough of them. 


Thanks to +Gary Randall, for bringing this article to my attention.___

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2015-10-26 18:51:01 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

+Jasbir S. Randhawa has been one of the most dedicated wildlife photographers on G+, as well as a friend, and a test reader and supporter of my books. He deserves better than to have +Christophe Avon stealing his work. Please re-share this and spread the word.

Portrait of an Image Thief +Christophe Avon
https://plus.google.com/101756210504597080402 

He's stolen my image, and those of thousands of others.
When he was found out, he blocked me.
My stolen image can still be seen at this link, since he is utterly shameless, and he doesn't have the grace or the decency to delete my stolen work:
https://plus.google.com/101756210504597080402/posts/VdEWCMNMiHU
My original image is here:
https://plus.google.com/+JasbirSRandhawa/posts/aypjsG1qGgM 
PLEASE RESHARE, SO AS TO ALERT AND WARN OTHERS___+Jasbir S. Randhawa has been one of the most dedicated wildlife photographers on G+, as well as a friend, and a test reader and supporter of my books. He deserves better than to have +Christophe Avon stealing his work. Please re-share this and spread the word.

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2015-10-24 08:04:03 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Those who laughed at my comments on the topic earlier this year — https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/Cf5Nmu5YtBF — will get a big laugh at this.

Those who laughed at my comments on the topic earlier this year — https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/Cf5Nmu5YtBF — will get a big laugh at this.___

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2015-10-23 20:42:08 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

A couple of days ago, I said in one of my posts, "Of course, news reports of scientific studies quite often get the details somewhat wrong." Today, I saw this article, which is a good example of that.

Cheers!

A couple of days ago, I said in one of my posts, "Of course, news reports of scientific studies quite often get the details somewhat wrong." Today, I saw this article, which is a good example of that.

Cheers!___

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2015-10-22 20:58:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The latest tempest in a teacup in the photography world is over this article:

http://petapixel.com/2015/10/15/one-husbands-response-to-retouched-photos-of-his-wife/

The article consists largely of a letter a husband wrote to a boudoir photographer. The photographer had photographed the man's wife, and — at his wife's request — the photographer had Photoshopped her to remove cellulite, wrinkles, and so on. The husband's letter to the photographer basically says that he loved her the way she really is, and all of the stuff about her that was removed through digital editing was stuff that he loved about her. 

(Or so the story goes. A lot of people seem to suspect that the letter is fake. And I must admit that the letter sounds kind of fake to me, even though I am sympathetic to the message. Anyway, for the sake of discussion here, I'll treat it as thoughthe ... mehr »

The latest tempest in a teacup in the photography world is over this article:

http://petapixel.com/2015/10/15/one-husbands-response-to-retouched-photos-of-his-wife/

The article consists largely of a letter a husband wrote to a boudoir photographer. The photographer had photographed the man's wife, and — at his wife's request — the photographer had Photoshopped her to remove cellulite, wrinkles, and so on. The husband's letter to the photographer basically says that he loved her the way she really is, and all of the stuff about her that was removed through digital editing was stuff that he loved about her. 

(Or so the story goes. A lot of people seem to suspect that the letter is fake. And I must admit that the letter sounds kind of fake to me, even though I am sympathetic to the message. Anyway, for the sake of discussion here, I'll treat it as though the letter is real.)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many boudoir photographers are taking exception to the letter. This blog post by the fabulous Missy MWAC / Lynn Cartia gives a taste of their contrary view to the letter.

http://missymwac.tumblr.com/post/131624119395/dear-husband-who-wrote-the-letter-to-his-wifes

However, when I read the letter, I understood the thinking behind it. In fact, it closely reminded me of a post of my own from several years ago. Not to sound full of myself, but I think my post addresses the topic better. While the letter makes it all about the husband, and focuses on his feelings and reactions, I think my post puts the issue in a deeper philosophical context, and makes clearer why this could be as relevant to photographers and their subjects (i.e., the wife in this case), too.

Here's what I wrote:

http://naturography.com/bowdlerization-of-beauty/

In this rare case where Missy MWAC / Lynn Cartia and I don't see eye to eye, I discussed the topic with her. To abbreviate and paraphrase her views on the matter: She says that boudoir photography is about the allure and the fantasy.

I still don't entirely agree. Don't get me wrong; I think there's a place for fantasy. But I don't think this is the place for it. 

I gave Missy MWAC a hypothetical example of why I thought this was a case where authenticity matters. I said to her: "Imagine I gave you a trophy inscribed 'WPPI Photographer of the Year, Lynn Cartia.' I expect you'd smile, laugh, and then put it in some box. I don't expect you'd keep it on display for all of your clients to see. Why? Because this fantasy is only momentarily interesting. It wouldn't hold the same place of value for you as a true accomplishment in photography that you could be proud of. Likewise, I think this is how people will ultimately look at heavily doctored boudoir portraits of themselves. It can perhaps make for a nice day on the day the pictures are taken and on the day the pictures are received — but ultimately, the glow won't last, because the subject (the wife) will know it's not really her. On the other hand, if the photographer can show the real beauty of the person, that's something that will continue to please, because the subject will know it's really her."

That's how it seems to me. You can decide for yourself what you think.___

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2015-10-22 19:40:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Even in a country where almost every political candidate makes questionable overtures to religious constituents, this is a refreshingly different campaign strategy. :-)

I can't imagine why she's lost the last 4 elections....

Even in a country where almost every political candidate makes questionable overtures to religious constituents, this is a refreshingly different campaign strategy. :-)

I can't imagine why she's lost the last 4 elections....___

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2015-10-22 06:19:52 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Even if you are not particularly interested in the enigmatic fellow who has become popularly known as "TechnoViking," this documentary is engaging for its discussion of memes and appropriation on the internet, and its discussion of people's personal rights versus the rights of artistic creators. Well worth watching.

Even if you are not particularly interested in the enigmatic fellow who has become popularly known as "TechnoViking," this documentary is engaging for its discussion of memes and appropriation on the internet, and its discussion of people's personal rights versus the rights of artistic creators. Well worth watching.___

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2015-10-22 05:24:26 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

According to this article, a soon-to-be-released study finds men less attracted to women who are smarter than they are.

Of course, news reports of scientific studies quite often get the details somewhat wrong. It's also hard to know whether this psychology test was well designed and well executed, without knowing more details. And even if the test results are solid, they are still generalizations that don't apply the same to everyone.

Anyway, the results seem surprising to me. Both of the women I've loved most in my life are way more intelligent than I am, and that's the way I like it.

According to this article, a soon-to-be-released study finds men less attracted to women who are smarter than they are.

Of course, news reports of scientific studies quite often get the details somewhat wrong. It's also hard to know whether this psychology test was well designed and well executed, without knowing more details. And even if the test results are solid, they are still generalizations that don't apply the same to everyone.

Anyway, the results seem surprising to me. Both of the women I've loved most in my life are way more intelligent than I am, and that's the way I like it.___

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2015-10-22 01:21:57 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus Photography and +Mike Spinak.

Here's a snowy egret, from the Palo Alto Baylands. I hope you enjoy.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

It's Wildlife Wednesday, curated by +Morkel Erasmus Photography and +Mike Spinak.

Here's a snowy egret, from the Palo Alto Baylands. I hope you enjoy.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post a wildlife photo you made, and tag it #WildlifeWednesday so that others can see. I look forward to seeing the wildlife you've met!___

2015-10-21 23:13:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Stalin False Equivalence, briefly explains the problem with equating Stalin as an atheist genocidal dictator to Hitler as a religious genocidal dictator.

Thank you to those who asked about this. Cheers!

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Stalin False Equivalence, briefly explains the problem with equating Stalin as an atheist genocidal dictator to Hitler as a religious genocidal dictator.

Thank you to those who asked about this. Cheers!___

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2015-10-21 22:04:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

That's pretty slick! — but I'd still rather just not wear shoes.

That's pretty slick! — but I'd still rather just not wear shoes.___

2015-10-20 00:50:40 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog Post, The God of the Bible Likes Slavery, discusses that the God of the Bible advocates slavery, with all of its horrors, and discusses some of implications of this.

Today's AntiTheo blog Post, The God of the Bible Likes Slavery, discusses that the God of the Bible advocates slavery, with all of its horrors, and discusses some of implications of this.___

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2015-10-13 07:57:30 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

The power of cats. :-)

The power of cats. :-)___

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2015-10-11 02:47:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

I giggled when I read his name.

I giggled when I read his name.___

2015-10-02 02:02:46 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

I accidentally wore my T-shirt inside-out all day, before I realized it. Once I realized it, I could see and feel that, when worn inside-out, the shirt seams face away from the body, instead of into it — thus making it more comfortable. Now I'm thinking perhaps I should wear my clothes inside-out more often.

So, if you see me wearing my shirt inside-out, you'll know why.  ;-)

I accidentally wore my T-shirt inside-out all day, before I realized it. Once I realized it, I could see and feel that, when worn inside-out, the shirt seams face away from the body, instead of into it — thus making it more comfortable. Now I'm thinking perhaps I should wear my clothes inside-out more often.

So, if you see me wearing my shirt inside-out, you'll know why.  ;-)___

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2015-09-25 22:30:40 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I just listened to the sample track from Francis's progressive rock album. He's no Robert Fripp, but he is the Pope.

I just listened to the sample track from Francis's progressive rock album. He's no Robert Fripp, but he is the Pope.___

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2015-09-23 17:42:22 (8 comments; 20 reshares; 75 +1s)Open 

Happy Autumn!

Happy Autumn!___

2015-09-23 04:01:13 (20 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Agnostic and Atheist, discusses the differences between the ways religious people tend to use these words, and the ways irreligious people tend to use these words, to better facilitate understanding and communication. Cheers!

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Agnostic and Atheist, discusses the differences between the ways religious people tend to use these words, and the ways irreligious people tend to use these words, to better facilitate understanding and communication. Cheers!___

2015-09-20 00:05:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Here's a snippet of a conversation at Miss B's soccer game, today.

Me: "What is the name of the blue team?" 

Dr. K: "The Blizzards."

Me: "What is the name of the yellow team?"

Dr. K: "The referees."

Yes, sports are not my strong suit.

Here's a snippet of a conversation at Miss B's soccer game, today.

Me: "What is the name of the blue team?" 

Dr. K: "The Blizzards."

Me: "What is the name of the yellow team?"

Dr. K: "The referees."

Yes, sports are not my strong suit.___

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