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Isabelle Fortin27,191It 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 05:00:00178  
Billy Wilson1,547,715Joined 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 04:00:0061  
Heidi Anne Morris64,615Hi 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  
Isabelle Fortin27,191Hello 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 05:00:00259  
martin shervington1,140,292In 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 Wilson1,547,715Thank 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 Forman63,071This 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 15:00:00230  

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2015-05-12 19:57:00 (72 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Here's an interesting video where this fellow gives an hour-plus explanation of how and why he lost his faith. This is somewhat similar to a different video by a different guy, which I posted about previously 
(https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/GYPxE7Nm5um). In fact, this person directly attributes the previous video and video maker as influences.

I don't think this one is as superb as the other one, but it's still good enough to be worth watching. He mostly approaches things in a fairly rational manner. His ultimate rejection of Seventh Day Adventism, then Christianity, and ultimately all faith in the existence of God, came from things such as Biblical contradictions, evidence of plagiarism, logical fallacies of theology, etc. Some of what he discusses is a bit questionable, but most of it is fairly solid (though not always deep). 

Overall, he presents ane... mehr »

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2015-07-04 01:40:37 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

This stunt is stupid and insane, but astonishingly well done, and too remarkable to miss.

Die meisten +1: 120

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2015-04-17 03:49:00 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

I got back from a brief trip to Yosemite, yesterday. Here's a 300 or so degree phone camera panorama of Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge.

For those who want to know about conditions:

Cool and breezy, with no clouds in the sky. A bit dry, but the waterfalls are flowing (though they're wispy), and there are some nice patches of greenery. No snow in the valley. Some patches of snow on the way to Glacier Point. (The road there is open.) It is perhaps a bit early for the dogwood, but there are many patches of dogwood blooming spectacularly. The redbud is mostly past its prime.

And the Park Service apparently opened Tioga Pass immediately after we left. 

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2015-08-04 18:03:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

It's always beautiful and inspiring to see people pursue their peculiar dreams to ludicrous extremes.

It's always beautiful and inspiring to see people pursue their peculiar dreams to ludicrous extremes.___

2015-07-30 22:19:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog post, How Can the Universe be so Finely Tuned for Life?, addresses the fine-tuning argument, which a theist asked me about the other day. I don't exactly answer the question, but I do show why the assertion that our world is finely tuned for life is questionable, and show why taking fine-tuning as evidence for God is a self-defeating argument.

Cheers!

Today's AntiTheo blog post, How Can the Universe be so Finely Tuned for Life?, addresses the fine-tuning argument, which a theist asked me about the other day. I don't exactly answer the question, but I do show why the assertion that our world is finely tuned for life is questionable, and show why taking fine-tuning as evidence for God is a self-defeating argument.

Cheers!___

2015-07-30 02:46:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog post, What Are the Tenets of Atheism?, answers this question, which a theist asked me last week. Cheers!

Today's AntiTheo blog post, What Are the Tenets of Atheism?, answers this question, which a theist asked me last week. Cheers!___

2015-07-28 21:36:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog post asks theist readers a simple question:
What reason can you give for your conviction in your religion, that others with beliefs in contradicting religions could not also give as reasons for their convictions?
I would love if you leave an answer in the comments on my blog, but an answer right here would also be great. I look forward to your replies. Thank you for considering my question.

Today's AntiTheo blog post asks theist readers a simple question:
What reason can you give for your conviction in your religion, that others with beliefs in contradicting religions could not also give as reasons for their convictions?
I would love if you leave an answer in the comments on my blog, but an answer right here would also be great. I look forward to your replies. Thank you for considering my question.___

2015-07-27 21:43:49 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Why Don't More People Read the Bible?, provides a clear answer to this question believers often ask — then brings up an important related question, and answers that, too.

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Why Don't More People Read the Bible?, provides a clear answer to this question believers often ask — then brings up an important related question, and answers that, too.___

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2015-07-26 23:23:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Open-Minded Versus Close-Minded, explains how the scientific endeavor is not necessarily close-minded in its rejection of the supernatural, and the religious endeavor is not necessarily open-minded in its acceptance of the supernatural.

I hope you find it worthwhile. If you like it, please share it and help me gain traction with my new blog. Thanks.

(This is a slightly rewritten, expanded version of something I posted on G+ a couple years ago.)

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Open-Minded Versus Close-Minded, explains how the scientific endeavor is not necessarily close-minded in its rejection of the supernatural, and the religious endeavor is not necessarily open-minded in its acceptance of the supernatural.

I hope you find it worthwhile. If you like it, please share it and help me gain traction with my new blog. Thanks.

(This is a slightly rewritten, expanded version of something I posted on G+ a couple years ago.)___

2015-07-25 22:58:16 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Bible Magic, shows that the Bible is rife with questionable magic spells.

Today's AntiTheo blog post, Bible Magic, shows that the Bible is rife with questionable magic spells.___

2015-07-24 23:03:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In today's AntiTheo blog post, we explore an often overlooked part of the Bible's Exodus story, wherein God admits to doing something dastardly.

In today's AntiTheo blog post, we explore an often overlooked part of the Bible's Exodus story, wherein God admits to doing something dastardly.___

2015-07-24 01:48:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

In my latest AntiTheo blog post, The Bald Avenger, I share the curious little Bible tale of Elisha and the Two Bears. It's not the kind of story most preachers choose for a Sunday sermon, as you'll see.

In my latest AntiTheo blog post, The Bald Avenger, I share the curious little Bible tale of Elisha and the Two Bears. It's not the kind of story most preachers choose for a Sunday sermon, as you'll see.___

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2015-07-22 21:17:38 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A couple years ago, when Money Magazine called smart watches "the hottest new trend in tech," I predicted that smart watches will not take the world by storm like smart phones did:
https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/DEptowyjxKb

So far, that prediction seems to have borne out. I'm sticking to that prediction.

A couple years ago, when Money Magazine called smart watches "the hottest new trend in tech," I predicted that smart watches will not take the world by storm like smart phones did:
https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/DEptowyjxKb

So far, that prediction seems to have borne out. I'm sticking to that prediction.___

2015-07-22 18:39:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

In my latest AntiTheo.com blog post, The 17-or-More Commandments, I show that the Ten Commandments in the Bible may be different from what you think they are, and explain what that tells us about our morality. If you like it, please spread the word and help me gain traction with my new blog. Thank you.

In my latest AntiTheo.com blog post, The 17-or-More Commandments, I show that the Ten Commandments in the Bible may be different from what you think they are, and explain what that tells us about our morality. If you like it, please spread the word and help me gain traction with my new blog. Thank you.___

2015-07-22 05:27:41 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Here's my first post on AntiTheo, wherein I answer a question from a struggling Christian about whether Christians can support same sex marriage, from my atheistic perspective. I hope you find it worthwhile.

Cheers.

Here's my first post on AntiTheo, wherein I answer a question from a struggling Christian about whether Christians can support same sex marriage, from my atheistic perspective. I hope you find it worthwhile.

Cheers.___

2015-07-22 03:05:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm starting a new website. (This one is in addition to my other websites, not instead of the others.) The new website is for voicing my contrarian, atheistic views about religious topics. I just launched the About page a few moments ago, wherein I discuss what the website is about, why I'm doing this, what I hope to accomplish, and what you can expect to see on the website. If you are interested, go to http://antitheo.com/about/

I hope you find this new website worthwhile, and please let me know whether you encounter any technical issues I need to address.

Thank you.

I'm starting a new website. (This one is in addition to my other websites, not instead of the others.) The new website is for voicing my contrarian, atheistic views about religious topics. I just launched the About page a few moments ago, wherein I discuss what the website is about, why I'm doing this, what I hope to accomplish, and what you can expect to see on the website. If you are interested, go to http://antitheo.com/about/

I hope you find this new website worthwhile, and please let me know whether you encounter any technical issues I need to address.

Thank you.___

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2015-07-04 01:40:37 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

This stunt is stupid and insane, but astonishingly well done, and too remarkable to miss.

This stunt is stupid and insane, but astonishingly well done, and too remarkable to miss.___

2015-06-27 20:23:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I'm so pleased to hear that the Supreme Court decided in favor of same-sex marriages, nationwide, yesterday. It's nice to see the world become a little freer. a little happier, a little more tolerant, a little more open, and a little more loving.

This is still not what I would consider an ideal solution. To my view, the marriage licensing business is not within any legitimate scope of government, and so my ideal solution would be for government to get out of marriage licensing entirely, leaving marriage simply a matter of private agreement between two or more consenting parties.

Nonetheless, my ideal solution is not about to happen. So, this is the next best thing. Gay people deserve the same rights as everyone else, as far as I'm concerned.

In the words of the song The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, by XTC: "Any kind of love is alright."
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I'm so pleased to hear that the Supreme Court decided in favor of same-sex marriages, nationwide, yesterday. It's nice to see the world become a little freer. a little happier, a little more tolerant, a little more open, and a little more loving.

This is still not what I would consider an ideal solution. To my view, the marriage licensing business is not within any legitimate scope of government, and so my ideal solution would be for government to get out of marriage licensing entirely, leaving marriage simply a matter of private agreement between two or more consenting parties.

Nonetheless, my ideal solution is not about to happen. So, this is the next best thing. Gay people deserve the same rights as everyone else, as far as I'm concerned.

In the words of the song The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, by XTC: "Any kind of love is alright."

Congratulations to all of my gay friends for your newly recognized freedom to marry.___

2015-06-24 19:01:31 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

When I'm making a new blog or other kind of website, why should I put www in the URL? Is there any good reason? 

When I'm making a new blog or other kind of website, why should I put www in the URL? Is there any good reason? ___

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2015-06-23 08:49:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I would love this. 

I would love this. ___

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2015-06-21 19:34:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Happy Father's Day!

To all of you fathers who do your best for your kids, thank you for what you do.

Here's my awesome father and my little sister, Miss R. 

Happy Father's Day!

To all of you fathers who do your best for your kids, thank you for what you do.

Here's my awesome father and my little sister, Miss R. ___

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2015-06-21 04:38:18 (23 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is a screenshot I made a little while ago, from Facebook (with the names and icons blocked out). It shows a discussion among some Christians on Facebook who apparently are not familiar with the Bible, and don't believe the Bible really says these things they find so disturbing.

Believers, you might be surprised what the Bible says, if you actually read it. Cover to cover, not just cherry-picking a few favorite passages. Having 15 Bibles on your bookshelf doesn't count if you don't read them.

I'm not a believer, and I have no problems with gay people. But even I know that the directive to execute those who practice homosexual acts is right there in the Bible.

For the record, here's what the Bible says on the topic of whether gays must be put to death, in Leviticus 20:13:

The New Living Bible translation:
"If a man practices... mehr »

This is a screenshot I made a little while ago, from Facebook (with the names and icons blocked out). It shows a discussion among some Christians on Facebook who apparently are not familiar with the Bible, and don't believe the Bible really says these things they find so disturbing.

Believers, you might be surprised what the Bible says, if you actually read it. Cover to cover, not just cherry-picking a few favorite passages. Having 15 Bibles on your bookshelf doesn't count if you don't read them.

I'm not a believer, and I have no problems with gay people. But even I know that the directive to execute those who practice homosexual acts is right there in the Bible.

For the record, here's what the Bible says on the topic of whether gays must be put to death, in Leviticus 20:13:

The New Living Bible translation:
"If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act. They must both be put to death, for they are guilty of a capital offense."

The Holman Christian Bible translation:
"If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death; their blood is on their own hands."

The International Standard Bible translation:
"If a man has sexual relations with another male as he would with a woman, both have committed a repulsive act. They are certainly to be put to death."

The God's Word Bible translation: "When a man has sexual intercourse with another man as with a woman, both men are doing something disgusting and must be put to death. They deserve to die."

The King James Bible translation: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."

That's just scratching the surface of the groups of people that the Bible commands should be put to death. Others include women who aren't virgins on their wedding night (Deuteronomy 22:20-21), sons who disobey their parents (Deuteronomy 21:18-21), anybody who follows other religions and everybody else who lives in the same town as that person (Deuteronomy 13:13-16), those who work on weekends (Exodus 31:12-15), and many more.

If you find these shocking, wait until you read God ordering genocide (such as Deuteronomy 7:1-2 or 1 Samuel 15:2-3), or read divine advocacy of slavery (such as Leviticus 25:44-46, Exodus 21:20-21, and Ephesians 6:5), or some of the things the Bible says about women (such as Ecclesiasticus 25:19-24), or racism (such as Matthew 15:22-26).

Even those passages don't prepare you for the magnitude of what you'll find when you read the Bible cover to cover. Please, don't take my word for it. Read it, yourself.

If you believe the Bible is the word of God, you owe it to yourself to read what the Bible actually says.

As for me, I do not find it believable that the Bible is the word of God, and I do not find "The Good Book" to be a good book.



Edited to add: Here are links to each of the passages mentioned above, in online Bibles, to make it easier for you to see for yourself.

Leviticus 20:13 (about executing homosexuals)
http://biblehub.com/leviticus/20-13.htm

Deuteronomy 22:20-21 (about executing women who aren't virgins on their wedding night)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+22%3A20-21&version=NKJV

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 (about executing disobedient sons)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+21%3A18-21&version=NKJV

Deuteronomy 13:13-16 (about executing followers of other religions - and every other person in their town)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+13%3A13-16&version=NKJV

Exodus 31:12-15 (about executing people who work on weekends)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+31%3A12-15&version=NKJV

Deuteronomy 7:1-2 (one of many examples of God commanding genocide in the Bible)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+7%3A1-2&version=NKJV

1 Samuel 15:2-3 (another example of God commanding genocide)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+15%3A2-3&version=NKJV

Leviticus 25:44-46 (one of many Bible passages condoning slavery)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+25%3A44-46&version=NKJV

Exodus 21:20-21 (another pro-slavery passage, condoning beating slaves to death, as long as they don't die within a day or two)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+21%3A20-21&version=NKJV

Ephesians 6:5 (more Biblical "wisdom" about slavery)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A5&version=NIVUK

Ecclesiasticus 25:19 (some Biblical "wisdom" about women)
http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Ecclesiasticus-25-19/

Ecclesiasticus 25:24 (more "Biblical "wisdom" about women)
http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Ecclesiasticus-25-24/

Matthew 15:22-26 (an example of Biblical racism)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+15%3A22-26&version=KJV___

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2015-06-14 03:36:39 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It's hard to believe that folks get worked up about human bodies in their natural state. People are fine just the way they are.

It's hard to believe that folks get worked up about human bodies in their natural state. People are fine just the way they are.___

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2015-06-12 20:19:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

It looks like my cousin, Curren, is doing well.

It looks like my cousin, Curren, is doing well.___

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2015-06-10 00:39:11 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

It's bitterly ironic that this author equates obsessing over her appearance with striving to be taken seriously for her substance.

It's bitterly ironic that this author equates obsessing over her appearance with striving to be taken seriously for her substance.___

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2015-06-03 20:14:08 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY

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

Here's a Southern sea otter, at Moss Landing. 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  and +Mike Spinak.

Here's a Southern sea otter, at Moss Landing. 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!___

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2015-06-02 05:06:03 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I see 39 color bars. I guess that goes well with the career choices I've made. (Or, perhaps, the monitor and calibration choices.)

How many do you see?

I see 39 color bars. I guess that goes well with the career choices I've made. (Or, perhaps, the monitor and calibration choices.)

How many do you see?___

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2015-05-30 05:49:51 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

This made me smile. I hope you enjoy it, too.

This made me smile. I hope you enjoy it, too.___

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2015-05-29 03:28:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Dr. K and I went to a cheese tasting class last night, and it was fabulous.

Blessed are the cheesemakers.  ;-)

Dr. K and I went to a cheese tasting class last night, and it was fabulous.

Blessed are the cheesemakers.  ;-)___

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2015-05-24 04:13:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This was interesting and worthwhile, particularly in regard to the role of meaning in remembering and learning. 

This also fits in well with what I've been writing in Notes for Aspiring Photographers.

Thank you, +Renata Davidson, for bringing this to my attention.

This was interesting and worthwhile, particularly in regard to the role of meaning in remembering and learning. 

This also fits in well with what I've been writing in Notes for Aspiring Photographers.

Thank you, +Renata Davidson, for bringing this to my attention.___

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2015-05-22 04:07:34 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

As some of you have probably already figured out from pictures such as this one, I have a fascination with sleeping animals and people. I like the way that certain aspects of them fall away and others shine through. I find sleeping people and animals lovely.

For a while now, I've wanted to do a project photographing people sleeping in public places. I see them often – on the train, on the beach, on the lawn at the park, in cafés, etc. Just a little while ago there were two people wonderfully sprawled, sleeping in chairs at the library. 

I'm concerned that some of these people might be bothered with me making photos of them sleeping, and then likely posting them all over the internet, perhaps selling fine art prints, and maybe a collection of them in a photo art book. So, I'm wondering if I should embark upon such a project – and if yes, how I should handle it.... mehr »

As some of you have probably already figured out from pictures such as this one, I have a fascination with sleeping animals and people. I like the way that certain aspects of them fall away and others shine through. I find sleeping people and animals lovely.

For a while now, I've wanted to do a project photographing people sleeping in public places. I see them often – on the train, on the beach, on the lawn at the park, in cafés, etc. Just a little while ago there were two people wonderfully sprawled, sleeping in chairs at the library. 

I'm concerned that some of these people might be bothered with me making photos of them sleeping, and then likely posting them all over the internet, perhaps selling fine art prints, and maybe a collection of them in a photo art book. So, I'm wondering if I should embark upon such a project – and if yes, how I should handle it.

I'm thinking I should print up some messages, letting folks know I made fine art photos of them while they were sleeping, and letting them know how to contact me if there's anything they'd like to discuss. I could put these notes on or near these people while they sleep, after I make my photos and before I leave.

What do you think? Should I proceed with this project? If so, would this be a good way to handle it?

Thank you in advance for your thoughts on the subject.___

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2015-05-18 05:18:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Here's a video of Dean Potter slacklining.

I knew Dean. We weren't friends, but we were associates. I doubt anyone who knew him is surprised to see that he died young, but it's still saddening to see that he died yesterday. At least he died living the way he wanted to.

http://www.outsideonline.com/1981591/dean-potter-killed-base-jumping-accident

Here's a video of Dean Potter slacklining.

I knew Dean. We weren't friends, but we were associates. I doubt anyone who knew him is surprised to see that he died young, but it's still saddening to see that he died yesterday. At least he died living the way he wanted to.

http://www.outsideonline.com/1981591/dean-potter-killed-base-jumping-accident___

2015-05-17 06:40:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I think "Writer's block" = "It's not coming to me instantly. Thinking things up and writing them well is actually hard work. So, I'm quitting at the first encounter with difficulty, instead of doing the labor of working through the challenge." 

I think "Writer's block" = "It's not coming to me instantly. Thinking things up and writing them well is actually hard work. So, I'm quitting at the first encounter with difficulty, instead of doing the labor of working through the challenge." ___

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2015-05-16 22:54:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Well done, Google.

I see Google's self-driving Lexuses (Lexi?) around town fairly often. They seem to perform well.

I'm looking forward to further developments toward commercial self-driving vehicles.

Well done, Google.

I see Google's self-driving Lexuses (Lexi?) around town fairly often. They seem to perform well.

I'm looking forward to further developments toward commercial self-driving vehicles.___

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2015-05-13 21:38:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

It's great to see one of the writers in our local writing group, Shut Up and Write!, has found some inspiration from our group.

It's great to see one of the writers in our local writing group, Shut Up and Write!, has found some inspiration from our group.___

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2015-05-13 18:00:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I finally got my websites working again. To celebrate, I'm going to share some of my blog posts. This one, Dreaming of Middlemen, explains why I'd rather publish my books independently than with a big publisher – and why you (fellow writers) might, too.

I hope you enjoy it. Cheers.

I finally got my websites working again. To celebrate, I'm going to share some of my blog posts. This one, Dreaming of Middlemen, explains why I'd rather publish my books independently than with a big publisher – and why you (fellow writers) might, too.

I hope you enjoy it. Cheers.___

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2015-05-13 06:48:19 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

This seems pretty slick. I don't see it as a replacement for skill and vision for serious aerial photography and videography, but it looks like a great toy camera for casual snappers, and a useful tool in a photographer's arsenal, for certain kinds of situations.

This seems pretty slick. I don't see it as a replacement for skill and vision for serious aerial photography and videography, but it looks like a great toy camera for casual snappers, and a useful tool in a photographer's arsenal, for certain kinds of situations.___

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2015-05-12 19:57:00 (72 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Here's an interesting video where this fellow gives an hour-plus explanation of how and why he lost his faith. This is somewhat similar to a different video by a different guy, which I posted about previously 
(https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/GYPxE7Nm5um). In fact, this person directly attributes the previous video and video maker as influences.

I don't think this one is as superb as the other one, but it's still good enough to be worth watching. He mostly approaches things in a fairly rational manner. His ultimate rejection of Seventh Day Adventism, then Christianity, and ultimately all faith in the existence of God, came from things such as Biblical contradictions, evidence of plagiarism, logical fallacies of theology, etc. Some of what he discusses is a bit questionable, but most of it is fairly solid (though not always deep). 

Overall, he presents ane... mehr »

Here's an interesting video where this fellow gives an hour-plus explanation of how and why he lost his faith. This is somewhat similar to a different video by a different guy, which I posted about previously 
(https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/GYPxE7Nm5um). In fact, this person directly attributes the previous video and video maker as influences.

I don't think this one is as superb as the other one, but it's still good enough to be worth watching. He mostly approaches things in a fairly rational manner. His ultimate rejection of Seventh Day Adventism, then Christianity, and ultimately all faith in the existence of God, came from things such as Biblical contradictions, evidence of plagiarism, logical fallacies of theology, etc. Some of what he discusses is a bit questionable, but most of it is fairly solid (though not always deep). 

Overall, he presents an engaging case against Christian faith, and religious faith in general. 

What I like most about this video is his discussion of how these changes affected him. Like in the other video, the loss of faith was at first devastating for this fellow. However, he doesn't stop there. He discusses getting over that, and discusses how he is happier and better off now than he was as a believer. ___

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2015-05-10 22:16:05 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the mothers reading this: Thank you for everything you do for your children.

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the mothers reading this: Thank you for everything you do for your children.___

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2015-05-09 01:11:07 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Here's a phone snapshot of a crab foaming at the mouth, from today at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with the fabulous +Sanjana Raghunath​.

Here's a phone snapshot of a crab foaming at the mouth, from today at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with the fabulous +Sanjana Raghunath​.___

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2015-05-02 20:25:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I enjoyed this video, wherein Gorkem Sen demonstrates his musical instrument, "Yaybahar." Especially the part beginning around 4:25, when he starts playing a fascinating and lovely interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony #9: Ode to Joy.

I hope you enjoy it, too.

I enjoyed this video, wherein Gorkem Sen demonstrates his musical instrument, "Yaybahar." Especially the part beginning around 4:25, when he starts playing a fascinating and lovely interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony #9: Ode to Joy.

I hope you enjoy it, too.___

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2015-05-02 04:23:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A couple days ago I posted a video of this fellow, noting that the video was hilariously over the top, and that the ending did not justify the build up. 

After watching that video, I poked around more on Youtube, to find out whether that video was meant to be serious or a joke, and to find out whether this man has real chops as an organist.

I came across this video, where he gave a 1.5 hour lecture / concert. Based on this, I'd say there is some real substance to him and to what he's doing. In this lecture, he shares some of his criticism of pipe organs. I must say I found these criticisms thoughtful and interesting. He then shares his proposed solution, and demonstrates some of the advantages offered by his solution.

I stand by my words in regard to my post the other day. And I still feel he is perhaps too focused on the equipment, and also too focused on technique... mehr »

A couple days ago I posted a video of this fellow, noting that the video was hilariously over the top, and that the ending did not justify the build up. 

After watching that video, I poked around more on Youtube, to find out whether that video was meant to be serious or a joke, and to find out whether this man has real chops as an organist.

I came across this video, where he gave a 1.5 hour lecture / concert. Based on this, I'd say there is some real substance to him and to what he's doing. In this lecture, he shares some of his criticism of pipe organs. I must say I found these criticisms thoughtful and interesting. He then shares his proposed solution, and demonstrates some of the advantages offered by his solution.

I stand by my words in regard to my post the other day. And I still feel he is perhaps too focused on the equipment, and also too focused on technique (and I want to be clear that I think his skills are superb), while not focused enough of the meaning, the expression, the representation, and the communication. But he can be forgiven for that. It tends to go along with being young, and I imagine he'll develop more artistic substance in time. He seems to be making a real effort and seems to be heading in the right direction.

Anyway, I share this video with you to give a more positive counterpoint to the video I showed the other day.___

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2015-04-30 20:45:38 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Here are two somewhat opposite reviews of the latest version of Lightroom, and specifically its new HDR feature.

One is by +Michael Frye:
http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/04/30/lightroom-6-first-impressions/

The other is by +Trey Ratcliff:
http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2015/04/23/lightroom-6-and-hdr-wtfadobehdr/

In my estimation, +Michael Frye's review seems to be more considered, more knowledgeable, more authoritative, and more relevant than +Trey Ratcliff's opposing review, but you can decide for yourself.

Here are two somewhat opposite reviews of the latest version of Lightroom, and specifically its new HDR feature.

One is by +Michael Frye:
http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/2015/04/30/lightroom-6-first-impressions/

The other is by +Trey Ratcliff:
http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2015/04/23/lightroom-6-and-hdr-wtfadobehdr/

In my estimation, +Michael Frye's review seems to be more considered, more knowledgeable, more authoritative, and more relevant than +Trey Ratcliff's opposing review, but you can decide for yourself.___

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2015-04-28 19:39:18 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

From the first moment when this fellow opens his shirt and bares his chest, the delightful over-the-top-ness of this video just keeps getting better.

In my naiveté, I actually expected this would end in a brilliant performance of amazing music that would justify the grandiose build-up. (After all, most geniuses are quirky, right?) But when the opposite happens, the payoff for sitting through this monument of unintentional silliness is even better.

Let this video be another warning for gearheads: It's not the equipment; it's the expression you make with it.

From the first moment when this fellow opens his shirt and bares his chest, the delightful over-the-top-ness of this video just keeps getting better.

In my naiveté, I actually expected this would end in a brilliant performance of amazing music that would justify the grandiose build-up. (After all, most geniuses are quirky, right?) But when the opposite happens, the payoff for sitting through this monument of unintentional silliness is even better.

Let this video be another warning for gearheads: It's not the equipment; it's the expression you make with it.___

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2015-04-24 19:54:23 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is a nice little set of summaries and introductions to some computer science concepts worth knowing.

Enjoy.

This is a nice little set of summaries and introductions to some computer science concepts worth knowing.

Enjoy.___

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2015-04-24 18:43:58 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This is interesting. 

What's shown in these teaser videos is too brief for me to get a sense whether Chase Me is something special, or mostly hype. But in either case, it's enough to demonstrate that the potential is there to make splendid films this way.

This is interesting. 

What's shown in these teaser videos is too brief for me to get a sense whether Chase Me is something special, or mostly hype. But in either case, it's enough to demonstrate that the potential is there to make splendid films this way.___

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2015-04-23 18:00:39 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Here's a thoughtful article about a few of the issues with taking the position that God directs evolution.

Cheers.

Here's a thoughtful article about a few of the issues with taking the position that God directs evolution.

Cheers.___

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2015-04-23 07:33:51 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

If you're an admirer of Charles Cramer's work, you'll probably appreciate this video.

If you're not an admirer of Charles Cramer's work, this video might make you one.

Enjoy.

If you're an admirer of Charles Cramer's work, you'll probably appreciate this video.

If you're not an admirer of Charles Cramer's work, this video might make you one.

Enjoy.___

2015-04-23 02:28:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

To those who expressed an interest in the second round of test-reading The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals:

Thank you all for your interest and your help. 

I'm letting you know that we are approaching the end of the test-reading period. As I move toward finishing the book, I'll probably be ending the period of receiving and incorporating feedback from test-readers this Friday evening. If you have any more feedback you want to give: speak now or forever hold your peace.

Thanks, again.

To those who expressed an interest in the second round of test-reading The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals:

Thank you all for your interest and your help. 

I'm letting you know that we are approaching the end of the test-reading period. As I move toward finishing the book, I'll probably be ending the period of receiving and incorporating feedback from test-readers this Friday evening. If you have any more feedback you want to give: speak now or forever hold your peace.

Thanks, again.___

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2015-04-20 20:43:32 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

I have no issues with people hunting for food and similar need / use reasons, but I do consider causing death, often preceded by suffering, for purposes of entertainment and vanity, to be the height of perversion. Which is to say, I hold trophy hunting in poor regard.

Furthermore, if someone wants involvement with nature, the experience of stalking, the thrill of close encounters with wildlife, and the challenge of perfectly shooting unpredictable creatures under difficult circumstances, – then (speaking as a wildlife photographer) I recommend shooting animals with a camera instead of a firearm or other projectile system. Killing animals with a rifle, or even a bow, is easy by comparison. With a camera, you have to succeed in getting a lot closer - without impacting the animal. Then set up a tripod, cable release, flash with flash extender, etc., and take light meter readings, then adjusta... mehr »

I have no issues with people hunting for food and similar need / use reasons, but I do consider causing death, often preceded by suffering, for purposes of entertainment and vanity, to be the height of perversion. Which is to say, I hold trophy hunting in poor regard.

Furthermore, if someone wants involvement with nature, the experience of stalking, the thrill of close encounters with wildlife, and the challenge of perfectly shooting unpredictable creatures under difficult circumstances, – then (speaking as a wildlife photographer) I recommend shooting animals with a camera instead of a firearm or other projectile system. Killing animals with a rifle, or even a bow, is easy by comparison. With a camera, you have to succeed in getting a lot closer - without impacting the animal. Then set up a tripod, cable release, flash with flash extender, etc., and take light meter readings, then adjust aperture, shutter speed, and focus. Your equipment is often even larger, heavier, and more awkward. And if that's not enough challenge for you – don't forget to make it art, instead of just a snapshot! You need greater patience, greater observation skills, greater naturalist knowledge, and greater timing, to catch interesting events and perfect moments, and compose them into excellent photos which convey something worthwhile.

With a camera, you still get your trophy, but now it's a better trophy of a bigger accomplishment, and it's easier to show others and share. If you're good, you can even sell the pictures you get. Furthermore, the photos will bring back all the details and memories much better, and they'll also help you and others see and learn more about nature. And your prey doesn't have to suffer a painful death in the process.___

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2015-04-17 03:49:00 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

I got back from a brief trip to Yosemite, yesterday. Here's a 300 or so degree phone camera panorama of Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge.

For those who want to know about conditions:

Cool and breezy, with no clouds in the sky. A bit dry, but the waterfalls are flowing (though they're wispy), and there are some nice patches of greenery. No snow in the valley. Some patches of snow on the way to Glacier Point. (The road there is open.) It is perhaps a bit early for the dogwood, but there are many patches of dogwood blooming spectacularly. The redbud is mostly past its prime.

And the Park Service apparently opened Tioga Pass immediately after we left. 

I got back from a brief trip to Yosemite, yesterday. Here's a 300 or so degree phone camera panorama of Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge.

For those who want to know about conditions:

Cool and breezy, with no clouds in the sky. A bit dry, but the waterfalls are flowing (though they're wispy), and there are some nice patches of greenery. No snow in the valley. Some patches of snow on the way to Glacier Point. (The road there is open.) It is perhaps a bit early for the dogwood, but there are many patches of dogwood blooming spectacularly. The redbud is mostly past its prime.

And the Park Service apparently opened Tioga Pass immediately after we left. ___

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2015-04-13 00:09:52 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

It's #SignSunday  and I haven't posted a silly sign photo in weeks. When I photographed this, it made me chuckle that they'd rather put up a sign than fix the issue.

Since I'm about to go out of town for a few days, I thought this is appropriate for anyone who tries to contact me.

Have a great week, everyone.

#SignSunday  curate by +Lori Carey, +Janice Hackney, +Jetski Jones, and +Gary Posner.

It's #SignSunday  and I haven't posted a silly sign photo in weeks. When I photographed this, it made me chuckle that they'd rather put up a sign than fix the issue.

Since I'm about to go out of town for a few days, I thought this is appropriate for anyone who tries to contact me.

Have a great week, everyone.

#SignSunday  curate by +Lori Carey, +Janice Hackney, +Jetski Jones, and +Gary Posner.___

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2015-04-11 00:48:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

One last Sibling Day photo of my sister, Miss R., from the day I met her, a couple years ago.

One last Sibling Day photo of my sister, Miss R., from the day I met her, a couple years ago.___

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