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Mike Spinak has been at 7 events

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Isabelle Fortin25,882It 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/isabellefortinPlease 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 Wilson1,545,273Joined by:-Photographer +Laurie Rubin (http://google.com/+laurierubin) who'll talk about Wildlife/Zoo Photography.-YouTuber/YouNower +Eugenia Cooney (https://youtube.com/eugeniacooney).-Author & YouNower +nikki roman (http://amzn.com/B00B0JP38Y).-Writer & Musician +Cecilee Linke (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: #94 Fun Discussion & Live Music from Cecilee Linke (time zone converter http://goo.gl/3itW5).+That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) 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/ceHtHFind Me Elsewhere: Google+: https://google.com/+billywilsonTwitter: https://twitter.com/BillyWilson14Facebook: http://facebook.com/BillyWilsond  Photography: http://flickr.com/photos/billy_wilson/sets Site/Blog: http://thebillywilson.comHelp support me, my family, projects, & show on Patreon: #94 Fun Discussion & Live Music from Cecilee Linke2014-01-18 04:00:0062 
Heidi Anne Morris63,956Hi 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 TUNEgo 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 Fortin25,882Hello 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/isabellefortinPlease 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 shervington891,776In 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 18:00:0094 
Billy Wilson1,545,273Thank you for all of the support each week during my weekly G+ variety show +That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) ! 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 +Mike Spinak; Photographer and Blogger +Thomas Hawk; Photographer +Mark Rodriguez who'll be showing us some behind the scenes for his Scavenger Hunt photos; Photographer +Isabelle Fortin; Photographer +Margaret Tompkins; Social Media Editor for +SURFER Magazine +Aaron Carrera; and Special Musical Guest +Danni Rosner ! 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". +Tibby 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 04:00:00112 
Mark Forman63,204This 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 

Mike Spinak has been shared in 447 public circles

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Doce Mel1,689HERE'S VERSION 91 OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED WEDNESDAY 1/21/2014▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-22 00:10:42501000
Allan watson17,849Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #malawi #lilongwe #morocco #morocco #agadir #morocco #casablanca #morocco #fez #morocco #marrakech #morocco #tangier #mozambique #mozambique #maputo #namibia #namibia #walvis_bay #namibia #windhoek #nigeria #nigeria #abuja #nigeria #lagos #rwanda #rwanda #kigali #senegal #senegal #dakar #sierra_leone #sierra_leone #freetown #bloemfontein #dur2015-01-14 07:17:56375324
AyJay Schibig83,736AWESOME CIRCLE 1.12.15 by  +AyJay Schibig My 1st circle share of 2015!  Please ReShare.Some  Awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to enhance your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-01-13 05:02:54485494865
Becky Collins21,423Photographers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2015-01-09 05:11:150002
Doce Mel975Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete   #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   2015-01-08 20:56:11501568
John Cleese9,799Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:184945711
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:06:41500000
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-01 ------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2015-01-05 06:05:00500000
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:03:49500002
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-1 -------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:02:39500002
Amanda Maria226▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂HERE'S VERSION 88-A OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED THURSDAY 1/1/2015▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-02 20:35:39501358
Doce Mel440AQUI ESTÁ VERSÃO 87-B ao meu círculo pública compartilhada ATUALIZADO sábado 2014/12/27 ▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔ Vamos quebrar 500 partes novamente e manter o ritmo! Estes são os melhores dos melhores Engagers de todas as esferas da vida. Dê a si mesmo um pouco de diversidade e adicionar estas grandes pessoas aos seus círculos. ➤ Para ser adicionado para a próxima ação, siga estes simples passos: 1) Adicionar o círculo 2) Além disso, o post original 3) Compartilhe o círculo publicamente (e com os seus círculos / círculos estendidos) 4) Comente sobre o post original quando completa #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmediaMostrar menos2014-12-30 18:24:02501646
Ikoupi1,142Circle share by +Ikoupi #circleshare         #circlesharing       #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #publiccircle       #circles   #topcircles   #bestcircles   #engagedcircles 2014-12-30 18:01:58248000
Anton Danilov47Public Shared Circle #25Reshare or if you want to be included in next circles#Bosmolcircle #GrowthCircle  #TopEngagers  #Sharers  #circleshare #circlesharing  #TheHood #Cicle #SharedCircle  #CicleOfDay  #Circles #SharedPublicCircles   #Engagers   #SocialMedia   #EngagersCircle  #Google #SharedCircleOfTheDay   #Shared   #SEO   #SocialMediaMarketing   #Marketing  #Google+ #SharingCircles   #PublicCicle   #SharedCircle   #Engagement2014-12-30 14:50:00247000
Gailen Mapes74,639Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-30 11:55:14193001
John Hannah8,729Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing #wisata #WisataIndonesia #Travel #IndonesiaOnly #Liburan #TOUR #Indonesia #Bali #WisataBandung #Paket #Pulau #FotoKita #PROMO #Pantai #Jogja #Bandung #Yogyakarta #WisataLombok #BOGOR #Jakarta 2014-12-26 10:57:45494222
Harry Day12,525*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Japan #Jersey #Jordan #Kazakhstan #Kenya #Kiribati #Latvia #Lebanon #Lesotho #Liberia #Libyan #Arab #Jamahiriya #Liechtenstein #Lithuania #Luxembourg #Macao #Macedonia #Madagascar #Malawi #Malaysia #Maldives #Mali #Malta #Marshall #Islands #Martinique #Mauritania #Mauritius #Monaco 2014-12-26 06:06:4649019928
Sport News95SHARE CIRCLE#sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #sharingiscaring   #circles   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles  2014-12-23 21:48:28501000
Noah Wesley14,732This is a public circle of Photographers and Photography loversTo increase your chances of inclusion in future circles please leave a comment when sharing the circle.If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include +ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC PHOTOGRAPHERS  • Comment on this postIf you like what you find in this circle, please share it with your followers to help these individuals reach a wider audience. I will share more circles of those I find Inspiring in the future#circle #publiccircle #Liechtenstein #sharedcircles #music #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #circlesharing2014-12-23 08:36:18496233
Allan watson15,681Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday#bosmol #BosmolCircle    #GrowthCIrcle      #GooglePlus    #CircleShare    #sharedpubliccircles    #sharedcircles    #circlesharing    #circleshared    #publiccirclesproject    #publicsharedcircles    #circleoftheday    #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles    2014-12-23 07:03:50494333971
Holger Fährmann17,375Christmas Release of "PHOTOGRAPHER CIRCLE Vol. 1".Only handpicked photographers from all over the world. Add and share if you like.Thanks for commenting, sharing and pluses my posts. Have a nice christmas time!!! #photography   #photographer   #photographers   #photographersongoogle+   #photographersongoogleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  2014-12-22 15:24:37501000
Timothy Eberly8,242If you like landscape photographers. This is the circle for you! Great bunch of professionals here. Add this circle and enjoy! 2014-12-21 07:30:04500010
hạnh Đức633v62014-12-17 03:32:52479000
Benjamin Davis2,983 This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-12-15 12:50:43500141626
Robert Connor26,256This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-12-15 10:38:20495214
Becky Collins19,795Creative Authors Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-15 05:19:45444001
Doris Scott66#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:59:10501011
The Hood83Great circle to add & gain followers!share & +1!2014-12-13 12:07:565006912
Ryan Johnson20,406This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday2014-12-11 10:33:04496596196
Sport News95Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #circleoftheday #circles #followers #gpluslist #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #Sharingcircles #topofthepeople #googlecircleshare #googleplus #sharingiscaring #sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia 2014-12-08 21:18:09501000
Gailen Mapes72,417Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to November 7th for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting October 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-11-30 11:33:31198000
Project Bolony1,679Thanksgiving CircleRules are simple:1. SHARE this circle share Post PUBLICLY to your stream.2. Make sure you PLUS and COMMENT the ORIGINAL POST for me to see it.3. ADD this circle to your circles4. INCLUDE ME in YOUR circle and SHARE#sharedcircle       #awesomepeople   #circleshare     #circlesharing     #publiccircle   #circleshared 2014-11-29 14:29:29265005
sirilus kristiyo ami joyo0This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*2014-11-24 15:20:25493001
Robert Connor24,820This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-11-24 11:21:22492113
Neil Bailey1,094This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared   #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople   #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus #meetingpeoplecircle  2014-11-21 06:02:42491347
Dylan Cuffy17,642#WhatLiesAground And...welcome to another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Can't believe it's only been four days since the last update!Just so you know, I have 17,600+ followers/1,000,000+ page views at this writing (per +CircleCount). Point of no return, isn't it? (Especially since I linked up my feed to Bloglovin' early this morning.)Time to say hello to these newest additions:• +Anthony Long (founder of Tsū, the new social service; doesn't use G+, but is a honorary member of my network)• +Amelia Sides (owner of the Writing Pit)• +Rebekkah Niles (from whom I shared a beginner's guide to writing book synopses earlier this week)• +Eustacia Tan (who introduced me to +Amazon.com's WriteOn last month)• +Kimi Arista, +Micha Fire, and +Amy Knepper (whom Ms. Tan mentioned in her WriteOn post)• +All my + (whose post backlog feature is serving me well as I prepare this list; along with CircleCount, they are the only big players in town when it comes to G+ stats these days. Say, is anyone planning to resurrect Google Plus Suomi anytime soon—and buy back the domain?)• +Stephan Klimmeck (who keeps track of circle creators; you can thank +P. Mehta for bringing him to my attention. Here's hoping this update is enough for Mr. Klimmeck to add me to his next one.)• +Rex Dow (who shows up on Tsū very often)• +2014-11-15 20:50:134003210
George Clark10,711This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle   #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing 2014-11-11 11:30:334505513
Circle Google153DIAMOND TEAM ELITE ENGAGER CIRCLE 11.11.14This is my Diamond Team Elite Circle. Along with my Elite Inner Circle, these are the people who have helped me grow to where I am today. They have my gratitude, and to help them, and to help you grow your followers I am sharing them here. There is no automatic criteria to get into this circle. These are people who I have chosen and personally hand curated.To get to the next level and have a chance to become a Team Elite Engager, there are five simple steps:1. Make sure you have added me!2. +1 this post3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. DO NOT DELETE THIS SHARE OR YOU WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM NEXT WEEK'S  OR POSSIBLY BLACKLISTED FROM  FOR GOOD4. Optionally, comment to let me know what you have done! (this is optional, because my circles often reach the maximum 500 comments).5. So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.6. Optionally, add everyone from this circle - your Google Plus engagement is likely to skyrocket, as many people in the circle will add you back and plus, share and comment on your posts!~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~The ReSound Enzo includes two firsts: It is the first Super Power Made For iPhone hearing aid, and it is also the first MFi hearing aid that includes a telecoil, allowing wearers to take advantage of hands free calling with their iPhone, as well as wireless streaming of music, Facetime and YouTube from their iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod Touch - as well as listening through public loop induction systems in theatres, banks, post offices and places of worship.Unless you have used this kind of technology before you're probably thinking it's no big deal - after all, you've been able to get Bluetooth headsets for years, but until now you used to need an intermediate wireless device worn as a necklace or lapel clip to translate between Bluetooth and each manufacturer's own proprietary wireless protocol. As well as extra bulk, these would be one more gadget you'd have to remember to charge. The Made For iPhone protocol and hardware does away with all that as it's already built in to the hearing aids. Pretty neat, huh?http://www.londonhearingaids.co.uk/ReSound/resound-enzo-9-hearing-aid-uk-price-lowest-guaranteed-1675-including-lifetime-aftercare-call-0203-397-9787.html#enzo   #resoundenzo   #resound   #mfi   #MadeForiPhone   #superpower2014-11-11 01:24:34211001
Circle Google153DIAMOND TEAM ELITE ENGAGER CIRCLE 10.11.14This is my Diamond Team Elite Circle. Along with my Elite Inner Circle, these are the people who have helped me grow to where I am today. They have my gratitude, and to help them, and to help you grow your followers I am sharing them here. There is no automatic criteria to get into this circle. These are people who I have chosen and personally hand curated.To get to the next level and have a chance to become a Team Elite Engager, there are five simple steps:1. Make sure you have added me!2. +1 this post3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. DO NOT DELETE THIS SHARE OR YOU WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM NEXT WEEK'S  OR POSSIBLY BLACKLISTED FROM  FOR GOOD4. Optionally, comment to let me know what you have done! (this is optional, because my circles often reach the maximum 500 comments).5. So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.6. Optionally, add everyone from this circle - your Google Plus engagement is likely to skyrocket, as many people in the circle will add you back and plus, share and comment on your posts!~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~The ReSound Enzo includes two firsts: It is the first Super Power Made For iPhone hearing aid, and it is also the first MFi hearing aid that includes a telecoil, allowing wearers to take advantage of hands free calling with their iPhone, as well as wireless streaming of music, Facetime and YouTube from their iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod Touch - as well as listening through public loop induction systems in theatres, banks, post offices and places of worship.Unless you have used this kind of technology before you're probably thinking it's no big deal - after all, you've been able to get Bluetooth headsets for years, but until now you used to need an intermediate wireless device worn as a necklace or lapel clip to translate between Bluetooth and each manufacturer's own proprietary wireless protocol. As well as extra bulk, these would be one more gadget you'd have to remember to charge. The Made For iPhone protocol and hardware does away with all that as it's already built in to the hearing aids. Pretty neat, huh?http://www.londonhearingaids.co.uk/ReSound/resound-enzo-9-hearing-aid-uk-price-lowest-guaranteed-1675-including-lifetime-aftercare-call-0203-397-9787.html#enzo   #resoundenzo   #resound   #mfi  #MadeForiPhone   #superpower   2014-11-10 16:19:56212414
Circle Google153• #CR7Underwear this weekend! #vangaal   #moyes  #manchesterunited   #manutd   #premierleague  #football  #vangaal   #management  #manchesterunited   #football   #footballnews  #soccernews   #manutd   #premierleague   #ihavenoideawhatimdoing   #funny  #football   #lol  #HalaMadrid  #andreapirlo   #pirlo  #juventus   #juve  #manchester   #manchesterunited   #manchestercity  #andreapirlo   #pirlo   #juventus   #football #ronaldo   #ronaldinho   #ronaldo7  #vangaal  #moyes   #manchesterunited   #manutd  #premierleague   2014-11-10 01:32:56213001
Rivas Little16All my best friend! #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #friends   #morefollowers  2014-11-03 15:51:31501011
Harry Day10,043Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar2014-10-31 12:40:25496014
Arif Baltacı0Hello my friends on G+.....I release my My Best Circle Number 2. I have add wonderful and important  engagment people.To be added into the next circle you should do some steps :1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me ( +Circle Network ) in the comments on the share and  I can add you to the next circle immediately.   Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2014-10-31 01:10:16267000
Gailen Mapes70,233Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera S-U - 30 of 31NOTE: October 31 will be my last circle share.  I will be taking down my profile this weekend.Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to October 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting September 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles  #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-10-30 10:40:46201002
AyJay Schibig76,773AWESOME CIRCLE 10.25.14 by  +AyJay Schibig ReShare if you wish to be in this Circle.Some  awesome people  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  #circlesbyayjay  2014-10-26 02:39:02496636790
CAT kitten3,124CATkitten Circles – 5th day:♦ Circle 05 - today I publish this circle chosen by random raffle. It’s full of great professional and amateur photographers, artists and many nice people. Enjoy it!♦ Cercle 05 - aujourd'hui, je publie ce cercle choisi par tirage au sort aléatoire. Il est plein de grands photographes professionnels et amateurs, artistes et beaucoup de gens sympathiques. Profitez-en!♦ Círculo 05 – hoje, publico este círculo escolhido por sorteio aleatório. Ele tem grandes fotógrafos profissionais e amadores, artistas e muitas pessoas legais. Aproveite!====================================☆☆To whom shared me in a circle recently, I thank you all.☆☆ Amazing and friendly people of Google +, I appreciate your attention and the “+1"☆☆ If you like what you find in this circle, please credit me by just plus one or SHARE it.Online photography magazines you may like:• http://www.besttopphotographer.com/  • http://stunningmoment.com/2014photography.php • http://www.PhotoExtract.com/  #catkittengdm   #addiction   #addcircle   #addcircles   #addmetoyourcircles   #addpeople   #awesomecircles   #cercle   #circle   #circleme   #cercles   #circleoftheday   #circles   #circlemeup   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #círculo   #circuloscompartidos   #circulos   #findcircles   #fullcircleshare   #fullcircle   #morefollowers   #MYCIRCLES   #mycircle   #publiccircle   2014-10-24 11:15:59499011
Becky Collins17,846Photographers Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-20 09:12:044865117
Dylan Cuffy15,774#WhatLiesAground Time for another edition of Fab 2, where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Can't believe the last update was only five days ago!So many new ones, so little time; should've made a list so I didn't lose track. So as always, a special shout-out to those from my watchlist (which I cleared today):• +Moan Lisa (out of Iowa)• +Brian Gill (tip of the hat to ya!)• +Ashley Stuart (circle curator, just like Lisa)• +Tim Lyden (out of Oregon; greetings from Waterbury, CT!)• +OPhelia Marie (Dominica's Lady of Song)• +James Gunn (from +Guardians of the Galaxy)• +Ryan Schultz (the inspiration for my Top 10 Relevant group, along with +Aaron Crocco)• +Shawn Manaher (book marketing coach)• +Debbie Ohi (another children's author)• +Anthrocon (furries know their name)• +VLC (the open-source player)And saying hello to my newest finds (both furries as well): +Marshall Fox (fursuit fan) and +Jacob Bridenbecker (dragon as fursona). Along with:• +2014-10-17 17:50:44300002
Jayant Khoshiya13,728+Jayant yadavhttps://plus.google.com/+JayantYadav #circle #circles #circleshare #circleshares #circleshared #circlesharing #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #follow #followme #followers #following #authicle #authiclecircleshare #authiclecircle #authiclevol45  #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople 2014-10-17 05:53:27440161725
Brian Mitchell25,012#EngagerPlusExplosionShare 9.0#EngagerPlusExplosionShare 8.0 Engagement - (+258, Re-Share 252, Comments 243)Add this group of people to your circles and start getting some great engagement.  If you don't like some people that are included, just remove them from your feed. If you feel inclined - please +/Comment/Share this post for maximum exposureAre you in this circle and would like to be removed, Private Message me and I will take you off the list.#circles #GooglePlus #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #circleshared #topcircleshare #community #circlemonday #topsocialcircle #influencers #followers #topsharedcircle #awesomepeople #circleshares2014-10-16 22:50:11439913

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2015-01-15 21:22:16 (38 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I strongly disagree with Pope Francis about this.

If someone believes cockamamie and harmful things for foolish reasons, invoking the word "faith" does not grant an automatic free pass.

Faith is not off the table for criticism, satire, or ridicule. Sometimes, such expression accords with the "obligation to say what he thinks in the name of the common good."

If one's faithistic sensibilities are so fragile that the faithful can't take the heat, that means they need to reexamine how they hold their faith; it does not mean that the contrarian may never legitimately speak against the faith.

In regard to Francis's notion that the limits of freedom of speech mean you should not cause offense, I think freedom of speech is most relevant where people find it troubling.

And insults alone never provoke violence; that's just... mehr »

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2015-01-22 00:09:18 (27 comments, 11 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

I'm imagining that George Lucas had already sketched out the script for Episode 7: Jar Jar's Tale, when ... inexplicably ... Disney chose to deviate from Lucas's vision.

;-)

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2015-01-22 00:09:18 (27 comments, 11 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

I'm imagining that George Lucas had already sketched out the script for Episode 7: Jar Jar's Tale, when ... inexplicably ... Disney chose to deviate from Lucas's vision.

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2015-01-26 20:37:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This author's list of "12 worst" religious ideas is interesting. While I do find the ideas listed problematic, there are numerous other prime candidates for such a list, which I find equally concerning. I don't think I could narrow it down to a mere 12. To mention just a small sample of others that might belong on such a list: the idea that we are born reprobate, wicked, corrupt; vicarious sin; vicarious redemption; abnegation of life; the idea that there's a supernatural, evil force constantly tempting us, leading us astray, working against us, and that we are routinely encountering manifestations of this; the idea that God owns us, we are His slaves, and he has the right to do with us as He sees fit; the idea that we have no moral compass without God; the idea that morality equals God's command and obedience to God's command; the idea that "God did it"-type... mehr »

This author's list of "12 worst" religious ideas is interesting. While I do find the ideas listed problematic, there are numerous other prime candidates for such a list, which I find equally concerning. I don't think I could narrow it down to a mere 12. To mention just a small sample of others that might belong on such a list: the idea that we are born reprobate, wicked, corrupt; vicarious sin; vicarious redemption; abnegation of life; the idea that there's a supernatural, evil force constantly tempting us, leading us astray, working against us, and that we are routinely encountering manifestations of this; the idea that God owns us, we are His slaves, and he has the right to do with us as He sees fit; the idea that we have no moral compass without God; the idea that morality equals God's command and obedience to God's command; the idea that "God did it"-type explanations are satisfactory substitutes for understanding the mechanisms and particulars of how things work; the idea that it's virtuous to wholeheartedly and uncritically hold the most extraordinary claims about things which can't be detected as knowledge, with an unwillingness to modify the position regardless any data; the idea that we should put God before family, friends, and our fellow humans; the idea that we need spiritual intermediaries; and the idea to seek magical solutions to problems.___

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2015-01-24 21:54:43 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

I snapped this photo in a local bookstore, yesterday. I shook my head that they set up a monument of stupidity in the name of an intellectual pursuit. Lose a bit of humanity? Srsly? They'd rather take swipes at their imagined enemies than realize the "enemies" are actually potential allies. They'd rather squander their business opportunities than embrace them.

This is a bookstore that is half the size it was last year. (The other half has been turned into a furniture showroom.) This is a bookstore so ossified that they can't buy books they want. (They told me last year that they love my book and would like to carry it, but they won't - because they buy all their books through only one single distributor, and that distributor didn't carry my book at the time.)

I guess it's easier for them to blame the changing world than for them to understand that... mehr »

I snapped this photo in a local bookstore, yesterday. I shook my head that they set up a monument of stupidity in the name of an intellectual pursuit. Lose a bit of humanity? Srsly? They'd rather take swipes at their imagined enemies than realize the "enemies" are actually potential allies. They'd rather squander their business opportunities than embrace them.

This is a bookstore that is half the size it was last year. (The other half has been turned into a furniture showroom.) This is a bookstore so ossified that they can't buy books they want. (They told me last year that they love my book and would like to carry it, but they won't - because they buy all their books through only one single distributor, and that distributor didn't carry my book at the time.)

I guess it's easier for them to blame the changing world than for them to understand that they run their business so badly that they're the cause of their own problems. I love bookstores, and it breaks my heart to see them drive themselves into irrelevance, and out of business.___

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2015-01-23 04:35:12 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Here's a photo of me (made by Dr. K) from about 1990.

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT #BlastFromThePast

Here's a photo of me (made by Dr. K) from about 1990.

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT #BlastFromThePast___

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2015-01-22 00:09:18 (27 comments, 11 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

I'm imagining that George Lucas had already sketched out the script for Episode 7: Jar Jar's Tale, when ... inexplicably ... Disney chose to deviate from Lucas's vision.

;-)

I'm imagining that George Lucas had already sketched out the script for Episode 7: Jar Jar's Tale, when ... inexplicably ... Disney chose to deviate from Lucas's vision.

;-)___

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2015-01-17 17:35:51 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

In a future printing of my book, Growing Up Humming, I might mention that the kind of seed pod the hummingbird nest is built upon is a sweet Hakea tree seed pod (Hakea suaveolens), and then include a photo of a sweet Hakea seed pod next to a cherry for size reference, and say that the nest is built on a seed pod about the size of a cherry. (I wouldn't necessarily use this photo; I have a bunch of photos of Hakea seed pods next to cherries.) Before I do this, I have a couple of questions:

1) Are cherries well known around the world, or would folks in most countries be unfamiliar with them?

2) Would you agree that using a cherry for size reference is better than using a quarter for size reference?

Thank you for your thoughts.

In a future printing of my book, Growing Up Humming, I might mention that the kind of seed pod the hummingbird nest is built upon is a sweet Hakea tree seed pod (Hakea suaveolens), and then include a photo of a sweet Hakea seed pod next to a cherry for size reference, and say that the nest is built on a seed pod about the size of a cherry. (I wouldn't necessarily use this photo; I have a bunch of photos of Hakea seed pods next to cherries.) Before I do this, I have a couple of questions:

1) Are cherries well known around the world, or would folks in most countries be unfamiliar with them?

2) Would you agree that using a cherry for size reference is better than using a quarter for size reference?

Thank you for your thoughts.___

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2015-01-15 21:22:16 (38 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I strongly disagree with Pope Francis about this.

If someone believes cockamamie and harmful things for foolish reasons, invoking the word "faith" does not grant an automatic free pass.

Faith is not off the table for criticism, satire, or ridicule. Sometimes, such expression accords with the "obligation to say what he thinks in the name of the common good."

If one's faithistic sensibilities are so fragile that the faithful can't take the heat, that means they need to reexamine how they hold their faith; it does not mean that the contrarian may never legitimately speak against the faith.

In regard to Francis's notion that the limits of freedom of speech mean you should not cause offense, I think freedom of speech is most relevant where people find it troubling.

And insults alone never provoke violence; that's just... mehr »

I strongly disagree with Pope Francis about this.

If someone believes cockamamie and harmful things for foolish reasons, invoking the word "faith" does not grant an automatic free pass.

Faith is not off the table for criticism, satire, or ridicule. Sometimes, such expression accords with the "obligation to say what he thinks in the name of the common good."

If one's faithistic sensibilities are so fragile that the faithful can't take the heat, that means they need to reexamine how they hold their faith; it does not mean that the contrarian may never legitimately speak against the faith.

In regard to Francis's notion that the limits of freedom of speech mean you should not cause offense, I think freedom of speech is most relevant where people find it troubling.

And insults alone never provoke violence; that's just a weak excuse for poor impulse control.

I must also note the hypocritical irony here, of him saying in one breath that you can't speak badly about people's religions, then in the next breath calling other people's religions "deviant" and "an aberration." ___

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2014-12-31 23:45:52 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Here's my last photo of the year, a phone snapshot I just made in the woods.

A fallen oak leaf. A gnawed deer femur. An old stump.

Deciduation, death, deterioration.

For me, this gives a feeling of senescence, fitting with the last hour or so of sunlight for 2014.

I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great New Year's Eve!

Here's my last photo of the year, a phone snapshot I just made in the woods.

A fallen oak leaf. A gnawed deer femur. An old stump.

Deciduation, death, deterioration.

For me, this gives a feeling of senescence, fitting with the last hour or so of sunlight for 2014.

I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great New Year's Eve!___

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2014-12-30 19:01:12 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Here's another phone snapshot of a mushroom I saw during my walk in the woods, yesterday. I didn't take the time to thoroughly ID it, but I'm fairly sure this was an Amanita phalloides, one of the two most deadly poisonous kinds of mushroom in the world - a horrible way to die, over a two week period, as the poison shuts down your body's RNA synthesis. Pretty little things, though. ;-)

Here's another phone snapshot of a mushroom I saw during my walk in the woods, yesterday. I didn't take the time to thoroughly ID it, but I'm fairly sure this was an Amanita phalloides, one of the two most deadly poisonous kinds of mushroom in the world - a horrible way to die, over a two week period, as the poison shuts down your body's RNA synthesis. Pretty little things, though. ;-)___

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2014-12-30 00:16:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

I just took a walk in the woods. Here's a phone snapshot of a mushroom (Lactarius ssp.) and some oak bark. I hope you enjoy it.

I just took a walk in the woods. Here's a phone snapshot of a mushroom (Lactarius ssp.) and some oak bark. I hope you enjoy it.___

2014-12-25 01:29:52 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Since some falsely pious media whores are creating a hub bub over a supposed "War on Christmas," and since I'm the kind of outspoken atheist that these charlatans pretend to be concerned about, allow me to weigh in on the matter.

Personally, I'm not engaged in any war on Christmas. Furthermore, among the atheists I know, I have never encountered one who was anti-Christmas, nor even any who know anyone else who is anti-Christmas. Basically, the consensus of the atheist "community" is that the "War on Christmas," as some kind of actual movement, rather than the occasional isolated crank, is made up, and nonexistent.

It's true that I probably say "Happy Holidays" more often than I say "Merry Christmas." Apparently some people see this as a subtle attempt to undermine Christmas. I see it as simply a more sensible thing to say to... mehr »

Since some falsely pious media whores are creating a hub bub over a supposed "War on Christmas," and since I'm the kind of outspoken atheist that these charlatans pretend to be concerned about, allow me to weigh in on the matter.

Personally, I'm not engaged in any war on Christmas. Furthermore, among the atheists I know, I have never encountered one who was anti-Christmas, nor even any who know anyone else who is anti-Christmas. Basically, the consensus of the atheist "community" is that the "War on Christmas," as some kind of actual movement, rather than the occasional isolated crank, is made up, and nonexistent.

It's true that I probably say "Happy Holidays" more often than I say "Merry Christmas." Apparently some people see this as a subtle attempt to undermine Christmas. I see it as simply a more sensible thing to say to the atheists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Pagans, etc., that I know, as well as for people whose views I don't know.

I also must admit that I find most of the Frank Sinatra / Rosemary Clooney / Bing Crosby / José Feliciano type Christmas music that gets played constantly in every public establishment between Thanksgiving and Christmas to be crassly commercial, sentimental and manipulative, mostly artless, and occasionally creepy. Maybe I could get behind a war on the constant repetition of that schlock for a month straight. ;-)

Seriously, though - I like the traditions of getting together with loved ones, feasting and celebrating, and giving each other tokens of affection, just as much as everyone else. Everybody I know, including even the most antireligious, like these Christmas celebrations. Practically nobody has an agenda against Christmas, as far as I know.

I and other non-believers certainly have a number of points of contention with some fundamentalist Christians - such as their belief that I should be eternally tortured for disagreeing with their religious views, or their desire to force their religious beliefs on others through legislation. But a "War on Christmas"? Seriously? That would be preposterously picayune.

Merry Christmas!___

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2014-12-18 05:56:16 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I tried pressing "D" during start-up to run a hardware diagnostic test of my dead computer. This was the result. Does anyone have any idea what this means?

Thank you for any help.

I tried pressing "D" during start-up to run a hardware diagnostic test of my dead computer. This was the result. Does anyone have any idea what this means?

Thank you for any help.___

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2014-12-14 21:37:19 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

With Valentine's Day a mere 2 months away, some of you are probably wondering, "What's the most romantic thing you could do with your sweetheart to celebrate the occasion?" Luckily for you, I have a Valentine's Day suggestion that will really set you apart from everybody going on weekend getaways, or having candle-lit dinners.  
;-)

February 14th will be the grand opening of the newly rebuilt Main Library in Palo Alto, and I will be there from 3-4 PM, giving a reading of my book (Growing Up Humming), answering your hummingbird questions, and signing books. Come join me, if you can.

You can purchase Growing Up Humming, online, if you would like to bring a copy and get it signed.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480165220/

Growing Up Humming was the #1 top-rated book in its category on Amazon, out of about 50,000, for 6 month straight. So don't... mehr »

With Valentine's Day a mere 2 months away, some of you are probably wondering, "What's the most romantic thing you could do with your sweetheart to celebrate the occasion?" Luckily for you, I have a Valentine's Day suggestion that will really set you apart from everybody going on weekend getaways, or having candle-lit dinners.  
;-)

February 14th will be the grand opening of the newly rebuilt Main Library in Palo Alto, and I will be there from 3-4 PM, giving a reading of my book (Growing Up Humming), answering your hummingbird questions, and signing books. Come join me, if you can.

You can purchase Growing Up Humming, online, if you would like to bring a copy and get it signed.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480165220/

Growing Up Humming was the #1 top-rated book in its category on Amazon, out of about 50,000, for 6 month straight. So don't miss out!

I hope to see you, there.___

2014-12-14 01:54:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'd pretty much completed all of the photos and writing I need for my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals – but there were still two particular photos more I wanted, to make the book just right. Today, I got one of those two. One more to go. 

Soon....

Thank you, +Ramprakash R, for a great day.

I'd pretty much completed all of the photos and writing I need for my next book, The Onshore Lives of Northern Elephant Seals – but there were still two particular photos more I wanted, to make the book just right. Today, I got one of those two. One more to go. 

Soon....

Thank you, +Ramprakash R, for a great day.___

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2014-12-11 17:02:31 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Wow! More rain last night than last year.

Wow! More rain last night than last year.___

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2014-12-10 03:00:57 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Here's Miss B sitting at her desk, reading The Grumpy Guide to Life.

I've been enjoying making photos like this. I like showing the living spaces people make for themselves, in a way that gives insight about them, almost like exo-somatic portraits. I like showing people doing what they do. (Miss B reads a lot.) It's a fun challenge to make pictures so wide that they show just about everything in the scene, and yet trying to keep a sense of composition where everything is for a reason. (It's also fun to tackle the technical challenges of making perfectly stitched panoramas in tight indoor environments, with both near and far objects.) And I like trying to compose pictures that I can't "see," in the sense that they are wider than my field of view.

It could be a fun project to seriously document people's living spaces - perhaps with them doing what... mehr »

Here's Miss B sitting at her desk, reading The Grumpy Guide to Life.

I've been enjoying making photos like this. I like showing the living spaces people make for themselves, in a way that gives insight about them, almost like exo-somatic portraits. I like showing people doing what they do. (Miss B reads a lot.) It's a fun challenge to make pictures so wide that they show just about everything in the scene, and yet trying to keep a sense of composition where everything is for a reason. (It's also fun to tackle the technical challenges of making perfectly stitched panoramas in tight indoor environments, with both near and far objects.) And I like trying to compose pictures that I can't "see," in the sense that they are wider than my field of view.

It could be a fun project to seriously document people's living spaces - perhaps with them doing what they do.

I hope you enjoy this, too.___

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2014-12-03 00:31:37 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

This is a reminder for everyone who is doing holiday shopping for presents that my book, Growing Up Humming, is available to order through Amazon. If this fits with your needs, please consider choosing my book as a present for your loved ones, thereby helping support my literary endeavors.

Growing Up Humming was the #1 top-rated book in its category on Amazon, out of almost 50,000, for 6 months straight. 

The paperback edition can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480165220/

The ebook version can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A4TG0NI/

Here are a few excerpts from some 5 star reviews of it on Amazon:

"I could not put it down! The photographs alone are priceless."

"Growing Up Humming is brilliant... He captures the maturation of two hummingbird chicks beautifully, so beautifully... mehr »

This is a reminder for everyone who is doing holiday shopping for presents that my book, Growing Up Humming, is available to order through Amazon. If this fits with your needs, please consider choosing my book as a present for your loved ones, thereby helping support my literary endeavors.

Growing Up Humming was the #1 top-rated book in its category on Amazon, out of almost 50,000, for 6 months straight. 

The paperback edition can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1480165220/

The ebook version can be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A4TG0NI/

Here are a few excerpts from some 5 star reviews of it on Amazon:

"I could not put it down! The photographs alone are priceless."

"Growing Up Humming is brilliant... He captures the maturation of two hummingbird chicks beautifully, so beautifully that I kept wondering, "How does he get these shots?" But it's not just the photography that's good. His accompanying text is aimed at a young audience, but I, as an adult, found it both entertaining and educational. Not only did it teach me a lot about Anna's hummingbirds, but it has a subtext about growing up, being taken care of by a parent, learning from her, and then becoming self-sufficient, that while plentifully clear wasn't at all heavy-handed."

"Breathtaking... Every time you look at the photos, you discover something new."

"As a parent, I completely identified with Mama bird. These photographs, along with the authors clear and informative story are a complete package."

"While it's marketed as a book for children, the writing strikes a fine balance of intelligence and simplicity in a way that adults will appreciate and children will understand."

"Really enjoyable and informative story, the visual artwork accompanying it is absolutely astonishing - I'd highly recommend this book to anyone!"

"A true work of art that any aged person may enjoy. The photography skills and knowledge of the author and photographer Mike Spinak is spectacularly displayed on each page. This is a book I will treasure for life and will share with my family."

"This is the kind of book which will fascinate and inspire children and their parents for generations."

"After flipping through a few pages, I was hooked. The photography and text are superb... I was blown away with the quality of the author's remarkable images. The book is being marketed primarily as a children's book, but in my opinion, it's just as appealing to grownups who love nature stories."

"Very often, books with photography can ignore the writing and be quite fascinating simply in pictures, but this book does not ignore the writing. Mike Spinak describes in detail the nesting material used to make the nest, and he details the stages of the hummingbird life cycle. Not only was I dazzled by the photographs, but I learned a lot about the life cycle of hummingbirds."

Thank you for your consideration.___

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2014-11-27 23:32:40 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thank you to everyone here who shares your interests, arts, information, and ideas, who appreciates what I say and show, who shares friendship and camaraderie, and who makes G+ a great place.  

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thank you to everyone here who shares your interests, arts, information, and ideas, who appreciates what I say and show, who shares friendship and camaraderie, and who makes G+ a great place.  ___

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2014-11-27 04:32:00 (16 comments, 8 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak  

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's a mother Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) feeding a 15 day old chick, on the nest. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak  

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's a mother Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) feeding a 15 day old chick, on the nest. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!___

2014-11-26 00:35:08 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I read a lot of children's picture books as a tot; I've read a lot more to the kidlets in my life, and a lot more still as I've journeyed along the path of becoming a children's book author. Here are some of my favorite children's books (not including the one I made), and some of my least favorite children's books. These lists are not exhaustive, and they're in no particular order.

Of course, your own tastes might differ from mine.

Some Favorites:
Cathedral, by David Macaulay
Spring is Here, by Taro Gomi
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
The Awdrey-Gore Legacy, by Edward Gorey
Olivia, by Ian Falconer
A Special Trick, by Mercer Mayer
Apple Farmer Annie, by Monica Wellington
Letters from A Lost Uncle, by Mervyn Peake
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
The Lorax, by Dr. Suess

Some Least Favorites:... mehr »

I read a lot of children's picture books as a tot; I've read a lot more to the kidlets in my life, and a lot more still as I've journeyed along the path of becoming a children's book author. Here are some of my favorite children's books (not including the one I made), and some of my least favorite children's books. These lists are not exhaustive, and they're in no particular order.

Of course, your own tastes might differ from mine.

Some Favorites:
Cathedral, by David Macaulay
Spring is Here, by Taro Gomi
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
The Awdrey-Gore Legacy, by Edward Gorey
Olivia, by Ian Falconer
A Special Trick, by Mercer Mayer
Apple Farmer Annie, by Monica Wellington
Letters from A Lost Uncle, by Mervyn Peake
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
The Lorax, by Dr. Suess

Some Least Favorites:
Guess How Much I Love you, by Sam McBratney
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
Happy Pig Day!, by Mo Willems
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Eric Carle
A Fly Went By, by Mike McClintock
The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister
Put Me in the Zoo, by Robert Lopshire
All of the Thomas the Tank Engine books, by Rev. W. Awdry
Everything by Beatrix Potter___

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2014-11-25 22:43:43 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Flickr is selling photographers' no-restriction Creative Commons licensed photos without remunerating the photographers. It's legal for them to do, but it's uncouth, and exemplifies perfectly why I've stopped supporting Flickr and their parent company, Yahoo! – as I've discussed previously (such as here: https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/PKNjo4sox4d ).

I must note that I don't think Flickr is solely to blame, here. The photographers who put their pictures up with licenses that they can be used for free, without restriction, should've expected such usage. Any of them who were taken by surprise by this – hopefully they will read the licenses and think more carefully about agreeing, next time.

If Flickr has at times been somewhat negligent in regard to their care of filtering pictures by how they're licensed ... that could make this potentiallyconc... mehr »

Flickr is selling photographers' no-restriction Creative Commons licensed photos without remunerating the photographers. It's legal for them to do, but it's uncouth, and exemplifies perfectly why I've stopped supporting Flickr and their parent company, Yahoo! – as I've discussed previously (such as here: https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/PKNjo4sox4d ).

I must note that I don't think Flickr is solely to blame, here. The photographers who put their pictures up with licenses that they can be used for free, without restriction, should've expected such usage. Any of them who were taken by surprise by this – hopefully they will read the licenses and think more carefully about agreeing, next time.

If Flickr has at times been somewhat negligent in regard to their care of filtering pictures by how they're licensed ... that could make this potentially concerning even for those who did not put up pictures with no restriction CC licenses.

Fortunately, I've only put pictures on Flickr at rather small sizes, even besides avoiding no restriction licenses.___

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2014-11-25 21:42:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Nice. I like this.

Nice. I like this.___

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2014-11-25 03:35:45 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Here's Sleeping California Seal Lions, from my Sleeping Sea Lions series. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's Sleeping California Seal Lions, from my Sleeping Sea Lions series. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-11-24 08:12:06 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I've seen this posted a number of times. While I can appreciate the humor, the "science" is way off.

The farthest star that most people can see with unaided eyesight is Deneb, which is less than 3,000 light years away. Meanwhile, stars tend to last much longer than that. Our sun is about 4.5 billion years old, and stars the size of our sun tend to live about 10 billion years. Red dwarf stars can last up to 10 trillion years. Even the shortest lasting blue giant stars last for many millions of years.

Don't give up on your dreams, and don't let social media memes mislead you about science.  :-)

I've seen this posted a number of times. While I can appreciate the humor, the "science" is way off.

The farthest star that most people can see with unaided eyesight is Deneb, which is less than 3,000 light years away. Meanwhile, stars tend to last much longer than that. Our sun is about 4.5 billion years old, and stars the size of our sun tend to live about 10 billion years. Red dwarf stars can last up to 10 trillion years. Even the shortest lasting blue giant stars last for many millions of years.

Don't give up on your dreams, and don't let social media memes mislead you about science.  :-)___

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2014-11-23 22:41:44 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

Here's a cedar waxwing I photographed around this time of year, a few years ago. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's a cedar waxwing I photographed around this time of year, a few years ago. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-11-23 04:34:39 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Here's a picture of garlic mushrooms growing on a tanoak leaf, from a few years ago. Maybe the last few days of rain will be enough to fill the woods with mushrooms.

I hope you enjoy it.

Here's a picture of garlic mushrooms growing on a tanoak leaf, from a few years ago. Maybe the last few days of rain will be enough to fill the woods with mushrooms.

I hope you enjoy it.___

2014-11-21 22:26:42 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I just upgraded to Android Lollipop. (I should've done it a few days ago.) 

I'm now I'm exploring the new version of the OS....

I just upgraded to Android Lollipop. (I should've done it a few days ago.) 

I'm now I'm exploring the new version of the OS....___

2014-11-20 21:10:33 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

PSA for Dog Owners

I love all dogs. I wish I could say the same about their owners. 

I'm amazed at how inconsiderate many dog owners are, both toward their dogs, and toward everyone and everything else. Not all dog owners, of course – but far too many. Since so many dog owners seem clueless, I'll spell out a few things dog owners should try to avoid doing.

1) Getting a big dog that needs lots of space, and then keeping it cooped up all the time in a small apartment with no yard. 

2) Letting your big dog run up to every stranger in public and sniff her or his crotch.

3) Taking your easily-overstimulated dog to a stimulating environment, then harshly jerking it around on a leash with a spiked choke collar, to keep it under control.

4 A) Taking your dog to a wildlife preserve where it's not allowed on the trails, thenlea... mehr »

PSA for Dog Owners

I love all dogs. I wish I could say the same about their owners. 

I'm amazed at how inconsiderate many dog owners are, both toward their dogs, and toward everyone and everything else. Not all dog owners, of course – but far too many. Since so many dog owners seem clueless, I'll spell out a few things dog owners should try to avoid doing.

1) Getting a big dog that needs lots of space, and then keeping it cooped up all the time in a small apartment with no yard. 

2) Letting your big dog run up to every stranger in public and sniff her or his crotch.

3) Taking your easily-overstimulated dog to a stimulating environment, then harshly jerking it around on a leash with a spiked choke collar, to keep it under control.

4 A) Taking your dog to a wildlife preserve where it's not allowed on the trails, then leaving it in the car for hours.

4 B) Alternatively, taking your dog to a wildlife preserve where it's not allowed on trails, then taking it on a trail anyway, while all the wildlife evacuate the area as the dog approaches.

5) Letting your dog crap in your neighbors' yards. 

6) Leaving your anxious dog at home while it howls hysterically all day long.

7) Letting your dog chew up and destroy public property.

8) Not reining in your barking and growling dog on its 20 foot leash while passing strangers on a narrow sidewalk or path. 

9) Scolding and punishing your dog all the time for being a dog and behaving according to its dog nature.

10) Letting your dog off its leash at the park and encouraging it to chase the ducks, geese, squirrels, lizards, etc..

11) Disposing of your dog at the pound over trivial inconveniences, as though you never committed to making the dog a true family member when you adopted it.

If you own a dog, or are thinking of getting one, please be better than this.

Thank you.___

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2014-11-20 02:19:45 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Well, it seems like this 5 day black and white challenge going around G+ and FB has come and gone. Anyway, here's one of my photos of a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains. I hope you enjoy it.

Well, it seems like this 5 day black and white challenge going around G+ and FB has come and gone. Anyway, here's one of my photos of a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-11-14 04:16:05 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Here's Slumber Party, 2, from my Sleeping California Sea Lions series. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's Slumber Party, 2, from my Sleeping California Sea Lions series. I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-10-30 05:03:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I've posted several times before about my why I'm not anti-Amazon, neither as an author nor as a reader. 

Here are a few of my previous posts:
https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/EZu6o2Ewbiv

https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/j9RFMBTt8KX

https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/NjkX39SsjGA

And I've posted some of my thoughts about the role of the publishing industry in the endeavors of authors, such as here:
http://mikespinak.com/dreaming-of-middlemen/

Anyway, here's an article I mostly agree with, about Amazon and the current situation with Hachette.

Cheers.

I've posted several times before about my why I'm not anti-Amazon, neither as an author nor as a reader. 

Here are a few of my previous posts:
https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/EZu6o2Ewbiv

https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/j9RFMBTt8KX

https://plus.google.com/+MikeSpinak/posts/NjkX39SsjGA

And I've posted some of my thoughts about the role of the publishing industry in the endeavors of authors, such as here:
http://mikespinak.com/dreaming-of-middlemen/

Anyway, here's an article I mostly agree with, about Amazon and the current situation with Hachette.

Cheers.___

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2014-10-29 19:36:53 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

+Terrie Gray nominated me to share my nature photos 5 days in a row, for the nature photo challenge. Here's a Diablo range garter snake, for day 5. I hope you enjoy it.

Today, I nominate +Rachael Alexandra for the nature photo challenge. She's a fine photographer, whose work deserves more attention than it gets. (And while you are looking at her work, check out her excellent book of photography and poetry.)

+Terrie Gray nominated me to share my nature photos 5 days in a row, for the nature photo challenge. Here's a Diablo range garter snake, for day 5. I hope you enjoy it.

Today, I nominate +Rachael Alexandra for the nature photo challenge. She's a fine photographer, whose work deserves more attention than it gets. (And while you are looking at her work, check out her excellent book of photography and poetry.)___

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2014-10-29 19:09:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Yesterday, I was at my weekly writing group in a local café. I asked the barista how she's doing today, and she whispered to me that she hopes the Giants lose, so her boss will finally stop blathering on with the endless sports talk. 

Yesterday, I was at my weekly writing group in a local café. I asked the barista how she's doing today, and she whispered to me that she hopes the Giants lose, so her boss will finally stop blathering on with the endless sports talk. ___

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2014-10-29 18:14:09 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak  

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's an American kestrel flying toward me. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak  

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's an American kestrel flying toward me. I hope you enjoy it.

Remember that every Wednesday is Wildlife Wednesday. Post your pictures of wildlife. Do a search and look at other people's pictures of wildlife. Any wild creature will do. Big or small. From bugs to birds. All you have to do is post a wildlife picture, and mark it with #WildlifeWednesday  

I hope to see a lot of your wildlife pictures. Show the wild animals you've encountered!___

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2014-10-28 18:29:03 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

+Terrie Gray nominated me to share nature photos 5 days in a row, for the nature photo challenge. Here's Mono Lake at dawn, for day 4. I hope you enjoy it.

Today, I nominate my friend and fellow wildlife photographer, +Morkel Erasmus. He's a splendid photographer, as everyone who looks at his page will see.

+Terrie Gray nominated me to share nature photos 5 days in a row, for the nature photo challenge. Here's Mono Lake at dawn, for day 4. I hope you enjoy it.

Today, I nominate my friend and fellow wildlife photographer, +Morkel Erasmus. He's a splendid photographer, as everyone who looks at his page will see.___

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2014-10-27 19:15:40 (22 comments, 5 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

+Terrie Gray nominated me to share nature photos 5 days in a row, for the nature photography challenge. Here are a couple of sea lions from my Sleeping California Sea Lions series, for day 3. I hope you enjoy the photo.

Today, I nominate +Gabriela Zavadilova for the nature photo challenge. She's an aspiring photographer with insight and sensitivity. I hope she shares some of her visions with us.

+Terrie Gray nominated me to share nature photos 5 days in a row, for the nature photography challenge. Here are a couple of sea lions from my Sleeping California Sea Lions series, for day 3. I hope you enjoy the photo.

Today, I nominate +Gabriela Zavadilova for the nature photo challenge. She's an aspiring photographer with insight and sensitivity. I hope she shares some of her visions with us.___

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2014-10-26 17:59:51 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

+Terrie Gray nominated me for the 5 day nature photography challenge. Here's my photo for day 2, a picture of a couple shooting stars in Tuolumne Meadows. I hope you enjoy it.

Today, I nominate +Barry Blanchard for the 5 day nature photography challenge. I think he may be able to scrounge up a few flower, wildlife, and landscape photos, if he digs deep into his files. ;-)

+Terrie Gray nominated me for the 5 day nature photography challenge. Here's my photo for day 2, a picture of a couple shooting stars in Tuolumne Meadows. I hope you enjoy it.

Today, I nominate +Barry Blanchard for the 5 day nature photography challenge. I think he may be able to scrounge up a few flower, wildlife, and landscape photos, if he digs deep into his files. ;-)___

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2014-10-25 18:00:37 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

+Terrie Gray nominated me for the 5 Day Nature Photo Challenge. Here's my photo for day 1. This is a roundleaf sundew, catching and eating a fly. I hope you find it worth a look.

I nominate +Jeff Wendorff, a fine nature photographer with many excellent photos to share.

+Terrie Gray nominated me for the 5 Day Nature Photo Challenge. Here's my photo for day 1. This is a roundleaf sundew, catching and eating a fly. I hope you find it worth a look.

I nominate +Jeff Wendorff, a fine nature photographer with many excellent photos to share.___

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2014-10-25 00:59:54 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Here's an exciting bit of news for enthusiasts of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. I'm looking forward to this.

Here's an exciting bit of news for enthusiasts of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. I'm looking forward to this.___

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2014-10-24 21:06:52 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Here's a reading of a great passage from a philosopher more people should know.

It's unfortunate that so many of the would be advocates, defenders, and enthusiasts of science always talk up demarcating science and rationality in terms of justification, verification, proof, and the like. Here's a nice introduction into a more logically consistent viewpoint.

I hope you enjoy it.

Here's a reading of a great passage from a philosopher more people should know.

It's unfortunate that so many of the would be advocates, defenders, and enthusiasts of science always talk up demarcating science and rationality in terms of justification, verification, proof, and the like. Here's a nice introduction into a more logically consistent viewpoint.

I hope you enjoy it.___

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2014-10-21 01:06:57 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Here's a mobile phone camera snapshot of part of a WWII bomber airplane. I hope you enjoy it. 

Here's a mobile phone camera snapshot of part of a WWII bomber airplane. I hope you enjoy it. ___

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2014-10-19 01:06:07 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I don't like the taste of coffee, nor the effects of caffeine – but this graphic sums up what seems to me like it would be the least tolerable part of being a regular coffee drinker.

When I see people looking like death warmed over when they wake up in the morning, until they have their first cup of coffee... when I hear them complain about how awful they feel when they have not had their coffee... when I see how much time and effort and money they put into getting coffee, making coffee, and drinking coffee, every single day – I find it surprising that most people knowingly and eagerly choose to take up coffee addiction. 

If you want to begin and maintain an onerous addiction – that's your choice. More power to you. I just find it difficult to fathom that choice.

I don't like the taste of coffee, nor the effects of caffeine – but this graphic sums up what seems to me like it would be the least tolerable part of being a regular coffee drinker.

When I see people looking like death warmed over when they wake up in the morning, until they have their first cup of coffee... when I hear them complain about how awful they feel when they have not had their coffee... when I see how much time and effort and money they put into getting coffee, making coffee, and drinking coffee, every single day – I find it surprising that most people knowingly and eagerly choose to take up coffee addiction. 

If you want to begin and maintain an onerous addiction – that's your choice. More power to you. I just find it difficult to fathom that choice.___

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2014-10-17 03:35:58 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Yup.

When I started photography, I told myself there are enough uninteresting pictures in the world, and I don't need to add any more. I vowed to myself from the very first picture that I would take full control of the photographic process and really think about my photographic decisions, and that I would not trigger the shutter unless I had good reason to think a the photo would be significant. I kept that up for my first several years as a photographer.

(This was my first picture, in case you're wondering: https://plus.google.com/photos/116043947632177598920/albums/5666734047484110657/5666734044973889202?pid=5666734044973889202&oid=116043947632177598920 )

I often hear or read advice to beginning photographers to "Shoot as much as you can." Instead, I've suggested to beginners, "Shoot as well as you can," and, "Make every shot... mehr »

Yup.

When I started photography, I told myself there are enough uninteresting pictures in the world, and I don't need to add any more. I vowed to myself from the very first picture that I would take full control of the photographic process and really think about my photographic decisions, and that I would not trigger the shutter unless I had good reason to think a the photo would be significant. I kept that up for my first several years as a photographer.

(This was my first picture, in case you're wondering: https://plus.google.com/photos/116043947632177598920/albums/5666734047484110657/5666734044973889202?pid=5666734044973889202&oid=116043947632177598920 )

I often hear or read advice to beginning photographers to "Shoot as much as you can." Instead, I've suggested to beginners, "Shoot as well as you can," and, "Make every shot count." Becoming the best photographer you can comes not from the quantity you shoot, but from the thoughtfulness and effort you put into each photo.___

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2014-10-16 20:32:00 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

So, rather than just tell you "this is nifty," I'm going to tell you a long, nostalgic story that pertains to what this brings to mind for me. I hope you find it worthwhile.

When I was a budding new photographer, I took a trip to Yosemite. On that trip, I did the Mist Trail hike. However, instead of hiking to the top of Nevada Falls, I cut off trail and went as close as I could in front of the base of the waterfall. As I stood there, I could see the majesty of the waterfall, with a nearly 360 degree double rainbow right in front of me, with The Spectre of the Brocken.

Of course, I wanted to get a photo of it. But I couldn't, because of the water blasting on me.

I have a technique that I often use for photographing waterfalls from fairly close. I set up my tripod, mount the camera, do all of the focusing and metering, etc., while the camera and lens are... mehr »

So, rather than just tell you "this is nifty," I'm going to tell you a long, nostalgic story that pertains to what this brings to mind for me. I hope you find it worthwhile.

When I was a budding new photographer, I took a trip to Yosemite. On that trip, I did the Mist Trail hike. However, instead of hiking to the top of Nevada Falls, I cut off trail and went as close as I could in front of the base of the waterfall. As I stood there, I could see the majesty of the waterfall, with a nearly 360 degree double rainbow right in front of me, with The Spectre of the Brocken.

Of course, I wanted to get a photo of it. But I couldn't, because of the water blasting on me.

I have a technique that I often use for photographing waterfalls from fairly close. I set up my tripod, mount the camera, do all of the focusing and metering, etc., while the camera and lens are getting sprayed with water (works best with a somewhat water resistant camera, of course) – then I dismount my camera from the tripod and walk away, several hundred yards back. When I'm far enough away, I clean my lens, and wrap the camera in my jacket. Then I go back to where I left the tripod, and re-mount the camera, still wrapped in my jacket. Then, in one swift movement, I pull the jacket off and snap the shot, before the lens is too splattered with water. Here's an example of a photo where I used that technique:
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2049/2153832954_89562156a5_o.jpg

That technique works well for a lot of waterfall situations, but not this one. The blast of the water was too much, too fast. It was almost like facing point blank into a hose. I could barely even keep my eyes open, facing the waterfall. So... I saw a great photo opportunity, but left without getting the shot.

Later that night, I was over near the Yosemite Lodge and Camp 4, when I ran into Royal Robbins. For those of you who don't know, Royal Robbins is a world famous mountain climber, perhaps best known for making the first ascent of the face of Half Dome.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Robbins

I guess my face showed I was thinking about the day's events, and he asked me what was on my mind. I told him the story of the spectacular waterfall shot that I couldn't get, that day. In response, he gave me a brilliant pep talk. He told me about his first ascent of Half Dome. He told me not to make the mistake of thinking that it was just a few days on the mountain face. He told me that it was the result of five years of persistently planning and trying, encountering problems and failing, working through solutions and trying again, until the final success. He told me to never give up on things as too difficult, told me to work through difficulties and let no obstacle stand in my way, told me to doggedly pursue things through to the end, figuring out solutions, to success.

After that meeting, that is, indeed, the attitude I've taken toward my photography, as you can read about, here:
http://naturography.com/get-luckier/

So, I thought about how I could solve the problem and get that shot. I came up with two solutions which seemed plausible.

1) Create a device with a fast spinning piece of plexiglass in front of my lens, so that the centripetal force would move the water away from the center area, to keep it clear for picture-making.

2) Create something like a ring that attaches around the front of the lens, like a lens filter, with tiny holes drilled into it, attached to a hose, attached to a highly pressurized canister of some gas, in order to blow the water spray away from the front of my lens.

Ultimately, I decided that #2 would work better than #1. I Discussed the idea with a few photo gear manufacturers, such as Scott at AcraTech, trying to convince them to make this as a product for landscape photographers to use for photographing waterfalls. In the end, none of them elected to make it, and I did not have the wherewithal to make one of these, myself. So, I temporarily shelved the idea, but never gave up on getting that shot.

Now, when I see this device, I can't help but notice that it is conceptually very similar to the device I wanted to get made. When I see this, I see what looks like it may be the solution which allows me to finally get that shot I couldn't make16 years ago.

:-)___

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2014-10-16 05:58:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Here's a good talk by Sam Harris on the topic of whether people have free will. 

Here's a good talk by Sam Harris on the topic of whether people have free will. ___

2014-10-15 05:04:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

It's really starting to feel like Autumn around here. If it gets much colder, I might put on a long-sleeved shirt.  :-)

It's really starting to feel like Autumn around here. If it gets much colder, I might put on a long-sleeved shirt.  :-)___

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2014-10-09 07:22:27 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

This made me smile. I wouldn't necessarily say I've been annoyed, but I really have heard almost every one of these. 

Other ones they could have put in include where she takes the dog off the leash to chase after the animal the photographer is photographing, where she asks him how far he can see with that lens, where she tells him he must be compensating for something to use such a big lens, and where she asks to borrow his camera and lens.  :-)

This made me smile. I wouldn't necessarily say I've been annoyed, but I really have heard almost every one of these. 

Other ones they could have put in include where she takes the dog off the leash to chase after the animal the photographer is photographing, where she asks him how far he can see with that lens, where she tells him he must be compensating for something to use such a big lens, and where she asks to borrow his camera and lens.  :-)___

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2014-10-04 21:03:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Here's an article about interesting results of studying people's physiological responses to online relationships. I'm not sure how rigorous this was, but I agree with the premise. These findings don't surprise me at all, but they are worth bringing to people's attention. I know some folks think (or at least say) that online relationships are not real. Of course they are.

Here's an article about interesting results of studying people's physiological responses to online relationships. I'm not sure how rigorous this was, but I agree with the premise. These findings don't surprise me at all, but they are worth bringing to people's attention. I know some folks think (or at least say) that online relationships are not real. Of course they are.___

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2014-10-03 03:23:58 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I know I harp about this topic repeatedly, but I'm going to do it again.

Here's an excellent blog post by +Aaron Reed about publishers begging photographers for free content, and why you should just say no.

I know I harp about this topic repeatedly, but I'm going to do it again.

Here's an excellent blog post by +Aaron Reed about publishers begging photographers for free content, and why you should just say no.___

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2014-09-30 01:49:55 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I like this infographic.  Enjoy.

Image of our Keynesian vs Austrian Economics Infographic.  Printable versions are now available below the graphic in the link:
http://theaustrianinsider.com/infographic-keynesian-vs-austrian-economics/___I like this infographic.  Enjoy.

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2014-09-28 22:03:33 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

It was 25 years ago, today, that my dear friend Dr. K and I met.

I can't find any photos of us from quite that far back, but here's what we looked like about 23 years ago.

It was 25 years ago, today, that my dear friend Dr. K and I met.

I can't find any photos of us from quite that far back, but here's what we looked like about 23 years ago.___

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