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Mike Spinak has been at 7 events

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Isabelle Fortin25,580It 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 Wilson1,544,501Joined 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 Morris63,979Hi 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 09:30:0019 
Isabelle Fortin25,580Hello 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 05:00:00261 
martin shervington823,356In 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 Wilson1,544,501Thank 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 Forman63,248This 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 425 public circles

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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 12:50:43500112
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 Hood81Great circle to add & gain followers!share & +1!2014-12-13 12:07:56500000
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 10:33:04496222
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 20:50:13400307
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
Brian Mitchell27,806#EngagerPlusExplosionShare 10.0Remember to add me on #TSU - www.tsu.co/bm76web#EngagerPlusExplosionShare 9.0 Engagement - (+275, Re-Share 227, Comments 217)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 #circleshares2014-11-04 00:24:35488201201251
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
shahul meeran73#circle   #awesomepeopleongplus   #bestcircle   #bestcircleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlemenow   #circlesharing   #circlemeup   #dcircle   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagerscircleshare   #followback   #followme   #follow4follow   #googlepluscircles   #googlepluscircleshare   #ripplescircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-10-09 10:37:52500001
Kerpi Burgan6,106#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team #круги   2014-10-07 12:06:05442116
Kerpi Burgan6,106#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team #круги   2014-10-07 12:05:27442106
Kerpi Burgan6,106#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team #круги   2014-10-07 12:04:02442001
Artem Kashkovskiy10,446Add 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. #circles #GooglePlus #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #circleshared #topcircleshare #community #circlemonday #topsocialcircle #influencers #followers #topsharedcircle #awesomepeople #circleshares2014-10-07 06:06:52442000
Brian Mitchell23,671#EngagerPlusExplosionShare 8.0#EngagerPlusExplosionShare 7.0 Engagement - (+271, Re-Share 236, Comments 254)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 #circleshares2014-10-07 04:25:474411446
shahul meeran0#circles   #awesomepeopleongplus   #bestcircle   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #followback2014-10-02 01:36:18500789
shahul meeran0#circle   #awesomepeopleongplus   #shahul  #bestcircle   #bestcircleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlemenow   #circlesharing   #circlemeup   #dcircle   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagerscircleshare   #followback   #followme   #follow4follow   #googlepluscircles   #googlepluscircleshare   #ripplescircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #topcircleshare  2014-10-02 01:27:37501000
Gailen Mapes68,324Hand 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 September 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting August 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 #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-09-30 10:18:33201001
Brian Mitchell22,218#EngagerPlusExplosionShare 7.0#EngagerPlusExplosionShare 6.0 Engagement - (+255, Re-Share 225, Comments 235)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 #circleshares2014-09-24 18:55:27495251235264
Harry Day7,520Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If 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#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #engager #engagers #engagerscircle #engagersshowcasecircle #followers #photography #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccirclesproject #publiccircle #publiccircleshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #photoblog #photoblogger #blog2014-09-13 11:35:27500113118159
Holger Fährmann15,590Best handpicked PHOTOGRAPHER around the world! 2014-09-09 16:37:465007715
Gailen Mapes67,208Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.  (Because of it's size, this circle will be split next month.)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 August 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting July 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 #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-08-29 10:30:45209836
AyJay Schibig69,399AWESOME CIRCLE 8.12.14 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  2014-08-13 06:19:41500493663
Dylan Cuffy13,593#WhatLiesAground Well...life goes on, and I'd better keep going. (Let me know how you feel about Robin Williams' death in the comments below.)Time for the first edition of the Fab 500 sequel, Fab 2—where everyone's a winner and the +1's don't matter. Everyone I've circled, from the time the first one became full (back in April) on till now. From seasoned writers, to +Empire Avenue stalwarts, to several buddies in the furry fandom.A special shout-out to +Franck RABESON out of Madagascar—probably that country's only established fur—and to +Jason Levy and his Elite Inner Circle pals (with thanks to Ms. Blankenship, +Amanda Wright).Stay tuned for the upcoming +Widbook launch of Marigot Magic, my 2012 NaNoWriMo project. (Written with furries, Disney fans, and the Caribbean elite in mind.) Until then, enjoy your summer—and wish me luck!(NEXT UPDATE: 275 accounts, ETA late August–early September.)2014-08-12 02:20:32250101
Gailen Mapes66,394Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 30Note: 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 July 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting June 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 #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-07-29 10:16:1119910511
Prince John8,675This is my circle named 'Photographers'. Everyone in this circle share beautiful photos - of landscapes, birds, animals, flowers, babies, and people.In fact, I have 1024 people in this circle, but can share only 500 of them at a time. Try this circle, add some colour to your stream.2014-07-17 13:11:565006110
hanh duc1,024v92014-07-05 18:46:3448311019
Carms Perez50,839Want some nice pictures on your stream? Add this Photography circle and I assure you, your G+ will always be interesting! 2014-07-02 19:42:435004913
Lowongan Kerja725**CIRCLE sharing Mania**1)  Add me to your circle2) Plus the original post3) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete5) Add the circle to get more membersThat's it! I'll add you to my next circle share.Have a great day :#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-06-30 02:34:58493226
Gailen Mapes65,590Hand Picked Photographers Circles - "Unknown or Other" Camera  R-S - 29 of 30Note: 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 June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.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 #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +2014-06-29 10:00:362007110

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2014-09-26 02:39:14 (40 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

As the article says, the US Forest Service is proposing an onerous and expensive photo permit system for photographers in wilderness areas.

I have personally experienced  harassment from a law enforcement park ranger who insisted I needed a permit to photograph in a state park. I was photographing a mushroom in the mud, deep in the woods, on a rainy day, when the park was empty. This ranger was misapplying a law intended to apply only to large productions, such as George Lucas filming the Ewok scene in in Return of the Jedi in the redwood forest. He was insisting that I go through a process of getting a permit several months in advance, including posting a million dollar bond, in order to spend the afternoon photographing fungi in the woods. I was forcibly kicked out of the woods, in lieu of fine and arrest.

This law enforcement ranger told me that if I disagreed with his... mehr »

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2014-11-27 04:32:00 (16 comments, 8 reshares, 93 +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!

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2014-10-29 19:36:53 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 128 +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.)

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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, 44 +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, 6 +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, 93 +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, 4 +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, 123 +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 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +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, 74 +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, 78 +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, 128 +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, 5 +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, 34 +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, 109 +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, 94 +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 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 123 +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, 50 +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, 61 +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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2014-09-27 02:14:36 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

In this excellent article, +Alex Wild discusses the copyright related issues of being a professional photographer, at this time. His analysis is thoughtful, and his experiences closely mirror my own. It's well worth a read.

I'm an enthusiast of Alex's photography, and I'm a bit saddened to see him leaving the photo industry. I hope he continues to make many fine insect pictures, and I wish him success and satisfaction in his new academic career.

In this excellent article, +Alex Wild discusses the copyright related issues of being a professional photographer, at this time. His analysis is thoughtful, and his experiences closely mirror my own. It's well worth a read.

I'm an enthusiast of Alex's photography, and I'm a bit saddened to see him leaving the photo industry. I hope he continues to make many fine insect pictures, and I wish him success and satisfaction in his new academic career.___

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2014-09-27 01:01:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This made me smile. Enjoy.

This made me smile. Enjoy.___

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2014-09-26 02:39:14 (40 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

As the article says, the US Forest Service is proposing an onerous and expensive photo permit system for photographers in wilderness areas.

I have personally experienced  harassment from a law enforcement park ranger who insisted I needed a permit to photograph in a state park. I was photographing a mushroom in the mud, deep in the woods, on a rainy day, when the park was empty. This ranger was misapplying a law intended to apply only to large productions, such as George Lucas filming the Ewok scene in in Return of the Jedi in the redwood forest. He was insisting that I go through a process of getting a permit several months in advance, including posting a million dollar bond, in order to spend the afternoon photographing fungi in the woods. I was forcibly kicked out of the woods, in lieu of fine and arrest.

This law enforcement ranger told me that if I disagreed with his... mehr »

As the article says, the US Forest Service is proposing an onerous and expensive photo permit system for photographers in wilderness areas.

I have personally experienced  harassment from a law enforcement park ranger who insisted I needed a permit to photograph in a state park. I was photographing a mushroom in the mud, deep in the woods, on a rainy day, when the park was empty. This ranger was misapplying a law intended to apply only to large productions, such as George Lucas filming the Ewok scene in in Return of the Jedi in the redwood forest. He was insisting that I go through a process of getting a permit several months in advance, including posting a million dollar bond, in order to spend the afternoon photographing fungi in the woods. I was forcibly kicked out of the woods, in lieu of fine and arrest.

This law enforcement ranger told me that if I disagreed with his interpretation, take it up with his supervisor. I tried to do just that – only to find his supervisor had been laid off, due to budget cuts. I sent this misguided ranger quoted material from the legislators who wrote the law , showing that he was misinterpreting and misapplying the law. In response, he blocked me on Facebook (the only place I could find to contact him).

Give a person a law open to misinterpretation, and s/he'll misinterpret it. 

Anyway... in addition to the (legitimate) issues mentioned in the article, I must add that wilderness photography is critical to awareness, education, and preservation efforts – and this could seriously hamper wilderness photography.

Thank you, +Keith Simonian, for bringing it to my attention.___

2014-09-23 22:44:51 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I'm intrigued to read iPhone users make a fuss about whether the iPhone6+ is too big to fit in their pockets, and talk about their befuddlement over how to carry it. I have always preferred useful pockets and picked my clothes accordingly. I regularly put a liter water bottle, 5 inch phone, 8 inch tablet, pocket knife, lenses, and a variety of other things in my pockets - at the same time. I also use backpacks, fanny packs, camera bags, etc., on a regular basis. I know that jeans with uselessly tiny pockets are popular (I've talked about jeans before, so I won't repeat myself here), but I didn't fully realize that a large percentage of the population finds a 5 inch long, flat, several ounce device onerous and perplexing to carry. I'm surprised.

I'm intrigued to read iPhone users make a fuss about whether the iPhone6+ is too big to fit in their pockets, and talk about their befuddlement over how to carry it. I have always preferred useful pockets and picked my clothes accordingly. I regularly put a liter water bottle, 5 inch phone, 8 inch tablet, pocket knife, lenses, and a variety of other things in my pockets - at the same time. I also use backpacks, fanny packs, camera bags, etc., on a regular basis. I know that jeans with uselessly tiny pockets are popular (I've talked about jeans before, so I won't repeat myself here), but I didn't fully realize that a large percentage of the population finds a 5 inch long, flat, several ounce device onerous and perplexing to carry. I'm surprised.___

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2014-09-20 07:05:16 (36 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is a video of someone discussing his deconversion from Christianity to atheism. It's 2 hours long, and some might find it dull, but I found it fascinating. It might seem slow and rambling at the beginning, but be patient – it really comes together captivatingly.This guy very respectfully goes into a lot of depth about his mindset and what his reasoning was on both sides of the faith issue, while telling a gripping story of the unraveling of his belief. I gained a modicum of insight about how some others think from this.

This is a video of someone discussing his deconversion from Christianity to atheism. It's 2 hours long, and some might find it dull, but I found it fascinating. It might seem slow and rambling at the beginning, but be patient – it really comes together captivatingly.This guy very respectfully goes into a lot of depth about his mindset and what his reasoning was on both sides of the faith issue, while telling a gripping story of the unraveling of his belief. I gained a modicum of insight about how some others think from this.___

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2014-09-18 01:33:58 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

WILDLIFE WEDNESDAY
Curated by +Morkel Erasmus and +Mike Spinak 

It's Wildlife Wednesday. Here's an opalescent nudibranch (Hermissenda crassicornis), photographed at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. 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 opalescent nudibranch (Hermissenda crassicornis), photographed at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. 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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2014-09-16 02:36:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This made me laugh.

[Just to be clear, this is not intended to be anti-U2, nor anti-Apple. It's just a fun reminder not to assume that everyone likes and wants the same thing.]

This made me laugh.

[Just to be clear, this is not intended to be anti-U2, nor anti-Apple. It's just a fun reminder not to assume that everyone likes and wants the same thing.]___

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2014-09-14 07:42:09 (24 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

If I gave out an award for the stupidest article I've read each month, this article would be a shoo-in. I had to check to make sure this wasn't published on April first, and that this was the real Outside magazine, not a satire site. It appears this is sincere in all of its boneheadedness.

If I gave out an award for the stupidest article I've read each month, this article would be a shoo-in. I had to check to make sure this wasn't published on April first, and that this was the real Outside magazine, not a satire site. It appears this is sincere in all of its boneheadedness.___

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2014-09-07 23:24:53 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Thank you, +Aamir Shahzad, +Alexander von Ness, +Avanish Raju, +Charles Barouch, +Chris Winkley, +David Leonhardt, +Dana Hermanová, +Doug Thompson, +Edward Fisher, +Eli Fennell, +Ergun Çoruh, +Gabriela Zavadilova  +Greg Poulos, +Francisco Herrera, +Jenni Wiltz, +Kasia Hopewell, +Kelly Meissner, +Kimberly A Edwards, +Larry Spinak, +Lady Katie, +Linda Dean, +Lisa Cohen,  +Marti Lawrence, +Martin Turon, +mary Zeman, +Matthew Graybosch,  +Ola Birch, +Paul Beiser, +Ramprakash R, +Ricardo Williams, +Rosemary Rideout,  +Shanda Simmons, +Susan Cower, +Terence Towles Canote, +Terrie Gray, +Victoria Michaelis, and +Zhena Muzyka, for your kind birthday wishes. You have each brought me smiles with your thoughtfulness, today.

Also, thank every one of you who subscribes and reads what I write or show, here, and each of you who joins in the conversations, posts engaging stuff, connectswith me here, and make... mehr »

Thank you, +Aamir Shahzad, +Alexander von Ness, +Avanish Raju, +Charles Barouch, +Chris Winkley, +David Leonhardt, +Dana Hermanová, +Doug Thompson, +Edward Fisher, +Eli Fennell, +Ergun Çoruh, +Gabriela Zavadilova  +Greg Poulos, +Francisco Herrera, +Jenni Wiltz, +Kasia Hopewell, +Kelly Meissner, +Kimberly A Edwards, +Larry Spinak, +Lady Katie, +Linda Dean, +Lisa Cohen,  +Marti Lawrence, +Martin Turon, +mary Zeman, +Matthew Graybosch,  +Ola Birch, +Paul Beiser, +Ramprakash R, +Ricardo Williams, +Rosemary Rideout,  +Shanda Simmons, +Susan Cower, +Terence Towles Canote, +Terrie Gray, +Victoria Michaelis, and +Zhena Muzyka, for your kind birthday wishes. You have each brought me smiles with your thoughtfulness, today.

Also, thank every one of you who subscribes and reads what I write or show, here, and each of you who joins in the conversations, posts engaging stuff, connects with me here, and makes my life better. 

I am grateful to every one of you.

I'll be doing my best to make the most of this year, hugging and kissing babies, rubbing dog bellies and scratching cats behind the ears, spending times with loved ones, eating tropical fruits and fine cheeses, learning and sharing, loving and giving, and making photos and drawings and books of my writing to share with you.

All the best to all of you. Cheers!___

2014-09-06 06:50:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I took a brief nap and had a fascinating dream. 

I dreamt that I opened a restaurant called "SWAP". At SWAP, it was customary to order two dishes, keep one for yourself, and exchange the other with another random restaurant patron.

Then John von Neumann came into SWAP and did an extensive game theory analysis of a variety of possible food ordering strategies.

I took a brief nap and had a fascinating dream. 

I dreamt that I opened a restaurant called "SWAP". At SWAP, it was customary to order two dishes, keep one for yourself, and exchange the other with another random restaurant patron.

Then John von Neumann came into SWAP and did an extensive game theory analysis of a variety of possible food ordering strategies.___

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