I would like to customize what appears in my "Stream".
For Example. When I display my homepage, I want to only see posts from my "Friends, Family, and Acquaintances" circles automatically.
It would be great if I could select which circles to automatically appear in the homepage stream and save them as the default. Give me a drop down list to the right of the "Stream" link and let me put a check mark next to each circle I want to appear in my stream.
You could automatically default any new circles to automatically appear in my stream, and then I could turn them off if I want.
Why would I want this? Well, I thought I would follow Wil Wheaton, he posts... a lot. I enjoy his posts, but I am most interested in seeing what's going on with the people I know and actually know me. So, I either have to click on individual circles to get right to the content that's most important to me, or scroll through Wil's stuff and come back and read it later. Frankly I'm kind of lazy and don't want to click any extra buttons. So my other alternative is just not to follow too many other people so it doesn't muck up my "Stream."
Some of the comments in this Michael Robertson article mirror my own beliefs about college. I'm definitely not the person that you want to have come in on career day and extoll the virtues of a college education. It was a great experience that helped me grow and mature, but ultimately it felt like an extortion scheme where I was coerced to pay for a college diploma which would protect me from a life of burger flipping or gas pumping.
I did get my diploma which supposedly validates my intelligence, which seems ironic since it is nothing more than a piece of paper which cost me over $50,000. It seems especially pricey when you consider that my Mom and Dad are the only people who ever actually asked to see it.
I know I got more than just a piece of paper, but I found it sad that once I was "on the job" for a couple months I had learned more about my chosen vocation than I did in my entire college career. There were a lot of things not related to my core studies that I learned, but I probably could have learned even more with a library card, several years, and my 50,000 plus dollars back.
Oddly enough, I'm still not anti-college, and do foresee my son going into some form of higher education. I realize that not every college is like this, but unfortunately I believe it is more common than not. I just feel like the practice of teaching should be more focused and less driven by a big business type interests trying to figure out how to get more dollars out of my pockets. There should be more bang for the bucks.
Maybe I'll go and dig my up my diploma. I'm pretty sure it's in the bottom of a box in the back of the storage room in my basement.
Here are a couple of good quotes from, and a link to the article I read that got me going.
"Many don't think about college as a business, but it is a giant one. And they're selling the proposition that if you give them money they will give you knowledge and a certificate which will lead to more money and a better life in the future."
"The belief remains that there's some secret knowledge that will be imparted to you if you give $100,000+ or more to a college administration."
I'm not sure why Google+ doesn't have a search bar to find posts. Seems like it would have been a natural addition. I did some surfing and found a fix that works for Chrome - which I use, so it makes me happy.
RESHARE: Interesting Chrome extension that +Nova Spivack found. I love being able to see so many posts in the stream at one time, but without it, I can browse through the full stream a lot faster... decisions decisions..
I keep finding posts that aren't appearing in my main G+ stream. I can see the posts on profile pages, but not in my stream.
I really hope Google doesn't follow in Facebook's footsteps on this. I know that Facebook drops content that it doesn't think you are interested in. I found out I will missing the posts of several friends due to Facebook's content "filtering."
Here's the word from the Google Plus help pages. To me it sounds like EVERYTHING should be in my stream, maybe I'll have to chock it up to it being in Beta.
"About the stream The stream is the place to have meaningful conversations with the people you care about. It centralizes all the content people have shared with you, as well as the people who are trying to share with you, but who aren't yet in your circles. You might see text posts, pictures, videos, links, or location markers. When you share with people either individually or through a circle, your content will appear in their stream."
Grumble. A scavenging baby possum scared the bleep out of me again tonight. This is the second time in the past few days that it has crept onto my porch and knocked something over. I think it waits until I'm in deep concentration while working on my laptop to get the optimal heart-beat-skipping effect.
Once I got past the "Holy #$%^, someone is breaking into my house!" scare, I shoo'd him off the porch.
I heard G+ launched their game integration to a limited number of active users. Did anyone get "the button" to the games? Evidently it is supposed to appear next to the circles button for the chosen few.
Google has promised that they will not be annoying. I am interested in seeing how the integration is going to work... but alas, I was not included in the initial launch.
Sometimes I put bottles of water into the freezer for a couple hours to make them really cold. The other day I pulled one out after about three hours, and it froze right before my eyes.
My wife thinks I'm crazy because I keep bringing her bottles of water so she can watch them freeze. My son thinks it's pretty "awesome". I'm obsessed, almost the entire case of water I bought the other day is frozen solid now.
I took this video with my cell phone this morning.
Background: A little kid in my neighborhood has a sign up that he lost his stuffed monkey and to call him if you find it. Its a sad little note. I left him a note from the monkey saying "sorry I can't come home right now...my friend came to stay with you"...
I'm a huge movie fan. I would go to the movies every week if there were something new and worthwhile playing.
However, I think the movie theaters/studios have finally even broken my desire to go to the movies with the constantly increasing prices.
We took Charlie and his fourth grade buddy to see Spy Kids 4D this weekend. The total ticket price was $46.50. $12.75 for each of the adult tickets and $10.50 for each of the kids tickets. Ouch.
I didn't mind going to the movies and paying 7 or 8 bucks, but they finally even passed my pain tolerance. I had already reduced my movie attendance because of price, but now I'm pretty much just going to stay home and wait for the RedBox rental.
Unfortunately, the movie wasn't very good either. Long winded ending that beat you over the head with the "moral of the story" and the darn scents on the "scratch and smell" aroma-scope ticket (you know, the part that made the move *4*D) all smelled like Pez candy. The kid inside me really enjoyed watching the first three Spy Kids movies with Charlie, but that kid didn't come out to play this time.
I will say that both the kids really enjoyed it though. So there is that.
Reshared text: I'm not sure why Google+ doesn't have a search bar to find posts. Seems like it would have been a natural addition. I did some surfing and found a fix that works for Chrome - which I use, so it makes me happy.
In Firefox, I love the "View Image Info" selection that from the right mouse click menu. It shows you all the image properties for any image you select online. I am mostly interested in the image dimensions and image size.
In Chrome, it doesn't exist. Very sad for me.
Until today.I was just told about a Chrome extension that adds this functionality.
RESHARE: Use the tilde (~) when searching Google to include synonyms. Nifty. I will definitely being using this one.
Reshared text: Next time your Google search involves general terms like free, inexpensive, facts, etc, use the tilde (~) operator. By placing a ~ in front (no space after) of your generic term, Google will search both for that specific word and for the word’s synonyms. For example [~inexpensive] will also match "cheap" and "low cost."