Ingress do you need an invite? spare invitation gone
Right now I only have access to a few iOS devices and nothing mobile running Android, so can't use this myself. If anyone still needs an Ingress Invite, please post here and let me know.
Edited - Sorry folks, I had originally posted this earlier today to my (limited) circles of friends, and had no takers in about 12 hours. I decided to open it up to the public so the code would at least be used. It's a bit late now, but I only just saw a message from a friend I have known for years saying they were interested in getting it too.
I feel like a tease, but after considering things, I've decided to forward the code to my friend instead of drawing names of public plussers from a hat in the morning. I hope you understand.
Warning - contains some strong language, so if you are at work or are offended easily by swear words you might want to give this video a pass. The essential message is a good one though, and I found it, while couched in comedy, very worth listening to.
There is another round of fairly convincing Phishing scams via email that are attempting to steal your login info. When you get the email, it appears as if someone you know has shared a document with you via Google Drive (it's not a 100% realistic looking message, if you are familiar with these, but close enough to fool many people)
When you click on the included link you are directed to a page that looks like one in the attached picture. Note the tell-tale domain that does not end in .google.com/ and the inclusion of the various other email type logos at the bottom.
If you log in to try to check out the doc that was shared with you, the bad guys then have your login info and can repeat the process of sending the scam out to the folks on your contact list.
Don't get fooled folks - just delete it if you get one of these and let the person you got it from know that they need to reset their password and possibly scan their drive for malware too.
There are lots of articles about this sort of stuff popping up from time to time. My two personal recommendations are to 1) know to never enter your login info on a page that is not at a valid (trusted) domain - see the picture as an example of a faked one, and 2) if you use an email account that supports it, such as Google for your personal email, and have a cell phone, enabling 2 step authentication can help prevent this sort of thing from working. The scammer would need both your login info AND your cell phone in order to get in to your account.
Note - if you work with me, and have typed your info into one of these pages, please call the service desk and have your password reset as soon as you can.
Also, it is always a good idea if you use GMail, to sign in and check the recent activity page from time to time too. This shows where you have been logged in from recently, and if you notice any suspicious activity, change your passwords as soon as you can.
- 3/4 pound fresh raw salmon, cut into 1/2" cubes - 1 medium Persian cucumber, cut into 1/2" cubes - 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (you can use white or yellow too) - 1 to 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chilies (optional - I used jalapenos but serranos would also be good) - 5 sprigs cilantro including stems, chopped - 1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce to start - 1/2 Tablespoon chili garlic paste to start (you can also use sriracha or sambal oelek) - 1/2 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil - 1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice to start - 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Put all ingredients into a large bowl, toss to season thoroughly and evenly, and enjoy!
You can also make little appetizer tacos with this stuff by putting about 3 Tablespoons of it into a small charred corn tortilla with a little shredded fresh cabbage, a drizzle of sour cream thinned down with a little lime juice or Mexican sour crema, a squeeze of lime juice, and a lashing of sriracha. YUMS! :)
*Note: You can buy sushi fish at places like 99 Ranch, H-Mart, Marukai, Mitsuwa, and online at Catalina Offshore Products, among other places. If you're buying it at the market, be sure to ask them for a bag of ice on which to take it home, and transport it in a cooler to keep it nice and cold.
Speaking as someone who nearly drowned as a kid and has had a huge fear of submersion ever since (I know - strange for someone who grew up on an island, right?), this is something more people need to know.
For the people who wonder why I spend all day on the phone, and am very involved and personable, but then turn the phones off and mostly keep to myself when my shift is done... it's just my way of recharging / de-stressing.
Note that you may get the impression that the writer makes introversion sound like a rare thing, misunderstood by the entire world, and persecuted etc. It's all a matter of degrees - not all introverts may be affected to that degree.
I have personally found that 1) it is actually very common in my own circles and 2) most people have adapted and know that they need the down time to recharge. It is still something good to know, if you were not aware yourself about how some people are affected by this.
RESHARE: I found this interesting and for the most part, I can certainly relate to what he describes. Definitely good to think about this, whether or not you personally agree with his idea of support and structure etc.
Reshared text: Kids Need Structure a great TED talk by General Colin Powell
When people talk about the War on Christmas and how offended they get at things that people do that negatively reflect on their own beliefs, I have a hard time understanding why. I really never saw what anyone was stressing over. I'm not Christian myself, but I am equally happy to be wished a Merry Christmas, or any other holiday greeting that you choose. Hanukkah Blessings, Happy Yule? That works for me too... it is a good wish. Maybe growing up in Trinidad, where everyone celebrated with everyone else - no matter their own persuasion, had something to do with it.
I can see how, in our era of wanting everyone to be politically correct and to not offend anyone, businesses might want their employees to use the "safer" phrase of Happy Holidays, when dealing with customers, but you have to admit that it is, overall, pretty harmless, and what has been dubbed this "War on Christmas" is more like people's simple disagreements on holiday philosophy and celebrations... and everyone is still entitled to their own opinions.
I just would rather that people be more inclusive and positive with one another, instead of dwelling on the negative feelings.
Anyway, speaking for myself, have a wonderful and blessed time this season my friends, in whatever way you celebrate it!
Remember too "There are many ways in the universe. You travel yours - and should you need it, my sword will protect you as I travel mine."
Final Fantasy Distant Worlds - Eyes On Me At the Ohio Theater, 8/25/2012
Here is the first of two videos I uploaded from the Distant Worlds concert. The lighting was not the best for iPhone recording, but the audio came out better than I expected. This is Susan Calloway performing "Eyes on me", from Final Fantasy VIII, at the Distant Worlds concert in the Ohio Theater on 8/25/2012. Enjoy!
Reshared text: Hello Thursday. You aren't pretty like Friday is but I found this for you anyway. I would like to make a movie where I travel back in time and stop Lucas from making the prequels. I would call this movie "Hot Night in Ninjatown"
Reshared text: Remember my whole Mr. Magoo post yesterday? Yeah. This totally fixes the grey on grey text that you see in in the comment's section of posts. It even works with the red notification box as well. Holy friggin batman of no more impending bifocals thank you to +Tzafrir Rehan for creating this extension.
I was blind, and now I see.
Tagged: #newgoogleplus #feedback I urge you to reshare this post and or mention it to others for those struggling with Chrome.
Reshared text: GROWING UP When I saw this beautiful rendering of my beloved Calvin and Hobbes - a comic created by Bill Watterson - all grown up my heart melted! Calvin taught me big words, made me laugh, stirred up mischief and late-nights pondering the mysteries of the universe in a little me who used to flip through the giant books...
THE FIERCE JOY OF CHILDHOOD DREAMS It seems like growing up is way cooler than we ever thought it could be... Our childhood fantasies like cars that drive themselves and singing concerts for people all around the world without stepping out the front door... They're possible and real. It's crazy if you stop and think about it, so don't. Just go for it, get grass stains on your knees and refuse to go to bed on time. ;)
GROWING OUT Let's dream bigger than ever this weekend. We're not even growing up, we're growing out! Outward into this interconnected world. I can't wait to bust open more doors with you, crash more parties, make more dreams real...
CALVIN ON GROWING UP Calvin “When a kid grows up, he has to be something. He can’t just stay the way he is. But a tiger grows up and stays a tiger why is that?” Hobbs “No room for improvement. Calvin “Of all the luck, my parents had to be humans.” Hobbs “Don’t take it too hard. Humans provide some very important protein.”
RESHARE: Being Hindu myself, this picture and +Chris Chabot's post was especially nice to see. It's been years since I had the chance to attend a "Holi" celebration like this, and I am just glad to be able to see others enjoying it. :)
So copying and reviewing the photos I took yesterday is going to take a little while - I got home a few hours ago and after tallying up all my different memory cards it turns out I took 4615 photos yesterday.
So my computer's working it's way through them as I speak and once that's done in a couple of hours I can start looking at which images to post - it'll be a bit of a process.
But I think it is very telling about just how much fun this festival was, amazing good vibes, stunning colors every where and tens of thousands of people who love to have their photo taken - I wish I could've shot twice as much!
So here's another quick preview of the colorawesomerama that the #festivalofcolor was at the #jarviewalk
I still get some of the songs stuck in my head and am not ashamed to admit I tend to sing along (loudly) to NPH when I have the CD playing in the car. If you have not yet seen the show, check it out. As a sample track, look up "I Cannot Believe My Eyes" & Dr. Horrible on YouTube.
Hopefully the sequel will be able to be done soon.
RESHARE: This about sums up my own philosophy on life...
Reshared text: Human beings are not intrinsically selfish, which isolates us from others. We are essentially social animals who depend on others to meet our needs. We achieve happiness, prosperity and progress through social interaction. Therefore, having a kind and helpful attitude contributes to our own and others' happiness.
RESHARE: Interesting piece. To do this right, education does need to have the proper funding though... here is hoping that we can see this come to fruition.
Reshared text: Simply put, we can’t keep preparing students for a world that doesn’t exist. We can’t keep ignoring the formidable cognitive skills they’re developing on their own. And above all, we must stop disparaging digital prowess just because some of us over 40 don’t happen to possess it. An institutional grudge match with the young can sabotage an entire culture.
This made me smile. It's been a few years since I was at Dragon Con in Atlanta, but I do miss the conventions. Hopefully once we are moved back to the US my wife and I will be attending things like this more.
For the folks who are able to attend the San Diego Comic Con this year - have fun! (I'm jealous!)
RESHARE: I found this via +Steve Hall - and I have to say it is an interesting take on things. I have to agree... Google+ is not what a lot of people were expecting. Me included.
Reshared text: Google+ Tip for the day: Stop treating Google+ like Facebook.
When I got my Google+ invitation, I was already itching to shed my Facebook profile. I still feel that way, but I’m starting to realize something really surprising (at least for me): I don’t think Google is my Facebook stand-in. I think Google is far more than a measly “social network,” and that’s why some of my Facebook friends who are migrating over right now seem to be, as they say on the Internet, “doing it wrong.”
I've been a devoted Googlephile for many years, so if Google wanted me to use G+ instead of Facebook, it was gonna happen -- unless they really goofed it up, of course (I'm still not entirely over my breakup with Wave, Google -- but at least I've stopped leaving those creepy voicemails, right?). The push and pull factors were there. They were obvious: Facebook is for “moms” and spam robots -- Google was going to be my new social network.
But something didn't feel quite right about treating my Google+ profile like my Facebook profile, nor treating my Circles like the Facebook social groups I wished I'd always had. There was content everywhere, written by people I’d heard of -- and many I hadn’t. Something about this space was very different than anything Facebook has ever allowed me to experience. It felt like something else, something... bigger, maybe more important. Something collaborative, perhaps. How very Google!
My friends, however, don’t seem to be having the same Google+ experience I am. My tendency so far has been to add as many people with as many interesting views as possible to my Circles, and then to read voraciously and respond all over the place. Meanwhile, my real-life friends are complaining that there’s not enough content to appease them, and I’m the only one dominating their Streams. Why is this happening for them? I think it comes from a fundamental set of expectations about moving from Facebook to Google+. People are treating their Google+ accounts just like Facebook accounts. And I think that’s a doomed approach.
Here is how I think Google+ can be most fully enjoyed and utilized, at this early stage:
Think about what you use Facebook for. If it’s for keeping up with old friends and for keeping up with current, local friends, great. You can use Google+ for that, and it’s definitely got a leg up on Facebook for filtering content.
Interact with content created by users you don’t know personally. If you don’t follow people you don’t already know, you’re going to get bored, and not just because your friends aren’t all here yet. You’ll get bored even after they’ve all arrived. Why do you think Facebook started implementing games and applications? Well, to make money, obviously, but what was the draw for the userbase? I’m willing to bet Facebook figured out that simply reading your friends’ thoughts all day long gets old, and let’s be honest: very few of us have enough friends with enough interesting posts to keep us engaged.
If you like the social games on Facebook, well...you’re not really my target audience. Sorry. For the rest of you -- if you don’t like how Facebook allowed third party junk to start bombarding you with game requests and access to your information, embrace its absence here so far!
I realize that at some point, developers may come up with cool ways to implement games on Google+, but I expect that Google will have learned from the clunky, disorganized, and downright invasive way developers approached this in Facebook. And the best way to keep Google+ rich in content and devoid of lame, invasive apps is to let go of your old ideas about what it means to be on a social network.
RESHARE: Here is a very useful collection of info for those of us getting the hang of this new system.
Reshared text: By the way, I'm sure many of you are aware of this, but for those who aren't, there is a collaborative Google Doc available for you to read that has all kinds of cool tips, tricks, and techniques for Google+. Check it out here:
Four Ways to fix an unresponsive iPhone home button
This is a potentially useful note for people who own the iPhone 4 or 4S that are acting up. Two are simple software resets, and the others are very low-tech tips that anyone should be able to safely try at home.
I'll probably upload a bunch of more shots after we have moved out of the old building... but I will miss this view. The new building inland has it's own charm, but the sun coming up over the water never gets old.
RESHARE: Given that I work in the news industry too (and have friends at CNET), this story was particularly painful to see. Editorial independence, journalistic integrity and credibility are of the utmost importance for people who make this their career. I may be one of those people who view the world through rose-tinted glasses, but it still always comes as a big let down to see the reports of stuff like this.
I'm still mentally digesting things here... and hoping the best for the journalists there who have been put into a bad situation by all of this.
Before the end of 2012, I hope to be done with backing up all the data on the various electronic devices, from phones to tablets to the PCs and Macs, around here. The most critical of these backups will then be swapped out with the copies I have stored away from the home.
Don't forget to back up your important data and photos etc folks!
A couple friends of mine reminded me about this today. There are a few bits of misinformation that circulate every year about this, like the one to send cards to "A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center". It's good to verify before you send, but here is some info you can trust:http://www.snopes.com/politics/christmas/soldiercards.asp
Here is what you can do:
"There are several ways to be part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In addition to sending cards on your own, you may want to start making plans to host card signing parties or card making parties. Here are a few guidelines to help you on your way:
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
- Ensure that all cards are signed.
- Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
- Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
- Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
- Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
- Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
- If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes.
- Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th. Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery."
Here is my #movember week three picture. The trucker / horseshoe is filling out fairly well.
Again, if you can, please donate to the fight against prostate cancer at my page here: http://mobro.co/robin-r or at least consider sharing this, to spread the word.
If you were not aware of how #movember got started, here is a link to a Ted Talk by one of the co-founders of the movement. You might find this both amusing and enlightening http://tinyurl.com/movember-ted
On Veteran's day, my father in law emailed us a copy of the transcript he had been making of his father's diary from World War II. My wife and I started dating over a decade after her Grandpa had passed, but reading it gives his perspective, and makes me wish more that I had known him.
Here is an article about it, with some excerpts, from the local paper if you are interested.
Ghee is considered very sacred in the Hindu religion as it helps sustain fire - one of the five classical elements (four others are: Air, Water, Earth, and Quinta) . It is used in many religious rituals and also in the funeral pyre. Today is Diwali, popularly known as the 'Festival of lights'. Nowadays people use artificial lights and even candles to decorate their houses, as Ghee is expensive and also it is tedious and time consuming to light clay lamps.
http://MoBro.co/robin-r - if you can afford to, please chip in towards the #Movember fight against prostate cancer at my donation page. If you can't afford to, please at least consider spreading the word. Thanks!
This is my latest pic after one week - the Mo is coming along nicely!
WARNING: contains some of my thoughts about the upcoming elections (Read at your own risk)
I am a person who avoids confrontation and argument. I've "liked" status messages, +1'd posts, and commented on other threads, but so far I have mostly avoided political posting myself because of this personality trait. Most of my friends will know my own leanings, and even though I can not yet vote in the upcoming US elections, how things go will affect me as a resident of this country. It is very important to me too.
I have friends and loved ones on both sides of things - some who are staunch Republicans, and some who are equally dedicated Democrats. I have met politicians, who don't necessarily agree with my own views, but for whom I still have great respect. I have seen others do and say things that make me very wary of trusting them. With that said, I just want to urge all of you to please try to keep some things in mind for the sake of the quiet ones like me.
1) Whatever your political leanings, PLEASE VOTE. If you avoid participating, the process will not truly reflect what the people want to see happen. Every vote cast is one that CAN make a difference. This is especially true where I live now in Ohio.
2) Political opinions posted online can potentially lead to heated arguments. PLEASE TREAT EACH OTHER WITH THE RESPECT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED WITH YOURSELF.
3) And finally, I can't stress this enough... PLEASE VERIFY THINGS BEFORE SPREADING MISINFORMATION about the latest conspiracy theory or even the sound bites that come off as so unflattering from politicians on either side.
Things taken out of context, or inelegantly stated, can seem more damning than they should. We have resources like http://www.politifact.com/ and the links to other sites from their page that we can turn to. Don't be part of the misinformation machine. It makes me cringe every time I hear someone else make a joke about "binders of women" or say that Obama never provided adequate proof of his US birth... we should be better than that by now folks.
Leave a comment if you care to, or +1 this post, but please keep things constructive.
And one more quote from an Air Force buddy of mine when I posted this elsewhere: "Amen. While freedom to express personal thoughts on political parties, policies, and elected officials is a right bought with blood in this country, too many people also believe it is their right to denigrate those who think differently. Respect your fellow Americans as they exercise their rights as well."
"Coexist" - Nicely done with OS logos. Found via Shirt.Woot!
I'm sharing this because I figure there are lots of other people here who are as platform-agnostic as I am (i.e. not wedded to one OS platform, but glad to use any of them as I need). Hopefully this will be amusing for them too!
There’s often lots of fumin’, and battle lines get drawn It’s because we’re only human, but what’s really going on? Well, Apple looks quite nice but everything inside is quirky. And plus the users tend to be defensive and quite jerky. Ubuntu has a lot to give and usually runs fine, But they’ve never even met someone in graphical design. And Debian, sweet Debian, it really does a lot! As long as you already think like the designers thought, But skyOS? Let’s face it, that’s here just to be a letter. And chromeOS? You really think that Google should be bigger? Solaris has some street cred, but requires education, So no one’s really going to bother besides some big corporation. And finally, good ol’ Windows, about which we would write, But our system found new updates and rebooted in the night. Let’s face it, every OS just meets someone else’s needs. And no one cares for you and me, they just want to succeed. And we’re not gonna write one, so we’re stuck inside their haze. It’s sad we can’t accept it, they just suck in different ways.
I know both side of the argument, that people want to protect their creations and intellectual property, and that others are overjoyed to see new things born from the spark they first generated. I don't want to debate that.
I'm just glad that Gotye chose this way of looking at things...
Reshared text: Doing The Internet Right
While most "artists" are bitching, whining, and complaining about other people using their material, or remaking it, etc., and while the whole copyright scene is taking over the internet, here is one example of a musician doing the internet right.
Gotye, the man who made the song, "Somebody that I used to know" that's been blowing up airwaves for months, took notice of all of the youtube clips of people redoing or attempting to remix his now hit song. Instead of being a douche about it, he simply showed his appreciation by taking all of their versions, and remixing it back into one.
RESHARE: I saw this comiic via +Melissa Bryan and had to re-share it. It's too true!
Even after all these years, I still have nights where Green-Eyes falls asleep in front of the PC while we both are gaming. We have our machines set up side by side.
It's amusing that while I tend to wake her and get her to bed... she tends to just let me sleep there. I blame this on her not being able to wake me easily. Maybe she needs to make some comment about the loot pool next time... :)
Reshared text: Must.Keep.Playing.
I'd like to say I'm not this bad when I get into a game... but I'd be lying... Oops!
Putting aside the sympathetic horror that reading about his bad book review made me feel, I thought this was a good read. I find the story he relates amusing - especially given that I have had gaming handles for MMO's, have occasionally role-played those characters or written short stories about them with friends. Even people who first knew me by my AOL screen name still sometime refer to me as Ari.
It does make me think more about all the 'Ghost Friends' I have made over the years while gaming and online - and how many of them have turned into real friends that I have met offline too. They are fun memories!
I'm just popping in to G+ to share a good sale, before getting back to work :)
Ben's Outlet has the Zagg Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard and hard-shell case for the iPad 2 & new iPad on sale for $30 right now. This includes shipping and is way better than the regular retail price of around $100. I have this one myself folks - it's a good deal!
RESHARE: I just saw this via +Max Love. It made me chuckle, even though I think it would be too dangerous to actually use one in public that was colored that dark. Too easy for it to be mistaken for the real thing, which could lead to issues.
Get me a version that looks like the Nintendo "NES Zapper" gun and I'd be more comfortable taking a dog on Duck Hunt walks. :)
RESHARE: Take a look at +Steve Hall's suggestion folks. It's a great way to do both things!
Reshared text: It's Girl Scout Cookie Week at Serious Eats! Our granddaughter is a Daisy Scout (I think?), so we've purchased ours and donated them to troops overseas. If you don't want to eat them yourself, you could do the same, and aid two worth causes—and have a (possible) tax deduction!
I found this pretty interesting. check it out. My own first thought is about how many times I wanted to get a color match on something in the real (non-digital) world, but didn't have my Pantone guide handy. Sure, nowadays I resort to taking a couple quick pictures with a digital camera, but depending on the lighting and angle, even that is not always perfect. This type of device could be very handy.
Reshared text: Share, +1, and comment if you vote yes to an ability to report harassment.
Women, are you tired of reading weird harassing comments on your posts? Think that the internet is a jerk factory, where if you block one another pops up? Do you wish that the community discouraged harassment? Then you need a harassment reporting tool (not available on all networks). Men, are you sick of losing women to Pininterest and Facebook? Wish they had a safe place to post publicly? Then you need a harassment reporting tool (not available on Google Plus). Anyone, do you wish that you could do something more than blocking when a bully or a creep posts something that promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, or harassment toward you or others? Then you need a harassment reporting tool (if you want one on your social network you are going to have to fight for it!).
Please, if you want Google Plus to make it possible to report harassment, #voteithot by sharing, +1'ing, and commenting. With enough support, we can make harassment a reportable offense.
I just found out that the Tedeschi Trucks Band will be playing a local concert here in Ohio on the 29th of March. Unfortunately I have a class that night, and am bummed to miss their performance. I've been a fan since I first saw Susan live in Madison in the 90's. This petite woman on stage, with Winnie the Pooh stickers on her guitar, started singing and the voice that belted out the blues from that tiny frame took me by surprise. Her chops on guitar are overshadowed by Derek's, but she holds her own there too... they really compliment each other well.
My wife and I have been lucky enough to catch them at a few shows over the years including in Florida and most recently at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in New Brunswick back in 2010. If you like Jazz and Blues and have not listened to them yet, here is a sample. Check out things like Midnight in Harlem as another favorite of mine too.
_"3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....
= a trip of a lifetime."_
Reshared text: This guy did some moving, all right:
A quick PSA for new Google+ users on dealing with the "signal to noise" ratio.
I've seen quite a few people mention that they get initially overwhelmed with their stream of info posted on Google+. The best initial tips I have to offer are these:
First, you don't have to add everyone to your circles, just because they added you.
I know the temptation is sometimes there, but, if someone has added you to one of their circles, there is a link on the left side of your G+ page that says "Incoming" that will let you read their shared posts. This is where the posts from people who are following you, but who you are not following, show up. You can choose to browse that from time to time and see if their writing catches your interest before adding them to a circle of your own.
Second, reading the stream is like reading your twitter feed without using lists. Learn how to focus your attention on certain circles.
There are some days, especially if you follow people who are prolific posters like +Guy Kawasaki or +Xeni Jardin (both of whom post things that I love to read), where you can easily lose track of that one post from a co-worker, in between the 10 posts from each of the other popular bloggers you also follow.
OK, this may not be the best analogy, but for my own use of twitter, I had a list of friends, another list for general news reports, another for tech, and another for celebrities I am a fan of. In TweetDeck I would set up columns for each of these and depending on how much time I had to spare, I could just look at the tweets from my friends, or browse the news, or see what +Jeri Ryan was tweeting today etc. It gave my use of Twitter some focus and helped me deal with all the noise that could come from every news agency simultaneously reporting on the same things online, and then the stories being repeated by a lot of other people too.
Similar to Twitter lists, each Circle you create in Google+ can let you weed out the things that are important to you from all the rest of the noise that can be out there. Look at the menu to the left side of the web page - you will see the name of each circle you have created under the main "Stream" link. Clicking on one you have named Friends, should only bring up friends posts. I've set up another one for the tech bloggers that I follow, and another for the photographers... and I can focus what I want to read by just clicking on each of those links.
It really helps to improve the signal to noise I see in my stream sometimes. Try it too when you can - it can help.
Are there any additional tips you can think of to add? Are there any questions you have that I can possibly help with too? Post and let me know - and I'll do my best to give you a hand.
It lets you customize your stream view (via check boxes) so that you can turn off the circles you may consider "noise". I now have an un-checked, "Following" circle for news and frequent posters, and everything else is switched on for my main Stream.
News Reporting: It should be all about integrity, truth and serving the public
I admit, I'm one of the people who still think of it as a noble profession. Maybe it's because I have been lucky enough to see "the daily miracle" first hand, have worked at a major newspaper for half my life, and have become friends over the years with many reporters who I trust and respect for their own work ethic.
The preponderance of examples of things like the News of The World scandal and so on though does unfortunately flavor everyone's views. It's such a shame...
I'm sharing something I found funny - some of these quotes are hilarious! Given that I work in a customer support role, I have seen my own share of the odd things that people say... but none as good as some of these.
A quick note about leaving the Google+ service and email notifications:
One of my favorite authors, lets just call him Neil G. for now (in the interest of not potentially adding to his spam), today reported on Twitter that he had deleted his Google+ profile, but then continued to get spammed by emails from all the G+ people who either used his (now defunct) profile name in a post or even just mentioned his name here. It was very frustrating for him, which I can understand based on the sheer number of followers he possibly had accumulated due to his popularity.
Use this link to turn off these email notifications if you ever need to as well.
I posted a note about this earlier. It may not have gone through since I am still getting used to using this service (or gotten nuked, if you're a conspiracy theorist). Anyway - here it is again with some additional editing after more reading on my part. For folks like Photographers, Artists, Videographers and anyone who produces media for a living, please make sure to read and understand your rights to the content you upload here under Google's TOS. This is important not just here, but for other services like Twitter or Facebook too.
This Washington Post blog I'm linking to, warns that by uploading your media, you are granting a pretty broad licence to Google to re-use it with no royalties etc. This can potentially impact your earnings, depending on how/if Google chooses to re-use your work. I say potentially, because a closer re-reading of the current TOS shows some more detail that the Post article either edited out, or that may have been changed after they did the piece. Most importantly to me are these two things from section 11 that gives things a more palatable slant:
"You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services."
"This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services."
As with all distribution of media on the web, if you are a content producer that depends on this for your livelihood - know your rights and be careful of what you share, especially outside of your own controlled domain.
Here is something that some of you might find useful. This Chrome / Firefox / Safari extension will not only let you switch back to the old form of YouTube buffering (where you can let the whole video buffer at once), but also gives some handy additional tweaks to default player settings and even allows you to download video if you so choose.
Note that for Chrome on Windows you need to install the extension while in Developer mode. I have not tested it with Firefox yet myself and still need to test it out on Chrome on the Mac side too.
Some (a low percentage) Iams and Eukanuba foods may be tainted with salmonella. Here are links to the Cat and Dog (PDF) releases with all the details from the manufacturer. If you use these brands, please check this out.
In Geek Culture, Women should have nothing to Prove
Please forgive me this soap-box moment, but this is something I feel strongly that needs to be said. I love this video, and the message it drives home.
For those people that feel that women can't be equal to guys when it comes to "Geek Cred", just deal with it and DBAD! My video-game playing, sci-fi loving, beautiful and brainy, Scientist wife was into this stuff even before we met. She and so many of my other female friends, coworkers and relatives prove that you should re-think some things.
The bottom line is that we are all united in being Geeks and in our love of discovery and wonder. There should be no difference in the way we are treated, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or any other such label. We are all united by being human beings with similar interests, once you get past the labels and your possible pre-conceptions.
RESHARE: Here is a nicely done article from someone who is actually using this tech. In time, as people get more used to it, it will hopefully be no different to the general public than seeing someone using just another smart-phone. For right now, reactions are mixed, and usefulness is limited. The potential uses are great though.
I, for one, welcome our new Glass overlords! :)
Reshared text: The truth about Google Glass.
Since Google's Glass project was first announced, and since people have been openly wearing Glass in the wild, the whole subject has been bloated with hype, exaggerated claims, fear, contempt, ignorance and confusion.
I've been wearing Google Glass nearly full time for a week now and I'd like to give you the truth about what Glass is really all about:
Good morning Plussers! Here is the latest piece from Utah's Piano Guys, this time with an East Indian twist. Given that I am of Indian descent, I personally love this mix. Translations are at their web site if you are curious.
If you haven't heard of the Piano Guys before, check out their channel on YouTube - they do some incredible music with mostly Piano and Cello!