Who are they? This came up in a conversation about a circle I posted that contained the top 100 Most Relevant people in my circles according to GPlus.
Are you game?
How to: go to your circle page. Using the pull down menu sort ALL the people you follow by RELEVANCE (G+ determines this, not you). Plus tag or name your top 10 in the comment thread below. It will be interesting to see if there is a common theme that emerges. H/T to +Brian Titus. .
Pixels from www.naniwa2006.blogspot.com. The image below was my final contribution to a year-long image-based conversation involving ~80 image makers around the globe. More info on the website.
Well, it's actually 99 + 1 exception to all the guidelines, which were:
1. Name of an artist who posts regularly here on G+ 2. Link to their work here on G+ 3. A single sentence as to why they inspire you in particular.
The ground rules were accompanied by the following proviso:
THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION THIS IS NOT A CONTEST THIS ISN'T ABOUT FRIENDS THIS IS ABOUT WHAT INSPIRES YOU
My exception is my personal addition of +Jerry Saltz. Jerry's first account didn't work out (he lost the password: it's a familiar refrain for those of us who know him). Love him or hate him, he brought together a lot of artists on FB. I'm hoping to draw him out a little because I think the art world on G+ is missing a figurehead. I'd like him to find his 10K headed beast here, and I think the flattery of having people search out his new account would help.
If you nominated someone and they aren't in the circle, it's because they either aren't an artist, don't post publicly or haven't posted recently or with any consistency. If I went to their wall and I didn't see their own art or art-based postings, they also were not included. DO FEEL FREE TO SHARE THE CIRCLE FORWARD AND ADD MORE NAMES OR TAKE THEM OUT. It's a seed, not an epitaph.
(I also put you in the circle if you are an artist doing all of the above, nominated others but didn't nominate yourself. Silly artists.)
When I first joined G+ back in field and beta testing it was a barren land that didn't make for easy connections. Regardless of interests we had to search each other out, so to make it more interesting for myself I created a circle call Stone Soup (it was also affiliated with Dante's second circle of Hell, Lust, but that's a story for a different day). It was a circle that contained people who would hopefully bring some flavour to my explorations of Google+.
It is in that spirit of giving newcomers to G+ a sprinkling of possibilities to enrich their experiences here that I called in the troupes and asked for their contributions to the circle you see here.
Stone Soup comprises a crowd-sourced group of diverse, intelligent people with a broad spectrum of interests (NPI). They include artists, intellectuals, scientists, marketers, technocrats, business people, entrepreneurs, consultants, producers, really the list is endless. Some of them are familiar to me, others are brand new to my circles. They all post publicly, they are regular contributors of outstanding content, and they all happen to be women.
I hope collectively and individually they add to your experience of G+. Cheers!
The uncircling has already begun. Read the post carefully before plussing a comment. Thanks!
If you are in my circles you will see the original post on my profile.
Reshared text: I Need To Do This
It's going to hurt if I keep delaying so I'm just going to rip off the bandage really fast...
Yes, you are currently in my circles BUT:
@@I AM GOING TO DELETE MOST OF MY CIRCLES@@
I want you all back, I really do, so help a girl out. Please +1 yourself back in the category that you most closely resemble, be accurate. Please don't do multiples unless they apply.
I need to organize all of you for mobile communications - it's impossible with my circles as they currently exist. Don't be butthurt, be proactive in telling me where you PRIMARILY belong.
Thanks, and I'm sorry in advance. I'm going to re-share this post several times this coming week in hopes of catching you all back in. I will coordinate and put the new circles into play this coming Friday.
HERE ARE THE CATEGORIES
#1: We've posted alongside each other since field and beta, ADD ME BACK IN PRONTO!
#2: I don't want to get your posts anymore, LEAVE ME OUT.
+Guy Kawasaki's posts are showing up until Friday on his Pluserati page http://pluserati.alltop.com/ . There is nothing linked after that, despite his having posted on G+ today. A search for his profile yields the image I have posted below; a 404. (It's back, read on.)
Rumour has it that Kawasaki has been censored for sharing the famous image of nine year old Phan Thi Kim Phuc as she ran naked after a napalm attack burned off her clothing and 30% of her skin. To censor a narrative of the Viet Nam war that has been defined by this iconic image, photographed by Nick Ut in 1972, is puritanical beyond any acceptable standards.
It is not the job of social media to be censors of humankind when the intention is to inform and to remember our humanity. If it is true that Guy was banned for sharing this image the censorship constraints of Google Plus need to be scrutinized and held up for revision.
" After four decades, Phuc, now a mother of two sons, can finally look at the picture of herself running naked and understand why it remains so powerful. It had saved her, tested her and ultimately freed her. “Most of the people, they know my picture but there’s very few that know about my life,” she said. “I’m so thankful that ... I can accept the picture as a powerful gift. Then it is my choice. Then I can work with it for peace.”
So, remember the Stone Soup crowd-source call that brought together so many amazing women on G+? This time it's going to be about ART.
As much as I try to get around, I can't be everywhere. With that in mind I am asking you, the people in my circles and beyond, to offer up your most current and inspiring G+ ARTISTS for everyone to enjoy.
This is the procedure: in the comments below please post the name of an artist who is regularly in your streams here on G+, and a link to their work, also here on G+, with a brief sentence about what you find inspirational. I will make a crowd-sourced circle and share it when we are done.
1. Name of an artist who posts regularly here on G+ 2. Link to their work here on G+ 3. A single sentence as to why they inspire you in particular.
THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION THIS IS NOT A CONTEST THIS ISN'T ABOUT FRIENDS THIS IS ABOUT WHAT INSPIRES YOU
+1, reshare and tag your friends so we all make it to What's Hot together.
I'm tagging in the first three names that pop up as I scroll through the alphabet, because you're the top three in my personal circles. Don't be butthurt if you're in my circles and you aren't tagged in, you were prolly 4th. True True.
Reshared text: To all the wonderful People I have met in 2012 you have no idea how much you mean to me.. The changes I have made in life as a result of meeting you all is almost impossible to but into words..
My G+ peeps I am glad that I met each and every one of you..
I just need you all to +1, re-share and tag your friends into this post so I can make it to What's hot so we can all know how much we care about each other..
My notifications are guasto so I have been relying on Google+ search to find posts in which I have been +tagged, as well as checking +CircleCount for any circle shares. I try to stay on top of it because I believe it's the right thing to answer direct plustags and to thank people for their role in any upswings in followers.
It turns out that according to Circle Count I have missed a few people who have shared me in circles over the past several months. As a result I have decided to follow a recent trend and show my gratitude for their belief in sharing me by sharing them with those of you who have me in your circles. (I missed that one guy who shared me in his biggest asshole circle, but only because I have forgotten his name). Thanks to each of you, you wonderful circle-mongers.
A guy followed me two blocks just now. It was so obvious, when I jumped in a cab, the driver told me, "don't worry, he can't hurt you now." I tweeted that two hours ago. I had gone to see my aesthetician and was wandering around the shops on the same street when I stopped at a sandwich shop to eat a late lunch. I stood back reading the menu, chatting amiably with the woman behind the counter.
A man entered. I noticed he was standing behind me and told him to go ahead and order. He said it was fine and took a seat. I ordered and pivoted to find a table for myself. As I neared my chosen table, the man who had entered after me said something, but I was on my phone and didn’t know whether it was addressed me or not so I kept walking. I continued on my phone and noticed, after some time, that the man was looking at me.
My sandwich arrived. The man rose and walked to the door. I unwrapped my sandwich and noticed the man had turned and walked back to the table he had occupied previously. He sat on the chair closest to my table now. It felt sufficiently awkward that I began to wrap my sandwich again to leave. The man rose from the table and walked toward the door again, this time with his phone to his ear. I thought, “my goodness, am I on edge today! Poor guy is just trying to make a call. Probably has bad reception in here!”
I walked out after him and started to text and IM as I had been moments before, walking toward a nearby tourist trap where cabs constantly park to take passengers. I crossed two streets and largely forgot about the man until I jumped in a cab and the cabbie turned and asked me, "Is he following you?"
I turned. There he was. No longer on his phone. Watching me. When he noticed we were looking, he turned and pretended to walk into the nearest establishment, lingering near the door. "Don't worry," the cabbie said. "He can’t hurt you now."
I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe I hadn't noticed this man followed me for two whole blocks. I started to wonder whether he had gone into the sandwich shop to eat at all, or seen me, wandering around stores and started then. How long had he been following me? What if I had lived nearby? Would he have followed me home? What would he have done with that information? If I had come in a car, would he have taken my license plate? What would he have done with that information? What did he want?
It’s okay, I told myself. You're in a cab. You're on your way. There is no way he can get in a car and chase after you even if he runs to it right now. Too many cabs, too much traffic. Too much of a bother.
"Are you okay?" the cabbie asked me, turning the corner.
"Yes, I'm fine."
He pulled over.
"You can sit up front if you want," he said. "I will protect you."
I don't believe in calling men who identify inappropriate behavior and respond to it "white knights" no matter what they say. I hate that language because it shuts potential allies out of a conversation that men should take part in. Sure, sometimes the response to these situations isn't the sort of enlightened one you hoped for, but it’s a start. I would rather work with that than turn them away.
Of course, at this moment, I wasn't thinking about any of that. I was shut down, completely unreceptive to anything any person on the planet may offer me, with the exception of maybe my parents and the five people I consider true friends.
"I'm fine, truly, please keep driving," I said.
"This must happen all the time," he said. "You're so beautiful."
"That's a nice thing to say," with a weight centralizing in the pit of my stomach.
"You really are!" he said. "So, so beautiful. How old are you? You a student?"
"No, I am not a student."
"How old are you? Twenty-two?"
"Significantly older," I said as we turned into Wilshire.
"Where we off to?" he asked. "Am I taking you home?"
"No, a business," I said, deciding there was no way this guy was going to take me home and giving him an intersecting street instead of an address.
"Do you need me to wait outside for you to take you home?"
"No, I do not, thank you."
"Are you sure? I can turn off the meter. It's fine."
"Listen," I said, tired of playing this game. "I just got chased by a strange man. I'm not comfortable or receptive to anything. I just want to go."
"I know, I can take you home," he said, turning to look at me. Not a sincere look, a starved look.
I have jumped out of a moving vehicle before (for unrelated reasons). It is nothing like the movies. Fortunately, we were on Wilshire, in traffic, where exiting a vehicle meant opening the door and stepping out.
This is what I was thinking as he sat there, looking at me. I don't know what he was thinking. But I was thinking flight flight flight. It was louder than my heartbeat, which was pounding in my ears, and is still pounding as I write this.
"Do you smoke?" he asked, perhaps noting my discomfort. "Come to the front, I will give you a cigarette."
Did he see me smoking as I walked up to the line of cabs? Do you want a piece of candy, little girl?
"You can't smoke in the back, but you can smoke in the front."
"You just reminded me," I said. "I need cigarettes. Could you stop at the Ralph's up ahead?"
"Let me take you to the 7-Eleven further up."
"No, thank you. The Ralph’s will suffice."
"The 7-Eleven is cheaper."
"I said: the Ralph’s will do."
He pulled into the parking lot slowly.
"Do you want me to wait?" he asked. "You're so beautiful. I don't want you going home alone."
I practically threw money at him and ran into the store, where I stayed, for a long while, peeking through the window to make sure he was gone. I stood around among so many people, so many oblivious people, trying to control how hard my hands were shaking with fear and rage.
"How are you today?" a store employee asked me.
"Fantastic!" I practically screamed. I do not need you, even if you’re a nice, law-abiding, respectful man who says the same damn thing 18,000 times every day to every person who walks through those doors. No, what I need is a dog. A big, vicious dog that snarls at anything that comes within three feet of me.
I don't know how long I waited there before I lost myself in a crowd and walked out, through the parking lot, then started to run through every shortcut I had ever found during my random bike rides across this part of town. I ran and run until I thought my heart might explode, and then I ran more.
When I finally got home, I locked the door and slammed against it, sliding to the floor.
While this was happening, I tried to snap a picture of the first man, though I was unsuccessful from the back of a cab. I took down the information of the second. Most importantly, I tweeted this as it unfolded. I did that to keep my head on straight, to protect myself, and to educate those who might see my tweets.
Unsurprisingly, one of the answers I received was, Why is this surprising, A.V.? You know the joke: "Just because I'm dressed this way, does not make me a police officer"?
You may have noticed that whenever I share a real world experience such as this one that I never mention what I was wearing. I do this because I don’t think it's relevant. No one should be followed down the street, made to feel unsafe or even uncomfortable no matter how they choose to express themselves. I am not saying I don't think people should speak to one another. We are social creatures and we should interact. But context matters. If a person is on their phone or doesn't turn to you when you speak to them, that's a signal that they're not receptive to you. Nothing someone does is a cue to follow them or try to take them someplace they don’t want to go. This is as true of someone in a habit as it is of someone naked with a mattress strapped to her back.
Telling someone to expect harassment because they're attractive is an excuse for bad behavior that shifts the problem from the perpetrator to the victim. The surprising thing about victim-blame is that it's not even true when you look at the facts. It's not just beautiful people who get stalked and harassed. And it's not just people in enticing attire who get stalked or harassed. If this were true, women in burqas would never encounter this problem. Women who are not conventionally attractive wouldn't encounter this problem. But they do. Women of all ages, sizes, and modes of self-expression encounter this problem -- frequently. And when they do, instead of working toward a narrative that helps, we tell them that they should have known not to dress that way, or talk to that person, or had the audacity to leave their homes alone.
To further illustrate, I will tell you what I was wearing today. I was in capri jeans. I was wearing a non-fitting t-shirt that says "Honey badger don’t care" and flats. My hair was up in a messy bun. I had just been to see my aesthetician, so my face was appropriately red from the trauma of her administrations. There you go. This is the irresistible image that prompted the events of my afternoon.
And incidentally, I rarely get approached when I am in full sex blogger gear. Maybe it’s the leather. Maybe it’s the fact that seeing a woman wrapped in her sexuality suggests the very opposite of vulnerability. Because make no mistake – harassment is a crime of opportunity based on entitlement and how vulnerable women are perceived to be and nothing else.
And So It Begins ... I am declaring my profile an 18+ restricted zone on G+.
Apparently very few, if any, of these presumably intelligent early adopter teens and their guardians have done any research at all into censorship issues on G+ and how their presence has a very real effect on freedom of speech issues. There have already been defiant challenges from some of these quasi-adults in conversations about their presence, and as I have already said in those discussions it's not about their individual presence here on G+. It's about top-down politics and the legal freedoms and rights ordinarily assigned to adults over the age of majority consequently being dumbed down to legislated conduct guidelines. Just try telling a child of The Entitlement Era that their presence is an impediment to my conversations and exchanges. Just try telling that to their parents. It's impossible, and so I am just saying no.
Under 18? This is my position: I am not your parent, nor do I wish to have the issue of what you can or cannot see become my responsibility. If the tables were reversed there might be an ability for a thoughtful teen to see the absolutes here, the discomfort zone where there is no room for discussion and which has suddenly become an unwanted burden in my social media interactions. If an under 18 individual wants to make my lack of desire to monitor my behaviour personal it's their privilege, but it's a much larger picture than a teenager's right to be at the party.
I knew this was coming, but I expected G+ to be smarter in recognizing that an online forum does not in any way have to resemble a family dinner. Give the adults in the room the ability via embedded age controls to close the door on the intrusion of minors. .
It's the anniversary month for Hang Outs On Air, so what better way to celebrate what hangouts have meant to me than to share a circle of the folks I deem hangout-worthy? ;^)
These are the people who make MY hangouts happen, whether they are Googlealiens who have supported the hang out environment or the everyday G+ folks with whom I have had regular, ongoing conversations over the past year.
The circle comprises people who kicked everything up a notch for me on G+, and who are largely responsible for building the community that surrounds me. They are, for the most part, the people who have shared circles that included me, who have given me a shoulder to lean on when the going gets tough, who have shown me different ways of thinking, who have given of themselves so freely and allowed me to be part of their worlds too.
Thanks to you all for making my G+ feel like home.
I am culling my circles to allow me to follow active G+ participants.
I will be putting names and photos I don't recognize on the chopping block.
1. Radio silence = assumption of non-activity on G+, so those cuts will be easy. 2.An anonymous mask or standard blue G+ avatar indicates to me that you aren't with the program when it comes to social media.
If you meet these conditions but think I've kicked you to the curb unfairly, let me know.
There's Room For You ... I've been fighting a Sisyphean battle to make art visible on G+ since my arrival back during field and beta. I see it in my streams every day and I love to share the wealth. This post has two elements for your delectation.
1. This #Sharedcircle is filled with #artists who are, for the most part, currently active on G+.
Go ahead, try it on for size - 250 people in a single stream - for a few days. Keep the people you find interesting, if the mood strikes share the circle with others so they can do the same.
2. Expand my vistas by sharing your work with me so I can share it forward. I've been reading about the supposed lack of artists here on G+, yet I seem to have several thousand in my circles, most of whom have been shared in a circle by me at some point during the past 7 months. If you are an artist and are not in my circles, let me know by +1'ing this post on the original post on my profile. I guarantee that I will look at your profile and add you to my circles if appropriate. At some point down the road I will share another circle: if you post publicly, share art work (yours and that of others) and remain active, you will likely be in those shared circles. . PS: check out +Samantha Villenave's +Google Art Walk initiative while you're at it, submit your work to be considered for inclusion if you are so inclined.
There is a post that just went through my stream that irked me more than a little, and it comes hot on the heels of a realization that for me G+ is beginning to feel lacking in vitality - a neutered shadow of its former self.
To aggregate and paraphrase the words of the platitudes that float through my stream on an almost daily basis, we should be simple, be gentle, be flat in affect, never raise a fuss, be more "ladylike" and above all, think before we post in case the results in a google-search make us look bad.
What does that even mean?
What kind of world do we live in, that to expect one to be neutral or even calm is even possible?
STOP TELLING ME HOW TO BEHAVE. I didn't elect to enter into a nanny state when I made the decision to post online. Yes, we should try to be civil, and more importantly, we should aspire to behave ethically. Beyond that we are fortunate to live in a free-thinking society, enhanced rather than restricted by these digital realms that are available to all and sundry.
G+ contains multitudes: if you want milquetoast and platitudes for breakfast you won't find them on my profile.
In sync with the words and actions of artist/activist Ai Weiwei, +艾未未, whose documentary I was fortunate to see recently, I'm #neversorry
Stop pretending. Google Plus as a whole is a LIBRARY with benefits. It's not designed to be social in the same way as other social networks, so stop trying. Google is a research/search engine, remember? It's in the business of information gathering and exchange, G+ is an extension of that same formulation of thinking.
That being said, Hangouts, as part of GPlus, are social. They are where you go to have a snack or a beer and hangout with your research buddies; the last thing y'all want to talk about is work unless you are using them for work purposes, in which case SUCKS TO BE YOU.(j/k). Hangouts On Air are a voyeur's paradise. Use your manners when entering any hangout for the first time, never show your genitals without being asked, mute yourself if you're gassy or making other kinds of noise and things should go swimmingly.
How do I use G+? I show up and talk to other people instead of waiting for replies to my posts. If what I post is of interest to others, great. If not, I've built my own resource centre using my own interests as the motivator.
G+ is not a waiting room, it's a library, so get up off your virtual chair and make the effort to plus a post or make a comment on someone else's profile. Without making an effort there will be no reward in the form of interaction. Hint: you are not the only introvert in town hiding behind your keyboard. Your intellect and how you use it to discuss the things that are important to you is your primary introduction to others on G+.
C'mon over. If you talk to me or respond in some way to my posts either here or on someone else's post I'll notice, I'll go see what you bring to the network I've built and if your posts are of interest I'll circle you back. If you haven't filed out your 'about me' page or posted a recent photo of yourself you will never end up in my circles.
I came here with 0 connections, 0 followers, my sole ambition was to build a network of art-related like-minded people with whom I could have a conversation. Now I have a surfeit of all kinds of interesting things to read and comment on in my streams any time of day or night from the people I've circled, and I've hung out with all kinds of people I would never have met otherwise, and my interests have grown beyond my initial agenda. I've learned so much about so many interesting things from others.
If I can do it, so can you. It's really that simple.
This is bullying. Write the cheque anyway, you blowhard.
Reshared text: Here it is: Donald Trump's Offer to the President.
"If President Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice, inner city children of Chicago, American Cancer Society, Aids research, anything he wants, a check immediately for $5 million. The check will be given within one hour of his releasing the records so stated."
STFU + GTFO ... Whiners and scammers and f*cktards, O My!
G+ vs FB? OFFS, Really? Who cares? I'm so sick of pronouncements about G+ not being whatever people need in their life. Social Media is a personal experience. Take it for what it's worth. Don't like the phone app? Don't use G+ on your phone. Don't want the prying eyes of data collectors viewing your posts about eating sardines for lunch? See that brick wall over there? Try smashing your head against that for a while, it's gotta be more entertaining.
There's nothing life enhancingly or death defyingly important about any of these Social Media platforms if you simply don't like one over another. Take the application off your computer and let it go. And while you're at it, take those those self-important scam artists with you, you know, the ones who keep offering computer bags and kindles for just a little circlejerk, as if having a gajillion people in their circles on an internet forum wins them the life lottery.
See, this is how it goes. A photographer's profile is made, apparently of feminine persuasion complete with sweet story about Grandpa's loving influence, sweet little butt cheek photo is used for a profile photo, 10K+ followers are amassed (NPI). Suddenly over the horizon someone on G+ discovers their photos are being shared without permission or attribution, as if they were shot by said Manik(Ken). What ho! Avast! Ye conquering pirates demand attribution, google image search reveals the original photo is not of or by Manik, at all.
Do not give me any reason to deny the reality of what humans do to each other; this anger cannot be soothed by belief systems. There will be no miracles. There will be no returning from the dead. There is no fix that can be applied.
It is our natural response to fall into a state of sorrow and shock upon hearing about what happened in Connecticut today. Our minds and hearts reel in unison for the families whose lives have been devastated by the actions of a man with a gun who somehow, in this world we have created, decided today would be a good day to massacre innocent children.
We ALL need to work together to raise better human beings.
This is my happy little constantly evolving circle of sapiosexual delights. Formerly a circle in which I shared folks who like smart folks, it's now a circle comprising people who post things that excite and arouse me for one reason or another. I've previously explained the root source for the prefix sapio ; here it is again, but from wikipedia this time.
The word sapience is derived from the Latin sapientia, meaning "wisdom". Related to this word is the Latin verb sapere, meaning "to taste, to be wise, to know"; the present participle of sapere forms part of Homo sapiens, the Latin binomial nomenclature created by Carolus Linnaeus to describe the human species. Linnaeus had originally given humans the species name of diurnus, meaning man of the day... he later decided that the dominating feature of humans was wisdom, hence application of the name sapiens. His chosen biological name was intended to emphasize man's uniqueness and separation from the rest of the animal kingdom. . +Shared Circles on G++Sapiosexual+Public Circles+The Best Circles on Google+
Stop it, just stop it. Don't show me any more star wars, lego, android or any other kind of fanboism. If you've got me in the specialised circles you have for those shares, for the love of cthulhu take me out.
The best solution would be for Google+ to give us self-determined spam filters, but we all know that's not going to happen any time soon.
It's seriously affecting my desire to post here.
Apologies for the rant. It's not personal, it's based in a cumulative external stimuli of things that don't interest me, not the people who post them.
Edited to add: I didn't formulate this post very well - reading the comments below will clarify what I meant. This is a G+ issue relative to edge ranking and information delivery.
My move to G+ from FB was not a physical move, it was a psychological distancing from everything that FB represented just those short few months ago. It's no secret that I jumped to G+ for ethical reasons, but it was also a time of deep personal changes that involved moving away from everything that I had worked so hard to accomplish in my professional life as an academic (and as someone with a small but certain amount of clout in the art world, but that's a story for a different day). It was epic, what happened to me, what I was dealt IRL by my former academic employer, and I had to walk away from my teaching career knowing I was the better person. It led to me staying longer and fighting harder to prove a point, and by the time I left I was spent emotionally and psychologically. It's amazing how insidious sociopathy can be. I could no longer trust any system other than the one I could build for myself and I had to build it from the ground up. Enter Google Plus.
For the most part I am happy with the choices I made and the resulting changes. Moving forums and going public online represented one small but significant change - if others around me IRL were going to live their lives as sociopaths, I wanted to be as transparent as possible in mine. I can't explain it any better than that. I needed to be honest to my own vision of the humanity I needed to find in my self after being so beaten down. I still, despite many years of making work about sociopathy and having worked with a few in the past decade, have a hard time understanding and responding to those who are so ruthlessly self-absorbed.
My ultimate decision to move to G+ also coincided with the OWS movement, and I know the precise moment I made the decision to leave FB after observing a similar bullying taking place amongst friends of mine who were polarized by the real world brutality OWS was making apparent. I just didn't see the point in trying to fight for a sense of peace anymore in a social milieu that had previously been a social release for me - a place away from strife. Maybe I threw the baby out with the bathwater in leaving FB to get away from the endless sniping that was happening amongst an extended group of people I thought would have behaved differently, but what's done is done and I don't regret the personal growth that came from making the shift. I moved to G+ at what was possibly the lowest moment in my personal life and in a way being here kept me alive.
As some of you may know, I have also experienced great loss over the past year, not just once but several times, from my stepmother to my most favoured aunt on my mother's side and several other family members and friends in between. I also lost a job that I loved due to internal politics, and the resulting loss of a sense of identity that comes losing part of how we define ourselves to others is what ultimately broke the camel's back. I began to feel the loss of friendships built around my FB artworld very deeply, so much so that I did something I swore I would never do: I opened a new account to be able to escape back into that rarified world of my familiars since it was increasingly obvious they weren't going to make the shift to G+. It turns out our history together matters more than ethical stances. Go figure.
G+ fills my quest for research and for discovery - the gap that keeps me busy - even if it doesn't fill the chasm of solitude that sometimes slips over me. I had such a wonderful visit in a hangout with my beautiful friend +Vicki DaSilva yesterday. It's an amazing experience to talk face to face in a virtual matrix and feel such enormous connections with each other, connections that were built in real time, real life, and are supported with such amazing technology. I know that people who are building similar communities here, who have HIP'd and HIRL'd and fallen in love in this matrix know what I am talking about. Hangouts are what make the difference here, the people with whom I have made the most meaningful connections are the ones who have crossed those virtual borders with me. That, along with the conversations that happen here on every topic imaginable, are what keeps me here. Y'all are amazing. I will continue trying to build a nest for artists here and I hope that one day, my chosen family will come for a visit and stay for a while. .
In the USA these caramel coconut rings are held ransom for most of the year. They are available for limited periods and in limited quantities, sold exclusively by young girls wearing insignias that mark them as purveyors of these delicacies.
In Canada these "no name cookies"® are readily available year round for a very low price.
This profile used the following image of a child to initiate their requests for money to help save their child. The image of both the 'mother' and child have been switched out for the ones currently visible on the profile in question.
1. Heart surgery is free in New Zealand, where the 'mother' claims to live.
2. The posts were determine as originating in a country other than New Zealand.
3. There is no number 3. Why hasn't this profile been removed?
If you would like to know more about the organization from which the original listing for this child was lifted, please visit http://reecesrainbow.org/
"Henrique Oliveira has a very peculiar way of painting, one that makes him a painter. The decision as to whether what he does is painting is not up to him, in this case. And it is this peculiar way of working or his artistic process that turns what he does into a very special painting. Far from conventional.
That would justify the development of his plastic research that has wood as the material of his installations and that I dare call paintings. It is not paint, but the scraps of wood that lend color to his “paintings.” Wood scraps that carry the discoloration of time. They become paintings that do not remain on the flatness of a canvas. They are engineering works of complex pictorialness and subsequent visual precariousness. They are far from formal constructive paintings. They would be rather classified as gestural abstract art in face of the obvious unconcern about the superposition of the wood sheets. To the viewer, it looks more like a visual disarray that is characteristic of the place that inspires him and where the scraps originate from and through the artist`s creative gesture are made pictorial."
Reshared text: Several talented artists have closed their profile here on Google +. It is not good. And those who feel it's fun to tease or similar. Ought to know - artists show their works - to the delight of you. Not to get exhibitions.
Flere dygtige kunstnere har lukket deres profil her på Google+. Det er ikke godt. Og de personer som føler det er sjovt at drille eller lignende. Burde vide - kunstnere viser deres arbejder - til glæde for dig. Ikke for at få udstilling.
Google Canada ... Hey there, +Google Canada, are you sleeping on the job? 158 people in your circles and most of them are business pages? WAKE UP! We're out here, and we're live, representing our home and native land all day, every day.
The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said, To Speak Of Many Things ...
Several weeks ago I told a few select people here on G+ that once I hit 20K followers I would close down my account. The timing is unfortunate, but it seems I will hit 20K today. It's been an amazing ride and I am grateful to each and everyone of you. #truestory Cheers. .
Fair warning: I've been here since July and it's time to make a clean sweep now that I am no longer field and beta testing.
I'm an artist. I want to have interactions on G+ that challenge and delight me. If you are in my circles it's because you are interesting. I hope you feel the same way about what I bring to our interactions.
Soooo: this week I will be going through my circles and uncircling anyone with whom I have been interacting for the past 4 months who hasn't circled me in return - that's just a tad too asynchronous for my purposes. I will also be uncircling people who have been increasingly inactive or absent from the community, as well as those who have expressed significant caution about the potential of G+.
The rest of you, chillax! If I uncircle you in error, you know where to find me, right here.
"I don't try to understand, I'll never try to understand anymore, that's what you think, for the moment I'm here, always have been, always shall be. I won't be afraid of the big words anymore, they are not big." Texts for Nothing, Samuel Beckett
This circle is the precise antithesis of a popularity contest - I have many people in many circles whom I admire and with whom I experience a sense of kinship. This circle is more particular to my current interests in the intersection of Science, Art, and Philosophy: it comprises the agents provocateur who push my skin inwards, piercing membranes of resistance and of thinking.
This circle was partially crowd-sourced in that I asked for recommendations. I followed up with a watchful eye to see if the substance of those not familiar to me was primarily original content and whether it aligned itself to my current state of thinking, and as always my ultimate decision to include someone is predicated on their posts being public and recently active. There are many who inspire me daily but who post limited or to circles. They will remain my dirty secret.
Without further ado, my Science, Art and Philosophy Circle: putting the SAP back into sapiosexual.
Reshared text: I don't normally comment on BS like this, but this one actually got to me a bit so I'll go there.
This is Gabby Douglas. I've seen some people on the interwebz (mostly Black folk) that have an issue with her hairstyle. Like 22-year-old Latisha Jenkins of Detroit, MI (my hometown), But I just hate the way her hair looks with all those pins and gel. I wish someone could have helped her make it look better since she’s being seen all over the world. She representing for black women everywhere.
Yeah, okay. See that thing she's holding right now? That's an Olympic gold medal. She has two of them, which means she officially has two more gold medals than she has fucks to give about what you think of her hair.
I've noticed a lot of artworld people who have substantial followings on Twitter and FB have neglected G+ after an initial series of postings. This indicates one of two things to me: either they are posting everything to limited circles of which I am not a member (single tear), or they are all about the comfort of having their following be sustained where they currently rest.
That's all fine and good. Personally,I'm not a fan of the one-to-many delivery system, it's intellectually static and perhaps a touch Dunning Kruger-ish in leading one to believe one is better at doing what one does than the reality indicates. Numbers provide comfort. As long as my ratio of followers:following is close, I'm good to go.
Steve Mann, the Canadian artist who invented the prototype for "Google Glass" and whose letter about being assaulted in a Paris McDonalds has been making the rounds tonight (http://eyetap.blogspot.ca/?view=classic) is very interesting individual.
Reshared text: If you are one of those whiny little bitches who has to report everything you disagree with to Google+ instead of just muting and/or blocking and moving on, do us all a favor - remove US from your misery...
16 characteristics of psychopaths: - intelligent - rational - calm - unreliable - insincere - without shame or remorse - having poor judgment - without capacity for love - unemotional - poor insight - indifferent to the trust or kindness of others - over-reactive to alcohol - suicidal - impersonal sex life - lacking long-term goals - inadequately motivated antisocial behaviour
Dr. Hervey Cleckley, The Mask of Sanity, 1976 (H/T +Ryan Straight)
I have close to 30K followers - each one of you, separately and together, can make a difference.
Here's what I am asking: find a painting you like - AFAIC it doesn't even have to be a G+ artist - post the image or link and put #PaintingOfTheDay in the post. You can even share this post forward and put #PaintingOfTheDay in your header.
Thanks. As an artist fighting to make art more visible here on G+ I would really appreciate it.
This is a painting by Picasso, very traditional old school, but it prompted an unexpected response from me the first time I saw it in the flesh (so to speak).
Raw Materials Animal bones, skins, and tissue are obtained from slaughterhouses. Gelatin processing plants are usually located nearby so that these animal byproducts can be quickly processed.
Acids and alkalines such as caustic lime or sodium carbonate are used to extract minerals and bacteria from the animal parts. They are either produced in the food processing plant or purchased from outside vendors.
Sweeteners, flavorings, and colorings are added in the preparation of food gelatin. These can be in liquid or powdered forms and are purchased from outside vendors.
So me, +Samantha Villenave, +Linsay Blondeau and a couple of other folks were talking about the preponderance of bunny art and somehow we've decided to do a HASHTAG #ART THANG - O NOES.
You have a week, but here's the deal for the first exercise: HUMAN HEAD on a bunny body. We are asking that you * #InvertTheMeme *
Got it? Good.
It's open to anyone and everyone. Whichever way you chose to interpret Human Head on a Bunny Body is up to you, be it photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, collage. We're democratic that way. Hashtag it with#InvertTheMeme and #BunnyBody If it works out well, we may decide to do more!
Deadline is Friday 26th October , no sooner. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO OCTOBER 31ST!
Furthermore, anyone posting stuf to my stream that in any way pokes fun of the human misery that plays out in the real world, be it about drug-crazed psychopaths wreaking violence on another human or anyone in any state of mind that pushes them to an edge that seems unfathomable and so becomes fodder for jokes? You've just shown me who you are, and that we don't share the same ethical propensities. Don't be offended when I uncircle you - I'm doing us both a favour.