Ananda Sim2014-04-19 05:05:45
Autumny
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-18 02:59:52
    This is at an old building in Melbourne, now restored. I remember when the top of this concrete was grotty and had cigarette junk on it. You could guess where it is....
    #genuinelensblur by the way, not #googlecameralensblur

    Ping +City of Melbourne
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-18 02:04:26
    I wonder if Sun Wu said we should sit with out backs to the wall so that we can see what might attack? Or not?
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-18 01:20:52
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    I confess, I am a little jaded with landscapes and sunsets. +Novita Listyani just posted this awesome one with a twist though.

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    El Dorado?
    エル・ドラード?
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-18 01:09:47
    Hilarious and irreverent find by +George Takei 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-18 01:04:06
    As you would.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-17 23:48:49
    Not yet available for my phone, sigh... 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-17 13:49:45
    It's amazing what you see happening when you look across the road
    My Fair Lady - On The Street Where You Live
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-17 13:36:54
    Tell me, would a nose by any other shape, smell as sweet?
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-17 10:26:22
    The current place for pilgrims 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-16 23:27:10
    What a Marvel... 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-16 05:53:51
    Awesomest 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-16 01:34:15
    Tra la, the sun's out
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-15 05:37:10
    LOL +Queenie Moo they don't know what durian smells or tastes like. facepalm
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-14 14:25:29
    I wonder what they're trying to tell me... 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-14 14:05:39
    Yes. I know there's a #slant
    #Lensbaby with #TopazSimplify
    Goodnight and have a bright glorious morning tomorrow
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-14 09:59:00
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    Works even if you don't understand Norwegian...

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    Enjoy the #Monday  folks!

    Here is a fun video for all the people needing a help desk.  :-)

    #Helpdesk  
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-14 02:25:20
    Succintly via +Jeff Dean via +Adrian Parsons 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-14 01:40:26
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    Spectacular portrait in context.

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    Meet Choppy, she is the amazing owner and pilot at Over The Top Helicopter Company in Queenstown, New Zealand 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 22:59:38
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    How a single focused role feels like dealing with customer requests

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    The never ending miss-communication between engineers and marketers
    +Martin Thielecke 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 22:55:38
    Good morning, having an old fashioned cuppa
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 12:54:41
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    I'm always amazed by the talent here on G+  - I thought I was doing ok with autumn shots of leaves (I know, that does sound cliché). Then kind +Mee Ming Wong just raises the bar. :)

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    Spring Light
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 12:41:04
    Table Number 37, Char Koey Teow, ready to be served

    Thanks to +Frank Yuwono who sold me a Lensbaby 2.0 (pre Spark and pre Muse) - I tried it, couldn't get the hang of it last year, then, since I am on a lofi vintage kick, took it out to lunch today.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 10:57:49
    I've been thinking about this for a long while. You know how I love to navel gaze. I think photography has evolved and continues to evolve. It's determined not by "published" art hanging at exhibitions or commissioned photos at a wedding / event / Life Magazine spread. We've moved past that. We, as in The People. Those pro photogs and wannabe pro photogs who don't figure that and re-skill and figure a different way of doing things, a different way of making a living, different products to sell are doomed as dinosaurs. 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 10:02:53
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    I can't play music, but it's so much a part of my life. Heads up on this article +Hanna Silver 

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    Music was shown to lower anxiety more than medications in one study

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/15/health/brain-music-research/index.html?iid=article_sidebar
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 08:29:43
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    Can't beat #merchandising  :)

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    #ostern #jesus
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 07:06:57
    Gentle light, gentle weekend. Have a lovely rest of the weekend
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 01:57:25
    When left alone 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-13 01:46:53
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    Apt one for #selfiesunday via +Jackie M

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    Just shoot me

    #selfie   #SelfieArmSyndrome  
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-12 14:11:41
    +Lady Fran W 2 lens kit Nikon V1 at Dick Smiths
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-12 07:37:41
    A day draws to the end. It's been good.u
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-12 07:31:15
    Just discovered +Herb Alpert on G+  - only 42 followers. Profile says "trumpet player and artist". Yeah! 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-12 06:53:40
    Just because.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-11 12:49:29
    I don't speak French but hey, I'm under a Blossom Dearie spell.

    "Tout doux, tout doux, tout doucement, Toujours tout doux, tout doucement, Comme ca la vie c’est epatant."

    Tout Doucement - Blossom Dearie
    
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-11 12:22:03
    I've a few candidates for this shot. Somehow this one's more simple and it makes me hum:

    "I wish you bluebirds in the spring
    To give your heart a song to sing
    And then a kiss, but more than this
    I wish you love
    And in July a lemonade
    To cool you in some leafy glade
    I wish you health
    But more than wealth
    I wish you love"

    Blossom Dearie - I Wish You Love
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-11 11:46:04
    Head through the Rushes #chasingthesun
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-11 11:04:09
    What symbolises Autumn in Melbourne? This week, it's cool rainy days. But this sunny scene - it's uncontrived, it's SOOC JPEG and it has no wow subject. Except for two trees and a red car.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-11 10:40:31
    Not your classic Milkbar rendition, but again, not a classic Milkbar.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-10 23:54:35
    Shortlist of services so far
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-10 13:30:40
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    Loving this shot

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    Mini Review of 2014 13" Toshiba Kirabook

    http://bit.ly/2014Kirabook

    In the search for the perfect travel laptop for photographers, I recently spent some time with the new 2014 13" +TOSHIBA  Kirabook laptop. So how does it fair with it's i7 Haswell processor, 8gb RAM and 2560×1440 resolution touch display? Check out the mini review below to find out...

    http://bit.ly/2014Kirabook
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-10 12:21:42
    Loving the autumn drizzle and subdued light, the soft, moisture laden air. Memories of vibrant, youthful first time romance, that sort of thing.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-10 11:01:54
    Looks like a hoot :)
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-10 09:59:15
    Contrary
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-09 23:20:32
    Love this one
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-09 23:08:43
    Curious but absorbing
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-08 11:17:48
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    Visually obvious bike rider +Adrian Tritschler +Adam Houston 

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    Can you see me now - Brighton Naked Bike Ride
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-07 00:32:49
    Want something to go with the A7s when it runs out of juice? Have a #SonyPowerFood  bite
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-07 00:26:10
    For   #shoesmonday  +Shoes Monday curated by +Laura Harding +Olga Kafka +Mee Ming Wong +Thomas Andersen +Carmen Schmidt +Erwin Vindl and moi

    Update: Thanks to +Susan Menis for the tip:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evzones

    "Tsarouchia (τσαρούχια, singular: τσαρούχι), red leather clogs with black pompons (φούντες, foundes; singular: φούντα, founda). Under the sole, depending on the size, there are 60 to 120 nails. On average each tsarouchi weighs 3.5 kilos (7.7 pounds)."
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-06 23:43:27
    A Journey lies first, in the Heart, and then in the Mind
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-06 06:00:59
    You don't need Russel Crowe or Hollywoos to see Noah
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-06 05:21:24
    A few winks on this Daylight Unsaving Day before I head out again....
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-06 00:41:06
    Yes, Good Morning.
    
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-05 23:29:13
    Natasya Nudnik - "too many friend requests" 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-05 23:19:46
    A moment of silence. RIP Anja Niedringhaus 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-05 11:54:18
    Up above Flinders
    It was a very pleasant day, I should have worn short sleeves rather than longs but eh, when we drove to the top and the breeze turned cool as the sun went behind the clouds, glad I did then.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-05 09:07:25
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    Speechless.

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    Oxymoronic ;-)
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-04 12:24:21
    A cool, quiet moment

    Came across this derelict piece near a front shed in Flinders - I took out the tripod and made this shot first 8.2 secs f/1.7 ISO 200 and then made several more, with long exposures using LiveTime - to get more DOF. On review, this first one, I like the most.
    Evening low light - I couldn't see clear enough to focus, so just let the camera autofocus with the built in AF lamp
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-04 00:53:52
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    +Lady Fran W +Queenie Moo +David Washington +David Diep a tool to create Photo Narratives spotted by +Amy Williams 

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    What an awesome way to display photos. Wouldn't mind trying it out to see how it compares to Jux - https://jux.com/
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-03 23:22:59
    The application of Mood
    I shared the original version of this photo last night - it was stark, clear, typically digital. I liked it, it got plusses too. At that time, I also spotted an alternative presentation and this morning, I thought I might show you the alternative - it's a Google Photos edit with the Vintage filter called Wes. Changes the mood of the photo quite a bit, and emphasises the smoke.
    Original version:
    https://plus.google.com/110479167004746675441/posts/M3B1e7X9LLB
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-03 10:22:13
    Got my subscription to for Photoshop. Now, which video tutorial shall I watch?
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-03 08:02:49
    Occupational hazard for Lion Dancing troupes.
    Incidentally, I just noticed his tattoo.....
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-03 07:37:05
    +Kwanghui Lim with his lady +Wailing Seto
    In a place between buildings that is so narrow you could hardly swing a Canon L lens :)
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-03 07:19:07
    Long day on my feet and speaking a lot. Pity I'm not drinking anymore....
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-02 11:57:38
    The Giant arises
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-02 07:57:43
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    You gotta see this +Tony Tulloch 

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    Constructed to look like a giant Rolliflex camera, this coffee shop and miniature camera museum is just South of Seoul, South Korea, and was built by a former helicopter pilot for the South Korean airforce.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-01 23:34:22
    Finally managed to catch this video. Awesome way to start the day -
    "Have A Nice Day"
    Classic and even better Genki Sudo and World Order.
    Ping  +Mee Ming Wong +Amy Williams +Nate Burr +Rene Modesto 
    p.s. +Charles Strebor there's a bit of synchronised light painting motion fun at the end -
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-01 12:18:57
    Clippy's back.... :)
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-01 05:06:21
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    +Trace McLean Maybe we need to diversify the hashtag #ffsb  

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    Forget view counts. We know what really drives engagement on Google+: Photos. And we've always worked hard to make your photos awesome. But today, we can truly say that we're doing better than that: We can make your photos Hoffsome.

    Starting today, the power of Google+ will allow internationally renowned actor +David Hasselhoff to photo-bomb any one of your pictures. Why share a mere image of yourself with your spouse, your children, the President of the United States, when you can share one with the famed Baywatch star?

    And as an added bonus, when you tag +David Hasselhoff into your conversations, he will now show up with some words of wisdom.

    Google+: providing you the features that other social networks can only dream of.

    #AutoHoffSome  
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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-01 01:46:22
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    Ok, tagline for today then. 

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  • Ananda Sim2014-04-01 00:24:10
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    Info from +Yonatan Zunger on the new View Count statistic.
    BTW FYI (I saw your post) +Steve Davidson 

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    Several people have been asking me about the new "view count" number which shows up on your profile, and I've been answering on a bunch of threads, so let me give you the key answers in one place.

    What does this number count? This is total views on your profile, your posts, your photos, and your videos. 

    What constitutes a "view?" For your profile, when someone goes to view your profile page. For other things, it's when they look at it -- e.g., when one of your posts shows up on someone's screen. (That's because this is how most people read posts: showing up in a stream, without clicking on it explicitly) Looking at your hovercard doesn't count.

    Is this related to +1's, reshares, etc.? Only in that someone who +1'ed your post also probably saw it. You can already see counts for those on individual posts, etc., and before today you could see view counts for each photo if you looked carefully at the one-up view -- now you can see that for everything.

    If someone reshares my post, does that count? Yes, since a viewer is seeing your content. Ditto if someone sees your post through an "Alice +1'ed this," through a post embedded on a page, or any other way that someone encounters it.

    I don't want to show this on my profile! You can hide this by going to your settings page. Go to plus.google.com/settings and look for "Show how many times your profile and content have been viewed."

    This seems strange: Some people seem to have a lot more views relative to their number of followers than others. Is something broken? Not at all. Some people have a lot of followers but don't engage with them well, while other people engage amazingly with a smaller group. 

    I want to find out more. Check out the Help Center article at http://goo.gl/8BjroH .
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-31 02:13:22
    Ctrl+Shift+F2
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-30 14:46:20
    Hey +Tony Tulloch am I forgiven? First roll done from the Olympus PEN EE half frame, self scanned using the Plustek 7200 (I had to wake up my old Windows XP machine because the drivers and Scanfast software for that film scanner only work best on XP and not at all on Windows 8.1 Kodakcolor Gold 100.

    Oh +Trace McLean do you think we should smoke really annoying #ffsb 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-30 14:20:28
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    Soooo. that's how they do the funny symbols in a post. via +Jaana Nyström 

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    Use Fancy Fonts and Special Characters 
    in Google+ -- with ℱᗩᙅᕮᗷ〇〇Ḱ ᔕᎩᗰᗷ〇ᒪᔕ!?!
    http://garymatthews.com/2014/03/fancy-fonts-special-characters/

    Brighten your social-media posts with ℱᗩﬡᙅᎩ ℱOﬡ☂ᔕ and ϟ℘ℯ¢ḯαł ℭнαґα¢☂εґṧ.

    As ever-more publishing migrates to social platforms like Facebook and Google Plus, the apparent lack of formatting options becomes confining indeed.

    On Facebook we have essentially none. Google Plus users are lucky: here we at least have boldface, italic, and strikethrough formatting. But what if we want Sᴍᴀʟʟ Cᴀᴘɪᴛᴀʟs or u̲n̲d̲e̲r̲l̲i̲n̲e̲s̲?

    Well, we now have them! Thanks to a website I've only recently discovered, and am still exploring: http://FSymbols.com/.

    What's in a Name?

    I have no idea how popular the FSymbols site is on Facebook or other social media. That's because I mostly live here in Google Plus -- where I'd never heard of it. Why not? Possibly because the site itself is very upfront about the meaning of its name: "FSymbols" means Facebook Symbols.

    For us Googlers, this is a distinct put-off. +Demian Farnworth is famous for the first (and last) of his 10 rules of Google Plus: "We hate Facebook!" (http://goo.gl/osclm5) (We don't really, but it sure can feel that way.)

    In fairness, the FSymbols website (and name) came into being before Google launched Google Plus. It was created back when Facebook was considered "the" social network. The name probably seemed appropriate at the time. It isn't appropriate today, though.

    That's because the functions it offers work great on Google Plus, just as they do on Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social-media sites. So what does it do, and how does it work?

    Making It Work

    Here's the drill:

    ❶ Open http://FSymbols.com/, and click the first menu item: "Cool Text". Or simply click here to go direct: http://fsymbols.com/generators/

    ❷ Choose a "generator" and type your desired text into the displayed input field at the left.

    ❸ Copy and paste your transformed text from the output field at the right.

    That's it! Let's consider the sentence "Have a nice day!" and run it through some of the available transformations:

    ✦Wavy: ᕼᗩᐯᙓ ᗩ 6ᖇᙓᗩ☂ ᕍᗩᎩ!

    ✦Encooled: Ħ@♥ε @ ❡ґε@☂ḓαƴ‼

    ✦Small Caps: Hᴀᴠᴇ ᴀ Gʀᴇᴀᴛ Dᴀʏ!

    ✦Bubble: Ⓗⓐⓥⓔ ⓐ Ⓖⓡⓔⓐⓣ Ⓓⓐⓨ!

    ✦Underline: H̲a̲v̲e̲ ̲a̲ ̲G̲r̲e̲a̲t̲ ̲D̲a̲y̲

    ✦Overline: H̅a̅v̅e̅ ̅a̅ ̅G̅r̅e̅a̅t̅ ̅D̅a̅y̅!̅

    ✦Super-strikeout: H̶̷ᴀ̶̷ᴠ̶̷ᴇ̶̷ ̶̷ᴀ̶̷ ̶̷G̶̷ʀ̶̷ᴇ̶̷ᴀ̶̷ᴛ̶̷ ̶̷D̶̷ᴀ̶̷ʏ̶̷!̶̷

    ✦Flipped: ¡ʎɐᗡ ʇɐǝɹƃ ɐ ǝʌɐH (or) Hɐʌǝ ɐ ƃɹǝɐʇ ᗡɐʎ¡

    There's a lot more. Fsymbols serves up fancy text-based emoticons like ٩(●̮̃•)۶ and ≧◔◡◔≦ and (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Feel like boasting? Try ᕙ(`▽´)ᕗ. Giving someone a wink? (>‿◠)✌ Lots of other possibilities.

    Much of FSymbols is devoted to elaborate text-art that truly does work better on Facebook or other sites than on Google Plus. Some of this has to do with line-spacing and other formatting choices over which we have little control.

    The Magic of Unicode

    How does it work? FSymbols implements the miracle of Unicode font formatting. Just a few years ago, most fonts held around 256 characters, including upper- and lower-case letters and punctuation marks. These no longer are adequate.

    Unicode fonts, therefore, can and typically do contain thousands of characters, from Chinese to Cyrillic to weirdly accented European and Latin characters to smileys and math operators. Most modern computer operating systems recognize and display these, when presented.

    The word "most" is important here: I've heard from people with even Windows 8 machines who see gibberish where others see beautiful icons. Unicode fonts, however, do seem to work on most desktop computers as well as Apple and Android tablets.

    If they don't work on yours, you probably can correct this with a setting for text encoding. The possibilities are so varied that we can't cover them all here, so the usual disclaimer applies: "Consult your owner's manual." Do have faith that there is a fix!

    Meanwhile, if it's working for you, click open FSymbols.com and have a go! Go wild and overdo everything for a while (the way I did) -- then settle down and use your new fancy formatting options judiciously. In moderation, they can add spice to your social-media posts.

    More Formatting Tools

    In an earlier post, I covered two other resources for Unicode symbols:

    ✦My favorite is the Chrome browser extension, Fancy Characters. (http://goo.gl/oHEi3R) This adds a toolbar icon giving you drop-down access to the most in-demand special characters, text emoticons, and some formatting options such as ⓑⓤⓑⓑⓛⓔ ⓣⓔⓧⓣ.

    ✦A great website is http://CopyPasteCharacter.com/. Here you'll find all sorts of special characters and symbols, neatly arranged into intuitive charts. Click one, and it automatically is added to the clipboard for pasting into your document. It also allows copying and pasting multiple characters in a single step.

    Have you ever wished we had these special formatting options? Now that we do, how will you use them? Please share your questions and comments!

    Image: http://Snappenstance.com/. CC-BY-NC +Debashish Samaddar with alterations by Gary Matthews.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-30 02:16:31
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    +Kirk Tuck 's thoughts on "More Better". On the other hand, there's some story where a photog will rock up with 8 lights, three bodies and a heap of lenses but only ever use 2 lights, one body and one lens - His rationale? That the clients would so appreciate that they would be getting so much value for their payment

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    How good does "good" have to be?
    This has been a month of contrasts and it makes me wonder at times just how good "good" has to be. What do I mean by that? We tend to carry around presumptions about professional photography that were true in the days of print delivery but may not be true i...
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-30 00:12:22
    Nat even solves the issue of people handing you a DSLR and they've set their eyesight dioptre adjustment to some weirdo setting so you have to shoot blind when you point at them. Or not.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-30 00:09:12
    Yay Natalie Tran comes down to Melbourne.
    Lots of eating and shopping places +Wesley Yeoh 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-29 14:00:56
    We were talking about Milkbars in a recent thread. This one is on the corner of Grantley Drive and Thompson Street
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-29 12:03:49
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    You all could wait till Monday. Or not.

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    For #shoesmonday +Shoes Monday +Laura Harding +Mee Ming Wong +Carmen Schmidt +Erwin Vindl +Thomas Andersen +Ananda Sim & Me =)
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-29 04:30:34
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    Just love this view, esp today. +Mike Disbury 

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    Hiking up Bluff knoll, almost there :-)
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-29 01:07:36
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    +Kirk Tuck  doing what he does quite well. Pondering. 

    The style without the message is pointless and the message without style is just conceptual art.

    Ping +Lady Fran W 

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    We seem to think we just discovered "real" Art in our generation. What do we tell the really old guys?
    Photographers tend to be a hardy and foolish breed who feel that technology, in part, imparts the magic in the art (if photography is even real Art...). In nearly every other artistic endeavor the participants go through a formal education that goes beyond ...
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-28 12:49:14
    Couldn't figure out whether this odd piece was artwork or a paper wrap covering unfinished work +David Williams
    Turns out it's Callum Morton's work
    https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow/artists/callum-morton
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-28 10:51:41
    May the warmth of golden light keep you company through the years
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-28 10:27:30
    Like Dancers On Stage in Red Gowns lit in all their glory
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-28 10:02:41
    Tired during the week. Today was my first relaxed weekday. Time to smell the new mown lawn, feel the cool autumn air on my face and through my lungs.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-28 09:15:19
    Yay! They're back and revving happily. Briggs and Stratton, I mean. I got to know them in the early 1990s - they were feeling poorly after neglect all these years. Went to the shop, first time since we met and they're really going great in the fresh aiutumn air Oh what a feeling
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-28 02:27:51
    Some things stay the same. 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-27 11:43:04
    The Skipper (Andy Williamson) and The Jewel Thief (Josh Bennet) of Bombay Royale
    http://thebombayroyale.com/homepage/
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-27 10:39:03
    And this is The Tiger (Shourov Bhattacharya) from Bombay Royale
    http://thebombayroyale.com/homepage/
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-27 10:37:30
    One thing about The Mysterious Lady of Bombay Royale, she got very expressive eye action.
    http://thebombayroyale.com/homepage/
    
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-27 08:37:03
    Would you be confronted if you met this duo in a dark room? Visit the Melbourne Now exhibition and you can have a full size encounter.

    Update: A Patricia Puccinini piece called The Carrier
    https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow/artists/patricia-piccinini
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-26 23:47:36
    Giving you one reason why you should do what you need to do today.. And do it with a smile.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-26 22:49:42
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    Could also be captioned "How to tie a newbie in Nots" :-)

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    Know someone who's a photography snob? Here are 10 sure-fire ways to annoy the hell out of him/her.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-26 11:39:55
    Look +Charles Strebor - someone has already catalogued Milkbars of Melbourne - spotted at the Melbourne Now exhibition
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-26 10:50:30
    Someone was telling me that he's a street performer who's hot. I was taking a photo of his crocs and he turned around....
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-26 10:15:34
    I guess in that costume, you get people giving you that sort of look.
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-26 09:56:53
    Lovely Ibanez rigorously handled by Cambodian Space Project
    https://soundcloud.com/thecambodianspaceproject 
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-25 12:26:26
    You did say to put on a hat?
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  • Ananda Sim2014-03-25 09:32:50
    The Eamon and Dudi Project
    https://soundcloud.com/eamon-dudi-project
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