Tian Hou or Mazu I fiirst encountered this, then searched for the story. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazu_(goddess) Mazu is usually depicted together with two guardian generals known as "Thousand Miles Eye" (千里眼, Qianli Yan) and "With-the-Wind Ear" (順風耳 Shunfeng Er). Though their iconography can vary, both are usually represented as demons; "Thousand Miles Eye" is often red with two horns, while "With-the-Wind Ear" is green with one horn. They are said to have been two demons whom Mazu conquered. The both of them were in love with her, but she said she would marry the one who defeated her. Using her martial arts skills, Mazu defeated them both and they became her friends.
Remembering my Dad - he passed away, this date, some years ago. I had a fascination for the keyboard because I used to see him type on the old mechanical portable typewriters. He didn't make it on the internet in his lifetime - although I showed him the screens and activities, he didn't "get with it" and was more comfortable reading paper and books which he did till the end.
Interesting thing? He's on the web, posthumously in group photos and in articles - hello to +Sharen Kaur - I just stumbled on your website.
RESHARE: Interesting Chrome Extension. Filters out Wham and Justin Bieber even.... :) You just have to figure what AUS means (it's not #straya)
Reshared text: Fantastyczne rozszerzenie do Chrome pozwalające na filtrowanie postów w strumieniu, wyróżnianie postów swoich lub innych, eliminowanie powtórzeń w kręgach, dodanie do ulubionych i korzystanie z zakładniki z wszystkimi ulubionymi, korzystania z widgetów w profilu np. pogoda, stosowanie emotków etc.
I was on, then off, then on to come see the Viinterwalk as I glanced at the cheerful skies - it was well worth making the trip to Melbourne City - just made it in time. I knew that our friends would surpass at covering the portraits and I threw conservative framing, focussing to the winds - I wanted a very impromptu, expansive feel to the photos - glad I caught this one. My favourite colour too.....
Reshared text: Paris from the Arc De Triumph Taken through my #samyang 7.5mm #fisheye from the top of the Arc de Triumph. It makes the roads look parallel :) The stairs to get up here almost killed me ( the lift was out of action!) the weather here has been nothing short of appalling, BTW :(
Reshared text: Hey boys - how not to be a dick to women on g+
When you see an image of a woman, whether it be a selfie or a image shot of her posted or a comment, it's not ok to try and jump her.
It's not ok to propose <insert lewd act here>. It's not ok to make rude comments. It's not ok to make a dick of yourself. It's not ok to propose marriage so you can get a visa. It's not ok to tell her you're better than her partner. It's not ok to try and get her to leave her partner for you. It's not ok to call her a bitch or a lesbian because she won't talk to you. etc. etc. etc.
I was hoping this bullshit had finished or at least dropped down many notches to background noise, but after a good friend (no I won't tag her, it will only make you look - she knows who she is and she knows she's important) explained the issues she was continuing to experience I thought I'd write this.
I offer my support to any woman on g+ (and any male for that matter). There's not much I can do but be positive and troll the trolls telling them it's not ok. I hope the girls don't give up on this platform because of the action of some boys whose knob seems firmly implanted in their forebrain.
In short, don't be a dick, because if you are, they'll leave. Respect them and treat them nicely and maybe they'll be nice back once you gain their trust.
It's really sad what a little boy will say while hiding behind a keyboard. Things he'd never say in real life.
You should forward it to your mother, sister, girlfriend, daughter or friends. Wait.... OK, don't forward it. Just watch it while they're around. Hmm maybe that's a little creepy! I don't know. You figure it out. :)
The Difference between Flickr (and other photo galleries) and G+
I was just writing this below as a response and then I stopped myself in order not to be boring on someone else's thread. So I can bore you all on my own thread.
Flickr started off as a serious photographer's platform and then everyone got into it. The user interface and navigation was bare and not attractive but pro accounts could put up a full res file and you could choose which res to look at. I'm still there, to be a bookmark to look at new people and old friends.
I had little interaction there, people who were kind might come by and star my photo and they were usually people that I had added as contacts and they added me back. No new people unless you go around Explore and add lots of people and hope they add you back.
Flickr has improved a lot in presentation and navigation but it's still a photo gallery mainly.
G+ is a place where I hang out with new people I have encounter and continue to encounter.. We may start off talking about one photo and that may be the only photo I find nice - we don't need a gallery of photos to show each other, we aren't here to hold a photo exhibition - I am here to have playful fun with people on topics in life's journey, often narrated through photos but not always. We talk about the subject of our photos, the why, the fun we had and so on. We don't spend as much time talking about the technical aspects of the photo... because it's more social engagement than it is about exhibiting our work. We are quite relaxed about showing our less perfect photos - again we appreciate the effort, the opportunity, the experience more than the actual technicality.
Over at flickr, I think I consciously recoil and get embarrassed if I put up a less than technically good one there - and that meant my pre-Google+ photos on flickr tended to be cold,, without warmth.
+Susan Sorko you were asking about software that turns photos to painterly visuals - I sometimes use multi-purpose +SagelightEditor (I'm not into painting programs but I remember coming across this one. Have not tried it at all.
RESHARE: Switched it off. I don't need to have that luxurious an experience between devices (which is what Adobe says it's for.). Also I noticed Adobe ticked "phone me" rather than "email me" - heck, they won't even put a human on their Aussie phone numbers from India after 30 mins of on hold..... via +Neil Howard
Reshared text: Sneaksy they are, sneaksy I tell you.
For those who want an additional program to play with or want an an alternative to Adobe Photoshop CC - the price is a one time fee, not subscription and ends 4th of July. Works with many Photoshop plugins too... In fact at this price, cheaper than some plugins.... YMMV +Corel+PaintShop Pro
Reshared text: Recognise this face? It's Richard Dean Anderson otherwise known as MacGyver! Oz Comic-Con brings you the biggest names in comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy and animation! http://ow.ly/yvf43#melbwinter
Reshared text: This is a picture of some of the people who built Google+, but they are not the ones who make it. Those of you reading this do. And I want to thank you all for spending time with us and making this place your own. We've got a lot of exciting things planned for the future and it's been a blast hanging out with you for the last three years.
Whether you’re into star gazing, boy bands, or football: you’ve all made Google+ an amazing place to explore the things you love, with the people who love them too. To celebrate our community, create a post and tell us: who are your people on Plus?
Three years ago today we started the Google+ project. Back then I took the occasional smartphone photo, but that was about it. It was folks like Michael, Robin and Wesly who inspired me to be creative with my pictures. And because of their encouraging +1s, tips, and inspirational #bokehlicious pictures, photography has gone from just a casual interest to my new favorite pastime. I've even been introduced as "that guy who takes pretty pictures of flowers!"
Sigh. I am the least able salesman or marketer but sometimes, corporates amaze me. I own +Corel+AfterShot Pro . It's a competent raw processor, it's not version 1 or beta, it was formerly Bibble which was version 5 I think before it was bought over). The purchase price for new licence is AUD 69.99 - one time - no subscription / rental, no ongoing cost if you don't want to upgrade.
So, after a couple of years, they now have a version 2. When I launch the program, it comes up with this teaser dialog - (see 2nd screen capture) - it says "Save 5%" - !!!! How on earth is that an inducement? 5% for a purchaser that has bought from them before? Duh!
The sin is, that the upgrade total cost is quite impactful - it's AUD 49.99 - it's a low, low price. That sounds a lot better than a measly 5%.
BTW Aftershot Pro runs on Mac (and Linux) as well. And I don't see them hurrying to court disappointed Apple Aperture users in the contect of Aperture being retired.