Dirk Reul2014-04-15 06:03:06
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This true story needs more exposure

Please consider spending a few minutes reading this and the posts linked within. Large corporations are just as responsible for their actions or the lack thereof, as we are. But most of the time, they don't have to live up to that.  

This is +Jo Anne Thomas and Ryan's story. 

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A Sad Story
I am sharing links to a two part story written about +Jo Anne Thomas, a Philadelphia woman who is local to me and well-known here on G+. In this story, you will learn about her epic battle against GlaxoSmithKline that will be of interest to many.

Joanne Thomas disputes Glaxo's claim that her fetus was "non-viable" and disputes the statute of limitations defense used by Glaxo's attorneys. GSK ultimately tried to buy Joanne's silence but she refused.

This is her and Ryan's story.

Part 1: http://fiddaman.blogspot.com/2014/04/ryan-glaxos-non-viable-fetus-part-i.html
Part 2: http://fiddaman.blogspot.com/2014/04/ryan-glaxos-non-viable-fetus-part-ii.html

#GSK
#KingAndSpalding
#Paxil
#Seroxat
#BirthDefects
#JaneNieman
#TruncusArteriosis
#SupremeCourt
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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-12 10:13:48
    Moo Shine -  and so it begins

    I did say I would give this a try, so, this is day 1 of 10 on the journey to create my own clear milky smooth yet golden clear booze :) 

    The recipe is from iO9  http://goo.gl/P4wSbd 

    #forscience  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-11 06:25:34
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    For science!

    +Michelle C +Carrie Canup +Sandy Berkshier +Kyla Myers +Scott Cramer +Halfdan Reschat +Armida Evony 

    Who wants to try making some? 

    Via +Yonatan Zunger :)

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    You guys
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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-10 06:17:43
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    App for domestic abuse alert 

    Via many many people in my stream. This is a real thing and it can indeed, help those suffering from domestic abuse when outright calling for help would escalate the situation. Please make sure to read up on the app, check the settings and do not forget to test it with a trusted contact until you have all set up so in case of real need, it will help you in the way it should. 

    Here are the links to the apps: 

    Google Play: 
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.collectiveray.aspire

    Itunes: 
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aspire-news/id733163167?ls=1&mt=8

    Thank you, +Michelle C +Scott Cramer and +Mat Brown 

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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-08 10:39:41
    The story behind a meme - how it affects people who unwittingly end up being ridiculed on the Internet

    A lot of us have seen this image below, usually with a text overlay about hipsters. Do not get me wrong I am myself guilty of that. But, what about the people shown in memes, images shared many thousand of times via the Internet? How did that happen? How does is affect their lives? 

    This was an eye opener, honestly. Over the last months, I have come to enjoy a lot of was is being shared far less than I used to. I can and still do ridicule certain kinds of behaviour. However now, I sometimes stop and think about how it must feel to end up being someone who is actually hated by many, without anyone knowing you, or understanding what they are seeing because there is always one thing in common; there is no context. We do not know if this was taken and shared with permission, if this has changed the life of someone for the worse. 

    What are your thoughts after you have read this?
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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-07 11:30:49
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    Looking for a great cook book?

    Look no further! Plus, it's a real bargain :) 

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    +The Saucy Pig Cookbook promotion has started!

    Link here: goo.gl/qjz01G    Only --> $.99!!! 

    Pictured below: Rum Glazed Shrimp Skewers

    That is 84% off of the regular price of $5.99! That only lasts for 33 hours, and the price goes up a dollar, and does so every 33 hours until April 14th it returns to full price. 

    What will you get for this tremendous deal? 
    - Over 45 original recipes
    - Every recipe comes with a high-res photo
    - Directions are numbered for easy reading
    - Every recipe features either bacon or booze, or both as an ingredient!
    - Sides, appetizers, and main courses galore!
    - Free to borrow via Amazon Prime!

    I'm hoping with this promotion to reach a bunch of people and help them cook delicious food, and I could use your help! Please get a copy, gift one, or borrow it from Prime. 

    Happy cooking!
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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-07 05:27:28
    GPlus Fixer - making Google+ usable again in your browser

    I had completely forgotten just how bad G+ had become, when being used in a browser, until the author released a new version and I had to change a few settings. I still cannot understand the horrible multiple scrolling and click to expand design that the intern UI team of Google+ came up with. 

    If you are using Chrome, try it and show +Tomasz Żełudziewicz some love if you like it :) 

    here is the post with the changelog for the new version: http://goo.gl/BAVMOh
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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-05 09:44:50
    Sugar Skull Spoon and mug

    Remember this? http://goo.gl/JZiZER

    My kickstarter goodies arrived today and I really like both cup and spoon!  Everything looks beautiful even though I would have prefered a thicker mug but the spoon is well made and the pattern on the mug is spotless. 


    I took a few quick shots of it all because I know some of you love all things skull :) 

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hundredmillion/sugar-skull-spoon
    +Kawthar A +Casey McKinnon +Carolyn Curtis +Skye Delaney +Inea D BV Oh and +Mark Rösel has yours arrived as well?

    +
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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-02 05:14:38
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    For your consideration, if you are looking for someone with the guts to look for a job, using a video 

    Comments or questions on the OP please :)

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    Little Goldfisch looking for new pond

    Hi G+ler! 
    Little Goldfish wants swim with the big fish. Please help him +ing and sharing millions and trillions of times ;) 

    #hireme   #resume   #jobapplication   #littlegoldfish  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-04-01 16:26:05
    In the end, all we can do is promise to love each other with everything we've got. Because love's the best thing we do

    Thank you, HIMYM for many years of fun, good, very bad and brilliant episodes. In the end, you did it right.

    unlike most other shows: I'm looking at you, BSG, Lost and Dexter
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-24 17:20:46
    X-Men: Days of the Future Past

    We've been given a second chance...

    Have you seen the new trailer yet?

    This just might be the best X-Men movie yet, a compelling story, high stakes, my favourite mutants, Sentinels etc

    Plus some great Actors in swanky 70s clothes ;)
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-23 20:31:26
    one of those nights

    Goodnight everyone, Scotch, this and something to read to soothe my mind. 
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-21 16:04:47
    *...and they have a plan."

    So, I know he is smart, no doubt about that. However, considering his track record at finishing books (not to mention that it usually takes at the very least half a year for small books to be ready to be published..and his books are never small) I doubt this will end well. HBO will not stop making or airing a money maker. However, I do not mind seeing the books and the show as separate entities. 

    What do you think? 
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-21 15:36:24
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    It is known

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    Valar Caffeingus

    "All Men Must Caffeinate"

    Yes I realize all women must caffeinate too, but I was working with ancient Valaryian and they weren't so big on inclusion. ;)

    #gameofthrones #coffee #geek #OMGot  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-18 20:17:24
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    The Incredibles 2

    YES, finally. Listen I do not care about talking cars etc, but this just made me squee in a manly fashion! 

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    Forget about smart watches. This announcement has me more excited. (and I wrote this short article for the +Geek League of America) ;)

    http://geekleagueofamerica.com/2014/03/18/pixar-announces-incredibles-2/
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-17 19:40:29
    True Detective - single malt helps

    I can actually understand the mumbling better with three fingers of single malt :)
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-17 15:49:06
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    If you haven't bought them yet, free comics today! Trust me they are worth and not just for your kids :)Thank you, +Mar Mai 

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    HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!
    THE DRAGON TUTOR AND TALE OF BAOZHAI ARE FREE!!

    For today only you can pick up BOTH of my full length graphic novels (both rated FIVE STARS) from Amazon.com for absolutely NOTHING! And if you write a review, you just might win a prize ;)

    Very soon I'll be posting my last profile pic prize for The Dragon Tutor reviews and it will be time for something new!! :D

    LINKS

    Get five star rated The Dragon Tutor Free here> goo.gl/eRiZJT
    Get five star rated The Tale of Baozhai Free here> http://goo.gl/kSUCfG

    Don't wait! This is an extremely time limited offer! 

    ROCK ON!! AND EAT MULLIGAN STEW!!!

    #stpatricksday   #stpattysday   #stpatricksday2014   #marmaicomix   #artist   #comicbooks   #free   #freebies  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-16 07:43:53
    Thank you 

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes and love I received yesterday and well into the night. I probably did not catch every post, comment or mention due to the limitations of the notification system, but please know, that it was all very much appreciated. They all made my day :) 
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-13 15:30:49
    This will happen later

    and by happen, I mean having a nice tumbler with something to read once  the sun has set. This is  a 12 year old Belvenie DoubleWood. A Scotch Speyside Whisky, slightly sweet with a nice body, hints of vanilla aged in bourbon and finished in sherry casks with a hint of peat at the back and a long smooth, warming finish. 

    What is your favourite alcoholic poison when it comes to reading in the evening or at night? 
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-12 14:29:59
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    That video you were all lead to believe was strangers kissing? Sorry, but you were lied to

    I'm a sucker for real people showing feelings, for wonderful things happening and seeing how beautiful life can be. Do you know what I despise? When a company claims this is an art project and that these are strangers meeting and kissing for the first time, while they are actually doing nothing but manipulating you emotionally by playing on the things we all desire to some extent.

    This is not like a movie, you know a movie, any story is a work of fiction.

    It's okay to enjoy this. Personally however, I hope this will cause backlash because it's not okay, simple as that.

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    All fake and actors.
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-11 10:02:46
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    Help someone who is always at the front when it comes to helping others 

    +Mara Mascaro is one of those who is always about caring for others, a star when it comes to +Secret Santa and sending gifts to people all over the world, just because she wants to spread some joy. If you are able and want to, Mara could use a bit of help it improving her quality of life immeasurably again after fate struck several times last year. 

    via +Sean Cowen 

    #HelpMara  

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    Dear g++d people of google + , friends!

    I am writing this post to help a very dear friend here on G+.
    I know +Mara Mascaro since the beta of this platform, as many of you out there know her as well. She is one of the nicest person i met here, and she needs your help.

    To make the long story short, Mara had a small 'accident' last year, she fell on  her nose and went under surgery in her country. As it turned out later, the surgery was useless and damaged her nose to the point where she can barely breathe anymore.
    She is in a bad shape today, due to the lack of sleep and losing hope that she can ever get fixed this.
    She spent a lot of time and money on consulting every specialist in Italy, whom were not able to help her, and on top of it are rude or simply just cancel an appointment without even telling her.
    While they all admit that the infamous surgery was totally useless and created a huge mess, none of the specialists are ready to stand up and state it on court.
    The situation became absurd for her by now, the constant consulting of different specialists makes her bump all the money she earns into it.
    And to make it worse burglars broke in her appartment and robbed her recently.


    I offered her my help in consulting a specialist in France. Yesterday i finally could get a hold of the secretary of one of the best Professor around here.
    Mara has to get to France and pay the fees of consulting in May.
    I offer her shelter of course, and will go with her to the appointment.

    Over the years we raised money for different causes, we helped out people to pay rent, pay medical fees, or simply be able to get food or internet connection until they get a job.
    Mara deserves help, so please, whatever small amount of money you can donate her for this trip, or simply reshare this post, it will be appreciated.

    You can send your donation to her paypal adress directly : phiria@fastwebnet.it

    In exchange you will get a LOT of love from me! And COFFEE of course :)

    +Carter Gibson +Peter G McDermott +Magnus Fahlén +Amanda Blain +matthew rappaport +Bobbi Jo Woods +Tiffany Henry +Renata Sherwin +Samantha Villenave +Ryan Van Sickle +Victor Bezrukov +Marie Hélène Visconti +Ugo Cei +Daria Musk +Sean Cowen +Mari Thomas +Bruce Garber +Shefali Burns +Aaron Wood +Lotus Carroll +Lars Clausen +Mihailo Radičević +helen sotiriadis +Takahiro Yamamoto +Geoffrey Dunn +Dave Powell +Tarah Gaa +Chris Cho +Nandlal Shah +Ali Elhajj +Elaine Lindsay +Albert A +WT Gator +Florian Rohrweck +Linda Dee +lerato majikfaerie .... and all other g++d people worldwide , please give this a SHARE and get some help for Mara :)


    A HUUUUUUGE thank you in advance for all the love you will show !
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-10 16:33:23
    Dinner in Gotham 

    I recently saw one image shared on Tumblr without any attribution, did a few minutes worth of research and lo behold, I found something I know a few of you will be quite happy about ( I am looking at you +Michelle C for example). 

    The lovely creative team at Coco & Kelly  came up with this nifty tablescape for Halloween 2013. But honestly this is much too nice to be only used for Halloween. Why not use if just because? With friends or simply because you want to for yourself. It's the small details, not overly elaborate yet elegant setup that made me look for more Without further ado, I present an evening in Gotham

    source: www.cocokelley.com

    #batman   #style  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-10 15:57:50
    Game of Thrones Season 4 - soon

    This is a thing of beauty and frankly, I am even more excited for this season. Now, will I be able to hold back and binge? Or will I succumb to the lure of the Mother of Dragons and. eh I mean, will I watch the show as it airs? Let's find out, April 6th 2014. 

    #gameofthrones  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-10 13:08:00
    Here’s what happens when the readers choose the front page story

    This seems to be quite the gap, between the editorial choices and those deemed shareworty by the readers (indirectly as measured by the service https://spike.newswhip.com/ )

    The focus seems to be far more on domestic affairs, something which is also the point of view if we look at other countries from here and feel that the bigger picture, rarely gets a front page placement. 
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-07 19:09:56
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    May the wonderful anonymous donor please contact +Steve c :)

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    +Nikki C +Clare Cosgrove +Terry McNeil +Kyla Myers +Ryan Prince +Yoon-Mi Kim +Andrew Clifton-Brown +Adam Tyler +Kelly Tyler +Dirk Reul and can someone tag in Brigitte, me plus is having problems.

    I'm having my lunch at moment and normally I would be reading. I had to send this post out.

    This morning I found an extremely generous donation on my Justgiving page. This has put my donated amount over the half way point for my required target.

    The person responsible has donated as anonymous. So, respect the wish. But, could all of you who have donated so far please re-share this in the hope that the person who donated will hopefully get to see my message, which is this:  Thank you so much for your amazing generosity. It means so much to me and I am extremely grateful!

    Please re-share!
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  • Dirk Reul2014-03-05 07:09:45
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    Alzheimers research - walking for 24 hours for the cause

    I know it is hard to choose between worthy causes to invest in. But I am always touched, when I see people putting real effort into helping others, into things they believe in fully and which will benefit a lot of people. 

    So, if you can and want to, support the research. 

    via +Nikki C 

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    Got my information pack today which a training schedule.  Surprisingly it involves a lot of walking.

    Below is a link for the challenge I'm taking part in. If anyone would like to join me there are still places available!  Failing that, it would be amazing if you kind people could find any amount of money to donate to this wonderful charity!

    Thank you for taking the time to look!

    http://www.grandunionchallenge.com/the-challenge#.UxZB4vk0GUk

    You can donate here:

    http://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-C

    #Alzheimers  
    #alzheimersociety  
    #dementia  
    #grandunioncanal  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-02-19 06:56:48
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    I am excited! 
    via +Halfdan Reschat :) 

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Official Trailer!

    Just released is the first official Guardians of the Galaxy trailer! Written/directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro, the film is based on characters from Marvel comic books and graphic novels (amzn.to/gotgcomics).

    #guardiansofthegalaxy #scifi #marvel #comics #movies
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  • Dirk Reul2014-02-13 15:56:58
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    Transformation - we are made of stars

    This is quite the find, thank you +Marc Belley 
    I find her transformation, from birth to death and the circle of life to be infinitely beautiful .

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    Woman uses Make-up to Age, Die and be Reborn

    An animated self-portrait exploring the idea of rebirth and illustrating the transfer of energy from one incarnation to another. Painted using stop frame animation over 5 days, using some face paints, a mirror and a camera.

    Artist page:
    http://www.emmaallen.org/
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  • Dirk Reul2014-02-07 14:43:49
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    I rarely share circles, but this is an exception. +Peter Edenist curates this circle, members are vetted and like always, I urge you to take a look at the circle and pick whomever you find interesting. :) 

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    TESLA Super Science Circle 2014!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended over 2 years. If you like science or are interested in science, this circle is a must for you! Add and share for science.+

    Who is in this circle? NASA, KQED Science, MNN, Bioscienca, Scientists, (Garett Lisi too!).... have rejigged the circle for the nth time and cleaned it to include people who are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!

    Add and Share for Science! Its what makes our cars run, our cities exist, the lights burn and has been instrumental in our progress.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle.

    #science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-02-04 07:01:18
    Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

    This is my kind of place. Very British if I may say so, this is the place where you can buy things like "A Vague Sense of Unease". "Banshee Balls" and a host of other ghoulish odds and end the purveyor of quality goods for monsters of all kinds since 1818.

    If you are not located in London, they also offer mail order ;) 

    Visit their home page for the full selection. 
    http://www.monstersupplies.org/
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  • Dirk Reul2014-02-01 07:45:29
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    Protect yourself and others

    This is about herd immunity, Flu kills a huge number of people every year. There is no need to panic, but you should follow a few basic steps to reduce risk of being infected or acting as a vector.

    via +Terry McNeil  

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    After reading +Tom Moncho 's earlier post about proper office etiquette of staying home when you are sick(post here: http://goo.gl/iALkyk), I'd like to share with you all this e-mail I received from +American Red Cross:

    In 2009 the H1N1 flu virus, otherwise known as the swine flu, caused a worldwide influenza pandemic. This flu season H1N1 has again surfaced as the predominant circulating strain. With 18 deaths in the Bay Area as of January 15, it is critical to prepare and protect yourself from the flu. By taking a few simple steps we can stop the spread of this flu virus. 

    Get your flu shot.
    Wash your hands often.
    Cover your mouth and nose during a cough.
    Stay home if you are sick.

    If you do contract the flu, one widespread symptom is having a fever.  This can quickly lead to dehydration due to the loss of body fluids from sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea.  It is crucial to stay hydrated.
      
    Below is an easy oral hydration solution to keep the body’s electrolytes in balance.

    2 cups water
    1 Tablespoon sugar
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    Mix all ingredients and take sips every 5-10 minutes
     
    Stay healthy this flu season and spread the word on flu preparedness.

    I cannot stress enough the importance of this. If you are feeling sick, stay home, and if conditions worsen, go see a doctor. Be considerate of others by not spreading the virus to them. And, VACCINATE all the things!

    #ns   #americanredcrosstips   #swineflu   #h1n1virus  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-31 14:15:47
    auto awesome video Heli Berry

    See what I did there? :p
    Google took a video of a helicopter taking off that I took last year and... uhm did this

    I have no idea why
    Really
    I don't 
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-25 08:00:37
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    This made my morning 

    I am also going clean my desk now, damn coffee :p

    This is probably not working on mobile :/ but it streams fine in your browser

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    Jehova's Witnesses Anti Masturbation Sign Language Video dubbed by 50 Cent

    This does not need words.
    Wins on three different levels.
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-18 18:55:36
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    I Frankenstein

    This will be fun! I know it's completely insane and over the top, that means it might be a whole lot of fun!

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    I go my own way...
    Must see this!
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-18 16:44:39
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    amazing Star Wars toy photography

    I've rarely anything on this level, I'm baffled by how well these are done.

    Via +Sean Cowen

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    Probably The Best Star Wars Photography You'll Ever See

    This is just a tiny sample of Flickr User Avanaut's work. He takes extremely well composed shots of Star Wars toys (action figure and LEGO) and then composites them into real scenes.

    The results are spectacular and you should go and see the others in his Flickr stream.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/avanaut/with/8244672269/
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-13 06:29:00
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    Game of Thrones - teaser

    I am equally excited! 

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    The teaser trailer is here, and it's pretty epic. The wait is almost unbearable. 
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-10 11:50:53
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    A bit of perspective :)

    For the record, you can turn if off before it becomes active for you. You are in full control and you can opt out if it is set to active, if you initially turned off the option to contact you via email on your profile, this is already off.

    H/t +Ayoub Khote e

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    Everybody panic!
    or
    How I learned to stop worrying and love the GMail.
    _________________________

    I've seen a lot of interesting speculation today, and it's always interesting to me to see what people's reactions are. What I've learned is that nearly everyone jumps to worst case scenario. How will this new thing affect me?!?

    So here's the thing. It's not that bad. Really. It's a new feature. Life will go on. In fact, it may even be better than before! But probably, your GMail just got a new feature. It's not going to change your life, nor will it end it.

    My job is too look at things from a Privacy perspective, and let's face it, people don't ask me when they prepare press releases. In fact, my favorite posts are the ones where the PR people yell at me and say "Hey! You're not a spokesman! People shouldn't listen to you that much!" So let's make that happen, ok?

    Let's get to this:

    1. "OMG! I'm going to get hammered by a barrage of email from strangers!" What will actually happen: Potentially creepy people can send you ONE email from this. ONE. No repeat performance. And not only will they not see your email address, you can report it as spam right from that incoming message. Or you can delete the message, and that person can never use that channel to contact you again.

    2. "When I first set up my profile, there was a checkbox to allow people to email me from my profile page! I said no!" Yup. You said no. That stands. Nothing to worry about here. You've turned this feature off before it ever turned on.

    3. "I'm a public figure! I don't want everyone to be able to email me!" My favorite is this one: http://goo.gl/UFtys I especially love that the left hand side contains links to his Facebook page, Twitter page, personal domain, Forbes page and so on. There's a big FOLLOW button right under the man's face. You know what this is? One more way to be contacted, and you can turn it off. And for the journalists who still think G+ is a ghost town, what are you worried about? We're not here. No one's gonna bug you. 

    4. "I don't need all these people filling up my address book when I'm emailing people!" They won't. If you start an email to, let's say "Dan", the first Dan in your autocomplete will be the one in your address book. Or the seven Dans in your address book. Then you'll see G+ Contacts below a separator. And those will only be the Dans in your circles.

    Really, from the privacy point of view, this is well implemented. No person is revealed to another without their knowledge. There's lots of consent, and a clear way to turn it off.

    If people start to spam you, please Report and Block. Turn it off completely if you're concerned. I plan to give it a shot before judging. Please, feel free to flood my GMail Social Inbox with your strong opinions. Really, I do want to hear them.

    Extra, non-profile disclaimer on this one: I don't speak for my employer, nor do I work on GMail. My opinions are my own, and sometimes make even my own peers angry. But we welcome dissent along with open and frank discussions. So I'm speaking my own mind, and my opinions don't necessarily go along with those of my employer.
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-09 07:15:25
    Happy birthday dear +Kyla Myers

    My dear Friend +Kyla Myers is hopefully celebrating her birthday in Vegas right now and enjoying herself :)

    From your world

    You're from the Time Lords
    From travelling and Gallifrey

    You're  from friends
    From people close and afar

    You're from changing lives
    From touching people's hearts all over the world

    You're from creating beauty
    From cakes, to crafting to building

    You're from love
    From having a heart filled with nothing but good

    You're from survival
    From a past mastered, from lessons learned

    You're from knowledge
    From knowing all the words and all the lore

    You're from modesty
    From knowing a lot, but never bragging about it

    Lastly, you're from the world

    From Texas
    From the UK
    From Germany
    You've seen more of it than I could ever dream of

    But most importantly, you are my friend and that is why you come from the heart.

     (Rather
    hazardously adapted from George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From”)

    Happy birthday dear Kyla


    #happybirthdaykylaqueenofcake
    #happybirthdaykyla


    Image by: http://drombyb.deviantart.com/
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-03 18:29:03
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    a long time ago, we used to be friends - Veronca Mars final trailer

    Yes yes yes, a day before my birthday :)
    I'm so giddy!

    Via +Terry McNeil

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    And here we are, the trailer for the movie we've waiting for since the end of the series.

    +Brandy Ellis figured you might want to gander at this :)
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-03 17:17:50
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    One of the great ones
    - remember him

    If you're not following +Dirk Puehl for his daily history essays, you should take a look at his posts :)

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    #onthisday in 1892, the scholar and author J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

    “To present the conflict between Good and Evil as a war in which the good side is ultimately victorious is a ticklish business. Our historical experience tells us that physical power and, to a large extent, mental power are morally neutral and effectively real: wars are won by the stronger side, just or unjust. At the same time most of us believe that the essence of the Good is love and freedom so that Good cannot impose itself by force without ceasing to be good.
    The battles in the Apocalypse and Paradise Lost, for example, are hard to stomach because of the conjunction of two incompatible notions of Deity, of a God of Love who creates free beings who can reject his love and of a God of absolute Power whom none can withstand. Mr. Tolkien is not as great a writer as Milton, but in this matter he has succeeded where Milton failed.” (W.H. Auden)
     
    When the “Lord of the Rings” was finally published during the mid-1950s, it was received in war-weary Western Europe with what might be described in hindsight as a mild-mannered “Harry Potter” craze – on a sophisticated, literary critical level as well as by a large reading audience that was simply enchanted by a world created around the languages Tolkien had initially invented in an act that took the philologist more than twenty-five years. With its condensation of Norse, Finnish and various legends into an artificial mythology shaped by Tolkien’s Catholicism, an idyllic environment with clearly defined borders between Good and Evil, the tales from Middle Earth proved to be an ideal remedy against the fast growing disenchantment of the world, a process that begun more than a hundred years before with the rise of Industrialism and artists’ and their audience’s counterdrafts to ward off the gospel of rationality and utility of a world shaped by steam and speed and steel and various degrees of political radicalisation.

    Tolkien’s flawless scholarly work is almost forgotten over the boom of his mythopoesis that hit the nerve of an audience yearning for myths in the United States of the 1960s, when all kinds of New Age philosophies prospered with few being as profound as the tales from Middle Earth. And while all kinds of authors tried their hand at mythopoeia, setting their own sagas in their own worlds, no one in his wake achieved Tolkien’s vehemence and Middle Earth’s authenticity. And while the professor’s tales rose to be the second most best-selling book with more than 150 million copies sold of the “Lord of the Rings” and 100 million copies of the Hobbit, an own academic branch of Tolkien studies evolved, fantastic literature, especially High Fantasy, split roughly in two camps, those who imitate Tolkien and those who don’t, and Hollywood began, in the words of his son and curator Christopher, “eviscerate” his works, “Frodo lives” as a famous bumper sticker let the world know since the 1960s. Tolkien’s Middle Earth has become a living thing that grows, evolves, sometimes sprawls according to the tastes of a diversified audience but still serves the same single purpose tall tales serve since they were told for the first time – satisfy the yearning for an enchanted world. And few authors have accommodated to this demand better than J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Depicted below is a wonderful image of J.R.R. Tolkien by the American artist Audrey Benjaminsen.
     
    (http://audreybenjaminsen.deviantart.com/?rnrd=83912) from 2012, found on http://therankspoon.com/2012/12/07/a-quick-word-on-hobbits/tumblr_mdka48ntrl1rxbv0mo1_1280/

    And more on:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reception_of_J._R._R._Tolkien

    #literature #mythology #highfantasy  
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  • Dirk Reul2014-01-03 13:33:41
    all he wanted to do was exterminate

    It's Friday, have a great weekend everyone. Via a non public share, h/t +Dawn Hart Jackson n :)

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/tonecartoons
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-31 23:40:02
    Happy New Year

    to all just following my shenanigans by accident or occasionally, to all the wonderful regulars and the always lovable favourites. 

    Thank you all from the bottom of my whisky glass and Happy New Year*

    * the bottom of my whisky glass contains single malt, laughter, love, excitement and certain elements I cannot explain

    Btw, yes, shooting like this, does not really work. Also my neighbours need to invest in better fireworks, also I need a better place to shoot. 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-30 07:33:58
    The Desolation of Smaug, spoiler-free impression

    and pretty fabulous too! landstriderdovahkiin.tumblr.com made this and.. well, yes, it is pretty spot on, only with much more sass and Stephen Fry! 

    and now I am heading out into the word to shop, stuff.. and things, possibly food too. I will just leave this here. 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-30 06:32:39
    plans

    1. Get up early (6:00) and go shopping
    2. Go thorough G+ afterwards to catch up
    3. Workout for 30 minutes
    4. Do the rest of the laundry

    Actually, I am still in bed (7:30)
    Enjoying the warm, but not too warm bed, rubbing my feet together and thinking that it would be splendid if someone were to bring me a coffee now. Anyone? Bueller?

    >_>
    It was such a good plan 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-28 18:24:32
    A Cat's Guide To Taking Care Of Your Humans

    For +Andrew Clifton-Brown

    In case you have not seen this, it explains everything about your cats. 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-28 17:37:51
    words of wisdom

    This really is true for all relationships :) 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-24 12:33:31
    Happy holidays

    Christmas has always been a difficult time for me. When I was a child, it was more a time of stress and conflict than it was a time of joy. In one of my longer relationships, I saw a different side to Christmas and why it mattered this much for some.

    Today, I feel it is mostly the end of the year, a time when life slows down for many, when you try to think of those you love and care for. Yes, some of it is commercialism, but that is not what it is about for me.

    I step back, I look at the year gone by, at my dreams, my hopes, my fears and goal. What I did, how I lived my life. As I grow older, I come to realise that in many regards, I live a very privileged life. I know that many I hold dear are going through hard times both personally and financially.

    There are people who love me, I try to show what I feel for those I care deeply for and not just around Christmas, but over the entire year.to me this means that friends are important, the best ones are a constant in my life, with new friends and loved ones coming and some leaving. That is life to me, this is the ebb and flow of life. I strive to stay afloat, to keep my bearing and not lose myself in my own, personal struggles. I do not measure my friendships and I truly feel that everyone is different and deserves to be cherished as they are, just as much as I expect friends to speak up when you stray from your path or when they worry. In the end, friendship is what I choose, friendship defines my life much more than family does. 

    Thank you, my friends, for being who you are, for staying with me even when I am not around. You are all important for being yourself. You make me laugh, smile, cry and feel alive. Thank you and happy holidays, no matter if you celebrate or not. I wish you all happiness and love. 


    -
    The gingerbread cookies are the same ones I made last year ( http://goo.gl/Mj8Mm ), only this time I let the cookie dough rest for 36 hours in the fridge, which makes them even more scrumptious and so much, what I consider to be Christmas. 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-24 11:40:02
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    How delightfully whimsical 

    Thank you +Mary C. and +Mar Mai :) 

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

    From ME and +Mary C. and everyone on my team at Tic Tok Books to all of the wonderful people on Gplus and everywhere!! We all wanted to make something to share our love of all things geek and great with you! May this Christmas be filled with many blessings and memories to last a lifetime!

    We asked ourselves, what would happen if Loki were the Grinch?
    And this kind of made itself XD

    I've been up literally all night and all last night and I have to go collapse now until someone brings me Hot Chocolate!! MWA HAHAHA!!

    Ad time! Like comics? Like dragons? Like them together? Then try out my graphic novels!
    The Dragon Tutor goo.gl/eRiZJT
    The Tale of Baozhai http://goo.gl/kSUCfG

    NOW IN PAPERBACK! Get them while they're hot!

    I also has an Zazzle store!! http://www.zazzle.com/tictokbooks

    #loki   #avengers   #thor   #christmas   #christmaseve   #santa   #grinch   #howthegrinchstolechristmas   #marmaicomix   #thorsday   #christmasthorsday  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-24 11:10:32
    Secret Santa came again last week

    I got a few more lovely Christmas gifts from friends and again, from secret santa :) thank you all <3

    #santagift  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-21 16:54:17
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    Edit the move is done it seems


    Help for a move in Seattle needed
    If anyone can help, it would mean a lot for the Kirklands, you will be fed :) 

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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-20 07:39:05
    Oh Superman - keeping it real

    This one made me snort coffee on my desk <_<

    via nebezial.deviantart.com
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-20 06:48:10
    Sort of glittery balls

    For +Mz Maau They are almost balls, that counts, right? Right? 

    #Glitterballs  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-18 20:48:34
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    undocumented feature

    The older I get, the more this feels true. Plus the ending is flawless :)

    Thanks +Jason ON N

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    Shared with me by +Shannon Dillavou.

    Windows apparently used to have an undocumented feature for support services.

    Did you know?
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-18 10:20:32
    Community returns in January

    Now that the orginal showrunner of seasons 1-3 is back, things should be picking up again. This time, there is no holding back! 

    I do recommend having alcohol or other substances of your choice at hand or at the very least, waffles
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-17 21:41:26
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    You know, if you leave the Internet alone for a while, things like this will happen :)

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    Link: http://pornhubcommentsonstockphotos.tumblr.com/

    This tumblr page, seriously cracked me up. It's basically pornhub commentary put onto stock photos. Image below is probably the only SFW comment I can post.
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-17 12:15:05
    Kanye vs Creative Director

    The  pretentious, super rich with inflated egos and constant bragging about how rich they are strike again and make me want to throw soup cans at them. However, this website, created by John Gellos, a  Creative Director from The Concept Farm, is poking fun at the stereotype by asking if you can tell between an actual Kanye West quote and an actual Creative Director quote. 

    It is funny though :) 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-17 11:38:53
    Into the Atmosphere 

    get a drink, sit back, turn up the volume, go fullscreen and HD and just let yourself float away watching this beautiful creation by +Michael Shainblum 

    It was shot in in several locations around California over a period of year. The nearly four minute clip, is based on  75,000 photographs which were edited down to 12,500 for the final version. 

    “Into The Atmosphere,” is my tribute to the state of California and the beautiful deserts, mountains and coastlines that exist there. This video showcases a variety of national/state parks as well as less recognized natural areas. The video also focuses on clouds, fog and interesting atmospheric conditions. Although California is known for blue sunshine skies, seeing a colorful storm cloud over Half Dome or an incredible sunset at the La Jolla Coves is really a sight to see. The goal of this video is to show these environments in their best possible light"
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-17 10:17:33
    Hipster Santa knows

    it all! Of course I will get coal this year <_<

    as seen on Tumblr, the source however is on Etsy: 
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/CandidCaleb
    David Lewis sell these and custom charcoal portraits. 

    You can buy this for your friends in skinny jeans and fake glasses :D
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-17 09:41:12
    They Had Come From The Stars

    cthulhutastic art by +Sara Rabe

    It is up for sale on society6.com ( http://goo.gl/lDoLQ2
    if you want add some Elder God to your holidays :D

    #art  
    #cthulhu  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-16 15:38:58
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    It had to be done :p

    Via +John Mink

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     I couldn't resist. (Spelling corrected from my first post)
    +Matthew Cox +Dan Delorme 

    #lotr   #MEME
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-16 13:54:42
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    The One Table to rule them all

    Geekgasm in 3, 2, 1...

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    The One gaming table to RULE them all

    http://www.geeknative.com/43103/one-gaming-table-rule/

    How’s this for a table for a little D&D or Pathfinder on? Perhaps it’s more suited to a bit of dice rolling at MERP or the current LoTR RPG franchise – Cubicle 7's The One Ring: Adventures Over the Edge of the Wild.
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-16 13:35:13
    Alternatives to Steampunk fashion

    Deviantart user caitlintheemo
    http://caitlintheemo.deviantart.com/
    Came up with wonderfully whimsical alternatives :)

    
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-16 10:39:51
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    “I’ll be home for Christmas Mom.” “Oh Mark that’s wonderful news. I’m so happy to hear that. It’ll be great to have you around. It’s been way too long. Oh I should start calling people. Everybody will want to see … Continue reading →
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-15 21:18:50
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    This is not an issue to discuss, vote if you can, make your voice heard as an US citizen  

    I can barely express my outrage at this. 

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    I'm sad that there are so few signatures on this. Please consider signing it.
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-14 12:48:21
    The BBQ flowchart

    Posted by +Diane Duane on Tumblr :)
    As seen in Dublin. (Of course in Dublin not as Dublin which doesn't even make sense, carry on)

    I can't fault that reasoning ;)
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-14 09:08:15
    unhh  Dragon Stuff Mai Tai old

    - saw The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug check
    - had a great time with +Steven Spence, +Dirk Puehl and the charming +Stephanie Dreyfürst :) (yeah guys, only Stephanie gets an adjective :P )
    - coming home late (late for my age shuddup :p ) : check
    - getting up after 4 hours of sleep for unknown reasons check
    - going shopping, trying to pay with my parking ticket check
    - missing my own exit when driving home check

    #Iamclearlynot24anymore  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-13 09:22:10
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    why Arrow is truly one of the best shows currently running
    I fully agree with this and sorry Agents of SHIELD, you need to work a lot harder. 

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    "Please, save my friend!"
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-11 20:24:44
    Food Typography 

    Typestrate creates these really neat pieces of art, using pepper, curry, honey, biscuit, noodles, cheese, oregano or flour. 

    Find more on typostrate.tumblr.com (including a huge archive and a shop)

    +typostrate is also on G+ it seem, go take a look! So worth it. 
    All images belong to typostrate. 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-11 19:07:07
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    If you can and want to make a difference, no matter how small

    this might be it. 

    #secretsanta  

    via +Carrie Canup +Caitlyn Bowyer and probably a few more in my stream. 

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    Help give Christmas to a family without a father

    One week ago the Metro bus I was on struck and killed a pedestrian. Though I and other passengers rushed to the man's aid, he passed away. I don't think he was conscious following the accident, and it might be for the best as I really can't imagine his distress had he been aware. I stayed with him and I prayed for him till he was gone. His name was Charlie Turman, and he left behind three children and their mother.

    I wrote about the experience (http://goo.gl/7RvkFG), and by chance or divine intervention, or whatever you want to call it - Charlie's family happened to see it and reach out to me. I've spoken with them a few times now, and while there is the expected grief, it is clear to me that their experience this Christmas has the potential to color their Holiday Season for the rest of their lives.

    Passing on my Secret Santa

    This year, instead of putting my own name on the Secret Santa list, I'm submitting the names of the members of Charlie's family. I humbly ask if you could find room in your heart to give some Holiday cheer to a family in desperate need of it. I've created four lists, one for each member of the family:

    Ashton; Boy - Age 9: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/EST5BOH1LZRE
    He was the hardest hit by the loss of his father. When I spoke to him he asked "Were you with him when my Daddy died?" He loves skateboarding and active sports.

    Cameron; Girl - Age 11: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/3EU0XB7JBS8EZ
    She feels the loss of her father in the way that only a daughter can miss her daddy. She asked me "Did Daddy say anything?", and I had to tell her that her daddy was unable to speak. She like dolls and makeup, and games for her Playstation 2.

    Charlie; Boy - Age 14: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/1VP462GJC8SW3
    He is the tough soldier, the only one who wouldn't speak to me. I'm sure he is trying to stay strong for the rest of his family. His mother tells me that he likes Professional Wrestling, and has a talent for Drawing.

    Jeanette; Wife: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/214BUY4102J5I
    She told me that they were best friends, and that Charlie's last words to her were "I love you, I'm on my way." She is currently taking night classes and is thinking of pursuing a career in criminal justice. However, right now she is just trying to take care of her kids, and cannot even afford the $330.00 cost to have have the victim's ashes released to the family so they can lay them to rest.

    Give a hurting family some Holiday Joy

    Only time will ease their broken hearts, and nothing will ever bring back this family's father. But maybe together we can bring them a smile. Maybe we can show them the meaning of "Goodwill toward men". 

    I ask that you please consider a gift for this family. There are options on the lists for as low as $10. But even if you can't offer anything yourself, I politely ask that you share this post so that we can make as many people aware as possible. If you would like to contribute something that is not on the lists, please reach out to me privately to discuss it or for contact info.

    Thank you for your generosity, and Happy Holidays!

    #GplusSanta   #SantaGift  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-11 16:56:37
    First look at The Time of The Doctor in this trailer for the Christmas Special

    I am so excited! 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-11 16:46:29
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    The Tutu Project 

    When love is the greatest motivator, this is wonderful and touching. 

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    I am so happy that there are people like him. This is incredibly moving and inspirational. <3
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-11 13:51:23
    Boar Stifado and Taters

    If you only here for the pictures and still want to know what I have to say, I made a short recording of the text of the post. Maybe I will do that in the future as well, let us just say it is a trial.

    https://audioboo.fm/boos/1789896-stifado

    I am back, I took a hiatus from food posts for about half a year for various reasons. I will pick it up again starting this December. The frequency will of course depend on what else goes in my life but I missed it and I missed all of you, frolicking on my posts and joining in our shared passion for great food.

    First of, I debated using the title "going greek" until I checked the Urban Dictionary, thank you Internet.

    So, what is the dish of the day? It is a greek classic, Stifado, which is basically a very rustic onion stew with a large number of possible ingredients. Meat, poultry, seafood, game, or another vegetable as the central ingredient, with onions, wine or vinegar, tomato, and a selection of spices (often including cinnamon) creating a flavorful base. For this one I went with wild boar, lemon, cinnamon, bay, lots of onions, garlic and allspice. The smells alone will make your mouth water and make you want to dip your crispy slice of potato into the steamy, delicious, fragrant and thick stew to have all those flavours combined in your mouth.

    Let's start, shall we?

    Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Stifado
    6 large onions
    3 cloves of garlic
    1 organic lemon
    1 1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice
    2 pieces of length of cinnamon stick
    4 bay leaves
    1 tablespoon of all purpose flour
    1⁄2 l / 2 cups of  dry white wine (I chose a German pinot gris from the Rhineland)
    1/4 l / 1 cup of water
    400 g / .90 lbs of full flavoured tomatoes
    1 kg / 2lb / 3.25 oz of boar cut into cubes
    5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    700 g / 1.5lb of potatoes
    a few dashes of lemon juice

    a Doufeu or a Dutch Oven (suitable for your stove)

    Mise en Place

    Dry the meat off carefully. Peel the onions and garlic, chop the onions and finely dice the garlic. Wash the lemon with hot water, dry if off. Then remove the zest of the the lemon, cut it in half and juice it, set aside. Wash the tomatoes and chop them.

    (50 minutes before the Stifado is done)

    Potatoes
    Pre-heat the oven to about 200C / 390F.Peel and wash the potatoes, cut into thick slices. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and a few dashes of lemon juice and season with about 1/2 teaspoon of salt, mix well to cover the potatoes all over.

    Lay them close to each other on a piece of baking paper on a baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes. Season with fresh pepper when they are done.

    Preparation

    Heat about 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the Dutch Oven, brown the meat in 3 portions, making sure not to cook it. Keep it in a separate bowl and season with salt and black pepper.

    Add the onions, garlic and lemon zest and cook for about 5 minutes, then add the meat and the tomatoes. Season again with salt, pepper, the allspice and add the cinnamon and bay leaves.

    Dust it all lightly with the flour and sweat it shortly. Deglaze with the white wine and water, bring to a boil and let it simmer covered at medium heat for about two hours. 50 minutes before it is done, prepare the taters.

    Season the Stifado to taste with pepper, salt, allspice and lemon juice.

    Arrange with the taters on pre-heated plates and serve with a full bodied red wine, I chose a 2010 Les Granges des Domaines Edmond de Rothschild, not perfect but it did go very well with the flavours in this dish.

    Would you like to be notified about food posts? Let me know in the comments. If you would like to see my other recipes, check out the about part of my profile:http://goo.gl/bzgOa

    Or follow the hashtag DReulWorthyRecipes  in the first comment, you'll get all my recipes in a stream, including pictures.

    #foodporn  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-11 10:27:03
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    The Witcher 3

    I can't wait. Look, this is what rpg's can be like too Bioware Not that I did not enjoy Dragon 1 and the Expansions, but I do hope Dragon Age 3 will bring back the wonderful things I liked about Dragon Age. 

    The Witcher games are among my favourite computer based fantasy RPGs of all time, right after Planescape Torment. 

    Thank you, +Dirk Moeller :)

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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-10 11:49:23
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    For all my artists friends :)

    I think this is a really nest way to showcase your work.

    Via +Shinae Choi Robinson n

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    Today we’re launching #GoogleOpenGallery and making the technologies behind Google Art Project freely available to anyone who wants to share cultural content with the world.
    Do you have an art gallery with work you’d like to share? Does your family have archived photos the world has never seen? Or do you just want a simple way to show your artwork online? Request your invite now at google.com/opengallery
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-09 17:38:39
    I just realised that there is a not insignificant amount of walks of shame and awkward sex on the Enterprise in STNG >_>

    Currently episode 5x14 Conundrum

    Also Ensign Ro Laren
    Rawrrr

    #stng
    
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-09 12:14:48
    Santa did it again

    I squeed, in a very manly fashion of course, on Saturday and today because I was gifted by possibly up to three lovely people. One I knew smooches +Kyla Myers, one I suspect even though there was no real evidence +Adrianna Joleigh *hugs and smooches* and one truly anonymous christmassy floral arrangement which is right now also sitting right behind me :) (although the fact that this means it must have been someone with my home address, does limit the number of people considerably). 

    Thank you all very much <3

    #santagift  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-07 08:13:58
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    THE TALE OF BAOZHAI IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!!

    THE DRAGON TUTOR IS FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!!

    I HAVE A ZAZZLE STORE NOW! AND EVERYTHING IS 20% OFF!!

    ST. NICOLAS DAY SPECIAL!!

    YAYA!! Big announcement everyone!! My new graphic novel story, * The Tale of Baozhai * (featuring, of course, everyone's favorite Dragon Cat, Baozhai) is now available for purchase on Amazon!!

    ebook $2.99 Link HERE!!> http://goo.gl/4uZTJd
    Print book $18.99 link HERE!!>  http://goo.gl/zCJViB

    ALSO!! 
    For today and tomorrow my first graphic novel book, THE DRAGON TUTOR IS FREE!!

    LINK> http://goo.gl/eRiZJT

    Grab it while you can!

    And that's not all!!

    I HAVE A ZAZZLE STORE NOW!!

    Thats right!! Go here > http://www.zazzle.com/tictokbooks
    to see a veritable menagerie of Christmas Cards, mugs and iphone cases! New products will be added every day! And for today * everything on Zazzle.com is 20% OFF with this code 48HOURSDEALS

    That means you can buy Christmas cards and Mugs with my art on them for an AMAZING deal!! Go now and get them while the deal is still on!! 

    Please go check out all the amazing deals while they're still available!!

    And stay safe from the storm!! I keep losing electricity so if I stop responding just wait! XD

    #tictokbooks   #marmaicomix   #zazzle   #marzazzle   #thedragontutor   #christmas   #christmasgifts   #christmas2013  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-07 08:13:35
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    +Mar Mai has her new graphic novel out, both as an ebook and in print. The Dragon Tutor was delightful and I have very high hopes for the second book The Tale of Baozhai go get it while it is hot and get the The Dragon Tutor for free for a limited time :) 

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    Have your 'Elf a Very Merry Christmas Card!

    This is one of my cards on my zazzle.com store http://www.zazzle.com/tictokbooks and for a VERY limited time EVERYTHING IN STORE IS 20% OFF (use code 48HOURSDEALS).

    GO check it out and get your self a Very Merry Deal!!

    ALSO my new BOOK The Tale of Baozhai is out!!

    ebook $2.99 Link HERE!!> http://goo.gl/4uZTJd
    Print book $18.99 link HERE!!>  http://goo.gl/zCJViB

    ALSO!! 
    For today and tomorrow my first graphic novel book, THE DRAGON TUTOR IS FREE!!

    LINK> http://goo.gl/eRiZJT

    Grab it while you can!

    #tictokbooks   #marmaicomix   #zazzle   #marzazzle   #thedragontutor   #christmas   #christmasgifts   #christmas2013  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-06 08:43:16
    Why does this remind me of more than a few people I know on here...

    <_< (I am looking at you future crazy cat people)

    via: www.anythingcomic.com
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-05 18:47:29
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    Luis is not only a friend, but also a very talented artist and this is a great offer :)

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    +Society6 is having a pretty great promotion where they'll ship you any one of my prints free and then take another $5 off the price.
    http://society6.com/LuisRoca?promo=c14a49

    The promotion runs until Sunday so — BUY A PRINT! :-p

    Excuse me now while I find a train window to take more photographs from…
    Luis

    #shamelessselfpromotion  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-05 10:05:58
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    Doctor Who - Take On Me

    Yes, I can't help but like this one :D

    via: +Simon W 

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    A special treat for the #Whovians.  A very creative animation+ 80's music.  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-05 09:41:47
    Coffee - home roasted, ground and brewed, pure sexy coffee

    "From green beans to black coffee - at a single push of a button. What’s so special about it? A number of things. a) Drinking freshly roasted coffee will get you the freshest coffee ever tasted. b) It will also get you an extremely well-balanced coffee as the beans don’t stand a chance to develop the acidity and bitterness that usually derives from storing. c) Absolutely no waste. Bonaverde’s green beans come in jute bags - no paper, no plastic and certainly no aluminum! d) Last but not least, probably the most groundbreaking thing about roasting your own coffee: You’ll get the raw beans directly from the farmer. You skip what is currently up to 17 steps between the farmer and yourself, and gain complete transparency on your coffee bean’s value chain. And it also means that farmers finally get more for their beans!"

    This young German start up company has a pretty great idea. Yes, you can roast your beans yourself in a pan, but the idea is to get a consistently great result of amazingly fresh coffee. Let me just say that I am very interested in this. The funding on kickstarter is still going on, but they have exceeded their goal already. I will be keeping an eye on this for sure.  ( http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jimguldi/worlds-first-roast-grind-brew-coffee-machine?ref=live)

    www.bonaverde.com

    #coffee #coffeeporn
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-05 09:18:03
    Skull Arm Chair

    as seen in Darth Vader's reading room, or possibly in mine <_<

    to be found here: http://www.harow.fr/crane.htm
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-05 08:47:52
    Star Bohemian Rhapsody Wars

    You are welcome, carry on :p
    Honestly, this is really well done. 

    +Scott Cramer +Kyla Myers +Andrew Clifton-Brown +Jo Lane 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-04 16:57:06
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    Because obviously
    Via the dear +Mz Maau

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    The Dark Crystal - The Director's Cut

    This version on YouTube is apparently the original cut that Jim Henson did for The Dark Crystal. But the studio had it tweaked to add voice overs and other elements.

    Early versions of The Dark Crystal were a bit different than the version we see today. Jim Henson and Frank Oz originally sought to create a much darker story that relied more on the audience and less on voice-overs and inner monologues explaining the plot. In this version there's no narrator, Jen's inner monologues are gone, and the Skeksis hardly ever say anything in English (Aughra speaks some Skesis too!). This version is much more modern and a little darker with this original audio and the slightly different score. Some of the scenes are moved around too, which adds to the surreal feel of the original film. Some test audiences were more casual moviegoers and responded negatively to this version so the Henson team redubbed the ENTIRE film to help explain the plot to the audience up front and make things more obvious.
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-04 16:53:50
    be prepared

    This confirms that people in certain professions have an excellent taste in humour :)
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  • Dirk Reul2013-12-02 06:38:52
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    If you are looking for more author's, bloggers and other creatives. Take a look at what +Katherine Vucicevic has curated. 

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    I support fellow writers, author's and bloggers by sharing

    Today I have created a wonderful new circle of Author's
    In this circle are wonderfully brilliant scribes ranging all genres.
    Please plus, comment and share
    Add this circle to connect with fellow writers or to engage in blog posts and to find new novels, poems and short stories to entertain :)
    #authorshelpingauthors #author #authorship #katherinevucicevicsharedcircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-30 21:30:30
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    +Cliff Roth really creates amazing pieces. Are you still looking for a great bespoke gift and want to help an artist support himself? This is your chance :)

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    There are just over 13 hours left to help out +Cliff Roth . Pledge your support on his +Indiegogo campaign. Every little bit helps and he's nearly at his goal. http://bit.ly/cliffROTH

    #weekendartmarketplace   #indiegogo   #art  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-30 17:24:39
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    wibbly wobbly time travel to explore American customs

    It happened again, also I'm glad I'm the one with the pointy hat. Pointy hats are cool <_<

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    Dirk and Halfdan Post Thanksgiving Turkey Quest

    After reading a number of questions and comments about Thanksgiving from non Americans, a little adventure starting forming in my turkey addled brain. I have no idea where this is going (okay, very little idea) but I am enjoying the idea of +Dirk Reul and +Halfdan Reschat braving the time-streams. Surely, nothing could possibly go wrong. ;-)

    #gplususermashup   #thanksgiving   #pilgrims   #maninabonnet   #itsnotawitchshat  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-30 09:12:36
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    Never forget

    Even though awareness of AIDS, how AIDS is spread and how to protect yourself have in my mind decreased, we should not forget, this is still an issue, this is still a danger for many people all over the world. Be safe, protect yourself, help the fight against AIDS. 

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    1 DECEMBER: WORLD AIDS DAY - TAKE CARE

    more on
    http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_AIDS_Day
    http://www.worldaidsday.org/
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-29 12:11:43
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    and again, for my writers :) 

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    A reminder. :)
    There are prizes to go along with this one. 
    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. xx
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-29 11:22:53
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    Handmade cloaks by +Lusete

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    Here is my very first fantasy clothing item. The long cloak is very snugly and soft.

    Available for sale at http://www.lusete.co.uk/

    Photos taken by Fat Mouse Photography
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-28 16:41:15
    my not so +Secret Santa arrived early this year

    My dear friend +Mara Mascaro struck early this year :) thank you
    hugs

    #SantaGift
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-25 06:17:20
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    This

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    Save the Date - November 25 is UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    To quote +lerato majikfaerie :

    1. Violence is not just women's problem. Men and women must all be involved in prevention.
    2. Violence is global. It affects everyone regardless of location.
    3. Violence results from structural gender inequalities which all societies need to address.
    4. Violence prevents women from realizing their full socio-economic potential.
    5. Violence takes different forms. It can be physical, psychological, economic or socio-cultural.
    6. Everyone is responsible for taking action to prevent violence.

    UN Women will be hosting a special Google+ Hangouts On Air (HOA) for the International Day to End Violence against Women. UN Women will be joined by Kim Gandy, president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Aldijana Sisic, Manager of the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Antonia Kirkland, Legal Advisor for Equality Now, and Google+ users to discuss the different forms of violence against women that are prevalent around the world, what different organizations are doing about it, and how you can help.

    I will also be co-hosting the HOA. Even if you can't view it at the time it is being aired, it will be recorded so you can view later. RSVP to the event herehttp://goo.gl/v27Ngx (since G+ won't let me re-share the event to Public viewing!). Feel free to submit any questions you may have for any of the participants and I will make sure they are addressed!

    This is a very important initiative, and one which affects everyone, so a spreading of the word would be appreciated!

    See you all tomorrow.

    Tif

    #eliminateviolenceagainstwomen  
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-23 18:17:08
    The Day Of The Doctor

    at 9pm German time, I will be sitting down, with wine, homemade lasagne and will follow the adventures of the last of the Timelords, sort of the last one of cause with time being not exactly linear for those people 

    Can you tell I am excited? :D
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-22 20:54:30
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    and so it begins

    +Scott Cramer
    It seems you have been found out ;p
    Thanks to +Steven Spence!

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    Because he adds so much fun to the stream and because +Carrie Canup challenged someone to do it, I present you +Scott Cramer  in the world of his Game of Thrones mashup. 

    In Scotts own words he started it all:

    A couple of days ago I posted a mash-up of +Dirk Reul  as Tyrion Lannister (complete with box). I had a lot of fun with it and there were a bunch more toy figurines so I decided to keep adding people. +Stephanie Dreyfürst  was next as Cersei Lannister. I just finished +Andrew Clifton-Brown  as Jaime Lannister and +Carrie Canup   as Arya Stark.

    The far superior original (except missing GRR Cramer) is here: https://plus.google.com/105986763264590753118/posts/9LCubvP9z4s
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-22 18:24:36
    Almost Human - this is how it's done

    Of you haven't seen it yet, watch it. Karl Urban is always a treat and I love the interaction with his Android partner. You have nice tech, conspiracies, banter and various intriguing concepts.

    There was this one interaction that made me laugh out loud:

    Dorian: "I ran a bio-scan and it looked like your testicles were at full capacity."
    Kennex: "You're scanning my balls?"
    Dorian: "I didn't enjoy it. I just -- I can't help but notice you're backed up."
    Kennex: "What is the matter with you? ... Don't scan my testicles ever again."
    Dorian: "Copy that."

    Go watch it! 
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-22 12:51:59
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    If this does not make you think, about what is wrong in this world today, few things will 

    I do not care if you like Matt Damon as an actor, but I respect it when he gets up on stage, to use his voice to tell us Howard Zinn's words. 

    The Problem is not civil disobedience, the problem is civil obedience

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    HOWARD ZINN'S WORDS, BUT WTH, IF MATT DAMON WILL GET YOU TO THINK ABOUT 'EM...

    "The rule of law has regularized and maximized the injustice that existed before the rule of law, that is what the rule of law has done.

    When in all the nations of the world the rule of law is the darling of the leaders and the plague of the people, we ought to begin to recognize this. We have to transcend these national boundaries in our thinking. Nixon and Brezhnev have much more in common with one another than - we have with Nixon. J. Edgar Hoover has far more in common with the head of the Soviet secret police than he has with us. It's the international dedication to law and order that binds the leaders of all countries in a comradely bond. That's why we are always surprised when they get together -- they smile, they shake hands, they smoke cigars, they really like one another no matter what they say. It's like the Republican and Democratic parties, who claim that it's going to make a terrible difference if one or the other wins, yet they are all the same. Basically, it is us against them."

    For the full text by Howard Zinn:

    http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Zinn/CivilObedience_ZR.html
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-17 16:41:23
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    Secret Santa is coming

    I participated last year for the first time and gifted people all around the world. A small thing can make the day of someone just because it shows that someone thought of you.

    My dear friends +Kyla Myers, +Mara Mascaro and +Scott Cramer are on board (Kyla is an official elf!). Will you also join in?

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    Secret Santa 2013 starts today!
    Share this post so we can collect as many lists as possible!

    HO HO HO! It's good to be back! Last year Secret Santa only lasted for less than a month and were able to collect over 2,500 lists! 1,500 more than 2011! Your generosity and compassion giving gifts to the Google+ community made holidays better last year. Today I'm happy to announce that my elves and I start collecting your Amazon wishlists into our master list. It's easy to create a list! The hardest part is deciding what to put on it ;)

    Just follow these simple steps:
    1) Create your public wishlist on Amazon: http://goo.gl/eUIwm
    2) Add your list to the form: http://goo.gl/03TwI8 (Important instructions are on the form!)

    Once added you can continue to edit your list. We'll share everyone's list with you on November 25th! We suggest waiting to share your list until then so people have the holidays in mind ;) For now, get that wishlist together!

    Remember, we're all #SecretSanta ! #GPlusSanta  is happy to be back.
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  • Dirk Reul2013-11-16 18:28:30
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    I'm not naming names but..

    Oh dear and now we're brother and sister :p

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    G+me of Thrones

    +Dirk Reul found another G+ Game of Thrones member in this work in progress mash-up. ;-)

    There are more Pop! vinyl figures and more G+ users; now I just need more time to play. Ultimate mash-up is coming! hehe

    #gplususermashup   #gameofthrones   #tyrionlannister   #cerseilannister  
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