In 2006 the Cassini spacecraft took a series of images from the dark side of Saturn. This compilation image from NASA is just stunning. The best part? The little blue dot in the upper left portion of Saturn's rings is Earth!
Trolls be aware! This is very dangerous legislation for more than just trolls:
"It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use a ANY ELECTRONIC OR DIGITAL DEVICE and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person."
It's a 10 minute video, but please watch it! Carly is an autistic teen that was diagnosed as retarded and couldn't talk. At 11 she learned to type and they were shocked at how well developed her communication was! Turns out, she has a perfectly intelligent mind that's trapped in a body she can't control.This brings a whole new dimension to autism.
It amazes me what we're capable of, the wide range of just being human. The deep love and support from her father and the joy they all gained at not giving up.
Wow, just wow. I have no problem with the government or my employer - or anyone else for that matter - reviewing my public posts. But to demand access to my private posts?
I'll be keeping a tight eye on how schools address this so I can properly prepare my sons as they grow up. They have a right to a private personal life and I want them to understand what they'd be giving up by giving in to this.
Sitting at a restaurant bar with my sister and eating dinner, an older gentleman, his younger wife and their preteen son sat next to us. They were funny conversationalists and I'll admit we had a nice time chatting with them over dinner.
As we went to leave, they ask me what I do for a living. When I answered that I sell mechanical engineering software he asked, so you're a geek? Yup!
He grabbed my arm, looked intently into my eyes and said, "You should drink Dos Equis beer."
I replied, "Yes I've had it before."
He answered, "You should watch the commercials."
I said, "Mmhmm! The Most Interesting Man in the World" and sauntered away.
Full realization smacked me in the face about the time I reached my car. I had, indeed, just had dinner with the Most Interesting Man in the World.
Wednesday morning my coworker peaked her head into my office and said:
"Do you know you're on the front page of CNN today?"
Blushing, I sheepishly nodded yes.
"Why didn't you tell us?"
The fact of the matter is, I was still reeling from it.
I'm an ordinary woman. In fact, I'm so ordinary you'd pass me in the grocery store and never give me a second glance. I'm quite simply an out-spoken mother with a sense of humor and a penchant for word smithing.
I don't work for a tech company. I'm not a celebrity. I'm not a social media professional. I don't code. I'm not a CEO. I'm not an analyst.
But there it was, my opinion being an opening quote for a national news story on CNN. Quoted alongside business moguls like Donald Trump and Richard Branson.
This truly demonstrates the power of the +Google+ platform. Having my public post (and resulting amazing debate) being indexed by +Google made my very ordinary opinion available for a journalist to find. So a big, fat thank you to +Vic Gundotra and his team who've made it possible for the voice of the ordinary to be heard.
I've never head this one before but find it quite fitting:
The opposite of jump the shark, i.e. when a TV show goes from unspectacular/boring/outlandish to completely awesome. It references Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was unspectacular until season 2, when Commander Riker grew a beard. The show kicked ass from then on.
"Man, Dollhouse really pulled a Riker's Beard last week with that awesome episode."
As many of you may know, last summer I took a nasty fall, broke my foot and sprained both ankles, resulting in first a wheelchair, then a walker and months of recovery. Starting in January I was able to start training again.
Yesterday I finished an 8K in 50:49. I'm pretty damned pleased.
While I don't have any wheelchair pics, here's a shot of me with the walker and then one crossing the finish line!
One thing I love about running in Florida is the incredible diversity of people who run. It's absolutely amazing running with so many retirees, especially when they trounce me on times. And yes, the lady behind me is actually swearing at me because I sprinted past her last minute.
Now that my ankles are stable again, I'm looking to train for a half marathon this November.
Being able to work remotely while my son recovered from surgery helped both myself and my employers. They didn't lose my productivity - they gained an intensely loyal, hard-working employee that was so pleased with not having to take off - she actually worked more hours.
My son won - his mother was there to take care of him.
And, what does it say about Yahoo - a company who's core products are web/cloud based - that they can't be effective with remote employees?
This is just ridiculous. Glad I have no desire to work for Yahoo!.
With an ache in my heart and tears brimming from my eyes, we said goodbye today. 18 long years we've had, I truly cannot complain.
I will never forget that first day we met. I reached for a hissing kitten and you purred a figure eight between my feet. I knew then that we were mates, bound for life.
Pasha Kitty, you've seen me through college, boyfriends and breakups, marriage, kids and divorce. Through it all, you've been a sweetheart purring in my lap. Pushing for attention, greeting my guests at the doors, showing extra love to those that don't like cats. You've been a constant in my life for 18 years.
But life has taken its toll and you spent your last weekend stumbling, confused and lost. It hurt me so deeply to see you suffer and it wounded even worse this morning. Nestled in a towel, you took your last breath in my loving hands.
I may still have my Ginger Whale and Spicy Beast to soothe me, but Pasha Kitty - they just aren't you. Laying on my tummy, the small of my back is cold and empty without you snuggled up on me.
The said you were lucky to have lived such a long life, with a family that obviously loves animals as much as we do. But she missed the biggest point. I was lucky that you graced me with your sweet presence these 18 years.
I'm not ashamed to admit I sobbed unabashedly. Pasha Kitty, you're a wonderful creature worthy of grief. May the Rainbow Bridge treat you well. I love and miss you. My Pasha Kitty, my Old Kitteh.
I don't know about you, but I'd love to see #GeorgeTakei join us here on G+. Just putting the word out there that I'm on a mission to get his attention. I was thinking that on #TakeiTuesday it might be a nice time to try to reach him on Twitter @GeorgeTakei to show him how much love he'd see from this community.
Wow, not cool +Instagram. I'll be deleting my profile this week. Not cool at all.
In 1999 I went on safari in Kenya. At the Sweetwater Tented Camp they had this rhino under guard, day and night, against poachers. Sadly I do not remember the species, but +Ergin Kocyildirim reminded me of this moment when he posted about the western black rhino being officially extinct.
Incidentally, this is my dad's favorite picture of me.
I didn't join Google Plus to find love. I wasn't looking for it. In fact, I was licking my wounds from a failed relationship and firmly eschewing dating of all sorts.
The thing is, with the power of Hangouts I starting meeting so many people. Irrespective of location, it became so easy to connect with kindred spirits. Friendships grew, connections grew richer and deeper.
Months passed. The beauty of it all is that we were able to talk face to face, but not just one on one. But also, through shared friendships and mutual experiences on this ever growing network.
Then, we met. In person.
I'm pretty open about my life here, but I've largely kept my romantic life to myself. I don't particularly care to put my foibles and hurts out there in the public forum.
But, things have changed. After a year and a half of friendship progressing to infatuation to love, +Jonathan Camp is moving. On December 29th, our journey together shifts from long distance.
I swear I wasn't looking for love, but it still came up and took me for a ride.
Who else has found love on the internet? How did you meet? Tell me your stories, I want to hear them all.
And an enormous thank you to +Google+ and people like +chee chew, +Vic Gundotra and the countless others that made this space possible. Without your vision, +Jonathan Camp and I never would have crossed paths.