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Max Huijgen

The Solitary Temple
Made with Macphun - see the new Macphun Review at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/macphun-review/ — they gave me a new discount code of STUCKINCUSTOMS — thanks +Laurie Rubin for that!  And congrats on such a cool product!  I haven't done a new software review in like over a year...  I think, besides all the features, one of the most impressive things is the SPEED!  

(and no, it doesn't work on PCs... sorry all my PC friends.  I used to be one of you too, but I'll never forget you...haha)
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

On the docks in near Bang Saray, Thailand fishermen prepare in the late afternoon to go out for a late night of squid fishing.
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

Russian soldier's Instagram account appears to show him inside Ukraine operating the kind of equipment used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

A Russian soldier named Alexander Sotkin has apparently posted pictures to his Instagram account that show him inside Ukraine operating the kind of missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

If this is true, it represents the new world we live in where the lies of governments are exposed because of cheap cameras and ubiquitous, global social media. 

Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Throwback Thursday: The best office I ever had.

It was the spring of 2008, and +Amira Elgan and I spent two glorious weeks on the Greek island of Santorini, where Amira had somehow managed to get the ultimate room for us in the town of Oia. 

You can tell by my laptop how very long ago this was. But what an office. 
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

The One That Almost Got Away

A different view of Mesa Arch and the Canyonlands behind it. I wasn't sure what to do with this one, so I left it untouched on my disk for a while, but then I came back to it and decided to do an HDR to really bring out the LaSal Mountains on the horizon and the colors of the sky right before sunrise.

Maybe the post-processing is not to everybody's taste, but to each his own and you can always get more natural looking ones in my gallery here: http://www.ucphoto.me/Southwestern-USA/
Ugo Cei Ugo Cei

Come see a sneak peek at the new Macphun Review! 
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

Hate group announces a badwill tour of Silicon Valley.

​The Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Facebook, Google, Apple, Skype, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Reddit on Tuesday, August 12.

Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

The last social blogging guide you will ever need.
Everyone’s an expert on social media and blogging. http://goo.gl/YzXtrM

Over the past decade, I’ve read gigabytes of advice on how to “succeed” on social media and blogging, and I’ve never even once read a post or article that really nailed what social media and blogging are really all about—or how to “succeed” at it.

So I finally decided to write that article, and here it is.

Let’s start with the basics: http://www.eweek.com/cloud/the-last-social-blogging-guide-you-will-ever-need.html
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Never stop learning.
Peter G McDermott Peter G McDermott

You’ve waited, you’ve guessed, you’ve collected clues. The unboxing is finally here! Watch me unbox a brand new way to connect and rock at 4pm EST at: http://on.aol.com/unbox  

There's one last teeensy clue (about the big mysterious awesome tech we're going to use today) built into this photo... Can you guess it? ;)

XO, Daria

Ps. The big unboxing isn't the hair... But look! New lighter highlights! Heehe ;) 

Daria Musk Daria Musk

Rodney Pike -
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Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

So, the big "unboxing" is coming up with the morning sun! I should be sleeping to get ready but instead I'm practicing (see: jamming) in my hotel room because there's one more surprise...

...I'll be "unboxing" a brand new song!!! Aaah! I'll be playing it for the first time, for anyone, for you, live! ((Trembles a little)) It's the first of many to come and I'm so excited we get to unveil it such a wild way! What's the wild way we're doing it? Well, you've got a few more hours to guess!

Remember you can watch everything (including the new song) get get "unboxed" live at 4PM Eastern US Time at  http://on.aol.com/unbox !

So much newness! How am I ever gonna get to sleep!?

XO, Daria

Daria Musk Daria Musk

For any of you who watch or listen to TWIG (awesome show), here's a note that I wrote to Leo Laporte, the host, after listening to the 7/30 episode.  The move to Chrome can be very unsettling for some, and I wanted to share my thoughts with him.  Hope it's interesting for you.
I've listened to you on TWIG for a long time now, and I count on you, Jeff and Gina to help keep me up-to-date on the latest. I've always viewed you as a person that is out-front with technology from every angle: understanding new hardware, software and having a fresh perspective on how these impact our lives.
Then, I listed to the 7/30/14 TWIG show and saw you in my rear-view mirror!
I am a tech professional with 32 years experience that made the move to a 100% Chrome-based life a few months back. Sure, I kept my old Windows machine around during the transition to make sure that if I needed to reach back for a file or something, I could do that. But, what a relief to move past expensive fat client hardware and bloated software. Now that I am "here", this is what I've learned:
I think the the entire population of computer users can be organized as follows:

- 80% of existing computer users would live just fine, if not much, much better in the Chrome world, right now.
- The top 2% is reserved exclusively for those people who really need old-school machines and hardware for media production, software development, industrial design and the like. This is a very small portion of the population IMO, made even smaller by the fact that employers typically provide all the old-school stuff they really need.
- What about that remaining 18%? The 80% - 98%?. These are people who would do just fine on Chrome right now - just like the first 80% - BUT THEY CAN'T LET GO!! They have inflated views of how "advanced", "professional", and "demanding" their work is, when it typically really - just - isn't. Chrome can meet/exceed their needs. These people have spent $2,500 or more on a Mac Book Pro or some other expensive machine, they are people who can't let go of the fact that it's taken them 20 years to learn MS Office, and what about the kudos they routinely get for being the "Tech Genius" in the family or organization for understanding all of that now arcane info? What's more, they desparately need something, anything, to differentiate themselves from that lower 80% of "common" computer users - after all - they are soooooo advanced.

Moving to a Chromebook takes all of that, and more, away. None of it matters anymore. It brings everyone, and everything, to a zero, common baseline. And I am so pleased that it does, and so pleased to now be a part of it.

Leo: you'll get there! Let go, relax and let it happen. And get back out in front of me, damnit!
Jeff Jarvis Jeff Jarvis

Tomorrow, we rock the world in a whole new way guys! It’s almost time to #GuessWhatsInside ! Don’t you love a good mystery? ;)

Tomorrow (7/31) at 4pm eastern us time we’re going to play and connect together in a whole new way! You can watch live at: http://on.aol.com/unbox ! It's outside. It's high-tech. It's never-been-done before. It's in Boston but it's global. And I’m grabbing a handful of you for a super-special insider’s Hangout! I know. It’s like xmas in July, guys. 

Remember to watch and let’s make some high-tech high-volume history together! And forgive this adorkable video,  pretty please ;)

XO, Daria

Ps. Any guesses about what's goin' down?
Daria Musk Daria Musk

What are birds? We just don't know.
Jürgen Hubert Jürgen Hubert

Self-proclaimed "peaceful" pro-russian separatists in Ukraine executed people they thought were committing minor crimes. No judge, no jury—just a swift execution and burial in mass graves. 
Brandon Partridge Brandon Partridge

The One That Almost Got Away

A different view of Mesa Arch and the Canyonlands behind it. I wasn't sure what to do with this one, so I left it untouched on my disk for a while, but then I came back to it and decided to do an HDR to really bring out the LaSal Mountains on the horizon and the colors of the sky right before sunrise.

Maybe the post-processing is not to everybody's taste, but to each his own and you can always get more natural looking ones in my gallery here: http://www.ucphoto.me/Southwestern-USA/
Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

"The House passed a resolution this evening authorizing Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama. The 225-201 vote fell nearly along party lines, with five Republicans joining Democrats to vote "no." The suit accuses Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority in his implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But as a campaign tactic, the prospect of a lawsuit appears to be a Democratic bonanza."
Lauren Weinstein Lauren Weinstein

What Are Google's Ranking Factors?

My friend +Brian Dean has assembled a list of 200 factors which, to varying degrees of certainty, may play a part in Google's ranking algorithm.

Keep in mind that a mix of good signals from various factors is what causes the most consistently high rankings, so too much fixation on anyone, or even a few, factors may not work. Even if some of these aren't actually direct ranking signals, they are almost all good practices that will benefit your overall search marketing.

#seo   #linkbuilding   #plusonly  
Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

Today's "responsible" gun owner...
God Emperor Lionel Lauer God Emperor Lionel Lauer

The GOP is so sad.  With their worthless lawsuit against a popular elected President in order to content their blind troll constituency.  They will be tuning in to the Sarah Palin network for their "unbiased" news...  Wake the fuck up you idiots.  We elect people to govern, not to play brown nose to happy glad hand party donors and powerful media corporations. Stand up for what you believe, but  don't confuse yourself thinking a media corporation is on your side.  Grow the fuck up and act like you aren't a slave to your suggestive bias umbilical cord you call 'the news'.   As long as the network keeps petting your ego and reinforcing your bias, you will strap it on like a feed bag with blinders.  So sick of idiots wasting our time.
Jeremy Hall Jeremy Hall

Got a new roommate yesterday.

Now accepting name submissions. :)

#cats #pets
Alida Brandenburg Alida Brandenburg

Android is all over the Foundry today.
+Derek Ross
Moritz Tolxdorff Moritz Tolxdorff

Step 1. Trying to get sleepy, and it's now 6am.
Step 2. Take ridiculous selfies.
Step 3 Let #autoawesome put 'em together.  

#selfieawesome #omg #wtf
Carmelyne Thompson Carmelyne Thompson

Well that's pretty damning.
John Hardy John Hardy

Good morning! May I offer a muffin?
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

Lars Fosdal - Vrai...
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Lars Fosdal Lars Fosdal

Big, bad, evil and mean Russia... Not the Sycophantic EU sanctions. LOL!
Which part of we told you so did the retards in Brussels did not get?

Well let's blame all the next crappy economy result numbers plus the grand ma bunions & everything else to big bad Russia since were at it. Because sure was Putin sanctioning himself. <rolls eyes>
João Serrano João Serrano

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Jeremy Hall Jeremy Hall

I don't write restaurant reviews often, but when I do...
Peter G McDermott Peter G McDermott

Is Samsung winning or losing?

Samsung posted a 25% drop in second-quarter profits, the third straight quarter of profit declines for the company. In related news, Samsung posted profits! In the handset business! $4.31 billion profits in an industry where everyone else but Apple is breaking even or losing money. 

Winning? Or losing? 

Join me, plus co-anchor +Elise Hu (NPR) and our interview guests +Dan Seifert (The Verge), +Shara Tibken (CNET), Steven Chase (Globe and Mail), +Alexei Oreskovic (Reuters), +Jon Brodkin (Ars Technica) and +Will Oremus (Slate.com). 

We get to the bottom of the Samsung question and break down today’s tech news. 

Watch TNT: http://twit.tv/tnt/1061

Subscribe to the video version on Pocket Casts: http://pcasts.in/tntvhd

Thanks to +AnthonyNielsen for his TDmanship!

#Samsung #Android #Facebook #OKCupid #FCC #TomWheeler #China #Canada #hacking #TechNewsToday #TNT #TWiT
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

There's Always Room for Spontaneity

Sometimes when you’re working on one thing, you end up discovering another.

 Playing around with interactive software on different textured surfaces can lead to new findings and unexpected results. Using different sensing technologies, we set up different paths for light to travel with different colors to see the effects on elastic materials.

Setting a mood is in the details, but spontaneity never ceases to impress :)

#Discovery #Multimedia #TechLab
Denis Labelle Denis Labelle

The one you're not looking at turns clockwise

Look at either the red dot or the yellow dot.  The circles near that dot will turn counterclockwise.  The others turn clockwise!

Or: let your eyes bounce back and forth between the two.

Or: look away from both of them.

Puzzle  1: how does it work?

Puzzle 2: who first made this gif?  I can't find the original source.

John Hardy John Hardy

Exposed engine of a SR-71 Blackbird (x-post from reddit/pics) [3264x2448]
"Q: Why so much piping?
A: All the small stuff towards the front are mainly pneumatic and hydraulic lines. They do stuff like control fuel flow, variable stator position, and position of the variable inlet guide vanes. The large tubes toward the rear are compressor bypass ducts. They take air from one of the middle stages of the compressor and send it to the very air-hungry afterburner. Without these, the J58 is really a pretty basic single spool turbojet. The magic happens thanks to them, the inlet and inlet cone, and the pretty elaborate afterburner. Anyone who really wants to know how this and a lot of other gas turbines work should get this book: http://books.google.com/books/about/Jet_Engines.html?id=EICPQgAACAAJ

"Reminds me of my favorite SR-71 story:
There were a lot of things we couldn't do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked us if, because of this fact, it was fun to fly the jet. Fun would not be the first word I would use to describe flying this plane—intense, maybe, even cerebral. But there was one day in our Sled experience when we would have to say that it was pure fun to be the fastest guys out there, at least for a moment.
It occurred when Walt and I were flying our final training sortie. We needed 100 hours in the jet to complete our training and attain Mission Ready status. Somewhere over Colorado we had passed the century mark. We had made the turn in Arizona and the jet was performing flawlessly. My gauges were wired in the front seat and we were starting to feel pretty good about ourselves, not only because we would soon be flying real missions but because we had gained a great deal of confidence in the plane in the past ten months. Ripping across the barren deserts 80,000 feet below us, I could already see the coast of California from the Arizona border. I was, finally, after many humbling months of simulators and study, ahead of the jet.
I was beginning to feel a bit sorry for Walter in the back seat. There he was, with no really good view of the incredible sights before us, tasked with monitoring four different radios. This was good practice for him for when we began flying real missions, when a priority transmission from headquarters could be vital. It had been difficult, too, for me to relinquish control of the radios, as during my entire flying career I had controlled my own transmissions. But it was part of the division of duties in this plane and I had adjusted to it. I still insisted on talking on the radio while we were on the ground, however. Walt was so good at many things, but he couldn't match my expertise at sounding smooth on the radios, a skill that had been honed sharply with years in fighter squadrons where the slightest radio miscue was grounds for beheading. He understood that and allowed me that luxury. Just to get a sense of what Walt had to contend with, I pulled the radio toggle switches and monitored the frequencies along with him. The predominant radio chatter was from Los Angeles Center, far below us, controlling daily traffic in their sector. While they had us on their scope (albeit briefly), we were in uncontrolled airspace and normally would not talk to them unless we needed to descend into their airspace.
We listened as the shaky voice of a lone Cessna pilot who asked Center for a read-out of his ground speed. Center replied: "November Charlie 175, I'm showing you at ninety knots on the ground." Now the thing to understand about Center controllers, was that whether they were talking to a rookie pilot in a Cessna, or to Air Force One, they always spoke in the exact same, calm, deep, professional tone that made one feel important. I referred to it as the "Houston Center voice." I have always felt that after years of seeing documentaries on this country's space program and listening to the calm and distinct voice of the Houston controllers, that all other controllers since then wanted to sound like that and that they basically did. And it didn't matter what sector of the country we would be flying in, it always seemed like the same guy was talking. Over the years that tone of voice had become somewhat of a comforting sound to pilots everywhere. Conversely, over the years, pilots always wanted to ensure that, when transmitting, they sounded like Chuck Yeager, or at least like John Wayne. Better to die than sound bad on the radios.
Just moments after the Cessna's inquiry, a Twin Beech piped up on frequency, in a rather superior tone, asking for his ground speed in Beech. "I have you at one hundred and twenty-five knots of ground speed." Boy, I thought, the Beechcraft really must think he is dazzling his Cessna brethren.
Then out of the blue, a navy F-18 pilot out of NAS Lemoore came up on frequency. You knew right away it was a Navy jock because he sounded very cool on the radios. "Center, Dusty 52 ground speed check." Before Center could reply, I'm thinking to myself, hey, Dusty 52 has a ground speed indicator in that million-dollar cockpit, so why is he asking Center for a read-out? Then I got it, ol' Dusty here is making sure that every bug smasher from Mount Whitney to the Mojave knows what true speed is. He's the fastest dude in the valley today, and he just wants everyone to know how much fun he is having in his new Hornet. And the reply, always with that same, calm, voice, with more distinct alliteration than emotion: "Dusty 52, Center, we have you at 620 on the ground." And I thought to myself, is this a ripe situation, or what? As my hand instinctively reached for the mic button, I had to remind myself that Walt was in control of the radios. Still, I thought, it must be done—in mere seconds we'll be out of the sector and the opportunity will be lost. That Hornet must die, and die now. I thought about all of our Sim training and how important it was that we developed well as a crew and knew that to jump in on the radios now would destroy the integrity of all that we had worked toward becoming. I was torn.
Somewhere, 13 miles above Arizona, there was a pilot screaming inside his space helmet. Then, I heard it—the click of the mic button from the back seat. That was the very moment that I knew Walter and I had become a crew. Very professionally, and with no emotion, Walter spoke: "Los Angeles Center, Aspen 20, can you give us a ground speed check?" There was no hesitation, and the replay came as if was an everyday request.
"Aspen 20, I show you at one thousand eight hundred and forty-two knots, across the ground." I think it was the forty-two knots that I liked the best, so accurate and proud was Center to deliver that information without hesitation, and you just knew he was smiling. But the precise point at which I knew that Walt and I were going to be really good friends for a long time was when he keyed the mic once again to say, in his most fighter-pilot-like voice: "Ah, Center, much thanks, we're showing closer to nineteen hundred on the money."
For a moment Walter was a god. And we finally heard a little crack in the armor of the Houston Center voice, when L.A. came back with, "Roger that Aspen. Your equipment is probably more accurate than ours. You boys have a good one." It all had lasted for just moments, but in that short, memorable sprint across the southwest, the Navy had been flamed, all mortal airplanes on freq were forced to bow before the King of Speed, and more importantly, Walter and I had crossed the threshold of being a crew. A fine day's work. We never heard another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast. For just one day, it truly was fun being the fastest guys out there."

John A. Tamplin John A. Tamplin

"Look what they made us do."
God Emperor Lionel Lauer God Emperor Lionel Lauer

Yep. I like muffins. And I like my Ego(lights). 
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

I just learned that we will be getting a SpongeBob SquarePants live action movie in 2015. Really? Is that what we need, Paramount? 

Anyway, it it gives me an excuse to share this commentary on American culture from a recycling bin in Paris just a couple years back. 
Gideon Rosenblatt Gideon Rosenblatt

First Adventures with Food Photography
So, I wrote a little article about how my setup is. Mind you, I've only done this since yesterday, so I'm not really the one to give advice. But just in case you want to know how I do it, here you go:


Forgive the fact that it's on my blog. It's just easier to write it on a blog with multiple pictures. :)
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

Nils Hitze - Anton, Day 4
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Anton, Day 4
Nils Hitze Nils Hitze

A Stranger A Day 144/365, The Londoner

I must apologize to my loyal followers: I had promised to share with you a new photo of a stranger every day, but I've been falling behind and now I'm more than two months behind schedule. This should have been stranger number 212 and it's only 144.

The fact is that I've stopped going out with the intent of shooting a stranger every day, but only do so when I casually meet somebody interesting. Luckily, I always carry my camera with me and, when I noticed this well-dressed, foreign looking guy walking around with a tourist guide in his hands, I knew I could not miss this chance.

We had a brief conversation and I learned he's from London, England. He graciously accepted to pose for me and even took off the purse that he had dangling from a strap across his chest, when I asked him. The location was already just about perfect, with him standing in the open shade in front of an ancient brick wall.

I took a couple shots that I showed him. He wasn't too happy about the fact that the brim of his hat was wobbly, as he said. He took my business card anyway and went on his tour.

Learn more about my #strangeraday project: http://blog.ucphoto.me/a-stranger-a-day/ .

Ugo Cei Ugo Cei

Somewhat not very likely.
John Hardy John Hardy

Yeah, no kidding, Joe.
Apparently, Joe Hockey has never heard of the Internet, & thinks that we won't find out he tells very different stories overseas to the lies he tells Australians.
God Emperor Lionel Lauer God Emperor Lionel Lauer

Such a waste of time and money. So much for actual governing and legislating.

"The lawsuit was Mr. Boehner’s version of what might be termed impeachment-light — a way to send a signal that Republicans would fight the president’s efforts to revise laws Congress had passed while not going as far as many on the right would like.

But, as the speaker has found with other efforts to appease the right wing of his party, he was not well received. Sarah Palin responded by calling for Mr. Obama’s impeachment, stirring up the kind of intraparty fight that Mr. Boehner had hoped to avoid. (Five Republicans voted no on Wednesday: Paul Broun of Georgia; Scott Garrett of New Jersey; Walter B. Jones of North Carolina; Thomas Massie of Kentucky; and Steve Stockman of Texas.)

Other prominent conservatives ridiculed the lawsuit. Erick Erickson, the blogger and pundit, also called it “political theater” that wasted taxpayer dollars. Mark Levin, the popular radio host and former Reagan administration official, called it a “foolish move” that made him cringe."
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

I'm not sure I agree with this.
Since when is a restaurant legally responsible for providing security?
I wish there were more details on this story.
Dan Soto Dan Soto

Printing my own backdrops on paper. It's out of focus anyway, so who cares. :)
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

What a tale about good (and bad) customer service. You may have spotted Mary Kay-pink Cadillacs around town lately as the Dallas-based cosmetics giant holds its annual conference, but where did the iconic car come from? Actually, what Mary Kay Ash originally wanted in 1967 was a Lincoln. But she got "little lady-ied" by a salesman at a local Lincoln dealership, telling her to go fetch her husband first. Frank Kent Cadillac in Fort Worth was not only more than happy to take her money, GM resurrected a retired paint color, Mountain Laurel, just for her: http://d-news.co/zLt0g (Photo: With her 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood, Mary Kay Archives).
Peter G McDermott Peter G McDermott

Baking cranberry pumpkin muffins today. ONLY so I can test the new lighting. 
Karin Nelson Karin Nelson

Take a sip of something sweet as we head into the weekend! Our Texas Pineapple Martini is made with Absolut Texas Vodka, pineapple juice and fresh muddled cilantro. #Cheers #BottumsUp #JwHouston  
Peter G McDermott Peter G McDermott

Movie Lovers - Inspirational Movies

For today, let's help our souls. Which are your favorite Inspirational Movies? Which movies do you enjoy because of the inspirational message of either the movie or a main character in the movie? Lift up your hearts and let's hear it!
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

Nils Hitze - Brothers!
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Nils Hitze Nils Hitze


Realtime map of cyber attacks monitored by Norse's IPViking. It's important to note that this is only a small subset from the monitoring reports of the honeypots and darknets run by a single company, Norse. It's cool to watch and then imagine this multiplied by a million (probably a generous underestimate). 
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Question of the Day

If you had five minutes with someone you felt should be the next leader of your country, what would you talk about?

The inability of political leaders to understand the basic concepts of the Internet.

#crosspostall #questionoftheday
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

Why? OnePlus dumps the CyanogenMod ROM!

They just moved their software team from China to Taiwan to work on their own custom ROM. I just hope it will be as competitive as the CM ROM.
Sascha Pallenberg Sascha Pallenberg

We Live In Such A Weird Society

When I was growing up, me and other kids this same age would always go play outside by ourselves. In the nearby woods, on bikes, friends back yards... This is about 3rd grade so life is already becoming routine. There were no cell phones back then - you heard your dad yelling out the door it was time to come in. It wasn't neglect; it was learning to live. The article even states there is no age definition in "the law" that says what is too young to be unsupervised, so it's totally subjective to maturity or shock of other people's view of parenting. 

BTW In my childhood a playground was grass, dirt and sand, not cork. I don't dare tell you how many trees I climbed.

The really odd thing is the police says over and over "the park is not safe" therefore the mother is neglectful, BUT IT'S THE POLICE'S JOB TO KEEP THE PARK SAFE. He's being neglectful. And if it's not safe, why is it acceptable that children are allowed there at all? This is so backward. 

Playing outside and being independent is natural and healthy. It's sad we live in an age now where instead of people in the area just watching kids play freely and make sure he's safe, they decided to scare the kid and charge a mother. What do you think was more damaging to the kid?
Keith Barrett Keith Barrett

They are in such denial to why they are not meeting market expectations. We all know why they are failing because we told them why. How can you grow when you release the same device every week in the same market with the same 3 year old design. The Android brand is much bigger than Samsung. I dont see how they can survive the Android L era with their current strategy. LG, Moto, Sony and HTC are doing much better and are eating away at their market share. When Lenovo and Moto teams up they will be #2 in Android Land ahead of hauwei in shipments volume. I expect things to get much worse in the next 2 quarters because the iPhone 6, Moto X, Z3 and Nexus are dropping. Touchwiz, build quality and design is Samsung's issue. We have spoken on these flaws for years. People didn't know it was so quick and easy to come back to earth. The LG G3 is to the Samsung (GS5) what the GS3 was to Apple.

"Samsung Electronics Co. plans global launches of two new high-end smartphone models within the next six months to counter increased competition, a company executive said Thursday.

One model will have a large screen while the other will be built using "new materials", saidKim Hyun-joon, a senior vice president at Samsung's mobile communications business during an earnings call. He declined to go into details."

John Hardy John Hardy

Just had a great short private concert with JWC Free.  This kid is amazing....

Check him out:  (Movie Theme) Pirates Of The Caribbean - Sungha Jung
Dave Powell Dave Powell

Feel this if you belongs. 
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Velella velella - what marine researchers are calling the thousands of blue sea creatures washing up on California beaches.

See what they're talking about here >>> http://trib.al/7vDs09H
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Incarceration rates per capita for US states and foreign countries all on the same chart. 36 US states have higher incarceration rates than Cuba, the country with the world's second highest prison rate. 
Wayne Radinsky Wayne Radinsky

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Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

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Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

Ever wondered how to grill with a volcano?
God Emperor Lionel Lauer God Emperor Lionel Lauer

Yo +Google Maps
How do I make this go away FOR EVER?
Farran Lee Farran Lee

How Hamas Wields Gaza’s Casualties as Propaganda 

Hamas lies about the amount of civilian casualties:
"Analyses of the casualties listed in the daily reports published by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a Gaza-based organization operating under Hamas rule, indicate that young males ages 17 to 30 make up a large portion of the fatalities, and a particularly noticeable spike occurs between males ages 21 to 27, a pattern consistent with the age distribution typically found among combatants and military conscripts. Palestinian sources attempt to conceal this discrepancy with their public message by labeling most of these young men as civilians. Only a minority is identified as members of armed groups. As a result, the PCHR calculates civilian fatalities at 82% as of July 26. PCHR provides the most detailed casualty reports of the various Palestinian agencies from Gaza that provide figures to the media and to international organizations like the UN. Its figures closely match those of the Hamas-run Gazan Health Ministry and other groups."

Michael van der Galien Michael van der Galien

Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz Booked For UFC 183

A five-round matchup between Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) will take place Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

UFC President Dana White today revealed the bout will enjoy a headlining role for what is expected to serve as UFC 183. A specific venue for the card has yet to be announced.
Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

In Gaza, more than 215,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and have nowhere safe to shelter from the terrible violence. With bombing taking place all across Gaza, and the borders closed, there is simply nowhere for innocent civilians to go. This must end. 

SHARE this to join the call not just for a ceasefire, but a lasting ceasefire that addresses the root causes of the conflict and ends the blockade.
Rod Dunne Rod Dunne

Good news, I'd say.
Jürgen Hubert Jürgen Hubert

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
~ Albert Einstein ~
matthew rappaport matthew rappaport

Looking forward to seeing this film, what about you?
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

"The findings demonstrate a fairly serious flaw behind the push for more and more restrictions on abortion laws. “If more clinics close, one might reasonably assume, the demand for abortion will also decline, either because wait times at the existing facilities are too long or because women will decide that an abortion isn't worth the hassle or expense,” Thomson-DeVeaux writes. However, this thinking relies on the false belief that women enter into the abortion decision lightly, and that a few obstacles will deter them. Avoiding the expense and hassle of having a child when you don’t want one remains extremely motivating, more than many health care experts realized."
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

Absent and accounted for.
John Hardy John Hardy

"A team at Denmark's Karlsruhe Institute for Technology has broken the data transmission rate record previously set by a team in Germany (32 terabits per second). In this new effort, the team (with the High-Speed Optical Communications Group) achieved a rate of 43 terabits per second using just one laser and one fiber cable."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-07-team-denmark-transmission-fiber-cable43.html#jCp

Update: As Dirk Rauscher properly points out below in the comments, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology is in Germany not in Denmark.  However the team breaking the record is from Denmark.
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Michael Keaton is starring in a movie.. BIRDMAN

Is this a parody on his own career and only doing 2 Batman films? o.O
Feels #Thorsday appropriate!

BIRDMAN - Official International Trailer
matthew rappaport matthew rappaport

The Incredible Photobomber

Mark Ruffalo is classic #awesomesauce  at Comic Con 2014! I also love the +HitFix cameo too ;p

No, Mark, THIS is Paul Rudd:
Paul Rudd: Bat Mitzvah DJ
matthew rappaport matthew rappaport

So you're pretty much strapping a Note 3 to your face. 
John Hardy John Hardy

Scottish actress Karen Sheila Gillan, best known for her role as Amy Pond in the British tv-series Doctor Who.

For that other redhead Karen - +Karen Elaine. And +Laurie M & +steph wanamaker of course.

Jacques J.J. Soudan Jacques J.J. Soudan

This is one very, very strange and offbeat episode of Fireball XL5 (1962), totally unlike any other in the series. I find myself wondering what was going on in the life of the writer when this particular episode was penned. (Man, these prints are just gorgeous. So glad they survived.)
Lauren Weinstein Lauren Weinstein

Dang. by the end of the decade, energy and transportation will be completely different games... #signaleconomy  
John Blossom John Blossom

How simply absurd

"Tim Torkildson told the Salt Lake Tribune that shortly after his lesson went up, Nomen Global Language Center owner Clarke Woodger fired him, complaining "now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality."

"I had to look up the word" Woodger said, according to the account Torkildson published on his personal blog, "because I didn't know what the hell you were talking about. We don't teach this kind of advanced stuff to our students, and it's extremely inappropriate. Can you have your desk cleaned out by eleven this morning? I'll have your check ready."

It seems too ridiculous to believe, but Torkildson's former employer confirmed the incident of homophonia actually happened."
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

+Ugo Cei you may need to patent ...you :p
Noze P. Noze P.

"An Italian journalist who until Tuesday was embedded in Gaza has backed the IDF's account of a rocket strike on a school playground in central Gaza's Shati refugee camp on Monday.

At least 10 people were killed in the attack - most of them children - and some sources claimed the death toll was as high as 30. Palestinian sources were quick to blame Israel, claiming that an Israeli fighter jet fired missiles directly at the playground and nearby hospital. Israel denied the accusations, saying that Hamas rockets aimed at Israel from the area misfired, and struck both the school and the hospital:


Verifying facts on the ground in Gaza is notoriously difficult for foreign reporters, and even for Palestinian journalists seen as aligned with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, as journalists are closely watched by Hamas security forces and can face interrogation and a permanent ban from Gaza for publishing material deemed unfavorable to the territory's Islamist rulers. As such, little information has emerged on what exactly happened that day in Shati.

But returning from a stint in Gaza, and safe from what he ominously referred to as potential "Hamas retaliation", Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati broke the media silence by tweeting the following message, confirming that Hamas terrorists rushed to cover up evidence of what was indeed errant rocket fire aimed at Israel:


During the 23 days of Operation Protective Edge a handful of journalists have defied, purposefully or inadvertently, Hamas's restrictions on reporting negative information from Gaza - only to backtrack soon after.

Two cases in particular were highlighted earlier this week. In one, Wall Street Journal reported Nick Casey tweeted evidence - and veiled criticism - over Hamas's leadership's use of Shifa Hospital in Gaza as a command center, shedding more light on the group's use of human shields. Hamas reacted furiously, and a Hamas-affiliated twitter account blacklisted him as a journalist "who lies for Israel" - a potentially deadly accusation for anyone in Gaza, let alone a foreigner. Shortly afterwards, the tweet was promptly removed by Casey."
Alex Grossman Alex Grossman

I've seen the fucking rainbow today...
Max Devine Max Devine

Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday, the US and UN say.
Lauren Weinstein Lauren Weinstein

Yes, business leaders should stop whingeing. This is an excellent analysis of how absurd whines about wages are given Australia's position in the world.
John Hardy John Hardy

Round-trip space flights for under $1,000!

The catch? You have to be dead and cremated first.
Peter G McDermott Peter G McDermott

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