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Thomas Power

"Petra at Night"
Ancient City of Petra, Jordan

While it is a joy to visit Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world, during the day...it is at night that things get incredible. A few times a week Petra opens up its doors for "Petra at Night", allowing visitors to walk the illuminated 1.5k trail down the Siq, ending up at the "Treasury" being lit up by hundreds of candles. Bedouin musicians than begin to play a few of their songs while visitors sit in silence and enjoy the experience.

I can't wait to head back to Jordan to work on a few  projects!

+Visit Jordan 
Colby Brown Colby Brown

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY

You must strive to find your own voice because the longer you
wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. ~ Robin Williams in Dead Poet's Society

( Source: http://www.ladolcevitablog.com/ )

#branding   #authenticity  
Karin Sebelin Karin Sebelin

“I started teaching for the paperwork,” said no teacher, ever. This school year, Google is helping classrooms go digital, so teachers can spend more time teaching and less time shuffling, stacking, and schlepping.

Here’s a quick lesson how #GoogleClassroom is helping teachers save time and stay organized. Learn more here: google.com/edu/classroom
Google Google

Mercedes shows off concept car at Carmel car show. 
Vic Gundotra Vic Gundotra

We just had an amazing road trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound.  Want to see a few photos I grabbed along the way?  Here's one of them. This is just after passing Kingston before making a right at the Five Rivers Cafe.  
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

The Burning Man PhotoWalk is soooooon!  Don't forget about the amazing Steampunk-Your-Camera prize from their kickstarter at  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/261227917/camerapunktm-younique-camera-accessories

PhotoWalk Details:  https://plus.google.com/events/ckg6gim8l2pklpbsk6tibfqd7po 

All are welcome! This thing gets bigger and bigger every year... this one is gonna be insane! :)  
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

If a picture’s worth 1,000 words, a 360° panorama from iOS Photo Sphere is worth a gazillion. goo.gl/AUNAHo

Download for iOS today to begin sharing your favorite places in 360º. Share your favorites with us and tag #PhotoSphere.
Google Google

We’ve all been there: stuck at the airport for hours on end because of a cancelled flight. Fear not! Google can help make sure you don't miss your best friend’s wedding or that crucial business meeting. 

Google Now already gives you a heads up about cancelled or delayed flights. Now, on your Android phone, you'll also see a link to find alternate flights — with one tap, you can quickly see your options and the necessary information to get your flight rebooked and be on your way!
Google Google

1st day of school for my high school junior! Blink and you'll miss it. Good luck to all the teachers, staff and students heading back to school. 
Sarah Hill Sarah Hill

This chart shows the world’s internet usage shifting to smartphones: tnw.co/Ytq6iC
The Next Web The Next Web

EARLY MORNING / LATE NIGHT CHECK-IN

HOW DOODIE

#CHECKIN

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LD Williams LD Williams

Nothing you can do will spoil my day
Michael Q Todd Michael Q Todd

Twitter adds un-removable tweets to your timeline that you didn't want. Will users accept it?

In the past few months, Twitter has been remaking itself in the image of Facebook. The latest test has Twitter adding tweets to your timeline that you didn’t post, favorite, retweet or even see before. The tweets are either posts favorited by people you follow or even the people THEY follow. Once Twitter has inserted these tweets into your timeline, there’s no way to remove them. 

Are they nuts? Or is this actually a good idea?

WATCH NOW: http://youtu.be/7dYggd0vQD8?t=3m26s

SUBSCRIBE: http://twit.tv/tnt

Co-anchor: +Lindsey Turrentine  
Co-host and technical director: +Jason Howell 

#Twitter #TechNewsToday #TNT #TWiT
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Why I won’t be taking the Ice Bucket challenge.
Has anyone asked you to throw ice over your head yet or pay a fine of $100?

One very friendly, kind, caring member of the Plus Your Business community member challenged me and, well, I refused. And I really like and respect the person who challenged me.

Before I get started, I know these will be the responses...

“Well, you are no fun.”

"Spoilsport."

“But it is for a good cause. Don’t you believe in giving to charities?”

“You do silly things on Google+ they involve lots of people doing campaigns…”

Sure, I take on-board all of that but something in me would not allow me to do it.

Actually, I was pulling up outside the garage to buy some ice, when I felt a deep feeling that doing this seemingly simple act was going to be a ‘bad’ move. All I heard was someone screaming ‘noooooo’. You know, like that scene in ‘The Man with Two Brain’s’ when Steve Martin character (Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr) asks permission from his departed wife to marry again. Not seen it? Shame on you. It is awesome. 1983 at its best.

The Man With Two Brains -- just give me a sign

Needless to say, he ignored ‘the sign’.

And I even was thinking of challenging one of the Geek Beat team (which one was undecided), but alas, no.

The easiest thing for me to have done was to say yes, to pass the parcel to the next person. To allow them to be the one who has to make a choice.

“But Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Bill Gate, Mark Zuckerberg have done it…”

I don’t care who has done it. Increasing the social proof around something that I feel deeply is a bad move to do is not going to make me do it.

I’ve sensed in my life, time and time again, the tension between social expectations and my personal freedom of choice, and as a kid you didn’t want to be seen as a ‘spoil sport’, so you just did it.

And, here is what I think it going on…

The challenge is genius, but faulty:

This challenge is spreading like wild fire. Why? Because we have:

a) a very worthwhile cause (my father died of Motor Neuron Disease, so I’ve seen first hand the suffering such diseases like ALS bring)

b) a simple, replication methodology for getting involved, i.e. entry price of the ticket is simply the ice bucket

c) a mode of communication, i.e. social (inc. video), which enables ease of information transfer

d) influential people getting involved, and through this endorsement others feel they should follow suit

This really is a monster meme. Clever, but nonetheless faulty in my view...

The Outer Game:

The mechanism of a highly socialized campaign, with ‘all the big names’ doing it, is very appealing. But it is build on a few key principles:

The game forces people to buy into the conditions of the game or be shown to be non-compliant to a larger audience. In other words, it is a bind, a social trap. And as I say, a very clever one.

So let’s look at the three main responses available in this situation:

1. They accept the challenge to tip the ice bucket

2. They refuse the challenge but still ‘play the game’ and pay the fine

3. They refuse to play the game, and therefore fail to be a 'team player' or are a spoil sport in a game to which they never chose to party.

The last one may well be met with a response that they will, however, give to charity (as did Obama). This is a concessionary move to exit the relational loop in a way then allows both parties not to have lost.
No real surprise Obama refused to be put in a bind. 

I am sure this could be far more eloquently explored: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory

There is also an inner game for each player…

The Inner Game of 'Stick or Twist'

I’m sure you know the card game BlackJack (or a version called Pontoon as we used to say as kids).

Imagine you have 16, that is 5 short of getting 21. Do you twist? Do you take the gamble? Possibly.

What about when you have 19 or 20?

You stick right?

Why? Because you know the odds in that game.

In a much broader and more complex social game you cannot know the odds - relationships are far more complex. So when someone challenges someone to do something in a public space, they are throwing down the gauntlet there are several ways it can go.

Let’s look at the ice bucket challenge specifically:

The person challenges someone in perceived authority or a subordinate (both of which I am sure is happening in corporates around the world right now) and in essence that person takes a gamble.

At this point their dopamine levels will kick in and they get a high. “Will they DO IT?”

Then they wait for the response. And that person either buys into the game, or not.

But either way, you wait to see if you influenced them to take the challenge.

The gamble people take is a very similar internal experience as e.g. “will they email me back?” or if I plus mention them in this Google+ post, will then arrive on my thread, or as in my ‘Why Dave? Why didn’t you click the button?” video, will they +1 my hilarious/insightful/entertaining comment.

Why? Why didn't you click the button Dave?

i.e. it is a gamble against yourself, all the time. You decide on the wave you take, and the ones you leave.

But here is the thing if you reject the games, the approaches, the requests: you are not responsible for someone else’s dopamine. They take a gamble, and you just have to do your best in your response.

It is similar as to when people may ask you to share their content, putting you (on occasions) in an awkward position. If you stand up and say 'no', they may feel bruised by this, but it is they who took the gamble. You cannot be responsible for the response people may have to your actions, e.g. the refusal to accept the bet that someone made against you without your agreement to be party to it. You can still love them, but you don’t have to play their game.

There is a social risk that needs to be insured against though, so people's response could well be to try to make the person who refuses to play 'look bad', to name and shame. Or simply, this is inherent with the rejection of the game itself - you are excluded from that tribe, but is a tribe you never choice to join.

The meme will morph. They usually do.

There is another response which is this: they change the rules of the game, and in fact because the foundations of this game were faulty i.e. ice or money, it has morphed towards ‘ice+$10’ or $100.

Already we seen the meme move from the original ‘Ice bucket or fine’ to ‘Icebucket and $10, to fine’ to Charlie Sheen’s “forget the ice, I just challenge you to donate $10,000’, which is great.

Charlie Sheen -- Ice Bucket Challenge with a BIG Twist

Well done Mr Sheen.

In a wider scheme, I do wonder about the effect of adults, with great awareness, endorsing the ice bucket action.

Money may well be raised for a cause, but I bet you this meme has hit many a school playground and is now used as a form of bullying.

Why do I think this? I’ve run many campaigns and there is always the risk of it ‘going wrong’ i.e. simply not being in your control, and this can include it being taken in a negative or abusive direction.

What is all fun and games on minute can become abusive the next, especially when it doesn’t have a very tight time constraint when the game organizing can call an end.

As such, yes, I decided not to play.

Hold on a minute, I know I’ve heard all this somewhere before. It was 1983…

That scene from War Games

Sometimes the winning move it not to play.

Seth Godin, tribes and asking permission:

For those looking more at a Google+ angle on all this, then this bit is for you...

I have enormous respect for Seth Godin and his influence upon me is daily. Between him Jay Baer, Chris Brogan and Mike Stelzner I am beating my own path in the world, and seeing who want to join the movement.

One time I saw Mike refuse to do something on stage in front of 1800 people at a conference (I think it was a dance upon the request of a speaker). At the time, I 'noted it'. And now I know why. He chose not to be forced into someone elses game.

But let me be 100% transparent once more about what I do...

Myself and the team Google+ to build the communities; along the way I build my personal brand, and to connect with likeminded people with whom I can collaborate.

As you may have noticed, I give you free content, a lot of it. In return I do expect something though. I expect you to ‘tell your friends’, or in G+ speak, +1/comment/share, and this is what naturally happens when you like something. This will signal to Google’s algorithm that this content is ‘WOW’ and should surface in Google Search. This is then found by people interested in those topics, and who visit the websites, and maybe even sign up and buy something from myself and the community members involved.

To help this process I create content that many people would sell, and then give it away for free to people. Very often I will create a circle of people who are interested in previewing the content, which brings them together and gives them a bonus in return for me being allowed to notify them when the big post goes live. I kind of a bribe, yes.

The method I often us is to ask people “Who would like to join a circle for content around e.g. Google+ Marketing” i.e. they opt in.

In other words, I ask your permission would you like to join in. Or, alternatively, you follow me on Google+ by adding me into circles and you choose whether or not to engage on my content.

The ice bucket challenge approach is contrary to the one I tend to take.

I believe the permission marketing approach is so much more healthy than a meme which could easily turn into a mechanism for dominance, creating a social trap for those who are unable to transcend the emotional discomfort and reject the game outright.

And sure, they have raised $15 million+, but it has been raised this approach may not benefit the charity long term. As the L.A.Times says, “The concern of philanthropy experts is that high-profile fundraising campaigns like this end up cannibalizing other donations” and continues “You want to contribute to the fight against ALS, great. But if you're doing it just because you saw or heard about Bill Gates, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake or Ethel Kennedy dumping ice water on their head, maybe you should give a bit more thought to where you donate your money.”

Conclusion:

The memes we create, join, and perpetuate are the ones which will determine the cultural norms of the future i.e. what is ‘ok’ and what is not ‘ok’, which is why I’ve chose not to put people over a barrel, well, under an icy cold bucket.

I also owe a huge thank you to the person who challenged me, you know who you are; you have enabled me to say express something that would not have otherwise been said. It is much appreciated, truly.

My final words are this: Donate to charity. A charity to which you relate.

I’ve just donated here: http://www.mndassociation.org/

Then invent your own games. Find those who want to play of their own free will.
And let everyone leave when they want, hopefully with a smile on their face.

#icebucketchallenge  
martin shervington martin shervington

LIKE A BOSS!
#LIKEABOSS  
Linda Dee Linda Dee

How to Self-Publish a Book

The days of a few New York publishers controlling the fate of authors are gone because of the rise of self-publishing. Now writers can publish their own books and control their own destiny. Anyone with a computer, Internet access, and something to say can publish a book. This doesn’t mean that the process is easy or foolproof, but at least it’s possible and available to many more writers. I’ve written twelve books. Traditional publishers brought ten to market, and I self-published the most recent two.

I learned a lot about self-publishing in this journey—so much so that I co-authored a book called APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book. I’d like to help writers everywhere break the shackles of traditional publishing. As a start, here are my  recommendations for self-publishing a book.

1. Write for the right reasons

There are four good reasons to write a book: (a) you have accumulated knowledge that merits sharing; (b) you want to further an idea that benefits mankind; (c) you want to entertain, amuse, or inspire people; and (d) you want conquer the intellectual challenge for writing a book. There is one all too common bad reason to write a book: because you believe it’s a means to an end where the end is positioning you as a thought leader, making a lot of money on royalty, or fostering your consulting and speaking career.

2. Use the right tools

I’ve written twelve books, and I’m a freak about efficiency, ease, and efficacy. With that said, these are the tools that I use. Microsoft Word (writing), Adobe InDesign (layout), Evernote (collecting anything), Dropbox (backing up). The only controversial recommendation is Word. I realize that it’s a bazooka, and you may only need a fly swatter, but every editor, printer, ebookstore, and designer uses it. Also Word styles are indispensable for non-fiction writing. Word is a beast, and you have to wrestle it to the ground, but once you do, it’s the best tool to write a book in my humble opinion.

3. Build a social-media marketing platform

The single biggest mistake authors make is waiting until their book is done to start working on social media. They think that a few weeks before the book is ready, they can hire an intern to “do social media” to build buzz And the richer and more powerful the author, the more she or he believes this. It takes a year to build a social-media marketing platform. You should start this process the same day that you start writing.

Read the rest of the article here: http://linkd.in/YtDtza
See the SlideShare here: http://slidesha.re/YtDC5C
Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/232779874464831108/

#writing   #selfpublishing  
Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki

My mind is boggled how the producer got all these actors to work together.
Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki

Today, Sharp announced the Aquos Crystal, a phone that concentrates on design with an edgeless screen: http://cnet.co/1oXMqWI
CNET CNET

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY! THE SHARK GOT IT!
#SHARK
#LOL#ROBBED#FISHING
Linda Dee Linda Dee

Since the 1950s, probes sent into space have been sending back data that reveal eerie sounds from the vastness of the galaxy. Here are some of our favourite spooky sounds of space: http://cnet.co/YtwEhd
CNET CNET

The Verge - Breaking news
+154 - 32 shares - 25 comments

Breaking news
The Verge The Verge

Is this what LA dog owners think is social responsibility--bag and leave? (Will Rogers Park)
Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki

The FDA has approved a 3D-printed facial implant that can be customized for individual patients in need of facial-reconstruction surgery: http://cnet.co/1uTMq2a
CNET CNET

Sharp's new phone for Sprint looks like something lifted right out of a science fiction movie
The Verge The Verge

Two red bulls and you're out: police shot a man in St. Louis near Ferguson

The victim had stolen two energy drinks from a convenience store and was wielding a knife and acting erratically, said the St. Louis chief of police. According to witnesses he shouted '“shoot me now, kill me now.”

If the police is right he was three to four feet away from them. 

Why shoot to kill if you're that close? Police forces all over the world handle lunatics, drunks etc without killing people

edited:  according to http://fox2now.com/2014/08/19/officer-involved-shooting-in-north-st-louis-2/

Both officers opened fire on the suspect killing him.   No officers were injured.

edit2: the guardian reports as well http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/19/police-officer-shooting-st-louis-dead-knife
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Max Huijgen Max Huijgen

Rainbow colors
Jackson Lake  in North Western Wyoming
Photograph by Chip Phillips
Michael Q Todd Michael Q Todd

Ivanpah Kills 30 Birds Per Hour #energy
Tens of thousands of birds are being accidentally incinerated as they fly through a solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert. The surprising and horrific deaths are occurring at a rate of one every couple of minutes since the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened back in February of this year.
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/geekquinox/california-ivanpah-solar-power-plant-incinerating-birds-thousands-210118559.html
Russell Davison Russell Davison

a Red scarf with Green trainers ??????
LD Williams LD Williams

Molcajete Azteca at Kayndaves in Pacific Palisades. Thumbs up!
Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki

Dog meets mini-truck. (about 1 min)
I'm pretty simple really...
#amusing   #leaveit  
martin shervington martin shervington

HTC One M8 for Windows: One of the best Android phones gets a Windows Phone 8.1 makeover. We go hands-on: http://cnet.co/1pa5NAT
CNET CNET

Sardines. It's what's for lunch.

+Amira Elgan and I enjoyed a spectaculicious luncheon Sunday at Diavola Pizzeria in Geyserville, California: 

https://plus.google.com/+AmiraElgan/posts/6VHfjJK7oEB

http://www.diavolapizzeria.com/
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Steve Ballmer's resignation letter from Microsoft board: http://cnet.co/1pYpAlL
CNET CNET

My video: Will the iPhone 6 only have 1GB RAM? That's way too low.. - could be wrong.

A SoC engineer by the name of Todd DeRego has given an educated look at the schematics and explained that it's actually a layout for a NAND flash component - that is, a chip for storing vital information, such as a device's firmware. This means that the schematics don't detail the main memory of the iPhone, but a separate component altogether

Stefan Svartling Stefan Svartling

Tricks while cooking outdoors | Wild Chef

"You might be a very good cook at home, but you have to take a different kind of technique when cooking at the campfire.

While it is always easy to throw your food on a grill over a fire or use a barbecue stick, there are some tricks you can have in your back pocket that will get your friends to react like this “oooooh”.

Below I will share with you some tricks to use when cooking on a fire..."

Learn more at http://bit.ly/1w1hq1R

#Cooking #Hiking #Camping #Outdoors
Jaana Nyström Jaana Nyström

Just awesomely awesome...
##Tuesday
Chanchal Kochhar Chanchal Kochhar

I just hate when this happens!

You're driving along, enjoying the scenery, and suddenly you find a large elephant towering over you car trying to relieve its itch by using your car. Oh, how I hate when that happens but we've all been there.

Well, that's what happened to this unfortunate couple in Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa last week.

The photo was captured by Armond Grobler, a 21 year old field guide and lodge manager at the park.

The bull elephant was also suspected of being in musth - where its testosterone levels can reach 60 times greater than normal and can become aggressive.

This is the moment a bull elephant on musth - when its testosterone levels can reach 60 times greater than normal - decided to relieve its itch by using the hatchback.

The car was considerably damaged but the occupants were unharmed.

Thought I would take a break from the more serious posts and see what creative captions the Google Plus community may come up with.

#photocaption #southafrica

Euro Maestro Euro Maestro

Google Play Books gives power to the people to upload their own books One feature I'm discovering on Google Play Books that I really enjoy is that I get to upload my own files, which I can then read within the Google Play Books app. Just keep in mind that the files should be of the PDF and/or...
Android Central Android Central

+AT&T is getting +HTC 's new One M8 with +Windows Phone now too.
The Verge The Verge

Dallas PhotoWalk!  7 PM - Everyone is welcome!

Where:  Outside the Winspear Opera House
Time/Date:  7 PM on Friday, September 5
Cost:  Free! :) 
Prizes: Yes!
Hashtag:   #TRDallasPhotoWalk   
Afterparty:  9 PM at the Angry Dog in Deep Ellum

Come one, come all! This will be a great event and a great celebration of photography.  I grew up in Dallas, so I'm looking forward to coming back.  This will be after Burning Man, so there is no telling what kind of condition I will be in.  Have low expectations!  haha...

It's a family-friendly event so feel free to bring your kids and stuff.  Any camera will do, from Mobile phone to big DSLRs!  

I'll be giving little lessons, tips, ideas, etc etc.  You all can ask me any question any time.  This will be so fun!

More details to come, but I wanted to get it on your schedules if interested!

Thanks to +James Brandon  for helping us to plan this!
Trey Ratcliff Trey Ratcliff

Important Things to Know About Private Messages on Google+

Private Messages are CC: NOT BCC:!
If you share a private message to more than one person on Google+ you should be aware that the list of everyone included in the message can be seen by anyone else included, even if you don't +mention everyone in the message body.

To see the entire list of accounts with which the message was shared, a recipient just has to click on the "Shared Privately" link at the top of the post to see icons of all the post recipients. Hover over each one to see the profile name.

That means you should think of all Google+ private messages as CC: not BCC:!

Mentioning Someone Breaks the Privacy
If you +mention someone in a private message who was not in the original recipient list, they will get a notification and the message becomes visible to them, as with any other Google+ post.

So use +mentioning with caution in a G+ PM, and make sure you have the consent of everyone else in the message before you bring someone else in! (HT to +Rupert Wood who reminded me about this in the comments.)

UPDATE: Great further tip shared by +John R. Ellis: If you want to prevent anyone from +mentioning someone else into your private message, select "Disable reshares" from the dropdown menu at upper right after publishing the post.

How to Create a Private Message
Just in case you didn't know you could send PMs here, here's how:

1. Open a new share box.
2. Delete any circles currently shown in the share box.
3. Either plus mention (type a + and then immediately the name) anyone you want to include OR enter their name in the "Add more people" box.
4. If you use the "add more people" box, remember what I said above: those people can still be seen by other recipients!

#gplustips   #googleplustips  
martin shervington martin shervington

The Force is strong with Baby Pirillo in the womb.
Chris Pirillo Chris Pirillo

I'm Joining the +Google Analytics Team to Help Make Data Count
/via +louisgray.com  #Analytics   #Data   #googleanalytics  

I've made a move here at Google that I'm excited about. I'm joining +Adam Singer +Justin Cutroni and +Daniel Waisberg on the advocacy team for +Google Analytics. Watch for more fun news about data, measurement and action soon. Now... back to work.
Louis Gray Louis Gray

This is the nonsense happening right now. That cops bad haircut looks more threatening.. #Ferguson
Chanchal Kochhar Chanchal Kochhar

ButterUp
The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp quickly turns cold, hard butter into sumptuous easy to spread ribbons of dairy goodness.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1070983896/the-stupendous-splendiferous-butterup

Why not :)
Panah Rad Panah Rad

Britain in Motion: Southend-on-Sea

This morning our #BritainInMotion  photograph comes from the Essex seaside town - famous for it's mile long pier and attractions.

Thanks to +Arafath Rasheed for sharing this #AutoAwesome  - learn how to create your own photographs here: http://goo.gl/80JaN2 

Is your part of the country photographed in Motion? Click on the #BritainInMotion  hashtag to find out.

#UK   #Essex   #Art   #Digital  
martin shervington martin shervington

The rocket business is booming 
The Verge The Verge

Tuesday marks 10 years since Google went public. #DontBeEvil  

4 ways Google changed tech IPOs (and the tech world itself): http://cnet.co/1pbVXhQ
CNET CNET

Sherpa, http://sher.pa/ , makes me jealous of Android users. A better Google Now? Sure looks like it.

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I'll be doing more interviews like this at Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco in the Rackspace Studio (we'll be right by the front door). As part of our arrangement, they are giving me a discount code which will save you $100: ScobledSF14 -- learn more and purchase your ticket at https://tcdisruptsf2014.eventbrite.com/?access=ScobledSF2014-extend (the early bird discounts ends today).
Robert Scoble Robert Scoble

Meanwhile, in Africa
Rob Gordon Rob Gordon

Cops in Ferguson may have to wear cameras on their body in the future
The Verge The Verge

Guys, it's so hot and sticky lately. Can't stand it.  Bring on fall!

Also, fuck yo #icebucketchallenge  
Bobbi Jo Woods Bobbi Jo Woods

Watched Letterman's Beautiful Tribute LIVE to Robin Williams and definitely worth watching with #comedystore  memories & more

Still sad about the whole situation and hard to fathom with surviving heart surgery & being sober for over 20 years. :(
matthew rappaport matthew rappaport

Rob Gordon - Art!
+62 - 10 shares - 7 comments

Art!
Rob Gordon Rob Gordon

Sprint has recently announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal and we were very eager to see it in person. Tonight, at an event in New York City, Sprint has shown off this device with stunningly-slim bezels. It's heading to the carrier Sprint and its prepaid Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands....
Android Central Android Central

SanDisk has unveiled its budget-minded Ultra II SSD that boasts speed and high endurance: http://cnet.co/1AvyrQt
CNET CNET

Newton's third law of emotion
I am so going to regret having posted this ;)
#tongueincheek  
Lars Fosdal Lars Fosdal

Real-Time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping

Impressive proof-of-concept demonstration  which accurately projects visuals onto a moving human face.

A team led by Nobumichi Asai demonstrates real-time face tracking and projection mapping.

The resulting effect  is basically real-life CGI, a real-time layer of animated light that's inseparable from the object itself

What do you think of this kind of technology?

► Source The Verge>> 
http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/18/6030677/this-face-tracking-projection-is-the-craziest-thing-youll-see-today

► Gif via Prosthetick Knowledge >> http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/post/95034135686/real-time-face-tracking-and-projection-mapping

► Watch the video on Vimeo >> http://vimeo.com/103425574

► Nobumichi Asai >> http://www.nobumichiasai.com/jp/main.html

#technology  #digital_graphics
martin shervington martin shervington

People Power to the Rescue

Dozens of Australians push a train to free a man whose leg was trapped between the carriage and the platform.

Authorities credit "people power."

http://abcnews.go.com/International/man-trapped-train-amazed-commuters-saved-leg/story?id=24882972

It was a man, not a woman whose leg was trapped. Error first caught by +Doug Maupin, many thanks.

#feelgood #Australia #peoplepower
Euro Maestro Euro Maestro

Four minutes and twenty seconds of death
The Verge The Verge

How to Self-Publish a Book

Those days are gone because of the rise of self-publishing. Now writers can publish their own books and control their own destiny. Anyone with a computer, Internet access, and something to say can publish a book. This doesn’t mean that the process is easy or foolproof, but at least it’s possible and available to many more writers. I’ve written twelve books. Traditional publishers brought ten to market, and I self-published the most recent two.

I learned a lot about self-publishing in this journey—so much so that I co-authored a book called APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book. I’d like to help writers everywhere break the shackles of traditional publishing. As a start, here are my  recommendations for self-publishing a book.

1. Write for the right reasons

There are four good reasons to write a book: (a) you have accumulated knowledge that merits sharing; (b) you want to further an idea that benefits mankind; (c) you want to entertain, amuse, or inspire people; and (d) you want conquer the intellectual challenge for writing a book. There is one all too common bad reason to write a book: because you believe it’s a means to an end where the end is positioning you as a thought leader, making a lot of money on royalty, or fostering your consulting and speaking career.

2. Use the right tools

I’ve written twelve books, and I’m a freak about efficiency, ease, and efficacy. With that said, these are the tools that I use. Microsoft Word (writing), Adobe InDesign (layout), Evernote (collecting anything), Dropbox (backing up). The only controversial recommendation is Word. I realize that it’s a bazooka, and you may only need a fly swatter, but every editor, printer, ebookstore, and designer uses it. Also Word styles are indispensable for non-fiction writing. Word is a beast, and you have to wrestle it to the ground, but once you do, it’s the best tool to write a book in my humble opinion.

3. Build a social-media marketing platform

The single biggest mistake authors make is waiting until their book is done to start working on social media. They think that a few weeks before the book is ready, they can hire an intern to “do social media” to build buzz And the richer and more powerful the author, the more she or he believes this. It takes a year to build a social-media marketing platform. You should start this process the same day that you start writing.

Read the rest of the article here: http://linkd.in/YtDtza
See the SlideShare here: http://slidesha.re/YtDC5C
Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/232779874464831108/

#writing   #selfpublishing  
martin shervington martin shervington

SpinMe for Android: An alarm clock that only deactivates when you spin around http://tnw.co/1pXCD6I

Anyway, back to the music...

"...You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round round round..."
The Next Web The Next Web

Google Drive and Google Sheets for Android got some decent feature additions recently. Google Drive now lets users view changes made to files and folders from the details panel, along with a few new file management functions from the same pane. You can also change view, comment, or edit...
Android Central Android Central

YouTube's long-rumored music service reportedly gets a name -- Music Key http://cnet.co/1thLrF4
CNET CNET

With Mailbox, Dropbox moves beyond its cloud-storage beginnings: http://cnet.co/Xyc9zK
CNET CNET

Nikon or Fujifilm? Canon or Sony?
The Verge The Verge

This chart shows the world’s internet usage shifting to smartphones: tnw.co/Ytq6iC
martin shervington martin shervington

Turn Any YouTube Video into a Sharable Animated GIF!

I just created the animated GIF below from a 2-minute video on my YouTube channel using the gifyoutube.com tool.

Just plug in the URL of any YouTube video, select the starting point for your GIF, select a length (up to 10 seconds) and the tool creates an animated GIF!

HT +Google+ and +Marvin Chow 
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

There are days when I'm writing that I can so relate to this painting.
Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki

I strongly and wholeheartedly disagree.
Bobbi Jo Woods Bobbi Jo Woods

Thanks Robby Matulac for nominating me for the #alsicebucketchallenge I would like to nominate all my 55k+ followers to take the challenge and/or donate within 24 hours...
Chanchal Kochhar Chanchal Kochhar

That didn't hurt
Bobbi Jo Woods Bobbi Jo Woods

Google Now just keeps getting more and more useful
The Next Web The Next Web

This is what your home on Mars could look like http://cnet.co/1pXdZDi
CNET CNET

Important Things to Know About Private Messages on Google+

Private Messages are CC: NOT BCC:!
If you share a private message to more than one person on Google+ you should be aware that the list of everyone included in the message can be seen by anyone else included, even if you don't +mention everyone in the message body.

To see the entire list of accounts with which the message was shared, a recipient just has to click on the "Shared Privately" link at the top of the post to see icons of all the post recipients. Hover over each one to see the profile name.

That means you should think of all Google+ private messages as CC: not BCC:!

Mentioning Someone Breaks the Privacy
If you +mention someone in a private message who was not in the original recipient list, they will get a notification and the message becomes visible to them, as with any other Google+ post.

So use +mentioning with caution in a G+ PM, and make sure you have the consent of everyone else in the message before you bring someone else in! (HT to +Rupert Wood who reminded me about this in the comments.)

UPDATE: Great further tip shared by +John R. Ellis: If you want to prevent anyone from +mentioning someone else into your private message, select "Disable reshares" from the dropdown menu at upper right after publishing the post.

How to Create a Private Message
Just in case you didn't know you could send PMs here, here's how:

1. Open a new share box.
2. Delete any circles currently shown in the share box.
3. Either plus mention (type a + and then immediately the name) anyone you want to include OR enter their name in the "Add more people" box.
4. If you use the "add more people" box, remember what I said above: those people can still be seen by other recipients!

#gplustips   #googleplustips  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

If You Were a Cat, You'd Be Creepy

A humor video so well done, it's as funny with the sound off as on.

#plusonly  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

What a wild 10 years it has been since +Google became a public company.
Pete Cashmore Pete Cashmore

Vacuum cleaner always wins ...

via: reddit.com
Panah Rad Panah Rad

+Google 's brought Photo Spheres over to iOS with an app that lets you make your own. 
The Verge The Verge

The Roku TVs introduced at CES in January are now available for preorder, and they're actually affordable: http://cnet.co/1tkOSLc
CNET CNET

Sharp just yesterday unveiled their Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone with stunningly-slim bezels, and today we're getting official confirmation that the phone is coming to US carrier Sprint and its prepaid Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. We don't yet have an official release date for the...
Android Central Android Central

Font Pairing Like a Pro – Part Two
You LOVED our first post on font pairings so we've followed up with more tips to make your designs look top notch!

Learn great tips for fonts here: http://blog.canva.com/font-pairing-like-a-pro-part-two/

Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/190066046749307208/ #designtips #graphicdesign
Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki

There are a lot of things this newest crop of college students will never understand and appreciate about the past!
Pete Cashmore Pete Cashmore

An eye for an eye, a bombing for a beheading
this evening a cruel video circulated of a live execution of James Foley, a US photo journalist who got beheaded by IS (Islamic State). It rightly upset everyone who was unlucky enough to see the YouTube video.

Google removed the video, but not the lasting image on my mind, nor the shocking message. I advise people not to google on it as it's gruesome and your imagination is probably good enough to imagine a clumsy beheading.

However that's not what IS wanted to tell the world. The real world message was that they didn't accept the bombings by the US killing tens or hundreds of their soldiers. The bombs rained from high on the skies as well as by invisible drones.

The Islamic State didn't have a response so they switched strategy: blackmail is the new weapon against the US. The execution of poor James Foley wasn't the message: the threat to kill more Americans was.

Underreported in the first news items is that after butchering Foley the executioner showed another captured American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff and threatened to kill him next:
The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision

The official Western policy on blackmail  has always been that negotiations are out of the order. The reality was that Nato countries often paid to get their citizens safe.

What to do in a war like situation? The US is not in any war with IS or Iraq.  The first is not recognized, the second is a befriended nation. Treating it like a terrorist threat? The Islamic State does have an army of sorts and does occupy substantial territory.  

We can ignore their existence but we can't get them away by the same kind of wishful thinking. Drone killings are a horror; beheadings are shocking. How to proceed?

How to cope with the eye for an eye policies by IS and the US: how many victims are acceptable?
Max Huijgen Max Huijgen

Scenes from the  #Ferguson  protests last night: "All we want is justice."
Pete Cashmore Pete Cashmore

Doing research for a book. This was good, Beech-Nut.
Guy Kawasaki Guy Kawasaki

IS THERE A SHOES TUESDAY? ;-)))
My assistant and I might take our photography seriously ...but we don't take ourselves too seriously. ;-)+Lisa Wood funny how your pose mirrors that of the models on the T ;-) Always loved the bushes on that album cover. ;-)
Roxy Music Out Of The Blue (HQ)
John G Moore John G Moore

They're multiplying!
Rob Gordon Rob Gordon

+Uber  is best know as a taxi app, but is now testing free, same-day delivery 
The Verge The Verge

Mountain View has been a prime example of the long-term play Google went public 10 years ago today. I remember it well because, at the time, I was working as an equity analyst covering the technology hardware sector on Bay Street in Toronto. When IPOs happen, the investment bankers typically are...
Android Central Android Central

I read the news today OH BOY
#metroNY #autoawesome #selfie

Do you still read print in the morning, if so which paper / magazine / other ?
matthew rappaport matthew rappaport

Helsinki is one of my favorite cities in Europe. It is big enough to have plenty to see and do, yet it retains smaller city charms. Certain areas are crowded but other parts of the city - especially if you go cycling for a few kilometers outside of the center - make you feel as though you have it all to yourself. Have you been to Helsinki? What is your opinion?  The following is a YouTube video guide highlighting 12 things you can see and do in Helsinki over the summer months:

12 Things To Do In Helsinki Finland | Top Attractions Travel Guide

With +Audrey Bergner 

+Visit Finland Blog  #Helsinki   #Travel   #Thingstodo   #Guide   #Finland   #Outdoors   #Summer   #Video   #TravelVideo  
Jaana Nyström Jaana Nyström

Twitter Analytics: This Best Kept Secret Shouldn't Be Secret!

+AJ Kohn reveals the absolutely stunning amount of information available in Twitter's analytics free to any user.

AJ's amazed that more hasn't been said about this tool, but perhaps it's because it's buried inside the Twitter Ads interface, even though you don't need to use Twitter ads to access the analytics.

Among the ,many cool things you can learn: how many people followed you because of a particular tweet. I don't know anywhere else you can get that information.

#twitter   #socialmedia   #analytics   #plusonly  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

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