Tuesday, December 31, 2013

4 Must-Read Books to Improve Your Social Media Skills in 2014 How are you going to kick it up a notch...

4 Must-Read Books to Improve Your Social Media Skills in 2014

How are you going to kick it up a notch in 2014?

Boosting your social media skills is a constant process. I’ve been asked how I learned social media marketing and one of my favorite ways that I’ve learned is by reading books. Hosting a book club on Twitter for several years with a focus on social media and marketing books was a master class for me and the people who participated. I wanted to share four books that you should pick up to boost your skills for 2014.

There’s no fast track to learning social media. Time spent on the platforms using them is really the best way to learn but reading books can help you learn more quickly. Reading books doesn’t replace the time that you need to put in to build a social media platform but it does help you figure out what to do.

What are your book recommendations for 2014?

Read it now: http://pegfitzpatrick.com/2013/12/30/4-must-read-books-improve-social-media-skills-2014/

Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/232779874463492544/

#socialmediatips #books #readinglist


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Are you ready for 2014? Parts of the world are already celebrating the start of the new year, which ...

Are you ready for 2014?
Parts of the world are already celebrating the start of the new year, which for some reason brings a renewed sense of courage and dedication to accomplish things we haven't accomplished yet.

I've been reading a lot of 2013 round-ups, and 2014 to-do posts, 'tis the season, and there's a trend emerging...

+David Amerland brought up "the attention economy" earlier this week in +The Mia Connect's HOA, and reinforced the point of finding ways to stand out, in this article (http://goo.gl/heE5V6).

David's article, the one I wrote below, as well as my review of David's book Google Semantic Search (http://goo.gl/LaOjzZ) all point us in a direction of telling our story and helping others. All tried-and-true business practices, which means if you run a good business, you are going to be heard online. Maybe it will take some professional help to find the right platform, maybe you'll need to take a leap of faith and realize your efforts may not pay off directly, nor in the short term, but if you look at all the developments over this past year, there's one true path to success: BE YOU.

#webstrategy   #semanticseo   #onlinemarketing  


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Monday, December 30, 2013

December 30, 2013 Quote of the Day "To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." – Bertrand Russell...

December 30, 2013
Quote of the Day

"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
– Bertrand Russell

About Bertrand Russell
British philosopher Bertrand Russell was greatly responsible for the shift toward logical analysis among philosophers; he introduced rigorous scientific methodology to the field and was best known for his books Principia Mathematica and The Principles of Mathematics. He was born in 1872 to an aristocratic English family but raised by a strict paternal grandmother after his parents died young. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Albert Einstein collaborated with him on a manifesto calling for nuclear disarmament. He died in 1970.

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It takes an awakening sol to understand this....


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

When Will We Become Interstellar? Exploring the Solar System is good and all, but what we really want...

When Will We Become Interstellar?

Exploring the Solar System is good and all, but what we really want to do is reach out and explore other stars. But what will it take for us to actually become an interstellar civilization? We posed this question to Dr. +Ian O'Neill, the producer for Discovery Space at #youtubespacela.

And here's what he had to say.
http://www.universetoday.com/107504/when-will-we-become-interstellar/

Co-pondered with +Jason Harmer 

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December 28, 2013 Quote of the Day "The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities...

December 28, 2013
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"The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities."
– Vic Braden

About Vic Braden
American tennis coach Vic Braden won the United States Tennis Association's award for Contributing Most to Tennis in America. He was born in 1929 in Michigan. He founded three tennis colleges that bear his name, which are in California, Utah, and Florida; wrote six books on the sport; and appeared on such TV shows as the Today show, Good Morning America, and 20/20. A clinical psychologist as well as a sports coach, he has spent the past decades exploring the mind-body connection.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

December 27, 2013 Quote of the Day "Man can only become what he is able to consciously imagine." – ...

December 27, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Man can only become what he is able to consciously imagine."
– Dane Rudhyar

About Dane Rudhyar
Dane Rudhyar was a respected modernist composer as well as a pioneering modern psychological astrologer. He was born in Paris in 1895 as Daniel Chennevière and immigrated to the United States in the early 1900's. His music utilizes dissonant harmony; he claimed to be inspired by the cadence of speech. His work influenced a group of composers known as the ultramodernists. He also wrote a number of astrology books, including the seminal Astrology of Personality. He died in 1985.

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This is how Google Pour together my year in pictures. Missed some stuff like a wedding but pretty much...

This is how Google Pour together my year in pictures. Missed some stuff like a wedding but pretty much touched on some memories. 

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26, 2013 Quote of the Day "The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of...

December 26, 2013
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"The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable."
– Paul Tillich

About Paul Tillich
Paul Tillich, the German-American theologian and existential philosopher, was best known for his books The Courage to Be and Dynamics of Faith. He was born in 1886 in the German town of Starzeddel, now part of Poland. An ordained Lutheran minister, he taught theology for two decades until he was fired for his opposition to the Nazis. He immigrated to the US, where he taught at various universities. He sought to reconcile the human condition and faith, reason and belief. He died in 1965.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Be careful if you try to draw lessons from industries you do not fully understand. In a LinkedIn article...

Be careful if you try to draw lessons from industries you do not fully understand.

In a LinkedIn article Harvard Professor Michael Wheeler surggests that the unlawful killing of a wounded insurgent in Afghanistan by a British Royal Marine could have been prevented if somebody had uttered the phrase "Marines don't do that". The post has drawn a lot of response from former and current service members basically arguing that Wheeler does not know enough about this subject.

My own concerns are on the premises of the article. The battlefield is difficult to understand to people who have not been in war or studied it extensively. And even to us it is still difficult to grasp. Read on:

The phrase “We (Marines) don’t to that” would work well to interrupt most situations. Referring to our core values in a direct manner is a strong argument. However, there two premises for that to work: 
1. We have must know what is it we do/don’t do. There are certain rules in war but just because something is legit it does not have to be right. I have always discussed moral dilemmas with my soldiers using three questions.
- Is it legal? 
- Is it proportional? 
- Does it feel right?
But discussion alone is not enough. Values are not incorporated via a PowerPoint slide. They have to be lived everyday by the leaders in the organization. 
2. For a marine to utter that phrase “Marines don’t do that” he must be able to think rationally. When the body is full of adrenalin the pulse is pushed higher and thus we are not able to think rationally. Overlooking this fact seems to be the bulk of the criticism. In such tense situations a simple order or command that has been trained over and over again would work better than trying to spur reflection.

In the rational domain the phrase works well. In the emotional domain something else is needed.

Ethics are especially important in combat leadership. Ethics are what guide the combat leader and moral courage what helps him follow through.

Outro
Military leaders can learn a lot from business leaders and vice versa. We are never too old to learn. However, we should never try to conduct a 20/20 hindsight analysis in businesses we do not fully understand.


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Merry Christmas everyone! December 25, 2013 Quote of the Day "Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating...

Merry Christmas everyone!

December 25, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating."
– Honoré de Balzac

About Honoré de Balzac
French writer Honoré de Balzac, born in 1799 in Tours, is considered the father of European realism. He produced a vast collection of novels and short stories, collectively known as "La Comédie humaine" (The Human Comedy). His topics range from political intrigue in Paris to quiet country family life. He wrote for up to 15 hours a day and revised obsessively. He married Evelina Hanska in 1850 after an 18-year correspondence and died just five months later.

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http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/conservative-vs-liberal-beliefs/

http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/conservative-vs-liberal-beliefs/


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Monday, December 23, 2013

December 22, 2013 Quote of the Day "I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's." – Henry...

December 22, 2013
Quote of the Day

"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's."
– Henry Moore

About Henry Moore
British sculptor Henry Moore is known for his voluptuous abstract figures. He was born in 1898 to a poor mining family. After Moore served in World War I, he became the first student of sculpture at Leeds School of Art; a sculpture studio was set up specifically for him. As he studied primitive arts, his own work became more abstract. He established The Henry Moore Foundation in 1977 to promote public appreciation of art. He died in 1986. His work can be seen in public spaces all over the world.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Tomorrow is +Kittery Barrows and my 23rd anniversary.  I met Kittery 23 years and 6 weeks ago tomorrow...

Tomorrow is +Kittery Barrows and my 23rd anniversary.  I met Kittery 23 years and 6 weeks ago tomorrow.  Yes, you read that right, we knew each other exactly 6 weeks to the day when we got married.  The QotD (below) really applies and we've lived this for the last 23 years.

December 20, 2013
Quote of the Day

"In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions."
– Henry Ward Beecher

About Henry Ward Beecher
The liberal American minister Henry Ward Beecher was a great orator, an advocate of women's suffrage, and a staunch abolitionist. He raised funds before the Civil War to buy rifles to fight against slavery; these guns became known as "Beecher's Bibles." He was born in 1813 in Connecticut; among his eight siblings was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. His immense popularity waned only slightly after he was accused of adultery; the trial ended in a hung jury, and he was ultimately acquitted. He died in 1887.

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The Singularity approaches! "Partial reversal of aging achieved in mice using a controllable telomerase...

The Singularity approaches!

"Partial reversal of aging achieved in mice using a controllable telomerase gene" http://feedly.com/k/1kZw2nn


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

December 19, 2013 Quote of the Day "Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought." – Henri...

December 19, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought."
– Henri-Louis Bergson

About Henri-Louis Bergson
French philosopher Henri-Louis Bergson, author of such books as Time and Free Will and Creative Evolution, was so popular that when he lectured in New York, it caused the first Broadway-related traffic jam. He was born in Paris in 1859. His wide-ranging philosophical writing covered issues of time and emotion, pragmatism and perception. He served on French diplomatic missions and was instrumental in forming the League of Nations. He died in 1941.

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I use Google Calendar and keep it in week view mode.  I also block a time out for my "task list" instead...

I use Google Calendar and keep it in week view mode.  I also block a time out for my "task list" instead of trying to use Google's task list.

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TheBrain.com - great mind-mapping app for the PC (and Mac).  Free version.  Not really good on a smart...

TheBrain.com - great mind-mapping app for the PC (and Mac).  Free version.  Not really good on a smart phone though.

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Stephen Covey's 7 Habits - put the big rocks in first...

Stephen Covey's 7 Habits - put the big rocks in first...

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Authenticity - I feel that a 9-5 job trains you to be the opposite of authentic.  Do find that true ...

Authenticity - I feel that a 9-5 job trains you to be the opposite of authentic.  Do find that true as well?

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Lorin - can you touch on why you use a circle?  Is it like a life cycle (in software programming)

Lorin - can you touch on why you use a circle?  Is it like a life cycle (in software programming)

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I see her

I see her

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Authentic - I like that!  Now, how to really dig in and define the authentic reason why...

Authentic - I like that!  Now, how to really dig in and define the authentic reason why...

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013 Quote of the Day "No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched." – George...

December 18, 2013
Quote of the Day

"No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched."
– George Jean Nathan

About George Jean Nathan
George Jean Nathan, the acerbic American drama critic, was renowned for what he called destructive theater criticism, which helped shape a more serious theatrical community and paved the way for modern critics. He was born in 1882 in Indiana. He and H.L. Mencken coedited the magazines Smart Set and The American Mercury. Although he found little to like in the theater, he became a fierce champion of the playwrights he did appreciate, including Eugene O'Neill and Sean O'Casey. He died in 1958.

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THE FOUNDATION [I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their...

THE FOUNDATION
“[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.” –Candidus

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Second Amendment: Sheriffs and the Constitution

Sheriff John Cooke
In December 2012, a madman murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. First, he murdered his mother in order to steal her guns. The Left wasted no time in calling for all manner of anti-gun legislation to “do something” about the problem, despite the fact that everything the murderer did that day was already illegal. Congress, fortunately, ended up doing nothing, leaving states to enact their own laws. Some, such as Colorado and New York, acted on their emotional panic by passing tyrannical and draconian laws banning standard-capacity magazines for guns and other such nonsensical and unconstitutional restrictions.

The good news is that executing the law is at least partially left to sheriffs, and quite a few are declining to enforce these horrible gun laws. In fact, reports The New York Times, “All but seven of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado signed on in May to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes.” Even those who declined to join the suit admitted that enforcement will be a “very low priority” because enforcement would be a nightmare. Sheriff John Cooke asked a crowd to distinguish between a magazine bought before the ban and one bought after the ban. (Hint: They look exactly alike.) Politically, two Colorado Democrats were recalled for their votes, and a third resigned rather than face the same fate.

In New York, two sheriffs publicly opposed the state’s new laws, which Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned would set “a dangerous and frightening precedent.” We can understand why Democrats would find following the Constitution “dangerous and frightening,” but as for ignoring laws, the president himself set the precedent and the bar is low – political inconvenience is sufficient reason for him. At least these sheriffs have legitimate constitutional objections.

https://patriotpost.us/digests/22340

#politics  


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 17, 2013 Quote of the Day "I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes...

December 17, 2013
Quote of the Day

"I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes."
– Sara Teasdale

About Sara Teasdale
Sara Teasdale was an American poet in the lyrical tradition, publishing several books of poetry including the award-winning Love Song. Her book of collected poems was first published in 1937 and remains in print. She was born in 1884 in St. Louis and moved to New York in 1915 with her new husband, Ernst Filsinger, whom she later divorced. The poet Vachel Lindsay courted her with passionate letters; they later settled into a close lifelong friendship. She died in 1933.

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Morning Plussers #BearHugfromKitty I hope you had a fantastic weekend, and are ready to take on another...

Morning Plussers #BearHugfromKitty  

I hope you had a fantastic weekend, and are ready to take on another partly-frustrating and partly-fun week! grinning

Remember - the key is to keep moving forward, right?! #muaah  

Lately, I have been ruminating about the concept of pushing our limits. There have been innumerable instances where I have backed out of things simply because they seemed out-of-my-abilities - like sky-diving or playing a game of charades #LOL  

What I didn't understand was that these limits were impeding my potential to move forward in life.  

Of course, I do not want to make poor choices just to prove myself as a risk-taker. But I do want to aim higher. I want to push myself.

I am sure these efforts will only achieve positive results.  At the very least, I will be proud of myself for trying.  

I plan to do one thing every day that is 'out of my norm', and hope this will inculcate the desire to not LIMIT myself.  It is going to be hard, but drifting out of our comfort zone is always hard.

That is also how we grow

Are you with me, friends? :-) Together, let's break any defeatist attitude and grow as a community! #loveyouall  

Have a marvelous Monday!

Thanks for reading ;)
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Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013 Quote of the Day "Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as ...

December 16, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed."
– Baltasar Gracián y Morales

About Baltasar Gracián y Morales
Baltasar Gracián y Morales, the Jesuit scholar and moralist author, was the leading Spanish proponent of conceptism (conceptismo), a method of expressing ideas through puns, epigrams, and other verbal devices. He was born in 1601 in Aragon. The Jesuit leadership frowned on his oratorical style, which included reading a letter from Hell to his congregation. His best known books include The Art of Worldly Wisdom and The Hero, which repudiated Machiavelli. He died in 1658.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

December 14, 2013 Quote of the Day "Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't...

December 14, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't be afraid to hit the ball."
– Billie Jean King

About Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King, the American tennis champion, is best known for "The Battle of the Sexes," her 1973 match against men's champion Bobby Riggs. Her win gave women's tennis a new legitimacy. She was born in California in 1943. She won her first Wimbledon title at age 17, was ranked number one in the world for five years, and is considered one of the world's greatest tennis players. She was also the first American athlete to reveal publicly that she is homosexual. King launched the initiative GreenSlam in 2007 to encourage the sports world to be more environmentally conscious. She lives in New York and Chicago.

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New auto awesome from Google and I.

New auto awesome from Google and I.

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Forest Path

Forest Path


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Friday, December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013 Quote of the Day "All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope." – Alexandre...

December 13, 2013
Quote of the Day

"All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope."
– Alexandre Dumas

About Alexandre Dumas
Popular French author Alexandre Dumas was famed for his adventure stories, including The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. He was born in 1802 near Paris. His mulatto father was a general in the French Army who died young, leaving his family destitute. Dumas began as a playwright, but newspapers were eager for serialized fiction, so he adapted a play into his first novel. He died in 1870; in 2002 his body was moved to the Panthéon to recognize his role in French literature.

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A second code?

A second code?

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

An Ancient City Is Discovered Underwater. What They Found Will Change History Forever




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Guess the Chargers were staying in the hotel attached to the building I work in.  Has been a ton of ...

Guess the Chargers were staying in the hotel attached to the building I work in.  Has been a ton of sirens for the last 40 minutes as they load up and head to the stadium for tonight's game against the Broncos!

Missed the mass exodus but got a quick shot down the street when I stepped outside.


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Until you've spent time living on purpose this quote probably won't mean much to you.  It takes purposeful...

Until you've spent time living on purpose this quote probably won't mean much to you.  It takes purposeful living to live a rich and rewarding life.  What is your purpose?  Are you living on purpose?

December 12, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be."
– Raymond Charles Barker

About Raymond Charles Barker
Raymond Charles Barker was an influential American minister and author in the mid-twentieth century. He wrote such books as The Power of Decision and Treat Yourself to Life, on ways to change subconscious patterns. He became president of the International New Thought Alliance in 1943, a group practicing the religious philosophy developed in the late 1800's by Phineas Quimby, with early proponents including Ralph Waldo Emerson. Unity Church and Divine Science are among its later offshoots. He founded the First Church of Religious Science in Manhattan in 1946 and served as its minister until 1979. He died in 1988 at the age of 77.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Video! I See Fire - The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug. - I'm absolutely in love with this song...

New Video! I See Fire - The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug. - I'm absolutely in love with this song. Plz Share :)

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Yeesh!  This is very frightening to me.  This is how values, principles and ideas get eroded over time...

Yeesh!  This is very frightening to me.  This is how values, principles and ideas get eroded over time.  Change the meaning of a law or statement a little bit at a time.  Before you know it, the definition of rich will be any family who makes more than $150k/yr.  A few years later it will be any family who makes more than $80k/yr.  ad naseum.

"It wasn't long ago that leftist rabble rousers claimed the class warfare mantle of “the 99%” in order to punish the 1% who were wealthy. But it isn't just 1% who are well off. According to the Associated Press, “Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives.” Then again, in order to make that claim, the Leftmedia outlet has to redefine “rich” a long way down. The details: “The new rich have household income of $250,000 or more at some point during their working lives, putting them – if sometimes temporarily – in the top 2 percent of earners.” That's a ridiculous definition of “rich,” but maybe it's simply a way to “justify” all that wealth redistribution."

http://patriotpost.us/posts/22150


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Is this what happend to the Arvada, CO Fire Department, who, just before Thanksgiving, released all ...

Is this what happend to the Arvada, CO Fire Department, who, just before Thanksgiving, released all of its volunteer force due to budgetary constraints?

"As has been thoroughly rehashed, ObamaCare requires employers to offer health insurance to employees who work more than 30 hours (considered “full time” in the Obama economy). That's caused many employers to reduce hours to spare unbearable costs. Now comes news that volunteer fire departments around the nation may close because of the regulation unless a waiver is granted. Evidently, the IRS says that volunteer firefighters are eligible for benefits if on the job more than 30 hours per week. Some 71% of fire departments nationwide are manned entirely by volunteers, and another 16% are mostly volunteer. Just another chapter in ObamaCare Games: Catching Fire."

http://patriotpost.us/posts/22153


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Very interesting article.  Since my wife has started a "gluten free" diet due to her Doctor's suggestion...

Very interesting article.  Since my wife has started a "gluten free" diet due to her Doctor's suggestion, life for has been much better.  And through all of this we have started looking more closely to so called "diets" like Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, ad naseum.  What we have discovered is it is not so much about the diet as it is about the habits one has around eating.  If you put food in your mouth - you are on a diet.  It is getting harder every year to eat clean.  And you need to decide for yourself what clean means dear reader.

http://gizmodo.com/why-you-might-want-to-rethink-going-gluten-free-1475646469


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December 11, 2013 Quote of the Day "Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but...

December 11, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence."
– Lin Yutang

About Lin Yutang
Chinese author Lin Yutang wrote more than 35 books in English and Chinese, including My Country and My People and The Importance of Living, which brought him international fame. He was born in 1895 in the Fujian province in China. He created a Chinese-American dictionary, an indexing system for Chinese letters, and translated many classic Chinese texts. Written in a humorous, accessible style, his books bridged European and Chinese cultures. He died in 1976.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013




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Breathe through a snorkel which runs through your jacket just so you don't insta-freeze your lungs? ...

Breathe through a snorkel which runs through your jacket just so you don't insta-freeze your lungs?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/10/coldest-temperature-recorded-earth-antarctica-guinness-book


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December 10, 2013 Quote of the Day "Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit… we become just...

December 10, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit… we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts."
– Aristotle

About Aristotle
Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher who is considered one of the most influential thinkers in history, wrote a number of books about science, poetry, and ethics. He was born in 384 B.C. in Macedonia. He studied with Plato in Athens and later tutored Alexander the Great. His death in 322 B.C. was rumored to be caused by hemlock poisoning.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

December 09, 2013 Quote of the Day "What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end...

December 09, 2013
Quote of the Day

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
– T.S. Eliot
About T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot, the Nobel Prize–winning poet, is perhaps best known today for a light book of rhymes that became the Broadway hit Cats. He penned such weightier poems as "The Waste Land," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "Four Quartets." His work is rich with deeply felt religious meditations, but he never wanted to be perceived as a religious poet. He was born in 1888 in St. Louis and made his adult home in England, where he worked as an editor at the publisher Faber & Faber. He died in 1965.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

In the process of finalizing my 2014 business strategy, part of which involves re-branding, I attended...

In the process of finalizing my 2014 business strategy, part of which involves re-branding, I attended +Jason T. Wiser's HOA a couple weeks ago: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c27angq05dcfsjuqb8enqojmv90 . The discussion about creating a brand strategy prompted me to question if there would be SEO implications as a result of re-branding or refreshing a brand.

+Sam Stormborn Ormandy graciously responded and steered me toward this informative and instructional video by +martin shervington  and +Mark Traphagen about Google Authorship. It reminded me that my online visibility is no longer tied exclusively to my domain name or my business name.  That’s because Google Authorship connects ME – the person – to all the content I create and put online.
 
I’m including click-able time codes here so I can embed this in a blog on my site where people who aren’t spending so much time on Google Plus (yet) can benefit from the convenience of moving easily through this 46-minute recording.

1:05 – Martin tells us what we’ll cover here.
1:40 – What is Google Authorship?
3:07 – Why use Google Authorship? Touches on the theory of Author Rank.
5:50 – How to create Authorship
8:43 ­– Connecting your Authorship to your content across the web via your G+ profile
10:15 – Verifying your content via the email method; easiest to do, but not the first recommended.
11:30 – Providing a link back from the content to your G+ profile. 
14:20 – Instructions for connecting your Blogger account
15:20 – Instructions for connecting your WordPress account; older themes may need an authorship plugin, e.g., YOST SEO
20:15 – Google Plus Brand Page verification
22:00 – Rich Snippets testing tool, aka structured data testing tool
 
Scenarios
25:14 – Individual who only uses G+
25:40 – Individual has a personal blog; no other contributors to that blog.
26:00 – You are the brand.
26:40 – A business with several contributors to the blog; you have a G+ brand page.
 
28:21 – Mark talks about the importance (and risks) of having a human being representing your business; e.g., Men’s Wearhouse
30:45 – Removing a “Contributor to” link from a G+ profile; what are the consequences?
32:05 – Apps and the use of enterprise accounts – Mark explains what this is. Martin poses follow-on questions. The discussion includes these takeaways
33:00 – Addressing the challenge of choosing to work under a business vs. personal account
35:20 – Don’t create a situation where you have to “break up” with every employee; cites the Search Engine Watch article, “Breaking up with your spokesperson.”
38: 50 - Create policies; compares new approaches with traditional methods for creating policy.
42:22 – Martin muses – “Is there a per-click charge potentially that could emerge for the content that appears in search of these authors, after they’ve left the company?”
43:23 – Google provides author stats in Webmaster Tools

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A water droplet in front of a map of the world looks like a tiny globe. Photographer Markus Reugels ...

A water droplet in front of a map of the world looks like a tiny globe. Photographer Markus Reugels spends hundreds of hours creating these perfectly timed shots!


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Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government...

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.” ~ Frédéric Bastiat, The Law 


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Seahawks vs Broncos for the Super Bowl? Will it happen this year?

Seahawks vs Broncos for the Super Bowl? Will it happen this year? 

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Anyone use Google's Blogspot to re-publish your G+ public posts?  I'm currently using IFTTT.com to trigger...

Anyone use Google's Blogspot to re-publish your G+ public posts?  I'm currently using IFTTT.com to trigger whenever I post a public post here on G+ and then post to blogspot.  You can find this post on my site at http://keith.sol3.net/

Since I do not blog very much, if at all some months, maybe this is the way to go for now?  Thoughts?  Opinions?


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Thursday, December 5, 2013

ALEXANDER'S COLUMN Memo to Demos: It Ain't the Website Obama Launches Reboot Tour By Mark Alexander ...

ALEXANDER'S COLUMN
Memo to Demos: It Ain't the Website
Obama Launches Reboot Tour
By Mark Alexander · December 5, 2013   Print

"[H]e who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him." --Thomas Jefferson (1785)

Much to Barack Obama's chagrin, his once-compliant mainstream media continues to devote extensive coverage to the failed launch of ObamaCare's $600 million website and its incremental do-over. But Senate and House Democrats are far more concerned about the rapidly emerging liability of O'Care's mandates, framed by a litany of bald-faced lies from their party's standard-bearer.

Read more at http://patriotpost.us/alexander/22065

What are your thoughts?

#politics  


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Lindsey never disappoints! What a great message of hope and the true meaning of Christmas.

Lindsey never disappoints! What a great message of hope and the true meaning of Christmas.

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Tell Holder how you feel parents. #statism #leftistpublicschools #brainwashing #HitlerYouth

Tell Holder how you feel parents. #statism #leftistpublicschools #brainwashing #HitlerYouth


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My drive into work today was very bright - and cold!  By the time I got to Denver it had warmed up 11...

My drive into work today was very bright - and cold!  By the time I got to Denver it had warmed up 11 degrees!  I guess being in the city does help a bit.

#Live #Laugh #Love #Inspire #Serve

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December 05, 2013 Quote of the Day "Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way." – Booker...

December 05, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way."
– Booker T. Washington

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Now is the most important time in your life This is worth reading 

Now is the most important time in your life This is worth reading 


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This photo makes me dream :-) Room with a view...I don't know who take the photo. www.artctrldel.com

This photo makes me dream :-)
Room with a view...I don't know who take the photo.
www.artctrldel.com


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The science of procrastination and how to avoid it It also explains why the social networks we love...

The science of procrastination and how to avoid it

It also explains why the social networks we love could be encouraging that!

Great short video, worth watching!

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/09/21/the-science-of-procrastination/

#scienceofprocrastination   #brainpickings  


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Looking a little white. +Mia Voss just posted a gorgeous look at the snow just south of here in #Denver...

Looking a little white.

+Mia Voss just posted a gorgeous look at the snow just south of here in #Denver. 

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This is a time of mixed emotions for me.  Always has been.  Not only is it the Christmas season, my ...

This is a time of mixed emotions for me.  Always has been.  Not only is it the Christmas season, my birthday is coming up on the 25th and my anniversary on the 21st.  It is snowing now and everything is turning white.  A lot of the lights are up and shining through the snow.  And I found one of my all time favorites on YouTube finally.  Enjoy!

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth

PS:  If +Peter Hollens & +Evynne Hollens wanted to do a cover of this mashup, I would not stand in your way!

#live   #laugh   #love   #inspire   #serve  

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Would love to hear you and your wife do a rendition of "Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer...

Would love to hear you and your wife do a rendition of "Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth".  Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth

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Monday, December 2, 2013

December 02, 2013 Quote of the Day "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous...

December 02, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
– e. e. cummings

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

The new Wolfram programming language is "a completely divergent approach to building a programming language...

The new Wolfram programming language is "a completely divergent approach to building a programming language, away from the small, agile core with functionality pushed out to libraries and modules and toward a massive holistic thing which treats data and code as one."

"In about 30 seconds, Wolfram created a small web application that drew circles on a web page and included a user interface so a visitor could make them bigger or smaller, or change their colors. That’s doable simply because the Wolfram language -- with its access to a vast reservoir of knowledge -- knows what a circle is and can make it, and it automatically provides web-native user controls to manipulate it. It was a trivial example, but in another 30 seconds, Wolfram built a code snippet that defined the countries in South America and displayed their flags. Then he called up a map of Europe and highlighted Germany and France in different colors computationally, in seconds." "Anything that WolframAlpha knows, your app knows."

"Wolfram the language knows that South America is a continent, because WolframAlpha the knowledge engine knows that. In the same way, it knows what countries belong to South America, what their flags are, the population of those countries, the map shapes and outlines of them, and probably hundreds of thousands of other data elements."


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Last true vacation - over a year ago.  This year - daughter's wedding.  Next week or longer vacation...

Last true vacation - over a year ago.  This year - daughter's wedding.  Next week or longer vacation?  Sooner than later I hope!  :)

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Vanadium dioxide 'smart glass' can be activated to block infrared light while remaining transparent to visible light




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Christmas tree is up and looks really good!

Christmas tree is up and looks really good!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

” And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

” And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” 


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Until you've experienced a cruise, well, you just haven't experienced a cruise!  ;-) 

Until you've experienced a cruise, well, you just haven't experienced a cruise!  ;-) 

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It was 6 days and 270 miles, and there were a lot of ups and downs both internally and externally. I...

It was 6 days and 270 miles, and there were a lot of ups and downs both internally and externally. I didn’t do any conditioning prior which was huge factor, and it was some serious riding. Crossing the Trans Pennine was a life changing experience to say the least.  


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Monster deal this #BlackFriday - See a monster black hole artistic pic as part of our #BlackHoleFriday...

Monster deal this #BlackFriday - See a monster black hole artistic pic as part of our #BlackHoleFriday:

This artist's concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies. (Smaller black holes also exist throughout galaxies.) In this illustration, the supermassive black hole at the center is surrounded by matter flowing onto the black hole in what is termed an accretion disk. This disk forms as the dust and gas in the galaxy falls onto the hole, attracted by its gravity.

Also shown is an outflowing jet of energetic particles, believed to be powered by the black hole's spin. The regions near black holes contain compact sources of high energy X-ray radiation thought, in some scenarios, to originate from the base of these jets. This high energy X-radiation lights up the disk, which reflects it, making the disk a source of X-rays. The reflected light enables astronomers to see how fast matter is swirling in the inner region of the disk, and ultimately to measure the black hole's spin rate.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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. And the eating begins. Along with Brother Bear. Tree!

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And the eating begins. Along with Brother Bear. Tree! 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

In an economy where most traditional business are failing and going bankrupt, network marketing  continues...

In an economy where most traditional business are failing and going bankrupt, network marketing  continues to thrive. #mlm  

 YOU OWE IT YOURSELF to look at this business model whether you need extra income or eventually want to replace the income you now have.

If you think back to 5 years ago, where did you think you would be in your life? We all have things we want to accomplish and do. What did you want to accomplish and do? 

If nothing changes for you, will you get to where you want to be? Have you thought about what you want and how to get to get it? 

So think about these questions:
- Where would you like to be in your life? 
- What is holding you back from having the life you want?
- What changes or plans do you have to make your life be what you it to be?

Stop dreaming! You can live the life you always wanted by creating a positive stream of income just by making a few changes in your life and helping others do the same.  

The life you want to live and deserve is there for the taking. I can show you how.

I look forward to hearing from you! 


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Here's a site I can really get behind. :D

Here's a site I can really get behind. :D


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Run Lisa run

Run Lisa run

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#Paris  Place Charles-de-Gaulle ..

#Paris  Place Charles-de-Gaulle ..


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Dear +Verizon Wireless Customer Support - I would like to take time from my busy day to say thank you...

Dear +Verizon Wireless Customer Support -

I would like to take time from my busy day to say thank you for your monopoly.  Because of your decisions I do not have to exercise any of my grey matter deciding which application I should, or should not, put on my shiny new Samsung Note 3.  The reason I stopped to thank you was I was busily installing Google Wallet and discovered it is not supported on Verizon networks!  Really?  I have to use Isis, which I cannot even find in the Play Store and did not come pre-installed with the rest of the memory bloat crap I have never used?

Yes, thank you very much!

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Listen up Google Plus.  You are killing me with your half done things.  Right now it is the fact that...

Listen up Google Plus.  You are killing me with your half done things.  Right now it is the fact that I migrated all of my information from google.com/+KeithBarrows_old (please note the vanity URL I chose there!!!) to https://plus.google.com/u/0/112739612074850272463.  It is weird that on my OLD account I had the option of a nice and clean vanity URL.  

Also please note, the vanity URLs were not available to any of my accounts until AFTER I had done a migration.  

With the migration done and completed many moons ago, don't you think I would want my main account to have the option of the nice and clean vanity URL???

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Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013 Quote of the Day "It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey...

November 22, 2013
Quote of the Day

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
– Ursula K. Le Guin

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