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Hey Google, here's a thought. Why don't you organize the G+ source code into a repository on GitHub ...
Hey Google, here's a thought. Why don't you organize the G+ source code into a repository on GitHub and make the whole thing open-source? Let the folks who obviously care about the platform the most take over and develop it into a community-driven social network construction set. You have some great tools that no other platform has successfully duplicated yet (like your photo lightbox), so why not make heroes out of yourself instead and donate the whole shebang to the community that loves the platform? 'Twould potentially make a huge #WIN out of this whole "shutting down G+" debacle, IMHO.

Eh? Eh?!

Angry turtle sez "Yup".
Salute The Sun -- Fort Collins, Colorado “There is a wealth of knowledge that is openly accessible in...
Salute The Sun -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“There is a wealth of knowledge that is openly accessible in nature. Our ancestors knew this. Their classroom was nature. They studied the lessons to be learned from animals. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen.”
-- Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun

A tiny Cucumber Beetle atop a pink flower in the last rays of the evening sun in northern Colorado...
Strange Wonder -- Fort Collins, Colorado “I look and I look... I must have come to the wrong planet...

Strange Wonder -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“I look and I look...
I must have come to the wrong planet.
It's so strange here.”
― Sigbjørn Obstfelder

A tiny jumping spider investigates a flower for possible prey... I watched this little guy for several minutes as he performed some pretty amazing feats of garden parkour through a large canopy of flowers in the late afternoon sun. What a beautifully surreal thing it must be to climb and jump through a grove of "giant" flowers... :)
Jumping Spider ( Salticidae ) This tiny little fellow was playing hide-and-seek with my camera lens ...
Jumping Spider ( Salticidae )
This tiny little fellow was playing hide-and-seek with my camera lens on a Sedum plant. I'd move my lens a little closer and he'd instantly disappear behind the leaf, but then just a few seconds later he'd tentatively reappear to see what was going on. I snapped this photo just after he'd made one of his reappearances. :)

Interestingly, jumping spiders don't have hugely "muscular" legs. Instead, they rely on segmented legs and blood flow to make their crazy jumps. When they're ready to jump, the spiders cause an extreme change in hemolymph pressure (the spider equivalent of blood pressure) by contracting the muscles in the upper region of their bodies. This forces the blood to their legs, and this causes the legs to extend rapidly. This quick and sudden extension of their legs is what propels them in the direction they're aiming. Who would've thought...
Taken By The Mothership -- San Francisco, California “You are not your job, you are not how much money...
Taken By The Mothership -- San Francisco, California
“You are not your job, you are not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You are not the contents of your wallet. ... The things you own end up owning you.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Looking straight up the main atrium at Nordstrom's San Francisco... I gave myself a pretty bad case of vertigo trying to align this shot just right. ;)
A Better Way Of Seeing -- Fort Collins, Colorado “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s ...
A Better Way Of Seeing -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt

A stalk of ornamental grass bends in the breeze on a warm summer evening in northern Colorado...
A Top Down View -- Fort Collins, Colorado "If we were all to chase every squirrel that comes running...
A Top Down View -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"If we were all to chase every squirrel that comes running along in the form of a personal dispute or a mischaracterization of someone, or someone's integrity or intent, we'd be very busy doing that and not focusing on the government, on that which we need to reform internally."
-- Mike Lee

A very mischievous and wary Red Fox Squirrel watches carefully for the opportune moment when my attention is no longer directed at him so that he can whisk down and steal some seeds from the bird feeder in my backyard.
Shredded -- Fort Collins, Colorado “All forms of art must contribute to the discursive dialogue regarding...
Shredded -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“All forms of art must contribute to the discursive dialogue regarding the composition of the malleable human condition.”
― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Alternative quotation:

“The artistic methods of poetry, painting, photography, carrot peeling, and writing share certain commonalities of deep composition: spirit, rhythm, thought, and scenery.”
― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls ( bold mine ;)

I'm betting that my stream is the only place you'll find a photograph of carrot peelings today... ;)
European Earwig ( Forficula auricularia ) -- Fort Collins, CO Earwigs get their name from the archaic...
European Earwig ( Forficula auricularia ) -- Fort Collins, CO
Earwigs get their name from the archaic belief that they crawl into sleeping people's ears, but that's a complete myth. Earwigs are completely harmless to humans and do not spread disease (another myth), but are nonetheless considered pests for misguided reasons. It probably doesn't help their case that they look like scary, prehistoric space aliens. :)

There are 22 types of Earwigs in the United States and there are over a 1,000 different species all over the world. The earwigs most often seen around my area are European earwigs, which were introduced into the U.S. in the 1900s.

Thanks to their formidable set of pincers or forceps, earwigs are omnivores and often capture hearty meals consisting of both plants and insects such as leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and other bugs. Earwigs hide during the day and live outdoors in large numbers. They can be found under piles of lawn clippings, compost or in tree holes.

Earwig females are fiercely protective mothers. An earwig can lay dozens of eggs at a time and the mother will devote her time to safeguarding her eggs. In fact, she’ll stay with them until they hatch — up until their first molt. After that, the nymphs are free to roam on their own.

Remember, these amazing little insects are not harmful to humans in any way and can actually be beneficial by virtue of all the mold, bacteria, and smaller bug "cleanup" that they do.

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P.S. I haven't posted in a while because I've been crazy busy at work and in life, but hopefully I'll be back to a more regular posting schedule fairly soon. Thanks a lot for all the kind comments on my past posts that I haven't had a chance to acknowledge or respond to yet. :)
None Shall Pass - Tempe, Arizona A Great White Egret stands sentry atop a spillway at a holding pond...
None Shall Pass - Tempe, Arizona
A Great White Egret stands sentry atop a spillway at a holding pond on the Salt River near Tempe, Arizona, ready to spear any fish that swim by. He had secured a sweet lookout spot that he then protected from other egrets and birds, quickly shooing any intruders away with an impressive spread of wings and some sharp jabs with his beak. Plus, he posed nicely for a few photographs. :)
A New And Different Sun -- Fort Collins, Colorado "The joy of life comes from our encounters with new...
A New And Different Sun -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."
-- Christopher McCandless

A large orange flower in its prime enjoys the last rays of the setting sun in northern Colorado...
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