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Leland LeCuyer

Of two minds, in contradiction with myself...

With the insight of a nine-year-old, I came to the realization that all my opinions echoed my mother's. I resolved immediately that, someday, I would learn to think for myself. 
I'm still trying (in both senses of the word).


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About 4 weeks ago Excuse Me While I Give Birth
There are times which are not ordinary, and in such times it is not enough to follow the road. It is necessary to know where it leads, and, if it leads nowhere, to follow another.
— R.H. Tawney

More than two months have elapsed since I last introduced an original post to your Google+ stream. My most recent bon mot was submitted for your perusal on April 25, 2014: Semper Paratus: Pessimism Leads to Success (http://goo.gl/JREqG4). Of success I know not much. However I do embrace an all too intimate acquaintance with pessimism.

Having neglected giving of myself to you and to others over such a long duration, it simply didn't feel right for me to suddenly begin deluging the world with postings and prognostications and pontifications without first offering some explanation for why I had gone silent. But as I tried repeatedly to offer some apology for my absence, I could not find a manner of expression which did not ring of an excuse.

Yes I
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About 12 weeks ago Anyone else's mind blown?
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About 13 weeks ago http://www.joyoftech.com/joyoftech/joyarchives/1991.html
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About 3 weeks ago Divine
This is too precious not to share. Branko Milanovich (@brankomilan on Twitter) dispatched this tweet and photo:

Unusual world. The two living popes (an oddity by itself) are from the 2 countries playing in the World Cup final.

#worldcup2014   #popefrancis   #popebenedict  




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About 12 weeks ago Search Gets GUI
+Christopher Mims offers a fascinating glimpse of the future as text driven search beloved by engineers yields to context driven apps that don't even need a query.

Search is, in essence, a command-line interface for the web. Command-line interfaces are what came before the “graphical user interface” popularized by the Macintosh and Microsoft Windows, and they’re popular among the engineers who actually build the web.
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That Google is ahead in this race also indicates that the company is prepared to disrupt itself, and to chase people onto their devices with what will presumably be new kinds of advertisements inserted into our post-search, contextual streams of apps, cards, and whatever other interface elements are ultimately best suited to delivering these results.

cc +David Amerland, +Mark Traphagen 

#semanticsearch   #context   








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About 1 day ago They're Here!!!
I won't take any credit for this #cloudwars  photo. This photo appeared in an invitation from National Geographic to attend a Google+ Hangout. (More about the hangout below.) My first thought was OMG... the spaceship from Independence Day has arrived!

What an amazing cloud! What an amazing photograph! I've never seen ANYTHING like this and — to be honest — hope I never will. It's terrifying.

Anyhow I nominate this photo from NatGeo as the king of all cloud kings.

Regarding the hangout, here's the text from the email they sent me:

Have you ever wondered what makes an award-winning photograph?

On Monday, August 4, at 11 a.m. ET, join us for a live Google+ Hangout where the judges of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest will give you the inside scoop on how they chose the winners. We’ll hear from National Geographic Travel’s Director of Photography Dan Westergren, Senior Digital Photo Producer Sarah Po
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About 11 weeks ago Authority
Believe in yourself. Otherwise nobody else will believe in you.

#ideas   #authority   #selfconfidence  


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About 3 days ago Learn Who Bought YOUR Congressperson
Check out this AMAZING extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that reveals who owns your congressman or -woman. Whenever a web site contains the name of a U.S. Congressperson or Senator, Nicholas Rubin's Greenhouse extension reveals how much has been given to him or her by whom.
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About 14 weeks ago Semper Paratus: Pessimism Leads to Success
Predicting the future is always a hazardous exercise. Perhaps it is wise to habitually factor hazard into our prognostications. Then when fortune fails to match our expectations we won't suffer disappointment so much as pleasant surprise.

This article about German executives seems to apply to far more than to Germany or to business. Maybe pessimism leads to success — in business and in life.

+Walter H Groth might dip into his wealth of experience to explain in more detail how and why this dynamic works.

#pessimism   #planning   #preparedness  






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About 4 weeks ago I'm Done – You Can Stick a Fork in Me Now!
A new free publication from Nesta, "an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life."

Oh my.