Integrate Facebook & Twitter with Google Plus

I have been trying to leave Facebook for a while now and may have a real alternative with Google +.

There has always been something that keeps me checking Facebook, though; all my friends and family who are posting there.  Now there is a Chrome plugin that will allow people to link their Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as let them post directly to those sites via the Google + page.

This was created by computer programmer Zane Claes. It’s called Start G+,

In addition, there is a nifty little program to import all your Facebook albums and photos into G+. If you visit startgoogleplus.com after installing the extension, you can choose to import your photos from Facebook. The photo importer syncs photos from Facebook and displays the photos in a slideshow format as they are imported to allow you to monitor the progress. Continue reading

Hillary Clinton Urged to Quit in Puerto Rico

My friend, Greg Mazzeo has been living in Puerto Rico the last year and sent me an email this weekend that said,

So… We were on our way home from the store and we live at the end of a narrow road with no outlet (17°59’18.30″N / 66°42’49.43″W). Our street is blocked and there is about 50 cops milling about, a satellite dish, and some people. WTF! I say. We park the car and walk home with our groceries. Along the way we pass one of the two restaurants on our street and guess who is having lunch? Thats right, its Hillary. Like a spider sensing a fly caught in my web I hurry home to make a sign. QUIT. We go back and she begins talking, blowing the usual smoke up peoples’ asses. QUIT. She looks right at me and my simple sign and then quickly away. QUIT. Afterward, as she is glad handing the natives, I got really close for a few minutes. Close enough to touch her, had I thought it wise. That was cool. There was a bunch of press, with their cameras and tape recorders and notepads, and what do you know?, they want to interview me?, they want my picture? OK, I guess I could tell you what I think. I guess I could pose with my sign. QUIT.

I haven’t found the pictures on the web yet, but here is an article about her stop with a reference to me: http://www.primerahora.com/noticia/politica/noticias/blindada_visita_de_clinton_al_sur/193991

The pertinent part:

Pero, no todos estaban de acuerdo. Con un letrero que leía “Quit” (renuncia), Greg Mazzeo expresó su disgusto con la insistencia de Clinton en continuar en la lucha primarista. “La única forma que puede ganar la nominación es fracturando en dos al Partido Demócrata, si sigue habrá, no te diría una guerra civil interna pero va a quedar muy dividido y destruido”, dijo el ciudadano procedente de California. Opinó que Obama ha probado que tiene el favor electoral y no es necesario continuar con el debate dentro de ese partido.

And translated:

But not everyone agreed. With a sign that read “Quit”, Greg Mazzeo expressed his displeasure with Clinton’s insistence on continuing the primary fight. “The only way that she can win the nomination is by splitting Democratic Party in half. If she continues, there won’t be an internal civil war but its going to be very divided,” said the citizen from California. He believed that Obama has proven that he has the delegate advantage and there is no need to continue the debate within the party.

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I hope she quits soon.

Keep up the good work, Greg and we’ll see our party eventually get focused and send Obama to the Whitehouse.

I felt that the story should be shared. If you look at the Primera Hora website, there are several comments on the story that tell us that our brethren in Puerto Rico feel the same as the Obama supporters here in the contiguous US.

Streaming Reality

The site I’ve been working on went live today at BlairCollinsAudio.com. I worked in conjunction with Cornerstone Designs to put it all together. I was focused on the design; creating the icons, graphics and layouts. Michael coded the database and the structure of the PHP.

It was a great relationship and I hope to work with him again soon. I was reminded of when we worked together back in the 90s starting Brawley Web Designs. A few differences back then; we created static pages with tables and HTML. We were pretty proud of those rollover buttons. Now we started and ended the job without ever seeing each other, wrote the code in PHP and scripting, its cross browser compatible, 508 compliant, and dynamic.

It is not just that the world is changing around us and that there is new technology, innovation, communication and sophistication around and available TO us. It has to do with how we grow and change in response to those forces. I myself, feel differently about my environment because of the things I learn and, therefore, act differently towards my environment. The circular feedback loop causes me to develop with my community and environment. On that note;

This week I had the first meeting regarding a new consulting project. I will be heading up the user experience research and design for an exciting new multi sensory haptic interface. Like the touch tables, iPhones, and shaking game controllers.

I am just wrapping my brain around what they are doing and it is really cutting edge and will be a part of the way we interface with, affect change to and learn from our newest toy; Web 3.0- Symantic, Social and becoming the REALity.

Second Life was only the first step. SEGUE: There is a film premiering at SXSW about reality and its permutations in the gaming world called Second Skin.

We leave for Austin tomorrow and I am excited to hear music, learn about interactivity and see films. As well as partying all week because Audrey passed a licensing exam. We have had a stressful winter with many changes , good and bad. I think the spring is here and we are about to experience the new growth that always happens so naturally on our world.

I wish you all the best.