Went shopping downtown last week and took these photos from some cool hotel

Originally shared by +Milad Farjadian

The carvings are from Karim Khan Zand, the king of Iran in mid-1700s, and some other monuments in Shiraz.

Coordinates: 29.622048, 52.541047


In Album 2015-07-02

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It's been 4 years since the launch of Google+ – What are your thoughts on the evolution of the platform?

I barely use it anymore, for three reasons.

1) The Content has changed
Hardly anyone from my circles "blogs" on it anymore. They use it like an impersonal Facebook – reposting articles from other places on the web without adding anything to it. There are a few people out there who share and add quite a bit of editorial content, like +Dave Hill and +Dave Taylor and sometimes +Sarah Rios , but the vast majority? It's just a link to a funny cat picture or article about (x), with nothing insightful or personal added about it. I appreciate +Cindy Grotz, +Sarah King and the dynamic duo of +Eve Sullivan and +Lillith Sullivan so much because (unlike so many) their content is pretty much always personal.

2) Google destroyed Hangout Discovery in 2012. For the first 2 years of G+, I had a circle of HUNDREDS of people who would hang out two or three nights a week. Epic 6 hour Hangouts. Sometimes drunk. Sometimes naked. Sometimes both. We'd leave the Hangout public, and random people from all over the world would sometimes wander through our hangouts – much to their confusion, more often than not… Then, in 2012, Google changed the way Hangouts appeared in people's streams (so that they basically didn't appear in people's streams), and within a month the weekly hangouts were completely dead.

3) We never got the (vaguely) promised API. I can pull anything I post to Google+ into my WordPress Blog, but I can't go the other way. So now that I'm a fulltime RV dweller (currently in Sacramento), and have a lot of content and a limited bandwidth connection, and without an incoming API, all the interesting things I've done in the 6 months since I hit the road have wound up on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and my WordPress site (Yarrvee.com)…but have been locked out of Google+ unless I take the time and effort to post them by hand – which sucks because I often upload videos when I have a good connection, then schedule them to go public 3-4 days in advance when I know I won't have a solid connection. No solid connection means that I can't hand-post to G+

The platform had a ton of promise in the beginning.

These days, it feels like Ingress (which started out as a side project from a very small team) gets more love than G+ (which started out as a project that was supposed to 'revolutionize' Google) does.

That makes me sad.

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+Milad Farjadian – I thought you'd like this… It's a pity that I didn't see it until today – he was in Shiraz on the 31st, when this was published!

Den of Espionage – Inside the Former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran – YOMADIC
The former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran – AKA the Den of Espionage – an access-all-areas photo tour. A nest of spies, in downtown Tehran, or just an embassy?

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I've always wanted to play Assassin's Screed, a game where you wander aimlessly through famous cities in famous time, yelling at people.

I'm pretty sure it's by the same people who made one of my favorite games from the late 90's, Diatribes 2.

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The Second Ad…

I just wanted to make sure people are aware, this is a total scam. I drove all the way out there to look at this thing and the guy wanted a huge deposit before he'd even let me take it for a spin.

After looking around a bit I'd be surprised if this thing could even finish the Kessel run, let alone do it in a decent time. It's totally infested with roaches and womp rats, so when you figure the cost of a 6.2 trillion cubic foot fumigation job, this thing is a total write-off for that reason alone.

I know it's had Sand People in it, but all the tracks are single file so who knows how many have been in there or what parts they've ripped off.

You can't even get this thing licensed in most states until you remove all 384 turbolasers and the ion cannons will have to be retrofitted with low-capacity magazines (thanks Obama), and there's no way this thing is ever going to pass emissions.

The "carbon scoring" is conveniently makes the serial numbers unreadable, so I can't even verify what model year this thing is, but I suspect that it's the year that no one wants because there weren't any handrails on the control deck. The whole "open bridge" thing was a terrible idea. It's like the Pontiac Aztec of star destroyers.

So save yourself a trip. The guy just wants this crap off his farm but doesn't want to pay the Jawas to haul it away.

Believe me, this isn't the star destroyer you're looking for.

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The First Ad

The First Ad…

Craigslist Ad of the Day: Used Imperial Star Destroyer
Hey, it’s posted in the RV section. Seems legit.

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Each side of the YarrVee has one tiny, repaired, chip in it.

Someday, it will be much worse, I'm sure. =)

Smashed RV Windshield – What to Do if a Rock Cracks your Motorhome’s Glass

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*Fuck. Yes.*

I can't begin to tell you how long I've waited for this day…
I'm finally going to watch them in the "No Machete" order.
IV – V (Luke's Story)
II – III (Anakin's story with no boring Trade Dispute or Jar Jar)
VI (Grand Finale)

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Figaro, then and now


Figaro, then and now…

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In Austin for


In Austin for AND staying at McKinney Falls State Park in our home on wheels? (No hotel!) Does it get any better than this?


In Album 3/17/15

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