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Weekly Roundup – March 15, 2014

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This is my “Saturday Roundup” post where I wrap up the week’s events. provide links to some interesting posts that I came across on the Web during the week and perhaps even throw in a photo or two.

On a Personal Level…

I once again stuck to my writing goal of 2,000 words a day – a continuous streak since January 1st. Being that we are still in the full throes of winter here in Wisconsin, I had no problem with productivity – too darn cold to do much of anything else! So I’m working my butt off this winter with the hopes of slowing down a bit when summer finally makes an appearance.

This week, I completed the third book in my new series featuring sixteen year-old Nick, a high school tarot card reader who can see ghosts – and have begun outlining the fourth novel in the series. I’ve also made quite a bit of progress editing the second draft of the first book. Getting closer and close to publication.

Was hoping to see the new Wes Anderson movie “Grand Budapest Hotel” but it has still not made it to Milwaukee. It’s been out in other cities for over a week already. I’ll be bummed if it doesn’t make it here.

On the Web

Andrew Sullivan posted a short video of Edward Snowden speaking to a South by Southwest audience via Google Hangout, during which he stressed the need for consumers to start encrypting their data, which led to an interesting discussion on the blog. Snowden also Skyped into South by Southwest. You can watch the hour long video HERE.

If you enjoy photography, then you might want to check out these 50 Photography Quotes to Inspire You, posted at the Petapixel blog.

Filmmaker Tatia Pilieva did an experiment during which he asked 20 complete strangers to make out. See the video HERE

Another film by a Seattle artist memorializes his gay grandfather who came out at 90.

Are you a Golden Girls fan? This week, the Towleroad blog posted some of the best gay moments from the Golden Girls. It was fun to see these clips again.

I also came across an interested video in which a photographer tried to get a video of a supposed cougar in urban Hollywood. He succeeds.

Feeling stuck in your writing? Then check out [Alexandra Franzen’s post](http://www.alexandrafranzen.com/2014/03/02/what-should-i-write-about/] featuring 33 prompts get your writing going again.

If you’re looking for reasonably priced cloud storage, then you might be interested to learn Google has slashed the cost of Google Drive to $2.99 a month for 100 gig. That might be the cheapest cloud storage I’ve seen.

Microsoft also was in the news this week. Come spring, the company will begin offering a Personal Office 365 subscription for $6.95 a month.

Kevin Truong is the creator of The Gay Men Project, his own idea to photograph as many gay men as he possibly can all over the world. Great into video to the project – looking forward to seeing a lot more from him.

From the Cape Gazette come a unique take on an obituary. This guy had a great sense of humor!

Are feeling a tad needy? Then you might want to check out Leo Babauta’s article entitled Becoming Emotionally Self-Reliant

And for a good chuckle, check out this video during which two gay dad’s meet the neighborhood “oversharer”. Warning: Not family friendly or for those with a prudish disposition.

And…that’s a wrap!

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