Cross-posting from Google Plus Stream to Facebook Timeline

I have decided that I prefer Google Plus’ social media platform to Facebook for a kind of blended approach to professional and personal interests. Facebook was designed for sharing of one’s personal life, and best I can see it doesn’t seem all that well fitted to a professional identity. Yes, one can create a professional page using Facebook. But in all honesty: is anyone out there actually going to show any genuine interest in it? To feature web content that anyone might truly care about, it is more effective to create website or a blog. Best I can see, Facebook professional pages exist mainly because folks have simply bought-in to the idea that they should have one.What I like about Google Plus is that it seems quite well designed to post interesting things that reflect something about the person, in a way that is neatly integrated into a greater professional showcase. Just as with Facebook, what you share reflects upon you personally, so clearly one must exercise at least fair judgment about the impression one makes. But by the same token, if you’re willing to humanize yourself and let your interests, ideas, and humor show it may be well worth that risk. Just how much of a nuanced human being to be in the professional context is an interesting question these days. But for example, for my profession I know that in imagining the customer’s view I’d be much more inclined to seek counseling services* from a nuanced human being that I can relate with, versus… what?… a suit of armor?Also, the interface of Google Plus is just a lot sleeker. The appearance of Google Plus is crisp and clean.

The problem I have found it that the vast majority of friends and colleagues (that might form links to their friends and colleagues, and beyond) are on Facebook and Linked-in–not Google Plus. Facebook I have discussed. Linked-in is for development of a professional profile and growing a network of professional contacts. It feels inappropriate to post too much about personal interests there (at least to me).

In any event, I have embarked on a kind of mission now to use Google Plus as a hub for my various forms of media (my book’s website and blog, this blog, my Facebook (which I have rarely used yet, but now will; see below) and commentary on life in general.

Edit: I had posted here originally about trying to use a IFTTT recipe but that is not the best solution: rather, using WordPress is. See the post above.

* This in reference to completing the Master’s degree and obtaining the clinical license, which I’m currently working on. But I have a book to promote in the meantime. And the same concept applies to that effort.

Cross-posting from Google Plus Stream to Facebook Timeline


Captive Endangered Marsupials Released into the Wild

by Hannah L. Robbins

Perth Zoo recently released 14 zoo-born numbats (Myrmecobius fasciatus), also called banded anteaters, into Dryandra Woodland in Western Australia as part of an ongoing effort to bolster wild populations of the endangered marsupial that’s found only in Australia.

Thus far, Perth Zoo, which has the world’s only breeding center for numbats, in collaboration with Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife has reared 195 numbats through its breeding program. Those numbats will eventually help establish new populations and support already existing wild populations.

Habitat loss in addition to predation from birds of prey, carpet pythons, foxes, and cats have reduced the number of numbats to fewer than 1,000 individuals. “The breeding program is critical to increasing numbers and getting populations out there. It’s one of the only options that we have,” said Dani Jose, a keeper and numbat researcher at the Perth Zoo. “It has to be done that way or they’d be gone.”…

(read more: Wildlife Society)

photograph by Helenabella



Views of a Martian lake bed (left) compared to Earth features that were formed by microbial mats (right). 

The Martian sandstone, about 3.7 billion years old, appears to have layers of stacked microbial mats, pockets eroded into those layers, and places where sections of mat rolled up or cracked after drying out.  

Nora Noffke, who mustered the evidence, says:

This hypothesis is testable and warrants further scrutiny in current and near-term missions to Mars.

Source: Ancient Sedimentary Structures in the <3.7 Ga Gillespie Lake Member, Mars, that Compare in Macroscopic Morphology, Spatial Associations, and Temporal Succession with Terrestrial Microbialites, by Nora Noffke, Astrobiology, Dec 11, 2014


Whizbang! Twitter feed currently the repository of my likes; and plans to integrate Google + as a hub

I’m not able to do much right now by way of curation of content that I find, what with full time graduate studies and working full time as well. For the immediate future I just don’t have the time to post the “best of” items to this blog. But I have things set up to share everything I “like” from my favorite sites to the Twitter feed though: So if you’re interested in what fun things I come across you can follow on Twitter.Addendum 1: Okay, actually I do now have the “all-in-one” feed working again: So one can subscribe to that feed as well.

What I want to work on next for this blog is to share how to set up a hopefully simple and stable method of making Google Plus a kind of home base, so that I can automatically forward liked content to there; and also that my Google + posts also get shared to Facebook. I like Google +’s interface and functionality so much better. I’m not particularly a fan of Facebook, and rarely use it. But Facebook is where people congregate–and hardly any people I know use Google +.

Addendum 2: I created another feed combining all the Feedburner versions of my various “likes” from Digg, StembleUpon, Tumblr, and Pinterest:

Addendum 3: Above I worked out that rather that creating everything in Google + and trying to cross-post, using a blog provides the best solution to send posts to both Google + and Facebook.


Whizbang! Twitter feed currently the repository of my likes; and plans to integrate Google + as a hub