Google Auto Enhancement – Intrusion or Compliment?

These are photos I taken by me over the past few months using my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and then auto enhanced by Google.  Now, I am the first to admit that the images are often unique and striking, some even better than the originals. Others leave me wondering what the heck and why that one?

However, I am not sure how I feel about some large corporation that has access to my personal photos to edit, manipulate and change how they desire and see fit.

Especially those of family and friends.  Why are certain photos chosen and not others?  Not to mention the videos composed of several photos put together, which I did not share any of those.  Does anyone know the why of this or is it some secret algorithms like Facebook uses? Makes me think that this may be too much of a good thing?  Is big brother watching?  Are we being manipulated?

Our every keystroke, every WordPress like and comment, every Google+ comment and plus, every Facebook like and comment, every Twitter tweet, all being captured, stored and categorized.  The technology is a wonderful tool and can truly be used for positive and noble pursuits.  I have met some wonderful people online that I otherwise would never have known. There is a power in being able to connect with people all over the world, but that power in the wrong hands… 

Where are we headed? What do you think?

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The Blood Moon

Photo Credit: VegaStar Carpentier Website – http://www.space.com/18307-blood-red-hunters-moon-photo.html

∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞

under the night I walk

under dark I stalk

left alone

in the cold

twinkling stars are overhead

twinkling memories in my head

lost inside

in the fear

the blood within starts to slip

the blood moon begins to drip

Mark Schutter ©2013

This was written for Frefree write friday kellie elmoree Write Friday from the image prompt  above using what is called stream of consciousness writing, no editing, no proofing just writing! Please check out Kellie Elmore’s official site or click on the Free Write Friday Image for more information. 

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For we know Love Wins

Life does not begin in a year from now, in an hour, or even a minute from now.
It is the now we live.
Love is infinite and can never be used up, give it away freely.
Lingering in each moment.
Khole we tenderly hold you in our arms cherishing each individual breath.
Trusting in the miracle.
Your ever-present strength is our joy, your smile our peace, your simple presence our hope.
For we know Love Wins.

Mark Schutter ©2013

The above was written for #FWF Free Write Friday: Special Edition #TeamKhole via Kellie Elmore – Visit Team Khole on Facebook for all the updates and follow Khole, who was born with a heart defect a few week ago and lend your support to the family as they travel this journey reminding them they are not alone.