I made my final post on Google Plus yesterday: Ivanova’s closing narration from “Sleeping in Light.” It seemed fitting.

I made my final post on #GooglePlus yesterday: Ivanova’s closing narration from “Sleeping in Light.”

It seemed fitting.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2019/04/last-post-gplus/

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Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019

If you have any photos, conversations or other posts on Google Plus that you want to hang onto, you have until April 2 to grab a copy before they start shutting down the site and deleting content.

(Note that this is Google+, the Facebook-style social network that never quite caught on, *not* Google Photos, which was one of the parts of G+ that *did* catch on and was spun off into its own product a few years ago.)

Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019 – Google+ Help

January 30, 2019 In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product…

Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Most winters there’s at least one snowfall in the mountains by December. Last winter, the first one didn’t hit until March. Here’s hoping we’ll see more water, both liquid and solid, this coming year

Snow in the mountains above Los Angeles, after last week’s rainstorm.

Most winters there’s at least one snowfall in the mountains by December. Last winter, the first one didn’t hit until March. Here’s hoping we’ll see more water, both liquid and solid, this coming year!

#LosAngeles #winter #mountains #california

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Not sure if I’m more appalled by the idea of smiling plastic poop that poops smiling candy poop, or amused by the shelf placement

Not sure if I’m more appalled by the idea of smiling plastic poop that poops smiling candy poop, or amused by the shelf placement

Not sure if I’m more appalled by the idea of smiling plastic poop that poops smiling candy poop, or amused by the shelf placement.

#tacky #💩 #wtf #go #emoji #EmojiGoneWrong

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Ant-Man approves of this Jack-o-Lantern.

Ant-Man approves of this Jack-o-Lantern.

Ant-Man approves of this Jack-o-Lantern.

We also managed to get one more Halloween out of the giant Minecraft spider jockey until the shoulder straps started digging in.

#Halloween #AntMan #pumpkin #jackolantern

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We went to Long Beach Comic Con last weekend…

We went to Long Beach Comic Con last weekend. Had a good time. Katie dressed up as Professor Trelawney, we found some cool art and hit some panels, and J. spent as much time as he could playing laser tag and looking at remote-controlled Astromech droids.

10 Years of Long Beach Comic Con! (2018) – K²R

Back in 2009, I attended the first-ever Long Beach Comic-Con, an event that filled the void left when Wizard World cancelled WWLA at the last minute. I had a good time, and it had a lot of support from the industry, but I wondered how long it would last. Ten years on, LBCC is still …

Hogwarts Professors Trelawney and “Mad Eye” Moody at @longbeachcomiccon

Photo taken at: Long Beach Comic Con

Hogwarts Professors Trelawney and “Mad Eye” Moody at #lbcc2018
#harrypotter #cosplay #longbeachcomiccon #professortrelawney #professortrelawneycosplay #madeyemoody #madeyemoodycosplay @longbeachcomiccon

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By Grabthar’s Hammer, what a savings.

By Grabthar’s Hammer, what a savings.

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Note: I ended up accidentally posting a cropped version to Instagram, which went out to Twitter & Facebook. The full version went up on Wandering.Shop. The difference is so small I figured I’d combine the archive into one post anyway.

Anyone else here remember Trogdor the Burninator?

Anyone else here remember Trogdor the Burninator?

It’s being turned into a board game where you play Trogdor as he burninates the countryside. The Kickstarter ends tomorrow. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1999933720/trogdor-the-board-game

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For those remember who remember Trogdor the Burninator:

It’s being turned into a board game where you play Trogdor as he burninates the countryside. The Kickstarter ends tomorrow.

Trogdor!! The Board Game

Help the beefy-armed dragon Trogdor burninate the countryside in this cooperative game of burnination, majesty, and consummate V’s!!

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Eye(s) of the Tiger – K²R

One of the tigers we saw at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park last week, and some interesting facts about the link between eye shape and ecological niche. Notice that tigers and lions have eyes with round pupils, not vertical slits like housecats…

Eye(s) of the Tiger – K²R

The tiger was a lot closer to the fence than I expected, watching us tourists with a disdainful look as it lounged in the afternoon heat. The fence mostly blurred out of view, but I didn’t notice a dry leaf in front of its face to the left of its mouth, leaving a brown splotch …

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And more photos from the trip, which included an elevated rope obstacle course through the trees, lots of walking, and yes, some animals too.

Lorikeets

I haven’t been active here on Facebook for a while.

I haven’t been active here on Facebook for a while. I’m less comfortable with the major social media platforms these days, and Facebook starts sending “hey, why don’t you like me anymore?” emails and notices on a daily basis, which I find annoyingly makes me want to *not* come back.

But this is where most of the people I know are, so after a few weeks I finally get back and spend too long trying to catch up on 87 notifications that aren’t actually the kind of thing that would be a notification on any other platform, they’re things FB thinks I want to see, and sometimes they’re right, and sometimes they’re wrong, but 90% of the time it’s about Facebook and whether they can get me to look, not about “Hey your friend wants to get in touch with you about this thing.”

Anyway, I’ve been most active on Mastodon lately. It’s similar to Twitter, but instead of one centralized corporation it’s a lot of different servers run by different people and groups, so it can actually be moderated on a human scale, but the servers are able to talk to each other like email servers do. You can find my main account at

KelsonV (@KelsonV@wandering.shop)

188 Toots, 36 Following, 34 Followers · Techie, software developer, hobbyist photographer, sci-fi/fantasy & comics fan in the Los Angeles area.

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Related to that, I wrote up a brief comparison of what makes Mastodon different from Twitter, in terms of actually using the service.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/08/consider-mastodon/

We went to the Orange County Fair yesterday, which was weird because it’s in the smoke plume from the wildfire…

We went to the Orange County Fair yesterday, which was weird because it’s in the smoke plume from the wildfire in the nearest mountains. The light was dim & yellow. The sun, when we could see it, was deep red. At night we could see the mountains silhouetted by an orange glow. But the smoke was all high enough we didn’t smell it, and no ashes reached the ground.

#ocfair #holyfire #california #wildfire #orangecounty #carnival
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