I made my final post on #GooglePlus yesterday: Ivanova’s closing narration from “Sleeping in Light.”
It seemed fitting.
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.)
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.
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!
Overloaded! Someone was trying to move boulders on wooden pallets for landscaping, and they seem to have been a bit much for the pallets to handle…
The Tustin blimp hangars now have an entry on Atlas Obscura.
Tustin Blimp Hangars
These enormous World War II relics are some of the largest wooden structures in the world.
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.
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 …
By Grabthar’s Hammer, what a savings.
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?
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
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.
Help the beefy-armed dragon Trogdor burninate the countryside in this cooperative game of burnination, majesty, and consummate V’s!!
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…
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 …
And more photos from the trip, which included an elevated rope obstacle course through the trees, lots of walking, and yes, some animals too.
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
188 Toots, 36 Following, 34 Followers · Techie, software developer, hobbyist photographer, sci-fi/fantasy & comics fan in the Los Angeles area.
Related to that, I wrote up a brief comparison of what makes Mastodon different from Twitter, in terms of actually using the service.
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.