Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations

“Babylon 5 was the last of the Babylon stations. There would never be another. It changed the future .. and it changed us. It taught us that we have to create the future .. or others will do it for us. It showed us that we have to care for one another, because if we don’t, who will? And that true strength sometimes comes from the most unlikely places. Mostly, though, I think it gave us hope .. that there can always be new beginnings .. even for people like us.”

— General Ivanova in Babylon 5: “Sleeping in Light”

The best places you can find me online after Google+ shuts down in April

The best places you can find me online after Google+ shuts down in April:

  1. My blog, K-Squared Ramblings, at https://www.hyperborea.org/journal/
  2. My Mastodon social media profile at https://wandering.shop/@kelsonv

I’m going through this profile looking for anything that I want to preserve, deleting duplicates as I go. Any posts I want to keep online, I’ll copy to my blog, backdated to the original date.

The news dropped today that Google will be shutting down Google+ in August of next year.

The news dropped today that Google will be shutting down Google+ in August of next year.
https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/

I haven’t been very active here in a long time. Mostly these days I’ve been on Mastodon. it’s more like Twitter than Google+, but it’s really a collection of smaller networks that talk (almost) seamlessly to each other like different email servers. You can sign up on a server based on topic, location, language or just on a whim, and you can interact with people on every other Mastodon instance…and several other networks that use the same system to interact, but handle photos, blogging, etc.

It’s an open-source project where each server is run by volunteers, which means:

1. Real people can handle moderation for their servers.
2. Different servers have their own policies on both content and conduct.
3. The network has no incentive to data-mine your activity for advertising or show you the posts that are most likely to get you angry and keep you reading , replying and reposting.

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

How Mastodon is Different from Twitter

You can get started here:
https://joinmastodon.org

Finally, if you want to follow me on Mastodon, I’m KelsonV on Wandering.Shop. You can see my profile here: https://wandering.shop/@kelsonv (I also have two other accounts where I focus on books and photography, both of which are linked from my main one.)

Apparently the WordPress-to-Google-Plus link has been posting everything privately…

Apparently the WordPress-to-Google-Plus link has been posting everything privately since, like, January. And I haven’t been over here in all that time to check…🤦‍♂️

I have been blogging in that time, both general topics and a new read-through of Les Miserables.

I’ve mostly been on Mastodon these days. You can find me on Wandering Shop at https://wandering.shop/@kelsonv

Would anyone be interested in some blog highlights?

Apparently the WordPress-to-Google-Plus link has been posting everything *privately* since, like, January. And I haven’t been over there in all that time to check…🤦‍♂️

On Wandering.shop

They did it. The FCC voted 3-2 on party lines to scrap #NetNeutrality even though…

They did it. The FCC voted 3-2 on party lines to scrap #NetNeutrality even though
– 83% of voters across the board want to keep it
– scrapping it doesn’t help anyone except the giant cable & phone companies
– it’s the only thing stopping them from restricting how you use the net

On Twitter

You can use your imagination how ISPs’ ability to throttle or block the sites & apps you use could be abused.

But you trust your cable company, right?

On Twitter

Congress can reverse it w/the Congressional Review Act (ironically, used earlier this year to remove privacy rules that the old FCC put in place).

Your move:
Text BATTLE to 384-387 or
Call Congress at 202-759-7766 or
Visit https://battleforthenet.com

On Twitter

Well, they did it. The FCC voted 3-2 on party lines to scrap Net Neutrality even though 83% of voters across the board want to keep it, even though scrapping it doesn’t help anyone except the giant cable & phone companies and those they decide to bless with their approval, even though it’s the only thing other than trust preventing those cable & phone companies from placing restrictions on how you use the internet and where you go…and you can surely use your imagination as to how that can be abused.

But you trust your cable company, right?

Comcast wants to control what you do online. Do you want to let them?

On Google+

The fight moves to Congress now. They can still nullify the action through the Congressional Review Act – ironically, the same method they used earlier this year to wipe out privacy rules that the FCC put in place under the last administration. Call your Senators. Call your Representative.

On Facebook

Expanded on K2R

Agency: Cosette vs. Éponine vs. Florence

I recently dug out my recordings of Chess and listened to them extensively. With Judy Kuhn playing Florence on the Broadway version, I found myself comparing the roles of Florence and Cosette. Florence in Chess is a much more complex character than the Cosette we see in the musical of Les Misérables. While it’s true that Florence is defined mainly through her relationships with men — her missing…

Agency: Cosette vs. Éponine vs. Florence

On Twitter
On Tumblr

Odd: Google Photos actually increased saturation on this. Half the time the auto-awesome…

Odd: Google Photos actually increased saturation on this. Half the time the auto-awesome (or whatever they’re calling it these days) takes a photo with bright, interesting colors and makes it a dull black and white (it hardly ever picks the shots that actually look good in B&W).

I’m still not sure how this new landscaping is supposed to work.

I’m still not sure how this new landscaping is supposed to work. My best guess is that the lower area is supposed to collect runoff and seepage from the surrounding lawn and other plants (and the street gutter behind me, interestingly enough) in order to…

Not sure how this landscaping is supposed to work

Comment from Jeffrey Price:

It is a stormwater retention pond. It’s purpose is to collect water a certain amount of water and over the course of 2-3 days, allow that water to absorbed into the ground. Too much water should go toward and overflow drain and out into the stormwater sewers.

Golden Age Flash vs. the Measles

In “Play of the Year” (March 1943), a theater producer sabotages a rival’s production by faking a measles outbreak among the cast. The boarding house where they’re all staying is immediately quarantined.

Of course, this is a Jay Garrick Flash story, so there’s a madcap solution: the Flash will perform every part in the play at once!

Golden Age Flash vs. the Measles

As someone who grew up after the measles vaccine, I tended to think of it as not a big deal, just one of those childhood diseases that previous generations had to deal with. So back in the mid-2000s when I was tracking down every Golden Age Flash story I could find, I was surprised to see that Flash Comics #39 treated it as serious business (which, of course, it is).

I’ve noticed that Feedly’s view of my own blog doesn’t reflect changes

I’ve noticed that Feedly’s view of my own blog doesn’t reflect changes when I update a recent post. The RSS feed definitely includes the updated content, and new posts do show up in Feedly. I’ve tried changing the pubDate on the items, and that doesn’t seem to make a difference. Is this expected behavior? If so, is there a way to tell Feedly that the content has changed, short of creating an entirely new post?

Note: Comments confirmed that I do, in fact, need a new ID for it. I described a solution in a followup on K2R.