Art or Eyesore?
#Twitter increasingly replicates the feeling of a Las Vegas casino that keeps throwing shiny distractions in front of you in hopes of getting you to “engage” with it just a little bit more instead of helping you do what you’re trying to.
I went back to Tweetdeck and it was a relief because it was *simpler*.
New blog post today: Dear Twitter: Please Ditch the Clutter
Facebook Flagged for… domain_placeholder.com? Probably not!
Tonight’s waxing crescent moon, taken with the really long telephoto lens. It’s passing in front of the Hyades star cluster right now, which I’d love to get a photo of, but the moon is just waaay too bright to capture the background stars! Plus I’m still getting used to the controls on this camera.
And here’s another moon shot I took in January, about a week after the lunar eclipse. I used a…
Super camera telephoto lens is out of focus
Even though the tripod’s set, the blur is really bogus
If you use the automated setting hocus-pocus
Still the telephoto lens is slightly out of focus!
(The background is supposed to be blurry, but I had a lot of trouble focusing on the foreground with this lens. I guess it’s just going to take practice.)
Yahoo was never sure what to do with Flickr after they bought it. And when they realized they’d missed the smartphone revolution, they tried to make it into something it wasn’t suited for (an Instagram equivalent) and couldn’t sustain (cloud storage for ALL your photos!)
I remember when they panicked over Instagram and the best they could come up with was adding filters, as if that was the key…
Last month, Tumblr and Flickr both announced policy changes that upset a lot of users. Flickr announced that they’d be shrinking the storage offered to free accounts while adding features to paid accounts. Tumblr announced that all adult content was going to be banned, and immediately set about flagging posts and accounts. In the clumsiest way possible. With a lot of errors…
Twitter is like a train crashing into a burning dumpster, and the railroad owner won’t let firefighters in because they’re doing such a brisk business selling marshmallows.
Facebook is like a large family gathering where you can’t quite get away from your racist uncle/in-law’s soapboxing, and the TV keeps interrupting with commercials for things related to your conversations.
Tumblris the weird…
Remember that door I posted where people had written “To the LEFT” and “Yes, that one!” on the “Please use other door” sign? I went back there last night & there are *more* handwritten notes on it!
KelsonV shared a status by @KelsonWrites@fediverse.blog:
Cross-Posting and the Fediverse fediverse.blog/~/K1FederatedRamblings/cross-posting-and-the-fediverse/
@KelsonWrites I had to repost this to work around a bug, but as you can see, I was able to boost the blog post from Plunme into Mastodon. Even cooler, replies here will show up as comments in the original blog post.
I think this is better than cross-posting, because the original post is still known to both networks, instead of being isolated.
Cross-Posting and the Fediverse
Xolair Gains “Breakthrough” Status to Be Developed as Food Allergy Treatment https://www.allergicliving.com/2018/08/16/xolair-gains-breakthrough-status-to-be-developed-as-food-allergy-treatment/
Food Allergy Shots Moving Forward
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.
Spotted at the county fair last night:
Deep fried Twinkie dogs and Zucchini Weenies have been joined by triple-decker donut burgers, chicken-in-a-waffle-on-a-stick, and the donut chicken and ice cream sandwich. But for sheer “because we can” ridiculousness: deep-fried filet mignon. What a waste.
Totally #fried! #Fair food keeps getting more & more outrageous: triple-decker donut burgers, chicken-in-a-waffle-on-a-stick, and the donut chicken and ice cream sandwich. But for sheer “because we can” ridiculousness: deep-fried filet mignon. 🤦
I tried to write as succinct a “How Mastodon is Different from (birdsite)” intro post as I could. Not sure I got it right.
Suggestions for tightening or clarifying it are welcome!
(Thanks @Canageek for the links to the 3 longer guides I included at the end.)