Twitter increasingly replicates the feeling of a Las Vegas casino that keeps throwing shiny distractions …

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

Dear Twitter: Please Ditch the Clutter

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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.

I made my final post on Google+ yesterday

#Babylon5

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Waxing and Waning Moon

Waxing and Waning Moon

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…

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Supercameratelephotolensisoutoffocus

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.)

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Hot Take: The Great Flickr Purge

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…

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Why I have more confidence in Flickr/SmugMug than Tumblr/Verizon

Why I have more confidence in Flickr/SmugMug than Tumblr/Verizon

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…

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The 2018 Social Network Experience

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…

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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!

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!

Yes, THAT One!

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Cross-Posting and the Fediverse

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.

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Cross-Posting and the Fediverse

Cross-Posting and the Fediverse

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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.

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Fair food keeps getting more and more outrageous.

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.

https://www.hyperborea.org/journal/2018/08/fairpocalypse/

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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. 🤦‍

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