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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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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I tried to write as succinct a “How Mastodon is Different from (birdsite)” intro post …

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!

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

(Thanks @Canageek for the links to the 3 longer guides I included at the end.)

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Long-Form Twitter: WHY OH WHY?

Long-Form Twitter

Twitter is suited for short statements and back-and-forth conversation.

It’s terrible for anything long-form.

Long Twitter threads and images filled with text remind me of the old tech support days when users would paste screen shots of error messages into Microsoft Word documents and email me the document. It was a terrible tool for the job, but it was the one they knew.

Once you get past two or…

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New blog post: How Link Shorteners Leave Holes in Your Social Media

New blog post: How Link Shorteners Leave Holes in Your Social Media https://www.hyperborea.org/journal/2018/01/link-shorteners/

More stuff I’ve noticed going through birdsite & other archives.

And yeah, some of us knew this ahead of time, but it’s still interesting to see how prevalent it ended up being.

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How Link Shorteners Leave Holes in Your Social Media

How Link Shorteners Leave Holes in Your Social Media

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Searching Your Twitter History: Case of the Missing Context

Searching Your Twitter History: Case of the Missing Context

Searching Your Twitter History: Case of the Missing Context

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New blog post: Searching Your Twitter History: Case of the Missing Context

Searching Your Twitter History: Case of the Missing Context

PostContent

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Apparently I messed up the IFTTT rule for plugging new blog posts. “PostContent” – yeah, that’s informative.

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