Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.

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Google Minus

In a hair over three weeks, Google Plus will shut down. While they are within their rights to do this, the way they have handled it has shown absolute disregard for millions of end users.

But you know, if you’re not paying for it you’re not a customer. You are the products. In this respect it’s evident that the difference between Google and Facebook is, Facebook got caught first.

Meanwhile, read and weep for what Google once wanted to be, and has since apparently abandoned: Here

Finally – here is all the everywhere I will be instead.

Cartoonists I Follow

I wrote about The Nib a while ago.  You should know, there are also some trenchant political commentary cartoonists I seek out wherever they may post.  Click the cartoons for their websites.

Keith Knight
Jen Sorensen
Jon Rosenberg
Ruben Bolling
Tom Tomorrow
Mat Bors

Updating Where to Find Me

Almost four years ago, I wrote about how to find me on social media. Now, with Google+ closing, it’s definitely time for an update.

I feel an urgency to write this update, but I also feel it’s premature. I have not finalized my social media mix going forward from here. I was content to have all those eggs in one G+ basket, and it’s feeling like a betrayal to have that yanked away now. But the scattering of G+ denizens that is coming seems impossible to comprehend. It’s overwhelming.

Still, one thing is for sure: I am not going back to Facebook.

So I was wanting to provide this update, and not wanting to at the same time. I worried that within a week, I would add or subtract something important and then have to do it all over again. Bleh. But this morning, I stumbled across something fun: wheretofind.me. This is an easy to use service that does what it says on the tin: tells anyone who looks where to find you.

If I add a subreddit or three… or decide Pluspora is really for the birds… I will just update the info there. Even if I get back on LinkedIn (which could happen!) it will be posted there. Now I just have to make that my URL everywhere.

Gert’s opinion of change is perfectly expressed in that glare.
This GPOMC brought to you by dislike of change.

Leaving G+

In June of 2011, I saw this xkcd cartoon

I joined Google+ right around then. Even as I deleted my LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and pretty thoroughly ignored all other social media, I always kept my G+ postings fresh. It’s where I posted new blog entries, met up with Ingress folks, played silly games, you name it.

Now Google has announced – and then accelerated – plans to shut down Google+. So it’s time to move on. I have chosen a Diaspora pod called pluspora. It was set up specifically to house “refugees” from Google+. A lot of my stream is already posting to both places. Click here to accept my invite to join.

Here is the #signalflare I will be posting today on Google+

You can join me on pluspora by clicking here: https://pluspora.com/i/34003cb21561

Here is my pluspora profile, if you’re curious: https://pluspora.com/people/e6590f00adcc013646c5005056268def

You can also read my general/random topic blog here, and my online safety/security/privacy blog here.

This blog will continue to post links to new entries on Google+ as long as it allows, but will also be posting new entries on pluspora.

Things You Forget

When you move you know there are things to do.  Change your address, cancel and start cable in the old and new spots, get all the internet working, and so on.

Who remembers that you’re going to have to find a new Chinese restaurant that delivers good food?  Or a source of decent pizza?


The same grocery chain has a branch near our new place… but the layout is all wrong different.   And the things they stock are subtly different too.  They all have Jif but this one has our variety.  Our old one did not have Bonne Maman jams but this one does. Yay! Hey, we take the wins we get.

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