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End of the Line - Last Stop up ahead: Google+

Countdown clock says four or 5 days til the destination is reached.
Depending on traffic, time zone, and the toggle switch. "YMMV"
Safe trip on foot from the train station Last stop up ahead for G+.
Originally shared by Michael Fenichel
Song for "the end of the line" - for Google+

End of the Line

Well, it's alright
Everything will work out fine
We're going to the end of the line
Well it's all right, everything'll work out fine

#gplus #googleplus #gplusrefugees #gplussunset #theend #goodbyegoogle #endoftheline #gplusrefugee #music #gplus

New Forum

#forums #gaming #boardgames #cardgames

In an attempt to stem the tide of #gplusrefugees flocking over to MeWe or some other siloed site because "OMG there are communities!!" I figured let's start building up the forum presence here in an attempt to drive some traffic this way.

Thus: I have created a Board Games Forum for discussion of all things Board and Card Games. Join now!

@Board Games Forum
Pittsburgh, PA 

Kauai Crop Duster

Something a bit different. This is as "Americana" as can be, a crop duster on American soil, traditional farming "old style" (post aviation). This is also part of Americana as Kaua'i is the unforgettable backdrop for "Jurassic Park" and other classic American movies. Captured on Velvia (slide/diapositive) film.

Thanks to the owner of this plane, who wrote back when I posted this to a Google "collection". (This image had made the cover of "Crop & Prop" magazine!)

Rescued/re-located from Google+ Americana Collection

Comment on the G+ post:
ralphyboy25: Crop and Prop magazine? I suppose there is a niche publication for most every occupation. Kauai, known as "the Garden Island" for a good reason.

Absolutely. I'm just happy I never made a G+ Kauai Collection!

More Hawaiian Islands images: http://www.fenichel.com/hawaii2.shtml
More images of Kaua'i: http://www.fenichel.com/kauai.shtml
More Americana: http://www.fenichel.com/americana.shtml
Ameri-Kona: http://www.fenichel.com/amerikona.shtml

#Kauai #aviation #Hawaii #cropduster #americana #Hawaiian #Fujichrome #film #diapositive #landscapephotography #Velvia #landscape #myphoto #gplusrefugee #airplane #mywork #transporttuesday #fujifilmfriday #gplusrefugees

Diaspora is going to need more pods

Based on @Di Cleverly and @David Thiery 's experience and estimates, Pluspora is not going to be sufficient or sustainable for the anticipated G+ exodus.

They see 20-40 pods of 1,000 - 2,000 users each being likely needed. Not necessarily all at once, but this is something that should be getting considered.

Operating costs are on the order of $25/mo using cloud services, or about $0.025/user-month, give or take. A quarter per year.

This works out to roughly 50,000 users migrating over. My previous estimates of user activity, backed by independent analysis by Stone Temple Consulting suggested 4-6 million publicly-participating G+ users as of January - March, 2015. The active core of that may have been as low as 50-100k, which seems generally sensible based on other indications.

The numbers are much squishier than I'd like but at least establish a starting point.

There are other alternatives, such as protocols / servers which have lower per-user overhead, but we have no data on this presently.

#googleplus #gplusrefugees #podAdmin


G+ Migration Post Mortem: What went well, what went poorly, what are lessons learned?

We're now well into the post-Google+ period, and I'd like to open up the question of how things went.

I've got my own mental list of things which went well or poorly in the process, of the latter, many of which involve myself.

This is open to contributions and discussion.

Discussion here or at PlexodusReddit.

There's a Plexodus Wiki Post Mortem page open as well.

#Plexodus #GPlusRefugees #GooglePlus #PostMortem

A set of 604 curated "locally notable" G+ profiles


This list comes from a set of contributions from +Eli Fennell's listing here:


Though not strictly-speaking "signal flares", I've submitted the profiles to the Internet Archive's Wayback machine (scripted via the "Save" URL) -- that part took about 90 seconds. Sorting out grabbing all the profile names and IDs from G+ HTML (and wrestling with local systems) a couple of hours.

A really good reason to pin a #signalflare post is that that pinned post WILL SHOW UP IN THE INTERNET ARCHIVE when saved.

(I'll schedule another save or few of this through April 2.)

This'd be a good set of folks to keep tabs on and through whom to find others.

I'll be adding this to the #PlexodusWiki Notable Names Database (NNDB) ... eventually:



#GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #SignalFlare #GplusContacts

For The Newer Pluspora Folks Let’s Do The Aspects Again :

Folks who are not on Pluspora, feel free to skip this post, this is really just intended for our Pod and not meant to klutter up your reading. Folks who are already being shared with by me are in my Aspects don't need to read this again for the most part (I have a seperate post for folks in my aspects that I'll post up later). If you are not on Pluspora but want to share with me that's fine, note my cautions about myself and who I am willing to share with.

I haven't done a public one of these since the end of G+ and I figured there have been a few new folks added since we now have
13,352 User Accounts on Pluspora.

I am one of the many #GplusRefugees that came over early (6 months before the close of G+) and helped nudge a lot of folks to join us here as the leadership team set up this platform for us as a non-commercial refuge for civil and friendly conversation, sharing and interaction on the internet where some of the values we created our circles of friends over there could again meet up (as well as new folks who wanted to avoid the hatemongers and overly commercialized sites like Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, etc.

If you have seen and/or interacted with any of my posts, article links etc here on pluspora then you might want to know that just as on G+ I actually post a LOT more than what you see in my public posts. If we are not sharing with each other and you are not in my aspects, you only see 5% of what I post, discuss and get involved in.

I put a lot of what I write behind Aspects, which act as private posts. These let me avoid flooding the stream and let folks see posts on specific subjects that they are interested in, as I have a lot of interests and at times can be verbose, opinionated and eclectic.

Aspects work like Circles or private communities. Those not in them do not see what is posted in them. In addition they act like Email Sharing trees, you won't see old posts that were shared in them previously, only those things posted from the moment you are added in.

It also means that we can keep things mostly troll, spam and neo-nazi free. AND that if you see replies/comments from someone in my aspected posts you know that they are also interested in that subject and might be a neat person for you to share with as well on that subject. And probably a generally decent person to know. By sharing aspects we get to know each other and connect up with new people.

Building up private aspect sharing this way allows an emulation of some of the controls that many of us were used to on g+ and other platforms. There is a problem from specific problem pods (what some folks here call the #RudePods or #NaziPods or #TrollPods) on the Diaspora Network. Mostly these are pods filled with MAGA types who have been tossed out of the civilized pods (though some keep multiple sock puppet accounts like they do on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter etc). Their numbers are few and small and they hate Pluspora for its founder's insistence of maintaining civilized and polite discussion and not allowing members who use anonymous posting to commit what is considered in some states of the USA as hate crimes or libel. Oh and they hate the fact that we are outnumber them considerably in reality, not in fake accounts. Unlike Twitter or Facebook they are a minority on the Diaspora Network that Pluspora belongs to..

If you are not currently sharing with me, and not a troll, Anti-LGBT, or rampant neo-nazi/alt-right/fascist kind of person you might want to considering connecting up this way (reply if you are interested in specific aspects).

My aspects lists are also a way to find others on pluspora or the diaspora who are not fundamentally rude, crude, blatantly evil or purposely cruel. I don't get along with those types and won't share with them when they are encountered. I am also actively trying to connect up folks with matching interests to develop their own aspect collections with private sharing to shut out those sort sort folks.

If someone in my aspects turns out to be such a problem person they get removed (let me know if someone is offensive elsewhere and we're not seeing it in commentary/posts I can see). If someone is a severe problem it is recommended that we report them to the Pluspora officers (ex: we've reported some blatant anti-Vaxers, anti-semites and other hate types that were running multiple accounts on pluspora and elsewhere), don't share with them and ignore them on your account. If no one is sharing with them on Pluspora then there posts will not be delivered to our server.

The Leaders of our Pod are responsive, efficient, understanding as well as fair on how they handle problem people, bans and working as best they can with the technology. BUT the software only allows so much control, and persons NOT on Pluspora but one of the other pods are not something that they can directly deal with easily. Only by community action and choices (like not sharing with undesirables and ignoring them) can we deal with outsiders from other pods that try to be disruptive, destructive etc.

One small thing… if all you post is in a non-english language in your own posts, then please don’t share with me. I am monolingual for the most part and find that generally automatic translations (via google etc) don’t work well here on diaspora. I wish neither of these things were true, but I'm too old to learn more languages. If you dual post in multiple languages or primarily posting #Art

So, reply and let me know where your interests are (and add me to any of your own aspects in these categories) :

#Art (visual, audio, and sometimes performance; includes photography and other art)
#Biography (that is biographic pieces on other people, not mine)
#Cambridge (That would be Cambridge Massachusetts USA)
#CurrentEvents (includes politics, world events, news)
#FictionBooks (I read things that are not in SF/Fantasy)
#FilmAndTv (may include spoilers, criticism, reviews, theory etc.) #Film #TV
#Food (#cooking, eating out experiences, recipes, etc.) #Recipies #Cooking
#Gamers (tabletop, rpgs, role-playing, computer, online, design projects, tools & techniques)
#History (includes archaeology etc)
#Humor (comedians, funny life things, memes)
#Life (My personal life; I’m very careful as to who can read these as I do one daily)
#Pagan (neo-pagan etc. Things not in mainstream religion, including mythology)
#RadioDays This is for links and info on radio shows, audio dramas, sound theater and comedy from the 1920s to modern BBC radio shows. Things ranging from The Shadow or Nero Wolfe to BBC shows like 'Just A Minute' etc. Sound Entertainment.
#Science (includes space, medicine, environment, physics etc.)
#SFAndFantasy (books and other fantastic literature media)
#Technology (includes computers, the internet, AI, robots, etc.)
#Webcomics (not just the funny ones)
#Writers (Includes How to, format, plotting, characterization, world building, criticism/reviews, spoilers, tools)
#Zibaldone (language, culture, mathematics, strange things, philosophy)

There are days where I will only read/post based on my aspects, to avoid the stream firehose, so being in my aspects is more likely to get my involvement in things that you post…

When posting and using hashtags, always Capitalize the first letter, this is so folks with visual impairment who use screen readers can use search aspects effectively on them.

Resharing links of articles from elsewhere on the web that I have posted about is fine, if you want to do so in your circles or even in public. Do not do this with my own commentary or discussions of them or anything I have marked with the hashtag #myownwork please, marked that way consider them to be under copyright protection at this time as works in progress.

All posts with the #Life Tag are to be considered confidential within the confines of that Aspect, if you have access.

Note that Videos on Youtube that I link to in my posts can be accessed long after the posts by going to the appropriate Aspect Play List on my channel:

My You Tube Aspect Play Lists

If you pull up my profile information I also post links to things to other things I am involved in.

This Post made on 5/27/2019.

Song for the Day

Things We Said Today - Beatles

Released around the time G+ announced our demise. This is an official (HQ) version from the Beatles, "here to stay"

You say you will love me
If I have to go
You'll be thinking of me
Somehow I will know
Someday when I'm lonely
Wishing you weren't so far away
Then I will remember
The things we said today
You say you'll be mine, girl
'Til the end of time
These days such a kind girl
Seems so hard to find
Someday when we're dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
The things we said today
Me, I'm just the lucky kind
Love to hear you say that love is luck
And, though we may be blind
Love is here to stay
And that's enough
To make you mine, girl
Be the only one
Love me all the time, girl
We'll go on and on
Someday when we're dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
Things we said today
Me, I'm just the lucky kind
Love to hear you say that love is luck
And, though we may be blind
Love is here to stay
And that's enough
To make you mine, girl
Be the only one
Love me all the time, girl
We'll go on and on
Someday when we're dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
The things we said today

#googleplus #gplusrefugees #gplusexpats #today #beatles #music #thingswesaidtoday #musica #musique #60s #classicrock

YouTube: Things We Said Today (Remastered 2009) (The Beatles - Topic)


Trust Google (or evil-twin Facebook) with privacy? Hahaha...

I remember when their credo was "don't be evil". Now revoked, it seems more like, don't miss opportunities to scrape & screw users. :(

Google Says it Has Found Religion on Privacy

#privacy #socialmedia #google #googleisevil #gplusrefugee #gplusrefugees #cyberpsychology #digitalmorality

The New York Times: Google Says It Has Found Religion on Privacy (By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and BRIAN X. CHEN)


Friends+Me Google+ Exporter can still access images & video

If you're like me, well, first, my deepest sympathies, but you've used F+MGE to capture your posts and other text content, but were saving images for later, only to be caught by the Google+ shutdown.

Turns out that googleusercontent.com is still serving up those images (this may be data that's harder for Google to remove), so you can still fetch media content through Google+ Exporter.

Hop on that now if you're interested.

#GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #DataExport #FriendsPlusMe
Sad Note: 1PM Mountain View Time, 4PM New York Time - my last post (photo of a ghost town and report of functional failings), and suddenly I could see only my last post, and then only 2 communities, and then poof... this. Have some screenshots and a 30" vid of it falling apart. :(((((((((( Rest in Peace Google+

#gplusrefugees #googleplus #gplusrefugee #myphoto #gplussunset #googleisevil #goodbyegoogle #goodbyegplus #RIP


I spent weeks trying to salvage content from G+, mostly photos, a few threads with photos and music links/discussions...
Now the countdown clock say one day left.

There is a still-active G+ community sharing memories, tributes, music, and more - "Lights Out", now an Irish Wake, until "The End".

Reverting to my DJ days, I've posted several musical picks, and today compiled them all into one post (on Google+).
So here I'm going to attempt to replicate that, since G+ is set for demolition beginning in about one day +/-.

Songs about the end of the road - end of the line - leaving - journeying to new lands - remembering the good...
All-purpose song list (from my vantage point of "classic rock") - but a special tribute to the wonderful residents of the land, R.I.P.


Wooden Ships - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Go, take your sister then, by the hand,
lead her away from this foreign land,
Far away, where we might laugh again,
We are leaving - you don't need us.

And it's a fair wind, blowin' warm,
Out of the south over my shoulder,
Guess I'll set a course and go...

End of the Line -Traveling Wilburys

Well it's all right... sometimes you gotta be strong.
Well it's all right, even when push comes to shove.
Well it's all right, everything will work out fine.
We're going to the end of the line.

This Night Has Opened My Eyes - The Smiths

I'm not happy and I'm not sad...
She took away your troubles but then again she left pain.
Could of been a poet or could have been a fool..

Hey Jude - The Beatles

Take a sad song and make it better...

Ground Control to Major Tom (Space Oddity) - David Bowie

Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you "Here am I floating 'round my tin can
Far above the moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do"

Two of Us - The Beatles

Two of us Sunday driving
Not arriving
On our way back home
We're on our way home
We're on our way home
We're going home

Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel

Time it was, and what a time it was, it was....
Long ago it must be, I have a photograph..
Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you.

Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot....
Don't it always seem to go,
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?

The End - The Doors

This is the end, beautiful friend.

The End - The Beatles

And in the end...

#music #musica #musique #closingtime #goodbye #googleplus #RIP #gplusrefugees #gplusrefugee #tribute #gplus

YouTube: Closing Time Semisonic Lyrics (Marina Rae)

Become a Diaspora Contributor

Let us count the ways:

1 Diaspora needs you!
2 Become a Part of the diaspora* Community!
3 Ways to Get Involved
3.1 Get an account 
3.2 Report bugs 
3.3 Test reported bugs 
3.4 Run a Community Pod 
3.5 Donate to your Podmin or Developers 
3.6 Request new features 
3.7 Start Meetups 
3.8 Provide Translations 
3.9 Write tutorials and user guides 
3.10 Add to the Wiki 
3.11 Grassroots Community Projects 
3.12 More Ways to Get Involved: 
3.13 Spread the Word

From the Diaspora Foundation wiki.

#diaspora #getInvolved #plexodus #gplusrefugees #distributedWeb
OK, lets go #gothic -
I still have some of the best images left stranded on G+, I just realized, scrolling up the collection. Scrolling... OMG ...

So, the plan, as the clock says one week and bang!
2 more on this penultimate weekend of Google+ existence.

I've sketched out a few batches of religion, torture * and serenity.

Sep 24, 2015
Turning to some of Prague's magnificent churches. A great introduction to Prague's churches might begin here, at St. Vitus, inside the Prague Castle (Hrad).

Not only is it beautiful inside, but one can climb to the top bell-tower for amazing views of Prague, and the Castle courtyard and churches below.

More 'here' and much more at: http://www.fenichel.com/prague

#Prague #Praga #Czechia #Praha #Hrad #CzechRepublic #czechia #churchphotography #StVitus #KirchenKostely #gothic #church #stainedglass #architecture #myphoto #gplusrefugee * #gplusrefugees #medieval #arches #iglesias

"Hradical Sunset" - Prague Castle (Hrad) at Sunset

Here is the 2nd post to my then-new "Prague" Collection in the wonderful world of Google+ (R.I.P. April 2019)

Fitting for the Google+ community's so-called #sunset - although sunsets are usually more of a natural and beautiful thing. R.I.P. G+

From the once-thriving land of G+, the Prague Collection is/was @

Much more still "here" and @ http://www.fenichel.com/prague

#prague #praga #praha #czechrepublic #Czechia #hrad #sunset #castle #gplussunset #googlesunset #googleplussunset #sunset #gplussunsettribute #myphoto #gplusrefugees #gplusrefugee
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