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Did anyone ever find it odd that the X-wing had that much cargo room considering it was a combat fighter and not troop transport? Where exactly did all those crates stow?
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My review of this product has gone live and I have to say, I really do love these sets.  ProTip: get used versions with damaged packaging to save even more.
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Turns out I DO have a friend after all.  Thanks +Jeremy Seifert for the #lootcrate  love.  If anyone else wants to join us (and earn me more credits), sign up here looted.by/cgODp I could use the validation.      
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4GB in case anyone was interested. 

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+Julia Shiras​ made some sweet sushi for our church bake sale. They were a big hit. 
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I would NOT make this for an everyday treat. Way to much sugar for my taste, but it looks awesome and it was for a good cause.
 
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And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.

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I guess she didn't want any tea.
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Here's some photos from yesterday's butterfly release party.  I was too busy releasing butterflies to take pictures of the actual release but a couple stayed around long enough for us to take some pics.  +Julia Shiras has a really nice one that shows just how "furry" these guys were.  You can see a short video here youtu.be/pJaLmZEqC84
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+Yané Marie Sleppy Thanks, I thought so but couldn't remember. :)
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This isn't my area of expertise and quite frankly, not something i care about (not interested in watches) but for those of you who do care about these things and may even have some expert knowledge related to the subject, I think you might like to read and comment on this.  Probably better to comment on the original post for deeper thoughts but I'll leave comments open here for the those who don't want too much noise.
 
It's been a year now since I wrote the first line of code of Wear Mini Launcher[1]. Today, Google announced a new Android Wear version including (amongst other things) a simpler way to launch apps.
A lot of users will see this as an improvement. Objectively, it's one, but the timing is the worst I could imagine.

Android Wear and it's paradigm

When the first public version of Android Wear was released a year ago, it was a revolution. Not really for the hardware aspect (there were already smart watches on the market at this time). But the paradigm was completely new. 

Android Wear "Creative Vision"[3] was really clear:
Android Wear devices provide just the right information at just the right time

It's that simple and that's why the app list was buried at the bottom of a long list of (less relevant) items. They were not meant to be launched with that kind of interaction (not to say they weren't meant to be launched at all, except in some rare cases). 

Android Wear commercial debuts

Every revolution leaves some user behind and it has been the case for Android Wear. This simple paradigm had a negative effect on the way people saw the platform. I can't remember how many times I read people saying "I won't buy a smartwatch until it does something more than my phone. These devices are useless". These people didn't see the benefit of getting another device as it will do less things than the one they had in their pocket. I strongly think that restraining the app access deeply strengthened this feeling and had a negative effect on the selling and on the usefulness perception the people had.

There was a need for a launcher at this time at least to allow people to understand that it was not really the point of the platform, but Google chose not to lead people and left them aside.

A new challenger appears

Almost a year later, Apple decided to launch its own device. I won't speak a lot about it, it's not the point, but the main difference is that Apple built an app-centric platform. They sold 1M units the first day, more than a year of Android Wear device selling. 
Today's Android Wear update is, for me, the worst reaction Google could have. They added some of the gadget features Apple Watch add (draw and send) and, that's what shocks me the more, partly renounce to their paradigm.
Now that most of the people got used to this (or found alternatives), they changed it back. That's the worst signal to launch as it will be considered as a failure against their concurrent. 

Just after Wear Mini Launcher gained some popularity, +Adam Powell  wrote: Lamenting the lack of a quick-access menu of apps to launch on Android Wear is a bit like lamenting the lack of a manual transmission on a Model S. [4]
He was right except for two things. 
* You cannot expect people to get used to a automatic transmission without teaching them why it's better, how to use it and give them time to get used to it. 
* You cannot come back a year after and tell them that finally the manual transmission was not that bad.



[1] https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NicolasPomepuy/posts/7t8dXVvd6xP
[2] http://googleblog.blogspot.fr/2015/04/android-wear-wear-what-you-want-get.html
[3] https://developer.android.com/design/wear/creative-vision.html
[4] https://plus.google.com/+AdamWPowell/posts/jAGcgtvaUje
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Yesterday we released the butterflies into the wild. It was just two short weeks ago when the jar of grubs arrived and now look at them, so big and beautiful (and fuzzy) These two weren't ready to fly off like the others so we were able to enjoy them for a lot longer.
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I wanted this to be good. Had high hopes for it. But sadly, it jumped the shark like three episodes in.
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I think the temporal war was a cop out to avoid dealing with the limitations of an emerging star fleet. Andromeda handled this underdog scenario much better.
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