Even better are the results of an image search for
[Wendelstein 7-X], which honestly look like some kind of alien technology.
I'm not criticizing, I'm jealous.
There are few more succinct summaries of the 21st century Internet than that.
I think I understand the motivation for this change. When someone stops popping up in my stream it's never entirely clear if they've left or they're being pushed down in the stream, but I definitely notice it. If I'm following collectives instead of individuals, someone dropping off is much less visible. I'm not saying that this is an attempt to hide people leaving the platform or anything like that, just that I can see the value over the long term in focusing on groups instead of individuals.
That said, for someone like me who's been active almost from the beginning, this shift is incredibly jarring. Almost all of the angst I experience and that I hear from other users revolves around the fact that for us G+ is fundamentally about collecting and interacting with interesting individuals. Put another way, I care about pretty much everything has to say because so far almost everything he's said has been interesting. There's no such thing as a public community that has that character.
I think this focus on communities has a lot of potential, and I'm deeply sympathetic to any effort that looks so much like Usenet. I'm still on board, but having the whole premise of the platform shift has been, and will be, difficult to get used to.
See my previous post re: "vitamins".
The difference that the restoration work is making is absolutely astounding. It really does revert the space into one that jives with what I learned were the intentions of the builders - That it be a space of air and light, evoking heaven and the eternal. The deep, dark, gloomy Chartres I saw was impressive and imposing, but nothing like what it appears to be now (again).
I can't wait to go back and see the change in person.
On the other hand, I get to eat the treats she can't. Seriously, Brooklyn: ONE peanut butter cup? Yeesh.
The one where I can actually compare myself to Angelina Jolie
Remember a few years ago when the interwebs were in an uproar when they found out that Angelina Jolie had a preventative double-mastectomy?
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