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Nick (at The CBC)
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Owner at The Comic Book Community & other stuff
Owner at The Comic Book Community & other stuff

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On to other things

Well that was an interesting day, one that went rather unexpectedly, and spells the beginning of the end to my five years on Google Plus.

I'll still be around for a few months yet as I build a home for The Comic Book Community away from this platform. I've deleted my four featured Collections bar this one which isn't featured, and I've withdrawn from most of the communities I was in apart from a few run by friends and my own.

It was a fun ride until recently when Google became unable to give confidence this place has a future. I tried to help with that along with other longstanding Plus users but, that didn't go well, and showed a side to those in charge here that was actually more unpleasant than the faceless overlords on Facebook.

I've made some good friends on here that I'll still be in touch with, and I'll still be in the CBC daily despite Google's new ranking system breaking the community. But this is the final few passes of G+ for me then off to new horizons.

All good things come to an end..
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Stuck in a two mile traffic tailback...

But at least the sun is trying to beat back the rain. :-)

#rainbow
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Can the spam and control the troll

It's crazy how out of control comment threads can get on social, and tools like these are now necessary to clamp down on trolls and other unsavoury folks who flood networks with hate speech, misogyny, bizarre pseudo religious garbage, and just plain garbage sitting on their phones wasting their lives away.

It's a shame we all just can't get along, but hopefully this helps protect people, and we get similar systems to help with the wave of spam to be found on G+ these days as well.

#spamspamspam #controlthetroll
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Here we go again. :-)


#mondayincoming
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It is September 10th FFS 🙄

#itisnotxmasyet
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A Story That Shaped Us All

Today marks 50 years of Star Trek's TV debut back in 1966. Gene Roddenberry and a fantastic team of visionary writers, producers, artists, and some now very famous actors created a cultural icon unlike any other. A vision of humanity's future where we had bravado, intelligence, compassion, and left behind a lot of the selfishness and fear that crushes so many people in today's world. It was a future as a kid (and even now) I wanted to be living in.

The stories were fun, thought provoking, and controversial in their day about a group of people exploring the unknown, and each one bringing their own talents to the mission, each one respected and valued.

I loved it and still do, and I owe everyone involved in it for helping me to understand myself better and strive to be more.

I love science and technology because of Star Trek, a lot of the tools and gadgets we enjoy daily found their genesis in Trek and more will come, fingers crossed for holidaying via Transporter, and warping to Alpha Centauri to visit relatives.

It's a vision that has enthralled and inspired for decades and hopefully will continue to do so for years to come. If we're really lucky the hope for a better tomorrow will catch on and we'll elevate ourselves to something greater out amongst the stars.

I saw my first episode in the late 70s 'The Devil in the Dark' and I re-watched it on Netflix a few days ago (lost count of how many times I've seen it now) and remember so clearly being terrified by the lava monster the Horta. But in the end I had learned not to judge by appearances and I was hooked for ever more as the crew of the Enterprise boldly went where no one had gone before.

So happy 50th anniversary to makers and fans alike of the greatest adventure, and may it live long and prosper. 🖖

Art by Rich Davis

#startrek #StarTrek50
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Would you get into an open car with no owner in sight?

This is fascinating to watch on a number of levels. Brave Tesla Model X owner Bjørn Nyland parked his electric car at Aker Brygge, a popular area in Oslo, Norway with plenty of people about shopping and enjoying what looks like a fine day.

He opened the car's recognisable Falcon Wing doors and decided to step away and see if there was any reaction from passers-by, and oh boy was there.

As much as I covet the Model X, or Model S for that matter, I don't think I could be brazen enough to just jump into a strangers car. But nothing seems to be holding back the crowd here as they investigate what is a rare sight in Europe for the time being at least. Maybe the Norwegians are just ultra-nice and friendly. Tesla couldn't buy this kind of PR. :-)

#tesla #modelx #electriccar
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With three kids already I don't really have capacity for one more, so screw it I'll ride this :-)


#startrek #enterprise
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Arrival

This looks really cool and reviews from the Venice Film Festival are, well, stellar. Here's hoping for some intelligent intense sci-fi that doesn't lay waste to half the planet for kicks. :-)

#arrival #amyadams scifi #sciencefiction
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#throwbackthursday

Loved Disneys The Black Hole an overlooked special effects gem. I couldn't find all the toys over here at the time unfortunately but I did have Maximillian, Vincent, Bob, and Mr. Pizer. The good old days. :-)


#scifi #toys #theblackhole #movie #disney
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