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The Zoroastrian Groucho Marx.
The Zoroastrian Groucho Marx.

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Also programming-relevant but there you are.
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Behind the scenes of a one-shot scene. This is pretty impressive coordination.

I think the most amazing example of this process was the film "Russian Ark", which doubled as a cultural tour through Russian history. If you haven't seen it, I strongly recommend doing so. This shot has many more practical effects, though.
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More on finding a post-G+ home. Aside from MeWe and Mastodon (along with a couple others that people have mentioned), Pluspora (a Diaspora pod) has been mentioned positively. And of course, "just use Twitter/Wordpress/other blogs".

I'm sort of looking at that, and thinking about the real reason I post things: to share things with the people who choose to follow me, or into selected communities that would find them interesting. And there's the other direction: I want to see interesting things from and read the thoughts of people I follow.

I can do the former by posting on a blog, and just linking to that post on Twitter or elsewhere. The latter is easier if everyone posts in the same place, but can still be done with some kind of feed aggregator.

So I'm also thinking about registering a domain, starting a Metalsmith or Wordpress blog or something under it, and just seeing how that works out. With Disqus or some free commenting system, a non-WP blog can easily offer comments that can fan out into other social platforms.
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For those interested in a G+ migration plan (for yourselves or generally):

* The major platforms are of course Facebook and Twitter. I'm avoiding the former and the latter is way too brief for long posts or curated conversations
* Following that are MeWe (the current pretender to FB's throne) and Mastodon (ditto Twitter)
* Also-rans like Diaspora exist

I'll be setting up a presence on MeWe and Mastodon for those who care. I'm already on Twitter, but casually.

It's technically possible to create your own Mastodon or Diaspora servers, if you have serious concerns about privacy. Don't do this unless you have a community you're bringing with you, but the fact that you can is strongly reassuring.

Have a bunch of G+ content you don't want to lose? https://takeout.google.com/ and create an archive you can download - I did this back when Buzz shut down for example.
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"Twilight" actress Kristen Stewart's experimental film, "Come Swim", has an associated scientific publication. That paper, describing "neural style transfer" (the technique used in the film), is here: https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.04928
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I was a fan of the original "Thunderbirds" puppet show, and have been watching the (mostly) CGI "Thunderbirds are Go" with nostalgic fondness. So here's another cool-looking puppet thing, this time in the wuxia genre.
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Reagan didn't bring down the wall, punks (and their friends) did

Cool stuff from an article someone plussed at me:

One of the most important things the punks did, I think, was steel the resolve of other groups. Because the punks lost their fear of the police and the security apparatus. They got hassled and beaten so much. A lot of them spent time in prison, came back out and kept fighting. I think for other groups, to see that, kind of changed the game. And as things shifted onto the streets, the punks were on the front edge, again because they’d lost their fear of the police. They knew they were going to be beaten.

You make the point that they couldn’t hide. You could be a political activist and attend a protest, then blend into the background. But if you were a punk, with your head shaved into a Mohawk, you couldn’t do that as easily.

I think that was one of the things that scared the dictatorship the most —- the fact that they were always representative of protest. Other groups, you could throw in prison overnight, and then they’d melt back into society. But the punks, anytime they walked down the street, they were expressing opposition.

You interviewed a lot of women integral to this scene. Was the scene feminist?

I don’t know whether they would define themselves that way. But just to give you an example, the very first punk in East Berlin was a girl. She was only 15, and the scene basically spread out from her. She influenced people at her school and in her neighborhood.

Her moniker was Major.

That’s right. A lot of the bands were women-fronted, as well.

Reagan didn't matter:

I was always skeptical of the mythology and “importance” of Reagan’s “tear down this wall” speech. That’s become an article of faith in the U.S., and it isn’t even limited to the political right anymore — people just sort of take it for granted that the speech was somehow important. But I’ve never met anyone involved in the political underground in East Germany who said they were inspired by that speech.

The Stasi got nothing on us:

You would constantly hear people dismiss out of hand any comparisons between what was happening here and our understanding of dictatorships in East Bloc. “You can’t compare this to what the Stasi did!” Well, of course you can. With the Snowden revelations, [the U.S.] was obviously accomplishing more than the Stasi could ever have dreamt of. And as far as the police, I think it’s important to tell people that East German police could not, and did not, murder people in the streets.
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This is a test of the Presidential Alert system.

Action is definitely needed.
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