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Thomas Tenkely
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future intergalactic president
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Google Spaces will be shut down on April 17th, 2017

This is a bummer as I thought Spaces was one of the better communication tools Google has put out in a while, but I also understand I was in the minority with that opinion. I'm glad that Google has trimmed its messaging platforms down by one though...
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WTF is going on at Google with messaging?
Messenger now called Android Messaging.
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Crazy... 6 years ago today I got into the ChromeOS Pilot and soon had a Cr-48!
What a wild and awesome ride that was! Right +Melissa Daniels and +Louis Gray?
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The Huawei Watch 2!

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Sweet! Data Studio Goes Free for All.
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OK +T-Mobile users... it's #deal time.

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This +Michael Interbartolo guy... he's pretty hot right now.
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Today, we talk Film and Sci-Fi with a NASA employee (and more importantly, Google+ Community owner 😂) +Michael Interbartolo for #Oscars Week!

Hey Michael! Please share a little bit of background information on yourself and your interest for Sci-Fi. What got you into it and how long has it been an interest?

"I’ve been a space geek since I first saw Star Wars back in the 70's. I’ve been a rocket scientist for over 20 years, working in Mission Control for the Space Shuttle program, a program manager for a Mars prototype lander as well as several design teams to evaluate and optimize the Orion spacecraft. I’m helping provide operational and mission assumptions for a Human Journey to Mars Mission as part of the Engineering Directorate at Johnson Space Center. Outside of work, my kids and I attend and cosplay at local pop culture and sci-fi conventions."

Give us a brief description of your Sci-Fi Community and everyone what they can expect there? Is it specifically focused on movies, or does it encompass other areas of Sci-Fi as well?

"The sci-fi community was started by +Craig Engler pretty much as soon as community was added to Google plus. Craig was working at Syfy at the time and saw it as an opportunity to engage folks across broad interests. It is a place of discussion with folks posting about movies, concept art, new books, as well as help each other identify old movies or books they remember snipers of but not the title. We are lucky enough to have one of the creators of Dark Matter post production updates for the TV show."

What's your favorite Sci-Fi movie of all time, and why?

"Not sure I can pick just one. For more realistic/hard scifi I would say The Martian and Moon are tied. They both represent a grounded view of space exploration. it represents a possible near term achievement for where we could be going as a specie if we put our minds to it. For the more space opera type growing up that would be the original star wars, now it would be a guardians of the galaxy. Guardians recapture the fun and excitement for me like the original star wars did when I was a kid. plus my son likes to cosplay as star lord so it is a nice bond to have with him as I made his costume."

Arrival is nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, what did you think of the movie and how do you feel it stacks up to some of the memorable Sci-Fi films of the past?

"Arrival was a grounded movie that I really enjoyed. I liked that it wasn't the typical alien first contact/invasion movie (though I do like a good popcorn invasion movie) I really enjoyed that like good science fiction it can be a mirror to get folks to reflect on current events or the human condition through a lens of alien contact. sort of like how District 9 examined how we handle the situation of contact and refugees while commenting on apartheid this asks the question would contact bring the planet closer together or to the brink of war? I also liked that the ending made you think and talk about it since it was a but timey whimey wibbly wobbly to quote Doctor Who. I thought Arrival ranks up there with the classics of 2001, Blade Runner, and Moon. I think it has the repeat viewing factor where the more you watch the more you pick up on and get a deeper understanding of the movie."

Which movie do you think will win Best Picture this year?

"I haven't seen all the nominations yet, but it seems like the science fiction movies dont seem to win the big awards. sure they may get the techincal awards for special effects, screenplay, costume and soundtrack, but best picture I think Arrival will be a long shot. I would be okay with Hidden Figures winning as it helps highlight the early days of space exploration and the unsung heroes who helped the astronauts on their journey. I guess La La Land or Moonlight are probably the odds on favorites given how well they did at the golden globes and baftas."

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Anyone have thoughts on this card... looking at gaming performance on a budget options...
cc/ +Kyle Salewski
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Seems like an overreaction... Calm down +Mashable
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