Goodby Railroad Square Cinema

The RR2, like most movie houses, has been closed for a year now and Railroad Square intends to open for the Maine International Film Festival July 9-18, 2021 and remain open after the festival finishes. As it says on the Waterville Creates website, “Due to the current pandemic, all in-person programming has been suspended.” Because part of the plan (depending on fund raising) is to move the cinema to downtown Waterville, it may well be that Railroad Square Cinema will never reopen at its old building.

Starlink offers what?

I was excited about Starlink. Internet from space seems to be hugely kool. Very future. But my thought is that Starlink is currently too expensive. Not that hugely faster internet might be nice, but for most of us we may not see it as worth the price (or even see a difference much of the time).

Is WordPress a monopoly, Should we care?

An interesting discussion is happening in a number of places. Automattic and its CEO Matt Mullenweg are the force behind WordPress. Sure WordPress is open source but the platform is mostly controlled by Automattic. The move to adopt their Gutenberg editor in WordPress is a case in point. It is from my point of view...

The Wave of Time

The Wave of Time Edited by Clif Graves Do we simply ride the wave of time, like a piece of flotsam on the ocean? Do we get thrown up on the ever-changing shore of a future that was always there? Do we create the future by our actions, or do we have no control or...

Caught by reCAPTCHA?

The article on TheStoic.me There is no evil like reCAPTCHA (v3) Takes an interesting look at the value behind the "are you Human" testing that so many sites use. I have always had mixed feelings about the usefulness of these kind of tests. Presumably a computer cannot answer them but only us humans can. But as AI gets better and cheaper that is a big question mark.

Is Facebook just the new AOL?

I have has a website for ages. I have Facebook and Twitter. How do these all fit together. Back in the day, there was something called AOL. You logged into AOL and it was all there articles, messages to friends, interest groups, photos and videos. Then a strange thing happened. AOL let you access the INTERNET. Soon we all discovered a much richer world outside the AOL firewall. Now it seems we are back there again. We go straight to FACEBOOK and get the internet filtered through the FACEBOOK algorithms, we communicate with friends through their messenger, we see the world through FACEBOOK colored glasses.

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