As we started up the hill, I pointed at my neighbor’s white car in his driveway, “Turn into the driveway after that one.” She looked & exploded, “Ohhh my god, you live in the Gingerbread House?! I can’t wait to tell my son that I met the man who lives in the Gingerbread House!!”

Just after sunrise, a fireball on the horizon had begun to be a sun in the sky. As we drove along, we looked out over the fields in all directions & mist was floating up, as the sun warmed the night moisture & turned it into a fog. Not for long, but I still see it in my mind.

Listen up! Ya gotta follow @Mikehendley for (1) a great art gallery, incl his amazing tree frog & his toad in a pond , (2) photography - with closeups of little critters and (3) raising Monarch butterflies!!!. No kidding, he has promised to post all about it! Get ready.

Almost No One Is There

This article pissed me off when I first read it. I looked it over & over and then decided it might be a good thing. In his usual thorough style of analysis, he has proven once and for all that an apple is NOT an orange! Alert the media! He starts with a false premise right at the start of the second paragraph, because as I have written before
MICRO.BLOG IS NOT A TWITTER ALTERNATIVE.
He probably didn’t see it when I wrote that before, as he may not follow me, since I am not a celebrity and not important enough for him to bother with. But here’s the good part. Surely he promoted his article on Twitter too. And maybe, just maybe, he’s a major force over there, an influencer, a thought leader. Which means his article might convince a lot of people who have started to look for a Twitter alternative to not even bother checking out Micro.blog. That’s a good thing, because
MICRO.BLOG IS NOT A TWITTER ALTERNATIVE.

Micro.blog is a place for microbloggers and bloggers to write. It was created by Manton & Jean as a safe place for bloggers to write content that they would own, and it has grown and grown, serving that purpose for more and more bloggers. It’s not a place for rubbing elbows with the famous (and infamous), nor a place for making important announcements, nor a good career move, nor a good place to be seen by the really important people, nor another good place among many for cross-posting your latest article, review, editorial or rant. Bloggers are just . . . well, bloggers, and yes, some were born that way and some are doing their best to learn how to be bloggers, some succeeding better than others. But folks are finding that being around microbloggers is a good thing, kinda fun, as they tend to be able to express themselves and even have civilized conversations with others, you know, LIVE, in the moment, conversations.

It’s the Twitter users who want to become (or already are) bloggers and/or microbloggers who might find a nice home at Micro.blog! And they might find that new home is actually nothing like Twitter. They might even discover that our Jack is better than theirs, and they might even make some new friends.

I was ripe for Micro.blog, because my writing had gotten scattered all over the Internet. I had blogs on Blogger, Posthaven, MyWord Editor,Blogspot, posthaven again, 1999.io, and at least three others that are now dead, llnks not possible. So I jumped at the idea of owning my own content and signed up for Manton’s Kickstarter. As for genes, my cousin once pointed out that my father was the story teller of our extended family. After eating big holiday turkeys and my mother’s legendary cherry pies or lemon meringue pies, we would all sit back while the fathers told stories. My cousin was right, my father’s were the best. I got those story telling genes. I took to Micro.blog immediately, even though I couldn’t even post a picture in the beginning and I was surrounded by Apple nerds from the very start.

For me, Micro.blog has become a worthy alternative to an Old Folks Home.

P. S. The title of this article is taken from THAT article, two paragraphs up from his discussion of App.net. It’s the line that pissed me off the most. And his line about people not sticking around is not the least bit true, in my experience on the service. I’m still interacting regularly with other folks who were there on day one. Maybe he should become a blogger, he seems to be good at telling stories.

I captured two beautiful examples of how folks communicate here on Micro.blog. I was able to grab them both at once with a single screen shot. Elsewhere, they might having simply clicked on the Like button. To me, what they wrote here is far better!

The grasslands of the Great Plains once supported as many as 30,000,000 Bison. Thirty Million! On his 1820 expedition Stephen H. Long saw “bison herds so dense that the grassy plains appeared to be black instead of green.”

Civic Level, Noon Stats Sagas, WOW!

Ron Chester, 9 Aug 2018
My brother’s birthday, another one of the Lucky Few.

Here’s how it seems to me.
What we reeeeealy like, is what we post ourselves. That’s why we post it, to preserve it, that’s why we want a platform where we own our own content. Click on your Archive here & scan down, reliving what you like! Like like LiKe LIkE LIKE!

Early 2018, Elecraft discontinued their legendary K2 transceiver. Not too surprising that its 19 year run had come to an end. Reason? They could no longer buy the LCD display. Quietly they began work on their own LCD part. And now The K2 is Back in Production!!

They say that patriotism is the last refuge
To which a scoundrel clings
Steal a little and they throw you in jail
Steal a lot and they make you king

Sweetheart Like You, Bob Dylan, 1983

None of those 22 countries contacted required an Internet connection, an ISP, software or O/S upgrades, any routers, spam, virus or malware filters, or a browser. Just direct connections between stations using wireless radio waves bounced off the ionosphere. Magic.

In one month with my attic antenna I contacted others in Curacao, Ecuador, Canada, Madeira Island, Venezuela, Argentina, Romania, France, Isle of Man, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Spain, Hungary, Luxembourg, Czech Rep, Slovak Rep, Serbia, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Croatia & US.

Narrate Your Work
Dave Winer invented this useful idea, writing about it on 9 August 2009 and many times after that. He mentioned that @brentsimmons was narrating his work with Twitter. I use a document in Dropbox Paper that is always open in my far left browser tab.

Our pond is still full of tadpoles. Haven’t seen froggies climbing up onto land yet. The fireflies are thick at dusk. We’re hearing crickets, frogs, cicadas making their delightful racket at night. But where are the grasshoppers?? Farmers killed them all off? (╥_╥)

I had NO sound, except on headphones. Had to move two pieces of furniture to get to back/inside of desk & found right speaker had fallen over, pushing speaker power button off. Fixed! Who said the Old Man couldn’t fix a dang computer?! Now listening to Aaron Copland, loud.

We are watching nature unfold in our yard. For weeks the Western Chorus Frogs were serenading us all night long, well actually each other, not us. Now the pond is full of dozens of black tadpoles, feeding & getting bigger. We hope we will see new frogs climbing onto land!

The Emmett Till story is the biggest news of the day! Of the many articles about it, the one to read is the CBS News coverage, because it includes a 20 min interview of the Duke U historian who wrote the book that has triggered the reopening of the case. Watch it!

Many thanks from the Oldest Guy on Micro.blog!!

Many thanks to all those who took the time to send birthday greetings to the Oldest Guy on Micro.blog. So far it looks to be the case that I really am the oldest one in the room here! Most of my life I was the youngest in the room, as my brother is three years older. So this will take some getting used to and I do intend to take it into account in some of my upcoming postings, which is the real reason I even mentioned my birthday. I didn’t want to claim a particular status unless I could confirm it to be true. I will be responding separately to some interesting points made by some about age, but I wanted to be sure to thank everyone, as I very much appreciated each posting! I hope I didn’t miss anyone. Of course it’s Manton’s Mention feature that I used to gather up this list. @stefp @bsag @kitt @adiabetic @bradenslen @cheri @modernlittleme @Burk @jack @herself @rnv @schuth @klandwehr @desparoz @smokey @johnjohnston @gio

It’s my birthday so I decided to confirm my suspicion that I am the oldest person on Micro.blog. When I was born, World War II was still going on & no atom bomb had ever been exploded in war. Is anyone here older? Just think, before then kids did NOT grow up fearing The Bomb.