Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

Star Trek: Asterisk "One of Our Planets Is Missing"

Vital Information
Series: The Animated Series
Episode: S01E03
Air Date: September 22, 1973
Written by: Marc Daniels
Directed by: Hal Sutherland

A planet-eating cloud is on the loose through the galaxy! But would it be ethical to kill it?

Kirk says in his log that a huge cosmic cloud is entering into our galaxy, so they're off to investigate. On their way, they observe the cloud on sensors engulfing a whole planet and the planet disappearing. Kirk surmises that the cloud has consumed the planet. And then the cloud changes course to an inhabited planet. Kirk orders Warp 8 to get there as soon as possible and warn the governor of the planet. And then the cloud eats the Enterprise.

Inside the loud they find a bunch of charged antimatter objects swarming the ship and draining the shields. In fact, the whole makeup of the inside of the cloud leads Spock to believe that the cloud is actually a living being. But Kirk doesn't care. He figures out a way to kill it and orders it done. After some odd stares from the crew, Kirk explains that they don't know if it's an intelligent being, and he'd rather take the chance that it's not than risk a whole planet and the billions of lives on it.
Although, it would be a shame to destroy a work of Genndy Tartakovsky art.
But, then, of course, Kirk starts feeling bad about his feelings. He consults Bones who basically backs up his immediate decision, and then Spock offers an alternative. He finds the cloud's brain and, with the help of Uhura, patches his telepathic powers and the cloud's brain through the com system. He stretches out his telepathic fingers toward the cloud and thinks to it. They talk for a while and Spock explains that there a bunch of intelligent, living creatures on the planet it's about to eat, and that we really would appreciate it if it went back to where it came from.

And the cloud listens! It stops in its tracks and is about to turn around, and the Enterprise finds its way out through its "digestive system". And Spock says that through the experience he perceived the wonders of the universe.
High as a kite.

Overall Thoughts
This is pretty much the kind of Star Trek episode that one writes when one wants to fill some time before the next episode. It's a cookie cutter story about whether or not to destroy the alien life that is threatening familiar life. There's not a whole lot to be liked about it. I just hope this cloud thing doesn't come back in Star Trek Online.