"They call us Sky Folk, not because we have wings and are free to fly wherever we want to. No, that name is a stigma, a reminder what we did to our nature. You must know that ninety-seven percent of Qu’tar’s surface is covered with water. It’s been beautiful lands, rich with life and colors. But we have always been above that. We’ve looked down to the lesser creatures with disregard and sometimes with pity..."
❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE
• Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.
• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
• Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after telling her not to publish).
• Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
• Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.
• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
Alright, here's the deal. I updated my build files, and now I can update http and gemini in one quick git push. Nice.
I still have to hand swap the original html to gemtext though.
Luckily, I quite purposefully strive for 99% text anyway, so it isn't hard.
(The musical score provided by youtube is the 1%)
Man, sr.ht adding pages so I can just ship my stuff to them and let them handle it all is the best thing ever.
Especially since they support gemini out of the box. Now I need to figure out how to get my content onto gemini as well as the usual suspect and upload it all in one fell swoop.
Anyone know a good html - gemtext type thing?
My name is Berry! It's very nice to meet you all! I'm here to learn Linux and Python so that I can better prepare for my dream career in Linux SysAdmin and Infrastructure! Here's to hoping we can be good friends! I'm also saving up for the equipment for a FireWire RAID server, and a Pocket C.H.I.P.! (And possibly to get an iMac G3 to a repair shop, I don't know what's going on with it but it refuses to boot.)
#helloworld #introduction #intro
Good news guys! Twitter could be looking to launch THE FIRST EVER decentralized social network. It's about time someone did this... https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/365327
I'm on this eternal quest to find like the perfect window manager. I keep just swapping around trying new things, new ways to interact with things. Nothing seems quite right. I get settled in, things seem great, and then I miss something from an older one, or need something the new one won't do. It's an adventure.
Happy "I love Free Software Day" everyone 💕
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I've gotten back from a visit to my grandparents, and my granddad let me take home whatever old books I found as he wasn't reading any of them. I found an old programming book about ANSI C, so obviously I couldn't resist :D
I also found the LOTR series, which my parents have forbidden me from reading because it wasn't christian enough for them but are now letting me take it back because I can "handle it now, you're old enough".
All in all, I've got plenty to read with those and other books :)
I'm in an odd mood for the day.
Listening to Manic Street Preachers, from back in the Good ol' days of Holy Bible, Generation Terrorists, and Gold against the Soul. I never could get into the newer stuff from Everything must go and on.
It feels odd, to go back to a time when I wasn't really me, but to still feel quite a lot like that person is me.
Nostalgia is a strange thing.
Man, First paragraph of https://thedorkweb.substack.com/ and I'm on a very strange adventure... I'm counting it as a historical artifact, preserving a period of time in which things were very different. A time after we defeated the horrors of the world, but before they showed back up in a new suit and reminded us we're still fairly terrible creatures on a whole...
People using their Iphones or Samsungs don't want to think, they want to click it and install it and have it work. Not because they're dumb, but because they don't have an interest in these things. They want to talk to their friends and family easily and quickly, not debate the finer points of licensing and privacy. I don't know what the ANSWER to this is, I would prefer we use matrix or XMPP personally, but you know... I run my own synapse/prosody server. I don't think that makes me the norm.
The reason I think people are switching to signal, over the less centralized alternatives, is related to ease of entry.
For whatsapp, all you had to do was download it from the app store and give it a phone number, and you're off. Your contacts are already there, everyone is good to go. Signal mirrored that, but removed facebook, so it seems to be a better secure alternative. Things like matrix, XMPP, even IRC require that you pick a server, find your friends, put in some effort.
CalyxOS, long post.
So, I installed #CalyxOS on my phone. Here's what I learned. 1. It works perfectly, no complaints in regards to phone based functions. 2. The auto installer requires that your phone be close to stock. Mine wasn't, so I had to go with the old school flash all technique, but I assume this is planned since clearly if you're not stock you already know what you're doing. 3. #Aurorastore works if you turn on internal storage for downloads. Otherwise, it's a no go.
Just an individual, seeking as one does.
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