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making #gemini requests on the kobo: Complete! Now to build a human-usable client around this!

Album recommendations:

Nas - Illmatic (1994)
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)

I asked a friend for his top 3 rap albums and this was the result. I can confirm they are all very good.

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It occurred to me that I have never done an #introduction on the Fediverse for the #introductions... Some people have wondered if I'm really a classical Orientalist. Yes, it's true, I study Persian literature at a university whose curriculum is rather pre-modern. We focus primarily on medieval texts, taught according to the old ways passed down from generation to generation. Oriental studies is important now more than ever because our collective understanding of a very important part of our world is ever-shrinking, and the void of our ignorance is being filled by dangerous and misguided pretenses to Occidental universality.
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The first fully battery-electric bus line in Metro Vancouver will be up and running in 2022. Volvos mfctrd by Nova Bus in Quebec.
Radio One said they have a range of 400km and can charge in 5 min(!) at a bus loop. Pricey at a million cad a pop though. Supposed to save 100 tonnes of GHG and $40,000 in annual fuel. More than 90% of electricity in BC is hydro, the rest is a real mixed bag of wind, bio and fossil.

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The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML

I've told this story at conferences - but due to the general situation I thought I'd retell it here.

A few years ago I was doing policy research in a housing benefits office in London. They are singularly unlovely places. The walls are brightened up with posters offering helpful services for people fleeing domestic violen

#/etc/ #html5 #web #weeknotes #work

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new #gemini search provider is now available for public testing


It's powered by the same piece of software as GUS, so usage should be quite familiar.

Please feel free to try out and report back if you find any glitches.

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Apparently TikTok made sea shanties a thing now. Awesome! Because I'm a sea shanty nerd, I decided to make an "explainer". If you're new to sea shanties, or just want some recs, follow the thread!

#seashanty #seashanties #wellerman


Anyone know if there's a way I can "invite" people to my synapse (matrix) server?

I don't want to enable open registration but I'd like people I know to be able to create an account themselves rather than me doing it from the CLI.

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I have no idea why the art Zdzisław Beksiński produced during his digital phase in the 90s isn't being widely used in memes yet

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If you missed my boost, Amazon's got a union busting campaign and well they want you to rat em out. It would be such a shame if everyone sent them junk and spam.

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Here is the second episode of the #postmarketOSpodcast: Roadmap, daily driving and how to help. Now even with a legacy MP3 feed for people stuck on Apple. 😉

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Our friends are coming back from the slumber having spent a few weeks underground, in darkness, without water. So the flower I showed yesterday has opened, and already there are more, ready to open over the weekend. And they are so big! I want to bury my face in them and cry with joy. Their magic works even on this code monkey. This is my happy time.
@plants #plants #florespondence #hippeastrum

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The FOSS community should gather together all the different public domain universes(Lovecraft, Robin Hood, Dracula, all the pulp/noir characters, etc) and build some sort of dope expanded franchise/universe of free & open source games/movies/books/TV/other cool stuff.

Come on, you know you want this to happen :D

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linguistics opinionated opinion, sign languages 

Since we’re bashing linguistics today:

The more I learn about linguistics the more baffled I become that "at least one sign language" isn't a mandatory subject for all linguists from, like, undergrad year 1, and all skill paths like phon/phon, morphology, prag etc. aren't studied from the start using both sign and voice as first-class objects of study for contrast and comparison.

I mean I maintain that
widespread acquisition of sign languages by children of the general population – the way Australian Aboriginal and other peoples did it – would have a ton of advantages not just for inclusion, which would already be worthy the effort ofc, but for everybody else too; but, come on, us linguists? There's 2 fundamental types of human language and we base all our models and conclusions on 1?

It's as if you're training chemists and on first semester somebody briefly flashes them a periodic table for a minute and says "yeah so there are 3 types of elements, metals, metalloids and nonmetals. From now on we're going to focus on metals." And most of them, for their whole career, never think about silicon or sulphur again. They try to learn everything about bonding and reactions and molecule structure etc. using metals as the sole subject 99% of the time. Sometimes somebody who took the 8th-semester optional subject "General Introduction to the Most Common Nonmetal In This Area I" (where they do a crash run over reactions, molecules etc. now with 1 single nonmetal added into the mix) will point out "oh, actually hydrogen does not behave like that", then everybody else gets annoyed at this arrogant interrupty person who keeps bringing these weird nonmetal complications into the stuff they're already finding it hard to follow with metals only.

Putting my effort where my mouth is and my hand will soon be: anybody wants to learn Deutsche Gebärdensprache with me please send a note, I'm serious o/ maybe we could start with fingerspelling over jitsi or s/t :)

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I found a caterpillar in a carton, when changing the food, that had begun to turn the shade of green they do after they hang, prior to turning into a chrysalis. So I carefully laid the stalk it was on across the top of a glass, where it could be safe and safely observed.

The next night, before heading to bed, I discovered the hanging caterpillar in the final stage of transformation into a chrysalis.

I moved the glass to where I could more easily photograph the chrysalis and took a movie of it.

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some kids found a vulnerability in by mashing on the keyboard.

More specifically, they found it by typing randomly on both the virtual keyboard and the physical keyboard at the same time. Apparently the fault was in a deprecated GNOME library.

I can't really bash Mint for this, because the bizarre actions needed to find the bug are obscure enough that only a fluke in testing could have spotted it.

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dinosaur buttholes 

headline: "1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,' paleontologist says"

subhead: "This was a multipurpose hole."

i regret the impulse to skim the headlines on google news just about every time, but somebody really knocked it out of the park with this one. even the url slug is quality work:

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Indigenous tiktok 

Lol I fucking love indigenous tiktok. I wish I could bring myself to ever going back on tiktok

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