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"The machine can show you your self in a parallel dimension. But only once."
"Even so, it's amazing!"
"There, it has scanned you. It calibrates on happiness."
"Do you want to see yourself in a better or worse life?"
"I... I don't want to..."
"That's what almost all say."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

@dansup Awesome!

Did they ever explain why they thought it had shut down? Was it someone misinterpreting the "registration is currently closed" message on

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AlternativeTo has restored Pixelfed!! We are still the #1 alternative to Instagram 😁

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Plants can also help filter the air in your home. In 1989, the NASA Clear Air Study examined several plants for their ability to remove airborne contaminants.

Among the most effective are ivy (Hedera helix), peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.), snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) and Chrysanthemum morifolium.

Possibly one of the best is bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii), which is also non-toxic to pets.

This page has more info:

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Phytoremediation is the practice of detoxifying an environment through several techniques, using living plants.

Some types of phytoremediation include:
• Extraction (plants pulling contaminants from soil and water via their root systems)
• Stabilisation (reducing the mobility of contaminants in the soil)
• Degradation (removing organic pollutants and breaking them down through plant metabolism)
• Stimulation (helping microbial activity in the soil to improve degredation of organic pollutants)

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A group of researchers at UC San Francisco have successfully translated nerve impulses from the brain into words and sentences, in a paper published in Nature today:

They emphasize that this isn't mind-reading; they're picking up the signals that the brain sends to the facial muscles to create the speech, and this process relies on an electrode matrix being implanted in the brain. But it's still cool.

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When I started pixelfed, stuff like blocks or mutes wasn't even on my radar.

I have never experienced abuse or harassment online. I've never blocked an account on twitter. It was naive to think those should not be a priority based on my own experiences.

I've learned so much this past year, and strive to build a safer alternative to IG for everyone.

It might take a bit longer, but it sure is worth it!

"They asked artificial intelligence to create a game. One of its first ideas involved exploding Frisbees."

The article goes on to describe a less dangerous game that they ended up actually implementing, but there's something perfect in the exploding Frisbee idea.

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When you interact with other people, it takes the same amount of energy to lift them up as it does to push them down. Optimism takes the same amount of energy as cynicism.

Being kind or not is a simple choice to make. And while there may very little difference to you, it could make a world of difference to someone else.

Always try to make a good choice. 💚

"It’s Complicated"

Mozilla has released its annual Internet Health Report, covering "how humanity and the internet intersect."

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"A year with Spectre: a V8 perspective"

It's hard to overstate how much of an impact Spectre/Meltdown had on browser architecture. The conclusion that you basically have to isolate all origins within their own processes was a sobering one.

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One millipede in California, USA has a toxic defense: it can release cyanide gas, strong enough to even kill birds. But in an interesting twist, one beetle has been found that preys on it: the beetle is immune to cyanide.

#Biology #Nature #Millipedes #Beetles #Chemistry #Cyanide #Toxins

@Satsuma I'm going to have to dig out my test account on Plume & set up a new Pterotype test blog and see how they show up on Mastodon now.

@Satsuma Could be. I found the Pterotype discussion. Essentially it was: should we switch to Article even though Mastodon doesn't display it very nicely? (As of 6 months ago.) Apparently Plume uses Article as well.

@Satsuma I think some of them do use Article, but Mastodon translates it to look like a note with a link because it doesn't have a native representation of Article. I half remember some discussion in the early days of Pterotype (an activity pub plugin for WordPress) over how to represent a post, but I can't remember for sure.

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"Free world building idea: Wizards have the same trust in magic that software designers have in software, which is to say, almost none at all."

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The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.