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A look at "precariously balanced rocks" (PBRs) and what they say about the recent geology of the area (i.e., "There be no earthquakes here recently.")

#Geology #Rocks #Earthquakes #Formations

atlasobscura.com/articles/prec

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"Easter Island's Monoliths Made the Crops Grow" - literally. Dust and fragments from the quarry added much-needed minerals to the soil around it, making it the most fertile area of the isolated island.
atlasobscura.com/articles/what

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"Scientists give cuttlefish 3D glasses and shrimp films for vision study" theguardian.com/science/2020/j (there's a cute photo of a cuttlefish wearing red/blue stereo glasses, which turns out to work)

Quote: « “A lot of people said it wasn’t going to work,” Wardill said. “They said they’d rip the glasses off. They said there’d be ink in the tank.” »

Translation: "Fools! We showed them all!"

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people were talking about the millennium bug recently, well it turns out a lot of the fixes just delayed the problem to 2020

"Programmers wanting to avoid the Y2K bug had two broad options: entirely rewrite their code, or adopt a quick fix called “windowing”, which would treat all dates from 00 to 20, as from the 2000s, rather than the 1900s. An estimated 80 per cent of computers fixed in 1999 used the quicker, cheaper option."

"Those systems that used the quick fix have now reached the end of that window, and have rolled back to 1920. Utility company bills have reportedly been produced with the erroneous date 1920, while tens of thousands of parking meters in New York City have declined credit card transactions because of the date glitch."

newscientist.com/article/22292

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I totally love this piece on why everyone needs to start building personal websites again by @laura - eloquently captures all the values I’m chasing in my own scholarship and internet presence without being heavy handed. 24ways.org/2019/its-time-to-ge

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No eyes? No problem. Brittle star expands boundaries of vision

A brittle star species native to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico lacks eyes, but can still see, according to scientists who studied this creature that expands the boundaries of the sense of sight in the animal kingdom.

mobile.reuters.com/article/amp

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Preparedness, food, question 

Found this on a restroom changing table. That's...one really coordinated baby.

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Socrates literally only wants one thing and it's fucking discussing.
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Cambridge Analytica, voter manipulation 

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Spam subject: "Quality Mold at a Competitive Price!" - People pay for that? I just opened my closet one time and found some!

"Every day, millions of people rely on independent websites that are mostly created by regular people, weren't designed as mobile apps, connect deeply to culture, and aren't run by the giant tech companies."

anildash.com/2019/12/23/the-pe

- via @anildash

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