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Hey everyone I’m Satsuma, you can call me Satsu if you’d like

I’ve never done an introductions post bc I am fundamentally unsure whether I actually exist but in theory at least I’m a ace butch (they/them please) who likes learning about cool stuff and trying to make the world be a better place

I’ve been around on mastodon for a while so if you’ve got questions or need help feel free to ask! Or also if you just want to say hello 💛🧡❤️

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In case anyone was somehow unaware, I'm very much a 'not gay as in happy but queer as in fuck you' kind of queer

Legally, you can just say ‘sorry, theres a cat!’ and then not get up

plague facts™ 

The fact that we treat the Black Death/Bubonic Plague like its some sort of european thing is actually kinda wild?

So today in fandom drama, someone's finally weaponized malicious tagging

The eighth annual international Gender Census 2021 is now open until 10th March!

It's for anyone whose genders (or lack thereof) aren't described by the M/F binary. It's short and easy, and the results are useful in academia, business and self-advocacy.

Hello all! In the interest of finding out how the Fedi skews, I want to run another age poll. Please pick the decade that you fall in (there are two polls; if you don't belong in the first, you may belong in the second).

Boosts welcome and encouraged!

Still despite these flaws, the ENIAC was still completely revolutionary, proving the viability of general purpose computers & computer programming

The ENIAC’s main design flaw was its lack of memory — it could store about 20 10 digit numbers *total* in its initial design

The ENIAC’s main operational flaw was the radio tubes, which couldn’t be built to the specifications the ENIAC required so they burned out constantly. The longest continuous run without a failure in the ENIAC’s entire operational span was just under 5 days

John’s original dream for the ENIAC was weather prediction, but it being the middle of WWII, the only way he and Presper could get funding was through a military contract—the computer was primarily used to calculate ballistic firing tables

The six programmers were all pulled from a pool of “calculators,” women who were calculating firing tables by hand. These calculations were tremendously complex, accounting for windspeed (in two directions), drag, the curvature of the earth, etc.

During its initial reveal, the team worried that no one would know what the hell they were looking at (reasonably, considering that up until now a ‘computer’ was a person who specialized in mathematical calculations) so they stuck a whole bunch of flashing lights on the front

Happy 75th birthday ENIAC!

75 years ago today, the ENIAC, the first electronic computer was revealed to the public

It was designed by John Mauchly, a physicist and J. Presper Eckert, a mechanical engineer. The programs it ran were coded & implemented by a team of six mathematicians, Kathleen Antonelli, Jean Jennings, Betty Snyder, Marlyn Wescoff, Frances Bilas and Ruth Lichterman

This was mostly a housemates project since it was their idea but as the resident food preservationist i hung around to help them formulate the recipe & make sure all the food safety stuff was solid

It was very interesting to work on bc we have very different styles, so it’s a completely different jam then i ever would have come up with haha

replacement to-do list when overwhelmed

Do you regularly put descriptions on what you post (images, audio, and video)? (Alt text or otherwise)

Even better, do you make sure that what you reshare or retoot from others have descriptions too?

Either way, if you do create described content, consider requesting to join the described media list to help other folx find you.

Help make content accessible across the fediverse just by making your own posts and helping others understand what having described media be a consistent part of your posts looks like.

I'm still new to mastodon, so having more experienced users join this list to set an example and to follow for folx like me would mean a lot!

Thnx @Mayana

The one nice thing about the fact that this tag is seemingly used by exactly two people is that the autofill is still the correctly-cased version


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