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COWORKER: The lab doesn't have a smoke detector, does it?

ME: I don't think so, no. Why do you ask?

COWORKER, now standing next to a furnace which is gently billowing smoke: No reason.

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I was looking at the Amazon reviews for _The Princess, Her Dragon, and Their Prince_, & wanted to share this quote from one:

"It's like, Captain America, Superman, and Batman walk into a bar and eventually decide to have sex.

"Wait. That came out wrong."


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So what I really enjoy in computar is when a new technology is changing things and the UI people are just making things up as they try to figure out what will work.

I loved the early Web, for instance, and the Palm era of early handheld devices, and the first iPad. Not because they had good interfaces but because you could see the experiments as they happened.

Is that happening anywhere now?

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of Mastodon: the narrator of this video pronounces "unknown" and "sewn" in a way I haven't heard in other places--he splits the final /n/ off into its own syllable. Is this a regional thing (he lives in Minnesota; don't know where he grew up)?

[apologies for the first toot, in which I thought he was in Michigan]

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Hey sci-fi fans of mastodon! What are tv shows or well-known series where human/alien diplomacy and living together are a major theme?

Thinking along the lines of Babylon 5, DS9, Mass Effect...

Obviously there’s human/alien stuff like Alien(s), but I’m interested in longer-term coexistence. #SciFi #SpaceOpera #Syfy 😜

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After years of work, and innumerable conference and symposiums, the translation of the message from the stars was complete. It began as follows:
"This is more of a comment than a question..."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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The knight inspected the tiny pink cupcake, with its artful dusting of sugar imitating frost on the petals of delicate roses made of icing, garnished with pearlescent beads. It sat precisely in the center of an ornate porcelain saucer.

"Well this... looks very nice. You baked this yourself?" she asked.

The dragon wagged its tail," I decorated it too! Please, one bite, then you'll see why the princesses CHOOSE to have tea parties with me."

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

One comfort when we have visoting experimentalists - we may not have a spoken tongue in common, but the language of duct tape is universal. ;)

IDK how many DC-area followers I have here, but if anyone's interested: UMD is hosting a talk on the new standard for the kilogram this Saturday (pdf)

last time I visited family, in the spring, bus got stuck in a late snowstorm.
this time the bus broke down on the way there and we're seeing if replacement bus can get to us before another snowstorm does.

DC area folks, be careful out there! the weather's not too bad yet, but most roads aren't treated.

struggling to remind myself that "slightly less overloaded " is not the same as "done."

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when ever I hear someone talk about the latency of sensory input and reaction to that input explain the reason you'll respond to Sound before Visual despite the fact you get hit with the light before the sound but when close by you'll react to the sound first as a result of how close the sensory input is to the part of the brain that processes it is really cringy with how oversimplified it is; yes optic signals have further to travel, but also optic signals are much more informational dense so the latency is also a result of the many processes required to make sense of the signal, Auditory signal is fairly low entropy most of the time so it doesn't require much convolution but compare the Auditory Cortex with the Optical Cortex and the latter has more neurons as part of it because it need more to get sense out of it.

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Recommendations for choral music written by #trans folks, esp with lyrics with a political bent, needed for my protest choir! We're singing at a rally for trans rights this Sunday. Please boost!

working too much, but at least it is a pretty autumn out there that I am not getting to be in much:/

windows are better than nothing

So many projects. No sleep. whee academia.

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someone is going to h*ck for this
(no listed source from my source)

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