Hi everyone! This is my #intro post here on wandering.shop! I used to be @ftl and before that @ftl . At work I do #datascience and other than that I mostly play #tennis, plus a bit of #gloomhaven and #dnd (DMing and playing 5e). My favorite tennis players are #shapovalov and #murray. Lately I've been reading anything by Martha Wells, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Ursula K Le Guin, and Tor's monthly ebooks.Looing forward to meeting cool people here!
Mission District, San Francisco
A thing I don't like: misuse of the grammatical term "passive voice" to mean "anything phrased in a way that avoids blaming someone". Orwell identified passive voice as a tool often used in weasely euphemisims, but that doesn't mean "passive voice" and "weasely euphemism" are synonyms.
"He died of injuries he sustained while resisting arrest": Nope, no passive voice there. There's three verbs and they're all phrased in the active.
"He was murdered by the police": Now that's passive voice.
In northern Ethiopia, at 130 meters below sea level, in the hottest valley in the world, there exists a series of pools that look more alien than anything that should rightly be found on Earth.
This is the dangerously beautiful Dallol Volcano, and hydrothermal system, found in the Danakil depression. The highest point of the volcano reaches -48 meters above sea level. Brine pools and acidic liquid spout from the ground, building up salt and sulfuric pillars as temporary geysers build them. Here, not two but three tectonic plates move away from each other, causing the land to sink deeper and deeper, and bringing up minerals from deep within the Earth. In the next few million years, the Red Sea will eventually fill the depression.
The word Dallol, in the language of the Afar people, means disintegration. The Disintegration Volcano.
Data Scientist in the bay. Tennis player (4.5). D&D, Gloomhaven, and board game enthusiast. Double-verified.
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