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I've been around Mastodon for the eternity of the last seven months or so. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But why not do another post anyway?

I'm a designer.
I also like , , and many kinds of -related things. (Check out !)

I like .

I'm prone to talking about . :teapot:

Finally, I'm a trained reference at large (not currently working as one), and have a question-answering reflex.

#cats She demands my pillows be arranged to make a comfortable cat bed

1. Wow! The printer is making a noise! I wonder wh

2. Great now Iโ€™m paper cat :/

โ€œThe most general rule to consider when writing alternative text is the following: the intent is that replacing every image with the text of its [alternative text] does not change the meaning of the page.

So, in general, alternative text can be written by considering what one would have written had one not been able to include the image.โ€

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Me, getting up in the morning: why is there a towel on the living room floor?

The cat: rolls around on the towel, looking happy.

Me: I guess the towel is staying on the floor for now.

Love to pour water from the kettle into my cup-with-teabag, only to realize I hadnโ€™t actually turned on the kettle.

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That moment when you realize that the mirror-faced beings in Janell Monae's "Tightrope" are the same as the ones from Sun Ra's Space is the Place.

Mind blown.

The story about "tortured phrases" as a tell for fabricated academic papers is mildly interesting to me, but somehow I'm finding the phrases themselves completely fascinating.

The idea is that common terms have been replaced with words that individually sorta mean the same thing but don't add up the same at all.

Big data > Colossal information
Artificial intelligence > Counterfeit consciousness
Cloud computing > Haze figuring
Signal to noise > Flag to commotion
Random value > Irregular esteem

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Check your health insurance costs on healthcare.gov because income limits have been slashed. I personally was just a couple thousand over the subsidy limit but will now likely qualify for a $200/mo discount, BUT OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS SUNDAY. So check on it NOW and save a bunch of money!

healthinsurance.org/obamacare/

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I might think this would be a good time to decluttering the house, but apparently I would be wrong.

Went to the forest to do some star gazing and look at the meteor shower โœจ. Had a good time with my two pals Jupiter (top of tree) and Saturn (just right of the tree) too!

Birdsite interface warning 

If you go on Twitter sporadically or havenโ€™t been on there yet today, and you have migraine or other vision issues, just a heads up that the new interface is giving people eye strain and migraines, and is being hard on people with low vision.

If you are a former Ravelry user, the changes have similar problems to the Rav changes a year ago, and Twitter isnโ€™t reacting well to criticism. Inaccessibility as fad?

Exercise 

3 sets of 10x Romanian deadlift to overhead press, 2 x 10 bicep curls, and 1 x 15 sumo squats, all with the 20kg barbell ๐Ÿ’ช

Iโ€™ve posted another pair of stitch patterns based on a word suggested by my patreon backers. three times a month, thatโ€™s how this goes.

And the word isโ€ฆ โ€œHolidayโ€.

Hereโ€™s the lace knitting stitch pattern: gannetdesigns.com/2021/08/11/h
And hereโ€™s a needlework chart for any craft: gannetdesigns.com/2021/08/11/h

if a "constitutional" is a walk to improve your constitution, what about the other stats? how about a intelligenceal, or a strengthal?

Wow. Growing up in a period when getting a job was hard, and watching chemists older them me struggle, this is mindblowing: There is a global shortage of mariners. Training programs have been having trouble attracting enough students, so companies are fighting over anyone with any experience, to the point of luring mariners away from one another with more pay and better work life balance offers and such.

cbc.ca/news/canada/british-col

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