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I wrote an ode to personal websites for one of my faves,
24ways. Featuring inspiring (and rights-respecting) websites from people whose work I love and respect.

Some useful URL tricks I've discovered for combining tag/category searches:

You can search for the intersection of two tags by looking for


or the union of two tags by looking for


or the subset of posts in a category that are also tagged by looking for


I'm sure there are more that I haven't stumbled across. But I can't find a reference for combined search/archive terms like this.

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One of at least three sea otters I saw during a few minutes walking along the shoreline of Monterey Bay near Old Fisherman's Wharf last weekend.

#animals #nature #otters #ocean #Monterey #California

Catching up on Flash / epinephrine 

Catching up on Flash / epinephrine 

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A long and fascinating article on Ken Liu and his translations of of works by Chinese SF writers. It also goes into some details on how he navigates the translations of political statements that Chinese writers may obscure in their writings to get past the censors.

#SFF #KenLiu #Translations #China #Writing

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Interesting bit of trivia from a video about The Great Trigonometrical Survey: Everest did not approve of the mountain many know as Mount Everest Everest named after him. At the time the name was proposed he was the prior but now retired head of the survey. He'd made a practice of using local names and pointed out that even if locals disagreed what the peek should be called his name couldn't be accurately written in the local languages. The geographic committee ignored his letter of protest.

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Today in Mens Fashion is fuckin Weird: these pants come in black, navy, dark khaki, gunmetal and dirt

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I ignored all those headlines shouting about "scientist finding a black hole that shouldn't (or can't) exist" because it obviously exists. Sure, we can't explain why it exists now, but with future observations on it (and more objects like it that will probably be found in the future), it should be resolved. Read this by Phil Plait instead.

#Science #Astronomy #Space #BlackHoles

Found this great combination in Santa Barbara last week. Unfortunately, didn't have time to stop there.

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"C'mon, I'm trying to be serious here!"

Probably #Steinbeck would have said it a bit more elegantly, but I'm sure he would have thought it.

In #Monterey at #CanneryRow.

#statue #seagull #santa

Your account has been updated. Previously you had:
X and Y
Now you have:
Y and X

Um... okay...that's very helpful... 🤔

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Pixelfed Embed will allow you to easily share your posts on any website.

We're rolling this out to instances tomorrow!


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Hi Fediverse 👋

today, our site joined the #SaveDotOrg initiative to keep .org-domains non-profit.

We host our site on a .org domain. Furthermore, we heavily rely on services hosted on .org domains - as for example @codeberg

Please consider supporting the initiative by spreading the word or signing the letter:

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I vaguely knew that Antarctica used to be warmer and have animals and stuff but had never thought about what that transition would have been like.

Antarctica used to be connected to Australia and South America, and after all three continents were isolated it took another 30 million years for Antarctica to freeze.

In that time the animals of Australia and s America got really weird. Do we know anything about what evolved in Antarctica?

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i do like the idea of the champion, after knocking off your hat, is initially shocked and then continues battling, respecting your strength

and i can't decide if it would be better for them to reveal you to the world like "meet your new champion!!" or to quietly put your hat back on

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