Alc mention, bears, probably not what you think. 

It had not occurred to me that Perler beads are very close to the size of some AC adapter sockets.


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Never not wild to me that cowboy films, samurai films, and Sherlock Holmes are all basically set in the same decade (and all basically have the same underlying cultural meaning for the US, Japan, and Britain respectively).

WTF... tried to renew my membership at a museum online. Had to scroll through multiple giant images just to find the membership page, which had multiple giant images to find the sign-in link, and when I finally got to the renewal wouldn't load the actual form.

I'm trying to give you money, stop throwing obstacles in my way!

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It's about that time of year when people start wondering things like "hey, why isn't DECEMber the tenth month of the year?"

So it's time for my little lecture on Romans, calendars, and our friend Gaius Julius Caesar.

I'll be posting it as a tootchain replying to this one, but if you're impatient, here's the whole thing:

So: “Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.

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If we want to get *really* scifi, maybe these hypothetical carbon capture machines could construct *themselves* out of captured carbon, possibly using some kind of tiny pod containing most of the materials needed to get started as well as the information to construct the entire machine... Maybe these pods could, themselves, be made through carbon capture using the same machines, making them self-replicating without any technical skills needed

But this is all some kind of absurd pipe dream, of course. It's not like self-replicating material-producing carbon capture machines grow on trees

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digital formats are superior means of transmitting information — they can be copied losslessly and fitted into very small spans of time and space — but they're inferior means of storing it

if an alien species found a well-stored phonograph record, it wouldn't be hard for them to figure out how to play it. if they found a cd, they'd have no idea how to interpret it w/o knowledge of the file format and the compression algorithm. it'd be the equivalent of a one-time pad

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i think a lot about how we've gone from storing information on stone and clay tablets that can be still read thousands of years on to digital formats that probably won't be readable in 10 years, even if they survive

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Most of the #squirrels I see are really skittish around people. This one, in a city park, walked up to me and posed. I think it was expecting me to feed it.

#nature #animals #squirrel
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A #gloomy #sunset over the #OilField.

Kenneth Hahn Park features a patch of semi-wilderness in the middle of suburban #LosAngeles that's great for hiking...and is also right next to the Inglewood Oil Field.


Wait, no, that's 750 issues inclusive. the next issue ought to be #751 in that case.

Noticed DC is renumbering the Flash with Flash #750 next February. I did some quick math, not counting annuals and specials:

350 issues of Flash Comics & The Flash (Jay & Barry)
247 issues of The Flash (Wally)
13 issues of Flash: The Fastest Man Alive (Bart)
52 issues of Flash (New 52 Barry)
88 issues of Flash (DC Rebirth Barry)

It tracks.

I'm actually most surprised that they included Bart's series.

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one of the recommended translations of smartphone in french is "ordiphone", lit. compuphone, and hot damn if that ain't the most outdated future tech word I've ever heard

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Ok, I'm looking for a photo sharing site recommendation.

I'm not keen on the Flickr crowd. DeviantArt skews way too young + cosplay-ey these days. And Instagram isn't what I'm looking for. I tried YouPic, but I hate their structure. 500px is too professional for me. And I got some stuff I can't post to Tumblr.

So what's a good photo site for a mediocre photographer to post some mid-level photographs and occasionally get a comment or thumbs up?

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Starting a story with "long long ago..." may cause portability issues on 32-bit platforms without a 64-bit time_t.

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+ I'm old enough to remember the Web of the 1990s/ 2000s.
It was a maze. You followed hypertext links, stumbled into forums and early troll-caves, used Slashdot and GoTo, experimented with LiveJournal and Blogger.

It wasn't safe, it was filled with weirdness, appealed heavily to geeks and loners. Being on the web in that era was a serious trip.

But it wasn't corporate. It wasn't the tool of major governments, yet. It was defiantly decentralised, and when you were online...

... you felt free.

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~ The Web ~

- The 90's:
Small displays, lots of condensed text, Accurate inputs.

- The 00's:
Big displays, lots of text, accurate inputs.

- The 10's:
Tiny displays, very little text in big stylish fonts, clumsy inputs.

Ah, the march of progress. 🖥️ :blobowo:

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Well, at least the captchas have moved on from asking us to identify images of Sarah Connor. 🙂

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#Catpchas #MachineLearning #XKCD #Cartoon #RobotUprising

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