The online naturalist.
"I must warn you," the librarian said, "this book is cursed."
"Read the first two chapters and you will be trapped, unable to stop reading until you reach the end."
I swallowed. "I... I have read books like that before."
The librarian nodded. "Then go, and read."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
"Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Kiki’s Delivery Service author Eiko Kadono, and her translator Emily Balistrieri. We discuss Kadono’s original inspiration for Kiki, what it feels like to return to a book thirty-five years after publication, and the challenges of translating such a beloved children’s book from Japanese to English."
"A Dutch public broadcaster got rid of targeted digital ads—and its revenues went up"
"the main Dutch public broadcaster… found that ads served to users who opted out of cookies were bringing in as much or more money as ads served to users who opted in."
"The results were so strong that as of January 2020, NPO simply got rid of advertising cookies altogether…"
The physics of surviving the heat, but not the humidity.
"“What is the hottest ‘room’ temperature at which a human body can, by sweating, keep itself cool enough to avoid health damage?”
— Matt B., Etterzhausen, Germany
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity."
Interesting article on how, and how quickly, plants colonize volcanic islands and blast zones.
A new post is up on Circle of Ignorance, asking when we as a nation decided to value steel over human flesh.
Ghost Bikes and the Value of Human Life
Techie, software developer, hobbyist photographer, sci-fi/fantasy & comics fan in the Los Angeles area. He/him.
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