Covid mask PSA spotted in the wild. It's in a nearby city that I don't normally go to (or through) these days, so I hadn't seen the slogan before.

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I'm working on site today for the first time in weeks and have discovered that nature is reclaiming our offices.

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Interesting look at when computers appeared in comics.

"After much anguished hand-wringing, I narrowed down the finalists for the "First Appearance of a Real Computer in a Comic Book" to three possibilities, two runner-ups, and a lovely Batman comic that I had to include because of the device's outlandish user interface. So six comics in all.""

fivedots.coe.psu.ac.th/~ad/com

#History #ComputerHistory #Comics #Culture #Computers

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A Welsh village's broadband service went down at 7am every morning for over a year. They finally tracked it down to electrical interference from a single old TV set whose owner switched it on every morning to watch the news. The "mortified" owner agreed to stop using it immediately, and the problem hasn't happened again.

bbc.com/news/uk-wales-54239180

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when you accidentally fave a toot bc the timeline skipped, that's a rogue like

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your molecules have been declared an unlawful assembly

please disperse into your constituent atoms immediately

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IMO, leaving some things unexplained is good writing. Your story's world should always feel bigger than the story itself.

That's why I like that moment in Lord of the Rings when Gandalf says "I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Arnor. The Dark Fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn!" I haven't read the Silmarillion and still have no idea what exactly this all means. And not knowing things like this is captivating!

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Youtuber: Do not stare into these lasers at close range.

Me: Don't stare into *any* lasers at close range.

Or any range.

OK, unless you're getting Lasik.

Apparently Mojang hired Anakin Skywalker to write the captions for block descriptions in Earth.

Covid news, Africa (+) 

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Finally decided to stop postponing my dentist appointments and get it over with. They were running late so I had some time to spend outside and encountered some of their small neighbors.

#lizards #flowers
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Awesome. Studio Ghibli is providing images from their movies.

ghibli.jp/info/013344/

From a Google Translation: "From this month, we will provide scene photos of all Studio Ghibli works in sequence. This month, we will provide 8 works, mainly new works, for a total of 400 pieces.

Feel free to use it within the bounds of common sense."

#StudioGhibli #Movies #Art

I was in the area because my dentist is there and I decided it was time to stop postponing the appointments. It was also my first drive on the freeway since March and my first time out of the county since March.

Stopped by my parents' today to say hi across the driveway. First time I'd seen them in person in months. We stood something like 10 feet apart on the driveway wearing masks, but we were in the same place for the first time since...February? Not sure exactly. Talked for about an hour.

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