I like this video about how the team had to persevere through the pandemic to get the Perseverance Mars rover ready for launch. youtube.com/watch?v=_04L2Wslab


When the Martians landed, they waited for a crowd to gather, which they would kill as an example.
The plan failed. No crowd appeared.
Scouts were sent; one found a dog walker.
"Keep a distance," he called, "there's a deadly virus! Stay home, stay safe!"
The Martians left at once.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

So, a couple of hours ago I was chatting to a friend about watching an old baseball game to feel better about (*waves hands*) all this shit.

Well, Dave Roberts just stole second base in the bottom of the ninth and I jumped out of my chair again, just like I did the first time around fifteen years ago.


I just got an alert for a Twins v Red Sox game and thought, "oooh, I'll call @error_1202 and we can watch it together"... and then I remembered.



6:30pm tomorrow, NASA reveal name of the Mars Rover 2020 (Curiosity's successor) youtube.com/watch?v=Zni3MLBHDa

Minneapolis implemented ranked choice voting several years ago, and also began hand tallying ballots because there were no machines or software certified to do the counting and reallocation necessary.

The city began setting expectations early: you will not know the results on election night. Everyone survived, there was no calamity, the results were just as real and valid. Life went on.

It's the expectation of instant results that's the problem.

My official take as Infosec Knowledge Haver: Electronic voting is cool in theory but WE ARE NOT THERE YET IT IS NOT SAFE IT DOES NOT WORK

All votes should be made on paper and counted by people. Anything else contributes to voter disenfranchisement.

Hoping the 2020s will be know historically as "the Boring Twenties" we've had enough news, let's chill.

@error_1202 Episode 298 of No Such Thing as A Fish (podcast by the QI Elves with their favourite things they found in research that aren't going on the show) has a long section about the seven different regional words in France for "pencil", which I suspect you would enjoy embeds.audioboom.com/publishin

If you have a .org domain name: go renew it now. For the full 10 years.

Registration rights for .org were just bought by a private equity firm. And as part of that contract, the price caps were removed.

Anything in .org will get much more expensive, soon.

A ten year renewal will cost you a bit over a hundred bucks. Which is probably less than one year will cost you in the very near future.


Racing is a sport, and there was a space race, therefore, the space race was a sport and NASA is a sports team.

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