There are only 10 days left to register to vote in the UK general election. Don't lose your right.
terfs, clintons, racism
@celesteh Ugh, that's so disappointing. And they always focus on the locker room, as if perhaps seeing someone get changed is a terrible thing. Nobody mentions the vast benefit to women of having trans women who have experienced life as men and can see hidden/unconscious patriarchal responses for what they are.
Flood alerts, warnings, and severe warnings are pretty bad in Lincs right now: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings
@celesteh Lol. Is there any clue about whether or not it's ghostwritten?
UK, beware contaminated hummus
A quantity of hummus (or homous as the Food Standards Agency spells it) from a major UK supplier is recalled due to concerns over salmonella.
Affected brands are listed below:
This piece about the slow destruction of most paper books is quite sad. It's a reminder that all preservation has to be active, and will involve difficult curation choices.
@ak It's not exactly on my beat either. I just hope they don't get ideas and open more around the country.
Apparently Chick-Fil-A is opening a branch in the UK, in Reading. There's a lot of controversy over their donations to anti-LGBT+ organisations, which I wasn't aware of before.
This article has a bit of background:
I'm never going to eat there.
Great music crosses language barriers. I've lost count of the number of great songs I've discovered in the past month or so. But, I had to go looking specifically for "LANGUAGE + rock". It's been so worth it, but it's a huge shame that in the UK we don't get to hear much that isn't in English.
For instance, check out Jam Hsiao's A Love Song For You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atGbcYTjZCY - watch to the end for cuteness and questionable fashion sense.
I quite enjoyed Helen Czerski's Storm In A Teacup, but it's like a great selection of physics tasters rather than a deep dive into any one subject. It's very readable, though. I'd recommend it as a gift for the person you want to enthuse about physics. http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk/storm-in-a-teacup.php
I don't understand why these guys aren't better known. This is just one of their earworms I've been singing lately.
Tips to help you choose the right apple tree(s)
After recently doing lots of online & print research into apple trees, because no one source had all the info I needed, I've collated the key basic info into one post.
@celesteh That's one way to reduce use of the .gov domain and encourage people to mirror its information.
@mishellbaker I have some feelings about the frequency versus intensity debate. It's good to practice daily, sure. But to really cement a word or phrase in your memory takes emotion, the stronger the better. So going over phrases as part of a routine is going to take longer than hearing or reading those words as part of art.
relationship advice homophobia
@kat I would keep ignoring them. If they value your friendship they'll reach out and ask why you're ignoring them, or get the hint and apologise. And if they don't, nothing of value was lost. Commiserations for having to deal with homophobia.
@pcrock It's always been about another layer of security for me.
@phildini I'm pleased to see it's back up.
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