@celesteh 4m+ downloads, provided those people who did remembered their phones. I'm one without a suitable phone, so can't - and I'd suspect quite a lot of regional variation around who has the right kind of phone.

I do have masks though.

The Social Dilemma throws up interesting questions for those trying to build a new kind of social network that's less awful than Facebook. It highlights the mental health issues and stats, and that people are addicted by constantly coming back for that dopamine hit from likes, shares, and attention.

How do you dampen that dopamine oversaturation, without removing the social aspect? Would it help to ration some notifications to daily or weekly? I hope @Gargron is considering

uk pol 

uk pol 

@adders I got 7 of 8, so I learned something. But, I was paying attention - how many of these troll accounts pass us by because we're not paying attention at the time, or not examining the profile of the poster carefully?

This one of those rare things, an online quiz actually worth doing. It’s a test to see if you can identify which social media accounts are real, and which were set up by disinformation organisations. And it explains the signs you should be aware of… 👌🏻 Can you Spot the Troll? spotthetroll.org/

@pre What will they do when they can't blame Europe for everything wrong in the UK? Still blame Europe.


uk politics, jobs 

Life is one thing, it's almost easy with enough time and hydrothermal vents. Complex multicellular life is another, a freak event that may or may not happen in several billion years and the odds are stacked against it. That's the takeaway I have from just having read Nick Lane's The Vital Question - which is excellent.

Still, it's good news there are signs of life on Venus.

@hafnia We used to have a cat called Gobbo because his yellow eyes made him look like a Goblin. But he was beautiful too.

@Cyannin Well done for doing it. I've done I think 6 in total, one of which hasn't lasted, learning all the while. There are some people who dash off that many in an afternoon - I just like to have something to do with my hands whilst I'm watching films, so it's a slow process.

@Cyannin I found darts at the nose and chin help to make a better fit. Although it has meant a weird bit where you have to figure out what to do with the extra fabric - cutting it and folding it leaves an odd lump where I've tried to make a fold but the fabric is too thick to tuck away neatly. So the masks fit better, but it looks like I have a Cyrano de Bergerac nose.

I don't know why I didn't think to code this at the start of lockdown, but I made a randomly-generated addition worksheet with answers at the bottom that prints out pretty cleanly. Some other parents may find it useful, so here it is: rosjackson.co.uk/random-maths-

Gutenberg has a new website. I was hoping that meant you can finally search by date, or at least the author's dates which are definitely in their database, but not yet.

Food, keto, fasting 

@Galdrakinn Goth season is January-December. Happy goth season!

@plumey Welcome to the Fediverse. What genres do you write in?

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