uk politics, jobs
I signed a letter in support of the Alliance For Full Employment's campaign to get the UK government to rethink the furlough cliff-edge.
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.
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: https://www.rosjackson.co.uk/random-maths-addition.php
Food, keto, fasting
I've been doing intermittent fasting for the past month. Mixed in with this is a move to a lower carb diet, although not completely keto yet because we have too many apples.
It's too early for definitive results, but I feel less bloated, less hungry, and on fasting days I usually sleep better. I've done the whole calorie-restricted diet thing, which works for losing weight but is hella tedious and is easy to drop when you're stressed. Fasting is way easier.
A Dream So Dark, the sequel to A Blade So Black, is a worthy sequel that makes me keen to read A Crown So Cursed when it comes out. It's Wonderland, but with a lot more martial arts and love, um, pentacles? More tangled than love triangles, anyhow.
@a_breakin_glass fursonas are actually only fursonas when they're from the french region of furry. otherwise they're just sparkling anthropomorphic animals
Warn your staff about phone spear phishing attacks, as reports rise.
If these unlikely fish, separated by 184 million years of evolution, can hybridise, what else can?
Double World is quite pretty, in a video-game-to-film kind of way, and quite a lot of fun. My full review is here:
I love that we editorialize and label this "impressive".
I mean, it is!
A question for techies: what are the most impactful ways to optimise a website to reduce carbon emissions?
There's a list of likely helpful things here, but I'm not sure where the biggest savings are going to be: https://www.wholegraindigital.com/blog/website-energy-efficiency/
Wanted: POC consultants for sci-fi story
I'm currently working on a sci-fi story set in the far future, and it's my goal to create a world that does not feel white US/Euro-centric. I'd like to pay a few folks for some input as consultants. Mostly, describing how they see their culture developing in the future scenario I describe and being available for future questions. Feel free to ask questions here or via DM and please pass this along to folks who may be interested!
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.