Special new article by @JubalBarca for World Pangolin Day, as his "An Unexpected Bestiary" series does an extra-length special just on pangolins, their folklore, and how to use them in creative settings:
I did an academia :) Organised my first academic event this week, a hackathon on prosopography - couldn't have asked for a nicer bunch of people, and coming from as far as Taiwan, California, etc too which is cool.
We got good work done too - especially excited about some ideas for providing authoritative links between online prosopographies, and machine learning stuff to hunt for places and people in Arabic & Greek texts.
Here's me talking in the wrap up session:
Also, if anyone is in a position to donate, we're doing a little Cyril and Methodius Day fundraiser for the childrens' reading charity Room to Read:
Masto meta, musings: Show more
@JubalBarca Agree with both of these suggestions.
#1 seems to be extremely hit or miss rn, and I think it has something to do with federating with pleroma instances. Most Masto instances will pull up in my third column just fine, but if it's running different software then it usually redirects me in a new tab.
Masto meta, musings: Show more
I think that for my use-case, I basically want two main tech changes to Mastodon as it currently exists/is used.
Change 1: when I click a profile link in someone else's toot, I want their profile to turn up in a column not in a new tab.
Change 2: I really really want to be able to schedule toots. (I've not seen any argument against this as a feature and it would be really super helpful for me).
Those changes would make Masto a LOT more useable from my point of view.
Alternative to Valentine's Day, religion, Christianity Show more
So, the 14th of February is also when much of the western church celebrates Ss Cyril and Methodius.
Long before the Protestant thing about vernacular worship, these brothers were translating Scripture, including inventing a writing system to do so (Glagolitic, which developed into Cyrillic).
They are also the patron saints of Europe.
Ecology news (-) Show more
Oh goodie, all the insects are dying. Which apparently means ecosystems could collapse! <much sarcasm>WONDERFUL.</sarcasm>
Article discussing potential ecosystem collapse: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature?CMP=share_btn_tw
Snarking about the Fantasy Cartography river police Show more
No, Becky, do not look at the subreddit named "you fucked up the rivers" You know you will be unable to resist snarking at the pedants
Pedants: look at this map this river ends in a desert... rivers don't do that
Me: Have you seriously never heard of Okavango Delta? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okavango_Delta ... and it's hardly unique *sits on hands to avoid actually posting on the subreddit*
This is a tree without a trunk! It's salix arctica, the arctic willow. As far North as you can still find land, you can find these trees creeping across the tundra.
Technically, it's a shrub and not a tree at all, but it's a close relative of the willow trees that grow all across the northern hemisphere.
Regular trees can't grow so far north, because of the lack of moisture and severe cold. Salix arctica manages by creeping along the ground, and it can grow as wide as true trees are tall.
You all are such incredibly tough people, it blows me away.
So many of you wake up every day and envision a better future and drag it kicking and screaming into reality while society just dumps shit on you for just trying to live who you are on the inside on the outside too.
I know you didn't choose to be badasses, but you all are badasses.
Universal income study finds money for nothing won't make us work less | New Scientist https://www.newscientist.com/article/2193136-universal-income-study-finds-money-for-nothing-wont-make-us-work-less/
#ubi #basicincome #finland #kela
Historian of the medieval Caucasus, Digital Humanist, Radical Liberal, Founder of exilian.co.uk (@ExilianOfficial), game dev, storyteller. Possibly Pangolinish.
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