Scientists have discovered an anomalous blob of heat on the far side of the moon....
Former Electronics, Software & Communications Engineer now a full time writer.
Living in the Mid-West of Ireland.
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With BlueSky moving towards finally opening up federation, I'm interested in how people feel about it?
Would you be open to the idea of Mastodon, Lemmy, Pixelfed, and other Fediverse platforms adopting the AT protocol in order to federate with it?
If those technical hurdles could be overcome, would you support your instance federating with BlueSky?
Does the same go for other commercially-owned platforms, such as Threads and Tumblr?
As if children's books aren't already losing visibility due to censorship now this...
Here you can vote to ask them to bring those categories back:
The first addition to my Ko-fi shop for a while.
Five Norwegian White Bear Tales is an anthology of five Norwegian folktales that follow the story of Cupid and Psyche, but instead of the god of love, in all of these we meet an enchanted white bear.
A brief introduction puts the tales into a more international context.
And the illustrations are gorgeous.
.epub format that may be read on nearly any digital device.
Minimum price: €2.50.
Can we help fund this event for Indigenous children in the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska?
Monies go to buying pumpkins and other supplies for a fun day at a safe space.
Another day, another product joining the Google graveyard. On the upside, this time it's not a messaging app.
From The Verge:
"You might remember Google had a $5,000 Jamboard whiteboarding meeting room display — well, that’s also discontinued. The Jamboard hardware will no longer receive software updates on September 30th, 2024, and its license subscriptions will expire the same day.
"Then users will have until December 31st, 2024, to back up Jam their files, and on that date, Google will cut off access and begin permanently deleting files."
Pity the schools, universities, and businesses that paid Google $5000 for a "smart" whiteboard, only to now be told their files will be deleted.
Spot the difference: on the left, the copperplate print is hand-coloured after the print run, and on the right no extra work is done. Colouring prints was a thing in #earlymodern Europe. Guess which version was more expensive - and sold better?
You see the frontispieces with a star map from the 1742 "Atlas Novus Coelestis", Nuremberg, from J.G. Doppelmayr (1677-1750). Bonus details: #Kopernikus, #Ptolemäus, #Brahe and #Kepler discussing things.
@histodons #histodons #astronomy #bookhistory
frontispiecve from Doppelmayr, Johann Gabriel: Atlas Novus Coelestis: In Quo Mundus Spectabilis Et In Eodem Tam Errantium Quam Inerrantium Stellarvm Phoenomena Notabilia… Nürnberg, Homannsche Erben, 1742 . Source: https://pic.sub.uni-hamburg.de/kitodo/PPN822197634/00000001.tif
Look what was just published:
The Early Modern Dutch Press in an Age of Religious Persecution: The Making of Humanitarianism. by Dr David de Boer (Oxford University Press; Sept. 28, 2023)
The book is available as Open Access:
The issue with Jann Wenner goes far deeper than a sexist, racist old fossil thinking women and black people aren't articulate enough to be considered masters of rock in his new book.
Long before this book, and this latest scandal, Wenner was a co-founder of both Rolling Stone magazine and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
For the Boomer generation, Wenner and critics like him — straight, white men — set the criteria for what constitutes good music, and whose music was worthy of being celebrated as the greatest in Western music.
And, almost inevitably, they chose the artists they related to most closely — straight white men.
What were the criteria they set for what makes music great? The things that their favourite straight white male rock stars were particularly good at.
Such as playing drums, bass, and guitar in a rock style.
The greatest lyrics were those depicting the thoughts and feelings of straight white men.
Lyrics dealing with topics of interest to women or black people — including police brutality — were deemed shallow and vacuous.
Elements that were typically outside the realm of the music their favourite straight white men performed — funky bass lines, sampling, keyboards, soulful ballads, rapping, dance — were deemed frivolous and unimportant.
They created whole hierarchies of the greatest musicians of all time, consisting entirely of straight white men, based on their criteria.
The music made by queer, female, and non-white artists was deemed by them, through their arbitrary criteria, to be frivolous and unimportant.
The music enjoyed by queer, female, and non-white communities was deemed by them, through their arbitrary criteria, to be frivolous and unimportant
Oh, and they seemed to have a bad habit of "accidentally" leaving out the black artists that their favourite straight white men copied from — Chuck Berry and Big Mama Thornton didn't make the cut for greatest rock stars, but Elvis did.
Elon lied about the monkeys — and he shouldn't be trusted to put his Neuralink chips in human brains.
"They are claiming they are going to put a safe device on the market, and that's why you should invest," Ryan Merkley at the Physicians Committee, told Wired. "And we see his lie as a way to whitewash what happened in these exploratory studies."
Really heartbreaking reading what happened to the monkeys.
People quite rightly think of Elizabeth Holmes as a fraud for making false medical claims about what the Theranos machines could do. So why aren't Elon's claims at Neuralink being held to the same level of scrutiny?
The Butterfly Lovers is a Chinese folktale and the tragic love story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Zhu disguised herself as a boy so she could study and fell in love with Liang. By the time he realised she was a girl, it was too late. You can read the full tale here: https://www.curiousordinary.com/2023/06/butterfly-lovers.html?m=1
#folklore #mythology @folklore @mythology
Called it. Elon's doing exactly what I thought he would do: https://aus.social/@ajsadauskas/109979152813584947
Twitter is dead.
There is no point in trying to hold on to what Twitter used to be. What Twitter used to be no longer exists.
It died the moment Elon walked in the building.
Anything posted there since then has been free content on his everything app and potential crypto scam, X: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/jul/23/twitter-elon-musk-says-he-wants-to-change-companys-bird-logo