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Also from the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory Baker-Nunn telescope. By combining a series of images taken over the lunar eclipse, a picture of the Earth's shadow. #astrophoto

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can't believe developers are pandering to the SJWs yet again. i mean look at this, half the characters are black! and the woman is the strongest character in the game! my immersion is totally ruined, god.

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An interesting look back at the early days of social media & how conventions of blogs, likes, comments, followers etc. evolved. It's a round table discussion with people who built and ran LiveJournal, Diaryland and Open Diary in the late 1990s.

glitch.com/culture/function-ep

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M51 is a galaxy in Canes Venatici, though it's easily found just off the last star in the handle of the Big Dipper. It is a grand design spiral that is interacting with a nearby smaller galaxy. #astrophoto

Does anyone else have a thing where you have a favourite metaphor that you like, but you know that very few people will understand it so you can't use it in general conversation?

I sometimes think of difficulties in communication as an 'impedance matching problem', but nobody without a physics or electronic engineering degree is going to know what I am talking about if I use that metaphor. (See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impedanc if you're curious)

This makes me (a little bit) sad. ☹️

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Want to use a link shortener on #Mastodon?

Don't! :blobsurprised: All links in Mastodon posts count for 23 characters, no matter how long they really are.

(via @jond )

#MastoTips

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If life is a river:

- you can't push the current.
- we need our meanders.
- don't build on your mental flood plains.

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#SoftwareFreedom is important, but just as we can't expect everyone to code their own software from scratch, we can't expect them to transition to freedom-respecting software that they find impossibly confusing to use. #UX matters, and we need to help #FreeCode developers learn to create better UX, and be welcoming when people with UX experience get involved in free code projects.
media.libreplanet.org/u/librep

If life is a river:

- you can't push the current.
- we need our meanders.
- don't build on your mental flood plains.

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The spacecraft New Horizons' first glimpse of Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object 1.6 billion km past Pluto: pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/N

[Left: the actual image, a pixelated, bowling-pin-like blob. Right: an artist's rendering in greater detail. The red arrows show its rotation - spinning end over end.]

#news #science #space #NASA #NewHorizons #UltimaThule #UltimaFlyby 🐘

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In this field of ~25-30 thousand stars are about 50 calibration stars known as Landolt stars (after Arlo Landolt who calibrated them). These calibration stars allow different telescopes to measure magnitude consistently. Finding them is the glamour part of science they don't tell you about. #astrophoto

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Back in 1992 the uk conservatives were super worried about raves and shutting them down theguardian.com/culture/2018/d

Not mentioned in the article, but this is what the prodigy track “Their Law” is about. Also Autechre wrote a track that you COULD play at raves after the law was passed because it contained no 2 bars that were the same, meaning there are no “repetitive beats”

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Our closest neighbour in space, the Moon, was likely formed when a Mars-sized planetoid collided with the Earth. #astrophoto

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In light of Australia's anti-encryption, this is an important message from @signalapp@twitter.com

It's not enough for services to state they decline to add a backdoor. It should be practically impossible to do so. Based on their architecture and verifiable by public source code. #aaBill

👇

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