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The other day I was sure I had seen an otter crossing the road, but on second thought, I 

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Why I sometimes reply with image descriptions 

Birdsite Feces 

I like Peter Watts' fiction, but I'm getting the feeling that he conflates "conscious" and "conscience" way too much.

Pro tip: You can avoid static cling by waiting 3 weeks to fold your clean laundry!

Apparently we breathe out about 900 g of CO2 per day, or (and check my math here) the carbon equivalent of a stick of graphite 1 m in length and 1 cm wide and thick.

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It's neat that plants are mostly built of air (by mass).

But it's also kind of neat that, correspondingly, us animals dissipate a good portion of the food we eat as air.

Very pleased with myself for doing a substitute of garlic and fried cabbage in place of onion for this recipe. :blobpats:

(Also almond milk, butter, and sharp cheddar in place of milk and sour cream.)

It's good to see that fediverse administrators care so deeply about the privacy of their users. However I'm not convinced that the long term solution can be a robots.txt (or "advisory") style equivalent approach. Expressing desire and intent is useful, but insufficient.

Scrapers/feed consumers are really easy to write. When indexing is outlawed, only outlaws will do indexing, and they will, because it's easy to do.

So toots I *do* hashtag, generally (preceding is an exception) are made *Public*.

My view of the Zignani Affair is that it's far more about miscommunicated and misunderstood elements of Mastodon. Those who think that Mastodon is a private walled garden are, to my view, misguided. Possibly misled.

If I want to comment directly to a user or users on Mastodon, I'll use the "Direct" option, *and am very much aware that this remains viewable to others, especially administrators*.

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data xeriscaping (designing systems to work well with little or no data)

evolving allison by incrementally adding noise to the hidden phonetic state of a phoneme-to-grapheme-to-phoneme model...

we all seem to agree that it can be used to make "statements" but what are the other potential illocutionary forces of fashion? can you ask questions, make requests, greet, apologize, congratulate? this started as a joke idea in my head but actually now i want to read a full analysis of fashion through the lens of speech act theory

I would like to see more games made based on overly literal interpretations of Bible quotes.

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Relatedly, a friend of mine made a roguelike out of the story of the scapegoat and the sacrificial goat: The sacrificial goat (you) escapes, and the sins of the people follow you around as you try to find the other goat: subalterngames.itch.io/azazel

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explaining the joke 

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Game idea:

You are but a simple breeze farmer. But with cleverness, perseverance, and a bit of luck, one day you'll be able to...

Reap The Whirlwind

"Scientists give cuttlefish 3D glasses and shrimp films for vision study" theguardian.com/science/2020/j (there's a cute photo of a cuttlefish wearing red/blue stereo glasses, which turns out to work)

Quote: « “A lot of people said it wasn’t going to work,” Wardill said. “They said they’d rip the glasses off. They said there’d be ink in the tank.” »

Translation: "Fools! We showed them all!"

Intriguing typos seen today while browsing Freecycle:

- WANTED: eternal DVD player
- WANTED: unbrellas
- OFFER: Sofà frame

I also enjoyed this listing:

OFFER: Functional Microwave: Sits on a counter. Tells time. Warms food. We got it on a freecycle 12 years ago, and now we offer it back into the wild.

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