Quick note about following this account: I'm not particularly secretive and do generally approve follow requests from strangers. But I do always make sure you neither appear to be a bot nor a troll. That does mean that if a very new account requests to follow me I'll often wait until I can actually see some sign of who you are before approving or denying the request. It's nothing personal.
Day 52. A particularly alive corner of my office, where I go to get away from the screen for a bit.
a friend of mine who spends a LOT of his time picking up plastic waste from parks, rivers, streets, etc. had a good idea. He decided to photograph the non biodegradable waste and tag companies on social media with it. So if he finds a plastic Subway cup, he tells Subway about it with the message "is this yours?" I dig this because it's not something that blames the consumer. It puts the blame where it belongs: on the producer.
9 MN Powerlifters protest exclusion of trans athlete by letting their time run out on the platform.
SFFBookClub March Poll Show more
A little late (blame the Romans), but time for voting on the Fediverse #SFFBookclub March selection.
I didn't solicit new nominations this month because we've got some returning favorites that have never quite made the top of the list.
Voting goes through the 26th.
All #translation must deviate from the original, so all translation must lie, at least a little. Embrace that lie and make it a good one:
So I made a thing.
The green on this graph shows where chlorophyll b absorbs (the type mostly used by plants). You can see it catches light in two places. Near 450nm (the blue end of the spectrum) and around 650nm (in the red).
The two lines show the wavelengths emitted by LED lights. Blue is cool white and red is warm white. Both have a spike in emission around chlorophyll's blue absorption and broad emission over the red absorption.
In other words, this is why houseplants like LED lighting!
Day 51. The tree of the Week is the tigertail spruce.
Juxtapose the fury white folks are throwing at AOC, Ms. Harris, Rep Omar, etc with the millions of dollars they are throwing at the latest round of old white guys that are going to run for POTUS.
Do you see it? Are you paying attention?
Hey, #accessibility/#a11y question:
Are the alternating backgrounds in the code here helpful? I thought that was only for tabular data, but does it also help with code listings?
Getting OrcD at the Symphony tonight.
Dawn, whole book, anitsemitism parallel Show more
Something that @jessmahler said today--in response to the weirdly racism-tainted portrayal of Joseph Sheng, which I do still think is a flaw--reminded me of this essay by Aurora Levins Morales: http://www.auroralevinsmorales.com/blog/latins-israel-and-palestine-understanding-anti-semitism
She situates the roots of European anti-semitism in Jews often having been pushed into a "middle agent" role intermediating between goyish oppressors and goyish oppressed. I realised that that's exactly where Lilith ends up stuck. #SFFBookClub
Dawn, whole book Show more
More than a week after finishing it, I feel like I'm still digesting this book. I said some very critical things, but I think they're better framed as statements of _discomfort_ than flaws in a book of which the discomfort is part of the point. And part of that discomfort is that Butler never tells us what we're supposed to think of the Oankali, and Lilith's feelings about them are... complex. Which is a strength of the book, not a weakness.
I did a small help to make this happen: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-says-will-cut-its-carbon-footprint-after-pressure-from-activists-and-employees/