Captain's log supplementary: #IPetThatDog in said tea shop, because that shop is actually perfect.
And by a landslide, the March selection for the #SFFBookclub is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers.
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Day 58. I just got photos online from a weekend in a cabin by a lake in NW Washington last November. Birbs and trees and hills and clouds and a couch facing a big window to take it all in. https://www.flickr.com/photos/eldan/albums/72157707026146585
Day 56. @nein09 coaxed this orchid into flowering again.
Oscars garb (boost with CW)
from @fruchtblase in https://slime.global/@fruchtblase/101649660547638634
Masto have you seen Billy Porter's dress??
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!
Dawn, whole book, anitsemitism parallel
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
a gender observation (~)
I've spent a while today sitting in a nice old armchair reading a book in a tea house. There's a matching armchair on the other side of a small table. I'm obviously alone, but if I walked in and saw someone else like this I would ask before sitting in the other chair. Multiple men have taken stints there without asking or speaking at all. The only person who has asked has been the only woman to sit there. It's trivial, but also like seeing the universe in a grain of sand.
Meanwhile a lot of those reforms have to come from states and cities rather than the federal government, and many of them are currently politically toxic because of correlation with gentrification. That's something we urgently need to fix, but I can see why the GND coalition wants to push their other priorities without waiting for it.
This doesn't seem to be like it's common knowledge like it should be. Short #tootorial:
You ever wanted to peace out of a Masto conversation? People went off on a tangent you don't care about and they keep getting into your mentions?
Click on the three dots next to the unwanted mentions in your notification column and then "mute conversation".
The friends will keep on talking and you won't have to hear them.
This only silences this thread; people in it can still talk to you outside of it.
Dawn, section 1
Yeah, Butler really liked super grim premises for series, eh?
But whoa she totally foresaw gene therapy!
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