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Today's photo is kind of from right at home, but as pretty as the calendula and chives are it's actually the drip irrigation that I'm really pleased with now. This is v2, installed today and so far seeming to work nicely. Now I just need to get one of those cable ramp thingies so I can run the house across the sidewalk to connect this without causing a hazard.

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If Ozymandias King of Kings wore pants, would he wear them like this or like this?

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God bless the person on Richmond, VA Craigslist who thought a bobcat was a lost cat and brought it into their home.

“ cute as he is, he is CRAZY and has gotten into everything in the house in 1 night and is EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE!!”

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If someone is dressed to the nines, it means they're dressed fancy for a very high percentage of the year. For example, if someone is dressed to five nines, they're not fancy less than 5.26 minutes a year

Today’s meeting notes

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I'm seeing disturbing stories of EU nationals being turned away from polling stations in Britain. I can't tell if it's deliberate voter suppression (hrm, can't imagine why someone in the US might suspect that...) or just the Endless Brexit Omnishambles, but it's unacceptable either way.

If this happens to you, you can still vote today. Here's the European Parliament's guide to how and why:

also, you might be interested in knowing that the black parts of each of these is called the 'frog' (I don't know why) and the one in the middle has an 'eye' - the other two are 'blind'.

The eye serves no purpose other than decoration! You don't even really touch that part while you play.

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So I have been thinking about the point made by women around me that men should learn how to open up to each others so not to exclusively rely on female peers to do emotional labor.

Therefore here's my question to all my male identifying readers: What do you need to open up to male identifying peers? What's hindering you atm? What kind of signals would assure you that the other person is willing to listen and support you?
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ICANN granted the domain '.amazon' today, rather than the entire geographic region of the Amazon Basin.

Acts like this are colonial, obviously, but also a slap in the face to early internet promises of global representation + shared power. Its really sad.

#GAFAM #GAFA #amazon

(via , thanks ! )

I did a little internet research, and assuming that they are stamped and cataloged correctly (not always the case), two were made in Paris one in Dresden, between 1880 and 1930.

The shop had a very wide range of origins and ages for their bows- it's funny that the three I liked the most were so close together in time and place.

For comparison, my violin was made in 1978, by a student luthier, who went on to be a well-regarded bowmaker.

For comparison, these are the 3 i took home to try out.

The one in the photo was in my top 3 to take home and play for a week or so but it too is very bold and straightforward. It’ll find a home with someone who has a soft, mellow violin that needs to project more sound.

Which bow to get is a very personal decision and depends on both you and your violin. My violin has a straightforward, bold, bright sound so it’s useful to balance that with a mellow, subtle bow that can produce a wide range of tone colors. I like a bow that’s lighter at the frog (the part you hold) than a lot of people do, not sure why. Maybe because I have small hands.

I’m trying out violin bows today and I’m so sad this isn’t gonna be the one for me because LOOK at it.

It’s new, from a Brazilian bowmaker, and that is bone and abalone, silver and pernambuco wood.

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These "slow hiking" ideas from the Washington Trails Association feel like nice accessible ways to make the activity even more meditative:

I frequently indulge in the second one. May have to try the first and last soon.