@sohkamyung The Ha-Ha disambiguation page further links to disambiguation pages for "Ha Ha Ha" and "Ho Ho Ho". -> Hoohoo, -> Yo Ho Hoโ€ฆ

This is the kind of trouble I get into when I'm home sick.

Speaking of exclamation points, I kind of miss when they could be used like semicolons, mid-sentence. Gathering arguments to convince my editor.

Trivia time: The Quebec city of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is the only city in the world with two exclamation points in its name.

Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?

because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon

github.com/mouse-reeve/fedirea

It's the universal non-palindrome day! This is the only date consisting of nothing but zeroes and twos that is not a palindrome no matter how you write it!

02202020
20022020
20200220
20202002

Relish it, we won't have another one of these for 20,000 years

@sohkamyung
Gah, I probably don't know enough to have an opinion on that. I lean toward counting them because a primary reason for counting them is to identify trends. (But part of the job of those trends is to help predict allocate treatment facilities. Soโ€ฆ Ugh.)

Here's hoping that at least we'll learn how to do it better next time.

@sohkamyung ๐Ÿ˜‘
I can't decide how annoyed to be about this. On one hand, this thing is clearly still in motion and so things'll change.

On the other handโ€ฆ

It seems obvious that they should have been separating out the Confirmed cases from Suspected cases from the beginning. But maybe it's only obvious in hindsight?

I know I'm doing business with a skeevy company when I can't even log on to their payment portal without disabling all the ad blockers/privacy plugins.

@kensanata @sohkamyung Thanks! I might have to do a bit of a trawl to find a version that's not priced like a textbook, but it's the kind of solid introduction I'm looking for.

UGC 12591: The Fastest Rotating Galaxy Known

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble; Processing & Copyright: Leo Shatz

apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200219.ht #APoD

Hardware hackers, here's how you can make a wearable device to jam commodity microphones, including those in Alexa and other smart speakers.

(It's kind of a crappy hardware repo at the moment, without a BOM, etc. But it does have paper showing efficacy.)

github.com/y-x-c/wearable-micr

Related fun tip: Many English Wikipedia articles have a "Simple English" version under the language options. This can be a great way for a novice to get up to speed on a topic when the standard Wiki page is overwhelmingly technical (or just when you hit a TL;DR)

simple.wikipedia.org

Hey, and friends of Mastodon: Send me your recommendations on what to read/watch to learn the basics of plant biology.

I'm a lay person, but would like to get a grasp of the key mechanisms at work in plant life. Long reads are good, as long as they start with the equivalent of high school biology.

Are there terms for various eras in history that are not eurocentric? e.g., "The Middle Ages," or "The Renaissance."

Worked on the Star Trek painting. Tough one! Especially McCoy, whom I paint inverted. But look, here he is, and I inverted my painting back to check the colors, and it works, yay! #mastoArt #traditionalArt #creativeToot #StarTrek

โ€œThe AI does not hate you, nor does it love you. But you are made out of atoms which it can use for something else.โ€

โ€” Eliezer Yudkowsky, AI Researcher

I appreciate that the app store tells me about in-app purchases, but I'd rather have information about what ad networks it connects to (if any).

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