The Arecibo telescope is locked in position (unable to track sources in the sky) in the wake of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake and its aftershocks.

Please remember that our instruments are in real places occupied by real people - the operators do, and try to give back to their communities when they can.

Rockpro64 just crashed in a very unhappy manner. I think the vacuum cleaner may have gotten jealous and attacked it.

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heya, writing friends
what are good open source writing programs that stand up to the rigors and nonsense of sustained, sometimes even professional writing?

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the correct answer here was "country" but duolingo, my friend, my love, i *would* one day like to visit a french-speaking hamburger

Generally the goal is for code to be able to find all implemented subclasses of a given class, for example because they might be needed to satisfy a user request. For example astropy.time.Time(something, format="exotic-format") needs to look through registered time format classes for one that promises to handle "exotic-format". It will succeed if such code exists and the file containing it has been imported into the interpreter at some point.

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So a common pattern in Python is classes that register themselves on (class) definition, which in practice usually means on file import. This seems simple at first but then produces all sorts of headaches by constraining import order and by requiring imports for their side effects only - like, you never used any name out of this module but things break because you didn't import it anyway. Is there a better model for this sort of thing?

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Uh oh only 516GB free better keep an eye on this job

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@magicalmilly also I gotta point out that myasstodon.xyz is a latine/latinx community instance 100% open to our indigenous gente. We stand opposed to the government's systemic oppression of our native family and roots.

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Indigenous people!

Please share this and reply and be my friend! Let's create a community on here where we know we have someone who gets it!

I'll start, I'm Ojibwe. Raised away from the tribe, but am a full member now as an adult.

(If not indigenous, please still share, I wanna reach others)

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@aarchiba I learned that nixie tubes and the voltages involved in running them can be quite dramatic when my roommate built a nixie clock our first year of uni. At one point during assembly, they called me over: "Hey, Blake, can you hold these multimeter probes while I read numbers?"

"Sure."

"OK, now, just touch them right---"

Flash! Poof! Little snippets of wire all over the desk!

And off we went to the electronics store by the mall ('twas back in the day when the electronics store by the mall existed).

So, yes, I became a theorist.

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@gingerrroot hai! do I remember correctly that you had some kinda welcome thingy for new users?
if yes, could you link it? i'm on a relatively new instance and as one of the only experienced fedi users i'm trying to make the onboarding experience better.

So people were grumbling about all the safety paperwork we have to fill out every time we do anything at work when I realized I really can't bring my nixie tube clock in to my office. It has no case and there are enough bare 400 V terminals that I've learned to be quite careful reaching around back to reset the time. I don't think my warning post-it note is enough to make it satisfy UK safety standards. Though they are really big on warning signs here.

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hey does anyone remember a DSP recipes site for like, AD envelopes and small-footprint signal generators and filters and shit with C snippets

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I want to start a shop which looks like your normal esoteric thingies shop. But instead of natural quartz and such there would be scintillator crystals, mirrors for lasers and many more things you could potentially pass off as eso things.

I wonder if the radar transmitter has enough power to engage kaiju? Probably not even Mothra.

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An animal rescue in Montluçon, France is using PeerTube to host videos of the animals available for adoption 😎

peertube.mastodon.host/videos/

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