A dear friend of mine had someone cut an expensive skein of wool with enormous sentimental value COMPLETELY IN HALF out of some malicious horror of a prank.

Does anybody know how this can be salvaged into something beautiful?

Her holiday has already been mostly ruined by medical expenses and this is like the final turd on top of the poop cake.

My favorite part of visiting the Porta Negra in Trier is how it got cannibalized for parts by the townspeople after the decline of Rome, until a Greek monk hermit moved in (aka became a squatter) and they wound up building a church in/around the ruins to honor him. Napoleon dissolved the church and ordered the gate converted back into its Roman form, and now it's basically a monument gradually being eroded by car exhaust.

@olliemandias that's so fun! I saw one once at a festival, they're incredible

@wion my understanding is that about a third of flu cases are asymptomatic.

@wion my understanding is that the flu shot isn't necessarily about the individual getting it; it's to help protect the rest of the population (especially vulnerable members) from unnecessary spread, for what it's worth.

I love this rooftop garden I saw in Kinderdijk. No idea what they were growing, but it's a clever use of space.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to understand that Apple, Google, or Amazon can simply _decide_ to remove access to anything you've "purchased", including many physical goods (if they are internet-connected and running proprietary software), and you have absolutely no recourse.

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@wion all I'm trying to do is shorten a curtain.

A lady the next town over was selling her entire sewing setup including the sewing machine built into a custom sewing table for less than I'd have paid for the table (it's a perfect size for my office) so I couldn't pass it up but it's definitely more complicated than the ones I used back in high school home ec.

The "pedal" for power is controlled by my knee which takes some getting used to.

I bought a vintage sewing machine this week, mostly to save money but also because I wanted a hobby that didn't involve braving crappy weather or staring at screens or pages all day, and figuring out how this thing works has been an ADVENTURE.

Three hours in and the only possible conclusion is that our mothers were brilliant.

Before I went to Aachen, I had kind of forgotten how modern gemcutting is. All the diamonds and emeralds and sapphires and rubies in the ancient and medieval world were cabochon cut, which means they were rounded like this instead of faceted. I forget whose crown this was (Charlemange?) but it's definitely German.

I got invited to curate an email deep dive into the history of food over at Refind (a "front page of the internet" site that tries to help people actually learn stuff) and I'm pretty stoked about it.

The idea is that food is a critical part of human culture and sits at the heart of many of our most cherished traditions. Understanding how culinary habits evolved in different cultures can help us better understand and appreciate our own.

You can check it out here: refind.com/EleanorKonik/the-hi

It's easy to take for granted all the pieces that comprise the fediverse.

I'd like to take a moment to thank a few people who laid the groundwork and/or steward initiatives that benefit projects like @pixelfed and push the fediverse forward.

@cwebber - activitypub author + goblins dev

@bagder - curl developer

@mike - zap developer, nomad(ic identity & protocol wizard)

@humanetech - stewards ethical/humane initiatives

@feditips - unbiased source for topics that affect new and old users

@guigui3000 no that's almost exactly what I had in mind, thank you!!

At some point in the last few months, I saw some articles making the rounds about how Westerners look at deserts and desertification as though deserts are something horrible to be wiped out and avoided at all costs, and now I can't find those articles.

Did anybody else see them? I need some as a reference and my Google fu is failing me :(

cw: infant abandonment, child slavery 

@bookandswordblog Deb Sneed talks a lot about this too, about how it wasn't as common as we sometimes imagine it to be and also how the Spartans maybe didn't expose disabled babies as a matter of course.

Meanwhile of course there's always Carthage...

linux tech support 

Does anyone have an idea how to get the Thinkpad nub and extra mouse buttons working on linux?

@GwenfarsGarden I use the dried stuff when I'm feeling lazy and the live stuff (which overwinters here in Maryland fine) when I'm making stocks or soups or whatnot.


I inherited rose bushes when we bought our house and I don't know what kind they are, but I've decided that next year I want to try making rosehip jam. This year got away from me a bit, alas, but I did manage to dry a ton of sage and oregano!

@Nyla_Smokeyface yeah idk how well it handles the like, "discovery" aspect. But I usually use instagram as like, a record of my garden progress, not for discovery, so for me this will probably be fine?

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