"Given time to evolve in the absence of people, the descendants of raccoons 鈥 clever, nocturnal mammals with good manual coordination 鈥 could start their own space program..."

-Sagan and Margulis, 1997

This basically makes Safari a useless research browser for me. Anyone else?

Plant/fungi science people - is sporofied a word? meaning to be made into a spore or spore-like?

鈥淜e kai moana. In English, it's called the Pacific Ocean, but it's important to remember our words."

"Because language is the heart of culture?"

"That's right. And our culture is as travellers. The vast ocean did not hold us apart. It was what we shared together.鈥

鈥淎nd so we kept sailing?鈥

She looked at Earth, a bright point against the blues and pinks of the martian sunset sky. 鈥淭he ocean is bigger now, ku鈥檜 aloha, but the feeling is the same.鈥

#MicroFiction #TootFic #smallstories #Mars

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鈹忊敁 * *
鈹冣攦鈺扁暡 *
鈹冣暠鈺扁暡鈺 馃寱
鈺扁暠 馃暩 鈺测暡 * 馃
鈺扁枖鈻斺枖鈻斺枖鈻斺枖鈻斺枖鈻斺暡 *
鈺扁暠鈹忊敵鈹撯暛鈺攺鈹斥敁 鈺测暡
鈻斺枏鈹椻敾鈹涒攦鈹冣敆鈹烩敍鈻 馃巸

*changes dissertation topic to Cats and Boxes*

Let's talk about #FreedomBreaking:

"One in five genetics papers contains errors thanks to Microsoft Excel" - ScienceMag.org via Washington Post


You Deserve Freedom 1:
The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

#whyistayonmastodon sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

#WhyIStayOnMastodon reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 馃槃

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

Carl Sagan's Notebook:


(Which is both fascinating and makes me want to destroy every one of my journals. :) )

Toot friends, don鈥檛 forget to also follow my @omanreagan account. This will ensure you get maximum toots.

as a lawn hater and genderqueer person i just want to say: TURFS AND TERFS GET THE WALL

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@dietpepsi @sacatania First wave was linux enthusiasts, second was gay furries, third was trans anarchists and witches, fourth was anime shitposters, and fifth was sex workers. Roughly, anyway.

@omanreagan I鈥檇 recommend Amaroq. It鈥檚 the first I started using and I haven鈥檛 found any reason to go looking for another.

That sounds like I鈥檓 damning it with faint praise, but I鈥檓 usually *~very~* prone to investigate alternatives. So it鈥檚 impressive I鈥檓 so happy with this app.

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@omanreagan Toot! It鈥檚 currently in beta, but you can request access from @tootapp if you want to try it.

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