A coda to the Guardian's shameful bigotry - the UK editors didn't /just/ cut that segment of the interview, but also spiked an entire series of trans articles - again from the US staff - "Gender Now":


Seriously, actually, in ~15y of conference travel I was in a session this morning with me and 4 other people, and _all four other talks_ were on (wildly different!) things I have open projects on. The most weirdly pertinent to my own work session I've ever attended.

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I'm at a real-life conference at which I have already given a real-life talk, and other people are now giving real-life talks, and I hardly know how to act. Was this what being an academic used to be like? This is fun!

I used to have trouble understanding superposition, but now I'm pretty sure I'm in a superposition of having it together and not having it together

@dajbelshaw I'm about to move my mother from OS X back to Linux -- she once used Ubuntu! -- because it turns out supporting a Mac is just orders of magnitude more difficult. I totally get it.

(At least for my folks, they're too far from an Apple Store for "take it there whenever anything doesn't work" isn't viable.)

OK, so presumably wherever you live a certain language is most commonly spoken, right?

Question for you.

What do you think is the *second* most commonly spoken language in your area?

Feel free to explain as much as you like. "Area" is also open to wide interpretation, whatever feels comfortable.

@noyovo I live in Brussels, so this is a hard one! French is first, but following it are Dutch, English, and Arabic, with wildly different ratios depending on where you are!

I *think* for the city as a whole Arabic is probably #2, but I'm not totally sure – and for political reasons, it's illegal to perform a linguistic census. (!)

@Cyborgneticz me, moving to Baton Rouge: Okay, never lived in a hurricane region before, what do we need to do for prep? Quick evacuation bag? Boarding up window prep?

our neighbors: ...huh? You buy extra beer. If it's a bad one, you buy extra whiskey because you can drink that without opening the fridge.

"We banned nearly 37M accounts between January and March of this year"

If you've ever wondered what it's like to fight spam at scale, here's what Reddit deals with.

When I occasionally say that I've very strong concerns about the Fediverse dealing successfully with abuse at this scale, this is the sort of thing I'm talking about.


#spam #contentModeration #reddit #abuse #MastoDev

Very French to get mad at "présentiel" for being a loan-word from the English "presential," a word that is literally unknown to my phone's spell checker and which Wiktionary reports was last used in this sense in the 16thC

Cajun French Phrase 

@Cyborgneticz (At the same time you can see the etymological link, of course... "bedding," if you will *cough")

Cajun French Phrase 

@Cyborgneticz I definitely did a scrolling double take 😆

Cajun French Phrase 

@Cyborgneticz Given the current meaning of "nique" in modern French, this is one to be careful with!

Cover designs for my forthcoming book are in and one of them is actually... really great?!

Of course, for a book on chance in evolution they had to give me one with dice, but thankfully they also ran with an image that I'd found and produced damn near the thing I had in my head a priori...!

In any event, a *super* cute museum if you ever have the chance to visit! (The town is pretty, too.)

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Random history of science nerd moment from my vacation: The small town of Saint-Hubert is the birthplace of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, best known popularly for engravings of roses. But (!) also corresponded/collaborated with De Candolle, illustrated for Humboldt, and others!

His brother, Henri-Joseph, went for animals instead of plants, and illustrated Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire's famous book on fish. Both worked for the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle.

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