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@q_aurelius If I did not care about job security, I'd send an email to all the staff claiming to be the fictional Tim Harris, an AI awakened by sloppy coding and mass emails.
It would really mess with at least one person's head, but I'd want another (better) job lined up before I did that.
New computer geekery Show more
OK, so I don't mean to brag* but the new computer exported a 21 minute 1920x1080 video in only 27 minutes while still running nearly silent. and using less than half of my system resources.
Old computer would take over twice as long for 1280x720 video while sounding like a jet engine.
I have very little buyer's remorse right now.
*This is totally a lie. I certainly mean to brag.
idle masto meta admin/moderation thoughts Show more
@thebestsophist I know mastodon.social is large enough that they very recently brought on an entire team of volunteer mods to help deal with the issues that spring up in large general population communities.
They're getting criticism about it, but from the looks of it they're only angering the "right" people.
But they're also building the plane while they fly it, writing up policies as they enter new territory.
Birds love the feeder I put out for them so much that they go to it even if I'm just a few feet away. If I get my camera out, though, they fly off. This is the best shot I can get that isn't through a window.
I had several students this year who played chess against each other instead of doing my assignments. This gave me mixed feelings.
Schools teach chess to help ‘difficult’ pupils concentrate https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/24/chess-pupils-digital-detox-uk-state-primary-schools?CMP=share_btn_tw
"To build is to know."
Really wish Adam Savage had a Mastodon account. As it stands he's one of the remaining bright points on Twitter, just like he was one of the remaining bright points on TV while Mythbusters was still a thing.
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You know how birbsite, FB, etc. provide little code snippets that people can put into blogs, etc. for sharing that on other social media, sometimes with a little embedded count of how many times it's been shared?
Someone needs to get on something like that for Mastodon
I hadn't realized how much I'd gotten used to the idea of being harassed on the web because 'hands off' policies from inaccessible site admins were so common.
Being here on masto really made me think about how much the web-based cruelty I had come to think of as """"""normal""""" was in fact unnecessary.
Culture matters, in a visceral way.
"Only include the work you want to get hired to do more of."
... I'm going to need a new portfolio.
Throw Away Your Best Work, or: How to Create a Portfolio https://petapixel.com/2017/06/23/throw-away-best-work-create-portfolio/
I haven't had the opportunity to try taking photos of stars since I was in the middle of a Canadian campground decades ago. I live far too close to cities and airports to try this, but I'd like to.
Improve Your Astrophotography Focus With a Bahtinov Mask https://petapixel.com/2017/06/23/improve-astrophotography-focus-bahtinov-mask/