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Some pictures taken with the bigger camera. Remember to mute the thread if you have seen enough. Apparently we will get new flowers in March. πŸ˜„

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The Latvian Radio Choir singing Rachmaninov's All-night Vigil, Op. 37 "Vespers". The best music for crying and programming, both at the same time. Here I am, tears streaming down my face, thinking about some data import into an Oracle database. And I keep thinking: this is the time we live in. Crying, chagrined, as the world slowly turns into a swamp.

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"I’m feeling small because all these giants are standing on my shoulders!" – me, when thinking about copyright

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A reminder of why I think deleting old posts on social media is important: "I don’t think they have much value going back months and years. I never read through years of tweeting history! This only benefits your enemies, never your friends."

Did the European Parliament just outlaw the only Europe-made social network with #Article13?

How often to I have to delete and repost a status in order to find all the typos?

As long as anti-geriatrics haven't been developed and as long as child bearing is not outlawed, we *always* stand a chance. One day the ball pen wielding generation will finally die out and we can have the copyright we want. Just don't turn into that kind of old people, all y'alls! Hope springs eternal. On days like these, I appreciate the positive aspects of generational change, of death. We are the invaders! (says the 45 year old white man...)

At my daughter’s school open evening, I picked up her exercise book and, after getting her grudging consent, turned it to a random page and read a book review she’d written that said she couldn’t respect Dante for what was β€œessentially a self-insert fanfic”.

I am still thinking about that.

Just had my first encounter with an actual error code 451 in the wild. Apparently the NH-based Union Leader newspaper / media site decided it was easier to block all of Europe than to become #GDPR-compliant! (I am traveling in EU & wanted to read a story shared by a NH friend. I guess I will have to wait until back in USA)

My wife has been counting the flowers she has cut down 106 this season. 106! And there are still a few of them blooming. From December to April. I love it. The one pictured is tiny, maybe 10cm across unlike the 16cm or more we usually see, with the first light of the sun upon it.

Today I listened the episode about Antarah Ibn Shaddad on In Our Time, a about everything that is good in life: History, Philosophy, and Science. And now I want to go back in time and wish I had continued to study Arabic after four years of private tutoring instead of being a lazy bum. Oh well, the past is gone and so is the little Arabic I knew. But I can still listen to the music and dream. πŸ˜ƒ

Disclosure: I can count the number of ads I've clicked on in the past 24 years on less than 10 fingers - and most of these were by accident. :blocky_white_cursor:​:blobreach:

@InvaderXan hmmm, I think Vonda McIntyre's Starfarer Quartet might fit this bill

There are some vague military elements, but this doesn't dominate, and is in fact challenged. It has first contact, on ship climates and food growing, grandparents, diverse relationships, and lots of science stuff too.

You might have heard the line β€œlead us not into temptation” in the Lord’s Prayer (β€œfΓΌhre uns nicht in Versuchung” in German). It’s a thing I learned as a kid. It’s what I think of when I see billboards and online ads. These are messages created by companies to make us want things that we do not need. If we needed them, we would have thought of it ourselves. It’s when other people start telling us what we might also want that we make ourselves unhappy.

When I hear somebody say that blocking ads is theft the first thing I think is that watching ads is like serving time in prison.
Your life runs through your fingers like sand, wasted on organizations that want to tell you what to buy with the money you earned spending even more time doing things for money instead of doing things for love.

If you need cheering up, check out the #florespondence hashtag. Lots of pretty 🌷 🌹 πŸ₯€

Google's way of downplaying an open calendar file standard, in order to give their own proprietary, non-interoperable calendar SaaS an edge: call it "Apple calendar":

An interesting starting point for anybody who has no background in statistics (like me) who sometimes is confronted with people you feel draw the wrong conclusions but you can’t quite put your finger on it. I need these reminders from time to time.

I want to revive something Teju Cole used to do on birbsite: everyone post photos of whatever's blooming around you, tagged with #florespondence and where you are. Please boost and take part. Making it a reply to me is optional but I'll always enjoy florespondence from all over. Here are the #Seattle daffodils that prompted me to get things started.

"We have enormous freedom. That’s not a gift that was given to us, it’s a legacy that was left to us by centuries of struggle. By centuries of people that most of whose names are completely forgotten, the ones who created the freedom and the rights we now have, and that will be taken away unless you constantly defend them."

- Noam Chomsky

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