I've always been bad at spelling -- not sure whether it's nature or nurture. -- Steven Wright

New arrival ...

Hi, I just found mathstodon as my server of choice.
I started to the fediverse recently on qoto.org (advertised as science instance), then moved on to mastodon.social (big may be better?).

Seems I found my tribe here.
I look forward to joining you.

TIL that during the coronation of King George II, 1800 candles were lit in the space of three minutes.
Assuming that it wasn't simply 1800 individuals - I wonder how they did it?
Never underestimate our ancestors!

Unsubscribe from a couple of those newsletters you never read.

dear god please stop making a facebook page your exclusive informational website. i'm begging you

260. THE HONEYCOMB PUZZLE. Here is a little puzzle with the simplest possible conditions. Place the point of your pencil on a letter in one of the cells of the honeycomb,
and trace out a very familiar proverb by passing always from a cell to one that is contiguous to it. If you take the right route you will have visited every cell once, and only once. The puzzle is much easier than it looks.

Your fingers have fingertips but your toes don't have toetips. Yet, you can tiptoe but not tipfinger.

@Rod916 Hi, and welcome to Mathstodon, a Mastodon instance largely focused on maths and related topics.

It's still pretty quiet here, but growing slowly, and we look forward to seeing what you choose to share. The more you say about what you're doing, the more likely you are to get people replying, following, and generally interacting.

So, tell us about yourself, using the hashtag


It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? -- Henry David Thoreau

The demon made his demands and the villagers were as puzzled as they were afraid.

At first they offered their harvest, then their daughters, then sons, then wine and gold; the demon rejected all of these offerings as insufficient.

A maiden and a crone left a basket at his shrine and he promptly vanished.

"What did you bring him?" the people asked.


In his lair, the contented demon tickled his kitten under the chin.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy #Caturday

Folks who scan in lots of documents such as records, mail, etc.: How do you organize your scans? How do you find things again?

So indigenous Australians have told geographically accurate stories about rising sea levels that happened after the last ice age, and the stories have stayed accurate for about 10 000 years.

Goes to show that oral tradition can be accurate and extinction of indigenous languages can lead to a permanent loss of information about the world — which of course are not new claims.


ok, new protonmail ui is surprisingly not awful. I feel like they actually put some thought into how people workflow in here.

Seen for the first time today: AI as a verb, as in "Can you AI my computer to do this automatically?"

99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name. -- Steve Wright

@jk that's awesome, will investigate. I like a lot about it from a quick look.

Not the least of the challenges of talking an interest in early medieval England is that no two historians seem to agree on how to render the names. I've concluded that Oswy, Oswui, and Oswig refer to the same man, but he's one of the easy ones.
It makes it hard to use what you've learnt in one book as scaffolding for discoveries in the next...

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. -- Mark Twain

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