Damn, I went to a dinner party and now there's pictures of me at meetup.com. This makes me a bit uncomfortable, because I had no say in that, and the people who took the pictures and put them up were doing so in good faith.
This isn't Big Brother, but maybe we should call it Big Cousins or something. We surveille ourselves.
You know how that old poem says that "Roses are red, violets are blue"?
Violets are traditionally a romantic flower, particularly associated with lesbians. Mostly because Sappho wrote about them in poems about her lost love, with lines like "Close by my side you put around yourself [many wreaths] of violets and roses."
More generally, the Ancient Greeks considered violets a symbol of love, and used to use them to make love potions.
Computational complexity and 3-manifolds and zombies
Article by Greg Kuperberg and Eric Samperton
In collections: Attention-grabbing titles, Basically computer science
We show the problem of counting homomorphisms from the fundamental group of a homology \(3\)-sphere \(M\) to a finite, non-abelian simple group...
TIL that Venus rotates so slowly that if it you were on venus at sunset, you could walk fast enough to keep up with it. You could watch the sunset for as long as you could walk.
I mean you couldn't because Venus is entirely made of fire and lightning and acid and unbelievable atmospheric pressure, and I think there's only a couple sunsets a year. (All the more reason to chase them, right?)
But I still am charmed by this idea of strolling along with the sunset.
A classification for shaggy dog stories
Article by Brunvand, J.H.
In collections: Lists and catalogues, Animals
Recently, my my mom has gotten tired of iTunes and is looking for alternatives. Does anyone have any suggestions? It needs to run on Windows, support audiobooks and sync with an iPod. She’s also tech adept (she was a web developer for decades).
Something libre/open would be good, but not strictly necessary.
lil fishes using a jellyfish as a traveling home
from video: https://youtu.be/HfcHis1WRGw
Pholisma sonorae is a rare parasitic plant that grows in the Sonoran, Mojave, Colorado and Yuma deserts, where it lives inside sand dunes.
It lacks chlorophyll and gets nutrients by attaching to the roots of desert shrubs and plants. It gets water through the grayish scale-like leaves which cover its underground stem. Above ground, it looks kinda mushroom-like, and blooms with small violet flowers on bulbous caps.
Interestingly, this oddball is part of the forget-me-not family of plants!
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Exactly how out of sync can profiles be across instances? Is it possible that when viewed from a different instance, the visibility of toots on a profile are "random", i.e. not based on how recently they were posted? I mean they could just be non-public, but I thought those just won't be on the local and federated timelines and still will be on the profile?
Also can the profile picture be out of sync?
I'm so confused...
Physics PhD student who spend a surprising amount of time studying math.
Love plants. Like studying languages. At one pointed tried to be a linguist.
A Mastodon instance for maths people. The kind of people who make \(\pi z^2 \times a\) jokes.
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