You know, I might be wrong to have always assumed hostility from geese. This family swam towards me and then the goslings surrounded me, but all that happened was that I got to be in the middle of a flock of fluff before realizing I was standing on their food.

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Damn, I went to a dinner party and now there's pictures of me at 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.

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Evidently, the French do not like ginger with their sushi. 残念なことにしょうがない。

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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.

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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...
Entry: read.somethingorotherwhatever.

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A classification for shaggy dog stories
Article by Brunvand, J.H.
In collections: Lists and catalogues, Animals
Entry: read.somethingorotherwhatever.

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How to feel like a Hacker in three steps:
1. Put on Xtal by Aphex Twin
2. Open /bin/ls in radare2
3. Press random buttons

Cymbidium ensifolium in semi-hydro attempt no. 2. Let's hope this one doesn't rot in a week like the first one😐

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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.

New Hampshire Orchid Society Annual Show!

Oh and this Dendrochilum irigense smells like fish.

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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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My co-authors are ideal co-authors.

Which is to say that my co-authors are like ideal gas particles.

Which is to say that my co-authors seem to only minimally interact with me.


Milnor included Serre-Swan theorem as an exercise, then the prof assigned it as homework, so I thought I could handle it like any old homework problem. Now I know why it has two names attached to it. I'm just so good a digging myself into a hole🙃

confused about #mastodon 

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...

Went to a demo of musical instruments at the MFA and got to blab about the acoustics of cylindrical vs conical bored instruments afterwards, and managed to confuse quite an audience.

In a vector bundles class, the prof was explaining how you can lift a map into \(\mathbb{RP}^\infty\) to a map of double covers, which is "two to two". Then he paused and chuckled, and related a comment from a student (presumably from a pre-calc class) that "one-to-one" functions should really be "two-to-two".🧐


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