So I'm researching the proper procedure for giving my #sewing machine a tune-up and it's come to my attention a lot of people are using WD-40 in their machines.

Let me be clear: WD-40 is NOT an acceptable lubricant for anything more critical than a door hinge!

It is a corrosion barrier. It's meant to prevent rust in things like hinges that are exposed to the weather and the like. It does have some ability to lubricate but it is almost never the oil you're looking for.

Many leftists (anarchists, socialists, communists) place a lot of value on direct, personal participation in the political process.

I think that is wrong. Not everybody can handle real-time interactions the same (think ableism) and I have no reason to believe that a sharp and quick wit is the best way to conduct emancipatory politics.

The "direct" in "direct democracy" does not have to mean "immediate and personal".

Why is it so hard to throw away books? Broken spine, pages loose, and I have a new copy. But I think I am going to have to wrap it in brown paper to throw it out.

Part of my is Christopher Hogwood's biography of Handel. I now feel I need a recording of the Complete Works so I can track Handel's borrowings and reworkings...

Doom was released 25 years ago today. It was about 2.39 MB, the size of an average webpage today. News sites average closer to 8 MB.

Please shotgun the javascript demons and make more efficient & accessible websites.

If you have or will soon have an #ElectricCar, be very wary of buying a "WallBox" charger. I have experiencing a very frustrating set-up which, it turns out, requires me to have a Google Account, sign a new privacy policy, have a _recent_ android phone, install a proprietary app, and sign up to a subscription service (first year free! :D :D :D)... just to activate a core feature I already paid extra to have.
This is #IoT. Garbage you can't own, which makes you a serf, and costs more.

when I first ran D&D, my grandmother, who had bought fully into the IT'S SATANISM hype, insisted on sitting and watching the first session

about an hour in, she threw her hands up and yelled 'THIS IS JUST MATH' and stormed off

Update on the - carrying on regardless!

This is my current project - pinned out so I can track down the origin of an errant chain-space.

Is #Yarnuary going to be a thing again in 2019?

I haven't seen @gannet active lately (Did she move?)

So just sort of throwing this out into the ether.

How many people does it take to track down a problem with a project? So far I am baffled, and so is my other half...

Found a mistake in the pattern I am working. The next 20 rows are going to be a bit nervous...

*mutter, mutter* What do you mean "upgraded software"? It's slower, fussier, and more limiting.

Nice quiet Christmas with the family, but I still need an even quieter day to recover.

Happy Solstice everyone! Hope you have a wonderful Solstice, and that the season in general is peaceful.

In this picture you're looking at the sun from inside the sun's corona.

Think about that for a minute. This is closer to the sun than anything human-created has ever been.

The two bright arcs shooting from left to right? "two distinct jets of solar material, known as coronal streamers."

The bright spot on the left? That's Jupiter. Almost 500 million miles away.

Sometimes we can do pretty amazing stuff, we humans. In a pretty amazing universe.

Hey everyone! I have a friend who’s looking for a book which introduces quantum physics. She’s a graphic designer, so she’s looking for one without maths and jargon and stuff. Any recommendations are much appreciated! 😊

Obviously, no publisher would support getting rid of copyright completely, of only out of self interest 😉

But a thanks to @sohkamyung for sharing Spider Robinson's "Melancholy Elephants"

If you haven't read it yet, check it out now. spiderrobinson.com/melancholye

Copyright may have a place in protectin artists, but it needs to be a LIMITED place that doesn't constrain future art.

A Mastodon instance for maths people. The kind of people who make $\pi z^2 \times a$ jokes.
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