It's a new day, and seeds have been changed! Todays lucky animals are: Rhinoceros Jaguar Jay Bat Sardine

This whole Mastodon business is still escaping the attention despite Parler being cancelled.

As always, new and different game ideas percolate through my brain. @kensanata post about wikis pulled some thoughts about similarities between MUDs and wikis. And how most objects in a mud could be considered as “pages” in a wiki. And the links between pages can represent physical connections between objects in a MUD. I’m sure this is not a new or unique insight, pretty sure I’ve even read about it myself before.

Centuries ago, a now-lost library brought Arabic numerals to the world: "How modern mathematics emerged from a lost Islamic library" See also @richove
(Plus- John Pell and the obelus)

Count your blessings: roughlydaily.com/2020/12/12/th

Solstice is upon us. A good time to share what we've learned this year. So, what have y'all learned?

I've learned that explanations should be earned, not given freely. And sometimes the best way to deal with awkward silence is to let it roll over into comfortable silence.

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Do you have a favorite of these public domain Christmas songs? 

@kai

I like:
In the Bleak Midwinter
O Come All Ye Faithful
I Saw Three Ships

Elite Dangerous is the most realistic sandbox game ever. There is a grand narrative, with politics and aliens and whatnot, but you are just a nobody doing the same repetitive activities as everybody else. The grand narrative may affect you at times, but you rarely affect it. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find meaning in the void.

Does anyone know what sort of rose this is? I love it and I want to keep it flourishing at the new house. #florespondence

@vgr

A friend of mine was saying that Discord reminds them of old livejournal communities.

Discord is somewhere in the triangle between Twitter, Slack, and Mastodon.

@ykgoon

I don't know of such a thing, but it sounds cool.

Which salons have you found that look interesting, though they are in an inconvenient timezone?

I'm interested to randomly join live video calls of salons.

Most of those I see are in the wrong time zones.

Do you know of a Chat Roulette for salons?

One thing this book does well is provide a logic for the diversity of sauropods— Brachiosaurus, Brontosaurus, Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, etc— a branch of dinosaur evolution that often gets boiled down into a slurry of long necks and flat teeth. The notion is that different species of sauropod are specially adapted to eat certain types of plants, and the traits that differentiate them are, to a large degree, bound to their differences in diet.

"The sauropods weren't competing for the same plants, but dividing the resources among themselves. The scientific term for this is niche partitioning—when coexisting species avoid competing with each other by behaving or feeding in slightly different ways. The Morrison world was highly partitioned, which is a sign of how successful these dinosaurs were. They were carving up almost every square inch of the ecosystem, a dizzying array of species flourishing alongside each other…"

The C Standard Does Not Protect You

thephd.github.io/your-c-compil

"...the behavior of C’s governing body is very clear. We will not introduce warnings into your old code, even if that old code could be doing something dangerous. We will not steer you away from mistakes, because that could shake the veneer that what your old code does is, in fact, wrong. We will not make it easier for new programmers to write better C code."

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