That conference I'm presenting at - in Second Life - is pretty amazingly prepared! They invited speakers to practice... (conference is on 16 April) If only the warmth of the island and the sounds and feel of the nearby waterfall could jump through the screen. That would be a perfect academic dream. ...doesn't take much to please me!

What if I buy a horse and let the internet vote on what to name him, what to feed him, whether to enter him in any races, etcetera?

It would be an open-horse project.

Disk space has been freed up by removing preview cards. Thanks to @flyingsquirrel for helping me figure it out.

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The first "Suez Canal" x "Ever Given" fanfic has arrived:

"XXX-TRA WIDE CARGO STUFFS MAJOR SHIPPING LANE --- DELIVERS HUGE PAYLOAD!!"

archiveofourown.org/works/3026

Sometimes I remember that this exists.

horg.com/horg/

Someone went all out on a speculative biology writing/worldbuilding exercise to create a site for a research group that studies "occlupanids" a.k.a. those plastic bread bag clips, as if they were some family of organism with a multitude of species.

I got the laser pointer so we could lay in bed with the lights off and I could point at the stars on the ceiling and teach her how to identify constellations

This is how I made a very fun discovery: a laser pointer rapidly recharges the phosphorescence in glow-in-the-dark stars, so whenever you zap one it turns SUPER bright.

I feel like you could make a fun target-practice / learn-your-constellations game out of this!

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The disk space problem seems to be getting worse, so until I figure out what to do, the instance may intermittently go down.

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The mastodon instance went down because it ran out of disk space. I fixed it for now, but I didn't track down the entire problem yet, so it might happen again.

My grandma was atching something on tv whose title translates to "I don't know what this is about, but I don't agree".

I immediately hated the title. And it took me a good 20 minutes of stewing in that hate to realize, I don't know what this show is about, but I don't agree.

I concede, title person.

@machado

It does seem that space exploration arises out of some of humanity's worst impulses as well as its best.

What's another topic that you like to think about in February that doesn't have such connotations?

Groundhog Day is such a sham, since "an early spring" and "6 more weeks of winter" are exactly the same prediction where I live in Ontario. Spring doesn't come that early. It's longer than 6 weeks every year.

Still, it's kind of nice to celebrate one of the in-between-solstice-and-equinox quarter days.

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I was also contemplating what the process might be, and how difficult it might be, to replace an albino groundhog, when Wiarton Wille was mysteriously missing from photographs on Groundhog Day.
lfpress.com/news/local-news/it

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There's a new Mars rover, so that's a good distraction from February.

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Time for another discussion topic?

I'm not sure what I want to talk about.

Maybe things that don't make February seem even more tedious? Those seem harder to find than things that make February seem tedious.

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