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I learned why rice from Texas, Louisiana and other southern states contains much more arsenic than rice from California or most parts of Asia.


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The ventrogluteal site for intramuscular injections is considered to be the safest site.

The dorsogluteal intramuscular injection site is no longer recommended, due to proximity to major nerves and blood vessels and variation in the location and depth of the muscle in different people.

However, most nurses are trained to use the dorsogluteal site since the ventrogluteal is smaller and trickier to find, and their instructors weren't aware of the newest research.


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Hospitals don't allow visitors during a pandemic, not even close family members. When a patient is feeling well enough to text and has a way to charge their phone, they can convey some minimal information.

If someone you care about is in the hospital, there can be long stretches of time lasting days with no information about how they are doing.


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White pepper and Chinese black vinegar (also known as chinkiang or zhenjiang vinegar) are two key ingredients that contribute to the distinctive flavour of hot and sour soup.


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Lapis Lazuli is used by some modern porcelain artists to create a bright blue colour. It is a gemstone, not a heavy metal like cobalt which is more commonly used to make blue ceramics and kitchen items. I knew it was possible to use lapis lazuli to make things blue, but I hadn't realized people were still doing it.

Lapis Lazuli is mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh.


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As for things I've learned in the past few months, here's a thread with some things that came to mind.

Emus like sprinklers! There is webcam evidence. 😆


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I like reading these responses.

If people from other instances want to participate in the discussion, please do.

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Let's have an open discussion question/topic, as @machado suggested. How about:

What is something you've learned in the last 3 months? A fact, an insight, a technique - it can be something small.

The irises are in flower here, I like them a lot. This is a kind that doesn't need its feet in the water.

From Jay Rubin's "Making Sense of Japanese" 

Jay Rubin is most well-known for his English translations of works of Murakami Haruki. He has written a small but very interesting book on some points of Japanese grammar. This is a particularly nice example of the difficulties of translating. What he calls the "zero pronoun" is an implied pronoun, not explicitly written but nevertheless present.

<<Probably the most widely known passivized translation from Japanese is one that has been made from the inscription engraved on the monument in Hiroshima to those who were killed by the atomic bomb. The original inscription, which contains what may be the most broadly inclusive zero pronoun, is a sobering one, with far greater impact in the Japanese original than in its weakened English translation:


Yasuraka ni nemutte kudasai
Ayamachi wa
kurikaeshimasenu kara

This has been rendered, "Rest in peace, for the mistake will not be repeated," which is far less problematical than the original. "Who will not repeat the mistake?" people wanted to know when the monument was unveiled. "And who made the mistake in the first place — the Americans when they dropped the bomb, or the Japanese when they started the war?" The transitive Japanese verb in the active voice calls for a subject — a responsible actor. The passivized translation makes far less stringent demands. With its unnamed subject, the Japanese sentence seems discreetly to avoid placing the blame on anyone, but it is far more thought-provoking than the English translation would suggest, for the inescapable conclusion to the unavoidable search for a subject is "we.">>

I love how he has managed to create suspense in what is essentially a grammar lesson. It is only the very last word of the final sentence that drives the point home.

In 築 "fabricate", the component 筑 (chiku) refers to an ancient Chinese musical instrument from the Sung dynasty, called "zhu", similar to a sou no koto 箏 or kin 琴.
Apart from the bamboo radical (竹), it consists of the stringed instrument itself (工) and a hand holding a plectrum/stick (凡). The bamboo refers to the fact that the strings where played by striking them with a bamboo stick.
#kanji practice

#Castle gardens #Arcen is one of the most versatile flower and plants parks in #Europe. The park has more than 15 unique gardens. With 10 themed rose chambers and more than 8,000 rose bushes, the baroque Rosarium is the showpiece of the park. The subtropical greenhouse Casa Verde has fig trees, palm #trees and cactuses, among others. Lingering through the bamboo woods and the Oriental Water garden you imagine yourself being in South-East Asia. Additionally, there are smaller themed gardens, such as the Italian garden, the Japanese garden or the Kitchen & Vegetable garden. In the shade of the castle, the Rhododendron garden can be found, with a beautiful collection of Rhododendrons. As he constructed the park, landscape architect Niek Roozen took account of the different seasons.
This place is so beautiful!
#Nature #summer #art #plants #florespondence

if people were going to make a fancy video what video editing software would you recommend? I want to be able to change the speed of bits of film, add and edit multiple shots, and of course add extra sounds.

I figured out a cool lego trick! Maybe this is already known but I haven't seen it before.

In the first image, the bricks are 3 bumps apart in one direction and 4 bumps apart in the other.

3 squared plus 4 squared equals 5 squared, therefore the bricks are exactly 5 bumps apart along the diagonal. Thanks Pythagoras.

This lets us attach the a plate diagonally on top like the green one below. It's at a 60 degree angle to the blue plate, with a very solid 4-point connection.

current acid jazz levels are 89%

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... i started having thoughts a while back, in a particularly annoyed moment, about the proprietary nature of so much of the audio/music industry. As an audio engineer, this is a particularly true sentiment, as so *incredibly* much of the gear my fellow engineers and i use is entirely proprietary -- both in the software and hardware departments. From how our soundboards are not-entirely-but-close-enough-to black boxes, to how the new digital age has brought so many new proprietary "standards" -- Dante, AES50, etc. There are actually open/non-proprietary standards out there for audio and video transmission over networks, and for sound control. There is no seriously good reason why we should throw hundreds of thousands of dollars at single pieces of equipment.

With this in mind, i started a new project: OpenSourceStudio. The goal of the project is to create open hardware versions of the tools we use on a daily basis in our work, and to allow for a far more modular studio. So far, i have a... start, in the form of a wiki. While this project is still early stages, i believe it has great potential to make our lives better and our work easier.

The wiki: (Registration is closed, and edit access can be requested through the Matrix community.)
Matrix community:

i look forward to working with those of you who see potential in this project! And please, spread the word! Thank you!

#AudioEngineering #OpenSourceStudio #OSStudio

I also want to hear ideas about the future of this mastodon instance in general, so please let me know your thoughts.

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Would you be willing to contribute to financially support this mastodon instance, if it meant that there would be managed hosting?

This probably depends on the amount, but if you'd be willing to contribute something, even if it's not a lot, then please reply yes in the comments, so I have some idea of interest.

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It seems like I'm not the only one who cares about the future of this server, though.

Thanks for everyone who has been in touch with me, and offered comments and suggestions.

If there is enough interest, and willingness to financially support the server, then maybe we could get a managed hosting situation.

Or maybe there's a cheaper managed hosting plan somewhere that I've overlooked.

Or maybe someone would be willing to do some server admin and maintenance.

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