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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.

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.

If you want to keep up on the raw images coming back from Mars Perseverance, here you go. (It's very sparse at the moment but will fill up in the upcoming days (and hopefully, years.)

mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multime

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I'm reading a novel from 1999, when CRT screens needed screensavers to avoid burn-in.

"The thought's occurrence had nothing to do with logic; it appeared like a screensaver on the surface of her mind, whenever her mind went blank."

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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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.

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