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There's a missing chicken this morning.

Something had been scoping out our coop and in the past week had been getting at the food trough by the edge of the run. So yesterday I brought all the food in the coop for the night.

Morning comes, and I let the chickens out. Only three. There are a lot of feathers in the coop and a tear through one of the window screens. No other signs of violence that I could see.

I'm assuming this wasn't a jailbreak and escape.

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😩 The printer of my self-published comic books announced a dramatic increase of prices (+45%) starting 1st July. That's sad... So, if you want them, I invite you to shop in June before the price hike:


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World Explorer

The young girl giggles -
and how could she not?
– at the small city, bustling
of bugs beneath the log

she’s overturned just to view
if what papa told her is true:
that this world is falling apart,
and the underneath is where
the end will start;

So she’s gentle
as a soul as she slips
the world into place,
a curator of extinction
with an innocent’s grace


(Draft for a community art project)

Computer security peeps: does anyone know of a tool that would be like the POTS equivalent of "nmap -O"? Meaning, if I have a random phone number, is there a way to identify what kind of phone picks up when I dial it?

I suspect POTS is too dumb for this but we have geniuses everywhere and I haven't been surprised yet today.

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Microsoft claims they accidently blocked the “tank man” Bing image search on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Literally no one believes that BS. But now I’m wondering if might have been their version of a warrant canary:

- Be coerced to do something awful by a state actor.

- Make the canary super easy to find, and very likely to be found.

- Make up a dumb excuse that’s completely unbelievable to the point it’s clear you’re not even trying.

This seems quite probable.

I've been going through some raspberry leaf in the past few days and its surprisingly good.

Usually I get bored of herbal teas quickly and need to change up the flavor, but I haven't with this one.

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Guess who got another old camera converted to infrared and can now do 700 AND 550nm? Damn, that red leaf effect is powerful, even if a bit tricky to optimize in post-editing... #infrared #photography

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ill never watch blade runner cause i have studied the blade and i don't think running with one is responsible behavior

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Tales From The Dork Web Season 2 will be published monthly from the 3rd of June 2021:

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“Look at me, I'm a dangerous WASP! Go away or I'll STING!!”*

* The wasp beetle, Clytus arietis, is well protected from predators by its wasp-like appearance and movements, making it a perfect example of Batesian #mimicry.

(click image for full view)

#photography #nature #insects #beetles #bugs
#Fujifilm #FujifilmXT2
(photo: @kernpanik | license: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

I know I posted some time back about chickens and then just dropped the subject, but they're totally still alive and growing. They are starting to act like adult birds now rather than just chicks, and have been happily installed in our coop for a few weeks.

No eggs yet, probably not for another 1-2 months.

I am the album "Gods & Monsters" by Juno Reactor, which is rather good (and incidentally feels like background for )

Most of their tracks are 6-7 minutes long. I've noticed a lot of modern electronic groups make shorter (~2 min) tracks these days, presumably because repeat listens on streaming services nets you more money. I'm really appreciating these longer cuts though, as you can really work into a musical theme and mood.

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I made my girlfriend draw this 'bare metal server'
pun. No regrets.

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(bettering the world)

It’s always best
to rest against
to set up
a strong-willed
to establish
a fighting chance
against a world of

The Realist dances
the Pessimist,
then pirouettes
to Optimist


Inspired by an exploration of the word in The Cabinet of Calm (Soothing Words for a Troubled World) by Paul Anthony Jones

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only a couple of days since Muse acquisition, #audacity already adds telemetry (Universal #Google Analytics), disguised as "anonymous analytics and crash reports"


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Common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus).

(Toot re-drafted for optimised colour balance.)

#nature #birds
(photo: @kernpanik | license: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

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