Good online communities die primarily by refusing to defend themselves.
Somewhere in the vastness of the Internet, it is happening even now. It was once a well-kept garden of intelligent discussion, where knowledgeable and interested folk came, attracted by the high quality of speech they saw ongoing. But into this garden comes a fool, and the level of discussion drops a little—or more than a little, if the fool is very prolific in their posting. (It is worse if the fool is just articulate enough that the former inhabitants of the garden feel obliged to respond, and correct misapprehensions—for then the fool dominates conversations.)
So the garden is tainted now, and it is less fun to play in; the old inhabitants, already invested there, will stay, but they are that much less likely to attract new blood. Or if there are new members, their quality also has gone down.
Then another fool joins, and the two fools begin talking to each other, and at that point some of the old members, those with the highest standards and the best opportunities elsewhere, leave…
Source: Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism – LessWrong 2.0
Russian documents including and facial recognition experts have been used to confirm that Alexander Petrov is actually Dr Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin, a trained military doctor in the GRU intelligence services.
Bungling Dr Mishkin even used his own birth date and first names of his parents as part of his undercover identity as Alexander Petrov, and registered his home address as Khoroshevskoe Shosse 76B in Moscow – the headquarters of Putin’s elite military intelligence services.
Dr Mishkin was born in northern European Russia and graduated from the elite Military Medical Academies.
Source: Salisbury novichok attack: GRU chief in ‘ill health’ after Putin confrontation | Daily Mail Online
Source: Fuck you Android Framework – Anon – Medium
Fuck you Android Framework
Fuck you Android Framework for those horrible XML I have to write for each screen density. Fuck you for your useless layout editor that generates spaghetti code every time I change something. Fuck you for that Constraint Layout which is the most unused library till this date.
Fuck you for those horrible core components like activities and fragments. Fuck Android OS that can not even manage state changes by itself. Fuck you for those TransactionTooLargeException. I can’t even simply pass the data between UI. Oh, I forgot to fuck all those IllegalStateException from FragmentManager. Fuck you for making me so ill to write this fucking boilerplate code for content providers.
Just a little thing to lighten your day. the original poster called it Dark Souls Boss Fight”. Brilliant!
So! Byssus is made from “pen clams”. Which are in serious decline and endangered. Sad
how to spin a byssus thread
Source: how to spin a byssus thread
I don’t know if I believe this.
Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms – but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk, or byssus, which comes from a clam.
Source: Chiara Vigo: The last woman who makes sea silk – BBC News
Here it is! Courtesy of Parade magazine from a few years ago. I don’t usually read parade but my room mate does, and she asked if I knew “who this guy was”. As a rabid Sookie books / True Blood fan I was floored. I looked online but never found a digital version so I scanned it in.
Kept it secret. Kept it safe.
In honor of Joe finally getting decent billing in a major motion picture, I give you Joe’s Day! Enjoy 😀
Making fresh ice cream on the street in Thailand