This is bizarre but true: in older (and by that I mean largely pre-1900) English printed alphabets, the character & was printed at the end, and was memorized as a 27th character.
It was recited in the alphabet as "per se and", meaning "'and' by itself". So the end of the alphabet went "X, Y, Z, and per se and."
The phrase "and per se and" eventually got contracted - and is how we got today's name for the symbol: ampersand.
Selfie, without eye contact
Maybe I should try to get some sleep before the clock strikes 1 at night, for a change.
#selfie photo I took last #summer, while lying outside on an air mattress, with my favourite, rather well-worn, #hat covering my eyes and most of my face to block out the sun:
Logitech keyboards and mice vulnerable to eavesdropping and remote attacks:
I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.
This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.
I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.
Reach up for the sky and... SNEEZE!
#CloseUp of a yellow #flower I did over 8 years ago, on the 4th of #July #2011 in the #Netherlands with my #Canon #EOS1000D camera.
Don't recall what kind of #plant it is, but I'm sure @Siiw will know if anyone's interested. Wouldn't surprise me if it was some kind of #Dutch #garden weed. ;)
Part of me wishes to try out various other flavours of #Fediverse such as #Pleroma and #WriteFreely, but I also don't feel like 'migrating' my current #Mastodon account. If I'm gonna migrate, I only want to do it once, and then it's gonna/gotta be to something #selfHosted.
*Blinked out of existence*
be careful where you creep
because it looks like your end might be near,
for two of the enemies you fear,
seem to have mated
and this is what they've created.
In silence we shall forever weep.»
A #poem written by me over 6 years ago, inspired by #AliceXZhang's #DoctorWho #art piece "I've forgotten why I shouldn't blink" depicting a #WeepingAngel with the face of one of #TheSilence: http://alicexz.deviantart.com/art/I-ve-Forgotten-Why-I-Shouldn-t-Blink-325468563
I enjoyed a nice long late evening #walk as part of my #dailyExercise, while playing a mix of #Ingress, #PokémonGO and #HarryPotter #WizardsUnite. I mostly played the latter, as I'm not yet max level in that.
I ended up spending too much time outside perhaps, so it will probably be a bit tough to wake up in time, especially as I don't quite feel sleepy yet.
Definitely could use some more #exercise, or push myself more, but something is better than nothing.
I wish #developers would either include music/sfx/speech volume *sliders* rather than just toggles in their (#Android) apps, or if app-specific sliders for them would be included/implemented on the #OperatingSystem level.
I would like to be able to listen to my music, and hear speech/sound effects of the #game I'm playing, but I want to be able to set the game's audio to a far lower level than my music player's.
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