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There are two kinds of people:

There are those who think there are two kinds of people: those who happily dream up schemes to rip off other people and those who would never do such a thing.

And then there are those who think there are two kinds of people: those who happily dream up schemes to rip off other people and those who aren’t smart enough to invent these schemes.

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Saw a survey about whether UK people have a portrait of their queen on display in their house and it focused on the 4% that said they did. I’ll leave it to the people actually in the UK to decide whether that’s enough or too many houses with portraits of the queen. I was struck by the also 4% that had said they didn’t know. I mean, how don’t you know? What is your house like if you don’t know whether the queen’s portrait is on display somewhere? We’re not talking about it being hidden somewhere, like on some money in a wallet, but really on display. And then to not know.

But then ‘The Lizardmen’s Constant’ was pointed out. Coincidentally also estimated as 4%. Which is the idea that various factors contribute to there always being a small percentage of crazy answers. Here’s the related blog post from 2013:
https://slatestarcodex.com/2013/04/12/noisy-poll-results-and-reptilian-muslim-climatologists-from-mars/

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scientists: we need 70-80% of persons to be vaccinated for a population to be protected.
people: 50% are now vaccinated so we’re all protected.
scientists: …
people: hey, why are infections rising again?
scientists: please go back to math school and check whether 50>70.

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Falling doesn’t hurt, hitting the ground does. Similarly, branching doesn’t cause headaches, merging does.

Since the on mastodon.social seems broken ( @Gargron when I ran into it yesterday it looked like a CORS issue?) we are going to need to write a short description for our images ourselves. Should be doable, right?

If you're on one of those Samsung tablets or phones with an S-pen, you can also do: smart select, text extraction, copy to clipboard.

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When you try to retweet an article on twitter without reading it, twitter actually gives you the question whether you don’t want to read it first. Great! This is something I’ve been hoping for for a while now. I’m only annoyed mainstream social media is ahead of the fediverse on this one.

When you open an article on the npr site, it surprisingly gives you an equal choice between a text only article and one with all the extra crap (not exactly their wording). Also something I wasn’t expecting to see on a mainstream site.

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It’s apparently Loving Day today, where the marriage is celebrated between an interracial couple which would lead to a US Supreme Court ruling that made all prohibitions against interracial marriage illegal (in that country). So, Happy Loving Day!

Context here: https://text.npr.org/1005848169
#LovingDay

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I often make fun about how Americans order their dates, as middle/small/large, but they can make fun right back at me about the way we Dutch people pronounce numbers. E.g. 123 we pronounce as 100 3 & 20.

At least it’s not French, where 91=4 20 11.

When did Mastodon stop proxying remote images? I can see everybody's buckets...

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Season 3 of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous will be on Netflix this Friday! The character of Brooklynn is voiced by Jenna Ortega.
www.netflix.com/title/81009646… Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous | Netflix Official Site
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Ik heb zojuist gedoneerd aan Giro555. Sneller wereldwijd vaccineren is van levensbelang. Help je ook mee? 👉 Geef nu op: #Giro555 #geefimmuniteitdoor Giro555 | Samen in actie tegen corona
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Episode 4x10 of #FearTheWalkingDead “Close Your Eyes” always gets to me. Such a good depiction of two troubled minds facing off against each other. Such great performances by #AlyciaDebnamCarey (Alicia) and #AlexaNisenson (Charlie). Nobody else in the episode (except some walkers obviously).

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I love it when, while rewatching a season and knowing a new character will have at least three layers to it in the story, you notice that the actress, Alexa Nisenson in this case, puts all three layers in her character from the start. She’s so talented.
#FearTheWalkingDead #AlexaNisenson

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Question for folks who use screen-readers:

On a website or document, how would you prefer people to format a logical progression, for example in a software menu?

I often use the "greater than" symbol, like so: File > New > Text Document.

I've used in the past the arrow mad of two characters "->", but I suspect that might be appalling for screen-readers...

Which one(s) of these options do you prefer? Or something else as a reply if you want.

Boosts appreciated.

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In my layman’s model of human social interactions there are four layers beyond being a hermit: there’s “existing” in society by going to shops, saying thank you, phoning for appointments, etc. Then there’s talking to “acquaintances” like people at work, hobby or sports who may ask how your weekend has been so you can say “fine”. Then there are the two mythological layers of “friends” and “relationships” that are yet to be researched, but allegedly have deeper connections. I think I’m always operating on that “acquaintances” level, even when talking to friends.

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Gotten to the season three episode History Rhymes of the #Defiance rewatch and seeing #StephanieLeonidas and #KatieDouglas put in such great performances in the same episode (and of the same character, Irisa) is a joy to watch. It’s a flash back of the building of the father-daughter relationship between Irisa and Nolan.

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Stephanie Leonidas’s performance of Irisa’s breakdown in the Defiance episode The Beauty of Our Weapons is so well acted. She truly is one of the best and Defiance should have lasted beyond those three seasons.
#StephanieLeonidas #Defiance #DefianceRewatch

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What’s great about #Friendica (and similar fediverse software) is that you can go to another server, e.g. to look at a forum’s page, and still be logged in with your home server’s account. This way you can like, comment, subscribe, the way you would expect. Something I miss in Mastodon and Pleroma.

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