the folk onomastics of plants in general is just amazing and weird and baffling, e.g. from https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/houseleek
Birdsfoot Deervetch would be a pretty good name for a character in a novel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_corniculatus
oh god this is on my computer screen all day and I had no idea: "The Bluetooth wireless specification design was named after the king in 1997, and the Bluetooth logo consists of a Younger futhark bindrune for his initials, H (ᚼ) and B (ᛒ)." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Bluetooth
I sent a really detailed investigation about the word "lanceleaf" to the OED a few weeks ago and they never wrote me back 😐 I mean I know the OED must get all kinds of cranks writing into them about words but "lanceleaf" isn't in the OED and I found some really juicy uses from the 1800s and stuff. oh well
look at these beautiful 3d-printed ceramics https://www.instagram.com/taekyeom/
nice and simple tutorial on how to use screen to connect to jupyter notebook running on a remote server https://gist.github.com/AdamGagorik/248bedfcccd5e9a0b6f953fa1dc87f1a
The pi manifesto: no really, pi is right! http://www.thepimanifesto.com/
They did the take so I don't have to
allison's nyc celebrity sightings, rated
accidentally standing next to rob corddry at a decemberists concert, 2005? 2006?: 5/10
paul begala crossing the street near columbus circle, 2008: 4/10
various film and tv folks in the Tisch elevator, 2006-present (Spike Lee, I think Haley Joel Osment once?): 6/10
mario batali on waverly place earlier this year: 1/10
polygon's Patrick Gill of Gill and Gilbert fame, pretty sure it was him like yesterday on the subway: 11/10 would celebrity-sight again
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I'm speaking at Practice later this june http://practice.gamecenter.nyu.edu/ a conference in NYC for game designers hosted by NYU's Game Center. I'll be talking about the design of Rewordable and other related word stuff! the speaker list is AMAZING this year and if you have the time/inclination/cash you should definitely be there
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"Today the Court... abstracted legal principles and served the interests of power. It paid homage to the idea of LGBTQ equality and showed its empathy for the false victimhood of those who already have power. [...] The most dangerous part of the decision could... be the reporting on it that suggests to others that they have new authority to reject LGBTQ people. So don't do that. Don't contribute to the creation of that idea."
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hi cis journalists! we're glad you're here and we hope you have a great time covering this beat. quick style guide before we begin:
*accommodations* are gender-neutral, but *people* are non-binary (if they tell you so)
also the "identity" in "gender identity," the "preferred" in "preferred pronouns," and the "dentifies a" in "identifies as" are redundant, and your editor will love how much space you save by leaving them out
poet, programmer, game designer, computational creativity researcher. assistant arts professor at NYU ITP. she/her.
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