Today's wildflower! Show more
Royal catchfly is pretty rare, due to habitat loss; there isn't a lot of rocky prairie or scrubby barren left. Red is an unusual color for a wildflower, since bees can't see it, but hummingbirds and butterflies can, and they l o v e i t! It gets its name from its habit of getting flies stuck to its sticky stem. It has enzymes to digest them, but doesn't get any nutrients from that, so maybe it kills for FUN.
Probably one of the saddest parts of leaving birdsite was that I’d spent a pretty decent amount of time trying to add and follow a lot more women in tech, and I miss hearing from them.
Help me balance my follows out and suggest some awesome #WomenInTech to follow (cis/trans, it’s all good). Boost this, maybe even reply with yourself, maybe we can get a good list of voices.
Home maintenance banality Show more
Was looking forward to a peaceful evening, and then the big rains came, and then the sump pump started to act up. Made a quick run to hardware store to get a new battery and wet/dry vacuum cleaner. The new battery did not pacify the sump pump controller though.
Turned out that some idiot had forgotten to clean up debris from the sump pit.
Who that idiot might be?
Who else, but your humble correspondent!
Volunteers have set up a web site to coordinate flood relief in Kerala:
Right now, my home state of Kerala in southern India is a disaster zone: once-in-a-century rains have caused floods and mudslides everywhere; 13 out of 14 districts are in high alert. About a million people have been evacuated. About 350 people are estimated to be dead.
When this is all over, we will have a lot to rebuild. We have donated to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.
Please do what you can? Thank you!
Mastodon is an anagram for "not so mad"
Went to Upper Peninsula Michigan this weekend. Some odd maple trees seem to have received some kind of early memo: they have started changing color. This has made me panic.
Stop what you are doing right this moment, maple trees! I am not ready! It is still August!
loudly going "harrumph, typical bourgeois democracy" whenever anything happens
I'm fascinated by bizarre bug stories.
This one (retold by my ex-Linden-Lab-colleague Mark Ferlatte) happened in the mid-2000s.
The chain of decisions that made this possible could make a book-sized history of computing.
But if you only take one lesson: please, validate your inputs.
Tax havens are destroying the earth
<<Deforestation in the Amazon and widespread illegal fishing have both been linked to tax havens, according to a new study.
Some 68% of the investments tracked in the Amazon came from companies based in countries where no tax is paid.
When it comes to illegal fishing, around 70% of known vessels are registered in tax havens.
Tax avoidance schemes say the authors, are essentially subsidising the destruction of the environment. >>
Today's monarch news: a caterpillar has escaped its indoor makeshift cage, and is now hanging onto a door jamb, and is very unwilling to budge.
The one in neighbor-donated cage is now a chrysalis.
An ill-looking one I brought inside has died. It wasn't eating anything.
This evening I brought two more very tiny caterpillars inside.
Update: they've taken off!
There was this one sitting on the ground in my backyard: they haven't yet learned the art of flying, it appears.
Their family of six or so was quietly watching me as I was taking this picture.
Another day of annoying the goldfinch.
math, software, geometry, Dear Lazyweb Show more
Hey, I need some recommendation for some software. I need to prototype an implementation of an idiosyncratic #spline #algorithm. At each control node of the spline, I would like to easily have a slider that can adjust one of the spline parameters and redraw the spline dynamically.
What's the fastest way to implement this? I need to demo it next week. D3.js? Qt? Matplotlib?
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