Today in “your cultural background noise is not universal,” I found myself explaining to some students who didn’t grow up here that any organization that calls itself a “church” can be assumed to be a Christian religious organization.
And of course I didn’t remember any counterexamples, such as the Church of the SubGenius, until after the conversation was over.
Fun fact: the earliest museum curator we know about was a woman, Princess Ennigaldi of Ur, whose museum catalogued artifacts from earlier Babylonian and surrounding cultures. Her father, King Nabonidus, was the first known archaeologist.
Ennigaldi, who lived in the mid-6th century BCE, meticulously labeled each item in her museum - in three languages! - and took great care to preserve them; some of her collection dated back at least 1500 years.
The princess would ask for gifts as any child might, but her requests made little sense.
She would ask for 5 wooden buttons, or an empty barrel that once held apples, or weeds & herbs which she would then place in her finest vase.
This habit did not wane with age.
She would, of course, accept other gifts with grace, but her requests truly baffled all the court and her patient parents.
Secretly, she wished to be a simple country witch.
"Why is this image memetic?"
"It demonstrates a flaw in human visual processing. The lines are straight but we see them as bent."
"Yes, many species have similar flaws; what I don't understand is why you would tell the world about them."
"It's not a serious problem."
"But you do this with everything! You even publish your codes! You get away with it because they're unbreakable, but..."
"Ah, my friend: they are unbreakable _because_ we publish them."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
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Ran across the concept of bivectors ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bivector ) and now I’m wondering what an introductory physics course that uses them exclusively, no cross products ever, would be like. I know it really bugged me that the cross product only made sense in 3 spatial dimensions. (It still does bug me that there isn’t any exact analogue of multiplication for vectors.)
First post on the new blog! A revision of an old write up, it's some stuff on bunnies. Mostly widespread misconceptions about care and behaviour, and why you should think really hard before you get one. http://beef.nipple.solutions/bunnies
thinking about food Show more
People like to talk smack about Chicago vs New York style pizza but I’ve never seen anyone discuss how they are designed for different lifestyles. New York pizza is best as a quick midday meal, noshed while walking down the street; Chicago pizza is best as the centerpiece of a long, leisurely sit-down dinner. This definitely fits the stereotype of New Yorkers. I’m not sure what the stereotype of Chicagoans is.
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Advice from a climate scientist: We have a much bigger impact together, than just as individuals, so focus on those three areas collectively.
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