Pinned post

Word 23 (cont'd from @krinkle):

"""
Ronseal (adj.)

of something to do precisely as one would expect from its outward description.

e.g. "a Ronseal deal", "a Ronseal solution".
"""

The phrase entered British vernacular after the 1994 TV advertising slogan "It does exactly what it says on the tin", by wood paint manufacturer Ronseal.

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Ronseal
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Does_exa
bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-209453

Pinned post
Timo boosted

reading short stories is leading me to poetry

what are some of your fave collections of poems, fedi? I would like to read then :3

Timo boosted

A prohibition on end to end encryption could leave you with #NoPlaceToHide. And that's not a good thing.

Perhaps the government's campaign could do with a little more balance and detail on the risks of communicating without #e2ee? Here's a stab at that.

neilzone.co.uk/2022/01/a-prohi

Timo boosted

SUTOM #11 4/6

🟥🟡🟡🟦🟦🟦
🟥🟥🟦🟡🟦🟦
🟥🟥🟥🟦🟦🟦
🟥🟥🟥🟥🟥🟥

sutom.nocle.fr

Timo boosted
Timo boosted

Classical music (and related?) recommendation request 

Hi!

I'm looking for some good music to play on my oldest's headphones while he does academics. It seems to help his ADHD brain stay focused longer. And he likes it/wants more of it.

Can you help me with what classical music albums/whatever to put on his tablet? This is an area I know relatively little about, ~"I know there was a guy named Bach, was he the deaf one or was that Mozart?" :)

Thanks for any suggestions!

#boostok

cows says moo, VR tech, ethics 

From Irmak Bayrakdar, via :

"""
In a recent experiment by a Turkish farmer, outfitting cows with VR goggles that simulate being in a pasture, upped milk production by 2 gallons per cow per day.
"""

The article is worth a read, catchy headline on quality reporting and raises good questions.

Kocak ordered the rig from Moscow, where a similar "simulation" was run eight months earlier.

interestingengineering.com/a-t

Someone is arguing at a ticket counter.
We hear the words:
"Do you know who I am?"

The agent picks up the microphone,
addressing the room:
"Help needed at the frontdesk.
We someone with amnesia,
he doesn't know who he is."

overcast.fm/+L0YV_fCvU
play.acast.com/s/akimbo/status

Wordle 207 

207 4/6

⬛🟨🟨⬛⬛
🟨🟨⬛🟨⬛
🟨🟩⬛🟩🟩
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

Lucky start today :)

Wow, MS-DOS was around over a thousand years ago!?

Evidence:

a medieval canvas from 1066 depicting the Norman Conquest, featuring a path on the artist's C:\ drive.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_le
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_T

Timo boosted

Telephone rings, a brief history of the hardware design and their use in film, by Alec from .

"The only audio-file guaranteed to never start an argument."

I love these puns ☺️

youtu.be/AxXsIQDafog

Timo boosted

Semiannual changelog of Merriam-Webster, with words added since April 2020, thus recognizing them as being in wide use and likely to stay:

* long hauler.
* bubble (definition 7 A to 7 D).
* wet market (first known use with current meaning: 1978).
* crowdfunding (first 2007).
* to "at" someone (first 2008).
* A.S.M.R. (first 2011).
* gig worker (first 2014).
* cancel culture (first 2016).

merriam-webster.com/words-at-p archive.fo/AtZZR

Timo boosted

Jurassic Park nostalgia, confused (Samuel L. Jackson) 

Apparently it's a well-known easter egg, and is featured twice more in the film in scenes where Ray (Samuel L. Jackson) is having to deal with Dennis Nedry's "hacker crap".

Fans were unable to credit the photo (sometimes referred to as "Nedry's lock screen") to a model or photographer. Rather, it brought them to illustrator Al Moore, who later painted various such pinups for Esquire magazine during the 50s.

Show thread

Jurassic Park nostalgia, confused 

There's a scene in Jurassic Park, that climactic moment where Lex (Ariana Richards) realises the computer that can save them, is in fact "a Unix system". She sighs in relief, and rapid typing with classic "hacker" animations ensue.

Upon seeing it again in a meme, I noticed something odd. After a particularly important mouse click and camera turn, the computer prominently renders a scarcely dressed women in zebra outfit. The screen then blinks back to a park map.

Timo boosted

"""
Ik heb radijsjes, hele mooie, witte en rooie.
Maar ja, ik heb geen bananen,
ik heb geen bananen vandaag!
"""

Ik keek gister de Johnny Harris docu over de bananenindustrie, en hoorde plots een bekend deuntje:
youtube.com/watch?v=WWBCl8huNM

volledig, 1923:
youtube.com/watch?v=HygopC4S5W
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes!_We_

Jazz versie, iets sneller en herkenbaarder, 1949:
youtube.com/watch?v=8QqkrIDeTe

Muppet parodie, 60s:
youtube.com/watch?v=-vQ0XUNxJy
muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Yes!_We

Nederlandse cover:
youtube.com/watch?v=7Fb80YeB56

Show older
Soundcafé

Sound Café is een Nederlandstalige Mastodon-server. Mastodon is het onafhankelijke sociale netwerk van de toekomst.