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"""
The trouble with comparing yourself to others, is that there too many others.

Using 'all others' as your control group, all of your worst fears and fondest hopes are at once true. You're good, you're bad. You're abnormal, you're like everyone else.
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From 300 Arguments, by Manguso.

You're wonderful just the way you are! ♥️

#books #aphorisms #aphorism #300arguments

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🌍 Global Internet infrastructure map

A map of the cables laid on our sea beds, connecting the various landmasses on our humble planet.

infrapedia.com/app

See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarin #webperf #peering #ixp #internetaccess #isp #cdn

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Why I have intro music on my video calls

I've been experimenting on my colleagues (sorry gang!) and I've found that video meetings go a little better when they start with a bit of mood music.

This is, of course, highly unscientific and just a little bit silly, but it is fun.

I log in to Google Meet a minute before the meeting start time and immediately share a YouTube video. Meet has this nifty

shkspr.mobi/blog/2021/07/why-i

#/etc/ #wfh

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Some birds spotted on a hike yesterday morning: a California Towhee (the mature one perched on top of a bush) and a bushtit (looking very birb-like). A whole lot of the latter were flying back and forth between the trees on either side of the path, barely stopping long enough for me to point the camera in the right direction.

#photo #birds #nature #birb

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I miss the bygone era of very internety things, geocities-style scavenger hunts, easter eggs. So, I made thing. Hope you like it!

treasure21.timotijhof.net/

#scavengerhunt #easteregg #eastereggs #textadventure #treasurehunt #nostalgia #geocities #geek

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What's happening in Boğaziçi University, an English brief: 

After the post [1] published in NYTimes, you may heard of a resistance occurs in one of the best universities of Turkey, Boğaziçi University. While BOUN traditionally owns the values of democracy, Erdoğan is an authoritarian conservative who tries to turn Turkey into a nationalist, bossist, islamic country (terrible, I know...). It is expected to see his moves against LGBTIQ+ people, women, non-muslim people, kurds or any other minorities

Alleen hele Australiërs, gelukkig, geen cijfers achter de komma.

(en: Only whole Australians are granted, no decimal places fortunately.)

A moment of tension in the Vatican. If the bishop moves forward, the queen can take him.

"Friends just sent me this image from last night's The Simpsons. So funny and flattering."

– RT 🐦 @mrteller

"Waarom verdwijnt Andere Tijden? Omdat de NPO het internet niet serieus neemt" via @hayify

haykranen.nl/2021/05/09/andere

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce.

"""
[...] we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.
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Bill and Melinda (65 and 56 years old), married 27 years ago, stated they will continue the philanthropy work at their foundation.

vox.com/recode/22418060/bill-m

Exactly how were medieval bridges built in Europe? Before steam engines, cranes, bulldozers, etc.

In 1357, construction of this bridge in Prague began and would take over 50 years to complete. This visual animation shows it all in elegant detail, step by step.

(No audio descriptions or subtitles on this one.)

kottke.org/20/10/fantastic-3-d

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"If it has music in it, it has value. I don't think songs try to be films, I think films try to be songs." – Tom Waits

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