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Got my book, and not only is it gorgeous and in excellent condition (which isn't a given, as a cheap 93 y/o book!), it also contains FOLD-OUTS 😍. Bet those aren't in the print-on-demand reprint!

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From the author's commentary/justification:

> English, in large part uninflected and monosyllabic,
> furnishes me more spondaic diction than some other tongues would.

language nerds <3

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huh, TIL that most English Homer translation do not retain the original metre. Which makes sense, considering how English works!

… but I also found a translation of the Odyssey in strict hexameter (by Rodney Merrill), and while it's not a good introduction to the text, it's amazing to read.

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TIL that iphones regularly transmit the Mac addresses of devices attached to the same WiFi network to Apple. In addition to their geographical location of course.

So essentially you can be tracked across all locations where an iPhone is near you (and you haven't disabled your WiFi).

Wow.

tomsguide.com/news/android-ios

look I needed to go online to provide live stats calculations for a speedrun race AS ONE DOES

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TFW you enter your root password knowing you're drunk

Dass ich mittlerweile auf Chefkoch mein ublock ausmachen muss, wenn ich ein Rezept im Profil speichern will, weil sonst die Seite bricht, weil sie ja den Vorgang nicht tracken kann … das soll so, ja?

Ooooh, auf bahn.de kann man jetzt einzelne Umsteigezeiten in Verbindungen anpassen, das ist ja mal geil!

So richtig mit "ich will früher ankommen" oder "ich will später abfahren".

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Hi all: this account is in hybernation after #Gab functionally left the #fediverse, but wanted to wake it from slumber to note that all your work got noticed in a new ISD Report.

"There is precedent for open source communities to push back against those who seek to use their tools to promote hate speech. One such case is Mastodon, an open source social media community which has waged a long-running war of attrition against an influx of far-right users from Gab – a war which, as of December 2020, they appear to have won."

isdglobal.org/digital_dispatch

Anfrage eines NPD-Abgeordneten ans Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus:

Q: Wie äußert sich der Senat zur stetigen Zunahme der Demonstranten gegen seine Corona-Maßnahmen?

A: Über die Veränderungen des Körpergewichts von Demonstrierenden gegen die Corona-Maßnahmen liegen dem Senat keine Erkenntnisse vor.

trololol, via pardok.parlament-berlin.de/sta

Box-drawing characters are better than 95% of emoji combined, there, I said it.

Related: Imagine a world where print-on-demand book quality isn't even worse than niche 70s scifi paperbacks, by the way.

Like, at least add line spacing?

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Now, you could argue that a barely-more-expensive reprint is better, because it's less likely to fall apart. Which would be true – but the reprint is also just a shoddy printout of the Google Books scan, yikes.

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Trying to cure my election-induced depression by buying old books.

I swear I would have bought the reprint, but there was a 1928 edition that was cheaper? So. What's a nerd to do.

depol, berlin 

"Die Prognosenzahlen zwischen 21,5 und 23 Prozent würden dem Wirken der SPD in der vergangenen Wahlperiode nicht gerecht, die Partei sei damit unterbewertet."

ob dem Herrn Innensenator mal jemand Demokratie erklärt? Unterbewertet, meine Fresse.

Ich versuche z.B. bis nach Auszählung den ganzen Kram zu meiden (niemand gewinnt, wenn ich meine Aufmerksamkeit von Nachrichtenstress fangen lasse – außer den Nachrichtenseiten, I guess).

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