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I think a lot of people kind of underestimate just how easy _and common_ it was for children to access extremely disturbing content online in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

There had been some fires in the area not so long ago (not sure if lightning or just the dry conditions and rising temps), and we saw this intriguing flower coming up in a burned patch, almost the very first thing to re-grow. Anyone got an idea what it is?

@plants

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Oh yeah! Also this weekend i learned what a Lily of the valley looks like!

@plants

then we hiked back around to the top of the falls - there's a huge, beautiful covered bridge over the river. barn swallows live in the rafters so we got some good looks at them and their amazing nests

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we saw a pretty sick waterfall too

(High Falls, Dupont State Forest NC)

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warblers I think or know that I heard this weekend:

- Hooded Warbler
- Northern Parula
- Black-throated green warbler
- Chestnut-sided warbler
- American Redstart

Warblers I actually laid eyes on this weekend:

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developers: man it really seems like software has been going downhill for the last 15 years

me: CAPITALISM INCENTIVIZES SHORT TERM SUCCESS OVER LONG TERM STABILITY

developers: it just feels like there is no end to the bullshit

me: CAPITALIST INVESTMENT INCENTIVIZES GRIFTING OVER ACTUAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

developers: why is everything so buggy and resource intensive

me: CAPITALISM INCENTIVIZES MARKETING-FRIENDLY FEATURE CHURN OVER USABILITY

hey all, here's a new computer thing I made! it's called the Nonsense Laboratory, and it's a series of weird little tools for manipulating the spelling and sound of words with machine learning: artsexperiments.withgoogle.com

it's part of a series of projects launched yesterday showing the outcomes of the Artists + Machine Intelligence grant program, which you can learn more about here: experiments.withgoogle.com/ami

The American Goldfinch is the state bird of washington and a fine boi

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my favorite engineering prof just shared this thread about teaching a grad class on mutual aid, and then those students trying that out.
nitter.tedomum.net/AimiHamraie
@Cyborgneticz

@derek I’m entering my late 30s it’s either birds or World War 2 and I made my choice

ok what the dang fuck. i wanted to see if a book was available on Audible (i know, please let's not get into that) and it shows up in search results when logged out. logged in, i can't see it anywhere. so, uh, what the dang fuck!?

We'll Take This One!

πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

we're going on a little mini-trip to the woods this weekend, planning to leave after my weekly friday-afternoon meeting. well, the meeting just got cancelled, so even though i have lots i oughta do before i log off... mentally it's already weekend here

there's also a pair of phoebes nesting on the back of our house again! and i still haven't checked the second birdhouse this spring; i think we chose a poor spot for it when we put it up last year, but maybe someone will find it and use it this year.

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oh worm is it or something? i haven't been posting about it much i guess, but we sure have 'em. the hooded warbler in the woods across the street is back, there appear to be mockingbirds nesting in a tree across the street, and there's a pair of chickadees in our little birdhouse again.

and wednesday on my run i got a good close look at a brown thrasher in a kind of unexpected spot. couldn't take a picture because i still mostly run along a busy road 😬

πŸ¦€ Zoologische Ergebnisse einer reise in NiederlΓ€ndisch Ost-Indien.
Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1890-1907.
biodiversitylibrary.org/page/4

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