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BramMeehan

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Designing things and teaching stuff in the American desert southwest. Walking the dog when she feels like it. || Avatar by Colin Murdoch.

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LincolnRamirez, to bookstodon
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I've been thinking of finally reading some Stephen King, but no idea where to start.

Go for one of the likes of his famous work, like the Shining or the Green Mile? Or something lesser known?

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BramMeehan,
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@LincolnRamirez @bookstodon On Writing. Read a few of his novels, not for me — but the look behind the scenes is something I think about regularly.

RickiTarr, to random
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99.9% of jobs do not require urgency of any kind, really they don't. We've all had a boss who acts like someone will die if we don't hit some made up deadline by people who don't even do the job. No one needs their meal 1 minute faster or the paperwork before tomorrow morning. Your time off actually doesn't need to wait. Sometimes I think about how legitimately bad most businesses are at time management and hiring, and I wonder how they manage to exist at all.

BramMeehan,
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@RickiTarr how often because the boss wants to be able to solve the crisis.

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    mythologymonday, (edited ) to greece
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    Hello, Myth Lovers! To celebrate International #MuseumDay, we'd love to see your posts about #museums! Which museums have great mythological art? Which are your favourite artifacts? Do you have a favourite #museum? Where have you seen an amazing work of art related to mythology? Use the hashtag #MythologyMonday for boosts!

    🎨 Kos Archaeological Museum, #Greece
    📸 Dionysis Kouris

    #mythology @archaeodons @mythology @folklore @TarkabarkaHolgy @juergen_hubert @curiousordinary @wihtlore @FairytalesFood @bevanthomas @FinnFolklorist @Godyssey @GaymerGeek @starrytimepod

    BramMeehan,
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    @mythologymonday @archaeodons @mythology @folklore @TarkabarkaHolgy @juergen_hubert @curiousordinary @wihtlore @FairytalesFood @bevanthomas @FinnFolklorist @Godyssey @GaymerGeek @starrytimepod Closed after years on display, but worth browsing through the Museum of International Folk Art’s Yokai exhibition: https://yokai.moifa.org/

    BramMeehan, to random
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    BramMeehan, to random
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    archaeohistories, to history
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    Roman Crocodile Armor (3rd Century AD), was a form of protective gear crafted from tough hide of Nile crocodiles. Romans likely adopted this type of armor during their conquests in Egypt and other regions where crocodiles were prevalent.

    Crocodile armor was not as widely used as other types of Roman armor, and scholars believe that it might have been worn during processions or ceremonies, rather than in combat.

    British Museum

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    ChrisMayLA6, to scifi
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    This week I've been mainly reading, no. 148.

    The first book of Ann Leckie's Radch trilogy, Ancillary Justice (2013) offers an interesting plot of AI, identity & insurrection. Leckie builds an interesting (political) world/universe for her tale of revenge & becoming, which while at times a little too tricksy, overall remains a compelling bit of space-opera. If at times the plot seems a little too convoluted, the central idea(s) is/are intriguing & developed interestingly


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    BramMeehan,
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    @ChrisMayLA6 @bookstodon Librarian friend loaned it to me with the warning (apparently common for this book) “OK, just trust me, get throught the first 100 pages.”

    Oddly, the second was my favorite. The trilogy remains one of my top reads of the past decade.

    DemocracySpot, to music
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    🎧 Mood.

    "Girls & Boys"
    #Blur (1994)

    🎬 Kevin Godley directed the video.

    📷 Courtesy

    #EddieFM #Music #UK

    ▶️ https://youtu.be/WDswiT87oo8?si=HYgPEfbTxXfy9SIc

    BramMeehan,
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    @DemocracySpot I raise you Girls vs. Boys: https://youtu.be/EznT-07NKsY?si=DWW7pisCUSi9-J8F&t=58

    Video may not be much, but that guitar riff remains one of my favorites ever.

    BramMeehan, to bookstodon
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    ChrisMayLA6, to books
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    At the risk of reigniting a debate that has been had in my timeline in the past... here's a report of a University of Valencia that looked at over 20 paper examine the differential effects of reading digitally & on paper.

    The research confirms my experience (my own & in the reading of my erstwhile students) that reading digitally is less likely to lead to long-term educational (knowledge) benefits...

    #reading @bookstodon
    #education

    https://www.upmpaper.com/knowledge-inspiration/blog-stories/articles/2024/makes-you-learn/?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=paid_social&utm_campaign=PaperBecauseItsReal2024&utm_term=&utm_content=Image

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    BramMeehan, to bookstodon
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    @bookstodon

    Just finished eight recent spy novels in eight weeks (along with two unrelated nonfiction and 100s of pages of manga) as I recover from surgery.

    I would recommend all of them for various reasons. I am also now qualified to run an intelligence agency; in fact, I think I’ve been running an intelligence agency and am ready to retire. AMA.

    Beruit Station
    The Helsinki Affair
    The Peacock and the Sparrow
    Alias Emma
    I Am Pilgrim
    Black Wolf
    Red Widow
    Red London… (1/2)

    kimlockhartga, to bookstodon
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    @bookstodon Even if it doesn't catch on, I would like to institute a hashtag which already exists, I believe? Anywho, whatcha reading?

    Ben H. Winter's new book BIG TIME, and it's really good so far. It is lean, so perfect for those who hate padding in their stories. I don't want to give away the premise, so I will just say that it's a bit of a thriller that involves time itself.

    BramMeehan,
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    @kimlockhartga @bookstodon Will start Red Widow tonight, I’ve been on a spy novel tear. Finished off Black Wolf last night, overall liked it even as it unfolded slowly and was a twist on the genre. Just had one element that I felt got too much attention and kind of didn’t even matter to the overall story.

    jonathanreed, to random
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    The mastodon client, @MonaApp , is out with a new update today: version 6. It includes some great quality-of-life additions as well as some new features introduced by Mastodon last year. However, the most significant updates are in the area of automation, including support for the iPhone 15 Pro Action Button.

    I’ve got all the details here, over on MacStories:
    https://www.macstories.net/reviews/mona-6-moves-from-high-visual-customization-to-advanced-automation

    BramMeehan,
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    @MonaApp @jonathanreed Where do I set that preference to remove posts from a timeline if they’re in a list? I’m not finding it…

    kimlockhartga, to bookstodon
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    @bookstodon Do you own any autographed books? If so, did you personally meet the author at a signing?

    BramMeehan,
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    @kimlockhartga @bookstodon Most recently, helped with a conference where “E.” appeared, got a minute over breakfast to tell her how much I appreciated how very, very New England the book is.

    TarkabarkaHolgy, to tvshows
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    If you think Bridgerton was bad for anachronism:
    I am watching The Buccaneers right now and it has someone drunk telegramming his ex

    😂

    BramMeehan,
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    @TarkabarkaHolgy Any chance it’s Dickinson kind of fun anachronism?

    mike, to random
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    By the way, I deleted my Twitter account last week. Some years ago Twitter was an important component of my life. I always thought I'd go out with guns blazing. But I had basically been shadow banned into oblivion, and the whole place is just such a steaming mess. I said goodbye to a couple of friends and just quietly turned out the lights.

    BramMeehan,
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    @mike Still hanging on to mine, though I only log in when I get an alert.

    Most distressing thing for me, ‘cause I’ll usually wind up scrolling a bit, is how much the same it is. I had a tight, curated list and they all seem to be there posting their stuff like it’s 2015.

    LoganFive, to random
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    Does anyone else have a hobby of buying domain names and then doing nothing with them? For like years? Just me?

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    TarkabarkaHolgy, to books
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    2023: The year in (good) books. My review of the best books I read this year is up on my blog. Fiction, Nonfiction, Comics, Poetry, Folklore, and a new category this year: Children's Books 😊

    Read here:
    https://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com/2023/12/2023-year-in-good-books.html

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    BramMeehan,
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    @TarkabarkaHolgy @bookstodon Hm. I once heard Myers-Briggs described as “HR astrology” and, as an INTJ, it all started to make sense..

    Anyway, read John Allison’s Bad Machinery? Up there on my all-time top 10.

    BramMeehan, to comics
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    The always-insightful, legendary Brian Hibbs with a realistic — though kind of optimistic? — look at the state of the comics business now: https://www.comicsbeat.com/tilting-at-windmills-296-were-one-success-away-from-saving-comics/

    Feel like he backs off before calling out a lack of marketing though.

    mike, to random
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    I think a simple change in nomenclature could help Mastodon incredibly. Servers is an inaccurate term and instance is unfamiliar and vague. Both create tension for new users.
    Why not simply call Mastodon instances what they are: Communities.
    Ask users which Mastodon community they'd like to join. Have community rules, community policy, and community leaders. Not server rules, instance moderators and administrators.

    Let me start. Everyone is welcome at our community, https://thecanadian.social

    BramMeehan,
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    @mike Absolutely get what you’re going for and understand so much why it’s necessary.

    That’s the thing about Fedi, it can be what you want. I know you’re building a community on your instance.

    But the whole “picking an instance” thing really hung me up. There were a few communities I kind of felt I was a part of? But maybe not?

    Part of my message to new recruits is, the instance doesn’t have to matter. I’m on one where I never read the timeline. It can just be your gateway.

    BramMeehan,
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    @mike …well this just crossed the feed, communities vs. nodes; I’m just one use case, but a node user: https://merveilles.town/@lrhodes/110555014534253768

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    Is it sick fascination that leads me to be subscribed to the local county’s food-establishment closure alerts?

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    rebrafsim, to random

    me: did you know Asia was the biggest rock formation on earth?

    Steve Howe: well, Yes

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