M81 (right) and M82 (left) are two interacting galaxies in the constellation Ursa Major. Tidal forces from M81 are deforming M82 causing massive star formation in M82. This much higher than normal star formation classifies M82 as a starburst galaxy. #astrophoto
Laid some flowers at the Wellington Islamic Centre. Many people arriving with flowers; groups staying to quietly mourn; children drawing hearts in chalk on the pavement. We need a culture that so actively embraces diversity and migrant cultures that this kind of racism (and all the semi racisms that you can find in the mainstream media) have no place and no voice in Aotearoa.
A PhD State of Mind https://www.nature.com/articles/s41556-018-0085-4
3.5 billion years ago, on a world that barely resembled the Earth we know today, life evolved photosynthesis. It's been shaping this planet ever since.
For about a quarter of the entire age of the Universe, life on Earth has been capturing solar energy and using it to power the world.
I think that's pretty amazing.
A world of beautiful coloured glass and finely sculpted buildings, crafted by people for no reason beyond wanting their world to be a work of art.
A world where the lines are blurred, technology works in harmony with the natural world, and all cities are also forests.
A world where all people's basic needs are met, where life is about pursuing dreams, rather than struggling to survive.
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The coolest person I found out about this week is Mary Jane Rathbun (1922-1999), an anarchist who illegally made thousands of magic brownies to help AIDs patients in the 1980s, who she called "my kids." She did it on her modest Social Security income. When she was arrested and sentenced to 500 hours of community service, she spent it in just 60 days at organizations to help people with AIDs. Then she got right back to work on the magic brownies. The wikipedia article about her is amazing.
I'd always assumed "Mary Jane" was just a bowdlerization of the word "marijuana." The real story's so cool, it even makes me feel a bit better about looking grandparent-like someday. Turns out, "kindly grandma baking for sick kids" is a good look for activists.
Shared memory coming in python 3.8; will make parallel processing so so much easier. https://docs.python.org/3.8/library/multiprocessing.shared_memory.html
Today I picked up my phone 152 times, which is apparently well above average. As an antidote to mindlessly reaching for the phone, I’ll take this article’s advice and put a rubber band around my phone. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/23/business/cell-phone-addiction.html
First thought: wow, that's a stunning, disorientating image of the moon. Second thought: hmmm... the point sources aren't point sources, what what sort of directional calibration could fix this. #radioastronomy has broken me
The more I realize that online environments less hostile than Tumblr, twitter and facebook are possible,
the more I get a tendency to simply refuse to interact with people who seem intent on purposely misunderstanding me, irritating me or just not engaging with me on the assumption of good intentions and the desire for mutually enjoyable contact.
& I'm still learning how to treat others like that and checking myself for the harmful behaviors that I have learned on social media.
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