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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.

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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.

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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.
#ThinkingUtopia

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All my beans curl anticlockwise up the poles. Is this a thing? Do beans have a handedness? Are there clockwise curling beans? Do the alleles work like handedness works in humans?

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Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will find comfort and guidance. ~ Unknown

Shared memory coming in python 3.8; will make parallel processing so so much easier. docs.python.org/3.8/library/mu

Also apparently I unlocked my phone a couple times during the night?!

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. nytimes.com/2019/02/23/busines

Update: also discovering the heartbreak of failing to transplant them into bigger pots soon enough? gentle enough? idk 😭

I’m discovering the joy and feeling of accomplishment from growing plants from seed. Just look at my babies breaking through. 🌱🌱🌱

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Someone on Twitter mentioned that in some regions of Germany, a common idiom for whenever there's mist in the forest is "The foxes are making coffee", and thought the image was evocative enough for an illustration.

Well, I took the bait! 🦊☕

#MastoArt #CreativeToot #Lineart

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. has broken me

reddit.com/r/space/comments/ar

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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.

Patching together a commit with `git add -i` is a life saver for people who don't commit as they go and work on multiple things at once. 😅

By most accounts, self-hosting an email server is a bit of a nightmare, since the big players constantly blacklist your mail. Well, today I throw caution to the wind and declare email independence with a $5 VPS (Linode) running Postfix and Dovecot.

Say hello to torrance@pravic.xyz :D

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