A thing I’ve been doing: every time Richard Feynman is held up as a model genius scientist, or I find myself holding him up so, I remind myself that he held meetings in strip clubs, *AND HE WROTE THIS IN SURELY, YOU’RE JOKING*, and teenage me didn’t realize how much of a problem that was (and that’s just One Example of his horrendous behavior)
He ran into the situation room clutching a sheaf of papers.
“Madam President, we have the first translation of the Arecibo message. 95% confidence.”
“A short message in ASCII encoding. It says ‘link in bio’.”
“Does anyone know what this means?”
“If I may, Madam President-“
“Simpkins, Madam President. With the Comms team. It appears the aliens are familiar with instagram.”
As in, “extinct charismatic megawebsites such as Geocities”; and
“Concern has increased that Tumblr will soon be categorized as a Critically Endangered Charismatic Megawebsite in this year’s annual UNESCO session on digital culture, marking an escalation from its categorization in 2017 as an Endangered Charismatic Megawebsite following parent company Yahoo!’s acquisition by Verizon Media.”
Generalistic and moderated instance.