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I'm now operating three bots on Mastodon:

Launch Radar Bot - @launchradar

Western Quakes Bot - @westquake

Japan Quake Bot - @japanquake

An unmanned Russian spacecraft crashed on the moon on July 21, 1969 - while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were still walking on the surface.

Good Morning!

No matter how bad the news, nature keeps on doing its thing.

@tsturm Does look remarkably undamaged. Guess that's the difference between bringing your own oxygen and just burning what's in the air.

The only difference I see in these before an after photos is what looks like a securing bar across the central oval hatch has gone missing, possibly removed by crew.

VGR2 hadn't fired its thrusters for *30 years* and they worked perfectly on the first try. (VGR1 did something similar last year.) What a damn legend.

Good: SpaceX has a potential cause for that dramatic launch failure. Better: they're systematically inspecting the rest of the craft for similar vulnerabilities. This is the correct response, and it speaks well of them.

NASA research shows that a successful mission to Mars would require a ‘class clown’ to resolve tensions, boost morale and unite teams. E.g., Scott’s Antarctic exploration team didn’t have a joker and broke into cliques, but Amundsen’s crew did, which helped with group cohesion.

"Illium" was another name for the city of Troy

"-ad" is a suffix that can be used to mean "the story of"

Therefore "The Illiad" is properly translated as; drumroll please...

Troy Story

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1. Pages load twice as fast
2. Laptop battery lasts longer
3. My privacy isn't invaded by 50 different douchebro Silicon Valley companies
4. Your fucking site doesn't slow down my computer to a crawl and I can actually read your fucking articles

Dropbox is a work requirement for me, but I'm pretty concerned that it's going to be found to have a Zoom (et al.)-level security flaw. It keeps taking on more work, essentially trying to replace base operating system functions.

You build an operating system, you get operating system problems.

I don't normally stare at my phone all the time but in restaurants I do. Because otherwise my eyes keep snapping to the huge TV screens, and the assault on my nervous system is unbearable. It feels especially striking because I haven't watched TV regularly for about ten years now, and it's hard to believe that most people still let it happen to them...

"Previous" and "Next" buttons are the most confusing buttons in forums or news websites. Sometimes they mean "things posted earlier/later", so to continue reading backwards in time, you should click "previous", but other times they mean "last/next page of the list", and to continue reading you should click "next"...

Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wants to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time. E.M. FORSTER

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