Gidget today has been so desperate to show me the malign impact of this diet the vet has her on that a) she grabbed a bit of (clean) kitty litter off the floor and pretended to eat it; and b) she actually had to eat the bit of meat-for-humans that had fallen on the floor so I put it in her bowl (usually she rejects all human food as an insult to cats).
On the bright side, her desperation means she’s apparently willing to eat wet food again, haha. I think it’ll be good for her if she goes back to eating it, because a serving size of wet food is waaay bigger than one of dry so she might not scoff them down as quickly 😑
New, ranty, blog post: Time for a Not-So-Fun Hugo Fact!
tl;dr: Even if you only want to add a single category/tag to a post, add it as a single-item list, not in a way Hugo can interpret as a string 😥
Seems like even Douglas Adams’ letters are fun to read! This one is from 1992, when he wrote to an American comic book publisher with some objections to one of their adaptions of his work.
I enjoyed this Sarah Z video on the rise and fall of geek culture, even though it's confronting to hear 2012 spoken about like some long-gone era 😅 It's not the only thing in recent times which has made me feel, not OLD exactly, but older than I feel like I am. The other big one was the realisation that there are people registered to vote in this upcoming election who don't remember the Rudd/Gillard governments at all… 😬 How do the years start to pass so quickly?
There's an interesting discussion here about book discoverability, and how the top-selling authors take all the attention, so that it's very hard to find midlist authors to read.
I don't think there was ever a perfect era of book discoverability, but things were definitely better for the midlist when we had more bookshops, libraries, and magazines recommending a number of different authors to different audiences. Now, it's all or nothing with few algorithms.
STOP SPEAKING FRENCH
- You are not supposed to use your nose when speaking
- Years of conjugating verbs yet no real-world use found for Passé simple
- Wanted to have complex grammar rules anyway for a laugh? We had a tool for that: It was called Latin
- "Nous allâmes au restaurant et fûtes très ravi mais le serveur voulut que je payasse avec carte" – Statements dreamed up by the utterly Deranged
The story behind this is wild: Someone in Texas found this bust at the thrift store, and paid $35 for it. It turns out it's actually 2000 years old and was probably looted by an American soldier during WWII from a replica Roman villa in Germany that had some genuine artifacts as well: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61357483.amp
Appreciated this article on those generic samey covers that are everywhereeee on those kinds of books that make the bestsellers’ list: https://www.printmag.com/book-covers/the-book-cover-behold-the-book-blob/
I fixed https://mastovue.glitch.me which allows you to peek into the local timeline of other instances. (if the instances allows it)
If you have a WordPress blog, you can attach it to the Fediverse using a special plugin.
This will let people on Mastodon (and elsewhere on the Fedi) follow your blog, see your blog posts in their timeline, comment on your blog posts, like them, share them etc.
The plugin is written by @pfefferle and is called ActivityPub For WordPress:
Note that this only works on independently hosted WordPress blogs.
It does not work on wordpress.com free blogs because they don't allow plugins (there is a paid option at wordpress.com but it's weirdly expensive).
"As with this latest surge, those who arrive on Mastodon servers are joining an experiment in whether communities can function better with self-moderation, and by self-organizing into like-minded groups. The answer, it seems, is that they can—but not without some trade-offs."
If you remember my post the other day about Gidget acting strange (hiding/gone off wet food/nippy), we took her to the vet this afternoon, and I wrote a quick blog post with what the vet said: https://www.jayeless.net/2022/05/gidget-saw-the-vet.html
Left-wing feminist, Melburnian, animal lover, Linux and Mac user, interested in politics, languages, history, society and technology. More too, probably. Other account at @jayeless
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