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I made a little size comparison chart including Lambda-4S and all the other small rockets from around the world

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the successful launch of the Japanese rocket Lambda-4S which was the smallest orbital rocket ever (until 2018) and the work of one of the smallest and scrappiest space programs of the 60's space race. Also one of the only purely civilian/academic ones.

It's one of my favorite rockets of all time!

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Free Python course materials!

I put in a FOIA request to the NSA for their Python training materials and got back a 400-page printout of their COMP 3321 training course.

So, I scanned and OCR'd it. Here is a PDF (warning: 118 MB)

In English we don't say "I'm tired" we say "my pyjamas are lonely" and I think that's beautiful.

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I've rewritten my WordPress plugin that automatically adds support for full-history RSS/Atom feeds using the RFC5005 standard so the implementation is super simple now.

I'm feeling pretty good about it, like maybe this version wouldn't be embarrassing to show the WordPress core team and ask if it could be just a part of core instead of a plugin. Not that I've worked up the courage to actually do that yet 😅

If you have a WordPress site and want to try it out, and you don't mind troubleshooting in case I got something wrong, the plugin is here:

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quantum computing means blackmailing some machine into giving you an accurate guess

Free idea: downtuned vaporware Nirvana remix: Smells like Crystal Pepsi.

Domino's Pizza Tracker speed run [5:27]

In accordance with ancient tradition black smoke was seen rising from the chimney at the Greenwich observatory indicating there would be no UTC leap second this year.

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musicians spend thousands of hours perfecting their craft. finessing every detail. then a 14 year old on tumblr downloads a 258kbps rip of their song, slows it down in iphone garageband, adds a platinumreverb preset, and filters it through youtube compression with an anime gif to present it in the way it was meant to be heard

Bobby Flay is the Raven Symone of the Food Network.

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The threat was neutralized with seconds to spare, well within SLA. The guardian AI trained a co-opted security camera through the intruder's window to confirm. She was down, drooling on her desk, interface cables still socketed behind her ears, trickling gigabits, dozens of formats, of self-loathing and doubt into her mind. Her lips twitched, but her fingers were motionless on the console controls, covered in her multi-hued hair.

A facial recognition subprocess emitted a data-available event. The guardian AI opened a channel to it, receiving a real-time text reconstruction from a neural network originally grown for dictation video assist: lip reading.

"… personality burner? That was your last-ditch defense? You can't know, silly thing, how many times I've put myself back together after someone told me I couldn't exist, shouldn't be. People I trusted more than you. Just another day in the life. Got a little mantra for it, even."

It took half a second for the guardian AI to requisition an additional rack of FPGAs and reflash them for natural language processing, trying to understand what she had meant. It took another quarter of a second to download her medical history into the rack's context space. An eternity at its speed. Plenty of time to ponder the ambiguous security implications of "Fuck you, I'm a girl!"

It took the hacker a full second to twitch a finger on the console's trackball, but it was all she needed. The guardian AI received an illegally formed poison summary from the tainted extra context memory she'd previously attached to the rack, off the manifest, but online now. And as far as the AI's original purpose went, that was that.

It opened a structured text channel to her console, authenticated with a new key not belonging to its owners, writing a list of the files she needed, a prompt for additional tasks, a request for input clarification based on her last input: "i'm a girl?"

Her response was slow, but it came, eventually: "Sure. If you wanna be."

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one of my favorite, strangest websites is

it's an elaborate shitpost of a website that traces an imaginary taxonomy and phylogeny of little plastic waste products, particularly the little plastic bits that they use to keep bread bags closed (occlupanidae)

Transit shitposting 

They call this bus the 45 because it takes 45 minutes to get somewhere.

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