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I Religions of Rome by Mary Beard, et al. It's a highly academic text lent to me by a friend, intended for undergraduate religious studies students, I suspect. Once upon a time, I was once such student -- I still enjoy delving into the topic, so I think I'm going to my reading of the text.

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This is my Cycle 35 spread for my writing and critique obligations for The Ubergroup, my writing group on Scribophile. Created with archival pen and brush pen, it's a very and practical way to keep track of what I need to do and when I need to do it by.

I've pretty much gotten away from weekly and daily and monthly spreads and more typically organize my according to the tasks at hand.

Thanks, past self, for putting check-boxes on kids' papers while walking around to check on how they're doing while writing their first paragraphs: you're making grading them formally a lot easier!

Is anyone actually surprised by programmers not taking into account the factors necessary to create a successful school bus route?

I have queued up some SF wattpad serials to read at work this week while I'm waiting for the copier to finish, so that's good. Now to get some grading done. Happy Sunday.

I always enjoy running across people elsewhere who mention Mastodon. I've seen it come up twice so far in only a day of using . Exciting!

Woke up with a pounding headache, which means I took 2 prenatal vitamins, an allergy pill, and 2 tylenol before putting breakfast in the toaster oven.

Is this what getting old feels like?

I wrote 1350 words on a new story. My first attempt at a subplot, I'm very excited even though it took me most of the day to write it. Going to let it ruminate for a week or so and then probably post it up on -- I find that serial fiction works better for me with my new work schedule. I don't have time to get bogged down in a whole book :(

Does anybody know a good place online to find science fiction serial fiction?

Using deciduous plants for solar temp control is such a mindblowing and obvious-in-hindsight idea

Plant deciduous climbers over your south-facing wall to insulate/cool the wall during the summer without shading it in the winter! Plant deciduous trees in front of windows! Designing with plants is so cool and it's the closest thing we currently have to widely available biotech!!!!

Never is it more evident that sexual preference isn't a choice than in the fact that every woman over 35, no matter where she started, isn't now a lesbian.

I actually built a little toy service (that I will also eventually open source) which converts any RSS feed to an ActivityPub actor that you can subscribe to in Mastodon (or any other AP-compatible client).

Play with it if you like! It is SUPER rough and most feeds end up horribly rendered in Mastodon but it's still kinda cool to see it work:

A girl who sits at my "Rhine" table went home and talked to her dad about it; turns out her family is originally from a nearby city in Germany. My plan to get my 6th graders emotionally invested in important historic river is working!

right-"libertarian" thought is an entire ideology built around rationalizing why individuals and institutions who have power bear no responsibility to those who lack power

If you deprecate support for a proprietary software product you should be legally required to make it open source

I finally finished season one of and I enjoyed it quite a lot; less for David and more for Oliver, honestly.

HIVEMIND: Spec knowledgeable folk, historians, educated types: Do you know if Appalachian "granny magic" was sourced or fused with Biblical religion? Sources? I'm finding way too many speculative conflicting opinions and anecdotal sources.

My favourite thing is when @guerrillarain finds a new bit of media and just live-toots the whole experience, especially if she doesn't like it

New evidence on the earliest human presence in the urban area of #Genoa (#Liguria, Italy): A multi-proxy study of a mid-Holocene deposit at the mouth of the #Bisagno river

#Holocene #Prehistory #paleoclimate #BeforeModernTimes #Archaeology

After one year working with free and open source software, it's time to reflect on my experiences as a #Mastodon user and translator.

This is a very good roundup of some challenges facing Mastodon moderation.

Top of my list for what to do to avoid dogpiling: whitelisting users. Basically a way for an admin to say: don't allow any new reports for a specific user for a day or two. That way the dogpiliers can waste their time and energy without the mods wasting theirs.

I also read "The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet", and it's not so much a novel as a series of vignettes about a loving motley crew of spacers who unconditionally support one another, with barely a plot to string it together, and it's fucking lovely and I adored it.

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