Time Dilation Status Report 27052020:
The days are absurdly long. The months, however, are ridiculously short.

Didn't realize "power ambient" was a thing, but if this is what it sounds like, I'm into it: daily.bandcamp.com/lists/power

COVID, uspol 

Some notes on that chart:

• The figure to focus on is the 7-day moving average, marked in orange.

• That last section is the 14-day window — the period during which data is most in flux — so points in the last two weeks are subject to go up. Unless there are major errors, they rarely go back down.

• Don't be fooled by the plunge in the last 7-8 days. Those points are built on relatively little data and will almost certainly increase as they get closer to the 14 day mark.

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COVID, uspol 

Just fair warning to anyone who might be affected by it: Things are about to take a turn for the worse in Georgia — and likely the South as a whole. Gov. Kemp is talking about rolling back more restrictions: ajc.com/blog/politics/georgia-

This comes just as Georgia's own Dept. of Public Health shows that the rate of infections has been rising the past few weeks, after a period of decline.

Stay safe out there.

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covid, privacy 

So it turns out that all those privacy advocates who were warning about COVID contact tracing apps being an easy way to breach people's privacy were totally right

nature.com/articles/s41591-020

US politics, local voting. 

@readsteven Yeah, I realize that local journalism has been taking a beating for decades now, but it bewilders needs that our local paper(s) don't offer a more systematic run-down of the candidates on the ballot for each office. That seems like the most basic form of service journalism you could offer in a democratic republic.

Crunch-time decision-making gets easier when you push as many decisions as possible up the timeline. If you shop for vegetables by just buying whatever is in season and looks freshest, then the night-to-night decision of what to make for dinner becomes much more straightforward — a matter of how to combine what you have, and what spices or sauce will do the melding.

Intriguing suggestion about one possible inspiration for the name Chthulhu from Proto-Semitic language primers: lichvanwinkle.blogspot.com/202

For ages, my approach to reading nonfiction has been very detail-oriented, sifting large texts for valuable minutiae germane to any one of a few dozen interests I'm tracking. Now I'm trying to incorporate a more holistic approach, mapping the broad strokes of each book to form a more durable understanding of the author's argument — on the assumption that a broad understanding will allow me to return to the text and track down the details as needed.

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If a system like this were really going to promote better engagement, though, I think replies to (and quote posts of) your own posts would have to be excluded from your reserve. Otherwise, people would just build up their reserve by boosting people who've agreed with or said nice things about them. Those would need to be reserve-neutral.

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Quote posts would be allowed, but count against your reserve of posts without increasing it. You want to spend a post snarking on some troll, that's fine, but you're going to have to balance it by boosting a post sans commentary.

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Pitch: A social media platform where new accounts get 10 free posts, but every post thereafter must be earned by boosting other people's posts.

@nff Extensively. I use Reeder app on several different devices to access a pair of accounts that I host on a Fresh RSS instance.

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A free to read anthology of SFF stories.

"The anthology is a collaboration between the EAI [European Astrobiology Institute ] and Julie Nováková, a Czech scientist, editor, and science fiction author, and is designed ” to both entertain and educate” in the field of life away from Earth."

tor.com/2020/05/20/european-as

#SFF #Stories #Anthologies #FreeFiction

@libreture

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climate change, historical preservation 

"The field of historic preservation has entered a new era […] in which every act of flood protection is also a choice that shapes the physical remains of history. Places like St. Augustine are at the forefront of this movement."
hakaimagazine.com/features/the

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