🦋 Die ausländischen Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur. v.2, plates
Erlangen: im Verlage der Expedition des Esper'schen Schmetterlings- und des Schreber'schen Säugthierwerkes,

Backups are a critical part of any operation, personal or professional. Having a solid backup system is so important to making this work. Head over to # to check out the recent article on # , a Flexible & Powerful Backup Solution.

👩‍🌾 Revue horticole.
Paris: Librairie agricole de la maison rustique, 1829-1974.

If you can’t fix it, you don’t own it. Support Electronic Frontier Alliance member @fsf in their campaign to raise awareness on the state of Right To Repair.

🌻 Das entdeckte Geheimniss der Natur im Bau und in der Befruchtung der Blumen
Berlin: Bei Friedrich Vieweg dem æltern, 1793.

The First Spaceship on Venus

1960 East German/Polish color science fiction film based on the 1951 science fiction novel The Astronauts by Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem. It was directed by Kurt Maetzig, and stars Günther Simon, Julius Ongewe and Yoko Tani. The film was first released by Progress Film in East Germany, running 93 min. Variously dubbed and cut versions were also released in English under other titles: First Spaceship on Venus, Planet of the Dead, and Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply. After finding an ancient, long-buried flight recorder that originally came from a spaceship, apparently from Venus, a human spaceship is dispatched to Venus. The crew discovers a long-dead Venusian civilization that had constructed a device intended to destroy all life on Earth prior to invasion. Before they could execute their plan, they perished in a global nuclear war.

A Trip to Mars (Himmelskibet) (1918)

Himmelskibet, Excelsior / A Trip to Mars / Das Himmelschiff is a 1918 Danish film about a trip to Mars. It's the first film in the Space Opera motif, and most later Space Operas owe their visual styles to this movie. This copy features inter-titles in four languages.

🌄 Harmonia ruralis, or, An essay towards a natural history of British song birds: .
London: Printed and sold by the author . . ;1794-1796.

We've also launched an early version of Inkscape 1.1 alpha for testing!

Calling early adopters to help us test and provide your feedback to improve the major release in the spring.

Read more & download the alpha here:

Nous avons aussi lancé une version alpha d'Inkscape 1.1 pour tester.

Appel aux testeurs et testeuses: Aidez-nous!

Envoyez-nous vos commentaires afin d'améliorer la version majeure prévue pour le printemps. Informations & téléchargement par ici:

For diy instrument builders there is much to learn from Aron Sanchez:


💐 Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe
A Gand: chez Louis van Houtte, eÌditeur, 1845-1880.

With the death of a strong proponent of turning Liu CiXin's Three Body Problem into a movie (2nd run), this article of the original Chinese to English translator Ken Liu came to my attention. A long read, worth every minute.
The success of “The Three-Body Problem” not only turned Liu Cixin into a global literary star; it opened the floodgates for new translations of Chinese science fiction. This, in turn, has made Ken Liu a critical conduit for Chinese writers seeking Western audiences, a literary brand as sought-after as the best-selling authors he translates. ... Liu’s translations have reshaped the global science-fiction landscape, which has long been dominated by American and British authors. Over the past decade, he has translated five novels and more than 50 works of short fiction by dozens of Chinese authors, many of whom he has discovered and championed himself.
(Note, no relation between these two people of the same surname.) And hey, for next year, if you haven't ever read Chinese sci-fi, there's hints all over the article what to look out for (in English, other languages likely to be much slower). There's also audio unrelated to this article to maybe aid you with deciding.

How Chinese Sci-Fi Conquered America

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SoundCloud: Lesung, Otherland, Liu Cixin, Die Drei Sonnen, 20181017 Berlin (liucixing_otherland_berlin_20181017)

Best of 2020: Music.
I found a way to download all the MP3s from the The David W. Niven Collection of Early Jazz Legends, 1921-1991. Thank you Internet Archive! If you want a copy of those 84G and aren't technically minded, leave a comment and I'm sure we can work something out.

Keep Going...

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“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.
If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going.
If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”

Harriet Tubman

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This year was a good year in terms of comics I discovered through Mastodon. :masto_comic:

In the picture are The Firelight Isle by @paulduffield , Black Dram by @eishiya and Pepper&Carrot by @davidrevoy .

Photograph of 6 comics spread out: The Firelight Isle 1&2, Black Dram and Pepper&Carrot 1,2&3.

In My Time Of Dying

This is my arrangement of a traditional Gospel Blues song, "In My Time Of Dying". I made this video for my friends at the Garlic and Blues Festival. Please all from the festival log on and leave a comment. I really appreciate that. Also on Youtube.

Radiators Live at South Park Amphitheatre on 2006-08-18

Radiators South Park Amphitheatre Pittsburgh, PA 2006-08-18 SBD>Patchbay>Sony D8> Sony homeburner>cd>eac>archive taped by BigDaddyBflo 01 I Like It Like That 02 Let's Radiate 03 Wild And Free 04 The Man Who Lost His Head 05 Party Till The Money Runs Out 06 Soul On Fire 07 Death Of The Blues 08 Tob....

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Chestnut-tailed starling - কাঠ শালিক.jpg

Uploaded by user "Touhid biplob" on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 17:03:00 GMT
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10 Raspberry Pi project ideas from 2020

Vector, generic Raspberry Pi board
The Raspberry Pi is the small, low-cost, single-board PC that took the world by storm when it was released in 2012. Since then, educators, students, makers, and tinkerers have used the various Raspberry Pi models for many, many unique and interesting projects. The possibilities are nearly endless.

Over the course of 2020, published many great articles about Raspberry Pi projects; below, I explore the top 10. I hope these articles educate, entertain, and inspire you.

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White-crowned sparrow perched at Llano Seco.jpg

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Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band Live at Directors Room, King Center on 2016-04-28

Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band 2016-04-28 Directors Room King Center, Melbourne, FL recorder placed front center on stage recorded by Volkemon 01 Hot 'Lanta 02 Trouble No More 03 Freeway Jam 04 Band Intro 05 But I Do 06 Dreams 07 Only You Know and I Know 08 Manic depressio....

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Learn to use the Sed text editor

Command line prompt
Created for version 7 of AT&T’s original Unix operating system, the sed command has been included with probably every Unix and Linux OS since. The sed application is a stream editor, and unlike a text editor it doesn’t open a visual buffer into which a file’s data is loaded for processing. Instead, it operates on a file, line by line, according to either a command typed into a terminal or a series of commands in a script.

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Wikimedia Commons media of the day for December 22

Media of the day
File:All Known Asteroids in the Solar System (1999-2018).ogvPlay media
This animation represents a map of the increased count of all known asteroids in the solar system between Jan. 1, 1999, and Jan. 31, 2018. Blue represents near-Earth asteroids. Orange represents main-belt asteroids between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

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Wikimedia Commons picture of the day for December 21

Picture of the day
Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis) female 2.jpg
Female pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) in Ethiopia. Unlike other kingfishers, it usually hunts for fish by hovering over the water.

Blue Canoe

Hairy Larry plays his acoustic guitar instrumental, Blue Canoe. Also on Youtube.

Freedom Box

I am running a yunohost server and an Ubuntu server with Apache so when I saw this I immediately wanted to play with it. It’s all open source and it runs on anything that will run Debian. There are also many downloads for singleboard computers and even turnkey hardware.

Fly Me To The Moon

stAte Vox singing the jazz standard, "Fly Me To The Moon" in concert at the Fowler Center. I get a nice solo about half way through. Also on Youtube.

The Cat's Meow

The first public performance of my piece, "The Cat's Meow" by the Eleven O'Clock Small Group at Trilogy For The Arts. Recorded at Arkansas State University on May 24, 2015. Also on Youtube.

🌏 The birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan islands
London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1875-1888.

They stumbled in from the cold, slamming the door to the storm outside.

The cabin was coated in cobwebs and dust. They choked a little on the stale air. But it was better than the piercing cold from which they'd come.

They found a box of candles, and lit the biggest one they could find, a beautiful work of black wax and ornate carvings.

To their surprise, the flame grew tall and blue.

'Who summons me here?' spoke the flame.


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💐 Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe
A Gand: chez Louis van Houtte, eÌditeur, 1845-1880.

What a Decentralized Web Means for Digital Advertising, The prognosis for ad tech is not good for advertisers as they can't Push adverts into Feeds

Advertisers have long been used to paying a central service (whether Facebook, Twitter or even a newspaper) to push adverts into a reader's feed which they have no choice but to see. Facebook and Twitter (and Google) went further by adjusting algorithms so that users don't even see their friends' posts any longer in chronological order, but rather in the manipulated order the service provider determines.

This model is severely disrupted with decentralised, federated and peer-to-peer social networks that are rising up now, as they don't contain these algorithms, and neither do they push adverts into feeds. A user would have to follow an advertiser or business in order to see adverts. They would also see the adverts in a global feed, but with equal weight of any other post. So if say Ford had an account on a Mastodon instance, any user elsewhere on Mastodon, Pixelfed, Hubzilla, etc could follow that account if they wished to, and would see the adverts then in their feed. But it's a whole different mindset that advertisers and brands would have to adjust to.

Yes it gives users the power to decide what they want to see and will mean advertisers will have to work hard for relevancy. Even inserting adverts at the app level will be difficult as often there are multiple such apps available per network (it's a world of freedom of choice) and they are open source so anyone could just produce a newer app.

It's Facebook's extreme greed that has actually helped usher in this change, which is quite ironic. My wake-up call came last week when a very locked-in family member decided on her own to ditch her Facebook account - that really showed me the frustration that is taking hold.

See What a Decentralized Web Means for Digital Advertising

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