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It's saturday night and the mods are asleep, time to post photos of classic supercomputer boards.

She turns out to have an unexpected fascination for Olympic table tennis! (Hai Dl. Ionescu!)

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fun zoology nugget of knowledge for today:

cheetahs can purr and meow, but they can't roar because they lack the necessary elongated larynx and specially-adapted hyoid apparatus (the bone that aids in tongue movements and swallowing) that tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards have.

to be honest all you need to remember from this is that cheetah noises are very cute.

@electrocutie also, could be that something (e.g. Mastodon, when it does its image processing - resizing/recompressing) is stripping out the embedded colourspace info..?

@electrocutie which browser are you using to look at the Web versions? These days most should respect embedded colourspace, but maybe there are some that don't (back in the day, years ago, only Safari got it right).

Seems likely to be viewing with a client (either web or app) that ignores embedded colourspace, anyway.

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Daily link: root system drawings 

This collection holds 1,000 drawings, the outcome of 40 years of root system excavations in Europe, mainly in Austria. The drawings, their analysis and description were done by Univ. Prof. Dr. Erwin Lichtenegger (1928-2004) and Univ. Prof. Dr. Lore Kutschera (1917-2008), leader of Pflanzensoziologisches Institut, Klagenfurt, (now in Bad Goisern, Austria).


#botany #illustration #drawing #science

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“Then you realize that the pointers are not fixed, but can slide on the frame… and then you note that they are somehow interconnected -- moving any of the small ones will move the larger one this way or that. Strange. But when you see the diagram of the inner mechanism you realize what this is, and it can take your breath away…”

@electrocutie if it's echoes of something previously recorded, that's an erasr head prpblem. If it's a multi-track tape though and you're hearing one of the other tracks bleeding through, head alignment is the problem (could be either the recording or playback head that's misaligned, although if it was recorded professionally you'd point the finger at the playback machine first...)

@electrocutie probably more a function of the quality of whatever it was recorded on - there is a separate erase head to wipe the tape before recording, which on cheap machines may be just a permanent magnet. Even on expensive kit I guess it could get misaligned.

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I traveled here from the year 1966 to warn you that you will be sadder about significant whitespace problems then you would have been about all those parentheses.

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Templates for paper mechanisms: a precious resource and a gorgeous layout by Kelli Anderson

( @xuv you probably saw this already? )


Happy Easter / Paște Fericit, y'all

@Casuallynoted don't feel bad - it only moved out of tech preview about 2 weeks ago, not two months. And that was an entirely cosmetic move - it's just as easy to crash now as the first preview.

Just had my first dose of the vaccine. Can confirm my Internet is already faster 👍.

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