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I snap photos on film, flip bits for a living and live in the subarctic. Be kind, rewind.

knapjack bonked 18 May 2024 03:27 +0000
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Sixteen years ago tomorrow I published the first post on the fediverse.


It's still visible on Identi.ca today, although the URL format changed a few years ago, and the redirect plugin stopped working a few years after that.


Thanks to everyone who made identi.ca a great place to be, and thanks to everyone who's expanded the fediverse since then.

Fediverse Threads

knapjack honked back 17 May 2024 14:23 +0000
in reply to: https://social.peterdebelak.com/u/ptd/h/Ynn2tyLf647k148r2S

@ptd I feel like it doesn't quite embrace the increase in crappiness that it could. It almost sounds positive.

There's that thing when cultivated plants go unattended, "gone to seed," and that feels a little bit closer.

"Stack Overflow has gone to seed and now OpenAI has all their data."

Would be better if rot or compost were worked into it.

knapjack bonked 17 May 2024 13:21 +0000
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I feel like all that time I’ve been practicing shading is starting to pay off.

Sitting atop a fractal surface of black holes, Tribert tries to make Adenine, one of the molecules in DNA, but he didn’t get it quite right, probably because he got distracted by the cats. Maybe next time, Tribert.

Tribert Tries to Make Life
Doodle No. 140

8” square

Ink, highly lightfast (fade resistant) watercolor pencils and paint, and mica paint on Arches 300 GSM 100% cotton paper

You can find my original paintings, like this one, in my Etsy shop, gwenbeads. #watercolor #painting #MathArt #BlackHole #Astronomy #doodle #ColoredPencil

Painting of a circle containing a fractal of holes. In the center is a three-eyed alien holding a contraption in both hands. Between the contraption is a molecule. Two cats are pitched on either side.  Shading makes the holes appear 3D.

knapjack bonked 17 May 2024 13:19 +0000
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Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) intergalactic comet of mystery! It was discovered last year. It's been reported, lost and re-reported in the last year and now we can be sure that it exists, because I have several photos of it. Not naked eye yet, but that may change in September/October. We can see it with a telescope now, but wading through the technical writing on it I think it's going to go from view for a while before then. But we can see it now with our telescopes. After October I think, from what I read, it will either be back in 80,600 years give or take a few, or depart the Solar System forever. Either way, it's certainly going to be worth taking a look at before it heads off.

Took this last night.

Heavily edited in Google photos. Because it's moving at 1 pixel every half hour the sharpest I can get is at 60 frames, so a half hour exposure at 15 seconds.

I got quite a thrill when the second frame stacked and the tail was very evident. It looks like a chibi comet, a child's or cartoon comet. Cheerful little thing cruising through Virgo at the moment. Good fun! Never expected to see it this early.

#Astronomy #BackYardAstronomy #DrivewayAstrophotography #Astrophotography #SouthernHemisphereAstronomy #dwarfii

Comet Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS)  somewhat orange compared the to stars in Virgo that it's sailing through. It looks like a cartoon comet, with its short orange tail.

knapjack bonked 12 May 2024 15:47 +0000
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You take the blue pallet - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever Chep wants you to believe. You take the red pallet - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the pallet rental economy goes.

a blue Chep pallet next to a red La Palette Rouge pallet abandoned on the street

knapjack honked 11 May 2024 18:05 +0000

I think it's Casio Saturday. I'm not fancy.

Three watches lined up in order of value, at maybe $1,000, $100, and $10.

knapjack bonked 11 May 2024 14:54 +0000
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"...the full appreciation of natural phenomena, as we see them, must go beyond physics in the usual sense. We make no apologies for making these excursions into other fields, because the separation of fields, as we have emphasized, is merely a human convenience, and an unnatural thing. Nature is not interested in our separations, and many of the interesting phenomena bridge the gaps between fields.

Vol. I; lecture 35, "Color Vision"; "The human eye".
The Feynman Lectures on Physics


knapjack bonked 11 May 2024 14:51 +0000
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Going black and white today so as to not detract from everyone's lovely photos of the aurora borealis.

Black and white photo of a dark space with a sign that says "elsewhere" in all caps