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I just got back on Mastodon, and I was looking through my old toots, feeling embarrassed by my two-years-ago self.

Now It's nice to be tooting again, feeling embarrassed by my current self.

My Mastodon instance was offline for a bit, how have you all been?

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you can lead a gift horse to water but you can't look it in the mouth

I woke up this morning thinking "I should put a symlink to the grocery store in my home directory, then I could cd straight there"

Also, in the Iliad, Achilles throws his spear at Asteropaeus and misses. His spear sticks deep in the river bank. Asteropaeus struggles to take the spear to use in defense, but it's stuck too deep and he can't pull it out. Achilles boops the guy with his sword and takes his spear like it's no big deal.

I know I've seen that scene in film, but I can't remember where, any ideas?

Hey, you know that trope where an impaled combatant impales themselves further, to get in range for a final attack?


That was how Mordred killed King Arthur since at least 1485.


In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter -- bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."

- Stephen Crane, whence also @noelle 's "Sir, I exist"


Squired: Sir Kay
Acquired: Excalibur
Hired: Merlin
Tired: Saxons
Wired: πŸ’―

The little finger is also called the "auricular finger" because it fits in your ear.


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If I have an actual superpower, it's exactly like Cassandra. I see the future, but am doomed to watch it unfold helplessly despite any effort I make to prevent it. Kinda like with laundry.

Best etymology find of the day:

Patter - to say or speak in a rapid or mechanical manner

Shortened from paternoster - the lord's prayer: "Our father..."

Via pater - to rapidly mumble prayers

I just noticed that while we passed the winter solstice, the latest sunrise won't occur until January 3rd.

Related, new-to-me facts:

1) Days are longer in the winter. There are approx 50 more seconds between solar noons on Jan 3rd than than on July 3rd.


2) The earth is closer to the sun in the winter.

3) That date drifts over time. It last coincided with the winter equinox in 1246 AD.


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"So they talk, but Aphrodite doesn’t really care about their collective jealousy because she dotes on her misshapen genius of a husband with his sooty hands and his sweaty brow who always takes her seriously and is always so hard at work inventing astonishing new things to make her happy, and she loves the volcano they live in with its internal pressures so conducive to the formation of precious stones and its passages lit with glowing lava that so gorgeously offsets her cheekbones.

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the bad production values of "the hot jones hi-jack" are incredible


the lighting, the direction, the editing, the attention to detail, the throwaway jokes in the background, the props

it's the best bad production values i've ever seen

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"Surrounded on his deathbed by his faithful generals, [Gen. Franco] heard outside, beyond the heavily drawn curtains, a strange subdued noise like the sea, and asked someone to investigate. An aide did. He looked down from the palace balcony and returned with a lump in his throat and tears in his eyes and reported: β€˜Caudillo, it is the people. Thousands of them. They have come to say goodbye.’ And Franco raised himself on one elbow and barked: β€˜Why? Where are they going?’"

I need to read more mythology. It's so satisfying to make these connections.

> From Hermaphroditus, the mythical son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged bodies with a naiad and thereafter possessed both male and female qualities.

> Conversely, eve does not strictly mean "the day before" but the evening of. Since days were once reckoned from sundown to sundown, Christmas would start on what we would now consider the sundown of 24th December...


Celebrate the longest night the year with the longest greatest thread from @noelle