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I'm Eric Korpela, an astrophysicist by training. My expertise is in interstellar matter (), UV instrumentation, radio instrumentation, and . I used to direct a small volunteer computing project called SETI@home (). I'm semi-retired, and theoretically working 17 hours a week. In practice that turns into almost as many hours as I was working before I retired.

My posts here will often be unrelated to my work. I find it hard to be chatty about things that have exhausted me during the day. My short term life goal is to learn all that is knowable.

My non-work interests are and .

If you think antisemitism and racism in the USA aren’t linked and working hand-in-hand, you are mistaken. It’s time to unite all forces against the evil of these ideologies.

@noahshachtman Just so we're all on the same page: RFK Jr. has absolutely no idea what he's talking about with regard to vaccines, mental health, or pretty much any other topic that involves medical science.

Excited to get my first Tandy Color Computer (CoCo) 3! These are in high demand & a little hard to find at a reasonable price. They routinely sell for $500 or more. #coco3 #retrocomputing 4. says it "celebrates Pride and LGBTQ+ changemakers, organizations, and entertainers all year long"

But has donated at least $1,046,000 to anti-LGBTQ politicians since last year

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attn: MUD developers

last year, a grad school classmate of mine died at the age of 38. every student and professor who met Geoff Hollis learned that he was a brilliant scholar, a sharp thinker, and a superb university lecturer.

but only a handful of his friends knew that geoff was also one hell of a coder. he spent nights as a grad student building his own MUD engine in C - from scratch, with a built-in custom scripting language - just for the fun of it.

nakedMUD enjoyed several years of regular development and usage from mud designers, before jeff had to shelf it due to his teaching responsibilities.

when he died, his server space was wiped without a backup, and all of his source code went with it. i've got the most recent version of nakedMUD (3.8.1), but i'd like to preserve v1.0 to v3.8 in his memory.

if you happen to have filenames in the format nakedmudv1.0.tar.tgz sitting around on old drives, i'd love to hear from you. i'm building a little source shrine for geoff, so nakedMUD can live on in memory of a kind, gentle soul.

@stux Apple at it again adding features that other platforms had like 10 years ago or so.....

BTW, I don't wish to yuck on your yums if this is a thing that excites you.

I'm just very, very on the side of "until your computer/phone/whatever is getting in the way of what you do, you almost certainly don't need a new one."

I'm very jaded by events/announcements/the like that drum up hype to convince you otherwise.

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Ron DeSantis signed a law allowing Florida landlords to charge junk fees

This turns Florida rent into Ticketmaster

There are no limits to the fees that landlords can charge. And while a security deposit and rent have legal protections regarding increases, junk fees do not.

Because freedom. 🇺🇸

[David Attenborough narrating]

In his natural habitat, the doodle's camouflage makes him virtually undetectable to predators

RT @Buddyhead :
I’m not great at math but I’m starting to connect the dots here

I wish the world could get as excited about heat pumps as they are when the fruit company has announcements about new stuff

I'm seeing an unfortunate parallel between the HOA behaviors on Mastodon and cyclist advocacy by (mostly white, male) tech nerds

- I am one of you
- what we've fought for and built is a huge improvement over the death machines we're replacing

But now that it works for you
- stop trying to pull the ladder up behind you
- scolding people for driving to their underpaid warehouse job is way less useful than helping them unionize, fixing public transit, or dealing with the housing crisis

Lauren Boebert confirms a DNA test reveals wrestler Stan Lane is not her father
Her mom had sex with (many) men while underage
Lauren had sex at 16 and child at 17
Lauren stayed in violent a marriage, subjected her kids to abuse, divorced later
Became a grandma at 37
Yet opposes all sex education, mention of sex or gender in school, and anything education or health care-wise that relates to sexuality or gender

Listen to republicans

Abstinence works.

#Jack confirms what I have believed for a long time: He is no different than #Elon.

Like, is it not weird that most people are acting like covid isn't a thing anymore?

Jack boosting the lunatic RFK Jr. Is no surprise. Entrepreneurs, and particularly techbrahs, are vulnerable to the great-man-outsider narratives because they see it as resonating with their own stories. They’re suckers for all sorts of Kirkland-brand Ubermensch poseurs.

@WXFanatic @mappingsupport @ai6yr

Hey, let's be subject to the whims of a DIFFERENT erratic reactionary billionaire!

Did you know: The annual cost of burglary, robbery, larceny, & auto theft COMBINED is $14B—but the annual cost of wage theft by employers exploiting workers is $50B?

Remember this when media or politicians cite crime but ignore the most costly crime of all—corporate wage theft.

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