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I honestly don't understand this. How can simply informing jurors of their rights according to the law, *which the judge should presumably do anyway*, constitute an offence of any sort, never mind contempt of court? And why is the decision about whether to prosecute made by a Tory MP rather than the Crown Prosecution Service?

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Morten Morland on #LizTruss - political cartoon gallery in London

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Really gutted! My old telescope mount is fried and my new one not set up yet ... because ...


I've imaged this galaxy many times before so a fresh supernova would have been a good pre/post image to catch!

One thing I really love about this galaxy is the central star-forming ring, which measures about 5,000 light years in diameter. It's a beautiful feature and one that can be captured from backyard telescopes.

A couple of older images from me first. NGC 1097 and a close-up of it core, where I compared my very shabby 1-hour, no darks, flats, bias image to Hubble's of the star formation ring. Amazed I could even get any of these results from my light-polluted backyard.

Supernova 2023rve was discovered on 8 Sept 2023, and is a great target for southern observers right now (crying) ... the galaxy reaches almost the zenith (85-degrees elevation) around 2:30 am Sydney time ... the perfect imaging time!

Also sharing a capture from South Australia by Kym Thalassoudis.

Southern observers, turn your telescopes to NGC 1097! A pulsar was just born (well, 48 million years ago it was) ...

#Astrodon #Astrophotography #Supernova #Galaxies #NGC1097

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Today was ... interesting. If you followed me for the past months over on the shitbird site, you might have seen a bunch of angry German words, lots of graphs, and the occassional news paper, radio, or TV snippet with yours truely. Let me explain.

In Austria, inflation is way above the EU average. There's no end in sight. This is especially true for basic needs like energy and food.

Our government stated in May that they'd build a food price database together with the big grocery chains. But..

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What's the best* online community—I include things like work Slacks, project-specific communities, and communities formed on platforms or in the cracks between platforms—that you've ever been a part of? Don't overthink it, what's the thing that comes instantly to mind?

* Most fun, least terrible, most generative, whatever.

Disclosure: I'll never quote you without asking, but I *am* in research mode for a thing that will be public someday.

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On this fateful date in 2001, I woke up in a 22-story Marriott hotel right between the twin towers in NY. I had planned to linger till around 10 a.m. But a last-minute meeting made me leave at 8:15, just 30 minutes before the first plane struck. The hotel was destroyed. I was saved. But we can never forget those who perished and the heroic first responders who saved other lives.

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It’s not just about selling you ads.

Ex: you’re a teenager living in a highly conservative state. You’re visiting sites your ultra religious family don’t want you to. Google tracks you NATIVELY IN THE BROWSER and informs 3rd parties of your interest in LGBTQ sites.

You’re NOT SAFE using Chrome.

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Finally got around to writing about briefly successful Italian salvage vessel Artiglio

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Streaming Services: Strike as long as you want. We can easily replace you with AI.

AI: Things kept getting stranger for the kids. Bald Eleven focused her bald powers until she upgraded to Twelve. The children exclaimed in an 80s fashion. Cop dad rubs his donut belly. He proudly waves the American and Russian flags to show proud character development.

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Evolution doesn’t look how it’s depicted in pop culture. We often picture the famous “March of Progress” illustration where a series of apes stand in line leading to a modern human.

But evolution is not linear. It branches & divides without an intended direction or endpoint through natural selection.

Illustration by @keesey #science #history

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Hi Internet! I'm Drew and THIS IS MY FACE.

If this GIF has ever brought you joy in the past, I humbly ask you to consider making a donation to the National MS Society. It would mean a lot to me and to those I know affected by the disease!

Donate at

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I don't know what point the cartoonist was trying to make with this one. But whatever it was.

We Stan the Solidarity Pixie.

(Don't forget to update the shared spreadsheet with everyone's salary and put it under your pillow tonight that you may wake to additional paid sick days.)

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The vast majority of battlecruisers will be unaffected by the High Seas Fleet.

For those that are affected, we are working non-stop to mitigate any disruption due to projectile-assisted disassembly.

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I hate this modern internet so fucking much. 15 yrs ago that same search would have turned up loads of little micro blogs with first hand accounts of greenhouse building. Now all I get is AI garbage.

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Most people understand that sufficiently massive objects can bend light.

It's less understood that sufficiently chonky battleships can bend oceans. Just look at the waterline!

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Me planning to teach computing stuff, imagining exchanges:

— So, the file system is like a filing cabinet with an index …
— What’s a filing cabinet?
— And you have these files in it …
— What's a file?
— OK imagine a bunch of index cards th–
— Wh–
— Sorry, sorry. Uh, you know the wallpaper on your laptop screen?
— Yes
— Imagine that was a real desk.
— OK. Do I have to share it?
— No. You know all the documents you have on it?
— Yeah
— Imagine they were really on the real desk
— OK?
— Now,

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