Cam Fox boosted

So in Iceland, IIUC, new names require approval by a committee, but sufficiently old names are automatically approved.

Idea for a crime/farce movie:

A pastor in rural Iceland needs money for church maintenance or something. So they go into business forging birth records from the 1700s and 1800s so that parents can get their names approved.

At first their ambitions are modest (eg, Dominic, Kaya), but eventually they are forging records for Khaleesi Björnsdóttir (b. 1813) and Dögecoin Jónsson

Cam Fox boosted


♫ I am a language model of a modern major general
I’m trained upon a giant mass of textual material
I’ve billions of parameters and answer questions various
Responses range from perfect to unwittingly hilarious
I’m very well acquainted too with matters mathematical
As long as with correctness you’re not overly fanatical
While many complex queries I can easily elucidate
I have an awkward tendency to freewheel and hallucinate ♫

There's got to be a story here but I don't know what it is.

Welcome back, MIT Mastodon server friends. (Prolonged outage due to power and SIPB's building access after a burst pipe in w20.)

Cam Fox boosted

Hmm, I've gotten pretty good coverage of infosec here but clearly not enough camberville news...

Cam Fox boosted
Cam Fox boosted

Die Weibchen der Melierten Schneckenfliege (Coremacera marginata) legen ihre Eier an Schneckenhäusern oder an Nacktschnecken ab und die Maden entwickeln sich dort parasitisch.

#natur #artenvielfalt #naturfoto #nature #Insekten #diptera #Hornfliegen #Sciomyzidae #insects #fliegen

Cam Fox boosted

Female Ancistrocerus biphaleratus, a wasp belonging to the Vespidae family. It is a solitary wasp.

Femella d'Ancistrocerus biphaleratus, aquesta vespa pertany a la família Vespidae i és una vespa solitària.

#wasp #hymenoptera #insects #insectes #inaturalist #insectos #insekten #entomology #macrophotography #makro #macro #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #natura #natur #naturaleza #olympus

Cam Fox boosted

I admit, as an entomologist I just don’t pay much attention to moths. But they’re really stunning close-up, especially the smaller ones.

This one is Glyphipterix chrysoplanetis, a sedge moth. Yarra Ranges National Park, Australia.

#moth #insects #lepidoptera #Australia

Cam Fox boosted

One of the most impressive Noctuids with wings that resemble a dead leaf. Gloriana ornata, a Catocalinae. If the scientific name can be translated as 'ornate glory' I think it is very appropriate. #moths #nature #insects

Cam Fox boosted
Cam Fox boosted
A little story.

In 2014, the UK charity, Stonewall, had a new CEO: Ruth Hunt.

Ruth wanted to make Stonewall trans inclusive. Up until that point it hadn’t been. Part of that effort was to recruit an advisory group from the UK trans community.

I was on that group. I ended up as its vice chair.

We spent the next year and a bit creating a document called “A Vision For Change”, which detailed what we thought the areas that trans equality campaigning should focus on in Britain.

Then the Brexit referendum happened and Cameron ragequit. Theresa May came in and it was apparent there was very little government apetite for the stuff we wanted.

But May, who was there when the same Sex marriage bill went through under the earlier coalition government had had something of a damascene conversion to LGBT rights issues. Stranger things have happened (but not many!)

So she wanted something from our list that was quick, easy, and uncontroversial. Obviously we were disappointed, but she was presented with bringing Britain’s antiquated Gender Recognition Act up to date, and in line with other European countries, as something simple. We honestly thought it was. It’s an administrative change of very little significant consequence, and actually no significance at all outside the trans community.

And it would have been simple, had an eclectic collection of unpleasant, obsessive arseholes with privileged access to the UK press not decided to start a culture war over trans people at that exact moment.

A culture war which, at least in England, they basically won. In part, this war was why I emigrated to Portugal.

Here we are, seven years later, and the result of Scotland finally wanting to implement a watered down version of the “easy win” we presented to Theresa May is apparently that the current prime minister, Rishi Sunak, is willing to end the Union between England and Scotland over it.

So that’s my story. I am part of a small, elite cabal of LGBT people who wrote a document that is poised to destroy the last vestiges of the British Empire.

Go me! If there are any other governments you want destabilising, my bank details are available on request. I provide reasonable rates.
Cam Fox boosted

This bat-like fly is another feather-legged fly. This guy is Trichopoda lanipes. He's enjoying some euonymus blossoms. He's another not-particularly-bristly tachinid.

#fly #flyday #flyfriday #flies #tachinidae #insects #diptera #nature #photography

Cam Fox boosted
Cam Fox boosted

an antlion (Myrmeleonidae). I find it hard to believe they are named for their larvae's habit of trapping ants and other small insects in pits they have dug in the ground but it seems that is the case. It still seems to me a silly name.
#insects #entomology #nature #naturePhotography

Cam Fox boosted

Great Egrets fighting for fishing rights. Great Egrets have very strict rules about fishing too close to each other, as that might scare the fish away.

Finding the I sought - a barometer earthstar (Astraeus sp.) proved trivial, once I sought a dune at Salisbury State Park and searched. Bonus red crossbill sighting, too.

Cam Fox boosted

For #FossilFriday check out this gorgeous #fossil #insect! This 49 million year old beauty is Pulchritudo attenboroughi, a #beetle found in the rocks of the Green River Formation, Colorado. what's particularly striking about this fossil is the pattern on its wing cases.

#palaeontology #paleoentology #entomology #arthropods #science

Cam Fox boosted

Apparently the great war that journalists of masto are getting ready to fight is quote tweets.

Honestly, I see both sides. Journos generally use them one way, and usually aren't in the right part of twitter to see how they get used for life-ruining/doxxing/swatting/pro-suicide pile-ons at gay teens, pro-ana, and shit like that.

I don't have an answer here, per se, though I think some friction is probably better for the overall ecosystem.

use the post's url, see if that works.

Cam Fox boosted

All right, which one of you asked the monkeys paw for a White Christmas?

Show more
Qoto Mastodon

QOTO: Question Others to Teach Ourselves
An inclusive, Academic Freedom, instance
All cultures welcome.
Hate speech and harassment strictly forbidden.