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The benefits of walking away

An illustration of someone walking away. Titled "The Benefits of Walking Away"
1. Makes bad things disappear quickly.
2. Gives everyone optimal view of your back.
3. Answers question, "I wonder what would happen if I just walked away"

Does anyone know what this tool is called, and more importantly: where can I get a new one?

It’s a simple yet super useful tool for poking around while soldering things. Made out of some high-heat plastic, not sure what kind.

It says “Harris - Dracon Division” and “Camarillo, California” on it, but nothing else.

Photo of mystery tool, which is bright orange and about the size of a pencil. Has a wire poking from one end, and a slight hook at the other.

Douglas Adams and Zaphod Beeblebrox, a little author + character portrait I've done for .

Stylized illustrated portrait of Douglas Adams sticking out his thumb hitchhiker-style as, behind him, two-headed three-armed Zaphod Beeblebrox drinks two drinks while pondering an entry in the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I can't move to the Fediverse properly until I reproduce my famous pinned post from the birdsite, so here it is:

P.S.A. To all vintage computer and video game collectors:

Go through your collections and GET THE DAMN BATTERIES OUT!

Now! Don't wait! Seriously, put down the phone, go to your collection and take out all the batteries. Right now! Even if they look "okay" they are NOT SAFE after this much time.

A PCB board with blue copper corrosion on a copper trace that is normally protected by solder mask. The battery leakage got underneath the solder mask and destroyed the traces. A computer motherboard with a leaking VARTA battery attached. Corrosion is visible on the legs of nearby components. An arcade game PC board with visible corrosion from the still in-place leaking battery A flexible ribbon cable with visibly damaged copper conductors due to a leaking laptop battery.

It´s complicated...

Serious security vulnerability in Tails 5.0 due to security vulnerability in the JavaScript engine of Firefox and Tor Browser.

how it is affecting Tails:

This vulnerability will be fixed in Tails 5.1 (May 31), but our team doesn't have the capacity to publish an emergency release earlier.

A warning about this security vulnerability is displayed during system start.
By that we make sure all Tails user are well informed.

Omg! That is a super hot cyberdeck.

Seriously hot cyberdeck!

Purchase links, if you would like your very own set or individual posters:

Our "book shop":

Direct Gumroad links:

My daughter was redecorating her room, and wanted a large solar system poster.

So, I designed a set that reflects the "world-focused" view of the Solar System that I've used when presenting planetary science to kids -- emphasizing moons, planets, and dwarf planets as worlds in themselves.

I did a print run, and I still have some for sale in my shop. The individual posters are 19"x27".

I still have some for sale in my shop (link in reply).

This is a set of five 19x27" (48x69cm) posters, presenting the solar system as a collection of worlds, including Sun, planets, dwarf planets, asteroids, and moons, with an emphasis on the solid body objects you could visit (theoretically and radiation allowing).

It wasn't practical to keep all the objects to the same scale, but I made effort to minimize the different scales shown and make the differences clear.

As a mosaic, they take up about 8-ft (2.5m) of wall space. Or you can frame them separately and spread them around a room (as for a classroom).

I still have quite a few on the shelf, available for sale in our Anansi Spaceworks "bookstore". 

Designed by Terry Hancock (me), using free NASA imagery and data.

One of the things I miss about the Google plus interface was how easy it was to search for/find & create small communities of interest.

I wish there was a way to do that more simply in the fediverse.

Would love to find more , especially ( & ) writers.

There are some hashtags that can help us find one another - & for example, but I don't thing many folks use them.

So, where are my spec fic writers at???

(Boosts welcome!)

seeking academic articles :boost_ok:

Any JSTOR wizards here? We are looking for a couple articles that we can't get through any of our usual methods (& yes, we tried sci-hub). Here are the links:

@ajroach42 Surely Hometown would be the most suited?

hello fediverse musicians etc, i am looking for a good, solid app for that does not utilize microtransactions or subscription fees, and won’t sell my data.

i’m fine paying for it as long as these conditions are met! please help me out; the app store is a wasteland.

Moss! Water droplets! flan_aww
We have a little garden shed and we decided to cover the roof with moss some time ago.

Closeup of green, not very fluffy moss with water droplets. It looks like a tiny forest.

"Groups that operate under the guise of inclusion are serving the greater goal of crypto that keeps the whole thing afloat: finding ever more fools to buy in so that the early investors can take their profits."

"Predatory community"

Hey, so this is super cool.

Google has been collecting call and messaging data about who you talk to or send text messages to for years. There's no opt-out, no notifcation in their TOS they're doing this, and you can't see the results of that collection in Google Takeout.

in Norway, deer observe traffic rules

two deer crossing a road from left to right on a zebra crossing

tired of reading endless tutorials with dozens of stages about configuring some largely inconsequential linux thing? heres an actual useful tutorial on how to cold-boot the titanic