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I have to say the relentless MEDIA drumbeat calling for Biden to step aside, plus their relentless quibbling about his gaffes, together with their absolute SILENCE over Trump's gaffes, crimes, and general insanity is very, very tiring and depressing.

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I’m half expecting him to “die” of Covid at the hand of one of these schemers.
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It's infuriating and insulting is what it is. They think we're stupid or something.

We see Trump, we see Biden, we see the difference. Stop pushing fascism on us already. Fuck this media bullshit.



Dafne does an 'oops did i forget to mention this' when she appears in the trailer of the new Wolverine film.
https://www.instagram.com/reel/C9m1VFMpCBT/
#DafneKeen #DeadpoolAndWolverine
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Good to hear that so much of the travel and healthcare industries are using security software.
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Not so impressed with them doing unattended updates.

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AI Uncertainty: A state of unease where real photographs all seem a little suspect since you have been fooled by or narrowly spotted an AI generated image.

A feeling of unreality and general distrust of everything. Can also apply to text, and the feeling that you are the only person ever to read it since it was generated.

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Watching Jasmine Paolini fight her way back into this Wimbledon final, and a real fight it is.
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That was a valiant fight back that went down the wire in the final set, but it wasn't to be. Next year I'm sure.

Some photos I found of her, from earlier matches. Also this match we saw her focus, and her smile, and it's so great to see both in the same person...
#JasminePaolini


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Saturday at Noon is my talk:

"Past, Present, Predictions: A look into how AI, Deepfakes and PsyOps will play in the upcoming elections"

@hopeconf

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@NemesisTheFox keep an eye out, I will do a post once hope posts the talks!


Top-performing means most able to resist the use of AI, right? Right?

Sounds like in one go we throw out all environmental targets.

Please don't.


AI is becoming a game-changer for businesses of all sizes and sectors.

In fact, in 2023, 8% of EU companies have already adopted AI technologies, with top-performing countries being:

🇩🇰 15,2%
🇫🇮 15,1%
🇱🇺 14,4%.

What's most exciting is that we're going to give SMEs and startups access to AI factories in the #EU and dedicated AI supercomputers, so they can use AI and stay competitive on a global scale.

AI factories are expected to be deployed in 2025.

🔗 More: https://europa.eu/!HXyQtH




Not even a day's travel.


Sister ship Voyager 1 is 22h 38m 15s of light travel time from Earth (2024:194:120000:1L)



I'm hoping for the time to arrive soon where companies will realise that mentioning AI near their product will actually lose them sales.


Thanks nature for putting my rain pipe repairs through an extensive test run.


I found I have an ancient pc speaker set that I used on a previous pc at least 25 years ago. In trying to see whether it could be connected to modern pc's, I discovered it also has a digital(!) input. I never knew...

Still tricky though, no USB...



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image your failing windows laptop and run the image on a vm on your linux laptop


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Hi #PortfolioDay 👀

I’m a freelance illustrator based in Hamburg, Germany. My clients are mainly book & game publishers big & small, and museums.
I'm available for new projects in 2024!

🌍http://kristinagehrmann.com
📧 info@kristinagehrmann.com

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@hypolite @bekopharm

it was actually commissioned by CD Projekt Red as part of a promo campaign where the Witcher and his company visit different places in Europe, illustrated by artists from these respective countries. It was a very fun assignment :)




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I made myself a new website for my photography. I couldn't get any CMS or website builder to structure the data the way it made sense to me so I made it from scratch. #BelieveInFilm

https://eugenrochko.com/

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I don't consider paying for a service to be an anti-pattern. Expecting everything to be free is maybe the anti-pattern.


Why do companies like Adobe think advertising that their products contain AI is a good thing? It's all over their website. While I would consider it a positive feature if the software doesn't contain AI.

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Don't miss my talk at H.O.P.E.!

"Past, Present, Predictions: A Look into How AI, Deepfakes, and PsyOps Will Play in the Upcoming Elections"

@hopeconf

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Having big train stations like Utrecht Central Station seems to give rise to indoor pigeons.

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When eight-year-old Emma Glenfield wanted to know more about why magpies swoop at people, her teacher (Luke Carr) encouraged her to gather data and analyse it.

She noted that the birds seemed to target tall balding men, and created an online survey with the help of her mum. The survey went viral, with over 30,000 respondents.

The results, as shown in a brilliant Lego graph, demonstrated that the birds do target balding men more frequently (with less than 1% margin of error, thanks to the large sample size).

"According to magpie expert Darryl Jones, professor emeritus at Griffith University, it's the first time anyone has ever examined the link between magpie swooping and appearance."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-09/magpies-swoop-bald-more-often-survey-finds/103297520

The ABC article includes more details, along with this excellent Lego graph (and other great pictures).

#MathEd #Magpie #Lego #Australia

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That's nice, the week after next the trains won't be going in my city because they figure it's holiday, nobody is going to miss them, time to do some repairs. Also that week, the fair will be in my city, which traditionally is one of the really popular ones in this region, where a lot of people come from all over to participate in the fun.


It's one of those 'why didn't I think of it' things. I was wondering how people trying to use a tripod to take a self portrait would focus the camera properly. I was considering all kinds of convoluted solutions involving tall things like maybe a broomstick to stand in for me while focusing. Then on the internet it says: take your camera off the tripod, go stand where you want to be and focus on the tripod... Yeah, that is indeed simpler...



I am reminded of the time when a volleyball coach substituted his whole team in one go when they performed abysmally. There are six substitutions allowed per set and six players in a team. The set continued with essentially the b-team without the coach watching on, because he took the main players to the side and used that time to tell them what's what.


I think people can guess what match I'm watching if I say that that was a really great goal. Well aimed, hard, precise, unstoppable for the goal keeper. Shame it was in our own goal.
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Maybe the referee should yellow card the fourth official for wasting time.
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It seems no advertisers have withdrawn their adverts. Weird.

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Happy International Women in Engineering Day!

Today is the perfect day to pick up a Girls Who Hack beginners soldering kit from www.GirlsWhoHack.com !

Help inspire the next generation of female engineers!

@GirlsWhoHack

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I'd wish for football commentators to stop referring to players falling to the ground as 'smart'.

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Edit: Please stop boosting this. It's too late to register.

I moved to the UK in 2010. I lamented to a colleague that the most frustrating thing about being an immigrant was not being able to vote.

My friend put me straight. Commonwealth citizens legally resident in the UK (regardless of how long we've been here) are allowed to vote. You just have to register.

Are you Canadian? Australian? Indian? Nigerian? If you're allowed to live here, you're allowed to vote.

#ukpolitics #GeneralElection

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I hope people are enjoying seeing Hotel Cocaine, because when I just checked it is not out yet. I sort of suspected that, that it would be one of those US only things, but the good news is that JustWatch actually has a card for the series saying that it is not available on any streaming service, rather than just denying its existence as normal, so that usually means it's upcoming.
#HotelCocaine


Corina Bradley was at the premiere of her new series Hotel Cocaine, out tomorrow on MGM+. This was a photo she posted on her Instagram.

Also shared is her interview in the press junket for the series. I'll see where I can upload that.


#CorinaBradley #HotelCocaine



My understanding of WordPress must be missing something.

There's this default theme 'twenty twenty four'. When you activate it, it inserts various hardcoded texts into your site. Things like "my book Money Studies is out now" and "I'm Leia Acosta, a passionate photographer". You have to use the site editor to find these and remove them. There are about four.

You have to do this on your live site, you can't customise a theme and preview it before activating, like you used to be able to. If you don't find them all, or ever did "Remove Customisations", you're site will say stuff like "A commitment to innovation and sustainability", without you knowing it.

So what if you're not called "Leia Acosta"? Or you don't have a book out called "Money Studies"? How did they think this was going to work?
#WordPress

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@Jos Velasco Thanks for looking into it. I think the answer for me is that for my totally unimportant personal site I'm just going to brave it: check on a test site which edits need to be made and what they look like then quickly do them on the real site. Likely nobody will see it in the meantime. For anything even slightly more important organisations are going to need staging sites anyway and mechanisms to deploy changes atomically. Also with Block Visibility I think you're going to have to find the added blocks first to flag them as invisible, which you can only do after switching to the theme.

Or maybe I should just let go of the idea that you can easily switch themes...

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I agree; checking a test site sounds good! I think every website is important in a way. I love that you care about your visitors; it’s rare nowadays.


Looks like the Wordpress Activitypub plugin doesn't handle video cover images in media attachments. Also, I had forgotten that it is not compatible with page caching in W3 Total Cache (another plugin) so I had turned that on. (Either it doesn't send the Vary header or W3TC doesn't respect it)

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No complaint regarding either plugin, I wouldn't be using them if I was unhappy about them...


Can't you tell mobile Chrome not to reload a tab. E.g. if you are busy filling a form, or some long running process is running. That's the third time I restarted the media sync on WordPress.
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I don't think so, no. I used to have that problem a lot but not since switching to firefox so it might just specifically be that particular browser, maybe try others?


Corina Bradley was at the premiere of her new series Hotel Cocaine, out tomorrow on MGM+. This was a photo she posted on her Instagram.

Also shared is her interview in the press junket for the series. I'll see where I can upload that.


#CorinaBradley #HotelCocaine

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This is the press junket interview about Hotel Cocaine with Corina Bradley. She says her character Valeria doesn't put up with lies, and from what I've seen in the trailer, Valeria is going to have an interesting time with that...
(Uploaded to WordPress because Friendica doesn't do video)
https://gidikroon.eu/2024/06/16/corina-bradley-about-hotel-cocaine/
#CorinaBradley #HotelCocaine


Was testing a new lens, the wide angle Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM. I like it. It's very flat. And I'm starting to learn that if you pay attention there doesn't need to be (much) distortion even for a wide angle lens. I.e. look at and not ignore the level meter on the display...

Photos below are unprocessed, except crop and downscale on my phone for posting. Taken on a Canon EOS R10, so there's a 1.6 crop factor (28mm has the equivalent field of view of 45mm).

Taken at the WW2 memorial at Kruispark in Best.
#Photography

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Eloise may have the best lines in Bridgerton as always, but I love this one said to her by her brother.
#Bridgerton



"Love is not finite, Eloise"
-- Benedict


#Bridgerton




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In 1850, a farmer found a secret village. It was later determined to be older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Archeologists estimated that 100 people lived in this village named Skara Brae, the "Scottish Pompeii." The houses were connected to each other by tunnels, and each house could be closed off with a stone door.

#archaeohistories

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