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futurebird

@futurebird@sauropods.win

pro-ant propaganda, building electronics, writing sci-fi teaching mathematics & CS. I live in NYC.

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futurebird , to random
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Tulip, the carpenter ant is having a chill Saturday hanging out with her 700+ sisters. She wants to know when I will name the rest of them... I'll get to it... eventually. (I will not.) Though I don't think there are enough colors and dots to tag them all.

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From Ukraine, with love!

Chernobyl reactor no. 4, a 3D-printed humidifier that looks EVEN BETTER in person.

Can't wait to misunderstand the controls and fire this sucker up!!

SLAVA UKRAINI

futurebird ,
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@dtauvdiodr

I love this idea and worry that means there is something wrong with me. I have a minor obsession with the history of Chernobyl, the tech, the era...

futurebird ,
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@dtauvdiodr @vikxin

You should have someone knit a gray cover for it when it's not in use... a sarcophagus if you will.

deco , to random
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A hummingbird just flew up to me to let me know that my feeder was out of nectar. I will just absolutely never get over the fact that they do that. I mean, to know not only that I am the one that feeds them (which, I've never even noticed one around to witness) but to figure out how to communicate with me. Just completely blows my mind.

futurebird ,
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@deco

The mourning doves my husband sometimes feeds can tell us apart, and will tapp on a window when he's near it and look at him when the feeder (which is at a different window) is empty. They have even learned how to "give him eyes" like Pica does. Just looking so sad and cute, and not leaving.

futurebird ,
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@darabos @deco

It would be interesting to try this with bull ants, they have excellent eyesight-- most ants do not have very good eyesight and could not see a human face.

mkb , to random
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Hey @futurebird, I have a question for you and others who study colony critters such as or .

Living in such interconnected societies, they are especially vulnerable to certain failure modes like disease, yes?

Do they have defense mechanisms or surprising failure modes we might learn from for our own interconnected society?

futurebird ,
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@mkb

This is a big topic but the first thing that comes to mind is the way that ants will self-isolate when they have certain kinds of infections.

Another interesting feature is job progression. Young ants work inside the nest with the brood and queen, but as they age they work on the tunnels, then the entrance, then foraging. Ants who work outside the nest in the trash heap do not enter the nest, they have a chain of isolation.

futurebird ,
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@mkb

This also works with food which they share, the queens food is always tasted by other ants. If they get sick they don't share.

So, the queen and brood are most isolated from outside pathogens and threats.

futurebird , to random
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I think I've made a meme that only six people will understand but it was worth it.

futurebird OP ,
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@kechpaja

With so many problems in the world it's endlessly funny to me to think one little junebug is to blame for everything ALL the problems.

futurebird , to random
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Everything is so Bright. Here is a little mini-fiction.

#writing #shortstory

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  • futurebird OP ,
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    @gemlog

    I'm working on it. Little by little.

    paulasadoorian , to random
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    Worst numpad ever

    futurebird ,
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    @paulasadoorian

    That's a pretty strange way to spell BEST!

    mtechman , to random
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    Rose likes paper, a ribbon, occasionally will rest her head on new orange crinkley toy.

    futurebird ,
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    @mtechman

    raindrop shaped Rose
    has whiskers, a kitten
    loves bright orange crinkles
    to bat with her mittens
    brown paper everywhere
    chasing ribbons and string
    these are a kittycat's favorite things

    jeffjarvis , to random
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    Count on George Will to come up with the worst possible take: that the Democrats & Republicans are almost the same. Well, at least he's not harping on polarization.
    This election is Democratic progressivism vs. GOP progressivism-lite. Alas. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/07/19/trump-vance-republican-progressivism/

    futurebird ,
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    @jeffjarvis

    Based on the headline is sounds like he thinks they are both the same AND too progressive.

    I don't really want to read this Jeff, so I'm just being honest and saying I'm just reacting to the headline. But if it's worth reading someone could convince me of that I suppose.

    I remember being disappointed in George Will when I was like 12 years old. It's my earliest memory of "politics"

    mekkaokereke , to random
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    Two things are still true:

    1. If enough Black people in swing states re-check their registration, and sign up for mail-in voting, early voting, or ballot drop off, then Biden can't lose.

    2. The Dem party has spent significantly more time, money, effort, and attention, trying to get Kamala Harris out of the Whitehouse, than it has spent registering Black voters in swing states or telling them about mail-in voting or early voting. 🤡

    The "despair" is unnecessary and self-inflicted.

    futurebird , (edited )
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    @mekkaokereke

    I've never even been a Harris fan and they're trying to mess with her so much I feel like I need to defend her.

    If this silly replace Biden talk isn't about replacing him with Harris it's time to forget about it.

    puffer , to random
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    @futurebird you’ve probably seen this but I was going through my photos and came across this, from deep into of the lockdown. Thought of you.

    futurebird ,
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    @puffer

    I've never seen this! Putting it in my meme folder thanks!

    futurebird ,
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    @kattrali

    OMG

    lovelylovely , to random
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    This👇

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    futurebird ,
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    @lovelylovely

    Who the heck is there but Harris? I can't even think of who her VP would be.

    realTuckFrumper , to random
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    Emergency Services Were Called To Sen. Ted Cruz’s Home; Reports Confirmed That His 14-Year-Old Daughter Suffered Self-Inflicted Injuries https://api.follow.it/track-rss-story-click/v3/NmWK7c5pDzaZKXHPYipLk31d0VB8z-7c?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon

    futurebird ,
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    @realTuckFrumper

    Hope she get the help she needs. Poor kid.

    futurebird , (edited ) to random
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    Which of these popular foods that "everyone likes" do you NOT like to eat?

    futurebird OP ,
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    @AppleAmps

    everyone boos

    But I get it. It's the chocolate I don't like.

    futurebird OP ,
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    @EverydayMoggie

    That sucks. Is it an allergy?

    futurebird , to random
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    Yay! NY made it into the top ten. At the bottom, granted.

    Our weakness are: childcare (it's expensive), housing (it's expensive) and pollution (there is still too much)

    Gov. Kathy Hochul, why is it that we have so much pollution when NJ which did better than NY (3rd place!!) has more cars per person?? WHY is it that we have such horrible air? Can you explain it to me? I am so confused.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2024/07/13/best-states-quality-of-life-america.html

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    @pelha

    That's part of it that I didn't think of. I was thinking of all the people who drive into NYC and then just... sit there in traffic like every streets is a parking lot full of idling cars for two hours a day.

    There is a solution and it only involves reducing the number of cars by a few percentage points. Congestion pricing would do it (and only impact 50,000 non commercial drivers) Yes it has exemptions. But our Gov. didn't do it!

    futurebird , (edited ) to random
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    What is a somewhat obscure music artist or band that has science fiction and or fantasy themes in a lot of their songs?

    I am STILL waiting for scifi hiphop. WuTang counts a little. But that was more martial arts b-movie stuff.

    I love a tune that sounds like it was about a scifi story that no one has written yet.

    UPDATE: I made a very sloppy playlist with what I could scrape together here if anyone wants to check out the responses:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3hakmDJwI&list=PLTh3hv32NLhpVHkzyxl1Ng3F5ixOyawKy

    futurebird OP ,
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    I will answer my own question. The Church. They are still making music and their recent stuff is really good. They got even better.

    Here is one of their scifi songs:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AETNjlzwCjE

    futurebird OP ,
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    @smellsofbikes You see for me this is "dad music" so I always forget about it.

    futurebird OP ,
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    I've updated the original post with a very sloppy playlist (not vetted!) of the things people mentioned that I could find quickly. See post above for sci-fi music!

    futurebird OP ,
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    @Lyle

    Added it to the list, thanks!

    futurebird OP ,
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    @IngaLovinde

    I just put everything that was mentioned in this thread on the list. I would agree that those don't meet the "obscure" mandate.

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    Found a thoughtful boulder on the headland.

    futurebird ,
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    @eclectech

    Everything reminds me of HER
    https://sauropods.win/@futurebird/112813708826853613

    cdarwin , to random
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    Ocasio-Cortez attacked her fellow Democrats who have spoken anonymously to the press about Biden -- particularly those resigned to defeat in November.

    “My community does not have the option to lose,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
    “If they’re going to come out and say all their little things on background, off the record,
    but they’re not going to be fully honest, I’m going to be honest for them.
    I’m in these rooms. I see what they say in conversations.”

    “A lot of them are not just interested in removing the president. They are interested in removing the whole ticket,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

    As far as a plan for replacing Biden, Ocasio-Cortez said that whenever she has asked, she hasn’t gotten an answer.
    “I have stood up in rooms with all of these people and I have said, ‘Game out your actual plan for me.’ What are the risks of this going to the Supreme Court?
    And no one had an answer for me.… I’m talking about the lawyers. I’m talking about the legislators,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

    She noted that the convention is in less than a month, and that Michigan has to finalize their ballot two days after the convention, which could result in a legal crisis.
    Ocasio-Cortez said she was concerned that these factors aren’t being considered by Democrats in the replacement camp.

    (Recent reports say Biden dropping out of the race is increasingly likely, and could happen in a matter of days.
    The president appears to be strongly considering the idea after meeting with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, and reportedly even former president Barack Obama thinks Biden needs to reconsider running.
    A major West Coast donor has already drafted a withdrawal speech.)

    https://newrepublic.com/post/184042/aoc-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-warning-biden-drop-out-instagram-live

    futurebird , (edited )
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    @cdarwin

    You can't run on "preserving democracy" and expect the people to vote for a ticket with none of the people they picked in the primary.

    What I would like to know is if the same people who didn't want to have a real primary are now the ones wanting Biden and Harris gone?

    Because that would be rich but not that shocking.

    It feels like it's the same people.

    futurebird ,
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    @cdarwin

    AOC is very open and has a reputation for not leaving her people out of the loop. Sadly this means she may not be in on some of the deeper conversations. She may have spoken to people who want this to happen but who aren't closest to those who might make the decision.

    And it's Biden's call. I just hope he makes an informed choice. Lord knows I don't have the information to make this call.

    QasimRashid , to random
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    Last night Donald Trump lied about a lot of things. Four of the biggest were on immigration, crime, foreign policy, and climate.

    He also pretended to ignore the fascist Project 2025.

    I debunk his lies here—with receipts. Hope you read & share

    https://www.qasimrashid.com/p/fact-checking-donald-trumps-rnc-speech

    futurebird ,
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    @QasimRashid

    There should be hazard pay for listening to that man.

    18+ kechpaja , to random
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    What kind of bug is this? It randomly appeared on a screen door in southeastern Massachusetts at night, and is quite large (around the size of a thumbnail). My brain is saying "giant ladybug", but I've never seen a giant ladybug before.

    (@futurebird, it's not an ant, but have you seen a bug like this?)

    futurebird , (edited )
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    @Probertd8 @kechpaja

    The more I thought about this the less I could resist making it.

    futurebird , to random
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    We think of right angles as a sign of human design, but Paramatachia spiders like to use them in their webs.

    I wonder if these spiders have considered writing MIDI tunes?

    https://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2021/06/interesting-spiderweb-pattern.html

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    @hengymrohebwlad @spacehobo

    I really enjoyed both of these books. In fact ... I wouldn't mind reading them again.

    BobNicholls , to random
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    My 25 years of palaeoart chronology...

    "The Big Fish," a 2012 illustration I created for Peterborough Museum, featuring the gigantic pachycormid fish Leedsichthys (16m long) and a school of Caturus.

    futurebird ,
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    @BobNicholls

    I like the big fish.

    futurebird ,
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    @BobNicholls

    Did you see this video? I think you'll like it.

    https://sauropods.win/@futurebird/112813708826853613

    dangillmor , to random
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    Journalists who remain on Twitter at this point will be remembered for their capitulation to the forces that are working to end democracy, and by extension freedom of expression. https://mashable.com/article/elon-musk-x-twitter-pro-trump-custom-hashtag-icon

    futurebird ,
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    @apophis

    Oh. I just assumed that people follow people after maybe boosting a few of their posts, or having a nice conversation or something like that.

    futurebird ,
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    @apophis @OffTheBooks

    This. And also it's key to boost good replies to anything you post. Otherwise no one will see the reply.

    futurebird , (edited )
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    @hendric @OffTheBooks

    Let's be real that feature is for when you aren't watching the movie.

    selzero , to random
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    "How did a piece of the sky get into that hole?"

    futurebird ,
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    @selzero

    This man has never been curious about anything like this.

    futurebird , to random
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    One of the newly eclosed carpenter ants has fused antennae and a problem with the exoskeleton of her legs. Insects that molt multiple times can get a second shot at fixing such problems, but not ants. Her sisters have removed her from the nest, but didn’t put her in the trash (yay?) I picked her up to see if I could help.

    I was able to unstick her back legs so she can move around a little. Her sisters still feed her, and there are no predators -so she might do OK. I’ve watched her for 3 days.

    A sister stops to feed her.

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    Update on this ant. She seemed to do fine, she was just near the entrance to the colony sometimes near the water feeder. But last night she stoped moving. This morning she's gone. I think she must be in the graveyard although I couldn't spot her there.

    In other news Tulip tried to escape again and almost got crushed by the lid.

    Ants...

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    @llewelly

    Implies getting ants to do what you want. Ants are more ... independent than cats.

    futurebird OP ,
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    @Gobabu

    In 2026 when we are all suffering in the beef jerky and sugar mines laboring for "the greater good" I know who I will blame.

    DemocracyMattersALot , to random
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    That’s how unsavory Donald Trump is!

    Surprise: Trump did not get polling boost after shooting

    https://www.rawstory.com/trump-polling-shooting/

    futurebird ,
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    @DemocracyMattersALot

    May I say "who called it?"

    Just this once, please?

    https://sauropods.win/@futurebird/112784179743904717

    futurebird , to random
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    Very little has really changed. Media events like conventions and announcements are always to some degree manufactured. You have every right to be concerned, to want to know what's happening. That isn't foolish or trivial.

    But consider (please) not literally tuning in. Listen with a little delay from a distance. A lot of the nonsense that causes needless stress is filtered out that way and you can be just as informed.

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