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Hi! I'm mostly here for conversations, reflections, and geekery around subjects that catch my fancy. Recently that orbits technology (esp , data services, networks), music (writ large), languages (esp ancient Greek), autism, and general silliness. Structural protection for the marginalized is close to my heart, but I've learned I need to engage gently to stay healthy. I try to keep shitposting to a minimum.

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Very cool video on how to pronounce clicks in southern African Nguni languages 

The host has an incredible voice and manner also.

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Computer touchers, what are your feelings about build systems for C and C++ programs?

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Attic Greek silly question 

Grabbing food tonight I exclaimed "We have burritoed." My sweetie asked me how to say that in ancient Greek.

I figure if burrito were a Greek verb it could be βυρρίτω. But would its aorist follow λύω as (1st plural) ἐβυρρίτσαμεν? That τσ looks fishy. ἐβυρρίσσαμεν? Or would it follow πράττω as ἐβυρρίξαμεν? Maybe the root is actually βυρριτέω, giving ἐβυρριτήσαμεν?

Or would it be middle voice, since we're burritoing ourselves? ἐβυρριξάμεθα??

Advice appreciated.

Strongly suspect these are probably invasive colonizing white mulberry instead of native (Atlanta) red mulberry.

There are several of these trees in my yard, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them if they do turn out to be the invasive species.

My intuition of launching objects into space is the opposite: that a higher launch angle--perhaps near 90º--is most effective.

Are these intuitions correct? I certainly haven't studied either beyond what a space and d&d obsessed autistic nerd kid might do in high school in the early 90s. If they are, is a trebuchet-style device even capable of achieving that acceleration in the short curve to such a high launch angle?

Enquiring minds want to know!

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My intuition is that trebuchets work best at around a 30-60º launch angle: 45º if optimizing for distance in a drag-free ideal model, I think a little higher (?) to account for drag. But also if the goal of a trebuchet is to destroy battlements then my intuition is that a lower angle of impact would be more effective, suggesting a lower launch angle despite the reduced range.

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Alright where's my nerds of ballistics, astrophysics, and medieval war machines.

This morning a friend of mine declared that someone should be "trebucheted into the sun," and I'm here to ask you: Assuming unlimited modern resources, is it feasible to transport someone--in an ideal capsule--into the sun using a trebuchet-style launch device? What are the physics of that? If we limit ourselves to medieval war machines, is a trebuchet the most appropriate launch device?

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celebrity death anniversary 

This coming Thursday, 27 years ago, Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home. Investigators concluded he died on today's date. He was 27. I was 16.

I'm enjoying rereading Pegasus in Space, but I have to admit I'm a little embarrassed at how much I identified with Peter when I was a kid (more from To Ride Pegasus and Pegasus in Flight: I wasn't really a kid anymore when Pegasus in Space came out in 2000). I mean, I know I had an ego back then, but the kids in these books are all *total* Mary Sues, *especially* Peter. I'm cringing a little just thinking about baby-me.

Hey my fedi tech-minimalists. We all know HTTP/1.1 is huge. Is there a good guide out there showing how simple a truly minimal HTTP/1.1 server can be? Because I'm pretty sure it can be incredibly simple (and still standards-conformant!) if you don't mind ignoring all the optional stuff.

I searched around and didn't see one. I'm thinking of writing one in C to show how bare it can be. Respond if you'd be interested?

Also of *course* she named the cryocolony ship the Andre Norton.

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Reading McCaffrey's Pegasus in Space, and there's this one scene in ch4 where they use a computer to voice-order clothes, then go out in the garden for a few hours, and then after lunch the clothes were there.

Y'all, this book was published in 2000. Amazon had just started mail-order of things other than books, and Prime Now and Alexa were 14 years in the future. The idea of ordering something by voice and it's on your doorstep in a few hours was a sign of Far Future magitech back then.

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I've decided that from now on COVID should be pronounced with a short o like Ovid. Because they're one letter apart, so I mean obviously, right?

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Today starts Autism Acceptance Month. I'm autistic. Being autistic is pretty cool, tbh, as long as culturally dominant neurotypicals get their weird ableist expectations out of the way.

The history of disco is deeply enmeshed with Black and gay dance club culture. Anyone who tells you disco is fundamentally bad has probably only experienced the shitty stuff that came out of seventies ultra-rich capitalist excess and got stripped of its rich cultural heritage to appeal to the desperate parasitic white late 70s mainstream.

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