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D. Luria
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Octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, the animals collectively known as cephalopods, are capable of the most incredible feats of camouflage. At a whim, they can change the colour, pattern, and texture ...
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I suppose it was only a matter of time...

Cultural dissonance aside, it does seem inevitable that mis-termed tattoos would show up in Hebrew. The question I'm always left with in these cases is how could someone not proofread and verify the words they get inked?

#LanguageZoo #badtats
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I freely admit my Hebrew is utter crap -- which is why I originally looked at this and thought "that looks like he has 'matzo' written on his arm... Nah. Why would anyone do that?"

The OP wins the comment prize--

" Let's just say, there is a white guy in Arkansas walking around with the Hebrew word for 'cracker' on his arm...and he doesn't know it!"

...which particularly amuses me because *Dearly Beloved self-identifies as 'Saltine American'.

*My mate also habitually refers to all matzot as "crackers", and can't reliably distinguish abjad from hangul. (Yes, really. The opportunity for lost tribe jokes has been endless.) 

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Works on both sides of the border

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Our Alberta horse trailers; fit for use right across Canada with this message!
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Emancipation through education

Poverty is a tyrannical master, closing off every imaginable venue of escape.  Education, mobility, even the baseline needs of complete health, shelter and safety are denied to those in poverty. Despite this, every year thousands of young people struggle through those high, high barriers in pursuit of an education that will free them from poverty. Thousands -- and they do this in a country that increasingly vilifies poverty. These students usually struggle alone, in secrecy, to avoid the social judgment that imputes an inherent moral deficit, a failure of character in anyone who is poor. 

Jessica Sutherland was once one of those students. Today she is the founder and director of Homeless to Higher Ed, a foundation seeking to help homeless students out of poverty and into higher education.

#JessicaSutherland   #HomelessToHigherEd   #povertyinamerica   #ModernHeroes  
After years of homelessness, I graduated college and a Master’s program. What about the other million-plus homeless stud…
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What a wonderful story, D! I can't even imagine how hard that must have been. Thank you for sharing it.

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No honor among thieves?

"Game developer makes sim game about game development. Game developer self-releases a torrented version whose only difference from the pay version is that over time every game the in-game company produces has no sales and they go bankrupt due to piracy. Online forum posts asking how to navigate the game so that the in-game company stays in business proliferate."

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#simulations   #piracy   #games   #gamedev   #GreenheartGames
When we released our very first game, Game Dev Tycoon (for Mac, Windows and Linux) yesterday, we did something unusual and as far as I know unique. We released a cracked version of the game ourselves, minutes after opening our Store. I uploaded the torrent to the number one torrent sharing site, gave it aContinue Reading →
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How to lose business and alienate people: tech sector edition

The photo below was attached to a Twitter advert. For cloud hosting. When challenged about this choice of ad image, the spokesbeast for the company double-downed to the ultraviolet end of the sexism spectrum by using insulting assumptions about male marketing preferences to justify objectification of female bodies.

...I expect there will soon be a lot of used server racks available in and around Reston,VA, if anyone is interested ;-D

h/t to +Lea Verou

#fail #sexism #HowNotToSucceedInBusiness
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Wow, what a pack of scammers !

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While this elegantly simple solution cannot cure all causes of anemia, any significant reduction is an extraordinary boon to world health -- particularly for women and children.

Via +Alok Tiwari

#WorldHealth #anemia #BuildABetterWorld 
Could an iron fish, made out of recycled car parts and put into the cooking pot, be a solution to the world's iron deficiency problems?
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The true Secret Masters of the Universe: reference librarians

...and yes, I would like to see that book too, please.
 
#InformationPlease   #beforeGoogle   #librarians  
Before we had Google for all of our embarrassing questions, Pinterest for craft inspiration, and Craigslist for all of the odds and ends of life, more people relied on public librarians to field all manner of questions. And the New York Public Library still has records of some pretty odd ones.
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May the odds be ever in your favor

Most of us intellectually understand the statistical nature of games, but surprisingly few of us actually apply that knowledge to gameplay.

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#gametheory #statistics #w2w
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An odd article.... (No pun intended.)

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Because everything is better with Templars

I have nothing cogent to say about this at all -- merely profound bafflement as to what an aide to the California Attorney General was realistically hoping to accomplish by this.

#CaliforniaDreamin   #BrandonKiel   
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Roosevelt Johnson thought it was odd when three people — two of them dressed in police uniforms he didn't recognize — strolled into the Santa Clarita station in February.
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Blessed Saint Architeuthis
#tentacles #SkotOlsen #eclect-o-mat
Skot Olsen's Work: http://www.skotolsen.com/portfolios.htm

"Saint Architeuthis is the patron saint of doomed sailors. While the origins of the saint remain unclear, it's recent history and worship are well documented. Whalers who turned their attention to catching giant squid and sea serpents in the 19th century, began asking Saint Architeuthis for mercy whenever a hunt would go awry, which was fairly frequent. When hunting for such animals, one would sometimes be thrown over board or a boat would sink exposing the men to whatever was in the water at the time. A sailor would ask Saint Architeuthis for the quick and relatively painless death of drowning, rather than the hideous demise of being ripped apart by the beak of the squid or chewed up in the sea serpent's hideous maw. Often, men would have visions of Saint Architeuthis who would appear before them in the form of a gigantic, yet benevolent squid wearing a bishop's mitre and carrying tools of the squid hunter's trade."
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2% fish products; 8% co-morbidity; 27% quantum indeterminacy; 16% masa; 6% allergies; 21% curiosity; 19% compassion; 1% wondering if I left the oven on in a 100% organic dorkiness wrapper. Contents may become unsettled during shipping, political campaigns and whilst reading op-ed pages.  Product sold by weight, not volume. Volume does, in fact, go to 11. 

I care enormously more about what people do than what they believe.

Jorge Luis Borges wrote in the preface to The Book of Imaginary Beings --
"There is a kind of lazy pleasure in useless and out-of-the-way erudition"
I offer this here by way of explanation for most of what I post. 
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I have caught with my bare hands (unharmed) a hummingbird in flight.
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