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libroraptor

@libroraptor@mastodon.nz

Collector of extensive trivia that never gets asked about in trivia quizzes.

Fringe academic; ICOM-UMAC.

Polymath not-that-kind-of-doctor in history of sci-med-tech, art and architecture, mainly in early modern Europe.

Editor and writer of academic and technical things: I clarify ambiguity. I also bake, garden, and foster homeless dogs.

Posts auto-delete because the Internet's too cluttered and (in my opinion as an actual historian) most records are not worth keeping.

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skinnylatte, to random
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Even though I never cooked when I was living in Southeast Asia (you.. really don’t need to), paying attention to food procurement and techniques helped me level up when I started cooking when I left that region.

(Eating street food there is often cheaper than buying ingredients and cooking yourself. In almost all SEA cities)

There’s a lot of stuff I felt I just ‘knew’ because I was around people who dealt with food all the time

libroraptor,
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@skinnylatte If you go searching for a while you can find a celebrated New Zealand case of a racist woman who insisted on shopping at the more expensive white greengrocer to avoid the garbage at the Chinese shop. She eventually found out that the produce was identical because the white greengrocer was merely an end-of-chain retailer who bought from the Chinese greengrocer for resale.

bastianallgeier, (edited ) to random
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Do you need some good news? We only have to replace one-third of the energy generated by fossil fuels with renewables to meet our energy demand. Sounds weird? Here’s why: https://youtu.be/EVJkq4iu7bk?si=OuVh11T0jPnr_bGI

libroraptor,
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libroraptor,
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@msquebanh @bastianallgeier They're new where I am – not yet clear whether they'll achieve anything.

Something that is clear to me, though, is that the existing consultation system never worked to begin with; it's rigged by design. Something that I get so tired of hearing is "It would be great if [minority] would come along" from the same people who shut them out. [Minority] here can be so many things – gender, age bracket, ethnicity, disability, wealth ... all systematically excluded.

libroraptor,
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@msquebanh @bastianallgeier I get tired of being tokenised, too. So many majority-group people are convinced that they've done the "diversity" thing by bringing along a few token people who then aren't allowed to engage.

Of course they've been given equal speaking rights.

But not an equitable dynamic in which their voices, ideas, experiences, values, norms are equally legitimate.

I saw too much of this when I was in academia, and now I see it all the time in local government.

bananabob, to nz
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Rethinking roads as public spaces – what NZ cities can learn from Barcelona’s ‘superblock’ urban design

Yeah - Like this is gonna happen 😭

https://theconversation.com/rethinking-roads-as-public-spaces-what-nz-cities-can-learn-from-barcelonas-superblock-urban-design-226601

libroraptor,
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@bananabob A Nelson community facebook group was busy this morning with "Grape vines over our laneways will attract wasps and bird droppings and drop leaves on the street" paired with the usual "If you like Europe so much go live there".

My preferred response now is to trawl up photos from the 19th century and demand a return to unpaved streets for the bullock carts. Because look how much space there was! And how clean it was! And how none of the shops are vacant!

inquiline, to random
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Serious question: when and in which contexts did calling people "individuals" emerge as a common practice, as a synonym for people? Or "an individual" for "a person"?

I ask because I'm noticing it in student writing, and I associate it with police-speak. I don't know if it's in some corners of social science or medicine too

??

libroraptor,
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@inquiline I can't trawl up sources for you, but I'm pretty sure that this usage has existed at least since early modernity – which means all of modern English. But when it was dominant, and among which groups talking about which others, is a much harder, and better, question – though probably not at all a straightforwards answer to the usage that you're seeing now.

kissane, to random
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Hey it’s that time again.

The contention that using high-filtration masks to prevent transmission of respiratory disease is “unscientific” and “lacking evidence” when we have reams of aerosol and transmission studies is a display of either unawareness/scientific illiteracy (super fixable! non-shameful!) or of an intentional disregard of the evidence for emotional or ideological reasons (common but troubling).

libroraptor,
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@kissane Not that it does much for people who've made up their minds already, but here's a little recent progress in case you ever come across a naysayer who thinks critically: https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/cmr.00124-23

jonoabroad, to random
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Do people value feedback when applying to a role that there are typos or circular paths through the process?

I am not telling them as I feel like it would make me sound like a dick, but also 🤷‍♂️

libroraptor,
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@jonoabroad @elronxenu

People appreciate blunt, pointed corrections from a copyeditor when they're worried about looking minutiae.

People also appreciate it from a mentor or developmental editor, without mentioning the specific instances, in broader advice about the techniques of crafting an impression about abstract attitudes and habits like "attention to detail", "critical thinking", "creative problem-solving".

Typos and English might be among the hardest things to advise on.

iangriffin, to random
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Hello Welly! just had quite a “hot” flight up from Dunedin! #geigercounter #radiation

video/mp4

libroraptor,
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@iangriffin Maybe you could get one of those little lapel badge things that turns black for drama.

We all used to feel that we got less exposure wearing those in our safety-conscious workplaces day-in, day-out than we did when flying. I used to have a neutron source set about two metres below the basement floor, past two locked doors and a padlocked cover. I lowered samples down on a string to expose them. My lapel badge was something of a let-down.

Same at the linac next-door.

libroraptor, to Mushrooms
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It's mushrooms-in-the-lawn season. This one caught my eye blending in with the brick.

Does anyone know what this one is?

#fungi #mushrooms #mycology

https://inaturalist.nz/observations/216977190

skinnylatte, (edited ) to random
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I’ve received invites to almost every queer Asian activism thing in the Bay Area this summer, so I think I’m going to be extremely busy. I don’t have enough ‘gala clothes’ but I am also excited that I don’t need to conform to the feminine expectations of such events in straight spaces.

libroraptor,
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@skinnylatte I had a conversation about this related cases with an elder colleague back in my historian days at Rochester. He observed that the stories that the press tells – even the ones that purport to be disturbing – tend to be the affirming stories that make the system comfortable.

We were talking, in that case, about liberal education in China being sometimes markedly more liberal than in the US liberal arts colleges where our deans and presidents and newsletters claimed the opposite.

mythologymonday, (edited ) to greece
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Hello, Myth Lovers! To celebrate International #MuseumDay, we'd love to see your posts about #museums! Which museums have great mythological art? Which are your favourite artifacts? Do you have a favourite #museum? Where have you seen an amazing work of art related to mythology? Use the hashtag #MythologyMonday for boosts!

🎨 Kos Archaeological Museum, #Greece
📸 Dionysis Kouris

#mythology @archaeodons @mythology @folklore @TarkabarkaHolgy @juergen_hubert @curiousordinary @wihtlore @FairytalesFood @bevanthomas @FinnFolklorist @Godyssey @GaymerGeek @starrytimepod

libroraptor,
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@mythologymonday

One of my favourite myths told in museums is that all ancient cultures had a wide range of food and drink vessels that they never ate or drank from, but which were understood purely in terms of their forms – for ancients nourished only their souls.

That's why the krater and amphora are separated from the wine cups, and why there are no chopsticks in the "Asian ceramics" case.

inquiline, to random
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I am very here for all the rhubarbposting, please keep it up, you know who you are

libroraptor,
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@inquiline I picked rhubarb yesterday afternoon. I was going to simmer it a little before putting setting it into a tart but I left it too long and the threads separated. Thus we have apple tart rather than rhubarb.

libroraptor,
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@inquiline A sweet brioche case in a long tart tin, filled with vanilla crème patissière, then slices of rhubarb-become-apple, a dusting of cinnamon and brown sugar on top before baking.

There is still a LOT of rhubarb in the garden!

bananabob, to AncientHistory
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Scientists find buried branch of the Nile that may have carried pyramids’ stones

Discovery of the branch, which ran alongside 31 pyramids, could solve mystery of blocks’ transportation

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/16/scientists-find-buried-branch-of-the-nile-that-may-have-carried-pyramids-stones

#TheGuardian #Egyptology #Archeology #Pyramids #Nile

libroraptor,
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@bananabob As much as I like reading this sort of stuff, it perturbs me that it garners so much more attention than even immediately pressing threats like Covid and climate change and dangerous pedestrian crossings and kennel cough.

And petty celebrity gossip, even more so.

iangriffin, to NewZealand
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This is quite interesting. (no... really!) I recently persuaded a colleague to take my pet Geiger counter from Dunedin to Apia via Auckland. The latitude dependency of the radiation exposure is fascinating! #radiation #NewZealand #physics

libroraptor,
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@iangriffin Do you have any measurements that'd say what the particles are? (Much harder to get, I know – but maybe new-tech counters can do much more than the old-tech ones that I'm thinking of.)

compost, to gardening
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I have identified what is eating our roses.

It is some bees that I have finally seen on the roses.

It feels better to know that it is just some bees having a snack.

The flowers of the roses are edible and it is a nice treat if you make rose water with the petals.

When you deadhead the dead flowers you can simply add the hips to the compost pile they will add a lot of nutrients to your compost that you can feed to the roses.

#gardening #compostodon

libroraptor,
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@compost if you let the hips ripen, you can eat those, too. The most common uses now are to cook them into jams, jellies and syrups, and to dry them for tisanes. If you go searching for older recipes, you'll find them also in soups and stews.

iangriffin, to NewZealand
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Here is a timelapse of an aurora corona as seen over New Zealand's South Island between 00:33 and 00:41 on 12/May/2024. Shot from Lake Aviemore #aurora #auroracorona #beauty #NewZealand #astronomy

A blend of green and red lines move along magnetic field lines.

libroraptor,
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@iangriffin Is that looking into the geomagnetic pole?

skinnylatte, (edited ) to food
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My friend @jasonli runs the Asian food dictionary! https://www.asianfooddictionary.com/

It’d be nice to have more tofu entries.

Tofu pudding ‘dou fu hua’ (mandarin) is ‘tau foo fah’ (Cantonese) is ‘tau huey’ (Hokkien) and all of these things really exist in my brain depending on where I am and who I’m speaking to (KL or Perak, tau foo fah); in Singapore, tau huey, but in Singapore talking to a northern Chinese person, dou fu hua (and then there’s their names in Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian)

#Food

libroraptor,
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@skinnylatte @jasonli "noodle" is a conundrum for me. I can't reconcile how it encompasses both 麵 and 粉. Because aren't those COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS?

Even "pasta" doesn't mix them together. But pasta does go in directions that most anglophones don't know about – it includes sweet breakfast breads, as in "pasta e cappuccino". What "pasta" really means is "paste" in the sense of dough, also still said in the anglophone baking industry (e.g. "shortpaste").

libroraptor,
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@skinnylatte @jasonli Another fun one for translators is 豬腸粉 – the best way to look up steamers is "pig intestine powder".

The friendliest translations I've seen are "rice roll" and "rice noodle roll", both of which are too broad to be good. I think that we need to get past the monolingualish need to translate things that really don't translate at all.

The two that knocked me hardest are "Chinese tamales" and, as if one borrowing isn't enough, "raviolis chinois aux crevettes à la vapeur".

libroraptor,
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@jasonli @skinnylatte One of the students from China brought 粽子 (or just 粽, as my uneducated peasant family say) to a party when we were at grad school together in the US. American professor lit up as soon as he saw them and exclaimed, "Chinese tamales!"

I lost control enough to cringe.

libroraptor,
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@jasonli @geraineon @skinnylatte I tried that but no one got it.

How about nutella as Italian dousha?

Cabbage as English pak choy?

iangriffin, to random
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My 2 year anniversary of leaving Twitter. I left for astronomical reasons!

libroraptor,
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@iangriffin Academics. They live in herd cults that they deny; many of them came over briefly but, unable to see the rest of their herd, promptly went back.

Academic concern about things like Musk-ethics rarely gets beyond theory. And vice chancellors work hard to keep it that way – my observation in both US and NZ academia is that just about every one who stands too openly for principle (versus standing for "senior leadership" and "strategy") is quickly sidelined.

skinnylatte, to food
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Following my tofu posts from earlier: I read everything Hannah Che writes. She’s writing about plant based food culture in China. Based in Yunnan now. Her tofu post is exceptional as always

https://hannahche.substack.com/p/eating-notes-free-form-tofu

libroraptor,
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@skinnylatte Do you make your own 豆花? Where I live, you can't buy it. And my own sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. I am getting the impression that I need to master soy milk first because, if the soy milk isn't right, and isn't consistent, there's no predicting how much gypsum to add.

What do you think?

dnc, to gardening
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libroraptor,
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@dnc what are you going to do?

I see three ways forwards

  1. cut the pots to liberate the roots

  2. separate the pots to plant with the plants

  3. cut the roots and trust that they'll regrow, maybe with better roots

Maybe you could do an experiment by implementing all three!

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