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In 840 the Frankish Benedictine monk Rabanus Maurus composed 28 poems in which each line comprises the same number of letters. That’s impressive enough, but he also added painted images behind each poem that identify subsets of its letters that can be read on their own.

The final poem of the volume shows Rabanus Maurus himself kneeling in prayer at the foot of a cross whose text forms a palindrome: OROTE RAMUS ARAM ARA SUMAR ET ORO (I, Ramus, pray to you at the altar so that at the altar I may be taken up, I also pray). This text appears on both arms of the cross, so it can be read in any of four directions.

The form of the monk’s own body defines a second message: “Rabanum memet clemens rogo Christe tuere o pie judicio” (Christ, o pious and merciful in your judgment, keep me, Rabanus, I pray, safe).

And the letters in both of these painted sections also participate in the larger poem that fills the body of the page.

(From Laurence de Looze, The Letter and the Cosmos, 2016.)

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Life inside a black-capped chickadee nest box

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Peek inside of a black-capped chickadee nest with this narrated video by birding YouTuber Lesley the Bird Nerd. For 20 engaging minutes, Lesley shares 54 days of a chickadee family’s life, including nest-building, their courtship of food offerings, the first egg, six hatchlings, feeding, and fledging. She also captures footage...

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This is magical

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Via, but I couldn't find the original GIF.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Liberal Education

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Thank you to patreon typo squad for finding the one typo amongst 8 trillion words.


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Remember when people used to read the little blog posts under comics? They don't now, so I can write whole lines of gibberish, squinkle dabyougargh nunglepeep.

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hannahdraper
126 days ago
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Fuck it’s perfect.
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larryorr2
125 days ago
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Brad,

Is this what your tuition went for?

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denubis
125 days ago
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That last line broke my soul a little bit. Also, I work in an arts faculty and... ooof this is on the nose.
brennen
125 days ago
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Preach.
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GaryBIshop
126 days ago
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Deep stuff!

Great Moments in Taxonomy

jwz
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Horrible edge cases to consider when dealing with music.

Pairs nicely with Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names, Time, Time, Time Zones, Geography, Addresses, Maps, Plain Text, Gender, Lists.


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lograh
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a great collection of links here
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Consensus Time

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Now, you may argue that the varying hour lengths and feedback effects would cause chaos. To which I say, yeah, and I'm also curious to see how the weekday cycle interacts with it! So, you in?
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lograh
152 days ago
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I am solidly against DST in every form, but this proposal I can get behind.
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dukeofwulf
151 days ago
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I've always thought the best idea is to just eliminate time zones entirely and go to a single world time. Every locality and business can set its schedule as it sees fit relative to the standard time, and no complicated time zone or DST conversions. But I do see how that would be radical for some people.
gordol
151 days ago
Ok, then your morning starts at 3am.
dukeofwulf
150 days ago
Exactly! Why do I care if I wake up at 3 AM, if my work schedule is 5 to 13? It's all arbitrary anyway: we have to check business and office hours. The sun doesn't rise at the same time in Atlanta (7:46 today) and Boston (6:54), even though they're in the same time zone. Stop pretending that 00:00 has to happen sometime near the middle of the night, and a lot of things get simpler.
gordol
150 days ago
Because humans are biologically predisposed to be diurnal creatures. Awake when it's light out and sleep when it's dark.
dukeofwulf
150 days ago
You're not getting what I'm saying. We'd still work according to the same schedule (awake in the local daytime), only the numbers would change.
dukeofwulf
150 days ago
One-minute explainer: https://youtu.be/c3EQDfqqHsI
songster
149 days ago
How does that help? I mean, currently we have lookup tables where you can see that New York is 5 hrs behind London, so 9am in London is 4am in New York. You're proposing we move to a system where 9am is 9am everywhere, but you need a lookup table to know that while the London workday starts at 9:00, the New York workday starts at 14:00. How does that make things any easier?
dukeofwulf
149 days ago
You'd still have to look up the business's schedule, but you wouldn't have to make a time zone conversion.
JavaJim
149 days ago
yes - it doesn't remove the need to look things up - so equal there. But if something says it happens at 11:00 then it happens at 11:00 for everyone. All our clocks have the same time all the time. So after you look something up you don't have to do math to convert to your own time zone. Example: airplane departs at 2pm (1400) and lands at 8pm (2000) - you don't need to look up whether that is 8pm local time or 6 hours after takeoff. It is 6 hours after takeoff.
hyourinmaru
147 days ago
from 1998: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swatch_Internet_Time
dukeofwulf
147 days ago
Ah, Swatch. So ahead of their time. If only they hadn't bungled the branding so badly.
mareino
151 days ago
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Would this count as wibbily wobbly timey wimey?
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jepler
151 days ago
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but how's the app going to be monetized?
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mkalus
152 days ago
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Yes, let’s do that instead of the stupid permanent DST thing.
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deezil
152 days ago
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Sure. Why not.
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macr0t0r
151 days ago
No! Please, No! DST is bad enough, you monster!
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