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I generated a list of the most popular gender-neutral names in the Netherlands:

(Details: these are the entries of the Voornamen Top 10 000, the top 10000 legal first names given between 1983 and 2006, ordered by the expected number of Dutch people you need to meet until you have met two people with this name and a different AGAB.)

> Software becomes quasi-cause of software. These are echoes of the same voices in a positive feedback loop, growing louder and less coherent with each cycle—garbage in, garbage out, a thousand times over.

#software #foss

Actual armadillo species names:
- beautiful armadillo
- giant armadillo
- greater naked-tailed armadillo
- pink fairy armadillo
- hairy long-nosed armadillo
- big hairy armadillo
- screaming hairy armadillo
- pichi

twilight zone concept: during sixteen days, all (non-PRNG) random number generators return the exact same value each time, then go back to outputting your regular scheduled nonsense... or do they?

Could this example from 1990 be the oldest documented example of keysmashing in frustration? (Alternative explanation: it's not just Greeking that nobody expected people would have high enough resolution to read.)

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"continuum larger than aleph 0" factoid actualy just statistical error. Cantor Georg, who lives in cave & eats up to aleph_1 numbers each day, is an outlier adn should not have been counted

My previous mass-media appearance was a nearly naked photograph in the most-read children's magazine in the country.

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Must have been about a year ago now that I appeared on right-wing TV.

Reporter, shoving a microphone in my face: "So, what are we angry about today?"
Me: "Well, it's all the fault of big Capital."
Reporter: "Ooh, The Big Capital?"
Me: "Yes, what you said but unironically."


i keep being surprised by the absence of pixellation when i move close to my screen

highdpi is magic

useful phrase to know in Japanese (apparently) 

<<"Godzilla ate my skateboard!" is "Gojira ga ore no suke-tobo-do o tabeta zo!">>

covid-19 linguistics nonsense 

the Royal Association of Dutch Languagemakers have announced that the profanity introduced for covid-19 will be "kronelijer": a selfish person, esp. someone who does not respect personal space.

this is the first profanity introduced since "krijg het mondenklauwzeer" in the year 2000.

cursed shebang 

#!/usr/bin/tail --lines=+2

Oft nehme ich Dinge zu wörtlich. Schön das ich damit scheinbar nicht alleine bin.

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Anne C. A. Baanen's choices:


Mastodon is a server for a federated social network: everyone can run a server if they want to, including me. So this is a Mastodon server for me (Vierkantor) and my friends.