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Yesterday, my day off to hike in the mountains got delayed by an unexpectedly big snow storm here in Denver. Instead, my friend and I headed to the nature and science museum, where retired scientists love to have conversations with interested adults. A geologist volunteering in the Paleozoic section turned us on to videos by Christopher Scotese. This one shows how today's geographic boundaries overlay onto yesterday's geologic movements. Super cool.

The little plot of land on which I'm sitting now was south of the equator and under water about 320 million years ago (MYA). Ten million years after joining the Northern Hemisphere, it bubbled up on an island with most of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The island got connected with the larger land mass and then turned back into an island again. And then all of today's major land masses emerged from the ocean about 240 MYA, just as the dinosaurs started stomping around. Today's continents had about about 50 millions years of togetherness (as Pangaea) until Central Asia and Scandanavia went their own way. Ten million years after that, today's Gambia separated from South Carolina as Gondwana Land floated off. And, at about 110 MYA, Brazil pulled its nose out of Nigeria as its respective continents parted ways. All of this cracking apart created a void in the Earth's crust into which new magma rushed in, spreading the sea floor and displacing ocean waters, forcing sea water inland and breaking up most of the continents with brand new internal sea ways running through the middle of them. Denver was coastal property for about 25 million years.

About 80 MYA, while the modern day Rocky Mountains were rising, India (which had broken off from Antarctica), set a course for Central Asia at ramming speed. The collision, 40 MYA, gave us the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. They are still gaining altitude today.

If you watch the video, keep a look out for the last 10 seconds. That's when homo sapiens first appear, walk across the newly formed ice bridge created by the most recent ice age, and the then glaciers recede. We are but a flash on the radar.

Not a bad way to spend a day off. #Denver #TIL #geology
Denver 
"because once you have enough money, money doesn't matter"

#TIL about #Bitcoin #pineapple fund:

https://pineapplefund.org/

(thanks to this article)
 
#TIL: rustlup doc --std - a fast way to browse the local #rust-lang documentation.
 
TIL about eigengrau which is the color you "see" in the complete absence of light which, counterintuitively, appears lighter than black. That's kinda neat!

#TIL #eyes #colors #HumansAreWeird
 
TIL about eigengrau which is the color you "see" in the complete absence of light which, counterintuitively, appears lighter than black. That's kinda neat!

#TIL #eyes #colors #HumansAreWeird
 
#TIL: Krampus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus

Though it seems that 2018-Dec-05 is probably when the event should have taken place.
#TIL #til
 
#TIL about this #art student who was once short on money (surprise surprise) and decided to make some by contributing to #freeculture. He started a campaign to create painted fantasy portraits of those who supported him. The campaign quickly got attention and suddenly the most influential people of the #free culture world, such as Larry #Lessig, are backing the campaign. Richard #Stallman (aka #RMS) himself joins in too, but on one condition: the game that is to use the portraits, which is named OSARE (Open Source Action RP Engine), must embrace the term #freesoftware as opposed to #opensource. And so it happened. After four years of development version 1.0 of the #FLARE #RPG was released (I have played it and what agreat game it is). The portraits of #FOSS giants are included. Can you spot Lessig?

Image/photo

Kickstarter: Creative Commons Fantasy Portrait Marathon (Justin Nichol)

 
#TIL: workaround disable #DRM pop-ups in #Firefox:
[...] disable the following in about:config:
media.gmp-widevinecdm.enabled
media.gmp-widevinecdm.visible
 
#TIL a #study shows that smokers have been found to be more successful at quitting #smoking when they go "cold turkey" (sudden abstinence), as opposed to gradually cutting back. -
 
#TIL a #study shows that smokers have been found to be more successful at quitting #smoking when they go "cold turkey" (sudden abstinence), as opposed to gradually cutting back. -
 
!TIL maybehttps://github.com/p-e-w/maybe !cli
#til
45.4210328 -75.6900219 
#til not even gnome-terminal supports #gnome's smooth touchpad scrolling
 
#TIL Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada by a Greek immigrant, who was inspired by Chinese food to put a South American ingredient on an Italian dish, that went on to be most popular in Australia -
#TIL #til
 

"Tracking Token Stripper" just found

I just found the "Tracking Token Stripper 2.1" also works with Firefox 62.0 (I don't know older, maybe it does) which removes #UTM #click-tracking tokens from the to-be requested URLs. I tried it with Firefox' own about: page and it worked, even from within the one you can reach over Help->About.

And #TIL athat UTM is #Google-Analytics ... So, if you request such URLs where that tracking pixel is installed, #Google (and so the #NSA )knows that you clicked it e.g. from an email or #RSS feed (aggregator).

It seem to be written for Chrome, so also these users can protect themselves.
 
!TIL about the whistling language called Sylbo. Native to the Canary Islands, Sylbo is thousands of years old and developed as a means for inhabitants of La Gomera to communicate across deep ravines and narrow valleys. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0CIRCjoICA
#til
 
#TIL: Add --info=progress2 --no-i-r to your rsync command to see the overall progress and what's left to copy.
Avoid -v, of course and add -h to get MB/GB figures.
#TIL
 
!TIL : When Queen Elizabeth visited the set of "Game of Thrones" she refused to sit on the Iron Throne because there is a law disallowing her from sitting on a foreign throne. - https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/news/a33918/queen-elizabeth-iron-throne-snub-explained/ #gameofthrones #got
 
#TIL If you restart apache first, it won't work as ejabberd must be listening already when apache builds the proxy chain (which makes sense again). And yeah, having TLS on 127.0.0.1 makes no sense. ;-)

Well, #shit-happens
 
#TIL : Credule comes from credulity.
#TIL
 
#TIL Thank you to all repliers. So deposit is the best choice then. :-)
#TIL
 
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