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Pinned: Your necessary reminder of the White Rose movement, a group of young people who saw what was happening in front of everyone's eyes, and acted, while their elders did not.
britannica.com/topic/White-Ros

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Using 2FA phone numbers for targeted advertising. One of the dumbest ways ever for a company to abuse its users’ trust. Take a bow, Twitter. And have a $150 million fine too.

grahamcluley.com/twitter-2fa-p

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I really hope that in the new Star Wars series it's revealed that he's known as Ben Kenobi because an immigration official on Tatooine couldn't spell Obi-Wan and just changed it to something more "normal" to make their life easier.

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Since it's #TowelDay here's a fun fact: did you know that the domes of the Auxiliary Telescopes at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile are uncannily similar to Marvin the Paranoid Android? #astronomy

Last year a blackbird nested in the bracket for the hot water solar panel on the wall. This year, she looked and looked, but we've seen no sign of nest building.
Then today Helen spotted a blackbird fly into the little polytunnel. And there we found the nest.
The peas that form the roof for the nesting spot will have to be abandoned. Effectively the polytunnel is off limits for a few months.
Poor pics, but I didn't want to spend too long in there.

At last, back at The Last Homely House after a day in the east. We have much for which to be grateful.

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I now realise the picture I tried to add with Tusky never materialised. Sorry about that. Also weird is that it's not in the phone's gallery. You'll have to take my word for it that her stand looked its usual colourful self.

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Currently reading a book about a sailing voyage, one of the crew being described as a"scientist and data-demon". Sounds very current, but was written 100 years ago.
The Cruise of the Kawa by Walter E Traprock.

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Appraoching thunderstorm came out nicely in post-editing. First one is single shot, second image panorama of 8 images stitched together in #PTgui (cylindrical mercator).

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Having done an ooh-nasty to my knee during week, which has the medical people puzzled, I was hobbling around the shops if Inverness today. It was heartening, if self-conscious-making, to see how many people gave way or otherwise helped someone hobbling along with a stick.

Herself's @ripplescrafts@mastodon.social stand at a small local show on the Black Isle today. Leaves me free to risk the wilds of the hardware shops of Inverness

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The hospital told her surgery would cost $1,337 out of pocket. It billed her $303,709. - boingboing.net/2022/05/19/the- and the tories are working hard to bring the US system to the UK...

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Sometimes the needs of lambs outweigh the needs of humans
(with apologies to Spock) and you just have to wait .....

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And just like that, the second heel has been turned. It always feels like magic when that happens.
#knitting

Well, it's 4 days since , and the earworm that's most difficult to get rid of (though it's a lovely one) is Portugal's entry, "Saudade, saudade". For an earworm, it's quite enjoyable.
eurovisionworld.com/eurovision

It's official - the first of the flag irises is out.
Spotted from the kitchen window this morning. Soon the area to one side of The Last Homely House will be a mass of yellow and green

How is it that we know of more people who have covid or have recently got it now, when mitigations have been removed? Or does "learning to live with covid really mean "learning how to get covid"?

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Please remember that “carbon footprint” is a bullshit concept devised by fossil fuel companies to shift responsibility for climate change away from companies and on to individuals
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