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An engraving of a mollusc shell, 1810
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January 2023

Works entering the public domain include:

Written work by: Agatha Christie, Baroness Orczy, Hermann Hesse, Marcel Proust, Upton Sinclair, and Virginia Woolf

Art by: Ansel Adams, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, and Tamara de Lempicka

Films including The Jazz Singer, Metropolis, Napoléon, and Trolley Troubles

Music by Béla Bartók, Ira and George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky, Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong, Ruth Etting, and Sophie Tucker

@aspuru I #run past this fly-looking #pigeon #mural in #Pittsburgh somewhat regularly 😎

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this was the best thing I ever tweeted

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Melting my brain that this lists “Free shipping"

February 2023

this font rules, great work Braille Institute

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Download the Atkinson Hyperlegible Font | Braille Institute
A new typeface – greater legibility and readability for low vision readers Atkinson Hyperlegible font is named after Braille Institute founder, J. Robert Atkinson.  What makes it different from traditional typography design is that it focuses on letterform distinction to increase character recognition, ultimately improving readability.  We are making it free for anyone to use!

I speak Chinese to the mirror
A park has its own winter
I put on music
Winter has no flies
I leisurely make coffee
Flies don’t know what is a homeland
I add a bit of sugar
A homeland is a native accent
I am on the other end of a phone line
And I hear my fear

Bei Dao 北島
on the solace of conversing in a native tongue, even if only with oneself, mirrored —
(hint: read every other line)

revisited this favorite poem in my translation seminar so this evening’s #everynightapoem
#chinese #translation

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March 2023

Yes, the technical term for this is a "Brachistochrone". The turn around at midpoint is called a "skew flip". In the scifi show "The Expanse" they call the maneuver a "flip and burn"

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