Refresh Types


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1854: Refresh Types

Qatar ‘Row’ a “Family Issue”


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

White House press spokesman Sean Spicer made the comments during an off-camera briefing to journalists in Washington.

So was World War I. …

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Basil Zaharoff in Tintin

The Lasting Damage of Trump’s ‘Tapes’ Bluff


(Atlantic Politics) – David Frum:

The president’s attempt to intimidate James Comey didn’t merely backfire—it may also embolden hostile regimes to conclude his other threats are equally empty. …

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Donald Trump goes off stage

Romeo and Juliet: Act 5, Scene 1


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

We’ve finally made it to Act 5! Let’s check in with Romeo over in Mantua. …

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 5, Scene 1

Fomalhaut’s Debris Disc


(ESO PoTW) –

Fomalhaut is one of the brightest stars in the sky. At roughly 25 light-years away the star lies especially close to us, and can be seen shining brightly in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus (The Southern Fish). This image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) shows Fomalhaut (centre) encircled by a ring of dusty debris — this is the first time this scene has been captured at such high resolution and sensitivity at millimetre wavelengths. …

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ESO potw1721a: Fomalhaut debris disc

Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 4 (part 2)


(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

When we last left our heroine Juliet, she was dead.

… or was she?

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Mya Gosling: Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 4 (part 2)

True Shape of the Boomerang


(ESO PoTW) – This picture shows the Boomerang Nebula, a protoplanetary nebula,  as seen by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The background purple structure, as seen in visible light with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a classic double-lobe shape with a very narrow central region. ALMA’s ability to see the cold molecular gas reveals the nebula’s more elongated shape, in orange. …

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ESO PoTW 1724a: Boomerang Nebula, by ALMA

Saturn, From Earth


(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

That shot is not from the Cassini spacecraft. It was taken on June 11, 2017, using a 106 cm (42”) telescope located at the renowned Pic du Midi Observatory, located in the French Pyrénées. It’s at an elevation of nearly 3000 meters, and has an unusually steady air flow past it. That’s important: A steady atmosphere means less twinkling, less distortion of the light from astronomical objects. That means images taken there have very high resolution, and I’ve always been very impressed with what I’ve seen coming from that location. …

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Damian Peach, Emil Kraaikamp e.a.:Saturn on 2017-06-11, from Pic du Midi

Ed Sheeran ÷


(Guardian Music) – Alexis Petridis:

As he releases his third album ÷Ed Sheeran talks about his most surreal moments of fame, being mobbed on easyJet and why he built a pub in his garden. …

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Ed Sheeran

Change of Guards at the Library of Congress


(WP) – Peggy McGlone:

A ‘Rock star’ Baltimore librarian makes history at the Library of Congress. …

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LoC main reading room

Kyle Chayka: The Library of Last Resort