@almaember It's also worth pointing out that the famously bike-friendly cities in the Netherlands became that way by choice in the past few decades. Other major European cities could accomplish the same if they decided to create policies and investment to encourage the change.

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From @mellon_heads on Twitter:
Why does Sauron always dress in black?
He wants to be More Goth.

(I’m always Tolkien trash about him…)

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(please boost) asking for money help 

hello! i need $80 to order groceries, $60 for medical weed, and $15 for some vitamin d ($155 total)

i'm currently unemployed and in the process of applying for disability

paypal: https://paypal.me/v33b33

cashapp: https://cash.app/$vantablack420

venmo: https://venmo.com/vantablack420

liberapay: https://liberapay.com/v4nt4bl4ck

thank you so much 🖤

#MutualAid #TransCrowdFund

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Economics: Humans only value things monetarily.
Sociology: Uh, I don't ...
Economics: Humans are always rational and value is calculated by a complex inner calculus.
Sociology: Uh, Psy, can you help?
Psychology: That's not how humans ...
Physics: *drops teacup*

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"Colour" is as much to do with perception as physics. I've just found an ace little demo of the Gelb effect, where the brightest thing in an image appears white: http://www.psy.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/illgelbe.html As you add boxes, each new box looks white until the next one appears.

@Stoori Ai anteeksi, en huomannut, että se on teineille. En varmasti tiedä kuinka teinit puhuvat...

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Please add image descriptions, folks! I would like to boost your funny & cute photos, but I'm not boosting inaccessible stuff to my followers! I just "unboosted" something because I didn't want to do that.

@shavian 𐑴, 𐑔𐑨𐑙𐑒𐑕! 𐑦𐑑 𐑢𐑳𐑟 𐑐𐑮𐑪𐑝𐑳𐑝𐑤𐑦 𐑚𐑦𐑒𐑪𐑟 𐑲 𐑢𐑳𐑟 𐑑𐑮𐑱𐑙𐑜 𐑯𐑪𐑑 𐑑 𐑚𐑰 𐑑𐑵 𐑕𐑤𐑴. 𐑲𐑥 𐑕𐑑𐑦𐑤 𐑿𐑟𐑦𐑙𐑜 𐑞 𐑪𐑯𐑕𐑒𐑮𐑰𐑯 𐑒𐑰𐑚𐑹𐑛 𐑪𐑯 𐑿𐑹 (?) 𐑕𐑲𐑑.

@shavian 𐑢𐑰 𐑛𐑴𐑯𐑑 𐑣𐑨𐑝 ·𐑔𐑨𐑙𐑒𐑕𐑜𐑦𐑝𐑩𐑙 𐑣𐑽 𐑲𐑞𐑻, 𐑚𐑳𐑑 𐑢𐑰𐑝 𐑜𐑪𐑑 «𐑚𐑤𐑨𐑒 /𐑰𐑒» 𐑯𐑬!

(corrections welcome! 🙂 )

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How much can you say in 500 English characters vs. 500 German ones? What about Cantonese?

I was thinking about this, and about compactness in general. So I put together a chart of 4 typical social-media phrases in 10 languages. Here are the character counts, and the raw data. (*)

#linguistics #languages #language #English #Hebrew #French #Spanish #Russian #Polish #German #Dutch #Arabic #Cantonese #עברית #العربية #français #español #Русский #polski #deutsch #nederlands #廣東話 @linguistics

@Stoori @TheDigitalGlobalCitizen @carbsrule_en I don't think I've ever been motivated to learn a language by a specific event, but I definitely agree about different languages for news. I regularly check the news in Arabic and English, which has been an excellent way to get radically different perspectives.

Of course, nowadays it's possible to watch/read news from many places in English, but in my expereince it's often not the same. Al Jazeera EN has a different spin than the AR one.

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the kid in omelas was a content moderator

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Hello @languagelovers ,

I have a Spanish speaker learning English. Seems about B1 level maybe. Looking for a book or other sources on English grammar - in English.

Any recommendations?

I have several books on Eng grammar, but I don’t think any of them would be good for a non-native learning the language.

Doesn’t have to be a book. Maybe videos in “simple English”

And thoughts are welcome
Thank you ありがとうgracias 謝謝

@david I haven't been able to attend to language learning in a while, so my goals are pretty minimal at the moment. I just want to get back to learning Russian -- to review what I've already studied, get back to that baseline, and start studying regularly again.

And I might also try to work out how to set up a Shavian keyboard on my linux computer and lineageOS phone. :)

@zombiecide @carbsrule_en Exclusive lists are a Hometown feature (unless they got added in v4 of Mastodon?) but (non-exclusive) lists should be available in mainline masto.

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Anybody speaking Hungarian? Please? Anybody?

Bárki aki beszél magyarul? Tényleg bárki?

@carbsrule_en @zombiecide Hometown (the version of Mastodon we're using on polyglot.city) has "exclusive lists", which means toots that show up on the list don't also show up in your home feed. So if you want to keep following those accounts, you could make an exclusive list for them.

@Coocho You're definitely not the only one. I once called the post because I was expecting several packages and didn't know which one the clearance form was for. The post person told me to just guess -- they had no more information than I did.

I think the system is very poorly designed. It's almost as though it's supposed to be difficult. I don't get why we can't just pay customs at the local post when we collect the package. That seems like it would be smoother & easier for everyone.

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