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My main creative work is a "series" for which I am still finishing a pilot episode.

I also spend a lot of time on exploring, testing, and promoting tools, like , , , , , , , , and .

In the past, I've been an with an interest in .

Texas. Married. 3 adult kids.

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Among the tools we use on "Lunatics!", one of the least well-known is . The "NG" is for the pure-Python version of the software which was forked and maintained by @morevnaproject . This version was easier to adapt to our needs:

It's an editor that helps to time lipsync animation to dialog.

It's a big time-saver!

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Soyuz on the pad, just after sunrise.

Because launch vehicles tend to launch towards the East to take advantage of the Earth's rotation, the Gagarin-Start pad in Kazakhstan does 'face' eastwards, with the support equipment on the west side, which makes this shot work out nicely.

From "Lunatics!" ep.1 "No Children in Space".

CC By-SA 4.0

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I designed this set of posters in 2018, for my daughter, and had extras printed. They present the worlds of the solar system in tiered scales with relevant facts.

They are a collection of five 19x27" posters that can be displayed together or separately.

For sale from

(via Gumroad).
$60 for the set, or $15 individually.
Shipping is $12-USA, $16-Canada, $25 elsewhere.

And until I run out, you get a free "Lunatics!" character poster as a wrap.

Boosts appreciated!

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This is the cover art poster for "Lunatics!" episode 1, "No Children in Space". I actually did this on a huge, very wide format, so as to deal with all the possible wrap-around cases, but it's really composed to have this on the front cover.

Of course, this isn't quite correct perspective as a single scene. It's really more of a collage to get all the elements on there at once.

Lunatics Project |
CC By-SA 4.0

As the fediverse grows it becomes more difficult for new #fedi projects to get the attention they deserve.

That's why we started and, as well as use our following to boost and bring attention to new projects (DM us).

We feel obligated to do this because we know how hard it is for new projects and established developer egos.

We're all in this together, let's support each other ❤️

The Dispossessed (Ursula K. Le Guin) – A fascinating look at #utopian #revolutionary thought & #anarchist vs #capitalist thought. But, like, moon anarchists. Because #SciFi. It has a wonderful perspective on #collectivist societies contrasted against #individualism in a robust but critical manner. Let’s go be moon anarchists together and slag off that propertarian planet down below. But careful of the informal power structures!

#QueerLiterature #QueerBooks #Booktoot #Bookstodon #Books #SFF

Dust Storms on Titan

This compilation of images from nine flybys of Titan by NASAs Cassini spacecraft in 2009 and 2010 captures three instances when clear bright spots suddenly appeared in images.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University Paris Diderot/IPGP

Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Tags: Saturn
#space #NASA #JPL #photography #astronomy #astrodon

Merging galaxies!
@NASAWebb used two of its cutting-edge science cameras, including MIRI (the Mid-Infrared instrument), to capture these galaxies blending together in a chaotic splash of dust and gas.

Boost this toot if you're planning on sticking around Mastodon whether or not it becomes more popular than the birdsite.

Oh my God.

I did not know this about Substack: they decide who to promote based on "importance" on Twitter.

So basically, if you're not a Blue Check, then Substance believes you're not worth recruiting.

Now that I know this, I'm not using Substack ever.

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And now the 1st regolith sample is a fact.

Processed, cropped, quick mosaic NAVCAM_LEFT
RMC: 31.0000, Sol: 634
LMST: 16:33:46
UTC: 2022-12-02T07:43:50
Credit: #NASA/JPL-Caltech

#Perseverance #SamplingMars #solarocks #space

I completely understand why academic researchers want access to social media company data. Hell *I* would love to have access to that data myself. But I'm perplexed at how they don't even seem to consider the practical difficulties (privacy, gov't threats, the impact on free speech) from government *mandating* data access.

This is what the sampled regolith looks like, from a very close distance:

RMC: 31.0000, Sol: 633
LMST: 15:03:52
UTC: 2022-12-01T05:31:48
Credit: #NASA/JPL-Caltech

#Perseverance #SamplingMars #Mars2020 #solarocks #space

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My team at work just launched new research on the #TwitterMigration: We analyze which platforms are growing - especially #Mastodon, #Tumblr & #Post.

We look at which sites users are adding to their Twitter bios, posting to their friends about & downloading apps for.

Please do boost this, and love to hear any comments or feedback on it!

Download it here:

A lot of Mastodon instance admins are either getting their first hosting bill or getting a very increased bill from extreme growth and usage. Some may be experiencing bill shock.

Please make sure your paying/supporting them!

Twitter was free because you were the product. Mastodon doesn't work this way.

Many instances list a patreon or donation links on their about page.

It appears that the drive and printer are different USB devices, with the duplicator's USB connecting to a hub inside the device.

Which is what I figured, but it's nice to verify it.

I am little bothered that the Lexmark Printer part apparently reads as "USB 2.0 Hub" -- I would've expected to see some kind of "Lexmark" ID.

But I guess I'll deal with that when I install the Linux printer driver for it (that's supposed to be working -- the reason I bought this particular model of duplicator).

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Yes, the drive works when it's connected, so that loose USB cable must've been the problem.

I'm still going to replace it, but it is amusing -- and instructive.

Of course, they would have had to break the "voids the warranty" seal to get to this connector.

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When I bought this thing on E-Bay, it said that the DVD burner didn't work. I wasn't too concerned, because I figured I was going to upgrade it to M-Disc BDR anyway.

But look at this. I think it literally just came unplugged inside the machine. What a trivial fix!

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Hope I can put this thing back together again. Had to really take it apart to get the drive out.

They could have made it easy by just adjusting the placement of some screws. But did they? NO-OOO-OO!

If you're looking for silly ways to waste time on Mastodon, may I suggest ? (Just click the hashtag, you'll find it).

@derek runs this this single-elimination movie ranking thing.

It's completely unscientific and unfair, but who really cares? Just an excuse to think about the movies, and maybe go watch some of them.

*shuts down laptop*
I think that's enough internet for today

*picks up phone*
Let's see what the pocket sized internet is doing

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

all 360 individual shots in the glorious 'multiverse montage' scene.

dir: Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert
dp: Larkin Seiple
ed: Paul Rogers

4K image click and zoom⬇️

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