Thanks to my really great on-campus office of Indigenization, I got to have a Cree elder come to my class and talk about his traditional knowledge of astronomy.

It was really powerful to listen to him talk about his connection to the sky. Particuarly his view of the aurora: the Cree term for them translates to "the relatives are dancing." Seeing aurorae is a truly happy thing: like seeing your long-gone relatives joyously dancing again.

@RadDevon @amit same for me. I take a look from time to time, and it's messy, but there's always some good post

I'm "on vacation" for a couple of days but I've been doing a terrible job staying off the computer (too much work to do for this giant telescope plan!!) So... here's my geek-out on the JWST images because HOLY WOW they're amazing

My night view from Kennedy Space Center's Banana Creek viewing site half an hour before the Crew-4 launch.

At the horizon, the lit area at left is the 39A pad with the Falcon 9 rocket. The iconic VAB is at right. The bleachers are mostly empty because many crew guests had left over the previous days, as their travel arrangements didn't accommodate the multiple launch delays.

#space

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After trying it out in 2018 or 2019, almost 3 months ago I re-joined Mastodon. It was a big deal for me, since I distrust every social network out there.

Despite the apparent similarity to other sites, Mastodon – and the Fediverse in general – is not even in the same league.

In less than 3 months I've found interesting and helpful people, thoughtful debates, sincere posts and general openness. A complete departure from "before".

I'm in my 50s and this is the web I remember from the 1.0 days.

One of the things I miss about the Google plus interface was how easy it was to search for/find & create small communities of interest.

I wish there was a way to do that more simply in the fediverse.

Would love to find more #writers, especially #specfic (#sciencefiction & #fantasy) writers.

There are some hashtags that can help us find one another - #amwriting & #amwritingscifi for example, but I don't thing many folks use them.

So, where are my spec fic writers at???

(Boosts welcome!)

Smallest library in Italy. This retired school teacher followed his long life dream to bring books to local communities and reads the children stories

@amoroso I know. It's funny because I'm Italian, but I always study things in English and it happens I don't know how to explain concepts in my native language. I feel it's good to translate when it's possible, it depends from the audience. It can be helpful for high school or first year college students if they didn't have the chance to learn another language. But there's a lot of work to do to properly write things down two or three times...

Just thinking to rewrite an old post and translate into Italian. Do you write in multiple languages? Is it worth it?

i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future

What blows my mind about Mastodon is not so much its design or tech.

It's that people there read content that interests them and click links. I'm so used to the complete passivity, even apathy, of Twitter users, that what people do on Mastodon never ceases to amaze me.

#mastodon #fediverse

@uncertainquark I'm going to start by the end of the year, still a work in progress. Great post, I'll take a look!

A I've been lately is Two Women by Moravia. The book talks about a mother struggling to protect her daughter from WWII atrocities. A story that's still relevant today, unfortunately. This is the Italian edition book cover and on the cover is a picture of Sophia Loren (Cesira) and Eleonora Brown (Rosetta), from the movie by Vittorio De Sica.

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