WHAT IF....? Odin had kidnapped a baby from Planet of The Apes instead of Jotunheim?

Official TVA mugshots:

I know it's kind of simple, but hey, Bootie does not deserve my A game. Or my B or C game, frankly. Someone wearing a $16 taco costume won their contest. A taco.

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They Loki

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Agent Gray would like to leave you some feedback

And it was so nice of them to hang my portrait!

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Lesbian Raptor Jesus: California Condor Parthenotes

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Conservation Scientists Report First Confirmed Hatchings of Two California Condor Chicks from Unfertilized Eggs.

Scientists confirmed that each condor chick was genetically related to the respective female condor (dam) that laid the egg from which it hatched. However, they found that neither bird was genetically related to a male -- meaning both chicks were biologically fatherless; and accounted for the first two instances of asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, to be confirmed in the California condor species.

Additionally, the two dams were continuously housed with fertile male partners. So, this parthenogenesis discovery is not only the first to be documented in condors, but is also the first discovered through the use of molecular genetic testing, and the first in any avian species where the female bird had access to a mate. [...] Both of these females had also produced numerous offspring with their mates -- one had 11 chicks, while the other was paired with a male for over 20 years and had 23 chicks. The latter pair reproduced two more times following the parthenogenesis. [...]

Researchers were able to confirm this novel finding at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance by leveraging comprehensive data collected throughout the successful and collaborative California Condor Recovery Program. For over 30 years, conservationists have conducted extensive genetics and genomics research, using samples of blood, eggshell membranes, tissues, and feathers to gather hereditary data from 911 individual condors. They were able to cross reference historical genetic records before confirming the outcome of this distinctive case of parthenogenesis.

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Notch Pro

Are you missing out on the new Notch Mac lifestyle? Not anymore! Notch Pro will make your Mac cool!

  • It draws a notch over your menubar
  • You can change the width of the notch

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That Innsmouth Look

One used mass media to promote his barely-disguised virulent racism and horrific visions of humanity subjugated by incomprehensible, formless entities. The other was H. P. Lovecraft.

I wonder what Zuckerberg named his cat, though?

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Some words of advice for owners of skeletons.

I mean, it's just good advice in general.

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Finally got my Emacs setup just how I like it

"A futuristic office composed of a typewriter, television screens, a video recorder and a photocopier are presented at the exhibition of Hanover in Germany, 1969."

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President Zuckerberg Doesn't Care About Corporeal People, part 2


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DNA Lounge: Wherein Apple made vax QR codes easier

iOS 15.1 was just released, and now you can store your SMART-Health QR code in your wallet, so you can access it from the lock screen, along with your event tickets! You have to re-scan your code to do it, though. Just point the camera at your QR code, let it open it in the Health app, and say OK.

The SMART-Health codes are getting more prevalent, too. As of a few weeks ago, Rick Klau figured that about 50% of the country have access to SMART Health QR codes now. They are supported by the state systems in CA, LA, NY and HI, but are also available to anyone vaccinated at CVS, Walmart, Sam's Club, or any health system that uses Epic or Cerner. And pretty soon now, all of Canada will be on this system too. Here's a full list of participating systems.

It would be great if there was a cheat sheet along the lines of, "my insurance is X, where do I click?" but that does not seem to exist.

Sadly, DNA Lounge is still the only nightclub in town that is actually going to scan that code, because literally everyone else is gleefully accepting photoshop forgeries of vaccination cards. Everyone else, including SFDPH, believes that scribbling your name on someone else's vax card in Comic Sans counts as proof of vaccination.

As a vaccinated person who would still prefer not to catch COVID-19, I remain unpleased about this situation.

Anyway, it's Halloween Week! Are you ready for our eight events over seven nights, and three different costume contests? And most importantly, have you seen our giant skeleton?

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