When the first astronaut to Mars was about to board her ship, her husband gave her a book.
"I have lots of ebooks to read," she said.
"Open it," he said.
"Wait, it's a library book?"
"Take it with you. So I know you will come back to Earth."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

The ancient casket was found behind a wall in the deepest tomb. We translated the inscription:
"Herein sealed what our diviners claim will undo our eternal rule. Open it not."
We opened it.
The room seemed brighter, the air sweeter, as we read the note inside:
"Hope for change."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

"Excuse me," she says. "Do you want to build a world with me?"
Sincere, serious.
"What, like in Minecraft?"
"No. A real one. Like this, but better."
I'm too busy, too tired. But... "Sure."
"Thank you. I will send instructions."
I blink.
She's gone.
The "sure" burns on my tongue.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

It is pitch dark. You are likely to get Eaten by a Grue.
> get eaten by a grue
> inv
You have:
A copy of the bestseller book, Eaten by a Grue.

Fascinating and brilliant analysis of femininity in Fury Road (one of the best movies of the decade, if not the century). Series of 8 videos. youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJA

Okay so tumblr is banning rotating cubes saying it's porn and facebook banned saying "i'm gay" saying it's sexual solicitation and Twitter always seemed like it could disappear at any moment

I feel like we need to be getting ready for Mass Migration to Mastodon, which means we need to fix anything that keeps Mastodon from being usable, and there is in fact something that keeps Mastodon from being usable, there's one specific thing, it's this:


The Word of Flesh and Soul
“The language of the originators defines reality, every word warping the world to fit its meaning. Its study transforms the mind and body, and is closely guarded by stodgy, paranoid academics.”

Something under my foot rolled. A bottle, covered in dust and debris, with a note inside.
"I gave this bottle to the tide here," it said, and a hand drawn map of Europe with an X on the coast.
I looked up at Earth, hanging in the sky above me. How did this get here to the Moon?
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

It hasn't made a lot of headlines, but as of today the metric system is fully defined in terms of measurable physical constants, no longer relying on the International Prototype Kilogram or any other unique object. Here's a neat website from NIST with a bunch of background and explainers about the change. (Be sure to click around—there's a bunch of more in-depth pages here.) nist.gov/si-redefinition/meet-

WaPo opinion by Helaine Olen taking no prisoners wrt Facebook: “astonishing cluelessness and moral rot in the company’s top executive leadership” 🔥🔥🔥 washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-

The next version of HTTP won’t be using TCP — HTTP is switching to a protocol layered on top of UDP arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/1

This is really shocking. I knew we were destroying habitats and endangering wildlife, but was under the impression it was a relatively incremental thing on a global scale, only really harming certain regions / a minority of species. Not so. theguardian.com/environment/20

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