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This downtown Tokyo video rental shop still has 6,000 VHS tapes, will rent you a VCR too【Photos】 | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Now this is what I call “Reclaim Video” but Japanese Style (shout out Tim and Jim). Seems like there’s more than one person on this planet that also wants to hold onto those tapes.

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Next up, on my reading list,…

Given how scant the info is on Wikipedia for Simulmatics, very little on it’s owners and their clients, and their assignments by various governmental and pseudo-governmental agencies, I HAD to buy and read this book.

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Take that Postmaster General Louis Dejoy!!!

1.) My commissioner of elections cares about my health and safety and sent out, (without me even asking) an application for an absentee/mail-in ballot including a No Postage Necessary self-addressed stamped envelope.

2.) I have filled it in, signed and have mailed it.

Thankyou Monroe Co. Election Commissioners and USPS. Because of you I can exercise my rights as a grown ass U.S. Citizen. All of us together, there’s nothing we can’t do!

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Tribute to John Lewis

I’m watching the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol right now, Waiting to see the casket moved to the Rotunda. There is “good” trouble and Rev. Al Green says it best: The Message is Love.

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Remembering 1964 Summer Olympics

Things sure were looking up for Japan and the whole world back then

The Olympic team for Great Britain just submitted a wonder message to the world, marking what would have been the opening ceremony for the 2020 Olympic games. The film makers draw a parallel to ’64, when last the Olympics were held in Japan. It was a bright shining moment. The bullet-train had JUST entered service, Japan had built all new stadiums and venues for the competition. Think too about this, the World’s Fair was going on at the same time in Queens/NYC. The Vietnam War had not yet been informally declared. Things weren’t so bad. Great Britain would score some gold medals, and that’s shown in the video too. Notably they set a world’s record in the Women’s 800m with Ann Packer coming from the back in the last 200m leg of the race (that’s a story all unto itself). But the video really is a call for not only rememberance but for HOPE. There is hope. Truly we will meet again, in July 2021. And maybe by then things will be a little less dark, a little more hopeful if not joyful. We will meet again some sunny day, in Tokyo, July 2021. That message gives me all the feels.

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Immunity to covid-19 could disappear in months, a new study suggests — MIT Technology Review

The lowdown: Immunity to covid-19 may be short-lived, according to a new longitudinal study of people who have caught the disease and recovered. The study: Researchers at King’s College London repeatedly tested 96 patients and healthcare workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust for antibodies between March and June. All of the participants…

Immunity to covid-19 could disappear in months, a new study suggests — MIT Technology Review

Here’s my favorite pullquote from near the end of the article. It’s depressing because it indicates coronovirus immunity to Sars-CoV2 is likely to be more like the “common cold” immunity. Not stable, reliable or persistent, meaning you can catch it more than once.

The study raises the prospect that, like other coronaviruses, covid-19 could reinfect people repeatedly.

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Reclaim Cloud discussion

Just listened to this interesting chat between Jim, Tim and Lauren about the Reclaim Cloud service coming up this month. Definitely sounds interesting and learning what Tim has discovered about self-hosted services like PeerTube is VERY interesting too. I’m hoping it catches on like in a way Mastadon still hasn’t quite caught on as a Twitter replacement. I’ll have to check back in at Mastadon and see if anyone’s posting there

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Strange bird outside Shinjuku Station looks like a reincarnated salaryman — Thanks to: SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Endangered species decides to freak people out at the busiest train station in the world. Tokyo is a bustling metropolis filled with millions of people who live and work in the capital each day, but within this built-up concrete jungle, nature never ceases to amaze with its tenacity to keep on keeping on in the…

Strange bird outside Shinjuku Station looks like a reincarnated salaryman — SoraNews24 -Japan News-
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A flippant comment

Some people are full of classical gas
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A new course & the untimely demise of the MAODE — The Ed Techie

First of all, some good news. On June 8th we launch a new microcredential course – 15pts at postgrad level so not _that_ micro I grant – on FutureLearn. 681 more words

A new course & the untimely demise of the MAODE — The Ed Techie

Ah yes, the axing of the programs

I once worked in an EdTech center at the Uni where I worked. We had a help desk, student staff, generous hours and plenty of computers with “some” but not of overly specialized equipment. And it was by and large successful (not in an enrollment/profit kind of way, but was well used and atteneded). But priorities changed and the space that place occupied was coveted by the building owners (where we were a tenant), and we by degrees took out the computer/lab space.

This eventually led to staff being re-assigned to other orgs and eventually all operations were shutdown. Whither the instuctors? Indeed that seemed like the first thing that would suffer. And all complaints, requests for assistance would go through our then new director when they fell into the EdTech category. I had left by then for another part of the Uni. But after a year, they posted a job description that was almost 100% my previous job. So I applied for it and got it. And now I’m back to assisting people, but without the “center”, the staff and equipment.