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TIL about Sublinks, a Java-based alternative to Lemmy's backend (github.com)

Today I learned about Sublinks (here), an open-source project that aims to be a drop-in replacement for the backend of Lemmy, a federated link aggregator and microblogging platform. Sublinks is designed to be initially API-compatible with Lemmy, allowing existing Lemmy clients, such as Lemmy-UI, to integrate seamlessly....

TIL Ecuador has constitutional protections for the rights of nature, and those protections are actively determining environmental legal cases. (amp.theguardian.com)

A landmark case was won in 2021 ruling against the rights of a mining company to mine los cedros’ cloud forest, a high altitude rainforest, because it would harm the biodiversity of the area....

TIL Spurious Correlations now uses AI to generate explanations, papers, and images for the best correlations (www.tylervigen.com)

The heightened state of unease over the possibility of a 'Con Air' sequel resulted in an influx of security personnel. It just goes to show, when it comes to Nic Cage, the need for increased security is always 'Raising Arizona.'

TIL May Day, not on the same day as US Labor Day, started "in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago (1886)." (www.britannica.com)

In 1889 an international federation of socialist groups and trade unions designated May 1 as a day in support of workers, in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot in Chicago (1886). Five years later, U.S. Pres. Grover Cleveland, uneasy with the socialist origins of Workers’ Day, signed legislation to make Labor Day—already...

TIL about the gameboy accessory that gasses kids to sleep for surgery (www.destructoid.com)

A new piece of medical equipment is being tested right now called the Pedisedate. Basically, it is a headset that is placed on a child before they are admitted to surgery. The device connects to a Game Boy or portable CD player (yup, not a Nintendo DS or iPod — apparently the Pedisedate also transports you to 1996) and a...

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