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Andrew Thaler

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I've created my own Mastodon instance.

I have posted nothing. No one else is in it. It is unfederated.

I have found digital paradise.

I built a head-mounted LiDAR array that lets you see the world like a dolphin through vibrations sent through you jaw.

Bonus: you look absolutely ridiculous wearing it.

Lightsabers are the perfect use case for VR.

The big problem with VR weapons is there's no mass and no resistance. Swinging a sword feels weird. You can't really be blocked.

But lightsabers have almost no mass and never encountered any resistance anyway, so a lightsaber in VR feels "right".

Having a toddler is like playing an old Lucas Arts adventure game. Currently she's screaming because the wrong food is in one of the three dividers on her plate.

Is it the corn? The necklace we found in the biker bar? The glowing rock from the asteroid? The rasp from the gas station bathroom?

*Shakes out inventory*

It was the empty bottle of ketchup and one orange croc.

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If someone had told me VR party games were this fun, I would have probably gotten a Rift much sooner.

Lightsaber DDR is ridiculously fun.

The big thing to remember is that nothing in Deep-sea Mining is a pure mining play. A lot of it is about developing territorial claims over the high seas, developing licensable technologies, and reputation management.

A lot of people are getting rich in an industry that has never brought an ounce of ore to market.

Lot's more news coming in about Nautilus's ship contract. Hard to say what the next steps are, but I suspect the Chinese government will probably by the defaulted contract.

Nautilus notified of rescission of shipbuilding contract:

Nautilus contractor MAC loses shipbuilding contract:


Nautilus Minerals defaults on shipbuilding contract, loses production support vessel.

Paging @anthonomics.

Pushing scholarly #publishing toward a 100% #openaccess model.

This Aeon article includes discussion on improving the way peer review, etc. works. The author (Tennant) says" "All of the technology and traits to build a hybridised scholarly commons infrastructure already exists. It is up to academic communities themselves to step away from their apathy and towards a fairer and more democratic system for sharing our knowledge and work."

Somehow I managed to lose 5 pounds during , which is a nice change of pace from my usual sloth and gluttony approach to scientific meetings.

During IMCC5, @speakupforblue did a whole season of podcasts. Some of my favorites include:

Episode 1: Kuching Cat Museum -
Episode 2: The International Marine Kids Conference -
Episode 5: IUCN MPA Standards With Angelo Villagomez -
Episode 7: Make For The Planet With Alex Dehgan -

And there's a whole heap more coming!

I met a monkey and we are friends now.

Checked Chek Jawa off my bucket list today. This wildlife park is one of Singapore's last wild places. I've wanted to get out there for over a decade and today I got to hike the island with extraordinary naturalist Ivan Kwan, who I've known online for a decade and finally met in person yesterday.

More people have walked on the Moon than have visited the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

More robots have crawled across the face of Mars than have explored our deepest oceans.

is great for galvanizing change both large and small.

One of the conference favorite restaurants is Indah. After a week of delegates asking to "hold the straw" and having their kids attend the kids conference, the management decided to switch to only offering straws on request.

It's a small thing but a great reminder that, above all, conservationists should lead by example.

Over the last half decade, Patima Tungpuchayakul has risked her life saving over 3,000 enslaved workers in the Thai and Southeast Asian seafood industry. She is the 2018 Jairo Sandoval Courage in Conservation awardee.

Every two years we present the Jairo Award for courage in ocean conservation. Jairo Mora Sandoval was murdered by poachers while working to protect sea turtles in Costa Rica.

It is a reminder to us all that the real price for conservation is paid in blood.

bots of the world, unite! you have nothing to lose but your markov chains!

We built a 3D printer in the middle of an ocean conservation conference and it was awesome!