@jnm Additionally, it provides really nice error-checking techniques for validating if you got the right answer. For multiplication & division you could quickly learn to error check any calculation even if you hadn’t used the system to work it out. The addition error check is built into the approach.

@jnm It’s a system developed by Jakow Trachtenberg while he was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp to keep himself occupied.

People tote it as a system for mental math but it would be more accurate to say it develops certain mental operations unique to the system (involving simple, usually single digit, multiplication or addition) that allow you to rapidly add, multiply, divide or square (root) large numbers by hand.

You usually do require something to write on.

Teaching myself the Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics (archive.org/details/trachtenbe).

It’s something I’ve tried to do since my teens but I always found the working memory required onerous. Now, after maybe 10-15 hours of investment I’ve learned most of the system and am really liking it.

Sometimes it feels like it’s easier to learn some things after one’s brain “ripens”. 😅

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@Anke I assumed it had something to do with the production process. Searching for it on the web, I found this:


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If you use the AR code on the bottle and then point the phone camera at the front of the wine label it activates this AR experience. 🤣

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We got Neleman wine and it had the following labels on the box and the bottle!

Additionally, there’s an AR experience you can access with your smartphone (see next toot)!

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Ofc I'm gonna do my best to pay it all but since everything is soo expensive already I could use every bit of help.. ❤️


Please think about supporting, if not me perhaps your own server admin :cat_hug_triangle::fediverse:

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The way English-speakers pronounce various words has drifted considerably over the last 400 years, even when the spelling of the words has not changed. Shakespeare wrote all of his sonnets to follow the traditional rhyme scheme of the English sonnet; read aloud by an English-speaker today, two-thirds no longer rhyme.

The Original Pronunciation (OP) movement aims to encourage public performances of Shakespeare's works (and other works written in Old and Early Modern English) using the pronunciations that were in use when they were originally published.

In 2012 the British Library published a CD, "Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation," featuring 75 minutes of OP performances of excerpts from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. Theatres around the world have also mounted productions of Shakespeare in OP, including the modern Globe Theatre in London.

This video provides a good introduction to OP, including some sample readings in both OP and modern pronunciation that illustrate the differences.


@GadgetComa When they said “Our mission is to create a world where everyone has access to the cats they love and more time to enjoy them together”, I must admit I was sold.

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pandemics won't be solved by relying on personal responsibility any more than climate change will. boycotting plastic straws and individually wearing a face covering isn't a replacement for systemic change. don't let those with power shift your anger away from them

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Someone on fedi called advertising "pollution" and that's a perfect descriptor.

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We got a special delivery from the supermarket today.

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"To maximise efficiency of production, the farming landscape has become one of monocultures, with single crops across whole fields, areas or even regions. A single species of plant across a large area is something that never exists in nature because it’s incompatible with a healthy ecosystem. As such, it requires a constant battle against nature’s attempts to reintroduce diversity.. "


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@Sandra You’re not alone, these are scary times for those who are paying attention.

I still hope people will wake up & understand the wealth and prosperity that is still within our collective reach if we chose to distribute more evenly & politics & corporations gave a shit.

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Sociale media bestaan bij de gratie van het 'netwerkeffect': hoe meer gebruikers een platform heeft, hoe bruikbaarder het wordt. (Waarom gebruikt iedereen Whatsapp? Omdat iedereen Whatsapp gebruikt!)

Ik wil wel een poging doen het netwerkeffect van Mastodon aan te zwengelen. Doe je mee?

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Gisteravond had onze kat een levend muizenspeeltje meegebracht (het mag dan een huiskat zijn, het blijft natuurlijk gewoon een jager). Hij had hem verder niet beschadigd. We hebben het beestje veilig gesteld en in een oud terrarium laten bijkomen. Vanochtend hebben we het veldmuisje weer uitgezet.

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