Today I learned

As Randall Munroe of xkcd says, for each thing “everyone knows” by the time they’re adults, there are 10,000 people in the United States learning about it for the first time.

  • Alexithymia is the inability to identify and describe emotions in yourself or others. People with alexithymia may need to rely on others to help them diagnose and address depression.
  • Okta is a unit of measurement for cloud cover.
  • The gender neutral form of ombudsman is either ombudsperson or ombud.
  • Assisted suicide is legal in Washington, DC.
  • Eugene Schieffelin introduced the common starling to North America because he wanted to introduce all the birds mentioned in the plays of William Shakespeare to North America.
  • Marbled crayfish can clone themselves.
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska celebrates Fat Bear Week annually, to publicize and celebrate the process of bears eating as much as they can to build up crucial fat reserves in advance of winter hibernation.
  • LUFS (Loudness units relative to full scale) is a scale of loudness (the compression and amplification of sound resulting in a higher perceived sound).
  • A proposed standard which allows websites to define security policies through .well-known/security.txt
  • Using archive_file in Terraform can generate ZIPs on-the-fly.
  • Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.
  • There’s a Ben and Jerry’s flavor graveyard.
  • Wreck — HTTP client utilities for hapi.
  • One swallow doesn’t make spring
  • Self-documented Makefiles with some shell scripting magic.
  • USB 3.0 interferes with devices in the 2.4–2.5GHz spectrum.
  • There’s a media query to check system color schemes for dark/light preferences.
  • Efficiency-thoroughness trade-off principle