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This caterpillar will mess you up

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Sometimes — heck, often — the cutest looking creatures are the ones that will ruin your existence.

Last week, news stations in Florida posted a warning about a cute little caterpillar that is appearing in trees throughout the state.  Megalopyge opercularis is also known as the “puss caterpillar,” which makes it sound so cute!

(Picture via Wikipedia.)

However, Megalopyge opercularis is also known as a tree asp or asp caterpillar, and with good reason!  That cute fluffy fur contains venomous spines that, to quote Wikipedia,

cause extremely painful reactions in human skin upon contact. The reactions are sometimes localized to the affected area but are often very severe, radiating up a limb and causing burning, swelling, nausea, headache, abdominal distress, rashes, blisters, and sometimes chest pain, numbness, or difficulty breathing.

Yikes!  It isn’t even enough to just avoid touching them if you see them for, as FOX Houston notes,

Doctors say be aware of them while working outdoors because they are known to fall out of trees.

So, remember: “cute” does not equal “safe” in the animal kingdom! See also: blue-ringed octopus, slow loris, poison dart frog.

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En Garde

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'Touch!' 'Nope, I sighed and stared at you with resignation, so I regained emotional right-of-way.'
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JayM
20 hours ago
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Pooh, long press.

Yay, fencing XKCD!
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tedder
1 day ago
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alt: 'Touch!' 'Nope, I sighed and stared at you with resignation, so I regained emotional right-of-way.'
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samuel
1 day ago
I'm giddy that the upcoming iOS beta app will have a long press gesture to get the alt text.
rtreborb
1 day ago
Samuel, is long press only enabled for some feeds? I don't get it on the what-if feed for XKCD.
samuel
1 day ago
This is for the upcoming iOS version, which nobody has yet but will next week.
rtreborb
23 hours ago
I have the Android version (beta, I think? I signed up at one point but not sure if I keep getting updates). Long press works for alt-text on normal XKCD but not other feeds (what-if).

Alle paar Jahre kommt eine Nachricht vorbei, bei der ...

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Alle paar Jahre kommt eine Nachricht vorbei, bei der ich mich über mein Land freue. Heute ist so ein Tag. Hier ist die Nachricht. Ich zitiere:
US will not commit to climate change aid for poor nations at UN summit
Das ist offensichtlicherweise noch nicht der erfreuliche Teil.
Rich countries pledged to find $100bn a year by 2020, but so far only Germany has made a significant contribution
Ich freue mich auch immer, wenn ich aus dem Zug oder Flugzeug das Meer von Windrädern sehen kann, das auf dem Weg von Hamburg/Hannover nach Berlin zu sehen ist.
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Hemlis update #9 – Beta testing

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This is a “beta” in Swedish

Summer has ended and we have had a pretty nice time (despite things) and are now getting into the mode of releasing this. Development has moved on even during the crazy long Swedish summer days but we have run into more issues that we anticipated. One never learns that doing stuff you never done before is, pretty hard. Maybe we have now… or not.

In the process iOS8 has been released, something that is great for us. We always wanted to do a broad beta-test of the system. Something that prior to iOS8 has not been possible on iOS. Beta testing on iOS is now much simpler and allows for up to 1000 testers instead of previous 100. The problem being that it is yet only open for 25 internal testers. The full system is quote,”Coming soon”.

On Android beta testing is possible as we are not forced to distribute the App via Google play. There are other problems, but at least it’s not about how many that can test it.

So what we are doing right now is working on the last things before we can actually do a real beta test.

Now for the sad part. 1000 testers on iOS is nowhere near enough for all funders with iOS to get access to a beta.  Specially as getting access to a messaging app before everyone else is useless as you at least need one friend to message. So giving 1000 random people access does not work. We need people to actually use Hemlis be able to know if things are working as they are supposed to. Beta testing is about helping us finish the system, not about getting early access.

How exactly we are going to make this as fair as possible and also work out the kinks is still something we really don’t know.  In reality most of you can’t get access to the beta. Sure, we never promised any funders access to a beta (we knew it was not possible to do on iOS) but it has always been our goal to give funders access earlier if it was possible. But we have to live with what can be done.

The chance of registering a username early will obviously be available for the funders who should get that regardless of how the beta will work.


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September 19, 2014

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That time a BAHFest entry was cited on parents.com.
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annberends
2 days ago
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nice
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zipcube
2 days ago
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loled
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gradualepiphany
4 days ago
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YEP.
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weelillad
4 days ago
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Spot on.
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smadin
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DADS
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tdarby
4 days ago
Ooh, sporty.
dukeofwulf
4 days ago
AAAH! SO IMPRUDENT!
RedSonja
4 days ago
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Sometimes, the thermostat will just turn off, even though we all want it on!

September 20, 2014

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OH MAN
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