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That gender you got at birth? That's just a tutorial gender. You're only supposed to use it to get the hang on this world's gender system and then ditch it for a stronger one, not use it your entire life, noob

not safe for work! (not sexual), sillypost 

unionize!
abolish capitalism!
destroy the concept of wage work!
meow!

meds (-) 

I somehow missed reordering my antidepressant in time and have now been completely out for.. something like a week, now? Haven’t noticed any particular emotional wobbliness (it was at maintenance dosage), but the brain zaps are Quite Something. Also my sense of time seems to have taken a hit.

Pharmacy finally shipped my order over the weekend—is there a supply problem? I didn’t see any notices that they’re rationing—but its ETA isn’t until Wednesday. This is likely to be a Fun kind of week.

I wonder: If we required all programmers to use a slower device than their target for development would we see improved software? Limitations do breed creativity, after all.

One of the great problems of our culture is that music, art, dancing, and so on are considered professions and not things people do.

Make a sea shanty.

Sing along with the radio.

Dance in the kitchen.

Draw on the wall.

Color outside the lines.

Make your own lines.

ableist language / PSA 

I'm too fatigued to explain this fully, but I'm here to remind you that
-idiot
-moron
-stupid
are all ableist slurs deeply rooted in white supremacy and I will probably unfollow you if you use them.

Bigots are not un-intelligent. People you dislike do not have cognitive impairments/disabilities. And guess what, hating someone bc their so-called 'intelligence' level is different from yours is ableist!

friendly reminder that:

- you do not need to think someone is the scum of the earth to block them or mute them
- being blocked or muted does not mean you are a bad person in any way shape or form
- you have a right to surround yourself with people you enjoy, indeed, you have a right to happiness
- people liking you doesn't mean you are a good person
- you liking something or someone doesn't mean that that thing is good

it is a misconception I think a lot of people hold, and it's not truth.

:boost_ok:

Re: uspol, neoliberal excuses for fascism 

Okay, I think I’ve figured out why this one bothers me so much. The other place in my life where I’ve heard ‘that’s not the real [name]’ was someone defending their abusive spouse. Codependent, much?

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I vividly remember how much of an unlikely fight it felt like to standardize ActivityPub. A wild contrast to see AP articles on the frontpage of lobste.rs and HN regularly!

It's so easy for me to despair about the work ahead... a reminder: sometimes we succeed!

The wise man notes that reforms change the names of things and not the things themselves. The slave became a serf, and then a salaried worker: nothing has been reformed but language. The wise man remains indifferent to these questions of philology.
-- Han Ryner

#anarchism #quote #bot

food recall notice 

PSA: MASSIVE HOT POCKETS RECALL DUE TO GLASS AND PLASTIC INSIDE

Your hot pockets are effected if:
- they are a 12 pack of pepperoni
- they expire February 2022
- they have one of the following lot numbers:

0318544624
0319544614
0320544614
0321544614

they will also have EST. 7721A under the best buy date and lot number

cnn.com/2021/01/16/us/hot-pock

About the "nonbinary crossbow" :nb_crossbow: 

In other words, it is my desire for this symbol to represent *all* genders or lack thereof--through the lens of trans- and nonbinary-normativity.

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About the "nonbinary crossbow" :nb_crossbow: 

I designed the "nonbinary crossbow" :nb_crossbow: about a year ago. I'd like to explain the meanings behind each element.

First off, there are the mirror of Venus and spear of Mars--traditional symbols of female and male identities, respectively.

But the central circle is intended to represent agender identities, and the incomplete arc to represent demi- and other nonbinary identities. 1/

So signal is having technical difficulties due to user influx. Signal didn't want to decentralize because it wanted to be able to continue to provide a reliable exoerience. Yet here they are unable to provide a reliable experience BECAUSE they are centralized.

#signalmessenger

Quiet, perfectly legal psyops towards government officials (3/3) :boost_ok: 

Given all that, let’s talk optimization. These bits aren’t strictly necessary, but will increase effectiveness.

* One subject per letter. People have only so much working memory, so they’re only going to remember one.

* Heavier than normal paper. Not so heavy that it doesn’t fold well into an envelope, but something with _presence_. That which has more physical weight, has more emotional weight.

* Handwriting that’s tidy, but a little on the small side. If somebody has to pay attention to parse it, they’re more likely to remember it. That’s true for every step in handling the thing, from the basic admin. assistant who first screens it for relevance, all the way to the final recipient.

* Somewhat formal phrasing. This emphasizes that you thought about what to say before you wrote it, not to mention being a class signifier.

* Use pen. Even erasable pen says “I really mean this” more than pencil does.

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3) All thought is embodied. You can’t touch an email, and a phone call to somebody’s office almost never results in them hearing your own voice, with your own emotions. But due to their rarity, a physical letter is quite likely to end up in the addressees’ own hands. That means all the brain machinery which tells someone ‘this is really real’ kicks in. The physical is naturally important to us.

This is among the reasons that people who grew up before email have an outsized influence at every level of government. They shouldn’t be the only ones.

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Handwritten letters. Not joking.

It takes hundreds of emails and phone calls to make a member of the government even pretend to give a fuck about what one wants. But as few as two physical, handwritten letters can hit the action threshold.

Let’s unpack the why of that, shall we?

0) More than one sender. If only one person is known to have any particular opinion, it’s automatically dismissed. (If you’re encouraging them to continue a stance which they’ve already taken, you’re already the N+1th person.)

1) Rarity value. They simply don’t get many, so hardcopy stands out.

2) Time investment. Sad to say, but ‘took the time to sit down and write this’ carries more weight than ‘took the time to compose a message that’s clear and to the point’. (It’s best to do both, of course.)

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