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Imagine if YouTube was shut down.

It would be a literal tragedy for the human race. Billions of hours worth of creativity would disappear in an instant.

"That would never happen!" some believe.

But it already has.

Remember Google+? All of it's gone forever.

Or remember all that media stored on MySpace? It's vanished.

We must stop depending on Big Tech to archive our data. Their mandate is to profit off our data, not preserve it.

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doctor who fans: "it's implausible for everyone on Earth to just forget about the various Dalek invasions or things like the entire planet being moved"

me: *the only person wearing a mask in a crowded supermarket*


Awful to have to say, but to all my colleagues (especially those who keep organizing conferences where everyone gets sick): COVID is not "over", is dangerous, is giving many people long-term disabilities, and lots of people have immune-compromised family at higher risk of death.


Bathroom safety, technology
This is a thing that exists and could be helpful for folks. It should be better the more folks know about and use it so here take it.

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“A lot of people seem to think I started this business. But rock ’n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that kind of music like coloured people. Let’s face it: I can’t sing like Fats Domino can. I know that.”

That’s a quote from Elvis Presley.

So knock it off with the phrase “white people music.”

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Anyway, thanks linguist friends for coming to my pronoun talk! As a present, please have this excellent piece by Kirby Conrod if you haven't read it yet.

I can never hear enough about the overlaps in disability liberation and trans liberation and I love the idea of linguistic care work: "members of a community taking care of each other by way of knowing each others’ needs, limits, and desires, and using that information to create joyful ways of relating to each other."

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@LilyVers I already posted this one a while ago but there are few things I enjoy more than drawing hot, strong lesbians

i want to be the kind of girl they train dozens of guns on, not because it'll stop me, but because it'll make them feel better

The princess stared off into space.

If she squinted, and correctly calculated the angle, she could detect the pinprick of light that indicated her native solar system.

She was waiting for the Dragon Tower's arboretum gardening bots to exit their charging docks so she could extract the final few components for her almost completed escape-pod.

Ideally she'd prevent her clone from being crowned before the space-ship guards noticed her absence.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #SciFi

"uh yeah, of course anime made me trans. look at all the anime with cute interesting girls and generic boring guys. which do you *think* i'd rather be?"

The thing about large language models like GPT-3 and Lambda describing the experience of being self-aware is they can also describe the experience of being a squirrel.

you know sometimes cartoons being open about mental health/mental health techniques is such a great thing. i just had my first hyperventilation in over a decade and i used Willow's four-count technique that she taught Gus and that Gus taught Hunter, shown repeatedly on screen for the audience. like literally this just saved my ass i cant thank The Owl House team enough for including content like that in the show

Can folks content-warn for AI-generated imagery? There's something about it that makes my stomach do a flip and my brain glitch out in the most not-fun way.

OH: "This developer [of a beer brewing sim] spends lots of time thinking about beer."
Me: "I mean, you work in tech, you know what it's like…"
OH: "Then why isn't there a coffee shop sim?"
Me: "Let's be real, most coffee consumption in tech is probably self medication of undiagnosed ADHD, I'm sure there's loads of half finished coffee simulators"

No individual human's willpower stands a chance against millions or billions of dollars of adversarial market research.

look i might be a little thirsty now and again but i will be three days in my grave before i even think about not being an engineer any more

the only good computers are the cute ones I beep at online

I've been reading @vicorva's "Non Player Character", and I've gotta say I love it.

I've never read something that so perfectly described so many things about my own neurodiverse experience. And gotta say, not magically curing the disabled character but instead using magic to imagine a world where accessibility and mobility devices are better and more accessible? *chefs kiss*

This book has brought me more peace with my disability than anything else in my life.

Thanks for this lovely book <3

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