New Instance, newly-edited #introductions post:
Hi, I'm Pamela! I live by a great lake (well, it's alright). I really love animals and have a pet turtle and cats. I like to learn new things and work with my hands. I like ecology, #STEM, #gameing, #openbsd, books and nature, and I enjoy painting but don't spend enough time doing it.
I have #agoraphobia and write about that pretty regularly, now, as well as my experiences with microwork.
reminder that ☀️ is out to get you
Did you know!
You should be wearing sunscreen indoors?
I'm not going to get a tan sitting inside the house in quarantine, you say.
Well, good news! That's not how photoaging and skin cancer work at all! UVA rays will come straight through the damn clouds and the glass in your window, year-round!
Find something that says PA+++ or PA++++ and designed for faces and put it on your face and neck and hands! every day! This could be the easiest thing you'll ever do to take care of yourself! Except drinking water. Drink water, too!
For the three people who would want the explainer: yes, we want the silly sunscreen changes. We haven't approved a new sun filter since the stone age and are missing out on literally decades of developed products other countries and the EU have already tested extensively, including significantly more stable, reef-safe broad-spectrum filter complexes which are signficantly less toxic. (Don't put oxybenzone on your skin or into the water!)
Physician's Formula no longer cruelty-free
Physician's Formula are apparently now selling in mainland China, producing domestically with known ingredients so they're not *automatically* being tested on animals as is required for imports, but as government safety testing is done on various products in the domestic market on an ongoing basis, this is no longer a brand committed to not sanctioning animal testing of its products.
(This remains a good rule of thumb: if a product is sold and marketed in mainland China, as an import it *has* been tested on animals, and all others *may* be. If animal testing determines your purchasing decisions, sales in these markets disqualify any makeup brands. Often a brand's statement regarding animal testing will mention this region specifically).
So what's for dinner?
Also, love to read about how my state is quickly becoming the hotspot for the world and calling us the canary in the coal mine and how we only received the barest fraction of the ventilators we need and stuff, wish there were some kind of news edition available for like if you live in New York and need to stay reasonably functional vs the people outside of New York who might be involved in decision-making and *actually* need to read about how we're turning into a hellmouth
covid, lewd, health information
good looking out, underpaid media person 👍
there's also a whole big pdf about safe covid sex https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-sex-guidance.pdf so okay, everyone, sexting for public health is now official city guidance!
alright alright, positive thinking.
I'm excited this was the first day of spring! 🌷 Earliest it has come in over a century, apparently.
Which is weird, because it comes the same time every year and we're just bad at wrapping our calendar around things. 😆
But I take immense joy in blooming bulbs and look forward to seeing them, and bringing some inside to enjoy.
covid, Texas, call for assistance
The Central Texas Food Bank is taking care of a lot of people who've been laid off or furloughed due to the #coronavirus outbreak. If you can, could you donate something to them to help?
Please signal boost.
Alter-ego of @pamela (more personal writing here, more tech there)
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