The other day I was sure I had seen an otter crossing the road, but on second thought, I Show more
Why I sometimes reply with image descriptions Show more
Sometimes when I see a toot with an image I like but it doesn't have a description, I reply with a description. Here's why, if you're curious about that!
(It got too long for toots.)
Definitely the worst casualty of the Tumblr Pornocalypse: Critique My Dick Pic, one of the greatest sites in the WHOLE WORLD EVER. https://www.dailydot.com/irl/rip-critique-my-dick-pic/
I should also experiment with temperature and a beam search on the output of the features-to-orthography model. the orthography-to-features model has a sigmoid output on the final layer (because it's multi-label), and I'm not sure if there's an equivalent of temperature or beam search for that kind of data?
geez being a poet requires a lot of math
Fascism, non-violence, nazis (historical) Show more
This quote was certainly provocative:
« Historian Laurie Marhoefer describes the violent leftist response to Nazi provocations in Germany. Battles between left and right inside taverns surged into the streets. The German middle classes became alarmed at the rising amount of violent chaos and went along with their economic elites’ decision to hand state power to Adolf Hitler. »
And there's more there about huge counterprotests, and how they can be counterproductive.
"How to Take on Fascism without Getting Played" Show more
Good article on the role violence plays in supporting fascism, and what leads to it in the first place (polarization, driven by inequality).
« Instead [of reacting with violence], the Nordic left movements kept their focus on the real perpetrators of inequality and injustice. The left aimed at pushing the economic elite off their pedestals, and they succeeded despite the violence the elite used to protect their privilege. »
before the invention of canning, they would make whoop-ass by gathering an assortment of leftover beatings, grinding them, salting them heavily, and stuffing them into pig's intestines or fish, then packing them tightly into an oak barrel and burying them in the cold earth to ferment for 18 months. opening up a cask of whoop-ass was a community event
Brexit, humor (Theresa May berating a scepter) Show more
I don't know what's going on here, but I think I'm going to side with the scepter and/or ornate golden energy weapon.
(Also, when I glance at the image, I mistake the clasped hands of the man to the left as Theresa May shaking her fist.)
sewing! - and masculinity, gendering, misogyny, environmental pol Show more
As I learn to sew as an adult, four things come together to irk me:
- I was, through society and directly, not taught anything coded as feminine;
- sewing, and all crafting, is coded as feminine;
- all things coded as feminine, including crafting, is considered lessor;
- living sustainability and outside of consumerism is, often, a form of crafting.
I see what we did there, and I won't stand for it!
If ever you feel like you're a terrible person, remember Thomas Midgely: the man who gave us *not only* leaded gasoline (using tetraethyl lead, which caused widespread lead poisoning in the fabs that produced the gas as well as devastating environmental effects that are still felt to this day), but *also* developed the first chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which he felt would be too inert to do any "real harm". (Tell that to the ozone layer.)
i know a lot of people think that editors are the enemy of the writer but i secretly LOVE a thorough editor, because a thorough editor gives negative criticisms that seem almost like flattery. They have read *every* *single* *word* of you. It's like being a showhorse who is super-thoroughly groomed for lice: the attention is exhilarating... and you know about writers and attention
Going to the doctor for a UTI (possibly TMI, but amusing?) / 3 Show more
Anyway, two moments I wanted to share:
1) Peeking at the screen during the interview portion of the session, I could see she was working from a UTI diagnosis template, and was replacing "vaginal" with "penile" as she went. I guess it's more rare than I thought among men!
2) When the nurse offered me a drug that would numb my bladder and urethra, but might also turn my pee strange colors ("Oh, and it might stain your underwear." Yay?)
Going to the doctor for a UTI (possibly TMI) / 2 Show more
They did a quick test. Negative. So then you get the fun part. (Dramatized slightly.)
Nurse: Any new sexual partners?
Nurse: [attempts to suppress skepticism]
Me: No really, and if my spouse wanted one, she'd just say so.
Nurse: ok but like there are only so many possibilities here
Of course, back in college, they just assumed I had chlamydia, and gave me the relevant antibiotics without waiting for a test.
I can't really blame them.
Going to the doctor for a UTI (possibly TMI) Show more
It's unusual for men to get urinary tract infections. (And here I'm talking about them's that's got the male end of the USB cable, if you know what I mean.) Longer urethra and all that.
But it happens. 2nd time, for me.
They took a pee sample. The instruction sheet in the bathroom was kind of obtuse. Raise your hand if you know what your "meatal opening" is! And lower your hand if you are a medical professional. Probably not so many hands still up?
@citrustwee like, you know when you just make whatever meal from stuff you have left in the fridge? And sometimes it's really nice?
Like that, but computers, idk.
NIH: A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder. Show more
Alt of @varx -- less tech talk on this account, maybe.
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