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More introductory material:

- I'm part of the LGBTQA+ rainbow.
- I'm emphatically pro-choice & feminist.
- I grew up in New England & want to move back after I retire. I've been living in the southeastern USA since 1998, but it has never felt like home.
- I've worked on the web for 24 years, but before that I worked in construction, warehouses, & print shops, & spent 6 years teaching work skills in a sheltered workshop.

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I'm Jorah IRL as well as on many social sites.

I am a collector of hobbies, most of them in hibernation (kayak, geocache, blogging, card weaving, aikido, photography), some active (knitting), some new (drawing).

I manage SharePoint sites at work.

I lean left, politically.

I have a well-managed personality disorder (BPD) & 3 cats (not well-managed).

I ride a motorcycle every chance I get. I spend too much time on Twitter.

Happy to meet you if any of this sounds familiar.

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Very glad today is a rest day, no calisthenics, no treadmill. I have a lot of ow. I'm having to come to terms with the fact that I cannot do the furniture lifting when we move, between hernia repair and arthritis. It's frustrating me, though, that I finally decide to do something about my physical condition only to run headlong into diminishing capacity. I also feel like I'm malingering, playing up a medical excuse to avoid work. That's probably the toxic masculinity talking.

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random thought: Unicorns are very clearly herd-animal-type ungulates, but usually depicted as solitary. They are also famously elusive and easy to lose track of despite being stark white. I propose that unicorns are herd animals, and the majority are not pure white; rather, albinism and leucicism occur in unicorns as in everything else, and only these unicorns ever get spotted because a properly camouflaged unicorn is even more impossible to spot and track.

Subtoot: if you are writing an email to your web administrator to ask for help on your website, it would be a really good idea if you include a link to the website and question.

I like motorcycling so much that I was thinking of riding my Yamaha to the next town over on Thursday, then I remembered that the reason I'm going there on Thursday is for an oil change.

To my CAR!

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Put up the last two skillet scrubbers on the shop this morning. I don't have the rings to build more even if I wanted to.

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Why do I keep making the mistake of checking the news?
😬 :binfire: :trashfire: :yikes:

Starting to think that 'fleeing to Canada' may be a real thing we'll need to do some day. I wonder if I could get a bank account in Canada & start putting a bit away each payday.

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Is there a way to do threads here like on the bird app? Not a deal breaker, but for long threads it would save me C&P.

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Trans healthcare gatekeeping 

As I try to figure out how to even start jumping through the hoops to access medical transition, I would really like to know where all the doctors are that transphobes say are forcing transition on people, or whatever they’re claiming this week.

I know it's not entirely a coincidence. A number of Western psychologists & other mental health practitioners have embraced concepts rooted in Buddhism over the last 50 years. It was just a bit startling to see such a clear alignment.

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Here's the rest of the photo. The bottom half reads

"The teaching of the Four Noble Truths forms the core of all Buddhist paths, schools, and traditions. The essence of the (Truths) is to address and embrace the truth of human suffering."

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I was looking through my photos archive & found this image. It reads

"Embrace the instance of suffering.
Let go of the reactive pattern.
See the stopping of the reactivity.
Act skillfully."

I legit thought it was a photo of a page from one of my Dialectical Behavioral Therapy books, then I scrolled down & saw the rest of it (next toot)

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I think my favourite thing about right now is that I can check in every day and be done in 5 minutes. It's a much healthier balance for me.

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Our apartment has an air conditioning unit mounted through an external facing wall in the living room. It makes our place livable in the hot, humid, unbearable parts of the summer.

However the air circulation in our place is not terrific.

I'm wondering whether I can justify installing a small portable unit or a mini-split in the guest room that now serves as my permanent work-from-home office. Has anyone done this? Terrible idea or worthwhile?

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Let's say I do a Google search taking the following measures:

1. I never sign into my Google account
2. I block or refuse cookies (in browser settings), including tracking scripts. This is reinforce with UBlock and privacy badge
3. I keep each search in its own private session (so no cross-tab tracking).
4. Use VPN

Is this enough to prevent Google from profiling me and figuring out I'm the same dude who's Googling from the office? How So?

#google #privacy #search #cookies

@valhalla @ZiGraves ahh, someone replied to my pinned toot on my profile and I answered there with a few tips for getting started with the craft. Here are some photos of bands I wove back when I was an active cardweaver.

Was thinking about how silly it would be to say that a cat or a dog was a failure. We could say that a cat failed to catch a bird, or a dog to catch a rabbit, but the cat is still perfectly successful being a cat.

Why are we so much harder on each other, on our kids, our friends?

Why are we so much harder on ourselves?

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