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Looking for examples of alien species with composite personalities like the joined Trill in Star Trek, especially prior to it.

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Curse of knowledge:

The curse of knowledge is a cognitive bias that occurs when an individual, communicating with other individuals, unknowingly assumes that the others have the background to understand.

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oh, neat: "“We have plans to continue our Le Guin edition with at least three more volumes of fiction—the next, collecting the trilogy Annals of the Western Shore in one volume for the first time, and containing a never-before-published map drawn by Le Guin, will be published in October 2020—and a volume collecting her poetry, with an introduction by Harold Bloom, which was one of the last things he wrote before he died. He wrote: ‘The voice in her poems haunts me. I know that it haunts many others. It will continue to do that for a long time to come.’"
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"Beyond this upcoming edition, LOA will publish an additional three volumes of Le Guin’s work: one including all of her poetry, a collection of her complete short stories, and a collection of novels that brings together Lavinia, Searoad, The Lathe of Heaven, The Eye of the Heron, and The Beginning Place. "

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i'm so excited for the upcoming poetry collection!

#leguin #ursulaleguin #ursulakleguin #poetry #lecture
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I think the biggest thing I wish people understood about accessibility is that the best way to make something accessible is often to offer more choice. Conflicting access needs will always be a thing, but they're a lot easier to deal with if there are multiple alternative ways to accomplish something. For instance, giving your users a choice of fonts rather than deciding one is universally "more accessible"

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from Afrofuturist Abolitionists of the Americas:

Disabled Black Trans Femme
One of our long time admins and also a brilliant theorist and friend whose words and insights have been shared many times on this page is facing homelessness in the next two days. We are trying to raise at least $2000 for rent at a new place they haven’t found yet. Please support and share widely, and let’s come through for the sib, thank you🔥


I tried out some suggestions from The Mind Illuminated, such as setting an intention and using effort rather than trying to force stable attention. I had a lot more mind wandering than usual and difficulty feeling sensations at my focus point. There's a balance between force and effort that's going to take some practice to find.

The book analyzes every aspect of meditation in a way that makes progress seem so much less abstract.

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how to make centrists think you're a conspiracy theorist 

cite any four things the CIA has done

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goodreads, reading history comparison 

i found someone on goodreads with whom i share a remarkably diverse set of esoteric interests, but in reading their reviews i was reminded (yet again) just how differently people can experience the same thing (and i'm not even speaking of disagreements), though admittedly some of that can be attributed to a few significant divergences in our reading histories.

(i'm not actually taking the comparison of our goodreads records as seriously as it may seem.)

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…This isn’t about whether Apple backs down on this or not (although that’s important too in the here and now and you should sign this letter to put pressure on them.)

This is a greater struggle to protect personhood in the digital network age. Today, we extend ourselves with technology. Not owning and controlling these aspects of ourselves is a violation of our personhood.



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I was drinking in a bar with a linguist professor from Ghana one day in Cortland, NY. He said to me:

"You and I are having a conversation. I might think that there are two sides to this conversation, but that is not so. There is 1. your side 2. my side 3. the part that we agree on 4. the part we are both unaware of and 5. the part that other people are perceiving. I can almost control the part that I am putting into the conversation, and I cannot control any of the others."

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Never get old
"Satire is meant to ridicule power. If you are laughing at people who are hurting, it's not satire, it's bullying."
Still Pratchett

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Help Needed!

anyone in the Fediverse have experience navigating the United States mental health systems? Particularly with any knowledge of longer term residential MH facilities and how to talk to mental health social workers.

I am helping a loved one, and trying to figure it out mostly on my own.. and it’s real hard.

Boosts very welcome.

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:boost_ok: SFF politics 

Where are the contemporary #SFF authors who support anti-oppressive revolution?

To be clear, we don't mean authors whose books can be interpreted as (or explicitly are meant to be) advocating for the overthrow of a fucked up society. Someone can write a book like that while not supporting such things in the "real world".

We mean authors whose own politics put them opposed to elected liberal progressives as much as elected conservatives & the far-right; authors who openly identify with anarchism, communism, or other varieties of anti-capitalism; authors who consider the world's most powerful nations to be entirely illegitimate; authors who feel hopeful when oppressed people *tear down* the world's ruling institutions rather than become members of them. We mean authors who actually say they believe these kinds of things in public & don't retract them.

Where are they?

It's not too hard for us to think of writers like this throughout history, especially 20th century authors, but where are the ones who are *currently* releasing new #SciFi, #Fantasy, & #SpecFic (regardless of whether their writing is explicitly about all that stuff)? That's what we would like to know.

#Books #ScienceFiction #SpeculativeFiction #Literature

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i would like everyone to know that Ally bank waived their overdraft fees during the height of the pandemic and decided to permanently do away with them for all accounts, citing them as both unnecessary and unethical.

being an online only bank means you need to use another banks' ATM if you need cash, but Ally reimburses you the fees for that too.

just in case you needed a bank that's a lil less predatory.

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I think @gargron is making a big mistake here by signaling his intent to phase out the local timeline :

Besides debates about what "diverse" means, it's taking away a major incentive for people to start and maintain an instance.

Starting an instance to host a community is appealing to some people.

Starting an instance to do free IT for a distributed server farm of homogeneous instances seems like a hard sell.

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Activision Blizzard's stock price dropped by 9% as a result of today's walkout, reducing the company's market value by $7.7 billion 💸 📉

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New CDC guidance on mask wearing 

US CDC updates its guidance, and now says that fully vaccinated persons should continue to wear face masks indoors if they live in areas with 'substantial' or 'high' Covid transmission rates, nearly 2/3 of US counties, in order to avoid 'breakthrough' infection

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i think i just do not like movies as an art form

i generally want to spend more time on the world itself and why the things that happened happened, and i find the tendency to just do a rollercoaster of things pretty tedious.

the entire thing comes off very paper thin and contrived and uninspired to me

maybe it's just because i didn't like that particular director's style

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