Belated intro Show more
I'm doing an #intro because I never did one when I actually joined a couple weeks back.
I'm in the US. I'm a career educator, currently in the library field. I read when I can. I play and record music (mostly noisegrind) with cheap equipment for fun and no profit. I love open-source software and tools with which people and communities can express and empower themselves. Glad to be here. Hello.
Confederate monuments, yelling Show more
I think historians should really lean into the whole “if you take down the statues we’ll forget all the history” thing
TV person: “How do you feel about the removal of the monument?”
Historian: “what monument?”
TVP: “...the one commemorating the Confederacy...”
Historian: “Con...fed...eracy? Never heard of it”
TVP: “IT WAS A GIANT STATUE STANDING RIGHT THERE COMMEMORATING THE LOSING SIDE IN THE CIVIL WAR”
Historian: “that doesn’t sound right, why would you put up a statue to the losing side? Besides, you’d think I’d remember a thing like that, I’m an historian”
Linux is a really good privacy-friendly alternative to Windows, and nowadays it's easy for anyone to use. Modern Linux works just like Windows or Mac, you do not need tech skills to use it.
If you want to buy a computer with Linux preinstalled, there's a really good site that lists vendors around the world:
(One of the major vendors, @Purism , is on the Fediverse.)
minor old game spoilers Show more
Letting my six-year-old play Far Cry 3 on a save file I already beat, so it's basically just a terrestrial Endless Ocean with a bunch of firearms and a missing finger.
long Show more
Researchers: "We're studying a specific mechanism within living cells, so we've taken a compound derived from grape skins that's been shown to turn off that mechanism, and we're using it to manipulate an immortal cell line to compa--"
Journalists: "Wha--huh?--Grape? NEW STUDY SAYS RED WINE CURES CANCER!!!!!!!1@"
Researchers: "No, none of that is what we're looking at--"
Journalists: " OH OK! SCIENTISTS SAY RED WINE CAUSES CANCER!!!!111"
Public: "OMG LOL science doesn't work!11"
old Disney spoilers Show more
I re-read the synopsis of Dumbo (the original), because I hadn't seen it since early childhood. I was surprised Dumbo's mom lived. I was sure she was hauled away and killed offscreen early in the movie. Makes me wonder if I was too traumatized by the specter of the ol' Disney Matricide Magic™ to even finish watching as a toddler after the sad cage scene.
When your coworkers are so committed to being "computer illiterate" as an identity that they can't even navigate the physical world near a computer.
"Hey, it's me. Did I leave the mouse plugged into the front of the server this morning?"
"I don't...I don't know. All the screens look the same..."
"No, it's a real thing in real life. Size of a nickel. If anything at all is sticking out of the front of the box, just pull it out and put it on my desk, please."
"Um... OK. I'll try. Hang on."
"Why do you have all those books you can just use the internet"
Look, all of our communications are satellite based and stupid easy to disrupt. I'd rather have important stuff stored somewhere that doesn't run out of batteries.
Seen a couple “antidepressants that aren’t pills” posts going around again today.
Here’s your semi regular reminder that if you can’t make your own neurotransmitters, store bought is fine. #ITakeMedsEveryDay
Library/museum guy | Open-source enthusiast | Pinball nerd | Embarrasing metalhead dad with the camo shorts
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