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There's a reason racists invariably seem to be misogynists as well. And homophobes. Those are all variations on seeing others as less than human.

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updated 2021 suggested fediverse success metrics 

- lessons learned from marginalized people
- friendships formed and maintained
- worthwhile conversations had
- comments remembered months or years later
- support and validation given and received
- honesty entrusted to one's social circle
- furries petted
- pets received
- stress levels associated with reading home timeline and notifications
- pleasure derived from same
- neat creations shared
- acceptance felt

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> You want to make a webpage because they are cool.
> You want to make it yourself, by hand and for free, because *you* are cool.
> This zine is for those who have not made a site before, especially those who don’t consider themselves coders.

@eli_oat I just checked my website stats. Thank you very much for the link! And did you put it on HN as well, by any chance? Because I got a ton of referrals from there.

Things I wish someone would have taught me when I started : you can't say deep things on purpose.

"It is completely impossible for any history to be apolitical given that history is written by human beings."

@CorvusRobotica Oh! Oh! I know what might help. Take a look at because a lot of what people put there is a metaphor.

I probably asked this before, but does anyone else find it ironic that the website isn't mobile friendly?

Nice movie otherwise, by the way. Well worth watching. It could almost have been made in 1980, cheap special effects and all. (Which by the way are so good it might be made to look cheap on purpose.)

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So, I just saw The Adventures of Rufus the Fantastic Pet (2020), and something jumped at me: the ham-fisted environmental message aimed at the teenage protagonists. Which reminded me that three decades ago Captain Planet was *also* being all moralistic at teens... but it wasn't *them* soiling the planet.

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People really hate it when actions have consequences, don't they?

Thankfully they let me close the account with one click, but seriously?! This is why online is a big deal.

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Just discovered I somehow had an account on IntenseDebate, that I don't remember making, and definitely never used. It seemed to be connected to my WordPress account somehow? Or else it was auto-created when I commented on a site that used the service. Once. Scary, huh?

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I really need to know this, so please boost for visibility:

Are there any people out there on the autistic spectrum that have found a format of living that works for them, that makes them happy?

If you're on the spectrum and feel generally happy or content: do you have a routine, specific coping mechanism(s) or special life conditions that you recommend or feel privileged with? Did you feel happier after excluding some particular element of stress in some way?

If you're on the spectrum and feel generally unhappy: do you think there could be a happy existence for you if society enabled it?

If you ever wanted to make a website but felt intimidated by HTML or big complex web apps, try 'cause it's something else entirely.

Screen Time Cannot Be Worse Than My Dumb And Dangerous Childhood "Whatever you do on a screen, you can’t light it on fire" Amen to that.

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Normalising cis people changing their name 1/2 

Been given a name at birth should be just that, your birth name, with the idea that as people get older, if they feel another name suits them better, for whatever reason, it’s ok to change it. That caregivers/parents don’t own you and your name. It’s up to you, it’s your identity.

I say this because I believe it, and because yes, I’m cis and I have changed my name, both first and surname*. This was back in 1985, the day after I turned 18 (I couldn’t do it on the day because workmates took me out to lunch). It wasn’t the done thing, but it was incredibly important to me as it was part of me defining my identity that wasn’t based on other people decisions, rules, perceptions etc. And it really helped me forging my own path.

After all, lots of cis women changing their surname upon marriage has been around for some time and no-one is bothered about that. So why should it matter if you change your first and/or surname?

As others have said, it’s ok to change your name. Let’s normalise the shit out of this.

#NameChange #CisPeopleCanChangeTheirNameToo

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