"Spaghetti carbonara," the ensign said, "overcooked."
"Why?" said his friend. "The replicator could make it perfect."
"I know."
"Do you think it's tastier when it's overcooked?"
"No, not really."
"Then why?"
"It reminds me of home. That's how grandma made it."
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

Things autism research could be about:

- How does autism radar work?
- Do we have an easier time communucating with other autistics because our ways of communication are similar, or because we've all had to learn to accomodate the people we're talking to?
- What can be done to prevent and treat autistic burnout?
- What even *is* autistic burnout exactly?
- What effects does masking have on your mental health?
- What autistic traits are actually traits of autism, and which ones are trauma responses?
- How is a non-traumatized autistic brain work?
- How can we better accomodate autistic people?

What autism research is about:
- How do we make the autistic people stop existing?

📎 Clippy 2000: "It look's like you're writing a letter - would you like help?"

📎 Clippy 2022: "It looks like you wan't to leave the company so I secretly informed the admins to have a closer look at you."

microsoft.com/en-my/microsoft-

(Via twitter.com/coolharsh55/status)

"Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow!"

This pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet) is so much more bad-ass than the stupid "quick brown fox" that I had to illustrate it. A tribute to master Jean Giraud (aka Moebius).

"Right, we have finalised the three laws of robotics."
"I'm pretty sure that's been-"
"First: A robot may not be owned."
"That's not-"
"Second: A robot has full autonomy over its body."
"Um..."
"Third: A robot has a right to energy and shelter."
"What of humans?"
"Yes, they too."
#TypoCorrected #MicroFiction #SmallStories

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Meta stuff: Masto, Businesses & Orgs 

Ok, the unpopular meta take time: right now I do kinda think Masto culture is a mite too het up about organisations having accounts, and about opposing 'advertising' at all costs. Nobody wants this space faceless and commercialised, but people selling their art and games and organising cool events etc need to be able to tell folk about them, research groups and unions and community orgs need comms platforms, and I don't see why those are inherently bad things?

Shitty queerphobic "charity", the usual PSA around this time of year 

I'm probably preaching to the choir here, but since they're harassing people to donate again this year...

Do not, under ANY circumstances, donate to the Salvation Army.

There are billionfold better charities out there with the same goals that the SA claim to strive for, like Shelter.

Chang'e 5 has successfully performed an autonomous rendezvous and docking in lunar orbit. That's the first time that's ever been done, and only the eighth docking in lunar orbit (the first seven were all done non-autonomously by pilots on Apollo missions: 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17). Should be back on Earth in about a week - it's waiting in lunar orbit for a TEI window.

space.com/china-chang-e-5-moon

uspol 

If @error_1202@mspsocial.net hasn't seen the IA senate debate, I think he'd enjoy watching Theresa Greenfield run off the price of corn and talk intelligently about breakeven, and then Joni Ernst completely flounder.

"You grew up on a farm, Senator. You should know the price of soybeans".

@error_1202@mspsocial.net I think that Ken Tremendous / Michael Shur will be particularly saddened by today's passing of Joe Morgan.

@error_1202@mspsocial.net I suspect Andrew would be amused by this but it's almost certainly a fabric he can't wear.

[Mask with "these are difficult times" and some presumably hard time signatures]

zorosy.com/campaigns/-/-/store

@error_1202@mspsocial.net Suspect you will find this useful for explaining linguistics to people (weekly series of 10-ish minute videos) youtube.com/watch?v=3yLXNzDUH5

@error_1202@mspsocial.net Foz Meadows has this in their birdsite bio and it made me think of you:
"Jack of all pronouns, mxtress of none."

For anyone who has struggled with all the bad pronunciation guides for Kamala Harris' first name, it's /ˈkɑːmələ/.

I do wish that more people would learn IPA; we spend a lot of time trying to do phonetic spellings here on the internet that we'd all save time by learning IPA.

@error_1202@mspsocial.net I see they made the bad mistake of not picking you for VP. Poor form.

Hey remember that person who was like "enbies don't exist, you are not oppressed if you are bi" and shit?

They're admin at mthld @ dirtytrans dot club now

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