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(mostly to the benefit of one guy who quit his job with the college administration to work for the oil company he'd practically gifted a multimillion dollar research vessel to)

every now and then I remember that time my university managed to get one of the most important marine science research facilities in the US as a satellite campus, outbidding another state university with closer historical ties to the facility and a more prominent marine science curriculum, then stripped it for parts and fucked over every researcher/professor working there

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I finished the last of The Hidden Almanac after putting it off as long as I reasonably could, and I'm SAD NOW

(It was an excellent conclusion good job)

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Yesterday, the government sued the publisher of #PermanentRecord for—not kidding—printing it without giving the CIA and NSA a change to erase details of their classified crimes from the manuscript. Today, it is the best-selling book in the world: static.macmillan.com/static/ho

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I think that one of the most harmful myths around computers is the one saying that you have to be smart to program one. It scares a lot of great people, and attracts a lot of people who are not so great, and only come for the bragging rights.
Using (including programming) computers does not require above-average intelligence. Most programmers I've met are in fact incredibly stupid most of the time. And it's fine, it all works somehow.

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I would have a much higher tolerance for wacky New Age things if they didn’t inevitably end up in scammy, appropriative colonialist/really horribly ableist territory

I’m down to appreciate some cool rocks and nice scented things and just sit and think about the nature of consciousness but the minute you say some anti-vax shit I’m out thx

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An upgraded Confederate monument Show more

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Got linked to a really fantastic piece about how attempting to categorize indigenous genders into white-colonialist language like "trans man" and "trans woman" or AMAB/AFAB dichotomies is in itself erasure and an attempt to colonize indigenous genders, which don't fit into the same set simple boxes that the Victorian-inspired gender binary attempts to see the world through. Thought others might find it useful as well.

hinskehanska.wordpress.com/201

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The world's largest organism is an amarillia fungus that covers 4 square miles in Oregon. It is almost invisible though as it lives under the bark of trees.

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WV miner strike coverage Show more

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RMS and the free software community Show more

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[New Finer Tech] Google Reader’s death gave life back to RSS newsreaders finertech.com/2019/09/16/googl

Wherein I finally collect my rant into a post about how I’m glad Google Reader died.

Today seems to be "dwell on stupid things I did by accident that no one in a million years would believe were accidental so there are definitely some people in the world who think I'm just a shitty person and I don't blame them" day

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I'm not sure how I feel about that message now. Because the Confederacy did secede over slavery; not over it being outlawed, granted. But because it wasn't wholeheartedly endorsed by northern states. Because it was a battleground issue in new states.

And maybe the Union did the right thing for selfish reasons. But at least it was the right thing.

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Asking for Money, Food, Laundry, Transportation :boost_ok:​ Show more

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tech people: language does not structure how you think or what you can conceive in any way and that is why i should not make any effort to rid my vocabulary of sexism or ableism

also tech people: and this is why C++ is better than JavaScript

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