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
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)
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: https://static.macmillan.com/static/holt/permanent-record-edward-snowden/uslinks.html
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.
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
An upgraded Confederate monument Show more
This is the best statue upgrade I've seen yet! Sorry, I don't know where it is.
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.
WV miner strike coverage Show more
So many news stories I've read have been shocked that the miners are enjoying the solidarity of Specifically transgender anarchists and general socialists despite voting for Trump.
It is so frustrating seeing this very narrow depiction of people with no nuance, and not instead being excited about how solidarity in class struggle is the way to succeed - and also that you don't fuck with miners.
RMS and the free software community Show more
The lesson I want people to take from RMS' jump-before-pushed resignation:
"Your heroes and role models will be held accountable for being a jerk. If you emulate their behavior, you will also be held accountable."
The lesson the problem people will take: "SJW waaaaah!"
I think it's important that we repeat the better lesson.
[New Finer Tech] Google Reader’s death gave life back to RSS newsreaders https://finertech.com/2019/09/16/google-readers-death-gave-life-back-to-rss-newsreaders/
Wherein I finally collect my rant into a post about how I’m glad Google Reader died.
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.
Asking for Money, Food, Laundry, Transportation Show more
I had to go spend what little money I had on food, because I couldn't get everything I needed for the week with the staff from the program I am in, so I am in a bind. I can't afford to do my laundry tomorrow, nor can I afford to go to my therapy appointment this week.
Please help me out if you can.
It is close to $20 to do my laundry at the local laundromat, and I need to go do my laundry tomorrow or Tuesday.
I will then need $40, so I can go see my psychologist later this week.
Please help me out if you are able. Boosts are okay. I am planning on talking to the hiring manager at the laundromat tomorrow about my interview, so I can get a new date for it set.
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I'm Snail. They/them. Pleased to meet you.
same name, same content, slightly different picture of a chiton
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