framing climate action for conservatives (rough draft) 

Climate change is a danger to you and your family. You can feel in your gut how the weather is changing for the worse, and the people who keep track of the weather agree with you. The lawyers and executives for Big Oil companies don't care about your family—just about making money. And they're using every bureaucratic trick in the book to get in the way of you exercising your right to take action to keep your family safe. Don't let them.

had the distinct pleasure a couple weeks ago of watching two men on stepladders try to take down a sign only to find a nearly-identical copy beneath it. I swear they audibly groaned, it was like a dril tweet come to life

So I realize I've been thinking of social networks as graph-based and set-based.

Graph-based means you follow other users and get a feed of their posts. (E.g. Facebook, Goople, birdsite, here).

Set-based means you are either in or out and if you're in, your feed is the same as everyone else who's in. (E.g. subreddits, mailing lists, USENET groups, web fora.)

I'm finding this to be a useful distinction.

Cons of looking at weird fringe internet-based politics:
- I mentally overestimate how significant (culturally or otherwise) those ideas are, because of exposure;
- I don't get most of it and I feel a slight pressure to spend time getting it when it would almost definitely not be worth it

Pros of looking at weird fringe internet-based politics:
- I get to see tweets like "unmute me reactionary coward"

Never forget: most of us have been poisoned by a toxic educational system that teaches us systematically that failing at a task or not knowing a correct answer is shameful.

There is no inherent shame in failure, in not knowing, or in being wrong, and we shouldn't actively shame others for it.

Get back up, learn something new, and try again.

Anyway, for anyone who may have missed it: @phildini and I are seeking new caretakers for The Shop:

If we find said caretakers I may stick around in some kind of emeritus capacity, but as demonstrated by my disappearance it's not a good idea for me to be a single point of anything around here.

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if you were wondering what happens when (doesn't allow the letter E) meets (only allows the letter E):

I've appreciated the recommendations! Good to know about , , and many other options. So far I think @SocialCoop is likely the best fit, as a paid-users-only shared instance for folks of about my temperament, that does not (unlike ) specifically cater to a geographic locality really far from me, and and (unlike require that I join the Church of the SubGenius.

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What's the best way to syndicate RSS to a Mastodon bot?

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antiviral COVID treatment available in US 

Early testing & treatment for COVID can mean the difference between a hospital stay vs at-home treatment with antiviral pills. Get tested at a site as soon as you experience symptoms, get a prescription if eligible, & start treatment.

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folks: if you test positive for COVID while in Salt Lake City, please check if you can get antiviral Paxlovid pills as soon as possible; it'll make a big difference for your recovery.

a boost from birdsite, US healthcare 


If there are any journalists on the disability/mental healthcare beat who want to write about how psychiatrists are being criminalized for giving actual care to Medicare patients, there sure is a story!

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“Apple's Self Service Repair program is now available [US-only, for now]. If you have an iPhone 12, iPhone 13 or third-generation iPhone SE, you can buy key parts (such as batteries, cameras and displays) from a dedicated store and consult official repair manuals as you fix a device yourself. You can even […] rent a toolkit for a week if you'd rather not buy tools you're unlikely to use often.”

I think I would like to move to a new instance! I waited for years for that functionality to roll out but it looks like I missed when it did ~16 months ago. Where's the fun hang

Gonna just run all my code on my partner's new laptop instead of learning any formal verification tools 😎 checkmate, nerds

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