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If a cat walks on the keyboard in a way that launches a virus, is that a script kitty?

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So I'd like to get a houseplant or two, and want to optimize for something that's easy to care for (and that ideally can be left for multiple weeks without watering), as well as being good at fixing carbon. What are some suggestions?

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edgy leftists forget that if the only thing the revolution brings is an edge, then it's going to cut a lot of marginalized people when it gets here. and probably not the ones they think it will.

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Thinking about it, I won't be surprised if we eventually used a corn-based polymer in our money. At least then it'd be literally a cash crop.
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transhumanism, immortality, shade (+) 

I find people who say that living for millennia would be agonizingly boring to be a bit pathetic.

On some occasions I've told acquaintances that I'd like to have the lifespan and patience to subtly sculpt landscapes with nothing more than hand tools and patience - carve the start of a river, plant trees or cut them down *just so* to adjust wind patterns, and then sit back for a bit and let these subtle microclimate adjustments sculpt a mountain.

What does Aristophanes use to hook up his television set?

Brekekekex-koax-coaxial cable!

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I need to find some more Mastodon conlangers and language people to follow.

Hmm, you get a truncated 280-character Tweet with a link to the toot. I guess that's better than nothing (and a reasonable way to handle crossposted threads).

(I deleted the original toot from Twitter FYI.)

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What happens when you try to crosspost a long piece of writing that would fit into one toot on Mastodon, but would be too long on Twitter? It would be nice if it were automatically split into two or more Tweets on Twitter, but I don't trust technology to do anything reasonable automatically. Let's just see what happens with this very long post that would have to be a thread on Twitter.

SciFi silliness, The Beatles 

On the world where I was born
Lived a race of homebodies
Who desired to explore
From their homewor-ld's security

So they launched a fleet of probes
That would replicate indefinitely
Using local odds and ends
Throughout the galaxy

We explore with a Von Neumann machine!
Von Neumann machine! Von Neumann machine!
We explore with a Von Neumann machine!
Von Neumann machine! Von Neumann machine!

(Second half possibly coming later)

Shh! Don't tell anyone that the Twitter outage was part of our plan to make Mastodon the dominant microblogging platform!

Which isn't to say that nobody should ever discuss politics, only that I'd like the option of getting away from it for... honestly most of my internet experience (and without unfollowing people who I like, but who post a lot of political stuff).

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Is anyone aware of instances that (a) ban discussion of politics, and (b) *actually* ban all political discussions, rather than just the ones the owners don't like?

The conlang mailing list has historically been very good about this, but so far I haven't found anything like that outside of that sphere.

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Your 4th of July reminder that we are all immigrants, and everyone belongs here.

Courtesy of the Alameda 4th of July parade. 🇺🇸🎇🎆

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People who can't distinguish between etymology and entomology bug me in ways I cannot put into words.
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@Shamar @lunaterra Computer literacy should be taught, but not in terms of how to use Microsoft products. It should be taught like mathematics and children should understand the basics of how the internet works. Things like what is a protocol and what are the main protocols. How to make the simplest web page. How to write a hello world program or a very simple game. What is the difference between fixed storage and ram? What is the von Neumann architecture and a Turing machine. Things like that.

Like learning maths, not every child will go on to be a mathematician or programmer, but having the background knowledge gives the potential to make better decisions and be less susceptible to fallacies and marketing scams as an adult.
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