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Hi everyone! I'm Kat and I'm a freelance science and culture journalist based in Toronto, Canada. I have a history degree and I spend a lot of time reading. Also: always looking for more work! Ping me or check out my social presence on the dread Twitter: twitter.com/KatEschner

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well, you know what they say. sometimes you take the shower, and sometimes the shower takes you.

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Hey . When you post pictures, please please please with puppies on top fill in that description box for the visually impaired. You will be helping us out tremendously. We want to enjoy your pictures as much as others do. You don't have to write a novel, but just fill in some details.

Thanks with much love:
A Blind Dude

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We had a set of annoyingly positive, wholesome magnets on our fridge, so I used them to make a ghost story.

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yet an unexceptional, altruistic badger is about to discover the true meaning of barbarism... in the Twilight Zone.

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Anyone want to watch a neural network fall flat on its face trying to make knitting patterns?

I just started a new project crowdsourcing knitting patterns. Once I have enough, I'll train a neural net and post the results to a Ravelry thread, asking for opinions on the neural net's progress.

More, and a link to the form, here:
ravelry.com/discuss/lazy-stupi

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If it's one piece of advice that I could give white people when talking to non-white person about race is remember that we have heard every excuse a million times. 9 times out of 10, when white folks engage a convo about racism, it is to make themselves feel better, not to help.

Be deliberate and very clear about your intention to learn and hear what people are saying. Resist the urge to lash out when you feel uncomfortable and stick with it.

It is not on us to make you feel comfortable.

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I think what people don't like about being grown up is actually capitalism

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"Slides are not your teleprompter. Slides are not notes or references for people after your talk. Maximise signal (relevant info) and minimise noise. Focus on one purpose per slide. Make the important things stand out."
- Melinda Seckington mastodon.social/media/4bykaHde

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If we are to live in the cyberpunk world, at least give us the badass company names.

social.coop/media/a2FXGRFgpfR9

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Unicode 12 adds a butt emoji, everyone uses it to talk about peaches

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Appendix to friendly reminder since I have chars:

1. Salvation army is transphobic/homophobic & you shouldn't give money to bell ringers.

2. If it's bell ringers vs. "officers" (yes, ugh, church militant and they have name tags) they're not IN the church and may be experiencing homelessness or doing some kind of rehab and at the mercy of the Salvation Army. So be gentle with refusal/don't hold them accountable for the policies they're probably under too (like being forced to pray to eat, being made to sit through sermons, etc.). They are often extremely vulnerable folks doing their best to survive.

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Hey, if you're not immunocompromised and don't have an egg allergy, GET YOUR FLU SHOT.

Also, vaccinate your kids. Against everything, even the classics we haven't seen for a bit (e.g. measles, mumps, rubella). Give them the HPV vaccine before they complete puberty, so that they have it before they're remotely sexually active.

Diseases are no joking matter. Prevent them where possible. In some places, measles kills up to 1 in 20 kids it infects. Some strains of HPV cause cancer. Don't risk it.

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femininity is so stigmatized generally that the feeling of reading the heartfelt writings of another woman is honestly euphoric in a way that i'm not sure people who deal only in masculinity are able to appreciate. you see masculinity everywhere

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and she discovera a marital aid colony is about to open... in The Twilight Zone.

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Its analysis shows that it is, in reality, a very queer. you are so powerful.

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"HARK, A FLYING DISCUS!"

-Julius Ceaser, Roman Times, At Some Point

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🏔: please remember to take a social product.

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