This article is a pretty good kick in the butt: https://medium.com/indica/the-overwhelming-racism-of-covid-coverage-78e37e4ce6e8
stockholm syndrome, cops, gaslighting
@twistylittlepassages Kristin Enmark was more afraid of the incompetent police than the bank robbers that were holding her hostage so the psychologist working with the police made up a syndrome on the spot so they could call her crazy to explain but wanting to die in a hail of bullets because the authorities refused to negotiate. this only happened in 1973, never became a real diagnosis but became sensationalized in the media and popular culture
This post on finding various personal details about former Australian PM Tony Abbott from an ill-advised instagram post is quite hilarious and informative: https://mango.pdf.zone/finding-former-australian-prime-minister-tony-abbotts-passport-number-on-instagram
A friend of mine who teaches elementary school, taught her class, “don’t yuck my yum”
It was like a class mantra, all the kids knew and understood the phrase. So, if a kid brought a bean burrito for lunch, and another kid said “gross! I hate beans” burrito-kid could just say “don’t yuck my yum”
It became the perfect phrase when one student liked something another student hated it. Quickly, it moved from the tangible (food, smells, textures) to the intangible (music, religion, quality)
By the end of the year “don’t tuck my yum” was woven into the culture of the class. They actually used the phrase LESS by then, because yuckers would check themselves before tearing anyone down.
And that class of second graders moved to third, secure in the knowledge that it’s ok to love the things you love, even if other people don’t.
Such a great reply to someone suggesting that other languages has the features of Lisp these days:
"What I see is that there's no single language that has everything that makes Lisp a powerful and unique language. Some of them compile to machine code (but they're always batch-compiled). Some languages are dynamically typed (but only the statically-typed ones can compete with Lisp on speed). Some have garbage collection (but reference counting is more common). Others have functional programming (but Python still doesn't have lambdas). Others have class precedence lists (but most languages that do OOP take after Java). Others have :before and :after hooks (but only for a few specific frameworks). A few give you limited freedom to redefine certain things at runtime. Some have REPLs (but they're never as powerful as Lisp's REPL). Some allow you to redefine classes at runtime and have the changes reflected in existing objects. Some even have AST macros (but they're always either far more complicated than Lisp macros, or they're far less powerful).
There's even a mainstream language that has multimethods, but I can't remember which one.
But Lisp alone puts the best version of all of those things in one language, without the "but"s. Lisp also has a few features that haven't been seen in mainstream programming languages since the 1970s, such as resumable exception handling."
9/11, US imperialism
9/11 is coming up, which means i'm legally obligated to point out 9/11 here in chile is a different tragedy & also important
the 11th of september is when the chilean right wing (funded by the US gov.) bombed our gov. building, killed our democratically elected socialist president, gutted the welfare state & enacted martial law
followed by 17 years of a violent fascist dictatorship in which at least 3k people died, 40k were victimized and half of the country was traumatized
But like, you need to learn the skills. You were probably taught how to shop for clothes at the mall, if you grew up like me. Learning to repair clothes, or make them is a whole new thing to learn! That maybe you never had the benefit of a family or community to teach you. Capitalism & co actively push us to forget these skills and depend on "shopping skills" instead. This keeps us locked in.
This is why, I think, teaching each other skills is so so important.