Big win for #privacy and #openstandards in #Germany :

Brandenburg banned the usage of #Microsoft products (especially Teams) in schools.

Let's hope that initiatives like @digitalcourage will have bigger influence after this.

Kaii Higashiyama (東山 魁夷 ,1908 – 1999) was a Japanese writer and artist particularly renowned for his Nihonga style paintings. As one of the most popular artists in post-war Japan, Higashiyama was awarded the Japan Art Academy Prize in 1956 and the Order of Culture in 1969. 2020-11-30 18:52:18 UTC

hay hombres con vulvas, mujeres con penes, y transfobos sin dientes :anqueer_star:

hold up, y'all! can someone explain to me what romance is supposed to feel like, because i might have mixed it up with cuddles, and i'm confused and maybe aro? halp :blob_melt_sob:

(i never know how to hashtags, but i want someone relevant to actually see this, so: #aromantic #aro )

Diaspora - Greg Egan 

Another loved concept: Expansion urges as something to overcome as a sentient species. Exploring without colonizing.

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Weather whine 

Oh but the people that wore glasses for vision aid did have transition lenses. When I started needing glasses for vision I or course got transition lenses too, but then I found that transition lenses don't seem to be that common in Sweden (my young classmates at uni even consider it extremely "uncool" :blobcat: ).

Most people seem to have separate glasses and sunglasses. I keep my transition lenses because I can't deal with two pairs of glasses. I'd lose them.

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Weather whine 

I just realized it's weird that back in the tropics none of us ever wore sunglasses. I went through life squinting instead.

I think it was partly because I couldn't afford good sunglasses and the cheap ones from the street were likely to be just color glass without uv filters (worse than no sunglasses).

But no one else wore them either. It was one of those "spot a foreigner" things. I don't know how to feel about the whole thing.

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Weather whine 

I have such a sunlight withdrawal. :bongocat:

Nearly 30 years living in the tropics while heat intolerant and sensitive to light meant I was really happy when I moved here. I do a lot better in the cold, I really do.

The light is another matter though.

Can it just snow already so I can get some reflected photons on my retinas. T_T

Silly procrastination 

Me: *wakes up*
Me: I have to finish my sysadmin labs.
Me: There's a tit on the feeder outside.
Me: Do tits not migrate for winter?
Me: *reads all about Great Tits on Wikipedia*

*Whole day on disarray*
They are so cute though.

re: complaining about subtitled videos (as a hearing person) 

@s0 Especially annoying in movies and tv shows:

[speaks foreign language]

Hmm how does boosting work exactly. If both a friend and I boost something, does a mutual third friend see the post shared twice?

I find I'm very boost-shy in a way I don't understand yet.

ableism, fedi, 4/4 

It's thinking that any of the above can't apply to you because you're autistic and thus know what every other autistic person should be able to do.

Ableism is expecting of individuals what should be expected of society.

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ableism, fedi, 3/4 

It's excluding them because you find how they exist and interact with the world awkward.

It's not giving them the chance to learn things, or not accepting that sometimes they can't.

It's the culture of performative leftist wokeness, where people are judged and included based on their ability to navigate first-world social shibboleths, rather than met where they're at and nurtured to be the best they can be.

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ableism, fedi, 2/4 

It's relying on and judging people by arbitrary standards. It's having standards that don't empower disabled people in the first place.

It's conflating infodumping with splaining, passion with arrogance, and honesty with rudeness.

It's making people afraid to interact with you or to take part in the community, because they struggle to connect or communicate, because they have social anxiety, or because they're afraid of fucking up.

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ableism, fedi, 1/4 

Reminder that fedi is still full of casual ableism.

Ableism isn't just the slurs, or not writing image descriptions when you're able to.

It's also expecting people to realise or know things that you think are obvious.

It's perceiving everyone as having a similar degree of ability just because they can type text in a box.

It's not being aware of - or being suspicious of - social, communication or cognitive disabilities.

It's expecting people to know how to describe images.

I'm not ready for it to be "next year". I've been tossing everything in my "to-do" list into "next year". It's like a huge Monday.

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