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history-adj, free speech, censorship, self-censorship 

Speaking Freely: An Interview With Ada Palmer
"....since there was censorship, it sort of invalidates the historical record and the documents that survived, which you know were coerced or doctored (or if they weren’t, were written in a state of fear and self-censorship). It renders that whole historical record patch unreliable..."

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history reading 

ok, I give up. if I'd rather do yardwork than read a book, I'm not enjoying the book.
if the footnotes are to believed, Josephus is completely hopeless about keeping names and dates straight. (a complaint I've come across from various historians.) I haven't even gotten to the parts where his work is one of the few surviving sources for some things, and ugh.

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i'm not sure if my youtube algorithm has gone horribly wrong, or horribly right

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the internet: where no one knows you're a dog, but you might have to prove that you're not a cat

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sage & bees 

I wonder if I can convince myself to keep a log of how often I water the sage with aquarium water, and how happy the bees are the day after. there were so many bees on the sage yesterday I briefly wondered if we had a swarm.

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I've often heard people outside the US complain about the US cultural norm of immediately asking what you do for a living upon meeting you for the first time.

While out on a walk, it occurred to me that the function of this question is to evaluate the other person's class/social importance.

Here in the US, we have relatively few obvious class signifiers, at least outside extreme cases (ex. a ragged homeless person or a slick upper class person). So, you have to ask.

local wildlife 

on a couple of walks this week, we've seen a pair of western bluebirds, several house finches, a flock of blue-gray gnatcatchers, sparrows, and heard several meadowlarks having a singing contest.
we also saw one the does, perhaps the one who likes her own company best. she only meets up with the other does in the evening. she didn't spook too badly when she saw us, so that was nice.

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I’m currently looking for work. If anyone has any programming contracts available, please let me know.

At this point in time, if anyone can help me by supporting me on Patreon I’d greatly appreciate it while I persue a stable income.

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my internal metaphor for executive dysfunction has become that I operate on a Fucks Per Day system like a D&D Wizard has Spells Per Day

any task, regardless of magnitude, requires a minimum of one Fuck given, and once I am out of Fucks to give, then it doesn't matter how big or small the job is, I can't do it without spending against tomorrow's supply of Fucks

local wildlife, crows 

they've been putting acorns in the birdbath to let them soak for a bit. when the acorns are a little softened up, the crows eat the kernel inside. :)

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Signal created targeted ads for Instagram that show the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to.

They were blocked.

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apparently the "ubiquiti" wifi APs in our house are going to auto-brick. after the recent massive security flaws, i'm fed up and ditching this horrible company.

does anyone have recommendations for simple auto-handoff wifi APs to replace them? boosts welcome

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local wildlife, birds 

the red tailed hawks have left the area. not a surprise, there usually isn't enough here to support a raptor for long. I suspect they got one of the neighbor's chickens.

the crow who likes the birdbath is still visiting several times a day. I'm used to ravens, I had no idea how much a crow will soak it's food before eating it.

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