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glennsills

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Software developer. Father. Old Guy. I am mostly here to consume interesting content rather than create it.

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glynmoody, to random
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Predictive blood test hailed as ‘incredibly exciting’ breakthrough - https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/jun/02/predictive-blood-test-hailed-as-incredibly-exciting-breast-cancer-breakthrough "The test detects minuscule amounts of in the bloodstream" presumably one day all cancers will be detected like this...

glennsills,
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@glynmoody This sounds great, but I suspect it will be like prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests. It sounds great, but the test has many false positives. Nothing ruins your day like an unnecessary prostate biopsy. It's like someone sticking a staple gun up your ass and going to town. In the US, urology practices treat this test as a profit center.

glennsills, to random
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So, @futurebird, I was listening to NPR, and they were talking about people trafficking in exotic ants? Is this really a thing?

RickiTarr, to random
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How much alone time vs socializing do you need?

For me there are a few people who are usually equalizing, and I can just be around them, so I won't count that. But generally, I find about 3 times a week, I'm game for socializing. A day in between to rest is usually nice, but the larger the gathering or if we go somewhere particularly noisy or I'm meeting new people that involves more effort, and my social battery empties sooner. I'm very curious where everyone else falls on this!

glennsills,
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@RickiTarr Normally, outside my family, 0 mins. But recently I was walking, and a woman pointed at my T-shirt and yelled "Dublin" (that was on the T-Shirt). She was an Irish expat from Belfast who told me her life story - about 30 minutes. We went on our way crossed paths again and she explained that she was a recovering fentanyl addict who had nearly died of an overdose. I think she needed to talk to a stranger. I'm trying to socialize more often now.

RickiTarr, to random
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The Epaulette shark is only about 9 million years old as a species, making it the most recent branch in the shark family. And it is slowly but surely evolving into a land animal!

You will have to choose your side!

HELP THEM! “We' missed you, pal!” “Their filthy Water" "If you see a Horrid Beast evolving, welcome them home.

glennsills,
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@RickiTarr Ah come on man! If this becomes common knowledge, I won't be able to get away from Republicans demanding that we build a wall at the border between the land and the sea. Before you used your God given freedom of speech, think of all the harm you might be causing.

futurebird, to random
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I bought some pink sand for my ants but it’s strangely hydrophobic? It is very fine sand and it will become saturated if stirred vigorously - but why does it trap air like this? isn’t this odd?

Piles of sparkling pink sand retains air at the bottom of the glass.
another view of strange sand.

glennsills,
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@futurebird Is it microplastic instead of sand?

RickiTarr, to random
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It's so weird that we are all supposed to be ashamed for burping and farting. I deeply apologize to everyone for keeping my body from literally exploding, so uncouth.

glennsills,
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@RickiTarr Reminds me of hiking up a mountain behind a group of 3 women once. The woman farted, apparently silently, but immediately turned around and said, "watch out, I farted". Her friends seemed bemused, and she said, "Well I warned you, that's the best I can do.".

RickiTarr, to random
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Okay, this might sound weird, but this is what I'm thinking of today. I'm assuming most of you know the idiom, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." I know it's about looking at the horse's teeth to check it's age and health, but in my heart I have an alternate history where it's about The Trojan Horse, which doesn't really even make much sense, but it's still living there rent free.

So, does anyone else do this, make up alternate histories for words or phrases? If you do, I'd love examples!

glennsills,
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@DemocracySpot @RickiTarr She meant a male cow which I know is not a cow but a bull but COME ON MAN this is a Southern expression it isn't supposed to be logically correct. If it was it wouldn't be an old-timey Southern expression!

keithmorrisnm, to random
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glennsills,
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@keithmorrisnm This is the only cartoon that could ever be worthy of that song.

Sheril, to random
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Dogs are the best.

glennsills,
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@Sheril Yeah, for sure. R.I.P. Charlie. I miss you little buddy. Bark at some angels for me.

18+ RickiTarr, to random
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This looks like a horror movie.

glennsills,
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@airwhale @RickiTarr @purplepadma This is somehow less scary. Weird. Thanks Terry Pratchett!

cstross, to random
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It's almost like the hereditary aristocracy never went away, they just rebranded and retitled themselves as "billionaires" and "nepo babies".
https://mastodon.scot/@LordWoolamaloo/112215348092487717

glennsills,
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@cstross Yes, this is human nature plus arithmetic. Eliminating this requires that society apply a constant force.

dgar, to random
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Just finished reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

I love a hero with a twisted back story.

glennsills,
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@dgar You are definitely on a dad joke roll this morning.

futurebird, to random
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Cataglyphis lutea (UAE and parts of India) is a desert dwelling ant, the photos of this ant on iNaturalist caught my eye, since, like Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus (the Spider Ant of Australia), this these little ants fold their gasters over their mesonoma.

Very little is known about Cataglyphis lutea, shockingly little. I can't even find a mention of gaster folding in any of the brief descriptions of this ant.

This is why descriptions are not enough. 1/

(photos by Jonghyn Park and TimL)

A black ant with a red head and black dot eyes clamors over a rock on remarkably long legs. The antennae and legs are very long and evenly spread giving the impression of a spider (hence the common name) The gaster is folded over the mesonoma.

glennsills,
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@albertcardona @futurebird My physical therapist has prescribed all sorts of exercises designed to elevate my keister. Is it the same as a gaster? What is a gaster?

RickiTarr, to random
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Add in Eww you shouldn't take those pills, you just need to try this diet I'm doing, and exercise the way I do, and you got the whole ableism crew:

glennsills,
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@RickiTarr I got the device to help me put my socks on just before I got both of my hips replaced. It's lovely!

RickiTarr, to random
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Something I've noticed a lot lately, is that especially Boomer women, but honestly, women in general, don't seem to ask for what they want or need in a direct way. I notice this a lot with my Mom and her friends. Instead of just asking for what they need directly they tell a story, to ask in a roundabout way. For instance, my Mom needed help this morning, and Instead of just saying, "Hey, I dropped my remote, can you pick it up for me?" She tells a one minute story about what happened, no ask, and eventually I get the point, and then suggest that I come pick it up. Or if one of her friends wants to do something like have a birthday party for a friend, they don't say "We should have a party!" They say, It's Sarah's Birthday coming up, you know she likes surprises, what does everyone think we should do?"

I often wonder if this is why older people think younger women are rude and demanding, because younger people often just ask for what they want and need in a more direct way. But also it's probably just straight up sexism, because men are supposed to make decisions, and women are supposed to make suggestions.

What do you all think? Is this just me? Have you experienced something similar?

glennsills,
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@Tattooed_mummy @RickiTarr This is true. I must say that I often wish my wife would be "more pushy and bossy" in a proactive way rather than being disappointed after the fact. She often delegates the "where do we want to go out to eat" questions to me, when I don't care but she has something in mind.

AmandaMarcotte, to random
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There's genuine confusion about why the Christian right wants to ban IVF.

"Don't they want women to be mothers?" folks ask.

No. They want women to be second class. Forced childbirth is one weapon. But so is denying motherhood to others. My explainer.

https://www.salon.com/2024/02/23/alabamas-targeting-of-ivf-is-the-christian-rights-attempt-to-control-motherhood-and-theocracy/

glennsills,
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@AmandaMarcotte This article doesn't talk about the Catholic position on IVF. The Catholic position is that IVF is immoral because is fertilizes the egg in an "unnatural" way. It removes one of the purposes for marriage. I think that Catholic influence on the "right-to-life" movement is showing up in this Alabama ruling.

RickiTarr, to random
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I was exploring down a gravel road, and stopped to take a picture of this Donkey sitting in a field, but it got up, and decided it wanted pets, and then three dogs, small, medium, and large, also came running from across the road, to get pets too. They have a whole racket going on!

He starts to stand up
He's walking over!
The Donkey and one of the dogs having a chat, they are friends!

glennsills,
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@AmishSuperModel @RickiTarr Just so everyone knows, the Amish Super Model stole my line.

RickiTarr, to random
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Okay without looking it up, if you meet an Italian guy named Sal, what is his full name?

glennsills,
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@RickiTarr Sausalito Slim

DrALJONES, to random
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  • glennsills,
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    @DrALJONES @israel Yeah. Now, 80 years after WWII ended and the Zionist enterprise began in earnest, we have the problem that there are two populations that are established on the land. Many on both sides are intent on ridding the land of the other side.

    The settler colonialism analysis is spot on, but it doesn't provide a way forward. A non-sectarian/non-ethnic state with laws that treat everyone equally is needed, but that seems even less likely than the 2 state solution.

    GottaLaff, to random
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    Yes, THAT Delgado.

    A.J. Delgado:

    Again, you morons, I will take , even if so old he literally has to be propped up on the podium with wooden strings, over insufferable nepo-babies Jared and Ivanka running the country and the world again.

    Voters agree w me.

    glennsills,
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    @GottaLaff Biden: Has lost a step
    Trump: Never learned to walk, his nanny does it for him.

    StillIRise1963, to random
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    "And now, Republicans are saying that if they retake the White House they will change the Medicare rules so that people newly turning 65 will enroll by default into Medicare Advantage rather than real, traditional Medicare, further enhancing the profits of these massive, billion-dollar insurance giants while rapidly killing off real, traditional Medicare."

    https://www.rawstory.com/raw-investigates/medicare-advantage-2667187728/

    glennsills,
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    @StillIRise1963 Of course. Once a consensus has formed that Medicare Advantage is a bad deal, the GOP wants to require it for all.

    jeffowski, to atheism
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    glennsills,
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    @jeffowski True, so why do it? If you feel the need to proselytize atheism, you are turning into a religion.

    glennsills,
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    @jeffowski I view religion as just another form of politics with a different name - it attempts to control people's actions by making them think in a particular way. I figure, just let people think what they want.

    me, to fediverse
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    My timeline is becoming quite interesting. I'm trying to follow both familiar faces and new contacts to create a positive, constructive, and relaxing experience.
    Many of you have decided to follow me, and I'm really pleased about that.
    In the meantime, good morning/afternoon/evening/night (according to your timezone) to all of you, friends of the !

    glennsills,
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    @me I am hoping you'll find time to post about your experiences self hosting.

    Gogs, to random
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    [Youth Pastor voice] You know who else didn’t like a crosspost?

    glennsills,
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    @Gogs Could it be - Satan!

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