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For Amusement Purposes Only.

Changeling poet, musician and writer, born on the 13th floor. Left of counter-clockwise and right of the white rabbit, all twilight and sunrises, forever the inside outsider.

Seeks out and follows creative and brilliant minds. And crows. Occasional shadow librarian.

#music #poetry #politics #LGBTQ+ #magick #fiction #imagination #tech

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"I ever tell you about the time my buddy Keith and I were on the top of a burnin' building, and we had to fight our way down like five floors of zombies and― Hey, wait a second...I guess that was you guys. Oh, shit, man, I can't wait to tell Keith about that one!"

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There are two immediate flaws I see with the study. The first is the sound quality of the youtube videos, which have been engineered to human hearing. Dogs hear frequencies high above the human range, and it's highly likely their vocalizations carry nuance and context in the upper frequency. A simple microphone recording won't do - you need something with high sensitivity and minimal distortion, and you have to ensure the digitization of the sound file doesn't interfere with the quality for those higher ranges.

The second is the sound input into the analysis, which also should be tuned for these higher frequencies - I find it unlikely that the AI was matching frequencies above human hearing to generate dog "words".

In essence, they're analyzing how humans hear dogs speak, not how dogs speak to each other. To do so properly, an ideal research setting would be one of dogs interacting live with each other, with sound recording equipment that can match the quality of canine hearing.

That being said, it's a fascinating work, and I understand that the researchers were working with the data on hand - definitely shows promise for continued study.

Bastet - Ancient Egyptian Goddess of Cats and the slayer of Apophis, serpent of chaos (

Bastet is the Egyptian goddess of the home, domesticity, women's secrets, cats, fertility, and childbirth. She protected the home from evil spirits and disease, especially diseases associated with women and children. As with many deities in Egyptian religion, she also played a role in the afterlife....

[News] Republicans nominate Steve Scalise to be House speaker and will try to unite before a floor vote (

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday nominated Rep. Steve Scalise to be the next House speaker and will now try to unite around the conservative in a floor vote to elect him after ousting Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the post....

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Saw your post and I got curious, as it's clear your new threads aren't appearing on the instances you're posting to.

Test run shows that posting to is working for my account: .

There's a couple things that could be happening, but I'm gonna go with my gut and ask do you have any domains blocked? There's been repeated issues with domain blocking affecting your ability to post (in fact, I had to clear all my domain blocking to properly post to kbin). This is the first thing I'd check.

The next thing would be to see if those instances or communities banned you. This seems unlikely, as it's affecting you on both and The last thing could be that these communities have defederated or blocked kbin users due to past spam issues (@Technology is still blocked on due to this), but I haven't seen it implemented in this way before.

But I'd start with the domain blocking - 90% of the time when people have problems posting on kbin, that's the cause.

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Bummer - looks like your post did show on, and I see that you got one up on @gothindustrial. Leads me to think it might be a community ban on @spookymemes for why your toy post didn't show up there. was probably just slow.

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@The_Picard_Maneuver I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?

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TIL - thanks! Awesome links!

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Here's a more more direct route if you're one of Dread Roberts' crew... just posted it over on the @13thFloor to preserve the link in case any of the mods here were Humperdinck agents looking for volunteers to test the Pit of Despair.

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Almost forgot to mention - just a heads up re: the finger thing - I think @InigoMontoya is looking for you...

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With the weight of love
You derange the universe
You ignite the stars

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@Aphelion what is gravity if not love? The irresistible attraction to pull existence together from the endless void is an effort so courageous and foolish in the face of infinite entropy that it could only be called love.

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Hat tip to @liv for the article and their work over on @conservative, which still has me smiling.

How to build a heat-resilient city (

Cities are hot. When you cover the ground with asphalt and concrete, jam millions of cars together on congested streets, and erect thousands of buildings that leak their own heat, you create what experts call an “urban heat island.” Daytime temperatures in these places can be as much as 7 degrees Fahrenheit higher than...

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That's some of the most intriguing imagery I've seen. I wasn't familiar with the the Holy Mountain, so I ended up tracking down a copy.

Not for the faint of stomach... especially if you don't like to watch exploding conquistador toads fighting Aztec iguanas, but damn that's a wild ride. No country does surrealism like Mexico. Thanks for the rabbit hole!

The Holy Mountain Wikipedia

Side note, the entire time I was watching this I was thinking - damn, this is really similar to Santa Sangre in tone and style - turns out it's by the same director, Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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I rewatched this recently, and yeah, all the cliches are there (some rather clumsily filmed even by 40s standards) - but fuck me if Bogie still doesn't blow it out of the water with that performance. I can't think of a single film noir protagonist that matches what he pulled off in that film. He's better here than he is in Casablanca by a long shot imho.

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even that sacred blaze
time made semi-divine
each second's jewelled
breath in a silk damask pouch
detailed in beadworked tears
even that endless breath
feeding the cataclysms
of life unfettered by aging
even the spinning of multiverses
shivering through the dance
of fiercely imagined gods
glimmering in and out
of reality's spotlights
even the endless aeons
would not be time enough
to map the gift
of your skin

prompt - 8th October - aeon.

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@stevencudahy Fire. Well done - this one has a life of its own.

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