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Monsters from the Id! Fish from the Wardrobe! Or something.

(TTRPG/Coding/Linux/Politics/Snark/Woo/ASD, in no particular order.)

Boosts are almost certainly an endorsement of something. Possibly not literally the post in question, though.

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dgoldsmith, to random
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“How can you listen to a kid who wants to change sex? My kid wants to be a dinosaur!”

Because unlike wanting to be a dinosaur, there's decades of science showing kids with persistent gender dysphoria:

  1. Rarely grow out of it
  2. Continue to suffer if not treated
  3. Suffer lifelong pain if they go through the wrong puberty
  4. Are at significant risk of suicide/self-harm if untreated
  5. Thrive as well as cis kids if they are supported by family/friends and given gender-affirming care
@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@dgoldsmith And if they do grow out of it they can just stop taking the drugs and go through puberty, if they want?

fitheach, to food
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Gross food experiment

As you can see from the attached photo, the packet of beef mince has passed it's "use-by" date. The date, "16 Mar" isn't for the day three weeks ago, it is for 16 March 2021.

Yup, the packet has been in my 'fridge for over three years. I've got plenty of space in my big 'fridge. 😃

The contents discoloured within a few days of purchase. The colour went from a rich red to the much paler shade shown in the photo. The packaging got sucked-in, but, remained air-tight.


@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@fitheach humans come with an array of built in sensors finely tuned over the millenia to distinguish bad food from good.

Put another way: what does it smell like?

inthehands, to random
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In the wake of the xz exploit, I quipped, “Free software, eh, fine, whatever. What does •sustainable• software look like?”

I haven’t heard anybody give a more thoughtful or more useful answer to that question than @jenniferplusplus in this blog post, which has not one but •two• crucial insights:



@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@inthehands @jenniferplusplus This is extremely good. I think you could argue that a commons is exactly what the original "guys with beards sharing mainframe code" that started all this were trying to build, but either way it seems to me it's exactly how we should view it.

matt, to Youtube
@matt@oslo.town avatar

YouTube just recommended a video titled “Varieties of sausages” and I’m obviously going to click that.

:youtube: https://youtu.be/8MzlXGM9IhA

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@matt Ah, the UK, where you have to work in catering to know that "salami" is a sausage.
Is it any wonder I lack a certain respect for the folks around me?

didgebaba, to random
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“Last year, I had a life-changing experience at 90 years old. I went to space, after decades of playing an iconic science-fiction character who was exploring the universe. I thought I would experience a deep connection with the immensity around us, a deep call for endless exploration.
"I was absolutely wrong. The strongest feeling, that dominated everything else by far, was the deepest grief that I had ever experienced.
"I understood, in the clearest possible way, that we were living on a tiny oasis of life, surrounded by an immensity of death. I didn’t see infinite possibilities of worlds to explore, adventures to have, or living creatures to connect with. I saw the deepest darkness I could have ever imagined, contrasting so starkly with the welcoming warmth of our nurturing home planet.
"This was an immensely powerful awakening for me. It filled me with sadness. I realized that we had spent decades, if not centuries, being obsessed with looking away, with looking outside. I did my share in popularizing the idea that space was the final frontier. But I had to get to space to understand that Earth is and will stay our only home. And that we have been ravaging it, relentlessly, making it uninhabitable."
-- William Shatner, actor

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@thepoliticalcat @unlambda @Natanox @mral @trechnex @didgebaba Oh, he's definitely a jerk. Always was, even when filming TOS. But even jerks can get inspired.

Di4na, to random
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So we have it now. Rust solved a large number of the safety problems of the system language level. Not everything ofc, but still. Lot of them. And it is actually being adopted.

So I have a question for my cybersecurity/infosec crowd.

Have you introspected why 3 decades of yelling about that stuff got no results, 3 decades of sanitisers and fuzzers barely moved the needle, but Rust slam dunked it?

Where is the retrospective of what went wrong? Where are the learnings?

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@Di4na We should recognise the possibility that it may have simply been random factors that caused the adoption of Rust where other solutions didn't take off; that there wasn't something specific Rust did right or the others did wrong.

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@Di4na popularity <> success

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@Di4na Lots and lots of devs don't get to choose what language they use to solve a problem.

For example, the problem may be in an existing codebase that's not theirs. Most of the problems Rust might fix are problems with existing codebases. The question was what made it successful at that.

dgar, to random
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Out visiting the in-laws.
Here’s my view right now.

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@dgar your inlaws are trees?

dgar, to random
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I’m so excited!

My new "Archery Target Disguise" has finally arrived!

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@dgar I'm betting you will be a hit.

dgar, (edited ) to random
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Hashtag: #FortnightFridayMusic
Hosted By: @MarkIngs
Subject: Unity
Submission: Love Is All
By: Roger Glover and Ronnie Dio
Submitted by: @dgar
Songwhip Link: https://songwhip.com/roger-glover/love-is-all
Context: https://mindly.social/@bborn/112136911862890289

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@dgar @MarkIngs as a kid watching this ... Over and over ... I didn't catch the references to Yellow Submarine in the animation...

Catvalente, to random
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The Child (working on trying new foods because…a child) requested “Eggplant Parmesan Thursday”


If he turns up his nose at this I might cry.

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@Rycaut @Catvalente Seems as if you would use up a LOT of olive oil with this recipe...

solarbird, to science

this is some 1820s science right here


We have discovered that hard, electrical conductors (e.g., metals or graphite) can be adhered to soft, aqueous materials (e.g., hydrogels, fruit, or animal tissue) without the use of an adhesive. The adhesion is induced by a low DC electric field.

Most importantly: it stays stuck with the voltage turned off. It’s stable for MONTHS. Reverse the polarity of the electrical flow and it unsticks. YES REALLY. This is some literal “Alessandro Volta playing around with bananas in a shed” science AND YET it WORKS and we DID NOT KNOW.

Here’s a video. Holy shit. What.


@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@vik @solarbird With a print bed made of meat?

Cat_LeFey, to random
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Overheard conversation at the hospital:

Nurse: “Could you be pregnant?”
Patient: “No.”
“You've had a tubal ligation?”
“Oh, so you could be pregnant?”
“No, my husband has a vasectomy.”
“Those aren't always 100%”
“Well, I haven't had sex since November, when I got sick.”
“When was your last period?”
“A couple weeks ago.”
“Okay, we're gonna go ahead and give you a pregnancy test, just to be sure.”

What kind of christofascist hellscape are we living in?

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@Cat_LeFey There is a reason for this. Unlikely as it seems, it's good medical practise to rule out pregnancy 100%. It turns out, counter-intuitively, that it's very easy indeed to be pregnant and not know it.
And it's a common condition with a long list of side-effects.

We know this first-hand. My wife has a long list of chronic illnesses. The drugs masked her pregnancy. We're not ignorant but had no idea. We only found out when a spinal x-ray found a second spine...

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@Cat_LeFey GP apologised profusely. She said from now on she would return to how she had been taught: assume pregnancy until you have ruled it out.

Cat_LeFey, to paganism
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One major difference between paganism and other major world religions is that we don't believe life is a punishment. We are not born sinful and in need of forgiveness; to live is not to suffer.

Life is a gift, and the opportunity to learn and evolve is a blessing. To be a pagan, you don't have to be anything other than the wonderful, complex animal you are.

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@Cat_LeFey I consider myself Pagan -- but most religions don't teach that life is punishment. That's Christianity, certainly. But.

fkamiah17, to UKpolitics
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Finally the press cottons on to what we've been saying for months - Labour's poll numbers are soft. And they're not paying any attention to it.

#UKPolitics #NoCeasefireNoVote #NeverLabour

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@fkamiah17 So Labour have convinced 60% of voters, then. That's impressive - although they certainly haven't convinced me.

mcc, to random
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In c#, sizeof(T) returns a int32, not a UIntPtr/nuint.

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@mcc If you get a negative size, I assume that would be bad

dgar, (edited ) to random
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Comic by @mcfadden

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@dgar So if enough people believe in magic, then science stops working? Okay.

Roadwarrior29, to random
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Feck me, carnish in the Commons, democracy died there tonight.

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@fkamiah17 @MadeyeTheCarnaptious @Roadwarrior29 One small saving grace is that internationally, no-one gives a f*** about the text of us calling for a ceasefire. This is just about us looking foolish.

fishidwardrobe, to homeassistant
@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

Just lost 30 minutes of my life trying to pair a Zigbee bulb with #HomeAssistant … when it turns out they sent Bluetooth bulbs by mistake.

renchap, to random
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I said it several times, but with Ivory's latest announcement, let me repeat it: we (the Mastodon team) are working on implementing Quote Posts. This is a much more complex feature than showing a preview for a link to a post, which is done at the moment by multiple clients.

It is a complex task and we have been working on defining the feature and the protocol-level details for some time. We are moving forward, and there are fewer hard questions to answers, but progress is there.

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@rolle @tess @renchap
> the same way that user can no longer view or interact with any of my posts when blocked.

Bad news: that's not entirely true.

simon_brooke, (edited ) to random
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There are (at least) three groups of voters whom is alienating with his continued tacit support for the :

  1. A majority of Muslims;
  2. A substantial number of Jews;
  3. A much broader community of people with a strong commitment to human rights and an ethical foreign policy.

These groups are not individually electorally significant, but taken together they may be.

#1 of 9

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@simon_brooke I think it's going to take a lot to make Labour swerve left. They're fixated on winning the votes of folks that would have voted Tory before they swerved right.

Of course a whole new party actually doing well is a lot. But historically no new party does that right away.

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@simon_brooke Again, true – but I think the majority of the UK has always, at least in the last forty years or so, considered Labour as useless.

Perhaps I'm just more cynical, though

edit: apart from a brief spike when they voted in Blair, obvs.

kyonshi, to random

folly, bayreuth, may 2014

Should I even tag it as #ruins if it's a #folly?

#monochrome #blackandwhite #bayreuth

@fishidwardrobe@mastodon.me.uk avatar

@kyonshi If it's a ruined folly…

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