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rakyat, to random
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ubi,
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@rakyat @irfan People back then were plenty cynical and aware of corruption, it was the reformasi era after all.

But then again it's hard to beat the cynicism that you develop when you witness all these reformasi types turn into same thing that they were fighting.

irfan, to random

Whenever I hear the term "web3" or "web2" being thrown around by someone, I immediately flag them as a boomer cos I never understood what shit that is and I've no urgency to want to know what they mean. The web is the web, is the web to me.

ubi,
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@rakyat @irfan I heard those terms used by a lot of academics that were trying to sound up to date.

I don't think I've ever heard anybody under the age of 40 say those words.

youronlyone, to asia
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From 2010 to 2017, there was a thing called that we Aseans started as a grassroots movement. We were all bloggers from across, well, or South-East Asia.

Some of us joined together to produce one of the best multi-authored regional blogs. We talked about our cultures, write about what makes the region awesome. As well as, try to address the oftentimes silly and sometimes heated debates.

It's all gone now. Forgotten. The blogs dead or offline. We all grew up, got busy with our personal lives, and moved on separately. And the important reason? We lost interest in it as we started to see ASEAN was, is, and will never be for the grassroots.

That was the end of what was once a vibrant grassroot ASEAN Citizens effort. We did it all voluntarily. Without a single recognition from the top-down organisation that is ASEAN.

I had friends from , , , , , , , , and yes, even from (). (I'm from the .) It was fun. It was not tiring at all. It was because we saw a bright future for ASEAN, and we believed in it completely.

But today? ASEAN is still a top-down organisation. They kept trying to get the grassroots involved, but they are always failing. Why? Because it is a top-down organisation, as simple as that. They will never understand until they shift their mindset and approach to bottom-up.

Who is ASEAN really for?

(P.S I want to restart this grassroots movement, but I just no longer have the spark. Give me a very good reason why I should give it another chance. Or, at least, guide the new generation.)

@asean @pilipinas @philippines @pinoy

ubi,
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@goblin @youronlyone SEAsians are actually a terminally online people, they form some of the biggest most online demographics. But they tend to spend their time on corporate social media and speak their own languages.

rakyat, to random
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What I think whenever I see people defending killing stray dogs by saying “my cat was killed by some stray dog”….

Stray dogs can’t get to your cat unless your cat has been wandering outside and pooping everywhere.

ubi,
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@geraineon @rakyat My neighbour's cat was shitting next to where I parked my car. I started harvesting dung beetles from the shit. I must have creeped the cat out, because it stopped after that.

It's a pity, but it was a good source of beetles while it lasted.

yoginho, to random
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"It's difficult to judge the quality of someone's work," you tell me, "especially these days when so much is being published every day."

And you're right. Good work in many areas or research is difficult to pick out, obscured by a rising flood of self-promoting bullshit. /1

ubi,
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@egonw @yoginho Open science is often too prohibitively expensive for people in developing countries.

rakyat, to random
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Another day, another pizza innovation in Taiwan
Cc @geraineon

ubi,
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@rakyat @geraineon Pizza Hut Taiwan are the undisputed kings of fucked up pizza.

ubi,
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@rakyat @geraineon That thing certainly looks like it belongs in the Cambrian.

irfan, to random

is one of my most favourite actors of all time, it's unfortunate I almost never see him in any piece of media I watch other than where I first learned of him, . I always find the same (British) actors in a lot of content surrounding British people/culture, but never him... That man is a living legend to my eyes, so idk why that's the case other than him refusing a lot of acting offers, or I'm just not watching the right shows where he'd be interested in acting in.

ubi,
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@geraineon @irfan I watched Blackadder right after House, Hugh Laurie plays a character that is the complete opposite of Dr. House, it was very jarring but that man has range.

afif, to random
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You can imagine my face when the son said we need to prepare 10k ringgit for various fees to go to the states by August

ubi,
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@afif UiTM actually produces some good graduates, especially their law programs. Send him there instead and spend the money on yourself. I think he can still make the 2nd intake.

ubi,
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@afif looks like you have to ikat perut for a while then.

skinnylatte, to random
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I quite liked Netflix’s treatment of 3 Body Problem. The only thing that suspends belief, beyond all the hard sci-fi, is: a bunch of young people are friends that stick around and see each other often? That’s sci-fi.

ubi,
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@skinnylatte That's fantasy, not sci-fi.

ubi, to random
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Kids these days don't appreciate what they have. In my day we only got misinformation once every year, on the 1st of April.

claramferreira, to random
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The most funny predatory journal emails I get are like, the same Surgery journal that wants me to publish my amazing research on checks notes orthognathic surgery.

My dudes.
I am an animal ecologist.
I have always published in animal ecology.
What is even checks notes again orthognathic surgery???

THIS HAS BEEN GOING FOR YEARS!!! DID I MISS A DEGREE IN MY LIFE???

ubi,
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@claramferreira If you say animal ecology really fast it kind of sounds like orthognathic surgery. Or at least it rhymes.

nightowl22, to nature
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Hanging out with jumping spiders at work today. They are incredibly intelligent and friendly. We relocated them to some established trees so they would stay out of high-traffic areas. #jumpingspider #treenursery #nature #savetheinsects

ubi,
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@nightowl22 This is like that red pill blue pill meme, but it's all spiders and both choices are correct.

juergen_hubert, to folklore
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German #folklore is full of tales of evil, prideful nobles who were eventually punished for their sins.

So why is modern media - starting with #Disney , and moving on from there - so full of pro- #monarchy propaganda instead? Lots of "Just Kings", "Plucky Princesses", and so forth. Why is the implication in media nowadays that being exalted by the circumstances of your birth is likely to make you a good person? Instead of being totally oblivious to your own class privilege - and that's probably the best case!

I wonder if anyone has done any scientific research on all these "pro-monarchy" narratives in modern media, and how they came into existence.

ubi,
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@juergen_hubert Is it because Disney is from the USA and people that live in republics typically don't come in contact with a lot of prideful and evil nobles?

I remember reading somewhere that people that don't have kings tend to romanticise them, while if you do live under a monarchy there is always a bit of tension between the common man and the nobility.

unseenjapan, to Japan
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"Japan isn't as technically advanced as some people claim"

Counterargument:

#unseenjapan #japan

ubi,
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@unseenjapan This is a weapon from a much more civilised time.

ubi, to random
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Let's be positive about the climate for once. I'm sure the monitor lizards are enjoying all this global warming.

ubi,
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@AmyIsCoolz That post was inspired by a monitor lizard just basking in the current heat wave.

tangledwing, to nature
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Dryas iulia or Julia butterfly, native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can occasionally be found as far north as eastern Nebraska.

ubi,
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@sohkamyung @tangledwing In the 2010s I observed it spreading throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Now I see it quite regularly in front of my house.

afif, to random
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I miss the old Mastika

ubi,
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@afif One of my old professors once told me that Mastika used to be a general non-fiction magazine, until they realised that the supernatural sold much better and pivoted to that in the late 80s.

Old Mastika was apparently quite intelligent, what the 90s generation got was the "New and edgy" Mastika.

But all those covers deserve to be preserved in the National Art Gallery.

skinnylatte, to random
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‘Fahrenheit is what humans feel’

No, Fahrenheit is what Americans feel

ubi,
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@skinnylatte I've lived in the tropics for my whole life, 20°C is cold and 30°C is hot. That's 68°F and 86°F and these unintuitive numbers makes no sense at all to me.

ubi,
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@NBAnthony2k @skinnylatte This is more of a response to the 0 is really cold 100 is really hot comments. Most people don't deal with the temperature ranges that conveniently fall within 0 to 100.

But the point still stands that both systems are arbitrary and one isn't "more human".

jakalopes, to random
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Set of insects and spiders stamps released from the US in 1999. Interesting choices here as they included some less appealing ones, which is cool. Cant believe a bee wasnt included though! Props for including a Hemiptera and scorpionfly, which I don't see in media ever.

ubi,
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@jakalopes That is a good choice of dung beetle.

liztai, to Malaysians
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Hello #Malaysians

Do you know the name of these kuih?

#MakanApaToday #Malaysia #TootSEA

ubi,
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@liztai Kuih were never meant to have names. They exist purely as sensations and moments in time. Never constrained by mere words.

geraineon, (edited ) to random
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For crematorium danmei lovers, a list from Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/DanmeiNovels/s/v00dVOYMai

Great definitions too ​:blobfoxcrylaugh:​

Chasing the crematorium: sorry babe, I didn't mean to accidentally sort of slip my dick into someone else and then mistreat you for 30 years

The crematorium chases you back: it's okay babe when you die I'll make sure they never find your body

(I am not sure if the second is actually a genre but the first definitely is)

ubi,
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@geraineon Ok I'm curious enough to ask why is it a crematorium?

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