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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.


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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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The world has enough warrior poets. What it really needs are more barbarian poets.

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A third option always ends up being spoiler with the way the system is designed. We desperately need ranked choice voting in this country - otherwise there will never be a third option. Until then, there will only be bad, worse, or not voting for bad, which ends up being a vote for worse.

I'd say this even if the third party candidate were the child of Bernie Sanders and Jesus - the system is designed for power sharing between two political parties - there's no room for a third without a major overhaul.

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I christened this guy Ratfucker Kennedy when he started his campaign, and today, beyond all doubt, he's earned the right to bear that name.

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Newsom, we get it - you want to run for president. But don't fuck up my state to do it.

You've done ok in CA when you've kept your mouth shut and followed in Brown's footsteps, but this latest bullshit display of throwing widely popular progressive initiatives (this one passed 66 to 9) under the bus is a slap in the face to all Californians, proving yet again that you're an empty neo-liberal suit playing progressive to pander to the public.

California is not your billboard for a future presidential run. Do your damn job and stop using your veto pen to try to appeal to voters who aren't even your constituents yet.

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In theory they can, but it's very unlikely, as it requires a 2/3rds majority in both the Assembly and the Senate. One of the things I severely dislike about California politics is that the Governor's veto power is near absolute in practice. On top of that this state has an entrenched political machine that has invested in Newsom since he ran for Mayor of San Francisco - and many in Sacramento owe their careers to him. There's no realistic chance any of these vetoes get overridden.

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I fucking love the fact that mule deer sprint down the middle of my street at midnight.

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Regardless of what any of the Klingons in this thread claim, I suggest following S.P.O.C.K.'s advice - never trust a Klingon.

Enhance your calm: Demolition Man turns 30 | The film remains an under-appreciated gem of ‘90s comedy/action flicks (

Thirty years ago today, Demolition Man first hit theaters, pitting Sylvester Stallone against Wesley Snipes in a crime-free but killjoy future where even minor vices have been declared illegal. The passage of time hasn’t quite elevated this sci-fi action comedy to the legendary status of Die Hard or Lethal Weapon, but it’s...

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You see, according to Cocteau's plan I'm the enemy, 'cause I like to think; I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder - "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I WANT high cholesterol. I wanna eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green jello all over my body reading playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal? I've SEEN the future. Do you know what it is? It's a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing "I'm an Oscar Meyer Wiener".

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It's been depreciating at a pretty constant rate. I'd wait to invest until it's under $1.

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If someone continues to harass you after you've blocked them, it's because they're lonely and want your attention. I've found that offering comforting and condescending words while reverse spamming them with Eleanor Rigby seems to end the harassment quickly... especially when they realize that they can't block you properly either.

Will the world ever stop being anti-intellectual?

One of the most aggravating things to me in this world has to be the absolutely rampant anti-intellectualism that dominates so many conversations and debates, and its influence just seems to be expanding. Do you think there will ever actually be a time when this ends? I'd hope so once people become more educated and cultural...

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Agreed. I'd also like to add that intelligence != wisdom != experience, and you need all three to achieve real understanding.

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Oh, yeah, let's see how you do in the Clutch, dutch. You ain't gonna worry my life no more.... Bang bang bang bang, vaminose vaminose

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Glad you dig! They're something both brilliant and beyond the bounds of most music - good to find someone else who knows how to Get in the Swing.

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ngebHa''a' yInvam'e'? jaltaHghach 'oH'a' neH?
mujon pumbogh puH, DI'rujvamvo' jInarghlaHbe'
mInDu'lIj tIpoSmoH, 'ej chalDaq yIlegh
chovup vIneHbe', loDHom Do'Ha' jIH neH
jIghoSDI' 'ej jIjaHDI' ngeDmo', vItlhchugh pagh vItlhHa'chugh
SuS HoS vIqeltaHvIS, jIHvaD tlhoy 'oH bop vISaHbe', jIHvaD
SoSoy, qen loD vIchotpu'
nachDajvaD HIch vIQeqpu', chu'wI' yuvpu', DaH Heghpu'
SoSoy, qen jIyInchoHpu'
'ach DaH yInwIj naQ vIpolHa'chu'pu'
SoSoy, 'o-'o-'o-'o, qaSaQmoH 'e' vIHechbe'
qaSpa' wa'leS poHvam jIcheghpu'be'chugh
yIruchtaH, yIruchtaH 'ej pagh SaHbogh vay' yIDalaw'
narghpu' 'eb, tugh jIHegh
jIHeghvIpmo' bIr pIpwIj, 'oy'law'taH porghwIj
naDevvo' jIjaHnIS. Savan, Hoch.
tlhIHvo' jImejnISqu' 'ej vIt vIbamnIS
SoSoy, 'o-'o-'o-'o, (SuS HoS vIqeltaHvIS)
jIHegh vIneHbe'
paghlogh jIboghchoHpu' rut 'e' vIjInqu'
[leSpal mob QoQ]
wa' loD QIb tu'qomHomHey mach vIleghlaw'taH
SIqaramuS, SIqaramuS, qul mI' DamI''a'?
mughIjqu' wabDaj'e' pe'bIl'e' je, mughIjqu'
ghalIl'eyo', ghalIl'eyo', ghalIl'eyo', ghalIl'eyo',
ghalIl'eyo', vIgha'ro', QaQqu' ghu'vetlh
loD Do'Ha' jIH neH, 'ej mumuSHa' pagh
Do'Ha'bogh tuqvo' loDHom Do'Ha' ghaH neH
ghu'vam qabqu'vo' narghlaH 'e' yIchaw'
jIghoSDI', jIjaHDI' ngeD, tujonHa''a'
Qun pongvaD! Qo', bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'
(yItlhabmoH) Qun pongvaD! bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'
(yItlhabmoH) Qun pongvaD! bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'
(HItlhabmoH) bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'
(HItlhabmoH) bIjaH 'e' wIchaw'be'. (HItlhabmoH) 'o
Qo'! Qo'! Qo'! Qo'! Qo'! Qo'! Qo'!
('o SoSoywI', SoSoywI') SoSoywI'! HItlhabmoH!
jIHvaD veqlarghHom poltaH veqlargh 'e' vISov, jIHvaD, jIHvaD
nagh chojaDlaH 'ej mInwIj Datuy'laH 'e' DaQub
chomuSHa'laH vaj HeghmeH cholonlaH 'e' DaQub
'o bangwI', jIHvaD yIta'Qo', bangwI'!
jIHaw'nIS neH - naDevvo' jIHaw'nISchu' neH
ghu'vam vISaHbe'qu', 'e' leghlaH vay'
ghu'vam vISaHbe'qu'
ghu'vam vISaHbe'qu', jIHvaD
SuS HoS vIqeltaHvIS

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jcrm, to kbinMeta

Can we PLEASE make the top bar be customizable already? Or at least filter NSFW by default? It's a really bad look whenever I open this and "jailbait" is at the top of my screen almost every time.

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@jcrm Lol - I figured out how to do this accidentally. You may have noticed that Jailbait doesn't appear in the top bar anymore.

It's because I posted this to it (sfw and 18+ by a long shot, but you'll still want eyebleach). Apparently that top bar of communities prioritizes those that have no posts. Take a look - you'll see every suggested community is empty. Posting to one removes it from the selection algorithm.

Pinging @ernest as it looks like the sorting on that top bar algorithm is achieving the opposite of its intended purpose.

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"Burning Man has countercultural roots and, once upon a time, it was a celebration of creativity and a counterpoint to mindless consumerism. Over the past few years, however, it has become massively commodified and started attracting some of the worst people on earth. Nowadays, it is an excuse for influencers and Silicon Valley types to take a bunch of drugs and party in the desert while pretending they are doing something meaningful that elevates the world’s consciousness. Burning Man is supposed to be about “radical self-reliance” and yet a number of attendees appear to be flown in on private jets and shacked up in luxury accommodation with air conditioning. I don’t care how exotic the drugs or how interesting the art is: once people such as Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk show up to your party, there is no longer anything countercultural about it. You are not rebelling against the man. You are the man."

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As someone who watched the Burning Man scene begin, evolve, and become what it is today, it was clear from near 2000 on that it was destined to become a parody of itself.

Plus, as someone who has spent their life working to encourage creativity and preserve it, something about Burning Man always struck me as deeply wrong on a spiritual level. I think of all of the wonderful artworks that could be adorning our streets and walls that are nothing now but ash on the playa and it honestly makes me want to smack my head into the wall. I get the point of sacrifice, of creating art for art's sake, and respect the mythos of the Wicker Man, but shit has gotten too far out of hand.

If you really want to be revolutionary, bring your art back to your neighborhood. Live it every day, not just during summer vacation. Put it out there for free if you want to flip off capitalism, but don't destroy it. That which inspires you to create is holy and a part of your soul, and it's result deserves much better than the flames.

@Ryntastic Sorry for hijacking a month-old comment of yours, but it inspired me to speak out, and I've been holding my tongue about the BM scene for a long time.

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