When you use corny dad-jokes to explore the mechanisms behind an immoral idea... you're playing evil's dadvocate

I actually wrote my own emacs functions today, and used them while on a screen share with a colleague, without making a tit of myself.

I'm on one of my periodic "if I had to, could I do the whole lot in emacs?" phases.

Nudity, renaissance art 

Red Hat is making a commitment to help make open source a truly inclusive space and our action plan to eradicate problematic language from our practices and vocabulary.


thinking about my political adolescence and how hard i fell for the idea that you need to be neutral on subject matter and support some kind of general heuristic (socially liberal, economically conservative, whatever) instead of just saying outright

"different things require different solutions it is actually incredibly dumb to be ideologically committed to a solution before you've encountered the problem"

So happy to share with you: the first scifi story I've ever sold, appearing today in Strange Horizons!

- robots
- cryogenic exoplanets
- linguistics
- beeping

You cannot directly see the Mastodon drama, you can only infer its existence by the shifting of toots surrounding it, much like how an object in space warps gravity with its mass.

Should probably get a wriggle on getting my hair dyed neon green for the Refugee Action fund-raiser I did (it passed £500! Woo!)
If anyone wants to help push it up to £750 I'll make a Lemming costume and dress like that for work for a full week btw, just saying. DM for the link if that's your thing :lemming_wave:

"category failure": when people think about things in terms of discrete categories but the reality doesn't match, either because there are no discrete categories or because the salient characteristics to categorise on have not been identified

I'm not on Telegram: it is just another centralized proprietary social network. Still, it is important to remember that it is the only Russian social platform that isn't owned by Yuri Milner, one of the three major pre-IPO investors in Facebook (along with Palantir founder Peter Thiel and Mitch McConnell's brother-in-law Jim Breyer). Wish journalists mentioned it more often when covering Telegram and Durov.


In 1968, a Teenager Convinced Thelonious Monk to Play a Gig at His High School to Promote Racial Unity.

Now the Concert Recording Is Getting Released. Listen to a track.

openculture.com/?p=1078507 t.co/PDildG8YFZ

hot take? 

A desperate begpost, boosts + 

Kind of jealous that my son gets to grow up with way better computer games than I did (as well as the best of what I had/didn't have at the time through emulation). So many conversations about Portal 2 and what it means to be a goodie/baddie.

Flashback to Killing Eve which generally does OK with Russian language bits, having a kid's fridge drawing of "Mummy" with "Мумия" written on it. That's "Mummy" as in Abbot and Costello meet the Mummy, not mother.

and we see this, like, a lot. the moment bad actors get a handle on how to use social justice language, they immediately set out to warp it and make it meaningless. "problematic", "toxic", "cancel", hell even half the people i know don't know what black face actually is. it gets thrown around so carelessly that people get whipped up into a rage over charcoal and clay face masks but still struggle to understand why Ariana Grande or the Kardashians have been accused of black face lmao

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