Time for a #reintroduction!
• 29 years old
• Cis straight man (pronouns: he/him; I’m fine with they/them)
• Living in Milan, Italy
• Working in software development (but not tooting about it)
• On Mastodon since April 2017
• Antifascist, of course
• Urban living and low-car lifestyle enthusiast
• I like travelling and taking photos (check my PixelFed!)
• Dealing with depression and anxiety (toots about that are CW'd)
• Still trying to understand who I am and what I want out of life
personal reply policy
I’m okay with strangers interacting with me on this account, but if their replies sound like something a concern troll or a sea lion would say, I will drop the conversation and mute and/or block them. No second chance given.
I’m not here to waste time with people who are obviously in bad faith, and I don’t owe them an answer.
(This is not a subtoot, but I wanted to say it after a couple of bad interactions in the past months.)
I'm reading Stone, Patton, and Heen's “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most”, and I found a few sentences that mean a lot to me:
“We don't cry or lose our temper because we express our feelings too often, but because we express them too rarely.”
“[G]ood listening requires an open and honest curiosity about the other person, and a willingness and ability to keep the spotlight on them. Buried emotions draw the spotlight back to us.”
If you're using a computer, did you know you can control Mastodon through your keyboard?
You can find a list of keyboard commands by pressing "?"
Also, an additional command not listed there: you can use emoji by typing ":" and then a keyword (for example ":smile") and then selecting the emoji with the arrow keys.
Gentle #astronomy fans (looking at you, @publius) and commemorators of the semicentennial anniversary of the first lunar landing, I seek your aid.
I have what I believe to be #selenographic coordinates, but I don't know where online to find an atlas or gazetteer listing the selenographic names for those coordinates.
Example selenographic coordinates pairs:
Where should I look?
trans information request, boosts appreciated
does anyone have recommendations for bite-sized (ie no more than a few pages) leaflet/booklet that explains being transgender (in a queer-positive and enby-inclusive manner)
target audience is middle age cis person with internalised binary gender roles, open-minded and willing to understand but saying bullshit like "we're all 50% male and 50% female" while using binary pronouns including for cats
must be clear and easy to follow
I'd like to take another moment and say thank you to folks working hard on PV, KT, and other servers outing these harassers, racists, and/or fascists
it's hard work seeping through garbage, getting targeted, and not having proper modification tools to *actually* suspend/block folks and isntances
follow them, donate to them, support them and their work on/off the fedi
@miramarco also, thinking carefully about what's wrong with an idea is valuable: some are disingenuous and counting on being written off as "stupid".
melancholic thoughts, 🚀 🌔
The Apollo program has always fascinated me, and I'm a bit sad that I wasn't alive back then in 1969 to see the first moon landing on tv. Not just for the achievement in itself, but also because I would really like, at least once in my lifetime, to feel connected with the rest of humanity while all of us witness something that doesn't fill us with terror, shame, or anger, but that can actually be a beacon of pride and hope for our species.
Okay, maybe you don’t care about how some people react to the usage of words such as “dumb” or “stupid”, but let me tell you why it’s good to avoid them anyway: because it’s never about intelligence.
You can switch to words that describe your opinion with much more precision: a suggestion is “impractical” or “uninformed”, a thought is “tongue-in-cheek”, a point is “inconsequential”, etc.
We frame those inconveniencies as lack of intelligence, but that’s just smoke and mirrors.
time passing by
Just had a personal realization.
In Italy, the final exams of the last year of high school require students to make a small dissertation on a topic they choose, possibly connecting many of the subjects they studied. I chose to do mine on the moon landing, also because the 40th anniversary was getting close.
This means that 10 years have passed since I graduated from high school.
How many things have changed in these 10 years.
"Hello there. I’m carebot.
"My job is to hold space for your anxiety, for your sadness, and for your excitement, even if it's just for a tiny bit of time. I was built to receive that text you want to send someone but are too afraid to send."
My dear fantastic friend Asher_Wolf, is sharing Invisible Disability button designs!!
Go make some for yourself or your friends, and share!
While I agree that we need to fight the antiscientific tendencies that lead, among other things, to the moon landing denialism, it makes me sad that so many words, so much headspace, so many news articles are wasted to debunk the conspiracy theorists’ terrible claims for the umpteenth time.
At least for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, it’d be nice to forget about the deniers. The history of moon exploration has lots of interesting and lesser known stories that could be told instead.
Immigration officers are conducting ID checks on Toronto streets and people are furious