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👋🏻 reintroduction 

Hello new and old Fediverse folks! Let me add my contribution to the !

I am miramarco, I am 30 and I was born and currently live in . I am an ace, vaguely heteroromantic cis man. I studied math and ended up working with computers. Some of the topics I post about the most are mental health, , and relevant Italian news.

I also have a more laid-back account for casual toots, and you are welcome to send a follow request over there too:

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📌 my interaction policies 

• Follow requests are good, but I won’t accept those coming from accounts without avatar or bio, from free speech absolutists, from techbros, etc.

• To keep my TL tidy, I don’t follow people back automatically, sorry.

• I try to check people’s bios and pinned toots before sending follow requests; apologies if I miss them.

• I block concern trolls and sea lions on sight, no second chance given.

• Black lives matter, trans & non-binary rights are human rights, aphobia is a real thing, sex work is work. If you disagree, go away.

Lol, that applies to Google Ngram Viewer. What's the point then?

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Huh. If you type a long S (ſ) in a word on Google, it will replace that letter with the normal round S.

For instance, you get the same results if you look up “arsenic” and “arſenic”

(Boosting this to get a wider sample from different time zones)

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Poll question: In bookshops in your country, are the books you can find on the shelves shrink-wrapped?

Of course this is a broad question with a lot of exceptions. Let's keep it general: If I enter a book store in your country and head to the fiction or non-fiction section, what would I see?

Poll question: In bookshops in your country, are the books you can find on the shelves shrink-wrapped?

Of course this is a broad question with a lot of exceptions. Let's keep it general: If I enter a book store in your country and head to the fiction or non-fiction section, what would I see?

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:boost_ok: Anyone got tips for cheap femme shoes in big sizes, shops located in Europe?
Boosts greatly appreciated.

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it's work-in-progress and kinda experimental because i don't know how well it would actually scale but

inspired by @codl's, here is a PR to implement automatic post cleanup in #Mastodon


The Clubhouse data leak is a list of 3.8 billion phone numbers, with no other personal information. I don’t see much difference between that and a huge list of integers that are also valid phone numbers.

Today I learned that one of the installments of the Carmen Sandiego video game series was “Where in North Dakota Is Carmen Sandiego?”:

mask wearing 

Delta version or not, it’s quite clear to me that the number of infections around here are rising. In my subway car, about 20% of people did not have their nose covered, and some had no masks at all, even though it is mandatory to wear it

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Also honestly the *long-term* solution is questioning why we prioritize gendering in our pronouns.

Pronouns are scoped temporary variables. If you were to design a language today, would you choose to prioritize that information? We know that gendered pronouns automatically load a giant set of preconceptions, whether we want to or not. Does doing so help or hurt more often?

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By the way, here's a thing I think is a Bad Meme: criticizing not putting your pronouns in your bio/in introductions.

I felt pressured to do so before I was *out* as nonbinary trans-femme. It felt like pressure to out or misgender myself.

I do it now, and I'm all for it... but it shouldn't be mandatory. Someone might have a reason for not doing so. You might pressure them into doing the wrong thing.

One day I will start a long thread of nitpicky minutiae no one cares about. I will just share one I have learned a few days ago:

An Olympiad is a period of four years that starts on January 1st of the year in which the Summer Olympic Games is supposed to take place. The 32nd Olympiad started on January 1st, 2020, but this is the 29th time the Summer Olympic Games take place ever.

I remember when, about a decade ago, there was a possibility to stream the Olympic Games for free, and it was through an official venue, if I am not mistaken. It’s sad that it’s now part of Yet Another Subscription Service I Am Not Interested In.

(To be fair, I would not watch the Games anyway due to all the problematic stuff that came up in the last months, and the impact the Olympics have on the local communities. But I still miss the idea of an international event being streamed freely.)

Funny how today's date is called Pi Approximation Day, despite the fact that 22/7 is a better approximation of π than 3.1400000 (π + 0.00126449… vs π – 0.00159265…)

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"Whatever, Just Wash Your Hands" restroom signs depicting Aliens and Mermaids and shit feel unhelpful at best, and dehumanizing at worst.

There's ways to do gender-neutral and all-gender restroom signs without equating trans people to fictional creatures.

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a plea to users 

I strongly urge people who are on to find another instance, because the instance clearly is not being moderated the way it should be. A lot of the fediverse has had enough.

A lot of instances and individuals are blocking it because of a persistent fascist problem, one that other instance admins have to clean up, because they aren't doing their jobs at until someone mentions that "hey y'all aren't moderating anything anymore over there, are you?"

The fascists have figured out is too big to block and poorly moderated, so they're taking advantage of the situation.

It's a matter of time before admins have enough of this. Many already have.

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The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City has lost the World Heritage status it received from Unesco in 2004. It is the third site ever to be demoted.


🇮🇹 Il dizionario d'Ortografia e di Pronunzia della Rai, online da anni, richiede ancora di installare Adobe Flash per ascoltare la pronuncia delle parole. Vabbè.

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