The ninth annual international Gender Census 2022 is now open until 13th August 2022!

It's for anyone whose gender (or lack thereof) isn't described by the M/F binary. It's short and easy, and results are useful in academia, business and self-advocacy.

2638. Extended NFPA Hazard Diamond 

title text: With most labs, the hushed horror stories are about something like dimethylmercury or prions, but occasionally you'll get a weird lab where it's about the soda machine or the drop ceiling.


Introducing Cloudforce One: the new series on Disney+ the Cloudflare threat operations and research team

I swear guys I'm this close to cracking the case. Just need Lars Doucet to diss NYT on Joe Rogan and I'll have enough Manifold Bucks to bribe Yud to send me pics of his Nail & Gear flag collection

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Close-up on me getting out my red yarn and connecting two pins. One is on a picture of Tom Scott in his signature red shirt. The other is on a stack of papers labeled Slime Mold Time Mold. The camera zooms out to see dozens of other connections. Scrawled over the wall are the words CGP GREY IS SCOTT ALEXANDER

You’re saying this clock works by attuning to the universal harmony of crystal vibrations? Lol okay 🙄

crypto bullshit

Epitaph, the crypto influencer who was responsible for the rebirth of the coin, argued that the whole affair should be less alarming than it feels to me. “Right now it’s pretty common,” he said. In terms that were more fitting for a multiplayer video game than any sort of functional financial market, he explained that “a couple months ago, the meta shifted into ‘LARP tokens’, tokens where the team will go to extreme lengths to convince buyers that they’re connected to famous celebrities/musicians/larger tokens.”

Neil Patrick Harris, American star of stage and screen, has joined the cast of Doctor Who and is currently filming scenes set to air in 2023 as part of the show's 60th anniversary.

After using the mastodon API I'm not surprised there's more bots in the fediverse than users

The food at home index rose 11.9 percent over the last 12 months, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending April 1979. All six major grocery store food group indexes increased over the span, with five of the six rising more than 10 percent. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased the most, rising 14.2 percent, with the index for eggs increasing 32.2 percent. The remaining groups saw increases ranging from 8.2 percent (fruits and vegetables) to 12.6 percent (other food at home).

The index for food away from home rose 7.4 percent over the last year, the largest 12-month change since the period ending November 1981. The index for full service meals rose 9.0 percent over the last 12 months, and the index for limited service meals rose 7.3 percent over the last year. The index for food at employee sites and schools fell 30.5 percent over the last 12 months, reflecting widespread free lunch programs.

fediverse thoughts 

Why not just make a blog?

  • Expectations: If I make a post on a blog, it's a big deal. I've gone through the effort to set up a whole website for my thoughts! They must be important thoughts! Please, come read my thoughts! Share them unto the world, let my thought-seeds germinate in your mind and bring you beautiful revelations! If I make a post on [mastodon/twitter/tumblr] it takes basically no effort and thus the expectations are lower. The medium re-frames how you read and interpret the post. Also my thoughts are not impressive or unique, I just like hearing myself talk and seeing what people think.

  • Sharing: [Mastodon/twitter/tumblr] is where the people are. Ideally some people will read my thoughts (but not too many). This is far easier if you put the thoughts where the people are. Ideally some people who read my thoughts will reply with their own. This is far easier (and more casual) if they do so in the same medium and at the same level as the original post.

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fediverse thoughts 

Vaguely related: continuing to feel constrained by the 1000 character limit (obligatory "thanks caleb for raising the limit I promise to only use these extra 500 characters for good and not evil")

One use-case I have for mastodon is posting my thoughts on current events, articles, etc. In order to do this I need enough characters to post a link to the item in question, quote an excerpt, and include my thoughts. Currently I have enough characters to include a single paragraph, maybe two if they're short. Should I be including my commentary in a reply? I think most people have replies turned off by default, so I'd like to have it in the main post.

"Mastodon is a *micro*blogging platform! Just make an actual blog!" You are correct, and I will continue to complain anyways.

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fediverse thoughts 

This has been on my mind as I try to figure out how to use mastodon in the long-term. Some situations:

  1. Some sites like xkcd have (usually community-run) bots that automatically post links to mastodon. If someone were to independently post an xkcd comic, when the bot is right there posting a "canonical" version, would that be rude? I would naively assume yes, but a faux pas against a bot is mild at best.
  2. Every time Xe Iaso makes a new blog post, they post a link on mastodon. This is very similar to (1). If you were to make your own post, you would be fragmenting discussion or whatever. But they also include a "share to mastodon" link at the bottom of each blog entry, which directs you to making a new post with a link! This counterexample is what makes me assume my thoughts on this topic are not well-founded.
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fediverse thoughts 

One thing I've recently come to realize about mastodon (maybe the fediverse in general?) is that there's a lot less emphasis on a single source of truth or "original post". I had been avoiding posting some links, assuming that somewhere in the fediverse someone had already made a "canonical" version of that post, and that it would be more polite for me to find and boost that version, adding my commentary (if any) afterwards. My justification for this is flimsy - I guess it could centralize discussion on the topic? Mostly this is trying to feel out a social norm over the internet, which is notoriously hard. But finding that "original post" - if there is one at all - is difficult! In the fediverse you can only see other nodes you're federated to, and if it's not there you're kinda on your own. Maybe the consensus lies somewhere in the middle - if you've made a reasonable effort not to blatantly copy someone else, just dropping a link is probably fine.

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