Astronomy is a deep and passionate interest of mine. It has captivated me since I was a small child gazing at stars up until I was a scruffy looking postdoc receiving a PhD certificate in astrophysics. I'm saying this so you'll understand where I'm coming from when I say – the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) needs to be built somewhere else. They need to leave Mauna Kea alone.
There are many other places to build telescopes, and it's inexcusable that US authorities are doing their best to sweep Native Hawaiian voices under the rug. I want no part in this. Nor should anyone with even a shred of compassion.
State Farm wanted to know how I'm using each of my vehicles.
I decided to be completely honest, since none of the options they gave (top part) matched how we actually use them.
Under each car, I've pasted:
1. My answer to the question about how the car is used
2. My answer to another pair of questions on the back of the form, about mileage.
This is exactly what I'll be doing when I see the grandkids.
re: trying to interrupt trans sui attempt in UK
update: Nataly is alive and okay! \:D
trying to interrupt trans sui attempt in UK
This is a repost -- I deleted the original because Nataly thought she heard the ambulance, but it seems to have been a false alarm.
Is there anyone in the UK who can actually call emergency services?
An online friend of @juniper 's has apparently ODed and may not make it, although she was conscious and able to text last I knew.
Like me, Juniper has intense phone phobia, so has had to ask other people to contact emergency services -- which has been done, but it's been over an hour now and no sign of an ambulance.
The suicide note, which Juniper only came across by sheer luck: https://www.reddit.com/r/transgenderUK/comments/ccdrln/bye/etn1imu/
I have street address for the... attemptee?... but no phone number.
Please contact either Juniper or myself if you need more information -- but note that I may not be reachable for much longer tonight.
(I am not good at adulting in this kind of situation...)
nazis, please help
If anyone is in Indiana. Especially Southern Indiana.
Please feel free to help kick the Nazis out of Bloomington.
The town won't do anything and they're trying to normalize themselves by selling fucking veggies at the Farmer's Markey while spreading nazi bullshit.
My friends that live there have been complaining about it and are trying to do something, but don't know how.
Please help stop this.
Of particular interest here: Idly dreaming about getting the ell out of #philly and splitting time between working fully remote and establishing a self-sufficient, sustainable homestead.
(Avatar: Introspection suggests that #siflandolly froze my sense of humor in late-90s MTV late-night surreal comedy mode, and everything after that has just been variations on a theme.)
@Harena and I are gleeing and totally flashing back because the mall in Stranger Things 3 is OMG TOTALLY SOUTH SQUARE MALL. Like, EVERY DETAIL.
Except the logo for Sam Goody's had records for the "o"s.
...and wasn't at South Square. South Square's two record stores were Record Bar and Camelot Music.
(My sister was classmates with one of the daughters of the founder of Record Bar.)
(For those who don't know, the fictional Indiana town in which ST is set was heavily based on Durham, where the Duffer Brothers grew up. ...they were born the year before I first left, the year #Jenny was found, the year WQDR switched from album rock to country... it wasn't a good year.)
Idea I had yesterday: The Human Karaoke
So, like, I set up a database of all the songs I know on the piano, and find all the lyrics for them and add those to the database.
Then I have, like, a large touchscreen of some kind near a microphone, where people go up and select the song they want me to play (searchable by title, genre, lyric...). I'd probably want another display with me at the keyboard, which would show me the words as well (and maybe the starting chord, cuz sometimes I go blank on that) so I wouldn't lose my place.
And I play the song on the keyboard, and the other person sings it.
This seems like the kind of thing where I could rent myself out for parties, or maybe charge per song, or ask for PayPal donations.
Would need to write some software, tho.
Having done that, though, I could do a trial version of it online (without the karaoke -- just me performing) to work out the bugs.
Trying to decide if I should put effort into this...
...and while I'm snarking about web ads...
...I'd like to comment on the text here.
Is it only marketeers who don't get that if you're helping members of some generic group "stay competitive" with each other, you're not actually helping any of them?
...because for every entity you help to compete, you're also stiffening the competition?
...or are they helping universities and colleges compete against, I dunno, kindergartens and elementary schools?
I'll admit, it'd be nice if they were helping universities and colleges compete against Fox News and/or other right-wing media. That would actually be useful.
But somehow I doubt that's what they mean.
I can only think they're just fueling an arms race, and trying to make it sound like a good thing.
Sylvester McMonkey McBean, but with investors.
I love how Google Fiber keeps telling me I can sign up for their service, but when I go to the sign-up site it's not actually available in our neighborhood yet and they won't give an ETA or even show a map of current progress.
Way to go on transparency, Google. No wonder people love you so much.
~~ Misgendering du Jour ~~
photo: me about 5 minutes after being called "sir"
To be fair, I think the waitperson recognized us (me & @Harena) and was carrying forward her pre-transition gender assessment.
(photo CW: selfie, eye contact)
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