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  1. Comment on Pressing flesh against flesh 🤝: The multi-skin toned handshake emoji reveals that it is more than a routine gesture in ~tech

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    You’re not alone! I feel the exact same! I think of yellow as all-encompassing, or neutral, but, yeah, using the “white” skin tone feels like making a statement I don’t want to make.

    You’re not alone! I feel the exact same! I think of yellow as all-encompassing, or neutral, but, yeah, using the “white” skin tone feels like making a statement I don’t want to make.

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  2. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of April 19 in ~news

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    No criticism was intended by my question; only curiosity. I am not surprised by the figures. The pandemic has meant significant decreases in income for many, so it makes sense that the stimulus...

    No criticism was intended by my question; only curiosity.
    I am not surprised by the figures. The pandemic has meant significant decreases in income for many, so it makes sense that the stimulus money would go toward repairing debt. Some companies—utilities companies, for example—have allowed extensions on when bills are due, but when that grace period ends, the unpaid amount is added in installments to the regular monthly bill, meaning suddenly monthly expenses are higher, but incomes are unlikely to have increased, let alone returned to pre-pandemic levels. Stimulus payments, while certainly welcome, represent only a drop in the bucket for many households.
    I don’t know that it represents a shifting attitude toward money, so much as a measure of how difficult the last year has been.

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  3. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of April 19 in ~news

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    What do you think this says about the US?

    What do you think this says about the US?

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  4. Comment on The real reason no one has made a better Goodreads in ~books

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    Open in another tab for investigation; thanks!

    Open in another tab for investigation; thanks!

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  5. Comment on What are you learning right now? in ~life

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    I’m teaching myself Spanish and have been surprised to find how much I already know from casual exposure. Right now, my methodology consists mainly in making and memorizing lists (verbs in present...

    I’m teaching myself Spanish and have been surprised to find how much I already know from casual exposure. Right now, my methodology consists mainly in making and memorizing lists (verbs in present tense and vocabulary). There’s an easy to follow, but pretty lame, educational telenovela from Annenberg called Destinos that I’ve been watching for pronunciation and rhythm. There are a few, meager practice/cultural exercises that accompany each video, and I’ve been writing episode summaries and reading them to my husband, who already speaks Spanish. We tried watching La casa de papel until the story line became too ridiculous to stomach. I did pick up some swear words along the way—always useful!

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  6. Comment on The real reason no one has made a better Goodreads in ~books

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    It’s appealing to have better recommendations, but I don’t want Amazon to know so much (or anything, really) about the content of my intellectual consumption. Now that I’ve been vaccinated,...

    It’s appealing to have better recommendations, but I don’t want Amazon to know so much (or anything, really) about the content of my intellectual consumption. Now that I’ve been vaccinated, however, at l least I can look forward to browsing libraries and bookstores again for inspiration.

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  7. Comment on The real reason no one has made a better Goodreads in ~books

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve looked into it enough to see I need to create an account to do more, so I’ll consider that.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve looked into it enough to see I need to create an account to do more, so I’ll consider that.

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  8. Comment on The real reason no one has made a better Goodreads in ~books

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    I don’t have a Goodreads account, and didn’t even think of getting one until it was too late (Amazon doesn’t need to know any more about me than it does already, if I can help it ). I check the...

    I don’t have a Goodreads account, and didn’t even think of getting one until it was too late (Amazon doesn’t need to know any more about me than it does already, if I can help it ).
    I check the site for book summaries and user reviews. I also rely heavily on the “Readers Also Enjoyed” feature, which I wish was better. It reliably links the same authors with each other, so you end up going in a circle looking for new books; hardly ever includes books published more than a few years ago; and frequently suggests books that don’t seem related at all or that I can’t imagine being interested in based on the seed book. If another service could do something better, IMO, it would be this last thing.

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  9. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I hope your second dose went well! My side effects were a bit stronger with my second dose, but neither time was really a trial. I have been cutting husband's hair at home for the last 13 months...

    I hope your second dose went well! My side effects were a bit stronger with my second dose, but neither time was really a trial.
    I have been cutting husband's hair at home for the last 13 months (no prior experience!). I've gotten passably okay at it, but we're both looking forward to him seeing a professional again. Kind of. Finding a new stylist is such an uncomfortable undertaking, don't you think? His hair grows so fast, though, we might stick to having me shorten it up between visits to someone who actually knows what they're doing.
    As for myself, I haven't had my hair cut since October 2019, and I find myself wondering when I'll submit to the scissors again, even once I'm solidly immunized. I am chomping at the bit to browse craft stores again! I have a Mother's Day project in mind that would benefit from being able to pick things out in person. 🧵 🧵 🧵

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  10. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 12 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I’m counting down the days now to feeling comfortable going back out into the world. I’m (sadly) presently most excited about going to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. I feel like I did a...

    I’m counting down the days now to feeling comfortable going back out into the world. I’m (sadly) presently most excited about going to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned.
    I feel like I did a small amount of good recently when, in conversation with a representative from an online store, I was able to educate them about vaccine safety and efficacy. They had asked how I was doing, and because of the pandemic, I’m feeling extra eager for genuine connection anywhere I can get it, so instead of my old standard “I am well, how are you?” I shared that I was thrilled to be just about to get my second dose of the vaccine. They were under the mistaken impression the vaccine contains the virus and wanted to know about what side effects I experienced. I hope wherever you are, Britney, you’re feeling a lot better about getting vaccinated!
    And the nice thing about the assholes of the world is that they’re much easier to spot these days, and therefore easier to avoid. Or punch 🤜 💥

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  11. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 12 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thank you for sharing this. I'll admit, I was feeling frustrated when people I care about were choosing to get the J&J vaccine, thinking they weren't making the safest choice. My partner has a...

    Thank you for sharing this. I'll admit, I was feeling frustrated when people I care about were choosing to get the J&J vaccine, thinking they weren't making the safest choice. My partner has a health condition that significantly increases their risk of complications from the virus, so it's been a supremely anxious time for us. While we have been almost completely isolated--apart from trips to the grocery store, and socially-distant interactions with only one other person for the last 13 months--we've watched as our loved ones traveled domestically and internationally, moved across the country, invited a steady stream of workmen into their homes, and met people without observing appropriate precautions. Some of them got sick. Some of them are still suffering from long-COVID.

    It was most interesting to me to note when and where the clinical trials took place, as obviously this could have a huge impact on the results. It makes sense that people should get whatever vaccine they are offered/comfortable with. It's difficult to adjust to feeling comfortable with other peoples variable acceptance of risk when their actions and choices can have such a huge impact on others, especially vulnerable populations, but I am relieved to let go of at least some the resentment I've been harboring.

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  12. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 12 in ~health.coronavirus

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    People who got/want the J&J vaccine: how did/does the lower efficacy factor into your decision?

    People who got/want the J&J vaccine: how did/does the lower efficacy factor into your decision?

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  13. Comment on California is poised for a catastrophic fire season. Experts say its plan isn’t nearly enough. in ~enviro

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    I’ve been thinking, in light of recent events, of going lungless. So much better suited to our evolving reality.

    I’ve been thinking, in light of recent events, of going lungless. So much better suited to our evolving reality.

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  14. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Glad to hear from you and that it’s going well!

    Glad to hear from you and that it’s going well!

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  15. Comment on Human taste buds can tell the difference between normal and 'heavy' water in ~science

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    Always keen to try new flavor experiences, so when I saw the headline I was like, “where can I get in on this?!” Then I read the article. 😔

    Always keen to try new flavor experiences, so when I saw the headline I was like, “where can I get in on this?!”
    Then I read the article. 😔

    Because of that altered bonding behavior – which can affect bodily chemistry if you ingest deuterium in D2O – scientists generally say it's not a great idea to drink heavy water, at least not in high doses.

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  16. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of April 5 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Here’s what I’m seeing: Research suggests that painkillers that target inflammation, like ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), might lower your immune response. However, if you do need something, try...

    Here’s what I’m seeing: Research suggests that painkillers that target inflammation, like ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin), might lower your immune response. However, if you do need something, try acetaminophen (Tylenol, Paracetamol) because it doesn’t alter your immune response.

    The exception is for people who take these types of OTC pain medications as part of their normal routine to manage another medical condition. They are advised to continue taking the medication, but to check with their doctor before getting vaccinated.

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  17. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I feel exactly the same way! I only ever get a little done at a time. Today I met my goal of cutting out all the pieces from my test fabric 👏 I won’t have time to work on it again until later in...

    I feel exactly the same way! I only ever get a little done at a time. Today I met my goal of cutting out all the pieces from my test fabric 👏 I won’t have time to work on it again until later in the week, and when I do, it’s time to figure out how the button-hole-making-attachment-thing works 😬

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  18. Comment on Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (April 2021) in ~talk

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    Just having someone to talk to, but especially someone sympathetic, can help. My advice is to be willing to accept/recognize slow, incremental changes. I hope your therapist is a good match.

    Just having someone to talk to, but especially someone sympathetic, can help. My advice is to be willing to accept/recognize slow, incremental changes. I hope your therapist is a good match.

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  19. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

  20. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    I just logged in thinking I’d like to ask you how your doll clothes endeavors are coming along, and here you are reporting! I think I feel about hand stitching how you feel about machine stitching...

    I just logged in thinking I’d like to ask you how your doll clothes endeavors are coming along, and here you are reporting! I think I feel about hand stitching how you feel about machine stitching 😂
    Whenever I need YouTube help, I tend to go with the shortest video, since I’m not very patient. For the same reason, I’m down for recommendations (spare myself the hassle of wading through the dross). I’ll be checking out Bernadette’s videos! It would be nice to get better at hand stitching. My hands are imminently more portable than my Singer!

    @monarda and @mat how are your projects coming?

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