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

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    I hope by meeting with this mental health professional you do gain some clarity over your possible status on the spectrum. I can't entirely speak to your experience as an undiagnosed adult, but...

    I hope by meeting with this mental health professional you do gain some clarity over your possible status on the spectrum. I can't entirely speak to your experience as an undiagnosed adult, but when I was diagnosed with Asperger's I was well past the age when the diagnosis should have happened. I had previously been diagnosed with Tourettes syndrome, which looking back really didn't make sense. Getting the autism diagnosis brought about a paradigm shift to my life- it finally explained why I had drastic deficits in some areas and unexpected strengths in others, and I could have the relief to know I wasn't "just crazy" after all.

    As an adult, and having had time to integrate that knowledge about myself into my life, getting diagnosed has made things easier overall. I wouldn't say now it's a critical part of my personal identity (because no one should be boiled down to just their diagnoses), so if you were concerned that getting diagnosed would mean that's "who you ARE," know that in no way does it have to absolutely define you. What's important is if the knowledge brings you peace and the means to move forward in your life.

    If you do get an autism spectrum diagnosis, it may be a lot to process, but do know you're not the only one out there! There's a whole big group of people who can very easily relate to your struggles. If you don't, I hope this professional will be able to help you make sense of your symptoms & be able to guide you in a direction that edifies you.

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  2. Comment on Is weed now legal in Germany? in ~news

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    A (brief) overview of the legal process Germany will have to go through to pass legislation allowing for the recreational use of marijuana by Andrew Bossom, a naturalized German originally from...

    A (brief) overview of the legal process Germany will have to go through to pass legislation allowing for the recreational use of marijuana by Andrew Bossom, a naturalized German originally from Britain.

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  3. Comment on Is Tildes considered to be an exclusive community? in ~tildes

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    How have you been able to give out thousands of invites? I thought individual users only got 10 apiece?

    How have you been able to give out thousands of invites? I thought individual users only got 10 apiece?

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  4. Comment on Is Tildes considered to be an exclusive community? in ~tildes

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    I would agree, Tildes has the feeling of something like a local social club, where all the members are degrees of friends of friends. It helps that the platform is mostly text based so low effort...

    I would agree, Tildes has the feeling of something like a local social club, where all the members are degrees of friends of friends. It helps that the platform is mostly text based so low effort memeing doesn't flood the zone instead of more thoughtful conversation.
    If Deimos is interested in expanding Tildes, he might need to make membership/readership more public facing than through private one-to-one invitations, that makes for more 'organic' growth, but not necessarily quick or large growth.

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  5. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Went out mini golfing with friends. It's been years since I last went, and it's just as fun as I remember. Great activity for those interested in friendly competition.

    Went out mini golfing with friends. It's been years since I last went, and it's just as fun as I remember. Great activity for those interested in friendly competition.

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  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

  7. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    Starting Dune this week. I hope to finish it before seeing the movie... Fingers crossed

    Starting Dune this week. I hope to finish it before seeing the movie... Fingers crossed

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  8. Comment on Pet cloning is way more advanced than you thought in ~science

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    Texas is pretty well known for its loose regulation of animal rearing. Example: there are more privately owned tigers in the state of Texas than there are in the wild. Texas is also well known for...

    Texas is pretty well known for its loose regulation of animal rearing. Example: there are more privately owned tigers in the state of Texas than there are in the wild.
    Texas is also well known for its very friendly attitude towards private business, both in regards to taxes and regulation of how a business is run.
    It's also got a reputation for shielding the privacy of the wealthy & those that cater to them.

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  9. Comment on Pet cloning is way more advanced than you thought in ~science

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    This isn't well-thought out farce, right? Because I'm not sure I believe my eyes reading this. How can cloned animals be so normalized some professional sports have them registered for play? How...

    This isn't well-thought out farce, right? Because I'm not sure I believe my eyes reading this. How can cloned animals be so normalized some professional sports have them registered for play? How have I not heard about this company in bioethics circles?
    They are based in Texas though- that part makes perfect sense.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The new meth: Different chemically than it was a decade ago, the drug is creating a wave of severe mental illness and worsening America’s homelessness problem in ~health

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    Ahh. I did not know that. I had thought the preference for pseudoephedrine based methods in the past was due to the relative convenience/availability of the precursor, not the chemical product...

    Ahh. I did not know that. I had thought the preference for pseudoephedrine based methods in the past was due to the relative convenience/availability of the precursor, not the chemical product itself. The whole chemical contamination angle seems more likely with that in mind.

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  11. Comment on The new meth: Different chemically than it was a decade ago, the drug is creating a wave of severe mental illness and worsening America’s homelessness problem in ~health

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    Well... Yes and no. Undeniably, this is still meth we're talking about- and yes, the quantity available to be cheaply consumed is a factor to consider. However, assuming ingesting greater...

    Well... Yes and no. Undeniably, this is still meth we're talking about- and yes, the quantity available to be cheaply consumed is a factor to consider. However, assuming ingesting greater quantities of meth alone leads to the outcomes seen among users is just that, an assumption. It limits the kind of questions whose answers could ultimately better inform policy (optimistic I know, but bear with me). Like earlier in the article, the author mentions an instance where a DEA chemist investigating a sample from a drug lab found much high concentrations of the "preferred" stereoisomer d-methanphetamine, something that previously he hadn't seen in illegal labs making meth through the P2P pathway. When stereoisomers exist elsewhere in chemistry, they tend to be notable for their very different interactions in the body. My question is (among plenty of others), how does consuming meth with a higher purity of the compound that makes a person (d-methanphetamine) high affect that person, when previous preparations available on the market were likely less concentrated? That's an open, legitamite line of inquiry as far as I'm concerned.

    As for this article being sensationalistic, I can see that. I'm saying what I picked up out of it was questions about the technical details, which is maybe not what the writer primarily intended the reader to come away with.

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  12. Comment on The new meth: Different chemically than it was a decade ago, the drug is creating a wave of severe mental illness and worsening America’s homelessness problem in ~health

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    The scientist in me found this particular article to be... Enlightening, oddly. Granted, the human consequences are and continue to be devastating. But the fact this drug can be derived in a...

    The scientist in me found this particular article to be... Enlightening, oddly. Granted, the human consequences are and continue to be devastating. But the fact this drug can be derived in a number of novel ways, and can induce psychosis much more quickly than in the past (though precisely why this is the case hasn't been investigated) makes me very curious. There's so much that's unknown about how this "new" meth interacts with other drugs in the body, why it's having such a dramatic effect on the mind, how social conditions among users might exacerbate it's effects...
    I don't mean to be callous- I find this topic to be fascinating in much the same way seemingly bottomless holes are fascinating- terrified of being swallowed by the void, but wondering just what exactly is down there...

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  13. Comment on Conservative politician Péter Márki-Zay wins Hungarian opposition race as six parties come together to defeat Orbán in ~news

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    I remember when I first heard about Viktor Orban (back when I used to read news from more conservative news outlets). He was always presented as this champion of values against an "illiberal"...

    I remember when I first heard about Viktor Orban (back when I used to read news from more conservative news outlets). He was always presented as this champion of values against an "illiberal" liberal tide- no mention was made of his efforts to silence the opposition or to restrict the rights of the people of Hungary. I'm glad to know the opposition has decided to unite to oust him from power- though given his past actions, I expect for him to pull every trick he can to stay in office. I hope they're prepared for an uphill fight

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  14. Comment on What is your favorite comedy sketch of all time? in ~talk

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    Foil Arms & Hog (or FAH), and their Wordplay series, especially this one: https://youtu.be/k5mIbFQlu7A Puns not be for everyone, I know, but if they are for you, you won't be disappointed!

    Foil Arms & Hog (or FAH), and their Wordplay series, especially this one: https://youtu.be/k5mIbFQlu7A
    Puns not be for everyone, I know, but if they are for you, you won't be disappointed!

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  15. Comment on Folding@Home's Covid Moonshot program to receive $10M grant in ~health.coronavirus

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    Will have to see about adding my machine to that team!

    Will have to see about adding my machine to that team!

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  16. Comment on Behind shipping delays and soaring prices are workers still at mortal risk of COVID-19 in ~life

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    Having read this article, I suppose I'm a little less upset at the delays my (work) lab has had getting scientific supplies/equipment. I knew some chips were made in Vietnam and laboratory...

    Having read this article, I suppose I'm a little less upset at the delays my (work) lab has had getting scientific supplies/equipment. I knew some chips were made in Vietnam and laboratory plasticware in Malaysia, that they came through ports in California, that freight haulers delivered the heavy orders- I just didn't think of the fact that people were making those things, shipping those things, to me. It's entirely too easy to think of things ordered through a computer and delivered in a boxes as belonging to an inorganic, de-humaned process... When all of it, at almost every step, involves a human being.

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  17. Comment on Plans for $400-billion new city in the American desert unveiled in ~design

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    Desalination could work, but piping in water from (I assume) the ocean would require getting permission to build the pipeline from the ocean to the interior of a desert. It likely would be...

    Desalination could work, but piping in water from (I assume) the ocean would require getting permission to build the pipeline from the ocean to the interior of a desert. It likely would be difficult to obtain that permission, even more so if land had to be purchased to build the pipeline on. There would also be the environmental review process such a large project would require to consider as well.

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  18. Comment on What shortages have you noticed recently? in ~talk

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    Upper Midwest, US. Keep experiencing hiccups in obtaining biotech supplies- delays in orders for pipette tips, petri dishes, chemical reagents, new scientific equipment, etc. Part of it is just...

    Upper Midwest, US. Keep experiencing hiccups in obtaining biotech supplies- delays in orders for pipette tips, petri dishes, chemical reagents, new scientific equipment, etc.

    Part of it is just getting the stuff to a (relatively) remote location, the other parts likely demand for these same supplies for other individuals & companies performing Covid-related research and sourcing the raw materials, though I did have a sales rep from a large scientific supply company tell me one of the main hold ups was the backlog of container ships at the ports along the West coast shipping in from Asia.

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