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  1. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Hey, glad to be of service re: wallabag! Best of luck on that. How do you like OpenStreetMapping? I did it just a little but then read about how I shouldn't use my "real" name (my username for...

    Hey, glad to be of service re: wallabag! Best of luck on that.

    How do you like OpenStreetMapping? I did it just a little but then read about how I shouldn't use my "real" name (my username for everything), since it can leak info. Would you agree? I've been thinking about re-joining with a different account and mapping stuff in my spare time.

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  2. Comment on Public Statement on Neutrality of Free Software in ~tech

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    +1. I think that "free speech advocates" don't realize or don't care that no discussion happens in a vacuum. The people in the discussion bring their prejudices, their foibles, and most...

    ... free speech isn't this perfect utopia of people saying silly or misguided stuff and then the other person either explains and the two learn something or they both have a quarrel and walk away with their own opinion and respect the other. It's a slow poisoning of the discussion with all sorts of toxic ideologies ...

    +1. I think that "free speech advocates" don't realize or don't care that no discussion happens in a vacuum. The people in the discussion bring their prejudices, their foibles, and most importantly, their privileges into the space. So like, when a white cismale neonazi starts yelling about something in a "free speech zone," he expects no pushback, because the racist and sexist power structures that he exists in (that we all exist in) props him and his opinions up implicitly. So you're absolutely right -- just as there is no such thing as a free lunch, there's no such thing as truly "free" speech. Someone is coming to the table with more implicit power, and if there's no opposite pressure, discussion is going to fall into those same tired channels.

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  3. Comment on What article have you recently read that you recommend everyone to read? in ~talk

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    That's what I was thinking as I was going through my history -- isn't this thread basically the whole point of Tildes? And other link aggregation sites.

    That's what I was thinking as I was going through my history -- isn't this thread basically the whole point of Tildes? And other link aggregation sites.

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  4. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

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    Well, that's her perogative, is what I'm saying. They're her eggs. Now I've said that out loud, it does sound silly. I think a better reason is that I don't eat eggs because I don't have the time...

    Well, that's her perogative, is what I'm saying. They're her eggs. Now I've said that out loud, it does sound silly.

    I think a better reason is that I don't eat eggs because I don't have the time or energy to vet my eggs to make sure they're up to snuff, since I don't have my own chickens. And at least for me, it's too easy to fall into the trap of "well, I don't know exactly what the living conditions of the chicken who laid this egg were, but I eat them at home and I really want some eggs right now" and get to an unethical place. For me, it's easier to be strict.

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  5. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Sure! It's called Wallabag, and it works basically just like Pocket or (I'm assuming) Read it Later. There's browser extensions, and they say they can interface with RSS readers (I did have it set...

    Sure! It's called Wallabag, and it works basically just like Pocket or (I'm assuming) Read it Later. There's browser extensions, and they say they can interface with RSS readers (I did have it set up with TinyTinyRSS once, but not for a while now)
    and e-readers, too. OH and there's apps!

    I installed it once by hand on a NearlyFreeSpeech.net instance, which was a little finicky (I wrote about it if you're curious how I did it), but I got one of those push-button hosts and it had Wallabag able to install just by clicking a link. Using it is really pretty easy, too. Not that I use it that much, at least on the reading end :)

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

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    I thought that a lot of brain gains actually came from cooking our food? I'd love to see a source on the Wooly Mammoth statistic.

    I thought that a lot of brain gains actually came from cooking our food? I'd love to see a source on the Wooly Mammoth statistic.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

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    If I may just poke at this, for me (a vegan), it's about the fact that even though she's basically a pet, she still doesn't have a choice in what happens to her eggs. Like, she made them, they're...

    If I may just poke at this, for me (a vegan), it's about the fact that even though she's basically a pet, she still doesn't have a choice in what happens to her eggs. Like, she made them, they're hers. And modern-day chickens have been bred to produce way more eggs than they really need to, which causes them all sorts of undue stress and pain.

    I understand that that argument is personifying animals, maybe to a degree that is a little goofy. But it's what gets me about milk & eggs, even hyperlocal ones.

    EDIT: I just want to make clear that I mean no disrespect. You're absolutely eating eggs the "right" way, caring for your own chickens and taking care of it all yourself, so that you know their quality of life is as good as possible.

  8. Comment on The PGP Problem in ~comp

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    Yeah, thanks for sharing! The one problem with the space now is that, for the layperson (anyone who isn't a crypto expert), there's no "one-stop shop" to make everything "safe" -- and as someone...

    Yeah, thanks for sharing! The one problem with the space now is that, for the layperson (anyone who isn't a crypto expert), there's no "one-stop shop" to make everything "safe" -- and as someone on the discussion for this post elsewhere mentioned, there's no solution for email. And I personally don't want to use Signal, since I've heard some sketchy things about it, which means I'm not sure what to use messaging-wise.

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  9. Comment on The PGP Problem in ~comp

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    I don't really know anything about PGP or cybersecurity. I mean, I've heard of PGP and GPG, I've set up gpg-agent on my computers, and I have some keys floating around keyservers, but I don't ever...

    I don't really know anything about PGP or cybersecurity. I mean, I've heard of PGP and GPG, I've set up gpg-agent on my computers, and I have some keys floating around keyservers, but I don't ever use PGP. I really like reading these kinds of articles (and it seems like there's been a lot of them lately) though, because they're really fascinating looks into a problem space that I know is important but is also mysterious, and I like reading people's strong opinions about those.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on House votes to condemn Trump’s language as racist. in ~news

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    I really hope you're right, but post-2016 has made me so cynical about the process. I'm also not sure if Trump will peaceably step down, even in 2024. I really hope I'm just being paranoid here...

    this sort of shit where they pander to open racists and try to set themselves up as a party which cares for the white majority went over like a lead balloon in a body of water in 2018 when they tried it, and i don't anticipate it's going to go much better in the leadup to 2020 either.

    I really hope you're right, but post-2016 has made me so cynical about the process. I'm also not sure if Trump will peaceably step down, even in 2024. I really hope I'm just being paranoid here but it's hard to tell any more.

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  11. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I know what you mean -- I have a self-hosted Read-it-Later thing set up and I just dump articles in there. I haven't read one for....like, 2 months? The list just keeps growing. As for actually...

    I know what you mean -- I have a self-hosted Read-it-Later thing set up and I just dump articles in there. I haven't read one for....like, 2 months? The list just keeps growing.

    As for actually doing something every day, it's actually helping me to turn off my internal editor. Like, I have to do something every day, and it has to have the title that's been generated, so that's that. Some I'm pretty happy with, but others are really not very good. But that's okay -- I did it. And I forgive myself the bad ones.

    I'm hoping to eventually parlay that kind of thinking into a real, publishable (by someone other than me) work, but who knows.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    I'm still working away on my year-long challenge of doing something creative each day. Today I'm going to try for a collage. Our one foster dog is getting adopted, so that's exciting. The family...

    I'm still working away on my year-long challenge of doing something creative each day. Today I'm going to try for a collage.

    Our one foster dog is getting adopted, so that's exciting. The family seems really nice, too -- I'm so happy for them.

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  13. Comment on How to run a small social network site for your friends in ~tech

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    oh, I didn't realize! I might have to get a pi4 then and try this out ... someday ...

    oh, I didn't realize! I might have to get a pi4 then and try this out ... someday ...

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  14. Comment on Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught in ~health

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    I would like to try a bidet, but not because of the fiber thing --- it just sounds nice :)

    I would like to try a bidet, but not because of the fiber thing --- it just sounds nice :)

    2 votes
  15. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Preparing for Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry. It's just a Cat 1, so not too worried, but this'll be the first hurricane since we moved to Louisiana 4 years ago. So I'm a little nervous.

    Preparing for Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry. It's just a Cat 1, so not too worried, but this'll be the first hurricane since we moved to Louisiana 4 years ago. So I'm a little nervous.

    7 votes
  16. Comment on Thoughts on Hannah Gadsby's "Nanette"? in ~lgbt

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    A little off-topic, but Rilo Kiley is great! Their song Portions for Foxes is probably their best-known, and it's wonderful.

    A little off-topic, but Rilo Kiley is great! Their song Portions for Foxes is probably their best-known, and it's wonderful.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (July 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Looks great! And I like your writing style -- subscribed!

    Looks great! And I like your writing style -- subscribed!

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  18. Comment on How to run a small social network site for your friends in ~tech

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    I'm on tilde.town and it's so much fun! I highly recommend getting an account on there. As far as setting it up yourself on an RPi, I'm not sure if that'd be powerful enough for more than, say, 5...

    I'm on tilde.town and it's so much fun! I highly recommend getting an account on there.

    As far as setting it up yourself on an RPi, I'm not sure if that'd be powerful enough for more than, say, 5 people, but an old laptop might be good enough for more.

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  19. Comment on What creative projects are you working on? (July 2019 edition) in ~creative

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    Best of luck! Writing every day has been really useful for me. I find the more I "force" myself to write, the more writing I do naturally, since the juices are already flowing. If you'd like to...

    Best of luck! Writing every day has been really useful for me. I find the more I "force" myself to write, the more writing I do naturally, since the juices are already flowing. If you'd like to share the URL once you get it running, I'd love to read it!

    2 votes
  20. Comment on All of Mississippi's beaches have been closed for swimming due to toxic algae in ~enviro

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    Lake Pontchartrain in LA as well -- we just tried to go swim there today and found out swimming is disallowed over the whole lake.

    Lake Pontchartrain in LA as well -- we just tried to go swim there today and found out swimming is disallowed over the whole lake.

    3 votes