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

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    I really like this! Makes me think of very colorful DNA electrophoresis a bit. Also I've never heard of p5.js - it looks really cool, thanks for sharing!

    I really like this! Makes me think of very colorful DNA electrophoresis a bit.

    Also I've never heard of p5.js - it looks really cool, thanks for sharing!

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

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    Thank you! I definitely don't consider myself an artist, but I'm having fun doing... art-y things? :D

    Thank you! I definitely don't consider myself an artist, but I'm having fun doing... art-y things? :D

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

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    I hope you hear back soon and get some good news!

    I hope you hear back soon and get some good news!

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

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    On long COVID stuff - I'm sort of halfway between Fauci and Ghandi. On the one hand, long COVID is a big deal and does happen after mild infections. On the other hand, it's not true that we never...

    On long COVID stuff - I'm sort of halfway between Fauci and Ghandi. On the one hand, long COVID is a big deal and does happen after mild infections. On the other hand, it's not true that we never saw long-term sequelae from other viral illnesses like the flu. I personally don't think COVID is particularly special, it's just that long COVID is on a much larger scale, since so many people have contracted it.

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

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    That's so cool! I definitely missed their heyday, but I feel like zines have been chugging along - I know my local library system has a zine section, and there was going to be a local zine fest at...

    That's so cool! I definitely missed their heyday, but I feel like zines have been chugging along - I know my local library system has a zine section, and there was going to be a local zine fest at one point (not sure if COVID delayed it...).

    It's a little intimidating to get into it now, haha. It's like... If you never watched movies until your 30s. And then you realize there's an entire genre with a long history and many unknown touchstones and a new visual language. But I'm having fun in my own way~

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

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    I've started making zines! My most recent one is a mini, one-page zine about the ending of Outer Wilds. I took the final lines of dialogue of one of my favorite characters and illustrated them....

    I've started making zines!

    My most recent one is a mini, one-page zine about the ending of Outer Wilds. I took the final lines of dialogue of one of my favorite characters and illustrated them. Major spoilers for the base game!

    "I Learned a Lot" (SPOILERS)

    Spoiler-y thoughts

    I had a lot of fun working in Illustrator tracing game screenshots to create graphics. It's not high art or anything, but it still felt creative.

    Making the Hearthian hand was the most fun - I took a disposable glove and stuffed two fingers into a single finger, making a three-fingered hand. I then took a photo of it against a dark background in the post that I wanted. Once I had the photo on my computer I inverted the colors so the hand was darker than the background and adjusted levels to get things pretty close to black and white. I then used image trace in Illustrator to turn it into a path and fiddled with it a bit to widen the fingers. A fairly simple process, all to avoid having to learn to draw a three-fingered hand! 😅

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

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    I'm curious where you're seeing this - at least here in the US, for your first bivalent shot the CDC is saying to just wait at least 2 months after your most recent booster (which is what I'm...

    I'm too close to my last booster to run out and get the bivalent vaccine, based on recommendations to wait at least 5 months between shots.

    I'm curious where you're seeing this - at least here in the US, for your first bivalent shot the CDC is saying to just wait at least 2 months after your most recent booster (which is what I'm going with).

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

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    Interesting... I was going to wait 2 months. I'm not sure about waiting 3, since I'm stuck going to doctor appointments where no one wears masks and I'm going on a (very socially distanced)...

    Interesting... I was going to wait 2 months. I'm not sure about waiting 3, since I'm stuck going to doctor appointments where no one wears masks and I'm going on a (very socially distanced) vacation at the 3 month mark.

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  9. Comment on The Futures of Inform (Talk transcript and slides) in ~games.game_design

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    Ah darn, I missed Narracon. Ah well, at least there's stuff like this to read! I got into reading/playing IF a long time ago and even considered writing something in Inform, but I never got it off...

    Ah darn, I missed Narracon. Ah well, at least there's stuff like this to read!

    I got into reading/playing IF a long time ago and even considered writing something in Inform, but I never got it off the ground. I don't think I've looked into things for at least a decade...

    The Dialogue stuff is really interesting, and I'm not surprised it's by Emily Short. Her games have almost always featured conversation in interesting ways. I recommend Galatea to anyone who wants to see where this idea basically originated. I can't believe it's 22 years old!

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  10. Comment on The more gender equality, the fewer women in STEM in ~life

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    Oh, wait, the rebuttal I linked is to the actual study being discussed in the Atlantic article. This is what I get for reading things too early in the morning. All of these articles are from 2018!...

    Oh, wait, the rebuttal I linked is to the actual study being discussed in the Atlantic article. This is what I get for reading things too early in the morning. All of these articles are from 2018! I mistakenly thought the Atlantic article was relatively new.

    The paper in question, The Gender-Equality Paradox in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education actually had a correction issued in 2019, after the original Atlantic piece was published. There's a lot here, but one thing stuck out to me in particular:

    In the first paragraph of the Discussion section (pp. 590–591), the last sentence is being changed as follows:

    Further, our analysis suggests that the percentage of girls who would likely be successful and enjoy further STEM study was considerably higher than the propensity of women to graduate in STEM fields, implying that there is a loss of female STEM capacity between secondary and tertiary education.

    So what exactly are we talking about? The paper admits girls who would enjoy STEM are likely dropping out of it, so it can't simply be for lack of interest. Man, I'm annoyed with myself for wasting my time on this.

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  11. Comment on The more gender equality, the fewer women in STEM in ~life

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    An intriguing study along these lines, although I don't have access to the full version: Gender Equity in College Majors: Looking Beyond the STEM/Non-STEM Dichotomy for Answers Regarding Female...

    An intriguing study along these lines, although I don't have access to the full version: Gender Equity in College Majors: Looking Beyond the STEM/Non-STEM Dichotomy for Answers Regarding Female Participation

    Combining newly gathered data on students’ perceptions of college major traits with data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), we find that perceived gender bias against women emerges as the dominant predictor of the gender balance in college majors. The perception of the major being math or science oriented is less important.

    (Found referenced in this rebuttal to an earlier study similar to the one being discussed.)

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  12. Comment on The more gender equality, the fewer women in STEM in ~life

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    Maybe the proposed reasons for this phenomenon are correct, but I can't help thinking back to the recent article shared here on Tildes about sexual harassment in Nintendo North America. Gender...

    Maybe the proposed reasons for this phenomenon are correct, but I can't help thinking back to the recent article shared here on Tildes about sexual harassment in Nintendo North America.

    Gender equality may feel solid in the US on paper, but when you hear stories like that or experience them first hand, it's not enouraging, to say the least. It's hard to enjoy STEM when dealing with managers who pass you over for promotions or colleagues that post sexual memes in work chats... Or worse. So maybe in countries where there are more opportunities for women, the risk of harassment and discrimination in male-dominated STEM fields is often greater than the benefit of higher wages or their desire to work in STEM, while in places with less opportunities, the balance tips in the other direction. If you face discrimination no matter the field you choose, why not go with a higher paying one/the one you'll enjoy?

    And while it is the general consensus in the US that "girls can do anything they want," that's not active encouragment. I think I've mentioned this before, but it took me until more than halfway through my bachelor's degree to be exposed to programming enough to realize I really liked it.

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  13. Comment on HBO Max to remove thirty-six titles, including twenty originals, from streaming in ~tv

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    Yeah, that was the title that stuck out for me. What a loss, especially since it looks like only the first 2 seasons are available on DVD.

    Yeah, that was the title that stuck out for me. What a loss, especially since it looks like only the first 2 seasons are available on DVD.

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  14. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 15 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Kinda funny - on disability Twitter, the CDC "reorganization" that I've seen quite a few people calling for is Walensky's resignation (... or firing). She was in charge when masking rules changed...

    Kinda funny - on disability Twitter, the CDC "reorganization" that I've seen quite a few people calling for is Walensky's resignation (... or firing).

    She was in charge when masking rules changed abruptly, when breakthrough infections were dismissed by all in charge, and when isolation for infected folks was decreased to just 5 days.

    Also, while I agree the focus for research should be actionable data rather than publishing papers, the dismissal of research on "rare illnesses" concerns me. Today's rare illness is tomorrow's epidemic.

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  15. Comment on Inside the massive effort to change the way kids are taught to read in ~humanities

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    Kind of sounds like there should be greater focus on adult literacy and enjoyment of reading, plus social programs that support things like housing and food security. Otherwise it'll stay a cycle...

    Kind of sounds like there should be greater focus on adult literacy and enjoyment of reading, plus social programs that support things like housing and food security. Otherwise it'll stay a cycle - parents who didn't grow up reading and/or don't have any stability won't read much with their kids, so their kids won't get enough practice.... And then the cycle repeats.

    I think maybe talking about it in terms of "home culture" or lack of parental encouragement is part of what sets people off. Teachers are right that they can't fix it on their own, but neither can individual parents. It's structural.

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  16. Comment on Did Sweden's controversial COVID strategy pay off? In many ways it did – but it let the elderly down in ~health.coronavirus

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    I kinda feel like "we let vulnerable populations die because we often refused to transfer them to hospitals and gave them only morphine, no oxygen" is a bit more than letting people down, but I...

    I kinda feel like "we let vulnerable populations die because we often refused to transfer them to hospitals and gave them only morphine, no oxygen" is a bit more than letting people down, but I guess it could be an understatement.

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

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    I accidentally sped through 5 books from the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain in about a week and a half. I'd read the first one many years ago as a kid during a trip to the Smokey Mountains,...

    I accidentally sped through 5 books from the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain in about a week and a half. I'd read the first one many years ago as a kid during a trip to the Smokey Mountains, which is rather fitting based on the feel of the books. It is a lot darker than I remembered, especially later books. I'm enjoying them, though.

    I've had to block my reading app for the moment so I can recover from my lack of restraint, but hopefully I'll be able to finish 6 and 7 sometime, just broken up into pieces more...

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  18. Comment on What Twitter’s move to shutter offices signals for Big Tech in ~life

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    I've been working remotely since 2018, and it's been encouraging to see more opportunities for remote work over the past few years. In the past it often felt like it was considered a "perk" for...

    I've been working remotely since 2018, and it's been encouraging to see more opportunities for remote work over the past few years. In the past it often felt like it was considered a "perk" for senior, long term employees, so it was much harder to find a position as a junior, part time worker. I can't imagine every working in an office again - even ignoring COVID risk, I'm much more productive when I can conserve my energy by skipping commutes.

    Plus after so many companies going remote during COVID, it will hopefully be harder for companies to say that remote work is unreasonable as a disability accommodation. Lots more jobs have opened up to disabled folks like me.

    I get that certain things can be harder remotely, and that support jobs may disappear - both are issues that need to be addressed. But there were a lot of aspects of going to the office that were bad, too. Things that actively excluded people from the workforce.

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  19. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of August 8 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I know this has been the operating assumption for a long time, but man does it suck hearing it aloud. Very few public health folks seem to care about stopping infections anymore, regardless of the...

    “We know that Covid-19 is here to stay,”

    I know this has been the operating assumption for a long time, but man does it suck hearing it aloud. Very few public health folks seem to care about stopping infections anymore, regardless of the potential for long COVID or risk to disabled folks.

    I wonder if I'll ever live "normally" again?

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  20. Comment on Testing end-to-end encrypted backups and more on Messenger in ~tech

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    Huh. Surprising that Florida currently has longer abortion access than most EU countries...

    Huh. Surprising that Florida currently has longer abortion access than most EU countries...

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