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  1. Comment on California to enforce 'gender neutral' toy aisles in large stores in ~lgbt

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    Can someone please ensure Amazon's algorithms get the memo about this? I shop locally in-person as much as possible, but not everyone has the luxury of avoiding online vendors. Shop online for a...

    Can someone please ensure Amazon's algorithms get the memo about this? I shop locally in-person as much as possible, but not everyone has the luxury of avoiding online vendors.

    Shop online for a stereotypically male- or female-gendered toy, and most sites will deluge you with suggestions for more of the same, only even pinker/frillier (feminine) or with more metal/lights/wires (masculine). Gifts for kids take patient adjustment of search terms if you want to exit this not-very-gentle nudging.

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  2. Comment on What delicious foods don't photograph well? in ~talk

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    Most Cajun food other than Jambalaya. Etoufeé, gumbo, dirty rice. These are rarely photogenic, but so delicious.

    Most Cajun food other than Jambalaya. Etoufeé, gumbo, dirty rice. These are rarely photogenic, but so delicious.

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  3. Comment on What are you doing in your garden? in ~hobbies

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    I've had a bumper crop of tomatoes and tomatillos this year thanks to early heat and heavy rains. All heirloom varieties. Aside from the usual struggles with seedlings damping off indoors, nearly...

    I've had a bumper crop of tomatoes and tomatillos this year thanks to early heat and heavy rains. All heirloom varieties. Aside from the usual struggles with seedlings damping off indoors, nearly every plant thrived and over-spilled its cage.

    It's starting to wind down as temperatures have dropped, but the vines continue to flower and set fruit. I'm still averaging a kilo or two each of ripe tomatoes and tomatillos per day. In a couple of weeks, I'll have to dig out the green tomato and apple chutney recipe. Not bad for maybe 5 square meters of raised bed space given over to Solanacea. Also, if you haven't tried ground cherries (a tomatillo relative), they're low-yield but easy and taste amazing - like a cross between pineapple and pear.

    Other beds were devoted to beans, peas, greens, herbs, etc. Many of those didn't do very well with high heat, moisture, and deer incursions. I'm taking notes on which varieties to plant or experiment with for next year. "Shiraz" snow peas were very heat tolerant and high-yielding, so if you like purple vegetables, this is an awesome choice. Likewise purple baby bok choy.

    As /u/Thra11 indicated, I'm going to have to tent the chilies in another couple of weeks. I've gotten a couple of pounds of Thai, Chinese, and Mexican peppers in, but the habaneros and ghost peppers are mostly still green. I started them indoors in February. However, they usually take six months from planting out to harvest, and they're not getting full sun anymore at this time of year.

    We've got to stake a young apple tree this weekend that was overfull of fruit, and I might bring in some late rhubarb. Plenty of flowerbed and general yard cleanup as well - a lot of work has gotten postponed while the spouse recovered from surgery.

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  4. Comment on Their baby died in the hospital. Then came the $257,000 bill. in ~health

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    Yesterday, we received the $100,000 in "out-of-network" bills for the spouse's heart valve replacement that all the parties said was in-network and covered. I can only empathize with the impotent...

    Yesterday, we received the $100,000 in "out-of-network" bills for the spouse's heart valve replacement that all the parties said was in-network and covered. I can only empathize with the impotent rage at a bloodsucking empire of for-profit leeches feeding on the U.S. healthcare system.

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

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    Ditto here in upper Michigan - I've been roasting, drying, and freezing this year.

    Ditto here in upper Michigan - I've been roasting, drying, and freezing this year.

  6. Comment on What's something that is, surprisingly, made with animal products? in ~enviro

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    Aside from the rhetorical questions, I agree with you and generally try to get as many of my daily calories from plant-based sources as possible. It was actually a bit ethically displeasing to...

    Aside from the rhetorical questions, I agree with you and generally try to get as many of my daily calories from plant-based sources as possible. It was actually a bit ethically displeasing to learn that human cadaver heart valves or tissue-engineered ones aren't really available.

    The evidence for insect/plant/fungal qualia isn't strong enough to make categorical ethical statements by any means. There's chemical communication and nutrient exchange at the scale of ecosystems, but if there's some kind of awareness, we're not capable of observing those phenomena or looking on the right time scales.

    I was chatting with friends about insects (mosquitoes) predating on humans, and our various expressions of displeasure with their behavior (poisons, traps, genetic manipulation, drainage, etc.). At some point, ecology bites back.

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  7. Comment on What's something that is, surprisingly, made with animal products? in ~enviro

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    This may be controversial, but I can't regret the biological (a/k/a cow-derived) heart valve transplant that's keeping my spouse alive. There are many pharmaceutical and implantable medical...

    This may be controversial, but I can't regret the biological (a/k/a cow-derived) heart valve transplant that's keeping my spouse alive. There are many pharmaceutical and implantable medical products that just won't be vegan until there are significant improvements in tissue engineering.

    At what point do we draw the ethical line? We know there are good plant- or bacterial- or fungal-derived substitutes for many of the substances we're depending on (leather, gelatin, rennet, glues, parchment, hormones, medical proteins, etc.), but are we willing to countenance genetic engineering to create more efficient ones?

    There are already tissue-cultured computing devices, does the absence of sensation or cognition as we recognize it exempt this from veganism?

    Aside from the Gaia hypothesis, can we in all honesty rule out the possibility of plant or fungal qualia?

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  8. Comment on Extended reality is radically changing the world of medicine in ~health

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    Coincidentally, the spouse just had a heart valve replacement at University of Michigan Hospital less than 2 weeks ago. Absent the modern imaging technologies referenced here, it's highly probable...

    Coincidentally, the spouse just had a heart valve replacement at University of Michigan Hospital less than 2 weeks ago. Absent the modern imaging technologies referenced here, it's highly probable he would have just dropped dead at some point in the next year or so.

    As in, the U of M surgeon looked at the 3D CT scan and said his chances of death without immediate treatment were "yes". The existing congenitally defective bicuspid valve first found about two months ago was all but made of limestone at this point, confirmed in the surgery (which also revealed another repairable congenital heart defect that contributes to stroke risk).

    Previous tests had been equivocal enough that his local cardiologist wanted to wait for valve replacement until the condition was more symptomatic (!). It would have been dandy if there hadn't been a plane flight or 4 hour drive required to find out that was a bad strategy.

    u/Omnicrola, thank you from us to you and the rest of the team!

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  9. Comment on What would you do with 30+ kg of fresh tomatoes, and counting? in ~food

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    That was amazing, and now I've got another must-watch YouTube channel. Looks like a couple of dinners taken care of. Thank you!

    That was amazing, and now I've got another must-watch YouTube channel. Looks like a couple of dinners taken care of. Thank you!

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  10. Comment on What would you do with 30+ kg of fresh tomatoes, and counting? in ~food

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    I'm checking into whether anyone has a passable frozen gazpacho recipe.

    I'm checking into whether anyone has a passable frozen gazpacho recipe.

  11. Comment on What would you do with 30+ kg of fresh tomatoes, and counting? in ~food

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    That's awesome, the former pastry cook in me wants to make this even if it doesn't solve the abundance problem in any way.

    That's awesome, the former pastry cook in me wants to make this even if it doesn't solve the abundance problem in any way.

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  12. Comment on What would you do with 30+ kg of fresh tomatoes, and counting? in ~food

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    I've been giving them away to neighbors and co-workers where possible, but it's been a good season for everyone locally. Food pantries won't take tomatoes any more. I like the idea of...

    I've been giving them away to neighbors and co-workers where possible, but it's been a good season for everyone locally. Food pantries won't take tomatoes any more.

    I like the idea of slow-roasting. It's so hard to keep the fresh character and brightness of some of these heirlooms through cooking or dehydration - believe me, I've tried. It's been atrociously humid and the darn things won't dehydrate properly for storage, either.

    The results were still better than store-bought, but my internal cost/benefit analysis on time spent cooking vs. time for other things didn't come up on the plus side for home canning.

    Slow roasting and making my own tomato paste sounds like it might keep some of what makes the amazing flavor.

    We just used about 3 kg to make pico de gallo for a big batch of burritos to go in the freezer. And I just harvested another 5 kg today, not counting the tomatillos. 🙄

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  13. What would you do with 30+ kg of fresh tomatoes, and counting?

    So the garden plot has succeeded beyond my wildest expectations, and I can't give away enough tomatoes, tomatillos, and hot peppers. I'm averse to the risks and expense of home canning, but...

    So the garden plot has succeeded beyond my wildest expectations, and I can't give away enough tomatoes, tomatillos, and hot peppers.

    I'm averse to the risks and expense of home canning, but otherwise open to suggestions. There's a wide variety of heirloom cherry (if you can get seeds for "Brad's Atomic Grape", they taste amazing), Roma, and beefsteak types.

    Tomatillos are getting roasted and made into salsa verde for freezing.

    I'm going to make freezer salsa rojo, but any other suggestions or favorite recipes are welcome. [I do have a dehydrator, but that seems like cheating.]

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  14. Comment on Op-Ed: As a doctor in a COVID unit, I'm running out of compassion for the unvaccinated. Get the shot in ~health.coronavirus

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    Spouse just had a short-notice heart valve replacement, so we've been extra-cautious the last few weeks, masking and staying home even though we've had the full course of mRNA vaccines. The...

    Spouse just had a short-notice heart valve replacement, so we've been extra-cautious the last few weeks, masking and staying home even though we've had the full course of mRNA vaccines. The hospital staff generally appreciated that we're doing everything we can to ensure their amazing efforts aren't wasted, and we heard a lot of "I'm so exhausted, I can't handle another COVID wave". And yet one of the cardiac ICU nurses was still waffling about where she stood on vaccinations.

    Now I'm dealing with drama at work2 (the weekend winery job) because an anti-vaxxer (insert all the right-wing nonsense you care to think of for the details) couple we work with got COVID. No one wants to work with them until they're genuinely testing negative (they've already been caught out lying about their COVID status), have their shots, and will wear masks. It's also completely unreasonable to expect our customers to bear this exposure.

    Local schools and county commission have their own drama about mask requirements, and who in the health department can say what to whom, respectively. I get why health care workers just want to say "have your freedom and consequences, it's not my problem anymore."

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  15. Comment on Anyone order a USB cable lately? in ~tech

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    I literally just got right-angled USB-C cables the week before last that I needed for an essential trip. The old one broke... Amazon, arrived in 2 days. I despise Amazon, but didn't think of...

    I literally just got right-angled USB-C cables the week before last that I needed for an essential trip. The old one broke... Amazon, arrived in 2 days. I despise Amazon, but didn't think of anywhere else I could be assured of rapid delivery.

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  16. Comment on All Good Things… (Leaving Mozilla) in ~comp

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    Have you ever considered "browsing" as a public utility? It seems that when you're talking about basic functionality (and privacy protection) as "table stakes", you're talking about something as...

    Have you ever considered "browsing" as a public utility? It seems that when you're talking about basic functionality (and privacy protection) as "table stakes", you're talking about something as fundamental as electrification, clean water, and mass transit, a gateway to the civilization of our age.

    That being said, you've reached the point where it's a political, not merely programming, endeavor. I remember the halcyon days of "Internet in a Box", where Mozilla's contribution was fundamental to most people's Internet access. The code for most HTML/CSS functionality consists of extensions to now 30 year-old technology - there's a clear lineage pointing from what's absolutely essential to what's nice-to-have in modern browsers. Would you consider branching off to work on a libre basic browser that ensures everyone can get to fundamental content?

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  17. Comment on How did you find niche stuff before the Internet? in ~life

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    I think I was as fortunate as it was possible to get in terms of opportunities before the full-fledged Internet. College town with avant-garde arts, great old-school science fiction and film...

    I think I was as fortunate as it was possible to get in terms of opportunities before the full-fledged Internet. College town with avant-garde arts, great old-school science fiction and film societies. Detroit music scene, including the best public radio stations for indie and world music at the time. Lots of premier early adopters in late 1980's/early 1990's outlets - Borders' Books, Thomas Video, Vault of Midnight, not to mention one of the earliest BBS's anywhere. People talk about GenX slackers, but it was actually possible to pay rent, eat, and afford some of these things on minimum wage.

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  18. Comment on Big Oil’s solution for plastic waste littered with failure in ~enviro

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    It seems to me that these "recycling" solutions are just another stop on the way to turning fossil fuels into CO2 emissions. We'd be better off turning post-consumer plastics (where their...

    It seems to me that these "recycling" solutions are just another stop on the way to turning fossil fuels into CO2 emissions.

    We'd be better off turning post-consumer plastics (where their consumption can't be avoided altogether) into construction materials and building with them to store the carbon, as opposed to re-cracking mixed polymers into burnable fuels.

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  19. Comment on How did you find niche stuff before the Internet? in ~life

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    I'm really gonna date myself here, but the answer you're seeking for my "Dawn of the Web" generation was 'zines. These cheap little super-DIY Xerox'ed samizdat were available in bookstores (places...

    I'm really gonna date myself here, but the answer you're seeking for my "Dawn of the Web" generation was 'zines.

    These cheap little super-DIY Xerox'ed samizdat were available in bookstores (places that existed pre-Amazon), newsstands (ditto), comics shops, subscribed via postal mail (!), given away at festivals and cons, and were practically the foam on the waves of underground culture. 'Zines were often intensely personal, barely comprehensible, the products of isolate obsession - protest, hidden history, subversive art, exotic pets, body modification, queer liberation, UFO and left/right-wing conspiracy theories, student life, O.G. hacking (anyone remember 2600?), indie music, slash-fic, esoteric religion (including the Church of the SubGenius), and kink.

    There's a curated selection of archival material available through RE/Search Publications.

    Usenet, IRC, and mailing lists subsumed most of this energy, then it got digested into the Internet's poorly indexed corners. Now there are Dark Web fragments, and some of the cultures are re-condensing in Discord.

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  20. Comment on I’ve landed my first interview! Any advice? in ~life

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    Jotting and referring to notes is fine, I've found. It can provide a healthy respite if too much eye contact is an anxiety trigger, too. It's not a matter of self-centeredness, it's just that...

    Jotting and referring to notes is fine, I've found. It can provide a healthy respite if too much eye contact is an anxiety trigger, too.

    It's not a matter of self-centeredness, it's just that social anxiety is like a roaring river rushing through your head, endless self-criticism to avert others' rejection. It's helpful to force your attention outward, and make your good intentions towards others manifest.

    The follow-up message can emphasize what you've learned through the interview process - what you think you would enjoy and can contribute. I've sent these notes the same day as the interview or the next, both so that I don't overthink them, and so I can convey enthusiasm for a position that excites me. It's natural to be concerned about perceived pushiness, but understand that your concern about being seen as pushy is a facet of social anxiety again. Don't let what you think about other people's interpretation of your actions get in the way of acting, if that makes sense.

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