Friday April 9th, 2021

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dead

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Excusing the racism as a "product of his time" discounts the efforts of all of those who try to engage in lifelong learning and improvement, usually without the huge privilege. Greek Immigrant Who Lived Off Welfare Dies In England

Gateway Report on Astral Projection

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Found: Page 25 of the CIA’s Gateway Report on Astral Projection, a wonderful journey through the '70s, the human improvement movement, and contorting theories in physics to try to match perceptions.

home protection

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Injuries and deaths due to firearms in the home DOI:10.1097/00005373-199808000-00010

Results: During the study interval (12 months in Memphis, 18 months in Seattle, and Galveston) 626 shootings occurred in or around a residence. This total included 54 unintentional shootings, 118 attempted or completed suicides, and 438 assaults/homicides. Thirteen shootings were legally justifiable or an act of self-defense, including three that involved law enforcement officers acting in the line of duty. For every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.

Mood: no one really @PoppyDare

Extroverts are suffering with isolation but I'm basically feral now. If I have to be around people again they'll need to lure me with treats. #introvertproblems #Imightbite

Thursday April 8th, 2021

Gender is dangerous

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People getting killed or maimed as a result of gender reveal parties has become so common-place that I've stopped taking note of it, but here's another case where gender is dangerous: Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

The error occurred, according to a report [PDF] released on Thursday by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), because the check-in software treated travelers identified as "Miss" in the passenger list as children, and assigned them a weight of 35 kg (~77 lbs) instead of 69 kg (~152 lbs) for an adult.

The AAIB report attributes the error to cultural differences in how the term Miss is understood.

Retracting headboard

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Retracting headboard, with video

Wednesday April 7th, 2021

New studies on kink

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PsyPost: Studies provide new insights into possible psychological mechanisms underlying interest in BDSM

The study, “The Psychology of Kink: A Cross-Sectional Survey Study Investigating the Roles of Sensation Seeking and Coping Style in BDSM-Related Interests“, was authored by Alana Schuerwegen, Wim Huys, Violette Coppens, Nele De Neef, Josée Henckens, Kris Goethals, and Manuel Morrens.

The study, “The Psychology of Kink: a Survey Study into the Relationships of Trauma and Attachment Style with BDSM Interests“, was authored by ‪Stephan Ten Brink, Violette Coppens, Wim Huys, and Manuel Morrens

Ta-Nehesi Coates inspiration

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DOJ on Portland's police accountability

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Portland's Current Cop Accountability System is Failing, DOJ Finds

In a March 23 letter sent to the City of Portland, DOJ attorneys list recent examples of the city's Police Review Board (PRB) relying on erroneous information, provided by Portland Police Bureau (PPB) leaders, to determine whether or not an officer acted in violation of PPB policy.

Delta Museums

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I think we need to do a Delta day trip: Dutra Museum of Dredging

(And, of course, the Western Railway Museum)

Tuesday April 6th, 2021

Team banned because a player looks like a boy

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If you had any doubts at all about the whole anti-trans/concern over trans kids in sports thing was just an attempt by troglodytes to enforce gender sterotypes, this should put the nail in that coffin: Soccer tournament bans 8-year-old girl’s entire team because she ‘looks like a boy’

Are Index Funds worse than Marxism?

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A lot of people are starting to realize that even though most stock picking is just gambling, index funds are a different sort of centrally planned economy: Could Index Funds Be ‘Worse Than Marxism’?

With index funds, nobody’s behind the scenes, dumping bad investments and selecting good ones. Nobody’s making a bet on shorting Tesla or going long on Apple. Nobody’s hedging Europe and plowing money into Vietnam. Nobody is doing much of anything at all. These funds are “passively managed,” in investor-speak. They generally buy and sell stocks when those stocks enter or exit indices, such as the S&P 500, and size their holdings according to metrics such as market value. Index funds mirror the market, in other words, rather than trying to pick winners and losers within it.

Even ignoring the large centralized economy issues, there's the fact that this trend also creates small more volatile side-markets. the MeFi thread has a lot more good links and comments...

How Birth Control Pills Treat Acne

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Monday April 5th, 2021

YouTube recommendation algorithm showed

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YouTube recommendation algorithm showed me a "Remember One Direction?" video. Fuck you, YouTube. I remember New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys, and get the fuck off my lawn.

A better way to do kerf bending

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From Shadow: IvanMakes: A better way to do kerf bending, using a 4.5° router bit and steamed ash. I'm not quite sure how to set the router height from this video, but I really like the results.

Sunday April 4th, 2021

Triple Penis

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Saturday April 3rd, 2021

Holy crap the price of lumber! And

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Holy crap the price of lumber! And, I was suffering from sticker shock in Friedman's and checked online prices, and drove to Lowe's, still about twice what I expected to pay, but like 2/3rds of Friedman's prices.

Friday April 2nd, 2021

Unwanted Touch

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Melissa Febos in the New York Times Magazine — I Spent My Life Consenting to Touch I Didn’t Want

A year of isolation made me consider all the casual, unwanted touch women endure — and why it’s so hard to refuse it.

Woohoo! First dose (Pfizer) acquired

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Woohoo! First dose (Pfizer) acquired, via trek to Healdsburg.

Oldest known dildo

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Ancient phallus unearthed in cave

The 20cm-long, 3cm-wide stone object, which is dated to be about 28,000 years old, was buried in the famous Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm in the Swabian Jura.


"Female representations with highly accentuated sexual attributes are very well documented at many sites, but male representations are very, very rare," explained Professor Conard

I know I'm a nerd when I'm reading a

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I know I'm a nerd when I'm reading a Space Opera and there's a throwaway line mentioning farads, amps and volts, and I'm immediately driven to figure out the time...

Thursday April 1st, 2021

History of all things cunt

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TEDx: Kate Lister: an honest history of an ancient and nasty word:

With candor and cunning, sex historian Kate Lister chronicles the curious journey of an ancient, honest word with innocent origins and a now-scandalous connotation in this uproarious love letter to etymology, queens, cows and all things "cunt."

Right now I'm around 9:30 where she's talking about all of Shakespeare's "cunt" puns.

Wednesday March 31st, 2021

Lil Nas X & the devil

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Lil Nas X isn't worshipping the devil. He's healing deep hurt

Among many recent tweets, X wrote on March 27, "i spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s--t y'all preached would happen to me because i was gay. so i hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves."

This tweet speaks volumes for millions of queer folks, especially Black queer people, who have suffered spiritual and theological violence at the hand of church doctrines. X's words are ones the late, great James Baldwin -- who once wrote, "Because I was born in a Christian culture, I never considered myself to be totally a free human being" -- would admire and support.

The rest of the essay is good.