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Hi! I'm mostly here for conversations, reflections, and geekery around subjects that catch my fancy. Recently that orbits technology (esp , data services, networks), music (writ large), languages (esp ancient Greek), autism, and general silliness. Structural protection for the marginalized is close to my heart, but I've learned I need to engage gently to stay healthy. I try to keep shitposting to a minimum.

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In British English, all titles (Mr, Ms, etc) are written without a full stop/period.

To my knowledge, in American English Mr and Mrs are usually followed by a period/full stop, but Miss isn't.

People who usually write in American English, which do you use?

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I've been wearing shorts more lately. I never used to wear shorts. On the balance it's pretty okay, but this whole legs sticking to seats thing is utter bullshit.

adhd, meds (humorous, mildly self-deprecating) 

Sometimes means looking over at your morning meds and falling into a panic because your ADHD meds aren't there, searching for them, not finding them, reassuring yourself they're probably in the other room (surely the only other sensible place they could be, I hope), then after your shower noticing them sitting right there on the other side of the counter, about three feet from where they should be.

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My freaking wife gerrymandered the polycule in order to undermine our powerful new husband-boyfriends bloc. Now the girlfriends-yoga instructor alliance has outsized influence despite their small numbers.

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Hey, #Fediverse, do you use (say, at least once per week) any Mozilla products?

Context: some people are claiming "nobody uses Mozilla's products anymore". I'd like to see if that's actually true.

tired: skirts without pockets
wired: usable pockets on skirts
inspired: skirt pockets so voluminous they get got on doorknobs as you walk by

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I was today years old when I realized the Shalamar song "Dancing in the Sheets" from the 1984 Footloose soundtrack was not, in fact, about dancing. I was seven, and dancing was an excellent activity that could be enjoyed in many environments.

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A "podcast" behind a paywall is not a podcast.

A "podcast" that only one app can receive is not a podcast.

A "podcast" without a public feed that can be freely pulled into any podcast client or RSS reader is not a damn podcast, don't let people get away with calling it that.

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the deal with thee/thou vs. you was that thee/thou was more personal/intimate, while 'you' was more formal

then english got over having grammatical relationship distance in pronouns & used 'you' everywhere

so when someone in an old-timey story says "Have at thee, villain!", they're actually flirting

So Atlanta hosts this yearly music festival called Shaky Knees. On the one hand: tons of people packed together uncomfortably in a park, most of them not people I want to be anywhere near, mostly drunk. On the other hand: Phoebe Bridgers live.

I'm not gonna do it. But that's a *hard* one.


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United States job seekers: CO law now requires salary range to be included in all job postings. this includes jobs that can be done remotely while sitting in CO. a crowdsourced lists of companies trying to dodge this:

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New estrogen just dropped (actually found in 1965, it was recently approved for use in birth control pills, is thought to have less side effects then current forms and less environmental damage)

Y'all. Devs. If you don't understand a merge request, don't just mark it accepted on the grounds that your collaborators probably know what they're doing. If you don't understand it, leave it be and let someone who _does_ understand it comment.

If you're doing it because merge requests need an accept response before they can merge and nobody's able to provide knowledgeable feedback on the merges, you need to fix the process and also build some expertise. Not click a meaningless tickbox.

I will never cease to be baffled by the inconsistent porosity of media diffusion between the US and UK. Beatles, Bowie, Duran? Sure, everybody's heard of them. But before today I had no idea Cliff Richard exists.

To my US followers: He's ridiculously famous in the UK. 150 singles over the last 65 years. 80 of them top-ten.

To my UK followers: He's practically unknown here in the US. a handful of singles, three of them top ten fifty years ago.

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