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If artistic *style* gets copyright-level protections, most of the styles will be owned by corporations within a generation, and there's a decent chance you'll end up needing to pay a licensing fee or something equally absurd to publish your own art.

Just, like, before you go driving that direction.

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The phrase "attention passengers" makes sense for auditory announcements, but not for textual signs. jefftk.com/p/attention-passeng

The pickup truck was a horrible mistake, but I think that was specific to the lemon I bought and not to the idea of owning a pickup truck.

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When I moved to Texas, I bought a pickup truck. Now, three months into living in Somerville I'm actively shopping for cargo bikes.

I may be easily swayed by the prevailing culture 😅

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@zebrask "Yes. Yes. I *have* been traumatised by living in a society without priorisation or numeracy. I would like to see someone."

The email says they will provide students and staff "the support they need to process this and other recent events."

I can only hope that this support takes the form of a course in statistical literacy and a warning against reading the news, but somehow I suspect it is just going to attempt to validate the narrative that it is right to think about extremely rare violence and to spend our precious life trying to reduce extremely small but salient risks. 🙁

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Seriously, I'm sorry that the media tricked you into caring about unimportant stuff that you can do nothing about, but please don't take it out on my inbox.

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Looking it up, about 5 people died and maybe 20 were injured, about half of those hospitalized. According to the CDC, the low end estimate of deaths/hospitalizations from flu this year so far is 2900 / 53,000, for a 50 day period. So it's killing 10x and hospitalizing 50x as many people as that shooting *every single day*, and the only mention of flu I see is not a dedicated email, it's item 5 in a monthly newsletter. And I don't even think they need to send me that.

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My kid's school decided it was very important to email me about a shooting in a night club in *Colorado*, thousands of miles away from me.

When I asked them to please separate their emails into separate mailing lists for things like, "Friday is a half day" and things like, "Here is a thing that happened in the news", they acted like it was their solemn duty to tell everyone about some random shooting that happens to be in the news and didn't even happen at a school.

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Are you able to describe what it feels like when you are hungry? If you were trying to explain the sensation of hunger to an alien, what would you say?

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I want David Cronenberg to design the new USB standard, so all the ports and plugs sigh and moan and writhe before finally accommodating each other’s anatomy in a blissful, disturbing union that allows charging and data transfer to occur effortlessly between all equipment.

Just a friendly reminder from your local natalist, but having kids is really enjoyable and satisfying. 🙂

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Thinking about how meming has dialects, and how I now have a Google-flavored one: jefftk.com/p/meme-dialects

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mastodon getting mainstream coverage has been such an intense demonstration of that effect where you only realize that the news is completely, outrageously wrong about the most basic shit when it talks about something you're actually familiar with

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