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David Lynch as Gordon Cole: Gonna get my dick sucked clean off my body this weekend, coop!!! Hell no I'm not registered to vote!!!

Dot and Bubble cast list 

@kate hohoho i'm doctor pee! [sloshes big full belly]

linux discourse, systems thinking 

There is dysfunction. There is bad decision-making. I have been as fast as anyone to criticize specific organizations for specific missteps, and to call for specific changes that I think would be beneficial. For instance, I think that Ubuntu's commitment to Snap packaging is a foolish decision that ultimately doesn't serve their users or customers, and I've written about that.

But the vast majority of the problems are because you, personally, whether you use Linux or BSD or Windows or Mac OS, are under attack. What you want is not opposed to what the corporations want; it is simply irrelevant. They do not care. Microsoft will scrape your screen all they want and we will suck it up. Apple will remove LGBTQ+-friendly apps for "adult content" and we will suck it up. Google will terminate developer accounts without reason and we will suck it up. Because we have no choice; because they are building a world where the "non-default option" is as hard as possible to build, to use, and to sustain.

The post ends by saying, "we need to be trying to make the better, harder thing more accessible, not blaming people for not using it." I agree with that. Scolding people for running Windows is cruel and unproductive. Mocking people for being harmed by harmful things that companies do is cruel and unproductive.

In equal measure, though, it's necessary to understand why things are the way they are. If you're truly okay with your digital life being controlled by Microsoft, and Google, and Apple, then by all means, sit on the sidelines and throw peanuts. Talk shit about how only nerds use that, how everyone who uses Linux is a privileged jerk with unlimited disposable income. (This sentiment erases the contributions of volunteers marginalized on any axis you choose to name, which are many and hard-won, by the way.) But understand that it's not those "nerds" making things worse for you.

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A new gold standard review of 100 studies finds:

- masks are effective in reducing transmission of respiratory diseases

- N95 respirators are significantly more effective than medical or cloth masks

- mask mandates are effective in reducing community transmission

journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/c

people often get really defensive about the games they like being shit talked on which i dont understand. like if you apply a bit of critical thinking you could place yourself in the shoes of the person who doesnt like it and it can probably even imagine what something you like can be complete ass to someone else

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I normally steer very far clear of doctor who content on youtube but this video essay by @sarahzedig is predictably fucking excellent

youtube.com/watch?v=F6hmBlQiwZ

ANATOMY OF A RESURRECTION: how they saved Doctor Who (again)

a new video essay about creative bankruptcy in corporate media and how to do an IP revival right

youtu.be/F6hmBlQiwZ0?si=WybH-x

@engineerjulia most chain businesses do, yeah. banks, outlet stores, pharmacies, you can't go more than three blocks without passing a couple rentacops

these guys were moments away from grabbing them and dragging them out of the store because they didn't immediately want to pull up their pants, and then did anyway. fuck off and die about it, actually

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saw a couple of these rentacops harassing a gnc person in a sports bra and pants that were revealing the top of their underwear (i've absolutely seen cis women get away with wearing less) and stepped in before they tried to make this person leave. they legit told me "we're just doing our jobs" lmao

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it's so cool how every grocery store in seattle has armed security guards from "iron & oak" posted out front at all times of day. makes me feel so safe and protected while i decide what flavor of laoganma i want to get. definitely doesn't feel like living in a craven fascist police state

@SehrLesbisch oh yeah this guy's stuff has weighed heavy on my mind and definitely got me thinking a lot about gambling mechanics. finished the diablo 4 video the other night, it's pretty good

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