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us, covid-19 resources 

I don't know what the asterisks are going to be (besides stable address, obviously) or whether this is going to be more than a one-time "we did it, now shut up" blip in a long-term problem, but apparently the US government is planning to send out four rapid tests per household next week covidtests.gov/

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A little known rule of sprawling pre-RotS Star Wars AUs is that one of the Jedi is definitely a secret novelist & has probably based at least once character off Obi-Wan

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westerners will talk about how you need massive increases in battery production and associated extractive industries to electrify transportation as if electric rail and trolleybusses havent existed for over a century

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crowdfunding for the bakery coop I'm a part of. 

our bakery coop has a lot of problems during this pandemic, so we are doing a crowdfunding to keep going. if you have something left over, you can throw it in the hat, here at this link:

gofundme.com/f/support-your-lo

#coop #kollektiv

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I actually believe that people want agency over their own information, and software that can act on their behalf when they're not around, that they don't need to micromanage like it's a stubborn toddler they're trying to coax into cleaning their room. We've just made the cost and cognitive overhead of running your own server the price of having that.

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SUPER delighted to announce that we're hiring an Open Science Librarian at New York University Libraries

This is a new position working to build up our science research services, with openness as a core value 🔓

Apply here: apply.interfolio.com/101097

Preference given to applications before March 15th; must be able to work in the US. I'm chairing the search & may be able to answer some of your questions about it!

#academic #library #librarian #openscience #job

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"Jaywalking" as a crime was invented by car companies in the 20s, to shift blame to people on foot for being hit by cars. "Littering" was invented in the 50s by paper cup and tin can manufacturers to shift blame to people who drop trash. The phrase "personal carbon footprint" came from a BP marketing campaign intended to shift blame for climate change away from petrochemical companies to individuals.

When they call themselves "the party of personal responsibility"?

This is what that means.

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Some #CircusInPlace regulars have encouraged us to record a podcast.

I argued that we would have to lock ourselves in a closet in order to get a clean recording. It was quickly pointed out that locking two clowns in a closet and forcing them to answer questions would be a terrific premise for such a project.

And so, I need your help!

What questions would you like to hear answered by two classically-trained theater and circus clowns kept under lock and key until they provide a response?

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covid / schools / worker organizing 

For those who haven't heard, Chicago Public Schools (the third largest school district in the US) is currently locking teachers out after the union took a stand and directed teachers to work remote due to covid conditions. Hundreds of kids and staff have become infected, and the union demanded testing options before staff returned to the site.

Some parents are suing calling it an illegal strike, to force them back onsite in unsafe conditions.

this is my long writing meta quotes thread now 

« You can’t really go wrong if you’re going feelings-first. That’s a very fic thing, and obviously coming from fanfic, I’m a very feelings-driven writer, so feelings and character are the things that are gonna get you through a story, and if you’ve got the feelings and the character right, nobody’s really going to mind that much if they’ve seen a plot similar to this before, there’s no original plots really under the sun…but if you get the feelings and the characters right, people are gonna come along for the ride.»

fansplaining.com/episodes/163-

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(This is the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Creole Cook Book btw)

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My favorite kings cake has a vague ingredients list, three solid pages of musing about the carnival of yore and then a note recommending you buy a cake from your local bakery instead

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We've been in the ubiquitous computer era for something approaching 30 years and it feels like we have just given up on clear semantics for on-off buttons.

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Btw, an example of this is the interurban network, which linked not only large cities, but small towns across the so called United States. Here's a map of electric railways on 1899 in Massachusetts, which is considerably better than any transit offered today. Interurban at the zenith of their technical development (which coincided with their ridership decline) could go 90mph. It's likely that without state intervention in the form of highway building these would still exist.

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#Fancake's theme for January is Essential Starter Recs! What fanworks would you recommend to someone who just joined your fandom? And if you've just joined a fandom, swing by this post at #Dreamwidth and comment with your new fandom! #fandom #recs fancake.dreamwidth.org/1964947

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