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meganL

@meganL@mas.to

Disabled Masters student @ UC Davis. Speaker on Accessibility in Higher Ed/Cycling/Plant Science. Speaker on carob.

#Accessibility #Botany #Cycling #SciComm #NoBot #NoBridge

Most of my posts are not asking for advice so please don't offer it unsolicited. When I'm asking for advice, I usually ask quite explicitly.

Banner = 2 UC Access Now buttons, with a seal that's a parody of the University of California's. It says "Let There Be Access > ADA" Profile = HG Peters drawing of Wonder Woman

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meganL, to Trains
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Shit. Thought I saw a positive story about refurbishing and reopening a major train station...and it turns out it's just a puff piece about a rich Ford family guy buying it and turning into a "tech hub" for Ford's campus.

meganL, to random
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So the solar water heating strategy worked pretty good for the time of day. After cooking the birria, I put in a pot of water (only one at a time can fit in the Global Sun Oven). After that got hot enough & I remembered to check, I put that pot outside in the sun to keep warm while putting a fresh pot in the sun oven.

Both were hot even after the sun went behind the trees and fence towards sundown.

Not boiling, but hotter than mildly hot for dishes. No GHGs needed to heat it.

#SolarCooking

meganL, to cycling
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skinnylatte, to random
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Even though I never cooked when I was living in Southeast Asia (you.. really don’t need to), paying attention to food procurement and techniques helped me level up when I started cooking when I left that region.

(Eating street food there is often cheaper than buying ingredients and cooking yourself. In almost all SEA cities)

There’s a lot of stuff I felt I just ‘knew’ because I was around people who dealt with food all the time

meganL,
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@skinnylatte While browsing Cornell University Press' sale on history books yesterday, I saw this title. It looks interesting. Focuses on NYC Chinatown food network. https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9780801456862/from-farm-to-canal-street/

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@skinnylatte I was going to point it out to you yesterday, but I was afraid you'd feel like I was just pushing "anything Chinese" at you, haha.

meganL, to random
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I didn't know Alamo Drafthouse had been sold to a private equity owner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fmfuvo8UIs

meganL, to random
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You know, design contests as a means of avoiding paying designers suck in general. But at least some of them offer a cash prize.

I just saw one where the "prize" is that your design is on all their merchandise. That's it. Uh...that's the whole point of your contest - to get design without paying for it!

It is a straight line from this kind of stuff to people using art/design without consent to train AI to put artists/designers further at disadvantage.

ai6yr, to cycling
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Hmm... was pondering a bicycle ride to the donut shop to get some exercise in and thinking that would be cross-purpose to the whole activity. 😂

My cycling range now has expanded and there are four donut shops I could select from, LOL.

#BikeTooter

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@ai6yr You'd have to choose one far away to get even close to the calorie exchange, but not during a heatwave, please! Keep safe.

meganL,
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@ai6yr I've learned that climate change is messing with the models they've been using. So I check the forecast and status frequently when making plans.

meganL,
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@ai6yr Yeah. I'm really trying to change habits to acclimate (so to speak). I think the general public needs more education as to what's happening with models and how we all need to make changes in our habits (as well as some cultural things...like cooking things outside to keep the heat out) to deal with what's here already and what's to come.

meganL, to random
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Frozen birria out in the Global Sun Oven, which I put out about 10 min before I put the meat in. It was 300 F (148.8 C) at that time.

I added a TJs mix of orzo, lentils, etc. to stretch the meat & its sauce so I have more for the money.

This takes advantage of the brutal heat today AND keeps the heat of cooking it out of my kitchen/trailer.

#SolarCooking

meganL, to cycling
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Sport Explainers - Paris 2024: All You Need to Know about Para Cycling

(Yes, even the Paralympics Committee can be ableist. This video lacks audio description. I only have space to say it is very stylized animation in pastel pink.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2vTZeuKXKE #Cycling #Sports #Paralympics #Disability @fedibikes

meganL, to random
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🧵 2nd time in a week I've asked an abled person (no disabled licence or placard) to move from a disabled parking space and been faced with belligerence instead.

Guy was sitting in the driver's seat playing on his phone. His first response was, "If a disabled person comes, I'll move". I had just parked in another spot because he was there, but I didn't want to say that because, as I told him, "That's not how the law works".

He sat there silently daring me to do anything.

#Ableism #DavisCA

meganL, to cycling
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meganL, to random
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ZeroWater just announced to customers that Culligan bought them some time ago (but now it's got the Culligan branding on it). I can't wait until they force subscriptions for the filters instead of subscription being an option. /sarcasm

WTF

I resent that I even need to filter my water. Companies that pollute water, landlords with shitty polluting pipes ought to be paying fines as well as damages.

Human beings cannot live without water. Which is why you see so much privatization of it now...

meganL, to random
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Select Cornell Press history books are 50% today with code 09YARDHIS ( there will be sales of different kinds all month, I think.)

This pre-order might be of interest to some of the folks I know.

"Automotive Empire:
How Cars and Roads Fueled European Colonialism in Africa"

https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501775369/automotive-empire/#bookTabs=1 @TheWarOnCars

meganL,
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Another one is "Ambassadors of Social Progress: A History of International Blind Activism in the Cold War" https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501773778/ambassadors-of-social-progress/

#Disability #Activism #History

meganL,
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"The Politics of Trash:
How Governments Used Corruption to Clean Cities, 1890–1929"

https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501766985/the-politics-of-trash/ #Infrastructure #History

meganL, to climate
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Do you know something racism and plutocracy took away from us in the US that will really need as plutocrats continue to push us toward climate disaster?

Public water fountains.

Public swimming pools.

meganL, to climate
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"For decades, scientists have known the flames from a gas stovetop produce nitrogen dioxide, a pungent gas that can inflame a person’s lungs when inhaled. But for the first time, a team of researchers from Stanford University and Oakland-based research institute PSE Healthy Energy published a nationwide estimate of the long-term health consequences associated with cooking with natural gas and propane stoves."

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-05-22/stanford-study-gas-stoves-early-deaths-childhood-asthma #ClimateChange #Health

ai6yr, to Trains
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Somehow YouTube has plunged my recommendation lists into the "trains in the garden" genre, LOL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or-IawxxrH4

meganL,
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@ai6yr This would be an interesting community participation thing here - everyone post screenshots of your YouTube recommendations.

Honestly, YouTube is so repetitive in its recommendations to me (including pushing right wing adjacent or right wing stuff I'm NEVER interested in) that I'd probably learn more new interesting things through an online thing like this than their own system.

meganL, to climate
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We have got to get off using potable water to flush toilets. I'd say we need to get off using water toilets altogether, but I don't think some folks are ready for that conversation.

Fresh clean water has already gotten scarcer. Treating water only to use it to flush shit down is a really warped thing our society does.

meganL, to random
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What is under the parking lots, office buildings, and mansions of Silicon Valley is some of the best agricultural land in California.

What a shitty trade that was

https://archive.org/details/californiaaprico0000chap

meganL, to random
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As we already have wildfires going in CA and are set to have scorcher weather Tues - Thu, let me remind folks that not only are N95 masks good for keeping from getting/giving COVID, but also good for filtering smoke from wildfires.

Good to have a supply on hand and to be wearing one.

#CAwx #COVID

ai6yr, to wildlife
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Wildlife Petting Chart (from NPS.GOV).

#wildlife #pets #keepwildlifewild

meganL,
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@ai6yr Reminds me of this (different bovine species, same bad Homo sapiens behavior). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPZpN58VpMQ

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