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regordane

@regordane@mastodon.me.uk

Bad at shoes. I know a bit about #InfectiousDiseases. Occasional amateur #history and #politics. #Mazeldon #Jewish She/her

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TonyStark, to random
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Giving people some water and/or a granola bar while they’re waiting in a long line to vote isn’t going to sway their choices. Banning it is voter suppression, especially in areas where Republicans try harder and harder to make it difficult for people to vote.

A Deep Dive Into Line-Warming Bans as Federal Court Overturns New York’s Law - Democracy Docket:
https://www.democracydocket.com/analysis/a-deep-dive-into-line-warming-bans-as-federal-court-overturns-new-yorks-law/

regordane,
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@TonyStark

Having to wait in a long line is in itself voter suppression.

Here in the UK polling stations are local. Queues (lines) may build up at peak times but this is not the norm. I've never had to walk more than 20 minutes* nor wait more than five minutes to vote.

*In rural areas, this does differ.

regordane, to Bloomscrolling
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Nigella flowers are quite complex in close-up

#BloomScrolling

RickiTarr, to random
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Sometimes when you learn how something works, you think, Thanks knowledge, that really helped, everything makes more sense, and other times you look up how wrists turn, and it's like WTF?!

regordane,
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@RickiTarr

I have absolutely the opposite take. How do I get this amazing wrist flexibility? Where does it come from, how can it happen?

Oh, it's just a matter of two bones, that can be parallel or can be crossed. Simple but effective design. Totally works.

HankPym, to random
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Conspiracy theorists exist in many planes of expertise and essentially prey on vulnerable people.

Birth control medication has potential side effects, but so does anything else you take and the risks are extremely low comparatively.

The “too dangerous” idea is a myth. Birth control is safe. Birth control is a good thing.

The truth about birth control - Vox:
https://www.vox.com/politics/351179/birth-control-is-good-actually

regordane,
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@MariaHill @HankPym

Personal story:
I started on the pill, when I didn't need contraception, to control troublesome periods.
I later stopped taking the pill, when I did need contraception, because I reckoned it was messing with my mental health.
After using condoms SUCCESSFULLY, I chose to be open to pregnancy...
Then I used IUS until menopause. IUS made my life free from heavy painful periods.
Full circle: first used pill, not as a contraceptive, later used IUS largely not as a contraceptive.

regordane,
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@MariaHill @HankPym

Women need these drugs. These drugs have HUGELY improved my quality of life in different ways at different times.

Contraception is only a small part of that.

stavvers, to random
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Heads up to anyone using facebook or insta: you'll receive a notification about your data being used to train AIs. The opt out process is deliberately convoluted and you have to fill out a form to object. This is what I wrote in mine, and the objection was immediately registered as successful, so feel free to copy.

Masto reply bores, this is not a post on which to fart out your opinions about Meta or AI or whatever. So don't. I'm sharing helpful info for people who need it, not for you.

regordane,
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@flippac @stavvers

Do you know where this is happening? I haven't received a notification but mine is a UK/ex-EU account. I suspect or at least hope that GDPR rules might limit this sort of shit..

TonyStark, to random
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Most people getting EBT cards do work and they usually work at low paying jobs like Walmart or fast food places, or factory or maintenance jobs.

But even if they don’t, we should be feeding hungry kids. Republicans all over the country have been rejecting programs like this. Democratic governors create and expand them.

Press Release: Gov. Evers Announces Wisconsin is the First State to Receive Federal Approval to Help Feed Kids and Families During Summer Months:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/392e849

regordane,
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@ianhecht @mentallyalex @TonyStark

Kids need to be fed. For the benefit of the hard of thinking, I'll repeat that. Kids need to be fed.

In any civilised society, one of the key roles of government is to ensure that kids get fed, regardless of who their parents are or what they may have done.

regordane, to random
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I've felt two earthquakes in London, where we don't get earthquakes. So NE USA is amusing.

1# was in a meeting, about three floors up in a building. Everything swayed briefly. I thought it was me until I saw from the expression of the guy opposite that he'd felt it too.

2# was in the early hours. Husband was still up. House rattling woke me. And, being woken, I needed the loo. On my way back, husband asked why I'd been so noisy. I replied that it wasn't me, it was the earthquake.

hauntedhideaway, to random
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Tell me: carrots in tuna salad? Or no.

regordane,
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@hauntedhideaway @ochaos

I'm fairly sure I don't even want to know what Miracle Whip might be.

shekinahcancook, to random
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How have I never heard of this??? It's gluten free!

Masa Tiganitas is Sephardi Matzah Brei, But Much Better

Baklava meets matzah brei in this delicious Greek dish for Passover.

By Rachel Ringler | April 14, 2020

"...In Sternberg’s version, matzah squares are soaked in milk, dipped in a combination of egg and yogurt and then fried in oil. As opposed to matzah brei, or bumelos de masa, the matzah in Sternberg’s recipe is not crushed. They are left whole, dunked, fried and then sweetened with a drizzle of honey or arrope (a syrup made of grapes), and topped with a sprinkling of walnuts. Think fried matzah meets baklava. I am in love.

Recipe reprinted with permission from “The Sephardic Kitchen” by Rabbi Robert Sternberg..."

https://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-nosher/masa-tiganitas-is-sephardi-matzah-brei-but-much-better/

#GlutenFree #Passover #Pesach #Mazeldon #Jewniverse #JFedi

regordane,
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@shekinahcancook

Sounds nice, but it's not gluten free unless you use gluten free matzah (which I assume exists although I've never come across it).

GrimmReality, to random
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Youtube algorithm spun up a doc with a thumbnail that said "No Country for Old Carolingians" and, yeah, if you want a good example of something that makes me click on your video, there you go.

regordane,
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@GrimmReality

This is a fairly accurate summary of most of medieval European history.

ChrisMayLA6, to Economics
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Q. how much economic advantage does UK get by speaking english.

Other countries gain economic developmental advantage from the range of people with english proficiency.

So turning that around: does the UK's 'natural' speaking of English mask or reduce (some) economic deficiencies that would otherwise be problems?.

Thought experiment: if the UK did no speak the globe's second language what would be the implication for its economic development?

#economics #development
https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/Images/539681-perspectives-english-for-development.pdf

regordane,
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@peterbrown @ChrisMayLA6

Pidgin Welsh? My understanding is that there are surprisingly few words of Celtic origin in modern English. And I suspect more of those are Gaelic than Welsh.

cstross, to random
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Typical garment construction requires a designer to build a 2D pattern, then cut and sew from 2D fabric – yielding excess waste, additional cost/labor and bulky seams that don’t always follow human anatomy. New innovation in 3D knitting – akin to 3D printing - has allowed fabric variation and standardized 3D shaping - however customized shaping of knitted garments to fit anyone’s unique body or style hasn’t been possible …

https://selfassemblylab.mit.edu/4d-knit-dress

regordane,
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@cstross @dx @lea

Erm, textile was one of the first industries to be automated. Spinning jenny, power loom, all that stuff from the early 19th century. Textile is also a very powerful source of algorithmic thinking - jacquard looms, knitting patterns in general.

Woven fabrics are 2d by nature, so you have to work with that. Whereas with knitting, the ability to shape 3d surfaces is inherent. Just add/lose stitches as needed.

RickiTarr, to random
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Since I've talked a lot about change today, I'll ask a question about it:

If you've changed something in your life or about yourself, how did you do it, and why?

regordane,
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@RickiTarr

I've changed a lot of things. The one I give thanks for every day is all the physiotherapy I had in my 40s (should have done it much sooner) to correct the (very common) postural imbalance I'd had since childhood.

I can and do now actually use my glutes properly instead of my quads and it makes all the difference in the world.

the_etrain, (edited ) to random
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Talking in real life here....
Have you seen truck nuts in the past month or so?

regordane,
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@the_etrain

Erm. I live in the UK. What are truck nuts?

mekkaokereke, to random
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I said what I said about VR headsets.

"The eye strain is real.

I couldn't last more than 4 hours in the Vision Pro, and by lunchtime, I needed a break from screens. By the time I was off, I just wanted to rest my fatigued eyes with a nap."

  • Jordan Hart, Business Insider, and most importantly a, woman.

https://www.businessinsider.com/using-apple-vision-pro-for-the-day-productivity-2024-2

Trust me, I want them to solve this! I'm stanning for anyone that solves it first. Apple, Meta, Microsoft, Magic Leap, anyone.

But until they do, color me skeptical.

regordane,
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@scottjenson @mekkaokereke

Well yes and there is a more basic problem with mass adoption of VR. Even before you get to eye strain, motion sickness or arm fatigue...

Who the heck wants to strap a mask to their face? Sure, there might be some specific purposes for which some people will perceive that as worthwhile. Meetings certainly aren't one. I can't personally imagine anything that would make me want to do that.

I reckon it'll always be a minority thing.

ElleGray, to random
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so tucker carlson blew the interview with putin. time to send in philomena cunk

regordane,
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@rdfranke @ElleGray

Cunk v Putin would be awesome.

Obviously he would be well-briefed. But that would not save him. I can't imagine any preparation he might receive that would actually prepare him for Cunk. She'd wipe the floor with him.

mekkaokereke, to random
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Valuable lessons were learned, but not the ones that the mother thought would be learned.🤷🏿‍♂️

  • She learned that millions of Black people haven't been "making it all up" about police mistreatment
  • She learned why US Black folk almost never call the police, for any reason
  • Her son learned that his own mom is not safe. Her lack of understanding of US racism makes her dangerous
  • She's probably going to learn that this does not meet the definition of police misconduct

https://apnews.com/article/black-teen-lawsuit-excessive-force-vermont-disabilities-7b638ed26c299c7f07033968274e8f37

regordane,
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@brunogirin @mekkaokereke @jshirley

Pretty sure that in the UK if you dial 999, ask for an ambulance (rather than police or fire service) then say it's for a road traffic accident, the police are always called out as well. They may need to clear the road and make it safe for other users, quite apart from the possibility of criminal charges.

The big difference is that here the police don't routinely carry guns.

jeffowski, to random
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@regordane -- Here's a new one for you.

regordane,
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@jeffowski

Hm, I said you seemed to be getting a bit desperate... but I hadn't expected you to confirm that so conclusively.

I mean, WTAF. You know I'm not Christian. It's pretty easy to discern I'm not American.

I started this conversation by saying the religion atheists don't believe in is invariably Christianity (because they know fuck-all about any other). So.. thank you for proving my point.

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regordane,
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@jeffowski

I assume you're aware that there are well-established religions that don't even have a god?

Or that there are religions that don't assume that morality is dependent on belief?

Oh, no, I guess that would be too much to hope for.

You are so fucking ignorant.

regordane,
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@jeffowski

If some atheists have been exposed to the idea that religion can be more diverse, flexible and accommodating than the fundamentalist Christianity they have rightly rejected... I'd see that as a win.

regordane,
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@jeffowski

Sounds to me that you're getting a bit desperate now.

regordane,
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@jeffowski

Religious people other than fundamentalist Christians have spent three thousand years discussing this *conundrum. And learning deeply from doing so.

But yeah, fundamentalist Christians waltz in and assume it should be taken at face value. And atheists follow their lead.

*I once gave a sermon. On the akeida. I'm not a Talmud scholar. But even I know enough to find many different ways of learning from this superficially challenging story. A bit like the Greek myths..

regordane,
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@jeffowski

I don't believe in a God who tells me to do things. I don't believe in blasphemy.

So I really can't answer your question. Except to say that you persist in not understanding the premise. Or possibly, if I did start to think that God commanded me in such ways, I should seek psychiatric care and probably anti-psychotic medication. Because that's the only way I can imagine such a scenario.

I am the religious one here.

regordane,
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@jeffowski

I'm not trying to convert anyone (that's against my religion).

But I like exposing atheists to the idea that the (Christian) religion they have rejected is a narrow and restricted concept, which many real religions don't follow.

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