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tommyyum

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Platinum-selling #musician then (author of the Squirrel Nut Zippers' hit "Hell"), #writer now (bylines in The Oxford American, Longreads, Al-Jazeera America & others; author of A Really Strange and Wonderful Time (Hachette). Loves #music, #science, #culture, #cooking, and #HighStrangeness. Left of lefty. He/him.

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tommyyum, to random
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“250 years later, Americans are hearing a new call to arms. Citizen archivists are needed to transcribe original pension applications from the nation's first veterans into a massive database − and help reveal their extraordinary and untold stories.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2024/05/27/revolutionary-war-hero-transcription-pension-project/73706327007/

tommyyum, to random
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“The Cybertruck is mostly but not entirely car-shaped. It is stiff and very gray and looks like home electronics looked when Bill Clinton was president; it is both too jankily long and too upright for its amusingly normal-sized tires, in a way that makes them look like small, cheap dress shoes. There is a lot of vertical space serving no evident purpose, and the vehicle is somehow imposing and goofy in exactly equal measure.”

https://defector.com/have-you-seen-a-cybertruck-yet

tommyyum, to random
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“When designing the presidency, the founders wanted no part of the immunity from criminal prosecution claimed by English kings.

“That immunity was at the heart of what they saw as a flawed system. On both the state and national level, they wrote constitutions that held all leaders, including presidents, accountable to the laws of the country.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/09/trump-immunity-claim-historians

hosford42, to Autism
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This could be the connection between Ehlers-Danlos and neurodivergence. (People with EDS, like me, are 7 times as likely to be autistic and 5 times as likely to have ADHD -- also like me.)

Cartilage-Like Structures Key to Brain Plasticity - Neuroscience News
https://neurosciencenews.com/brain-plasticity-memory-cs6-26042/








@autistic.me@a.gup.pe
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@actuallyautistic
@eds

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@hosford42 @autistic.me@a.gup.pe @neurodivergence @actuallyautistic @eds My partner also has all these conditions! I read the article and don’t see the connection, though?

tommyyum, to Korean
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Scientists are using AI to decode whale talk.
“Sperm whale vocalisations are more expressive and structured than previously believed, and built from a repertoire comprising nearly an order of magnitude more distinguishable codas. These results show context-sensitive and combinatorial vocalisation can appear in organisms with divergent evolutionary lineage and vocal apparatus.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-024-47221-8

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Esteemed NC music writer wrote about me for Raleigh’s Walter magazine:
“Way back in the mid-1990s, a book publisher tried to get Tom Maxwell to write a ‘memoir in progress.’ Maxwell gamely tried to write a few journal entries about life on the road before deciding he just didn’t have the bandwidth to document his Zippers ride while also living through it.
As he puts it: ‘I was too busy being shot out of a cannon with a drink in my hand.’” https://waltermagazine.com/art-and-culture/strange-wonderful-tom-maxwells-new-memoir/

GottaLaff, (edited ) to Georgia
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📌 Via Tamar Hallerman: 1/...

Coming at 1 pm: closing arguments from Fulton election defendants who are arguing should be disqualified from the case. We're also expecting both sides to try and submit additional evidence, incl text messages, cell records and an affidavit

Live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/@judgescottmcafee/streams

Among today's spectators: Scott Grubman, att'y who rep'd defendant Ken Chesebro. Former Dekalb CEO and gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones is also back

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RickiTarr, (edited ) to random
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Best U.S. Southern Dessert:

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tommyyum, to random
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“The wall, which stretches for nearly a kilometre along the seafloor in the Bay of Mecklenburg, was spotted by accident when scientists operated a multibeam sonar system from a research vessel on a student trip about 10km offshore.

Closer inspection of the structure, named the Blinkerwall, revealed about 1,400 smaller stones that appear to have been positioned to connect nearly 300 larger boulders, many of which were too heavy for groups of humans to have moved.”

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/feb/12/stone-age-wall-found-at-bottom-of-baltic-sea-may-be-europes-oldest-megastructure

chris, to vancouver
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Apparently I just introduced the term "enshitification" to a popular Vancouver morning rock radio show (CFOX)… and they like it. You're welcome @pluralistic 🤣
#enshittification #crapificationofeverything #Vancouver #Radio #Media

radio GIF

tommyyum,
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@jiminfantino @chris @pluralistic Veni, vidi, enshitifici

GottaLaff, to legal
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Via Inner City Press... wow.

tommyyum,
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@GottaLaff @Itchy This is what you call a #BenchSlap

tommyyum, to random
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Newsflash: #SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh is a tool.

tommyyum, to music
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“The longest - and slowest - music composition in existence had a big day on Monday - it changed chord for the first time in two years.
Crowds gathered at a church in Germany to witness the rare moment, which is part of an artistic feat by avant-garde composer, John Cage.
The experimental piece, entitled As Slow as Possible, began in 2001.
Being played on a specially-built organ, it is not set to finish playing until the year 2640.”
#slow #music
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-68209691

tommyyum, to art
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Ars longa, vita brevis.
“Over the past decade, increasing evidence suggests artistic expression emerged much earlier in human evolution than scientists once thought, and it's reshaping our understanding of the cognitive abilities of archaic humans, such as Neanderthals and earlier hominins. For instance, there's archaeological evidence that Neanderthals may have made pendants from eagle talons up to 130,000 years ago.”
#prehistoric #art
https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/did-art-exist-before-modern-humans-new-discoveries-raise-big-questions

tommyyum, to music
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GottaLaff, to legal
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”NY judge is expected to issue an “early to mid-Feb” ruling in the $370 million civil fraud case brought against by New York attorney general’s office, a court spokesperson said Thursday.

Judge Arthur previously said he would aim to issue a decision by the end of January, but emphasized that the deadline was not firm”

https://trib.al/FV1wiG1

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@GottaLaff It’s past time for the DC Court of Appeals to rule on presidential immunity!

tommyyum, to random
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Carl Jung — Ending your inner civil war (read by Alan Watts): https://youtube.com/watch?v=qbwThw_Ap-4&si=SXrgJsVtv_enwIDp

GottaLaff, to random
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Hey Mitch McConnell, remember your speech right after Jan 6 where you said Trump could be nailed "in court" vs impeachment?

🤦🏻‍♀️Via Kyle Cheney:

JUST IN: 46 Senate Republicans — including Mitch McConnell -- have signed onto a Supreme Court brief supporting 's effort to remain on the 2024 ballot.

The brief, notably, casts doubt on whether Trump bears responsibility for the Capitol violence.

https://supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/23/23-719/298014/20240118120731316_23-719%20Amicus%20Brief%20of%20U.S.%20Senator%20Ted%20Cruz.pdf

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@GottaLaff These people are the soul of inconsistency and dishonor.

benthos, to vinyl
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Scott Walker - "Scott 3" (1969)

I confess: I don't know that I like Scott Walker's music. I'm new to it, but I haven't taken to the arrangements, or the vocals. It's interesting, yet very schmaltzy.

#NowPlaying #ScottWalker #vinyl #vinylrecords @vinylrecords

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI6kLIhBBwmQLJn9HDtRzM4GY6oCqDyK-&si=OkMMPtkEEPniEthw

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tommyyum,
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@benthos @vinylrecords I understand, but by the time you get to Tilt he’s making incredible, surreal, and tense music.

GottaLaff, to random
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I'm not as confident, but I like seeing this:

Via Angry Staffer:

100% this.

Alexander S. Vindman:

#Trump looks very vulnerable. It’s just a single datapoint, but this spells disaster for him in a general election. Almost 50% of a hardcore Republican electorate is not interested in what he’s pedaling. Not sure why the media is missing this.

tommyyum,
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@GottaLaff Iowa Republicans are hardcore, so I don’t take it as a good sign for him, either. Trump claims the GOP is 95% MAGA but all he’s really created is an intra-party civil war which I believe will heat up very quickly.

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Tell me where is fancy bred,
Or in the heart or in the head?
How begot, how nourished?
Reply, reply.
It is engender’d in the eyes,
With gazing fed; and fancy dies
In the cradle, where it lies.
Let us all ring fancy’s knell;
I’ll begin it — Ding, dong, bell.

Ding, dong, bell.

— William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”

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What is your favorite breakfast? What is the actual breakfast you usually eat?

tommyyum,
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@Holberg @RickiTarr You had me at “Pastrami Benedict.” I’m reminded of my beloved pastrami and egg brekky in whatever East Village deli I could find, which then makes me reminisce about the stellar crawfish étouffée omelettes in New Orleans…

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“Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness.”

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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