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As you progress through Pride Month, remember that more and more, Pride is a profitable event for big and small content creators as well as big, monolithic companies.

There are many people out there are looking for your gay dollar and nothing else

Advertisers are not your friend, just because they are appealing to you for a cause does not mean they are not actively profiting for their own benefit

Be careful who you purchase from, or even better make your own expressions of pride

Astrology hot take 

Almost every last astrology thing I’ve read on the internet is just a mash up of standard Relatable™ stuff, Inspirational™ stuff and Motivational™ stuff. You could probably mix up all the sign names and no one would notice.

Just take the message you need from whichever one seems to match you best. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Pisces and not a Libra or whatever.

Seriously, these option names seem really confusing to a new or non-savvy user.

I'm thinking they could be:
Broadcast - Public timelines, followers, profile, and boostable

Personal - Followers, mentions, profile, and boostable

Followers-Only - Followers, mentions, not boostable

Direct - Mentions Only

Try an app for your phone and computer that reduces the blue light on your screens at night.

Meditate for 10 minutes. Try a guided meditation if you have trouble staying focused.

privacy 

I'm slowly migrating things off of Google. Google scares me so much in how much they know about us through their search history.

@InvaderXan
Dutch supermarkets are selling "insect hotels" so everyone can put them up and encourage pollinators.

sleeping, travel 

TFW you get home after a long travel day, and you sleep 14 hours and feel *~☆fantastic☆~*

I went to bed at 8pm. My partner was like, "But the jet lag is in the opposite direction! It's 5pm to our bodies!"
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I worry a lot about how invested we are in our identities being tied to e-mail addresses that are controlled by big corps who give away that service for free for some reason

publishing, research woes 

@alstev Maybe its still worth writing up as a Research Note for RNAAS? I'll talk with an advisor today about possible directions for the project, or whether I should cut my losses and get back to another project.

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publishing, research woes 

I've been working on a research project since October-ish, and I've just figured out that what I thought was happening was not happening, and the result is boring at best, unpublishable at worst. I'm glad I talked with a range of colleagues and figured this out before, not after, trying to publish it. Still, 😢

Strong Bad on Birdsite: For April Fool's day this year, I wish Bubs would feed all my sbemails into his discount neural network and see what kinda insane, eyeball-covered gold it would spit out."

Me: as it turns out, i have access to a discount neural net

aiweirdness.com/post/183868402

Lake Retba in Senegal is a salt lake which is naturally bright pink like strawberry milkshake.

The colour comes from microbes which use a type of photosynthesis which evolved separately to the kind that plants use. The chemical machinery those microbes use is rhodopsin – the same stuff which is found in your retinas, allowing you to see.

#NoFoolin

Sharks are older than trees. 🦈

The first plant species which can be considered a real tree is known as Archaeopteris, and it evolved about 350 million years ago.

The first sharks evolved 50 million years before that!

#NoFoolin

I hate swamps, but I hate oil pipelines that want to invade swamps even more.

talking on the phone 

I recently tried to describe "call me, like a regular phone call; like SMS but for talking on the phone", and I couldn't figure out what to call it to distinguish it from Skype, WhatsApp call, etc., since all of those constitute "talking on the phone" in my world. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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