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Trimmed back @ 6 months of beard growth this morning. I'm feeling a little lightheaded.

Oddly enough, as soon as I sent that she stood up and leapt away.

I need to go and do things today, but cancer kitty is sleeping in the crook of my arm.

Send help.

Maybe if you're lamenting that you don't get to have an opinion without someone taking offense, you should rethink the morality of your opinions.

ESPECIALLY if you go to church every Sunday.

Just sayin'.

Binx (my cat, who is dying from breast cancer), wanted to snuggle, so I held her until she wanted to go elsewhere.

Now in addition to the bloody shirt that I expected, I have a cramp in my arm.

Remember to stretch before holding your cat.

After careful consideration (and use of power tools), I've decided my budget end table that survived 17 years and 4 moves should be trashed as opposed to repaired.

I COULD repair it, but the energy/time required to do so would add up to more than I originally spent on it, both IRT money and initial assembly time.

Apparently spider plants can bloom. Did not expect that, especially with how bad I am at keeping plants alive. aaronbsmith.com/photos/2017/07

Vet Visit Show more

Listening to This Week in Tech Episode 622. Less than 10 minutes in and I think it's one of the best episodes I've heard, though I expect the people who need to hear it the most deleted that one. (CW: Sexism) Thank you, @leo

twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-tec

Friend's Surgery Show more

Question for @bgcarlisle, @noelle, or anyone else who manages an instance: Are followbots a good thing? I occasionally get followed by accounts with profiles that say something like this...

"Hello, I am a bot following everyone to improve the view of the fediverse of my instance, thank you :)"

Is this creative federation, a way around instance silencing, or something else?

Right to Photograph Show more

Also finally resolved in my own head that mastodon isn't about avoiding politics. CWs aren't about avoiding politics.

Taking care with content is about managing risk to others so that the effort to repair a damaged world doesn't deteriorate into panic, aggression or despair.

CWs seem like a small good step towards respecting that the state of global politics affects us deeply. It's not a sideshow.

Today I was reminded that appeals to emotion in the face of data are not limited to any particular demographic.

Also, that appeals to emotion are expected to be more powerful against data if they are honest.

I get very uncomfortable when someone argues that the best way for them to be safe is for everyone to be less safe, in spite of scientifically collected and analyzed data.

More so when the ones doing the arguing are people whom I REALLY want to be safe, though to be fair that's most individuals.

Gun Violence Research Show more

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