I have yet to see something as fragile as masculinity.
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.
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.
We all suffer from wear and tear. It shows us who we are.
Apparently spider plants can bloom. Did not expect that, especially with how bad I am at keeping plants alive. https://aaronbsmith.com/photos/2017/07/11/spider-plant-flowers/
Vet Visit Show more
"How long before you think it's time for euthanasia?"
"Honestly I'm suggesting it now."
The older of my two cats has breast cancer. At vet's suggestion we are trying pain meds to make her more comfortable. Pain meds could cause kidney failure, but only if the tumor doesn't kill her first.
It isn't about me, it's about her quality of life. Even so, it's almost time.
At least this time I get to say goodbye properly.
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
Friend's Surgery Show more
A friend's wife (She's a friend, too, but I'm closer to the husband) is in the hospital for gallbladder surgery and while she's relatively healthy otherwise and it's a low risk procedure for most people I can't stop thinking that that's EXACTLY the problem my wife went in for ... then never came home.
I'm not in a good place at all, mentally, which makes me feel guiltier because none of this should be about ME.
"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
“[Police] can be our shelter from the storm. Yet officers are public officials carrying out public functions, and the First Amendment requires them to bear bystanders recording their actions. This is vital to promote the access that fosters free discussion of governmental actions, especially when that discussion benefits not only citizens but the officers themselves.”
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
"Examining statistics from the US Census Bureau and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting data, the authors estimate that states with stricter concealed-carry laws saw crime fall by 42 percent from 1977 to 2014. That drop is more than four times greater than the 9 percent decrease seen in right-to-carry states."