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#introduction #reintroduction 

I haven't used Mastodon as much as I'd like to, but want to give it another go.

That said, I've gone through some big-ish changes, and feel a is necessary.

I'm still a phd student studying pathogen proliferation in potable plumbing (hopefully nearing graduation soon) in his mid 30s living with a daily headache/migraine.

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Hi All - I'm a PhD student in studying how water use/efficiency affects water quality using models and . I love learning, and I feel like I'm getting to study how learning works.

I'm also interested in , , , , , opensource, and just trying to make life more pleasant for everyone.

I've been off social media for long enough that I feel pretty lost/don't have any manners yet, so... please give me tips!

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When you change your column names
Without a Readme to explain
That's annoying
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For US folks, there's currently a proposed Title IX change that would protect trans people.

It's only open to public comments for *two more days* and the vast majority of current comments are looking really TERF-y. Please consider adding a comment to the proposal to help out :heart_trans:

federalregister.gov/d/2022-137

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Hey everyone! If you have ever asked "what can I do to help trans rights," I have something for you.

Biden's title IX change protecting trans people in schools is open comment.

It is getting FLOODED by TERF comments.

GO MAKE A COMMENT IN SUPPORT!

federalregister.gov/documents/

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It's *crucial* that we get it right this time. Remember back in 2020 how everyone hit the streets day after day and it was the biggest wave of protests in American history and then absolutely nothing happened except things getting worse?
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Personally, my days of marches with permits / in places that are not a direct confrontation of power are over. But I understand that people are in different places in their particular journey & it's all valid. Having said that I'm trying to help prevent the cycle of burnout that leads to a bunch of time and money spent with no strong plan or assault on the power structures that could genuinely bring us change.
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For real though, I'm asking you to think about it practically because unfortunately some of the large marches like the climate March & Women's March we're basically a big sales day for capitalism. People went to Staples for pen & ink & paper for signs, spending money for snacks along the way, all while leaving single-use plastic trash.
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There is no protest or one-time action outside of things I could not possibly recommend that will keep us in this fight. Right now you might want to be a flame, but we need you to be a seed. Or water. In either case something to nourish and sustain us long term for an uncertain future.
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Don't burn out, darlings.

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abortion access volunteering, PSA 

Midwest Access Coalition isn't taking new volunteers right now but they linked me to digitaldefensefund.org/ and I just filled out their volunteer application form

They're looking for anyone with tech skills and a strong belief in safe access to abortion and I am pretty sure there are some other people on here who fit that description :BoostOK:

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Had to take the bus into town today, and wore a kilt. Some Delores decided to take issue; which sadly I'm used to. "Why are you wearing a skirt?!" and so on. As I said, used to it (and big scary white dude, so I have some privilege to wield), so I'm calmly addressing it with her

But then she said "well how am I supposed to explain that to my kid?!", and friends, I didn't have to say a thing, because the most awesome Black lady jumped in. She turned to her kid (I'd guess roughly 13 years old) and said "hey, why is he allowed to wear a skirt?"

Kid: "he's grown enough to wear whatever the fuck he wants"

Mom: "see?! Ain't hard ma'am"

Delores huffed but that was pretty much the end 🤣

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It's weird how some disabilities are officially undiagnosable until one is impaired "enough", where "enough" basically means "can't do productive work under capitalism".

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what was i assigned at birth? unrealistic expectations

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Neutrality is a euphemism for complicity employed by the privileged.

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Hypothesis: There is a level of wealth that it is impossible to reach without exploiting others in a morally indefensible way; and even if one could, the effects of a person with that amount of power over others would be incompatible with a meaningfully free society

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You didn't learn to program so that you could squeeze more ads into other people's phones

So, quit your job

But first, sabotage some adtech products with half-functioning but unreadable code

Do an `$ rm -rdf /` to a few of Facebook's servers on the way out on your last day

Steal office supplies

Randomize a bunch of surveillance records so that all the data is unreliable

And when you quit, don't tell them you quit, so it takes weeks for them to stop sending you paycheques

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When the jaws open wide
And there's more jaws inside
That's a moray

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I'm not an "x on the driver's license" nonbinary.
I'm a "remove gender from any documentation that doesn't need it" nonbinary.

chronic pain anniversary 

Since this headache started, I've:
-Quit that job (and another)
-Had my first child
-Obtained my PhD
-Survived a pandemic

I think I'm finally starting to realize how much of the pain has to do with how I see the world more than just malfunctioning biology. I *really* hope (and feeling fairly hopeful) it won't take another 7 years to make the changes I need to get out of this.

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