This recent episode of 99 Percent Invisible, โ€œThe National Swordโ€, details the recent history of U.S. waste stream recycling and how China sort of weaponized it against us. It is also a more subtle critique of our entire consumerist economy production system and how capital shifts the onus of waste and pollution from itself to consumers individually.

For folks who don't know: RT and In The Now are actual propaganda designed to be consumable and attractive to progressive Western audiences. They are a facet of the overall propaganda structure that includes Russia Today's internal (within Russia, in Russian) propaganda. Russia Today is much more directly anti-queer, anti-Semitic, etc, and RT filters this into a package DESIGNED to be palatable to English-speaking westerners, with the goal of spreading "just asking questions" style disinfo.

Achievement unlocked: I just introduced my co-workers to Little Bobby Tables.

I resisted as much snark as I could about developers who donโ€™t know anything about databases creating tables filled with primary key violations, so XKCD was the mildest I could manage. (I resisted because I'm leaving, and they're staying, so I don't need to spoil their attitudes.)

THEY HADNโ€™T SEEN IT so I get to enjoy their reactions. This is awesome!

(Re)finished the knee area of my black Leviโ€™s with shippo tsunagi . Thereโ€™s a patch underneath the most frayed part and the stitching is denser there.

earth worship / spirituality Show more

A software cooperative near me is hiring a new developer - part-time with potential to grow to full-time and co-ownership! Women, people of color, and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Deadline March 1st.

Stopped by the (purchased) land of a remnant North Carolina Indian tribe in Alamance County today. I realized lately that all of the indigenous communities extant in Eastern North Carolina since 1700 were essentially refugees.

what if was the first instance and everyone had to join it and finish the main questline of the starting area before they could transfer to another instance

This is Icarus. The farthest away single star we've ever seen. It's a blue supergiant star, not a supernova or gamma ray burst or anything, just a star, seen from 9 ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ light years away.

We were only able to see it for a time because it was Gravitationally Lensed by passing directly behind another star and then magnified further by other galaxy clusters and dark matter. Spacetime acted like a telescope for this single star, magnifying about 2000 times.

Someone on Twitter mentioned that in some regions of Germany, a common idiom for whenever there's mist in the forest is "The foxes are making coffee", and thought the image was evocative enough for an illustration.

Well, I took the bait! ๐ŸฆŠโ˜•

#MastoArt #CreativeToot #Lineart

I am completely addicted to this.

A zillion amazing reasons why Linux is a whole nother way of life.

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โ€œFurthermore, cunt is far more feminist than vagina or vulva could ever dream to be.โ€

An essay on the most powerful word in the English language.

I love the legal theory that when one party has electronic proof the counterparty couldnโ€™t possibly have read the contract, they get to pretend the contract is legitimate even though it isnโ€™t.

I feel like most people here understand this, but just a friendly reminder:

Donโ€™t ever be loyal to a company. They will sell you out at their convenience and you will never get what your loyalty deserves. Iโ€™ve seen this play out so many times and it is truly sad.

Show more is a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]