ridragon

ridragon

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Ri! They/Them, Autistic, Bisexual. About: I have hundreds of stories in my head. Please yell at me to write and draw a lot more often. Any pronouns I guess, I really don't know what feels right yet, Still trying to figure things out. Autistic disaster. Sometimes I say stupid things I don't realize are rude. Please let me know if I do. If I start talking about animals or stories I really like I will never stop. If you're a TERF paedo or transmed/truscum kindly die. icon by @Blinkpen!

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In an interview with inc.com, David Karp (Tumblr's founder) admitted, "Being on computers all the time makes me feel gross."

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beetledrink:

*youtuber apology voice* hey gang. so… as you can see this isnt one of my regular videos. i really never thought i would be making one of these but i owe it to my fans. i鈥檝e been doing a lot of introspecting and im just going to say it: i made you a cookie but i eated it, and

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-obtains deathnote and immediately writes in own name and how no one will be sad about it but accidentally makes self immortal due to a paradox-

Ryuk: what

Me: fuck

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glumshoe:

@elegantvamp Do you have examples?

鈥淯seful鈥 is such an incredibly ambiguous term. No living thing exists in a vacuum. An animal is a machine that transports and transforms nutrients. Established systems can become wildly unbalanced, of course, when elements are removed or introduced.

It鈥檚 not about how much we like something. No one likes parasites, yet they are ever-present and ever-important through all levels of the ecosystem in ways that are often invisible to us. Playing the game of 鈥渨hich species can be safely removed from the equation鈥 really is Russian roulette; even if you think you know the full extent of a species鈥 role in an ecosystem, there are almost certainly links that are misunderstood or haven鈥檛 even been discovered yet. Things that haven鈥檛 been important to us before may easily become critical to our survival in the future. We鈥檝e found bacteria capable of degrading polystyrene in the guts of mealworms; a century ago, this would have been inconsequential. A century in the future, it might be essential to human life.

Even the most experienced and well-respected scientists in the world are reluctant to say whether the human benefits to intentionally driving certain disease-carrying species of mosquito into extinction outweigh the potential ecological harms. There are so many unknowns and we have played so carelessly with the strings of the biosphere for so long that any such decisions must be done with tremendous caution and consideration.

glumshoe:

I鈥檇 love to hear more from the perspective of a programmer about this!

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glumshoe:

Nature education is a complete disaster in so many ways鈥攊t鈥檚 good at getting people to care about 鈥渘ature鈥 in an individual, hands-on way, but ecologically it鈥檚 a failure.

It鈥檚 easy to convince people that opossums and butterflies and snakes are cool. You can get an extreme arachnophobe cooing over jumping spiders or gently shutting tarantulas out of the house in a matter of months鈥攄on鈥檛 get me wrong, it鈥檚 hard work compared to selling them on kitten, but living things have innate charisma.

But how do you sell them on systems? On relationship webs? On largely invisible, interconnected, interdependent cycles that you can鈥檛 meaningfully display in a terrarium or on a food web poster? Ecology is like an enormous game of non-Euclidean, fourth-dimensional Jenga in which some of the pieces have gone missing and others have been replaced with tubes of chapstick or sticks of half-melted butter.

glumshoe:

talking about species that are 鈥渦seful to humans鈥濃攁s opposed to species that are not鈥攊s like calling a steering wheel 鈥渦seful to driving鈥 because it鈥檚 the part of the car you personally see and interact with most

But you have to, because inconvenient scientists are ignored and widespred ecological ignorance is all the permission slip that corporate and political actors need to keep poking at the unholy geometry of that Jenga tower.

See, at least to me, your description of ecology as non-euclidean, and 4-dimensional makes it sounds distinctly interesting. Like, linear algebra and vector calculus were interesting because they dealt with n-space. Interconnected systems are themselves incredibly neat; it’s fascinating and delightful to watch how changes ripple through a system. For me, those systems are software ones, the data flows and algorithms powering machine learning, but any kind of complex system is interesting. When I’ve wanted to write sci-fi, reading about early Closed Ecological Life Support System experiments, and all the ways they went wrong was fascinating, seeing the unexpected side effects, unseen feedback loops that popped up, all of it. As you said, a lot of the difficulty around education thereof seems to be a visualization problem, how do you show someone invisible loops and dependencies, impress upon them the abstraction of it all, especially when you tend to operate on timescales that while still within a human life, tend to remain fairly long. Being that I’m a programmer, my thought is some variety of interactive simulation, gamify it. That lets you simplify it enough for people to grasp, and compresses the timescale to be easily visible. Hell, maybe you could even build a boardgame out of it. And the interactivity lets you see what effect your actions, or the mass action of society, as the case may be, has.

I was thinking about building an actual giant Jenga set, with each block labeled with a different species and multiple representatives from each trophic level. Maybe color-coordinated…? Except even then the metaphor isn鈥檛 great, because it鈥檚 not a tower and you can鈥檛 take things off the top without affecting the base…

That鈥檚 not even #deepecology, either; our survival as a species is dependent upon countless invisible threads, and preserving them as functionally as possible is the best way to prioritize the long-term viability of our human future.

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bogleech:

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blondebrainpower:

Time Lapse of Plants - Three Days

Tfw you realize that much of Earth鈥檚 life moves and communicates on a time scale humans cannot hope to comprehend.

Plants exhibit a lot of behavior we typically associate only with animals, but don鈥檛 notice because of the difference in timescales and just how utterly alien plants are compared to ourselves. They communicate, the cooperate, they engage in parental care, and discoveries in the relatively new study of plant cognition seem to indicate that they have some capacity for decision making and learning. Just as we learned that animals are not, in fact, mindless, unfeeling automata we are now learning the same is true of plants.

I wish we could see them waving around and moving though in real time :(

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bogleech:

anraich-hedge-druid:

tropicalhomestead:

blondebrainpower:

Time Lapse of Plants - Three Days

Tfw you realize that much of Earth鈥檚 life moves and communicates on a time scale humans cannot hope to comprehend.

Plants exhibit a lot of behavior we typically associate only with animals, but don鈥檛 notice because of the difference in timescales and just how utterly alien plants are compared to ourselves. They communicate, the cooperate, they engage in parental care, and discoveries in the relatively new study of plant cognition seem to indicate that they have some capacity for decision making and learning. Just as we learned that animals are not, in fact, mindless, unfeeling automata we are now learning the same is true of plants.

I wish we could see them waving around and moving though in real time :(

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Simon, do you have tips on making tea? I would very much like to like it, but I feel I always brew it badly, as it tastes of warm water with but the fragrance of its leaves. Ty 💕

Buy better tea? Look up optimal temp for it. Brew according to guidelines stipulated by experts.

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dkpsyhog:

lynati:

buttshapedpillow:

an important thread. be worried. be scared. make sure you鈥檙e prepared to vote, and volunteer if you鈥檙e able to. 67 days.

And if you think Trump winning can be solved by a Glorious Revolution 鈩, be aware that the number of at-risk people- the poor and the disabled- are going to die in MUCH, MUCH higher numbers than the 1% you imagine you might get to see guillotined.

In fact, those people are going suffer horrible if Trump wins, period, whether or not聽 any form of your fantasy revolution follows.

Save some lives. Fucking vote. And if someone tries to tell you that the parties are the same, that Biden presidency is going to be equally fascist as Trump, please take a moment to review the ACTUAL stated platform that Biden is backing, and realize that anyone pushing the 鈥渄on鈥檛 bother to vote, there鈥檚 no difference!鈥 is either a child parroting what they鈥檝e heard others say, a moron, or someone who benefits from ensuring that Trump stays in office.

DON鈥橳. FALL. FOR. IT.

I KEEP SEEING PEOPLE PLANNING TO THROW THEIR VOTES AWAY. YOU ARE SPELLING YOUR OWN DOOM.

AMERICA IS FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF NAZI GERMANY. EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING THE SAME WAY.

REMEMBER THE VOTE YOU TOSSED ASIDE IN THE NAME OF IDEALISM. REMEMBER YOUR INACTION WHEN AMERICA BECOMES A DICTATORSHIP.

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ridragon12 hours agoText

simonalkenmayer:

lynati:

Also? You can both vote AND take direct action? It’s not like you have to pick one or the other.

Vote, because it might be all that you need to do locally to get the change you want- which if it does, will free up your resources to help those in areas where it *isn’t* enough.

Even in areas where voter suppression is high, still go vote, because they aren’t suppressing every single vote, and YOURS might be one that gets counted. In some places, they’re only set up to fuck with the numbers up to a certain percentage, so if MORE than that percentage shows up to vote, they’re stuck with the result.

sydney-empire:

A trend I鈥檝e been seeing among non-voters is that聽鈥渄irect action鈥 is more important than voting, but more often than not, the people who make these claims don鈥檛 even partake in any form of direct action.

funkypinkflamingo:

theonqueerjoy:

Instead of guilting young people into community action and making voting seem almost useless, how bout we share some resources about how to vote and overwhelmingly encourage doing so as soon as possible, hm?

If you’re not sure where to start with voting this year - either bc it’s your first time or bc you usually vote on E-Day in person and now that may be an option, or bc you’re intimidated by structural barriers - here’s a good place to start:

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/how-to-vote-2020/

mizoguchi:

pettydavis:

so when trump decides to cancel the election altogether what are you liberal heauxes gonna do??? vote to turn it back on????

How To Vote In The 2020 Election

A bit sus how a bunch of posts have been popping up lately targeted towards young liberal people about how voting is useless 馃槼

If you do nothing but spew anarchist bullshit, then you鈥檙e not helping anyone. If you actually care about the state of our country, should AT THE VERY LEAST vote. It鈥檚 common sense.

Don’t make it easy for them to steal the election by staying home on election day. Hell, if you’re voting by mail-in ballot, you don’t even have to leave home in order to make them deal with your vote!

Always question the information coming into your brain. Ask, could there be another rreason?

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drferox:

@ridragon said to @ask-drferox: Is it rude to talk about multiple things during one visit? 聽My mom seems very set in the idea that we can only talk about one issue per visit if we鈥檙e visiting due to issues. 聽For example, my dog is having some acid reflux issues, but she also has a bit of a limp, but my mom is adamant that we only talk about the acid reflux for now so as not to 鈥渙verload the vet鈥 and so that recourses are being focused on one issue at a time. 聽What鈥檚 your take on this?

My preference is that if the animal has multiple issues, it鈥檚 mentioned at the time of booking in, though I do understand sometimes things pop up at short notice so it wont always happen.

If there are multiple issues, I鈥檇 actually prefer to know about all of them at the same time, because:

  • I don鈥檛 know when that pet will return to the clinic for another visit
  • Leaving something untreated may be a welfare issue and the owner might not prioritize them in the order I would
  • I might be able to choose medications that treat both issues
  • Medication to treat one issue may worsen the second

We鈥檙e used to treating the whole patient, not just one problem at a time. It鈥檚 nicer for us to know all the problems at the time of booking, especially for home visits where we might otherwise not bring anything.

What is rude is booking one patient and then bringing a whole second pet they expect us to look at as well in one pet鈥檚 appointment.

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unregisteredcat:

Did a small #tutorial for class on 鈥淗ow to Improve Storytelling in Panel Layouts鈥! Thought it might help some peepz around here!

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ridragon2 days agoText

Where are all the republicans who are anti censorship now that the ‘president’ is banning any apps he doesn’t like.

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morthils:

john-please-dont-be-a-bitch:

mellowstarscape:

morthils:

morthils:

i do think that unnecessarily聽bolding and CAPITALIZING and italicizing words is hilarious BUT furthermore i鈥檝e found that with my ADHD it makes it easier to read large blocks of text for whatever reason. it feels like giving my brain something to hold onto, as opposed to those slippery unenhanced blocks of text that i just get lost in.

is this just me? bc it feels like an adhd thing here鈥檚 a slippery version for contrast

i do think that unnecessarily bolding and capitalizing and italicizing words is hilarious but furthermore i鈥檝e found that with my adhd it makes it easier to read large blocks of text for whatever reason. it feels like giving my brain something to hold onto, as opposed to those slippery unenhanced blocks of text that i just get lost in.

first one?

beautiful.

second one?聽

incomprehensible, uncouth, eloped with my youngest sister Helen in the night,

You seem to find it easier to read BLOCKS OF TEXT which are EMPHASIZED in KEY LOCATIONS. This habit likely stems from an UNKNOWN ELEMENT of your PAST, of which you have VAGUE MEMORIES.

hi please do not say that thanks聽

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masochist-incarnate:

bluecrysto-blog:

amis-amai:

ilikeyoshi:

dickbuttofficial:

killbenedictcumberbatch:

carry-on-my-wayward-butt:

carry-on-my-wayward-butt:

windows 10 is garbage so every time i boot up the computer i have to run command prompt and enter

net.exe stop 鈥淲indows Search鈥

so that the shitty goddamned search/cortana feature that i never fucking use stops running in the background taking up all my fucking disk space

before

after

what the fuck is that seriously what the fuck is making my computer be a fucking piece of shit

@baristaboy try this out dude

@lambylin

y鈥檃ll didn鈥檛 even add a tutorial of how to do this so imma put one right here

1. type in cmd.exe into your windows search and right click on Command Promt search result and select聽鈥淩un as Administator鈥.
2. Type/Copypase in聽 net.exe stop 鈥淲indows Search鈥 and make sure Windows Search is in quotations. It should then respond saying聽鈥淭he Windows Search service is stopping鈥 and then tell you it鈥檚 stopped.

This is only a temp fix though, if you want it switched off permanently then do THIS:

1. 聽Press the Windows key + R at the same time and type in services.msc.
2. 聽Scroll until you find Windows Search and聽double click it to enter its Properties window.
3. 聽Change the Startup type to Disabled. Apply this change and you can exit out.

VOILA, NO MORE TAKEN UP DISK SPACE

Reblog to save a fucking life, FUCK CORTANA.

Yo this sick nasty

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