*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’ve been doing a lot of introspecting and im just going to say it: i made you a cookie but i eated it, and
-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-
Wait so if the rule is if you use a death note the shinigami who owned it then is responsible for writing your name down in their death note, what would… What would happen if you wrote your own name??
@elegantvamp Do you have examples?
“Useful” 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’s 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 “which species can be safely removed from the equation“ really is Russian roulette; even if you think you know the full extent of a species’ role in an ecosystem, there are almost certainly links that are misunderstood or haven’t even been discovered yet. Things that haven’t been important to us before may easily become critical to our survival in the future. We’ve 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.
I’d love to hear more from the perspective of a programmer about this!
Nature education is a complete disaster in so many ways—it’s good at getting people to care about “nature” in an individual, hands-on way, but ecologically it’s a failure.
It’s 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—don’t get me wrong, it’s 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’t 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.
talking about species that are “useful to humans”—as opposed to species that are not—is like calling a steering wheel “useful to driving” because it’s 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’t great, because it’s not a tower and you can’t take things off the top without affecting the base…
That’s 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.
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.
an important thread. be worried. be scared. make sure you’re prepared to vote, and volunteer if you’re able to. 67 days.
And if you think Trump winning can be solved by a Glorious Revolution ™, 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 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 “don’t bother to vote, there’s no difference!” is either a child parroting what they’ve heard others say, a moron, or someone who benefits from ensuring that Trump stays in office.
DON’T. 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.
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.
A trend I’ve been seeing among non-voters is that “direct action” is more important than voting, but more often than not, the people who make these claims don’t even partake in any form of direct action.
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:
so when trump decides to cancel the election altogether what are you liberal heauxes gonna do??? vote to turn it back on????
A bit sus how a bunch of posts have been popping up lately targeted towards young liberal people about how voting is useless 😳
If you do nothing but spew anarchist bullshit, then you’re not helping anyone. If you actually care about the state of our country, should AT THE VERY LEAST vote. It’s 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?
@ridragon said to @ask-drferox: Is it rude to talk about multiple things during one visit? My mom seems very set in the idea that we can only talk about one issue per visit if we’re visiting due to issues. 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 “overload the vet” and so that recourses are being focused on one issue at a time. What’s your take on this?
My preference is that if the animal has multiple issues, it’s 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’d actually prefer to know about all of them at the same time, because:
- I don’t 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’re used to treating the whole patient, not just one problem at a time. It’s 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’s appointment.
Anyone else legitimately considering commiting die if president fascism wins another term
Where are all the republicans who are anti censorship now that the ‘president’ is banning any apps he doesn’t like.
i do think that unnecessarily bolding and CAPITALIZING and italicizing words is hilarious BUT furthermore i’ve 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’s a slippery version for contrast
i do think that unnecessarily bolding and capitalizing and italicizing words is hilarious but furthermore i’ve 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.
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