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If life is a river:

- you can't push the current.
- we need our meanders.
- don't build on your mental flood plains.

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I guess I should introduce myself as well. I am a geek, free range philosopher and occasional coder who lives in the North West of the UK. I am not sure how to describe my interests, but it seems to involve thinking a lot, which is generally something I like to do. Sometimes I even like to talk to people, which is what I am doing here. ;-)

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There are 2 kinds of people in the world; those who need closure,

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All I can do is kindly ask that if you are inviting people to Mastodon on other social media, Telegram groups or whatever else, please please use the joinmastodon.org page instead of linking to mastodon.social specifically. Thank you

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TIL:

The word quarantine comes from quarantena, meaning "forty days", designating the period that all ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death plague epidemic.

It followed the trentino, a thirty-day isolation period.

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Housebound advice from a long-term housebound person, boosts ok 

I'm going to post a long thread on how to cope better if you're stuck indoors at the moment. I've been housebound by disability for a long while now, and sporadically housebound due to depression and agoraphobia before that. These are things that have improved how I deal with that. This is not gonna make houseboundness painless for you but it might help you cope. Disabled comrades are welcome to share their own advice to this thread.

Is there such a thing as a piece of software that will analyse your past activity on Mastodon and tell you who you spend the most time talking to and who you favourite the most? The results could be displayed in a form that makes it easy for you to make the decisions yourself that would be made by an algorithm on another network? I think such a thing could be useful. It could just be a table of stats sortable by column with links that would let you go straight to someone's profile.

Shopping expedition complete. Protocol observed. Only minor breaches in joint system integrity. Have returned to base. Base entry procedure complete. Now preparing for post expedition defragmentation.

Do any german residents have any ideas or information on why the death rate from COVID-19 is so much lower than in other countries? See e.g. nytimes.com/aponline/2020/03/0 . One idea is because they are testing many more people, their results are closer to the true death rate than has been found by other countries (which could be reassuring). Also it could be because the health care system is better? <Posting from the UK>

I think this is something that happens all the time in the political world, for example when migrants are blamed for the problems of a host society. However when I did a google search on 'projective identification in politics' I found very few relevant results, which I guess means either that people aren't making the connection, or that Google isn't as good as you might think at finding what you're looking for.

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Projective identification - how unwanted parts of others can become lodged in our own psyches, and vice versa. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projec

A friend of mine did this video which is raising awareness about Extinction Rebellion and climate change.

youtu.be/JBLsGfMzsRE

Testing the UV fluorescent properties of Indian tonic water for a lighting project I am working on. The right hand glass is plain tonic water, the left hand one is a concentrate used in fizzy drink machines. It's the quinine that fluoresces.

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@highfellow yes. This quote particularly, for me, points to a way forward. Whatever form of engagement we use to try to talk left-wing identitarians down off ledges, might also work for right-leaning identitarians. Because in both cases, like a trapped animal chewing off its own leg, the self-defeating outrage is a desperate needs to escape suffering. A toxic dynamic to which none of us are entirely immune:
thenewinquiry.com/the-stifling

The interesting thing is that "Most carbon in the soil is lost as greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide, CO2) into the atmosphere if natural ecosystems are converted to agricultural land. Soils contain 3.3 times more carbon than the atmosphere and 4.5 times more than plants and animals on earth (1). This makes soils an important source of greenhouse gases but also a potential sink if right management is applied."

I.e. biochar and changes in land use could make a big difference to atmospheric CO2.

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A site about using biochar as a means of carbon sequestration. Roughly speaking, you grow trees which capture carbon from the atmosphere, and make charcoal from them which you then add to the soil which removes the carbon from the atmosphere for a significant period as well as increasing soil fertility by helping trap nutrients in the soil structure. There are areas in the Amazon where Terra Preta soils made in this way still exist after possibly hundreds of years. biochar.org/joomla/

An interesting piece on escaping the 'tyranny of the shoulds' (first article in this longer PDF.)

csinfo.ca/bulletin/Bulletin_44

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"We have decoded the radiosignal we detected, from thirty lightyears away."
"Already? What does it say?"
"It says 'Our leaders are vain and corrupt'."
"Huh. Some things are universal, eh?"
"Originally sent from Earth sixty years ago."
"From here?"
"Amplified and reflected back."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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