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whipskid wrote (edited )

Getting sick of the city and all of its horrible concrete. It's so obviously unsustainable. Most of urban area is used just to park cars or is ugly dead-space designated for going vroom zoom fast through. Where the hell are all these people going? To the next shopping mall? This place was not made for humans.

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CameronNemo wrote

Dead space is such a good way to put it.

Made by humans for their one true god, capital.

I think a lot of people drive because walking or biking can only take you so far, and the landscape of the city is so mundane and repetitive. Driving helps people escape the monotony and find new places. People were not meant to live sedentary lifestyle in my opinion.

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whipskid wrote (edited )

You gain no satisfaction from all the space that is being so generously turned over to your use. You do not actually use the space even though you prevent us from using it, all you do is try to mitigate it by passing through it as quick as possible. As far as you are concerned you are never really in it at all, you just watch it go by, a boring television program projected onto your windscreen.

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CameronNemo wrote

Sure. But people who drive a lot seem to be preoccupied with the destiny rather than enjoying the journey.

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whipskid wrote (edited )

But the car can only take you where the car has already been. You mentioned the mundane repetiveness of city landscapes. As more people have cars, the more similar everywhere becomes.

Ironically the machine sold on its ability to cover distances creates as much distance as it traverses. As more money is spent by motorists, the more places become out of reach by those who do not have cars. And what's left in between? More unsafe, empty, hateful streets you wish you did not have to drive through, more obstacles (other road users) and intersections you wish would get out of your way. Its no wonder people tend to daydream about the destination or "what's next?" while on the road. The actual experience of driving is depressing.

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snack wrote

started this new hobby in march where i take pictures of plants or animals i don't know while i'm on walks and later try to identify them at home - it's a lot of fun!
Today my favourite was a dope little bug that i've never consciously seen before, saw a shit-ton of them and now i know its name and some random facts! Also saw a cute caterpillar, don't know what it is yet though, there's too many similar looking ones. The way they move is just too precious, i could watch them forever.
I want to do ants next, but they're a little harder to identify, i guess i'll have to do some reading on them first.
also i'd like to keep some sort of a journal to document what i've seen and make lists of what i want to see (insect bingo). does anyone have a software suggestion? tipps and/or resources for plant/insect/spider identification are also very welcome, because i'm no biologist and don't really have any idea what i'm doing, besides having fun.

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CameronNemo wrote (edited )

I like to use inaturalist.

I recently found a leaf footed plant bug while collecting pine nuts.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptoglossus_zonatus

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snack wrote

Inaturalist seems cool, thanks for the recommendation! What do you do on it, do you use it regularly?

That bug! Those hind-legs! WHAAT? So pretty! And the back too! The markings look really cool, especially on the pictures of the swedish/german versions of the article you sent.

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CameronNemo wrote

I post to inaturalist. Pictures of plants, some bugs and birds. They can help you identify species or less specific taxonomy.

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lastfutures wrote (edited )

Discourse free summer has begun! Nothing like a little no kink at pride discourse to kick off a long break from these dipshits. Everyone around me is vaccinated now, nothing but lying in the sun reading books and slutting it up from here on out!

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Quicksilver wrote

Yeah, I've been keeping a pulse on the whole discourse. The whole "think of the children" is bland, and boring, and old. I get more miffed by the respectability politics angle. Like, no Derek, most homophobes won't change their ways if they see us walking down a street in 3 piece suits rather than a Speedo or in a pup hood.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

What do people mean when they say discourse?

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Quicksilver wrote

When folks say "discourse", I see it as a generalized term for all the popular/controversial conversations surrounding a topic.

So, for example, the current pride discourse is on whether kink should be allowed at pride, which relates to whether kids being exposed to implicit/explicit sexual content, consent around seeing sexualized things in public places, the pink washing a commodification of queer liberation, the evolution of pride and how transgressive it should be, and ultimately, what pride is and should be.

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CameronNemo wrote

Nothing like a little no kink at pride discourse to kick off a long break from these dipshits.

What happened?

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lastfutures wrote (edited )

It's been all over anarchist / leftist twitter the last week. The usual "but what if the children see leather or some tits" homophobic bullshit from assimilationist conservative gays & lefties.

Part of my exasperation with it is that it's a parade for banks and politicians these days anyway, there's nothing even remotely transgressive about it. Two sides fighting about a thing that doesn't even exist

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Ennui wrote

A bunch of people who think the best way to prevent sex-related problems is to hide every reference to sex. You'd think liberals would be more interested in "discussion".

I think the libs need to see a few more cocks in tight spandex.

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lastfutures wrote

It's really about queer sexuality tho, it's not like this same people are complaining about all the straight sexuality constantly on display.

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zoom_zip wrote

that’s not even homophobic, it’s just repressed people who are scared of sex and naked bodies

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CameronNemo wrote

Parents have left the house for the weekend. I'm sort of glad to have some peace. But also will feel a bit lonely.

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NOISEBOB wrote

I didn't fucking ask to wake up at 04:00 today. Arghh...

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Quicksilver wrote

I've been "blessed" with a lot of hours at work this week, plus being put on nights next week (even though I've made it clear I don't do well on nights, but oh well), and all people are saying to me about it is "Oh, but think of the money"!

This phrase is killing me at the moment. Like, not only am I not motivated by money in that way, but I'd honestly rather be lazing about at home. I had someone be like "well, be motivated by what you can spend it on", and yeah, while I get that, and do have one or two big things I could probably get behind, I'd rather not do 60 hours a week for it (especially since during my interview and at the start of my job, I asked for about a 36 hour week and they seemed fine with that then.)

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lastfutures wrote (edited )

Yeah I've always refused extra hours, I'm always the person who'll volunteer to leave early or take days off. I'll never understand the people who love all the extra hours when they don't NEED - like can't pay the rent or eat need - the money. Maybe I just have a problem with delayed gratification tho.

It's like, I can't use the money to buy more time off later and not working is what I want so

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Tequila_Wolf wrote (edited )

Anybody have a non-random method for coming up with pseudonyms?

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lastfutures wrote (edited )

I look at my bookshelf and pick something there. An obscure character name, a word, etc.

I don't really like my handle on here and don't it use other places, but it's the title of some boring leftist book on architecture.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

The bookshelf method is good and is one I use often, in conjunction with another - distant family member names tranformed into equivalents in other languages.

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moonlune wrote

I remember an author I liked got his pen name because he saw 12 hawks circling a dead caracss or something while walking around in the wilderness. (John twelve hawks)

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Kinshavo wrote

If you are thinking about opsec I think it is better to stay with some sort of randomization to avoid any inherent bias we may have.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Nah I'm fucked if anybody tries to get at me, I just don't want people to be able to google search the author of articles I write and come up with my actual identity.

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mofongo OP wrote

You can use common names, or combination of common names. However, I have an affinity for joke names, like Jorge Nitales, Kiero Guerra, Anónimo Rodríguez.

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mofongo OP wrote (edited )

Younger me used the name of literature characters, but older me is finding joy in alliterative names.

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zoom_zip wrote

i go back to this track by marconi union quite a lot when i feel like i need to rebalance myself and find some quiet: https://yewtu.be/UfcAVejslrU

there’s some bullshit about it being ‘designed’ to be relaxing or meditative in some way. ‘designed’ to slow the listener’s heart rate.

shrug.

it is relaxing though.

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