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Reply to comment by fortmis in Friday Free Talk by ziq

Multiple modes. Ultimately several hundred km on foot, a few thousand via the road, and a relatively short flight to cross a large body of water.

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Bird wrote

Reply to Friday Free Talk by ziq

Just finished an over 8000 kilometer journey to a very large city only somewhat by choice. Will be here a few weeks helping a family member move in then I get to make the return trip alone.

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Unfortunately the internet how people have come to expect it requires so much interconnection and compatibility that centralization becomes seemingly inevitable. And at the scale, and global importance that the internet is, it's much easier to have a single large primary organization to manage it rather than have everyone fight over standards, and at that point why not base it in one of the most economically powerful countries. Is this at times a problem? Yes, things like piracy sites and the like are frequently delisted. Currently there aren't really any "real" internet alternatives and what ones that kinda exist are mostly hosted by other governments so ultimately aren't any better. Could you bring back things like the BBS's of yore or have some digital mode ham communications that aren't under any sort of worldwide central oversight? Sure but the problem is that if you want lots of computers to connect to it to contribute and it have any semblance of speed you need large networking machinery to route it and then you are back to centralization that if big enough an agency of some flavor will want to come and legislate. Ultimately (in my narrow opinion) without a revolution in how communication is performed there isn't much you can do against how things are and most of the time as uneasy as it can make you feel it generally isn't a problem. Though if you want only small groups, especially in a specific locality, such a thing is much more achievable.

Sorry if this doesn't help clear things up at all, I have a bad habit of only commenting on things while extremely sleep deprived

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I have quite a few things that come up very often in my dreams,

Frequently it's being chase or hunted by someone trying to kill me, almost always a person not an animal, no matter where I go or what I do they keep coming.

Terrible natural disaster happening, sometimes multiple at once, and having to do (insert mundane task here) and save everything I can from being destroyed at the same time

Thinking I've woken up but it just being a continuation of the dream (often nested multiple times)

Weird resistances to things, (like say being able to pick up red hot metal unharmed or fall of a building)

Everything being very well lit but no obvious light sources, such as being outside but no sun in the sky

Killing someone and it being completely out of my own control

Cheddar cheese, no I'm not kidding

Strange impossible technology just accepted as completely normal

Water getting sprayed on my face, be it a hose, the ocean, a spray bottle, a spilled drink, rain, whatever the source it happens a lot

Sometimes all of these things in a single dream.

Probably several more that I can't immediately recall.

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Yeah seems a tad conflict of interest to have an oil shill head climate talks for a nation but I guess it's a good a way as any to clearly show how much they actually care about the climate.

Also just to complain about modern journalism for a second. Why is someone disagreeing with someone "blasting" them? Like a person could say "I think that this is a poor decision given the circumstances" and it would practically be headlined "Person ANNIHILATES opposing viewpoint!"

I'm grumpy, like I know that clickbait and emotions sell but still it seems that even minor public disagreements or negative opinions on things are made as sensationalized as possible.

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Something that I'm frequently reminded of is "You Can't Go Home Again".

I haven't been back to where I was raised for nearly two decades now, and have traveled to hundreds of towns and cities and crossed tens of thousands of kilometers in that time.

I could return to my childhood hometown, even go to my old house, but that place won't be the place I remember. Sure it will superficially match, the streets the layout the location, will all have remained similar enough, but it won't be the same place. The faces that walk the streets will be different, the shops you used to go to a little more run down or replaced entirely, the woods smaller and less wild, the colors somehow duller, the old wonder somehow gone. Even your childhood home almost a ghost, same place sure, but something has changed in a way you cannot place and in that moment it's not your old home anymore, it's alien. Time took it from you, as it did everything else you remember.

But nostalgia, it gives an escape from that, it's those moments in time practically frozen, I would hazard a guess that there is something for everyone, be it a food or a smell or a show ect. that when revisited would bring back a seemingly perfectly clear memory of the distant past and if it's a positive memory it brings comfort, an anchor for a life that no longer exists in the way that it did and can never be like that again.

Sorry for the ramble, it's been a tough few days for me and I'm quite out of it.

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I use a moka pot for my monthlyish coffee, never cared about the caffeine honestly but I quite like the flavor when it's just right. Usually with the right beans and roast and brew, I can just add a tiny drizzle of maple syrup and have a nice flavorful but not at all bitter little cup. Although it's never very consistent as I only have the absolute cheapest blade grinder that exists that I usually use for breaking down dried spices (though the occasional spice residue from cinnamon and the like can impart some nice flavors even if unintentional). I have used the pre boil method for a while as it tends to cut down on the bitter and burnt flavors I'm not super fond of.

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In no particular order, of completely different scales, mixed positiveness, and random likelinesses.

My banana tree should fruit since it'll be the right age for it, excited for that.

I'll probably move somewhere in the middle of nowhere again and disappear from raddle for 6-14 months like I tend to do.

The climate will no doubt continue to degrade unfortunately. And most countries will continue to super duper promise they'll do better while only making token gestures and not holding corporations responsible at all.

There will likely be several instances of severe far right violence across the Americas and Europe

I'll probably have a method of long distance transportation again at some point.

We'll probably find out something else common to modern lifestyles is causing horrible health problems

Bacteriophage trails will hopefully be successful and help fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria

A few new bird species will be discovered

Progress for fusion power will be delayed yet more

I'll plant about 30 to 40 new trees of various flavors, many of them fruiting trees

The support holding the back of the house I'm in up will unceremoniously break and half the building will fall off

I might actually finish a few of my projects instead of just starting new ones

Grow lots of fruit and vegetables, if all goes well and nothing unexpected happens in my life like 40+ kilos potentially

Wild fires in fun new places

Fix my very broken telescope and get some nice planetary views

More covid, and less restrictions to prevent it. Heck maybe a new disease to worry about will crop up.

My local town doing some small rewilding projects

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You literally don't even have a single post or comment before this. Why would you expect to be whitelisted?

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Due to the magic of very old house with a broken furnace and no safely usable fireplaces, I can see my breath inside, and a glass of water froze solid overnight last night next to my bed. Hasn't gotten above freezing once today even indoors. Was literally better off when I was living in a rural cabin. I'm grumpy about this.

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A very unseasonable cold spell is coming this week, almost 30 degrees colder than this time last year and this follows a harsh drought ridden summer, my greenhouse isn't ready for it so I'm having to make some emergency preparations so I don't loose my more sensitive plants.

Frankly this just generally builds on my already quite large feeling of dread on climate change and it's effects on everything, I mean this year has been record breaking in it's unusual temperature swings where I currently am already, and the climate has only just started to really become effected by people and it's only going to get worse until the mechanisms that caused it (I.E. consumerist society and overconsumption) collapse, and of course that realistically I cannot do anything to change it. No matter how I live or what I do hundreds upon thousands of species will go extinct, lost forever. The planets biosphere will be seriously damaged for potentially millions of years. Icecaps will melt, forests will burn, grasslands desertify, large swaths of the ocean could be rendered lifeless graveyards, all for a few dozen years of a subsection of humans getting to live the "good life". That is what scares me.

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Not as bad as many have had (and I've probably had objectively worse but don't think about them as often), but my most memorably unpleasant job was that through a strange set of circumstances I was a preschool teacher for a while. I deeply dislike human children.

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Bird wrote

Reply to Weirdo by ziq

Fuckin weirdo endorsing anarchy, sickening, I would never have thoughts like that. Definitely not at all

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