existential1

Reply to comment by existential1 in Just made /f/ElderScrolls by Grace

existential1 wrote

To be honest there are a lot of class, race (species), and gender conflicts in the game that you can catch wind of via dialogue, in-game books, and some quests. There are also very strong religious critiques in the game. Some about the limits of faith, but also about pantheistic existences and maintaining "ethnically distinct" religions in the context of a colonizer.

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Reply to comment by existential1 in Friday Lockdown Talk! by Tequila_Wolf

existential1 wrote

Idk how short you want your hair, but I've literally gone to a barber maybe 1x in my life. Get some clippers...put the guard on the length you want...cut your entire head in every direction to make sure it's even. Real simple if you don't mind short hair. I actually don't use a guard so my hair is always bald/stubble.

But if you're using scissors, I can't help you at all. Ignore everything you just read. Lol.

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existential1 wrote (edited )

I'm struggling a bit mentally now that LA is having what was expected, mass cases among the homeless population. If he's still alive, my father would be one of those people with a lot of issues that would make him quite vulnerable.

And I keep going back-and-forth about if I should be playing video games or just working in my garden and seed-production area so I can have lots of seedlings to give people in 20 days or so. Battling a bit of escapism and practical things I can be doing in the here-and-now.

Also been reading this collection of afro-anarchists I made a week or so ago: https://raddle.me/f/books/108084/i-made-a-collection-of-all-of-the-anarchist-s-library-s

I'm 80% through it. It has been really good, but it also really makes me critique the idea that anything people hold dearly can be abolished. Like, people wanting to abolish gender or abolish race while still holding their gender & race identities as things worth preserving.

Framed through the model given by Dr. Ibram X Kendi as it relates to race, there are 1. racist ideas 2. assimilationist ideas and 3. anti-racist ideas. And it really seems like a lot of people calling themselves abolitionists or "critical" or whatever are actually assimilationist. For to truly abolish something in a material sense and in your mind, it needs to cease to exist. That goes for a lot of black liberation people as well. You can't be a liberated black person if you're a black person. Intrinsic to the term "black person" is the relation it has to non-black people.

Anyways, a lot going on, obviously.

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existential1 OP wrote

I have friends who are port workers and a couple others that are partners in a port-tech startup. They've been saying the supply chain is already showing very real signs of slowdown. Don't be surprised when companies can't fill orders anymore. Not of everything, but certainly of some things. Food manufacturers will start missing essential items and then grocery stores might only have basic essentials for making stuff but not the "ready-made" foods.

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existential1 OP wrote

It makes you wonder how well people will take the opportunity to build networks digitally that can translate to in-person when the time is right.

For instance, you see the shitty political parties and ngo's use mass-texts to "mobilize" people to write legislators or vote...but we don't use similar things locally to boycott or show support for labor discrimination disputes.

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existential1 OP wrote

To be honest, I've been using the extra time at home to live out my food sovereignty dreams. I've planted hundred of seeds and have a bunch give away in proper containers.

I'm now working with some folks to organize single-person plantings on other peoples property to keep up with the sovial distancing requirement.

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existential1 OP wrote

The way you said that right now makes me think about how in some other places folks can strike or do movements against other types of shit cuz they have that basic level of basic safety net. Then in places way worse than the US there isn't shit to depend on so you really have nothing to lose.

Just how ppl in different places all want to move more towards anarchy but have different jump-off points based on their society.

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existential1 wrote

It does grow a new version of the plant. I am fairly strongly against the practice of cloning food or food-producing organisms for more than just scientific reasons, so I don't profess to be neutral on the subject. That being said, I find the idea that we don't allow organisms to evolve with the systems around them and instead try to change the environment to match a decades-old clone instead to be unconscionable.

So the trees I have produce really good fruit, but they aren't gigantic like what you find in the store. But neither were the fruits for thousands or hundreds of thousands of years before "domestication". I dont see plant domestication very different than human colonization. One type of theing trying to dominate another for its own betterment at the cost of the well being of the oppressed.

If someone has the perspective that they want exactly some type cultivar of some type of tree, I feel that it is one of the most insidious types of selfishness humans propagate on a day-to-day basis. So it is true that u need a graft to make a clone, but a lot of people really believe you don't get palatable food from "wild" trees and never question why it is they believe that to be the case.

Again, I'm very bias in this domain. Lol.

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existential1 wrote

Yeah. I like to experiment with local fruit seeds. I'm sure there are things where you're at I couldn't grow too.

The best thing about trying fruit seeds is using different techniques. This time, I cracked the seed hulls and soaked the seeds for like 6 hrs, then planted them in 16oz plastic containers with dirt/compost from my yard (with tape around the bottom half of the container to block-out light), put em in the windowsill, and voila.

People always say you can't grow fruit trees from seed (so use grafts) or that you need to stick em in the freezer/fridge for x-amount of months for this or that process...but people are full of shit. lol.

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