Armistice Day was meant to commemorate the millions of victims throughout WWI, and to mourn the needless loss of life and horror that war causes. But America, being a country built on war, transformed it into Veterans Day.

Veterans Day celebrates those who wage war as heroes, glorifying them and encouraging people to make martyrs of themselves. it presents dying on the battlefield as a noble and necessary thing.

Armistice Day celebrated peace.

Veterans Day celebrates war.

Using the modern web doesn't feel empowering. It feels immensely frustrating.

The web is barely usable without ad-blocking. Pages take an age to load and the content jumps around as more ads download and display. Also the ads are spying on you.

The entire JS ecosystem is dependency hell and sometimes you have to download massive JS files just to view a web page. The JS is probably also spying on you.

Worse still, JS is also probably why the Back button doesn't work properly on so many sites.

Scott draws a distinction between two groups described from the POV of agriculturalist states…

Barbarians: hostile pastoralists who could threaten the state militarily

and

Savages: hunter-gatherer bands not amenable to the civilizing influence of the state.

“When Aristotle wrote of skates as tools, one imagines that he had in mind ‘savages’ and not all barbarians (for example, Persians).” (221)

I’m not so sure about that.

I am so proud of myself! This is the 6th weekend in a row I have written a chapter of my novel, THE GENOCIDE DRAFT. The chapters are short, between 1000 and 2000 words, but it's still a struggle to find time to write around my and running a household with my husband.

It's the re-write of a novel I wrote a couple of years ago, and I'm excited that since my marriage I've acquired the scientific background to make a novel really shine.

wattpad.com/story/162439377-th

I have purchased holiday decorations for the first time in my life. On the one hand, I am excited, and on the other, I am horrified by the expense.

SCIENCE TIME :ad:

so there's this website called earth.nullschool.net/
and it's fucking awesome. you can check live maps of weather, wind, temperature, ocean, chemical, and particle data collected by our satellites. It looks amazing too, I've seen a lot of hurricanes develop and run their course in real time, or keep tabs on air pollution caused by forest fires. Check it out, it's free and badass.

It's taken 10 months, but I now have a more vibrant and interesting network of people than I ever had on Twitter. I'm regularly getting to see things I would not have seen over there.

Which is just confirmation that building a social group *anywhere* (online or offline) takes effort, patience, and often humility. We can't just move from one place to another and expect to keep what we had (again, applies online and offline).

For me, it's been worth the price.

#SundayMusing #reflections

@rbe_expert I mean, he's willing to do it, and does if he's the last one out of bed, but he does so much around the house that the least I can do is make the bed after I'm done with it if I take a middle of the day nap and mess up the nice job he did of making it, since he likes the bed neat when we go to bed at night. Same as how if he's the last one to eat dinner, he puts the dishes away and doesn't leave them out for me.

I love how the textbook History Alive! Textbook I'm required to teach from tries to pretend that Egypt isn't in Africa by saying that after Kush regained its independence it "returned to its African roots." Like on the one hand, it acknowledges that Egypt is in Africa, but on the other, it's definitely trying to act like Egypt isn't "African."

For some definitions of "love" at least.

So the first two official communications of the US congress and the President are actually Madison talking to himself.

@InspectorCaracal @gargron
scientists ca 1800: "space is filled with an ether, a mysterious fluid that transmits waves of light"
scientists ca 1900: "bullshit, it's empty, light is a different kind of wave"
scientists ca 1950: "well, it's filled with fields that can transmit stuff, but they're virtual"
scientists ca 2000: "space is a lot like a fluid actually"

Interesting bit of...what would you call it...trivia? History?

How the Sears Catalog Undermined White Supremacy in the Jim Crow South: kottke.org/18/10/how-the-sears

just remembered by philosophy and classics professor made a card game where you compete to shape early Christian doctrine and I unironically wanna play that shit

I really dislike days when I'm so mentally fried after work that I feel required to take a multi-hour nap. Not least of which because then I have to make the bed before my husband gets home, because he has a thing about his corner getting untucked :<

I am pretty excited to have just posted chapter 4 of my novel The Genocide Draft, about how a genetically engineered sniper deals with a robot uprising that forces him and his fellow GeneEs to flee a hostile Earth. On a virgin planet with no internet, no coffee, and no guns, he'll face his hardest assignment yet: keeping brave -- but unenhanced -- Meghana Davies alive long enough to woo her.

wattpad.com/story/162439377-th

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@seldo My husband (a computer engineer) getting grumpy about this exact issue is why my new SF book specifically calls them "learned machines."

I explained it in my author's notes as:

Computer engineers are mostly referring to programs that use "machine learning" and science fiction authors are mostly referring to "non-biological persons."

wattpad.com/638495041-the-geno

Can people who play(ed) a tooty instrument in real life (trumpet, trombone, French horn, etc) make themselves known, please?
I feel like there's an unusually high amout of real tooters on Mastodon.

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