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Being something shouldn't be reduced to simply not being the opposite of it.

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Friendly, joking, we-all-know-we’re-kidding style “light” bullying sucks. Sorry. It’s a shitty way to interact with friends. It’s hurting someone in the group more than you or they know.

I got a lot of that from my friends in high school, and I swore up and down I didn’t mind, but it fucked me up. It taught me that to be close to people I had to accept mistreatment and I am only really figuring out just how much that got in my head now that I’m almost 40.

Be nice to each other. Nice is good.

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Interested how animals look in infrared photography? Two of my friend's cats were nice enough to assist.
Light intensity seems to be key. Personally I prefer the almost natural look achievable with indirekt light. #caturday #infrared #photography

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even those books, blog posts, and wiki articles we've read to learn are messages from other people, just separated in time. there is no such thing as bootstrapping from nothing alone. to be a person is to be dependent on other people. if you refuse to participate then why should anyone care what you create

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It's important not to assume that sets of beliefs always go together just because loud people want them to

By way of example, my in-laws are generally pretty conservative: they're deeply Christian, are anti-abortion, pro-military, etc.

They also openly support queer and trans rights, are pro-union, believe anyone who is willing to work should be guaranteed a decent life (even if they're unable to work), had an hour-long conversation with me yesterday about how billionaires can only exist by exploiting labor, and think all the anti-mask/anti-vaxx people are colossal assholes

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Fuck Proprietary Skills

People don't learn how to program, but learn how to S3 or EC2, people don't learn how to illustrate but how to Photoshop, or how to C4D. "Oh, I couldn't possibly make music without Ableton.." This is sad.

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Intuition is simply a way to communicate a thought or idea with yourself. Usually by way of mental modeling.

If something is intuitive to you, you have been primed genetically or environmentally to understand it or someone has effectively communicated the intuition to you.

Developing an intuition is often seen as a sign of fuller or deep understanding which is not always the case.

Intuition is a model, a map, you understand the model but the model is not the real world.

Sometimes, small actions from some people may speak volumes about them.

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