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'Dr Ruth Vine, the federal government’s deputy chief medical officer for mental health, said the levels of distress in young people, especially anxiety, was “puzzling people around the world”, and that it pre-dated Covid.'

**stares in State of the World**

I never understand why they bother posting things like this on the news section on the switch, I obviously already have one lol

dutch people in 1634 were probably like "bro you just dont understand the tulips will revolutionize the future of finance bro you should invest bro in future all flowers will become tulips trust me"

The local Crimson Rosellas seem to like eating our neighbours roses. Didn't seem to care that much that I was about 4m away checking the mailbox.

Lemme put it to you differently:

The Simpsons didn't predict the future, they predicted that America would never recover from the Reagan administration.

Ok, I now have permission to talk about this project in full and in public. I'm working with Alan Kay to build six replicas* of a Xerox PARC Alto display for use in a museum exhibit**. Visitors will see a real Alto and then walk over to one of the replicas to futz with Smalltalk '78***.
Here's a nice writeup of a different project that rejuvenated an actual Alto.

• the shortstop should be on stilts
• sand traps and water hazards in the outfield
• one player on each team is secretly trying to get the other team to win
• pinch hitting must be done by the team mascot
• if you hit a home run you have to play the rest of the game in a special hat that blows bubbles
• if you hit two home runs you have to play the rest of the game blindfolded, also you're wearing the bubble hat

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Gender surgery, cis reactions (+ve) 

One of the funny things about getting a vulvaplasty is the sheer number of people who are like “remember, wipe front to back!” SO MANY people have told me that, plus it was also written in my hospital discharge instructions 😂

It seems that every cis woman and other natal vulva owner was left to find that out the hard way, and they’re all determined to make sure trans women don’t have to suffer the same fate.

Which, honestly, is really kind of sweet IMO.

US Navy destroyer performs freedom of navigation exercise in Sea of my Ex-Wife - CNN

And now, thanks to Wikipedia, I finally know why "SQL" is pronounced "sequel" and not "ess cu el" and what it's a sequel to:

1. It was really called SEQUEL (Structured English QUery Language), but that word was a trademark so they couldn't use it. Corporate IP law is why all the dodgy "nudge nudge wink wink it is and it isn't pronounced that, no but really..."

2. It was the second version of a language called SQUARE (Specifying Queries in A Relational Environment)

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"popular myth is that people who are Very Computer have computers that work. nothing could be further from the truth. the Very Computer are capable of generating much more novel and fascinating ways to make computers not fucking work and exercise this capability wantonly"


I see NSW is doing its best to ensure that peaceful protest ends up with the same penalties as violent protest.
In unrelated news, incentives influence behaviour and you can often predict systemic outcomes by looking at what the incentive structures are.

being queer around the world, suicide, it's bad 

So let's see. A small incomplete collection of things that happened around the world. That's just for this month.

Someone shot people in front of a queer bar the night before Pride in Oslo.

Hundreds of people who came for banned Pride were arrested in Istanbul, among other places in Turkey.

Japanese court thinks same sex marriage is rightfully illegal.

Calling for the execution of trans people / their allies is a totally normal thing to say for politicians in the US.

Saudi-Arabia bans rainbow colored toys now.

There were again (after the deadly 2015 attack) death threats against Jerusalem Pride.

Queer people in many places still fear to be executed.

Gay scenes are censored in movies shown in China among many other places.

Almost half of queer teenagers in Poland attempt suicide.


No, we are nowhere near queer utopia. I really can't stand most western European pride events and their party attitude "let's celebrate because we made it". Fuck you. We need riots not parties. Here where it is safest to do it.

Seems a number of blockchain users have found themselves with a lot of "technical debt" recently.

adhd, -ve 

The whole system is pretty well designed to be really hard to navigate if you actually have ADHD so imagine how long the wait would be if everyone who needed it could figure this out in less than a year?

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when someone posted a translation of the original japanese line i was convinced but originally: no, i didn't think a female trainer saying "six months ago i was a black belt" necessarily meant "i am trans". it's not because i didn't think trans people deserve rep lmao it's because i didn't think gamefreak would give it to us. just because every Black Belt NPC Trainer is male doesn't mean that they all are in the world

if anything i think that it's a shitty translation that takes away the point of the original to replace it with "i gave up martial arts to go shopping"

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Always seeing "the world's deadliest assassin" in movie trailers gets sort of tiresome. Is it like a batting average? If 100% of the people you've killed are dead, congratulation you're batting a thousand, you get a gold star and you are now the world's deadliest assassin. Well. one of them. There's a bunch apparently. It's not a great metric.

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