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Hi, I'm Geoff (he/him or she/her). I am an old. I was @giltay@mastodon.social for 5 years.

Je suis anglo, je ne parle pas très bien le français, mais je peux suivre une conversation si tu pouettes lentement.

I write for a living for a certain large charity for blind people in Canada.

I recently moved to Owen Sound (Anishinaabe territory), after living my whole life in Toronto.

I take photos. Often photos of cats. flickr.com/photos/giltay/album

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Last year I used: Contact, The 3 Body Problem, To be Taught if Fortunate, Old Man's War, Rendezvous with Rama, The Andromeda Strain, Alien, Project Hail Mary, The Sparrow, Leviathan Wakes, The Expanse, Arrival.

But this year I have twice as many students in the class so I need more options.

What are other works of sci-fi (books/movies/TV) that you love that have well-thought-out aliens?

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Good start on letting people out of prison who were put there for fucked up reasons. Let this be a reminder that those in power can just let people out, and they actively choose not to.

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"Trustless" systems are like "serverless" platforms: Trust is still required but pushed out of sight and forgotten until it disappears or fails catastrophically.

Here's the fish ladder itself, seen from above, with some salmon gamely trying to climb it to reach the spawning beds up the Sydenham River. youtube.com/watch?v=Ql3FAIDCe2

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Went to the Mill Dam to watch the salmon. This one had some trouble finding the fish ladder.

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RIP, country music 

Country legend Loretta Lynn has passed away at 90: aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/4/b

The song she's best known for is "Coal Miner's Daughter", but this is one of my favourites, and it's more relevant than ever: youtube.com/watch?v=5DcdONaKSQ

#news #RIP #LorettaLynn 🐘

local politics (Owen Sound), typography, Toronto politics mention 

Rather weirded out by the use of the TTC subway font in the incumbent mayor of Owen Sound's election sign. Just makes me think about how awful transit is here.

(He stood near me during the Truth and Reconciliation ceremony on Friday. Boy did I ever get dimestore John Tory vibes from him.)

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October is Blindness Awareness Month, AMA! Fun facts to start:

93% of people with sight loss have some level of sight, even if it's just telling the difference between light and dark.

Braille users are pretty rare (I've heard different percentages but all in single digits) so don't think slapping Braille on everything means you're done with accessibility.

We tend to be very poor. 75% of working-age blind people in the UK don't have jobs. People think being blind means we can't do most things.

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"if i replace all the words, is it really plagiarism?"

this argument is known as the ship of thesaurus

Star Trek: Voyager 

What's Scott Thompson doing in this cishettest of cishet Trek episodes?

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hauled out the binoculars to look at jupiter, and yup, it's jupiting

Hiked up to the Bruce Trail, which gave some nice views off the Escarpment (after I surprised pair of turkey vultures). Saw some cool fungus. Got to Jones Falls and stuck my phone in it.

Had some time off today, so I took a hike to Jones Falls. As I was leaving town, I saw some wild turkeys by the road. I pulled out my camera and changed to the telephoto lens and took some pictures, but none came out very well. I didn't get any picture at all of the one that flew* across the street**, sadly.

*First punchline: "As God is my witness..."

**Second punchline: "To get to the other side."

So DuckDuckGo has started including results that have nothing to do with my searches and are all to do with my location. Like, I'm looking up how to do VST plugins on Linux, and it's showing me a link to a local drugstore at the end of the first page.

I assume this is Bing doing it. Is there a way to disable it without signing up for a Microsoft account?

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The balance is on each side of the line, not necessarily equal throughout. So if you cut at an angle to it, that might not work either....

also, this is per my doctor checking the pill and telling me about the scoring and what that means.

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TIL something important about pill cutting. The scoring on a pill, that line down the middle, isn’t just for helping you cut right.

It’s also an assertion that the pill is BALANCED. So I can’t cut one of my pills because it’s not scored and it might be balanced 60/40 or 75/25 or even 90/10.

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Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelle que soit votre langue.

A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.