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Real-time data show the air in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ is even worse than expected
  • "Since the 1980s, the 85-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that connects New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been known as “Cancer Alley.” The name stems from the fact that the area’s residents have a 95 percent greater chance of developing cancer than the average American."

    What the fuuuuuuuuuck?

  • Have you got any weird questions for the opposite gender?
  • No pressure to watch the video, especially as not everyone enjoys consuming content in that form.

    Anthrocentrism is part of what I mean, especially if we consider that historically, colonialism has had a lot of power to draw the line between who "counts" as fully human or not. A depressingly common motif is the cyclical logic of "this is what we understand human intelligence to be" -> "these people do not have the signifiers of human intelligence that we understand" -> "therefore these people aren't intelligent" -> (those people are less likely to be considered as the general understanding of 'intelligence' expands and evolves).

  • Have you got any weird questions for the opposite gender?
  • "In fact, you're usually hoping it's a vagina goo shart because you can just wipe that out with toilet paper and move on with your day."

    Oh man, this is relatable. Reading this transported me to past situations where I sat uncomfortable and anxious until I could get to a bathroom and check. Solidarity

  • Have you got any weird questions for the opposite gender?
  • I've never used a cup before, but I know for certain, you can't really do that with tampons, because it would be way too dry and eugh, even imagining that is making me shudder. Most women who use tampons know how unpleasant it feels to pull out a dry tampon; I have to be careful near the end of my period not to use a tampon with too high an absorbency if I want to avoid this. I may switch to pads near the end.

    Periods can come without warning though. Some people have a super low flow early on, so they might get more warning (if they go pee and there's a lil blood when they wipe), but also sometimes it's heaviest at the start, which is why many women have embarrassing stories of their period taking them off guard and bleeding through their clothing onto a chair or something. Someone might wear pads if they're expecting their period - you can get lighter absorbency pads that might suit this better. Older women might wear pads like this at other times - my mum occasionally pees a little if she sneezes too hard, so she wears lightweight pads at other times of the month.

    It's easier if you can predict when your period will be. I've never had a regular cycle, and I thought the whole "my period is 2 days late and I'm anxious that this might mean I'm pregnant" thing only happened in movies until a friend anxiously messaged me about it. Turns out some people do have that level of regularity - I might actually ask my super regular friend what she does when expecting her period, come to think of it. But yeah, for many people, it can't even be predicted to the day, or even the week.

    Edit: reading other responses to your question made me think of amother point: even if you have irregular cycles, it can be possible to predict by various bodily signs. Something that I don't hear talked about much is how vaginal discharge changes over the menstrual cycle. When I'm ovulating, there tends to be more discharge, and it's slippery and clear, almost like egg whites in texture. At other times in my cycle, it might be more white coloured, or more creamy, or more sticky. I find it gross and fascinating in equal measure — sometimes I'll just stick a finger up there to check if I'm unsure where I am in my cycle

  • Have you got any weird questions for the opposite gender?
  • The other person who you replied to makes good points - it's always going to be context dependent and it drives me mad when I'm out and about and have so many signals projecting "leave me alone" (such as wearing headphones, being on the phone, studying etc.) and a guy hits on me.

    However, if someone is generally approachable, I've found that the best compliments are on something the person has consciously chosen about their appearance. So stuff like graphic t-shirts (especially band t shirts), hair styles (I love people with dyed hair because this presents to me an easy option for compliments).

  • Have you got any weird questions for the opposite gender?
  • I've always felt like a lot of the assumptions in Fermi's Great Filter feels off. Like, the way we talk about "intelligent life" feels iffy, both in astrophysics and other fields. I'm not great at articulating this, but if you're one for video essays, Dr Fatima Abdurrahman recently made a video that captured much of what I'd struggled to say on this. (

  • What's the hardest lesson you've learned?
  • That there is no silver bullet, no quick fix, no "Eureka" moments that happen without work. "Progress" is less an exciting event, more a rhythm made by the repeated struggling against entropy; when you're doing it well, you'll come to hardly notice its beat until one day you look around and everything's different.

    You'd think that recognising this progress might be motivating, but it's often demoralising because it demonstrates how unglamorous the work of self-improvement is. You hardly get time to enjoy your achievements, because as you grow, you become aware of how much more there is to do; the burdens on one's time and energy tend to expand as our personal capacities do, so even if one makes incredible progress it can feel like you haven't moved at all — in both your "before" and "after" snapshots, it can feel like you're still barely staying afloat in life, even if objectively, you have massively improved your coping skills.

    And the worst part of it all is knowing that it's okay to be feeling like this. You're tired because it's a lot of work, and you're demoralised because the work doesn't end. You're not the only one who has the stake in your life and your wellbeing, and as you grow, this will be underscored by a greater sense of duty towards the systems and people that depend on you; When I was young and very depressed, I stayed alive for my family and I resented the fact that they cared about me because it bound me to life. (Un)fortunately(?), over the years, my attempts to stick around to avoid hurting the people I care about has led to a bunch more people being invested in my wellbeing and I ended up loving those people too. How privileged I am to have such wonderful people in my life, who give me hope for the world and embolden me to keep fighting. And yet, I resent these people too. I have to allow myself that, at least a little bit, otherwise I'd collapse under the pressure of a duty to a world so much larger than I am. The worst part of it all is that I wouldn't have it any other way.

    So here I am, still plodding along, despite everything, hoping to make my existence a tiny little monument to resistance, as I stubbornly push back against all-consuming entropic decay. I know that in the grand scheme of things, nothing I, as an individual, does will matter, nor will it last, but I don't care. Well, I do care — the enormity of it threatens to swallow me whole — but I don't care that I care, because what difference does it make? The hardest lesson I've learned is that everyone feels this way, to an extent, and I'm nothing special. In that truth is terror, but also the comfort of solidarity. I may be scared and exhausted, but I know I'm not alone in this. For better or for worse, my life isn't just for me.

  • Vaccines don’t cause autism, but the lie won’t die. In fact, it’s getting worse.
  • I tried to think of a witty response to your funny joke but I'm apparently too tired for that, so instead, I'll wish you good luck for next week, and the weeks that follow it; getting a diagnosis as an adult is often cathartic in the short term, liberatory in the long term, and in between those points is a long period of introspective untangling a web of messy feelings and possibly internalised ableism. I wish you the strength to endure and to emerge with a better understanding of who you are, regardless of the outcome of the assessment.

  • Need more queer communities online rule :3
  • I've been meaning to check out matrix, so thanks for making this post, maybe it'll push me to do it finally.

    Also, I love your dress, it's got such a cute pattern and fit (and speaking of fit, masterful camera work/posing — I can never figure out how to do a flattering shot when taking full body pictures, but this is great)

  • Need more queer communities online rule :3
  • Oh, one Discord feature I really like is how it doesn't have the ability to mass mute servers so that you're not pinged awake at 3am by someone tagging @everyone. You can either turn off notifications for everything, or go through servers one by one.


  • Reader's Block
  • Book bundles make things messy, yeah.

    Something that I've really struggled with is that I wish it were easier to make notes of where you've gotten a recommendation from. Like let's say I'm learning Python and there's a dizzying amount of books available for that. Someone I personally know and respect gives a glowing recommendation of a book, so I download it and process it's metadata in calibre or similar. Then a Reddit thread has a dump of free books. I download and import those. Then a blogger I really like recommends a few books, so I retrieve any of those I haven't got yet and import them. Time passes, and I go looking in my library for a book to learn Python with, and I get overwhelmed by choices and I can't remember which of them were good and for what reasons.

    I have a similar problem with bookmarks, because sure you can add tags, but tags are best when you've got a limited vocabulary, to maximise reusability. What if I just want to write a brief note about why I deem this worthy of saving, so that I'm not confused when I'm skimming over bookmarks months or years later.

  • Reader's Block
  • Something that I've found useful is finding ways of leveraging inertia^[1]. A big part of this is using separate devices for different things. Some people find it useful to have a clear divide between work devices and personal, but that's never worked for me, I tend to separate contexts. I'm getting too abstract, so I'll bring it back with a few concrete examples:

    • If I decide to take a break and do something fun on my laptop, I might sit somewhere out of reach of my charger, which limits me to around 2 hours of battery life. If I have to get up to put my laptop on charge, I find it easier to change task back to working if I'm already up.

    • If I am gaming on my PC and want to wrap that up but am at risk of a "just 10 more minutes", I might order takeout (if I remember to eat), because that's another forced stop to my task and when I'm up, it's much easier to honestly ask "is gaming what I want/need to be doing right now" than it is when I'm mid-game

    • If a friend I want to reply to has messaged me when I need to work, I may make myself reply to them from my main computer at my desk, because I'm less likely to get stuck doomscrolling on my phone in bed in that world.

    Inertia definition below, in case you or anyone else reading this are unfamiliar with it in this context: [1]: a term borrowed from physics, which means basically the same in the neurodivergent context as it does in physics: an object in rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion, UNLESS acted on by an outside force. In an ADHD sense, this captures some aspects of task switching; procrastination and task activation; hyper focusing and cycles where you do lots and then crash.

  • F) All of the above
  • I think that furry sex stuff can seem very queer in this way. To clarify what I mean, as well as being the Q in LGBTQ+, I'm also invoking queer as in queer theory. For example, prominent queer theorist Eve Sedgwick says that queer can mean "the open mesh of possibilities, gaps…and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone’s gender, of anyone’s sexuality aren't made (or can't be made) to signify monolithically". Another less verbose definition, from Michael Warner (who I'm not familiar with, pulling these words from Wikipedia): "Queer gets a critical edge by defining itself against the normal rather than the heterosexual." (Source: Wikipedia article for "Queering")

    The way that I think of this is that I'm bisexual because I'm attracted to both people of my gender and not of my gender. I'm queer because as a chronic punk, I relish the chance to leverage my bisexuality to challenge societal norms and assumptions — I got a hell of a lot cooler once I pushed myself out of the closet because it was fear around fitting into moulds that was driving a lot of my internalised homophobia. That's my personal take on the distinction between gay/bi and queer. Personally, I don't necessarily think one has to be LGBT+ to be queer, but that's a somewhat contentious opinion.

    This isn't to say that all furries are queer, though I'm sure some people would argue that. Just that I think I think a lot of furry culture makes more sense if you're familiar with queer theory and queer culture.

    This is all a long winded way of saying that there's a sense in which furries are punk as fuck, and coming from someone like me, that's an indication of respect

  • F) All of the above
  • The way that I make sense of fursonas and fursuits is to just reflect on the various silly things I have done as part of my hobbies. I made a chainmail skirt/dress for a party a while back. It took many many hours and the result is great, but I mostly did it because I like having a project to work on, and the event I was making it for was a great opportunity for people to tell me about how awesome the new thing I made was.

    I'm also friends with a bunch of LARPers (Live Action Roleplaying, for anyone who doesn't know — like Dungeons and Dragons, but with more hitting people with foam swords in fields). I'm not really into LARP myself, but I've been to a few because it's really cool when you know enough people that you feel a part of a community. A couple of times, I wasn't even playing, but helping out as crew, which meant putting up tents, ensuring everyone got food, helping put secrets into envelopes. LARP is one of those hobbies which is like, objectively weird (I say this with affection), but having existed in that sphere, the reason why most people do stuff is because they want to make cool shit that other people will appreciate, and they want an excuse to hang out with friends for a weekend in a field or a ballroom.

  • Spice up your adventures by making side-bets on whatever's happening.
  • Zero consideration given to the possibility that Konsi realized this herself and said it deliberately.

    Konsi is so sweet that people underestimate her, but not so sweet that she doesn't realise how people under-estimating you can be used to your advantage. Like, a few comics ago, when Konsi revealed that she was only wearing a robe while playing poker with Razira - revealing this detail meant Razira got played long before any hands were even dealt.

  • Pride month rule
  • Non Credible Defence is a community on Lemmy (I forget which instance) that seems to be about the Ukraine-Russian war, favouring the Ukrainian side (I think). I'm uncertain of this because the most distinctive aspect of NCD is the "shitposty" approach to what is sometimes really dark war stuff, which makes discerning their "stance" difficult. I've seen some people denounce NCD and argue that it's inappropriate to make light of the realities of the war with memes, but I can also see the argument that NCD is at least partly satirical, and that people have been coping with the horrors of war by making light of it for millennia. I haven't spent much time in that community myself, so take my explanation with a pinch of salt.

    It's easier to answer your first question about Raytheon. They're an American (I think) military manufacturer who are profiting absurdly from Israel's ongoing genocide of Palestine. Arms manufacturers and other corporations putting rainbows on stuff during June is always a bit cringe, but it's more offensive than ever. N.b. I don't know if Raytheon has actually done any pride branding or if that logo in the image is created for meme purposes.

  • Leaked yesterweb document
  • I think the "Moved from Jekyll to Hugo" dot has an implicit catchment area around it, which includes people who don't technically fit that description, but they're close. I've used neither Jekyll nor Hugo, but the fact I understood that archetype meant I felt pulled in by the gravity of that point.

  • Leaded fuel still used in small private planes in UK (2022)

    Unpaywalled archive link: Open Access link to the study mentioned:

    Posting because I saw another post on this community about Extinction Rebellion UK blocking a private jet airport today (June 2024) ( and wondered how many people know that leaded fuel is still pretty common in planes, both in the UK and elsewhere; I was pretty shocked when I first learned this


    What's this thing called?

    This was a switch that got its wires pulled out. I learned how to desolder today in order to remove it from the little switch board and now there's three holes where this used to be. Does this component have a name, because I'm wondering whether I can just get a replacement one like this. There are lots of tools and supplies at the makerspace I used, but I need to know what I'd be looking for.

    Alternatively, what else might I be able to use to do this? I suppose I could just trim and strip the wires and shove those through and solder, but that seems...crude? I don't know. I'd prefer something with pins because I practiced soldering and desoldering using some broken electronics I had, and I'm more confident with pins than something so freeform.

    Thanks for your time.


    What does femininity (or masculinity) mean to you?

    I've seen a few communities where this question has led to some interesting discussion and figured this community might have some thoughts on it.


    Recommendations for a non flashlight afficionado?

    Over Christmas, I realised that I don't actually own any torches, and whilst I have no interest in throwing myself into yet another expensive, niche hobby, I wondered if the folk here could help suggest a possible flashlight.

    I'm wondering what kind of options are for a headlamp style flashlight, ideally one that can be detached from the headlamp mounting, if that's a thing. In the most ideal world, the flashlight itself would be small enough I could fit it in my everyday carry tool pouch, which is a tool pouch that's around A5 size.

    I used to have a basic headlamp which had three lights on it and a button which toggled between modes so it had some variable brightness. I liked that I could tilt it up and down. I used it mostly for digging in unlit storage units, or illuminating in and around my car when unloading at night. It wouldn't need to be too bright (the brightness aspect is one of the things I find most overwhelming about fancy flashlights, because there's a lot of in-group lingo to be learned which I haven't had the brain for.

    One of the worst parts about my old headlamp was that its charging adaptor was specific and it'd often go uncharged if I couldn't find the specific charger for it. I don't know how fancy flashlights(TM) are generally powered, but I don't want to get a nice gadget I never use because it's awkward to charge. Proprietary connectors are a bit of a nightmare.

    My budget would be up to £100 as a maximum, and only for something that ticked all my boxes. I have no idea how reasonably my goals are here, so thank you for reading this. I'd be glad to hear any suggestions anyone has, whether they be product suggestions, or questions that might be useful for me to consider in narrowing this down. You don't need to explain your recommendations too much — I can go away and research stuff once I have a place to start, but at the moment it just feels a bit big


    Edit: I feel like I've got plenty to go on now, thank you to everyone who answered, I love y'all, wonderful nerds

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    Combining Maths and Linguistics with Category Theory A new application of category theory in linguistics (part 1)

    This is the second part of my “portfolio” prepared for the virtual poster session at ACT2020. It introduces my category-theoretic modeling of the human language grammatical type (aka syntactic category) system. The technical detail can be found in my dissertation “On the formal flexibility of syntac...

    A new application of category theory in linguistics  (part 1)

    I'm a mathsy scientist, not a linguist, so I'm coming at this from a different angle, but I find this blog by a linguist gives a great informal overview of applied category theory in linguistics.

    Similar concepts from a mathematician's angle is here: I really enjoy how complementary these perspectives are