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TIL America’s Loneliness Epidemic: Nearly 40 MILLION American adults now live alone and they are 64% more likely to be depressed than their peers
  • I'm a Reddit refugee from when they axed 3rd party apps. I was quite active in the ancient coins subreddit, but there's simply no way I will ever grace their site with a click again.

    There's an alternative on Lemmy, which I've used, but there's literally only one other active person. Two does not a community make.

  • The climate crisis is solvable, but human rights must trump profits
  • I agree, all the evils of yesteryear are still there and active, just either well-hidden or people simply don't care/pretend not to know (cfr football world championships in Qatar, ...).

    We've made enormous progress technologically, but humans are still the exact same as 2000 or 5000 years ago. We've changed exceedingly little in that time, and the few things that have changed could be reverted very quickly if shove comes to push concerning climate collapse etc.

  • TIL America’s Loneliness Epidemic: Nearly 40 MILLION American adults now live alone and they are 64% more likely to be depressed than their peers
  • I live with my SO and child and I'm still lonely as fuck. Not their fault, it's not their role to be my therapist or w/e. But I sure wouldn't mind being able to hang out with some people who share my interests. But ever since Covid, that reality is just... gone.

  • If a useful brain-computer interface was available sometimes in your lifetime (and secure and safe) would you get one?
  • Depends on the capabilities. If i can automatically open my garage door with my mind or draw a bath, or control a cursor on a screen, then no. If it enables entire new ways of experiencing sensations or memories, or ways to share them, or fully immerse you in a virtual world indistinguishable from reality, then maybe. If it's not from a company Musk has any hand in.

  • Disaster is nearing. Mass displacement. Mass starvation. Mass death. It is all imminent. Do you understand?
  • Did you miss the memo that current AI is already using more power than everything we've managed to save with green energy in the last decade? We ARE fucked, the only thing we're still debating is the exact timespan. Which is asinine, the result will remain the same either way.

    The only way I see to a path to salvation is a huge pandemic or world war, becausing nothing else will convince people. We've been trying (and failing) for decades.

  • Disaster is nearing. Mass displacement. Mass starvation. Mass death. It is all imminent. Do you understand?
  • I do, but like most other people, I'm preoccupied with short term crises since, well, I need to survive those in order to be ready for the long-term ones.

    In my opinion though, we don't stand a snowball's chance in hell. The elite will manage to hang just a bit longer, but eventually they'll cook and burn with the rest of us, or in their bunkers.

    Anyways, shit's already fucked to the point that I've given up. Just sit back, relax and take whatever life gives ya.

  • I wonder if the snake could open the little door.
  • Yes!! Such a classic.

    My hognose once surprised me by "throwing" rocks off his ridge. He was trying to burrow and apparently thought they were in the way, so he carefully yeeted them down one by one. I was rather impressed by that as well.

  • Feeling lost and with no direction, what skill should I learn?
  • A few years ago, mid pandemic, I started collecting ancient coins. I was really passionate about it even thinking about finding ways to make it a small after-hours job or such, but I've since run into a few walls and have subsequently lost my drive. For example, I wanted to take very high resolution pictures of the coins and then compose a catalog of sorts, but while I have all the gear that I need (camera with a macro lens) my shots keep coming out wrong and I've since kind of given up on the idea altogether.

    My entire life is one long succession of passionately started projects that got abandoned either midway or after heavy setbacks. If I ever find one that brings me lasting happiness, I'll gladly share it, but for now I'm just as much on the lookout as you are.

  • If at first you don't succeed...
  • I don't enjoy doing it, but I do it with the goal of showing myself I CAN do it and to gain joy/accomplishment for that, and also because these are some specific weak points of mine I've been trying to polish and repair for ages. Also, I'm always very impressed with people whose handwriting looks like it was printed because it's so precise and consistent. Mine has always looked like I was a doctor (I wish), so I just wanted to improve in that regard.

  • If at first you don't succeed...
  • I've been consistently trying to write and draw for 15+ years, with weekly practices, and I haven't seen any appreciable improvement. My handwriting is still erratic and illegible, and I can't carry a story thread over a page or two without stumbling and falling hard. Meanwhile, both my grandfather and mother are accomplished artists. Guess it skipped a generation...

  • Boys Get Everything, Except the Thing That’s Most Worth Having
  • For every right-wing tough guy urging his crying son to “man up,” there’s a voice from the left telling him that to express his concerns is to take airtime away from a woman or someone more marginalized.

    AutoTLDR bot managed to capture the very essence of this piece. All you need to know is in here. A two-pronged assault on masculinity with no obvious (non-toxic) way out.

  • Boys Get Everything, Except the Thing That’s Most Worth Having
  • I don't see it happening. I've been in this boat for like twenty years. I don't have anyone who visits or hangs out with me. I only see my coworkers on the work floor, which is 1-2 days a week tops. Also, no one I know considers it an issue worth debating, let alone take action over. "Let them sort their own issues out".

    If I want to get drunk with strangers, that's always an option, but it doesn't really interest me so I pass.

  • I wonder if the snake could open the little door.
  • I've seen at least one video where a snake of similar size manages to depress a door handle and gets it to open, although that might've been lucky coincidence.

    As for my own snakes, they definitely grasp the concept of a sliding door and how its mechanics work, since they try to get it open regularly. That's why they sell locks for those.

  • Collective action hindered in Europe -- Conservatives are taking power
  • I actually voted radical left this time. Not because I'm a commie, but because they were the only party left that I could use as a "protest vote", which is what MOST of the far right's votes are. People (well, most of them) aren't clamoring for a ridiculously rigid right-wing society, they just feel completely ignored on the topic of immigration, and that ONE issue is going to be the death of the EU and all of us down the line. (the conflict about it, not the immigrants themselves).

  • Uptick in toxic behaviour/players lately

    I've been playing since about a month after release and have since reached lvl 81 (just to show I put in quite a lot of game time since I started). In my first month of play I came across ONE single griefer who TK'd people on purpose. Considering I'd played hundreds of games I thought this game was a shining example of a great community.

    However.

    The last three(ish) weeks or so, I feel like I'm playing a whole different game. About 1/3rd to a quarter of my games involve randoms with really toxic behaviour. Training mobs on you, throwing barrages on the group for fun, destroying our own sentries in defense missions...

    But there's one thing that is apparently suddenly a "fad", I guess? That is kicking someone from the game right before extraction. Seriously, I've run several full 40 minute rounds, usually on decently high difficulties (7-8), with no real communication with any players whatsoever, let alone tk's or toxic shit, and then you suddenly get kicked as soon as the Pelican is on the ground.

    WTF gives? I don't know if it's a reportable thing, I doubt it, but I sincerely hope it's just players getting somewhat bored while waiting for more content and that it'll pass, because if this is going to be my regular experience from here on out, I'm going to look for something else to play. Not the devs' fault in any way.

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    Custom made to order silver fountain pen (~1 oz of silver, nice hefty weight to it) with 14k gold nib

    Ordered this made from a then-fellow Redditor a few years ago, haven’t come across anything that writes better yet. I’ve found the extra weight helps increase the legibility of my handwriting.

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    depression_now! @lemmy.world Kyrgizion @lemmy.world

    There's no real point to any of this, is there?

    Even IF you somehow manage to navigate today's maze of failures, rejections and heartbreak, what is your reward? To live yet another day in misery? To wait until climate change, war or disease does away with us?

    A reward would be to be able to rest. I don't mean death per sé, but it seems like that's the only real-life thing left available to people like us.

    Yes, yes, I know very well that "if nothing has meaning, YOU get to choose the meaning". Except I don't. Maybe if I was rich or powerful. But I'm poor, in poor health and powerless.

    I read Camus' Sisiphus, and I, for one, cannot possibly imagine him happy.

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    Got a surprise tax bill of 15k €

    Apparently it's perfectly possible to owe the IRS tens of thousands, and then just make up debt and point to a random person telling the IRS to go after them... ...and they will simply draft up a letter, demanding you to pay this outstanding, ficticious debt within two weeks.

    What. The. Fuck.

    I know the person who claims that I owe them 15k. It's my weed dealer. I also know he has legal and financial issues, so I assume he somehow told his creditors that I owed him a lot of money, and there is no law requiring verification.

    So... Either I pay 15k € I don't actually owe, or I get a lawyer to dispute it, which will also be several thousands, none of which I am responsible for.

    I'm not currently in debt but I also don't have any savings.

    I dunno man, it seems like in this world it's just not possible to go a single year without being accused/hounded/... no one gives a fuck and everyone just wants "theirs". Which would be fine if people would leave me alone and not try to get their grubby mitts on what little I do have.

    Fuck.

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    I just completed a task (setting a certain appointment) that I had been putting off for about TWO MONTHS.

    It took ~5 minutes and there was ZERO pain.

    I even anticipated this. There was no reason to think it would be hard in any kind of way.

    Why am I like this?? Why is my brain such mush when it comes to my executive functioning while several other parts of my mental being are more than fine or even slightly supercharged (when I'm not depressed or out of mania)

    The kicker? The appointment isn't for a doctor or a dentist or something else that would be "normal" to dread.

    It's an appointment to pick up a brand new company car. A 2023 Mercedes EQA to the tune of 50K€. Most people would JUMP at that kind of opportunity, but not me. No, I sit there contemplating whether I even deserve a car that costs twice my annual salary, and that I'm just deluding myself into thinking I'm a valued part of society, that someone will realize they made a mistake and such a car was never meant for me (or "anyone like me").

    This after a double dose of 15mg ritalin, by the way. Without it I would never have been able to push myself over that limit to begin with.

    Fuckin' a...

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    CARTHAGE - Second Punic War. (~220-215BC) AE Trishekel

    Roman coinage from the punic wars is interesting, but quite a bit rarer is coinage from Carthage before it was razed. They minted quite exquisite coins in gold, silver and copper. Below is an example of such a copper coin!

    30mm, 17.4g Obverse: Head of Tanit left, wearing wreath of grain ears and single-pendant earring.

    Reverse: Horse standing right, palm tree in background to left, ligate Punic T and S below.

    MAA 84b, Muller Africa, 154 - SNG Copenhagen 341-3 VF !

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    The longer you stare at it, the worse it gets. Also: Tralibilitas

    AI inflicted this upon my retina, so you shall suffer the same fate.

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    AELIUS (Caesar, 136-138). Denarius. Rome.

    Obv: L AELIVS CAESAR. Bare head right.

    Rev: TR POT COS II / CONCORD. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting elbow upon cornucopia.

    RIC 436 (Hadrian).

    Weight: 3.23 g. Diameter: 18 mm. !

    Lucius Aelius Caesar (13 January 101 – 1 January 138) was the father of Emperor Lucius Verus. In 136, he was adopted by the reigning emperor Hadrian and named heir to the throne. He died before Hadrian and thus never became emperor. After Lucius' death, he was replaced by Antoninus Pius, who succeeded Hadrian the same year.

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    Julius Caesar, as Dictator (49-44 BC). AR denarius (18 mm, 4,31 gm). Rome, February-March 44 BC

    als kruisbericht geplaatst vanaf: https://lemmy.world/post/6588671

    > > > > CAESAR-DICT • PERPETVO, veiled and laureate head of Julius Caesar right / P • SEPVLLIVS downward on right, MACER downward on left, Venus standing left, Victory in right hand, scepter in left; shield at feet behind. P. Sepullius Macer, moneyer. Crawford 480/13. Sydenham 1074. RSC 39. Good fine ex CNG 482/352 > > Issued from February up to the assassination of Caesar on March 15, 44. This coin represents one of the late lifetime portraits of Julius Caesar, with the title of a 'Dictator for life'. These portrait series were issued in large quantities to pay the troops gathered for Caesar's intended Parthian campaign. His assassination on the Ides of March prevented these plans. P. Sepullius Macer was the most prolific moneyer of 44 BC, striking the widest variety of Caesar portrait issues. Caesar is shown wreathed, sometimes also veiled, and his titles given as CAESAR IMP and CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, as seen on this specimen. The reverse image of Venus includes a number of minor design variants. The varying quality of portraiture and strike likewise indicate great haste of manufacture, perhaps in preparation for Caesar's projected Parthian war. > > Notice the weight, which is not abnormal for denarii from this age. They slimmed down considerably after Augustus' reforms. > > This particular specimen isn't in the greatest shape, nor in the worst. It retains all its core identifying features, like the veiled portrait of Caesar (one of the most important and iconic in ancient history, given its context and lead-up to his assassination), his controversial title(s), name, and origination of his gens in the depiction of Venus of which he claimed to be a direct descendant. > > All in all, a coin worthy of addition to any serious collector's hoard in my opinion. > > > ! > ! > !

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    Julius Caesar, as Dictator (49-44 BC). AR denarius (18 mm, 4,31 gm). Rome, February-March 44 BC

    als kruisbericht geplaatst vanaf: https://lemmy.world/post/6588671

    > > > > CAESAR-DICT • PERPETVO, veiled and laureate head of Julius Caesar right / P • SEPVLLIVS downward on right, MACER downward on left, Venus standing left, Victory in right hand, scepter in left; shield at feet behind. P. Sepullius Macer, moneyer. Crawford 480/13. Sydenham 1074. RSC 39. Good fine ex CNG 482/352 > > Issued from February up to the assassination of Caesar on March 15, 44. This coin represents one of the late lifetime portraits of Julius Caesar, with the title of a 'Dictator for life'. These portrait series were issued in large quantities to pay the troops gathered for Caesar's intended Parthian campaign. His assassination on the Ides of March prevented these plans. P. Sepullius Macer was the most prolific moneyer of 44 BC, striking the widest variety of Caesar portrait issues. Caesar is shown wreathed, sometimes also veiled, and his titles given as CAESAR IMP and CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, as seen on this specimen. The reverse image of Venus includes a number of minor design variants. The varying quality of portraiture and strike likewise indicate great haste of manufacture, perhaps in preparation for Caesar's projected Parthian war. > > Notice the weight, which is not abnormal for denarii from this age. They slimmed down considerably after Augustus' reforms. > > This particular specimen isn't in the greatest shape, nor in the worst. It retains all its core identifying features, like the veiled portrait of Caesar (one of the most important and iconic in ancient history, given its context and lead-up to his assassination), his controversial title(s), name, and origination of his gens in the depiction of Venus of which he claimed to be a direct descendant. > > All in all, a coin worthy of addition to any serious collector's hoard in my opinion. > > > ! > ! > !

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    Julius Caesar, as Dictator (49-44 BC). AR denarius (18 mm, 4,31 gm). Rome, February-March 44 BC

    CAESAR-DICT • PERPETVO, veiled and laureate head of Julius Caesar right / P • SEPVLLIVS downward on right, MACER downward on left, Venus standing left, Victory in right hand, scepter in left; shield at feet behind. P. Sepullius Macer, moneyer. Crawford 480/13. Sydenham 1074. RSC 39. Good fine ex CNG 482/352

    Issued from February up to the assassination of Caesar on March 15, 44. This coin represents one of the late lifetime portraits of Julius Caesar, with the title of a 'Dictator for life'. These portrait series were issued in large quantities to pay the troops gathered for Caesar's intended Parthian campaign. His assassination on the Ides of March prevented these plans. P. Sepullius Macer was the most prolific moneyer of 44 BC, striking the widest variety of Caesar portrait issues. Caesar is shown wreathed, sometimes also veiled, and his titles given as CAESAR IMP and CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, as seen on this specimen. The reverse image of Venus includes a number of minor design variants. The varying quality of portraiture and strike likewise indicate great haste of manufacture, perhaps in preparation for Caesar's projected Parthian war.

    Notice the weight, which is not abnormal for denarii from this age. They slimmed down considerably after Augustus' reforms.

    This particular specimen isn't in the greatest shape, nor in the worst. It retains all its core identifying features, like the veiled portrait of Caesar (one of the most important and iconic in ancient history, given its context and lead-up to his assassination), his controversial title(s), name, and origination of his gens in the depiction of Venus of which he claimed to be a direct descendant.

    All in all, a coin worthy of addition to any serious collector's hoard in my opinion.

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    L.F. Sabinus - Rape of the Sabine women (S2389)

    als kruisbericht geplaatst vanaf: https://lemmy.world/post/6272466

    > Apologies for the title, but that's exactly what this coin depicts. > > L. TITURIUS L.F. SABINUS. Denarius (89 BC). Rome. > > Obv: SABIN. > Bareheaded and bearded head of King Tatius right; monogram to right. > > Rev: L TITVRI. > Two soldiers, facing each other, each carrying off a Sabine woman in his arms. > > Crawford 344/1a. > > Condition: good-very fine. > > Weight: 3,7 g. > > Diameter: 19 mm. > > ====== > > The "Rape of the Sabine Women" is a legendary event in the early history of Rome, where the first generation of Roman men, lacking wives to establish families, organized a festival and invited neighboring Sabine people. During the festivities, the Romans abducted the Sabine women and forced them into marriage. The act led to a war between the Romans and Sabines, which eventually ended when the Sabine women, now wives and mothers of Roman children, intervened to broker peace, effectively merging the two communities. This narrative, albeit fraught with violence and patriarchal dynamics, was traditionally interpreted as a foundational myth explaining the growth and consolidation of Roman society. > > !

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    L.F. Sabinus - Rape of the Sabine women (S2389)

    Apologies for the title, but that's exactly what this coin depicts.

    L. TITURIUS L.F. SABINUS. Denarius (89 BC). Rome.

    Obv: SABIN. Bareheaded and bearded head of King Tatius right; monogram to right.

    Rev: L TITVRI. Two soldiers, facing each other, each carrying off a Sabine woman in his arms.

    Crawford 344/1a.

    Condition: good-very fine.

    Weight: 3,7 g.

    Diameter: 19 mm.

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    The "Rape of the Sabine Women" is a legendary event in the early history of Rome, where the first generation of Roman men, lacking wives to establish families, organized a festival and invited neighboring Sabine people. During the festivities, the Romans abducted the Sabine women and forced them into marriage. The act led to a war between the Romans and Sabines, which eventually ended when the Sabine women, now wives and mothers of Roman children, intervened to broker peace, effectively merging the two communities. This narrative, albeit fraught with violence and patriarchal dynamics, was traditionally interpreted as a foundational myth explaining the growth and consolidation of Roman society.

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    Ptolemy III Æ Tetrobol (S2388) (246-222 BC)

    als kruisbericht geplaatst vanaf: https://lemmy.world/post/6272243

    > PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy III Euergetes (246-222 BC). Ae Tetrobol. Alexandreia. > > Obv: Diademed head of Zeus right, with horn of Ammon. > > Rev: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ. > > Eagle, with closed wings and head right, standing left on thunderbolt; filleted cornucopia to right; EP monogram between legs. > Lorber B371; Svoronos 974; SNG Copenhagen 227-9. > > Condition: Near very fine. > Weight: 42.91 g. > Diameter: 38 mm.. avF > > > > This wasn't even the biggest or heaviest coin the Alexandria mint produced, if you can believe it. > > ====================== > > > Zeus-Ammon is a fascinating result of religious syncretism between the Greek and Egyptian cultures. The deity represents a blend of the Greek god Zeus and the Egyptian god Amun (or Ammon). This syncretic deity emerged during the period following Alexander the Great's conquests, which facilitated cultural exchanges between Greece and Egypt. > > !

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    Ptolemy III Æ Tetrobol (S2388) (246-222 BC)

    PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy III Euergetes (246-222 BC). Ae Tetrobol. Alexandreia.

    Obv: Diademed head of Zeus right, with horn of Ammon.

    Rev: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ.

    Eagle, with closed wings and head right, standing left on thunderbolt; filleted cornucopia to right; EP monogram between legs. Lorber B371; Svoronos 974; SNG Copenhagen 227-9.

    Condition: Near very fine. Weight: 42.91 g. Diameter: 38 mm.. avF

    This wasn't even the biggest or heaviest coin the Alexandria mint produced, if you can believe it.

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    Zeus-Ammon is a fascinating result of religious syncretism between the Greek and Egyptian cultures. The deity represents a blend of the Greek god Zeus and the Egyptian god Amun (or Ammon). This syncretic deity emerged during the period following Alexander the Great's conquests, which facilitated cultural exchanges between Greece and Egypt.

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    VETRANIO (350). Ae. Thessalonica.

    als kruisbericht geplaatst vanaf: https://lemmy.world/post/6272152

    > Obv: D N VETRANIO P F AVG. > Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. > > Rev: CONCORDIA MILITVM / A - Δ / •TSA•. > Vetranio standing facing, head left, holding labarum decorated with christogram in each hand; star above > > > > RIC 135. > Condition: Very fine. > Weight: 6.43 g. > Diameter: 23 mm. > > > Vetranio was a brief actor in the complex theatre of the Constantinian dynasty around 350 AD. Thrust into power by his troops amidst a period of political turmoil, he was a placeholder more than a ruler, swiftly yielding his title to Constantius II. His reign, though short-lived, reflects the tumultuous politics of the time and the military's significant role therein. Vetranio's peaceful cession of power helped to avert potential military conflict, aiding in a smoother transition of authority during a delicate period in the Roman Empire's history. > !

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