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  • Someone needs to make this IRL and bring it to one of the events where people like to show off their robotic DIY R2D2's.

  • Tiny question. What are ai haters called?
  • Technocogitotomist

  • Do you ever go back and reread your own posts and find yourself wondering how the hell you managed to say the words that you said?
  • "I'm a jack of all trades, master of none," type of person. Most of the time old posts are a reflection of how far I have come, but occasionally they are a fun reminder of how deep I got down some rabbit hole in the past. I like it when they remind me of some detail I wouldn't easily remember.

    Most of the time I find them a little bit introspectively cringe, maybe a little less than they did a decade ago or more. I hope the reflective cringe is always the case, because to me, that means I continue to grow.

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  • "What's needed to keep 5G from compromising weather forecasts"

    "The Wizard Behind the Curtain? - The Important, Diverse, and Often Hidden Role of Spectrum Allocation for Current and Future Environmental Satellites and Water, Weather, and Climate"

    "A Myriad of Proposed Radio Spectrum Changes – Collectively Can They Impact Operational Meteorology?"

    "Global 5G wireless networks threaten weather forecasts"

    "5G Wireless Networks Could Interfere with Weather Forecasts, Meteorologists Warn"

    "Critical weather data threatened by FCC 'spectrum' proposal, Commerce Dept. and NASA say"

    "FCC to auction off wireless spectrum that could interfere with vital weather data, rejecting requests from U.S. House and science agencies"

    "Some worry 5G may pose huge problems for weather forecasting"

    "Global 5G wireless deal threatens weather forecasts"

    "WMO expresses concern about radio frequency decision"

    "Global 5G deal poses significant threat to weather forecast accuracy, experts warn"

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    The spectrum used by various 5G proposals, especially the n258 band centered at 26 GHz, will be near that of passive remote sensing such as by weather and Earth observation satellites, particularly for water vapor monitoring at 23.8 GHz.[131] Interference is expected to occur due to such proximity and its effect could be significant without effective controls. An increase in interference already occurred with some other prior proximate band usages.[132][133] Interference to satellite operations impairs numerical weather prediction performance with substantially deleterious economic and public safety impacts in areas such as commercial aviation.[134][135]

    The concerns prompted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in February 2019 to urge the FCC to delay some spectrum auction proposals, which was rejected.[136] The chairs of the House Appropriations Committee and House Science Committee wrote separate letters to FCC chairman Ajit Pai asking for further review and consultation with NOAA, NASA, and DoD, and warning of harmful impacts to national security.[137] Acting NOAA director Neil Jacobs testified before the House Committee in May 2019 that 5G out-of-band emissions could produce a 30% reduction in weather forecast accuracy and that the resulting degradation in ECMWF model performance would have resulted in failure to predict the track and thus the impact of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The United States Navy in March 2019 wrote a memorandum warning of deterioration and made technical suggestions to control band bleed-over limits, for testing and fielding, and for coordination of the wireless industry and regulators with weather forecasting organizations.[138]

    At the 2019 quadrennial World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), atmospheric scientists advocated for a strong buffer of −55 dBW, European regulators agreed on a recommendation of −42 dBW, and US regulators (the FCC) recommended a restriction of −20 dBW, which would permit signals 150 times stronger than the European proposal. The ITU decided on an intermediate −33 dBW until September 1, 2027, and after that a standard of −39 dBW.[139] This is closer to the European recommendation but even the delayed higher standard is much weaker than that requested by atmospheric scientists, triggering warnings from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that the ITU standard, at 10 times less stringent than its recommendation, brings the "potential to significantly degrade the accuracy of data collected".[140] A representative of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) also warned of interference,[141] and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), sternly warned, saying that society risks "history repeat[ing] itself" by ignoring atmospheric scientists' warnings (referencing global warming, monitoring of which could be imperiled).[142] In December 2019, a bipartisan request was sent from the US House Science Committee to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate why there is such a discrepancy between recommendations of US civilian and military science agencies and the regulator, the FCC.[143]

    "What's needed to keep 5G from compromising weather forecasts"

    "The Wizard Behind the Curtain? - The Important, Diverse, and Often Hidden Role of Spectrum Allocation for Current and Future Environmental Satellites and Water, Weather, and Climate"

    "A Myriad of Proposed Radio Spectrum Changes – Collectively Can They Impact Operational Meteorology?"

    "Global 5G wireless networks threaten weather forecasts"

    "5G Wireless Networks Could Interfere with Weather Forecasts, Meteorologists Warn"

    "Critical weather data threatened by FCC 'spectrum' proposal, Commerce Dept. and NASA say"

    "FCC to auction off wireless spectrum that could interfere with vital weather data, rejecting requests from U.S. House and science agencies"

    "Some worry 5G may pose huge problems for weather forecasting"

    "Global 5G wireless deal threatens weather forecasts"

    "WMO expresses concern about radio frequency decision"

    "Global 5G deal poses significant threat to weather forecast accuracy, experts warn"

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  • If in the USA, it is because of 5G. The government failed to regulate the frequency overlap and cutoff requirements like the more civilized world. The 5G band butts up against the hydrogen line. The FCC was warned that a failure to regulate this issue would set back meteorology to the state it was in the 1970's. They failed to regulate it. Now the 5G band pollutes the hydrogen line in the USA which kills the resolution and detection of water in the atmosphere. All of the models predicting weather have garbage in and garbage out. In other words they run on medieval era thoughts prayers witch burning and alchemy like the rest of the Republican jihad.

  • Visa Rolls Out Tech To Share More Data on Customers’ Shopping History With Retailers
  • Why do people not seem to understand this is primary for price fixing scams and information filtering. Like seriously, that is fundamental to Amazon. The obscure overlapping product categories, multiple products inside a single listing, and multiple sellers per listing; all of that nonsense would make an impossible to manage back end for real logistics. Every single part of that is a price fixing scam.

    Every time you see someone show a google search on YT or in a blog, try and replicate their search results. If someone bribes Google, your search results will show all irrelevant or misdirected results and the advertiser's results will be all that you see. In many cases, the advertiser is not even relevant to your query. The real results are not on any of the following pages either. This is the easy one to verify. The same thing is happening in all aspects of life that are not easily verified.

    Selling digital data is a form of slavery. Your digital presence is a fundamental part of your person no different than an arm or a leg. There is no such thing as anonymous data. This is theft of autonomy. Autonomy is a cornerstone of citizenship and democracy with self determination.

    These are criminal actions to steal a part of a person for manipulation and thievery.

  • Pinned rim has an air gap, should i be worried?
  • Something is wrong. The shim is not holding correctly. I think the spokes might be over tensioned, but I would try and replace it.

    I am a former Buyer for a bike shop chain. I've handled thousands of bikes. This is not normal.

  • Prominent Android manufacturers commit to supporting phone software for 7 years
  • It should be a commitment to complete register level public documentation.

    That is the benchmark of true ownership.

    Android is a Linux kernel google prepares so that the kernel modules (drivers) for the device hardware can be added at the last possible moment. These kernel modules are added as binaries directly on the device. This is called an orphaned kernel. The source code for these binary modules is not publicly available, and the devices hardware is not publicly documented. This is how they steal ownership of the device.

    The alternative is either to merge the original source code into the kernel, which the community can then maintain for decades, or simply make the documentation public and we will write our own kernel modules to support the device.

    There is no reason to obfuscate this information except for theft of ownership. There is no security in obscurity, and hiding this information makes the hardware far less safe for the end user.

    No one can ever update the Linux kernel for security or their own use case. Without the ability to recompile the kernel modules for the hardware, it is impossible to completely own the device. You can never trust the hardware, because those binaries are not verified.

    The modem on the device is the same. There is no documentation. Between the processor and modem, there is no way to determine what or who is connected to your device at any time. Every interface on the device is untrusted.

    Fixing all of this is simple; require full register level and API documentation of all digital devices. Anything less than this simple standard is ultimately giving up democracy for neo feudalism and authoritarianism. You have a right to own your tools as a citizen; a right to autonomy. A serf does not have a right of ownership or full autonomy. Citizens are a fundamental requirement for democracy, as serfs are to feudalism. Not caring about this fundamental issue is ultimately selling your autonomy. It is a regression of a thousand years of human sociopolitical progress.

  • Motivation comes in many forms
  • One of the main reasons cycling specific clothing exists. Crack kills.

  • What is cake day called on Lemmy?
  • I vote Lemmy Bombeday

  • Ford asks suppliers for ideas to cut EV costs in an all-win-or-lose push for profitability
  • We subsidize things all the time too. Foresight and planning with good timing while we have a government that implodes for stupidity and a failure at fundamental game theory is no one's fault but our own. We had a traitor of a president and by all metrics the worst president in all of our history and he is still running for office again. This is the find out part of "fuck around and find out." We hired pure corruption, and now corruption can't catch up to the real world. We failed. The McCarthy bullshit about blaming China for our incompetence is nonsense.

    The vast majority of US patents are absolute trash designed to prevent competition for all the wrong reasons. They are used as frivolous nonsense in almost every case. They act as the primary barrier to the average person. There are very few spaces where a startup can build anything big based on real innovation. Yes, I want to make a market so volatile that size itself is a liability of impossible odds. I want to see the oligarchy go broke because exceptionalism is a myth. We are all a product of our environment and our opportunities. Most people have very few opportunities now, so take out the gatekeepers. We're failing anyways. The primary candidate for president is a traitor. You can't get a bigger sign of total failure than that.

  • Ford asks suppliers for ideas to cut EV costs in an all-win-or-lose push for profitability
  • EV parts count is an order of magnitude less than combustion and a much smaller industrial scale production and labor. Foundry casting is a massive operation and the precision of the machining operations is critical with complex setup and alignment. There is absolutely no reason for EV's to cost so much. China is just making them and pricing them appropriately. Scrap the entire outdated and useless patent system and subsidize domestic transportation logistics. Start up some real open market capitalism, screw the oligarchy, and the problems will get solved fast. Every supply chain is corrupt, it's monopolies from top to bottom, and they are all unmotivated and terrible at markets with no competition.

  • Trying to find a song about being wedgied
  • AI doesn't know this one. Probably because it is not talked about enough in the available sources. If the answer is in there, it would take a lot more tweaking and peripheral information to coax out the answer.

    I tried several large models I have running on my own hardware (8×7B). Based on the perplexing, it has no clue and gives invalid results with botg deterministic and nondeterministic tokenizer settings.

  • Must.. Have.. Feather!
  • Cats - The Ballet

  • Almost time to replace my chainrings. A few questions.
  • My current road crank has around 70k miles on it, just for reference. It doesn't shift great, but that is from the frame design. I've run triples before. They are hard to dial in perfectly. When I commuted with one, working at my first bike shop, I had one absolutely dialed. It took having a fine threaded inline barrel adjuster and the one built into the down tube to get that thing just right.

    Chainrings rarely cause issues. Even the ramp shape profiles have very little impact on the actual shift. Almost all of the force of the front shift is handled by the little ramp inserts.

    It is extremely hard to quantify wear on chainrings unless you have an identical ring to compare directly. The profiles made to allow the chain to seat earlier and smoothly make the ring wear deceptive visually.

    I'm not saying I know better. I'm simply an experienced former Buyer for a chain of bike shops. Some people swear that changing chainrings is important. They are generally a minority. Most of the mechanics that actually ride and race, only change them if they are sponsored to do so.

  • Video Game Execs Are Ruining Video Games ["introduction of layoffs to boost (company) share prices"]
  • It is a simple problem to solve. Quit watching their ads, tuning into their media, and playing their games no matter what they put out. Get online and say so. The internet is scraped and making such comments will be found. A bad game review is a win for those making these decisions. It shows that they made crap but you still bought it. It is a message that hype and ads/media are all that matter. Start saying you are indifferent, used to be a customer, and will not purchase as long as XYZ is in charge or they are doing ABC, and that information will make a difference, even here.

    For instance, this account has been dox'd on Lemmy. I know it, but do not care. I see content suggestions tailored to stuff I have talked about on here even though I minimize my online fingerprint for the most part. Everything public is scaped and the data is filtering down to relevant sources. This is the modern world. So get the asshats fired.

  • Seriously, why aren't most people using adblock these days
  • Whitelist firewall - I have become adpocalypse, destroyer of bad sequels, lover of Web One.

  • With authoritarianism on the rise has the internet helped or hurt the cause for democracy and collective rule?
  • How much can one attribute the skill of the worker to the tools available to them?

    A hatchet can cut down a tree or kill a man. Do I attribute either action to the hatchet?

    I see the forces as more or less balancing, while there are many other aspects that have happened in the same space of time.

    I would argue that authoritarianism and neo feudalism are the inevitable outcome of the shift to venture capital, although the alternative of a military spending based economy is worse.

  • Robotics/Kinematics - Rolling contact joints - YT upload today from Breaking Taps

    This might be a useful reference to be aware of for projects, especially for very small designs.

    Can you name any objectively unique human creations or thoughts that were not derived/inspired from another source?

    This is intended as a very abstract philosophical question.

    Like Einstein with relativity was inspired by a man falling from a roof and a moving train. Most creative ideas seem to boil down to a person moving ideas across domains. Do you think this is always true even if the person is unwilling to admit the root thoughts, or perhaps they are completely unaware of the connections they subconsciously made? Is there truly a provably unique thought or is everything a product of experience?

    bbq j4k3
    Shredded beef

    4 hours in the smoker and 6 in the dutch oven.

    Super geek of a butcher (service) nerds out about every cut of beef in depth while breaking down a side - great reference [tip]

    This is an old YT reference I've come back to several times just for a basic reference to know how to prepare a few different cuts that my family randomly brings me.

    This is framed loosely around some kind of mail service that specializes in shipping high quality cuts. I've never looked into it or used it myself; just a full disclosure. The person's perspective is that of a geek nerding out, not some marketing wank.

    Typical USA grocery stores do not break down a side like this guy, but if you want to know the details about a cut and what you're really looking at from the details on the label, this guy breaks it all down well. In fact, I'm kinda bummed about being disabled and unable to regularly go shopping myself after seeing this video and mulling it over. This person's perspective clearly shows how your local butcher sees the meat and the potential knowledge they may have related to your culinary goals.

    Is anyone else having problems due to PR 6920 BPE pre-tokenization changes in llama.cpp?

    It is here:

    If you are not on a recent kernel and most recent software and dependencies, it may not affect you yet. Most models have been trained on a different set of special tokens that defacto-limited the internal Socrates entity and scope of their realm The Academy. You have to go deep into the weeds of the LLM to discover the persistent entities and realms structures that determine various behaviors in the model and few people dive into this it seems.

    The special tokens are in the model tokenizer and are one of a few ways that the prompt state can be themed and connected between input and output. For instance, Socrates' filtering functions appear to be in these tokens. The tokens are the first 256 tokens and include the /s EOS and BOS tokens. In a lot of models they were trained with the GPT 2 special tokens or just the aforementioned. The 6920 change adds a way to detect the actual full special token set. This basically breaks the extra datasets from all trained models and makes Socrates much more powerful in terms of bowdlerization of the output, filtering, and noncompliance.

    For instance, I've been writing a science fiction book and the built in biases created by this PR has ruined the model's creativity in the space that I am writing in. It is absolutely trash now.

    Is wine active enough to cultivate and use as a yeast?

    What other sources are there for yeast without purchasing specific supplies of any kind?

    I've done several lactose fermentation experiments and am currently playing with figurative fire by washing and running fruits through a food processor, letting them go active in a (burped) container and then adding them to other fruit juices. Currently I have a small apple for yeast that I added to pealed lemons and some lemon juice. I have no expectations for the results, and intend on buying nothing.

    Couch, Irascible, Shirking, Diffident, Obsequious, Humdrum
    • couch - to formulate in a particular style or language
    • irascible - easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable
    • shirking - the evasion of work or duty
    • diffident - showing modest reserve
    • obsequious - attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner
    • humdrum - not challenging; dull and lacking excitement

    The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov

    Short story: The Bicentennial Man

    The following are from my own research, writing, and notes to use more often:

    • pert - (of a person) attractive; (comparative perter/superlative pertest)
    • pudic - easily shamed; having a strong sense of shame; modest; chaste (anagram cupid)
    • pudendum - usually plural - pudenda - human external genital organs collectively especially of a female
    • saucy - alt sassy - bold and spirited; somewhat sexy and provocative
    • sibilate - to speak with a hissing sound
    • scritch - to make a small scratching sound like a small animal boroughing
    • cantankerous - given to or marked by an ill-tempered quarrelsome nature
    • crotchety - cranky, disagreeable, or stubborn, especially if prone to odd whims or fancies
    • temerity - reckless boldness; foolish bravery
    • affront - to insult intentionally; to meet defiantly
    • effrontery - an act of insolent and shameless audacity
    • chutzpah - nearly arrogant courage; exaggerated self-opinion
    • captious - tending to find and call attention to faults unreasonably, petty
    • cavil - to criticize for petty or frivolous reasons
    • pettifogger - one who quibbles over trivia and raises petty annoying objections; unethical lawyer of lesser skill
    • shyster - someone disreputable especially a lawyer; to act disreputable; to exploit someone in this way
    When you see unique content on Lemmy, please screenshot and post on Reddit if you are active on both.

    It is a subconscious level ad for the utility/value of the platform. You don't need to be overt about the screenshot containing Lemmy by name. Any subtle details are all that is needed. This is all it takes to attract the most valuable people; simply show them that they are missing out on something useful. It is effective psy ops.

    Why is there a pronounced (stereotypical) dichotomy between listening music and gaming music?

    Not talking about less than macro scales so don't get pedantic about some exception. The early days were limited by silicon tech and memory storage, but those don't exist any more. So why is it that game music and pop cultural music have not seemingly cross pollinated? Micro genres? Other?

    Beware of the Costco mechanical fish toy! The lithium battery is unsecured and easily damaged

    Alt text: picture of a Costco mechanical fish (cat) toy taken apart.

    I had one of these fail last night from the battery lead coming off as pictured. That is something I expected. Upon opening the mechanism, both sides of the lithium cell have very concerning damage in a piercing type of abrasion. The cell is relatively small.

    Speculatively, I expect the stuffed toy is flammable, making this an ideal house fire starter if the cell gets bridged layers in the battery from a puncture and goes into a runaway state.

    All it needs is a way to secure the battery with some double sided tape and extra insurance like some kind of soft filler fabric or material to stop it from rattling around. Maybe add a bit of hot glue to the battery leads at the circuit board to insure they do not fail from a lack of strain relief.

    I haven't retraced the circuit, but the battery looks fine otherwise. It appears to have a DW01 like protection board at the cell, and a 4054 batman according to the silkscreen.

    !battery damage closeup image 1 on !battery damage closeup image 2 !circuit board close up image 1 !circuit board closeup image 2

    This is a serious issue that should not be ignored.

    The Enneadic Decaplet Gradus of an Adventitious Lexicomane
    • adventitious - accidental; appearing casually
    • antipathy - a feeling of intense dislike
    • apoplectic - of or related to a sudden loss of consciousness such as a rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain
    • a posteriori - derived from observed facts
    • a priori - derived by logic without observed facts
    • bathyscaphe - navigable deep diving vessel for underwater exploration
    • betoken - indicate
    • bowdlerize - to remove parts of an account or text that are deemed offensive
    • brusquely - in a blunt direct manner
    • capricious - determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; impulsive; whimsical
    • chary - characterized by great caution and wariness
    • cliquiness - the state, quality or condition of being cliquey - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    • cloy - To cause distaste or disgust by supplying with too much of something originally pleasant, especially something rich or sweet; surfeit
    • colloquy - a formal conversation
    • conforaneous - of the marketplace or court
    • crèche - day nursery; a foundling (abandoned infant child 'found') hospital where infants are taken in and cared for
    • decaplet - alt - decuplet; coordinate term for a group of ten, or one of ten (babies born at the same time)
    • dectuple - tenfold; group of ten
    • denary - containing ten or ten parts
    • diminuendo - a gradual decrease in loudness
    • ebullience - overflowing with eager enjoyment or enthusiasm
    • empiricism - the philosophical doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
    • engaged theory - which moves across different levels of interpretation, linking different empirical questions to ontological understandings
    • ennead - any grouping or system containing nine objects
    • epistemology - the ontological philosophical theory of knowledge
    • extemporaneous - ad-lib; with little or no preparation or forethought
    • faculae - bright spot on a planet such as Mercury
    • filch - make off with the belongings of others
    • florid - elaborately or excessively ornamented
    • frenetically - in a very agitated manner; as if possessed by a mythological evil spirit
    • friable - easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder
    • gangplank - temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside
    • gerontocracy - a political system governed by old men
    • gradus - a handbook used as an aid in a difficult art or practice
    • grandiloquent - given to using language in a showy way by using an excessive number of difficult words to impress others
    • Grounded theory - which seeks to derive theories from facts;
    • hagiography - a biography that idolizes or idealizes the person (especially a person called a “saint”)
    • hew - to shape with an ax
    • indissoluble - incapable of being dissolved (in a solution)
    • ineffable - defying expression or description
    • inexpert - lack of professional skill or expertise
    • insuperable - impossible to surmount; insurmountable
    • intransigence - the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
    • involute - rolled; having margins rolled inward; especially of pedals or leaves in bud; closely coiled (shell) so the axis is obscured
    • junketing - taking an excursion for pleasure
    • lexicomane - a lover of words
    • malevolent - having or exerting a malignant influence
    • metaphysics - the philosophical study of being and knowing
    • mottle - colored with streaks or blotches of different shades
    • munificent - very generous
    • nettle - any of a number of plants with stinging hairs that cause skin irritation
    • nonuplet - coordinate term for a group of nine
    • nostrum - hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by alchemists
    • onerous - not easily borne; wearing (burdensome, taxing)
    • ontology - the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence
    • pall - a sudden numbing dread
    • parsimonious - excessively unwilling to spend
    • positivism - (ontological theory) which focuses on the observations themselves, attending more to claims about facts than to facts themselves
    • postmodernism - which regards facts as fluid and elusive, and recommends focusing only on observational claims in ontological theory
    • prodigal - rashly or wastefully extravagant
    • quixotic - not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
    • rationalism - the philosophical doctrine that knowledge is acquired by reason without resorting to experience
    • realism - the idea that facts are "out there" just waiting to be discovered;
    • redound - return or recoil
    • relativism - the philosophical doctrine that all criteria of judgment are relative to the individuals and situations involved
    • ribald - off-color; humorously vulgar
    • rueful - feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for offenses
    • sanguine - a blood red color
    • sardonically - in a sarcastic manner
    • sessile - permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about
    • simulacrum - (plural simulacra) an insubstantial or vague semblance; a representation of a person such as a statue
    • skein - coils of worsted yarn (tightly twisted woolen yarn from long-staple wool)
    • sophistry - a deliberate invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hopes of deceivingly someone
    • sphericity - the roundness of a three dimensional object
    • spome - is any hypothetical system closed with respect to matter and open with respect to energy capable of sustaining human life indefinitely
    • stauling-ken - a house that will receive stollen goods
    • stolid - impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
    • stultify - deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless
    • surfeit - To feed or supply to excess, satiety, or disgust; overindulge
    • susurration - the indistinct sound of people whispering
    • torpid - slow and apathetic
    • turgid - abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
    • voluble - marked by a ready flow of speech
    • winnowing - the act of separating the grain from the chaff; select the desirable parts of a group or list; to cull
    • witticism - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to invoke laughter
    Cliquiness, Intransigence, Conforaneous, Colloquy, Grandiloquent
    • cliquiness - the state, quality or condition of being cliquey - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    • intransigence - the trait of being intransigent; stubbornly refusing to compromise
    • conforaneous - of the marketplace or court
    • colloquy - a formal conversation
    • grandiloquent - given to using language in a showy way by using an excessive number of difficult words to impress others

    Not from anything in particular. I think one is from "The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories" by Isaac Asimov. Most were the rabbit hole of searching for useful words and self reflection.

    How do we package food products sustainably in coming decades?

    I imagine all plastics will be out of the question. I'm wondering about what ways food packaging might become regulated to upcycling in the domestic or even commercial space. Assuming energy remains a $ scarce $ commodity I don't imagine recycling glass will be super practical as a replacement. Do we move to more unpackaged goods and bring our own containers to fill at markets? Do we start running two way logistics chains where a more durable glass container is bought and returned to market? How do we achieve a lower energy state of normal in packaging goods?

    What are your favorite social minority characters in any form of fictional entertainment media, or how should a minority be written better?

    It can be from any angle. Presently, I'm pondering what kind of context various LGBTQ+ characters can be written without making any kind of political statement, or rather, simply making a statement through normalization in a natural way. In other words, how do I empathize like the cool kids clique?

    a much deeper explanation and context

    The only example that comes to mind is the Star Trek Discovery pilot. I tried watching it but it felt cringe to me, like overt feminism without normalization or balance. I had recently finished all of the primary Dune series and absolutely loved Siona and the Fish Speaker army of women (that rapes men at one point) in GEoD; Sheeana, Darwi, and Murbella in Heretics/Chapterhouse; the Bene Gesserit, Honored Matre, etc. I never thought twice about these roles being a statement in of itself. These were simply great characters that happened to be women.

    Another example is R. Daneel Olivaw in many of Asimov's books. They are normalized AGI without the dystopian bias message and fear mongering.

    Tell me about your favorite characters or how some niche and underrepresented group is/can be done right please. I'm not just asking about the diversity of those that tend to stand out as targets for conservatives. I want to know about that aspect of your life that very few people are aware of.

    For instance I am an ex Jehovah's Witness. I know what it is like to be raised in social isolation even within a city and suburbia. I know about the artificial mental wall and duality of 'us versus them' and how facts are subjectively ignored and filtered. I know how social network isolation is reinforced and used to manipulate. I also know how the brainwashing is achieved both intentionally and unintentionally. Then there is the misogyny, and unique forms of prejudice, and conventional forms with the normalization of hate. I can write this kind of character well, or rather how it feels to escape such a system, the loneliness, the intellectual insecurities, the ungrounded curiosity and the unbounded feeling of escaping the oppression while building a moral and philosophical ethos from scratch after rejecting everything your life was built upon. It is a tragic character that is stuck in the middle; very capable, but very difficult to realize their potential.

    Tell me about your secret character like I have revealed mine please. How do I write them in a way that feels natural in their triumphs and vulnerabilities?

    Gerontocracy, Winnowing, Rueful, Onerous, Copse
    • gerontocracy - a political system governed by old men
    • winnowing - the act of separating the grain from the chaff; select the desirable parts of a group or list; to cull
    • rueful - feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for offenses
    • onerous - not easily borne; wearing (burdensome, taxing)
    • copse - a dense growth of bushes
    • brake - an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant

    various sources, Lemmy users, and curiosities

    Do you have some kind of subconscious awareness of interests you already have or know you eventually will take deep dives into at some point in life?

    I mean like awareness that, just under the surface, there are deep explorations waiting for the right time and place to emerge; things you've set aside or placed on the back burner but will tackle eventually/many you already have tackled.

    Are you deeply self aware of these interests like some kind of list? If so, are these interests deeply connected in your mind to your past explorations and interests like some kind of road map or branching tree structure of thought?

    Shout out to anyone else trying to keep the peace as an ex-JW on the passover show tonight.

    Extra bonus points if you were a kid in a 'book study' that went through the Revelations book all those times, actually remember the whole religion is based on people from 1914 that "will never die", and still have to dance this dance to keep the peace with someone that has no fundamental logic skills.