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I'm still not ready to talk about Black history. I still want to talk about white US history.

Q: Why do Black people see racism in everything?

A: A few years ago, European tech entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky asked some very good questions in good faith. He asked why San Francisco and Madrid were different in so many confusing and awful ways. I answered each of his questions. Please verify each and every answer with a skeptic's keen eye.

Here we go...

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I understand that my perception is not reality. I had an idea of spending my 50th wedding anniversary in either New York or Las Vegas. I won't because I think that I and my friends have a high risk of being killed by a random shooter or police. I'm cis white, our friends vary in skin colour and sexual orientation. They're friends. I care about them. The USA is a non-friendly holiday destination.
Dave Neary mastodon (AP)
While race certainly plays a large part in all the questions & answers, would you agree that some of your answers could replace "racism" with "poverty" - being poor and sick in America sucks, and it's an equal opportunity suckiness which disproportionately impacts Black people because of generational and structural inequity (caused by & tolerated because of racism).

I just got an email pitch on some company that claims to offer "the most advanced bird AI recognition technology, identifying more than 10,000 species."
Basil mastodon (AP)
ai silliness aside, I love the BirdNet app, it has been great fun to use while walking the dog.

*RECORD SCRATCH SOUND* You might be wondering how I got myself into this particular predicament, well that's actually quite a story...
The silhouette of a single cat, leaping across an absolute scrum of people, at what appears to be a raucous music venue
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@federicomena I wonder if it would be worthwhile to migrate the AT-SPI client library and pyatspi to Rust, as you did for librsvg.
Yes, that's my plan. Let's talk in the channel.

Peter Kalmus mastodon (AP)
"We haven't had any snow this year" is an increasingly common statement. It's sad how fast the fossil fuel industry is permanently changing our planet and how most people just accept it.
Scott Maxwell mastodon (AP)
we are about to set an all-time record where I live. It has never happened that we have not had measurable snow this far into the winter season.
Ville Laine mastodon (AP)
Pretty weird to get liquid rain in January, yes.

Nine years ago today I went to the Cirkus Cirkör performance "Knitting Piece" and it was awesome and different. A whole hour or more of acrobatic explorations of ... yarn and its metaphysical properties.

This is the soundtrack.

https://farside.link/invidious/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lYkCOS4pB_XCGwu4Kf8WmQ9UnoKQ1I59Q

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lYkCOS4pB_XCGwu4Kf8WmQ9UnoKQ1I59Q
Hong Kong or Sweden
I bought the album then and there and I listened to it so so many times.

Now I'm listening again for the first time in years and every single track makes me go "oooh! it's this one! i love this one!".

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Don't be fooled by 'fake' or staged videos, especially when animals are involve. With some people going to extreme lengths for internet points, ask yourself: does this video make sense or is it too good to be true? Be cautious and make sure the animal rescue you watch is real – you don't want to be taken for a ride!
ItsBurkus mastodon (AP)
95% of "roadside" rescue videos are fake. Always a perfectly groomed pet just chillin, not even scared

"Nothing new needs producing and no e-waste needs processing. If your new software no longer runs on old hardware, it is worse than the old software. "
what about new features that require more computing power?
I agree with the sentiment, but maybe not the literal precise expression in those sentences.

wrack hometown (AP)
"Some people are born in the wrong place and spend their whole lives looking for the right one."

An old Mongol nomad adage.
I've always felt like a wanderer or an outsider, even when I've been in one place. I used to think it was migrant childhood, now I think it's just my soul.

Happy # !

I'm still not ready to talk about Black history. I want to talk about white US history.

Q: "Why don't Black people build any generational wealth? Newer immigrant groups seem to be doing just fine? Must be a lazy and shiftless people!"

A: Because for most of US history, white folk have *intentionally* destroyed the wealthiest Black neighborhoods in the US and stolen all the wealth.

Greenwood. Allentown. Seneca Village. Rosewood. Freedmen's town.

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I don't understand this ugliness in all it's bloodiness written in ignorance to suppress.

Well I do, but it' beyond comprehension

My dad as we were to go to his friends stopped the car on edge of road and likely because I would sit still at a young 13 explained racism ato me. 3/4 of an hour later he said he expected me to know the difference and not be a racist. More so that everyone to be treated equal.
Rambling here
Know I care and I am sorry
generika hometown (AP)

Content warning: Inter-Generational wealth


# as #:

"People love ChatGPT. People have confidence in it.

"They want to use it for everything—legal work, medical advice, term papers, or even writing Substack columns. "

* give people what they ask for

* don’t worry whether it’s true or not—ethical scruples aren’t part of your job

* If you get caught in a lie, serve up another lie

* always act sure of yourself— your confidence seals the deal

https://tedgioia.substack.com/p/introducing-the-slickest-con-artist

(h/t @kottke)
Rob Hirschfeld mastodon (AP)
explains why that AI has broken through when others have not - it's a confidence play
I had 6 eggs. I broke 2, I fried 2, I ate 2. How many are left?

Given the progression implied from broken to eaten, I'd say four remain. But zero is plausible as well, and it could be argued that two isn't out of the question either. The logic went downhill from there though.

"# has long wanted to become not indispensable, but unavoidable. The key difference there is that a company is indispensable through quality of service and affordability; a company is unavoidable simply by being in the way"

-@ddayen

https://prospect.org/power/amazon-business-endgame-jassy/
@nf3xn mastodon (AP)
it is not possible to use the internet, no matter how hard you try, without paying amazon something, somehow.
They bought up ALL the prescription strength Azelastine 0.15% before it went OTC so I had to order it from them if I wanted medicare to cover it. I was so sad, I didn’t want to use his pharmacy but it’s the only allergy medication that works for me.

JOB ALERT: Controlled Digital Lending Program Manager with Boston Library Consortium to lead the consortial implementation of CDL for interlibrary loan.
12 month grant-funded position, annual salary of $65k-75k with benefits.
Details: https://blc.org/page/were-hiring

For once I didn't use #'s "ticket box" plugin but https://github.com/pablo-s/passes and it worked great!

@fosdem here I come 😀

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Oh that looks like a nice passes app!