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"The effort to ~manifest~ and ~normalize~ across Instagram specifically ranges from bot-like nonsense splashed over gorgeous imagery to clinical-grade psychological advice with entry-level graphic design. Anyone can contribute to rebuilding global mental health with a stock image of the galaxy and a quote ripped from"

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The Dirt is one of my newer newsletter subscriptions, and it is proving to be consistently my favorite each week. Here is today's, on toxic positivity affirmation shitposting.

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I don't know if any of y'all follow Andrew Huang, but he's now doing a thing where he's gone to space (?) and is living on a spaceship (??) to hunt down time crystals (???) but otherwise still just doing music production reviews and tutorials. It's great.

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why would anyone consume an article in text form when they could simply go to youtube and have the same content read to them by a guy in a black graphic t-shirt and a goatee over the course of 10 to 15 minutes.

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1974, Joni Mitchell stops in the middle of performing "Both Sides Now" to talk about Star Trek:

"Did you ever used to watch that show called Star Trek? (cheers from crowd) Oh... I just had a flash of this show, that I saw while I was singing this tune. It was the only show where Dr. Spock ever got any emotion, right? You remember that one? It was really great because... " (, she goes on to talk about Spock and clouds, just amazing)

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Sarraounia (1986) is an excellent film showing African resistance to colonization. It's the kind of film we need so much more of, one that makes a good attempt at being historically accurate, is moving to watch, and engages the present through the past

you can watch it here:

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"I realised he just wanted to understand what had happened to him, and more about how technology works. That’s the same kind of curiosity I had, that started this whole surrealist three-act drama. That… wasn’t really what I was expecting from Tony Abbott, but it’s what I found."

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Extremely good article: "When you browse Instagram and find former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's passport number"

Going through my follows and removing all those accounts I followed in 2018 who never came back to Mastodon haha

Not sure if I posted about it already, but I recently became obsessed with this Oblivion NPC dialogue YouTube channel, which is just edited clips from a series of English-language training videos made by a community college teacher. I have watched every one of these videos at least twice. Here is a good one:

Just watched a contestant whip through EVERY correct answer in a Dolly Parton category on Jeopardy and the other contestants clapped for her afterward. What a joy.

I have appeared on a podcast again 

Twice, actually. I would not presume people are interested, but if you are, here is the information:
This episode is about the weirdo B-movie "Trancers":
This episode is about an old western called "The Furies":

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In a lot of ways, it's almost poetic that the summer of the uprising for Black lives has led to a world where even lots of WHITE people in America now have to acknowledge their government doesn't give a fuck about them.

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I have thought a lot about what it would mean to forgive the Trump supporters in my life, but that's going to be hard to do thinking about the permanent damage this is all going to do, the world it will leave behind for my nephews.

What's your favorite fake Christmas? Mine is Decemberween, but Festivus and Candlenights are competitors.

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pol, David Graeber quote, carework 

"You ask any Marxist about labor and labor-value, they always immediately go to production. Well, here’s a cup. Somebody has to make the cup, it’s true. But we make a cup once, and we wash it ten thousand times, right? That labor just disappears in most of these accounts. Most work isn’t about producing things, it’s about keeping them the same, it’s about maintaining them, taking care of them, but also taking care of people, taking care of plants and animals."

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militarization of the police charted by the evolution of Lego cop model

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