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Can't I just read for the rest of my life AND make good money out of it?

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Since we're having a bit of a boom on Hammerspoon-based utilities for blind Mac users I just updated Hammerboard, a small soundboard utility to use the spoon system. If you haven't heard about it but want a very fast soundboard it's worth a look! github.com/pitermach/hammerboa

I can’t figure out what I want to read. I have a ton of books in my to read pile, but I’m not in the mood for any of them.

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The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. - Ursula K Le Guin

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eugenics, autism 

when has figuring out a gene that causes something ever helped anyone except for via gene therapy to cure a debilitating condition or else preventing people with the condition from existing?
I guess there are genetic conditions like PKU, MSUD and galactosemia that can be treated with avoiding certain types of foods but that's more because we know what enzyme is missing than because we know the gene, it's just that those two things are very connected
but with autism, I don't know why scientists are so obsessed with finding a gene for autism, especially when it's become extremely clear there is no singular gene for it at all and any genetic differences between autistics and neurotypicals that exist are going to be incredibly complex and subtle
and then people say that this genetic research is going to improve the lives of autistic people (when if they did find some clear gene, it would likely result in selective abortion) but don't have any clear idea of how
there are things autistic people have been saying will improve their lives for a long time and no one listens and then they think knowing genes will help us somehow
I'm starting to question the idea of everything being genetic
many things are, and probably more things than we are currently aware of are influenced by genetics, but it seems like this catch-all explanation for things we have no other explanations for
like the idea of genes making you gay, I seriously question whether there is any scientific validity to that, it seems like someone promoted that idea trying to stop homophobia by insisting it isn't a chosen lifestyle
and homophobia does need to stop, but it shouldn't require the idea of it being genetic to make straight people sympathize with us
in fact that idea only paves the way for eugenics
if you genuinely want to help autistic people why would you not listen to us about what actually causes us to suffer and find ways to mitigate that? how exactly are these experiments to find autism genes helping anyone?
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Hi folks!

If everyone in the whole world [whose gender isn't adequately expressed or defined by the gender binary of M/F] could please take part in these test questions, it will really help a lot in the design of the 2023 Gender Census...

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYFJ9--e6eDqFPNGIcFxU_aZRHVsR7okOgqc1i2lbAX_jBBg/viewform

Thank you!

Just updated to iOS 16. Now I‘m playing around with the different voices.

So yeah, drinking coffee right after brushing my teeth wasn’t the best idea I’ve had this morning. 🤢
Lol have a great day everyone.

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Are you physically handicapped (e.g. visually impaired) and do you use the accessibility features of Mastodon?

I am really curious how many people actually read it, if I write a description of media? Does it have an impact? Am I doing something good or is it just a waste of time?

Would be nice to have a conversation with handicapped people.

#accessibility #accessibilitymatters #usability #ableism

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I sacrificed sleep time to try and cut just Bridget rocking animation but I failed

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Mirrored from TheOnion on Twitter. 

iPhone 14 Camera To Include Director For Highest-Quality Video Yet https://bit.ly/3x4KSb5

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I’m happy to be on vacation, but I’m also jealous of the people who are getting to play The Last of Us right now. :-)

I’d like to try streaming, but I worry that I don’t have the focus to talk to people in chat and pay attention to what’s happening in game.

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Blindness, Satire 

"Blind People Are Faking It" - The Onion
As a person, I can confirm that this is true. Soon, soon we shall strike!
theonion.com/blind-people-are-

At some point I need to play Guilty Gear Strive. I’ve heard really good things about it.

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religion, witch trials, hysteria, modern exoneration 

"After 329 years -- and thanks to an eighth-grade civics class -- a Salem-era woman has been officially exonerated of devil worship."

https://www.jwz.org/blog/2022/07/massachusetts-grants-absolution-to-its-last-remaining-witch/

Taking a break from The Last of Us 2. I’m not the best when it comes to combat, but otherwise I’m really enjoying the game.

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