Discovery: Toilet

bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct0t95

You may call it the toilet, the loo, the privy, the potty, the can or even the bathroom, but whatever you call it, this everyday object has its roots in Bronze Age Pakistan. It even had a seat!

But how did the toilet come to be? Given one third of the world’s population still live without one, how much is our embarrassment around toilet habits to blame? And what scientific developments are underway to help make them truly universal?

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I asked it what a friendly AI might think of what I just said. it replied:

"Your comment was thoughtful, but it’s pretty late in the history of being in the future."

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all usb plugs should fuckin click into the ports and stay there

An extended interview with Star Control creators Fred Ford & Paul Reiche III | Ars Technica

arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/07

Geek out to two hours of Ur-Quan design secrets and behind-the-scenes tales.

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I’m a big fan of homeopathy. Once I had a headache, drank a glass of water, and got better.

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“Historically, the most terrible things—war, genocide, and slavery—have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.” —Howard Zinn

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An interesting and engaged perspective on the Black Lives Matter protests by a Chinese student in the US: sixthtone.com/news/1005802/at-

Some of the model minority stuff helps me understand the relatives of mine who still refuse to get it, even though there’s plenty of experience with oppressive states and terrifying authorities in recent generations of our family.

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Hey :) This is an account for karrot - an open source community organising platform focused on resource saving and sharing.

We're currently being used by a bunch of groups around Europe who save and share food from being wasted (see karrot.world/#/groupPreview), but heading towards general community organising uses too.

We're into stuff like participatory design, democratic process, non/less-hierarchical structure.

We're open source (you can use our main instance, or self-host).

#introductions

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Phew the guy who's I guess the CEO of Oculus is excited about Ready Player One's sequel and apparently all new Oculus employees have to read it when they start???

like... can you imagine your new employer being that obtuse?

Here, think about a virtual world in which a) we ignore the problems of the real world to engage in the virtual world, b) we're obsessed with the past, not imagining how a future might be.

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Podcast? Podcast. Ish. 

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In light of the contraception ruling, I'm going to re-share a blog post I wrote several years ago about my experience getting/using contraceptive insurance at Notre Dame under the ACA. It was extremely difficult to use even then.

ruthtillman.com/post/on-gettin

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Rien d'important dans l'actualité aujourd'hui, à part la publication par le Conseil National du Numérique de son étude de cas sur l’#interopérabilité des réseaux sociaux.

bortzmeyer.org/cnnum-interop.h

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ICE News, For Intl Students 

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racism, violence 

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My friend's Obele's brother, Chinedu Okobi, was killed by police officers in San Mateo, in the heart of Silicon Valley, in 2018. Despite a coroner's verdict of homicide, the District Attorney declined to prosecute.

Now the #justiceforchinedu campaign is fundraising to elect a better DA. Please join me in throwing in! tinyurl.com/JusticeForChinedu

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birdsite 

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.