a friend of mine who spends a LOT of his time picking up plastic waste from parks, rivers, streets, etc. had a good idea. He decided to photograph the non biodegradable waste and tag companies on social media with it. So if he finds a plastic Subway cup, he tells Subway about it with the message "is this yours?" I dig this because it's not something that blames the consumer. It puts the blame where it belongs: on the producer.
So there are three ideas which need to be spread in order to counteract this very harmful way of thinking about literature.
- learn to recognise the canon where you see it. Watch out for phrases like "essential" and superlatives like "greatest". Fuck the canon
- there is nothing you have to read. It's OK not to read if that's not what you're into. If it is what you're into, read whatever the fuck you like
- valid to read extracts. valid not to finish books. valid to skip pages
For years Facebook claimed the adding a phone number for 2FA was only for security. Now it can be searched and there's no way to disable that.
And by a landslide, the March selection for the #SFFBookclub is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers.
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Yes, "terror birds"; Phorusrhacidae was a predatory flightless bird between 3.5-10ft tall, and the apex predator in South America for nearly 60 million years. The larger terror birds could run at up to 30mph and used their 18" beak as an axe, elongating their neck and letting gravity and momentum do the work to attack their prey.
One terror bird, Kelenken guillermoi, holds the record for bird skull size at 28 inches long.
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Zweibrücken hat eine Sternwarte, die aussieht wie R2D2. Cool. Gar nicht so weit weg von mir, da muss ich hin.
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if billionaires can't afford to pay a 70% tax on their income, they should stop eating so much avocado toast
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More than a week after finishing it, I feel like I'm still digesting this book. I said some very critical things, but I think they're better framed as statements of _discomfort_ than flaws in a book of which the discomfort is part of the point. And part of that discomfort is that Butler never tells us what we're supposed to think of the Oankali, and Lilith's feelings about them are... complex. Which is a strength of the book, not a weakness.
Was ich echt nicht verstehe: Die SPD-Bundestagsfraktion stimmt für #219a mit dem Argument, sie könne nicht gegen die Koalitionsvereinbarung stimmen. So erklärte das Katarina Barley gestern abend auf dem Podium nach der Premiere von 'Die Berufung' über Ruth Bader Ginsburg nochmal und bekam viel Applaus.
Aber bei #Artikel13 entscheidet die CDU gegen den Koa-Vertrag - und die SPD akzeptiert? Wieso?
9 MN Powerlifters protest exclusion of trans athlete by letting their time run out on the platform.
"my professor was trying to find an example of [contrastive focus] reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding."
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- having a Black protagonist who is a mother. Maybe I haven't read widely enough, but that is a rare pov, esp. in sff. I've read only two, I think.
- the description of the Oankali's creepiness didn't work for me, but I like that Butler made the humans averse to looking at them/being close to them. They are *alien*, nothing in our evolution prepared us for them, our brains might actually just jump to disgust/fear/aversion programs
I am new here and still somewhat confused. Be gentle.