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andmaybegayer:

Right. Elastomeric half-facepiece respirators as an alternative to disposable filtering facemasks. I highly recommend getting one.

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Mug for scale, in both cases.

Basic pitch: since I got this I have been much less anxious wandering out and about in the world and I have not worried nearly as much about infection as I have while wearing practically any other mask, because you can fit-check yourself every time you put it on and be practically assured that everything you breathe is going through your filters. This is also cheaper and produces less waste than disposables in the long run, and are more comfortable for long-term wear. Downsides are that it’s pretty big and bulky, and some models are particularly hard to talk through, it requires some basic maintenance, and you might not be able to get the one you want if you have very particular needs or if you absolutely must have filtered exhalation as stock.

Longer pitch: What’s different about these masks, pros, then cons, in more detail, plus what to look for when buying, and finally less-effective semi-reusable alternatives that are less eye-catching.

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#have you heard the Good News of our Lord and Saviour #no but seriously they’re right and they should say it and also I learned some new things from this post #love the concept of a normie-passing/office-dress-code-compliant mask hiding a silicone seal on the inside‚ might have to look into that #I’d vaguely heard of the HF-800 already but I might have to look *more* into that‚ God knows my speech clarity needs all the help it can get #(even though it *would* suck to have to give up my beloved 7502) #(I hate changing models on my prosthetics) #(the glasses I’m wearing right now were discontinued in 2012 and I was like ”what do you *mean* you *discontinued* my *body part*”) #(I have backup glasses that are as similar as I could find) #(and nobody *else* can tell when I’m wearing them versus my primaries) #(but *I* can tell and it’s Terrible) #I *want* box filters but they’re literally twice as much as discs and I don’t think I can stomach the extra $12/pair #given that I’ve managed *this* long on carrying an umbrella and a plastic bag everywhere and being careful when dishwashing #(*knocks on wood*) #tag rambles #illness tw #proud citizen of The Future #disappointed permanent resident of The Future #transhumanism #the more you know


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spacefroggity:

Weird peeve time. Calling lab grown gemstones “fake” is stupid because it’s the same shit just not formed naturally. An artificially grown diamond is the same shit as a natural diamond it is the exact same material bro it’s all fuckign carbon

spacefroggity:

It’s carbon it’s pretty and it didn’t involve slave labor what’s not to love??? Hi I’m having geology opinions tonight apparently. And I’m right

spacefroggity:

There is so much bullshit in the diamonds industry to be mad about tbh. It also ties into the bullshit of the wedding industry as a whole but we don’t have the time to unpack all that

val-ritz:

not even going to lie, the day i learned i could get like 15 lab grown rubies the size of dimes for $20 is the day i spent $20 on rubies, and i have never once said to myself “man, i wish this cost $1,600 and the lives of eight children to produce”

fuckyeahmineralogy:

We are a pro-lab-grown mineral blog here, not only is it massively cheaper but massively more ethical as well in many cases.

thegreenpea:

another very cool lab grown gem is Moissanite. It has a 9.25 on the mohs hardness scale where diamond is a 10. Moissanote also has a 2.69 refractive index in comparison to diamond’s 2.419 and here is the difference

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and the best thing about moissanite? It is all lab grown and it costs only a fraction of what diamond costs. So fuck the diamond indsutry and buy lab grown gems which cost significantly less

rubixpsyche:

Also it’s just cool to think of some mad scientist lookin person doing shit against the law of the universe and making pretty gems for you. Like cmon. This shouldnt be allowed probably. But humans really be like on gOD i want some shiny an just started MAKIN em

dadzathechaosgod:

for years people wanted alchemy, well now we have alchemy and we’re making gemstones out of it and suddenly “it doesn’t count” anymore


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#…there’s something interesting here about the clash between gems-as-decorative-shinies and gems-as-store-of-value #if you were wearing jewellery because it was beautiful then increased availability is an improvement #but if you were wearing jewellery to display wealth‚ and jewellery becomes cheap‚ then it ceases to fulfil its function #more sympathetically‚ if you used to take comfort in the idea that if you ever hit financial rock bottom #–(and‚ especially‚ if you were ever cut off from access to the local financial system)– #you’d be able to get by through pawning your jewellery‚ and jewellery becomes cheap‚ you’ve lost that safety net #(a safety net your ancestors and/or past selves paid good money for‚ money now wasted) #((a few months back I had my mom help me go through the jewellery I’ve accumulated as gifts over the decades #and figure out which ones are valuable and which ones are costume)) #((I store the valuable ones separately from the others so that I can grab the container and run)) #((because silver is a better trade good than steel even if they’re equally shiny)) #((the world is full of stories of refugees who got the starting funds for a new life by selling the jewellery they wore when they escaped)) #I know a whole lot of people place a whole lot more value on decoration than I do #so I expect cheap gemstones are still *net* good #but I see the downsides here #tag rambles #jewellery #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers #adventures in human capitalism #proud citizen of The Future #disappointed permanent resident of The Future #is the blue I see the same as the blue you see #death tw? #this probably deserves some other warning tag but I am not sure what

rustingbridges:

ime one of the upsides of gas is that as long as you have gas or electric your home has heat and cooking capability

also I’ve never had a gas outage. presumably they run those underground? whereas I’ve lived in places where you were, at some point, definitely going to have the electric out for hours

…how is your heat set up? Is that from having a gas stove?

I have an electric stove and a gas furnace (also a gas dryer and water heater), and I would have said the exact opposite: one of the *downsides* of gas is that your heat needs *both* gas and electricity to work, and fails if either is missing.

(Not that gas has ever been missing, true, but “works when electricity is out” is like the *one* major advantage combustion-based heating can have, and it can’t even fucking do *that*. It had one job! What am I paying all this carbon for, if not that?!)

(I can*not* fucking wait to get a heat pump and some hybrid solar.)


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#disappointed permanent resident of The Future #reply via reblog #domesticity #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers


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prokopetz:

celestialyearning:

prokopetz:

It’s funny how whenever a major media site publishes a bloviating thinkpiece about The Rise and Fall of Tumblr, their elaborately justified list of things about Tumblr that modern social media users hate just happens to be perfectly, one-to-one identical with a list of things about Tumblr that make it difficult for advertisers to harvest personally identifying information about individual users. Like, exactly who do y’all think you’re fooling, buddy?

“Tumblr died because people just hate websites that don’t have intrusive advertising built into the platform!”

I especially like the ones that frame arguments to the effect of “having no functional ability to curate your user experience is actually a good thing because people are inherently lazy and content recommendation algorithms can be trusted to act in everyone’s best interests“.


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#Tumblr: a User’s Guide #this probably deserves some warning tag but I am not sure what #the number of robot-vacuum reviewers who think ”not cloud-dependent” is a *downside* is… #…I guess not ”boggling” because see above‚ but it’s *displeasing* #I will instead go with the recommendation of paranoiacs on Reddit†‚ who are much more reasonable #(although I am not sure yet if I will be buying one in the foreseeable future) #(Mom has expressed interest in the idea too‚ so I might frame it as a present for her) #(maybe for the big six-oh) #((in addition to my traditional birthday gift to her of a fancy quiche)) #(((I mean‚ the decision may not end up being mine to make with all the supply-chain shit‚ but at the moment it *does* seem to be in stock))) #†Eufy RoboVac 11S #tag rambles #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers #domesticity

ms-demeanor:

Hey there friends, if you use iOS and are a member of any NSFW Discord servers I would *STRONGLY RECOMMEND* that you go and immediately change your settings to only update apps manually – Discord is going to suspend access to NSFW servers on iOS devices.

Here’s how to make updates manual: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202180

NSFW servers and channels will still be allowed on Android devices and on desktop, but I know a lot of iPhone users who use Discord for kink and sex work and this update will completely cut you off from that on your device.


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#Discord has been going downhill for some time #god I’m so tired of all this shit #both the NSFW purges and #generally having to keep migrating from one messaging service to another as each one fails and/or turns against its users #(I don’t use iOS but the writing’s on the wall‚ you know?) #(and the bastards at Discord *have* already forced me to give them a phone number‚ which I was *not* comfortable with) #((no they were not fooled by a VoIP)) #we should just fucking email each other #for a more IM-y email interface I’ve been hearing some intriguing things about Delta Chat #mutuals if you want to exchange email addresses hmu #Discord #tag rambles #PSA #disappointed permanent resident of The Future


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Responding to a pandemic in the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation:

nuclearspaceheater:

nentuaby:

roseverdict:

nentuaby:

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PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU’RE APOLOGIZING FOR BECAUSE I’M COMPLETELY CONFUSED

The RNA vaccines approved for COVID-19 in the US both need to be distributed at extremely low temperatures. Like 40F lower than any other mass-distributed medicine.

It turns out the Dippin Dots company runs the only nationwide supply chain that’s ever operated at those temperatures. So all these big serious health orgs are consulting the expertise of, and even exploring renting equipment from, The Ice Cream of the Future™️.

This is it. This is the future that it’s the ice cream of.


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#oh my god #(I hadn’t heard of this before) #(but I guessed pretty much what OP must be on about when I saw Dippin Dots) #illness tw #covid19 #vaccines #food #I’m not sure whether to tag this #proud citizen of The Future #or #disappointed permanent resident of The Future #ambivalent person-who-passed-the-citizenship-test-but-hasn’t-had-the-ceremony-yet of The Future??

People Can’t Vacuum Or Use Their Doorbell Because Amazon’s Cloud Servers Are Down – Eminetra Australia

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argumate:

Anyone else unable to turn on their Christmas lights because of the AWS outage?

oh boy.


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#today (well‚ last fortnight) in ”fuck cloud dependence” #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers #disappointed permanent resident of The Future

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rustingbridges:

not a big fan of that captcha thing where you gotta wait 30 minutes for google to decide if it wants to show you another bus

 

brin-bellway:

and that captcha thing where it never explicitly tells you if you succeeded or not, so you’re never sure if it’s making you do it like six times because you suck or because it’s just Like That

 

rustingbridges:

it reliably makes me do more on my browser With Adblock And Shit, whereas my chrome sellout browser just lets me press the button, so I figure it’s just like that

anyway with the fade out / in buses I think I noticed it doesn’t start the fade in until you focus the tab again, which is Hell

 

brin-bellway:

Yeah, in some ways having to do it like six times is a sign that I’ve *succeeded*: not at finding buses, but at preventing Google from tracking my identity.

I don’t think I’ve ever unfocused the tab, so I hadn’t noticed that part.

 

brin-bellway:

Update: on multiple occasions reCAPTCHA *has* now explicitly claimed that I failed to find all the crosswalks, and refused to let me through until I agreed to lie and say that those pictures that were clearly *rumble strips* were actually crosswalks. There was likewise an occasion where it wouldn’t let me through until I agreed to claim that an RV was a bus.

(if they’re using this as some kind of self-driving-car training program I shudder to think how that’s going)

 

rustingbridges:

to be honest I’m getting pretty annoyed that recaptcha now seems to be the only captcha service in use

It is awfully pervasive, yeah, though I still see a *few* others.

(The update post was inspired by me changing my email addresses to custom domains this week: the “telling all my various accounts to use the new email” process involved filling out a *lot* of captchas.)


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brin-bellway:

rustingbridges:

brin-bellway:

rustingbridges:

not a big fan of that captcha thing where you gotta wait 30 minutes for google to decide if it wants to show you another bus

and that captcha thing where it never explicitly tells you if you succeeded or not, so you’re never sure if it’s making you do it like six times because you suck or because it’s just Like That

it reliably makes me do more on my browser With Adblock And Shit, whereas my chrome sellout browser just lets me press the button, so I figure it’s just like that

anyway with the fade out / in buses I think I noticed it doesn’t start the fade in until you focus the tab again, which is Hell

Yeah, in some ways having to do it like six times is a sign that I’ve *succeeded*: not at finding buses, but at preventing Google from tracking my identity.

I don’t think I’ve ever unfocused the tab, so I hadn’t noticed that part.

Update: on multiple occasions reCAPTCHA *has* now explicitly claimed that I failed to find all the crosswalks, and refused to let me through until I agreed to lie and say that those pictures that were clearly *rumble strips* were actually crosswalks. There was likewise an occasion where it wouldn’t let me through until I agreed to claim that an RV was a bus.

(if they’re using this as some kind of self-driving-car training program I shudder to think how that’s going)


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blackblocberniebros:

No joke, companies working on facial recognition software should be destroyed. There’s literally no possible ethical use of that kind of technology.

 

argumate:

I disagree, but would say that it’s complicated.

 

blackblocberniebros:

I mean i could foresee some silly app-based games coming out of it but like I’d gladly deprive the world of those games if it means preventing the ever strengthening of the surveillance state.

Fire to their offices, smash their computers.

 

argumate:

Can’t put the genie back into the bottle; need to plan for a world where everyone’s activities are tracked basically all of the time, or could be.

 

blackblocberniebros:

Alright then I’m a primitivist now

 

argumate:

Luckily in small primitive communities you’re not continually watched and judged every waking moment wait what the heck am I saying

 

blackblocberniebros:

I mean you can be alone all the time as a hunter-gatherer.

But I was being facetious anyway

 

misanthropymademe:

The problem with facial recognition software is that it will finally settle the question if there truly is a difference between one’s face and ass. 

 

ilzolende:

As an autistic, it would be nice to augment with software to get up to baseline, as people have taken advantage of my impairment before and it sucked a lot.

Agreed (with ilzolende, not with OP).

It’s perfectly technologically feasible to give me assistive tech for my disability. We have wearable HUDs. We have software that can beat me in facial-recognition tests. The reason I don’t have assistive tech right now is because of neurotypicals whining that it would be an “invasion of privacy” to let me do to them in software what they’ve been doing to me in wetware for their entire fucking lives.

…okay, I see I do still have that berserk button, it’s just that nobody’s pushed it in a while. I guess that’s useful to know.

(Well, I suppose I would still have it, since it’s a subcategory of the always-terrible “person [sacrifices/attempts to sacrifice/advocates sacrificing] my well-being for the Greater Good, not because they’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided the greater good was worth the harm it would cause me, but because it literally never occurred to them to factor it into the decision”.)

Look, I don’t know whether facial-recognition tech is worth it overall. I’m willing to believe that it isn’t. But we-as-a-society can’t have that discussion properly until the pro-privacy folks recognise that seeing-eye computers for prosopagnosics would, all else equal, be a good thing, and that “if we do X, such computers will exist” deserves to be added in as one of the factors when deciding whether to do X.


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