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


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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Vaccination round two (actually round three)

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Walgreens says they’ll add multiple vaccinations into a single shot! They show a big list of vaccinations! I didn’t know some of these existed yesterday! Gotta admit, I’m a slightly tempted to just get everything even if there’s no practical value to it. Is there any reason why I would not want to do that? I know older people with little impact craters on their arms where they got the smallpox shot back in the day, so a least some vaccines aren’t as simple and painless as the covid19 one is… would they leave it off this list if it was a potentially serious one, like if getting vaccine for yellow fever could harm somebody then maybe they wouldn’t let me just get it all willy nilly when I’m not actually at risk of tropical diseases. I don’t actually know!

  • COVID-19
  • Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Tdap (Whooping Cough)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Cholera (Vaxchora)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Hepatitis A (Hep A)
  • Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B (combination)
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal)
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever

I know I got whatever was considered standard childhood vaccinations when I was a kid, and I know that included MMR, but I honestly don’t remember if that included anything else on the list. Whooping cough is one of those diseases that kids don’t get anymore, presumably I’ve got that one maybe? Better check on that.

Walgreens apparently will not let me get a booster with a different brand name, those bastards. They say “CDC recommends getting the same brand” and then link to the CDC page that does in fact say getting mix-n-match boosters is okay. Apparently CVS is cool with it? I think I’ll just sign up for the covid19 and flu combo for now.



what’s this? an opportunity to get myself injected with an unwise medley of juices?

color me intrigued



alright but I unironically want several of these for Actual Reasons besides The Juice. how much is too much



Pro-vaccine advice: don’t get all of these vaccines

You really shouldn’t get the cholera vaccine, unless you’re seriously likely to need the cholera vaccine. It lasts about 3 months, and for the first 2 weeks you have to be super careful about washing your hands because you can transmit cholera to other people (because live attenuated).

TD isn’t needed if you’re getting TDaP (same TD there, plus pertussis).

Rabies only lasts about a year, I think, and it sucks to get unless you really need it. A better rabies vaccine would be great but we really don’t have it. I think there’s something similar with Typhoid; the immunity just doesn’t last.

There are 2 pneumonia vaccines, and you only really need one if you’re over 65 or have serious immune or respiratory issues (ask your doctor). Ditto for shingles; you don’t really need it if you are younger than that and/or had chickenpox after the age of 2 or 3.

The one non-standard one you could seriously consider getting is Yellow Fever, and they generally don’t recommend it unless you’re going to need it. It has a low complication rate, of something like 1/50 to 100M, but does have the possibility of giving you the virus. It’s still one of those we could consider expanding, but we really did wipe it out in the US.



Adding these tags from @brin-bellway


I added mine to my Word doc where I have all the meds I’m currently taking, plus doses, and the contact info for my past doctors.

The nurses are always super grateful when I just hand them a piece of paper when they ask “what are you taking”, and I don’t have to write it down every time.

I don’t think my situation has gotten *quite* complicated enough yet to need a standard ref sheet, but I’ll bear that in mind as I get older.

I do write down the details every time I have a new concern, and hand them that when they ask about the purpose of the visit. They seem a little weirded out by it, but they’re willing to go along with it, and I think they’ve been adding the sheets to their file on me.

(In related news, it’s amazing how much more seriously people take you when you have things in writing: nothing says Responsible Adult like a clipboard, apparently. This mostly holds even if you’re using it as assistive tech for your shitty autistic speaking ability and/or your shitty immune system (leading to the use of a high-grade-but-pretty-muffling prosthetic immune system) [link]. It’s a good trick to have in my arsenal, given that I look about 13 and often have trouble getting people to take me seriously in meatspace.)


#medical cw #vaccines #transhumanism #reply via reblog #illness tw

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is there like. Theory. about the definition of the self through the objects we surround ourselves with? i feel so much more like Myself ever since i got my shirt again and i am curious what the philosophy side of tumblr has to say about it

Off the top of my head there’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_mind_thesis, but that’s more specifically about using external computation/storage to augment your brain.

While I do get the part-of-me feeling most strongly with computers, I occasionally get it with other stuff too. I’m not sure how much of it is just an autism not-liking-change thing, but there definitely does seem to also be an aspect of “affirming my identity as the sort of person who would have X”.

(I’m sure that’s the holy grail of marketing, but I think it very much *can* be both natural and healthy. I absolutely endorse my desire to be the sort of person who would have a utility belt.)

Clothing can have additional aspects: I think the feeling I get from wearing my Girl Guide jacket primarily operates through some of the same mechanisms as weighted blankets, feeling more comfortable and confident when well-covered.


#philosophy #reply via reblog #is the blue I see the same as the blue you see #clothing #transhumanism #autism



The average person has about one or two hours/night of REM sleep, and is awake for about 16 hours/day. So of all your experience, about 90% is awake, and 10% is in dreams.

But dreams tend to involve much stronger emotions than waking. In a typical waking day, you’ll go to the office, maybe hang out with friends, do a lot of boring stuff you’ve done before. In a typical dream, you’ll find true love, or get attacked by zombies, or discover a new continent. So much more than 10% of your interesting emotions, happiness, and unhappiness happens in dreams. Let’s kind of arbitrarily say it’s 50%.

You spend so much work trying to improve the quality of your waking life, and it’s so hard. But you put almost no work into improving the quality of your dreams. And improving the quality of dreams is much easier! A cooler room, a softer blanket, or a cup of tea before bed could all do it. That’s before you even get to all the complicated herbs and meditation techniques people have invented for the purpose. If, as a utilitarian, your goal is to maximize your positive and minimize your negative experiences – then if you’re concentrating on waking life, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

This suggests probably the most important and neglected effective altruist cause is giving people better dreams. It probably costs hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to Amnesty International to prevent one person from being tortured when awake, but far more people are tortured in nightmares, and those probably can be prevented for a few dollars each. The same is true of positive utilitarianism. It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to create new lives. But there are dozens of medications and supplements that can give people much more vivid dreams, and if we give those the the people whose dreams are most likely on net to be pleasant, we’re creating vast amounts of extra pleasurable experience.

If your dreams are generally good, take galantamine and melatonin to get more of them. If your dreams are generally bad, take scopolamine and clonidine to get less of them. This is by far the most effective life improvement advice you will ever get.

#to be clear this is a joke #but i am still trying to figure out exactly why

I think this is related to the distinction between the “experiencing self” and the “remembering self”? Most people remember their dreams pretty weakly (I generally don’t remember mine at all.) We generally seem to treat the “remembering self” as more real than the “experiencing self”. (Consider the use of “conscious sedation” in medicine.)

That just kicks the can down the road to “making dreams more *memorable* is one of the most important things we could possibly do”.

And before anyone is like “but most waking experiences are also not memorable”: maybe your *brain* doesn’t remember, but if you care to arrange it you can get an exoself that *does* [link]. As technology advances (data storage, wearable recorders, automated transcription, etc), this gets more practical every year.

Whereas…okay, I haven’t yet had a chance to post the draft I’m thinking of here, but for now: the scariest part of lucid dreaming is the acute awareness that you’re operating with a malfunctioning memory compiler with *nothing* you can do to compensate for that. Everything around you–every bit of scrap paper, or keyboard, or microphone, or friend–is an illusion even more fragile than your current consciousness.

A sedated me is, if she can *possibly* manage it, wearing a microphone around her neck [link]. A dreaming me gets nothing: maybe an after-the-fact journal entry if she’s *lucky*.

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#reply via reblog #amnesia cw #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers #dreams #transhumanism #drugs cw?





idk i think if people were dying for the second time that might imply some good news

If my dad dies of this, it will be his second death. He died the first time of a heart attack in 1994. Heart attacks are among the easier kinds of death to undo: even with our all-too-limited medical tech, we can sometimes manage it. In his case, they could.


#reply via reblog #death tw #transhumanism #covid19 #medical cw #trump cw #(the following category tag was added retroactively:) #proud citizen of The Future


I love how so much of the wizards’s repertoire in D&D implies something awful.

Like, there’s an 8th level spell where you cut out a chunk of somebody’s living flesh and use it to spend the next several months growing a bottled clone that’s bound to their soul, so if they ever die, the soul will transfer to the clone.

This is a standard, core-book piece of wizardry that literally any player’s wizard can choose to learn when they reach the appropriate level.

This is a game that has very specific built-in assumptions about What Wizards Are Like, is what I mean to say.


#what do you mean ”awful” #is there some horrible catch not stated in this post? #because as stated that sounds *great* and I *want* one #*fuck* clinging-to-life-with-a-mere-single-body #D&D #death tw #transhumanism #and I suppose I’ll follow OP’s lead by tagging it #body horror


I just got my Alcor membership finalized! I have the amulet and everything!


Oddly enough, I was just researching cryonics myself these past two days.

My conclusion was “given my current financial situation, increasing my expenses by ~USD$1k/year is probably more likely to get me killed than not immediately signing up for vitrification is”. (yes I saw the Cryonics Institute, but frankly I would not trust any sort of long-term facility in *Detroit* further than I could throw it) Alcor membership is now #6 on my list of Things to Save Up For Once My Finances Permit Saving Up That Much, below the non-shitty car but above the fire-escape ladder.

(I get the impression that the demographics are pretty different, but cryonics nevertheless parses to me as a Neat Prepper Thing. I have a soft spot for things that one will likely never find useful but will be *extremely glad for* if one does.)


#not a day goes by that I don’t add at least a few strands to one safety net or another #cryonics #death tw #transhumanism #reply via reblog #adventures in human capitalism #101 Uses for Infrastructureless Computers



proposal: unaging humans that don’t have an ongoing population crisis – instead, norms approach “spend at least 50 years learning who you are and getting settled” and “a child really needs several parents who all have stable relationships with each other, at least two of whom are willing to do full-time parenting, at least in the early years”, and nobody who would have had children because “well, if I don’t have them now I can’t have them later” or an interest in perpetuating the bloodline or an interest in support in old age has kids

additionally, the lower rate of childbirth fails to prevent children from socializing, because of denser housing and better transit, so even if everyone in the city only has a thousand kids they can all meet up, or people temporarily moving to raise kids, or whatever

“but this would make boring science fiction” just have the kid-friendly cities be oversurveilled suburbia that children are weirded out by and teenagers hate. or, like, some kind of extended metaphor where a “working parent and nonworking parent” household has as much trouble raising kids as a single-working-parent household does today, or something.

anyway, since everyone uses science fiction as an oracle now apparently, we should be a tiny bit concerned about the total unavailability of a concept in sci-fi.

Or, the central conflict actually has nothing to do with the kids and how they’re being raised; rather, the kids’ situation in the world is a background to the existing story.

When I was in eighth grade, I wrote a story that took place in a dystopia where they had rejiggered human sleep/wake cycles to give everyone more waking time, and then forced children to spend half that time in school and half that time working for a war effort, which was kind of a “we have always been at war with Oceania” kind of war effort. Except that wasn’t what the story was about. The story was about three kids who find a treehouse that contains gateways to other dimensions, where they go to escape their miserable lives in the dystopia. 

You could have a story about a future where humans have incredibly lengthened lifespans and there aren’t many kids and the kids that there are tend to live in specific kid-friendly places so the story is about a kid whose parents take them traveling a lot so they’re used to being in places for adults and then they move in with a more stable unit because they think the kid needs stability and the kid is bored shitless by other kids and “kid friendly” stuff. Or the kid is neurodivergent in a world that’s a lot more accepting of adult neurodivergence than child neurodivergence because kids are so much rarer than before. Or the family dynamics when your older brother is 40 and you’re 10. Or something totally unrelated, like the kid’s emotional reactions to one of the parents having a dangerous job. The conflict doesn’t have to be about the existence of the longer lifespans and the relative rarity of children but they are raised in places where children are denser than in other areas; you can follow through extrapolations of that to think, what kind of challenges would they have? Or come up with something barely related. Cory Doctorow’s “Down and Out In The Magic Kingdom” gives us a post-humanist world where people back themselves up and death isn’t permanent and currency is popularity and reputation, and then writes a murder mystery set in that world where the main character is trying to solve his own murder after being restored from backup. The conflict isn’t about being in a post-humanist society where death is a minor inconvenience, but the story couldn’t exist without that background.


#story ideas I will never write #death tw #there is probably some other warning tag I should put on this but I am not sure what

Of Things Remembered


“Wake up.”

The scene around me swam and reformed itself as the young man opened his eyes. The generic room was replaced by a modest stone cell. A little table appeared in the corner, where one dim candle flickered, casting a dim light over a couple of books and some parchment. An evening chill swept in from the narrow window that appeared, and outside I could see the stars, undimmed by any city lights or orbitals. I switched over to the full baseline human sense-simulation, and inhaled slowly. The evening air was fragrant and damp, like a rainstorm had just passed. Through the door I could hear voices far down the hall, rising and falling together, perhaps in prayer.

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#storytime #transhumanism #death tw #(ftr I approve of people doing this for me if they can’t get more thorough resurrection methods) #(though I strongly suspect that this stance could already be inferred from previous data)

Anonymous asked: Body mod: Unaging preteen girl.

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No | rather not | I dunno | I guess | Sure | Yes | FUCK yes | Oh god you don’t even know

On the one hand, unagingness is very good and worth grabbing. On the other hand, I like having an older-than-preteen body, both for personal “I enjoy the results of estrogen-puberty and would rather have a body which lets me have them rather than not” reasons and for social “being seen as a kid by people who don’t know me would lead to assorted interpersonal difficulties” reasons. Ultimately, though, the unagingness consideration is a Very Big Deal and wins out over the downsides, and so while it’s not my favorite choice within the space of possible unaging bodies it’s pretty clearly worth it relative to my current baseline (which is how I’ve been rating these).


Loophole hacking, maybe? They didn’t say pre-*adolescent*, they said pre-*teen*.

Me aged 12 years and 364 days is a *little* less physically developed than me aged 25, but close enough to be believable as an adult: most of the difference between 13 and 25 is experience, and I assume you’re keeping the ability to gain experience (unagingness wouldn’t be any fun if it gave you anterograde amnesia). You might not pass for adult *at first glance*, but people routinely mistake me for 17 as it is, and I doubt being physically reverted to 13-less-one-day would make it that much worse.

(And it does occasionally have its advantages: one time–it was the day after my birthday, I think I was either 21 or 22–I was in a grocery store and the attached bank had a guy trying to talk passersby into signing up. He started trying to talk to me, but when I turned around and looked at him, my face pinged to him as “too young to sign legal contracts” and he stopped.)

((While seeing whether I could look up which year it was, I found another relevant quote in my diary (age 21): “She tried to take only the parents’ cards†, reading me as underage. (Most of the museum cashiers did. I’m not sure how I feel about that.)”))

†Note from present-me: the cards were a citizenship gift from the Canadian government, granting free museum access for one year. Only adults get cards: children merely accompany their parents.


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