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Are other folks getting webmentions from micro.blog? I’m still receiving webmentions from other websites, but not when folks on micro.blog respond to me. 🤷‍♂️


Grandma’s house has really cool toys.


Painting pumpkins 🎨 🎃



Rambling western Massachusetts, exploring some state parks between visiting fall festival after fall festival.

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Wandering western Massachusetts.

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In reply to: Heather Havrilesky: There Are Too Many Gurus in America | Literary Hub

In other words, the guru is an expert at gaming privilege. Many of his so-called life hacks are just that, hacks—sly methods of disrupting other people’s resources for the sake of your own. If you happen to have a few demographic advantages, plus the raw self-loathing and lack of affection for humanity that tend to accompany any sustained imperative to maximize your own delicious supremacy behind fortress walls, the guru can make you king or queen of all that you survey. Everyone else can, of course, get fucked.

In reply to: Scandinavia | Haggard Hawks HQ

Scandinavia was originally “Scadinavia”, but Pliny (seemingly mistakenly) added a second N in the first century AD. The popularity and influence of his writing in the centuries that followed only served to make the error more widespread, and eventually the dual-N spelling became the norm.

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Watching the construction on Pearl Street.

In reply to: Universal Basic Mobility Is a Human Right - CityLab

Universal Basic Mobility would be a system of partnerships and/or policies that provide a minimum level of mobility to all members of society. An isolated, static population is unhealthy, unproductive and unhappy. A mobile population is economically, culturally, and socially dynamic.

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In reply to: Pockets: Articles of Interest #3 - 99% Invisible

Another entry for my collection of articles about the sexist history of pockets.

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Who dis? New keyboard.

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I just finished watching the first season of Hilda on Netflix. I'm heaps excited to get to the library and start reading the graphic novels it is based off of as soon as I can!

In reply to: Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post

This kind of myopia repeats throughout history. Seat belts were invented long before the automobile but weren’t mandatory in cars until the 1960s. The first confirmed death from asbestos exposure was recorded in 1906, but the U.S. didn’t start banning the substance until 1973. Every discovery in public health, no matter how significant, must compete with the traditions, assumptions and financial incentives of the society implementing it.

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But my mother’s story, like Sam’s, like everyone’s, didn’t have to turn out like this. For 60 years, doctors and researchers have known two things that could have improved, or even saved, millions of lives. The first is that diets do not work.

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The second big lesson the medical establishment has learned and rejected over and over again is that weight and health are not perfect synonyms. Yes, nearly every population-level study finds that fat people have worse cardiovascular health than thin people. But individuals are not averages

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The terrible irony is that for 60 years, we’ve approached the obesity epidemic like a fad dieter: If we just try the exact same thing one more time, we'll get a different result. And so it’s time for a paradigm shift. We’re not going to become a skinnier country. But we still have a chance to become a healthier one.

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In reply to: Proposal for a book to be adapted into a movie starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson

Dear Sarah:

I am here to tell you the professional wrestler turned movie star Dwayne The Rock Johnson is going to be president, but before that happens, we are going to make a book, to make a movie, to make a mind.

In reply to: Inside the Haywire World of Beirut's Electricity Brokers

Electrical power here does not come without concerted exertion or personal sacrifice. Gas-powered generators and their operators fill the void created by a strained electric grid. Most people in Lebanon, in turn, are often stuck with two bills, and sometimes get creative to keep their personal devices—laptops, cell phones, tablets, smart watches—from going dead. Meanwhile, as citizens scramble to keep their inanimate objects alive, the local authorities are complicit in this patchwork arrangement, taking payments from the gray-market generator operators and perpetuating a nation’s struggle to stay wired.

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Evening art activities, and an iron safety lesson.

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