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if you read stuff on my website and it's more convenient to refer to me as your friend than as a person on the internet with a website you keep up with, I hereby befriend you

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as the instance admin, to other instances 

if you see undesirable content being federated through occult.institute to your instance please let me know and I will implement the necessary blocks. this is a 1.5 user instance so I don't typically bother blocking instances proactively but that is only because of laziness/perceived lack of impact, and I don't want it to actually impact anyone

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😬🧷: microblogging has neither the social immediacy of chat nor the considered aspect of email. while I still accept responsibility for the impact of what I write, until this crap gets an edit button, it may not ever be what I *meant*.

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if u follow me and u wish I would CW something I don't, DM me :)

chess, but you promote pawns by getting three to the other side and putting them all in one tiny trenchcoat

I like how β€œperson” is irregularly pluralized to β€œpeople,” but it’s also acceptable to pluralize each of these words regularly on their own. So all of these exist in English and have different meanings:

Person ==> People
Person ==> Persons
People ==> Peoples

I'm not real confident that the social responsibility indexes manage to do the opposite but boy am I confident that this shit makes the world worse

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did we all know that there are investment products designed to streamline the process of investing money in tobacco, alcohol, and gambling? "Vice" funds is a pretty cutesy way to talk about profiting from lives destroyed. investorplace.com/stock-quotes

you'll note, though, that the work of constructing a world that "forgot" or, worse, never knew about gay people continues in this period where gay people have "unprecedented" visibility. we are still lying about the possibilities of being gay in the post-Stonewall years of the seventies, the eighties, the nineties, the aughts, even the 2010s.

this allows us to present stagnation, backslides, or lateral changes in gay people's well-being as "progress" against a presumed, ahistoric past of undifferentiated repression.

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selfie (selfieportraity?) 

it looks very cool and I plan to use these powers for evil

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i'm working on a fun effect using hard mix but right now to get something approximating healthy anti-aliasing, i have to size up all the layers to 200%, apply the layer mode, then resize back down

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anyone know how to get the equivalent of lowered "fill" in procreate for layer modes where that has a different effect than opacity?

is there a *fun* dataset I can get from a GDPR export to practice playing with sqlite? everybody always shows exercise tracker data that I don't have

Happy 3rd anniversary of this sheep pic first getting posted on the internet twitter.com/TheMERL/status/983 🐘

idk what's about to happen on this episode of bake off but they've definitely got me curious

"if you pronounce gif as _ we cant be friends"

if you care about how people pronounce gif, we can't be friends. full stop.

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i stole this meme and please also know i stole it to smuggle it on to facebook so i could tag in my high school biology teacher, and joke about making a custom version of this to explain what the hell went wrong with one of the experiments we did in class

i was meant to get a petri dish of bacteria that had been gently cajoled into picking up some jellyfish genes and glowing at the end. what i actually got was a petri dish of "i told you i had a cold, i guess i sneezed on it whoops" that was a bunch of strong independent bacteria who didn't need no glowy genes thank you very much because they promptly steamrolled over the ones meant to be used for the experiment

The 1970 British #TV show UFO had several neat things going for it:
- Catchy intro music ( youtube.com/watch?v=j2PoXfZdYV )

- Inspired the X-COM game series

- Purple wigs as uniforms.

No, seriously: "Wigs were very popular in the late 1960's, and Sylvia Anderson envisioned that wigs might someday become part of a uniform. Sylvia designed the Moonbase outfits and the wigs, and has been quoted as saying that the purple wigs came about simply because she liked them!"

"one part timeless tradition, one part hyped-up fashion" is an *excellent* formula

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holy shit i just stumbled across ukraine's eurovision band and it it so good

a word peeve i have with myself is instinctively reaching for "alternately" when I mean "alternatively"

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Conventicle of the Lesser Occult Institute

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