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that strong towns thing about the growth ponzi scheme whereby everyone subsidizes suburban infrastructure rattles around in my head. or like – rural bus service is a lot better in e.g. ireland than e.g. america, but then if you live *beyond* it, fuel isn't as cheap.

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it would be interesting to see cost of living indices for different areas/countries adjusted by not just household but lifestyle factors. where is it cheapest to live with three bedrooms in something denser than a suburb? where is it cheapest to live childless on 10+ acres? where is it cheapest to be elderly (medical costs) with a big house? small apartment?

Noticed a really pretty pigeon new on the garden yesterday, and noticed it didn't fly away with the others when I was throwing seed down, it seemed very tame. Now it's sitting on the garden chair and it lets me stroke it :O

the man wants to do cool secret clearings, which I support, but I am not 100 on how we can make the path walkable. aggressive mulch?

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for.gov.bc.ca/hfp/publications this seems to be the kind of woods we've got. I'm not 100% on it being salmonberry, but there's an aldery boy and there's a thorny guy and getting through the woods means a lot of pruning down the thorny guys

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babby’s first iphone: teething 

okay, this isn't as bad: i had to replace a freaking proxy in my system, but now i have access to my critical systems and can begin to settle in

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my grumbling notes about andy matuschak may even some day be surpassed in length by my grumbling about sacasas

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like: if you are the kind of person who does not understand that the significance of “liturgy” rests in a public and communal nature, it is extremely sketchy that you are trying to invoke its associations at all, much less for a private and individual habit

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i had a DREAM about missing a wedding and it was the wrong friend!!!!

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this isn't doomygloomy, since the fact that they have one nice/usable app (haven't had *big* notifications problems with it in years) means that we are not dealing with realllllyyy fundamental issues. but also i should have sent gift cards to @stephen and folks for tolerating this =_=

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i have been saying that matrix's main client, element, was already totally adequate and not as WIPpy as people say, and the overall experience similar. i am now using the ios app and people's complaints are.... right. they're right.

“Male infants walk earlier, but do so after greater motor encouragement; female infants talk earlier, but are usually spoken to more. Men tend to outperform women on ‘mental rotation’ tasks, that is, when visualising the way an object would appear from a different vantage point. But the difference isn’t observed in young children and is more reliably correlated with time spent playing computer games: it’s less a question of neuroanatomy than of who has a Nintendo”
lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v44/n17/ar

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Conventicle of the Lesser Occult Institute

The Conventicle of the Lesser Occult Institute