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i always feel weird doing a specific on social media because it feels weird quantifying my online identity like that but anyway!! i mostly go by "leon" or "leonidas" on here. i'm a college student working on a cybersecurity degree and minoring in music.

i'm also interested in:
• sustainability (especially of course)
• gay and LGBTQ+ culture
• communism
• history (and in particular)
• linguistics
and probably at least five other things i'm currently forgetting

i've been on mastodon in some shape or form since 2019, and a sometime member of sunbeam city for the past two years. i also have a second account on weirder town that i use sometimes. feel free to message me if you've got any questions or would just like to talk 😁

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I’ve wondered this same thing about photos of Japan for years, and he nailed it.

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language hegemony 

* the idea that a specific, prevalent language is a standard of communication
* that folks who don't use that language, or use a slightly different format of it (accent, dialect, slang, unvoiced) are not as worthy of being heard
* that any language has inherent and general-use value over others (rather than being a tool of communication with specific limits)
* that someone's using a 'wrong' language (or using a language 'wrong')

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Uspol, Places you can help ($) 

twitter.com/leahbarteldes/stat

This thread lists the 13 states in which reproductive freedom will immediately become unavailable if the Supreme Court does a dookie on our reproductive freedoms, and where you can give to support abortion access in each of them.

The states affected are:
Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming

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75% of Americans oppose overturning Roe. Someone telling you to “vote” is spitting in your fucking face

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people say mastodon is the replacement for twitter but it's really tumblr for people who want a microblogging interface. and i think that's beautiful :_gayheart2:

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[doing various tai chi poses]
my haters aren't real people
my haters have no internality
my haters are npcs for me to grind for exp

happy may day comrades!! anything is possible when the working class is united :ist:

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Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology" 

"Technology is the active human interface with the material world.

But the word is consistently misused to mean only the enormously complex and specialised technologies of the past few decades, supported by massive exploitation both of natural and human resources.

This is not an acceptable use of the word. "Technology" and "hi tech" are not synonymous, and a technology that isn't "hi," isn't necessarily "low" in any meaningful sense.

We have been so desensitized by a hundred and fifty years of ceaselessly expanding technical prowess that we think nothing less complex and showy than a computer or a jet bomber deserves to be called "technology " at all. As if linen were the same thing as flax — as if paper, ink, wheels, knives, clocks, chairs, aspirin pills, were natural objects, born with us like our teeth and fingers -- as if steel saucepans with copper bottoms and fleece vests spun from recycled glass grew on trees, and we just picked them when they were ripe..."

ursulakleguinarchive.com/Note-

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"let queer stories be messy" let queer stories be fucking awesome and about ninja supersoldiers dueling over their political and philosophical convictions

The first bit of each word identifies whether the word is a status byte or a data byte, and is followed by seven bits of information.[3]: 13–14  A start bit and a stop bit are added to each byte for framing purposes, so a MIDI byte requires ten bits for transmission.[15]: 286

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MIDI messages are made up of 8-bit words (commonly called bytes) that are transmitted serially at a rate of 31.25 kbit/s. This rate was chosen because it is an exact division of 1 MHz, the operational speed of many early microprocessors.[15]

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Chiptune musicians also use retro gaming consoles to compose, produce and perform music using MIDI interfaces. Custom interfaces are available for the Famicom,[45] Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo Gameboy[46] and Game Boy Advance,[47] Sega Megadrive and Sega Genesis.

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MIDI technology was standardized in 1983 by a panel of music industry representatives, and is maintained by the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA). In 2016, the MMA established The MIDI Association (TMA) to support a global community of people who work, play, or create with MIDI.[5]

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everybody is talking about MID and not enough about MIDIs

MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It's a way to connect devices that make and control sound — such as synthesizers, samplers, and computers — so that they can communicate with each o

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2613. Bad Map Projection: Madagascator 

title text: The projection's north pole is in a small lake on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles, which is off the top of the map and larger than the rest of the Earth's land area combined.

(xkcd.com/2613)
(explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php
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Can't believe it takes an entire village to raise a child. With machine learning we could get that down to half a village or LESS

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Twitter won’t see you calling it a hellhole that’s brought about the degradation of public discourse, and, indeed, society as whole, but your friends who are social media tentpoles will!

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I, too, am worried about admins reading my DM’s, a feature of the website I use quite often, due to all of my friends who want to talk to me one here.

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Sunbeam City 🌻

Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.