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Scylla Kat
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In Bellevue till 2nd week Nov. expecting more trips out here in spring.
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This thing I have been looking for.
This is rather fascinating.

I've only watched it the once but I want to see if whether, on another viewing, I still see perceive some threshold ages.  My first run through, it seemed like there were times when the variability between people's apparent age jumped suddenly.

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Just because you have an absolute freedom of speech doesn't mean you should go as far as possible.
Thank Hell that I am not the only person in the world that cares about due diligence, about facts, about truth, and refuses to give in to the idea that how something makes you feel – or that it makes you feel – is far more important than whether it's true before I start sharing it around to my friends. That's kind of an important idea to me. I've written about it at great length before; I've said it so often and so much that "due diligence" has become both a catchphrase in a joke within my household.

And I'm okay with that.

Someone has coined the perfect phrase to describe the random feels-evoking crap floating around primarily on social networks:

"Viral fiction."

That's exactly what it is. It ain't true. It ain't real. It never happened. People are passing it around because it already confirms their prejudices, their beliefs, and the fact that they had an emotional reaction to it. There are sites that focus almost entirely on creating this sort of shit (Upworthy, ViralNova, the Daily Mail by all accounts), a link tagged with that is the source being a sure way of getting me not to ever follow something you share.

(The other way is, of course, link-baiting headlines: if your headline includes a number not preceded by a dollar sign, if your headline includes the phrase "you won't believe," if your headline includes the phrase "this easy method" – you may be an idiot, you may be a fool, and you may be a moron, but I can tell you something that you will never be – and that is a source of something that I care about.)

Learn to recognize viral fiction. Learn to recognize it and inoculate against it. Under recognize it, inoculate against it, and eradicate it from your life because along with understanding due diligence and why it's important, recognizing viral fiction and aggressively avoiding it as toxic to anything like good thinking is going to be increasingly important if you want anyone to take you seriously.

This has been yet another public service announcement.

https://medium.com/inside-matter/bf66dfb5c5e8

Thanks for tagging photos without my permission, Google.  All pictures with people now removed.

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How government works.  And doesn't

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Still looking for just the right profile shot.  A placeholder is this.
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Saw these acrobatics at Dragon*Con. Had to come see. Sorry about the amateur photography by me.
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