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Ashyr @sh.itjust.works
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For those who lurk on Reddit - my ad-free, open source Reddit viewer RDX is an iPhone app now
  • Very neat. I haven’t used Reddit in a year, but I wanted to check out your app out of curiosity. I think I feel much healthier without it being a regular part of my life, but this is an interesting window I could glance through from time to time.

    The comment collapse feature seems to work very inconsistently. Where should you be tapping or how in order to collapse a comment thread?

  • Christ in The House of Martha and Mary - Johannes Vermeer (1654-6) 🇳🇱
  • Beautiful art for a fascinating moment in the Bible. For those who'd like to know more, I wrote a small blurb:

    So this is one of those oft-misunderstood moments in the Bible. Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus while Martha works to host everyone. Martha gets all huffy at Mary for not helping, but Jesus protects Mary.

    What's interesting is there's subtext here that isn't about housework or hosting.

    Sitting at the feet of a rabbi is where one learned to become a rabbi. Paul himself says he learned at the feet of Gamaliel, a famous rabbi of the day.

    Martha was upset that Mary was presuming to learn like a rabbi. She likely thought Jesus was just being nice about it, so offered a pretext for him to dismiss her. Jesus shut that down hard. Women are welcome to learn to become teachers in the kingdom he's building.

    -Luke 10:38-42, Acts 22:3 (nrsv)

  • This is what childhood dementia does
  • No idea about this particular girl, but there's plenty of authentic disorders that can cause childhood dementia:

    • Batten Disease (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, NCL)
    • Sanfilippo Syndrome (Mucopolysaccharidosis Type III, MPS III)
    • Niemann-Pick Disease Type C, GM1 and GM2 Gangliosidosis (Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff Disease)
    • Leukodystrophies (such as Metachromatic Leukodystrophy and Krabbe Disease)
    • Mitochondrial Disorders (such as Leigh syndrome)
    • Rett Syndrome
  • This is what childhood dementia does
  • This genuinely felt like a weird scam to me. I had no idea it existed, but apparently there's a whole host of childhood conditions that can cause childhood dementia.

    That's very upsetting.

  • [WP] In a future where AI has surpassed human capabilities, with everyone either merging with AI or uploading their consciousness, the last fully human person chooses euthanasia.
  • There are myriad eulogies shared across the cortex, but the one that rises to the top: "Today, bigotry claimed its final life. Never forget what fear of the other and the unknown can do to our very humanity. Let today be a day of solemn remembrance for the lives lost, but also a celebration of those who courageously choose hope in the face of uncertainty."

  • Prosecutors recommend 30 days for woman who called in bomb threat to Children's Hospital; say her remorse is 'genuine and heartfelt,' but she still needs to pay a price
  • It will prevent her from actively harming the rest of society. I'm fine with prison reform and I'm generally about restorative justice, let's make the best of a bad situation.

    But she demonstrated a callous disregard for the health, safety, and lives of children. I do not trust her to be a part of polite society at this time.

  • Prosecutors recommend 30 days for woman who called in bomb threat to Children's Hospital; say her remorse is 'genuine and heartfelt,' but she still needs to pay a price
  • From where I stand, the major problem with the far right is that they're constantly being handled with kid gloves.

    This was just bigotry and hatred on display and it escalates to this point because no one is ever putting a firm stop to it.

    I don't think it's sufficient to allow someone who is willing to let children die in order to satiate their bigotry and hatred of queer people get off with some cleaning trash off the side of the road.

    This very easily could have been manslaughter.

    Honestly, 30 days is too low from where I'm standing.

    While incarcerated, I'm fine with regular therapy and anything else to improve her as a person, but she shouldn't be walking free in 30 days. She may not call any more bomb threats, but she's hardly done making life hell for minorities.

  • Do you watch every episode, or do you stop at a certain season?

    I’ve never quite gotten into The Simpsons myself, but never object to an episode when I randomly come across it.

    I know there’s a lot of talk that after x season the show is basically over, but I’m curious what everyone here thinks. Do you watch and enjoy every episode and season? Are there seasons you would skip or stop watching entirely?

    Just curious how people here feel about such a long-running show.

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    My Three Kingdoms RPG (2nd Session AAR)

    The Three Kingdoms era of Chinese History has long been a topic of fascination for me and my brothers growing up.

    I’ve never really GMed my own content before, but really wanted to set up a campaign for my brother, wife, and a few friends who’ve been drawn unwittingly into my esoteric interests. Because nothing existed to support my interests, I cobbled together a combination of Cortex Prime, which is incredibly modular and perfect for the purpose, and Reign, a fantasy RPG with rules for governing interactions between groups.

    For those who may not know, the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history is a massive, 80-year civil war during which 1/4 of the entire world’s population died. There are countless factions that ultimately condensed down to three major factions: hence the Three Kingdoms.

    My players have assumed the leadership of the fictional Hiahe City, after the previous ruler died at the Battle of Hulao Pass. Dong Zhuo remains ensconced in power in the new capital and rumors of a powerful sorceress becoming his newly adopted daughter imply his power may still be rising.

    Hiahe city has been economically devastated by banditry, it’s martial might a fraction of its former self after the battle and internal strife from various political families, many of whom have been courted by the envious Han Fu, a powerful but short-sighted nearby governor.

    After spending their first session familiarizing themselves with their problems and the setting at large, the players made shrewd decisions to buy time with internal factions in order to focus on dealing with the banditry.

    They located a group of Yellow Turbans (rebels from the civil war just ten years prior) and offered them supplies and potential amnesty should they help with the banditry. With some clever talking from the party’s Taoist monk and some abundantly generous supplies and the former rebels agreed to aid the players.

    In an unexpected turn of events, Gongsan Zan’s emissary, Zhao Yun, arrived with an offer of aid due to the city’s former master having saved his life at the battle of Hulao Pass. I fully expected my players to sit on this marker and save it for the storms that lie ahead, but instead they called it in immediately to arrange an overwhelming attack on the Black Mountain Bandits.

    The result was an absolutely devastating battle in which two of our players rode out and defeated the enemy commander, Zhang Yan, one of Gongsan Zan’s former lieutenants. With his death and the overwhelming allied might, the bandits routed almost immediately and their encampment was seized and their forces totally dispersed. Even some of the less martial players were able to serve with distinction and make a name for themselves.

    Zhao Yun, a legendary warrior from this period, became close friends with the player who serves as the spymaster and for those familiar with the setting, everyone hopes to lure him to serve Hiahe.

    Some players were upset at “wasting” the marker from Gongsun Zan. He was a powerful cavalry commander, think Rohan, who could have been a life saver in a pinch or the hammer to their anvil. Time will tell, but building brotherhood with Zhao Yun and completely dispersing the Black Mountain Bandits were unexpected outcomes from my perspective as the GM.

    Other players felt that employing former rebels to aid in the battle would come back to haunt them and there are certainly powerful families within the city who will be very upset to see former yellow turbans in the militia.

    That said, they’re flush with bandit treasure, have firmly established themselves as the new sovereigns and have laid the groundwork for renewed prosperity in the region.

    Still, unrest remains within the city as various factions vie for influence and wealth. Han Fu’s reach grows longer and Dong Zhuo threatens to extend his control beyond the capital once more.

    Still further ahead men of virtue and ambition, such as Liu Bei, Yuan Shao, and the infamous Cao Cao, all wait to make their move and build their name.

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    What is this thing? @lemmy.ml Ashyr @sh.itjust.works

    A friend of mine found this in the park, any ideas what it could be?

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    Ad blocking and ProtonVPN

    I've been on Mullvad for a while now, but I'm looking to move to ProtonVPN soon and I'm curious how well it blocks ads out of the box.

    I've looked into the possibility of combining it with something like NextDNS or AdGuard, but I'm not super tech savvy, so I think I'd prefer to keep it simple if possible.

    Mullvad has been okay, but occasionally ads get through. If ProtonVPN is that good or better, I'll probably be fine.

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    Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with a free copy of Coyote and Crow, an rpg with an alternate future in which colonization never occurred

    shop.coyoteandcrow.net Coyote & Crow Core Rulebook PDF

    This is the digital edition of our core rulebook for the Coyote & Crow roleplaying game. This 480 page full color manual provides you with everything you need (short of dice) to dive into the alternate future science fantasy world of Coyote & Crow. Developed and led by a team of Natives, thi...

    Coyote & Crow Core Rulebook PDF
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    Coyote and Crow rulebook is free today to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day!

    shop.coyoteandcrow.net Coyote & Crow Core Rulebook PDF

    This is the digital edition of our core rulebook for the Coyote & Crow roleplaying game. This 480 page full color manual provides you with everything you need (short of dice) to dive into the alternate future science fantasy world of Coyote & Crow. Developed and led by a team of Natives, thi...

    Coyote & Crow Core Rulebook PDF
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    Is there a demo or recording demonstrating community grouping?

    I'm not entirely sure how community grouping works, but it could be just the thing to really help Lemmy feel like a more coherent experience.

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    What are the most popular Lemmy communities?

    I'm just starting to figure things out and, even if I'm not strictly interested in the topic, I'd love to subscribe to a few of the more active communities just for the discussion.

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