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Hello!

I'm Dan. Originally from the UK, I now live (on stolen land) in Kingston, ON.

I love listening to music (I have an eclectic taste, but metal and classical are my true loves), reading, and watching motorsport!

(I work from home as a computer toucher.)

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Here are threads of my notes (mostly quotes) from reading some theory.

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis: wrestle.town/@Odd_Bloke/104271
Comrade by Jodi Dean: wrestle.town/@Odd_Bloke/104298
The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale: wrestle.town/@Odd_Bloke/104305

(I'll reply to this with new ones as I start them.)

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Politics-wise, I'm a lefty, and inclusion is very important to me. I'm currently trying to work out what that means for me, both in my online life and my offline life. (I deal with a lot of anxiety, which makes working that out much trickier!)

Related to politics, this Mastodon/hometown instance is my first foray in to the world of the decentralised web, which I think is going to be very important over the coming years.

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Another very important part of my life is my ginormo-dog, Colt! We rescued him earlier this year. He's a ~4yo Great Dane and very friendly!

(The rescue named him Colt because he snorts like a horse when he is annoyed about something. They were not wrong to do so!)

@dankwraith why does magnus carlsen, the largest grandmaster, not simply eat the other grandmasters

if i was a chess grandmaster, i would simply take my opponent's pieces while preventing my own pieces from being taken

one thing about me is, I'm gonna engage in behaviors

cuba, bad, hates gays: equal rights for lgbt in every facet of life, state provides education on queer identities.

usa, good, loves gays: not illegal to be gay in military as long as no one finds out. super legal to be gay, but we might detain you at the border *for being gay* and send you back to a country with the death penalty for homosexuality, actually it's not super legal, it's still illegal in some states but the supreme court will throw out your case if you take it to them, will discriminate against you in housing, health insurance, public accommodations, schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, prisons, immigrant detention centers, we may disenfranchise your right to vote, teaching anything about your existence is basically banned by the state, police can profile you, don't recognize on the census, will perform invasive surgery on children, never expunged ppl's legal records for being lgbt, gay and trans panic laws are cool and normal.

we're the good guys. trust us.

Jadzia: I used to think I could control burrowing alligators with my mind.
Jadzia: But it turns out burrowing alligators and I just have very similar ideas about what stuff burrowing alligators should do.

kei cars are a classification of japanese car that are designed to take up as little space on the road as possible and they are good little friends

ruby on rails and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race

Lmao

Cuba didn't just "legalize gay marriage". They redefined marriage as an equal and consensual partnership between spouses and as just one way to organize a family.

Lmao lmao ofc the gays in this country would only talk about gay marriage in respect to this. That's all they care about.

jack pumpkinhead of oz is bean approved :) he's like, a golem or a Talos, but like out of pumpkin instead of stone

the through line of liberalism is the belief that if you’re upset at the news the right way you win

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I get a bunch of metal recommendations from this YouTube channel called Banger TV, and the Spotify autoplay after their recommended albums is always other albums they've recommended, regardless of similarity, lol

the avatar then, is not someone with access to "all four" elements but someone whose purpose is to demonstrate through bending that the national/cultural divisions are fluid and not cosmically fixed

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i don't understand why they're called "challenge coins."

i've successfully eaten dozens of them. single gulp. no problem -- not much of a challenge.

i will never say it like "eff ay queue." kill me first

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