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1dalm

@1dalm@deacon.social

Texas Licensed Professional Environmental Engineer. Advocates for joining things.

Interests:
#CubScouting
#Civil & #Environmental Engineering
#Episcopal

Dislikes:
Leaf Blowers
Minimum Parking Requirements
Autoplay Videos on websites

Views my own.

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tchambers , to Fediverse News
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1dalm ,
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@msbellows @tchambers @fediversenews

I'm 1000% for this. This might just finally be the thing that breaks twitters hold on people.

lowqualityfacts , to Random
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1dalm ,
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@lowqualityfacts

Sounds about right.

bibliolater , to science group
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"It’s no surprise that fertility is dropping in many countries, which demographers attribute to factors such as higher education levels among people who give birth, rising incomes, and expanded access to contraceptives. The United States is at 1.6 instead of the requisite 2.1, for example, and China and Taiwan are hovering at about 1.2 and one, respectively." https://www.doi.org/10.1126/science.ze0x33r @science

attribution: Christinelmiller, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons. Page URL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Egg_and_Sperm.png

1dalm ,
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@bibliolater @science

Should we tell that sperm that isn't an egg, or just let him find out by himself?

1dalm ,
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@Bodling @bibliolater @science

UN General Assembly, year: 2029

Speaker: "Leaders of the world, I greet you today with urgency. It's become of the upmost important to the future financial stability of our nations that our people stop ****ing golf balls!"

RickiTarr , to Random
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I'm trying to come up with something witty to say about this sign in a Bible Book Store window, but I think it speaks for itself.

1dalm ,
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@RickiTarr

Most Christians would fully agree with Mr. Twain.

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Q: Why is Donald Trump suddenly selling $60 bibles?

A: It enables churches to funnel money to him without violating the (US law) ban on political campaigning by churches—it's a form of money laundering, in other words.

1dalm ,
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@cstross

Churches aren't buying these Bibles.

He'll sell a few thousand to people like my mother.

TheConversationUS , to histodons group
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Like Donald , scandal followed Richard throughout his political career.

Like Trump, Nixon positioned himself as the defender of the common person against the political elite.
Like Trump, Nixon made expansive claims of immunity.
And, like Trump, Nixon always managed to claw his way back into the political forefront.

But unlike Trump, Nixon acknowledged the fundamental importance of accountability in a democracy.
https://theconversation.com/nixon-declared-americans-deserved-to-know-whether-their-president-is-a-crook-trump-says-the-opposite-224484
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1dalm ,
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@TheConversationUS @histodons

Unlike Trump, Nixon was one of the most progressive Presidents in US history in terms of signed progressive legislation.

1dalm , to philosophy group
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Is a general sense of morality a universal human trait?

@philosophy

rbreich , to Random
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Medical debt is a leading cause of bankruptcy in the US. But for every $1 invested, cities and states can retire ~$100 worth of residents' medical debt. A growing number of them are starting to use public funds to purchase and forgive millions in debt. More of this, please.

1dalm ,
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@rbreich

Be careful about playing this game. This 1:100 ratio for buying healthcare debt is only valid now because it's debt that the debtors believe they are going to lose through bankruptcy. If governments start buying it through taxpayer money that then basically becomes a tax payer guarantee and the ratio will skyrocket rapidly, the bidding very well might exceed 1:1.

The better financial plan for people is just to normalize regular people using and taking advantage of the bankruptcy process.

1dalm , to Random
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In an alternate history timeline, do you think the industrial revolution happens without the Protestant movement?

1dalm OP ,
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@seanbala

At the risk of being eurocentrist, I think there is one very convincing reason why the industrial/scientific revolution and the "enlightenment" (as we call them in the West) probably wouldn't have been replicated anywhere else: the movable type printing press.

The moveable type printing press dramatically decreased the cost of sharing information. Before the printing press, mass sharing information was prohibitively expensive, after it's cost drops to nearly nothing.

No other culture could have created a moveable type printing press because their writing system simply don't allow for it. To create a moveable type printing press in Chinese would require a warehouse of symbols for the press. Functionally it would have been easier for printers to just carve out their stamps one at a time -which is exactly what they did. Similarly, just looking at Arabic script and it's obvious why movable type printing press were never developed for Arabic, it just doesn't work. You can't do it.

Without the printing press you don't have the cheap mass sharing of information and you don't have an industrial revolution. (You also don't have a Protestant reformation, or an Atlantic slave trade, or an "age of discovery".)

1dalm OP ,
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@seanbala

Of course we are in the realm of "alt history" so everything here is speculative and ahistorical by default. But it can still be fun!

That said, I don't know anything about Indian writing, and so my only evidence that I have to present that moveable type printing presses could not have been developed for the language is simply that if it could have been it would have been. They certainly had the technological capability to do it, but they didn't. I suspect that, just like other languages, there is something about the writing system that makes it much more difficult than it was for Latin derived languages.

Ironically, I would argue that it was technical limitations in the European scripts that allowed for the invention of the printing press. While cultures across the Arabic world were going wild experimenting with all forms of artistic calligraphy, the Europeans were basically stuck with simple block letters originally designed for chisels.

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1dalm OP ,
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@seanbala

But that's a tangent from my original question. Given the invention of the printing press, and the discovery of the Americas happened, would the Industrial Revolution have happened in the absence of reforms in religious teaching that moved the central focus of the religion from a sacramental/sacred focus to a focus on improvements of ordinary/secular life?

mdmrn , to Random
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Looks like Tumblr is having issues and Fedi is getting another wave of new folks.

Welcome to the Fediverse, new folks!

A couple tips:

Boost freely

Try to put up for yourself an introduction post with the hashtag or or both listing stuff you're interested in

Use hashtags freely, they help folks find you and what you're posting!

Use Alt-Text in your pictures. It helps a lot!

1dalm ,
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@mdmrn

Remember to post your Social Security number so that instance admins can block it and keep it from being shared!

1dalm , to bookstodon group
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The Church in a Secular Age series of books is just. So. Good! The historical narrative Andrew Root expertly describes of 20th and 21st century America and how mass consumer culture, mass media, and Protestant Christianity contributed to and adapted to each other to create the hell we live in today is just 🤯.

@bookstodon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1540967085/ref=sspa_mw_detail_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9waG9uZV9kZXRhaWwp13NParams

1dalm , to bookstodon group
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Book recommendation:
"A Shot to Save the World".

It's a very in depth narrative history of the brilliant men and women who dedicated literal decades of their lives to making incremental scientific advancements that culminated in the creation of the various Covid19 vaccines. The story will probably make you really hacked off at all the people sharing that screenshot of the tweet of the jerk claiming that the Covid19 mRNA vaccine technology isn't worth a BigMac.

@bookstodon

RickiTarr , to Random
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Do you think there are "normal" people? If so, what constitutes normal? If not, why not?

1dalm ,
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@RickiTarr

If you can stand perpendicular to the ground then you are normal.

georgetakei , to Random
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I figure many owners feel this way.

1dalm ,
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@georgetakei

"Bought it when I thought it was Howard Hughes and before he became Howard Hughes."

1dalm ,
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@georgetakei

"Bought it when I thought he was Howard Hughes and before he became Howard Hughes."

1dalm , to bookstodon group
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1dalm OP ,
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@mvilain @bookstodon

I always liked the sign that says "God hates figs!"

Because only Christians that really went to Bible school would get that joke.

NickEast , to bookbubble group
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1dalm ,
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@BackFromTheDud

That comment is a little too sharky for me.

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The_BookishWolf , to bookstodon group
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hey @bookstodon lets try something fun. Give me a quote from the book you're currently reading. Here's mine.
""We're going to eat and flirt, and you know what?" "What?" "We're even going to order dessert. Dammit." - Lucky in Lace, By Mellisa Brayden.

1dalm ,
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@The_BookishWolf @bookstodon

"Ten thousand years ago, wheat was just another form of wild grass, of no special significance; but within the space of a few millennia it was growing over large parts of the planet. How did it happen? The answer, according to Harari, is that wheat did it by manipulating Homo sapiens to its advantage. ‘This ape’, he writes, ‘had been living a fairly comfortable life hunting and gathering until about 10,000 years ago, but then began to invest more and more effort in cultivating wheat.’ If wheat didn’t like stones, humans had to clear them from their fields; if wheat didn’t want to share its space with other plants, people were obliged to labour under the hot sun weeding them out; if wheat craved water, people had to lug it from one place to another, and so on."

"The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity" by David Graeber.

Start reading it for free: https://a.co/6bt8X2j

superheroine , to Religion group
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@religion

the fact that i am a now is absolutely hilarious to me and i get giggles from it all the time. (Sarah girl, I feel you)

never would have guessed that i'd be so enthusiastic about God, the scriptures, and church.

talking to God and getting loving, helpful, and even some direct advice is lit. I love spending time with Them.

i study my scriptures almost every day, and faithfully not just academically, and me 3 years ago would be shocked.

and worried. so very worried.

1dalm ,
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@superheroine @religion

I hope you have found a loving and supportive Christian community!

1dalm , to bookstodon group
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"The Upswing" by Robert Putnam should be required reading for every American.

https://www.amazon.com/Upswing-America-Together-Century-Again/dp/198212914X

@bookstodon

1dalm , to bookstodon group
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Been reading Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. It was very highly recommended online and I'm about half way through.

Does anything interesting actually happen in this book?

@bookstodon

1dalm , to bookstodon group
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Need a good new character driven mystery book recommendation for a road trip.

@bookstodon

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@jfslicer @bookstodon

We read it earlier this year. I really enjoyed it. It was pretty unique. I actually think it would make a really good video game.

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Wow, Frisco ISD is just swingin that ban hammer like a drunken monkey, and they appear to hate fantasy with a special kind of hate. Gotta admire young Cameron Samuels. This is what courage looks like.

More Than 430 Books Banned in Texas Schools. | Dallas Observer

https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/list-of-texas-banned-books-shows-state-has-most-in-us-17480532

> Texas led the nation, followed by Florida, in banned titles in a list created by PEN America, a literary nonprofit. Many surprising titles are included in this list.

1dalm ,
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@temporal_spider Frisco banned the Hobbit?!

@bookstodon

lonelyboy1977 , to bookstodon group
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If an subscription service sounds like it might be for you, please consider supporting one that isn't owned by , that exploits its dominant position to force authors into exclusivity deals preventing their work from being available elsewhere. There are alternatives to , including (but not limited to) . @bookstodon

Try it for a month (https://www.kobo.com/plus)

1dalm ,
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@lonelyboy1977 @bookstodon

I wish there was an audiobook subscription service like Audible. Amazon has really monopolized that industry. To give Amazon credit, they have made audiobooks MUCH MUCH more accessible.

1dalm , to bookstodon group
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Just finished Beth Moore's biography "All My Knotted Up Life".

Her story is generally pretty much a privileged middle-class White Lady story you would expect until about Chapter 18, starting in 2014, where things really starts going off the rails for her and her family. (Which of course is the part of her life that anyone that buys that book would be most interested in reading.)

Her story is very humbling for her and clearly emotionally painful to tell. But through all of it, she still can't help herself but defend all the Southern Baptist men that would happily burn her on a pyre as a witch.

@bookstodon

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lunalein , to bookstodon group
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@bookstodon folks, do you listen to audiobooks? If so:

  • Do you have favorite narrators? Or the opposite? Ever started or quit listening to something because of the voice?
  • if you’re talking about a book, do you say you’ve read it?

1dalm ,
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@dbsalk @lunalein @bookstodon

Jim Dale's Harry Potter narration was fantastic except for his Hermione. He butchered that poor girl.

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1 of 2023

The Penultimate Truth
Philip K. Dick

Part of the SF Masterworks Collection. Despite being nearly 60 years old the narrative around the manipulation of the truth feels incredibly prescient. Wondering whether David Whitaker had read it before he came up with story The Enemy of the World.

1dalm ,
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@Laking86 @bookstodon

I finally read the series last year. The first one was really fun and original and I understand why people have liked it so much for so long. I also understand why no one ever talks about the other books.

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