When I first heard Clubhouse described I genuinely thought it was a joke. I still have a moment of incredulity every time it comes up. Clearly my very strong feelings on asynchronous communication are, like most of my strong feelings, not widely shared.
Basically, as a neurotic & self-loathing type, the chances of me regretting what I say rise in direct proportion to synchronicity. I end up regretting about 90% of what I say "live" in conversation, about 50% of what I write on here, & only about 10% of my longform writing.
It's linear: the more time I have to consider my response, the better it gets. I've not yet found the limit of this principle. Ideally, I should just spend my whole life silently taking stuff in & then, on my death bed, write a zillion-page opus.
Anyway, "real-time voice chat over a shitty internet connection w/ a bunch of quasi-randos" literally sounds like my definition of hell. Just drives home, yet again, that I'm not like the other humans. 🙁

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Lemme try again: read @JillFilipovic's piece on Rush Limbaugh's misogyny. (Apologies to Jill & @JessicaValenti for getting my J-feminists mixed up, which they must find incredibly tiresome at this point.) nytimes.com/2021/02/20/opi…
All conservative rage & resentment come from fear, but nowhere is that more obvious than in Limbaugh-style sexism. At the very lizard brain core of these little boys is a desperate, desperate need for care & nurturing. They aren't allowed to articulate or even acknowledge it ...
... so when they enter puberty & beyond & find themselves without it -- clueless how to get it, unable to even ask for it -- they respond with the only emotion they've been taught is legitimate for a man: anger. They become furious at women for having this power over them.
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The Texas grid certainly would have benefited from being bigger, from being connected to the other two US grids, but you would need a truly epic amount of line capacity to import enough power to cover that shortfall. Generation failure was the heart of the crisis.
Everyone keeps RTing these tweets, so I'll add to this thread: I wrote a post on all this! See here: volts.wtf/p/lessons-from…
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Purest tribal epistemology.
The criteria for these claims is not correspondence to external reality. It's correspondence to the interests of the conservative tribe. Two things that are mutually contradictory based on the first metric can coexist peacefully based on the second metric.
Indeed I imagine this is the standard RW take on the insurrection: insofar as it was good (brave patriots fighting a stolen election), it was conservatives; insofar as it was bad (violence, dead cops), it was antifa. These should not be understood as empirical claims ...
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Here's a "persuade me I'm wrong" thread on ... writing books.

I periodically get offers from publishing houses or editors saying, "hey, we like your writing, you should write a book for us." And every time I go through the same basic chain of reasoning, which I shall now share.
First: I suuuuuck at multitasking. My brain can think about one thing at a time. I can't even work on two stories at once -- never have. It takes me time to get into a thing but once I'm in the thing I'm WAY in the thing & have no spare attention for other things. Some people ...
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Couple days ago, the family & I went to the Olympic Game Park in Sequim, WA, where they take in & tend to big game animals. You can slowly drive through & feed the animals bread. Here are some large animal heads. olygamefarm.com/about-us/#abou…
And as a finale: yak tongue!
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