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I figured I should write a pinned post so that when people find me from another instance they actually see something on my profile (psst. find more at theres.life/@masterofthetiger).

I am a follower of . My whole life should be wrapped around what pleases Him, not anyone else.

I am also a programmer. Not as a job, of course, but I work on projects as hobbies.

I also advocate , and / (as of writing this post I am using ).

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Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

(found in Matthew 19:29-30)

When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.

If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.

But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

(Found in Luke 14:8-11)

These recent data breaches should remind us that our data isn't ever safe in someone else's hands, even if the administrators are completely trustworthy (they're not) and they have "world-class security" (what does that even mean?).

The only way your data is safe in a third party's possession is if they can't read or use it.

Free software is good and necessary. It is important to be able to review the code behind the software you use and to be able to modify it as you see fit.

You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.'

But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven.

For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

(found in Matthew 5:43-45)

Waitaminute... playing both sides??

Some search engines just want to watch the web burn.

If your life would be written down in the future, into a biography about your life - how would you like to have your current chapter be named?

#AskMeAnything #GoodQuestions

re: blazing hot vaccine takes 

novavax- this one's pretty cool. they took the same spike protein code, loaded it into cultured insect cells, sprinkled some Nanoparticle Magic on, and now they just have manufactured free floating spike proteins. in bulk.

so this is kind of like how synthetic insulin is made. if you're worried about anything autoimmune, try and get this one, it doesn't rope your cells into doing anything they don't normally do, and it's most like a traditional vaccine.

but do be aware that the reaction to this protein is still going to be very strong. you're taking out the chaff and developing immunity to the part that works right away. and it's *very* immunogenic. if you have anything, like facial fillers, that the body already hates, the extra immune activity may cause the body to be extra angry at them too.

as with any vaccine you may feel feverish and tired. this is good, your body is taking the threat seriously. if it gets uncomfortable, a little tylenol will help calm your system. (4/4)

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re: blazing hot vaccine takes 

Johnson & Johnson and AstraZenica: these are DNA coding for that same spike protein, but loaded into a viral dna loop. they take the dna out of an adenovirus, which is already harmless to humans, but now without its dna it can't replicate. they stuff in this spike dna payload, and that's the vaccine.

the virus enters your cells, injects the dna into your nucleus along with all the necessary activation keys to make sure it gets transcribed, and your own cells (the tiny fraction of them which get "infected" by the limited supply of virus) create the mRNA that becomes spike proteins. the "infected" cells are destroyed, same as pfizer and moderna, and the body gains immunity to the most dangerous bits of the ncov virus. it may also develop resistance to the adenovirus.

it's extremely safe and effective. but look: you could be using those for gene therapy. you could make your body produce insulin or lactase if it doesn't already. you could do all sorts of cool stuff, why waste it-3/4

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re: blazing hot vaccine takes 

pfizer and moderna: I'm hoping to get one of these. they were the first out, and what they do is package a messenger RNA that codes for the virus's protein spike inside some lipids. the one that binds to the ACE2 receptor and kicks off that semi- autoimmune cytokine chain response.

the mRNA packages are so small they just diffuse into cells in your body, where the package biodegrades. when there's RNA floating around in the cell, it's usually because there was DNA copied out from the nucleus because the cell needs a protein made. so the cell makes it, and since it seems to be a receptor that fits in cell membranes, it kind of magnetically snaps into the surface of the cell.

the body sees those weird spikes on a cell and panics. it has a really strong immune response, and develops antibodies to the most dangerous part of the virus. it's brilliant, and the data we have suggests this stuff will keep you alive.
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blazing hot vaccine takes 

first: get vaccinated. I'm doing it, you should too. for one, we can all stop practically having our brains poked for tests and that would be great.

second: I studied immunology in college so I feel like I have at least a little to say about this. But I'm not a doctor, I wasn't even a bio major. Talk to your primary care physician about this stuff if you really want good advice.

this thread is about how I feel about three kinds of vaccines, which ones I would put in my body *and which ones I wouldn't*. Like I said, talk to your doctor. They're all proven safe and effective, so my reasoning may be surprising.

the groups I'm talking about are: mRNA (moderna and pfizer "cold" vaccines), adenovirus (J&J, AstraZenica), and spikes (Novavax). none of these are traditional vaccines. no traditional vaccine is available.

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The man that commits his life to Biblical Christianity walks a lonely one. Psalm 69 comes to mind

Gemini server software 

I know there is #AwesomeGemini at github.com/kr1sp1n/awesome-gem, a list of a wide variety of #Gemini-related resources, including software you can use to run your own #GeminiServer, but is there also a list of servers that regard themselves as 'production-ready'?

A lot of the servers in that current list tend to consider themselves either a proof of concept, or a work-in-progress that isn't mature enough to be considered ready for production.

Any #Geminauts here that have a more curated list of Gemini servers daemons, preferably with a comparison of features?

@ephemeral No, but it definitely rings true: I once talked to a talented developer about the weather app project he was on.

This was a multi-person full-time team working on this weather app, having challenges to make it scale and doing machine learning things.

This had me confused at first, until I understood the challenge here wasn't showing the weather: the challenge was showing the right ads to the right users to maximize the app's profits.

Such a waste...

It occurs to me that #foss projects have a significantly lower environmental/energy impact than their commercial alternatives. Even including FOSS that use inefficient code, there are no impacts similar to commercial offerings like major servers or number-crunching algorithms for processing people's data.

However, I can't find any strong papers/blogs or other clear information about this. Any recommendations?

Hello, I'm Marce from Barcelona. I mostly work on common-lisp lately. I suffer from immense not-invented-here syndrome. I develop most of my own tools. #introductions

Having two Mastodon accounts can be wise. One to satisfy FOMO and one to actually be productive.

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