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So Jughead is asexual.  That's cool. 

I also discovered a couple of other terms.  

Skoliosexual refers to an attraction toward nonbinary people.  Hey, that's me!  It is an accurate but incomplete description of my sexuality, adjacent to redheads.  There are very few things that will really grab my attention on a purely observational level, without knowing the person, but those are them.  (This is also what I got dissed for at the trans party.  Making fun of skoliosexual people as "tranny-chasers" is not cool, folks.)  So it's nice to have a word for that.

Lithosexual refers to having romantic feelings but wanting them not to be reciprocated.  I had to laugh.  This is so not new. This is half the Courtly Love custom of romance (the other half being star-crossed lovers) because lots of people practiced it but would have been horrified  if their distant adulation was actually returned.  It was enormously popular some centuries ago.  If this is you, look into historic literature and you'll find it.
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 ... to communicate with people, you have to speak their language.  Sometimes that language constitutes waving a fist in their face.
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 Alas, it is 21 volumes long, so not practical for me to read.  But I am happy that it exists.
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 My partner Doug tipped me to this piece about a black comics event.  What I love about crowdfunding is that it closes the loop.  Readers can ask for what they want and get it.  Writers know they are creating stuff that people want and will buy.  <3
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 Using biology to study folklore to study sociogeography.  I love how science sticks to itself!  This is like a hot fudge brownie delight of scientific goodness.  :D
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 Dan Haggerty has passed away.  He was best known for his starring role in the wilderness TV series Grizzly Adams.
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 This tablet uses pneumatic technology to produce Braille.  It can also make charts and graphs legible to blind people.
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 Actor Alan Rickman has passed away.  My favorite appearances include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Galaxy Quest. 
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These patches measure how much UV light you're getting. Terramagne has something similar. They also have an opaque verision with a stoplight strip that can be read at a glance: green is fine, yellow means start looking for shelter, and red indicates sunburn level. They are available with backgrounds to match several different skin tones, and the timing is keyed accordingly, since darker skin has a higher tolerance for solar exposure.
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Here is a very astute look at an obscure but vital economic sign: shipping.  When the economy cycles properly, ships spend a lot of time in transit carrying raw materials and finished goods.  When the economy drops, demand falls, and shipping falls with it.  Now the demand is so low that ships sit in harbor because sending them out would lose money.  This is a bad sign.  It is, however, quite predictable that if people have not got enough to live on, they stop buying things.

It's not that there is no money in the economy.  It's that so much of it is held by so few people, there isn't enough left to sustain the motion.  The cycle grinds to a halt.  The whole point of having money is to move goods and services more efficiently than barter.  This only works if the money is spread around enough for people to use it.  If they can't get it, then it might as well not exist.  People have to fall back on other methods of meeting their needs, and the big engines of commerce just run out of gas.
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I was fascinated by this article mentioning a restaurant that serves vegetables as main dishes and meat as a side order.

This is how I often eat.  Sometimes we have slab-o-meat with veggies around it, but more often, we have grain or veggie something with bits of meat.  We're also fond of Indian cuisine so we have cookbooks with vegetarian main dishes.  I need some animal flesh to shut off my appetite, but I don't actually need large amounts of it.

I had a spiralized potato once.  They are incredibly good.  I keep watching but  I have not seen another opportunity.
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 So sea unicorns use their horns to perceive the environment around them, just as some authors have posited for land unicorns.

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