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@hope beginning is the only time you will get dopamine from actually doing, later dopamine will drop when you do, and rise in anticipation of doing, Dopamine has the myth associated that it is the "reward neurotransmitter" but it is more accurately the salience, motivation, and movement neurotransmitter (dopamine rises [in the mesocortical, mesolimbic, and nucleus acumbans] for anything the brain thinks it needs to remember or take note of, also for movement and motivation, other transmitters play a bigger role in reward)
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For those who are unaware or unfamiliar, today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year! ✡️ This year is 5780 in the Hebrew calendar. 🧓

Tradition on Rosh Hashanah is to eat round foods, like 🍎 or 🥚, which symbolize life, and sweet foods, like those dipped in 🍯, which symbolize the hope for a sweet year!

Things you can say to wish people a happy new year: Shanah Tovah (lit. "A good year"), "chag sameach" ("happy holiday"), or just "happy new year"!

A sweet year and a long life, friends!

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I mean I'm pretty sure there aren't tons of accounts out here that exist mostly to boost me lol

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hot take 

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Oh, I never pinned an #introduction!

Hi! I'm mostly here for conversations, reflections, and geekery around subjects that catch my fancy. Recently that orbits technology (esp #Python, data services, networks), music (writ large), languages (esp ancient Greek), autism, and general silliness. Structural protection for the marginalized is close to my heart, but I've learned I need to engage gently to stay healthy. I try to keep shitposting to a minimum.

I co-administer #signsandcodes.

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basic etiquette when interacting with trans people, a guide 

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a bot that scans every single post on the fediverse looking for anything it believes to be a measurement in imperial units and replies with the metric equivalent

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we're seeing garbage levels at about 40%

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It goes like this, “Hi person, would you like to be on The Liturgists Podcast?”

Person, after a long delay: “Yes!”

Us: “OK, when are you available?”

Person: “…”

That’s pretty much where it falls apart.

@Heath yeah, it is useful! But you need to make sure to change it back before you send it off somewhere. I sent a draft for revision and the editor got very confused when they highlighted text and it disappeared haha

Hot tip for anyone writing a word document late at night, in the design tab you can set the page colour to something darker, which will make the text automatically adjust so its a little easier to see, and a bit easier on the eyes.

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Hey Liturgists fam - our little corner of the fediverse is apparently pretty hoppin! on the site instances.social, we are 52/5200 (top 1%!) in terms of number of users (3084), but 199/5200 in terms of toots - I guess that means we are less chatty than average. Thank you @mike for setting this up, and giving us an alternative to the Zuckerberg/Dorsey dystopian vision of social media. Good to be here with all of you!

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@sjcw I don't know if I could pick a "favorite," but there are several songs that caused genuine emotional reactions the first time I listened to them: "Heart," "Two," "Three" (I test most strongly as a 2w3), "Seven," "Six" (I've also tested as 7w6). I also like all of the senses songs, especially "Sight."

@WolfDreamer I'll admit, when I first heard the type 4 and 5 songs, I disliked them. But I've made a habit of giving music like that time and coming back to it (I did the same with Bon Iver's 22 a Million, awesome album) and they've really grown on me!

I think the fact I identify with those types made me more critical, and since they were more fluid, non-standard formed songs (not verse pre-chorus chorus etc) made me a bit averse.

Do you have a favourite from Atlas Year 2?

@RobertFrancis I bought a subscription to the album a couple years ago, so I get early access to it. I forgot about that part! I guess this is a spoiler of sorts haha. I don't know if you can buy a subscription now, since the album is almost finished

Sleeping at last's new song on Enneagram type 9 is beautiful!
'to know and love ourselves and others well
is the most difficult and meaningful
work we’ll ever do.'

Absolute love and pure beauty.

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#TheLiturgists episode 100 

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You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ❤️🖤💙✌🏽

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I became a patron of for the meditations way back when, but I’ve realized I’m in it as much about episodes now too! 😂❤️✌🏽🖤🥃 💙

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"One day as I was about to step on a dry leaf, I saw the leaf in the ultimate dimension. I saw that it was not really dead, but that it was merging with the moist soil in order to appear on the tree the following spring in another form. I smiled at the leaf and said, “You are pretending.” Everything is pretending to be born and pretending to die, including that leaf."

- Thich Nhat Hanh

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