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Some friends of mine have been playing with synthesized trained speech: <uberduck.ai/>

“But if you shut up your soul in your body, and abase yourself, and say “I know nothing, I can do nothing; I am afraid of earth and sea, I cannot mount to heaven; I know not what I was, nor what I shall be,” then what have you to do with God?”

—Hermes Trismegistus

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“…think that you are not yet begotten, that you are in the womb, that you are young, that you are old, that you have died, that you are in the world beyond the grave; grasp in your thought all of this at once, all times and places, all substances and qualities and magnitudes together; then you can apprehend God.

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“Think that for you too nothing is impossible; deem that you too are immortal, and that you are able to grasp all things in your thought, to know every craft and science; find your home in the haunts of every living creature; make yourself higher than all heights and lower than all depths; bring together in yourself all opposites of quality, heat and cold, dryness and fluidity; think that you are everywhere at once, on land, at sea, in heaven; …

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“If then you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot apprehend God; for like is known by like.

Leap clear of all that is corporeal, and make yourself grown to a like expanse with that greatness which is beyond all measure; rise above all time and become eternal; then you will apprehend God.

Snap COVID-19 lockdown here in New Zealand. Branding manager wanted us to send in pictures of our pets for a Facebook post. Asked Terry what he thought. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him this angry.

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“The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for supper.

He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who lived comfortably by flattering the king.

Said Aristippus, 'If you would learn to be subservient to the king you would not have to live on lentils.'

Said Diogenes, 'Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to be subservient to the king’"

- Anthony de Mello

(Pinched from someone on birdsite)

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So far, there are no show-stopping bugs revealed by CD testing so everything looks good for a smooth release #ReleasingDebianBullseye

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Good explanation of the FSF's new "Freedom Ladder" campaign from @tejr: sanctum.geek.nz/presentations/ Seriously better than the official page.

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@tejr An admin in their natural habitat, executing a ritual to get sendmail working properly.

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"When you get assigned to new app you never saw before"

submitted by Adequately_Insane

“Stop using Apple? Look, man, I have work to do. I don’t like getting punched in the dick every day. But getting punched in the dick twice a day? That’s where I draw the line.”

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appleprivacyletter.com

“We, the undersigned, petition Apple to punch us in the dick once per day like normal, and reverse course on their current plans to punch us in the dick twice or even three times a day.”

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