This morning, my wife called the remote control a “screen stick” and that’s now the canonical name for it. Change my mind.
Beijing sets new rules that ignore Vatican deal
I’ll take “things that should surprise no one” for $200, Alex.
I did a large-for-me research project into religious freedom in China when I was in school. The 2018 agreement (China gives Rome three names and the Pope picks one) surprised me and figured it was a move by China to toy with Rome a bit. A cat letting a mouse run away just a little bit.
The cat pounced again and this fits with what I expected from China.
Victims of Texas winter storms get deadline extensions and other tax relief | Internal Revenue Service
Texans will have until June 15th to file their income taxes as part of the federal major disaster declaration following the winter storms.
The weird thing about the winter storm—and following power, water, and food instability—at the moment, I almost forgot about Covid. Forgetting masks, forgetting we’re not doing so much.
I suppose I’m just happy to not need to make a daily plan re water.
I accept and acknowledge I have no idea how to use Tumblr.
Here’s a little lesson in the Tumblr algorithm, for those who don’t know: the only way for a post to be spread to someone’s dash, after it’s already been made, is through reblogs. Likes do very little for boosting visibility. Besides adding notes so a post has a higher likelihood of appearing at the top of search results for the tags they’re featured in, likes are just caches to show/store posts you’ve liked. They do not significantly increase the likelihood that the post will be seen by more people. The only way to ensure this is to reblog it to your own blog, so your followers will see it.
Also, this isn’t Twitter. I know that on Twitter, it’s largely expected for most of your profile to consist of mostly your own tweets, and not too many retweets. Tumblr is extremely different, in that the entire site is made up of shared posts. The site is designed for maybe 5% of the content on your dash to be original content at any given moment, while 95% will be reblogs from others, and that’s perfectly acceptable and expected, actually.
This is all to say that, I know a lot of you come from Tik Tok or Twitter, where liking content has a direct, positive effect on the content’s visibility. I know that your FYP is dictated by what gets more likes/what the people you follow like, and that Twitter shows posts your following likes on the TL. But Tumblr is extremely different. So please, don’t hesitate to reblog shit on this website, especially art/writing. If you liked an artist’s work, the best thing you can do for them is reblog it because simply liking it will do very little to boost their post’s visibility. This doesn’t just apply to art either; if there’s a PSA, theory, etc., that you enjoyed and want more people to see, the only way for that to happen is to reblog.
Likes are Bookmarks
Reblogs are Exposure
Reblog for awareness
Quick update that we’re all fine here. We weathered the storm and following utilities failure better than most. Low water pressure (but may be because of a known pressure regulator failure that was scheduled to be repaired this week, ha) and have to boil water.
But we’re fine.
We still have food, even if we’re getting a bit creative. Hopefully shelves start to replenish this weekend. Worst case, we can patronize restaurants and go overbudget there without any real concern.