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Semiotic Standard: the icons from Alien

Following on from our Solar System transit map, we settled on this as our next vector art project: recreating the "Semiotic Standard" icons used to decorate the Nostromo spaceship sets in the 1979 film Alien.

We also thought it'd be fun to make them usable as fediverse emoji, so we did that.

Find the full set in emojo form here:

See the attached image, or, for examples.

We'll be publishing large SVG files of these, too - as soon as we get the source file sorted out so we can export them easily. (we still suck at illustrator lol) In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these, and watch this space for more!

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The Solar System: A Transit Map

Ever wanted to take a bus from Earth to another planet entirely? Us too! If we could, this is the map we’d use to get from here to there. Now you can use it to do that, too!

Physical things that have this on them:

Different sizes, transparent backgrounds:

We want to make this into a depiction of a solarpunk future, designed by consensus, that we'd all love to see! If you have ideas or thoughts on that, please add them to this thread:

More at our website:

Special thanks and 💜 : @anarchiv @RedFuture @velexiraptor

We hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to boost and share with anyone you think might like it!

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legitimately horrifying to think that the adorable upstart nerd pile of our early adulthood has become so vast and potent by our early middle age that the next challenge it's chosen for itself is that of reshaping a city in its own image

what will it have become by the time we've grown old? we call ourself a monster but honestly we're a joke, everybody thinks the future is cyberpunk but look at yog-sothoth aborning over here and tell us lovecraft wasn't writing cautionary tales after all

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furry horror (true horror, i'm so sorry) 

a new disney ceo realizes how much influence the company's products has had on people developing furry interests, moves to establish ownership of the cultural commons via the courts in order to license and monetize

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It's probably about time for an , isn't it?

So, hi, I'm Alexis. At my day job, I'm a fullstack engineer for a company you've heard of. If that interests you, it shouldn't, and I won't, and that's really best.

When I'm doing what I choose to, I'm an sf/weirdtales writer, a wildlife photographer, and a doer of helpful stuff for people.

I've never said this out loud before: I'm intersex and genderqueer. I don't know how I feel about saying it now, but I guess I know how to find out.

birbsite crosspost 


Hi White People! I want to tell you something. It's the second week since the explosion of this round of protests. The second week since George Floyd's snuff film started being broadcast all over.
I want to tell you something about my experience with white progressive backlash.


The point of fighting white supremacy is not to make people like you or think you're a good person when they see you.

The point is to achieve the material endgoal of saving black lives from state and non-state violence, fatal and non-fatal.

And probably you're gonna be the only person who knows what you did to contribute to that. Hold it for yourself. It's not about you. You have to genuinely care about achieving that goal. That's the point. That's your reward. People don't get killed.

This post is for the white people I'm seeing making posts like "you don't know what work I do offline don't judge me for not posting about BLM enough"

1. Has anyone individually said to YOU that they think YOU aren't posting enough? Or are you just projecting?

2. This is called being stereotyped. There's nothing you can do that will make it so random strangers will see you and immediately know you're a Good Ally.

Black people (and others) deal with far more dangerous stereotyping than that.

everyone involved with track 15 is very pleased with themselves and we are delighted for all of them

track 16 is just the studio version of the original track, which seems like a solid finish

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track 15: clearly live. spoons, claps, piano accordion, maybe some kind of tin whistle. very enthusiastic and a little tiring

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...and lyrics in a language which we are unable to identify

it keeps wavering between synthwave and some flavor of club we've never heard, this is awesome tbh

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...also live

who was this wild collector of live take on me covers who lived in this house before we did

track 14: super synthwavey with lots of distortion in the harmony voices

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wait, that's not a piano, that's a guitar

what. they're both stringed instruments, it's a natural mistake

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track 12: it's literally just track 11 but with reverb and whatever you call it when you overdub yourself a bunch of times to make a chorus

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track 11: yep, still take on me. this one's kurt cobain and a piano

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track 9 was a live cover??? but extremely well mic'd

aaaand track 10 is, yes, another cover. this one is bitcrushed chiptune

why are there this many covers of "take on me", is the real question here

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update: track 9, too

sort of like super chill billie eilish?

someone who lived here in the past was super into "take on me" apparently

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so we found this CDR between two disused shelves in a room of this house that we're just getting around to setting up

so far, in the first 8 of 16 tracks, there are at least three covers of a-ha's "take on me", one reminiscent of kate bush, one styled like idk kinda mid 2000s high school movie pop idk?, and one that's oddly wistful a cappella with ukulele accompaniment

anyway back to listening instead of talking onned lime for a while

seriously though. don't count on a fridge to block your phone's radios because it is not designed to do that and will, in fact, not do that. fine to put a phone in a fridge but turn it off and yank the battery first

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masto instance for the tildeverse