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A child's research into whether restroom hand driers are too loud.

(I think Medium has a monthly limit on articles one can read for free.)

“I’ve Learned to Never Give Up”. Yes, children can have Uncommon Sense. | by Randy Cassingham | True Uncommon Sense | Jan, 2021 | Medium

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#2412 1/100,000th Scale World 

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The sigils were drawn in salt, the candles lit, the blade wetted with, well, if not blood then at least hamburger jus.
A demon appeared at the other end of the table.
"Wherefore hast thou summoned me?"
"Dinner company. Have a seat."
The demon sat. "What?"
"Lockdown. It's lonely."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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UK, trans feminine, Brighton, paid interviews 

We have satellite Internet and choose to only pay for 10 GB per month, after which the speed is throttled. Usually when throttled I'll see over 100 MB/sec (prior to 2020), but this morning I'm seeing 12 to 27 *Kilobytes* per second, so I looked up the definition of bBud.

If I'm doing the math right, the 4800 baud modem I used in the mid-90s was 0.6 Kbps, amusingly close in speed to this morning's download speeds.

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#2411 1/10,000th Scale World 

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A monopolist's first preference is not to be regulated.

A monopolist's second preference is to be regulated in a way that only it can comply with - and that none of its competitors can comply with.

Oh, hai, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg!

"I think [the insurrection was] largely organized on platforms that don’t have our abilities to stop hate, and don’t have our standards, and don’t have our transparency."


Covid-19 vaccinations +, xkcd 

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No Two Alike…

All around the town, the pixies and the Zippies were zooming, their high-pitched, tiny voices trailing behind them like streamers of sound.

The First Snowfall of the Year - which was differentiated from the constant snow of the town, from the steady white-ness of their landscape and the piling drifts, by a certain glint to it, a certain sharpness to its edges, and a certain extremity to everything about it - was

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Important takeaways about the COVID-19 vaccines. Please keep this in mind and share with others to help keep all of us safe and informed.

*Image credit to @sailorrooscout on Twitter. She is a scientist who has worked on the COVID-19 vaccine.*

#CovidVaccine #COVID_19 #COVID19 #Covid #Science #Pfizer #Moderna #Pandemic #Vaccine #Vaccines #PleaseBoost

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Fellow artists, do you also sell work on Etsy? Did you know they can now without your permission automatically take a 15% cut of any sale you make claiming “advertising fees”? 🤑 You may be eligible to opt out even tho no one consented to opt in. Google “Etsy offsite ads” to learn more to protect yourself. I didn’t know until it happened to me today. These are screenshots from my experience. #art #etsy

@aldersprig I just found your Sufficient Velocity quest ( and was sad to learn that it stops suddenly in the middle of a kaiju fight. Any chance you'll continue it?

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Since it's that time of year: please put diet, exercise, and weight loss stuff behind a CW.

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Above is the first story in my New Year's Eve Prompt Call! Check it out, then go check out the prompt call - - and leave me a prompt!

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One of my kids here in Eastern Time was impugning my New Year's Eve holiday spirit, as by midnight I'll be snuggled in bed, either sleeping or reading.

I retorted that I've celebrated the New Year already, in Greenwich Mean Time.

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If you're a US taxpayer, the CARES Act has a lesser known positive surprise:

"Previously, charitable contributions could only be deducted if taxpayers itemized their deductions.

However, taxpayers who don't itemize deductions may take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made in 2020 to qualifying organizations."

So, if you have a charity in mind and some spare funds, *today* would be a very good time. ^_^

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Ohhh, this is cool: Rechargeable zinc batteries. They charge and discharge quite slowly, but last a long time, possible useful for electrical grid storage. Also LOTS of chemical space left to explore rather then ramming our heads against the same issues lithium batteries always give us.

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Hey , does anyone else end up having dreams where their chronic shit ends up getting in the way /in the dream/?


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Ghibli's released more than a 1000 images from their filmography which can be downloaded for free.

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Kissed the Boys and Made Them Cry….

We weren't ready. 

We'd been training for weeks - months - learning our companions, learning to use the reliquaries we carried with us, learning to use or own strengths and weaknesses.  We'd nearly fallen to a much less important enemy more than once....

~*~ ~*~

- this came from a dream!

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