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COVID-19, music, YouTube 

Do you need some gallows humor to get you through the week? Check out my COVID-19 playlist, a curated mix of parodies and music. Inspired by "It's the End of the World as we Know it (and I Feel Fine)".

Seeking suggestions for tracks to add.

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Our family often celebrates Pi Day (US style dates, March 14) by hosting a game night. Tonight we didn't invite anyone else (too soon), but we're getting ready to play Snake Oil.

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«Incensed, the head of the college took Anantha aside and accused him of trying to embarrass the college. “We’re not racist!” he said.

Later he took me aside to add: “We don’t like being called racist.” I was threatened with expulsion. Anantha tried to point out again that a sherwani is a suit, in line with the rule book. The head replied: “You’d call a clown suit a suit, but you can’t wear that into a formal dinner.”»

@Canageek Someone could draw dragons in 1979, too: flight-of-dragons-uk-1979-pierrot-1-thumbnail.jpg (250×339)
<An image of the book cover of _The Flight of Dragons_, by Peter Dickinson, from 1979. A large green dragon dominates the cover, facing right, looking at the viewer with one eye.>

@aldersprig How much do I owe you for the latest Beekeeper chapter?

Also, what's your Discord server?

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I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. - Anna Quindlen

Does anyone happen to know what the original Middle English version of the Julian of Norwich quote "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well"? @WizardOfDocs

Also we were wondering how to translate it into 21st century English. I'm better at late 20th century, personally.

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Eralon’s… Gender

"The books are wrong."  The smile on this particular oracle's face was amazingly smug. 

The Restrictions of Foros picks up a story I started back in 2013; this is the fifth section of a story about Eralon and the Gods of Foros.

; it's . The Restrictions of Foros is

Hugo Awards - seeking suggestions 

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been around lately (seasonal tax work), but I just realized the deadline for the first round of Hugo nominations is fast approaching. I'm looking for recommendations for short stories and computer games.

The computer game that got me through the year was, a web version of a board game from the 1980s, and decidedly not eligible. (Same username as here if you want to look me up.)

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@zee I'm part of a group that's planning to start a farmers' co-op. Do you have tips for starting a co-op?

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 

The floor should be slightly curved, but we haven't figured out artificial gravity yet, so for now we just added a trace intoxicating gas to the air that messes with your inner ear and gives you a sense that the ground is tilting away from you.

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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 

"PAID INTERVIEW CALLOUT kateodonnellx is looking to speak to Brighton based trans femmes of colour about their pandemic, experiences with Pride/Trans Pride Brighton, and more. For more info email"

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 

OCEAN PLAY AREA RULES: No running, no horseplay, no megatsunamis, and no trying to pry the wreck of the Titanic off the bottom.

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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."


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