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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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On the subject of labor shortages, unionization, strikes, people quitting, etc.:

I am fine being personally inconvenienced by y'all fighting for your right to be paid and treated well in an economic system that has exploited us all.

I can wait. I'll be fine.

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"To prove you aren't a robot, perform this tedious repetitive task without questioning or complaining."

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#2524 Comet Visitor 

It's a myth that the Great Wall of China is the only human-made structure visible from space--there are LOTS of structures for us to feel self-conscious about!

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#2530 Clinical Trials 

We don't need to do a clinical trial of this change because the standard of care is to adopt new ideas without doing clinical trials.

Kickstarter, lgbtgia+, webcomic 

Ends in 20 hours, fully funded.

Leif & Thorn Volume 4: The (Fire) Saga Continues by Erin Ptah — Kickstarter

Sparkly queer fantasy, slow burn romance. PG13. Assorted content warnings, depending on which chapter (noted in project description).

Read the comic at:

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22. Ada "Momerath" Was'ungi, the Last Otterian (1972-3247)

The tale of an interstellar athlete who escaped the assassination of their entire family, moved temporarily to Santa Cruz, and built an alliance to take back the throne.

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For the Saturday crowd. I wrote four new entries in the Histories yesterday. Now it's your turn.

Get a true story about your life or the life of a friend. Weirdness guaranteed.

We are closing in on the halfway mark! Let's get it all the way!
RT @shaunduke
Heyo! Need $4400 for Operation Garage Skirt Repair to stop flooding in my garage.

To do so, I'm writing quirky, SF/F/H-nal encyclopedia entries for everyone who sends in $10+ on …

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wondering why you can't reach the IRS when you call

the answer is horrifying


Which brings me to They're a startup that has "solved" the problem that the
has been so consistently underfunded that no one can get through them on the phone.

Guess how they solved it. No, really, guess. You're gonna LOVE THIS.



us medical billing 

$11 for ‘brief emotion’? The hidden charges of US healthcare are utterly enraging | Arwa Mahdawi | The Guardian

Links to 20 year old ad, pockets, low resolution 

I was researching this company to see if they have any clothing that fits me and I can afford (answer: the ball cap).

I enjoyed watching their first online ad from 2001 (~3.5 minutes) for all the views of the high tech stuff one can store in the vest.

Watch "The First SCOTTeVEST Promo - Old School Commercial From 2001" on YouTube

old tech 

Our new phone book arrived Friday! :^) (Yellow Pages only - residential listing are now print-on-demand.)

I'm psyched because our previous phone book is from 2016. Apparently that's the last time they automatically delivered them. We see how long it took me to get organized.

Why do I want a paper reference document, you may ask?

1) We don't have high-speed internet.

2) I find it easier to search for phone numbers in a phone book than online, when they are listed in the book.

gender euphoria 

Second Christmas present ordered (don't tell my elder kid): I just backed this fully funded project on Kickstarter.

"When I Was Me: Moments of Gender Euphoria" looks to be mostly nonfiction comics. Ships from the UK.

Project ends *tomorrow*, Wednesday Sept. 29, noon EDT.

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A small bit of good news. If you were discharged from the service for being LBGT+, at any time, including during DADT, and had something other than an honorable discharge, you could qualify for VA benefits and disability.

Get in contact with your local veteran service, they can help, and it might take awhile, but it’s worth it.

Frankly, this is the bare minimum that the government could do, but it’s something.

Boosts welcome!

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The unicorn stood in the stream, staring contemplatively at the small fish nibbling at her crystalline hooves.

"You're lucky I'm not hungry," she thought, "Not for fish, anyway."

She dipped her head to drink, detecting the sound of creaking wood and straining sinew. She remained still, a pretty target.

Within a moment, her tail whipped up, knocking the loosed arrow out of the air, and she leapt toward the poacher - dinner had come to her.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

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The palace cat wore a collar of silk and pearls; carefully knotted so he could slip out of it if snagged.

Much like the king, he had many queens and several kittens, many of whom were gifted to nobles and diplomats.

Long ago, a queen prayed for the ability to know the well-being of her beloved pet; this ability was passed on to her cat-loving descendants.

So neglect or mistreatment of royal felines resulted in dire consequences.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Caturday #Fantasy

Watch "The Cult of Dionysus - The Orion Experience (Lyrics)" on YouTube

bouncy song, fun rhymes

covid, usa, war (19th century) 

I haven't looked this up for a while, but I'm not surprised to see that the number of deaths in the US confirmed to be from Covid (669,000) now exceeds the number of deaths of soldiers in the US (both sides) in the US Civil War (~665,000).

(Source for figures: Wikipedia)

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Hot take: Avatar the Last Airbender, Steven Universe, and Ted Lasso are all so deeply loved because they’re about good people trying their best

We’re thirsty to see more of that modeled

Watch "Tally Hall - Turn The Lights Off" on YouTube
Catchy song my kid recommended to me. Seems seasonally appropriate as Halloween approaches.

recommendations sought, tabletop rpg for 9 year old 

I've got a friend who's about 9 who wants to play a tabletop rpg that lasts an hour or less, preferably with a forest setting. My kids have been old enough for standard rpgs for some time, so I'm seeking suggestions.

Boosts welcome.

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