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Guess who just made and posted her very first Twine game? This girl, that's who!

It's short, it's basic, but it's mine. And, hopefully, a bit of fun to read.

Check it out here:

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For the folks who have followed me over from dot social, and new followers as well, I have a brand new Ko-fi set up if you like what I'm doing on Mastodon or on my website. You can buy me a "coffee" (even though I prefer tea) here:

If you want to read a bunch of free stories (and I'm working on a new one right now for the site), my website is here:

Major publishers are a major pain in the ass to libraries when it comes to eBooks:

"86% of the ebooks from that list have to be repurchased on a regular basis, most commonly after 24 months, even if the book is never checked out."

"The average price of an ebook that has to be repurchased is $49.48."

Publishers are he fucking worst with their eBooks and libraries are taking it in the chin.

Cops in Louisville just got away with murdering Breonna Taylor.

This ruling is just one more shovel full of dirt on the notion that Black people can get justice in US courts. The only way to get justice is to burn the country to the ground and build something better.

#BlackLivesMatter #BreonnaTaylor

Qanon, VERY weird transphobia, antisemitism on the side 

Qanon, VERY weird transphobia, antisemitism on the side 

There are obvious benefits for tourism too, since visitors would have an easy insight into shopping and places to see/things to do.

What scale is an interesting one too. Is it on the city/town/community level? Or is it bigger, like a region or a province/state? Or are there instances for both?

The hubs could be either set up and maintained by the jurisdiction or municipal government, or they could be community-driven and just receive financial/organizational support from the government.

I think an approach like that has big benefits not only to locals but for people moving to an area. You could find ahead of time whether there are, say, trans support groups, or good places to hear folk music, or organized bike riding groups, or dispensaries, or what have you.

And what I was thinking was federation. We're all familiar with it here on Mastodon, no need to explain the basic concept.

So apply that on a geographic basis. A local area, or a region, would have a hub whereby it's easy to find the web or social media presence of an artist they like, or a store who fosters their own faithful shoppers, or an animal rescue looking for locals to adopt kittens or puppies or baby moose or whatever.

Okay, thinking about the possibility of a world without Facebook, and the biggest thing I'd see as a problem would be local businesses, musicians, venues, support groups, animal rescues and so forth all depend on one thing that FB provides -- discoverability.

It's the main good thing they offer, the ability to find stuff in your area easily.

So if FB vanished overnight, what do you replace that functionality with?

I suppose extreme right wing groups would find it harder to spread propaganda and do recruiting. And then there are the companies that rely on buying farmed data. They'd have problems.

If Facebook shuts down in Europe...what's the down side for Europe? It's not like it would take more than a week or so for most people to fill that niche with other social media, so...some people will be briefly unhappy and then quickly forget about it?

QAnon is GamerGate for people who think video games are for children.

Get your politics out of my inherently subversive, anti-corporate, anti-bioessentialist genre!!!!!!

Barely visible meat, home curing 

Still waiting for a gritty HD remake of Dungeons of Daggorath.

Pretty sure I know part of the problem. I had the same issue with my ginger bug, and the pineapple was sitting in the same part of the counter where I normally keep my ginger (I'm out right now).

So what I need to do is give the whole area a good spray with vinegar water and let it sit for a bit to kill that nonsense off.

Bah. I tried making a batch of tepache, and after three days of fermenting today was bottling and straining day.

Both fermenting vessels had a slightly thick, syrupy liquid inside.

Far as I can tell, I've got a problem with pediococcus bacteria, which does the same thing in beers and meads. Harmless, and doesn't hurt the taste, but kinda ruins the texture.

I bottled anyway, and I'm going to leave it ferment a bit more in the bottles, and then sit for a while in the fridge, see if it passes.

Ugh. I only use Facebook for a couple of groups, so the switch to the "New Facebook" format didn't seem like too big a deal. It was definitely more easy to read, so that was good.

But after using it for a while, even with my limited usage, I've come to the conclusion that it's fucking garbage and everyone involved should feel bad.

The end.

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The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.