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Once more for the people in the back:

Put content warnings on your politics posts. I come to Mastodon specifically to avoid the horrible things in the news.

I don't care how urgently you want me to see it. In fact, adding a content warning will make me *more* likely to care, because it will give me time to brace myself.

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Anybody here keep meaning to reread ? Or to read it for the first time and see what all the fuss is about?

@squeedoodle and I are doing a reread starting December 1. Plan is 1 week each for Acts 1, 2, and 3, and then the Midnight Crew intermission for the end of December. (I have ideas of how long it will take to read later acts, but want to see what y'all think.) Discussion at .

Let us know if you're interested! ♈ ♉ ♊ ♋ ♌ ♍ ♎ ♏ ♐ ♑ ♒ ♓

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a philosophy of life 

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is the idea that, in this screwed-up world, showing kindness and empathy is a radical act of rebellion.

You don't just give to charity and respect people's pronouns because it's the right thing to do; you do it because fuck the patriarchy.

The Bellamy
Begins here:

The Bellamy Archive & Library is world-renowned & Veronika has finally gotten a chance to work there.

Housed in an ancient manor once owned by the Bellamy family, the Archive is said to have an inside line on acquisitions & gets the best donations.

Now, Veronika just has to get through her first day there & she might learn something about the archive with which she shares a name.


Keep seeing blog posts about not making your characters all good traits and how to balance

as if I'm not making these characters flaw-first and then trying to find a way to love them. XD

the CS classes you take: implement red-black trees and mergesort

the CS classes you need: hey all the information you need is spread across a half dozen CSV files with incompatible formats, unfuck that please

Addendum: turns out the dinosaur accent completely obscures my British accent so Grandad earnestly asked me if I was French, when I said "oh we're both British but he's been studying", he clapped and said "it's good that you have him to translate for you, he does a good job! You should learn French too, he can teach you"

Anyway Bilingual Grandad and French Grandson are my new favourite customers and they were only here for half term.

Folks for ten entire minutes I kept up the bit that I don't speak a word of French and the puppet is fluent. For ten entire minutes of Grandad looking like he was going to piss himself I kept interrupting this bilingual T-Rex's conversation with a small child so he could catch me up and/or translate my input for the kid. And the kid was young enough to believe us entirely.

Boy: (extremly quiet) je suis français
Dinosaur: vous êtes içi en vacance, ou-
Me: uh mate I can't understand a word you're saying
Dinosaur: (extremely a puppet on the end of my arm whose voice is coming out of my mouth) wot
Me: je nuh... er... juh ne comprond... I don't speak French, what are you two saying
(Grandad is absolutely creasing at this point)
Dinosaur to boy: ...mon humain ne parle pas français, elle ne comprends pas une mot.
Boy: je ne parle anglais...
Dinosaur: je peux traduire

Okay so: I'm in the shop, with the dinosaur puppet on my arm bc it's been that sort of day, and a grandad notices it and taps his grandson on the shoulder and says "[name], look!" Boy approaches the counter and

Dinosaur: can I help you there sir?
Boy: *confused smile*
Dinosaur: can I help you at all?
Grandad: il a dit "je peux vous aider?"
Dinosaur: ohhh, vous parlez français? Oui, j'ai dit je peux vous aider?
Grandad: ah ouais nous sommes français! [name] le dinosaur est français aussi!

Asking myself "am I saying this because it meaningfully adds to the conversation, or just to make myself look smart?" can be real clarifying sometimes.

Not that I pause to ask myself that all of the time. Not by any means. But sometimes it's helpful.

I'm not sure I should've named my cats after governmental systems because now I'm like Hey, Meritocracy is a perfectly good cat!

update to mental health post 

I sat staring out of the window when I heard a strange whoop sound. I turned around and saw a plate with a slice of cake, and a note:
"Thanks for doing that thing at once, so I have time to make this."
In my own handwriting.
Huh. Guess I'll do that thing.
After I've had the cake.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

they're called "bit" coins because their value is a running gag

The gender of the day is a silvery solar system.

Hi friends! Reminder that I'm hiring a Senior Software Engineer. You'll report to me, you'll be fixing financial health for Americans, and we're open to remote.

(RTs appreciated)

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An ergodic, arborescent, semiautobiographical work about identity, mental health, spirituality, and the mutability of the past.

Now available for pre-order!
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OK, so the wired internet is down at work and I've got a computer I want to use that is wired only. Fine, I can sneakernet files to it.

But um, is there a way I can still use Mercurial for version control while doing that without being able to push and pull files between computers? I don't want to mess up the version history by manually moving a ton of files between my laptop (Current) and this PC (months out of date)

#hg #mercury #Mercurial #BoostsOK

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