Hi everyone! This is my #intro post here on wandering.shop! I used to be @ftl and before that @ftl . At work I do #datascience and other than that I mostly play #tennis, plus a bit of #gloomhaven and #dnd (DMing and playing 5e). My favorite tennis players are #shapovalov and #murray. Lately I've been reading anything by Martha Wells, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, and Ursula K Le Guin, and Tor's monthly ebooks.Looing forward to meeting cool people here!
"The sea is so beautiful," the sailor said.
"It truly is," the mermaid said.
"Yet so wild, unpredictable and cruel."
"What? No, the sea is calm, regular, and comforting."
"No, there are storms and hurricanes and-"
"Those are not the sea. Those are the sky clawing at the sea."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
When does the infotainment media not call a politically motivated suicide bomber who takes out a critical emergency telecommunications facility a terrorist? When do the police with specific foreknowledge of his bomb making and intentions do nothing to stop him?
When it is a white male conservative QAnon fanatic.
"Girlfriend warned Nashville police Anthony Warner was building bomb a year ago, report shows"
Exceptionally well-preserved snack bar unearthed in Pompeii
An observation from June 2020. Grammodes geometrica, a moth spotted while walking at Coney Island, Singapore. One of those lucky sightings: if I had looked elsewhere while walking past that spot, I would have missed it.
On iNaturalist [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51453494 ].
Looks like Amazon is retiring the Goodreads API, which just another step towards basically abandoning Goodreads and folding it into some other Amazon service I guess: https://joealcorn.co.uk/blog/2020/goodreads-retiring-API
My advice? Get off Goodreads while you still can (ie export your content) and move over to StoryGraph: https://beta.thestorygraph.com
A black-owned startup finally developing a viable alternative to Goodreads. Fuck yeah!
(Why not LibraryThings? Because, guess what.. it’s also owned by Amazon!)
Video game suggestion request! In preparation for a winter break where I sit at home and do not leave the house, I'd like to get some new video game... I'm feeling something like Skyrim, so a single-player open world RPG? I looked around and it seems like the main constraint is that I need something that'll work on my 2015 MacBook Pro. Doesn't need to work well, just run, and doesn't have to be new, since I don't game much. Not sure if that exists.
Data Scientist in the bay. Tennis player (4.5). D&D, Gloomhaven, and board game enthusiast. Double-verified.
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