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Hi everyone! This is my post here on wandering.shop! I used to be @ftl and before that @ftl . At work I do and other than that I mostly play , plus a bit of and (DMing and playing 5e). My favorite tennis players are and . 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!

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capitalism, rant-ish 

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US friends, in case anyone could use the reminder I'm hearing that open healthcare enrollment is closing on the 12th of Dec! Get it while the getting is good!

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#DnD and other RPG mapmakers:

I've made a seamless water tile. The source art is a photo I took myself in a Pennsylvania State Park.

Consider it to be public domain (CC0) IRT reuse.

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I'm gonna keep posting this until one of you fucking boosts it

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someone on twitter said:

Voting isn't choosing your character, it's choosing your opponent.

Which is an interesting contextualization and good argument against letting perfect be the enemy of good re: candidates and moving the overton window etc.

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Roll a d1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 to define your gender

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It's only FPGA if it comes from the PGA region of France. Otherwise it's just a sparkling gate array.

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A thing I don't like: misuse of the grammatical term "passive voice" to mean "anything phrased in a way that avoids blaming someone". Orwell identified passive voice as a tool often used in weasely euphemisims, but that doesn't mean "passive voice" and "weasely euphemism" are synonyms.

"He died of injuries he sustained while resisting arrest": Nope, no passive voice there. There's three verbs and they're all phrased in the active.

"He was murdered by the police": Now that's passive voice.

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tired: you (pl.)
wired: y'all
inspired: foolish mortals

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In northern Ethiopia, at 130 meters below sea level, in the hottest valley in the world, there exists a series of pools that look more alien than anything that should rightly be found on Earth.

This is the dangerously beautiful Dallol Volcano, and hydrothermal system, found in the Danakil depression. The highest point of the volcano reaches -48 meters above sea level. Brine pools and acidic liquid spout from the ground, building up salt and sulfuric pillars as temporary geysers build them. Here, not two but three tectonic plates move away from each other, causing the land to sink deeper and deeper, and bringing up minerals from deep within the Earth. In the next few million years, the Red Sea will eventually fill the depression.

The word Dallol, in the language of the Afar people, means disintegration. The Disintegration Volcano.

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How is it that cats know just the right spot to step and amount of pressure to apply on your stomach to for optimal attention getting??
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i like to eat spicy food when i'm sick cause i like imagining the germs dying in a fire

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A handsome little mastodon pin for those who want to talk about the wonders of mastodon with strangers.

More at xxyxxyart.com

#little #mastodon #pin #sculpted #ceramic #whitegold #mastoart

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