Spam email starts "This email is from a trusted source".

Yeah, right. I trust you to be a spammer.

Argh I need at least 4 new bras because the ones I've got are worn out but the brand/model that I know fits me is very hard to get. At least in the right size. (Anyone know of a dependable Elomi outlet that can grok European sizes? Ordered in England last time but their conversion table is off and now I have the circumference too large and the cup size too small, only by a little bit but still annoying)

I don't want to ask a question on this question-asking site because *every single answer* starts with "That's a great question". I don't *care* if my question is a great question, I just want it answered, not my ego stroked!

Hey roleplaying peeps, what's the most useless and yet fun thing your PC can do? (One of mine can milk anything. She even milked a mouse once for a bet.)

TFW you're thinking faster than you can type and you're skipping words because you thought them but were already typing the next word.

A neurotypical *straight* male sensitivity reader, even. (I have one who is male and straight, but no more neurotypical than I am)

Do I need a neurotypical male sensitivity reader or can I still safely write about people unlike me as long as they're the non-marginalized group?

We have insects. Which is a good thing, we're encouraging them, but they do fall in the cider a lot. (not wasps just yet, but several kinds of random flies and beetles)

"simulationist games like D&D" -- wtf?

Dear writer: "novitiate" means "the state of being a novice". It doesn't mean "a novice".

AAAARGH I had my swim pass fixed yesterday, and today I was at the swimming pool and realised that the pass was in my coat pocket at home.

No, consumer survey, I'm not going to give you my full name and address. Especially not if you don't tell me what you want it for.

Gah, brewery, don't put "amber ale" on a bottle containing something that tastes more like Rodenbach than anything else. I like it but it's not at all what I expected.

Found a 12-year-old resolution that I might try to implement again: "Whenever I notice something not right in the world that I can't do anything about (for instance because it's on the other side of the world, or simply because it's too big for me) I will not fume helplessly, but find a bit of world within my reach and make that more right. That doesn't have to be world-shattering: it can be as simple as sewing on a loose button, or mopping a floor, or helping someone who seems to need it."

*whew* I hate getting things done by phone but I got 2 very friendly, helpful and informative people on the phone and I got the thing done. (FTF person was not friendly, helpful or informative, and I didn't get a response to the email form, so I had to phone them)

Minor strangeness, happening twice in one day: people starting email with "good morning" or "good evening".

(Also confirming email by phone. Which perhaps counts as major strangeness.)

Irina boosted

OK, this is a "boosts needed" post, please boost this if you see it. At least one organisation I'm involved in has a major problem in that it runs online and needs to be able to ballot members, and just about all the easy services for doing so aren't GDPR compliant.

Would anyone be interested in clubbing together to try and run a Euro-side, compliant server of CIVS or a similar e-voting system that could be used by community groups, activist orgs, and so on?

#democracy #cooperatives

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