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Hello, fediverse! I’m a sci fi and poetry writer, living in Pennsylvania, USA with my flamboyant partner and orange cat. I work in business IT for my day job, and I love comics (esp. manga), weather, radio, baseball, and museums. Lately I’m also really into mystery novels and the Poirot show from the 90s. I use they/them pronouns online, and my toots are mostly about my life and what I’m reading. Nice to meet you; follow at will. :rainbow_flag: :teapot: :blobuwu:

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Lois Haibt was the only woman on the IBM FORTRAN development team in the 1970s.

She started there in 1955, before they had a "Programmer" title -- she was "Mathematician". It was two years before the first production-ready compiler would be invented. "Assemblers were fairly new—just getting off the primitive stage."

You can read a very long interview with her at the Engineering and Technology History Wiki: ethw.org/Oral-History:Lois_Hai

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One of the worst parts of making games is that you have to keep pretending you’re proud and happy with your older work in order to promote it, even though it was written by an absolute fool, a child, a vastly inferior and less thoughtful writer

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I asked a girl if she had a hair tie and she pulled one off her carabiner and now I truly understand what futch means

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RT @ASFleischman@twitter.com

Georgia makes it a crime to move or eliminate monuments to the fight for slavery

So my hometown, left with no other option, put up this sign for context.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/ASFleischman/statu

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just took a DNA test and it turns out I'm 100% a clay golem created to protect the ghetto of Prague

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"Your phone is more powerful than the computers that put men on the moon."

Yeah, but the computers that put them there were bespoke, designed for a specific task, and the software was written by people who knew what the fuck they were doing, with that specific hardware in mind.

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periodic reminder: "to pull yourself up by your bootstraps" was originally coined to describe an impossibility.

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disliking Gertrude Stein’s work remains my single least popular lesbian opinion

last boost: my therapist makes this as her active listening noise

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I was like "man I need a secret twitter where I can complain" and then I realized a) that's mastodon and b) the mastodon timeline sucks because that's what everyone else is using it for as well

I don’t think I’m an idiot, there’s just a lot to learn

grateful to continuously discover how I am Wrong about things, and right about a few things

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(Present) I yeet
(Past/Imperfect) I was yeeting
(Past/Perfect) I yote
(Pluperfect) I have yought
(Future) I will yeet
(Future perfect) I will have yought

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Wandering Shop

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.