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Sick people should get medical treatment not because it's 'fair', but because they are sick.

Hungry people should be fed, not because 'fair', but because they're hungry.

Homeless people -> housing, same deal.

So, yeah, forgive student loans. And fix the loan system; it's rapacious.

Fix broken stuff. Relieve suffering. Don't get hung up on fair while others are bleeding out.

Back from Sunday bike ride and picnic, which is becoming an institution for me and my partner. Knees behaved themselves, so perhaps taking this last week off has been good for whatever it is that makes them hurt.

The Sunday Dogwalkers ambled by while we were picnicking, and we got to say hi to many dogs, all of whom would have been just as helpful with the picnic part of things as we could wish. Should we have wished help. (We did not wish help.)

I work for a company with is at bank levels in its stuffiness, and I had to lead the team meeting this week, which means I had to do the HSE moment, HSE being ‘health, safety, environment’, and I did a presentation on building pillow forts, AND I PULLED IT OFF.

My boss challenged its relevancy at the start and I squelched her: "Boss, you are at toxic levels of adultness, you need to hear this."

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"...dogs’ faces are structured for complex expression in a way that wolves’ aren’t, thanks to a special pair of muscles framing their eyes. these muscles are responsible for that “adopt me” look that dogs can pull by raising their inner eyebrows. it’s the first biological evidence scientists have found that domesticated dogs might have evolved a specialized ability used expressly to communicate better with humans."

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

#dogs

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OMG. Dealing with phones and phone plans in Canada. OMG. Send cookies. Send puppies. Send something good to make me believe in my life's value again.

Something I keep bouncing back to: how is Obliviate not an Unforgivable? I mean, you'd think it would at the least be a war crime.

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goodnight, shop! It will all be there in the morning.

A gentleman friend of my partner's gave. me. a. rose from his garden about four days ago, and this is it this evening, and I just wanted to share:

Have been working through Swift book in order to learn it, and yesterday was doing Auto Layout in XCode exercise with a basic calculator as the model, and then exercise ended with calculator all laid out and no functionality.

So last night I wrote a calculator in Swift. That works. I am very pleased with myself.

I wanted to go to bed half an hour ago as was drooping in my chair.

Almost made it before reflexes took over and I made tea instead. *sips tea*

Distant thunder. Bit unnerving for hereabouts; we never get thunderstorms and I always worry for the trees when we do.

Recovered from cold enough to do a bike ride yesterday. Small shaggy tree down across trail; we had to maneuver bikes under it and through its very thick branches. Fir or spruce or something. Lots of green growing everywhere.

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Update: Cyan's Myst-ish game Obduction is free on GoG for 40 *hours*, not minutes. 35 hours left. Should you be interested.

gog.com/game/obduction

Nothing makes one feel quite the zen master as does sliding off one's cushion.

Still getting over last week's cold. Was thinking I'd like to go for a bike ride, but it is probably a bit much yet.

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If I'd made the damn tea when I first thought, "I should like some tea," I'd have already drunk that cup and possibly a second, and not now be entirely tea-less.

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"VITAL UPDATE: my road runner porch-buddy used to run away if I wanted a pic but now when he catches a lizard he KNOCKS ON MY DOOR and then parades his catch around and poses, it’s amazing. Who’s a good boy! Mr Meepmeep! 😍"

a good story from over on the twitters
twitter.com/havi/status/112990

How to do a coin toss when you can't make up your mind:

1. Flip the coin.
2. See how it lies.
3. Are you okay with that? If so, go with that choice. If you are sad, go with the choice that makes you happy.

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