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it is that some of the orcs realize that, since they are a bunch of mushrooms, gender is meaningless to them and there's no reason to be masculine. especially not when in their research they have heard about these ancient warriors of the humans who smeared red paint on their faces and lips, definitely to go faster the orcs can only assume. after all, they had an entire race named after them! the drag race!


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re: federation opinions 


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The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML

I've told this story at conferences - but due to the general situation I thought I'd retell it here.

A few years ago I was doing policy research in a housing benefits office in London. They are singularly unlovely places. The walls are brightened up with posters offering helpful services for people fleeing domestic violen


#/etc/ #html5 #web #weeknotes #work

@Paradox @Rasp someone in the thread asked that! apparently it sleeps there? warm, pouch-like space.

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Trans crowdfund, surgery, sucide risk (not me) 

I got through everything that existed prior to the new year in about six days, and then after the first update of the year, tried to read it again in the subsequent week before the following update. Didn't quite manage it, but still. This thing *grabbed* me.

Lately I've been reading a web serial called Katalepsis. It is cosmic horror and terror both (but also usually very wholesome), it's transhumanism and dysphoria and an uncertain quantity of varyingly hopeless or hopeful lesbians. Self-aware in that perfect way where the characters have read books, but without fourth-wall-breaking. Clear character voices and properly messy action scenes and evocative descriptions without resorting to un-adjectives like "eldritch".


Got a friend and her SO in need of living-space, currently due to be on the streets in February. Two disabled trans folks in Boston. Any leads you've got, really. Please boost.

She streams and has a patreon, if you can contribute, and can be hired for voice-acting and video-editing, if you have need of that.


Wishful cooking 

@Momerath so after a while of ignoring the problem and just not doing the fixing that needed doing, I rethreaded it again and it worked.

I have now done a game stream! I do not like my voice.

(twitch.tv/videos/803034485 if curious, very cute puzzle/exploration/platformer game entitled "Oh Jeez, Oh No, My Rabbits Are Gone!!!")

@CyclopsCaveman thing is, at this point if I see someone with a red baseball cap (especially with text on the front) I am going to veer away long before I get close enough to read it.

downer, politics, worst-case 

@ifixcoinops Sleeping. I've been trying to get to bed earlier, and if having up-to-the-moment knowledge of election-related news is actually helpful, then I'm doomed anyway.

With the bobbin removed and the needle not threaded, everything runs smoothly. The machine is not being unusually noisy, so I don't think it needs oiling. The bobbin is perhaps running a little low on thread by radius, but I'd eyeball it as still having at least a few feet (if not yards) in there.

Bobbin loads into the machine with the hole facing vertically. Bobbin is not empty. Needle is not bent, I tried a new needle. Problem occurs on both straight and zigzag stitches.

Specifically: After a variable number of stitches, it stops (motor seems to be straining). This occurs on both hand and electric power. If I hand-turn it backward from there it doesn't stick, but if I electric backward it stays stuck. Looking at the bobbin at time of sticking, there's a few threads back and forth over the top of the spool.

people! I do more "fixing my clothes" than "art", but regardless, my sewing machine is not working and any help would be appreciated. Details in thread.

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