@Gargron The Twitter Mastodon account just retweeted some far-right type encouraging people to join Mastodon. That would be exactly the worst outcome of the current goings-on in the US, and the response of other social networks.
Zoom is tiring, according to research: http://obcovid19files.s3.amazonaws.com/rivkin.pdf
UK pol, death threat, HIGNFY
So apparently some no-name guest made a suggestion about bombing Corbyn supporters on Have I Got News For You. I don't have a sense of humour about that stuff.
Here's the complaints form. I will be grateful to everyone who joins me in making a complaint.
There's a news report about it here with the details: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/fin-taylor-bomb-glastonbury-joke-131250300.html
So Disney has decided they don't have to pay Alan Dean Foster (and who knows how many other authors?) royalties he's owed by contract for books he wrote. This can't be allowed to stand. It sets an awful precedent.
Freaks is an interesting take on the superhero genre. My full review: http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk/freaks-youre-one-of-us-2020-film.php
I expect recycling is up because of more home deliveries. I find brown cardboard composts very well so long as you let it get wet and take off any glue strips or tape. Worms love it.
ALLi has issued a warning about OctaGroup, with a useful guide on how to avoid getting scammed by those targeting indie authors.
How should we regulate and fund academic publishing? This petition was launched by librarians who are fed up of publishers price gouging UK libraries for academic ebooks.
I can see the other side, as many academic books can't expect a big audience. But books aren't *that* expensive to produce, and we should be doing all we can to make knowledge, especially academic knowledge, available students, and also to the general public.
Test and Trace, UK
SERCO are sending out texts to lots of people asking them to download the App. I got mine this evening.
It comes from NHSTracing, and I suspect they're going out as a blanket text to every phone in the UK, whether you've downloaded or not, and whether or not your phone is compatible.
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.