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The idea of police officers saluting is a little disgusting, they should be as far removed from any ideas of military as possible.

Should be

has some interesting panels.

I feel like this could be a really good way of widening out participation of people who can take part in SFF conventions and discussions, because not everyone has the money or time to travel to events every year.

I forgot how much I love php. And also hate it. And love it, and hate it, continue ad infinitum.

Covid, reading choices 

The local quarterly free paper arrived, like a message from another world. Most of it is ads and event listings, with the odd restaurant review. I expect they'll pause the July edition.

Great post here with the short and long version of why we need to all be wearing masks all the time for the foreseeable future. Think of it as a badge of honor showing how much you care about the people around you.

This boy was sitting in the gift bag, but came out for his photo as soon as I pointed a camera in his direction.

Covid adjacent - masks 

I’ll try to switch to posting something more fun, possibly even frivolous, after this, but the information seemed important enough to share.

from a Michigan on how to clean your groceries after bringing them home:

I enjoyed To End All Wars by David Tallerman, a mystery about a WWI Lieutenant in the trenches who finds something peculiar amongst all that horror.


Interesting things happened to book sales as people prepared for lockdown. My feeling is that bucket list books will be replaced by less worthy and more fun or accessible stories in a couple of weeks. It's a bit like gym resolutions now in the first week after New Year.

music, covid-19 

Have written a roundup post for all the free stuff to do while social distancing, if anyone is bored and looking for something to do:

Kitten update: four living kittens born to my friend's cat this morning. No pictures from me as yet - mummy cat was being protective and hiding them when I visited. This is a great sign, because it means she's bonding with them.


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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.