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The Old Guard 

Covid research 

Today, the cat learns that if you can't do the crime, don't do the time* as I keep him in whilst his injuries from fighting other cats heal.

*Doesn't learn.

OpenWHO has a lot of free short healthcare courses in a bunch of different languages:

Useful for language learning, and also perhaps a good teaching resource if you have kids off school.

Harassment, SFF 

FanasyCon 2020 won't go ahead. It's no surprise and it's the right decision, but it's also sad news. The awards and AGM will go ahead online. I hope that in future cons like this will maintain online elements for those who can't attend.

As the shops re-open, let me share a couple of magic words that worked absolute wonders on my family this evening.

Wardrobe audit.

I'm now up several pieces of good clothing, a new set of buttons, and I know exactly what's needed when I brave the stores. Not as much as I thought!

A primary headteacher proposes changing the UK school year to January-December, and extending the current school year to December.

Do you agree?

I made my random quiz a bit easier, but it turns out anything over 5 out of 7 is an exceptional score.

I haven't been in a vehicle since some point in early March. Motorised transport is a staple of modern living, yet I scarcely miss it.

It’s amusing how many sites show zero content without JavaScript

No, I don’t enable JS on a first visit to any website. Ever. Only until after I’ve determined your site is safe and I want something you’re offering will I consider enabling it

The modern web is insufferable with JS. It’s like the bad old days of Flash all over again

If you're in the mood for something whimsical, try out my random book quiz. A different set of 7 questions each time. How do you score?

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.

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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.