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I saw an owl today. Too quick to get a good photo, but I did manage to get a bad one.

That hour I just spent puzzling over why my website layout was all over the place, only to discover it was down to a flex-basis % I'd forgotten to update along with the width% of an element, and the relief of finally working it out, is why I both love code and hate it.

Here's an , which I suppose is timely. I write fantasy. If you like your 18th century class struggle with added demons, my short story A Scribbler Scorns His Station may appeal. I've written a few more novels.

I read sff, I like cats, I'm getting back into coding, and I'm a Labour district councillor. I love following and favouriting art on here.

Hello to all the people who haven't been here in a while. What are you all reading? I've just finished Greg Jenner's Dead Famous, and I would highly recommend it.

I wrote up what it takes to add simple support to a site so it can have a light theme on light-colored screens and a dark theme on dark screens (and not blast your eyes out).

Just CSS media queries for the alternate styles!

@media (prefers-color-scheme: dark) {...}

And <picture><source><img></picture> to swap out images to fit different schemes.

On that note, anyone know how to test this in Chrome or Safari without changing the system theme?

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Oh hey, I have a new short story out. A Scribbler Scorns His Station is set in 1734 London full of invisible demons, and introduces the upstart scribe Thomas Laceby. I had a lot of fun writing this.

Hope Not Hate are recruiting a deradicalisation case worker, which may suit someone with an education/youth work background.

UK Politics 

It's voting day in the local elections. Don't forget to vote! Polls close at 10m.

UK voting 

Do you have a postal vote? You can get one for just this election, or on an ongoing basis. Some (not all) local authorities will also let you email them your forms.

ProTip: If you're in school and you're given an email address (here, .edu domain emails are common), don't use it for things which will require a long-term access

Or for anything your school disagrees with or want to keep from the prying eyes of the administration and IT. Policies/Laws mean little if the capability exists

Once you graduate, or leave through another means, you may loss access to your email and any other account registered with it, if you can't change it later

SF Publishing, Nazis 

Baen Books has a forum that seems to be a white supremacist cesspool, according to Jason Sanford's report:

@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.

Another lockdown will no doubt encourage predatory types, including loan sharks. Learn more about them or report them with Stop Loan Sharks, run by the Illegal Money Lending Team.

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:

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.

Covid adjacent, but what isn't these days? 

So my announcement that we shouldn't do paper Christmas cards this year didn't go down well with my son. I told him it was an infection risk, and email messages would be better.

Am I being too strict? What's everyone else doing?

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