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Hi, I'm Thomas. I write and host The Episodic Table Of Elements, a podcast that looks at the fascinating stories behind every element on the periodic table, at

I also love tabletop games, especially D&D and MtG. I'm looking forward to learning what Mastodon is all about!

s2e2, "Where Silence Has Lease": Woof. That last episode was... Real bad. Anyway, is this a crossover episode? Because it looks like the away team just landed on Dagobah.

s2e1, "The Child": uhhhhhhh why is everyone treating this supernatural pregnancy as though it were completely normal, rather than the Nostromo-level body horror it actually is???

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There isn't enough media celebrating people doing things just because they like to, whether they're objectively "good" at it or not.

You always hear about the ones with a talent in something, which is all well and good! But why should people feel discouraged from doing something just because they can't devote the time/energy to become "good" at it?

Why can't anyone doodle, draw, make comics, play music, write, etc. and enjoy it without feeling like they have to live up to a standard?

Airplane Mode ( ) is drawing a lot of comparisons to Desert Bus, but I see this as something fundamentally different. It's not a plate you need to keep spinning like DB is.

And I can't explain exactly why, but this looks REALLY appealing to me. Like, it just looks like a dark, tightly enclosed, safe space. If this comes out in VR I'll be tempted to get a headset just so I can go on a boring flight whenever I want.

Tabletop RPG rules systems are at most a scaffold upon which you can hang all sorts of options and tweaks from other systems. In my D&D campaign, I toss in elements of GURPS, Monster of the Week, Zweihander, and more. That's without even mentioning all the stuff I gather from previous editions.

Don't feel constrained by a single system!

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This piece is very important, having your press be rude and shit talking is genuinely good

respectability, being advertiser friendly, and other tone downs of content usually doesn't benefit the person consuming it but the outside parties funding it

be rude in the shit you write, be rude on the podcasts your on because it's fun and also lets you be more honest

s1e25, The Neutral Zone: "Hey, d'ya mind turnin' down the A/C? I'm tryna record a podcast in here!"

Same episode -- Jesus, man, can we get someone to install a self esteem chip for this guy over here???

Just had to explain to my wife that I finished recording my chemistry podcast so I'm taking a break and watching Star trek, but I'm not going to edit tonight because I'm supposed to DM a dungeons and dragons game tomorrow but haven't prepared at all, and then I realized all the words I just said

According to youtube's algorithm, I'm not interested in anything but Max Richter instrumentals, animated segments of My Brother, My Brother & Me, and Britney Spears music videos. I mean, it's not wrong, but damn I feel pretty exposed here

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Hello, there is no reason it should take "up to ten days" to process my unsubscribe request

"Bill Gates is donating all of his wealth upon his death" wait, so Bill Gates wants to cause people to suffer for as long as he lives?

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Being a leftist doesn’t mean you’re a good person

Never stop bettering yourself

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good post about how nerd communities' mass-adoption of the closed and proprietary Discord platform will inevitably lead to the long-term loss of (or loss of access to) mountains of special-interest group knowledge and community history

"TLDR; It is not a very future-proof way of knowledge-building & archiving at all."

see also:

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Against my better judgement, I recently created an account on Birdsite again, this time strictly for my podcast rather than a personal account. It's... fine, but now I no longer have a barrier between me and responding to strangers with terrible opinions, and I need to exercise more restraint than I'd like.

(I guess you'll have to right-click // open image in new tab to full appreciate those two screenshots)

Just for kicks, I wanted to see how tolerable I could make a news article I happened to be reading. I can't even imagine the ethics argument behind ad-blocking because the internet is practically unusable without it

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