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Centrists are the people who lost the chess game but "just want to play out a couple more turns" to see how close they were to winning

The side of my couch displays a bell curve of my cats' favorite spots to scratch up the couch

why are there so many good TTRPG kickstarters launching, like, today!!!

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the DSM 5e comes with a set of dice as its primary diagnostic tools

Today's episode comes accompanied by the brisk smell of sea air, plus a hefty dose of Francophobia: episodictable.com/iodine/

s4e23, "The Host": This really bothers me. In this utopian future, it's not only acceptable but *commonplace* for people to have sex with other species. In this very episode, Dr. Crusher learns that her ~lover~ is actually a big fat parasitic bug, but after a moment's thought, she's cool with it. But she couldn't possibly have sex with a humanoid who presents as female?? Even by its own internal logic this makes no sense.

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ohai frens not from the south:

u need to understand that the south is composed of communities of people of color, queer and trans people, and disabled people, as well as vast natural ecosystems, which are all being held hostage by a system that wants them dead and the land despoiled in the name of profit.

make sure that your words and actions are in solidarity with marginalized people and with ecosystems.

"your data analytics teams were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should"

They spend a lot of time trying to draw a distinction between "genuine" action versus mimicking your role models, and it's like... there's no discernible difference here! You have emotions, dude!

It drives me up the god dang wall that somebody convinced Data that he is incapable of feelings when he's clearly the most kind-hearted and thoughtful member of a crew that's already pretty considerate

This seems like a very worthwhile project that a lot of masto folks might be into: kickstarter.com/projects/lewis

Limited-run podcast that challenges the idea of objectivism and neutrality in journalism.

Dolomite Is My Name is The Muppet Movie for blaxploitation films, and I can think of no higher praise for a movie

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Tech security reminder: your typewriter ribbon is a keystroke logger.

I am astonished that the team behind D&D 5e, under WotC, came up with the advantage/disadvantage mechanic. It's just about the only example I know of a market leader *actually* bringing an innovation to the table. Surely they took the idea from some poor unknown publisher who languishes in a basement, right? But I've never heard such accusations.

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Okay, this is pretty wild. "YOU THINK THIS IS A GAME, A TALE TOLD BY HUMANS, A GAME DESIGNED BY HUMANS. ***THINK AGAIN***"

So this was the closest thing I had to "Ceci n'est pas une pipe," I guess.

I think I also might have "borrowed" this from Steve Painter. Sorry buddy.

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