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23 Sep
Pffft. "Follow back" as a social convention is such a bonkers idea. I'm in charge of who I follow. You're in charge of who you follow. I follow people whose tweets I want to see. I trust you're doing the same. That's how it works. That's how it should work. Text from a tweet: "If they don't have the god damn cou
If you're choosing to follow back everybody who follows you because that's just how you meet new people on here, that's your choice. I'm not here to tell you that you're doing social media wrong. That's my whole point: you pick who you follow and why.
Also I note the person who tweeted that out has about 1500+ more followers than they have people who they're following, so they're not exactly being the change they want to see in the world.
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23 Sep
The phenomena of weird nerds jumping in front of criticism of Elon Musk online is easier to understand when you see how many Tesla drivers posting horrific firsthand accounts of Tesla ownership in character as the "This is fine." dog.
Yeah, I used to have a reply guy following me who would respond to anything negative about Musk with "But can you name one person who is personally doing more for the environment?" and it's like, that's not actually relevant to the criticism?

I harbor my reservations that Musk is actually doing that much on the environmental front vs. that being a cool marketing angle for his line of expensive hobby toys, but say it's true that he's personally helped the environment more than anyone else.
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22 Sep
New York Post simultaneously pretending the manly-man action hero movie star said something they would approve of, and trawling/trolling for outrage clicks.
Also is the plan even to have a female James Bond, or to have a new female character take over as 007? And I will block you if you tell me you always thought that "James Bond" was a codename that came with the number. It's a ridiculous theory and I don't need to know you like it.
Every James Bond movie -- like every movie in every franchise -- takes place in its own self-contained universe with its own timeline, in which it can be assumed that things similar to some of the things that happened in some other movies also maybe happened, as necessary/useful.
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22 Sep
After two days in a row of sequestering the cats in the back office (or in it and the bedroom it connects to, when they're being too cagy), Tommy has been coming up to me like, "Hey, when are we doing the thing?" and Tony took the initiative to shut herself in on her own.
NBL We're not doing the thing today, the plumbing stuff is over and done with, though there will be more clean-up and repairs down the line it's all outdoors so we don't have to sequester the cats.
...that was supposed to be "NB:". This is apparently my most consistent typo.
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21 Sep
Nope, for so many reasons. The uncontrollable muscle spasms are a big one, but even if I had total control of what my arms and legs do at all times... I don't know how to tell how long it's going to take another moving object to reach a certain point. It's magic. It's witchcraft.
Sometimes when I'm in the front passenger seat, the person driving will be like, "Tell me if anything's coming from that way." and it's like I can tell you if literally any vehicles are visible in that direction or if none are, that's it.
Because sometimes I'll be like, "There's a truck" and they'll look and be like, "What? That was way far away, we had plenty of time." but you didn't ask if we had time (which I don't know how to judge!), you asked if anything was coming.
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21 Sep
Love ending a battle of wits, wiles, and wills with my cat whomst I am attempting to close up in the back room away from where the work is being done by innocently calling out "Hey, where's my Tommy?" and closing the door behind her as she comes innocently trotting in.
This method ends with me closed in with her, but that's okay, the cats are calmer when I'm around them.
The easiest time I ever got them in isolation was when I just carried Tony into the room like a baby and then called Tommy's name. It was only ever that easy once.
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21 Sep
STRUMMING MY PAIN WITH HER FINGERS

SINGING MY LIFE WITH HER TWEETS

KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HER THREAD

KILLING ME SOFTLY

WITH HER THREAD
This is why I'm so brittle and prickly on here. This is why I have no patience for people who correct jokes, who "jokingly" do annoying things on purpose, for people who are annoying jerks and have "LOL I'm an asshole deal with it" in their bio...
...for people who reply to tweets about my preferences or experiences with "I think you mean [the other person's preference]" or "This is [thing the other person likes] erasure". None of these things would ruin anybody's day on their own... but they aren't on their own.
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20 Sep
So "ideologically captured" is the next phrase on the slate to replace "woke", which replaced "SJW", which replaced "politically correct", to be used to signal nothing more than "this person or organization cares about things I don't and is therefore wrong".
It's cropping up all over the place in trans-exterminationist circles, as in an organization mentions pronouns or trans rights and their replies are full of people calling them "ideologically captured". It's also getting play in other right-wing circles, like anti-vax...
...and climate denial. The common thread among those things, other than being right-leaning positions, is that they're all rooted in ideologically-motivated science denial, which no doubt makes the projection of being ideologically-motivated extra appealing.
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20 Sep
I used to work with a guy who read somewhere that human babies are born knowing how to swim, a massive oversimplification which he further simplified into "babies can't drown". He wondered why no one had ever replaced babysitting by just leaving babies in a pool or lake.
I didn't think of this guy as being particularly unintelligent. He worked dial-up and broadband tech support and was as competent at his job as anyone else.
But I think of this guy and the chain of simplifying leaps...
babies have an instinctive reflex to water -> babies can swim -> babies can't drown -> babies can be left unattended in water, why does no one else see this?... often when reading anti-vax/covid truther stuff.
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20 Sep
Antivaxer/covid truther logic is like:

Most people never burn to death, anybody who does burn to death is flammable, more die *with* a fire from something else like smoke inhalation and not *from* the fire, and nobody in my family has burned, so I'm pretty sure I'm inflammable.
I couldn't fit the parenthetical "*Yes, thank you, I know." after "inflammable", but... yes, thank you, I know.
Since smoke inhalation is more dangerous than the actual fire, I would simply not breathe the smoke as I go about my business in the parts of the house that are not on fire. It's like everybody forgot about the dog cartoon. It IS fine.
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20 Sep
This, and also the cities exist, by and large, because we *need* a city to be there, for shipping routes and access to resources. It's like blaming people for having "shitty jobs". The alternative is those jobs don't get done.
"Why do they keep rebuilding New Orleans? Why not pick somewhere without hurricanes?"

You mean, why don't they pick up *the harbor* and move it inland? We should just put all our shipping ports in the mountains and then it doesn't matter if sea levels rise. Boom, I solved it.
The fact that New Orleans is people's homes and history and culture cannot be overlooked, but also, it's not a coincidence that people happened to settle down where our big navigable river meets the sea.
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20 Sep
Yes, this.

And the thing is that as a writer I don't think this is terrible, or fully avoidable.

Like, if the audience could suddenly see directly into the wings at a stage play, it would also change things quite a bit.
Fiction writers will never be able to create a fully realized, fully functional, living and breathing and completely detailed world for the same reason that cartographers don't build planets. The best you can do is be aware of where the spackle is and don't make it load-bearing.
So much this. "No-Maj" is the single most tweely British thing in the books.
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20 Sep
LRT: The number of people who read Jay Kay's books and concluded that the purebloods must have a point about blood purity meaning *something* or it wouldn't have been in the book has changed how I think about depictions of evil in my work.
I.e., if you're going to have a tropey allegory for some real-world evil, it's not enough to just attach it to The Very Obviously Bad Guys and expect that everyone will get the point that the belief is foolish and wrong in the world of the story.
In small and large ways, the Wizarding World's obsession with blood purity (and "the right sorts of families" and all the connected ideas) matches with and maps onto widespread beliefs and prejudices in the real world.
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19 Sep
I unironically think that arms back or folded in front of them would be the answer. A centaur's arms would not meaningfully contribute to balance and I don't think they could easily perform a reciprocal motion to the gallop anyway. Best to just keep them out of the way.
I am not an expert on running, galloping, centaurs, balance, momentum, or balance so I could be wrong here. I think streamlined out of the way would be the best answer, but when charging into battle... well, real horses have the wind resistance of a cavalry officer's arms, too.
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19 Sep
Just saw an antivaxer say that everybody who died of covid was on their death bed. With a few exceptions (like that person who fell over dead on a ladder), he's not wrong. When you're in bed and dying of covid, the bed you're in is your deathbed.
And I know I'm being glib here, but the thing is, from the beginning, absolute spoon drawers on here have been going "Why not just isolate the vulnerable instead of requiring HEALTHY people to change?" as though "the vulnerable" is a distinct class. It's not.
And the idea that a death bed is some special thing in and of itself that some people are on, so you don't have to worry about covid until you're on your death bed... you don't know if it's your death bed or not. No one does until you die.
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19 Sep
Somewhere between 35,000 and 50,000. Felt amazing, 5/0 stars, would not recommend.
I've actually done this multiple times, always with either fetish fiction that is really specific to the point of incomprehensible absurdity or unworkably complex drafts for a tabletop roleplaying game.
It's basically a matter of being hyperfixated on getting something I've been thinking about a lot for a long time out of my head. Doing that sparks more ideas, I hyperfixate, and my brain won't quiet down long enough for me to feel tired or sleep.
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19 Sep
So this is from partly through a thread about dealing with cheating as a teacher rather than a School Cop, but I would like to point out that the message of this tweet is a good lesson for tabletop game running: your players will connect more to story beats that come from them.
One of the reasons you as a game runner should not get too invested in mapping out every aspect of the story in advance... people will say "Because your players will ignore it and go off on a tangent."

But they say it like that's a bad thing, an unavoidable negative. It's good!
A lot of modern indie games (like the PbtA/"___ World" style games, or the Kids On... juvenile adventures series) explicitly endorse the idea of creating the setting and direction of the story as a group activity that's part of the game's set-up.
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18 Sep
So with the Nabisco contract settled, I put Oreos and Chips Ahoy in our grocery order, as a side effect of circulating the strike stuff has been that they're constantly on my mind.

There was a 10x reward points promotion running, which suggests someone was feeling the pinch.
I don't know if that was something that would have come from Nabisco or been encouraged by the distributors or was purely internal to the store. I could see the store wanting to boost sales as I imagine a lot of people didn't shift their cookie buying habits so much as refrained.
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18 Sep
Jokes aside, the actual implication of "Meat's back on the menu, boys!" is that Hobbits know what a menu is, not Orcs, as they're the ones telling the story.
Orcs were created for military action and presumably wouldn't have bothered with tables, as that's too much resources away from their singular purpose, so the equivalent phrase wouldn't be "back on the table" but presumably some expression that only makes literal sense to orcs.
And so Frodo, when he added the adventures of the Fellowship to Bilbo's memoirs, translated it to an idiom that would have been familiar to his assumed audience of other Hobbits.
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18 Sep
Status: Illness seems almost completely gone after a day and a half of bed rest.

Status, supplemental: Sleeping too much has hecked up my 41-year-old knee.
I think I need to figure out how to sleep on my back or stomach. As a side sleeper with a bad shoulder, I've been sleeping only on one side for two decades, and it's becoming clear my body wasn't designed for that kind of pressure.

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Like, I already have a really silly foam pillow shaped like a square doughnut to rest my head on because the cartilage in my left ear was breaking down from being slept on every night for twenty years.
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18 Sep
If you've got a bio that looks like this and you're following me, please unfollow. Your unscientific, creepy, extremist fringe gender ideology is a threat to my existence, and most especially to children like the child I used to be. I can neither countenance nor abide that Twitter bio with the userna...
Dude whose bio that is has a pinned thread about how sad he is that the women he work with don't know what a woman is and that he's not allowed to correct them. Gender zealotry is a heck of a drug.
The greatest lie the devil ever told is that the people who are trying to rebuild the gender binary in reinforced concrete are "gender critical".
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