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I love getting to connect with some of the performing clowns, variety artists, and theater makers I've discovered in the fediverse. All of these disciplines ultimately seek freedom and truth, so it feels like a good fit.

Things I inadvertently learned today:

Do not ever have a removable drive in your /etc/fstab without setting the 'noauto' option, unless you want all sorts of headaches the next time you have an unplanned reboot of a server.

On the plus side, I learned how to get back into an encrypted drive from a live CD, so that's new and exciting.

Obligatory post regarding the weather:

telo mute li kama lon.

Time is immutable. You learned this to your regret after spoiling a movie for a time traveler. In revenge, he rattled off the spoilers for your life.
#writingprompts #writing

It's... #FollowFriday :gentleblob:

πŸ“° @wallabag Wallabag: Free open alternative to Pocket

πŸ“„ @LimeSurvey LimeSurvey: Free open alternative to Google Forms

πŸ‘£ @gnome GNOME: Makers of a free open desktop environment

🌐 @cwebber Christopher Lemmer Webber: One of the creators of ActivityPub

🐐 @GoatsLive Goats Live: Aww... The everyday adventures of a pair of pet goats

Previous #FF:


In contrast to so many people getting community moderation wrong, here's an absolutely brilliant example of working to get it right:

Mad props to @Gargron and all the people who work to make the a safe space for everyone.

Dying @ this anecdote from Andrew Thaler on birbsite:

β€œSix years ago today, I walked into the techiest tech-bro bar in San Fransisco, positioned myself obnoxiously into a group of Dudes Wearing Google Glass, and loudly said "Ok Google, Call Mom."

It was magical.

How were you radicalized against pervasive technology?”

Well, this seems like good news... I hope other cities follow suit.

"San Francisco supervisors voted to make the city the first in the United States to ban police and other government agencies from using facial recognition technology."

The trippy late 60's spy-series, The Prisoner ( was filmed at Portmeirion, Wales. This is a delightfully surreal holiday destination surrounded by an extensive botanical garden, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It's possible to arrive there via a historic steam train.

I just had an extremely nice long weekend away.

This morning's mental soundtrack is Love is Love, from Stereo Alchemy.

I spent my whole weekend driving across the desert on I-10. A library audio book made the miles fade away and the exits blur, and I will surely do that again. But the music I started with on my way out of California two days ago is still with me.

Somewhere in the desert I saw the brightest rainbow I'd ever seen, glaring its bright colors vividly and insistently.

Wrestlers, one holding the other in a headlock. The camera sees them talking but is too far away to pick up the words.

Could be stock tips. Could be a story about the tiniest dragon. Could be about the optimum depth for planting tulip bulbs. Could be anything incongruous to the violent entertainment being performed.

That's all there is to it, folks. That's how you make jokes. "What if something unexpected were happening?" You answer that question... and you've got something.

Is the reality of the climate change warned against for decades now manifesting outside your window too depressing for you?
Then, here's Bill Nye, "the Science Guy", explaining the situation in an enjoyable lighthearted demonstration.

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