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Dazzeloids is one of the few multimedia products created by writer & illustrator Rodney Greenblat, who is most well known for PaRappa the Rapper.

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Doctor says, ‘Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.’ Man bursts into tears. Says, ‘But doctor…”Pagliacci” just means “clowns”. You’re telling me the great clown “Clowns” is in town. Great advice, Dr. Dottori’

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For "pride month" Tor's book of the month club is giving away an ebook of 4 queer-themed sci fi novellas by:

Katharine Duckett
Seanan McGuire
Lina Rather
Kai Ashante Wilson

You can download anytime up until June 5.

You want to read the Kai Ashante Wilson one. Please read Kai Ashante Wilson.

@Cheeseness a friend of mine in an online gaming community was like "hey I heard about this game called Hive Time it sounds cool" and I was like "HELL YEAH IT IS" :D

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Report: The Grid

In my head, an company's control room looks like some Hollywood vision of NORAD: a map of the region with blinking red lights to indicate imminent-brownout warnings. But my head is wrong. Historically, a good-enough monitoring sytem for an electrical was a telephone: when customers from some neighborhood called up to complain that they'd lost power, you knew that neighborhood had a problem. In the bad old da…

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ableism, mental health stigma, ref to violence, what is evil 

There is this crazy popular idea today that evil=mental illness. 'Anyone who does that is mentally ill' is the common refrain when people hear about something they consider evil and could not conceive of doing themselves.

And that's not how evil works. That's not how bad actors happen.

Blaming mental illness for people doing horrible things just hurts mentally ill people -- and we are hurt enough with out that, thank you very much.

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COVID-19 is exposing a lot of truths.
The free market is useless in any kind of crisis. It is barely functional in terms of mobilising labour and resources in the best conditions, it is flat out useless when things are tough - and things are going to get tough as the climate worsens and the oil runs out.
It turns out that the people paid the least in society are the most important, and many highly regarded jobs just aren't all that important.

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hi fedi!

us in the cabal club are spending the next 7 weeks creating a subjective moderation system for cabal: a volunteer-driven & open source p2p project for resilient chat. [1]

we think it's important to ground the implementation in lived experiences, hearing concerns, and just listening to other people a bit

we're looking for people to interview & prioritizing those who identify as trans and/or women. please dm me if you are interested

thank you!


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more abstractly, the idea of 'intelligence' as a single, dimensionless quantity that can be objectively measured is itself necessary reactionary. you cannot put people on a ladder from 'best' to 'worst' based on a standardised test and expect the result to be anything but phrenology

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Now that I've seen a phot of this, I'd like to see it in a game. I'm not sure I would've felt that way before

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‪Celebrate by strapping a virtual reality headset to your face and sitting down in the middle of the road ‬

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Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?

because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon

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Over the past few years I've noticed myself stopping to do custom tweaks on my own system, and instead working to fix the underlying issue for everyone.

I finally wrote my thoughts about this down in a more coherent form

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Today is one month since 's quiet little launch. Right now, it's about 50 sales off grossing enough to cover the direct monetary expenses I had during development. If you're thinking of buying it & have the resources to do so today, I'd love to cross that milestone ^_^

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For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”

We need more media platforms like that.

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I learned last night that not everybody knows that @itchio doesn't require an account to buy/download/play games.

When I distribute my games (play Hive Time!) there, I'm not telling people to commit to the platform. I'm inviting them to play my game with fewer strings attached.

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Not sure how much discussion there's been around this already, but I think the decision to not implement "quoting", or QTs on the bird platform, might be worth revisiting.
Yes, it can be used to dunk, but a "disable QTs on this toot" feature would curtail such uses, and allow the benign "add my own comment to this thing while surfacing it" case that I see behind a lot of good discussion on other platforms.

I really look forward to more of these :)

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