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We've been watching Brooklyn 99 and seeing two prominent black characters talk who aren't criminals really makes you realise how depressingly unusual that is on screen

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Can we have an adjunct to the Bechdel Test that requires that:
1. There be two named black characters
2. Who have a conversation
3. About something other than committing a crime

And these tend to grow more ornate over the life of the podcast, until every episode begins with a 5 minute bit that needs to be carefully enacted before anything else can happen.

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Which is particularly interesting in a medium that (without much commercial incentive or pressure) doesn't formally require much of anything. Any tv show or commercial radio programme will have both formal requirements and (almost as stringent) generic expectations to abide by, which will naturally lend it a feeling of constancy. Podcasts instead have to summon rituals (in order to be able to adhere to them, in order to feel familiar).

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a lot of podcasts – and i'm thinking of those that exist at the shaggier/looser/less polished & edited end of the spectrum –evidently exist to be comfortable, to reassure, like the artistic equivalent of an easy chat with friends you see all of the time. So a lot of their strength derives from creating familiarity, and as they proceed through their runs they accrete habits/bits/in-jokes.

Reading the book set as a book for the first time

i need to follow more people who toot during UK working hours

Why should I let the toad *work*
Squat on my life?
Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork
And drive the brute off?

– from Philip Larkin, ‘Toads’

Mastodon meta and the word 'fuck' 

Why the fuck doesn't this place have italics?

Everything takes time we don't have, and our lives are nothing but open expanses of time we barely know how to fill, and these two problems run parallel to each other and neither solves the other

Georgie O'Keefe, apparently: “nobody sees a flower really – it is so small – we haven't time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”

instead of 'The End' going to sign off the next novel 'Etcetera'

We’re walking up the Crags - off the path in a line stand two young boys and their father, backs to the world, dicks to the mountain, spraying triumphantly. The dog runs happily into the celebrations. ‘Did you get pissed on?’ I ask on her return.

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A shot rings out over Edinburgh. ‘That’s the one o’clock gun, pup,’ I tell my dog, apparently uninterested.

Why is this stupid one-joke bot so much funnier than me, it's not fair, I'm a human, I have rights

I think I’m saying this as part of the generally adorable New Year’s Resolution-vibe of Mastodon of being better with social media and expecting it to be better in return

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