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What if any program that prints "hello world"

might experience an existential crisis culminating in the deletion of its own source code

but before that last rm -f, it prints—naturally—"goodbye world"

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Pictures of tires will be summarily glared at

Who's a good year? Whoooo's a good yeeeeeaaarrr?

Every time I buy a high-quality item at a thrift store with the original tags still on I feel like I've gotten away with a crime

against capitalism

it's a great feeling btw

Anyone else walk into a library to return three books

happy to be making a dent in the pile at home

then walk out with six books

anyone

(help)

"Sherlock," said the Doctor, "I observed in the pile of papers to post a large and inexplicable cheque for the Widows and Orphans Fund."
"Eleemosynary, my dear Watson," the great detective said.

Somewhere else in this country it's Friday, so for my first :

@paralithode for gentle day-end meditations

@mooncake for educational readalongs

@pollyguo because Polly is pure magic

Today I was frugivorous, like a bat.

A fragment of Trametes versicolor, or Turkey Tail, saprophytic on a corporate lawn.

Ray Bradbury, in "The Affluence of Despair": "In sum, we wear our hearts on our sleaze."

....sir.

I'm always years behind, but these are some of the works I enjoyed that came out in 2017:

Game: Night in the Woods

Novel: Amatka, Karen Tidbeck

Graphic Novel: Monstress vol. 2, Marjorie Liu

Short stories:
"Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand," Fran Wilde
uncannymagazine.com/article/cl

"Fandom for Robots," Vina Jie-Min Prasad
uncannymagazine.com/article/fa

"Carnival Nine," Caroline Yoachim
beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/st

"The Last Meal He Ate Before She Killed Him," Malcom Devlin, You Will Grow Into Them

"Well, I was out running around the old oxbow, and I heard something, but I couldn't see clearly. It was too dark, and my sight's pretty watery. Could have been one fishy character or two, and I'm not sure of the color of their shirts, red or blue..."

What he had here, the forestry officer realized, feeling an increasing sense of despair, was a babbling brook.

"Dam it," the officer said. "Shut UP. I was just fishing for information!"

Published four short stories this year. A fifth is hiding somewhere in Rocketwerkz' game, Living Dark.

1. "The Wretched and the Beautiful," Terraform (Feb)
motherboard.vice.com/en_us/art

2. "The White-Throated Transmigrant," Tor.com (June)
tor.com/2017/06/21/the-white-t

3. "The View From the Top of the Stair," Hazlitt (Sep)
hazlitt.net/longreads/view-top

4. "A Quiet Night in the Library," Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors, (Aug) (not awards-eligible, but all kinds of fun)

A peaceful end of the year to you all.

Stephen King, On Writing: "I'm looking for ways to do that [resonance] without spoon-feeding the reader or selling my birthright for a plot of message."

...SIR.

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The conflation of wealth with happiness is sometimes so sadly pervasive in our discourse.

There are times when I want to just shake folk and shout:

"It's a lie! A big stinking lie! You don't have to play the fucking game! Happiness is not found in slips of paper! Except maybe if you're doing origami! Or papier-mâché! Papier-mâché can be fun! Or playing a game of cards with friends! But otherwise, paper slips do not equal happiness! Oh, yes, confetti is fun too! But regardless!"

Rising flood waters were threatening the stores on Main Street. The proprietors arranged to have their turn-of-the-century buildings raised on cinderblocks until the floods passed. They were all promptly thrown into jail. Show more

Wishing you all a warm cat on a cold day