Fiction has the power to have us imagine other ways we and the world could be. Art has revolutionary power.

"What is to be Done," is, by all accounts, a pretty terrible novel. But it inspired in Lenin this model of an ideal revolutionary - a person without emotional ties, living and breathing the revolution. Lenin himself declared that the book inspired him in building himself.

Anyway, be a revolutionary and read some #UrsulaLeGuin

#scifi #fiction

So I'm doing a search for "pope" and of course Google auto-completes just as I press enter, and I'm like "What the heck is Pope Yes? I just wanted to search for Pope. WTF is PopeYes?"

Anyway, I could go for some fried chicken, sure.

They don't call it a muad'dib in Paris, it's a Royale with Spice

I'm pondering a metroidvania MOBA based on 8-bit Bruce Lee. The grunts are ninjas, and "pixel rivers" replace towers. Grabbing all nearby lamps flips flow.

Powerups are new moves, such as the ability to jump diagonally, slide attack under obstacles, and move left/right while falling, as well as speedups, jump height.

When hit, you lose powerups in reverse order. You recover all powerups when respawning.

So, you usually want to slow down enemies rather than kill them.

Random game design idea - hybrid Metroidvania MOBA. Plays like a Metroidvania, where character advancement revolves around acquiring new movement abilities to unlock map shortcuts. The movement abilities give you a combat edge as you can better disengage to grab health/ammo/etc.

But as a MOBA, you're in an advancement race with an enemy team. So, it's all about trying to speedrun advancement while thwarting the enemy from doing the same.

Her: "We get water from an aquifer."

Him: "Well, actually."

Museums are finding it nearly impossible to post imagery containing artistic nudity on social media because their posts keep getting deleted and accounts suspended or banned, so Vienna's museums opened a page on OnlyFans.

TikTok closed the Alberta museum account for showing an obscured woman's breast.

Facebook ruled the 25,000 year old Venus of Willendorf figurine as pornographic and removed the post.

GOP strategists fear Donald Trump's fixation on lying about the 2020 election is on track harm Republicans at the polls,

I really should've put a few cable ties or something through the whole of that key before letting #BeardGrabber play with this #padlock. 🤦‍♂️😅😖

(It's also why I prefer #locks that need the key to be inserted to actually lock them...)

Tried cutting a copy out of a tin can, but all I got out of that was a small cut. The metal probably was not thick and sturdy enough, or it might also have needed the raised edge on the side. Guess I could look up #lockpicking instructions for a #MasterLock no.130.

Fortunately I should still have some other locks in a storage box, and am not in urgent need for one. :) Might find a spare key too, if I look for it; else I can always cut or file through the key. :)

#parenting #securityFail #dadsOfMastodon

Multi-Column Mastodon, diaspora, Tumblr, Facebook, and MeWe

I've now refined Mastodon to support non-advanced web interface mode, and added a new MeWe Multi-Column style.

1) click userstyle here:

2) click GET STYLUS to install Stylus plugin

3) click INSTALL to install userstyle

4) edit userstyle to add your pod if needed (click on S plugin icon, select Manage ...)

5) Try out "advanced web interface" in Mastodon settings to see if it works better for you.

J. Michael Straczynski to develop a new Babylon 5 TV series. Twitter thread by JMS:

"J. Michael Straczynski @straczynski

To answer all the questions, yes, it’s true, Babylon 5 is in active development as a series for the CW. We have some serious fans over at the network, and they’re eager to see this show happen. I’m hip deep into writing the pilot now, and will be running the series upon pickup."

#TV #Babylon5 #SFF

A couple days ago I went with my son to look for tadpoles in ditches. We didn't find any tadpoles, but we got some minnows and a crawfish.

Well, this morning after he went to school the crawfish died. You can see all that was left of it. The minnows devoured its meat like a bunch of little piranha.

But then, a miracle! Before my son came home from school, ANOTHER crawfish showed up! It even looks almost the same as the poor old dead crawfish!

Look, there is no cosmic plan. Don't you think that if someone were in charge, Dick Van Dyke would be a porn name?

How effective at coronavirus filtering is an air conditioner filter with four months of dust accumulation?

Asking for a ... uh someone I don't know.

Power just came back on. This is a huge relief, because the last time we lost power it took over a week to get it back (and that event wasn't nearly so spread out).

Most of today was not too bad, because lingering cloudiness and rain kept the temperature bearable. In the afternoon, though, the sun came through and battered us. We were looking at a really bad day tomorrow until the power came back.

We really lucked out. People to the east of us got the worst of it.

Random videogame idea - a scrolling "shooter" but you place bombs like in Bomberman. Your powerups are like in Bomberman ... more bombs, bigger (4 way) explosion range, maybe remote control detonation. But you have free 8 way movement and the screen scrolls like a shooter.

whee, my 4K monitor has died. It now just shows vertical streaks. Using a 1280x1024 monitor for now.

So WandaVision day has brought us John Cho shots as perfect Spike, Alfred Molina as a somehow even cooler Doc Ock, and even The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (I think?)

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