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occasionally, clicking through yet another half-arsed GDPR-mandated cookie management screen, i find myself thinking "the GDPR has buggered up the web"

then i catch myself.

no, it hasn't. the way companies have opted to respond to the GDPR is what's buggered up the web. they could have been nice and unobtrusive about it, but no, they decided that *every user in the EU* should suffer their protests at not being able to stow thousands of fragments of random shite on a whim all over their vict- sorry, users' computers.

Last #ff of 2018!

@ben makes awesome Steam games

@brandon is now a debian user

@zigg likes Katamari Damacy

@AskChip is a font of retrocomputing knowledge

@checkervest posts highly cerebral toots

@switchingsocial & @ChrisWere advocate excellent alternatives to popular user-hostile websites

@byttyrs likes spinach & tamagotchis

@noelle & @kev are wise high gurus of the fediverse

@bob works on Freedombone & hacker ethics

@jack knows more about politics than I do

I thiiink life is normal enough that I'll stream tonight. Options are: Space Run, Astroneer (I haven't played since at least two major updates), Equilinox, Europoda Uni 4 (never played)... or a pairing of two of those. I'd welcome any votes/suggestions. 😍

🤔 How do folks vocally say their Mastodon handle/account when doing things like podcasts? I think I do it differently every time, and it feels wrong every time. "I'm melissaaveryweir on mastodon-dot-social" seems... fairly aurally parseable (and I can be found however one spaces out that name). Should the word "at" end up in there somewhere, like early-ish birdsite days? 🤷

game recommendation request 

Oh! And I don't mind buying a cartridge for my 3DS if the game is only available physically, although I'd prefer downloadable.

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game recommendation request 

So I've been playing Subterfuge on my phone, and it's... flawed. Too simple, too real-world in the betrayal, and my friends don't like it (and I don't want to play with strangers).

But I have a real hankering for a mobile (Android or 3DS) tactics/strategy/4X game. That's a *huge* net to cast, I know, but anything from an XCOM-like (base + tactical missions) to Disgaea 2 to Endless Space 2 to a solo Subterfuge would be worth trying.

Anyone have any favs?

Maybe I'm being fake deep but playing tabletop with my buds and making our own heroes and own stories together feels like seizing the means of storytelling back from the pop culture conglomerates that would rather have us consume than create

I should clarify: I'm most interested in the Holy Roman Empire here. 😄

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Visiting the Imperial Castle in Nuremberg reminded me how much I enjoy Roman . I'd love a book rec for some 800+ CE German-area history books. I'm more interested in structures and usage of power and resources (e.g., the impacts of the Golden Bull of 1356) than a recitation of facts.

Of course, most interesting would be a proper critical eye at those things, but that might be asking for the moon. 😀

The last episode of Tabletop Garden's first minicampaign is out! We descend into dark tunnels in pursuit of a mechanical gorilla and discuss the colonialist narratives inherent to many postapocalyptic settings.

Food, Germany 

I'm not generally posting much between blogs about Nürnberg, but I finally got liverwurst, and it is fully living up to my hopes. 😍😍😍

(Note: it’s looking like I’m going to be a day or two behind on each of these. That’s not the worst.) Agenda: Get checked in at the apartment Get food Walk around and see some stuff A pretty chill agenda, brought on by the fatigue of travel and wanting to ease ourselves in a bit. … <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text"></span> <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a> 

I am really disappointed at how the WordPress app is handling my photos. I'm losing any meta info I add to media (alt text, descriptions) in my posts if it wasn't already associated with the actual media entry. And I'm phone-only this trip, so it's very cumbersome to copy that info the actual media entry. 😡

I'm in Nuremberg, I have a list of things I want to do, but no idea what to do *now*. 🤯 Well, other than drink this coffee that just arrived. 😏

My travel partner is more inclined to sleep in late, but I'm hesitant to go do the major things on our list without them. Sitting and writing in a Nuremberg cafe for a while seems... not busy enough. 🤷🏾‍♀️ I'm torn!

masto instance meta 

Heads up, Sinblr appears to have a flood of un-CW'd porn coming out of it.

Then there's also the paid followers thing they're doing.

Instead of autoposting entries from, I installed a plugin to give it an ActivityPub stream: @blog (c/o @gregoryaveryweir). It's weird, I'm not sure it's working perfectly yet (the plugin is very, very new). I saw some HTML markup when I was on Mastodon in my browser a couple days ago, but it looks perfectly fine in Mastalab. 🤷🏾‍♀️

I'll boost from there instead of posting directly to my stream unless someone points out a significant issue.

Dante and I are flying out to Nuremberg for Christmas in about 13 hours! Today (Saturday) was shenanigans: Swapping out my cable modem caused over an hour of downtime with multiple customer service calls. United Airlines removed a segment of my return flight with no notification, meaning we would have gotten back to Newark on … <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text"></span> <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a> 

Travel day was only slightly Home Alone-esque. I got most of the way to the airport before realizing I didn’t have my passport. Luckily, it’s a 15-20 minute drive, but we only had a bit over an hour once we got through security. …I like being at airports early. Sue me. Better to chill at … <a href="" class="more-link">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text"></span> <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a> 

question everything, but don't forget that *things can be true*

that last part sounds wild but its important

reality is reality

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