It's been about a year since I added this to my list of stuff to read: vox.com/policy-and-politics/20 . It seems a timely time to read it now, especially as my left-wing friends start saying anti-liberal things.

Good news, Google doesn't advise walking across the rail trestle that collapsed. The bad news, it recommends walking across the Yakima River: google.com/maps/dir/46.2380314

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I found something really interesting on Open Street Maps. It's the exact location of the train trestle that was completely destroyed a couple of weeks ago. It made the news (it even made the news all over the state), but the local reporting didn't say exactly where it was. Now I know: openstreetmap.org/way/30603656 . It was the "Granger Subdivision Train Trestle", and that train line won't be carrying any trains anytime soon. I wonder if there's still an active grain elevator in Whitstran....

A friend of mine from Kentucky made a public post on Facebook about Mitch McConnell. Everyone who is voting in Kentucky in this coming November 2020 election should read this: facebook.com/stevebanfield/pos

David Brooks in the NYTimes: nytimes.com/2020/09/17/opinion Brooks spells out how the Democratic Party is a "normal" coalition-building party, but calls the current Republican party: "an anti-political insurgency that, even before Trump, has been elevating candidates with no political experience and who don’t believe in the compromise and jostle of politics." The term "honorable politician" is NOT an oxymoron, and we need to stop sneering at their work if we hope to replace the crooks and liars.

I'm hoping I can get done with the copyediting of this blog post today: robla.blog/2020/08/28/trump-an I wrote it late on Friday night on the F-word network, and then copied it to robla.blog . I'm hoping I can reply to a comment that @brion made after I'm done with that, but I may not get to it today.

A friend of mine made an image perfectly symbolizing the debate:

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Does anyone know if Jaap Karssenberg from ZimWiki fame is over here on Mastodon somewhere? I want to thank him for the 0.73.x release. I just upgraded from 0.72.x to 0.73.x on Fedora, and rename and merge menu options were merged into "Rename and move Page" menu item (with one dialog box for both functions). POSIX broke my brain; rename and move are the same thing to me now.

2/ For those of you who aren't on Twitter or Facebook, you should know that is the celebration of Xanadu (the film)'s 40th anniversary. It apparently released to movie theaters on August 8, 1980 in the United States: twitter.com/hashtag/Xanadu40

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Y'all have no idea the personal connection that this film has for me, and now I know one more: it was officially released on August 8, 1980: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanadu_( . So many memories make sense for me now.

2/ What I'm looking for is what do people prefer to use for DMing? Do y'all prefer Mastodon, or does that only work for some of your friends and family?

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Did I post over here about the battle of the DMs yet? It seems I haven't... robla.blog/2020/07/29/battle-o

The photo shows a fun little game. It tells a lot about where someone is from:

Instead of privatizing Amtrak, why don't we "public-ize" the tracks that Amtrak operates on.

I think I finally understand why Riot.im called themselves that. app.element.io is *starting* to turn into a fairly reasonable Discord knockoff when put into dark mode. Discord's naming system is more intuitive, but it's not decentralized. "Element" is a friendlier name than "Discord" or "Riot".

Whoops, my toot didn't have the name: It's called "Power Grid" and it's from 2004 apparently.....

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