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Hey everyone.

I want you to know that I am aware I'm an outsider to queer spaces and culture. I didn't realize I was queer in any way until I was in my early 30s so I didn't grow up learning things.

So if you see me making a mistake, please call me on it. I won't be mad, even if it hurts. I'd rather know then not.

Also if I'm in a space and making you uncomfortable, ask me to leave. I would rather leave then make others uncomfortable in their own space.

Heyo, friends! I maintain a list of space opera novels by cisgender women, trans, and non-binary authors. Suggest works via the link, & share with everyone who might find it of use!

You can find the list right here:


looked it up, and after discarding a bunch of results about an Australian meat shortage, I found that the reason there was a neutrogen 948 was that the US was suddenly in charge of feeding Europe, including places that would have been its enemies 3 years earlier, and that's with sending so much of its corn to Europe that they couldn't feed meat animals enough to meet demand, coupled with some bad crop years

Dammit, the scene is ALMOST on Youtube; this is the fight right AFTER the robot wakes up!

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Oh, Ars Technica actually has a recent build guide out! I thought they stopped doing those!

Tempted to just copy this, to be honest, unless people have review site recommendations?

When I asked for computer hardware review site recommendations in prep for buying a new PC, several people recommended

Butttttt the last review posted was Jan 2021, and they seem to only do news now? I am confused. (Their old reviews look really good too, which sucks)

Question: There is a scene I"m sure I've seen in a BUNCH of anime but I can only remember one example right now.

Group of people travelling along and pass through a crumbling city from a prior civilization. Ancient war machine detects movement for the first time in centuries and wakes up and attacks them.

The one example I can think of is Wolf's Rain, but I'm *positive* there must be others, as I can see fragments of images in my minds eye, but not more then that.

“I never kiss people before noon except the one I had breakfast with." - Archie Goodwin, Too Many Women by Rex Stout.

Dammit Archie XD XD XD

"Saturday nights I usually take some person of an interesting sex to a hockey or basketball game, or maybe a fight at the Garden" -Archie Goodwin, Too Many Women, 1947

1) .... were boxing matches a popular place for dates in the 40s? Or sports matches in general? o.0

2) I find it funny that Archie never mentions football. It is wired how it has gone from an also ran off sports to THE big American spot in what, two generations? Got big in the 70s?

3) I'm stealing "person of an interesting sex" though I'd probably move it to "person of an interesting gender"....

you know the chapters going to suck when it opens with "There is no reason for there to be a simple analytical function for X"

I wasn't wrong, it ends with all of the simple ways of doing this are wrong, you shouldn't use them anymore, and if you do you should feel bad, but all of the ways they get you something even close to a right answer are like getting kicked in the stomach repeatedly if they even work, so good luck and fuck you.

MST Club is about to get underway, at
Tonight we're showing 1001 SOULTAKER, the Sci-Fi Channel episode where Frank and Joel dropped by to say hello! The episode begins at 9 PM Eastern, but we'll have other amusements until then.

I loved being home on Learned a lot, mostly about dragons. :dragnblanket:

I’ll probably end up over on, but going to miss this place. :dragnsad:

Thank you to chr/khr for being a good admin all this time. :qtheart:

Me, looking at an equation: "wait a minute, you are just y=mx+b in a funny hat, aren't you?"

Textbook: Yep, that's a line

Really cool; in 2019 researchers mathematically proved "Magic: The Gathering" is the first known real-world game to be non-computable: there is no optimal strategy for it and there never will be no matter how much power is devoted to "solving" the game.

#games #mathematics #gametheory #thoughts #MagicTheGathering #MTG #science and Mastodon/Fedi in general 

There are quite a few feed readers out there, including feedly and The Old Reader. There are quite a few blog publishing platforms, including blogger/blogspot,, cohost (which doesn't support RSS yet but should in the future), Tumblr, and many many more. is a good resource for the more technically-minded.

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Instance migration-related PSA to anyone who has "Require follow requests" activated:

When people use Mastodon's tools to migrate instances, their new accounts will show up in your follow requests. Do whatever vetting makes sense to you to confirm that it's really their account - e.g. seeing that you have been automatically set to follow them, because y'all're mutuals and that part of the account migration thingy worked - but yeah, don't forget to click the checkybox for 'em.

- Packbats 💚 🎒

All those posts will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

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RIP, end of an era... I'm one of the few Fedi users who have never changed instances, but it's time to move on...

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