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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.

@Canageek

Somewhere in their very extensive list of rules, they require that people only post measurements that conform to the post-1970s SSI standards.

I can't locate this rule now, but I swear I've seen it.

Canadians are also disallowed.

One of the things I miss about the Google plus interface was how easy it was to search for/find & create small communities of interest.

I wish there was a way to do that more simply in the fediverse.

Would love to find more #writers, especially #specfic (#sciencefiction & #fantasy) writers.

There are some hashtags that can help us find one another - #amwriting & #amwritingscifi for example, but I don't thing many folks use them.

So, where are my spec fic writers at???

(Boosts welcome!)

This discord also really drove home to me that if you make a discord server for something, it's totally okay to not add a thousand off topic channels. Every server doesn't need a food or literature channel. And almost no server needs a vent channel.

What do we do when there's no Blaseball?

We don't use the server. We come back when the thing the server is about is back and we talk about it. And it's a LOT nicer as a result. Nobody is looking to fill the empty space.

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Any dragon lovers out there? Here are five of mine. I have several dragon paintings in my shop and my 2020 calendar was ALL dragons! I'll be putting a few new dragons in my new book, Seas Of Strangehollow launching next month! www.emilyhare.co.uk for all links and newsletter too! #MastoArt #dragon #dragons #painting #fantasyart

Technobabble and lore are the same thing on the opposite ends of time
info from the (past/future) that explain what you're seeing now

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Dwarf Fortress Cryptid: Snail Fiend

A gigantic hairy snail. It has thin wings of stretched skin and it squirms and fidgets. Its black hair is long and straight. Beware its poisonous vapors!

Associated with birth, creation, death, disease, and rebirth.

Concept:

Instead of a single "play" button

A "play over speakers," "play over Bluetooth" and a "play muted" button

All of which are visible, separate buttons and always in the same order

I read #BoundByHisOath by @jessmahler today and... oh wow, if you like low- or no-magic European medieval-style fantasy that gives full respect and agency to women and non-combatant characters, while confronting and subverting the tropes of period romance (starting with the "romance" part), wow are you in for a treat! books2read.com/u/4ELPMz

I think some players don't understand that game play, at its core, is about _frustration_. You have a goal, the game designer frustrates your attempts to reach that goal. Players ask to have the frustration removed, then complain that the game is just a boring walking simulator.

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It's always interesting to me when fans of a video game are asking the devs to remove restrictions that drive play
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An example of this is SoD2 requests for bigger bases. Bases are carefully balanced, with a mix of large and small "slots" for facilities, plus some built-ins that can't be removed. There are more facilities to choose from than slots.

You can have a defense tower, or a lounge, you can't have both. Choose.

Removing that choice removes play and just makes the base a checklist.

I absolutely LOVE this Brian Eno quote a friend posted on FB

I cannot even describe the freakish subway of the icon.

Anybody with experience marking/grading undergraduate code, can you please message me. I have an urgent question about best practice.

#ComputerScience #Academia

The mermaid flicked her tail and sighed. It had been a stressful week, but now finally in the shade of the trees arching over the river, she was able to relax. Traffic was far away, and she knew she'd have the park to herself - she'd swum in after hours and nobody watched the water ways.

And then, she saw it...

The albino squirrel everyone had been raving about.

She reached for her phone slowly - the prize money was as good as her's.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

Another quick question for people who speak and write in languages other than English: Do you get upset when people use translation software to reply to your posts if they are not native speakers/writers? Why or why not?

If y'all could boost this post so that I can get more responses from people who speak/write English and at least one other language, that would be great! #CommunityDevelopment

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