You don't need to speak English like a native

It's okay to have "weird" pacing when speaking. It's also okay to make sentences with correct meaning but uncommon phrasing

Don't allow yourself to pause because you're struggling to find the most native-sounding way to phrase what you mean

Just express what you mean in the most comfortable way to you

There's no "broken" English. English isn't owned by Americans or the British. For better or worse, it's become an international language.

i hate this idea that software for developers is allowed to be not user-friendly because the people using it are smart

like shut the fuck up i'm just as clueless as anyone else

The fact you can boost your own toot on Mastodon feeds my narcissistic ego


Did I say that out loud

"Sir," the dragon said, "why do you seek to kill me?"
"You're a dragon! You hoard wealth, and eat women!"
"Old dragons do that. Us young dragons don't. Kill the old ones."
"They're too strong to kill!"
"They'd be dead by now, had you let younger dragons live to challenge them."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Gretua Thunberg: protested for climate action outside a government building completely of her volition

naomi seibt: 19 year old german girl who gets paid by the heartland institute to paint thunberg as an "alarmist"

Never forget, the right does not have grass roots movements. They are always created, funded and sponsored from on high. it's why they always think protestors from the left are being paid - because it's the only reason the right ever does anything.

Ugh. Discord, just no.

It's not our lucky day if we have to manually download and install an update because you choose not to provide a repo that lets us update automatically.

YouTube seem to have removed the ability to view the transcript for a video (not sure if this is related to the upcoming removal of community transcription??) but if you need an alternative, youtube-dl can download just subtitles: `youtube-dl --write-sub --skip-download [url]`

tbh the real reason the americans want to keep their rona secrets under lock and key is probably just so people don't realize what a dangerous scam most of the vaccines under development in the US are. it's just a bunch of megacorps trying to be the first to cash in on the biggest blockbuster drug in history; they don't care whether it works, just whether they can convince the FDA it works -- and the FDA is consistently the most gullible organization in history, even for drugs that don't make nearly as much money as the rona vaccines will. (look up their standards for evaluating neuroleptics some time if you want a laugh.)

the history textbooks are going to be real rough on us for this one
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Every popular website ever: Hey we know you love the website so we're gonna changs some stuff
People: we don't like the new layout
Websites: Well you can't change back!

I feel like this happens every year or so

uh holy shit, ps3 players of mgsv achieved the impossible and got everyone playing the game on ps3 to disarm their bikes and trigger the secret ending cutscene

I've noticed a recent linguistic shift in some young people, referring to websites as "apps". Reddit is an "app". The college website is an "app". "Which app did you see that on?"

I don't know if this is just shorthand (they likely access sites through an app) or a genuine misunderstanding of what's going on.

I don't want to be dramatic, but I'd lying if I said it didn't concern me a little. The WWW is a great resource which is free and interoperable. (Well we're down to just 2 browser engines now, but that's another matter). It'd be a shame if the WWW withered away, replaced by "apps", because people didn't know what they had.

My birthday is coming up on 8/25! If you are inclined to get me a gift, I have a list here:

If you are inclined to help me out financially, here are some ways you can do that:

And if you're inclined to do none of the above, I'm still grateful for your friendship. <333

New Horizons, before anyone makes a joke about me getting the GC one ;P

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fun fact to fellow queer people: when you give me shit for being straight you sound exactly like my homophobic middle school teachers and peers who gave me shit for being gay

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If you're interested in learning Python, "Automate the Boring Stuff" is free on Udemy until August 4 with this coupon code:

Masto: Shout into the endless void

Discord: Shout at a select list of people or a person directly

Twitter: Shout into a pit of angry vipers

Texting: oh god oh fuck who is texting me and why

Phone calls: No

Letters: Probably spam

Talking face to face: Basically discord but like, in person??? who does that

Bandcamp Pros: usually cheap to buy albums, lots of content available including exclusives/not yet released on other platforms, all my favorite artists are using it in some capacity, literally all modern audio formats are available (FLAC, AAC, OGG Vorbis, Wav, 320k MP3, MP3 V0, AIFF, ALAC)

Bandcamp Cons: when artists delete albums, you can't download them anymore even if you've previously purchased them

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