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Looking for alternatives to as they no longer have a free tier that includes discussion email list, calendaring, and polls. They are worth the price of premium but $20/mo is a bit much for a very small (5 members) book club.

Prefer to not use G**gle Groups or other services with potential privacy concerns.

Boosts and suggestions welcome.

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You've heard of "number go up" but have you tried "number stay about the same but everyone is chill and has a pretty good time"?

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"I open my mouth to answer but Primrose beats me to it, stepping forward with her chest thrown out and her voice pitched loud, and for the first time it occurs to me that princesses grow up to be queens."

-- "A Spindle Splintered"

English grammar nonsense 

Today I learned that most style guides, especially those that focus on American English, recommend or require putting a comma after i.e. and e.g. (e.g., like this) and boy do I hate it (i.e., you already have *two* full stops, why do you need to add a comma??)

(Also are those technically full stops, or are they just periods? I don't actually know the difference, if any)

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Everybody knows that the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer, the first aircraft to successfully fly, is one of the proudest exhibits at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC.

What most people DON'T know, however, is that for nearly 40 years, the Smithsonian refused to take it.

The reason why is an epic tale of bruised egos, corporate intrigue and international scandal.

Let's talk about it! ( 🧵​ )

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ubuntu, griping 

Look, I know better than most that progress indicators are hard, but it's...well I guess I'm upgrading from 20.04 so it's 2020. Why doesn't `do-release-upgrade` at least give me a 52/1000 for each stage of the process?

These packages aren't even in any discernable order, so I have no clue if there are 10 packages left to configure or 10000!

update, transphobia, john mulaney, the discourse 

Well I finally actually checked it out, and we regret to inform you that Mulaney is transphobic. 🦆

No excuse for featuring prominently transphobic and homophobic comedians as surprise guests in the year of our lord twenty twenty-two, John. 🗑️

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The curb cut effect: for example, media descriptions right here on Mastodon help people who use screen readers, but they are also useful for explaining the joke for people who don’t get it, for translations of text, and for copy-pasting what would otherwise be just an image of text.

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what I want: motivation ⟷ desire ∨ need
what I've got: motivation ⫫ desire ⫫ need

shitpost, john mulaney, tumblr 

Oh good gracious, what is John Mulaney up to now??

I'm browsing the Tumblr trending page because I can't focus and keep forgetting I haven't logged into Tumblr on my work computer, and this is up on their trending list. It just links to the John Mulaney tag. I'm just gonna let this one lie for now.

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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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The speaker asks "Can everyone hear me okay?"
Someone responds "Yes!"
The speaker starts their presentation.

The people who can not hear of course never respond.

#a11y #accessibility

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Censored nudity, reference to abortion / bodily autonomy rights 

Reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy for all.

I wanted a design that was inclusive of trans, nonbinary, and intersex people, so I made one.

#MyBodyMyChoice #AbortionIsHealthCare #TransRightsAreHumanRights #TransArtist #ProtestArt

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Also I knew this already but damn this is a good album, and John Darnielle has an uncanny ability to put together incredible and absurd phrases in the most nonchalant way possible.

Like, sure, yeah your love is like the border between Greece and Albania. Their love is like a cyclone in a swamp. Of course the sun peeks through the curtains like a killer through a curtain. The cellar door is an open throat.

Huge crows loitering by the curb; the shrieking of inumerable gibbons; your eyes, twin volcanoes. How come there's peacocks in the front yard?

They're all just in there as if they're totally banal, everyday lyrics and I love it.

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eye contact, COVID 

Also we all make our own risk calculations, but for the record here's what I looked like in this masked + vax/tested show, because COVID continues to exist.

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As I shaved this morning I had the phrase "I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow" flit through my brain. Later while tidying I put on the new copy of Tallahassee I got at the Mountain Goats show the other night and realized where it came from 😄

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Someone carved the alphabet into a tree and let it deform for five years and made a font out of it:

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