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Biden won the US presidential election. As a socialist, I don't like Biden, but I'll acquiesce that he's better than Donald Trump.

But it was really nice to see all the people around me happy about something for the first time in seven months. We celebrated with socially distanced pizza, beer, and cookies outside, and it was nice.

re: online game test, request for players 

@hexwren What's your timezone? The idea sounds cool, and if I can find some time, I may be interested.


SEXIST Steve Kornacki on failing MSNBC is always talking about ILLEGAL Male Ballots but never mentions the beautiful (and perfectly legal!) Female Ballots. SAD!

@kettlevoid Is this the mobile game I keep seeing ads for? It's actually good? I'll have to check it out. Is it as, uh, weeby, as the ads make it look? Or are the ads just filled with half-naked anime girls so that I'll click on it?

@ishiku If that means avoiding even roulettes with randos, prepare yourself for a tedious journey.

"All men have an emotion to kill; when they strongly dislike some one they involuntarily wish he was dead. I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction." -- Clarence Darrow, often paraphrased and erroneously attributed to Mark Twain.

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This is your reminder that playing video games doesn't mean you have to ID yourself as a gamer if you don't want to. If the totality of terrible things in gaming culture just turns you off you can just play games and not call yourself a gamer

@aldersprig Fantastic! What a neat prompt idea, with lots of potential for a longer-form stories, as well.

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Three and a Half Oaks

Between the blink of an eye, in a heartbeat, in a breath, in things that stopped mattering, the world stopped - or at least we did.

People froze. I froze. Animals froze. Insects froze, I think. 

#ReadMyStuff; it's #FreeFiction

@seek They really are! One day I'll learn them.

@GayBeetroot101 It just sucks to lose friends, at any stage in life.

I think, for me, it also sucks to know that I could've just said nothing, let myself get walked over, and maintained some crummy semblance of a friendship. But I think I'll be better off in the long run having stood up for myself.

I had a big fight with one of my best friends about two months ago. She'd started treating me like a servant, basically only talking to me if she needed something, and ignoring me the rest of the time.

So I told her that if she's not interested in actually being my friend, she should find someone else to do stuff for her.

In response, she screamed at me through a river of tears for fifteen minutes, then told me she never wanted to talk to me again. Zero since then.

Two days ago, she moved out of the apartment building, and I'll probably never see or hear from her again. It bummed me the fuck out, that that's how things ended: abruptly and explosively.

But I can't really figure out *why* it bums me out so much, since all I lost were the chores. I'd already lost my friend months prior.

How do I move from the United States to a less shit country? Surely being an experienced software developer with a love of learning new languages (human, not computer) should help, right?

@subi Seven's a good choice! That last movement is one of the most exciting things in the piano literature, I think. I'm really partial to the second sonata, myself.

re: Online Learning 

@subi My girlfriend's going through the same thing. She's a postdoc teaching students who, because in-person classes are a no-go, are spread throughout timezones all across the world, so automatically she has to provide both synchronous and asynchronous lecture content, effectively doubling her workload for no real additional payoff. It sucks.

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Online Learning 

I usually teach 3-400 kids a year with up to 50 in the room at a time. No sweat.

This year I have ~140 TOTAL. In person and online. And I've done MORE work than I have ever done in any two years previous teaching combined.

And by more work I don't mean that it's better, or more productive. Just more. ;.;

@seek Well, all I can offer you is that you correctly identified an entire system/ideology (capitalism) as evil, but can only point to individuals, and not their ideology as a whole, as being toxic on the other side.

Capitalism is evil no matter who embraces it. With socialism/communism, this is not necessarily so.

@seek Out of curiosity, what kind of toxicity are you seeing from the Left?

I dunno why I bother to look at the news anymore, frankly. Most of it's just, "Man, can you believe this Trump guy? Turns out that, after three and a half years, we can finally say with some degree of confidence, that he's maybe, possibly, not all that great of a president."

Thanks, news. Great work. Ya done just knocked 'er right outta the park.

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