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Art from Rick Rowley of #SecondLife.

Podcaster off and on since 2007, DJ on Second Life since 2009.

Desideratan Universalist, for the moment.

Damnant quod non intellegunt -- They condemn, because they do not understand.

I'm a servant of fate in this garden of truth,
A humble recruit of the taffeta booth,
Where all things are known, but few are revealed,
Where sins are forgotten and sickness is healed,

For five dollars... the flower is free...

-- Don Maclean, "Sister Fatima"

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Alice, to random
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There's the idealistic part of me that wants to buy a cheap fixer-upper to turn into my off-grid dream home and there's the realistic part of me that's like "you can't even change the battery in a smoke detector without throwing a temper tantrum."

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@RickiTarr @Alice Got a neighbor for whom you could get a surprise, anonymous gift of chickens? 🙂

Grizzlysgrowls, to random
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Watching Windows Weekly . Heard Paul @thurrott talking about CoPilot, including it having a feature to "turn on Dork mode."

But on second thought, I'd bet that's not what he said. 🙂

RickiTarr, to random
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How do you balance the needs of the person you are with, with your own needs?

Where do you set hard boundaries and why?

This can be in any relationship romantic, family, friends.

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@Gorfram @TeflonTrout @RickiTarr "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Bill Bixby as The Incredible Hulk on TV

skaeth, to books
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What are your thoughts on DNF (Did Not Finish)-ing books? Do you feel guilty about it? Do you worry you missed out on something? Or are you confident in dropping a book and reaching for the next one?

At what point are you most likely to DNF, if ever? What sorts of things cause you to DNF?

My friend, book blogger Kriti, was musing on these questions a while back, and it sparked this new post: https://armedwithabook.com/dealing-with-dnf-the-practice-of-did-not-finish/

@bookstodon

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@shauna @skaeth @bookstodon I understand completely. I read almost all of Seth Harwood's books, mostly crime novels but not all. Then I hit one that was way too violent for me and I stopped and never went back. He's a good author and a good narrator, but hey, it's crime...

Loved Scott Sigler's Galactic Football League series (SF), and I think he's got a new one out now. Pretty violent, but made sense in the context. Tried to read other works of his -- SF horror. Couldn't.

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@skaeth @shauna @bookstodon Yeah. Heck of it is, I like Seth and I like Scott, and sort-of know them from when we were all on Podiobooks. If you like Their Sort Of Thing, I'd recommend either.

So I feel kinda bad, like letting down a friend. But those particular things of theirs just weren't for me.

Grizzlysgrowls, to random
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If you're wondering why I'm up at such a silly hour for the US Midwest... Remember @pluralistic Cory Doctorow's book "Eastern Standard Tribe?" Turns out my bioclock is syched to the Olduvai Gorge, as I figured out the other day. So far as my body is concerned it's 3:22 pm.

Maybe I should move to Tanzania?

ChrisMayLA6, to books
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Here's a handy guide to check yourself against; which way do you display/store/shelve your #Books?

I have so many that I fit a number of different categories depending on which part of he house you're in.... I doubt I'm alone in my pluralist shelving habits

@bookstodon
#readersofMastodon

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2024/jan/17/shelf-absorbed-nine-ways-to-arrange-your-bookshelves-and-what-they-say-about-you

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@riggbeck @ChrisMayLA6 @bookstodon Can be a legitimate usage of the word, if your content is commentary on someone else's content rather than purely original.

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@SteveClough @riggbeck @ChrisMayLA6 @bookstodon I feel your pain. On the other hand, I listen to several podcasts that discuss language and old words. Don't know for sure how many words used to mean something else, but if someone determined it was over half of 'em, I can't say I'd be surprised. Or amazed, per the old Noah Webster joke. 🙂

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@raindrops_and_roses @bookstodon
Podcast recommendations, lemme look:

Words For Granted - specifically an etymology podcast

And... Looked through my 300 or so subscriptions, couldn't find others by title. I recall @grammargirl Mignon Fogarty's podcast was often good for that, but I can't recall the title. Others cover word usage piecemeal sometimes, so no help there.

Betting Ms Fogarty would have better suggestions for podcasts about changes in word usage, nu?

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@grammargirl @bookstodon I read the LinkedIn article over, and I respect his views. But a million years ago someone pointed out dictionaries don't contain definitions (they're not definitive...), they contain usages. As with most things I "know," I got it from one source and don't recall what the source was. 🙂

Curate is fine with me. Reveal, well... Used to watch a lot of home remodeling shows, so, needs must when the Devil drives.

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@grammargirl @bookstodon So, how do you feel about "adult" as a verb? 🙂

Grizzlysgrowls, to random
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Listening to the Mysteries Abound podcast from Paul Rex, one of my favorites. Spent some time discussing and describing cryptids. And I wondered from that...

Do all have glowing red eyes? Are there cryptids that have glowing blue or green eyes?

rasterweb, to random
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We've got a weather warning for tomorrow and the boss is staying home due to schools being closed and he's spent about 15 minutes trying to convince everyone to not come into the office and work from home instead.

I'll probably just come in since it's more of a pain to try working from home as I probably need to use the photo studio tomorrow... and I live less than 5 miles from the office.

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@rasterweb Makes sense. Five miles would be a slog depending on the weather, but its not that bad, and worst case you could likely walk home if needed. I'm assuming show, we do that in Minnesota. 🙂

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@rasterweb Prevailing winds being what they are, you get the snow after we're done with it. But hey, didn't get ya nuthin' for Xmas, you can have it all early! 🙂

Grizzlysgrowls,
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Looks from the maps that up here on the pointy end of Lake Superior, we aren't -quite- in The Big Storm.

We'd get a dusting. But sometimes the weather does something completely different.

@rasterweb

Grizzlysgrowls, to random
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Something I wondered about with heygen.ai, @jasonhowell ... @jeffjarvis mentioned using that on Homer Simpson... Would HeyGen make the cartoon's lip movements more realistic?

Omom4075, to books
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My new year's eve. I'm still on the page 1, so I don't know if I like it or not.

@bookstodon

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@Omom4075 @bookstodon Kushiel's Dart isn't bad, "Fifty Shades" sort of erotic. Read it years and years ago, as I recall.

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@Omom4075 @bookstodon Struck me as amusing that the human eye can distinguish 500 shades of gray. So the book should have been longer. 🙂

JonChevreau, to random
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For those who don’t know, Threads has been infested by porn and whorebots this week, to the point regular users are ready to leave if @zuck doesn’t deal with it ASAP. Mastodon doesn’t seem to have this problem although I did block one this morning here.

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@JonChevreau I suspect Mastodon doesn't seem to have a porn & whorebot problem for the same reason Macs didn't seem to have a virus problem. Fewer targets.

Grizzlysgrowls, to random
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Hey @jeffjarvis did you ever find someone good to narrate your "Gutenberg Parenthesis" book? I know a guy...

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@jeffjarvis Okay, so now I got the Audible version of your book, since I had spare Audible credits. I still woulda sounded better. 🙂

But yeah, folks like to hear the author read the book... (sigh)

PaulHammond51, to space
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A look at a small section of Curiosity's workspace in this composite image assembled from 4 Bayer reconstructed R-MastCam frames that were assembled in MS-ICE. The images are from December 27, 2023 (sol 4049) at site 105/1108 after a short drive/climb a few sols earlier. The rover is located at the head of Gediz Vallis (see map) I've also attached the drive data. Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/USGS/fredk)

#CuriosityRover #Marsrover #Mars #NASA #Space #Caltech #map #data #MSL

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Grizzlysgrowls,
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@PaulHammond51 @65dBnoise I immediately heard a movie gangster voice: "Sounds like you have built a really nice database there... It'd be a shame if something happened to it..." 🙂

RogerRemacle, to books
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Eugen Rochko recently posted a thought:
"I think it comes down to, AI has no place in the arts. Machine-generated art has the appearance of what it is emulating, but no substance. Like cake made entirely of fondant. Or cardboard."

'Aiono' replied: "Also even if it could, like why would you automate one of the most entertaining part of being a human?"

Replace 'art' with 'writing'.

Right!

Happy writing,
Roger

@bookstodon

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@paul_ipv6 @creative_xl8 @RogerRemacle @bookstodon I've heard the reason Jerry Lewis was a big celebrity in France was he has a really gifted fella playing him in the French voiceovers.

ottsatwork, to books
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Book 2: “Cat Burglar Black” by .

I saw some of his art online and thought it looked like “Invisible Hands” from Liquid Television, which I LOVED. Same artist! This didn’t have quite the same level of twisted, creepiness as that animated series, but I was so happy to find his work in comic form. There’s more too.

Someone stitched together all the “”. The voice acting is 🤌🏽 https://youtu.be/n5sP4yRb8Mw

@bookstodon

Panel 1, someone in bed, their head covered in bandages, eyes staring and teeth bared. A weak whisper: "Come closer, Katherine. Let me see you..." Panel 2 a severe looking older woman with her hands around the shoulders of a tentative, white-haired teen: "Don't be shy. Say hello to your aunt."

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@ottsatwork @bookstodon I just grabbed the first 4 of those Becky Chambers books. So if I hate 'em, I'll come blame you. 🙂

Grizzlysgrowls,
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@patl @bookstodon @ottsatwork I just got the first 4 of the Spiral series. My KU is now full, and I'd have to drop books I haven't read yet to get more. I'll consider it later.

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