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Scottish resident SF/F author (he/him/they/them). Three times Hugo Award winner. Does not play well with Nazis. Abolish the monarchy!

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blog at: https://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/

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Tories remain without candidates in almost 25 per cent of seats in Scotland

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/tories-remain-without-candidates-almost-132058508.html?guccounter=1

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Modern social media is like, "hey, now we got rid of the lead in petrol, how are we going to fuck up everybody's head and make them angry and irritable and stupid ALL THE TIME?"

cstross,
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@timbray I don't use Meta products.

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Random musing:

What is the werewolf gut microbiome like? And what happens to it when a were shifts form? (Do humans get copious diarrhoea/purge themselves right after shifting? And what happens to the gut contents if a werewolf gorges on meat right before shifting back to human?) What about parasites in raw meat, eg. trichinosis?

And are xanthine alkaloids (like theobromine, found in chocolate) as toxic to werewolves as they are to canids?

cstross,
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@quixoticgeek The Carrie Vaughn answer to that one (spontaneous miscarriage on first shift: shifting is unavoidable during full moon) neatly sidesteps that question while adding extra psychodrama potential.

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@serendipityjones Chocolate bullets are thermally/shock stabilized against explosive propulsion how, exactly? (Chocolate arrowheads I'll grant you.)

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@KitWhitfield Bear in mind the gut microbiome turns over almost completely in 12-48 hours: bacteria and fungi have a cellular division cycle of 30-60 minutes, and 32 cycles (18-32 hours) gives you a factor of 2^32 (or roughly 4 billion) increase.

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@GeoWend The mammalian gut is overall alkaline (only the stomach is acidic) and enzymes have very little/nothing to do with it.

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Not all billionaires ...

Melinda French Gates to donate $1bn in women's rights

About $200 million (£157m) will go to organisations fighting for gender and reproductive rights in the US.

In a New York Times guest essay, Ms French Gates said she felt compelled to support US reproductive rights following the 2022 Supreme Court decision that overturned the constitutional right to an abortion.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cjqqw2nwv5do

(I am not going to carp at a billionaire doing a good thing for once.)

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5/29: What's the average time to complete a writing project between the idea and publishing it?

I'm trad published: production takes 12 months, in lockstep with hundreds of other authors.

Time to write a novel … I started next year's "A Conventional Boy" started in 2009 and finished it in 2023, which is a new record for me. But 2015's "The Annihilation Score" squirted out in just 18 days (then a couple of weeks for fettling and polishing)!

Long term, I average 1.5 a year.

cstross,
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@cavyherd It's not new at all, but it's not common in American English usage (hint: I'm not American).

bruces, to random
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"With any luck it’ll be like the NFT implosion and they all suddenly drop AI and act like none of this ever happened."

*Interesting remark. Is this like the opposite of a Singularity, somehow

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@bruces Where is Lenin in our hour of need?

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Here's that final zinger, in case you get blocked by The Atlantic's paywall (see alt text for content): https://hachyderm.io/@inthehands/112520503403754782

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If you live in the UK or USA, you need to understand one thing about the coming election:

You need to vote defensively.

Neither of the main parties are appealing. But if you don't vote for the lesser evil you may end up helping a totalitarian horror get elected.

Hold your nose and goddamn vote, dammit. THEN go on protests. Because if you don't vote for the lesser evil, the victor will welcome your protests with bullets.

The prize for political purity this time round is a shallow grave.

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@charliet I'm in the UK, specifically Scotland, where third parties are a viable option. (But still unwise in England unless you live in a LibDem constituency or marginal).

Any form of FPTP voting is essentially toxic at this point, but first we need a government that understands this and is willing to fix it.

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@Shunra I think that's whistling past the graveyard. It also depends which way the state governors fall out, b/c the Republicans are close to having enough states to call a constitutional convention and re-write the constitution to lock a white supremacist majority in both houses and the presidency for eternity.

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@blikkie We don't have primaries in the UK. Primaries are not part of FPTP.

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@MadeyeTheCarnaptious I'll be voting SNP—or Scottish Greens, if they're viable in my constituency without letting in a Tory via the back door—too. We need independence from the shit-show in Westminster. But more than that: we need a new global politics that can fight back against the encroaching new global fascism.

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"Learn how you can use to give your projects that personal, human touch"

"My new AI meditation app does all my meditating for me, freeing me up to work as many hours as I can"

"I used AI to write my CV/resume and got the first job I applied for. And although I don't possess any of the skills/qualifications on my CV, AI has give me the confidence to believe that anything is possible if you put your mind to it."

cstross,
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@Richard_Littler Ahem: see screencap below.

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I wonder what Dilbert Stark will make of this.

(Is it really wise of Trump to openly declare war on the owner of Twitter at this point?)
https://mstdn.social/@hkrn/112519375589535987

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“One adviser to major Democratic Party donors provided a running list that has been shared with funders of nearly two dozen reasons why Biden could lose, ranging from immigration and high inflation to the president’s age, the unpopularity of Vice President Kamala Harris and the presence of third-party candidates like Robert F. Kennedy Jr.”

This is delusional or a deliberate misrepresentation of why.

https://www.politico.com/news/2024/05/28/democrats-freakout-over-biden-0016004

I say the latter….

cstross,
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@JoBlakely @hannu_ikonen Here in the UK, Labour are courting disaffected Conservative voters, not Labour voters. Because they think they can count on the latter. Exact same situation.

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May 28: Do you have advice for other authors that you haven't heard from different sources?

Yes: "there's more than one way to do it." (For almost any value of "it" that doesn't involve mathematics or formal logic.)

This is actually advice from a programmer, Larry Wall (inventor of Perl) but it applies especially strongly to writing fiction. Whatever you're trying to do, consider alternative ways of doing it.

cstross,
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@resuna @lizmat @elysegrasso Is C++ "simpler" or "more complicated with more gratuitous ways of doing the same thing" than ANSI C? I'll wait. (Hint: Raku, formerly Perl 6, is at least as different from Perl 5 as C++ is from C …)

cstross,
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@elysegrasso @resuna @lizmat Eh? Scrivener isn't a programming language: rather, it's an IDE for books (where Word and similar WPs are text editor analogs).

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I have an adventure planned for today. It’s what you’d expect. There might be beer too.

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@feorag @caity Is it pureed peas? Apparently that's increasingly common these days …

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