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jda

@jda@social.sdf.org

Liberal computer geek, hockey nut (and goalie), web 2.0 fanatic, dad of 2 and husband of 1. Veteran (ie, old) software developer and computer hacker.

Medford MA USA

#nobot

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QasimRashid, to random
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As you watch Justice Thomas and Alito explicitly endorse racism and gerrymandering, and even go as far as to slam the Brown v Board ruling—a reminder that this corruption is who SCOTUS has always been.

Here are the receipts: https://qasimrashid.substack.com/p/what-if-the-greatest-obstacle-to

jda,
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@QasimRashid and I'd add for a followup read Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution

Elie Mystal

jda, to boardgames
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Morning Mastodonians!

Well, here it is again, as unwanted as ever - Monday. It wasn't a bad weekend, even though it rained each day at least a little bit, making it 16 out of 20 weekends so far this year. I did manage to squeeze in a mowing of the lawn to at least show someone lives here. We played on Sunday, getting in a whole "game", which was fun. It makes 8 games out of probably 20 for this campaign legacy game.

jda,
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Not much planned for ,. My wife drove herself in this morning, freeing up 90 minutes or so of my day. I need to make some phone calls. Get someone to give us a price on trimming the trees in the backyard. I should call the doctor's office to talk about my problematic knees. They aren't terrible but they aren't right either. Tonight watch the first Mad Max with @adrienne. The upcoming movie looks amazing and I think it would be fun to rewatch the entire series. @movies

flexghost, (edited ) to random
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** IT’S HERE! FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC THREAD ON **

Tonight’s theme is:

✨🏅☄️ TOP SHELF! 🎀🏆✨󠁯󠀭


🎵 Post FULL ALBUMS that are a 10/10 all the way through along with what you’re drinking. 🎶

  1. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
  2. Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
  3. Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid
  4. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

(Multiple submissions welcome)

Oban 14

Post often • share • make some friends

jda,
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RickiTarr, (edited ) to random
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What advice would you give to someone just starting out in a relationship?

Mine might sound kind of dark in relation to the question, but here goes:

People change, and they should, it's part of being a person. Some people are lucky, and they change in the same direction, but some don't, and that's okay too. There's no shame in leaving a relationship or changing the nature of a relationship that no longer serves you. We are all taught that every relationship, whether romantic or friendship, is supposed to last forever, but nothing is forever, and forcing something that no longer works, just ends in anger and bitterness. Knowing when to let go is as important as knowing when to hold on through a rough patch, and how to know either of those things is the most cliché advice of all, COMMUNICATE.

jda,
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@RickiTarr funny you should ask that! We had our 27th anniversary yesterday (we lived together for like 10 years before that) and I think the only bit of advice I would give is to be flexible and forgiving. See how the other person treats people who can't fight back, like wait staff and bartenders. When my wife and I sit at a bar, we are fast friends with all the servers in no time. We drive each other crazy sometimes but that's just being people.

jda,
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@RickiTarr I think another key for us is that neither one of us stands on ceremony or fake fronts. We eloped to get married. We usually only remember our anniversary when a friend reminds us of it (it happens to be on Mike Oldfield's birthday, so he'll send me a text saying happy birthday). We hate formal affairs, preferring low-key times.

jda, to random
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I can't even tell you how bad the record is in 6v5

RickiTarr, to random
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Seriously heard someone saying they don't listen to many black artists, because they aren't really into rap. Bitch please, feel free to share songs from Black artists from any genre. Here is one of my favorites, if you like this song please check out her other work:

https://youtu.be/KovrJ8HXI1Q?si=HOYIG7YMuAUTsJz6

jda,
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@RickiTarr Rhiannon Giddons tells amazing stories

https://song.link/us/i/1179556532

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GottaLaff, to random
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Well we have a showing tomorrow which means my coverage will be interrupted tomorrow and today, because today we have to scramble to finish painting all the areas that we need to "touch up" including an entire wall.

Just a heads up.

jda,
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@GottaLaff good luck!

jda,
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@GottaLaff a friend of mine got his Canadian citizenship a few months ago but a move isn't currently planned. Good for him and his family to have the option anyway

Jennifer, to scifi
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I need some new science fiction to read, who has some suggestions? I don't like military sci-fi. For reference, my favorite series is the Expanse, I also enjoyed Scalzi's Collapsing Empire, I love Robert Charles Wilson's books. I mostly enjoy space operas and unique stories about technology, for example I really liked the recent book Mountain in the Sea about AI and intelligent octopus. Suggestions from the awesome Bookstodon community? @bookstodon #Bookstodon #Scifi #ScienceFiction

jda,
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@Jennifer @bookstodon some suggestions:

  • The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

  • Winters Orbit by Everina Maxwell

  • The @murderbotbot series by Martha Wells

  • Seven of Infinities by @aliettedb

  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

  • Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie

Not all of them were my cup of tea but I'm in the minority

jda,
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@Jennifer @bookstodon

While I'm on a roll (and having read the other replies) let me add:

  • Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko by Derek Tyler Attico

  • Spinward Fringe series by Randolph Lalonde

jda,
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@Jennifer @bookstodon

Looks like Goodreads saw your question:

Fresh Fantasy and Sci-Fi Recommendations for (Nearly) Every Kind of Reader

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/2757?ref=SFFRecs24_sa

emarktaylor, to Hockey
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🏒 :NHL: :StanleyCup: @hnom @hockey :HNOM:

Started off watching the Canadian broadcast - but commentary was putting me to sleep.

Have moved to ESPN with Sean McDonough. Much better.

jda,
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@emarktaylor @hnom @hockey yeah, Sean is great

eniko, to random
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been doing a thing where when i get up from my desk i set a timer and kinda walk in circles for 5 minutes for my (mental) health. seems to work ok. nothing earth shattering but better than just sitting immobile at my desk all day

(please don't come at me with the "you need to do way more than that" that always crops up whenever someone who doesnt exercise tries to add a small bit of it into their routine cause it doesnt meet some supposed daily quota for maximum health benefits)

jda,
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@eniko it's a bit like the Pomodoro technique, where you set a timer to force yourself to stop thinking about your work every 25 minutes and get away from it for 5 minutes. I need to get back to that

jda, to random
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Morning Mastodonians!

I didn't get as much done this weekend as I had hoped. I did a pretty good job of cleaning out the gardens, but I never made it to the mulching. The weather was perfect all weekend but my knees are still bothering me. It's like they are someone else's knees. If I do too much, they start hurting and if I just stay off them for a bit, they feel better. Maybe I should get it looked at but I feel like they'll just say to do what I'm doing - ibuprofen, ice, and stay off them.

jda,
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I did watch 2 more 2024 movies - Poor Things and Oppenheimer. I liked Poor Things way more than I thought I would after the first 30 minutes. Oppenheimer was fun for the first 2 hours but the last hour was boring. The multiple timelines were confusing and unnecessary. So 2 more pretty good but flawed movies in the list of 10 "best", leaving me 4 more to watch. Perhaps I'll give American Fiction a watch tonight.

@movies

jda, to movies
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So Oppenheimer was pretty good. It lost steam in the last third, as I wasn't really all that interested in the weird power politics going on (although RDJ was great), but the lead-up to the test explosive was fascinating. All in all, another good but flawed in the 2024 grouping. Only 4 more left to see.

@movies

jda, to movies
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I finally finished Poor Things and, wouldn't you know, it grew on me. Or maybe it was just Emma Stone's amazing acting that finally reached me. There were some funny moments, some great cinematography (particularly when she and Max were walking down the lane and it showed each with the background leaves and tree kaleidoscope blurry), and even some touching moments.

@movies

jda,
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It still tried too hard though. Not a big fan of movies that have an over the top look (like say The Shape of Water). And the whole brothel section was too voyeuristic and overlong for me. But I kinda liked it, which I wouldn't have believed aftwe the first 30 minutes.

@movies

jda,
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@OldAndCranky @movies he did chew some scenery, didn't he?! 😺 I liked the ship scenes with Jerrod Carmichael and Hanna Schygulla (I think) because she was finally starting to become a person and not a thing

jda, to random
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How many empty net posts can a team hit?????? But we got it eventually.

jda, to PCGaming
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Morning Mastodonians!

Had a pretty quiet weekend, as I tried to stay off my wicked sore knees. Saturday was particularly awful, but they do seem to be ever so slowly getting better. I stayed in bed, took ibuprofen, kept them both iced down and played on my ROG Ally. It plays very well on the little Z1. Amazing how they have kept the game relevant and getting better, after all these years. It is getting a little grindy, but I should probably push off my start planet and get exploring.

jda,
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has already been very busy and will only get busier. I drove my wife to work and took a foster kitty to the vets. Later, I'll meet some ex-coworkers for lunch about an hour away and hopefully pick up my wife on the way home. And then I will need to rest up for the playoff game tonight. They looked really good on Saturday night. I really hope Coach Montgomery learned his lesson from last year and just sticks with the goalie rotation.

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