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Free yourself, your friends or your community from Facebook when you want to organise and coordinate events with @mobilizon

Free software is free as in freedom, not as in free beer, which is why @Framasoft raises funds through a crowdfunding campaign. There are still 19 days to go to collect the tiny 4.5k€ left, and to fully fund the project.

@alexbuzzbee One reason I am loving is its scope for messing with the assumptions of the players, *within* the rules.

Deducing which roles happen to be in play is a big part of figuring out the puzzle, because it changes what is possible.

Here comes the Atheist role: If the Atheist is in play, there are actually no evil players (and so, no Demon to execute). If the town votes to execute the Storyteller, they all win!

“Rather than granting [Ayn Rand] the image she sought [of a dispassionate rational thinker], Burgis asks “why not demand, as a math teacher might put it, to see Rand’s work?… No, don’t give me stirring rhetoric about Reason. Actually show me some reasoning! Preferably with numbered lists of premises and clearly identified inferential steps.” Expose the pitifully fallacious reasoning clearly for everybody to see.”

@lousycanuck Also relevant:

“As a lover of logic, Burgis doesn’t want to cede this territory to the right. This is a “strange and totally unnecessary gift to the other side.” In fact, people like Rand are not coldly rational logic-machines, who simply need to have it supplemented with feelings and empathy. They may lack empathy, but they’re also not practicing anything resembling rationality.”

Logic and the Left
a review of Give Them an Argument

“[…] the debate’s organizers chose to devote seven minutes to , 70 minutes into a 120-minute debate, as if it were a fifth-tier issue. Similar to humanity’s overall response to climate change, it was far too little and far too late.”

The First Democratic Debate Failed The Planet

Complaining about this got me a response from L. of “well duh, it's ages until Spring Racing Carnival, so no milliner has their stocks yet”. Hmm.

Millinery supplies are, as revealed by my online shopping exploits this month, sensitive to the changing seasons.

Trying to find somewhere in Australia to sell me “40mm circles of 1mm felt, qty 200” was fruitless. “Try eBay”, they say. Well China shipping doesn't like my P.O. box; also ffs I am trying to help local business.

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could it be my shrivelled little IF heart is finally warming

Granny Smith when I need my snack to wake me up. Also excellent to interleave with bites of cheese.

Pink Lady for a reliable everyday.

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So Mike?

From the late 1980s, I've lived part of my life in online communities. At times when I've felt totally lost, my online homes have kept me going.

Sometimes you just need some place to BE, and I believe it's not acceptable for those needs to be manipulated by some company that's in the business of selling access your friends back to you. The price is always too high.

So Chinwag exists to provide the tools for people to talk, lurk or walk away. You're welcome here.

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I'm a part-time software engineer and stay-at-home-dad. I used to be a high-school English teacher, but #freeCodeCamp cured me of that.

I love poetry but don't read enough of it.

I hate arguing online but I do way too much of it.

I try to seek out people with different life experiences to me, so if I follow you and you wonder if I'm gonna be problematic and tell you you're wrong, I'm actually just listening in and hoping to learn something.

I'd probably block me. YMMV

The joy of having so much backlog of science-news and political-commentary and so on, that my listening material is like it had to cross the ocean in the 18th century.

Gives an excellent perspective for reflecting on the broader scope, and the trivial ephemera that just doesn't matter a few months after it's news.

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I am living on Philip Island for a few days and it's reminding me how uncomfortable I can feel when surrounded by middle class white people, despite the fact that I'm pretty much unarguably one of them.

“Finally, the HD remake we’ve all been waiting for: a series of neural nets took the classic pixelated mug of the space marine from seminal 1993 first-person shooter “Doom” and churned out an almost photorealistic portrait.”

Someone Used a Neural Network to Draw Doom Guy in High-Res –

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@pelagikat @asherwolf I rarely find implement the right word, but I never find operationalise so

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Very kind feedback from one of my tutors is MAKING MY AFTERNOON

Don't forget the impact your honest and kind feedback can have 💓

If it's a kick-off meeting, I'd better get football boots.

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work whinge 

After an intense middle of our day, we wound down with the dexterity game Men At Work.

How can a dexterity game be won by drinking the most glasses of wine? A mystery to me, but this is a laugh all the way through even though I lose :-)

We are piling on Character Upgrades onto our favourite characters. This helps us, but I fear losing any one of these characters as the Year proceeds.

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Chinwag Social

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