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Hey all,

2020 is just around the corner and during this holiday season there are a lot of folks right here on the fediverse that are struggling to keep up with day-to-day things.

If someone is making something you like (toots, artwork, music, whatever) and if you have the means please consider heading to someone's profile and see if they have a Patreon or a Liberapay account listed. Even something small every month can help.

Help a Fedi out.

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Feeling lost on Mastodon? Wondering what all of those timelines and options mean?

I did a video presentation about Mastodon for Michigan!/usr/group (mug.org)

Here's the video if you're interested:

youtube.com/watch?v=S4amvKNpJo

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Hey folks,

If you have some spare Liberapay cash laying around would you please consider sending it to Sophie Lagace?

liberapay.com/SophieLagace

She outlines the reasons in her blog post here:

mechanteanemone.wordpress.com/

Suffice to say they're going to though a rough patch and could use the financial support.

Thanks!

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New here? Not sure where to start? This intro by @noelle might help out:

gist.github.com/joyeusenoelle/

Also I'd like to send you a quick "hello" and a note that if you're on octodon.social that our beloved administrator is @CobaltVelvet. She runs this place and keeps it tidy.

It's also not free as in beer so if you'd like to keep this place running please feel free to help out her Patreon:

patreon.com/CobaltVelvet

(note: I'm not an admin here, I just like this place)

Honestly the next convention that has a freebie table might get blessed with me dropping it off there, so you might run into it if you're quick and lucky. :)

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(Unfortunately I have a framed, signed print from that comic that I managed to get from ThinkGeek for a steep discount. I need to find someone who still likes it to give it to them. And yes, I'm still being oblique because I don't want to ship the damn thing. The frame got some damage and it was honestly not worth the asking price).

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I'm not going to say that they "suck" or got overrun by the gatekeepers-du-jour (though you could make that claim on a few, of which I'm being purposefully oblique about). But I just read a few strips off of one that I used to read and I don't recognize any of the cast. And that's perfectly fine. It stopped being for me a long time ago.

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I mean, you could say that I shirked off a lot of the identities that attracted me to those comics in the first place. I liked video games, so naturally I was attracted to certain video game comics. I worked in IT so certain IT-related comics sung to my interests. But I've gotten where I don't identify myself by those labels anymore.

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Realizing that a lot of the web comics that I used to follow back in the 1990s / 2000s are no longer the comics that I follow now. I guess we just grew apart. Not mad or upset about that at all, though. It means the field grew large enough to support other tastes besides my own.

uspol, indiana 

The little girl behind us has discovered the joy of banging sticks on pans and screaming, and it's more adorable than annoying.

Yaaaaaaaaa

bam bam bam bam

Yaaaaaaaaa

bam bam bam bam
bam bam bam bam

bleaaaaaaa
bam bam bam bam
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TFW you're closer in age to Rick than you are to Morty.

At long last, my paperbacks of #cashflowforcreators are due to arrive today.

I started the "books published this year" pics on a whim, but I've found I really enjoy taking new ones. I can look at the old ones and say "gee, I've accomplished Things. I'm not a useless lump. Look at all the different table levelers I've created!" #writing

You have my pledge. I promise I will never:

* Give you up
* Let you down
* Run around and desert you
* Make you cry
* Say goodbye
* Tell a lie and hurt you

I'm Rick Astley and you can count on this.

name that tune 

Tired: The Elder Sign
Wired: The Junior Sign
Inspired: There is no Sign.

uspol, birdsite 

I think it's safe to say that Michigan is the capital of the Tabletop RPG writers.

(Even if you just flew over here once you're still eligible. 😁 )

"Google no longer providing original URL in AMP for image search results"

Time to share this one again before it's too late:

How to fight back against Google AMP markosaric.com/google-amp/

uspol, pissed 

Because it's a skill that's missing in our society, here's how to apologize.

1) Acknowledge harm. "I f'd up." 2) State what you did that was wrong, in a way that shows you understand the harm done.
3) Express regret
4) Say what you're going to change to not cause this harm again
5) Listen.

Don't ask the hurt person for *anything.* It's up to them to accept or not, if they choose.

Don't be clever. Be plain & simple.

Redd Pepper, whose famous voice has featured on dozens of film trailers, was discovered when a movie executive heard his cinematic voice come through the speakers of the tube train he was driving.

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