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Just me and Mr Teen at home, so while I cook I am horrifying him by blasting the Beastie Boys.

(To the Five Boroughs, for those who want to know which album)

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- WHO declared a global emergency?
- That's what I'm tellin ya!
- Look this is getting us nowhere. Let's ask the Chinese. Who's the current head of the CCP?
- No he isn't!
- Isn't what?
- Hu isn't the CCP head.
- Seven billion people aren't!
- No I mean Hu was the CCP head, but Xi is now.
- Huh?
- No, Hu.
- I'm askin ya!
- Anyway WHO declared an emergency, not Xi.
- My head is spinning, I need to see the doctor, does the BBC have one?
-Sure, she regenerated two seasons ago.
- Who did?
- She did.

(For those who aren't software engineers, rubber duck debugging is a system where you tell your problems to an inanimate object, and realize you knew the solution already: )

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This happens far too often.

Walk into office.
Complain to co-workers about a technical problem that makes no sense
In the course of explaining it, realize what's happening and how to proceed.
Apologize to co-workers about using them as rubber ducks.

Clearly I need to optimize by first explaining to an actual rubber duck.

I like random shuffle for music during my commute, cause where else will music shift from Led Zepplin to Les Miserables?

Just stopped by Poetic Computation ( to see some very cool pieces of art/code/circuitry, including a neat piece by @aparrish. I'm glad I got a chance to go!

Ha ha argh. At some point in mid-December my Borderlands 3 install started clipping the edges off the map UI (and only the map UI, everything else is the same). After a few weeks of filing a bug report, following up with screenshots and video, and sending them debug information, they've closed the issue because...

My computer doesn't meet their minimum system requirements, so they don't need to care.

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Younger son to Older son: Didn't you read Seussical last year?
OS: What? No.
YS: Something -icle.
OS: ... The Crucible?
YS: Same thing.

Why do we even have feet, anyway? I want hooves, or wheels, or to crawl through the world leaving a trail of slime.

This toot brought to you by a brand new and different pain in the foot I broke, it's not the previous plantar fascitis pain and it's not where the bone broke either, argh, everything is terrible.

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In tonight's game of DYING IN SPACE, my bald experimental donkey-heart recipient met his doom alongside a diplomatic hair model (@katre), a former pool-cleaner/current astrophysicist robot (@panicbear ) and a spider creature (@maenad) aboard the starship HAIR TODAY.

If WE can die in space, YOU can die in space:

From @signalstation: "You just have to create the entire morality of pool-cleaning robots on the spot, it's a very simple game."

Today is December 20th, I finally solved the second half of , so only 13 days late!


Spaceship weirdness RPG went well! Players met:
- Zero-G fish eating fungus off the wall
- Tiny hummingbirds with human hands
- Face-painted neo-savages with bows and arrows
- Several varieties of crazy AIs

And they're not even sure where or when they are!

Reading over "We're Dying In Space" as I prepare to run a space weirdness RPG tomorrow night. I don't plan for everyone to die _immediately_, but the tables will be really handy.

Thanks @maenad and @signalstation !

I have been talking to people at this conference all morning and now I just want to curl up in a ball with spikes like a hedgehog. Is this possible?

At the airport, flying to California for work.

This would be more fun if I wasn't finding out how it is to travel with a walking cast on my foot.

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