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So...here goes nothing.

I'm an author. I write fantasy, science fiction, and a lot of stuff that doesn't fit well in any genre. Most of all, I write the stories I want to read. If other people like them, that only makes it better.

I am not the kind of person to beg constantly or spam the TL with links, so don't expect that. This is a one-time thing.

This link is to a free excerpt of my novel _Nocturne_, which I think is my best to date. I'm sure you can go from there.

patreon.com/posts/free-preview

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I'm now looking for a home on the Pleroma side of town. If anybody has any suggestions, invitations, etc., I'm all ears. Remember that I'm on toot.love right now for a reason. Not because I'm some evil Nazi or something, but because I value free expression as the foundation for effective discussion, and I'd rather talk to people who feel the same.

Right now, I've got 2 I'm seriously considering:
1. shigusegubu.club
2. letsalllovela.in

Anybody else willing to take me in?

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So I posted a preview of my next novel on Patreon today. I'd link it, but it's the 2nd in a series, and I know nobody here has read the 1st, so that would just be dumb. Instead, here's the preview I did for *that* one:

patreon.com/posts/free-preview

(I don't do these often, but I was talking about my writing yesterday, and the timing worked out.)

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My Christmas gift to the fediverse (and anybody else): another free story. This is the opener of a long-running series that straddles the line between novel and novella, and it's probably the one I have the most fun writing. It's more a labor of love than anything, a thought experiment gone way too far, so don't expect anything too earth-shattering. (Oh, but that might be a pun.)

Until Patreon shuts down my account without warning, here's _Out of the Past_:

patreon.com/posts/free-release

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Traditionally, one of the first translations for a new conlang is the Babel Text (Gen 11:1-9). Some use the Lord's Prayer (Matt 6:9-13) instead.

I'd like a more secular and more modern passage. It should be no more than about 100-150 words, with fairly simple vocabulary and grammar. Widely known, preferably not verse, and not overtly offensive or political.

If anybody out there has a good idea, let me know.

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the four horsemen of the apocalypse:
- printers
- printer drivers
- printer manufacturers
- printer sellers

A couple of weeks back, I posted a song by Dio. This one's for him instead, and it' features one of my favorite male metal vocalists.

23/31 Jorn - "Song for Ronnie James"

youtube.com/watch?v=dEtyaC6ltQ

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> The current problems of gaming

So having your own hardware is an issue now?

Both reboots came after performing the same sequence of actions: save a file in GVim, then use a hotkey (Win-Shift-M, in my case) to minimize the window. Desktop freezes for a couple of seconds, then I see the boot screen. Not seeing anything obvious in logs, and minimizing through other means (or at other times) works fine. Strange.

Debian Stable with KDE, if you're wondering.

And that's 2. Time to do some troubleshooting, it looks like

So that was a random reboot. I guess my computer really didn't want me to minimize that window

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'Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only as Extras'
nytimes.com/2019/03/21/busines

As someone pointed out elsewhere: it's the DLC model... 😖

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Streaming Sekiro, if anyone wants to watch me fail repeatedly. :P

twitch.tv/mind_flayer88

I'm an 80s child. I grew up surrounded by 8/16-bit sound. Mixing chiptunes with metal? Sure.

22/31 Machinae Supremacy - "Beyond Good and Evil"

youtube.com/watch?v=wHhP8HaZbq

Open browser tab on laptop, start typing on desktop keyboard. "Why isn't this working?"

Took me about ten seconds to realize what the problem was :(

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More VC4, cos I'm addicted this game. Someone please send help. XD

twitch.tv/mind_flayer88

Spring has sprung, and we're closing in on the end of the month, but I've still got a few good songs on the list. Today's goes out to all those who are learning that their land isn't as free as they thought.

21/31 Gamma Ray - "Land of the Free"

youtube.com/watch?v=uUGyGhRF8K

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"I didn't have control": A 14-year-old on why she quit social media
fastcompany.com/90315706/kids-

I wish more people thought as this kid did.

eurekalert.org/pub_releases/20

Interesting research, IMO. Direct quote from the article:

"In almost every world region for which we have data, moralizing gods tended to follow, not precede, increases in social complexity." Even more so, standardized rituals tended on average to appear hundreds of years before gods who cared about human morality.

Paper is in _Nature_: dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019- (or use your favorite Sci-Hub mirror for access 😃)

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if you don't understand that "streaming games" (a la Google) is just code for "Games as a Service™ that you never actually own", you aren't paying attention.

A lot of music makes me feel good, or picks me up when I'm down, or just lets me get lost in my own mind. Only Sabaton makes me want to *learn*, though.

20/31 Sabaton - "The Last Stand"

youtube.com/watch?v=7U9lVjZg-K

Stadia makes a lot more sense if you look at it first as a way to play real PC games on a Chromebook. It's still a bad deal for anybody else, IMO, because the same problems every other cloud gaming service has faced are still there: bandwidth, latency, etc. And that's before you even get into the privacy and advertising parts.

TIL my mom is addicted to Candy Crush type games

I guess I should be glad she's using the tablet I got her.

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