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This lovely page has the full list of available titles:

@pony @cpsdqs

Heard the "it's like cp" advice somewhere, it was the first thing that actually stuck long-term.

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You gotta admit “trunk” would be a very on brand name for Mastodon’s default git branch

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@cpsdqs I thought (not a German) they were solidarity protests? Against the US police?

Also, I suspect every country has racism, just maybe showing up in different ways. We (Czechia) have loads, but it's very different from the USA's.

@deshipu I was thinking the same thing yesterday. Of course they all have the right overall shape, but somehow they're getting closer and closer with the details too.

@temporal @deshipu done exactly that a decade ago. Still finding myself in vim about once a week.

@cpsdqs i.e. how long until the real year of the linux desktop

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Less world-building and character exposition, more shit happening, please.

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Great summary of the two dominant RPG dialog approaches ("every word" / "summary").

I grew up on and <3 the former, but this brings up great points on both sides. Especially around exposition and not having to do the old amnesiac/foreigner workaround.


@cpsdqs haha sorry yea. Wishing you a quick recovery BTW. Stay safe out there!


@cpsdqs yeah I meant: be careful with this because a hospital is the one place you could go to that has the virus for sure.

The advice here (Czechia, not Germany, IMMV) is only go to the hospital if you've got serious respiratory issues, otherwise self-quarantine.


@cpsdqs you should go to a hospital where they're treating the cases. Then you'll know for sure that you're infected.

@honza TBH I feel we've failed the tech-literate people too. I still hadn't seen a conference tool that worked reliably, always and everywhere.

@cpsdqs on the off chance you aren't aware, Tor & EFF built this browser extension that replaces HTTP links with HTTPS on the fly:

@deshipu this is one of the times when introverts are at a distinct advantage :-).

But TBH just knowing that I'm not supposed to come out kind of makes me feel trapped more than I thought it would.

Despite having a supply of games, books, TV and hobbies to last multiple lifetimes.

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@deshipu oh wow, I didn't know that. Fascinating!

covid-19 hot take 

@deshipu ah, those are both really good indeed!

I prefer bows personally, but whatever doesn't make you touch other people -- especially if you can't wash your hands right away -- is a win.

covid-19 hot take 

@deshipu my wishlist:

* people finally washing hands properly
* cultural replacement of handshakes and kisses in the Western cultures with Asian bows
* wearing masks to protect the others from infections normalised in the West

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