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My mom has a dog friend. Not her dog, but a friend. This dog has lived alone and quietly (she doesn't bark at all) nearby for years and finally come to trust her and 2 other people who are feeding her. During this week she's taken to relaxing in the open garage and coming running whenever she hears my mom's vehicle. And lying down in front of said vehicle, which may be too much trust.

My mom says "I never meant to have a dog... If only she'd stop running away from the cat."

Today I read and have feedback on someone else's dissertation proposal for the first time. I'm pleased to have been invited, and I hope that data isn't collected yet.

I also peer reviewed an academic article for the first time.

It's weird being pulled back into the edge of academia after fleeing as I finished grad school.

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This evening I got @naugeleh to point a camera at the multiperson acrobatic silliness we've been working on.

I'm the guy on the floor being simultaneously used as both a chair by @Avalon and a backrest by Scott.


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When ppl ask 'How do we increase staff engagement?', I'm reminded of a kid brother asking 'How do I make girls like me?'

Like, I know what you're getting at but, your question is leading you down a blind alley.

Don't try to change people's desires, try to understand them.

It's hard out there for a robot.

I just watched 4 cart-pulling robots pick their way carefully through a long hall with windows, stopping to evade each bright patch of sunlight. This is the price of not running into people.

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I compose sacred and secular choral music, and put it online under a CC by-SA license so choirs can sing it for free!

Publishers won't touch my work because I won't let them prohibit photocopying, so I need support from people like you.

My Patreon is

I have other options for people who prefer them:

Thank you so much!


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Anyone know a Spanish speaking singer or a reggae band willing to donate their skills to an album of music meant to motivate people to vote, donate, organizer, and demonstrate? This is intended for wide distribution (although most of it is covers, so licensed but not CC) and not for profit. Melanie Gruben at would like to talk to them about collaboration. (or to you, if this is you!)

Adjective of the day, to describe a $30K millionaire who's rude to people:


(We have some of these in Dallas.)

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There once was a man
From Nantucket who could not
Rhyme, so he haikued.

Yesterday, as I was cleaning up after a class I'd taught, I heard music from the exercise room upstairs, and it was brassy and chaotic enough to sound like Resphigi. I found that idea surprising, so I kept listening. Eventually I heard a familiar musical line, and then dialogue. Ohhhh, that's an Indiana Jones movie. That makes more sense.

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psa: don't post screenshots of wifi lists from your phone / computer on the internet unless you're okay with people knowing where you are

that list of nearby wifi names can be used to pinpoint you with scary accuracy sometimes

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Does anyone have recommendations for a reader and source of e-books not run by Google or Amazon? I still own a bunch of books on each platform but would prefer not to buy more.

I really should check out what's available from my library...

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johnny sun on twitter:

"sometimes it feels like people only love your mask because you only show them your mask, but trust that they know its a mask, that they care about its author, and that they are perceptive enough to see you behind it"

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My taxes paid for these streets i should be able to sleep on them

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The Case of the Welsh Autoresponder

The English half of the sign is printed correctly and says, “No entry for heavy goods vehicles. Residential site only.” Clearly enough, the point of the sign is to prohibit truck drivers from entering a residential neighborhood.

Since the sign was posted in Swansea, Wales, the bottom half of the sign is written in Welsh. The translation of the Welsh is, “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.”

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