Tonight, I drank vodka, and ate kholodnik, pkhali, pelmeni, sprat buterbrodi, chicken bazhe, a bright Russian salad, and something we improvised that was very like mushroom samsa. All this shared with good friends. I cannot ask for more. This is the world I want to build, this is what we take Sabbath to envision, and then redouble our efforts to make real.
Amazon worker strike
Reminder: the Prime Day strike is Monday July 15 and Tuesday July 16. Amazon is going to offer some incredible deals on those two days, while continuing to treat its workers badly. Don't take the bait! Support the worker strike by refusing to buy from Amazon for the next two days.
so, yesterday, i put together a list of nazi instances i had blocked. that post has been boosted over 60 times. that's cool, i'm glad i did something useful.
but i can't do that kind of thing if i can't eat. my post about needing money for food has been boosted ten times.
if you appreciate and value the work i put into notifying everyone about where the fash are and you have some money to spare, please pay me.
if you can't give, please always boost.
When Google suggests news stories on my phone, it constantly recommends horrifying sites.
You like politics? Surely you read Breitbart, RT, and Fox News. You're interested in climate change? Surely you want transparent climate change denialism. You've been reading about Mastodon? Surely you need articles that promote white supremacy and misspell "Mastadon."
If this is what I see, what is recommended to actual Republicans? Algorithms are pushing systematic hate and lies.
Turn is now up on briebeau.itch.io/turn for purchase! Turn is a slice-of-life, supernatural roleplaying game for three to six people (2-5 players, 1 town manager) that focuses on the lives of shapeshifters who live secretly in small towns with their friends and family. Buy now!
Things we didn't do:
- Start the fire
- Shoot the deputy
- Steal the cookies from the cookie jar
Things we did:
- Tried to fight it
- Shot the sheriff
- Put the sham in the shama-lama-ding-dong
Things we will do:
- Rock you
- Walk 500 miles
- Walk 500 more
Things we won't do:
- Get fooled again
- Back down
Things we will never do:
- Give you up
- Let you down
- Run around
- Desert you
- I did it again)
Alcanivorax borkumensis is a microbe which digests crude oil. It prefers to live in oxygen-rich saltwater and is very helpful in cleaning up oil spills in ocean and coastal regions.
With enough nitrogen and phosphorus to act as fertiliser for them, these bacteria can become the dominant microbes in a contaminated area. They're just one of at least 7 known species which live off hydrocarbons, but they're probably the most prolific.
Just another of Earth's biological reflexes to help curb the damage which humans are capable of in their hubris.
When Dungeons & Dragons led Tolkien's racist orcs to the US, they attacked new targets. Let's talk model minorities, dehumanization, uncomfortable half-orcs, poor excuses … and how gamers and designers can reclaim and rehabilitate orcs. https://jamesmendezhodes.com/blog/2019/6/30/orcs-britons-and-the-martial-race-myth-part-ii-theyre-not-human
New blog post: "Advice for new bicycle commuters" https://nolanlawson.com/2019/06/17/advice-for-new-bicycle-commuters/
Just some stuff I've learned about bike commuting over the past year or so.
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