It surprises me how quiet I've been here. I used to have opinions about everything. Nowadays, avoiding thinking too much about most of the world's most important issues feels like self-care. But I know that if everyone did that, it would be disastrous.

Finished my masters in Creative Writing, got a Distinction. If you need any writing doing (fiction, nonfiction or screenwriting), I'm open to commissions.
Probably everyone who mastodons can already write, but you never know, right?

@danielcassidy @fribbledom I know programmers who are both clinically depressed and still over-optimistic when it comes to code.

@obnoxiousbee actually it WAS spelt that way before the 1700s. When the singular was spelt turky. When the spelling shifted to turkey, I suppose people felt the plural should be like keys, monkeys etc.

Gosh, I see that it's already over a year since I joined here. It's the future now. I'm disappointed to see that not much has improved.

@gunner I've been using Java since the 90s (as well as other languages). I think it's a good choice of language to learn first. It's one of the least "idiomatic" programming languages: where many languages have different "styles" meaning the same algorithm can be expressed different ways, in Java there's generally just one sensible way to do things. Some programmers find this boring, but it does mean you can look at pretty much any Java code and very readily understand it.

I am still here, BTW. Just not tooting daily any more.

@obnoxiousbee I’m not sure, but I am sure that the second gayest thing is going to be very much less gay than that.
Also the Art Institute has an outrageously fabulous collection, consider sashaying round the that at some point.

I've tooted every single day for the last 3 months.
In that whole time, I've had less than a dozen replies.
In a way, it's liberating, knowing I can say what I like because nobody is listening.
But it's a waste of my time, so it's time to call a halt now.

Today’s plan: reading, essay writing, lunch, dog walk, family meal, gaming, maybe a wee dram, bed just after midnight.

Reading "The Art of Memoir" by Mary Kerr - such vivid writing. There's a short chapter on the importance of telling the truth. It was written in 2015, just before the big Russian onslaught against truth of 2016. I bet the chapter will be expanded if the book ever gets revised. It's the biggest problem of this decade, if not this century.

Just came across the phrase β€˜tractor beam’ in a non-sci-fi book. What a weird notion to have passed into the cultural consciousness. A beam is made of things you project away from yourself, and the idea that this could cause a high mass object to go in the opposite direction is patently magical-realism.

I have 10 days to write my second essay and the more I think about it, the less I know what I'm going to say for 2000 words.

Trying to figure out how to get some old photos from my mac onto my phone to edit with apps. It used to be a thing you could do in iTunes, but now it's gone all iCloud and obscure (if possible at all).

Interesting historical factoids 

@ed1conf that's not a factoid, it's an ADM-3A

Xmas dinner was improved by the fact that my mother brought a bottle of champagne and then only drank a glass and a half of it.

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