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Here's one of my absolute favorite shots, "Momentary", where one had been sailing over the other, before being kicked out of the way mid-air, leaving them with a perfectly hapless expression.

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An early favorite shot, when there was some fortuitously timed snow. (I'd be cursing it a month later, but that's another story) They'd largely stayed inside for a couple days, understandably unimpressed with the turn of the weather, but soon were back to normal. =:)

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A few of my favorite cybernetic TF tales:

Sync, by Kotep:
Excellent first-person perspective of transferring one's consciousness, and accepting one's new self.

Belong, by Fractured Puppet:
A more gently paced conversion, with an emphasis on, as the title implies, finally /belonging/ in your body, and with those around you.

Repossessed, by demurePet:
Even more gradual, with a wry sense of humor running through the exchanges between the two parties.

Soft Hardware, by ZatieLunaVulpe:
A fan of an author's writings gets to experience such themselves.

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And a bit more recently, this new mother, back in February. It can be a difficult life, out in the wild, not only having to gather nesting for one's newborn (or expected) kits, but also having to evade aggressors..

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MD repeals 'police bill of rights' over gov's veto 

#Maryland legislature overrides #gop gov Hogan's veto of police reform, which override will kill the the so-called 'Police Bill of Rights', and increase civilian oversight

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pol, militancy 

Have you ever heard the somewhat cliche phrase "no justice, no peace" at a protest? It has a nice multilayered meaning.

On the one hand, it says that there can be no true peace without justice. That such apparent tranquility is a false peace based on exploitation.

And on the other, it is an often un-actioned (and thus ignored) threat: if there is no justice, we will destroy any false peace.

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americans: do you still need a covid vaccine? important information, please boost! 

I got inside information that Costco JUST managed to get their vaccine scheduling site up.

This is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, one dose only.

No membership is needed. It is free to anyone.

anime rec, Shadows House 

If you have even a single gothic bone in your body, try Shadows House. It has a simple, playful conceit: the Shadows are a family of nobles, each of whom is attended by a living doll, created to be their image, as nobody can see a Shadow's face - rather a literal embodiment of the Rose Prince. (And indeed, the ending titles include a spiral staircase.. =:)

The first episode remains tightly contained, almost entirely within Kate's room, as she becomes acquainted with her new doll, Emilico, and she in turn learns about the world, the house, and the Shadows.

Are the Shadows human? Kate declines to answer, though emitting literal soot in reaction to negative emotions might suggest at least a measure of parahumanity. (No soot sprites here, though Kate does fashion some soot figurines)

This is a /fun/ one. I'm definitely on board for the rest of this. ^_^

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anime, Vivy, ep. 3 **spoilers** 

So, what's going on? We can probably assume that of what Matsumoto chooses to impart, it's true - it's what he's leaving out that may be crucial; not necessarily in this instance, but more generally.

The crucial lines toward the end:

Leclerc: "I've held on all this time so I could see this day." and, handing over some kind of data card, "Don't let it go to waste, okay?"

Estella: "Now the owner will.."

They're both from the original staff, when the human owner ran things, which feels significant. Yet, Leclerc tried warning Vivy? Was that simply a ploy to try to encourage Vivy to do what she did, and tip her hand?

I do hope this isn't all some strained attempt to have the "single mission" mandate come into play literally, with Estella feeling they all need to be a big happy family again, with the only means being joining him in death.

What might the card be? It would seem as if Estella could crash the hotel without anything else required, given she apparently has complete authority - is it related to something else entirely, perhaps even some aspect we haven't been told about yet?

No question, if the whole season were available now, I'd be watching it in one go. I'm absolutely taken by it all.

(Loving the music on this episode, too)

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So in the Hitman games, you can hurl a briefcase at people to knock them out at medium-short ranges.

When you throw at a specific person it's guaranteed to hit, which means that behind the scenes it's doing a bit of seeking. Usually this is unnoticeable since people move at like, walking speeds.

So what happens when you chuck it right as someone takes off on a jetski?

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oh yeah i guess i should advertise my latest shop update! lots of stickers, like over 15 new designs and color variants! here’s a sample of ‘em.

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"If my demands are not met," Dr. Dastard said, "my deorbiter ray will begin to bring down satellites. You have two days."
The UN returned the call the next day.
"We will meet your demands if you deorbit defunct satellites and debris."
"We need to tidy up. Please help."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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w00t! youtube-dl must've fixed Vimeo On Demand downloading - finally, I was able to fetch a purchase I made a couple years ago, simply using its own authentication mechanism (-u to specify the account, and it'll prompt for the password), no fussing around with cookie extraction or JSON files.

Need some deliciously funky electronica with a sumptuous bassline Basement Jaxx would be proud of?

Looshuss "Not Myself":

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Trump admin interference with CDC action against pandemic 

US House investigation reveals documents showing the #Trump admin intentionally engaged in politically interference in the #CDC's response to the #pandemic, causing unnecessary deaths and delaying solutions

"I can’t wait for the scene in the Bitcoin movie where Satoshi is kicked out of a job interview after failing a whiteboard coding test

Staring at the sky, he swears he’ll show them he can code a linked list, oh yes - a linked list that DESTROYS THE WORLD"

@terrana Of course, we can't overlook their kindred spirits either, of the Weasel Patrol, by Lela Dowling and Ken Macklin:

Just a reminder: the first episode of the anime version of The World Ends With You debuted today. ^_^

The opening theme for Dragon Goes House-Hunting is a fantastically BIG piece, reminiscent of Queen from around 1980, with a smattering of fantasy tropes. ^_^

Loving the fact CHX is apparently using "gic.noreply" as the username to reply to in their newfound embrace of email. ^_^;

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I accidentally got NFT instead of HRT, and now apparently my gender has consumed more power than Argentina. 👀 Sorry about that.

Draconic sorts might enjoy "Dragon goes House-Hunting":

(Best opening theme this season!)

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