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Imagine if umbrella ownership didn't turn off that part of your brain that registers the existence of other people.
What a world that would be.

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Sesame Street, a show created for public access television to help kids from low-income families learn to read and write, is being put being a paywall which will prevent the kids who most need it from accessing it.
The past 50 seasons are also included in that so they can't be streamed anywhere else.

Fuck capitalism.

Pirate Sesame Street.

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I wear a stethoscope so that in a medical emergency I can teach people a valuable lesson about assumptions.

GPOY, boasting 

Awesome fun at Tropical Steampunk last night, including the gong for best costume!

@daedalus is the plex sharing working ok for you? (I get some buffering on the hi-res very long videos)

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Parenting, shoddy baking 

The cake for Mr 6 is not as good as I'd hoped, and he's too young to be diplomatic about the effort, but I hope it brings a smile anyway.

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Lawn Sprinklers!
The Passive Aggressive's weapon of choice! 🧐 My Aussie kids catch an iconic American yellow school bus here in Florida. One of the "neighbours" doesn't like the wear and tear on his grass, so he has programmed the front lawn sprinkler to come on 5 minutes before the bus comes, and switch off 3 minutes after it leaves. 😂

I am listening to the man behind me on the plane tell his seat buddy his entire personal, professional and family history.

And I am wearing noise-cancelling headphones.

The travel fatigue is really hitting hard today. Blurgh.

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PSA - Brave "privacy" browser is malware 

first, they sold exceptions to privacy tracking to Facebook and Twitter, now it comes out they've got a header override that allows them to set header exceptions on demand.

don't use this garbage.

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LEGO hot tip!

If you have troublesome pieces stuck together, you can try using a needle puller. It’s like a tiny jar gripper that’s perfect for dealing with small objects. They’re usually a few bucks for a 3 pack at craft stores.

(Brought to you by kid bringing me pieces they’ve tried to pry apart with their greasy little fingers)

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My three days of wall to wall meetings have left me exhausted but with a contented feeling of having achieved something.

So I play as Australian in Civ6 - because Aussie but also because they're a good fit for a science win (my preferred playstyle) which has always amused me.

Gathering Storm introduces climate change, and there's been no tweak to compensate for the Aussie perk to coastal cities now being a very very mixed blessing.

I thought this was a bad oversight, but I have now realised that getting screwed by global warming is actually more strayn than inventing WiFi and winning the space race.

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@aral Hi Aral. I may have missed it, but (apart from the VPN) do you have surveillance capitalism thoughts about Opera browser?

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