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I've put links and summaries of all 31 of my flash fiction in one place so you don't have to wade through a Masto thread:

readsteven.com/read/ainktober_

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Not that you should buy anything, but if you want to ditch Adobe's garbage ecosystemโ€ฆ 

Affinity's entire product line is on sale. Very solid alternatives to Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. No subscription. Buy once, own it.

affinity.serif.com/en-us/store

COVID, local business 

Iโ€™m going to have to give up my previously favorite local coffee shop.โ€ก They had an employee test positive for COVID this week, but are trying to keep it quiet, I only found out because I know too many of the employees.

Other nearby businesses have been very open about it, announcing it on social media, closing down for a couple of days while everyone gets tested. Itโ€™s not great, but itโ€™s far better than hiding it.

โ€ก Not that Iโ€™m getting anything other than takeout.

So I managed to get GPT-3 to generate new Victorian handkerchief flirting codes.

I hope you find them useful for adding subtext to your next zoom call
aiweirdness.com/post/635599715

Speaking of Canadian Mooseโ€ฆ

(Not linking to the actual article because CNN is absolutely infested with trackers. 79 found and blocked.)

Todayโ€™s trivia: Jay Ward (Producer of the Rocky & Bullwinkle show) once leased an island in Minnesota, called it Moosylvania, and drove to Washington DC to try to get an audience with JFK to get it declared a state. He arrived at the White House on the day the Cuban Missile Crisis broke and was ordered to leave.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moosylva

imagine how much happier we'd all be if advertising were just illegal

A great example contrasting a bad practical joke and a good one.

Bad: Convinced the boss that lives were in danger.

Good: Convinced a peer that something magical had happened.

arstechnica.com/science/2020/1

Thanksgiving meal is served atโ€ฆ

COVID, travel related 

Talked to my sister. She contracted covid from a visitor to her house at the beginning of September. In and out of the hospital/ER since. Improving slowly, but some days getting out of bed is too much.

At the doctor's office, talked to a stranger in the waiting room who was going to travel for the holidays. Sis described her covid experience to them before her appointment.

Saw the person again after the apt. The person had decided traveling wasn't worth it.

How the #Dutch build a tunnel under a highway in one weekend and stuff.

Space launch 

Fun fact I learned from this stream: The solar panels on this satellite are not deployed electromechanically, there's just a piece of paraffin that melts when it gets into the harsh sunlight of space, releasing springs.

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Space launch 

SpaceX launched from (and landed at) Vandenburg today. The stream is from NASA so it's a bit different than usual. Some really great views of the landing, which will never get old. And talking a lot with the folks working on the satellite and its mission.

Link goes to the livestream, launch happens about 30 minutes from the start:
youtube.com/watch?v=aVFPzTDCih

The Lion In Winter(1968) 

Oh, and trivia: The real Henry II of England didn't speak (middle) English. Most English kings from the 12th to 14th c spoke Old French instead of English.

(I suppose this is common knowledge elsewhere, but I'm American and it's all bewildering over here.)

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The Lion In Winter(1968) 

Anyway, watch it, it's great!

Other Stuff:
- It also won the Oscar for best Original Score, which baffles me. The music is mostly nondescript and most scenes have no soundtrack, carried entirely by the actors. (And it was up against Jerry Goldsmith and Lalo Schifrin that year!)

- There's a made for TV version (2003) with Glen Close and Patrick Stewart (and some stick-on hair) which has to be worth watching just for that.

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