Me, twelve drinks in: AND SINCE ITS HEREDITARY, HARRY POTTER AND CO. ARE PROBABLY SORCERERS, NOT WIZARDS OR WITCHES

Telemarketer: sir

Me, now weeping directly into the phone: THE WANDS ARE SENTIENT, THEY MIGHT ALL BE WARLOCKS WITH ARTIFICIAL PATRONS

I'm wishing all my fedifriends a great Friday.

I’m told that many Germans are stockpiling cheese and sausages in anticipation of a COVID lockdown — planning, in other words, for a Wurst-Käse scenario

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Where is Jessica Hyde?

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Looking for a great to keep those ears busy while waiting for things (e.g. for office hours to be over, for chores to be over, for work to be over, for the world to he over) check out Adventures in New America. Since it defies my abilities to describe it, here's some copy-paste from the info blurb they use "sci-fi, political satire, Afrofuturistic buddy comedy" and it's fantastic.

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So I watched Utopia (UK) a while back and loved it. I thought all the plot lines moved along pretty well.

I saw one or two episodes of the US remake so far. The bones of the story are the same thus far, but the actions seem less justified. Watching epi3 beginning and I don't get Jessica essentially holding the Utopua-truthers hostage. The motivation doesn't seem to make sense and the action seems self defeating...

Same thing manually coded multiple places for legitimate reasons, but all the timing values are hard coded. And timing values mix hrs, min, sec as hard coded with no comments to hint.

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while-loop on steps that must run at least once where one of the conditionals is mangled by a step that preceeds the loop... good person, have you heard of do-while?

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`BooleanVariable == False` in a language where ! is a valid unary operator why?!

Getting that sneaking suspicion that the clever solution I came up with might break things downstream...

Would you appreciate if someone paid for a one year patreon subscription to an artist/podcast you like as a gift?

I'm trying to install some software on an old Windows 8 laptop, but everytime I do, I receive and error message saying that "You must be logged in as an administrator to install, uninstall, repair, or modify this application."

However, I am logged in as admin - the admin account is the only one on this computer. I can also uninstall or modify other apps just fine. Anybody know what might be going on here??

When a program starts acting strange so you close it and your motivation is killed alongside the pid...

What the heck, ? uses a float for seconds since Jan 1904 while uses a float for seconds since Jan 1970. I know time in computing isn't trivial, but this seems like you may be making it harder than it needs to be...

Tfw when fully formulating the question in order to ask yields the answer you were seeking

I tried the list of collaborative software from wiki.

I guess I should mention it was real-time, and included a writing prompt. Bae thinks that what she's looking for might be hidden behind a login wall now.

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Does anyone know of a site that allows anonymous/random people to participate in collaborative, creative writing?

Watching The Orville and season 1 episode 3 deals with changing the gender of a girl baby born to a all male species. The parent compares it to a cleft pallet repair. I guess MacFarlane didn't want to be ham-fisted with the direct comparison to intersex babies, or maybe Fox wouldn''t allow it. Still, this feels like the kind of relevant philosophical questions a TNG or DS9 episode would have explored and that the Kurtzman contributions would never.

"I got you a glass a Beef Eater. And I got a brand new deck of Uno cards. This night is just gettin' started."

I am writing an API client, I may not be informed if the server updates the API. I would like to document which version of the API specification is [attempted] implemented. Are there standard/common ways (e.g. class variable names) to denote that?

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Just a general instance with a catchy name. We're running glitch-soc!