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Biden campaign joins Trump’s Truth Social platform
  • Not everyone who signed up for TS is on the Trump train especially anymore, a lot are, but many aren’t. I know 3 in my family alone that are getting annoyed with the whole MAGA movement but have accounts from before his indictments and have unfollowed the crazy ones they used to follow but still use it as it’s the path of least resistance for their social media.

  • Biden campaign joins Trump’s Truth Social platform
  • Gotta go where the people are. If they truely believe there are republicans that will vote for them because he is that alternative to the Trump they are tired of (an admittedly small amount), this is as good of a place to go to speak to them. The country right now is biased enough that the margins of swing are super small and if this can help attract those people it makes sense for a campaign like Biden who has maintained that there’s a subset of republicans that are non-MAGA and just want to get back to “normal”.

  • For Puma sightings you’ll have to go straight to their site now as Rooster Teeth moved Red vs Blue off YouTube citing decreasing ad revenue.
  • We need you to go to the store and get two quarts of elbow grease… and, uh, pick up some... headlight fluid for the Puma too.

  • For Puma sightings you’ll have to go straight to their site now as Rooster Teeth moved Red vs Blue off YouTube citing decreasing ad revenue.
  • Look, I know you don't know me, but you have to believe what I'm about to tell you. Sometime in your future, I get stationed here in Blood Gulch and we meet. And this guy here, he gets promoted to Sergeant of the red army and we spy on them. And they get this new jeep and I'm all like, "There is no way you can pick up chicks in a tank!"

  • For Puma sightings you’ll have to go straight to their site now as Rooster Teeth moved Red vs Blue off YouTube citing decreasing ad revenue.
  • I know it’s not quite the same sort of content as we normally get here, but Red vs Blue is solid 2000’s nostalgia for me.

  • The Talos Principle 2 | Demo on Steam Available Now
  • I hear this guy is super excited

  • What less popular text editors do you like or should have a shout out more often? What stuff do you do with it?
  • I love Joe. And even though its last update was a while ago, it’s still my preferred editor.

  • Wikipedia is the real black hole
  • Yeah, a couple of them compensate, Arctic on iOS does too.

  • Wikipedia is the real black hole
  • There’s a reason I didn’t type it with the markdown for clickable link.

  • *Permanently Deleted*
  • Run Cera, there’s a Sharptooth right behind you!

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    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - $1.99

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

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    The End of All Things by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #6) - $2.99

    Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more. Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time-a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there's another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other-and against their own kind -for their own unknown reasons. In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity's union intact...or else risk oblivion, and extinction-and the end of all things.

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    There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called.
  • According to Google, it’s called Deep Water, I can only presume it’s specifically relating to the Ark story.

  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Planning to Announce Independent Run
  • An unfortunately significant number of people.

  • China has no racism because it's in their constitution!
  • Is 4 out of 55 Chinese ethnic groups a good percentage?

  • Monorail [OC]
  • The Simpsons did an episode where a monorail salesman tries to sell Springfield on installing a monorail, and there’s a song somewhat evoking the 76 Trombones scene from the musical The Music Man by Meredith Wilson. Mine and other comments are lyrics from that song.

  • Monorail [OC]
  • I hear those things are awfully loud.

  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (The Rook Files #1) - $2.99
  • I really like both sequels, but they can be a bit divisive because they aren’t direct sequels. They do follow chronologically, but Myfanwy is no longer the primary antagonist.

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    The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (The Rook Files #1) - $2.99

    Myfanwy Thomas awakens in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, she must trust the instructions left by her former in order to survive. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization, and this person wants her dead. Battling to save herself, Myfanwy will encounter a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and terrifyingly vast conspiracy. Suspenseful and hilarious, The Rook is an outrageously imaginative thriller for readers who like their espionage with a dollop of purple slime.

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    Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #1) - $1.99

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place. So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding. Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets. John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.

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    Pluralistic: Apple fucked us on right to repair (again) (Cory Doctorow)
  • I didn’t realize that so many other societies had solved theft of easily accessible and easily convertible items that contains gobs of sensitive and useful data that’s very easy to access with a little effort and preparation.

    Tell us please what society is free from this danger that we may all learn from their ways.

  • Pluralistic: Apple fucked us on right to repair (again) (Cory Doctorow)
  • I’m torn. While I highly support right to repair, I also support measures that make high-value theft targets like cellphones and catalytic converters worthless or extremely hard to convert to a payout.

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    The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh - $1.99

    In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, to the incredible (and incredibly simple) logisitical breakthrough that made Internet commerce secure, The Code Book tells the story of the most powerful intellectual weapon ever known: secrecy. Throughout the text are clear technical and mathematical explanations, and portraits of the remarkable personalities who wrote and broke the world's most difficult codes. Accessible, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this book will forever alter your view of history and what drives it. It will also make you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.

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    Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan - $2.99

    Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends—and their amazing links to recent discoveries.

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    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - $2.99

    After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

    Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

    Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

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    The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill - $2.99

    Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . . .

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    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - $2.99

    In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

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    Hyperion by Dan Simmons (Hyperion Cantos #1) - $1.99

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

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    Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - $2.99

    Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone. Or does he?

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    Children of Time (Children of Time #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky - $2.99

    Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age -- a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

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    Recursion by Blake Crouch - $2.99

    Reality is broken.

    At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But the force that’s sweeping the world is no pathogen. It’s just the first shock wave, unleashed by a stunning discovery—and what’s in jeopardy is not our minds but the very fabric of time itself.

    In New York City, Detective Barry Sutton is closing in on the truth—and in a remote laboratory, neuroscientist Helena Smith is unaware that she alone holds the key to this mystery . . . and the tools for fighting back.

    Together, Barry and Helena will have to confront their enemy—before they, and the world, are trapped in a loop of ever-growing chaos.

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    Uprooted by Naomi Novik - $2.99

    Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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    The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - $2.99

    From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life.

    When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story, he's swept into the magical world of Fantastica--so much that he finds he has actually become a character in the story! And when he realizes that this mysteriously enchanted world is in great danger, he also discovers that he is the one chosen to save it. Can Bastian overcome the barrier between reality and his imagination in order to save Fantastica?

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    Peace Talks by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files #16) - $1.99

    When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, joins the White Council's security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago—and all he holds dear?

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    Anyone remember the brief time Radio Shack was handing :CueCats out like candy?

    I had a couple including one USB one that I later modified to use to scan regular bar codes.

    I pulled up Wikipedia to look up who created them, and apparently he changed his name after they failed. He was also on Curse of Oak Island searching for gold and was involved in ballot shenanigans in the 2020 US presidential election where he was notable for supposedly inventing a machine to find bamboo fibers on ballots.

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