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hotdogsladies, to random
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Junior is about halfway through his current novel, and I only just realized that one of my bizarre, once-a-month non sequiturs might suddenly make a little more sense now.

Or, if it makes as little contextual sense as it always has, at least now it has a referent.

My God, he's so lucky to have me.

gknauss, (edited )
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@hotdogsladies @joesteel Rebecca Ferguson with an eye-patch and a high-powered rifle was not a sexual orientation I was previously aware of, but I am fully on board.

gknauss, to random
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Oh.

Oh, no.

gknauss, to random
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I am 56 years old.

I have been married for 28 years.

I have three adult sons.

I have a mortgage.

I am taking medication for high blood pressure.

I woke up with a zit on my forehead.

gknauss, to random
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Another CicLAvia today, down Melrose between Fairfax and Vermont. I love these events: everyone’s in a good mood and there’s music and kids and food and, for a four mile stretch in the middle of LA, no goddamned cars — they’re a tiny glimpse of what a better future might be.

An elongated and very heavily decorated orange art bike.
The gates to the Paramount Studios lot.
A direction sign, with arrows point to a voting booth, bike parking, the next stop on the route, water and information, etc.

gknauss, to random
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Living in LA, you sometimes get invited to hype screenings of upcoming films, which is how I ended up at the movies last night, with no idea what I was going to see. The five inspirational based-on-a-true-story trailers — two religious — were not a good sign.

But “Ordinary Angels” is a movie that dares to make God the bad guy, as He desperately tries to kill an adorable little girl with disease, bad weather, and fallen trees.

Odd choice to have none of the characters comment on this, though.

gknauss, to random
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Adam Smith: Driven by the profit motive, calitalism is ruthlessly efficient with resources.

Amazon:

gknauss, to random
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For Valentine’s Day, Joanne and I are going axe-throwing.

And then a nightcap at the ER, I assume.

gknauss,
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@jimfl I’ve been practicing lifting my arms and… it’s not going great.

But, heck, a couple of drinks and I’ll limber right up. What could possibly go wrong?

gknauss, to random
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Earned my first road rash today, after a year and a half of cycling, and further hardened my conviction that every car out there is a goddamned menace.

Especially, it turns out, Jaguars. /1

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I was riding eastbound on the Chandler Bike Path and had the green light through the intersection at Cahuenga. A shiny black Jag, heading westbound on Chandler, swung out in front of me to make the left onto Cahuenga going south.

I clamped both brakes, hard enough for the back of the bike to lift up and dump me over the handlebars. /2

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You do not drop someone of my age and inertial mass onto the asphalt from three feet up and expect good things. My left knee, left elbow, and both palms are pretty banged up. I can’t image how sore I’m going to be tomorrow. /3

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There’s probably some brain damage, too, because after I limped out of the intersection, the first thing I did — after making sure there weren’t any protruding bones or blood coming from places blood shouldn’t come from — was check to make sure my phone was OK.

I’d say my dignity was completely destroyed, but I was already a fat guy on a bike wearing a silly-looking helmet, so... /4

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And, OK: Accidents happen. The driver didn’t see me coming, and I didn’t see them turn, until we were both in places we didn’t want to be. I might suggest that the person inside 4,500 pounds of steel might have an advantage over someone protected by a funny hat and squishy human padding, but whatever. /5

gknauss,
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But the thing is: The driver didn’t come check on me. They finished their turn at some point — I saw them stopped by the side of Cahuenga as I staggered out of the intersection — but then… Gone. They took off. /6

gknauss,
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I don’t know if that’s a crime or just a dick move, but I’d think that if you’re the precipitating cause of someone’s injury — direct contact or no — the absolute least you owe that person is to make sure there are no protruding bones or gushing blood. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right? You own the results of your actions, direct or not, intended or not?

Ha ha! Kidding! Loser. /7

gknauss,
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Look: Everybody screws up. Lord knows, I do. We’re human and it’s inevitable. It’s how you deal with screwing-up that really defines you a person, or — writ large — us as a society.

The driver came within a half-second of maybe killing someone today — and was the indirect cause of someone being injured — and didn’t even bother to get out of their goddamned car. That’s the real problem here. Accidents happen — responsibility should, too. /8

gknauss,
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I’ve got their license plate. I’m going to go file a police report. We’ll see what comes of it. Those who don’t accept responsibility should have responsibility delivered to them, preferably by trebuchet.

Heck, they may even be glad to see me, to find out I’m OK, to no longer bear the crushing emotional burdened of what they might have done. /9

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@codinghorror [Laughs in Supreme Court.]

gknauss, to random
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I really hope the Supreme Court is explicit about which parts of the Constitution turn out to be opt-in.

gknauss, to random
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Live your life in such a way that @molly0xfff doesn’t feel it necessary to review your book.

https://www.citationneeded.news/review-read-write-own-by-chris-dixon/

gknauss, to random
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The only gender reveals should be trans coming out parties.

This doesn’t mean there should be fewer explosions.

gknauss, to random
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What idiot called them “Swift programmers” and not “The Tortured Developers Department”?

Eh? Eh?

Oh, God, I’m so lonely.

gknauss, to random
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During down time in Engineering, Geordi LaForge likes to pull up the historical records for Earth, 2024. He skips right past the Bell Riots and Irish Reunification, and goes straight the Apple Vision Pro release, and laughs himself silly.

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Book 1: System Collapse. I'd been eagerly awaiting this book. I enjoyed it but it wasn't quite the Murderbot book I was expecting. May have been a me problem, it was a long time since I'd read the last one and I had to re-learn who the characters were and this novel seemed short on "get to know the characters" stuff. A lot of Murderbot's inner mind, some of their relationship with ART, the usual clusterfuck on a remote planet. Last year's reading list https://glammr.us/@jessamyn/111666401754992583

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@jessamyn Y’know which mortician’s book I want to read…

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