*The Summer She Was Under Water* by Jen Michalski --> indiebound.org/book/9781938466

*Under the Small Lights* by John Cotter --> indiebound.org/book/9781450700

*When the de La Cruz Family Danced* by Donna Miscolta --> indiebound.org/book/9789881989

*I Am a Truck* by Michelle Winters --> indiebound.org/book/9781926743

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*Salamanders of the Silk Road* by Christopher Smith --> indiebound.org/book/9781941360

*Charmed Particles* by Chrissy Kolaya --> indiebound.org/book/9781938103

*Country Life* by Ken Edwards --> indiebound.org/book/9781910061

*The Underground* by Hamid Ismailov, translated by Carol Ermakova --> indiebound.org/book/9781632060

*Waveland* by Simone Zelitch --> indiebound.org/book/9780989312

*Mr. Boardwalk* by Louis Greenstein --> indiebound.org/book/9780978863

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fellow fiction readers of the fediverse:

i have several copies of some great books put out by indie presses over the past few years.

if you would like one, i will send one to you.

boots welcome, available books to follow!

now reading: Foucault's Pendulum

now thinking: i might be too dumb for Foucault's Pendulum

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It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
Come on and slam, and welcome
To the Space Jam

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how does one get started with coding and using it in a practical manner? I either want to write a small script to automate a mundane task, but don't have the know-how to implement it, or want to work on a more complex program but have no idea where to start.
whenever I look at someone who codes, I honestly just assume it's some arcane, innate knowledge that they were born with. if you code, what was it like starting out? at what point can you start calling yourself a programmer?

back on my "dumb" phone after a few months with my (now shattered) Nexus from who-knows-when. honestly, i missed it so much. it's good to be back.

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"Google is an organization that excels at taking individual, seemingly-benevolent units of work and then combining them into things that are anti-competitive or just plain evil"

Interesting AMA from a Mozilla employee

tildes.net/~tech/ra8/i_am_a_mo

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Mastodon is the Philidelphia of social media.

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So many people saying they're switching from Firefox. Won't this only make the problem worse?

If you're switching to Brave or qutebrowser or UnGoogled Chromium or something, you're only strengthening Google's monopoly. If you're switching to a Webkit-based browser like Epiphany, you're shifting the monopoly towards Safari, whose parent company doesn't consider the Web a priority.

That Mozilla has bad management doesn't change the fact that Firefox is the most viable option for the open web.

for the past couple years, i've written all my "real" code (i.e. something bigger than a shell script) in Python.

i like Python. it's super easy to write things that work in Python, and it's generally easy to read code written in Python.

however, as i move my life towards more low-power and up-cycled hardware, i fear Python may be a bit too clunky, or have too much overhead.

anyone have language opinions for low-power hardware?

me: "software will make the world infinitely better, more equal, and more connected."

also me: *doesn't work on things that make the world infinitely better, more equal, or more connected*

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neil gaiman: i'm a bit problematic ;__; but don't tell anyone ;)))

william burroughs: i shot my wife and fled to tangiers

we really need to stop normalizing/idolizing "<person> is a complete asshole, but they have a knack for <some skill>, so we put up with it."

you are a human being before a you are a skill-doer.

back in the Before Times, a relaxing way to spend a Sunday would have been to get a Mani-Fedi, which is when you get your nails done and, at the same time, try to extricate yourself from the centralized behemoth commercial web

"'The Secret of NIMH' and the secret to my success? Same secret."

Thank you for coming to what would have been my Ted talk if the folks at Ted had the decency to write me back or if my name were Ted.

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