Got yet another short-story rejection this morning.

Even though I just sent the story back out to another market, I still feel like curling up and sobbing for a bit. Thinking thoughts like "who am i kidding?" and "why do i bother?"

I know it'll pass. Still, hard to feel motivated to do anything, let alone focus on the (very nice) day job that I should be more grateful for.

Just got home from WonderCon.

What an amazing convention: relaxed, friendly, and full of new friends, new stories and new sources of advice.

Definitely going back next year, hopefully for all three days.

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#introduction :wave: I'm apg on github/gitlab, apgwoz on the bird service, and some combination of apg or apgwoz pretty much everywhere else on the internet.

I begrudgingly write #go to work on metrics and operations for a popular PaaS, and tend to lean towards #racket and "not go" for personal projects, which I don't have enough time to complete.

I bounce between #freebsd and #openbsd on my personal machine, which I'm usually too tired to use by the time I'm done "computing" for the day.

Heading up to Wondercon by train!

...I'm way too excited about this. But I can't help it :)

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Writers: have you ever accidentally addressed real world folk who aren't your readers in the slang you invented for your WIP?

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#introductions

Hey peeps, I'm Stu and I run straylight.expectnomore.net. It's a small instance where I constantly try to cajole old internet friends into joining, but it's also open to anyone looking for a home online.

I post mostly about my pets, music, game development, and home improvement. And also usually links to weird shit.

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#introductions

Hi! You may most likely know me as co-editor of ActivityPub, the decentralized social network message which is more-than-likely how you're actually receiving this message! w3.org/TR/activitypub/

Other things you may want to know:

- I'm a user freedom activist (free software, free culture)
- I post a lot of leftie politics stuff
- Expect lots of tech posts around lisp, decentralized network stuff, obscure-ish programming history

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#introductions

Lifer 🤓

Fan of pen/paper (really, lots of pen/paper/ink for me)

Wildly new to drawing/etc and really not that great but poke at it sometimes. (See avatar for example)

4 masto accounts, Where's Waldo? 😉

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You can always tell when some news company has written an article (or mentioned) Mastodon. Welcome to all the new tooters!!

TFW you've used your iPad for so long you start tapping laptop screens, and get frustrated when it doesn't work

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Web designers need to know of this exchange between my parents:

Father: Ah - they've updated their web site!

Mother: Oh no.

Father: It looks good ...

Mother: Can you find the things we need?

... (long pause) ...

Father: No ...

Hit my writing goal for the fourth week in a row, which means it's time to up the goal: mindbat.com/2018/03/16/keeping

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My first serious laser cut on the Glowforge: an acrylic Atreus case. One false start, then turned out great.
icosahedron.website/media/ZF-b

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John Oliver's non-technical primer on Bitcoin was good but left out some useful information IMO. He mentioned that the transaction process is secure & decentralized. Yes, but no mention of the ridiculous time it takes to validate transactions as well as the rampant insecurity of online wallets/exchanges. Millions hacked. Mentioned a Bitcoin conference not taking Bitcoin but failed to mention why (ridiculously high transaction fees). Last, he covered ICOs but no mention of recent SEC crackdown.

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