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The are no longer . We just finished the slow transition off the kitten kibble and they’re now as of today fully on adult cat food. They grow up so fast!

This’ll be the first year the zergling is tackling his own dish for our Feast of Redwall. I’m so stoked that he wants to join me in the kitchen this year. I love to cook and I’ve been hoping he might too, I try to share that love as much as possible. He definitely has that same streak of neurodivergent perfectionism that’s plagued me most of my life but I’m hoping with my being more sanguine about making mistakes now, I can impart a little of that as well.

Spent some time today figuring out what posts I want to port into the new static version of my site. Got most everything wrangled so it looks how I like it. A little bit more work to do refining the layout and then I cut over from Wordpress to a Jekyll-built static site. At a minimum I'm going to start to put more of my recipes out there on it. When I get over that bit of impostor complex I have, I see that folks like what I cook and I'd like to share that.

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Y'all, I keep seeing the posts saying "oh someone could steal your identity on Twitter if you close your account!"

Folks - the platform literally lets you buy an official verification for $8. Protecting your handle ain't gonna do shit.

Just get out of there - in a week, no one is going to trust that platform as a source of authentic truth any more than they do *chan today.

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Human rights violations 

When you also continue to support an organization like that, doesn’t that also eventually start to speak to your character too? I mean…if I have the wrong of it, please correct me, but from my perspective it seems like you at best have to plug your ears and pretend it’s not happening or at worst you don’t care and/or support those horrible things yourself.

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When you have a platform that is now even tacitly sanguine with Nazis and other flavors of fascist, you get the hell off that platform right? And after a certain point you start to judge someone who chooses to stay because they’ve had enough time to learn about these things and are choosing to stay. So FIFA has had plenty of time to learn what kind of place Qatar is and they’ve broadcast unequivocal support for it by choosing to continue doing business there.

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I think because I’m not a sports fan at all, I don’t understand the conundrum that faces football/soccer fans right now. With the many and varied ways in which Qatar is absolutely horrific, it would seem that saying “Nah, I’m ok not watching the ” is a relatively easy, low hanging fruit for doing the right thing. I look at it like choosing to be on Twitter right now.

*a 5th rider joins the group*
DEATH: And who are you?
FAMINE: Boss, that's Absolute Free Speech.
WAR: Yeah, they make Famine and my job's much easier.
PESTILENCE: Actually they've been helping me out the last couple of years too.

My mom used to call these crepes when I was a kid. Now that I’m older and have had a real crêpe I know these are not them but I still have a great fondness for them. They’re essentially just pancake rollups with strawberry preserves in the middle and powdered sugar on top. The zergling loves them so I make them for him every so often. Perfect with a cup of coffee on a cold November morning.

Remember to *DEACTIVATE* your Twitter account, otherwise the account numbers stay inflated, which can be used to sucker advertisers. Hit 'em where it hurts.

It being , here’s a throwback photo of Cricket and Marigold the day we brought them home.

I just see it as a nod in the direction of other folks who are human, acknowledging that we’re all human and that when you roll up all the possible permutations of that, it’s the only normalcy to be found. I don’t think I’m particularly performative, I just try to be kind.

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Anyway, years later I saw a photo and they now had a new name, and long hair, a dress, and a smile. She looked so happy wearing “she” and even though we weren’t really all that close I was genuinely happy for her. I think that’s maybe when I first started including “he/him” in all my online profiles. The idea that one is “normal” and the other isn’t…I don’t think I care for that very much. I think maybe some folks who are less compassionate maybe see it as performative.

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Many moons ago I worked at a company that made video games. I started as their QA Automation manager and got fed up and changed to the ops team as they needed a Linux admin and I was pretty handy with Linux. There was a guy on my team who was pretty solidly every New England dudebro stereotype just rolled up into one. Always the hat, the crass jokes, the love of the Sox and the Pats, etc. He was unhappy though. When you spend a lot of your life unhappy you learn to spot your own.

Since the term has been coopted to mean any tip now, I think we need to start messing with people and post "Thanksgiving recipe " to BuzzFeed to see if we can get the term to catch on. "22 holiday phreaking techniques for your leftover mashed potatoes. You'll never believe number 12."

Shitposting 

Many moons ago I learned that the band "Imagine Dragons" came up with that as an anagram of the band's original name. I recently learned that the running theory is it is "Ragged Insomnia." While that is a nice band name, I cannot in good conscience ignore the possibility it is "Gonad Migraines," "I Managed Groins," "Ginseng Diorama," "A Ringside Mango," or "Groin Sin Damage." As a side note, I'm 99% certain "Groin Sin Damage" was the working title for track 7 on "Pretty Hate Machine."

birdsite 

Hopefully the takeaway from this debacle for all of you is that we, as a collection of people, are more powerful than billionaires. All it took to cripple one of the most successful social media platforms in recent memory was for the tech expertise to be taken for granted and for that same expertise to say "No thanks, I'm done." That's why those of us who think unions are a good idea, think unions are a good idea. Collective bargaining is incredibly powerful.

Politics, refugees, and the importance of phrasing 

I feel like anyone claiming to be must have zero exposure to actual refugees or they’d realize how ridiculous that likely sounds to use such language. I mean…you do you Pikachu, but I can only imagine someone who had previously fled political violence would at best roll their eyes at you and at worst be really insulted by that. It feels like the height of entitlement to equate quitting a website with being a .

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