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Von Ron Gilbert:
"When Guybrush first arrives on Melee to become a pirate why does he appear at the arch and not from the dock down below? You know... where ships would dock."

Fuck, das sitzt jetzt mietfrei in meinem Kopf und tanzt.

Gotta love that the train station where the shuttle bus is running from has the UK train station code of LED. That's some next-level stuff folks!

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@jonty hey, I thought I couldn't make the camp this year, then yesterday things changed, and I can, but then I had to check with work, and I missed the last ticket. Is there a chance of another batch of cancellations going live? I have some small amount of logistics (plane ticket etc), nothing at the scale you've been dealing with. Either way, I hope all goes well, and a great weekend is had by all, especially yourself!

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so on Twitter someone complained about missing queerness / queer compatibility in games and in the following thread the typical "I have great ideas but can't code" evolved. Well I can code this time I have a good feeling, so

is anyone here willing to commit some time and errort into a queer-friendly game? we can use all kinds of resources.
If a handful of people are willing to commit, I will make this an actual project with serious planning.

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[en] Hey, Grimoire is online!

What is Grimoire?

Grimoire is a WriteFreely instance, a blogging platform focused on writing without distractions. In addition, all posts on Grimoire are federated on the Fediverse.

What makes Grimoire special?

It is run by the DNS Witch Collective, a bunch of people who loves to make the Internet more accessible. Also, we apply a strong moderation, because we don’t think all ideas are good to be said. So, we try to create a nice place where people issue of minorities can feel comfortable.

How to join?

Grimoire works with a co-option policy. If you want to join, you need to be invited by one our users. Because we just launch Grimoire, it’s easier to directly ask to me for an invitation.

Help us!

This project sounds nice to you, but you don’t need it? You can always contribute by sharing this post.

[fr] Hey, Grimoire est en ligne !

Qu’est-ce que Grimoire ?

Grimoire est une instance WriteFreely, une plateforme de blogs axée sur l’écriture sans distractions. En plusse, tous les posts sur Grimoire sont fédérés sur le Fediverse.

Qu’est-ce qui rend Grimoire spécial ?

Il est géré par le Collectif DNS Witch, un groupe de personnes qui aiment rendre l’Internet plus accessible. Également, nous appliquons une forte modération, car nous pensons que toutes les idées ne sont pas bonnes à dire. Nous essayons de créer un endroit agréable où les personnes issues de minorités peuvent se sentir à l’aise.

Comment s’inscrire ?

Grimoire fonctionne avec une politique de cooptation. Si vous voulez nous rejoindre, vous avez besoin d’être invitéx par une personne ayant déjà un compte. Comme nous venons de lancer Grimoire, il est plus facile de me demander directement une invitation.

Aidez-nous !

Ce projet vous semble intéressant, mais vous n’en avez pas besoin ? Vous pouvez toujours contribuer en partageant ce post.

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@noelle
They said I couldn’t do it. That I needed to go into the family business. They also said going to school for art would result in a lot of debt. They were right on that part, unfortunately. Who would buy my real, physical paintings when you can buy a shitty drawing of an ape with a hat to use as an avatar on Twitter for unthinkable sums? I’ve gotten so desperate I’ve started placing ads on bulletin boards: Lilac Parker (203B): Commissions open!

You know, maybe I could place a curse—No. That’s behind me. No curses, no blessings, no charms!

But as I paint over a tree in my latest piece—unfortunately, “Happy Little Accidents” don’t sell either, I can hear my back screaming. Or maybe that’s another feral cat that wants to be a familiar, I need a break. And, it occurs to me, in awful human being fashion, my clothes have been in the dryer for at least two hours. Shit.

I dash back to the laundry room, where Ms. Matilda is glaring at me. She looks more pissed off than usual, and she has a bad haircut. I give her an apology, but being even five minutes late for laundry is an indelible sin to her, let alone two hours.

“You’re lucky I didn’t take the load and throw it in the trash!”

She’s right, I am lucky, she’s done it before. I thank her.

“You know how you could make it up to me?”

I swallow and ask.

“I need some magic done.”

I focus on putting my clothes in the basket. “I think there’s a magic atelier in Parkview. You can take the 66 Bus.”

“No, I was thinking more... local.”

“It’s a 10 minute bus ride.”

“Lilac. Did you think I didn’t know?”

Well yeah, you never mentioned it and you can’t keep your trap shut, so yeah. “I don’t do magic. I can give you a painting though. Maybe put it up in your bedroom.” I pick up my basket, and unfortunately Matilda is blocking the exit.

“Lilac Catlily.”

“I’m Lilac Parker. Remember?”

She waves her hand. “Yes. Awful convenient to take your father’s name.”

That’s.... how it works. I chuckle “The Patriarchy at work I suppose,” I turn to go around her, but she widens her stance.

“Do some magic for me, Lilac Catlily-Parker.”

This isn’t gonna end, is it? “What do I get out of it?”

“I’ll pay three months of your rent and student loan payments.”

“All right, I’m in, what spell do you want?” I can certainly resurrect her Venus Fly Trap or whatever she wants.
She starts dragging me back towards her apartment. “A love potion.”

Besides being surprised someone as heartless as her could know love, I grimace from years of Catlily Atelier’s training weighs me down. Never accept love potion requests. “That’s an awfully difficult request.”

“I know it’s not, I looked up the recipe on All-Spells.”

That explains the bad haircut. She must have tried a couple times on her own. “Ethically I mean.” Making someone fall in love with you, aside from being ethically unsound, is also unsound practically, but I neglect to mention that part.

“We used to be lovers.”

“Look, if he broke—”

“She did not. She’s got dementia.”

In spite of myself, I’m intrigued. I stop in place. “You’re not going to ask me to cure her illness?”

“Do you think I didn’t ask around? No one can do that.”

“So you want to... remind her that she loves you?”

“In short, yes.” Granny Matilda opens the door. “I’ve got what you need in here.”

She immediately hands me a box next to her door. “Hair from both of us, her favorite scent, a photo of the two of us, Yarrow, Lavender, and Daisies harvested with moonlight.”

No wonder the community garden has looked worse for wear lately.

“All right, I’ll do this. But: you have to give it to her when I say, and... you have to hang up one of my paintings, and tell anyone who asks that it’s from me.”

Matilda sighs. “Fine. Just get on with it.”

I scurry back to my room.

Normally, you would brew all of it under moonlight, but aside from the fact I have no good moonlight-basking windows, I have a better idea. I stare at the photo so I can keep in mind both parties, and begin the process.

As the first batch steeps, I produce the next.

One of the practical concerns about Love Potions is they don’t work for long. Roughly a month per dose. I can certainly brew her three months’ worth, but I also had another idea.

I take a fan-brush, dip it in the first completed batch and start applying it to one of my landscapes.

Certainly my landscape, by virtue of being painted by me, has power, but I may be a romantic that also believes a photo of the two of them, together, with a bit of something special to enhance it, will also help. The photo is delicate, so I don’t apply as much, but I suspect I won’t need to.

After I send Matilda the potions to share, the landscape, and the photo, I hear nothing back. But usually no news is good news.

And then, next time I’m doing laundry, I see on the bulletin board, someone has scribbled out my ad and placed a new one right below it:
Local Painting Witch (Apartment 203): Lilac Catlily-Parker- Magical charms inside subpar paintings!!! A+++++ WOULD REQUEST AGAIN

My paintings are not subpar! Yet, despite that, I can’t find it in myself to be mad at her. She hasn’t been on my case about laundry at all since.

So... Google is showing off "Imagen" which is text-to-ML-image stuff. Oddly they haven't tested it with "A world without google" or "A world without capitalism".

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figured id throw another post out here for this... looking for a full-time remote position. i have a decade+ worth of experience in service desk/workstation management but im not even that picky and am open to jumping fields. im a quick learner with a lot of soft skills as well. if your workplace is queer-friendly and you're in need of some help, feel free to dm me :-) thank you!

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Die EU-Kommission hat mit der #Chatkontrolle jegliches Maß verloren. In einem gemeinsamen Eil-Appell an die Bundesregierung fordern wir sie jetzt dazu auf die Pläne zur Totalüberwachung jeglicher Kommunikation zu stoppen!
Dafür brauchen wir eure Mithilfe:
digitalcourage.de/blog/2022/ch

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There's soon to be a post to of the stream where I composed and recorded my entry. It'll have a weird rendering on mastodon, but I don't know that I can do anything about that with peertube. (Once it has finished transcoding it'll post)

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Enbies who speak German: what are your favorite pronouns? What are yours? What are the common ones?

Boosts welcome

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