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I have a new Supernatural fic out today as part of the annual SPN Reverse Bang! 

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If you are taking part in a fandom challenge, like a big bang or a reverse bang...

Remember to keep your partner up-to-date. An email or DM here or there can do a lot to stop your challenge partner from getting worried.

For more bang etiquette tips...

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First story out for this year's Team Free Will Big Bang! (And it's mine with art by the amazing Amberdreams.)

Title: All Bark and No Bite
Story: hit_the_books
Art: Amberdreams
Rating: General Audiences
Pairings: None - Gen

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I finally updated Out of the Black and posted chapter 9! (Last posted a new chapter 12 August 2018...)

You can start from the beginning here:

Or jump to chapter 9 here:


"Our analysis of more than two hundred samples of pay data provided by DoorDash workers across the country finds that DoorDash pays the average worker an astonishingly low $1.45/hour, after accounting for the costs of mileage and additional payroll taxes borne by independent contractors. Nearly a third of jobs actually pay less than $0 after accounting for these basic expenses."

This is f***ed up...

Your online activity is now effectively a social ‘credit score’ | Engadget

UK politics and Grenfell 

Don't worry, I'll get use to it. It'll just take a while.

Being on the spectrum and rationally understanding that the new book shelf your significant other has put up beside the bed for all the books you've had on the floor for ages is a good thing... But it's a change and so it makes you nervous and uncomfortable.

Hello!! I'm opening comms for 100x100 pixel icons for $15

Sharing is much appreciated ❤️ Additional details to follow

#commissionsopen #commissions #mastoart #creativetoots #kritaartists

@lj_writes Pocket question (as I have noticed you use it), can you share stuff from Pocket so that the link is to your Pocket save rather than the original site it came from?

Had to save the article in Pocket to get past this.

I wanted to look at a story over on The Mary Sue, but their attempts at GDPR compliance with this cookie s**t is scary. How many fecking cookies is this site trying to run? Also, there shouldn't there be some degree of opt out here? I can't actually look at anything at all without accepting all of these. That's crazy.

Author sign ups for the SPN Dystopia Bang are now closed, but we're still... on the hunt for artists!*

You can find more info about the bang over on our Dreamwidth:

*It's fandom, of course I had to make this pun.

Reasons you should avoid an SUV purchase, even if it's a Tesla.

1. They have front blind spots that make it hard to see short people, including children.

2. Their weight means they're more likely to kill pedestrians and cyclists.

3. They block the view of other vehicles.

4. Their weight means they're harder on roads and infrastructure.

5. Their weight means conventional SUVs use more fuel and contribute to climate change.

6. They're more likely to rolling over in a crash.

"When one has been angry for a very long time, one gets used to it. And it becomes comfortable, like... like old leather. And finally, it becomes so familiar that one can't ever remember feeling any other way."
– Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Perk of job:

Trying out the coffee we're going to send to a bunch of our clients this month as a gift.

Meet Fred, aka #PixelFred our mascot. He's been around since June 2018 but many people don't know about him.

designed by @hellcp

DJ Qualls, an amazing actor, came out as gay in the past day.

I'm sorry he felt that he couldn't say so for so long, but I'm also so happy for him for finally speaking his truth out loud 🏳️‍🌈

are there any guides out there on how to create terms and codes of conducts for your instance? I'm not expecting like, a billion people on my little peertube project but still.

So I was recently asked why I prefer to use free and open source software over more conventional and popular proprietary software and services.

A few years ago I was an avid Google user. I was deeply embedded in the Google ecosystem and used their products everywhere. I used Gmail for email, Google Calendar and Contacts for PIM, YouTube for entertainment, Google Newsstand for news, Android for mobile, and Chrome as my web browser.

I would upload all of my family photos to Google Photos and all of my personal documents to Google Drive (which were all in Google Docs format). I used Google Domains to register my domain names for websites where I would keep track of my users using Google Analytics and monetize them using Google AdSense.

I used Google Hangouts (one of Google’s previous messaging plays) to communicate with friends and family and Google Wallet (with debit card) to buy things online and in-store.

My home is covered with Google Homes (1 in my office, 1 in my bedroom, 1 in the main living area) which I would use to play music on my Google Play Music subscription and podcasts from Google Podcasts.

I have easily invested thousands of dollars into my Google account to buy movies, TV shows, apps, and Google hardware devices. This was truly the Google life.

Then one day, I received an email from Google that changed everything.

“Your account has been suspended”

Just the thing you want to wake up to in the morning. An email from Google saying that your account has been suspended due to a perceived Terms of Use violation. No prior warning. No appeals process. No number to call. Trying to sign in to your Google account yields an error and all of your connected devices are signed out. All of your Google data, your photos, emails, contacts, calendars, purchased movies and TV shows. All gone.

I nearly had a heart attack, until I saw that the Google account that had been suspended was in fact not my main personal Google account, but a throwaway Gmail account that I created years prior for a project. I hadn’t touched the other account since creation and forgot it existed. Apparently my personal Gmail was listed as the recovery address for the throwaway account and that’s why I received the termination email.

Although I was able to breathe a sigh of relief this time, the email was wake up call. I was forced to critically reevaluate my dependence on a single company for all the tech products and services in my life.

I found myself to be a frog in a heating pot of water and I made the decision that I was going to jump out.

Leaving Google

Today there are plenty of lists on the internet providing alternatives to Google services such as this and this. Although the “DeGoogle” movement was still in its infancy when I was making the move.

The first Google service I decided to drop was Gmail, the heart of my online identity. I migrated to Fastmail with my own domain in case I needed to move again (hint: glad I did, now I self host my email). Fastmail also provided calendar and contacts solutions so that took care of leaving Google Calendar and Contacts.

Here are some other alternatives that I moved to:

Gmail → Fastmail → Self-hosted (via Cloudron)
Google Contacts → FastmailNextcloud Contacts
Google Calendar → FastmailNextcloud Calendar
Google Search → BingDuckDuckGo
Google Maps → Bing MapsOpenStreetMaps and OsmAnd
Google Analytics → Matomo Analytics
Google Drive → Nextcloud Files
Google Photos → Nextcloud Files/Gallery
Google Docs → Collabora Office (Nextcloud integration) and LibreOffice
Google Play Music → Spotify / PlexSpotify / Jellyfin
Google Play Movies/TV → PlexJellyfin
Google Play Audiobooks/Books → Audible/Kindle
Google Play Store (apps) → F-Droid / Aurora Store
Google Android → Lineage OSUbuntu Touch on PinePhone (coming soon?)
Google’s Android Apps → Simple Mobile Tools
Google Chrome → Mozilla Firefox
Google Domains → Hover
Google Hangouts → Matrix and Nextcloud Talk
Google Allo → Signal
Google Podcasts → PocketCastsAntennaPod
Google Newsstand → RSS
Google Wallet → PayPal and Cash App
Google Voice →Ting Mobile

Migrating away from Google was not a fast or easy process. It took years to get where I am now and there are still several Google services that I depend on: YouTube and Google Home.

Eventually, my Google Home’s will grow old and become unsupported at which point hopefully the Mycroft devices have matured and become available for purchase. YouTube may never be replaced (although I do hope for projects like PeerTube to succeed) but I find the compromise of using only one or two Google services to be acceptable.

At this point losing my Google account due to a mistake in their machine learning would largely be inconsequential and my focus has shifted to leaving Amazon which I use for most of my shopping and cloud services.

The reason that I moved to mostly FOSS applications is that it seems to be the only software ecosystem where everything works seamlessly together and I don’t have to cede control to any single company. Alternatively I could have simply split my service usage up evenly across Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple but I don’t feel that they would have worked as nicely together.

Overall I’m very happy with the open source ecosystem. I use Ubuntu with KDE on all of my computers and Android (no GApps) on my mobile phone. I’ve ordered the PinePhone “Brave Heart” and hope to one day be able to use it or one of its successors as a daily driver with Ubuntu Touch or Plasma Mobile.

I don’t want to give the impression that I exclusively use open source software either, I do use a number of proprietary apps including: Sublime Text, Typora, and Cloudron.

Sign ups for the 's Team Free Will Big Bang open February 1st.

For more info, you can check out this post

However, while I'm trying to get stuff sorted, it's becoming apparent to me that the refurb laptop I picked up last year really isn't going to cut it for the whole of 2020. So I'm gonna have to start looking for something else.

Pretty much almost normal now, except for a shrunk stomach.

So, just getting some bang moderation stuff done this weekend.

Like sorting out the Team Free Will Big Bang (I run two bangs, this one and SPN Dystopia Bang).

And hopefully some writing once I'm done being a mod.

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