Ok. For some reason, we're back to getting ads for small/local businesses that are based out of the greater Chicago area again, despite the fact that we're in the greater DC area.

At least they're not political ads, though.

Remember when McGruff the Crime Dog was used in PSAs about actual crimes? Now he's whining about knockoff video game controllers.

Interesting move. Given the movement in the real-time social feed landscape, the guy who co-created FriendFeed is on the loose again.

Bret Taylor steps down as co-CEO of Salesforce, Marc Benioff stays on as CEO

#BretTaylor #Salesforce #FriendFeed #RealTimeSocialMedia

cnbc.com/2022/11/30/bret-taylo

LOLitics 

Everyone, please just get your Bivalent Booster. Let's try not to sicken or kill each other unnecessarily this holiday season.

RT @LOLGOP@twitter.com

I'm over the "pandemic of the unvaccinated and undervaccinated" stuff but ONLY 11% HAVE RECEIVED THE BIVALENT BOOSTER.

Boosters will save more American lives than our military ever could. You shouldn't be able to turn on anything with out a reminder to get that bivalent booster. twitter.com/JReinerMD/status/1

FWIW, they did offer to repair it themselves, but also said "a lot of times, customers aren't happy with our work, so it might be better just to pay for it", so, that tells you everything you need to know about that

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Got in touch with the contractor this morning. They're going to pay to repair the sidewalk. Now I have to find a contractor that's willing to do such a small job, and then let the original contractor know how much they say it's gonna cost, so I can get a check.

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I learned when I lived in Canada, when bus workers went on strike over Black Friday, that the only time corporate barons share the wealth is when they will lose even more money if they don't compromise. Was it disruptive? You bet. Did it impact alot of people? You bet. Did the bus workers get the bathroom breaks they asked for? You bet. We often blame "the strikers" for the disruption. What kind of company refuses to give you bathroom breaks? Sick pay? The barons are to blame. Not the workers.

Today's the day!

Join web folks around the world in celebrating Blue Beanie Day, an international celebration of web standards, the open web, and accessibility.

#WebStandards #BlueBeanieDay #accessibility

Awesome. The contractors hired by our internet provider came today to bury our fiber-optic line, and, in the process, they've shattered a section of our sidewalk, and knocked out our internet service.

Just resumed my subscription to Paramount Plus, as they were offering 50% off to new & returning subscribers today. We'd been wanting to renew at some point, and this seemed like a great time to do so.

Decided to make 2 small pots of so tonight. Made a pot of turkey rice and a pot of turkey noodle. We usually don't have any leftovers when I make 1 pot this size, so I made 2 different kinds to ensure leftover soup tomorrow.

Now that the dust is settling, here's an #introduction. I'm a filmmaker, actor, and EM-Twitter rejecter.

I love the gentler, non-algorithmic nature of this community, and in keeping with that, I won't use this account for self-promo. You can find my projects on other platforms (which I seldom use) or my own site, all here: linktr.ee/alxwinter.

The #fediverse is an opportunity to build a community as robust as Twitter without the histrionics and clickbait toxicity. Let's do that!

OK, so this is interesting. Some major organizations have now set up their own Mastodon instances:

European Union: EU Voice >>> social.network.europa.eu/explo
German gov: Explore social.bund.de >>> social.bund.de/explore
Internet Archive: Explore Internet Archive >>> mastodon.archive.org/explore

#twittermigration #mastodon #fediverse #governmentInstance
@mastodonmigration

Thanksgiving leftovers 

I'm pretty sure I overate tonight worse than I did on Thursday. I am very stuffed.

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FYI, in case you actually are interested, we're in Berkeley County, WV. If you're anywhere near there, we'd love you to consider homing this cat.

We wouldn't mind keeping it, but our primary outdoor cat seems to be very put out by its presence.

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We have acquired an extra outdoor cat, and are looking for someone to take it off our hands. It's very friendly (almost aggressively so), and needs someone to love it and care for it.

It's a very pretty tuxedo cat. With as affectionate as it is, we assume it must have been someone's pet at some point, but they must have abandoned it a while ago.

If you're interested, let us know. We've contacted a few rescues, but they're all over capacity (or they've shuttered).

Random memory: When I was growing up, we didn't own Jenga, we had another version called "Pagoda" that came in a white bag with red lettering on it. I assume it was a knockoff, but I've never been sure (and I've been wrong about this sort of thing before, such as when I thought the Hydrox cookies we ate as kids were Oreo ripoffs, but it was actually the other way around).

We heard all kinds of meowing when we woke up this morning, and it took us a while to figure out where it was coming from. One of our outdoor cats snuck into our crawlspace yesterday when we weren't paying attention, and got herself closed in there overnight. She was very happy when I opened the door to let her out this morning.

I set up a routine on our Echo device the other day to listen for an appliance beep & notify me that the "washer or dryer is done". It seems to hear when we lock/unlock our car doors, & it hears the microwave through the wall, but it ignores the washer & dryer (I guess because they play a jingle instead of beeping).

So, that's kind of useless.

Thanksgiving leftovers 

Since I was the only one that ate Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner last night, we had them again tonight. I had some dressing and mashed potatoes with turkey and gravy on top, a little bit of sauerkraut, and a sandwich of turkey & mayo on white toast.

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