@cmdln seems like it went a whole lot better without me there so you're welcome

@cmdln beyond’s sausages are really, really great. As is that beer. Good looking meal!

@krumbukt every time I look at it I go back and forth on if I like the design. Im sure there's gonna be an all black version that will look fine, but console companies always like to use the bold white or color variants to "show off the design" better even though we just want a black box that doesn't stand out

Query esp for badly off/marginalised writers:

We're a volunteer/hobbyist group and don't have resources to pay for articles, but we're looking into fundraising to give creators who need it a pot to draw from when writing for us. We're not yet sure if it's possible & what shape this might take.

So if you can only write (whether or not you'd ever write for us) if reimbursed, what sort of payment levels would make that possible for 1000-2000wd pieces? Private responses welcome.

Please boost!

@resynth1943 game engine: godotengine.org

Unity-like competitor but imo easier to approach, and free/open source

Complete game engine and dev environment with first class 2d support in addition to full 3d env, simple scripting language, understandable “scene” concept and a strong observable-like structure all in a single 20mb standalone executable my goodness <3

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Godot engine actually has me all excited

@cmdln it's much more elegant now than it used to be. The previous solution was to press a button that auto-DMed your followers asking to follow your new account!

JK Rowling 

If you've always loved a story's world
but the writer's a bit abhorrent
the way to sort these feelings out
is pinching their stuff with bittorrent

So this is just the week of publications falling apart huh

Lazy fediverse question: Is anyone aware of voice or video chat that has or uses any kind of environmental audio? Thinking of large virtual gatherings at $day_job and how they collapse after a certain size. Something that literally lets people move towards/away from topics of interest/disinterest could be super useful.

@cmdln There’s some programs that do spatial audio but its a bit gimmicky, or would require like an entire VR setup to get it “right”. A permanent audio chat server, something like Mumble or Teamspeak or Discord - with rooms for topics that you can pop in and out of - works very well.

Mumble has a special place in my heart, and its OSS, but there’s plenty of options in that space.

@cmdln Self instancing is good once you have the ground under your feet imo. I did it for a bit then went back to a shared instance, mostly because its nice to have a built in community.

It’s also nice to be able to control federation when you self host. As open or closed as you prefer. The fine folks running mas.to align pretty well with my preferences though so I’m chillin.

Welcome to the fediverse!

I know this doesn’t help _much_ right now but just a quick shout out that it takes very little to just tell someone you appreciate them, their work, their values, their thoughts, their company, or just their presence in your life.

Say it to your friends, coworkers, family, anyone. Compliment people. It’s a superpower that can change someone’s day, week or hell, year.

Hell, here I am STILL thinking about a single compliment someone gave me in 2011. It goes a long way.

I’m sorry your department store got burnt down. Now you’ll have to shop at a _different_ international corporate megamart while cops continue to perform state sponsored murder unchecked.

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