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For anyone that feels they might need this, or knows somebody that needs support, the NHS run The National Centre for Gaming Disorders:
cnwl.nhs.uk/national-centre-ga

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UK Metoffice Red/Amber Weather warning, early next week. 

metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warni

Expect it to be more than just "a nice bit of summer weather" and check the NHS heatwave advice nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-heal

And if you don't have oral rehydration solution in stock know the recipe for home making it rehydrate.org/solutions/homema

Also if you're going to think you want a fan (hand held/desktop) or ice lollies stock up now basically and take care of yourselves this could be a grim couple of days.

MastoAdmins, request for a survey from oldnewsstreet.com 

Email from Ashley Hull of oldnewstreet.com "Mastodon State of the Fediverse (July 2022) Survey

I've sent this survey to a decent sample size of other instance administrators
to try and get some decent data to present to the Mastodon developers on our
behalf. (I am not part of the Mastodon Core Team)"

No mention of their instance, that domain isn't serving web. Anyone know who's running this and why? Just feels iffy you know

Those of you who have migraines:

Have you found that when you have a migraine coming on, there's a magic moment in the pre-migraine window and if you do [activity] in that moment you can mostly fend off the migraine?

(If so, what is your activity?)

#poll #migraines

It's been about 2 years but I am finally returning to Celeste mountain to try and get enough crystal hearts to unlock chapter 8 and 9. I played quite a bit in 2019 and then through the early parts of the pandemic as well.

I'd forgotten how simultaneously endearing and frustrating Celeste can be as a game.

It's time to just breath as this morning I hit 3774 deaths on the mountain (which I know, is rookie numbers but still).

I'm going to move soon, and I might have a few days or more where I'm on my own and have limited internet access.

I'm thinking about downloading a bunch of podcasts while I a still have the wifi from my old home. Do you have any good #podcast recommendations?

I like #queer / #LGBTQIA, #pagan / #heathen, #science (for the interested non-scientist) content. I understand German and English fluently.

What are your favorite #podcast gems that I might not have discovered yet?

doctorow.medium.com/about-thos

This is important. Very, *very* important.

Like, "human extinction"-level important.

> John Deere’s decision to build ag-tech that can be remotely controlled [and] disabled, along with its [total monopoly], means that anyone who compromises its system puts the world’s food-supply at risk.

> John Deere has extraordinarily terrible information security.

This is great. So, so great.

Every evening the cat came, and every evening the poor artist would sketch or paint feverishly in the dimming light.

The cat would be still as a statue, until the artist was done - image completed or not. The incomplete images were always somehow completed by dawn.

The artist eventually sold the collection, then purchased a rare dried fish, feeding it to the cat and breaking the curse.

She cried, relieved to have her wife back.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Caturday #Fantasy

Death looked at the chess board, and his fallen king.
"Ah. I should have guarded that better."
The cat shifted its paw slightly, and slowly, without breaking eye contact, pushed the piece over the edge.
"I will see you another time."
The cat yawned, flicked its tail, and left.
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

The (in my circles at least famously) non-binary creator of the recent She-Ra reboot is going by Nate now, and here's a comic where he talks about this: imfineimfine.com/p/nate

The "and this is... uh" "uh" part reminds me real hard of my own name feelings around 2014-2015.

Side note to the thread from @mrvi on QTEs (loci.onl/@mrvi/108550415188638) I want to express my annoyance with not making controller vibration amount configurable or optional - replacing them with visual/audio cue. I have literally had to get refunds on games before because of this.

I have one controller I've modded to disconnect the rumblers from, but if vibe signals timing and there's no alt cue I can't play the game. Too much violent rumble makes my hands hurt and go numb (thanks )

RT @stonewalluk@twitter.com

Turkish police have detained dozens of LGBTQ+ people who gathered with flags on Sunday after local authorities banned Istanbul's annual Pride march from going ahead this year.

"Discrimination is a crime, the rainbow is not," one group chanted.🏳️‍🌈✊🏳️‍⚧️

reuters.com/world/middle-east/

🐦🔗: twitter.com/stonewalluk/status

This isn't just AAA games. It's prevalent in really cool indy titles I want to love and support. But honestly, it feels like any time I realise a title has a minigame which is essential to gameplay, there's a large chance it'll be QTE and I start dreading minigames as a whole tbh. Indie devs - you're doing yourselves out of cash and a passionate community of potential fans.

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Dear game developers: making Quick Time Events optional is a issue. I have lost count of how many games are unplayable to me and other folks with motor issues due to them being sodding mandatory and unskippable. Are aware of how much it gates things off for a large population?

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Genius Loci of Hanging Town

Mastodon is a federated microblogging network, so with an account on any instance you can communicate with people on other instances. This one is for friendly people part of, or associated with, the geeky/roleplayer social group of Hanging Town (Lancaster) in the UK.