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March 16, 2018



The usual barmy art crap.


An old guy whose wife subscribed to the magazine in which The Lottery first appeared said the magazine said they got a lot of letters from people who thought the story was fact and wanted to know where the Lottery was held so they could go watch.

(He found The Lottery blackly humorous, getting himself in no end of trouble with Mrs. Oldguy. 😄)

Daniel Ream

Meanwhile in Canadian Lit

Oh, CanLit has been a dumpster fire for a lot longer than this.

John D

We must “learn to live in proximity to difference,” said she.

They were doing that in Rotherham and Telford.

Spiny Norman

Meanwhile in Canadian Lit

Margaret Atwood's horde of acolytes calling for her head on a spike. Hmm. She helped create the RadFemLit cult, now it wants to devour her...

[ searches for sympathy ]

[ file not found ]

Sam Duncan

“My advice remains the same.”

Yep. Years of dealing with the unmoderated Wild West of Usenet beat that lessson into me the hard way.

“If you’re curious, I tried the same thing with Android Authority and Android Central, which managed 3 and 18 blocked ads respectively. Again, with ‘non-intrusive’ ads allowed.”

Ah, Android. The kids' table at the Linux party.

Spiny Norman


Just curious, do you wear suspenders?


cunning (from early in the comments thread)

I'm even more impressed by the cat's willingness to wear anything. Most will object strenuously.

Sam Duncan

“Just curious, do you wear suspenders?”

Eh? Am I missing something here?

Spiny Norman

Am I missing something here?




“Just curious, do you wear suspenders?”

Eh? Am I missing something here?

Sam, while Spiny has gotten confused about Linux vs the standard, in this instance he's also asking how long is your white beard.

Spiny Norman

No, Humorless Hal, I know the difference between Linux and Unix. It was a light-hearted jibe in response to Sam's "kids' table" snark, not his mention of Linux.

Jayzus, some people...

Daniel Ream

I’d just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/LInux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

Sorry, couldn't resist. Nostalgia, you know.

Spiny Norman

Sheesh, this is like the lectures I get from my (computer technician*) brother whenever I ask him a question about my computer.


(*He's the chief hardware AND software "repairman" at the organization he works for. Systems upgrades are loads of fun, because everyone's computer has crap on it that has nothing to do with the job function, but some department manager wanted it...)


The usual barmy art crap.

Is modern art crap? Or is crap modern art? Please do not discuss.


We have been here before. My advice remains the same.

Yeah, you're right; I'd forgotten what Ten was.

It's always so sweet when people finally find one another. Are the two do-gooders at the stage of their relationship when they trust each other with their Ralph Nader first editions? Joy!

Sam Duncan

SN: Ah. Should have guessed. I blame late night posting. :)

I usually try not to be That Guy, actually. What I was really getting at with the kids' table comment was more about the madcap world of the Android “community” than the OS itself, which is... okay. I guess.

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