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By LoppEar (Mon Sep 10, 2018 at 10:58:29 AM EST) (all tags)
is just like any other day, pretty good, but THIS monday is different because I'm writing my annual husi entry, pretty great.

Hi friends.

I appreciate you all, you regulars and distant barely-remembered real people who I've still seen and interacted with this decade as much as many of my family and schoolmates. Well, two decades. It's been a while, to be clear.

Politics and climate and hate barreling towards us stronger than ever and yet seem frozen in a scream, never quite to break over our heads or we're deep underwater already beyond reach. Twenty months ago I spent a lot of time calling random friends to try to make sense of things, I recall it felt good, to be lost together.

The immigration story is the hardest for me to confront these days, just pain and fear sliding deep past my cynical defenses.

The child has started to say No, to be frustrated with our lack of shared language, to be meeting us halfway on that one but not on vegetables. She has started daycare after an enjoyable 16 months of spending her days with her parents, who needed just a little more time to work to support a lifestyle we think she'll want. After a month, she is finally excited to jump in with the other kids and say goodbye to me this morning at the door.

We traveled this summer, as we intend to do most summers, because after last summer in the Georgia sun we swore never to do that again. August is bad enough. The trip was too far but not too long, good vistas and visits with friends. If you want in on a future visit, reach out, I've missed reconnecting with folks scattered days drives away. You can also drive to us, we'll put you up in our style. We visited 18 states and 3 provinces and it was quiet most of the time. Camping with a one year old involved a lot fewer campfires and stars, so often asleep before the sunset.

I am still optimistic about some role for federated social media in the future of my web of communication, but some drama and questions of moderation and harassment and what does community mean when I could just toot into the boundless void on my own instance has me pulled back a bit again - corporate anti-social media is a violent deadend but I'm still pulled in at times, mistaking outrage for staying informed. And only able to read so many books for distraction before needing that hit of unedited unrated nonsense in an endless glowing stream.

Love yall.

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Hey there! by clock (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Sep 10, 2018 at 11:10:06 AM EST
Good to see you! Or read you? I like seeing you around on that federated thing. I've found that it fits the bill when it comes to seeing weird shit but without the noise. And that ability to mute/block things? Handy. Really handy.

Glad to hear the little critter is doing well. And I'm jealous of your travels. I hope you enjoyed this round and dig the next! We should catch up in person again sometime.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

It is nice by LoppEar (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Sep 10, 2018 at 11:51:04 AM EST
Some of that has to be the new-space feel, the not-yet-colonized-by-every-dick marginal space, but some of it is an intentional tone of non-advertising, smaller communities with content standards and the tools to enforce, as here. Still like here, and the slower longer feel of blogs. Old man.

We should, and will. Big camping family party down here in April if that were to happen to fit your life.

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That does sound fun! by clock (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Sep 10, 2018 at 12:40:07 PM EST
With the kids in school now, it gets complicated fast. But ya know what? I don't rule things out these days.

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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Which one are you again? by debacle (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Sep 10, 2018 at 02:54:11 PM EST
I think I'm going to wind up being right about the Trump presidency: Regardless of what happens at the end, we are inoculating an entire generation of people from bullshit. It's been really fantastic in that regard, and the memes have been great.


I'm the one who planned to leave by LoppEar (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Sep 10, 2018 at 03:55:07 PM EST
The U.S.A. if GWB were reƫlected in aught four.

I think you're right about the bs out in front, though I'm unclear if inoculation in this case means higher tolerance or lower effectiveness, or if we get to choose.

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he's by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 02:13:26 PM EST
mr goat.

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It's good to see you. by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Sep 15, 2018 at 03:48:12 AM EST

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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