"Governor declares State of Emergency, authorizes 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta"

"“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead,” Kemp said Monday. “This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city. I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first. This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the tough talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”


His official statement makes it sound like a good thing. I can't help but feel like what's actually happening is he finally got an excuse most people would accept for sending more armed people into black neighborhoods in order to murder them.

I want to know what the orders of these troops are and what specific actions are being taken to ensure that this isn't just a state-sponsored lynch-patrol.

It feels really good getting to work on Comp/Con. Over the weekend I went down the bug list. One of them was actually my fault. I missed integrated mounts when adding emoji to the statblock generator. Today all of my pull requests for that work were accepted.

It's amazing how many little things slip through even in a project like this. On the other side it means the fan base is engaged and really using it. I know I am.


I enjoyed my short time outside today. Then the allergens came...

My copy of Super Mario 64 still has valid save files...

In case you were wondering you cannot pick up an N64 after nearly two decades later and immediately execute running strats.

Hamilton got me. The last movie that did that was Requiem for a Dream. Simply amazing.

Watching the wave of WeMe invitations going around. I look back over at the federated social network options and think, "Please don't."

In particular I'm reminded of WhatsApp. On the surface it offered the same thing as Signal/Telegram, but structurally it was very different. The end-to-end encryption was guaranteed by somebody else through a promise. In the case of Signal and Telegram, it was guaranteed by an open protocol where you essentially choose your service level. It's effectively impossible for it to be truly taken from you.

When WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook, many believed it wasn't going to change those promises. It was slow in coming, but they did. It's becoming more of a Facebook thing. More of something that monetizes you rather than being a service you pay for.

It's hard to convince people of the merits of these things until their systems are falling apart. Until they're trying to move and watch how they can't move everybody with them.

I have my preferences about where my social network can go, but I have even stronger preferences about what we should be looking for:

Does it offer you the same basic flexibility as email?

In particular:

  • Can you email people that host their email on a different domain from you?
  • Is your data always available to you through an exportable format? (POP3 and IMAP in the case of your email)

Without federation most of these services fail the very first step. They're trying to wall you in with features from the start. One day that garden may be full enough that I'm stuck entering it like I'm stuck with Facebook now. I just want to invite you all to think about it.

I went with working on a little bit of Lancer stuff. I think overall I went through five bugs today. I'm really enjoying being able to take a stab at these smaller problems. The code-base is well organized enough that it's fun to do rather than feeling like a trial every time.

We also finished up our second Lancer session. The Comp/Con app was vital to it. It made it so easy to get everybody set up and through the leveling process.

Apparently today is a holiday. Do I go exploring more social media fediverse implementations today, do I do work, or do I look at a bug I found last night in Comp/Con for Lancer?

The whole house is alight with pre-mission stuff for Lancer

I got the one with the macro keys and I'm having a fun time setting them up. So far my favorite color mode is type lightning where the colors change under the key that I last pressed.

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John Roberts isn't an ally by any stretch of the imagination, but I love his rebuke in this case where Louisiana was basically just wasting everybody's time.

My first job after college was a lot like this. I quit because they shifted my paycheck by one pay period. I couldn't afford to keep going to work. I could look for a new, closer job with a chance at getting paid faster by sticking to the job hunt rather than the job I already had.

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