If you love the Free Libre web-comic Pepper & Carott, know that @davidrevoy has just added hardcover and soft cover comic books in his shop ! (already 426 books sold ans counting !) davidrevoy.com/static9/shop
It's a great way to support an indie Free Libre artist while gift shopping ;).

Happy 30th birthday to The Secret of Monkey Island, the best point-and-click adventure of all time. On this occasion, I recommend a read of Ron Gilbert's "Why Adventure Games Suck", written in 1989 while he was designing the game. Worth a read for anyone who cares about the art & craft of games:

grumpygamer.com/why_adventure_

ICYMI, the story of the GPT-3 bot that posted to r/AskReddit is a fascinating read. The bot posted some hilarious comments, but also some disturbing responses to folks looking for advice on subjects like suicide/depression.

kmeme.com/2020/10/gpt-3-bot-we

I'm overall ambivalent about the Cosmos reboot, but this sequence celebrating the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn was beautifully done:

Without ads: invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=

On YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=SUdZVsP6kg

The Secure the News project by Freedom of the Press Foundation now tracks which news organizations offer @torproject onion services to protect reader privacy and enable censorship circumvention. Check it out:

📈 Leaderboard: securethe.news

📝 Blog: freedom.press/news/onions-side

🐿️ Code: github.com/freedomofpress/secu

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This is such a typical story for Google:

- "You can now buy music from Google Play Music!"
- (User buys music)
- "We're retiring Google Play Music. Please migrate to YouTube Music or you'll lose access."
- (User migrates to YouTube Music)
- (User plays music via new app)
- Ad starts blaring through speakers
- "For an ad-free experience and background playback, please buy a YouTube subscription now!"

I only bought a few albums there. Thankfully they'll at least let you download them.

TIL that there's a Tuomas Holopainen (of Nightwish fame) album inspired by Don Rosa's fantastic Scrooge McDuck art:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_In

I'm listening to it now. It's a great, symphonic album that perhaps takes itself just a wee bit too seriously. :) The whole thing makes sense if you know that Don Rosa and Scrooge McDuck have a huge following in Finland...

Really impressed by the breadth of games being developed with the open source @godotengine. "Dirty Land" looks gorgeous (not sure where they'll go with the topic, but it reminds me of Papers Please):

kickstarter.com/projects/natur

Latest review: Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell.

I found this one to be a real page-turner -- the word "cozy" comes to mind when I get my hands on a new DM --, but not everyone will take pleasure in Mitchell's sometimes cartoonish depiction of late 1960s counterculture & music biz. Full review:

lib.reviews/review/65f5d5e1-e4

Every now and then David Mitchell reminds me why he's one of my favorite writers with a beautifully evocative passage like this one:

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In memory and in dream, he'd revisit this lacuna in time and in space.The place was a part of him now. Every lifetime, every spin of the wheel, holds a few such lacunae. A jetty by an estuary, a single bed under a skylight, a bandstand in a twilit park, a hidden church in a hidden square. The candles at the altar did not burn out.
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(Utopia Avenue, p. 330)

You should follow Distributed Denial of Secrets on here. They've been draconianly suspended from Twitter for publishing BlueLeaks, an 270gb archive of leaked police documents @ddosecrets

Here's an example story that was only possible due to :

theintercept.com/2020/07/15/ge

> Leaked Documents Show Police Knew Far-Right Extremists Were the Real Threat at Protests, Not “Antifa”

> An analysis of leaked law enforcement documents reveals an obsession with “antifa” despite evidence of threats of violence to police and protesters.

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If you try to tweet a link to ddosecrets.com/, this is the error message you'll get. Their Twitter account is suspended. What did they do that's so objectionable? They published 269GB of law enforcement data, known as -- the foundation of hugely important investigative reporting on police in the United States.

DDoSecrets does have an official Mastodon account now: @ddosecrets

The authenticity of the account is confirmed here:
twitter.com/bbhorne/status/129

CC: @FediFollows

I've been recommending short scifi/fantasy stories on MetaFilter regularly for a few weeks: metafilter.com/activity/98835/

Whoever came up with adding a "Currently Reading" field to their Mastodon profile, great idea! Added to mine ...

programming, python 

Review from the weekend: "Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom" by Stephen Platt (2012), about the Taiping Rebellion, by far the deadliest war in the 19th century.

Recommended. Like Platt's "Imperial Twilight" about the First Opium War, the book is a very engaging history and a great starting point for further learning & exploration. Full review:

lib.reviews/review/5a82cf25-85

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