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Welp, it's official.

+Jean Bees and I no longer own the house in which we live.
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I'm so... ok, I wasn't sure what to say, because at first, I thought it was something bad... but yay then!

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I love that mug! I have two of them!

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I just want to say, once again: I love my book club. Even when we disagree about things, we disagree in really interesting ways.
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My metaphors are perhaps the worst crime against critical discussion in history. :D

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I've been thinking about trying to get some writing done now that my job is starting to settle down into the actual experience of the work, which is a never-ending stream of difficult-to-diagnose moderately-difficult software behaviours that repeatedly drive home the central idea of my Philosophy of Technology: the default state of any technology is 'broken'. 

I feel like I want to talk more about that but I'm not sure what I want to talk about. Write about; whatever.

Though it occurs to me I haven't actually codified my "broken" stance anywhere permanent... Is anyone interested in me ranting about technology, failure, and the shift of technology? 
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Yes please 

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I have taken my Mac laptop to the corner coffee shop to kill some time while the house is being inspected. 

I have a terminal up in the other window, mostly so that when people look over my shoulder I don't look like I'm putzing around on Twitter.

+Jean Bees is, of course, actually working.
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Happy Birthday, +Gretchen Sher!
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Just as a reminder, this upcoming Saturday is the 9th. Which means Nerdy 9th.

What is Nerdy 9th, you ask? (We're pretending you asked. It makes it less awkward when I keep talking.)

The idea behind the Nerdy 9th is that we're setting aside one day of the month for completely unvarnished and unqualified love and enthusiasm for our nerdoms/geekdoms/fandoms. 

From midnight to midnight, your local time, whenever you talk about geeky stuff online (or just on G+) you make a conscious effort to only share the positive stuff. When somebody else talks about stuff they love, you only share positive stuff with them too.

Why do we need a day for this, you ask? (Man, hypothetical reader, you are inquisitive!) 

We need a day for this because, in my opinion, nerd culture is too invested in the things we don't like and in criticism than in the passions and loves that make us nerds in the first place. Critique is valuable! But it shouldn't be the only line of discussion we have. Once in a while (every 30 days, on average), it's good to just let ourselves be fans. 

To love the things we love without reserve and to refrain from raining on anybody's parade when they talk about the things they love.

And that's Nerdy 9th. It's happening this Saturday, May 9th, 2015 and I'd love for all of you to join with me in celebrating our nerdy passions. Show us what you love. We'll do the same. We may even pick up new favorite things from one another!

Feel free to chime in on the 9th or even the 8th or 11th, if you don't post on weekends. The spirit counts more than the day. If you want to share this post and boost the signal, you can. If you'd like to tag your posts on the day with #nerdy9th , you can. 

But the only real rule is this: No hate and no debate for 24 hours.

I hope to see your posts this Nerdy 9th! 
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Post-haircut-and-beard-trim selfie. 

Also, jeebus flakes it's warm here...
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I just realized that I don't have any photos of me with my beard in pigtails; all of the photos pre-trim the beard is hidden by coffee mugs or something similar. But yeah, it was nearly long enough to braid, which is why I got it trimmed up.

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+Jean Bees and I have an interesting division of labour in our household.

I do about 50% of the house work, and Jean does about 50% of the house work, and it's divided based on what needs to be done and who has the energy and inclination to do it, because chores are not gendered

This is successful because Jean and I both recognize each other as full partners and actual human beings.

(Note: this model works for us. It is not to be seen as anything more than a recognition that this is what works for us.)
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Eloquently stated and summarized, especially the reasons it happens, and the reasons it works ;-)

Same in my house. It's been interesting to watch the "ownership" of chores change hands over the years. It usually comes down to who dislikes the chore the least ;-)  In the end, everything gets done.  We've been doing it this way for nearly 20 years, so we're obviously doing something right ;-)

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For +Rowan Cota (among others): a mugshot selfie for a Monday Tuesday morning. 
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Civets style ostrich coffee?

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Huh. 

This should probably also go into my "Default State is Broken" collection. 

But yeah, this does a pretty good job of summing up my position.
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Man, I am glad I'm not the only one who gives this game serious side eye.

I've always felt like saying anything when people suggest playing it would make me that guy.

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Here's a thing.

I am NOT going to spoil Age of Ultron for anyone, because I'm not an asshole. But that being said, there's a bunch of people who feel differently than I do about it, and besides that there are several studies that show that spoilers of various media have no emotional or impactful effect on the enjoyment of said media.(1)

 But screaming "no spoilers" at me, even when I'm not talking about whatever it is, just makes me want to be an asshole. If you absolutely must avoid spoilers to enjoy your media... well, I'm not sure what to tell you, because we live our lives online these days, and online there are assholes who will spoil stuff intentionally (and a bunch of other people who will do it accidentally and without malice). I say this because I love you and want you to be happy, and I think perhaps adjusting your expectations or your interactions may be worthwhile.  

1: http://www.wired.com/2011/08/spoilers-dont-spoil-anything/ is the quickest I could come up with in a quick google; I seem to recall more in-depth stuff but I can't be arsed.
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+Bruce Baugh exactly my thought. It's the difference between the common, and "normal". I like a first watch or reading to let me approach it as something new. 

For example, media can try for a sense of mystery. Like if someone reveals that in a story, this person was behind things. There's an enjoyment for at least some people in trying to put things together as the story progresses and have their own guesses.

On the other hand, assuming that someone is going to spoil something is rude, in that it implies a certain level of not caring in the person who saw it.

In the end, people should just be respectful of others if possible. The thing is, not everyone is going to have the same feelings on what is a spoiler, which makes things extra sticky. In some cases, the person who says "no spoilers please" is making a request to not hear about it. It's like if you really like spiders and someone else doesn't, surprising them with pictures of "cute spiders"... for you, it doesn't matter, but for them it does.

I still think they shouldn't shout it if possible. And that's my early morning migraine rambling.
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