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Allen Varney
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Writer and game designer based for many years in Austin, Texas; currently in Ithaca, New York. I operate the Bundle of Holding.
Writer and game designer based for many years in Austin, Texas; currently in Ithaca, New York. I operate the Bundle of Holding.

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A ten-megabyte hard disk from the 1960s.
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As Americans brace for fractious and ugly family confrontations this Thursday, they may ruefully wish for Thanksgiving to be supplanted entirely by a less stressful alternative. "Friendsgiving seems to have evolved in recent years from a sort of ad hoc Thanksgiving replacement (implemented when people found themselves far away from family on the holiday but near friends) to a common in-addition-to-Thanksgiving event, one that's exclusively for friends. [...] Nonrelatives have become more likely to take on family-like roles in people's lives. Given what we know about the Millennial generation's habit of delaying marriage and parenthood into later stages of life compared with prior generations, it makes sense that, especially for those who remain unmarried and/or childless well into their adult years, the most important people in their lives might be friends." (Atlantic):

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/11/millennials-friendsgiving-history/575941/
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Diving bell accident beneath the Byford Dolphin oil rig, 5 November 1983: "Medical investigations were carried out on the four divers' remains. The most conspicuous finding of the autopsy was large amounts of fat in large arteries and veins and in the cardiac chambers, as well as intravascular fat in organs, especially the liver. This fat was unlikely to be embolic, but must have precipitated from the blood in situ. It is suggested the rapid bubble formation in the blood denatured the lipoprotein complexes, rendering the lipids insoluble. Death of the three divers left intact inside the chambers would have been extremely rapid as circulation was immediately and completely stopped. The fourth diver was dismembered and mutilated by the blast forcing him out through the partially blocked doorway and would have died instantly.

"Coward, Lucas, and Bergersen were exposed to the effects of explosive decompression and died in the positions indicated by the diagram. Subsequent investigation by forensic pathologists determined that Hellevik, being exposed to the highest pressure gradient and in the process of moving to secure the inner door, was forced through the 60-centimetres (24in) diameter opening created by the jammed interior trunk door by escaping air and violently dismembered, including bisection of his thoracoabdominal cavity, which further resulted in expulsion of all the internal organs of his chest and abdomen, except the trachea and a section of small intestine, and of the thoracic spine. These were projected some distance, one section later being found 10 metres (30 ft) vertically above the exterior pressure door." (Wiki):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byford_Dolphin
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"Fallout 76 is a lazy, shameless asset flip of Fallout 4 that is trying to capitalize on the popularity of the franchise and make as much money with as little effort as possible. This is a $60 AAA Early Access game." (TerakJK):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZM18ZK9mOY&feature=youtu.be
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An 1861 Japanese book about American history depicts a bunch of truly kickass Founding Fathers. Shown here: John Adams slaying a giant American snake. Later in the book, another giant snake eats Adams's mother. The mountain fairy summons a giant eagle, which joins Adams to get revenge on the snake. This is the nation I want to live in. (SoraNews24):

https://soranews24.com/2018/11/16/edo-period-japanese-book-depicts-u-s-history-in-hilariously-awesome-illustrations/
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No! Bad Pikachu! No!
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"A Polish airline has apologized after passengers waiting to take a delayed flight were asked by staff to cough up extra cash in order to help settle a repair bill so their airplane could finally take off.

"The unusual extra charge occurred on Poland's flagship carrier, LOT Polish Airlines, before a scheduled return flight to Warsaw from Beijing on November 12. Issues with the Boeing Dreamliner arose in the Chinese capital during the after-flight checkup, when it was noticed that the aircraft's hydraulic pump had broken down.

"Already grounded for 10 hours, passengers were then solicited by a member of the airline staff to help raise cash in order to pay the Boeing repairman, who demanded cash to settle the bill before carrying out the repair." (RT):

https://www.rt.com/news/444197-passengers-help-pay-airline-repairs/
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