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Saurian is having a backer-organized pledge drive today. I raised my pledge, consider doing that if you can, or backing if you haven't already. The next stretch goal is for VR support at $205K, and $300K unlocking an eventual entirely new biome, with new creatures and two playable species. The multiplayer stretch goal has already been reached.

Pocket description of Saurian: It's kind of like those other survival games, but you play as a dinosaur in the Hell Creek biome - one of Tyrannosaurus rex, Dakotaraptor steini, Triceratops prorsus or Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis, with two more playable species to be added pending a vote among project backers after the campaign. So you'll start out as a baby, try to survive to adulthood so you can breed and propagate your lineage. There will also be a 'post-apocalyptic' game mode, taking place in the destroyed world of post-Chicxulub-impact Hell Creek, where the aim is simply surviving as long as you can against increasingly harsh circumstances.

And the best part is, the developers are striving to make the game as scientifically accurate as they can. Feathers! Realistic behaviors! Raptors climbing trees! Amazement!
Saurian is a video game project focused on living as a dinosaur in a dynamic open world through intense, survival-based gameplay.
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An online friend is starting a new endeavor: a blog for disabled and neurodivergent writers. If this is of interest to you, you might want to check it out and help her get it off the ground. She's also interested in reviewing books that feature disabled or neurodivergent characters.
Writing is not as physically demanding as many other occupations. When you have chronic pain (and/or fatigue) however, it can feel like writing wrings the mind and body totally, leaving you drained and hurting. And, if writ...
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Today's minor amusement: Having someone claim that technology advanced faster in the first half of the 20th century than the second half, because of the World Wars and the Great Depression.
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Welcome to the new normal. 
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This, for those who want a little context, is a consequence of the passport controls put in place by the Swedish government. Train traffic between Malmö and Copenhagen is erratic at the best of times now - and even in the direction towards Denmark (such as in this image) the effects are bad.

All to avoid having to help refugees. GG, Sweden. G fuckin' G.

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This needs to end up in Nintendo's executive hallway. Even if it's the localization team who did a stupid, they need to face harsh sanction for this.
 
...Wow.
After Nintendo fires Alison Rapp after a GGate harassment campaign lasting many months, now there are jokes very specifically at Zoe Quinn's expense within Paper Mario. That's... something.
I was basically boycotting after what happened to Alison Rapp, and now it's more extensive.  Plus, I get to point this out in an article I'm writing.  People DO so love to make my job easier sometimes.  Ugh.
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Namibia stands as an example to the world.

H/t +Uche Eke
 
"Namibia shows that even countries that start with serious disadvantages – extremes of racism, colonialism, inequality and underdevelopment – can chart a path toward shared prosperity."
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That feeling when 3 minutes of bus delay mean 20 minutes of train delay. >_<
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This is a very promising project, which also highlights some serious problems. Read the article in full, but here's a money quote:

"University medical researchers largely fund discovery through grants from funding organizations like the National Institute of Health. These relatively small allocations pay for proof-of-concept type work — the sort of basic research that is necessary to stumble upon major breakthroughs. But getting from breakthrough to new drug is a long and expensive road. Pharmaceutical companies typically aren’t interested in even the most promising early discoveries — they are considered too high-risk until a great deal more research has gone into proving that they can be developed into effective, safe, and marketable medicines.

"This gap, between research that the National Institute of Health will pay for and research pharmaceutical companies will pay for, is known as the “Valley of Death,” where the vast majority of promising medical discoveries that make up daily headlines languish indefinitely."

If that doesn't sound like a broken system to you, I don't know what does.
 
this guy may be onto something...let's hope he succeeds
Todd Rider is asking for the internet's help to save mankind. It's not going well.
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Yeah. This does kinda go with everything.
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Testing Pandora wends its way toward conclusion: This is the penultimate update. In which there's waiting for the outcome. And a bit of ... commotion, let's say.

https://www.wattpad.com/story/60440912-testing-pandora

(Next will come the final interlude, and final chapter.)
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