@DenOfEarth @manu @pluralistic I heard a story once about a British expat living in the Caribbean. He had arranged for his club in London to phone him with a morning alarm call. A friend heard of this arrangement and asked him, "Isn't that rather expensive?". "Oh, I never pick up the phone" was his answer.

@phlebas @DenOfEarth @manu @pluralistic I knew of an Art Director in London who used to shoot with my boss when I was a young photographic assistant in the 80s. Rather than pay the cost of London parking meters or garages he would just drive to the doorstep of his first appointment (he drove in from out of town), park his Bentley on the pavement outside then collect it several days later from the car pound where it had been clamped and removed to. He maintained it was cheaper than parking. Probably the same guy.

@TerriBlue416 @angst_ridden interested to see your preventions include running. I am scrupulously trying not to catch it this week and have been to the gym every day, not usual for me (usually 2-3 times max per week), necking back 4X the RDA of vitamins and am still negative.

@angst_ridden We are requiring testing for Xmas - a small gathering of just three in-laws, plus us two. Inlaws include an 89-year-old and a 92-year-old. I'm dreading having to give them instructions again. They really dislike my "rules" for gathering. I don't back down though. I'd rather be the "overboard" (their thinking) bad guy, than the one that offed them. What they do in their own time, at this point, if they off themselves, it's on them. Do I sound snippy? Yes I am snippy about this. :(

The family tradition of Covid testing en-route just resulted in 36% of the guests for tonight’s Thanksgiving turning around and going home. None are symptomatic. The tests likely saved the lives of the nonagenarians attending. #CovidIsNotOver #covid #thanksgiving

As that time of year approaches…

…my choir app supports in-app YouTube video player for learning new songs

So our unelected head of state has just given a position in Britain's unelected House of Lords to an unelected foreign secretary, on the recommendation of an unelected prime minister.

Thank goodness we took back control from unelected bureaucrats.

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Some retro wisdom for those who exchange gifts on or around the winter solstice…😂😂😂😂
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Cory Doctorow  

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@georgetakei I can’t even see what I should or should not be angry with because the blasted GDPR modal won’t exit the viewport! More outrage! Of the webby kind! Does nobody test their sites any more?!😂

“… while in self-driving mode, using LED screens on the rear windshield to display messages to following cars, and even indicating that its occupant is literally sleeping behind the wheel.”

Surely better to wake driver up than tell everyone behind they’ve nodded off? A true Father Ted moment in automotive design.
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The brutality of this EV crash test was shocking, but both cars passed - Enlarge (credit: Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes-Benz provided flights... - https...

Someone on Mastodon, and I'm fairly sure it was on Wandering Shop, recommended some gloves that really really help with the pain/coldness of Raynaud's disease and similar issues. I thought I had it bookmarked or that I'd bookmarked the link to get the gloves, but can't find it.

Anyone recognise this description and can point me to the right place? Or have similar recs?

It was a while ago, but maybe someone will remember...

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We're getting that fry-day feeling... US Army trials drone-cooking microwave rig - Look, in the sky - it's a, oh, never mind The US Army has taken ...

Just re-released and remastered - Christian track featured in "God In The Flesh" BBC Radio 1 Christmas Day 1993, before Simon Bates and John Peel! Golden Oldie Hour!

Intrigued by these modal socks. So they just pop up on my feet ready to go and I click cancel to take them off?

The Sun today in hydrogen alpha. Processed in natural and inverted chromosphere luminance.

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