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When you've got a 45 year old rock ballad you didn't even like when it was new stuck in your head for days.

Fucking earworm.

Was up WAY too late last night and ended up not getting enough sleep.

It wasn't a bout of insomnia. Rather I was so focused on a writing project I didn't notice the time – or my body's reaction to it – until I was so sleepy I was getting a terrible headache from staying awake.

This level of focus is something I choose to see as a benefit of ADHD. Certainly it can and does cause problems. But it gets things done.

@jackwilliambell We have to stand up against those totalitarian experimenters and their broken program. We have consciousness and don't deserve do suffer and die just to provide them data. Fuck the cyber-Gods !

Been pouring rain all day and my Hughes satellite Internet connection has been down as often as it was working.

And I still haven't heard from Starlink. Listen guys – I have a clear view to the north here. Unlike a lot of my neighbors, I'm not completely surrounded by trees!

In other news, instead of doing outside chores I've been complaining about my crappy Internet connection. Maybe I should take the day off from manual labor and write something instead?

Related: according to the Simulation Hypothesis this world is likely a computer simulation.

If this is the case then I'd like to go on record right now as saying I didn't agree to this crap and if I have any rights as a sophont I want to exercise them by requesting major changes or else by switching to another simulation where I am valued for being who and what I am. Or where I don't have to deal with other people at all.

Also? Floating islands in the sky would be cool.

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It occurs to me they missed a trick when they made the 'The Prisoner' reboot a decade ago: The remake should have re-imagined The Village as a computer simulation game.

That way 'Number Six' could shout out, "I am not an NPC!"

Of course, its' possible 'computer simulation' was what they had in mind, but the reboot flopped before they got to the reveal.

But I think would have been more fun – and provided FAR more plot possibilities – to make it explicit.

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The pilot of the Apollo 11 command module took this photograph capturing every living person except him in 1969.

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> U.S. Labor Secretary supports classifying gig workers as employees.

This is certainly good for those gig workers who get treated as employees - but without the pay and benefits employees would receive.

I'm wondering if there is the other side of it. Are there *any* gig working situations where the workers have more freedom than employees could ever have or in some other way the working environment has benefits to them outright employment would not?

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> US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House.

> Federal agencies are investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November of last year, that appear similar to mysterious, invisible attacks that have led to debilitating symptoms for dozens of US personnel abroad.

today I heard somebody describe cryptocurrencies as "Scientology for Amway enthusiasts" and damn if that ain't the most accurate assessment I've heard thus far

However, Kiyo is quite a good cook and ends up becoming the the live-in cook at the Maiko House; where she can support her friend Sumire as she pursues her dream.

It's a nice relaxing show with a slow pace and little instructional interludes for cooking different Japanese dishes.

The art is a bit different, though sometimes quite lovely, and the animation tends towards the limited end. I'm enjoying it quite a bit.


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Finally, there is one more new Iyashekei series. I didn't count it with the other two because it actually started halfway through the Winter season and will be continuing until Fall.

Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House has an odd schedule: new episodes air once a month on the third Wenesday.

Kiyo and Sumire are a pair of teenage girls who go to Kyoto hoping to become Maikos (apprentice Geisha). Sumire is talented and does well. Kiyo is not and does not.


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The one returning show I'm following is My Hero Academia season 5.

This season is following the same formula as earlier seasons: starting off with an intramural 'training' battle to eat up a half the episode count with content-free action before moving on to actual story at the end of the season.

It's the anime version of empty calories, but I'm watching it anyway.


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But, while the reviews for Koikimo indicated it was exactly what was on the cover, the reviews for Higehiro gave some hope there was more there.

After four episodes I agree so far. Yes, the setup could lead to a lot of icky situations. But the writing handles it well, hinting at deeper motives and more complex characterization than I was expecting.

If Higehiro ends up with the two main characters getting together I'm going to throw my monitor across the room–but there's room for hope.


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And here's one more 'twos' for you, except I'm only watching one of them:

1. Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway – an adult man allows a teenage runaway girl to live with him, but rejects her advances –

2. Koikimo – an adult man becomes enamored with a teenage girl and starts creeping her –

Frankly? Neither of these shows seemed interesting to me at all. Disgusting really.



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