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I'm doing a 366 Day Challenge, and am 303 days in! You can follow along on my PixelFed account.
The last time that I kept up a weekly newsletter was in 2016, and the last issue that I published of that newsletter was on the first weekend of November.

I'm hoping that I don't do that again this year, but I'm as nervous about next week as anyone. I spent months before the election in 2016 checking polls and patting myself on the back. This year I don't have any such confidence, and I've avoided looking at a single poll.

If you're a reader in the US, and you are eligible, please vote. Make the conversation this year not about sitting out because you don't like either of the candidates.

I'm going into a proper holiday weekend with some friends and close ones around me, doing some hard work and hopefully having a good time. Before you get there too, here's some things that I've liked this week.

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tweet from @KitOConnell that reads "I don't know who needs to hear this, but it's 2020 and if your nerdy subculture doesn't actively work to keep fascists out, you might as well be inviting them in.  Study the furries and learn from their example. Yes, I'm 100% serious."
There are problems in every subculture. The Five Geek Social Fallacies exist for a reason. Worst Year Ever did a story at the start of the year after visiting a con (remember those?) and interviewing attendees about a domestic terrorism case that happened at that con in 2014, and yet was ridiculed by the media in no small part because of the makeup of the victims.

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The Tragedy of the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ - Matto Mildenberger, Scientific American
I didn't know any of the backstory of this phrase that I've heard so often in open source software that it's become an accepted trope. I really liked learning how wrong this idea was, and how good it'll be to remove it as a frame of reference.

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground - Paola Rosa-Aquino, NYT
There's a good episode of 2 Girls 1 Podcast about this very topic this week. It's nice to see that at least there are some things that are so obvious sounding that they can garner bipartisan support.

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Tweet screenshot from @avb_soc that reads "My mother has truly produced the pumpkin of our era."
Check the thread to see the inevitable end of this Zoom call

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screenshot of two pictures of a child holding a gun and crying with the text "Me when I have to shoot Sonic during the revolution"
"I fully expect to be dragged for this but Sonic would most likely stop existing if capitalism was destroyed, at least in any recognizable form. Would the end of Sonic (whether completely or "as we know it") be worth replacing capitalism with socialism or communism in your eyes?"
- Anonymous

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Honest Government Ad | Q
I think that this honest ad might be too real.

"Time Warp"
Kinda forgot what Tenacious D was up to, but this is a fun cover, even without the celebrity cameos. Maybe it's just the slight lyric change. Vote, people.

Earn $20K EVERY MONTH by being your own boss
Honestly, it's so easy. But what am I actually doing? Where is this money coming from?

THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL: Is It Deep or Dumb?
I finally got to watching the end of the Netflix show The Midnight Gospel, and I'm glad that I did. I figured that it was a lot of navel gazing early on, but the show really pulled it together near the end. Especially the long session with the creator's mother, using audio from before she died of cancer.

DOUBLE KING
I asked a friend the other day to share with me one of their favorite weird animations after chatting about The Midnight Gospel, and this is what they came up with. It definitely fits the bill.



It's a spoopy weekend. Safely celebrate with friends, and prepare for a hard week next week.