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Hey everyone. My name is Rory Price and I'm a science-fiction writer. I recently self-published my first novel, Opt Out. It follows a group of free software activist who get very worried about a new form of invasive proprietary technology known as smart implants.

Other than that, I'm a dedicated free software user and take privacy very seriously. I'm very interested in storytelling in general.

Check out my website at

I'm honestly starting to wonder if I'll ever be able to get a paper print. Ingram took 3 weeks to reply to a simple query, and their response was extremely unprofessional and didn't address any of my concerns. Amazon is obviously out of the question, and so many smaller companies are really just vanity presses looking to scam writers.

I'll admit, I'm at my wits end.

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Well i just finished reading #Optout(Just in time to start the #FediverseBookclub book next week) by @RoryPrice and wow...a great read indeed. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.
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That we still have to fight so statements like black lives matter or trans rights are human rights are recognized as universal truths shows how backwards the human civilization still is. Accepting diversity is basic decency. Celebrating diversity is where greatness starts.

I've witnessed some pretty despicable acts of bigotry lately, and it made me think about these things.

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treating trans people nicely PSA / genitalia mention / slur mention 

Creating a new distinct sexual identity purely to explicitly exclude trans people is transphobic. You don't have to like each and every one of us, but do you really have to make a display of trans exclusionism and transphobia from it?

As a pan trans girl I mostly see this from lesbians. terms such as "gold star lesbian" and "real lesbian" seeking to exclude and degrade anyone who wasn't born with the right set of genitals and reduce women to people with the "right" genitals
(extremely feminist /s).

Whatever similar terms are for gay men are bad too. Please don't use these whatever your sexual preferences may be, they are hurtful and a reminder that we are not welcome. It's like if the straight transphobe guy who refers to a trans woman as a "trap" decided to form a sexual identity around avoiding them as well.

Also if you weren't aware these terms were bad, you've probably hurt someone without realizing it, so maybe consider apologizing to any trans people had to overhear you say it/post it, because that means a lot and I know many of us are too scared to speak up. When I hear people say these things it really hurts, and I usually just avoid them from there on out.

If you've read all the way through this post, thank you for listening. You're a wonderful ally :trans_heart: . Oh, and just so y'all know I'm not subposting anyone here, I'm mentioning this because I ran into it irl last night and it made me feel disgusting (for the most part I don't think I've seen anything like this here).

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Alright so since no one came forward to do it i'm gonna do as i said.

(Talking about this

I have created a room on my XMPP server ( ) that anyone is free to join. If you need an XMPP account i can help you out there as well.

So the plan is to pick a book and read it over the month of December. Then around the end of December we hop in the room and discuss just like a real book club. I like the idea of using text chat because then time zones don't matter as much since everyone can pop in and say what they want at anytime. I realize December can be a busy month so this first run might be a little more flexible we shall see. Also depending on everyone's reading speed. No one will be rushed.

What i was thinking was taking the next couple weeks or so to pick a book. As i said in my last post it's a high requirement that the book be DRM free. I've been looking around here

and there are quite a few good places to pick up some DRM free books. Some directly from the author so even better.

Just as some ideas/starting points i was looking at this site

seems to have quite a few books that might be interesting.

Then this book store also has a large selection of DRM free books

Some of them are just like university text books and such but there are some interesting looking book series even. Like this one

Anyways feel free to join and we can try and agree on a book. I did not want to just pick a book flat out i wanted to give anyone who was going to join the chance to help decide. If that proves to not work then i'll probably just pick one.

I do hope people join in. I will place the name of the room in an unlisted comment on this post since Pleroma likes to break the xmpp URI(At least for me. Maybe it's husky we shall see).

I'm also creating a group @fediversebookclub if anyone wants to follow that i'll tag it in all updates.

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I really should get back to blogging. Haven't written anything other than my story in months. I just need to find a good topic that isn't political.

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I installed Thunderbird 78 separately to see if I could get it to work in a way that doesn't screw over my work flow. While it wasn't as bad as I expected, it's still garbage and it looks like shit.

Here's a hint to software developers out there. If users have to waste their entire morning trying to regain lost functionality, you're doing it wrong.

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If anyone thinks that Microsoft's tactics have changed over the past few years, especially the ones where they're all "Microsoft ❤️ 's Open Source", you need to refresh your MS history. It's what they do. It's in their nature to weasel their way into a market and then take over, by hook or crook.

Make no mistake. Microsoft is coming for Linux. It's taken them longer than they'd like, but the tick is already under the skin with GitHub and NPM.

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I'm getting my flu shot this afternoon. I'm a bit nervous at going out in a relatively crowded place, hopefully they have good safety measures in place.

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Every time you direct somebody to GitHub and ask them to file an issue or use it for some other kind of work (esp. without even stopping to consider whether they even have an account), imagine you have a Facebook group instead, and you're telling them to post in it. Stop and think about why you feel that doing the same thing with GitHub is any different.

Being a GitHub user should not be a prerequisite for public participation. Interesting game about social media manipulation and fake news. The goal is to ruin a fictional town square as much as you can. Apparently it was designed to teach people how to recognize fake news and trolling.

I may be in the minority, but I never really understood the appeal of NaNoWriMo. I've always been a "slow and steady" kind of writer, often rewriting on the spot and sometimes taking a long time to consider a scene before I start the first draft. Also, I've seen how terrifying fanfiction sites look the following month.

If it helps you all be more productive though, good luck and more power to you.

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**We now know what America is**

"After four years of Trump, millions of Americans have still chosen to vote for him."

#news #bot

Very interesting article about the dangers of space habitats, from a sociological point of view. It's very relevant to the book I'm currently writing, but I thought I'd share just out of general interest.

I do agree that space habitats and settlements away from Earth have the potential to open the door to horrible forms of authoritarianism. I think the potential for free societies is there as well. Interesting stuff to think about.

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