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She ran her fingers through the leaves of the little orange tree, which responded with a cheerful purr.

β€œGood morning,” she said softly. β€œYou’re very friendly, aren't you? Are you thirsty?” She touched a finger to the soil in the pot. β€œYou’re feeling a little dry.”

Picking up a small bottle of water from next to the pot, she splashed a little onto the soil. As it soaked in, the tree let out a delighted little squeal in reply.

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Exhausted, the hero pulled herself to her feet, limping, clutching her side.

"I do love your tenacity," the villain smirked, "but you should concede."

"I'll never quit," the hero said between ragged breaths, a glare on her face, "wherever you go, whatever you do, I'll always be right there."

"I know," the villain's face softened ever so slightly. She knew the hero's only weakness and had done her best to keep it a secret. "I could never defeat you."

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I've been playing with the Pimoroni Keybow again. I thought I'd write about it. It's a fun little tech toy, powered by a :raspberrypi: Raspberry Pi Zero WH, which seems hideously wasteful, but seriously, that board is $14, I don't know if you could make a cheaper compute component.

Anyway, here's what I did, with a link to my "code" on github. Honestly I'm most proud of the comment at the top of the file.

write.as/natedickson/keybow-in

#100DaysToOffload

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I read the news for 40 seconds, and now I'm mad and sad. They've gotten better at their jobs; 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕'𝒔 π’†π’™π’‚π’„π’•π’π’š π’‰π’π’˜ π’•π’‰π’†π’š π’˜π’‚π’π’• π’Žπ’† 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍. People with strong emotional reactions keep clicking...

Or close the browser window and go complain on :mastodon:

Apparently I sigh a lot when I'm reading contracts.

I've written hundreds of thousands of words of fiction, but I've never sweated and fretted over prose nearly as much as an inquiry letter.

Hey all, good to be here. I'm a career programmer, but I've been writing on the side for a couple years.

Lately I've been working on a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi comedy, which is a thinly-veiled way to tell some of the bizarre stories I've experienced as a contractor, in a meaningful and hopefully non-litigable way.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and metalworking.

Ask me anything! I probably won't answer in a satisfying way, but you're welcome to try!

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