@vgr Essentially, a giant and his assistant setting tasks for a set of 5 adventurers using household objects that rewards specific creativity, and skillful participation.

@vgr Have you seen the UK show Taskmaster? I think it might be a very pure domestic cosy cultural artefact.

@tao you know the old saying, one man's show of strength is another man's PR opportunity

- sounds a bit weird, additional pattern to learn

- "they" becomes grammatically equivalent to a gendered pronoun

- Clears up arguing over whether we've "always had" singular they or not. Makes the case that this is a new and better way to do it.

"They is". It's the way things should be, look in your heart, you know it to be true...

Non-binary friends and users of the singular they pronoun, I address you!

How do we feel about the following idea?

Conjugate the singular they the same way as he/she rather than the plural they.

I/we/they(plural) walk the dog.

He/she/they(singular) walks the dog.

So, we would have a non-gendered pronoun AND a plural pronoun that are differentiated by their conjugation rather than context clues.

I want another bank holiday. I want it to be bank holidays forever

Weird how a slight mouth pain makes me sour and uncooperative

Solving a problem poorly.

1. Deny the problem. Reject solutions. Stall.

2. Wait for a crisis.

3. Implement worst available solution. We don't have time to argue about better solutions. We're in a crisis.

4. Reject better solutions. We already have a solution, what more could you want?

@zacharius The rest of the idea was potential things that could come out of it, like the Tyneside Olympics, winning medals that have tangible benefits in the city.

@zacharius The stereotype of the Geordie (name for people from the area) is a friendly, drinking guy with a bit of an edge to him. The culture here could potentially accommodate a full-time fool situation.

So my idea is, my friend comes to live up here, and becomes the Newcastle Networking Clown, we get him to meet everyone who has any stake in the city's development, from tramps to the mayor. And then something comes out of it, solve some cultural problems with a jolt of activation energy.

@zacharius Newcastle upon Tyne, you may know it from the ale, is a small city in the North East of England. At the moment, it's size is a negative, because it means we can't compete economically with Manchester or Sheffield or Leeds, similar kinds of Northern post-industrial cities.

But, a smaller size makes it easier for residents to have a shared experience. My friend is a charismatic guy and we started messing around with clown makeup recently. Maybe that's the basis for a social movement?

I'm either having a slightly manic episode or I've figured out a plan that will create a renaissance for the city I live in

Hey you know what, why not both?

Two words: clown cult

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@machado @nindokag I'd say the difference is with which problems you tackle first. Secession usually goes legal changes -> material changes, mutual aid goes material changes -> legal changes.

Absolute Nonsense 

Nice, got some classic pornbot followers on mastodon now

@dredmorbius I couldn't remember whether I'd recorded the set in the journal or not either

@yumaikas I have my spreadsheet on my phone, but it just shifted the problem to "did I record the last set or not?"

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