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It's time to take a break from Twitter LandReal Life and I had some quality time together yesterday. It was splendid.

Yesterday was quite an intense day, considering that I was at school from 8:15 to 8:30 (that's A.M. to P.M.) doing various grad school things, including some very scary things like giving my final presentation. (The above timeline also had a short break for non-educational things, also known as lunch.)

This was an intense and slightly scary day, as presentations and team projects inherently are. But I also realized that it felt good - it felt great to be away from depressing and discouraging political posts. I was even OK with fasting from memes for a while. I survived.

I have no problem with debate, in and of itself. Unfortunately, political discussion - especially online political discussion - is getting more and more polarized and toxic. Twitter certainly isn't the only place that's struggling with the issue of having civil, rational political discourse, but Twitter political talk is especially lacking in insight and deep thought. Twitter users are more interested in symbols than action, identity rather than ideas. (They get more upset over the existence of antique war memorials or a mediocre-ish quarterback for a lousy NFL team peacefully protesting during a football game than things that have a tangible effect on people's lives.)

I still feel it's important to be informed about what's going on in the world, including in the political sphere. However, it's very, very difficult to have a nuanced political discussion in 140 characters or less, particularly in today's climate. Twitter is not a very good place to get actual information - especially in-depth information.

Maybe I'm complacent and part of the problem myself, but considering that I only have 169 followers (many of whom are inactive or spambots), I'm pretty sure that anything I post in Twitter Land isn't going to have an appreciable impact. I think I'd be far better off using my energy in real life - or post things on MFGG or here, which people find a lot more interesting anyway, at least measured by the number of impressions they get. (MFGG and the BT Forums are not exactly big communities, so this is further evidence of my superpower of being ignored on social media, especially Twitter.)

I've been on Twitter for over eight years now. Until recently, I always enjoyed hanging out with the little blue Twitter bird, but the quality of conversation has steadily gone downhill. If there was a way to limit my timeline to art and other non-controversial content, I'd be a lot more enthusiastic about tweeting again. A lot of the features for making Twitter great again - like the word filter that blocks posts with words like "Trump", or the setting that puts Twitter's timeline back in chronological order the way it should be - don't actually work properly. At this point, using Twitter lists is the only way the service is tolerable.

I can't say I'll never use Twitter again, but it's definitely time to take a break. As you can probably tell (actually, you probably didn't notice, because you're not dangerously obsessed with everything I do), I haven't been tweeting much lately anyway.

Maybe I'll use my Twitter vacation to post more stuff here or on MFGG. (I probably won't, but I could!)
Giantmicrobes.comThis is pretty funny. I never would've thought to make adorable plushes of microscopic things - especially pathogens!

I also found a good avatar for LouseSr:

Ever wanted to run Windows 95 in your browser?https://win95.ajf.me/win95.html

Now you can!
Roku XD Player: A question for NiteA few days ago, someone gave me his old Roku XD Player. It's not the newest technology anymore, but since we have a wizard of repurposing technology around here, I was wondering if there's anything cool I could do with it.
I'm giving a presentation on Game Maker this weekendThis will be the first time I've ever discussed game making-related things - at least in any detail - in Real Life. Should be an interesting experience! Again, give me a buzz if you'd like a particular resource to be featured during my presentation, and I'll see what I can do.
DennyDevito72For whatever reason, there's been a recent uptick in spambot registrations lately. Because we've enabled admin approval of new accounts, these accounts are never actually able to post anything, but it's still annoying to have to weed out these junk accounts and confirm that they're spammers.

However, every once in a while I have some fun with spambot profiles, like the famous DennyDevito72, a Russian spambot pretending to be an American actor, comedian, director, and producer.

Fake Car GeneratorPlay here.
Alternate download link.

Also known as Baby's First JavaScript Game. It's a simple thing that took me just a few minutes to make. However, I'd never really done anything with JavaScript before, and I thought it might be a good thing to try.

Also, have fun.
The 10,000th PostIt took over six years, but we got here! I wasn't sure we'd ever get this far. Here's a hats off to all of you awesome people, past and present, who've helped to make this an awesome little piece of the Internet. I appreciate y'all sticking around all this time - it really means a lot to me. We may not be the most active place on the e-net, but it's hard to beat us in the awesomeness department!

I'll celebrate by giving all of you $10,000, in the form of a picture of a $10,000 bill.

DISCLAIMER: It's not legal tender just because you printed it out.
MoolahI just made my last tuition payment for grad school. This means that for the first time in my life, I can spend money.

This may be a slight exaggeration, but paying for college has always been part of the reason I've always been reluctant to spend money on anything that's not an absolute necessity. The other reason is I'm super-cheap and will probably always be that way. Still, maybe I'll be able to relax a little more now that my Great Big Expense (which turned out to be a not-so-big expense) is in the rear-view mirror.

(Don't go hitting me up for loans - the Bank of Vinny does not have sufficient capital to increase its lending operations.)

How hard is it for you to spend money? Are you a miserly Scrooge or a Scroogely miser, or do you toss around money faster than the federal government?
College Education in One Line or LessI took (or, in a few cases, helped people in) all these classes so you don't have to.

Accounting (Financial): Assets = liabilities + owner's equity.
Accounting (Managerial): Assets = liabilities + owner's equity. Again.
American Government: How the U.S. Constitution tells politicians to disagree with one another.
Business Law & Ethics: Is it legal? It depends. Is it ethical? If you have to ask, it's not.
Chemistry: Different ways to make things catch on fire.
College Mathematics: Non-confusing math, except when truth tables are involved.
Computer Networking: Please Do Not Throw Sausage Pizza Away.
Database Design: There are lots of normal forms, but only three are really worth discussing.
Finance: Stock vs. debt. Companies are usually made of both.
French (I): Figure out which letters to pronounce when talking to French people.
Hardware Configuration: The answer is usually USB.
Human Anatomy & Physiology (I): Men wearing no clothes. Occasionally women.
Human Growth & Development: Conceived. Born. Grew up. Grew old. Dead. Along the way, stuff happened.
Humanities: Women wearing no clothes. Occasionally men.
Information Systems: How to make different combinations of humans and computers talk to each other.
Java Programming: Write once, run anywhere. Except when you can't.
Macroeconomics: The Federal Reserve does stuff.
Marketing: Sell stuff.
Medical Terminology: How to combine various Greek and Latin roots into conditions you don't want to have.
Microeconomics: Supply, demand, prices, and interest rates keep getting into relationships with each other.
Organizational Behavior: The art and science of making people not hate one another.
Philosophy: What's the best way to live? Nobody knows.
Project Management: Someday, you'll learn to use Microsoft Project without throwing things.
Public Speaking: Know your audience, and try not to annoy them too much.
Sociology: Discourse on Karl Marx. Was he right? Wrong? Or both?
Software Configuration: Do things that look an awful lot like DOS.
Spanish (I): Conjugate verbs in Spanish. It's sometimes confusing.
Spanish (II): Conjugate verbs in Spanish. Now it's twice as confusing as before.
Statistics: "Reject the null hypothesis" sounds a lot more complicated than it really is.
Strategic Management: Talk about Amazon, Apple, Google, and Starbucks. (This goes for business classes in general.)
Western Civilization (I and II): White people fighting other white people.

There are also a few classes I couldn't figure out how to describe succinctly. Now that I think about it, this is a pretty zany combination of classes. I've spent a lot of time being educated - and educating others, too.
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