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Archergal

@Archergal@wandering.shop

Pronouns: She/her
I ate'nt ded.
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I knit, spin, read SFF, love dogs, love fountain pens and inks.
#spinning #knitting #ScienceFiction #fantasy #books #ebooks #FountainPens #dogs

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futurebird , to random
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There is a new spider video from Travis and it's all about orb weavers.

(Imagine if someone turned your whole house upside down then timed you going to the kitchen. Scientists are a TRIP. This is almost as bad as when they put stilts on ants... if you watch you'll know what I'm talking about...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1LJ3uBxRhE

Archergal ,
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@futurebird Thanks for posting this - I enjoyed it!

jerry , to random
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I may have gone too far

Archergal ,
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@jerry Oh goodness. Kinda like my Willow. When we turn on the fan over the stove, or if grease smokes even a little, she gets anxious that the smoke alarm might go off. (That sound terrifies her)

Archergal ,
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@jerry Poor babies!

jerry , to random
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Today is my last day at IBM.

I joined Netrex in February 1999 as a Unix admin

In late 1999 Internet Security Security Systems bought Netrex, largely for its managed services business.

In October 2006, when I was the director of IT, IBM bought ISS largely for its managed services business.

I was given lots of opportunities at IBM. Twice I found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time and was on a list to be let go, but other parts of IBM decided to pick me up. I once resigned to take a job at Deloitte, and at the time my manager told me that didn’t work for anyone and made it worth my while to stay. For many years, I led an incident response function for the strategic outsourcing business, which was later spun off to be what is now Kyndryl. I learned a LOT. I learned so much, in fact, that I decided to start a podcast in 2012, partly to make myself smarter, and partly in hopes that I could help the industry avoid the mistakes I was seeing our clients make on a near daily basis. I have deep scars from all the big security events of the 2010’s - heartbleed, shellshock, wannacry, notpetya, and many others.

In 2019, I was leading an internal practice around cyber regulations (in addition to the IR role) and ended up helping the cloud business out of a sticky situation. Unbeknownst to me, cloud had been looking to replace their CISO, and in March 2020, they offered me the job. My first big test was leading Cloud through Covid.

I had the extreme privilege to lead a team of 184 remarkably talented professionals. We did some cool things, but I regret the long list of things that didn’t get done.

As well published in the news, IBM took a hard line on return to office, particularly for executives. They gave people like me a choice: relocate to a key site (Atlanta was not one of them) and work from the office 3 days a week (with tight attendance tracking), or be let go. I have been working from home full time since shortly after IBM bought ISS in 2006 - nearly 18 years. I spend about 1/3 of my time at my beach place, which I was not willing to part with. Plus, I fundamentally disagree with the return to office approach and with how people have been treated, so I opted to “let it happen”, and so today is the day IBM terminates me.

I’ve saved up enough money that I can take a break for a while. It’s been 32 years since I’ve had more than a week off work, and at least 20 since I’ve had any sort of vacation that wasn’t disrupted by urgent meetings, crises, and so on. I’m going to spend some time with my family, especially my extremely patient wife, in ways that I haven’t been able to.

I have a very long list of things I’ll be doing during this downtime. I intend to get back into podcasting; I am going to write some including maybe a book; I am going to focus more on the fediverse instances I manage to ensure they are enduring; I am going to way too many baseball games with my wife (she is a mega baseball fan); and I am going to take way too many pictures and hopefully find some creative ways to make money with those pics.

TL;DR: today is the end of a long journey for me, and the start of a new one. And it’s a good day.

Archergal ,
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@jerry May the rest of your journey be a good one!

Nonilex , to random
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: I’ve Debated & .

It is a waste of time to try to refute Trump’s arguments like in a . It’s nearly impossible to identify what his arguments even are. He starts w/ & then digresses into blather.


https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/25/opinion/hillary-clinton-trump-biden-debate.html?unlocked_article_code=1.2U0.xlUu.Brtundb4MZQ_&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

Archergal ,
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@Nonilex Not gonna lie, I still get FURIOUS whenever I think about Trump trying to loom up behind Hilary and intimidate her.
Still. MAD. ABOUT. THAT.

GottaLaff , to random
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Taking some time off. I need to unwind from all the stress. Thank you all for your good wishes. I’ll come back online when I feel better. I won’t read your replies for awhile. 💖

Archergal ,
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@GottaLaff Take care of yourself!

jerry , to random
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Update on my dad...

For background, my mid 70's parents drove from ATL to Michigan on Thursday to attend my neice's high school graduation. Friday morning, my dad wasn't feeling well and he kept feeling worse. After convincing himself that it wasn't just indigestion, he went to a local hospital ER. While there, he started developing intense pain in his chest. The ER docs hooked him up to an EKG and ran an enzyme test to see if he had a heart attack. They came back clean. But the pain was worsening. The doc administered some morphine, which apparently did nothing. They hooked him back up to the EKG and monitored him for a bit. While monitoring him, he had a heart attack.

The docs rushed him into surgery where he needed 3 stents to open up an artery that was 99% blocked.

He was moved out of ICU into a regular bed today and expects to be discharged tomorrow. He has to wear a defibrillator vest for the next 3 months, while he is assessed for futher treatments. My dad describes the vest as a "bra with metal pop-tarts all the way around his chest". I had a chance to talk to him today and he says that he feels better than he has in many years, other than the pop tart bra.

The doctor told him that the only real reason he was able to survive was that it happened while he was in the hospital. Apparently this sort of heart attack is not one that people commonly survive otherwise.

I am immensely grateful to the doctors, nurses, scientists, janitors, clerical staff, and so on, that gave me and my family the incredible gift of more time with my dad.

Archergal ,
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@jerry @briankrebs So glad he had as good an outcome as possible! Continued healing to him, and good mojo to you all. ❤️❤️❤️

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon group
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Since we are coming up on June, it seems like a good time to check in with everyone here on @bookstodon regarding favorite reads of 2024 so far. Whatcha got?

My top five reads of 2024 so far:

The Criminal series of graphic novels by Ed Brubaker (ten primary works)

James, Percival Everett

The Book of Love, Kelly Link

Poor Deer, Claire Oshetsky

Prequel, Rachel Maddow

Archergal ,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon In no particular order:

The Saint of Bright Doors, by Vajra Chandrasekar

The Last Devil to Die, by Richard Osman

Infinity Gate, by M. R. Carey

The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie

I’m Afraid You’ve Got Dragons, by Peter S. Beagle

Nonilex , (edited ) to random
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Tues 29 May 2024 🧵
Good morning! It’s the last day of the before jury .
Today Justice will give . Then they will discuss the case among themselves for the first time; they have not been allowed to even discuss it w/each other as yet.

Closing arguments took place yesterday, & the lawyers will have no further opportunity to address the jurors before they determine whether is or not guilty of 34 felonies.

Archergal ,
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@Nonilex You have done a really excellent job. Thank you so much for your time!

Nonilex , to random
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Tues 28 May 2024 🧵 #ClosingArguments to Begin in #TrumpTrial

#Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in connection w/a #HushMoney payment made to a porn star to influence the 2016 election. The case could be in the jury’s hands as early as Wed.

#law #ElectionInterference
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/05/28/nyregion/trump-trial-closing-arguments?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

Archergal ,
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@Nonilex Thank you so much for your excellent summaries!!!!

loren , to random
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🎶 Oom sha la la
Oom oom sha la la

The milk is sour
With weevils on my thumbs
And all that I have stuck to and all that I have clung to 🎶

Archergal ,
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@loren Thumbs up for lil green weevils!!

futurebird , to random
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E-bikes are very cool and I'm glad they are getting popular.

However.

There is a big difference between a crash at 12mph and one at 20mph.

Your ebike can give you injuries normally only found in motorcycle accidents. And there isn't enough advice on what constitutes sufficient maintenance for ebikes.

If you don't get balding tires fixed on a regular bike you could fall off and bruise or break a leg.

At ebike speeds that same fall will shatter your leg in dozens of pieces.

BE CAREFUL

Archergal ,
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@futurebird 😬 Jeezopete. Mojo!

ElleGray , to random
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so. in January I was in a bad car accident. fractured spine, ruptured discs, cracked pelvis, broken arm. last 4 months have been v hard. tonight though I'm going back to my adult dance class for the first time. I wasn't sure I'd ever even walk properly again so this is a moment for me. a good one

Archergal ,
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@ElleGray No apologies needed! So glad you’ve come back so well! ❤️❤️

futurebird , to random
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Every now and then I hear conversations from outside of here about "the state of social media" and let me tell you: People are suffering. People are miserable. Many people feel addicted to social media but unable to have positive and valuable interactions in the space. Mostly, in the profit-driven social media space negative emotional reactions glue eyeballs as well as positive, so a heap of the experiences is just ... unpleasant.

Meanwhile around here things are different.
1/

Archergal ,
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@futurebird @sidereal I’m one of those people who avoids ads as much as possible. I only see ads on tv even because my husband likes sports ball and The Weather Channel.
I read people complaining about ads and I wonder “why do they put up with that??” If it’s between ads and not seeing something, I probably won’t see it.
My live is better for that, IMHO.

zkrisher , to bookstodon group
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I've finished: The Memory Theater by Karin Tidbeck

Something's rotten in paradise.

Tidbeck weaves a complicated web stretching across multiple worlds, histories, folk tales and broken utopian dreams that ultimately deals with evil and the power of stories to fight it.

It's interesting to read a sci-fi author from a different culture that also has her own way of interpreting the multiverse and the power of story and imagination.

I hope more of her work will be translated.

https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/5706ff39-8beb-4e7e-ad38-0c15bbf352dd

@bookstodon

Archergal ,
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@kimlockhartga @zkrisher @bookstodon Strong agree. I’ve read this and Amatka, and Jagannath (short stories) and now I always look for anything by her.

futurebird , (edited ) to random
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Have you ever had an uncanny or possibly paranormal experience?

I have.

It happened when I was in undergrad, I had a work-study in the Archivists Office in the rare books section of the library. The library is a classic modern building from the 50s, once ahead of its time, now well behind. The computer system was similar, my college being one of the first to adopt a digital library catalog in the late 60s

So, as you can see, this is, in part, a story of a haunted computer terminal. 1/

Archergal ,
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@futurebird Did the book come back?

mloxton , to bookstodon group
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Dear do you own a Kindle reader or have the Kindle App on your phone or tablet?

Please boost for coverage

@bookstodon


Archergal ,
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@mloxton @bookstodon I own both but rarely read on my reader

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon group
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@bookstodon Even if it doesn't catch on, I would like to institute #WhatchaReadingWednesday a hashtag which already exists, I believe? Anywho, whatcha reading?

#IAmReading Ben H. Winter's new book BIG TIME, and it's really good so far. It is lean, so perfect for those who hate padding in their stories. I don't want to give away the premise, so I will just say that it's a bit of a thriller that involves time itself.

Archergal ,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon Currently reading Infinity Gate by M. R. Carey alternating with iD by Madeline Ashby

Likewise , to bookstodon group
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Short Stories.

Love ‘em, hate ‘em, somewhere in the middle?

Years ago one of my dear friends (who is a huge bookworm) and I were talking. She told me she hated short stories. I can’t remember why or if she even told me a reason. This conversation has stuck with me, because I struggle with them- why? I have no idea. I have tried different tactics to overcome this. I am s l o w l y reading one now, but I don’t gravitate toward it (not the one pictured, but it’s one I really want to read if I can ever get there).

I’d love to hear your thoughts.
@bookstodon

Archergal ,
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@Likewise @bookstodon I’ve always been a big fan of short stories. I used to get anthologies from the library when I was young. I do read fewer these days, I guess, partly because the book clubs I’m in read novels almost exclusively.
A GOOD short story is a wonder. So much done in a (relatively) small space! And, as someone else mentioned, if the story isn’t that wonderful, at least it hasn’t taken much time to get through it.

kimlockhartga , to bookstodon group
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@bookstodon Do you own any autographed books? If so, did you personally meet the author at a signing?

Archergal ,
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@kimlockhartga @bookstodon I have one: an early paperback of Startide Rising by David Brin. He came to the ole Science Fiction & Mystery Bookstore in Atlanta a few decades ago. I was a really big fan at the time, and showed up. (I usually don’t WANT to meet my heroes, for fear of being disappointed.
He signed it “To Janice, a lady with lovely eyes, David Brin”
He said at the time he wanted to personalize his autographs while he could.

GottaLaff , (edited ) to random
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Totally forgot!! in all caps!

‼️! 🔥 1/…

Via Anna Bower:

BREAKING: DC Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Donald is NOT IMMUNE from prosecution.

UNANIMOUS!!!

ALT
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  • Archergal ,
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    @GottaLaff Good news!!!

    GottaLaff , to random
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    🎯 I'm Laffy and I approve this message:

    "In private, here is how President refers to :

    “What a sick fuck”

    “What a fucking asshole this guy is”

    https://www.politico.com/newsletters/west-wing-playbook/2024/02/01/what-biden-really-says-about-trump-behind-closed-doors-00139178

    Archergal ,
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    @GottaLaff So say we all

    GottaLaff , (edited ) to random
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    UPDATE. I'VE CHANGED THE LINK so you can avoid Threads (thanks @deborahh ❤️

    Via @atrupar

    Wow -- Hawley badgers into apologizing to people in the audience

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUAfRod2xgI

    Archergal ,
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    @GottaLaff Harley is a stupid tool, but +1 to him for making Zuckerberg sweat

    GottaLaff , to random
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    So far, feeling somewhat better, thank you all.

    Ok, what I have, most likely, is what’s called C-Diff. Look it up. It’s scary.

    I had to take antibiotics for some oral surgery 2+ wks ago + antibiotics to counter those antibiotics (which trigger C-Diff).

    It worked…until it didn’t.

    I got symptoms. Being tested to make sure. Yes, I’m miserable, but I luckily haven’t gotten a severe case.🤞🏼

    Weird: 1st case a few mos ago was not from antibiotics, no idea how I got it! Poss contact?🤷🏻‍♀️

    End.

    Archergal ,
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    @GottaLaff Mojo!! My sis got that in the hospital after surgery. She came thru it ok, but it wasn’t fun.
    May you heal quickly and completely!!

    GottaLaff , to random
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    You may disagree fervently with Pres. Biden's Israel policies, and that's fine. But if you come into my feed calling him "Genocide Joe" or any variation on that theme, you're blocked.

    I've already had to block a few accounts for this.

    Pres. Biden is not "for genocide." I will not argue with you on this topic, nor do I discuss the Israel/Hamas war here.

    But I will not tolerate accusations of "genocide" by Pres. Biden. He's not "pro genocide."

    If that's a prob, it's on you.

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    GottaLaff , to random
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    Aww, damn. Award-winning journalist Charles Osgood, who anchored "CBS Sunday Morning" for 22 years and was host of the long-running radio program "The Osgood File," died Tuesday at home in New Jersey. He was 91.

    The cause of death was dementia, his family said.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/charles-osgood-veteran-cbs-newsman-and-longtime-host-of-sunday-morning-dies-at-91/

    Archergal ,
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    @GottaLaff Damn, I always enjoyed listening to Mr. Osgood.
    2024 is sure taking a toll.

    Archergal ,
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    @GottaLaff I know, right???? Jeezopete.

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