My daughter wanted me to show her how to play War, the simplest of all card games. While we were doing it she made an off-hand comment about a computer simulation of such a thing. She said the AI would be very simple. I pointed out it wouldn't be making any decisions, so there's no I.

Anyhow, I thought the whole thing was pretty amusing, so...

gitlab.com/jbt/war/

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"Well said, the tribalism has to stop. People must be educated in civics in order to vote effectively and truly. Voting for a party because your family, you always voted this way, is not enough. Understand why you are voting and who the candidate is. Do not just vote blindly! Good words sir!"

- Matthew Dobbs

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OK so it's not obvious which of her posts are in response to which commands, but I'm going to guess the Tandoori Turkey was for me.

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give me a recipe with paprika

Was just reading through this bot's documentation

fedibot.neocities.org/numi/

And I have to admit I'm curious about where the boundaries of this "large databases of recipes" are. Let's start with a softball.

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For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.

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Someone said "is that still a thing?" when I announced I was on Mastodon. Is it?
Boost this so we actually get a few votes maybe? How far can it go?

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uspol 

using pandemic time to quickly pass surveillance bills while americans are too busy being sick and dying for the usual activism that stops these things
disgusting

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parenting, food 

i have spent the past half hour lying on the couch watching a baby put a tortilla chip into a box, close the box, say “where is it? i don’t know.” then open the box and take the chip out saying “there it is!” then repeat over and over and over

Apparently the big hubbub yesterday when the police put my community on lockdown started with... a carjacking‽ Do people still do carjackings?

As I understand it he wasn't actually in our community until the cops chased him here. And then he shot a cop in the head, which really escalates things.

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"There’s Now an Even Worse Anti-Encryption Bill Than EARN IT"

https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2020/06/there%E2%80%99s-now-even-worse-anti-encryption-bill-earn-it-doesn%E2%80%99t-make-earn-it-bill-ok

Get your IT business out of the US. This needs to have an impact on the economy.

If it's just an anti-outsider thing his voice would not disprove it. His accent is at best nondescript (i.e. heavily influenced by the 'neutral' Webster accent).

And it wasn't that he accidentally signaled something due to cultural ignorance. He lived in that state for many years.

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I recently heard a bizarre story.

My neighbor was visiting his home state, and exited a public restroom to a group of men surrounding and staring at him.

One told him, "We don't like your kind here!"

He was flummoxed. "What‽"

"Oh, nevermind." And they left.

He has no clue what group they were trying to be intolerant toward, or how his voice disproved his membership in that group. He's a slender white masculine cismale who usually wears denim.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It's not great in any case.

uspol 

I am now officially participating in one of the most famously BS/stupid/backwards parts of US electoral politics. Yes, folks, I am on someone's slate of electors.

Technically that makes me a candidate for office, according to the paperwork. An 'office' I can't really campaign for. An office that, if we miraculously won somehow, would pay nothing and require almost no work and be over in a day. When I ran for a real office the filing fee was several thousand dollars. This one? $1.50 USD.

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