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  1. Yup, it's a corgi alright. 😹 Currently talking myself down from trying to adopt a 2yo Bengal about once ever 3 hours… they're like a dog that purrs—high energy, high maintenance, always want to be in on whatever is currently happening. I think as much as I'd like to adopt him, he'd be happier with a family where there was someone home all the time and people could take shifts keeping him occupied.
  2. Two weird things I've seen pop up recently are that some people may possibly have shown symptoms outside the 14 day window (like 21 days until they showed infection) and something weird about reinfection being a stronger/deadlier possibility than normal. Not really sure if either of those is 100% confirmed or just people panicking and throwing logic out the window but both something to track… 🤔
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    Reviews

    Reddit's r/printsf has been discussing Agency in a thread the last day or so… I'm kind of surprised at the wide variety of opinions. Not a stellar hit so far with them.
  4. Zwei the corgi, lmao. Cowboy Bebop fan alert!
  5. It goes through fine to iCloud and Yahoo. GMail just appears to be being extra cautious with the bright yellow banner. Probably because they know that they're Gmail and not thewgb.com, lol. Don't think there's really anything we can do about it from this end at any rate. I did notice that someone appears to be using the Contact Us form to try and spam us. Not sure if any of it is coming through or if it's all getting blocked. If not, maybe the Contact Form needs a Captcha.
  6. Yeah those links are broken for me too! Meanwhile, I officially threw my hat in the ring for these two. Now we'll see if they're already adopted and gone or not… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  7. Just re-read the Infomocracy series by Malka Older. So good! The only frustrating things about the series are that she doesn't really ever explain how they got from here to there, with the UN suddenly running Information and fostering micro-democracies everywhere and the old governments fading away. Also, she has a thing called "The Lumper" that lets her discount almost all gun-play and drop it from her story. It really stands out as weird because AFAIK it's not at all based on actual physics in a book that's pretty obsessive about feeling realistic in terms of economics, politics, and relationships so as such it sticks out like a black cat napping on white sheets. The trilogy is still well worth reading (or re-reading) though. Failed my saving throw against anxiety caused by Liz Phair's Horror Stories so I only ended up reading about half of that one. Currently reading Collected Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi, which is a bunch of excellent short stories by him. I'd read a couple of them already, but they're all good.
  8. https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/ewwmem/have_a_question_about_the_2019_novel_coronavirus/
  9. Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Richard Linklater is was really cool! I didn't realize it was by him until the end when the credits rolled, but I can see his touch on it now I know to look. The story follows a fairly standard formula, but the actors pull it off exceptionally well. Thieves and Liars was also fairly entertaining, if a lot lighter fare. Guy with an art degree worked for a couple different companies installing security systems for art and now is going back and stealing a bunch of art for someone he owes a lot of money to. Inexplicable attraction to a super hot girl at a house he's robbing (he tends to do it during parties) leads to complications and shenanigans. Can't really complain though—had fun watching it overall.
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    Interviews

    New interview up at The Guardian. Pretty in-depth and interesting.
  11. Tried to read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James but just… could not. It's on everyone's best of lists, but I was pretty well bored and lost within a couple of pages. For that kind of book to work for me, I've got to be quite heavily invested in the characters and the protagonist is not someone I would ever want to have a conversation with or anything like that. Some of the writing is quite eloquent and there were scenes that I enjoyed, but overall it couldn't hold my interest enough to continue. On the other hand, Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer was hilarious good fun! It's more of a YA read, but the AI is such a positive influence in the book that you can't help but want things to go well, even as they go oh so badly for a while. I think I read this one in about 3-4 hours in a single sitting. In some ways it reminds me of Agency just because they both have thoroughly enjoyable AIs in them. And… that's what I'm doing now is re-reading Agency so that it will be fresh in my mind when it drops pretty soon now!
  12. Same, same… hope everyone is well.
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