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Hi! I'm Stephen. I live in Columbus, Ohio. I have over a decade of experience in criminal justice, civil legal aid, government service delivery, and the role of data/technology in all of that. I've done litigation, research, tech consulting, and project management. I'm also a local activist and socialist organizer. Always trying to get better at all of it.

I also sometimes make music, ride my bike, go bird watching, and hang out with my cat. I think that's basically it!

Scrooged (1988) 

I do understand what people like about this, I just happen to not like it

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The only downside of this Christmas movie challenge is that I have to watch "Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe in Santa," the "worst Christmas special of all time," for the second time in less than a year.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) 

Pretty charming and fun, but it heavily relies on the "someone is keeping 12 plates spinning to perpetuate a lie" thing that extremely stresses me out

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now ChatGPT seems really impressive and all but you have to remember that you can be tricked into thinking a rock has feelings by drawing a cute face on it

Arnold Schwarzenegger directed two things: an episode of "Tales from the Crypt" and a 1992 remake of "Christmas in Connecticut"

Love, Actually 

My hot take is that there are some very nice things in this movie, and if you cut it down to just the Alan Rickman / Emma Thompson story you end up with something actually excellent (plus it features a Mr. Bean)

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@rodneylives The next release will have v4 parity. It is going to come at the earliest whenever the *next* Mastodon release happens, depending on what bugs and tweaks happen in that fix. If the new year comes around and they haven't addressed what I think are the major issues with v4 then I am likely to just fix them myself, which will unfortunately result in greater divergence from Mastodon and more work for me, forever

I never watched it growing up, so I have no nostalgia for it, it's just really adorable, and the music is of course perfect

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I forgot how charming "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is

Earlier today my sister video called me and when I answered my nephews (5 years old, twins) both appeared and asked "uncle Stephen, what's inside a battery?"

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My other bike is a Gazelle Ultimate c380 ebike I've had for just over a year and I put nearly 1900 miles on it in that time. Pictured here at right (and at left is a bike you're more familiar with). I really really like it. Use it for touring and now it's my goto errand bike for heavier loads. I'm about to ride it to Staples.

I told the pharmacist about Whamageddon yesterday when I was picking up Lucky's anxiety meds, and she said "you better run out of here, we play that song a couple times a day!"

Mine is a Gary Fisher "Wingra" from around 2007, but with comfort upgrades to the seat and grips, added back rack, fenders, Raceface Ride pedals, lots of useful accessories. My favorites are the Ortlieb panniers, also yellow.

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If you ride a bike: tell me about your bike.

People care more about web browsers than they do about the television show Supernatural, and I think that Says Something about Society

My own web browser experience 

Another tip: increase engagement with your posts on Mastodon by asking about controversial subjects such as Software and Computers

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My own web browser experience 

- Chrome: slick, but I would sometimes see hints that it was paying a little too much attention to what I was doing...
- Safari: not a cross-platform solution
- Brave: fast, but too many perplexing and weird settings, pervasive crypto weirdness
- Arc: pretty, but weird and also taxed my limited resources on an older MacBook
- Firefox: pretty much fine, I'm familiar with it, gets slow with multiple tabs open but that is solvable

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What browser do you use? And why? Been switching around, not sure which one I like best.

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