uspol, ilpol, housing, resource
If you're in Illinois and in danger of needing transitional or emergency housing, here are some links.
uspol, payroll tax, important but also negative
The president just signed an executive order deferring payroll tax collection. He’s trying to sell it as a cut. It’s not a cut. It’s just not withheld from your check now. YOU WILL STILL OWE THIS MONEY NEXT YEAR ON TAX DAY. If you spend this extra money now YOU WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH HUNDREDS OF EXTRA DOLLARS ON TAX DAY NEXT YEAR TO PAY THE GOVERNMENT WHAT IT DEFERRED. This is a trap, please do not consider this extra money spendable. You’re going to have to figure out what you’d normally pay in payroll tax and put it somewhere you’re not going to spend it so you have it on tax day next year or you will be hurt by this trap.
Remember when you could just awoo and half the fediverse would awoo back
I thought that was the most charming thing
Started a new character in FFXIV a few days ago even though I have multiple old characters at the Heavensward level cap (doubtlessly no longer the level cap) because I can’t remember how the game works anymore and I’m still not actually sure if I want to keep going on the new character or get back to one of my old characters and maybe figure out how to change to Red Mage or Blue Mage and start from there since presumably those start from level one anyway
Programming professionally seems daunting because each opening has like 8 different languages and subsystems they want you to be proficient in and each one probably takes a phonebook-sized textbook to become proficient in and are constantly being updated and like I don’t understand how people keep up with this stuff one or two languages are hard enough KUDOS TO YOU PROGRAMMERS
Americans used to identify with their state first and their country second and now it’s the other way around. That change didn’t happen around the civil war like one might think at first glance (it lasted much longer than that). I have a suspicion that the nationalism used to drum up support for US participation in World War 1 and World War 2 is actually what lead to the identity shift, and before COVID hit I was planning to explore that in the Missouri Historical Society’s Library and Research Center, but alas...
My hobby: trying and failing to correctly guess how locals pronounce clearly foreign-derived place names in rural America. You can bet the pronunciation of Bois d’Arc, MO is NOT the same as the French pronunciation, but can you guess the correct corruption of the French? It’s BO-dark, say the rural tow drivers I have already pissed off halfway through my first sentence.
New Madrid? New MAD-rid
Versailles, MO? Same as the French, actually, don’t be so rude
My favorite is not rural at all, L’enfant Plaza in DC, near where I lived for 12 years, and I still don’t know how locals pronounce it, just that I get confused stares every time I pronounce it in French
Turns out we likely spread and become infected through our noses much more than through our mouths, so baring the nose while covering the mouth is even more stupid than it appeared
-29 scalie dergyears
-Bad at pretending to hooman
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