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This is the how-to I wish I had when I set up my Prosody XMPP server. I have no idea why in tarnation no search engine would show it to me.

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I'm Thraeryn, the Embodiment of RED and of

* wrestling
* being kind & friendly
* supporting good folks
* chatting about the everyday

* tech
* podcasts
* pineapple pizza
* current music
* a whole bunch of current TV
* mansplaining
* white fragility
* @Gargron

Achievement unlocked:

✅ Correctly guess the fursona someone is complaining about drawing for themselves

astrology, swears 

Aries Crew:


Our house
It is made of mud and peat
Our house
Smells like whiskey taken neat

us, covid-19, mild peace of mind 

In my case, at least, the perception was that public testing was hard to get, that available tests were few, and that I might wait weeks to schedule a time for a guaranteed test.

Some of those things are likely still true for the uninsured who rely on government-offered, no-cost testing.

If you are at all insured, or can swing the cost of a traffic ticket, it's not like that. There are tests out there.

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us, covid-19, mild peace of mind 

I discovered something recently, and it really helped me out.

Many, many of those suburban, doc-in-a-box places? They have covid-19 tests that are fully covered under most insurance.

I'm not insured; I paid $175 for mine.

For that $175, I got a same-day appointment (scheduled online), with in-car, curbside antigen testing and a 15-minute turn-around on results delivered, again, to my car.

health update, yuck 

I'm glad my skin is basically healed--it is--because this whole "sweating the skin cream back out" thing that happens every time I spend five minutes without A/C? It's disgusting.

more people died in july here than in the previous 4 months combined because Abbott made the state reopen too early.

cool, right?

Oh, no, I COULD add more absurdity: maybe put a dot of nail polish on there so it's easily identified.

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A friend asked what they should put in the medicine cabinet of their half-bath, and people started offering silly suggestions. Mine?

Fake rock with a spare key.

I think I win.

covid, us, facepalm 

Bike daddies and hog mamas are, right now, cramming their unmasked, city-sized population into the town-sized box of Sturgis, South Dakota.


The five most useful knives in my drawer? Gonna call it $25 total. (All the same knife, though. 😹 I love that Thai-style, 5-6" blade. Incredibly versatile.)

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I'm not paying more than $60 for a set of five kitchen knives. That is the upper bound, and they'd better come with an accessory.

Expensive knives just mean maybe less sharpening time. MAYBE.


Y'know when you're enjoying a day on the water, you've applied sunscreen, you think it's well absorbed & well dried,

and then you sweat a bunch and it reconstitutes?

I just had that with the steroid cream I'm using, except I was emptying cat boxes instead of enjoying some fun in the sun.


Well, fuck.

I rarely have any respect for AGs, and if Letitia James' team dissolves the NRA, I'll actually have to give her some.

health update 

My skin is visibly improving.

"Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense" is arguably in the top 5 of concert films.

I was gifted a ticket to a Ring of Honor event a few years ago when a buddy couldn't use it. A different friend got me on Toyota Center's papering list for WWE events.

When folks who love wrestling find out that you also love wrestling, you're in. We're always glad to find more folks who share the love.

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A buddy on a wrestling-watching stream gave me his code for some free Popeye's chicken.

It pays to be part of the wrestling community. We're tight-knit.

Woooooooooo. I forgot how funky Benadryl naps can be.

Uh, "Being John Malkovich" playing as I fell asleep might also have contributed.


So what i really enjoy about wrestling is the idea of a fictional evolving story that often is about incorporating the reality and perceived reality into its pantomime in order to make its audience buy into the story of these people going from zero to hero.

A great example of it is two months ago a lot of Black wrestlers became more vocal about racism within the industry, a lot of the discussion became focused at the second largest US promotion, AEW due to their declaration that they are trying to be the new inclusive wrestling promotion constrasted with the fact that while they have quite a few Black wrestlers, many of them were being underutilised or as jobbers (those who lose a lot to make others look good).

At the time the arguably top Black wrestler in the promotion was Scorpio Sky, who was one of two people in the entire promotion to pin the Champion but he never won the title and he mainly worked in a trio doing midcard work.

Suddenly however, Sky was no longer part of the main tv show in his normal trio role, and started appearing only a singles competitor on their secondary B show which is meant for like, lesser unimportant matches.

Every week for the last two months Sky wrestled on the B show, putting on good matches, but no storyline, no character development, and as it went on fans kept on bringing up the fact that AEW was wasting him, giving him nothing but spinning his wheels.

Right up until last night where Sky breaks the shows usual format, grabs a mic in frustration and cuts a promo (something that doesn't happen on the show) on how he's been shoved down in the B-show, his talents ignored, how he pinned the champ, and how he's done taking the scraps he's given.

And all the fans suddenly realised they'd been played hard by Sky and AEW. In a time where everyone's always figured out the story five weeks in advance. We'd bought it all.

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