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It Never Rains In Southern California

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If people wrote me letters they'd say, "rx, quit with this poetry shit. We don't even know what you're talking about. We want gambling stories. Stay in your lane."

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One night, while scouting the Las Vegas Hilton, I see him sitting at the bar playing video poker.  I haven’t seen him since he quit his job at the Monte Carlo.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude.  I want to thank him for changing my life.  My mom encouraged me to be a card counter, but he gave me the idea of gambling as a profession.  I approach him. He instantly smiles.

“Hi,” I say.

“Well hi,” he says, beaming.

“Do you remember me?”

“No. Should I?”

“I used to work with you at the Monte Carlo.  You quit your job to play blackjack and poker.”

“You’re not working?” he says.

It takes a few seconds before I realize he thinks I’m a hooker. Who else would approach him like I just approached him? It’s one-o-clock in the morning at the fucking Las Vegas Hilton.

I’m dejected but I continue…

“I play blackjack for a living now, too.  I got the idea from you!” 

I’m so excited to tell him this. It's out of character but I want him to know.

“There aren’t any good games anymore,” he says.

Now, I’m crushed.

He doesn't think there are good games. My team is already pulling in a million dollars this year.

He asks for my number. I don’t want to give it to him. But he changed my life.

I give him my number, hoping he never calls. 

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Red rock formation in Sedona, AZ
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Clarion Alley, 4 of 5

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Bluesky Launches RSS Feeds

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Bluesky, the Twitter alternative backed by Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, has released its new RSS feeds. openrss.org reports: The link to a user's RSS feed is quite lengthy, making it not so easy to remember, and you can't really tell which user's profile an RSS feed is for just by looking at it. Here's the RSS feed link for Bluesky's CEO Jay Graber, for example: https://bsky.app/profile/did:plc:oky5czdrnfjpqslsw2a5iclo/rss. But thankfully, this doesn't matter much, because they're embedded on each user's profile on the Bluesky website. This makes each user's RSS feed automatically discoverable by any RSS reader app. You can simply copy and paste the link to a user's profile into the app, and it will find the user's RSS feed for you automatically. Some RSS apps will even allow you to get a Bluesky user's RSS feed simply by typing their username in the search. This setup also works well with RSS browser extensions. So if you're using one with RSS detection, it will automatically detect a user's RSS feed after visiting their Bluesky profile in your browser.

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Children’s book on Billie Jean King might be banned in Florida district because one parent complained

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Illana Kloss, left, and Billie Jean King
Illana Kloss, left, and Billie Jean King are the subject of a children’s book under attack in Florida. | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

A sentence in a cartoon book about the gay tennis icon caused one parent to ask that the title be removed from elementary school libraries.

A children’s book on the life of tennis and LGBTQ icon Billie Jean King is being reviewed for a possible ban in elementary school libraries by a school district in Tallahassee, Fla., after a parent complained about one of its themes that supports same-sex love.

The Tallahassee Democrat lays out the complaint:

“I am Billie Jean King,” a children’s book by Brad Meltzer located in three elementary school libraries, is being evaluated by administrators to determine whether it’s age appropriate, according to district spokesperson Chris Petley. The book remains on the shelves during the review process. ...

The complaint about the King children’s biography, rated 4.8 stars on Amazon, came from a parent at Hawks Rise Elementary School.

The book includes a page that describes how King fell in love and married her wife, Ilana Kloss.

“Eventually, Larry and I stopped being married and I fell in love with a wonderful woman named Ilana,” King’s cartoon depiction says in the book. “You can’t choose who you fall in love with. Your heart will tell you.”

In Florida, it only takes one parent to object and set in motion hearings on whether a book should be allowed to be on library shelves. The laws on so-called “parental rights” have been a cornerstone of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ legislative agenda. DeSantis denies his laws push book bans, though librarians say that’s the impact they have.

“The Leon County review process states the parent complaint heads to school administration first,” the Democrat says. “If unresolved, the complaint goes from the principal and up the chain of command to the superintendent. The superintendent will then meet with the parent. If they cannot agree on an outcome, the decision goes to the Leon County School Board for a hearing within 30 days.”

The paper notes that the request to ban the book came days after King, on a visit to Florida, criticized the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.

The book is rated as appropriate for children in kindergarten to fourth grade and is 40 pages written in a cartoon style. It celebrates an American hero and the idea that one parent can get a book yanked from the shelves is infuriating and one reason book bans are unpopular.

According to the author’s rights group PEN America, 357 books have been banned in Florida since these laws started being passed in states. “Overwhelmingly, book banners continue to target stories by and about people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals,” PEN America notes. “In this six-month period, 30% of the unique titles banned are books about race, racism, or feature characters of color. Meanwhile, 26% of unique titles banned have LGBTQ+ characters or themes.”

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lahosken
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"Tennis" rhymes with "menace," so you kids better be careful
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Worst Practices in Software Development: Julia Evans doesn't read the documentation

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From: Worst Practices
Duration: 4:38

In this episode, we hear from Julia Evans about her *worst* practice in software development: Not reading the documentation. Be sure to check out Julia's programming zines at https://wizardzines.com and her website https://jvns.ca

Hosted by: https://twitter.com/haxor

Thanks for watching!

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Julia's doing it right
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