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A.K.M Akmeek Author: Military Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, LitRPG, other things. www.akmeek.com
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A.K.M · @Akmeek ·
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Any #freelanceillustrator in Parler-land that's done podcast cover work? #graphicdesign #illustrators #digitaldesign

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Is it possible to take more than one Covid vaccine? Can we take like all three or four, or however many are out there?

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You can take them all as long as there's a little break between, but there's absolutely no reason to and a few reasons not to. The vaccines have differences in vectors and sequences. It wouldn't make you any more immune.

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Yeah I'm not volunteering for anything. Twenty plus years in the military, and I've been experimented on plenty

@Akmeek It's funny. I've heard that as a reason both for and against getting the vaccine. 😜

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A.K.M · @Akmeek ·
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So can the vaccine passport be used as a voter ID?

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A.K.M · @Akmeek ·
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I checked my stats and saw I have made 101 comments. I guess that's good, maybe...

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Watching a livestream of Jack Hibbs' Good Friday message on the crucifixion and YouTube blocks it mid-stream for a policy violation.

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They’re out of control! 😡

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

Hopefully it was just a glitch. But then it is YouTube and pagans are gonna act like pagans.

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Would hate for that dangerous message to get out.

That’s infuriating! I hate/love YouTube. Hopefully Rumble with put them out of business.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek ·
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Does anyone here mess with the Locals platform?

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I'm looking for some new podcasts. Something light-hearted. And no politics! Who creates podcasts on here?

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Not I, but I am a voracious consumer of podcasts. One of my favorites of late has been Saquatch Chronicles (hosted by Wes Germer). A very professional and intriguing podcasts that has nothing to do with politics. 😁

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

I think I've seen that one. I've been kicking around the idea of creating my own along the lines of Welcome to Night Vale.

Ok, I’ll bite. What is Night Vale?

Theres a podcast called the bloody beaver podcast. It's wild west themed and covers biographies of a specific person in each episode. It's very weird but definitely light hearted

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Thanks . I'll check it out

Theres also a podcast called Bedside Rounds . 10 or 15 minute episodes, medical themed, thoughtful. Some medical jargon, but hes always trying to make a simple point that anyone can understand

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A.K.M · @Akmeek ·
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How many social media sites do you invest time in?

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One

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

One's about all I can stomach

Three so far.

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Would you do more? Like Trump's?

@Akmeek I can't even keep up with the ones I'm on.

I am on here and Gab, but spend very little time on either because I can’t seem to get any traction in the writing community on Gab, and the once thriving writing community on Parler is a shell of its former self. The upside is I’m reading more books and spending more time with my family. I’ll never regret that.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

Gab reminds me of America Online.

Depends on my mood.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

Which ones?

@Akmeek In order of importance:
Parler
Instagram
Facebook

I’m still on Facebook mainly to be able to sell garage sale type items locally, to let people know when I’m having one of my “Hidden Artwork Hunts” and to direct them to my website for clues as to the locations of my packages of artwork, to keep up on local wildlife activity (grizzly bears mainly), and to keep up on local crime activity and to familiarize myself with the faces of our local criminals and tweakers.

Last year my husband and I were alerted to a fatal grizzly mauling via FB, just down the road from where my husband had been working outside, all alone. We literally found out about it less than half an hour of it being reported to law enforcement.

I absolutely hate Zuckerburg, but unfortunately none of the other social media platforms have replaced FB as a local news source for those of us living in rural Alaska.

@corinnedanzl That's a good use of social media. There's so much more value than just arguing over senseless things.

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Facebook is a dystopic social conditioning experiment and millions volunteered to participate, not caring about the results.

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A perfect working example of left vs. right practicality is comparing California to Florida's response to Covid.

Which state is open and prospering? Which state is shut down and crushed?

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My boy Houdini on a chair that he's not supposed to be on. #dogsofparlor #mutt

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That chair is his now. 🤭😂

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One of my favorite short stories in one of my favorite anthologies. #authorsofparler #amwritingscifi #writersofparler #writingcommnunity

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Just watched DeSouza interview a Parler rep. I'm not encouraged by their discussion with Apple on getting back in their store.

Will you stick with Parler if they're reduced to web-only access on iPhone? #parler

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I struggle with this. Today, I love Parler for the people who hang out here. But originally, I came to Parler because I hold political opinions that could get me banned from Twitter. I get what the funders/owners want. They want to build a business that will make them a profit eventually. And it's entirely possible the only path to that profit goes through the app stores. And it's at least equally possible that Apple won't let them back in unless they ban certain opinions. Completely out of my control, no point worrying about it. But I do hope the day I have to choose never comes.

I don't make decisions based on Apple's opinion. No app means that my next phone won't be Apple.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

I guess I'm thinking more pragmatically about it. I've tried using Gab over web and just don't like it. For some reason knowing it's web-based makes it less appealing.

@Akmeek I get that. I'm just a stubborn old guy that gets even more curmudgeonly when faced with things like this. I used WordStar until WordPerfect finally killed them and stuck with WordPerfect until changes in tech made doing my job untenable unless I was using Word.

I don't hold anything against people for leaving. It's just not my style. :)

Yep. Apple doesn't make my decisions. I was using Parler without an app before it was cool. ;-)

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Pro tip: when you complain on Parler about getting suspended from Twitter, no one cares. #parler #twitter

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It reminds me of those people you come across on a One Way street. They're the ones going the wrong way, but they give you this totally surprised look to see you, as if you're the one that doesn't belong.

All the signs tell them they're going to the wrong way and then when they get banned, they looked surprised or offended that it happened.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

You're Going The Wrong Way - Planes Trains & Automobiles - short version https://youtu.be/bAomKp9hfs4
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For whatever reason the new #parler logo reminds me of General Grievous. Is it just me...? #starwars

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A.K.M · @Akmeek ·
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So if #parler completed imploded and went away, what social media would you use? #justathought #justasking

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None. I turned the company pages over to someone else who handles that crap. This is it for me and I honestly don't see the point of going somewhere else. I don't like social media. Parler isn't so much social media as it is community.

I would keep using Next Door, but that's different.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

I agree in that I really don't like social media. When I hopped on Parler it felt a little different. I enjoy it here. Mostly I lurk, but now and am trying to put some effort into it all.

I have MeWe just because there's a few people there I want to keep up with (professionally), but I don't care for it too much.

Given some time, I think Parler can rebound completely. It's difficult maneuvering social media in these odd days.

@Akmeek It's nice here. They'll rebound and get stronger. I think there're quite a few people waiting for the bugs to get worked out.

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Do you listen to fiction podcasts? Which ones? NOT political podcasts.

I'm even more interested if you have your own podcast.

#podcaster #podcasting #podcast

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It's been awhile since I listened to any podcasts though if memory serves I used to check out one called Myths and Legends. It ... The show's 'bit' where the host halts the narrative to put modern concerns in the mouth of a character from say a folktale from Ancient Greece gets old rather fast. It's pretty much why I stopped listening.

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If you make up names for characters in your books, be sure to keep track of phonetic pronunciations. It makes getting an audio book done much easier. #audiobooks #writingcommunity #author #amwritingsciencefiction

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I'm stating this for the record:

If I ever lasso enough followers into the millions and am blessed to have the coveted gold badge bestowed upon me, I promise to be a benevolent gold badge.

I'll remember the unwashed masses that helped propel me to my demigod status. Maybe once (or even twice!) a week I'll reach down from my perch on high and bless one of you lowly red badges (but not any unverified, because trolls!) with a comment. Perhaps even lol a meme that mildly amuses me.

Rest assured that us gold badges have your best intentions in mind, even if you don't know it yet. It's not about us at all.

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I shall join in this noble commitment.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

😂

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How many Yellow (gold?) badges do you follow on #Parler? Do you follow for interaction with them?

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

I've dumped several.

@Akmeek I just never followed. Neither have been active lately.

I am considering joining @highfunctioninglibertarian ‘s jihad against the zero comment gold badges. Unfortunately, I’ll have to unfollow a couple I really like, so I’m having to dig deep.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

Never heard of that

@Akmeek Well, this anti gold badge stuff seems to be going around, and I heard it there first, so that’s how I think of it. But I don’t know who the real originator is. It’s true though, whoever start d it. Almost no gold badgers talk to people.

@3e4f4e935fdf4fd2a30b634b0c640778 @ChaayaChandra applied for a Gold Badge just to be contrary. They haven't turned her down yet.

@realRPGames Be awesome if she got it. Then I would have a gold badger who talks to me! At least a little bit. Likes my comments. Liked. That one time.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

@realRPGames You can apply for them?

@Bowengreenwood At my company we like to joke that the only thing harder than getting her to talk is getting her to shut up. =P

Parlermaggedon stressed her a lot, but I'm sure she'll be interacting more soon.

@Akmeek Yep. On the left of the web version is the three dots that says "show more." I think it's under that.

@Akmeek lol. She scared it away or something. Seems to be gone.

@Akmeek Sorry for the spam. It's hard to get to my messages to delete the old ones... but I was wrong. There is a way to do it. It's under feedback in the "show more" section.

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

@realRPGames No prob. The parleys are still confusing for me to figure out.

@Bowengreenwood I thought we talked about some writing topic or other before the shutdown thing, but maybe not. I try to talk to people. I like your posts. You're not one of those angsty writer types that drive me nuts.

@ChaayaChandra We did. I was trying to be funny. It probably didn’t come across right because of my angst.

@Bowengreenwood lol. Well, if you do have angst, you hide it really well. Years ago I tried an online writing group and after about three weeks, I had to throw in the towel. One of the people was complaining about how no one understood what she was doing with her story and it was a shame that people weren't artistic enough to follow that.

I don't remember exactly what I said, but it was something like, "Well, if no one gets it, maybe it's time to learn how to actually write stuff." I wasn't invited back.

It wasn't just her either, it was always people whining how no one appreciated their work and they were always fishing for attention.

I don't follow people like that.

And just so M. Meek doesn't think I'm totally off topic. I don't follow any gold badges. I prefer to associate with real people.

@ChaayaChandra Obligatory mention of gold badges for topicality. I'm totally with you on writers who think the world just doesn't understand them. The entire point of being a writer is to deliver information from our brains to other people's brains. If the information didn't get there, it's me who didn't do my job, not my audience.

They are all too snotty to interact with anybody

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A.K.M · @Akmeek

I guess PR teams handle their accounts?

@Akmeek They mostly just post what theyve alreadyposted elsewhere. And they arent noticeably ever here themselves.

That Rat @milo , love him or hate him, at least posts here himself.