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Also: I am always weighing how to balance jargon vs overexplaining, because I am wordy as-is, and jargon is useful for expressing common things within a field concisely.

The problem is jargon is also exclusionary, and I want anyone who is curious to be able to understand. I firmly believe that it's not about being "smart enough", it's about having the necessary context, and I can help with that!

So, If my posts don't make sense because of jargon or whatever but you're curious, please ask! I'm happy to elaborate, I love sharing understanding starting with whatever level of familiarity folks are coming from πŸ€—

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Another quick question for people who speak and write in languages other than English: Do you get upset when people use translation software to reply to your posts if they are not native speakers/writers? Why or why not?

If y'all could boost this post so that I can get more responses from people who speak/write English and at least one other language, that would be great! #CommunityDevelopment

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The speaker asks "Can everyone hear me okay?"
Someone responds "Yes!"
The speaker starts their presentation.

The people who can not hear of course never respond.

#a11y #accessibility

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Censored nudity, reference to abortion / bodily autonomy rights 

Reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy for all.

I wanted a design that was inclusive of trans, nonbinary, and intersex people, so I made one.

#MyBodyMyChoice #AbortionIsHealthCare #TransRightsAreHumanRights #TransArtist #ProtestArt

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Also I knew this already but damn this is a good album, and John Darnielle has an uncanny ability to put together incredible and absurd phrases in the most nonchalant way possible.

Like, sure, yeah your love is like the border between Greece and Albania. Their love is like a cyclone in a swamp. Of course the sun peeks through the curtains like a killer through a curtain. The cellar door is an open throat.

Huge crows loitering by the curb; the shrieking of inumerable gibbons; your eyes, twin volcanoes. How come there's peacocks in the front yard?

They're all just in there as if they're totally banal, everyday lyrics and I love it.

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eye contact, COVID 

Also we all make our own risk calculations, but for the record here's what I looked like in this masked + vax/tested show, because COVID continues to exist.

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As I shaved this morning I had the phrase "I hope I cut myself shaving tomorrow" flit through my brain. Later while tidying I put on the new copy of Tallahassee I got at the Mountain Goats show the other night and realized where it came from πŸ˜„

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Someone carved the alphabet into a tree and let it deform for five years and made a font out of it:

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I really want to emphasize again that technologies like banner exchanges, webrings, blogrolls and links pages didn't die off because people just stopped using them - they were, and are, a good idea and a great, low- or no-cost way for small hobby websites and communities to find each other and form connections.

They didn't fall out of favour because of changing times. They were deliberately hobbled or bought up and killed off by power-seeking corporations, because they were hard to monetize.

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Do you shut the toilet lid before flushing? (To be clear, I’m talking about the *lid*, not the seat.)

Plz retoot for science


New photo is also much more accurate to my average gender presentation these days, but turns out literally _every_ photo I've taken of myself in the last year and a half has been while presenting more femme, and judging by a couple tenuous database queries, I took literally twice as many selfies last year than in any previous year.

So uh, maybe there actually is something to all this gender stuff?

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Decided I should put up a profile photo that isn't from literally seven years ago and that's how I realized after using it for years that's Masto95 theme applies a solarizey-type filter to profile photos πŸ˜…

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@wraithan So I just ordered this album and it occurs to me that from the vague impression I have of your music taste it could be up your alley (if you haven't come across them already):

He's on my radar because it's a local dude who happens to be married to my favorite local baker. A bit outside what I'd usually go looking for musically, but maybe putting things like the Tron and Mad Max soundtracks have widened things a bit πŸ˜„

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How do you pronounce FAQ?

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tbh i kinda hope mastodon and the fediverse stays a place where autistic and neurodivergent weirdoes run wild and it never attracts the attention of the mainstream

no ads, no fucking VCs, just bizarre people who meow at cats and make weird art with thinking rocks

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If you're willing to trade your email and are in the US and Canada, until tomorrow (end-of-day Eastern Time on May 6), you can trade your email at for a ebook collection that includes this novella. If you bounced off of Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, this is a great way to give Becky Chambers a second try, which I encourage folks to do! I've read all of her books, and Long Way is by far my least favorite.

This book is a totally new series set on some sort of future-Earth-analog, and the hopeful eco-solarpunk warm-cup-of-tea post-apocalypse world is a perspective I didn't know I was missing until I read it. Highly recommended, and if you hate it, hey, it's only 160 pages.

And speaking generally: I find Chambers' writing (especially after Long Way) to be hopeful and optimistic without being cloying or insubstantial, which is a hard balance to strike. In Wayfarers, her non-human societies/creatures (and there are a lot!) are fascinating on a personal level in a way that is missing from a lot that I read, and do an good job of not just being "humans with antennae".

And other than Long Way, Wayfarers are all totally independent, so you can pick up whichever strikes your fancy and pick up the others in whatever order you like. And you don't even have to read Long Way first - just avoid Closed and Common Orbit if you don't want a big character spoiler for Long Way, everything else is pretty loosely coupled.

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obscure music shitpost, Harvey Danger 

My notes for a 15-year-old song: "desperado" is a pretty good rhyme for the title in Harvey Danger's "Incommunicado", but hear me out: what if instead it was "avocado"?

Think about it, I think there's potential there πŸ₯‘

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