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Here's a still frame, and also a cool accident from later in the day, with the sun out of focus but the pinpoint of Mercury still sharp.

The latter is from the way back to return the car, I stopped at a gas station and took another look while filling up. I offered the station attendant a peek, and he was super psyched about it, which kinda made my day πŸ˜„

Yesterday morning I got up and grabbed my telescope. Finding it cloudy in town, got a ZipCar and drove south until I could see the sun. 45 minutes later, not far from the 45th parallel, I was rewarded with this: Mercury transiting the sun! It's that small black dot in the lower right, the gray wispy bits are clouds passing in front of the sun πŸ”­

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I feel like this is an especially important reminder for social media, where so many people seem to think they need to be Friends or Enemies with Everyone

friendship costs time and energy; you cannot have unlimited friends.

you can have lots and lots of casual acquaintances, though! people you talk to occasionally, but you don't really think about when they aren't there, who you don't invest time or energy into

those are good! they are like cantrips, you can have them at zero cost

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I flipped the switch and I'm going to bed. This thing is live!

Thanks for all the feedback friends. Boosts greatly appreciated over the next month. πŸ’–

Hey indie game Mastodon, you should go check out Umbra! I got to meet the devs and try an early demo at PRGE, and can confirm they are lovely people working on a clever, beautiful game. They're almost to their goal with three days left, consider helping put them over the finish line, I want to see this game in its final form!

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Mike's one piece of advice for new Mastodon users - dive into that Federated column and follow ANYONE and EVERYONE who looks like they've posted anything at all interesting to you. Just hammer the button. There's no penalty for mistakes. Go wild.

Later, when your Home timeline is buzzing, go in and unfollow people you decide you're not enjoying so much now.

Then do that again a few times. Then some more. Forever.

Oh, another thing I'm realizing about it I really like: it involves building proficiency in a tool and getting noticeably more efficient in my task, feeling increasingly like a wizard with all my keyboard shortcuts and the like, splaying building outlines all over the place like magic. Shoutout to for being well-built for the job, and having a robust plugin system!

Also, on the crooked buildings, it is actually usually more helpful to have buildings outlined sloppily than not at all, so even the sloppy outliners are genuinely helpful! And often are just learning how to do things, which is awesome as well.

The mapping is sometimes mapping out new stuff, and sometimes doing a lot of "why are none of these outlines rectangles?!", which is something the tooling makes very easy to fix very quickly, and it's quite satisfying!

Also, if you want to help classify things without having to have any mapping experience, check out - it's a great way to kill a few minutes on your phone and help us out!

For those not familiar: various humanitarian organizations can ask to help map an area (e.g. MSF wants to do a population survey and map before doing an anti-maria campaign), and will deploy their task force of volunteers to find residential areas via their MapSwipe app, and then task folks like me with outlining building and roads and such.

I've been on a ( kick lately, and it's at a really great intersection for me: open source, making maps, doing good/helping people, and fixing up sloppy work done by other (often well-meaning!) people. And it's short bursts of intense focus, as many times as I like. It's actually, uh, really great.





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Voting day. If you're in Easthampton Massachusetts, there's an opportunity for ranked choice voting to happen here. Let's make it happen!

On that note, anyone have any socket 1150 they like? I don't give a shit about overclocking, I just want it to have a non-terrible interface (keyboard-driven is fine!) and have it keep a consistent boot order, really.

I should probably just upgrade the processor while I'm at it but ugh I don't wanna deal with all that.

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