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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 😅

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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 😄

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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 🥑

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PDX friends, suckerpunch is finally open!! 🥹 They’re a zero proof cocktail bar on east side, and they just had a break-in recently so please support them if you’re able and feel safe doing so!! 💕

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The psychological difference between "one bus every ten minutes" and "one bus every twenty minutes" is so miserably huge

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silly complaining about tea 

My fave bakery has chai that is just fine, so this morning I decided to venture out and try their London Fog (Earl Grey tea latte), and I was rewarded with the second-worst tea latte I've had in my life 😂

The barista was somewhat new, so I'm not writing them off for good, but also there are ample coffee shops within walking distance who have never served me a cup of tea with a splash of oat milk and called it a latte.

So, I might just get my pastries and then walk another couple blocks next time I'm feeling foggy 😄

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I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

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An R syntax:

groundhog.library(pkg, date)

"Now every time you run that code, you load the version of the package that was available on that date, regardless of when you run it."

via #MetaFilter

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Content warning abbreviations can be a bit confusing, so here are the most common ones:

ph = physical health
mh = mental health
pol. = politics
adj. = adjacent
+ = positively framed
~ = neutrally/uncertaintly framed
- = negatively framed
begpost = crowdfunding request
:boost_ok: = Boosts are okay/appreciated
:birdsite: = Twitter, also known as "Birdsite"

If anyone can think of anything else, we'll happily boost it. But most others tend to be self-explanatory.

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Now the LHC is starting up again, periodic reminder that you can gaze at their fantastic, impenetrable dashboards on the public web

It's a brilliant and very thoughtful solution to a very annoying problem. Usually for this stuff you have to look things up in a list somewhere or pull up another tool.

But with this, when you go to configure your filters, you can just focus the window you want to filter for, look at the values in the window you're already using, and then go back to that same dialog and add the appropriate filter values.

Simple, effective, and obvious once you think of it, but far from obvious when you're designing this interface. It reveals a keen attention to how the users are actually using the program and creative thinking about how you can improve that experience.

Love it, big kudos to the team at, they're doing solid work with a very reasonable business model, I'm a happy camper and I'm only using a small slice of what this tool is capable of.

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