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DC is charging a higher vehicle license fee for extremely oversized vehicles, to discourage the use of these stupid elephant cars that are so deadly to pedestrians.

California law explicitly bans San Francisco (and other cities) from doing this. bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

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CW: crabs, romantic entanglements. 

This area is the home to many horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus). These prehistoric-looking things are scuttling around the shallows. It is also, coincidentally, their mating season and they were going for it as the sun set.

The larger ones are females. The males cling on to a female's tail for the best chance of fertilizing the eggs which she will lay on the sand at the edge of the water.

There are lots of other guys orbiting the action, trying their luck.

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Gardening people,
Any good 101 resources on mulching? I'm super curious to try using dead knotweed canes for it. But, I'm not much of a gardener and frankly don't really understand how mulch is meant to be used.
I'm hoping to get some veggie starts in a few weeks and plant them out. I guess the idea is to loosely layer the mulch around the plant (with some breathing room) to help keep it warm and moist. But how much should i add? And when should i add it? And do you use it in herb gardens too? And when is it a bad idea?

(This will be closely monitored and a small experiment so don't worry about the knotweed spreading, I'll be keeping a very close eye on it)

#gardening

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Centuries before we had American Sign Language (#ASL), Native "Hand Talk" was thriving across North America. Plains Indian Sign Language (#PISL) was used so widely across the Great Plains that it became a universal language for both deaf and hearing people to communicate between tribes. At one point, tens of thousands of indigenous people used PISL for trade, hunting, conflict, storytelling and rituals. It formed the basis for ASL and has largely been lost to history. youtu.be/s1-StAlw3aE

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Favor to ask: I'm putting together a blog post about how to use Mastodon, and would like to be able to take meaningful screenshots of the notifications tab of this demo account.

Could folks post some friendly replies to this post so that I can demo how the interface works?

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A sneak peek of my realtime project tiny cabin! Some minor things are still on my todo list. But the release will be coming soon😄
#sketchfab #3dart #animation #tinyworld #tinycabin #tree #forestspirits

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us government software 

a thing I think folks outside of government may not be aware of is that it's not a given that the federal government can develop technology services that can be provided, for fee or for free, to non-federal agencies (eg gov in states, tribes, territories, local).

why? good question! it's because the US loves private industry, and has written into its guidance that the US federal government should not offer services the private sector could.

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I think this might also shed light on why Mastodon feels so vibrant, while *diaspora (modeled on Facebook) never seemed to go anywhere. *Diaspora didn't work for me because there was nothing to keep me coming back once I had set up an account. I made a couple posts, but it felt like yelling into the void.

On Mastodon it always feels like there is something going on.

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Mastodon is a place where almost none of my family, coworkers, or in-person friends hang out, but I meet new people continually.

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Facebook was the place to be because everyone I knew was on there and it eventually came to feel like the only way to stay connected with friends, family, and coworkers. But I almost never met anyone new on there.

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I realized that, for me, the ability to connect with strangers is one of the selling points of Mastodon.

It's the opposite of Facebook in that regard.

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I really appreciate the *kinds* of people I've been meeting on here.

Lots of interesting ideas being thrown around, and I also have lots of choices about what kinds of subcommunities to connect with.

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But the fact that the people I meet on Mastodon are not people that I know elsewhere actually turns out to be a selling point for me.

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I agreed that the people I know on Mastodon are generally not people that I know elsewhere, and noted that Mastodon is full of iconoclasts.

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My friend went on to suggest that Mastodon is really only of general interest as an open source project, that it isn't publicly discussed for its value as a community.

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As evidence for Mastodon being a tiny community, he pointed to the fact that 5 years ago he was hearing about Slack in a number of places, and 12 years ago he needed a Facebook account in order to stay connected with multiple communities.

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My friend said that Mastodon must be a tiny community because I'm one of the only people that he knows of who is actually on here.

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I just had an exchange with a friend that I think sheds light on my own use of Mastodon, and I thought I would share.

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@christian_zerfass

For a while now, I've been in a kind of strange headspace with regard to the stability of our global civilization. For decades I've felt certain that high levels of centralization and overreliance on industrial solutions for everything makes our society extremely fragile.

And yet somehow this thing keeps weathering major shocks. Conditions get better and worse, but the machine keeps working.

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