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Oh man, looks like this Mastodon instance is retiring. Gonna need to find a new home. My first thought was, but I see that their server is closed to registrations. Hum.

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the mastodon instance at is retiring 

for a lot of reasons, both personal and practical, i don't think i can effectively run a public mastodon instance any more, and i need to retire i want to do this responsibly and make sure everyone has a chance to migrate and export properly, so here is the plan for the instance retirement (feel free to share this link around):

due to ongoing moderation load issues and understaffing, between now and 1 november, the instance may be undermoderated. for other instances, if this poses an issue for you, i encourage you to use federation tools at your discretion. i would only ask that you be clear and public about your decisions so that users can figure out where they will be able to migrate their accounts.

thank you

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This wart remover is apparently made of:

- Movie film (the flammable kind)
- Pain reliever / skin dissolver
- Tree wax
- Vodka
- Ether
- Laxative

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Je me suis finalement attardé un peu sur mon sifflet-test : je lui ai coupé une… partie pour qu'il soit moins lourd en soirée. Poncé, verni (cochenille) et poli la coupe. Je garde l'idée pour la suite de mon œuvre 🎨 sauvage et musicale : brut / poli.
Et le lilas, c'est joli, j'en reste étonné.
J'ai surtout ajouté un trou ⛳ ce qui m'a magiquement fait gagner TROIS notes :blobaww:
J'adore les résonateurs de Helmholtz 🎶
Par contre, ça fait un doigté à la mors-moi-le-sifflet.

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My contact at Tech Networks of Boston says that it's been a great place to work.

They're also evidently offering referral bonuses to people who send qualified applicants their way. ($7,500 for a qualified senior engineer, smaller amounts for the more junior positions.)

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Job opportunities:

Someone I know through political volunteering works at Tech Networks of Boston (, a company that provides IT services to nonprofits, and they are evidently in a big hiring scramble right now for IT people.

Please spread the word!

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my obnoxious new hobby is pointing out old trucks to The Fiance. "see? you see how that one isn't gigantic? you see how you could notice if a kid ran out in front of it? you see how it's clearly been put to use?"

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goats normally have twins and sometimes triplets. one time we had a goat give birth to quadruplets. this was worrying: she was a cashmere goat so not bred for milk beyond the needs of two or three kids. astonishingly, another goat who hadn't been bred that year started giving milk. one of the kids still ended up kind of runty but nobody died of starvation.

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"Growing houses emerging from living trees with 92 pictorial representations in 69 illustrations and panels"
Arthur Wiechula - Wachsende Häuser

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There are a lot of "programming is like..." metaphors that focus on industry. Programming is like a construction project. Programming is like a manufacturing floor.

Those work, as far as they go, when you're trying to have a mental model for how programming produces products in organizations. But it doesn't really capture, in my mind, what programming is like for the individual. And it also kind of excludes a huge number of hobbyist and amateur1 programmers.

Programming is an art and a craft. It's honestly a lot like sewing. Yes, it's often cheaper in the modern world to buy pre-made things -- but it's a valuable skill for everyone to have at some level, even if that level is "I can replace a button". People learn to sew because they want to repair something they love, or made modifications (bam now my skirt has pockets!), or because they find joy in making things, or because they want to make things that don't exist "off the shelf", or...

1: Keep in mind that "amateur" means "one who loves"; it isn't and should never be a criticism

Does anyone out there have a ready-made tool they like to use to view their downloaded Mastodon archives?

(boosts/relays welcome)

What kind of computer do you think a parent who is concerned both about privacy and about e-waste should get for a child that is old enough to learn to type, but not necessarily mature enough to take care of nice things?

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I feel sorry for phone reviewers, trying to type out five thousand words without breaking down and gibbering "It's a black rectangle! Just like your last phone! My job is pointless!"

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Magazine editor wanted an expanded piece on using the Catechism to defend abortion rights! Less Church history more Church philosophy.

I'm feeling pretty good about the first pass at this piece.

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Some impressive green-washing post from @EU_Commission here:

Extremely concerning to see how an official body can promote things that go so obviously in the wrong direction on most indicators.

Would be good if scientists reacted here and on Twitter.

Some details below ⬇️

#greenwashing #environment #transition #science

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New study suggests that space tourism has the potential to not only aggravate global warming at a disproportionate scale, but also to cancel the last decades' recovery of stratospheric ozone.

As usual, billionaires don't play on the same league, whatever you do, they can do worse (probably 500 times worse with each go, in this case).

Direct paper link is

#science #space #climateChange #globalWarming #ozone #billionaires

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As professors struggle to recruit postdocs, calls for structural change in academia intensify. "A lot of universities really showed their cards about whether they care about people”

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