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Middle-aged, US expat in W. Europe. Married to Loving Spouse. Share custody of 2 adult cats and many interests accruing from 30+ years of marriage.

Lots of my interests are listed in my profile, but it's not exhaustive. I'm comfortable in my cis-het being, but try to be sympathetic to all types; It's hard being human.

I curate followers pretty hard, but if you like what you see, you'll improve your chances if you drop me a line to start a conversation.

I had a short stint at a national lab during my first go at grad school. One time a scientist in a different group came by to tour the observatory and he randomly started telling us about how he studied bees and radioactivity. He’d accidentally let the hive get too big and the hive divided and half of his radioactive bees flew away never to be seen again. I think about those bees a lot. Like, how to you even begin to describe that in a paper? “Oops, lost my radioactive bees.”

Kept seeing this in the Mozilla suggestion page and while I want to say "duh!" it would actually be pretty great if everyone read it.

Fedi devs: You can do whatever you want in federation! Nothing but options!

Us: Can we choose to personally tailor our experience in a way that you hadn’t considered, and will only impact ourselves?

Fedi devs: No.

*sigh* Current housing is over on Thursday. If I can raise about $340 between now and then I can rent a hotel room for a week until we can get our next housestay worked out. Otherwise may be sleeping in the back of the van for a few days.

Our printer has decided that it's to hot. In a fit of protest it's printing everything with 100% magenta now

I miss the early days of the web when it wasn’t an endless struggle against Nazis trying to convince everyone that genocide is a political opinion

first they came for the nazis, and i said "thanks for getting rid of the nazis"

Despite being free software, Mastodon as a project takes a hardline stance against nazis

The covenant has been added approx. one month ago so that for the first time in Mastodon's history, our project could make "no nazis" a part of our branding.

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"Explore Fushimi Inari" is an explorable environment, a painstakingly well-executed recreation of a real shrine in Japan. The 3D work here is professional quality; I'm not sure what combination of photogrammetry (if any) and conventional modeling and texturing went into it but it's very impressive as a small project by one person.

The reason why many people are taught to assume that everyone in the past was racist was because we aren't taught any older antiracist writers, which is an interesting thing to think about, that that's the way we're taught to think about the past. Really makes you wonder

Our stance on Gab, nazis, fascists and harassers in general Show more

so, yesterday, i put together a list of nazi instances i had blocked. that post has been boosted over 60 times. that's cool, i'm glad i did something useful.

but i can't do that kind of thing if i can't eat. my post about needing money for food has been boosted ten times.

if you appreciate and value the work i put into notifying everyone about where the fash are and you have some money to spare, please pay me.

if you can't give, please always boost.

An interesting parallel drawn... between the handling meted out to prisoners of the Korean War and survivors of domestic abuse.

PS it was harder to find because it was tagged "extracts" - which it is, but it really needs tagging also with

Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.

Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).

Animal death, asking for financial help Show more

Fundraiser link, uspol, concentration camps Show more

Interesting read: Misinformation & propaganda are guaranteed to spring up around pandemics, but they won't have quite the same political baggage as elections. Any solutions & mitigations for pandemics should help against political disinformation too.

For those interested in archeology, Japan, and historical transmission of systems of weight measurement...

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Wandering Shop

The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.