Have a friend who's looking for dedicated server hosting for Wordpress. She needs staff to manage hardware, OS, and so on, but her crew will manage the WP site.

Main concern is competent sysadmins.

Her staff has narrowed candidate companies down to Inmotion, Siteground, and WP-Engine. Anyone worked with these firms? Opinions?

And please boost off bsd.network.

There's going to be a Murderbot NOVEL!! Murderbot is one of my favorite AI characters. If you haven't read the novellas, you are in for a treat. tor.com/2018/07/16/more-murder

Mr Rogers was an amazing man, and his message was completely lost on me as a child.
Mr Rogers: Valuable information about your feelings, you are special just the way you are
Me: Boring, just show me how crayons are made

When ppl ask 'How do we increase staff engagement?', I'm reminded of a kid brother asking 'How do I make girls like me?'

Like, I know what you're getting at but, your question is leading you down a blind alley.

Don't try to change people's desires, try to understand them.

New kit coming up tomorrow using gannet’s lace patterns! I wrote the pattern and some lovely test knit for me. Will post tomorrow with the link!

New project bags celebrating lady astronauts and women of computer science and mathematics.

30% is donated to the Hispanic Federation -- $500 donated so far this year.


Happy Friday, all! Today I'm playing "read all the Latin and whoops that's French aaaaand back to Latin and heeeey that's English now!" and it's kind of awesome because my brain can handle the code-switching.

I just released my first pattern, which is a shawl using @gannet 's lace patterns. The lace is encoded words, which I think is a super cool application of

The shawl is 50% off on Ravelry until July 15.


If you want a KIT - a project bag, a pattern, yarn, and a stitch marker -- that will be released this weekend. It's a collaboration with Yarn Over New York, a great NYC dyer.

This is the shawl pattern:

hey masto, anyone know of resources in the Madison/Chicago area to give to parents of a 7yo who's showing some definitive signs of being a trans girl? they wanna make sure to be supportive in the right ways so they don't mess this up. (boosts appreciated)

"Only hashtags are searchable" is a lie though. Only hashtags are searchable BY SEARCH ENGINES THAT FOLLOW THE RULES.

We *JUST* had a client that was archiving every toot and letting people full-text search them. It isn't hard. People are going to toot things thinking it is safe, and it will come back to bite them.

With data-gathering on Facebook and other social media in mind:


* Your porn star name is the name of your first pet and the street you grew up on.
* Can you remember your first-grade teacher's name??
* Tag yourself with the first concert you ever went to!

Website security questions:
* What was the name of your first pet?
* What street did you grow up on?
* What was your first-grade teacher's name?
* What was the first concert you went to?

Really good article on picking up and stitches along an edge, by Kate Atherley. Worth reading even for experienced knitters.

#MASTODON POST PRIVACY - who can see your post?

Anyone can see and boost your post everywhere.

βœ… Tagged people
βœ… Followers
βœ… On your profile
❌ Local and federated timelines
βœ… Boostable
βœ… Visible to admins

βœ… Tagged people
βœ… Followers
❌ On your profile
❌ Local and federated timelines
❌ Boostable
βœ… Visible to admins

βœ… Tagged people
❌ Followers
❌ On your profile
❌ Local and federated timelines
❌ Boostable
βœ… Visible to admins

#FAQ #needhelp

Well, I got bored, so I beat Suwo on just now.

Now to finish watching and go take a nap.

Phew. Wrote 4K words so far today.

My next battle on is Suwo, which is a 3K word battle, and I'm not sure I'm up for it just yet -- I need to let the previous 4K marinate for a while.

Time to take a break. Maybe some before I watch the Battle of Pennsylvania at 12:30. I have some mitts to work on.

+ sports = fun? Damn straight.

(Let's go 🐧 !!)

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6,000 words so far today. HOLY CRAP.

I mean, it's all first drafts, but still - I will SO TAKE IT.

If you use my referral code, we both get bonuses - and you get 30 days of a free trial to see if you like it or not. QYATE11337

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