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The word of the month for my Patreon is Mirth! I turned the letters into numbers, charted the numbers and various ways, and came up with two craft charts:

Two versions of a lace knitting stitch pattern:

A needlework chart:

It is entirely accidental that there’s some visual similarity between the two charts; they’re based on two different encodings of the word to start with!

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If you want me to follow you, have some public toots and a profile that says enough about you that I can decide whether you’re interesting or else someone I know already.

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I've been around Mastodon for the eternity of the last seven months or so. 😉 But why not do another post anyway?

I'm a designer.
I also like , , and many kinds of -related things. (Check out !)

I like .

I'm prone to talking about . :teapot:

Finally, I'm a trained reference at large (not currently working as one), and have a question-answering reflex.

Today, she came up on the footrest and started nosing my leg as if she wanted to get under it.

I had to go get a sheet and hold it up for her so she could get under it on the footrest. I went elsewhere; I wanted no extra covers.

Naturally, fifteen minutes later, she oozed out from under, because she was Too Hot.

My best guess is that her reasoning went something like this: “I am not cozy. Getting under blankets makes me cozy. Therefore, I want to be under a blanket.”

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So the cat has a winter routine that goes like this: I’m sitting with my feet propped up with wool blankets on my legs.

She comes and noses the edge of the blanket until she either manages to get under it on her own or I lift the blanket to allow her easy entry.

In the summer, I sit with my feet propped up, but no blanket, because it is warm. (Our thermostat is set to “just cool enough to make it possible to do things if a fan is turned on”.)

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Reminder that short hair cats still need brushing! Especially if they are a bit plush.

Merlin is a short hair but I can get a hefty handful of hair off him every couple of days in the summer.

If your cat is tolerant of brushies, it's a good bonding activity AND it helps reduce hair balls etc.


Short on sleep today so I decided to be relaxed about it. I played a lot of Animal Crossing, and the family played Uno, and spouse continued DMing a solo D&D adventure for one of my characters for the family campaign. (The other members of the party are all doing training related to their leveling up, and my character is just the sort to go wandering off, following the wind as a guide.)

Anyway, that’s all good to think about at the end of the day.

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A US government study found that every $100 increase in rent, you can expect a 9% increase in homelessness

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Let me present to you the next logical step beyond serverless and no-code: no-software. Do not use software; instead, go become a goat farmer.

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If you want to report bugs or make suggestions about Mastodon or the rest of the Fediverse, the best place to do it is on whatever platform the developers use for source code publication and bug tracking.

Developers spend lots of time on these platforms, and they're way more likely to respond there.

For example, Mastodon is developed on Github at, so this is the best place to report Mastodon bugs.

Places like Github can be a bit intimidating because they are designed for programmers. However, you only need to use the "issues" section for bugs/suggestions/etc, and that's pretty much just a normal forum.

One golden rule: search for bugs in issues BEFORE you report them. If someone's already reported a bug, give their report post a thumbs up so the developers know that more people want it fixed.

If you aren't comfortable doing any of this, let me know and I'll try to help.

#FediTips #Fediverse #MastoTips #Bugs #BugReports #Development #Feedback

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Indie Bundle for Abortion Funds is NOW LIVE

100% of the proceeds from this bundle will go to the National Network for Abortion Fund's Collective Power Fund, which moves money directly to abortion funds across 20+ U.S. states, with a particular focus on the South and Midwest.

The Indie Bundle for Abortion Funds includes almost 800 works by over 600 developers, writers, artists, and creators, and you can pick it up until July 13th here;

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Finished the frog and his sweater!

The knit was pretty fast, before I knit another one, I want to try a different pattern and finish the pair of socks on my needles.


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A package arrived and somecat clearly thinks it was sent to us so she could have the tissue paper to make her bed.

A package arrived and somecat clearly thinks it was sent to us so she could have the tissue paper to make her bed.

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Had various questions about, here's some answers: is run by the developers of Mastodon, and it's there to promote Mastodon and help new users. It also has a useful list of good servers to join, categorised by theme.

All the servers listed on JoinMastodon have signed up to a covenant on reliability and moderation (

However, servers do not need to be listed on JoinMastodon. All Mastodon servers are independent, they don't need any approval from anyone else. People can sign up on servers directly, by going to a server's web address.

You can use the official Mastodon app with any Masto server, just enter the server's full address in the "search servers" box when signing in. It doesn't have to be a server listed on JoinMastodon.

JoinMastodon don't seem to be adding any servers to their suggestions list. I've opened an issue at

#MastoTips #Mastodon #JoinMastodon #Servers #FediTips

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Why do shopping hauls when you can do *fossil hauls*? The things you can find going through what they call a "waste rock dump" :artaww: ... I rather spent my hours there than visiting that fancy 5 star spa for which these rocks were removed.
#fossil #paleontology
P.S.: Is there a # to share fossil findings around here? Considering the name of this platform it'd be shame if there weren't.

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Talked to a lady who works for the tax authority yesterday. Based on her job experience, her take on the welfare state is something like this:
"Of course there will always be freeloaders. So what?! This is about dignity. Everyone has a right to a good life and to be supported when they're struggling. If you want that, you've got to live with the freeloaders. Leave them be. That's the price you pay for a society where everyone is taken care of. It's not like they're doing any damage in the big picture - I've run those numbers more than once. You'll always get more out of it for society at large when you're incentivising good performance than when you're punishing people."

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p.s. JoinMastodon lists about 100 servers.

Mastodon as a whole has about 3000-4000 servers.

So, only about 3% of Mastodon servers are listed on JoinMastodon.

It's a really useful list, especially for newcomers, but in no way is it a complete list of servers (and it's not meant to be).

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"Captain, may I ask a question about our human colleagues?"
"Go ahead, Mr Tasvin."
"Why do they have a separate break room? And why is it sealed off from the rest of the ship with genetic locks?"
"Humans have an unusual level of resistance to a wide range of toxins. They drink caffeine for fun."

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I feel very lucky that I have spaces like this where I can go chill out during my breaks at work. This is from Wednesday.

This month’s word that I encoded as lace and a needlework chart on my blog is Ready. As it was, I was barely ready* in time for the weekend, but things didn’t go as planned.

Here’s the lace post:

Here’s the needlework chart:

Thanks go to my Patreon backers at for supporting my work!

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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.