I've been around Mastodon for the eternity of the last seven months or so. 😉 But why not do another #introductions post anyway?
I'm prone to talking about #tea.
Finally, I'm a trained reference #librarian at large (not currently working as one), and have a question-answering reflex.
Finding new people to follow is hard for newbies on any platform. I'm hoping that #Trunk can help. What I need is people volunteering to be on lists so newbies can follow a bunch of people right away. Please reply to this post if you agree to be on a list. Feel free to suggest new lists that I haven't thought of. (Living in my own filter bubble, I know!) Please boost!
Also looking for more lists. 😃
I’ve started using @moa_party to cross-post Instagram photos to Mastodon. So far so good.
1. Only a short delay of a few minutes between posting to Instagram and appearing on Mastodon. Nice! Much longer delay with IFTTT posting IG to Twitter.
2. No support for multiple photos on IG: only the first shot is posted. (Meanwhile, the IFTTT Twitter and Flickr recipes fail outright in such cases.)
3. Can’t add image descriptions.
4. I wonder how much this service can scale ...
More Rebecca Sugar being great, but honestly this article makes me mad: https://ew.com/tv/2018/08/13/steven-universe-rebecca-sugar-lgbtq-cartoons/
There's a lot amazing about Steven Universe, but representation-wise what it's doing should be baseline! That it's something she's had to put her career on the line for is ridiculous.
Many of my fandoms in recent years are feminist SF/F novels, so I'm unused to this. Like, say, @ann_leckie's Provenance isn't groundbreaking despite going farther than SU, representation-wise, and that's... comforting?
Wondering what to put in the description field on an image? A quick guide:
1. Just say what's in the image--you don't need to say it's an image.
2. Describe only what's relevant to the conversation. "Annalee writing in a notebook" or "An example of candid portraiture" or "A person using a fountain pen" are all good captions of the same image, in different contexts.
3. All text that's meant to be read should be transcribed. Screencap? Transcribe. Sign in background of selfie? Don't transcribe.
A common failure mode for image descriptions is giving way too much irrelevant detail. For example, if I'm talking about fountain pen storage, all I need to say is "my fountain pen storage case." Listing out the make and color of each pen is just going to bog down screenreaders with irrelevant information that folks will have to skip through.
In case you missed it, I made a small story game about the suffragettes. It's for three players, doesn't need a Game Master and doesn't require any preparation. It should last for about 2-3 hours.
You can download it from here:
If you try it out, I'd love to have any feedback! I have only been able to playtest it once and I don't often have the chance to play these games, so I'd appreciate any help in testing it 😀
I found these mushrooms sprouting from a picnic table. All other tables now seem inferior.