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Having a nice day of rain, tea and knitting after a hectic week. And I even get the whole house to myself this evening (not that it changes my plans any, but it still feels like a small luxury).

Friendly reminder: In a world where so many people are cruel for the sake of it, the most punk thing you can do is to be kind without expecting anything in return.

Have y'all noticed how much our culture associates wit with being mean? Cutting insults get held up as the pinnacle of wit in a way that insightful compliments never seem to.

Let's celebrate wit that is joyful, positive, and sincere. Tell me about an insightful compliment that has stuck with you.

Dark chocolate might substitute for either of the yarn/ fibre options if needed

Five items someone would put in a salt circle to summon me:
- Vibrant merino silk lace yarn in blues, greens or purples
- Similarly luxurious spinning fibre
- Strongly spiced chai tea
- Their favourite book of fiction (strong recommendations are the best)
- An academic course description for the thing/topic they are most fascinated by (I am on a curriculum committee and want to take *all* the courses written by people who are obviously passionate about their subject).

First day of classes went well... aside from a cascading series of technical issues. I’m lucky I’ve been teaching here long enough to know the right way to get things sorted quickly, and am happy I finally feel like I’ve got enough teaching experience to mostly roll with it. Not my smoothest teaching day by a long shot, but hopefully a good enough start and we can build on it next class.

Ever wanted to see one of Mister Rogers' sweaters close-up?

This one is framed and hanging in the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. It's light blue and was knitted by his mother Nancy McFeely circa 1970.

Today has been an odd sort of day. Yesterday was orientation day which is an all-hands-on-deck academic-year kickoff event building anticipation for the first day of classes which is today. However, due to my strange schedule that doesn’t include any Wednesday classes I don’t get to meet my students and get a feel for the class dynamics until tomorrow.

You know you are an introvert when you spend the long-weekend before the teaching term starts hiding out at home and bing re-watching all of Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix.

Don't forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you. No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen. We don't have anything but happy trees here. If you don't like it - change it. It's your world. Just go back and put one little more happy tree in there. Making all those little fluffies that live in the clouds.

friendly reminder:

if you're at home and you're tired you can go to bed

it's ok

that thing you're working on/looking at/watching/whatever will not go anywhere, and it'll actually probably go better after some sleep attempting

How is it September?

I was supposed to get way more done this summer than I actually did.

4/5 done the second quarter of the blanket I’m working on. Glad I started on the corner I did. This quarter is a bit clashy in places and I don’t think I be as motivated without the nice, analogous colour section to give me the bigger picture.

is there a german word for the abstract feeling you get when you’ve had two songs next to each other on a playlist for so long it feels weird to listen to one without it being accompanied by the other

Techbros deprofessionalized moderation and we're all paying for it. Moderation should be as good of a job as SWE - it's just as hard and important (I've been both)

*Whew* Prep week and all it’s associated meetings completed. And I even got sufficient prep done that I feel mostly prepared for the start of class next week!

I'm mildly surprised to see that versus last week, when I felt that there were a lot of toots, today there are very few in my timeline.

Regardless: it's not in these parts, it's . What's going on in your life that you want to show off, big or small? :D

These pictures of Jupiter taken by the Juno spacecraft are fucking with my emotions; I remember avidly staring at grainy black and white photos of the planets when I was very little. Absolutely breathtaking #astronomy

a lot of people find web #accessibility a bit opaque and confusing, and as a result I've seen some well-meaning (but not always accurate) advice circulating. so to clear some things up (a thread)

:sneaks in:

:ambient emotional support:

:sneaks out again:

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