The poll results from yesterday on birdsite joining the are in. This aint scientific, but it's about what I expected:

26% would want to federate
74% would want to block

From birdsite 

“What should we name the restaurant in our hotel?”

“Well, what vibe are you going for?”

“A place where people can trade industry secrets or have an affair in peace!”

“I got you.”

I also updated the "categories" we're under on I chose the following from the pictured list, happy to take suggestions for clicking on more or less of them.

cc @eskay8 @dulcet @Annalee

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Did some housekeeping on the Shop. We have a header image, and our "front page timeline" is now just the local, to give a good flavor of us.

If you want a better image there, me too! Happy to take suggestions.

I really like this cute pachyderm frendo on the latest version of Mastodon.

From birdsite 

Making a Game Boy game in 2017: A "Sheep It Up!" Post-Mortem (part 1/2)

From birdsite 

Hey if you make a contribution to you earn a shiny challenge coin! Show your contribution to me before noon tomorrow and I’ll hand it to you.

photo of me 

A Christmas gift to myself: new hat and waistcoat from Mr. Alan Jeffries at the Dickens Faire

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Phildini @ The Shop's choices:

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.