@hollyamory Gretchen McCulloch wrote a script for a fun linguistics video that I think you'll like youtube.com/watch?v=fS4X1JfX6_

Did Mastodon's stance on "No nazis" appeal to you when joining?

In the holy name of Cthulhu, stop doing video tutorials!

They are useless, do not allow you to go in depth on a subject, and, unless your production values are top notch (read professional sound and image crew) will probably be horrible and a pain to watch.

If you care about a technical subject, please take the time to *write* about it and publish it on the Internet.

Plastic in the ocean misconception, environment Show more

Listening to real life examples of microaggressions is incredibly uncomfortable. More uncomfortable? "How many people have had to quit a job because they felt unsafe"...looking around the room, almost every woman in the room had their hand up...almost exclusively women.

The case for replacing confederate monuments with bad triceratops statues (with illustrations).

biphobia???? kinda. Show more

"You are the last?"
"Yes," the last God said. "Gods exist to give reason to the inexplicable, and die when it is explained."
"So what are you God of? Love? Dark matter?"
"No," the God said with a smile, "I'm the God of creating Gods."
It faded from view.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

I would just upload the CIVS software onto webspace I already have, but I'm fairly sure I'd need an actual virtual server for it not just cloud hosting, and I don't have access to that. So I'm looking for people who'd be interested in helping either with tech or with organising/fundraising to keep such a project going in the medium term. I'm happy to commit some funds and can probably do the setup OK, but I can't bankroll the whole thing or shoulder all the maintenance work.

OK, this is a "boosts needed" post, please boost this if you see it. At least one organisation I'm involved in has a major problem in that it runs online and needs to be able to ballot members, and just about all the easy services for doing so aren't GDPR compliant.

Would anyone be interested in clubbing together to try and run a Euro-side, compliant server of CIVS or a similar e-voting system that could be used by community groups, activist orgs, and so on?

#democracy #cooperatives

"Why do you hoard gold and silver anyway?" the princess asked.
"Copper, too," the dragon said.
"I've never heard of copper hoards."
The dragon shrugged. "Those metals are the best heat conductors. When I have enough, I will build cooling fins."
"Are you hot?"
"My egg will be."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Jordan Peterson, transphobia Show more

I have an IPA question. Why does English IPA always appear in //, like /ðɪs/ but French IPA is in [], comme [sa]?

The math people at my school have all taken to introducing themselves like “I’m _____ and I use the she series” (or they series or whatever) which I think is cute.

Uspol Show more

Uspol Show more

uspol, joke, baseball references Show more

uk immigration Show more

"What is it like to be human?" the visiting alien asked.
"What is it like to be an alien?"
"Bewildering, feeling you don't fit in."
"But interesting, and there are times you do fit in."
"So... It's like being people?"
"It's like being people."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

"That's a girly cocktail" oh you mean a female-presenting tipple?

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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.