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@AesAthena @katwylder No need to DM; it's on-topic.

100% flour, 70-75% water. 1/4 tsp dry yeast and 1 tsp salt per 10 oz flour.
Mix dry, add water. Mix just until it comes together as one messy lump, cover and let rise for 12-18 hours. Bake as you like; it works for a loaf or a boule. I recommend baking in a Dutch oven; it helps the crust.

Water, yeast, and salt amounts are all flexible.

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introducing: me 

Well, an since they seem to be going around.

I'm Qwerty, and yes there are people who call me that in meatspace. I like to say I collect (creative) hobbies but honestly I haven't been able to stick to one yet for long enough to be competent. I work in software and run on music; I and and read and occasionally fumble in the direction of or , and I drink almost exclusively tea.

, , and tired. One more day.

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wonder if we've been describing the fediverse poorly this whole time

like, we personally usually lead with "it's like Twitter except"

maybe we should be leading "it's like old web forums and BBSes except"

like, those web forums were often run by somebody-or-other for their own community on their own expense with variously outdated software and community cultures that ranged from healthy to very not - and those cultures tended to stay healthy with good moderation and not without

- Packbat 🎒 💭

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Do you have a few dozen gigabytes of free diskspace and a machine that can seed it via #bittorrent?

You can help save an unbelievable trough of scientific knowledge from disappearing behind the elites' paywalls!

Spread the word and seed till you bleed – for the betterment of humanity!

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Say you're throwing a party, and it's a good one. When it's time for someone to leave, do you say "Cheers for stopping by, it's been really fun!" or do you say "No, please don't go, I'll pull out the futon, we have to keep this going..."

You do the first one because you're not a BLOODY CRAZY PERSON. Or a website.

Let people leave your website!

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Another thing about community management, which came up in this very thread: I really wanna re-emphasize the whole "Let people delete their past selves" thing.

Everyone, without exception, says stupid things online. Everyone, with very few exceptions, reflects on the stupid things they said once upon a time, and cringes. The only people who don't are people who don't grow, change, and learn.

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it is that some of the orcs realize that, since they are a bunch of mushrooms, gender is meaningless to them and there's no reason to be masculine. especially not when in their research they have heard about these ancient warriors of the humans who smeared red paint on their faces and lips, definitely to go faster the orcs can only assume. after all, they had an entire race named after them! the drag race!


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re: federation opinions 



I get the issue with instance blocking means users being quietly cut off from relationships they value. this is bad and shouldn't happen.

but this isn’t really about the blocking, it’s about the quietness and the data loss. instance blocks should be broadcasted on the announcements feature automatically, and additionally users should get notifications like, "bob @ whom you followed has been disconnected because the moderators have blocked" "claire @ who followed you has been blocked along with" etc.

and their entries in the user's list of follows (as accessible via CSV export) shouldn't be deleted, but just marked with an instance-blocked flag.

this way users never lose their data no matter what moderators decide, and an user who disagrees with the decision can move their account to another instance, export/import/browse the csv and preserve their contacts.

#fediBlock #mastoDev #mastodon

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The unreasonable effectiveness of simple HTML

I've told this story at conferences - but due to the general situation I thought I'd retell it here.

A few years ago I was doing policy research in a housing benefits office in London. They are singularly unlovely places. The walls are brightened up with posters offering helpful services for people fleeing domestic violen

#/etc/ #html5 #web #weeknotes #work

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Trans crowdfund, surgery, sucide risk (not me) 

Less than NZD $4k to go, but not much time left, either.

I got through everything that existed prior to the new year in about six days, and then after the first update of the year, tried to read it again in the subsequent week before the following update. Didn't quite manage it, but still. This thing *grabbed* me.

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Lately I've been reading a web serial called Katalepsis. It is cosmic horror and terror both (but also usually very wholesome), it's transhumanism and dysphoria and an uncertain quantity of varyingly hopeless or hopeful lesbians. Self-aware in that perfect way where the characters have read books, but without fourth-wall-breaking. Clear character voices and properly messy action scenes and evocative descriptions without resorting to un-adjectives like "eldritch".

Got a friend and her SO in need of living-space, currently due to be on the streets in February. Two disabled trans folks in Boston. Any leads you've got, really. Please boost.

She streams and has a patreon, if you can contribute, and can be hired for voice-acting and video-editing, if you have need of that.

I have now done a game stream! I do not like my voice.

( if curious, very cute puzzle/exploration/platformer game entitled "Oh Jeez, Oh No, My Rabbits Are Gone!!!")

With the bobbin removed and the needle not threaded, everything runs smoothly. The machine is not being unusually noisy, so I don't think it needs oiling. The bobbin is perhaps running a little low on thread by radius, but I'd eyeball it as still having at least a few feet (if not yards) in there.

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Bobbin loads into the machine with the hole facing vertically. Bobbin is not empty. Needle is not bent, I tried a new needle. Problem occurs on both straight and zigzag stitches.

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Specifically: After a variable number of stitches, it stops (motor seems to be straining). This occurs on both hand and electric power. If I hand-turn it backward from there it doesn't stick, but if I electric backward it stays stuck. Looking at the bobbin at time of sticking, there's a few threads back and forth over the top of the spool.

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people! I do more "fixing my clothes" than "art", but regardless, my sewing machine is not working and any help would be appreciated. Details in thread.

I've sort of fallen out of Mastodon and back to doomscrolling on birdsite, haven't I... bleh.

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