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Does anyone know about ? The scars limpets make over time to create a better seal when it is low tide. The scar grows while the limpet grows and takes its shape. After the limpet forages for food it returns to their home. The repeated purposeful action reminded me of human pilgrimages where things touched over and over and over. Does the worn down granite steppingstone that fits a foot perfectly in any way resemble the scar? Or the shiny toe of a statue of a saint…?

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New to #Mastodon?
This is worth reading because it shows the impact of our arrival. Also why I think we need to treat this platform—and the people and community who built it—with respect and not just seek to replicate the birdsite. It’s different here and I think that is a good thing. It certainly is my main motivation for being here: do things differently for a better experience and deeper engagement.
👉 wired.com/story/the-man-behind

It’s been doing this with everything I do even after closing and opening app. Anyone know what’s going on?
And on that note, pretty sure I caused the issue by searching, what is the best way to search for specific people? 🧐

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long post on accessibility advice from a blind screen reader user 

OK #Mastodon. I've seen several toots on #accessibility for #screenreader users, however, I've not seen one from a screenreader user (as far as I know). I've used ZoomText, Outspoken, JAWS (AKA JFW), Supernova, NVDA (Windows), and VoiceOver (both on Macs and iPhone). I don't have experience with Windows Narrator or TalkBack. I would like to rectify and clarify a few small things.
First off, any awareness of accessibility issues, and endeavours to make things more accessible is great. Keep going!
But…
Blind/low-vision people have been using the internet as long as everyone else. We had to become used to the way people share things, and find workarounds or tell developers what we needed; this latter one has been the main drive to get us here and now. Over the past decade, screen readers have improved dramatically, including more tools, languages, and customisability. However, the basics were already firmly in place around 2000. Sadly, screen readers cost a lot of money at that time. Now, many are free; truly the biggest triumph for accessibility IMHO.
So, what you can do to help screen readers help their users is three simple things.
1. Write well: use punctuation, and avoid things like random capitalisation or * halfway through words.
2. Image description: screen readers with image recognition built-in will only provide a very short description, like: a plant, a painting, a person wearing a hat, etc. It can also deal with text included in the image, as long as the text isn't too creatively presented. So, by all means, go absolutely nuts with detail.
3. Hashtags: this is the most commonly boosted topic I've seen here, so #ThisIsWhatAnAccessibleHashtagLooksLike. The capitalisation ensures it's read correctly, and for some long hashtags without caps, I've known screen readers to give up and just start spelling the whole damn thing out, which is slow and painful.
That's really all. Thanks for reading! 😘

So… I always find teeth, don’t know why- they catch my eye somehow. I have many more of these, but most are “just” rabbits, foxes, mice. There is also a complete minute weasel skull somewhere in a box and I have some bird skulls and a variety of vertebrae….harmless collection, honest. I find bones and teeth aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes they end up in sculptures, sometimes they are just in a box as treasure.

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Since some of you asked: my illustrations are mostly done in watercolor and colored pencil, and for these detailed scientific paintings I often use references like photos.

I also love to keep a sketchbook and field sketching, I find it is so valuable to explore nature directly, and record my everyday observations in one place. This in turn helps me again with scientific details.

Below are a few sketchbook outtakes.
#MastoArt #art #illustration #birds #butterflies #watercolor #TraditionalArt

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I am going to try to find time this weekend to add in several new features to QOTO, fix a few small bugs, and if we aare REALLY lucky and things go well I might release a new version of QOTO this weekend (no promises though my life is CRAZY right now, hard to predict).

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Just a reminder about Mastodon.

Try not to directly upload videos here.
You have to remember that these videos have to be stored on the server that you're hosted on.

This would also eat up on available bandwidth, storage and memory resources of said servers and slow them down. Which would force server hosts to upgrade at a substantial cost.

Suggested idea...

Upload to YouTube, Vimeo or other video streaming services and share the link to the video here instead.

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If you see this toot (yeah this one right here), can you boost it for me? It will help my new server federate with the wider Mastodon network. 🚀 🙏

Does anyone know about ? The scars limpets make over time to create a better seal when it is low tide. The scar grows while the limpet grows and takes its shape. After the limpet forages for food it returns to their home. The repeated purposeful action reminded me of human pilgrimages where things touched over and over and over. Does the worn down granite steppingstone that fits a foot perfectly in any way resemble the scar? Or the shiny toe of a statue of a saint…?

Just slowly filling my mastospace with some of my work

A painting of a sunset near Leeds U.K.
The painting is gone to live at its final wall destination. It was part of a little exhibition, in a space we’re locally very proud of; Teggs Nose Gallery, in the Tearoom in Teggs Nose park Cheshire U.K.

@pixelsapoppin@mastodon.social couldn’t tag you in the post itself

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So; a throwback piece of uni work (20 years ago)
Inspired by a species of woodworm. A hand bound book with prints from the branch, and a handful of unusable woodworm stamps
(bark beetle - Hylesinus fraxini)
A different species is called Boekdrukker in Dutch (book printer) which is what inspired this little work.

Question for anyone with mastodon knowledge.
After my 2 year hiatus I managed to log in in this qoto. Did a password change, all good. But if I try to look at mastodon.social it says password incorrect. Does every instance use its own password? I’m so confused. When I change it back to qoto the password works fine.
Is this a very obvious new user mistake I’m not getting? Use small words and short sentences please 🤣🤣

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After a couple of days on #Mastodon I’m very impressed & excited to be part of this growing community! #mastodonmigration

My only humble suggestion is that it needs more #tardigrades aka "water bears."

Tardigrades have survived every mass #extinction on Earth since they evolved about a 1/2 billion years ago. There are ~1,300 known species. And millions of years from now, they won’t even notice we’re gone.

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One of my favorite #artists to order from, Lianne Pflug, has a new shop update. I adore her art for being both stylized and accurate at the same time. She's not on Mastadon I don't think, but you can find her shop here!

liannepflug.com/shop

#art #BotanicalArt

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Just saying hi and introducing myself to see how this works, so hi 👋🙂.

I'm a needle felter (among other things), which is best described as sculpting and painting with wool, and will usually post in dutch (I think, not sure yet).

Below are a couple of things I made, if anyone would like to see, and for me to see how posting here works 🙂. Enjoy your day! 👋

#needlefelting #introduction

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Eerst even man en paard benoemen.

De vliegtuigen van de KLM stoten méér broeikasgassen uit dan Tata Steel, alom gezien als de grootste klimaatvervuiler van Nederland.

Waarom u dat niet weet? Omdat de luchtvaart buiten de nationale CO2-boekhouding blijft.

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