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I’m Lyle Troxell from Santa Cruz, CA. I’m a software engineer, podcaster, maker, photographer, and father. I’m currently improving my blacksmithing skills, researching software arts / translation, and refreshing my JavaScript knowledge.
I work at Netflix on the iOS App, and create the WeAreNetflix podcast as well as my personal podcast “Geek Speak with Lyle Troxell”. I try to keep up on technology and how it affects society.

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Spent a few hours on this bad boy today. Currently sore as hell, but had a ton of fun!

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New trackball has a 57.2mm ball, which means it can be replaced with a standard (non-UK) billiards ball.

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when you overexpose night photos and you have a lot of moon light and no artificial light you get pictures which look like they are taken on a sunny day - just with stars.
#photography #LongExposure

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I just got back from riding my new bike... it was EPIC. Fast as lighting, comfortable as a sofa. I could bike across Holland and take a nap while I do it.

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Built it over the course of several years. Pro tip: the front brakes are off my very first bmx bike from when I was about 14. Ran them on every bike I ever had, and they still stoppie like a boss!

@freemo Hope your bike shows up today! In the meantime here is a pic of my ride. It’s a Hoffman frame, Kevin Jones’s model. I grew up riding with and looking up to him as a hero of freestyle bmx. A real local hero in the York scene

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It finally happened!!! just passed the 1,000 user count!

🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

I originally predicted this wouldnt happen until the weekend but the influx of users today was insane (over 200 new users today alone).

What I am really amazed over is that we have so many users but so much , positive, intelligence, acceptance and mutual support. Despite being a very diverse group with people from every country, every political group, and every orientation it still works. No one has ever had a fight or been hateful

It is nothing but love, the whites get along with the minorities, the receive support and encouragement, the teachers help teach the students. It really is beautiful to see. It just shows that the internet really can be a wonderful place if you just try a little. I love you all! Keep being excellent to each other!

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i think it's so refreshing to be on a site where i can just post "i'm gay!" with no context and

1. no one will be angry in my mentions
2. i'm not worried about spamming up the timeline
3. people i don't know like it just cause they relate

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@W201028 The key is to make sure you get far enough out that you can't hear them yell at you anymore, then by the time they panic and come in after you you have enough of a head start they can't catch yup to you :)

Pretty good brew, for those that enjoy this sort of thing

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Interviewer: What's your biggest strength?

Me: I'm an expert in machine learning.

Interviewer: What's 9 + 10?

Me: Its 3.

Interviewer: Not even close. It's 19.

Me: It's 16.

Interviewer: Wrong. Its still 19.

Me: It's 18.

Interviewer: No, it's 19.

Me: it's 19.

Interviewer: You're hired!


Hey all, new user, happy to be here. I am a CNC machinist / programmer for a living, and enjoy the geometric and logic problems that come with the job. In my free time I wrench on anything with a motor, and enjoy some PC gaming when possible.

QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.


Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***