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Greetings and salutations my fellow humans.

Asked my friend who's life he'd live if he could live any life throughout history. He replied "That rat that died from pressing the dopamine button too many times".

I was trying to explain to a friend in lamens terms why dark matter is so hard to detect while other weakly interacting particles were a bit easier (like neutrinos). It all comes down to mass.

If you could only interact with an object by blowing on it (an analogy for weak interactions) you could easily influence a fast moving feather (an analogy for a light neutrino). However if it were a bowling ball you can blow on it all you want and it wouldn't be effected at all (an analogy for Dark Matter).

Hey there and !

Hope you're all having a fantastic day! Lovely blue skies here in Tel Aviv, a day I'm wishing I could lay out in the sun and just enjoy it. I've got work, unfortunately, but that can be nice, too.

So, for today is as follows:

What is a combination of foods you've discovered that maybe isn't standard and might sound a little odd. You gotta love it, though.

I've got a thing for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on toast with hot sauce.

So, the holiday is over now. Radios are reawakening, local televisions are resuming broadcast. Buses and cars are running on the streets instead of children.

Until next year, Yom Kippur.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. People with down syndrome are so unashamedly loving that they aren't the one with the problem, they aren't the ones with the disorder, we are.

I can't decide which password manager to use. Should I use Keepass, Bitwarden or pass? They all seem like good candidates with different merits... For now I think I'll go with pass because there's a really nice dmenu script for it that makes it easy to use in any type of application.

Just noticed I hit 2.9K followers at some point... damn it so close! I have to think up something really fun to do to celebrate when I hit 3,000 followers!

:awesome_rotate: :blobcheer: 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 :blobcheer: :awesome_rotate:

We're coming in to Yom Kippur here in Israel- and even in Tel Aviv, the bastion of secularism shuts down. The whole city shuts down- it's a little crazy, to be honest.

Major cities shut down because of a holiday. I'm not into the holiday part of it, but I love the cultural aspect of it.

...toot toot..

I just checked and is currently the 28th largest english speaking mastodon instance in the entire fediverse! Awesome!

One of the most memorable hotels I've stayed in: Hotel Continental in #Tangier, #Morocco. Among the oldest hotels in the city, from 1872, with an abundant but little bit run-down interior. It looks like time stood still in the hotel. Parts of the movie The sheltering sky was filmed in the hotel and it had famous guests like Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria's son Edward VII, Jack Kerouac, Paul Bowles and The rolling stones.

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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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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: 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] 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

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.
Note: The account 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***