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RT @shaunking@twitter.com: A white man in Florence, South Carolina just shot 5 police officers. One just died.

Police then peacefully negotiated his surrender.

2 points:

1. White men continue to be the deadliest threat to American police.

2. Police almost always skillfully bring them in alive.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/shaunking/status/1

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I'm not heartless, but the guy had outlived his expectancy by at least two years. I knew better than to get attached. Now he's gone and there is SO MUCH NOISE downstairs. Mech-ing up and reanimating a creature might seem like a fitting midnight tribute on a work night, but I was hoping to watch some drama. No way to enjoy it over the sound of grinding metal, breaking glass, and the dropping and rolling of small weighted spheres.

The hermit crab died sometime over the past two days. In the bath tonight, I received a text from my husband: he had a "dead crab situation, take your time". He texted later that he'd now be resigned to eating raspberries alone; I had already totally forgotten that he could be in any way referring to the hermit crab being his berry-eating pal. He's been drilling and soldering for the last thirty minutes. I'm betting the kids and I will wake up to the metallic click of roboclaws. Hermit Munster.

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**Noam Chomsky: Facebook and Google Pose a Manifest Danger**

"Chomsky explored this topic and more in an exhaustive interview with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill. In “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media”(1988), authors Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky identified what they called the “five filters of editorial bias”: Size, Ownership and Profit Orientation; the Advertising License to …"



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Judge Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America

The network architecture built in Gamergate helped propel Trump to the presidency and fuel conspiracies like Pizzagate and QAnon. Now, it’s backing Brett Kavanaugh.


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presidential alert: plesae help im stuck in the bathroom wit no toilet paper

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Source code and schematic can be found on my GitHub github.com/VectStudio/LED_CUBE PART LIST: 5mm diffused blue LEDs x 512 20 AWG tinned copper wire ...


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Saw this and thought it perfectly represented what is all about. Love it!

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Since there's a lot of new people, here's a primer:

This is mastodon.social, hosted by me. We have a code of conduct:


mastodon.social isn't the only Mastodon server. There are interest and region-specific servers with varying rules. Browse all servers:


To learn more about how that works:


First steps with Mastodon:


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"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."

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"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same.""To help some of the newcomers"

Just heard @matzekult explain mastodon on @podfeet Allison Sheridan's tech show podfeet.com/blog/2018/09/ccatp - sounds like an excellent alternative to other social media platforms.

After poking around and checking out some of the instances, seems like the place to be. Thanks for having me!

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***