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I know I've been sharing this a lot lately, and I'm probably on the verge of annoying some of you, but I really need to get this out there and my options are limited. For those who missed it, I got a kidney almost a month ago! That's great news, and I'm very excited for my new life! But it does come with a lot that most people might not realize. We've got a fundraiser going to help us with costs like travel, hotel, food and missing work. Please boost!

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I'm reminded just how awesome Bladerunner was. I was lucky enough to see it in theatrical release back in the day, and it is still one of the most amazing movie experiences of my life. I think I am going to watch it again while I am on break, just to bask in the greatness.

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Accounts who have posted tweets critical of Elon Musk are getting slapped with search suggestion shadowbans.

It's just Musk's latest effort to crack down on free expression on Twitter/X

WTF, body?!? I just wrapped first aid tape around the tips of both thumbs, as they have both separated from the nail beds--and one of them did so badly enough to bleed.

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The fact you're looking at this on an ActivityPub-enabled Fediverse app demonstrates that a community of focused individuals can create a global-scale network around an open standard that rivals (or, frankly, beats) pretty much anything capitalism could create, even at its 'best'.

And these communities create without profit motive - just because they share a vision and think it'd be a good thing. All they require is sustainability, not exploitative profit.

I think that's worth celebrating.

time for me to get ready for an all-day tattoo session at Whee!

TIL that if you touch type and your right hand is off by one position to the left, "miles" becomes "nukes". That is all.

I'm here for the STEM nerds and the ability to know who the jerks are. If I ever change my mind on the latter, I'll utilize the optional block list I know @freemo will happily provide me.

Does it bother me that some folks won't see my posts?* Nope.

*because their instance overlords have a monochrome view of the world, which insists that QOTO's approach is so wrong it doesn't deserve public discourse on any subject, no matter how inconsequential

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I do like it here on Mastodon, but the huge influx of people from Twitter means there are far fewer image descriptions than from even a couple of weeks ago. I’d love to tell every one of them about this, but quite frankly there are so many I don’t have the patience. I’d dearly love it if apps could block posts unless an image description was added to every photo, but I suppose that’s too much to hope for. I’m feeling really excluded from so many conversations. It’s getting as bad as Twitter.

I get it. You're having a sale this weekend. Good job capitalism-ing. I like your store, and I prefer to avoid Amazon and big box stores, but I don't need anything right now.

So I swear, if you email me AGAIN tomorrow (or today), I may consider dropping your store. Really. F off.

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To my LGBTQ+ family: you deserve a world where you are safe. You deserve a world where you are free to dance, to love, to kiss your partner or partners in public. You deserve a society where your rights are never questioned or stripped away. You deserve a world where LGBTQ+ people live their best lives and get their happily ever after. You deserve a kinder, more loving world.

We will build that world together. We keep going together.❤️‍🩹💖

#gay #LGBTQ #queer #society #love #EqualRights #YouMatter

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So I decided to post the article I wrote (linked below) on twitter and am going to dump some money into promoting it there. Gotta get some attention to this. Go boost over on twitter if you'd like.

Eugen Rochko, CEO of Mastodon, Caves to Nazi's Agenda


I heard Peter Murphy playing in the grocery store last night. Man, am I old.

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To this extent I'm really interested to know how the age breakdown of people on the #Fediverse. On one hand it would seem to make sense to me that most people here remember the "old internet" before the centralization and they're here to rekindle that flame of independence. On the other hand the youths are generally pretty up on this whole technology thing. I grew up on the internet and since then smartphones have become even more ubiquitous.

(Please boost for reach)

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Haha ex-Twitter employees have created their own Mastodon instance 😅

"This server is intended for current and previous twitter employees and their friends/family. We filter signups to try keep the server focused for community reasons." -

Welcome to the Fediverse! :)


"There are two kinds of goldsmiths: those who have accidentally melted stuff, and those who will."

Okay, fine. No more tilting at windmills. It's time for pants and productivity.

$%&@# AT&T. I struggled for a long time with how to cancel the AT&T Next Up add-on (pay $6/mo to only have to pay off half your phone before upgrade), WHICH WE DID NOT ASK FOR, NOR WERE WE ASKED, on the A&T& website. I finally figured it out with some web searching. Apparently you can now only do it with the MyAT&T App.

The same AT&T store also signed my fiancee up for phone insurance, again without asking. They had previously signed up my daughter for both, without asking, again. The year 2005 called, and they'd like their illegal slamming technique back.

Of course, when you call the store, they say they can't fix it, requiring either a visit or to wait on hold with the AT&T mothership. Half my problem is that AT&T makes it so hard to find and cancel an add-on, but I mostly blame crappy franchise/licensee store employees.

I'm strongly considering a BBB complaint. I'm really tired of this.

/rant &T

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