@freemo Bruh. How was SCUBA?

I've had four pneumothoraces back in college. No scuba diving for me. Or sky diving.

@StrikerD That really sucks. The pictures are from a few months back but its amazing on the island!

I'm a full tech, cave, and solo trained diver. So lots of deep ocean stuff.

@freemo Yeah, I gotta catch Planet Earth for that stuff.

Also, thank you for posting something about real life, not meta, internet stuff. So many people on Mastodon only post about Mastodon.

Well, there's also the anime and furries. Still, the list is pretty short.

@StrikerD I have noticed due to our science/research/engineering leaning here (not just tech) we tend to post a lot o the real world sciences. QOTO has quickly become my favorite and only instance.

@freemo Darn it, Freemo, you're not supposed to entice me away from my instance!

@StrikerD Most of our guys are Ph.D. and students in all sorts of sciences like Geology, environmental, Civil engineering, history, tech, pure math. Its really a good crowd if your a science nerd.

@Siedge You'll always be my first, Siedge.

My first instance, anyway... @freemo

@freemo This is me, enjoying what is likely to be one of the last times I can enjoy the pool this season

@freemo Thank you, after a long day in the shop this what I look foreword to. I put the pool up for the kids, but I’ve always loved the water myself.
If I could afford it, I would live near the ocean. I love the open water and the waves

@W201028 Man the water is fucking magickal. Nothing batter than just floating along or going for a swim. I'm one of those crazy people where if you put me in an ocean I immediately swim to the ocean, laugh at how the beach is a dot on the horizon then swim back :)

@freemo I hear you on that brother! If I’m at a public beach with life guards, I’m the first one whistled at for swimming out too far lol

@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 :)

@freemo And thanks for reminding me about the profile. I set one up on .social and just assumed it would be ported over to this instance

@W201028 @freemo


Hey I'm also Native American. Look almost exactly like you. Full beard and pretty chill dude.

Thanks for being such a great hero! Stay optimistic/ chill man. Thanks for the useful instance in the fediverse


@QuantumHemp Thanks for the kind words! Its awesome having you here too. Maybe one day we will get to Smoke a Peace Pipe :)


@freemo is it hard to get into diving? I've got a diving school close to me. Thinking about trying it out.

@hal If you can afford the hobby and have the fortitude for it then you will no doubt love it!

@freemo Do you perhaps know how many times you gotta attend the classes before you can try real diving? I assume they're training you in a pool first so you can get used with equipment and stuff

@hal You can do all the classes online. If you do that youll be in a pool starting from day one and in a lake or ocean by day one or two (very shallow at first). Depending on how you get certified the in-water exercises can be done within a few days.

This is all open-water cert mind you which is the lowest level. I'm a full-tech diver and that takes years. But with open water youll be certified to dive yo to 70 feet.

@freemo That's awesome πŸ‘ Well I hope I get to try it sometime! My dream is to try something more than just snorkeling and maybe taking some cool underwater photos!

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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: 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***