Back on M after a few months' absence. What drama did I miss? Did bofa ever manage to break to the fediverse?

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A lazy Saturday morning, with croissants and sausages for breakfast. We seem to have run out of jam, so we're doing croissants with various sorts of marmalade.

These kinetics spectra always make me think of the trails left behind by movie fighter dogfights or the trackmarks from ground vehicle chases. Signals coming and going, and moving back and forth across each other

Eyy, should probably add and shoutouts to see if twitter's chemist community have started making their way over here yet

Following a living polymerisation by NMR. I've done plenty of these before, but there's still something slightly magical about watching the signal for the monomer shrink in real time as the polymer grows (time increases from bottom to top)

I have no idea how to productively interact with these people. I'm not going to shut up and so what I'm told, I've got no interest in attempting to cow them into accepting my authority (and probably couldn't), so all we're left with is suspicious co-existence and semi regular personality clashes.

Ugh, few things annoy me more than authoritarians locked into a perspective where every social interaction is a zero-sum game between a stronger and a weaker personality. I want to cooperate, can't we just be chill?

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Gruesome wounds! Ahhhhhhh! No!

— Rîsen Ralsodel, chief medical dwarf

Update: plugged the HDD into a Debian VM on my laptop, couldn't mount the drive, fsck'd it aaaaaaand… everything is fine and back where it should be!

Aaaah fuck, my raspberry pi seems to have crashed while receiving a file transfer and now the whole directory the file was going into has just vanished from the HDD. what the actual fuck, give me my movies back

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The most Free Software thing in my life right now is the built-in "fuzzy" mode for my system clock that says the (wrong) time in words

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One of the main reasons I hate living in the city is the sense that outside planned gatherings of friends, we're all atomised individuals doing individual things with no hope of commonality or solidarity. Bumping into people with random but real connections is a small but nice counterpoint to that

Went to a brewery for a few drinks with the labmates, and the guy pulling the pints recognised me from singing shanties at a different local bar. Maybe inner city areas can be communities after all (or at least encompass them)

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The main contradiction of liberal democracy is that it has largely been shaped through a history of various forms of illegal civil disobedience against entrenched power structures. Such civil disobedience is retrospectively seen as justified, and the people committing it are retrospectively seen as heroes. However, each successive generation is asked to believe that any further civil disobedience would be unreasonable.

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Needed some spare storage for file juggling, so I've dug two HDDs out of my old desktop that hasn't powered on since 2014. Both still work! So down the rabbit hple I go, spelunking through terabytes of misc files and low-quality movies…

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RT Submissions were due on Australia's radical #siteblock #searchblock #copyright laws today. See The has only allocated a week for the committee to read the submissions and report on this complex, radical bill! #auspol #auslaw


The one obvious major failing is that it doesn't really work with mobile devices that drop in and out of connectivity (seems like something that wouldn't be too hard to fix? Idk). But otherwise, the server/channel structure with no bells or whistles is just so good.

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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***