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Cathal Garvey @cathal@social.coop

Oh hey! Social.coop is . Want a voice in running your own social media? Curious about stuff? Give our quiet, dorky, cooperatively-run instance a try: social.coop/about/more

Here is 5 instances #under1000

elekk.xyz : gaming
admin: @noelle

mastodon.gamedev.place/ : gamedevs (very new)
admin: @aras

tenforward.social/about/more : star trek themed
admin: @guinan

photog.social : photography
admin: @ambassador

scholar.social/: teaching and academics
admin: @socrates
Lets decentralize a little.

lets talk about small instances (under 1000 users). Tell us about small communities you know, new upcoming interesting instances, special theme or topic instances.

tag them with #under1000

lets decentralize a little. :)

The verification process on Mastodon is as follows:

1. Go to settings
2. Go to your profile settings
3. Copy-paste a green checkmark character into your name, and click save.

That's it. You're verified. Be free.

cc @chrisamoody

Oh wow, I might actually consider buying a Make thing ever again, if this bears out: "My Apology to Naomi Wu and the Make Community"
makezine.com/2017/11/19/apolog

python 3 came out before Windows Vista did. If you're still writing code that primarily targets python 2, you're an idiot

Dunno if it's a coincidence, but since I've been writing fiction every day I've had fewer mega-lows, and zero urge to curl up on the sofa with a colouring book and pens.

This also coincides with my phd finally being actually properly for real wrapped up, so I can't scientifically identify a correlation here.

But definitely writing is making me feel good.

Hey I have almost 15,000 words and a whole world that I didn't have two weeks ago.

#Nanowrimo

rhiaro.co.uk/2017/11/feeling

Finished yaaaay! 27.5cm diameter on A3 size 175gsm craft board. Sakura Pigma Micron sepia fineliners and Faber-Castell Pitt pens, with Prismacolor pencils for the gem. #mastoart #creativetoots

FOR SALE! $100 USD inc. Worldwide postage. Yell if you want it! mastodon.social/media/GTG9L0am mastodon.social/media/My2rue6B mastodon.social/media/m63tUcR3 mastodon.social/media/4crnyHRq

Okay sometimes Reddit is Good

reddit.com/user/ObiWanKenobot

User has made three posts:

- "I found these pills in my son's laundry, what are they?"
- "How should I ask my child about spironolactone and estradiol?"
- "My daughter is so much happier!"

I honestly bristle a little bit when people go onto social networking and start talking about under what future conditions they will use Firefox again.

I proudly have been using FIrefox consistently since it was called Phoenix/Firebird in the early 2000s and used straight Mozilla for years prior to that.

It's the only fully featured, independent, modern libre webbrowser that supports the open web that isn't trying to make money off of you.

THAT is the metric by which I judge my web browsers.

#meta #tea: Remember, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that machine that "invariably delivered a cupful of liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea"?

Only decades after reading that, in an office in another country, did I first meet an older British "tea" machine. It could, in theory, produce chocolate, coffee, or tea; but invariably delivered a cupful of brown liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike any of them.

And I said, "Oh THAT'S what he meant."

I know a lot of the new people are from Comics Twitter so if you want suggestions on instances for you lot:

mastodon.art: a community of artists, illustrators seem to be most prominent

wandering.shop: a community of scifi/fantasy fans, a lot of writers and book lovers
writing.exchange: community of writers

octodon.social: general purpose instance with a good community

instance.business: instance by and for people of color, and also parody brands

cybre.space: a lot of creative queer furries

#welcome

"App makers who want to use the new camera on the X can capture a rough map of a user’s face and a stream of more than 50 kinds of facial expressions," explains Reuters. "This data, which can be removed from the phone and stored on a developer’s own servers, can help monitor how often users blink, smile or even raise an eyebrow."

Corporate surveillance at its best...

mashable.com/2017/11/02/apple-

GitLab drops the CLA to become more community friendly and follows best practice in Free Software. As a result Debian and GNOME plan to migrate their communities and projects to GitLab. about.gitlab.com/2017/11/01/gi #gitlab #cla #dco #gnome #debian