I think it's super important that we realize that Mastodon isn't "the next Twitter / Tumblr / whatever". It's not there yet. I was on the ground floor when people were "migrating" to Google Plus, and that went so horribly because we all thought it was gonna kill Facebook tomorrow.
We won't kill *anything* unless we make this a place people want to come to by 1) keeping all oppressors out and 2) making good community / context / posts
Open Mastodon and start reading interesting posts.
Realize I'm distracted and need to get some work done and close Mastodon.
Remember that the information I need to get work done is *in* Mastodon.
Rinse and repeat all day long...
Nine weeks done. Seven weeks to go, five weeks to the thanksgiving season.
I fell asleep on the couch watching my dumb sportsball. My wife fell asleep before I ever got home. My youngest finished a major project proposal for school, grabbed a couch at her sibling's house, and slept there before driving home.
Why does learning and helping others learn carry the expectation of overwork and fatigue?
lovely words of wisdom and general council from @Tdorey :
"We need to care. Everywhere. We need to listen to who is there and always notice who is missing." (from https://heretothere.trubox.ca/what-might-help/)
I think Tanya might be an angel in our midst. (I thought of a star, but that has popular culture references, so a human star turned into something angelic in my mind) She is certainly a perpetually blooming flower who is a beacon of kindness.
Mastodon is unequivocally a better place for me. But I look at what is still happening every day on Twitter that I don't want to silence.
Marginal and confined voices of protest relayed round the world.
So I'm thinking about this as a feminist in a time of boycotts.
I'm thinking about these voices of protest who are enabled to be incredibly effective because of scale and reach, on the exact same platform that enables all the harm it enables.
I want to know how we work together across platforms as we do across national borders to draw strength from each other in dealing with what we each have to deal with.
Thinking about what Twitter enables as an activist relay system, as an amplifier. What comes to mind:
1. Helen Prejean: her reach and her understanding of it are extraordinary.
2. Black Twitter: nothing like it yet here, and this network at scale also boosts global Indigenous activism.
3. Harry's Last Stand and other older Twitter users: for all its Silicon Valley bro-haha, Twitter has offered activist seniors a platform
4. Refugee voices, included incarcerated voices on Manus/Nauru.
that feeling when you've survived the first block and you're halfway through this teaching load and getting to Christmas and you wake up to realize you've already started the second block and it's just another class day
everything is unrelenting right now
I am paying too little attention to anybody right now
the new block would be a relief if I could ever get the old block done and out from hanging over my head
Reminder that unlike on Twitter, Mastodon allows for Content Warnings (CW). These let others decide if they have the mental energy to deal with certain topics (politics, current events, bigotry, etc.) rather than you deciding for them.
You don't have to refrain from talking about those subjects here, but please make frequent use of CWs for those of us who use Mastodon as a refuge.
They're also good for hiding spoilers, joke punchlines, and long rambles, but don't forget their primary usage.
why it's still important for me to be on Twitter:
the infrequent but still valuable moments I can let my students know we're all in this together
Finals. General Chemistry I today. Physical Science (for the general-education population) tomorrow.
I've said this consistently in other places when this time of year strikes, and for those of you who do, I ask this of you too:
Pray for me, pray for my students, pray for my campus.
After nine hours of halting sleep overnight, another two hours in the middle of the day today, and a lot of raw brain-dead stuff, I'm finally getting some clarity in my brain again. It's been long enough, dang it, but the fog lifts when it lifts.
Unfortunately this means that I have a metric TON of stuff to do now in a very short period of time, and I need to do it being mindful of not wearing myself out anew.
So here we go.
still exhausted but with permission to bail on tomorrow
which is good because I can't settle down to sleep
Let's say this simply:
I went to the doctor today and he said "virus." He said "oh, you SHOULD go home and go back to bed."
He didn't have to tell me twice.
Three hours later, I feel a bit better.
Came home early today, stretched out, immediately fell asleep for two hours long before bedtime. On a Monday. After working slow over the weekend to try to avoid wearing out.
When you're teaching an overload, apparently, "trying to avoid wearing out" doesn't work.
Thinking: I boost things on mastodon because they give me joy or make me think. I'm really conscious of this, the hope that others might also gain from seeing them.
I realise for me this practice ties in with feeling privileged to read what comes in here.
That's quite different from Twitter
#thisday gardening, I fell over. Not just any old fall but a slow-motion hopping pirouette, with both feet tangled in a fallen branch I backed into while carrying a big terracotta pot and trying not to knock over a small ceramic lantern.
The debris field was quite wide: big smashed pot, big unearthed geranium.
And I thought about those times you know while you're falling that you don't have much choice, so you might as well let it happen. And then see what needs to be done.
Seven weeks done. One week of super-intense work away from being done with the first block. No break to speak of before the second block starts, and no real time to prepare.
Oh, and I did successfully go from zero to fully prepared conference talk in 15 hours.
So there's that.