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Finally caught up on a couple of movies I've been meaning to see. Arrival and Hidden Figures are both exceptional and you should watch them both immediately.

Desert Bus for Hope 2017 starts tomorrow! Always delightful, but now more than ever a desperately-needed beacon of decency and goodness, DBFH is a non-stop week-long charity fundraising drive for Child's Play, organized by the incredible sketch comedy troupe LoadingReadyRun.

Find out more here: t.co/EAS8Vl54kq

And watch the show starting at 10:00 AM Pacific tomorrow at desertbus.org

So this super cool thing for charity (Child's Play specifically) starts on Friday the 17th, and one of the best parts is you can win tons of cool stuff! Check it out maybe?

twitch.tv/desertbus/
desertbus.org

twitter.com/DesertBus/status/9

Also sorry for the link to BirdSite, not sure if that is cool here or not.

Also also look at me using BirdSite like a hip cat.

If you don't know, every year I work with the charity marathon over at desertbus.org/ to do a poster for the event, which raises money for children's hospitals.

As this nerdy week-long marathon happens (starting Nov. 17th this year!) I watch the entire thing and draw the silly stuff they do on stream to fill up the poster.

They're on their 11th year of doing this, and I've already started on the poster. You can see below the one I did for Desrert Bus 9, and the one I just started for Desert Bus 11!

Tune in, spread the word, and donate if you can. Or just watch, I have a tun of fun seeing it each year!

Problems which new users comment about on Birdsite. Knowing these might help with designing future promotion campaigns.

They have signed up but don't know what to do

They think they need to reserve a particular username, as would be the case on Twitter

They either don't understand instances or do understand them but dislike the concept because they have no idea which one to choose

They describe the fediverse in negative terms as a "fractured userbase". Technically true, but not understanding why this is advantageous compared to a monolithic model

Not enough of their friends are here (the network problem)

They tried Mastodon once, but then the instance they were on disappeared

They have commercial preconceptions about business models and a need for "competition" to be sustainable, not understanding that the fediverse isn't a business in the same way as Twitter of Facebook

@Gargron Also, I know the instance list has a topic line, but that's not searchable.

I think if @Gargron wants people to adopt other instances, the onboarding process on joinmastodon.org needs a LOT more guidance beyond "here's a list of servers, good luck". Especially play up the shared-interest communities that instances can provide. Ask what people are into:

Make art? mastodon.art
Write? wandering.shop
LGBT? social.wxcafe.net
Well-moderated community? awoo.space
Furry? Holy shit take your pick.

Woo, finally got an alt through map completion in Heart of Thorns, which means I just have a ton of amalgamated gemstones and mystic coins standing between me and Astralaria.

The 2-minute star-studded stage play re-enactment of the end of Thor: The Dark World was absolutely hilarious. The Other Hemsworth as Thor, Damon as Loki, and Sam Neil as Odin.

Just got back from Thor: Ragnarok. What a big dumb goofy delightful movie. Marvel is really leaning into the tongue-in-cheek attitude from Guardians, and it's working.

It's nice to see Local filled with so many newcomers again today. Welcome welcome!

In today’s edition of stupid things I’ve done: I ran out of gas on the interstate a mile from work and just past a gas station because I’m used to having a much larger gas tank than the one in my new car.

How is it that every year I manage to forget how much it sucks for the sun to go down at 4:30 all winter long?

I don't write novels, so instead for NaNoWriMo I'm going to try to get a first-draft working prototype of my RSS reader app up and running.

I like that nothing in the subsequent twenty-eight paragraphs does anything to actually mitigate the savageness of the burn cited at the top of the page. It's all just "look how crazy we had to get to replicate a native environment in our webapp container!"

Stop. Writing. Desktop. Apps. In. Web. Browsers.

Stop it.

slack.engineering/growing-pain

@alahmnat yes I did just mainline the whole season, and no I don’t think my dreams tonight are going to be super chill. Worth it, though.

Stranger Things 2 was really really good.

Apropos of nothing, I don't think I'll ever get over the fact that David Suchet plays Poirot in the "Agatha Christie's Poirot" series, and Reacher Gilt in the TV miniseries adaptation of Terry Pratchett's "Going Postal".