Avram Grumer ✅ is a user on mastodon.social. You can follow them or interact with them if you have an account anywhere in the fediverse.

Avram Grumer ✅ @avram

my other favorite thing is asking students "how many vowels are there in English?" and then they all say "five" and then I write on the board "beet, bit, bet, bait, bat, bought, boat, boot, but (also book)..."

we're at the moment I love in a movment, when people ask "who is in charge of X" and you say, simplifying, erasing, but with hope, "no-one!"

it was favourite moment when the Net went mainstream, it was my favourite moment when introducing people to Noisebridge.

You have to alternate "no-one is in charge!" with "you are in charge!" with "everyone is in charge!" with "it's complicated and emerging"

If inexpensive, pocket-sized are something you’re interested in, check out Button Shy’s latest Wallet Games : kickstarter.com/projects/23930

Yesterday my rewards showed up for the Universal Rule kickstarter by Button Shy Games. That’s Chip Beauvais’s UNIVERSAL RULE, a pocket-sized 4X game for 3–5 players, plus a couple of expansions for that game; and the latest set of cards for TWIN STARS, a solo game by Jason Tagmire and Mike Mullins.


My girlfriend points out that Mastodon already looks more alive than Ello ever did.

@billy That’s no guarantee either. I mean, there’s no guarantee that Twitter or Facebook or whatever will still be around five years from now, either. I’ve had social networks die out from under me before.

By Jove, I am not covetous for plums,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my icebox loot;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
But if it be a sin to covet breakfast,
I am the most offending soul alive.


@aedison With 500 characters to play with, we can write parodies of longer William Carlos Williams poems.

@puellavulnerata So I should’ve said “@chrisgrace”? (Let’s see if this works…)

Aaaaand a couple new things: @foo links to the user with the handle foo on your instance, and (I think) only works if the reader is reading on the same instance. instance/@foo only works as a link with the https-colon-slash-slash in front of it.

So, here’s a thing I just noticed:

The toot I just tooted, about 5–7 things? I got it from social.targaryen.house/@chrisgrace, who credited it to “@HedgeMage”, with no instance marker. That’s a Twitter habit, but doesn’t work on Mastodon, where there could be any number of people on different instances with the same handle. I tracked down which HedgeMage seemed to be the originator, but I think there needs to be an easy automated way of quoting a Mastodon user with the instance intact.

Great idea from maly.io/@HedgeMage

“Let’s play a game, to help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5–7 things that interest you but aren’t in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same.”

Proposition: The Mastodon equivalent of shit-posting should be called “poop-tooting.”

The real value add of Mastodon is giving everyone an excuse to finally put something on all the weird domains they've been squatting

Nice thing about checking out the federated timeline now (~4–5 AM NYC time) is that a lot of the active users are French, so I get to practice translating.

the great thing about open source is that instead of screaming into the void and then receiving bad features you never asked for, everything is broken but you shrug it off because no one has any money anyways