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Reading Cesare Pavese. His novels, poems, and short stories are written in a clear and concise style, but they are very melancholic at the same time. A beautiful kind of loneliness. I can't really point out what makes them so compelling, though. There are no extraordinarily long sentences, no exquisitely crafted wordplay. Pavese just seems to describe what happens, in slices of life. But underneath there is always this wonderful melancholy.

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I went out for a short bike ride today to watch birds and was rewarded with a Red Kite, one of the most beautiful birds of prey, and quite rare in the Netherlands. With its elegant long wings, forked tail and colourful appearance (red and black with white patches on the wings) you really can't mistake it for anything else. The one I saw was probably a vagrant. They rarely breed here. They are quite common in some parts of Belgium and Germany, though.

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#newinstance #instances Hey everyone, is here! It's an instance for artists and creators of any kind - painters, glitch artists, musicians, writers, sculptors, whatever! And even just enthusiasts. If you're into art-y things and want to hang with other people who are too, come join us!

It's invite-only to keep it nice and cozy, but getting an invite is easy - just DM me what handle and email you want. :)

Please give me a little boost if you're into the idea! <3

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Just opened for temporary registrations. If you want an alt there, feel free.

I'm thinking of opening registrations each weekend, to try and keep things small enough that it's not overwhelming and so I might feel I 'know' the local users somewhat.

Again! I meant to write Again! Not Ahain... And now Tusky is refusing my attempts at deleting my previous toot. Life sure is unfair.

Ahain recommended Mastodon tot a group of studente. Got quite a lukewarm response. "Well, I never liked Twitter, so why should I start Mastodonning?"

Recommended Mastodon to some of my students this afternoon. Let's see if they will join in...

Had a nice practice session with my band Monkey Joe. We played Hoochie Coochie Man and Stevie Ray Vaughan's Cold Shot, among others. As a bass player, the best rule to follow is to be in sync with the drummer's bass drum at all times. Makes for a tight sound! (Although it is hard and I don't always get it right...)

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@bdenh everyone in the whole wide world who does anything they consider art! :)

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Wat woordjes over Mastodon geschreven. Verre van af, maar fuck it. Publish and polish. (Dutch only!)

Ma grand-mère (décédé il y a 9 ans) m'a donné un livre que j'ai lu et relu plusieurs fois. C'est un livre avec lequel elle a voulu m'apprendre comment il est difficile de comprendre ce qui s'est passé entre 1939 et 1945 et comment les hommes ont pu se comporter comme ils le faisaient. C'était: Jorge Semprun - l'Ecriture ou la Vie. Le livre commence avec une citation merveilleuse: “Je cherche la région cruciale de l'âme où le Mal absolu s'oppose à la fraternité.” (André Malraux)

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Mastodon : le clone libre de Twitter emballe l'internet français

"En une semaine une ruée des internautes a débuté vers le réseau social Mastodon qui renoue avec les origines libertaires du net. Explications."

Instagram: My life is a party.

Snapchat: My life is a quirky TV show.

Facebook: My life turned out great!

Twitter: We're all going to die.

Mastodon: Don't worry, while we are on a quirky, meandering path towards an inevitable apocalypse, we might as well enjoy the ride and show eachother some love in an unorthodox, yet irresistible manner, not in any way hindered by considerations of style, identity or consistency.

Book recommendation: Foer's 'Moonwalking with Einstein' Show more

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J'aime bien de voire beaucoup des Français dans le 'Local timeline'. J'ai étudié à Bordeaux en 2000/2001 pendant six mois, et j'aime beaucoup la langue Française. Mais puisque je l'utilise très peu maintenant, j'ai perdu un peu ma fluidité. J'aimerai bien pratiquer un peu plus le Français. Peut-être que Mastodon m'en donnera l'occasion.

My name is Bas, I'm a lecturer in communications lecturer at a small university of applied sciences in Almere, the Netherlands. I'm really hoping this Mastodon thing will work out as an alternative to the big corporate social media tracking us and selling our data. I fear that might be a bit naive though, since earlier attempts at social media alternatives have largely failed. We'll see.

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