I have a bunch of friends from Twitter joining Mastodon tonight so I made a quick guide to how the site works. Making it public so anyone can see/boost it if it's helpful. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
General call out to folks. We're starting a History and Philosophy of Science reading group. We will read the first chapter of https://www.amazon.com/Exact-Thinking-Demented-Times-Foundations/dp/0465096956 and we will meet on https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/?qm=1&lid=2147714,2078025,100&h=2147714&date=2018-3-10&sln=10-11 and we will meet in https://discord.gg/ERQUGp6
All who have done the reading are welcome, spread the call. No RSVP needed.
Playing with a dog is definitely one of the best antidotes to feeling worn down.
"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." -Leo Tolstoy
(not sure if he actually said this or if it's an urban legend- I just came across it, having written it down 6 years ago, and I still like it very much.)
Some Good news!
Ages ago I had a great day that I couldn't share then... My uni is going to be the first UK Affiliate Institution of the Grammy Museum. yay! That means cool music and archives, learning resources and lots of sparks of imagination and inspiration for my students. ...and the best bit is that I'm taking a few over there in a couple of weeks.
They've never been to California.
They have no idea, and I'm so excited.
LOVE the new feature that WARNS you that your hashtagged toot won't appear in the general search unless it is set to Public *before* you toot, so you can change it if desired.
THAT is the way informed consent should work!
...can you imagine if T&Cs actually pointed out the pitfalls/glitches for you??
I DO appreciate it here!
Thank you, @econproph, for pretty much nailing it. https://econproph.com/2018/01/02/a-new-year-auspicious-loneliness/
The mastodon stages:
1: getting used to the interface
2: discovering that most people are just people, engaged in everyday adventures, big & small
3: the allure of the notification sound
4: a gradual getting used to the fact that not everything is about US politics, and that it's okay to filter it out on a macro level
5: a quiet moment when you think "there can still be poetry in this world"
6: some sort of reconciliation with the quantum magic that is the federated timeline
A request for references: I am teaching a very small group how to build a website/blog to showcase ideas as future musicians and teachers... I know I'm not the best most-regular blogging example, but I built it myself and do think navigating the electronic world and the possibilities of connection are worth teaching & not something musicians normally learn.
I'd love resources (paper, electronic, article, video, blog, or book) on videos, blogging, design- anything really
Thank you! (pls boost)
On this day, December 25th, one can, in peaceful countries with a culture steeped in Christian tradition, almost forget the sorrows of the world.
Yet, I am acutely aware the world continues, and is no better than it was yeaterday, no better than it will be tomorrow. Too many, even in a prosperous and peaceful country like Norway, have no respite from the struggles of daily life today.
My privelige allows me to retreat today, thankful for the comfort I have and the love that surrounds me.
The CW system in Mastodon is really great! If you're new to it, you might be puzzled why people CW some things. Fear not! The internet police aren't here to ruin your fun and tell you you're bad.
They're for people who have related trauma, past or ongoing problems, or hard-to-explain reasons that they're really tired of having to explain over and over again.
Even if you don't understand it, please be courteous and CW your posts for things people ask you to.