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Fredrik Graver @fgraver@mastodon.social

For people looking for #Patreon alternatives, besides #Liberapay, you may want to look at donorbox.org as a possible *short-term* solution.

They are unfortunately not open-source nor non-profit, but their fee is 0% if you raise less than $1000 per month, and then 0.89% (aside from the Paypal or credit card fee)

Don’t think I’ve done a here on Mastodon yet. I haven’t thought of this as a place where you «follow» people, but rather a place where you meet interesting people to talk to.

In that vein, I would recommend @katebowles, @lauraritchie, @ShorterPearson, @econproph, @Tdorey, @clhendricksbc — all people you can have good conversations with and even come to call friends.

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Having a reputation at work as a good listener does, on occasion, have some drawbacks.

In order to avoid buying books that I already have (which is annoying until I realise I have a acuired a general-purpose gift), I’ve been entering my library into an app (Bookpedia for Mac and the iOS companion Pocketpedia).

Today I finished my science fiction collection - 693 titles. I thought there would be more...

Thankfully, that’s our largest collection (by far), but still a few hundred books to go.

My dog is getting old. He's past the expected life span for the breed, his muzzle is nearly white, he's often stiff, and he sleeps much more than he used to.

But he loves winter, and the past few days we have had tempertatures below freezing and a light dusting of snow.

He's like a puppy again.

This morning, at the end of the walk, he began a mad dash, running circles around me, daring me to try to catch him.

Every fibre of his being exuded joy.

"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."


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"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."







The new Firefox is super fast, but I spent half a day tweeking css in order to make it look like I wanted, since Mozilla does't think users should be able to change the ui...

But, hey: first time I've edited css and made it work!

#MASTODON POST PRIVACY - who can see your post?

PUBLIC 🌏
Anyone can see and boost your post everywhere.

UNLISTED 🔓
✅ Tagged people
✅ Followers
✅ People who look for it
❌ Local and federated timelines
✅ Boostable

FOLLOWERS ONLY 🔐
✅ Tagged people
✅ Followers
❌ People who look for it
❌ Local and federated timelines
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DIRECT MESSAGE ✉️
✅ Tagged people
❌ Followers
❌ People who look for it
❌ Local and federated timelines
❌ Boostable

cybre.space/media/J-amFmXPvb_M #tutorial #howto

Please boost widely: Call for Proposals, "After Social Media: Alternatives, New Beginnings, and Socialized Media." It's a call for research/essays on alternative social media, including Mastodon, of course. robertwgehl.org/blog.php#2017-

One of my new duties at work is to supervise our artistic researchers. Today my Dean and I gathered the 3 who started this year for an informal lunch.

One of them is French, and we spent a fair bit of the meal discussing various kinds of Norwegian food, and speculating about their origins. She had a horrified look that was magnificent to behold when she realised «lutefisk» is cod pickled in lye.

Seeing your own culture though someone else’s first meeting with it is a gift.

It’s not just that she looked lost and alone; I know that’s how she felt. She was, in many ways, forced to move by a combination of her failing eyesight and a recent 30% rent hike where she lived.

She moved to that place not long after my father died, when she met a high school sweetheart she had not seen in nearly 50 years. He was recently widowed too, and they married in 97.

Sitting at an airport on my way home from a long weekend helping my mother move. My siblings were there too, but left yesterday.

My mother is 89 and nearly blind, and has moved from the place she has lived in and called home for 20 years (alone for the past 2) to a place that is much more convenient, smaller and more affordable.

When I said goodbye, she looked so sad, lost, and alone. I wept in the taxi all the way to the airport.

Helping my mother move out of her apartment this weekend, which is emotional and challenging on many levels.

But - one of the things I am reminded of is that as a child, thanks to the influence of my mother, this was perhaps my favourite thing to experience: youtu.be/t_8voXAiS9s

I'm sorry, my friends, I've been away for so long. Every time I dropped in, all I could think was to vent about how overworked I was, and the thought of that was getting a little tiresome to me... :)

But - things seem to be normalising and I judge myself fit for good company again.

Looking forward to picking up the threads.

If there's anywhere that will have an answer to this, it's Mastodon... #FLOSS Show more

I was pretty much in crisis management mode at work from December to July. All in all, the end result seems to have worked out well, but now - 3 weeks into the new semester - I am finding it very hard to get down to an everyday routine and regular work...

Just dropping in to say "hi".

Hi.