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(Note that this is the girl that took like three weeks just to HOLD MY HAND and the teachers were amazed she warmed up to me that fast. Although she is doing *much much* better these days, doesn't melt down when her mother leaves, etc.)

Also, best moment of today: a tumbling gym brought equipment and had the kids doing somersaults and whatnot. The autistic girl finally overcame her nervousness about strangers and let them guide her through a flip on the "high" bar and she came down with the biggest grin, hugged his neck and wouldn't let go. ๐Ÿ˜

Next week is the last week of the Head Start summer session which means half of my little friends will be off to kindergarten. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

... wonder if the elementary school needs reading volunteers. ๐Ÿค”

Happy . Have a once-in-a-lifetime picture of Ramses and Olivia touching each other (they are best friends but Olivia doesn't like anybody touching her while she sleeps). Naturally the flash annoyed Olivia and she left right after this.

"karen c pretzel old woman skin tone 2 evergreen beach," which is shorthand for "I live between Philly (which shapes its pretzels closer to that rectangle anyway) and the Pine Barrens and the Jersey Shore, and I'm probably old enough to be your mother, though if I was then you might have less melanin."

Also yes in fact my own username runs into this, since my phone doesn't recognize pretzels or skin tone, but I figured it was legible enough and it's only the decoration part. Though probably I should kill it because it does make my name stupid long for screen readers (which say the emoji name).

Tip for newbies (and reminder for oldbies): those of us with cheap phones (i.e. 3yo Android that is not gonna get updated) will see your ๐’ป๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐“Ž ๐“‰๐‘’๐“๐“‰ (and a lot of newer emojis) as a bunch of character-not-found rectangles whenever we're on mobile. The occasional usage in a post is fine, but geez don't use it as your username if you expect a followback.

Is the search-your-own-posts thing that mothership does not a thing that is part of the regular software (like, the version that masto-host runs)?

... technically "how a unicorn pool-float" but whatever.

(If the picture won't load, it's a graphic of a sad unicorn pool float, and the bikini top is around the unicorn's neck like it's doing some kind of centaur cosplay or something. ๐Ÿคท )

The really fun thing about the BT-enabled sous vide is that there's no confirmation on the device's end. So you can run around with the Anova app going and see what random devices you can connect to.

And then you can adjust their temperatures and cooking times.

Monoprice: Hey, how do you like your 3D printer? Please review it.

Me: Oh, the one that doesn't work yet? Maybe you should have answered your tech support email before sending out review requests.

I had to scroll down to see if they were just gonna keep pushing these things and no, next ad was for a Harry Potter Advent Calendar. Which was cool, even if not something I'd buy.

Instagram showed me an "Imperfect Produce" ad which, while I usually ignore ads (IG is generally post-only for me on the iPad) I decided to let them know that this was irrelevant (those services are problematic). Next ad? "Misfit Vegetables" or some such. Are we A/B testing company names or something? ๐Ÿ˜•

A little groundhog just booked it through our backyard and I was not quick enough with the camera. ๐Ÿ˜”

The buried lede in this Brands In Spaaaace story is: the cookies will get sent back groundside because they're a science experiment.

So astronauts get to fill their little tin can with the scent of fresh-baked cookies... that they cannot then eat.

I picked up a six-pack(!) of canned air at Costco the same time my husband bought a four-pack on Amazon so I'm pretty sure we're on a DEA watchlist now.

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