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General request: if you post pictures, please please include alt text describing the image so that everyone, regardless of visual ability, can enjoy your toot.

Please consider asking others to do this. Optionally, reconsider boosting toots if they don't have alt text.

We all have an opportunity to help shape the culture of this place and I'd love, love, love if it were "oh, everyone posts alt text with their images because that's just what you do."

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Did you know that you don't need to use link shorteners (, etc.) on Mastodon? All links, no matter how long, only count for 23 characters against your 500 limit!

(And since link shorteners are bad for user experience and break the web, there's almost no good reason to use 'em! 😄)

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Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.

sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.

reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄

(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)

I really do like that I can open Mastodon when I wake up and not feel like the universe is on fire, unlike elsewhere.

RMS and the free software community 

Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.

I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.

Boosts gratefully appreciated.

Looks like Keybase has gone from "nice UI for PGP" to "vehicle for pushing cryptocurrency bullshit". Time to uninstall that app.

The Shenandoah Valley Bike Club century on Sunday was a neat design: four ~25 mi loops in a cloverleaf with start/stop/one honking big rest stop at the town park in the middle.

So all their work, food, etc., was concentrated there. High quality snacks, excellent mechanical station, etc. Plus, folks could bail after any ~25 mi section if they were having problems.

Highly recommended!

(Plus, bonus creamery on the dairy farm on the way out!)

Did You Know: "Diploma" means "thing that's been folded".

Went for a walk in a nearby park and found this wee little door in a tree. It has working hinges and there's a large hollow in the tree behind it. In hindsight it was quite rude of me to open it up and peak inside without knocking. Where were my manners?

Heard of a cool tech-bro-weeding interview technique the other day. A male and female engineer conduct the interview session together. If, when the female engineer asks the candidate a question, he directs his answer to the male engineer, then he's out. They said it happens a lot

"A packet may span over multiple pbufs, chained as a singly linked list. This is called a 'pbuf chain'.

"Multiple packets may be queued, also using this singly linked list. This is called a 'packet queue'.

"Currently, packet queues are not supported!!!"

File under: someone please put this in a memo and send it to last week when I really could've stood to know that last sentence.

Me: "You need me to make a pie to give away? Sure! Might as well make two since it's barely more effort."

Also me: totally forgetting this recipe takes a heap of lime zest.

you may call it the frozen foods section but i call it the shivering aisles

Seen today on the Burke's Garden Century ( ride). Hat tip to the farmer that took the time to paint this.

So #Gab spinoff and anti-Trans fake feminist site #spinster just launched this app. And although Google has already removed Gab's app for violating it's terms of use. For the moment this is live. Would be helpful for some of the reviews to share that the service is an TERF hive, and that it fully federates #Gab content against Google's TOS.

Reviews and reports here:

The only standalone #womenscycling UCI stage race in the Western Hemisphere is live and chock full of Americans: #ColoradoClassicPro #usa

open source economics 

thank you HP for curing my impostor syndrome
if someone could get paid for making your website, i'm sure i'm also qualified for being in IT

PERSON ON STREET: "Yes, I'm not racist, but..."

CAPTAIN IMPROV: swoops out of the sky to clamp fingers over person's lips

CAPTAIN IMPROV [to camera]: "Remember, kids, it's 'Yes, I'm not racist, AND...'"

This is oppressors stealing the language of the oppressed to create a false equivocation between two populations: one with institutional power and one without (or at least less).

The pro-white narrative is one of a dying race/culture trying to survive.

But what is this culture?

Yesterday's ride up from Rock Castle Gorge found a 13% slope. For a not-insubstantial distance. Oof.

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