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We climbed all 10km (32 800 ft) of the Virginia Parkway and Skyline Drive on . A fantastic week of camping with good friends. 😄🚲❤️

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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.)

Got a pretty abusive mail complaining that gnome's no-reversisms clause in the CoC means white people need not apply.

Yes, the intent is that people with that bigoted way of thinking will not try to get into the project. The CoC is working.

Riding up East River Mountain, as you do on a random holiday morning. (I like how you can clearly see the riding groups bunched as their contact bubbles. Person gap person person person gap person.)

Feeling pretty vindicated by my parenting because I can now walk into a room, yell "Duck Tales" and the kids will yell "woohoo" back and also trained them that the correct response to "what are we going to do?' is "the same thing we do every night, try to take over the world".

Basically, I can retire as a dad now. I've done the hard work.

Chapter 99 in The Tech Industry Is Broken With Problems It Has No Desire To Fix.

Watching a friend's class recital on a Zoom call right now ... and, I tell you what, a little kid with a 1/4-size cello gets me in the heart every time. 🎻

Things we didn't do:
- Start the fire
- Shoot the deputy
- Steal the cookies from the cookie jar

Things we did:
- Tried to fight it
- Shot the sheriff
- Put the sham in the shama-lama-ding-dong

Things we will do:
- Survive
- Rock you
- Walk 500 miles
- Walk 500 more

Things we won't do:
- Get fooled again
- Back down
- That

Things we will never do:
- Give you up
- Let you down
- Run around
- Desert you

- I did it again)


lots of people have been abusive in their lives. part of the way they get away with it is that their MO is that they know how to compartmentalise. so no, it may never reach you that someone you know is a shithead. but the person who knows will tell you directly when they are ready and you should immediately support them how you can. never tell them to shut up about it either

if you're going out in public wear a mask (clap clap)
if you're going out in public wear a mask (clap clap)
it helps not spread infection
and prevents facial detection
if you're going out in public wear a mask (clap clap)

uspol (positive [really!]) 

The Supreme Court ruled that discrimination against gay or transgender employees violates Title VII!!

you can do what a marginalized groups asks without understanding why they're asking you. you can accept that something that you're doing is harmful without understanding why it's harmful

Fox News posted a "radical leftist" agenda that includes the line "ATTACK AND DETHRONE GOD" and like

I've been training 14 years of my life for this

I'm on Snopes today talking about the "DC blackout" trending topic across several social network sites. It seemed to me to be a fairly complex operation spreading disinformation on all sides of the topic, entirely meant to sow discord. I even interviewed some of the people who got swept up in it for my research.

yo, I heard you like dead code elimination

so I eliminated your ISR from the binary

@Gargron just because the US government now outranks it doesn’t mean hacker news isn’t still one of the world’s purest quarries for dunning-kruger.

Is there a way to stop roguelike developers from including disability and mental health as negative traits in their videogames?

Like. I dunno, stapling their heads until they stop.

PSA - Dear new users at 

Imagine for a moment that your sight began to look blurry. You can't see things clearly and you need to go out to buy groceries or something.

You start walking and stumble into people. You get cursed at for not looking where you're going.

"Hey! Can't you see the sign? Can't you read? "

You stumble upon a crowd. "What's going on?"

"Can't you see?" you're asked rudely.

And nobody tells you what's actually going on.

They all expect you to see.

Well, that's what it feels like when reading Mastodon and there are no captions in your images.

Mastodon has an image captioning feature. If you can use it, please do for those of us who can't. 😎

hey, do me a favor

BE the person who is a nuisance about gendered translations, or defaulting to a particular timezone, or shirts and work uniforms that aren't sized for breasts, or turning off captions for educational recordings. Be the person who calls out cultural appropriation or sexist language.

Hell, be the person who sneaks proper lotion into the washroom, or provide good coffee cups so no one gets scalded.

These things didn't stop, and they're exhausting, and they're easy to fix.

*sniff* It's beautiful.

The state of Ohio won't deny unemployment benefits to people who refuse to work during the COVID-19 pandemic after someone created a script to flood their reporting website with junk data.

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