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#introductions

Hi all, I'm a PhD student studying quantum optics & slow light media, with a bit of general relativity thrown in.

#hobbies include guitar, juggling & chess

@christy Hey welcome.

I found mastodon comes into its own when you follow enough people that you have a home timeline of who you want to hear from. Public timelines can be a firehose.

Any questions, there's a really friendly smart community milling around in here.

Also since you juggle, mastodon has clowns, seriously: @RussSharek @Avalon

@katebowles
Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm not entirely new though - I was already following you on @Slippy_K and just settled on a new instance & imported my following list.

@christy @Slippy_K Why did you change instance? Just curious. I gave scholar.social a look but stayed put in the end.

@katebowles
Right from when I joined mastodon.social I was looking for another instance, and one that was science-inclined. I think because I would then be closer to people I had more interest in.

The influx of new users recently reaffirmed the idea that mastodon.social was just a gateway or stepping stone.

I don't know if I'll post on both accounts, but I'll at least check the mastodon.social local tl occasionally.

All that said, this server isn't super stable.

Kate @katebowles

@christy I don't use the mastodon.social local timeline, I think I've made my own instance-like sense of smaller community by following.

But I've been wondering how it would feel to have a stronger sense of instance identity. At the moment I feel more like a node.

@katebowles
There are lots of approaches to explore, evidently. It's been so long since I joined a new community that just talking to new people out of the blue feels alien but familiar, like some dormant muscle memory is waking up.

@christy

That was how mastodon has been (is) for me too. "Just talking", in smart reflective company. Not promoting, not denouncing, not seeking attention.

It took a while to trust. I really love it.