If you're currently on a massive server like mastodon.social, you might want to consider moving your account to a smaller server.

You can keep your followers when you change servers, here's how to do it: mstdn.social/@feditips/1079394

You can find reliable servers at joinmastodon.org/communities (all the servers listed there agree to the covenant at joinmastodon.org/covenant). Try to pick one with fewer people.

There are lots of good things about smaller servers:

-Better moderation, because there are more staff per member.

-Smaller servers tend to have more personality, with a village feel.

-The local timeline on smaller servers is much more readable.

-Smaller servers protect the Fediverse as a whole from being taken over, because lots of smaller servers are harder to buy than a few big servers.

-It's easier to make a difference on smaller servers. It's easier to discuss things with the admin and other members.

#FediTips #MastoTips #Fediverse #Mastodon

15 May 1919 30,000 workers across Winnipeg walked off their jobs, bringing the city to a halt. Although defeated by heavy police repression, the strike inspired many other workers, who won significant improvements over the coming decades libcom.org/history/1919-winnip

Hey everyone :ablobcatwave:

Just a reminder, you can see all the recommendations of accounts to follow ever made on FediFollows organised into nice categories at:

mastodon.online/@FediFollows/1

As I post about more recommendations, they will automatically appear in this directory under whatever hashtags I've used on the post.

Also, many of the categories have multiple pages now. To see the next page click on "show older" at the bottom of the page.

I feel like the inflammatory headline of this piece is going to prevent the people who need to read this from doing so, but this interview about the problems with crypto is really, really good.

currentaffairs.org/2022/05/why

I’ve noticed people in the #Fediverse sometimes having conflicts and misunderstandings more often than on other social media that may be based on issues of language and translation. It can be useful to aware that we’re much more likely to be communicating with people outside of North America, UK, and Aus/NZ English speakers, even when we’re interacting in English. There is less siloing here than elsewhere. There are linguistic and cultural differences that might not be immediately apparent. 😊

The first big import to come back from England's fledgling North American colonies was tobacco. And the novel habit of smoking quickly caught on, even among the King's court.

Which was a problem, because King James I HATED smoking. He thought it was a filthy habit.

So, in a remarkable move, in 1604 he wrote a pamphlet aimed at convincing people to stop smoking.

It was called "A Counterblaste to Tobacco." And it had some surprisingly modern things to say! (🧵 ) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Counte

“The human brain has about 90 billion neurons, weights ca. 1.1 to 1.4 kg and has a volume of 1300 cm3. But the brain of an elephant has three times the number of neurons we have, and the weight and volume of the brain of a sperm whale measures six times as much and ants have a six times larger brain to body mass ratio.”
--Marco Massi

#consciousness #inteligence #brain #anthropocentrism

My addition to #feditips
Be intentional and mindful with how you interact with Mastodon.
You're not getting any content pushed on you anymore. You get to choose your instance and all of the content you interact with. You're in control of populating your timeline. You have a chance to start fresh with a new platform that isn't making money off of your outrage and keeping you engaged on the site. It's much easier to make healthier choices about interactions.

#Eurovision 

Gotta admit, this performance gave me chills!

youtu.be/F1fl60ypdLs

O.K., so I’m watching the grand finale of Eurovision, and Australia is one of the finalists? I need someone to explain this to me.

Bowing to immense Mastodon/Fediverse peer pressure, I am for the first time in my life watching Eurovision.

@mike @feditips @humanetech

It seems quite a few people appreciate the idea of improved #ActivityPub support for #Wordpress. Awesome!

Could we somehow make this a thing? For example, asking people to self-promote their their Wordpress installations on successful federation with something like #ActivityPubForWordpress or #WordpressToFediverse?

#AP4WP #WP2Fedi

@wiredfire @techaddressed @joeldebruijn

The soundtrack for Alaska Thunderfuck’s new drag queen musical, Drag: The Musical, dropped today, and I am *HERE* for it!

I would like to forward @mike's great suggestion to the #fedizens of the #fediverse who have a #Wordpress.com account:

👉 Please "reach out to help@wordpress.com and submit a feature request for #ActivityPub support. :)"

🙏 Thank you! :)

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CC: @feditips @joeldebruijn @humanetech
Discussion in context: libertynode.net/@mike/10829648

"Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported." A cautionary tale.

More than 350 blind ppl around the world have Second Sight’s implants in their eyes, after the company files for bankruptcy they find themselves in a world in which the technology that transformed their lives is just another obsolete gadget. One technical hiccup and they lose their artificial vision, possibly forever. The gadget also interferes with MRI scans and is expensive/difficult to remove.

spectrum.ieee.org/bionic-eye-o

This is Sagittarius A* best-bet model video, the massive black hole at the center of our Galaxy.

"The video shows a high-res simulation of one of the best-bet theoretical models of Sgr A* across about 28 hours."

You can find more stunning material from the EHT team on this official drive: drive.google.com/drive/folders

Credit: Abhishek Joshi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Abhishek Joshi / UIUC

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