While preparing to leave home tomorrow, I listened to news of nearby communities evacuated due to fires. I decided my home shouldn't sit empty while other folks don't have a place to stay.

It only took a minute to call to mind a co-worker with family in the affected area. One text later, her parents became our impromtu house guests for next week.

Driving home from a morning in Charlotte, the 77 was backed up due to an accident. The worst cause of traffic, knowing that it could be a very bad day for others. A semi was in the exit only lane, trying to get in. We were all going very slow, I stopped and let the traffic clear in front enough for him/her to get in (it took at least 5 minutes). She/he got in and blinked lights for thanks. Somehow I love that.

Also finally resolved in my own head that mastodon isn't about avoiding politics. CWs aren't about avoiding politics.

Taking care with content is about managing risk to others so that the effort to repair a damaged world doesn't deteriorate into panic, aggression or despair.

CWs seem like a small good step towards respecting that the state of global politics affects us deeply. It's not a sideshow.

Are these the Mastodon rules you mentioned in the chat @Tdorey ? I know a few people expressed they hadn't seen them. mastodon.social/about/more

fyi: @Autumm

From : @mattcropp via @Tdorey
"Let's play a game, to help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."

Twitter lacks the will, means, interest or commercial courage to deal with targeted harassment. This has been obvious for so long but this morning it really hit me that mastodon stands for a counter-ethos quite robustly. So thanks @Gargron, thanks all the new community position holders, thanks community.

We are having conversations about what it means to interact in online spaces under Check it out and join us. digciz.org/uncategorized/digci

I've been inactive for awhile. I have no home feed. Mastodon needs some time to regenerate it for me. Quiet.

Reading John Berger's collection of short essays of art criticism, I just came across this:

"What the painting by Bosch does is to remind us -- if prophecies can be called reminders -- that the first step towards building an alternative world must be a refusal of the world-picture implanted in our minds and all the false promises used everywhere to justify and idealise the delinquent and insatiable need to sell. Another space is vitally necessary.”

(John Berger, The Shape of a Pocket)

Happy New Year Mastodon folk! Glad to be here with you.

Ha! @daniellynds and I just kinda posted same thing. We are sitting across from each other. That wasn't on purpose.

Pretty cool to see small changes happen when I am gone from this place for a bit. Is "mark as private" the way to DM?

@lauraritchie @Gargron I just wanted to send encouragement too. We're all used to big corporate platforms that stay open 24/7, and in return for that they use and sell all of our labour. We pay a high price for the appearance of stability, which is really just exploitation.

The work you do here is really appreciated. So glad you are OK, and lovely that it's back.

I was surprised how much I worried about it, in a human way.

@jeroensmeets Hi! I was told I could possibly get an invite to your IOS app from you?

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