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Allie took this lovely photo of me today, and it'll be my new avatar for a while anyway!

Moments after this picture was taken, we nearly walked into a black bear on the trail.

Source sadly not noted; if you know who put this together, please let me know.

Tonight, I made for dinner colcannon and it was, let me tell you, sublime. The best colcannon I have ever made.

It was a somewhat wide-ranging one: boiled the potatoes (skin on, because nutrients and flavour!), sautéed up half a head of cabbage and half a red onion, sautéed up a bunch of diced mushrooms with rosemary, chopped and fried up some bacon. Mashed the potatoes and added in some butter and some of this amazing local sour cream, mixed everything together.

The thing I'm curious about with Dracula Daily: you know the entries in the book aren't always in chronological order, right? Sometimes it hops around a bit to follow a conversation or topic.

Today brought me a new Stan Rogers song I'd never heard before, and it's good.

What wonders and bounties, etc.

Sometimes, you spend some weeks bouncing around between different music, nothing quite fitting, like you're looking for something, and then your patron saint drops a new single that is just what you were looking for.

My simple principles of making your time online a bit happier.

Read the whole post or thread.
Ask questions kindly.
Remember that not every post is for you.
You don't need to reply.
Don't worry what others think.
Write your own posts.
Speak with good motivation.
Let go of seeking praise.
Let go of avoiding blame.
Don't let others decide your worth.

#feditips #happiness

The other benefit of making a habit of including a help type when you post about political topics is that it promotes mindfulness. If you can't honestly figure out a help type to put in the CW, then maybe the post isn't helpful. Which isn't necessarily required — you're allowed to express an opinion or share a news story — but thinking about it more often may help you focus and clarify your political engagement.

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Been mulling the objection that CWs limit the reach of useful political info…

One solution would be to add a HELP TYPE to the CW. For example:

> uspol, environment, event

"Event" would signal that the post is not just about those topics, but also suggests a practical response. My bet is that more people will open a post that empowers them.

Help types could be:
• event — where/when to go
• fund — where to give
• organizing — building groups
• support — where to get it
• tactic — what to do

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Oh @welshpixie that reminds me: I was walking in the park the other day and someone was playing Suo Gân on the ocarina. I joined in singing it in Welsh and got a confused look, then she put down her ocarina to sing some in English!

Today's an English folk music day, with grey low-lying clouds outside.

Steeleye, Watersons, Bellamy, inter alia. I feel like this might resonate with @megueyb.

A little evening domača kava and rain coming down outside. Coding on a personal project. This is a good feeling right here, right now.

A lot of people don't want to see #political discourse on Mastodon. I don't mind it, but I do want it to be oriented toward the practical rather than the performative. #twitter rewards amplification, which turns political discourse turns into a competition over who can mast impress upon others just how urgent things are, until that practically drowns our efforts to organize for change. And we carry those habits with us everywhere if we're not mindful.

I think that a vital factor for the long-term sustainability of Mastadon for the RPG design community is to lean more towards the Google+ model than twitter.

We have a far more generous character limit here that allows us to have far more nuanced design conversation than twitter did. By highlighting the difference in affordances we will naturally see a form of content specialization.

Let's embrace analysis and discussion over hot takes and discourse, shall we?

I’d like to follow more #Friends, by which I mean #Quakers. FCNL’s social media posts are one of my favourite sources of legislative related activism and news elsewhere. If you’re Quaker or have suggestions please say hi if you’d like. 🕊🌍🙏

#peace #Quakerism #ReligiousSocietyofFriends

Haven't posted a picture of my cat lately. Here, have one of him looking contemplative.

Bashing my head against Firebase. I think it has interesting ideas in it, but it's sufficiently different from the sorts of webdev I usually do. Server-side logic and architecture is where I live, so the degree to which this minimizes that baffles me! I just need some access controls, but that's a later problem.

Fediverse made me realize that a more boring social media is better. I'm not joking.

Adventure bread turned out pretty delicious. Still unconvinced it is a good idea to put butter in bread dough.

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