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Today discovered Unicode has a symbol, the "Epiglottal plosive" or IPA glyph 173, which in sans serif fonts turns out to look exactly like the "female" symbol modified into a question mark.

ʡ

...Is this a Gender
I think it might be a Gender

Trying to do practice this morning, and can't get through a single song without getting interrupted by some noisy nonsense or another.

Some days, you just have to give up. 😒

I took the week off from work because I really needed a break.

So far the "break" has consisted of doing a million chores that have been desperately overdue because I didn't have time to do them while working.

I'm going to need a break to recover from my break. 🙃

This letter from Apple employees to their leadership counters all the points which Cook et al are using to insist on moving back to the office so well.

appletogether.org/hotnews/thou

All art is valid, and you're allowed to do whatever helps you make the art you want to make;

:artpaw: Turn the paper around because you can only draw good lines in one direction? It's fine!

:artpaw: Draw in pencil first in multiple iterations? Do it!

:artpaw: Use a million reference images? Yesferatu!

:artpaw: Trace the things you're having trouble drawing? Totes McGoats :D

The things that enable you to create are not 'cheating' - they're tools.

#WormsOfAffirmation 🐛

@artistsandhackers hearing Chris Klimas talk about trying to not take feedback on #Twine personally, and limiting their window to the community around their software for the sake of their own mental health, was super meaningful. I know other developer friends who struggle with the same thing: appreciating feedback throughout development but getting into a depressive state given the constant demand for improvement, as if any success hadn't been made in the time between. Even while forming this window creates a barrier in his ability to fully know what the community is like, the reality is that even if he were tuned into all these channels, there would still be parts of the community he wouldn't know about.

artistsandhackers.org/twine

How in the world am I actually hitting this error? This makes no sense?!?

Played "spot the mask" in and it actually took *time* to find one. You would think never even happened here.

One million deaths. 😭

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First time back to the airport since the travel mask mandate ended. Feels about 50/50 masked/unmasked at .

As someone who's trying *really hard* not to catch : I do not love it. 😷

Boost this if you like soup or

if you wanna destroy capitalism

I fancified my keyboard! 😊

Need to do some work on the spacebar though; the one they sent has a slightly oversized left post, so it doesn't mount correctly (hence the old black bar still being here).

I got new caps for everything on the right, too, but they loop the gradient, and I kinda like not doing that?

After five nights on the , I'm definitely acclimating better. The exhaling-against-pressure thing still feels like A Thing, but only for the first 5-10 minutes; idk if it's me getting used to it, or the machine adjusting, but whatever, it's fine.

Overall sleep duration is down, but I'm feeling a *little* better on wakeup than before, which is a net positive: I get some morning time back! (I've struggled with time poverty for as long as I can remember.)

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One of the unexpected joys of the fediverse over other places is the addition of weird domains appended on to everyone's usernames.

It makes the web feel like more than just four websites again.

It's both a signal of a smaller more intimate internet and also a larger and far more diverse internet at the same time!

Moderation philosophy, from a retired mod 

NB: I am not a current moderator of any instance, please do not take this as my instance's Official Policy, etc etc.

When I first joined Mastodon, I was hesitant about instance blocks, feeling that they should be reserved only for the worst instances that wore swastikas on their sleeves. Over the years I've changed my stance significantly, because of what I've learned about the practicalities of moderation (1/?)

If a meeting goes longer than 1 hour, you're not meeting, you're collaborating on a task. This framing is important. Take breaks. Cycle out members who aren't involved in the current work. Just as meetings should follow agendas, work needs to follow a work plan of some kind.

Another tip: Every Mastodon account has RSS built in. Just add .rss to the end of the URL for your account, e.g. merveilles.town/@lrhodes.rss

That lets people follow your public posts from an RSS reader, but it's also useful if you wanted to use IFTTT to crosspost your public posts to another platform.

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Newcomers! If you haven't seen this yet, you might find it helpful, especially if you're confused about this "federation" stuff.
youtube.com/watch?v=IPSbNdBmWK

I've imported my follower list and I think my migration is finally working! Yeah, Mastodon works *much* better when you're not on the default instance - I can actually read my feed now and things work like you expect.

On Mastodon and #hometown, you can turn off boosts in the Home timeline by clicking the settings button at the top of the timeline. Not helpful if you're trying to find new accounts to follow, but if you're like me and want a chill timeline, it helps.

You can also turn off boosts from individuals: go to their profile and click the three dots. This is useful if an individual is a bit spammy on the boosts.

(This works on the web interface, not necessarily third party phone apps.)

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