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Feeling lost on Mastodon? Wondering what all of those timelines and options mean?

I did a video presentation about Mastodon for Michigan!/usr/group (

Here's the video if you're interested:

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Hey folks,

If you have some spare Liberapay cash laying around would you please consider sending it to Sophie Lagace?

She outlines the reasons in her blog post here:

Suffice to say they're going to though a rough patch and could use the financial support.


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New here? Not sure where to start? This intro by @noelle might help out:

Also I'd like to send you a quick "hello" and a note that if you're on that our beloved administrator is @CobaltVelvet. She runs this place and keeps it tidy.

It's also not free as in beer so if you'd like to keep this place running please feel free to help out her Patreon:

(note: I'm not an admin here, I just like this place)

@TheGibson Taken as one overused narrative device The Hero's Journey works.

Taken as a guide for all stories, it's like saying that everything can fit into a suitcase if you push really, really hard.

This is why professionals say FOSS tools like Scribus aren't ready for production work. Until it's fire and forget every recommendation of FOSS tools is just someone saying "please use this thing to satiate my religious convictions and pay for it with months of your time and missed income".

The nice ones tell you no.

I've seen this with other independent creators where they use Scribus to print their book, only to get a mangled proof back that takes longer to sort out.

You know what they did to solve the problem? Did they file bugs and wait for patches? Nope. They bought InDesign because Scribus lost them over a month's worth of sales and they couldn't afford to keep puttering around with Scribus to make it work.

If you want FOSS tools to still be the "I pay for it with my time because my time is meaningless" then we don't need to change a thing. Keep on making it so folks have to play some perverse roulette to ensure that things work with outside printers and publishers.

But if we're ever going to show that we're just as good as the professional tools then we need to start emulating all of the imperfections of those tools. Specs be damned, if everyone else figured it out so can we.

If you've ever wondered why people say tools like Scribus aren't ready for professional production work let me share this blog post by @davidrevoy

This should be a slam dunk. David knows what he's doing and One Bookshelf provides instructions that clearly show how to produce a PDF to their specifications.

We need to do better, folks. Color Profiles that work for everyone except FOSS tools are unacceptable. Period. There are no excuses for this.

So apparently, tiny houses on wheels aren't a new thing

One of these is actually an entire church on wheels


The Fate shelf gets more and more goodies (Fate of Cthulhu is the latest addition)

Hello, I am currently unqualified to run a Metal Music Podcast.

Looking at my report from last year and boy howdy do I listen to a lot of Steve Roach.

Shout out to the coffee shop that skipped Pearl Jam: Better Man like a kid on a hopscotch board.

Also: archived / deleted a bunch of books because they were no longer "supported" on the platform.

One of them was a new edition. Not sure what the other problems were.

Remember, kids, DRM means you just get it on extended loan. It doesn't mean you own it

Radio Shack shitpost 

Some monster called us. On our home phone. To try to ask us if we needed any home improvement.

Don't they know we have the internet? We can find them and email them if we're interested.

What kind of monster calls someone out of the blue like this?

(These people, that's who).

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