INTRO TO FEDERATION:
1. "mastodon" is a piece of software that runs on a server. It's made of "code", or little spaghetti-like strings of information
2. An "instance dominatrix" can chew and swallow these code strands to create an "instance". Every stomach contains at least one server
3. Our gut bacteria populates the server, and can talk to, or battle, gut bacteria from other stomachs
4. The game of "mastodon" ends when your gut bacteria populates the entire universe. Go forth and conquer!
AskMastodon: I'm reading Ada's Algorithm, and in it the author mentions pi, without actually saying "pi". He takes like three sentences to explain (paraphrasing) "this basic mathematical ratio is the ratio of the diameter of a circle to its circumference, and starts with 3.14159 and continues infinitely..." So, what's up with that? Is there a good reason for not just saying "pi"?
"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."
Am I the only one who is hearing this constantly with all this talk about federating? https://vimeo.com/4150236
Hi, I'm Dave. You may know me as Rock Steady on MetaFilter. Or not. I'm a librarian.
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