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@wion More like Twitter. Short messages only. Also written in PHP.

one time i asked my mother what she thought of the USA and she replied "they tend to clap at things don't they" and i had no idea what she meant until today, when i saw a woman clapping at the moon

@algernon That reminds me of an episode of Thinking Allowed where they talk about people with impaired facial expressions and how you only feel your emotions by seeing them reflected in the people around you. When I'm alone my mood is usually "programming in a trance" or "melancholy aimlessness".

Yesterday I used Apple Pay to buy some M&Ms from a vending machine in Switzerland. We truly live in the future! I also felt like a dork fumbling with my phone and waving it in front of the machine multiple times but whatever. I ate M&Ms on the way home!

@jpf137 you send them a message and then you look for a word like "Public" or an icon like 🌏 and try to change it to "Direct" or whatever the alternatives are, I think. Also note that if the message gets federated to other systems like Diaspora, it might turn out to escape into the public anyway.

at my new desk location it's difficult for coworkers to get my attention without invading personal space. I have developed a solution to this problem:

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by Aviva Chomsky
–'...[these fascists in Charlottesville] are not the authors of neoliberal capitalism with its devastating effects on the poor around the planet. They are not the ones militarizing the borders to enforce global apartheid. They are not behind the extraction and burning of fossil fuels that is destroying the planet, with the poor and people of color the first to lose their homes and livelihoods. If we truly want to challenge racism, oppression, and inequality, we should turn our attention away from the few hundred marchers in Charlottesville and towards the real sources and enforcers of our unjust global order. They are not hard to find.'

@ckeen ah, I use bitlbee on the laptop and start it from within Emacs...

Today was moving day for three cactuses that seem to have no backbone, falling over all the time. Too much water? Too much fertilizer? Or a species that wants to grow along the ground?

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@natecull Just as any ESL (English as a Second Language) victim. Sometimes my wife asks me about a word I used. Then she wonders how on earths it got to be spelled that way, how the natives know how to pronounce it, and how to figure out, which of the five meanings the word has is to be considered. And then we talk about Celts, Saxons, Normans, and all that, and we have a laugh.

@natecull I'm always confused when Americans write a German word containing "ie" as "ei" because the first sounds like "Lee" and the second sounds like "lie". Hm.

@bremner What about other rhetorical devices, like straw men? Are we supposed to just not use words anymore?

@ScottMortimer Just say it, and mention your new user name. Do the same in your profile.

@babelcarp I mean there is no "theme" unifying members. Not sexuality, not art, not science, not programming, nothing but "being social" and "have an admin that apparently does the right thing" – no rallying point, and thus no expectation that the local timeline will help you find new people to follow.