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• #Italian language (translations to/from English, grammar, proofreading) and Italian culture
• #travel suggestions and arrangement in Italy
• #SQL, #Oracle and #database management
• #math – especially applied maths – and #LaTeX (I hope I haven’t forgotten too much from uni!)
• Western #art history (many high schools in Italy cover it relatively well and for some reason I didn't end up hating it)
• translations from #Latin (same reason as above, but I kind of hated it)
Hello to all newcomers! I see everyone is doing #introductions again — mind if I join?
Some of the stuff I'm interested in: #photography, #travel, #flânerie, #geocaching, #publictransport, #cinema (especially the oldies), #reading (mostly nonfiction), #podcasts, #selftracking, #geography, #linguistics, #typography
PSA: the problems with "niceness" Show more
This is especially for new folks:
Don't confuse how welcoming people are here with "negativity is bad, and must be stopped!"
As long as you're not a nazi or some other similar flavor of fascistic murderousness (*coughs* terfs), be your actual self here. If people have issues with that, the easiest way is for them to mute and/or unfollow said person.
I think the only good thing I can do right now is going to sleep. Sweet dreams, nice people. See you tomorrow.
MEN ARE TRASH
meant to CATCH YOUR ATTENTION and call attention to the many TRASH habits men develop unconsciously that end up making women uncomfortable, unsafe, and DEAD.
take your #MenAreWonderful and come back with $10k to pay me to listen to your drivel
genuine emotion and caring about shit is punk as fuck
One of the smartest things I've ever heard get said is "everyone knows a sex worker, and if you think you don't, that's just because they don't feel safe telling you." Someone told me that years ago and I've never stopped thinking about it.
depressing quote Show more
So I guess the first episode of Life Is Strange 2 will be out before we have LIS:BtS for Mac/Linux. (sigh)
Possibly helpful Mastodon tip Show more
Have you ever started a toot on your phone, but then wanted to finish writing it on your computer? I do this frequently when posting a picture that I've taken on my phone, but I want a real keyboard to type the description.
Well, there is a simple solution. Post it, in the incomplete form with visibility set to "Direct" but don't mention anyone.
Then, later use the "Delete & re-draft" option, and change the visibility to public.
Probably one of the saddest parts of leaving birdsite was that I’d spent a pretty decent amount of time trying to add and follow a lot more women in tech, and I miss hearing from them.
Help me balance my follows out and suggest some awesome #WomenInTech to follow (cis/trans, it’s all good). Boost this, maybe even reply with yourself, maybe we can get a good list of voices.
god there's two whole paragraphs in the wikipedia article for titanic (1997) about the sociology of men crying at the ending
Please boost to help me find more geographers, I can't possibly be the only one in tootland.
Fun fact: while you may only have heard of Mastodon recently, it's been around for a while! @Gargron registered the domain 'mastodon.social' in March 2016, and hundreds of people have contributed to its development since then.
Let's take a moment to say thank you to the thousands of people who have contributed to Mastodon's development and community over the last two and a half years! We wouldn't be where we are without you!
Fediverse Meta, "Branding" Show more
As much as I agree with the sentiment that #Mastodon shouldn't be a place in which you need "a brand" to thrive as individuals, let's not forget that one of the biggest instance in the #Fediverse at the moment is one specifically made for sex workers who are getting banned from US-based platforms and their survival is at stake.
Their survival is not up for discussion. #Switter is an important part of the Fediverse and we should keep that in mind.
mastodon privacy Show more
since this is coming up again, i feel it's important to stress the following facts about privacy on mastodon:
- DMs are stored in plaintext in the database
- yes, this means admins can access them
- it also means they will be accessible if your instance DB is leaked
- however: this is the same as the situation on any other mainstream social media site
- at the end of the day you should make sure you trust your admins
- ultimately: don't use mastodon for privacy-critical messages
rethinking follow, consent, and a mild thought on content warnings Show more
In general, I think modern tech has the philosophy that people don't know what they want so we must put it in their face.
From advertising to games, it's all about recommendations and push notifications informing *you* because *you're too busy.*
I don't buy that, I think it's bullshit. And i've found folks who still have that kind of thought process tend to be those who oppose warning content by default.