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What other instances are like octodon.social? I don't even know.

It would also be great to be able to refer friends of mine to instances that are friends of my instance.

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What if the "Create Account" button didn't direct the user to joinmastodon.org/servers, but to some other like-minded instance
whose signups were still open.

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It's easy to bounce hard from joining mastodon when confronted with the big list of mastodon instances.

That happened to me on my first two tries. On the third try I wised up, picked someone I knew, and joined the instance she was using.

Making an easy choice like that seems like the best way for many users.
But I could not do that today, because my instance's signups are closed.

A good instance needs to not get too large, but then it's hard for new users to find a good instance like it. I'm pondering how to improve that...

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Best pies: 1. Persimmon and hazelnut both native and local

2. Pumpkin with forgotten sugar

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Mark Hamilton (Anna and Mark: Waldeneffect)
Shopping cart for firewood transport and storage

We upgraded from a firewood tote carrier to this Wellmax shopping cart with wheels last year.

Now we can carry twice the amount with less effort.

The side spokes mostly popped out but weaving some steel wire or thin rope is an easy way to fix it.

Once inside it provides a tidy way of storing the wood.

Anna lifts from the top while I push from the bottom to make it even easier and safer.

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serching my bingo card for "Musk learns about mythical man month, uses it to retroactively justify himself"

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waiting to see what comes after yobibyte and yottabit, now that we have the ronnabyte

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ronnabyte and quettabyte ... ok, editing code now

(ronna seems like a surprisingly topical prefix name to choose)

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filtering twitter tf out my timeline in 3 ... 2 ...

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feels like internet has been hibernating for a long while, dreaming of webrings and p2p, but is starting to wake back up

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@CobaltVelvet why did octodon defederate mastodon.scot? I was following some accounts over there for the scenery and slice of life, did not seem at all problimatic..

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"oh so the nuts were loose ... visibly loose" -- NASA announcer on media stream not realizing his mic is live

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"this is not ... a totally uncommon operation" -- NASA announcer

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Content warning: uspol, cursed erections


absolutely the right choice in networks to watch this on.

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Content warning: uspol, cursed erections


watching a pair of streams out of florida

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It leaks pork for reasons unknown, but they're still pumping the pork in. I'm sure the shrub is happy.

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It leaks port for reasons unknown, but they're still pumping the pork in. I'm sure the shrub is happy.

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fingers crossed that Pres. George W. Bush's vision will become a reality tonight

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scrolled to the bottom of my page and saved as pdf. 784 pages

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turning the amber left and right, looking at the identi.ca trapped inside

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thanks to spj I now understand why propellor was accidentially quadratic ... in the type checker

looking forward to fewer 1 gb type errors

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Anna (Anna and Mark: Waldeneffect)
Harvest End Soup

When your harvest looks like this:

Last big harvest

It’s time to cook this:

Harvest end soup

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of cherry tomatoes (or 2.5 cups of stewed tomatoes)
  • 1 chicken breast with bone in (or 3 cups of chicken stock and one cooked chicken breast)
  • 1.25 cups of chopped sweet peppers
  • 2.5 cups of carrots (or some combination of carrots and sweet potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (I used unspicy, but you might like it spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of green onion tops, chopped into small pieces
  • sugar (to taste, if your tomatoes are late season and sour)

Serves 4.

Optional serving suggestions:

  • Stirring in cheese is always yummy at the end. Parmesan works but an herbed goat cheese was amazing!
  • Mark likes bread on the side.

Adding spices to a soup

How to make it:

This is a basic soup recipe, so you don’t really need to read this part. Here’s what I did:

  • I cooked the chicken in the instapot with a bit of water for 10 minutes on the meat setting. Once this was done, I picked the meat off the bone and put the bones back in the instapot with three cups of water to cook for an hour to make broth. Cooking longer would have been better, but I was impatient.
  • Meanwhile, I cooked the cherry tomatoes in just a little water until they were soft (about ten minutes). Then I ran them through the foley mill to remove the skin and most of the seeds. If I was using roma tomatoes I wouldn’t have bothered with this processing, but cherry tomatoes are very seedy! I suspect foley mills are not the modern way to do this — please comment if you use a different gadget to get the same result…
  • Next, I mixed the processed tomatoes with everything except the chicken, the broth (because it wasn’t done yet), and the sugar. Cooking this mixture for about an hour on medium to low heat will soften the vegetables, at which point you can remove the bay leaves then use an immersion blender to create a relatively smooth texture. (If you prefer vegetable chunks, skip the blending step.)
  • By this point, the chicken broth was done, so I added it into the main pot along with the cooked chicken breast (broken up into bite-size pieces). The soup probably would have been even better if I’d simmered it for about an hour with all ingredients in the pot, but I was hungry and it was delicious just thrown together like this!

Carrot harvest

Side notes:

I used the littlest carrots from the harvest (on the left in the photo above), which wouldn’t keep long in storage. If you have sweet potatoes, I’d recommend using half carrots and half sweet potatoes, in which case you shouldn’t need any sugar.

If you prefer beans over meat, chickpeas are your best option in this soup.

Soup color depends on tomato color. I usually make it with red, but our tommy-toes were yellow this year. It tastes the same either way.

What did you turn your last big harvest of warm-season goodies into?

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Thought this had died...

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FTX exchange balance sheet needs to be preserved for posterity. Maybe in some append-only crypto ledger. It's that good.

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(well ok, seems that pleroma uses postgresql, so I would't use it either, but ..)

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I'd never in a million years set up my own mastodon server. As a longstanging policy, I don't maintain postgresql databases. I know how bad rails is. I now know how bad sidekiq is. No way.

I would set up a plemora server, but I am literally afraid it would be defederated due to the bad reputation of people who use plemora.

So instead of me running a little server for friends and family, I'm on a bigger server. Large mastodon servers are a dangerous direction to push mastodon.

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the anti-plemora thing on mastodon is more poisonous than vi vs emacs

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hanging on mastodon watching the pizza ads roll by

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Anna (Anna and Mark: Waldeneffect)
How to make kindling with a Kindling Jack Jr.

At least one of you didn’t quite understand Mark’s initial review of the Kindle Jack Jr. So we made this short video to show you the nuts and bolts of easy, safe kindling splitting.

(Side notes: Mark lost his Uncle Thomas yesterday, which is why I’m making this post for him. Also, if you tried to make a comment and failed, please try again — I think I found the bug!)

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If I could add one feature to mastodon it would be to be able to remotely view the local timeline of another instance.

(Only seeing the posts already known to my instance would be enough.)

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Anna (Anna and Mark: Waldeneffect)
Replacing a bathtub faucet in a trailer

Home plumbing

Replacing a bathtub faucet turned out to be much easier than either of us anticipated. Turn off all water to the trailer, unscrew both hot and cold water hoses along with the hose leading up to the shower, then slip the old faucet out and the new one in. There’s nothing complicated going on with the shower — water pressure is what makes water flow uphill.

Using an old backplate to shore up soft wall behind a bathtub faucet.

The only real roadblock came when Mark noticed that an old leak (long since fixed) had weakened the wall the faucet was going to be screwed onto. How could we strengthen that area in a quick-and-dirty manner that would also hold up over the long term?

Shoring up the wall behind a bathtub faucet

Bathtub faucetThe back plate from the old faucet turned into a perfect solution. Applying it to the screw side of the wall while the new faucet’s back plate stayed on the faucet side of the wall resulted in a much stronger sandwich. Ta da — running water with no leaks!

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On a semi-related note, Mark has been busy turning Trailersteading into an AI-narrated audiobook. You can enjoy a sneak preview above, then if you enjoy what you hear you can buy the full shebang on Kobo or Google. Enjoy!

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If you need any tool other than "upgrade system" to deal with the openssl vulnerability to be announced tomorrow, you are doing linux wrong. Hot take I know.

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Content warning: starlink bs


214 mbps speed test

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Remembering the I experienced in 2014. Hope to see it again.

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afternoon spent fishing wires down through walls and installing AC outlets

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gonna use my vaccine cards today, and also my voter id card

And I think I'm gonna stop carrying thoe vaccine cards in my wallet. Keeping them with passport seems about right.

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since everyone is sharing mastodon tips today, can someone tell me how to subscribe to some people but keep them out of my main timeline and have them only in a separate stream?

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