"There are holy places, where you can find solace, comfort, and wisdom."
"No church will offer my kind sanctuary."
"I speak of libraries."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

According to my password manager, I joined Mastodon one year ago today!

Oddly, my first toot wasn't until a couple of months later. I guess I was lurking at first, to see if this thing would stick around.

And stick around it has! I'm thrilled to see lots of new people who weren't here a year ago. Welcome! And invite your friends!

I highly recommend the "Los Angeles Plays Itself" if you like or (heaven forbid!) . It's an examination of how Los Angeles has been portrayed in the movies. It's way more interesting than I expected. (Don't confuse it with "L.A. Plays Itself", which is a gay porno! ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†)

I thought these two screen captures were amusing out of context. Signs like these direct the people who work on a given movie to the location where they're filming.

"Which five cartoons would you recommend to people to get an idea of who you are?"

Bugs Bunny
Daffy Duck
Screwy Squirrel
Kimba the White Lion
Rocko's Modern Life

There's an interesting community project on here called #Trunk:


It's a list of people to follow on the #Fediverse, organised by category. You can follow people individually, or follow entire category lists.

You can add yourself to the list by sending a message to one of the site admins. Remember to include which category/categories you want to be listed in.

(via @eloisa )

#Mastodon #NewHere #Federation

Here's another shot from .

Does anybody know what this is supposed to be? I think it's the head and body of a chicken and the tail of a fish. Maybe from or legend? I don't remember if I found this in or .

The second version of this image is the result of incompetence. I tried to erase the telephone pole, but then the sky had a big uniform blue patch. To hide that, I took it into Topaz and pretended I drew it.

A friend (on Windows) wants to get Lightroom. I warned her about having to pay Adobe $10/month for life. I told her I'd look into alternatives.

I've narrowed it down to and . I've never used either. Which is the better direct Lightroom replacement? Do both run equally well on Windows? Which is easier to use?

She's competent on a computer but not a wizard. She has not run alternatives before. She has a DSLR and just wants to organize and post-process photos.

Some of you might be familiar with "The Red Ceiling", by pioneering color photographer . It's a daring photo that challenges convention and the viewer's expectations. It's the first image I've attached below. You can read about it here:


The second image is "The Green Stairwell", by me. It's less daring and less challenging. It's my homage to Eggleston. (Photographed at the Panama Hotel in .)

"If you had to recommend someone play 5 games to really get a feel for you/your tastes, what five would you pick?"

Star Raiders
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Sub Hunt

Low in the sky
is the afternoon sun.
A wall I did spy
For some silhouette fun.


This is why I can't stand poetry. I suck at it. I can't even get the meter right.

The first image is straight out of the camera. The second one is after I dragged it into Topaz and goofed around with it for a while.

I made a flow chart of which #Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.


Das Schรถne an diesem Vorherbst da drauรŸen ist ja, dass man auch mal am Schreibtisch hรคngen bleiben kann um zu Zeichnen.
#penandink #sketchbook #mastoart #pxlsketch

I invite others to read and comment, and please propose new ideas if you have them. Maybe it will make a difference.

#NoMoreMobs #mastodon #peace


A rare picture of me that I like, from the workshop.

To shoot the model from above, I had to scale these enormous haystacks. If you climb slowly, you end up pulling the hay out of the stack and don't make any progress.

My solution was to start 20 feet back, then run like hell toward the haystack and see how far I could climb before running out of momentum. I screamed like a banshee the whole time, for added effect. It worked!

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Tiny dumbo rat (that's a variety of rat whose ears are lower on their head than usual) photographed by Diane ร–zdamar for the book Fancy Rats: Portraits and Stories
Source: deviantart.com/dianephotos/art
#cute #BabyAnimals #rats #photography

Todays warm-up doodle took a bit longer because they are repairing the building outside and the damn NOISE... mggrrml
#mastoart #krita #warmupdrawing

When I'm out on a country drive, I sometimes pass this place. It gets rave reviews on Yelp. Today, I finally decided to give it a try.

It's a tiny shack sitting in front of a farmhouse. Inside, you see the menu of all of the possible pies. That many pies wouldn't fit into this shack. They had four flavors today. You shove your money into that metal box next to the menu.

I bought myself a mini pecan pie! It was great!

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