I went to college for Art & Graphic Design. It was the first time I was completely surrounded by other creative oddballs and felt like I belonged somewhere.
A long time passed in the regular world where I didn't feel like that anymore.
Then I found out about Mastodon and this instance in particular.
Even though I don't post art as often as I post randomness, this is the first time in years I've had that feeling again.
Thank you all for being yourselves.
So there's this skunk somewhere outside my house right now.
I think it hangs out in my front garden or under the front tree until nearly morning because it filled my bedroom with its aroma last night and it's clearly planning on doing the same thing tonight. I can't go check to be sure, of course, for fear of startling it and getting skunked myself.
A thousand times gah.
We're going to a call this the "before" pic.
I started a vegetable garden a couple years ago because Stardew Valley told me to.
It's been a learning process but I am enjoying a lot more successes than failures.
I've just started the Very VERY Large Mid Summer Weeding. It should look pretty great after I've been hacking away at it for a few days.
Gentle reminder that nobody is obligated to boost a post. Not @Curator, not others mods, not your followers.
There is no automatic like/boosts spambots here. Every boost is a human being actually taking time to see your work/content, and finding it worthy to share and show others. These interactions no matter how tiny are what makes mastodon.art and fediverse as whole a community, so lets appreciate them for what they are and not take them for granted.
Passing reminder that "kids these days" complaints pre-date the invention of writing.
Check out my sweet homemade pencil case circa 1992. It's made from genuine acid wash denim. I rediscovered it while de-hoarding, and now it's full of art supplies.
WE WANT TO PAY YOU FOR MICRO SCI-FI! This is an open call for diverse sci-fi writers that never expires.
- Chronically ill
- All marginalised voices
We're open from Day 10-24 every month.
Today I made strawberry jam and also it boiled over and burned on the element and filled the top third of my kitchen with thick grey smoke.
I don't have to test my smoke detectors, I set them off often enough to know they work just fine.
Zoo story Show more
Went to the zoo yesterday and saw the Tiger Training presentation.
To demonstrate how they get the tigers to come close and show their teeth for checkups etc, they clicker-trained a kid from the audience, about 10 years old, to come put his nose on the soft end of a stick for a treat thrown into a bucket. No words required.
Yes it's cool you can clicker train tigers.
But all I'm thinking about now is how you can clicker train KIDS.
quick reminder to boycott amazon on 10th July (today/tomorrow depending on timezone)
Icelandic word of the day: 'hundalógík'. Literally: 'dog logic'.
Used to describe reasoning that looks logical at first glance but actually turns out to be complete and utter nonsense on every level.
I react to money. Bc I can eat. I can pay my rent and bills and I can sustain my practice.
I'll read the article yes, but there seems to be a surge in articles discussing why artists are poor for this or that reason.
We are often POOR bc people DO NOT VALUE ARTISTS they just want the product. Capitalism is a killer of culture and art.
The thing I love about Mastodon is that it feels like a real gathering of real people. Different people with interests & backgrounds that are different than mine, with whom I can be excited to find common ground, but I don't need to have anything in common with them to appreciate their voice. People who can be honest about themselves because they can select the level of anonymity with which they feel comfortable.
That privacy is crucial. Messing with that would break trust, then everything.
Ebook readers really shine if you are reading in a second language. I suddenly realized I could apply my moderate but fading French to something *by reading French literature* so went on Project Gutenberg and downloaded Les Misérables. Many words are going to be unfamiliar, but long-press and voilà! French-English translation.
Hoarding mention Show more
I was raised with a hoarder mindset and have been struggling against it for most of my adult life. Now I'm trying to get to functional minimalism. It's not easy, and especially not with the little guy. But I realized: if I keep letting him save stuff to avoid a conflict, he's going to grow up with a hoarder mindset, even as I minimize. And he's been getting hoarder-y. I recycled a bunch of disposable plastic containers and he protested that he could use them when he grew up.