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Decided to split my food & garden posts off to a new account. Follow me over at @mel if you want to keep seeing my experiments with plants & edibles.

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So in the last couple weeks, I signed up to become a Project Gutenberg proofreader. I've started trying to read a newspaper article a day in French to increase my fluency. I am putting together plans for an art blog page. I started reading Rumi. I have started learning a little Scottish Gaelic.

People: So what have you been up to lately?

Me: Uh.... *draws a blank* not much.

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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.

🙏

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The main difference between a "big cat" species and a "small cat" species is a small bone in their throats that allows them to either roar or purr

Therefore, cheetahs, who can't roar but purr, are small cats

And that's why I should be allowed to have one as a pet

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I found it especially interesting to think about rote memorization of poetry as almost a kind of transcendence of individuality. Nowadays, repeating what someone else wrote is almost treated with contempt, and I wonder if it's at least partially because of our unhealthy worship of individualism.

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I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker. But when I got home, all the signs were there.

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hi, i'm a decruiter, i saw your profile on linkedin and i just wanted to say have you ever thought about dropping off the grid and going to live in the woods?

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Important news for today: saiga antelopes are just the best thing.

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i want to get old for all my friends who couldn’t, so i can be eighty-something looking at my wrinkles and thinking about how their wrinkles might have looked when they smiled

After all my talk about how tough my French press coffee maker seems to be, it shattered this morning while I was washing it, bumped against a tougher piece of glass.

Noooooooooooooooo 😫☕

Yet another repair that costs as much/more than a replacement 😫

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So a skunk likes to hang out somewhere outside the front of my house, on summer nights when I don't have the option of closing the bedroom window.

The good news is, this time I'm stuffed up with a cold and can't smell it.

The bad news is, you know how they say the sense of taste is closely tied to smell?

Yeah. 🤢

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a handy guide for deciding between PNG, JPG, GIF, or SVG :)

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Does anyone have any resources they can point me to on how to fix the analogue knobs & timers on a toaster oven? My beloved appliance of 12 years has gone haywire, but under strange circumstances still heats, and I'd really hate to throw it out.

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Okay I have a whole round of pictures so when I have all the good ones sorted out I will put them in the listings and get allllll the new dragon colors listed.

Meanwhile, due to many small frustrations while gardening, I have a mental map of our wireless range so ingrained that I can almost visually see it...

My kid is disappointed that he can't trade Pokemon online from the tent in the backyard because the WiFi doesn't reach that far.

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even if you'd be happiest making stuff in a cave and talking only to close friends, online society under platform capitalism expects you to build a brand, have an audience, have a community, be an ~entrepreneur~. it's all a trap, but it needs you to feel like it's the only way you can survive.

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