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"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."

I am struggling with the @tootapp thumbwheel on the iPhone XS. I keep closing the app or swiping into multitasking without meaning to.

Microblog, Mastodon, and ... Which one is to be preferred over the others, and for what uses?

Okay. (Gulp.) Here's my take on a "Mastodon 101" introductory video! Fifteen minutes is a bit long, but you can skip the first half if you just want the 'toot-torial' for the software. Would love your thoughts, and pass it on if you think it's actually useful! Thanks to @Gargron and @ashfurrow, with shoutouts to @socrates @matt @woozle @Curator and @tootapp! #mastodon #fediverse #video

as comfort food,
with the wrappers off;

You taste it in night,
poetry as lovemaking,
tender words
off the tip of the tongue.

I dunk this story
into my cup of coffee,
the morning wondering


of the space between possibility
and regret


“Think of your work process as a form of travel. Look for things you don’t know, the things that are revealed or inadvertently uncovered. It is easier to find a world than to make one.”

-- from 101 Things To Learn in Art School, by Kit White, Number 29


I’ve been so busy creating rich media stories for others, I’ve overlooked opportunities to tell my own stories using that approach. Hmmmm.

Isn't it weird how we make round pizzas, delivered in square boxes, just to cut them into little triangles before eating.

The King, The Queen, and The First Pizza Buffet
In Naples, the Pizzeria Brandi displays an 1889 letter from the royal “Inspection Office of the Mouth” (seriously!), confirming the Queen of Italy praised the excellence of the restaurant’s pizzas. Tour guides cite the letter when pinpointing Naples as the birthplace of the modern pizza. Their stories vary, but have three things in co

Here's my 10 seconds of courage. I wrote this a while ago, and I'm entering it into a nonfiction memoir contest. It's pretty personal. What do you guys think?

2 of 2 / I've read that I'm supposed to favorite things as a way of bookmarking them. In practice, though, I use favoriting like an intellectual tip jar: "I see you, I value what you said, and I appreciate it."

And I don't think that's a bad thing.

So: I guess I'd like a bookmark feature that says, "Look at this more later," perhaps, alongside a feature used to express gratitude or affinity for the thoughts of others.

Am I missing something? Can you help me wrap my head around this?

1 of 2 / Up front: I love Mastodon, and prefer it to The Alternatives.

Boosting (retweeting) makes sense to me, and works as I expect it to. But for me, favoriting feels less well-defined.

Part of what's being promoted here is the simple joy of posting, divorced from the social score-keeping of Twitter or Instagram. At the same time, part of why we come to a social site is *to connect* -- and part of connecting online is knowing that what you said was appreciated or valued by others.

If we divorce dialogue from identity
then there are no sources to cite
no author-ites
just companies or people
opening accounts and
typing email addresses into
password reset forms
God did I forget again
my hometown and the year I
graduated or got married or did
back when doing things
made the real world
made the world different
made a difference in me.

Back home. I live about 10 minutes from where the Super Bowl is being hosted tonight. Oddly, our part of town is completely deserted: still enough for us to hear the noise coming from downtown.

@Jacobevans Maybe not weird. Maybe just human. 😀 Drag those darlings out into the light of reality, where they can actually change the world.

If you gave up on Walking Dead or felt that show lost its way, try Kingdom on Netflix. Feudal Korea. Palace intrigue. And zombies. (Fast ones!)

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