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Fun thing to do at the library: walk through the aisles until a book's spine catches your eye. Ideally it's a pretty well-worn book; for this technique to work it needs to have had a fair number of readers over the years.

Grasp the book's spine and hold it so the pages hang down. Find a an air gap where the pages naturally hang open, and read those pages.

Today I found this lovely passage on randomness/entropy in a book called "Paradox" by Jim Al-Khalili.

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Alright Fediverse, I've started a :

It's for writers on Mastodon and the wider Fediverse! Join it by following the instructions there or send me a reply.

(pinging @Anke @aldersprig @starbreaker @DuthOlec @galadhir ... sorry if it's spam)

Hmm, wonder what's going on with these sites... instances with different branding and a suspiciously large number of users / posts 🤔

One is a Posthaven knockoff called Postheaven:

Zen Writing: (nodeinfo:

Write-a-Blog: (nodeinfo:

slept outside on the ground last night,
protected from swarming mosquitoes by a thin net,
listening to loud, but soothing, cacophony of frogs by the lake.

haven't slept that well in a while.

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We're going to start doing for the many blogs published on 📖

You can follow all of these directly from the fediverse!

@yourintrinsicself - "Reflections on life, truth, faith, love, introspection, and transformation."

@365-rfcs - Comments on one RFC a day, by @darius

@blog - "here is distant"

@inquiry - conversations with the Read community; "whatever comes to mind"

@triptych - Games, code, and creative work, by @triptych

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want to be paid to contribute to the fediverse, to @writeas_org and help me migrate my blog to it ? Contact @matt :

You can now prove your identity on @keybase!

To do it, go to your profile on, click "prove more identities" in the list of identities there, and search for

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We've reached a point where we'd like to start developers to work on the roadmap 💻 :writefreely2:

This would be remote, contract-based work for now, with a chance to go full-time later in the year (assuming all continues going well). You'd be creating free / open source software.

I'll have more details soon, but especially if you're a / developer and want to work on a growing project, I'd love to hear from you!

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Some neat things about our Mastodon instance:

We have a public directory, where you can discover writers here:

(Anyone on our instance can add themselves from their profile settings.)

You can also browse our local timeline without being a registered user:

Writing Exchange update 

I have to say, it's delightful watching people essentially become pen pals in a digital space that was never designed for commentary or much social interaction at all (though, we never designed against it, either).

Happening now, without blog comments, @-mentions, or notifications on / @readwriteas

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Hello, This is my post. Writing has always been something which I enjoyed and have been appreciated for in the past. It has been quite some time since I wrote my last blog article. However, it has been perhaps an even longer time since I wrote my first blog article. It's good to be a member of this community. I am seeking to get back into writing and need to explore where I can begin sharing my work with a community that can find my works beneficial. Cheers

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👋 Hello writers, allow me to make my !

This year I resolved to take one of the ideas bouncing around my head and force it into a book - my first.

A City In Stand records a utopian society confronted by world-breaking storms. If all goes well, my characters' happy, stable lives will be shattered and they'll be forced to recreate their entire lives.

I'm here because I want to absorb other writer's processes through osmosis. And make writer friends.

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Hello writers! I have been writing some ironic free verse on @ironic-free-verse and I am about to start some more in-depth writing, as well as a new blog. With more complicated topics I want to work on tightening up my work and getting into a consistent writing flow.

@Gargron Quick question: any thoughts on having Mastodon respect the custom "commentsEnabled" property that PeerTube, PixelFed, and (soon) WriteFreely send out?

It's discussed here:, but I'm just wondering your interest as far as hiding / disabling the reply button in Masto when this property is set to `false`.

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