free covid tests (u.s.) 

you can request free covid tests from the federal government again! this time we get 8 free ones

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I love weekend NYC sports-talk radio when the Rangers are in the It's great to hear it exhaustively discussed for once.

Mastodon has gained 106,723 monthly active users since the end of March (when Elon bought 9.2% of Twitter's shares). 93,603 are new accounts. Overall that's a 42% increase in Mastodon's MAU.

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Welcome to all the new Writing Exchange users joining us from Twitter!

We're friendly here. If you want to send out an post, I'll boost it so you can start finding some followers.

Otherwise, check out the Local Timeline to see what conversations are happening.

So you just arrived here from twitter and it's quiet. Real quiet. That's because there's no algorithm here designed to drive engagement(which equals profit).

Here, you are the algorithm. It's up to you to find and follow people that are interesting to you. You can also see who they follow and who else follows them, as you build it up, it gets more interesting.

Also, if you find people you don't like or entire instances you don't like, you can mute or block them. You are in control.

Genuinely loving all of the new people here today, checking out the Fediverse!

I remember one of the things that motivated me to look into the state of decentralized social media (and ultimately begin working on Mastodon) in 2016 were talks that a controversial billionaire might buy Twitter.

Hi! mastodon.social is being slow right now, as far as I can tell because there's twice as many people using it at the same time as ever have; I'm working on making it go fast again, but in the meantime, do remember to invite people to joinmastodon.org instead of directly to mastodon.social. People don't have to be on the same server to follow you! Thanks!

I got a transistor radio and it's pretty amazing. So much better than streaming and super portable. And very cheap. Easily the best thing I've bought in quite some time.

You don't need fancy pens or notebooks to keep a journal and it might help to put your thoughts down somewhere.

Sometimes I catalog books based upon size for shelf symmetry.

I really loved the Tom Petty *Wildflowers* documentary on YouTube. The ads were annoying but there weren't too many.

My various info. channels are filled with people talking about writing tools and stuff, with not acknowledgement that the secret to writing is getting stuff on the page/screen. For some reason, it's really annoying me today.

I'm enjoying the access to early-morning light the suburbs provides. My part of Queens was like living in a valley.

“Communal music service <insert name here> is run by gay furries, co-owned by the artists signed to the service, and distributes 80-90% of its profits to those artists while paying its staff actual living wages”

How cool would this be??? Can we make this happen???

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I fix a shocking number of things with open paper clips...

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I thought my super low-end MP3 player died, but it just needed to be reset with a paper clip.

New print - I’ll bring those to events as soon as they can happen again 😃

Me: Where do you find academic papers?
Students: Google scholar and jstor
Me: Yes and where do you go if they aren't there?
Students: Z library
Me: What should knowledge be?
Students: FREE

this is like....weekly

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