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The @aussocialadmin suggested I write an post so why not he says.

I'm Peter from where The Cat runs the household. A pretty wide range of interests and always keen to learn new stuff.

A life long fan, I love most things but firmly in the camp when it comes to Star Trek Vs Star Wars.

Probably have too many subscriptions to streaming channels but have a goal of a minimum 26 books a year to make sure I'm not always staring at a screen.

Other things I find interesting are a good (love a good pinot noir), hunting down a great gin and cocktail, and '80s music.

I tell people the main reason I go to work is so I can go on holidays as I love to

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Today, the Bonfire team is excited to announce our beta release 🔥🎉

We’re aware that Bonfire still needs a lot of work - like ensuring it federates as expected and improving configurability, accessibility and user experience - but that’s the point: we decided to launch at this stage with the intention of building the 1.0 release as a community.

🗞️ Blog post:

🌈 Signup on the playground instance:

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We have globally launched the RAINBOW MAP by MapBeks through #MapComplete today!
In this map, you can edit, add , update, delete information of known LGBT friendly and primary spaces directly to


My Saturday was lunch at a favourite Italian, a show and then a few drinks. Sometimes you just need to ignore the trouble and strife in the world and be thankful you can indulge in the simple pleasures.

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See this is why you should never elect a clown to high office. It might seem like a funny and whacky idea to elect a clown at the time. But the reality is if you do elect a clown then extremely bad things will happen down the track to a lot of good people. Stay safe out there.

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Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy Mastodon compared to Twitter?

Because it’s really great.

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I don't know if it as been tooted here but i found this video of a A Swiss wind-up fan from the 1910s. A spring motor provided a light breeze lasting about 30 minutes These were built for tropical countries and areas without electricity.

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Don’t give Twitter any more of your mindshare or content. Write long form on your blog where it truly belongs.

Recently I’ve been using my iPhone without a case. The design and colour really is lovely to look at and shouldn’t be hidden away. The one thing that keeps bugging me is the way it doesn’t sit flat thanks to the camera. It just seems wrong. Function versus design, function won.

We’ve been asked to put up new nameplates with a photo you like and also a spot for “a fun fact or a special quote that has meaning for you”.
I talk about the cat enough at work that she had to be in the photo and I also included my special quote.

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I recently removed roller blinds so the painter could patch the holes before painting. I have to wait a bit for the new shutters to go in so I’ve put up some temporary solutions at the windows. Block the neighbours but also to stop losing heat through the glass on cold nights.

Maybe I’m just becoming a frustrated old socialist 🤷🏻‍♂️

energy market and supply 

It’s increasingly frustrating the way the Australian media and politicians refer to the energy market as if it’s a normal commodity that you can choose to use or not use.

Energy generation and supply should never be in a market, it should be an essential government service but governments of all colours have repeatedly sold off asset after asset. The fact that the price of Australian domestic gas is linked to the export price was a failure by the government of the time.

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Something a bit different today...

There's a really nice Fediverse admin on here called @stux who provides lots of free decentralised public services (public instances of Mastodon, PeerTube, Pixelfed, Matrix, Nitter, Invidious, Searx etc).

Stux is spending hundreds of euros a month so that these services remain free and operational.

Apparently Stux has had a tough time finding work recently, but has their own small business which provides web hosting.

If you're looking for a small indie hosting provider, this might be a really good choice as the money raised will help keep the Fedi going too:


(I'm sorry to embarass you Stux, but I think you deserve a shout-out for the good work you do!)

Trying to decide what to name a new member of the device family is proving difficult. I have themes I use but I’ve grown attached to my iMac being called Holly (Red Dwarf) that I can’t decide what to name the replacement. I’ve already used Orac, Zen, Dr Theopolis & Number 5.

climate change 

“Integrity is not only about honesty but also upholding moral principles. A principled approach to fossil fuel production is sorely needed. Australia is among the world’s largest exporters of fossil fuels.”

Australia has a once in a lifetime opportunity to break the stranglehold fossil fuels have on our politics.

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The joys of automated classification, youtube decides that all of Cornell Uni's youtube channel is bad content and deletes the entire channel

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