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Hi everyone! I've moved over here from mastodon.art, since my enthusiasm far outstripped any sort of actual talent I had, haha.

I live in Western Sydney with my lovely wife Kristina and our half dachshund/half Maltese dog Beanie, and am a hobbyist coder and photographer, Apple enthusiast, and general all-round geek.

PSA: You can set up a monthly donation to : signal.org/donate/

Seems pretty reasonable to me, since they're a small team and a non-profit. Happy to throw a few dollars their way, same as you'd do for the people hosting your Mastodon server.

The next thing I did was start learning to make scalemaille and chainmaille. I started by making my first set, and from there got better and more creative with simple designs. I'm very proud of this skill now.

Food, meat 

Fuck yeah, it's yet another meal of leftover pulled pork tonight. And after that we'll still have another two dinners' worth for the two of us!

The Civil Rights Movement In Color 

These are amazing colorizations of the black-and-white photos.

unsplash.com/collections/11987

serious thoughts about mastodon's "discourse culture", meta 

more people really seriously need to learn to just shut the fuck up on this site, especially when it comes to current events

so many people are seemingly obsessed with having their own say in what's going on when, in reality, the issue truly doesn't affect them or relate to them in any meaningful way

this is one of the main reasons, imo, that we have so many rashes of people speaking for groups they have no business speaking for

There's a place in Turkey called the Burj Al Babas and it looks like someone went hog wild with copy and paste on a small castle `

I don't think people realize why its important to remove white supremacists from your board/forum/web community.

- They are extremely motivated.
- They have a tradition of recruiting via meme(in the classic sense).
- They have centuries of effective propaganda.
- They will take over. Slowly at first then suddenly.
- They will always create more moderation work for you. They will never stop pushing.

Every society struggles with this. And it's not some conspiracy.

@hafnia Captain Awkward's latest letter is a long thoughtful answer full of practical advice about how to deal with your racist friends "who aren't THAT bad" etc.etc., if people reading this want examples of what we should be looking out for and what we should do about it.
captainawkward.com/2021/01/11/

incitement, death, IRL, long 

Sac is a city with a very high ratio of churches to population. It is a very conservative community with a liberal cross-section. Some of these churches sponsored Prop 8, which was the first state level ban against gay marriage.

Back when I lived in Sacramento, I was friends with a local pastor whose church supported everyone, from every walk of life. They specifically ministered to LGBTQ, and the homeless, and people struggling with addiction.

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Huzzah, that's the last bits of my Astra Militarum squad! I also bought some teeensy little magnets and am going to try magnetising the arms so I can swap guns.

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this is the opposite of radical and it falls under the "regular maintenance" heading, but goddam, it is necessary if you want to keep your spaces safe.

it's low-stakes for you! it is not low-stakes for me and other BIPOC.

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if you're white and you use the internet, you have a duty to ensure that the spaces you are in are not a safe space for white supremacists. no, "oh but I like this person and they've never done anything in MY group" -- listen to us. listen to what we have to say. report people to the mods or if it's an ongoing problem, *leave the fucking group and let people know why you're leaving*.

make mods explain their decisions. make it uncomfortable. make it weird.

it's the LEAST you can do.

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Welcome to thundertoot! A Mastodon Instance for 'straya