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Hello Mastodon art people! I’m Julia, an illustrator and naturalist from Germany. I’ve quit all social media a few years ago because addictive algorithms, ads, infinite scrolling and tracking surveillance were killing my creativity.
Mastodon is likely the last social media experiment I’ll try. Here are some birds for you, because although I’ve left Twitter, I love drawing birds.
#introduction
#MastoArt #art #illustration #birds #watercolor #TraditionalArt

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Rote Lichtverhältnisse zu malen ist spaßig aber auch schwer. Ich hoffe diese digitale Studie gefällt euch. Ich hab ein paar Kleinigkeiten vom Original (Pinterest) abgewandelt :))
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Painting red light sure is fun but definetely challenging. I hope you like this portrait study of this elf girl.
#portrait #study #MastoArt #redlight

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Welcome! To enhance security, we now require all accounts to be MFA-enabled.

That's a Master of Fine Arts.

Here's a horse, some egg yolk and a small chapel in Venice. Please create an original avant-garde religious mural in the style of one of the Renaissance Masters and then point your webcam at it.

I'm sorry, that mural is not statistically heartfelt enough. Please recreate it.

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In case anyone here is interested... we're having an Idris Developers Meeting next month (online). Details here: github.com/idris-lang/Idris2/w

My plan is to use it to spend a whole week at once working on the new Idris core, rather than a few hours here and there every week... but please come along for as little or as much of it as you like!

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@edwinb think of this image when you're debating whether or not to make a silly post

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Den nuværende kriminelle justitsminister Nick Hækkerup (S) og den tidligere kriminelle justitsminister Søren Pape (C) tuder for åben mikron i TV Avisen 18:30 her til aften over at EU domstolen har sat foden ned over for Danmarks ulovlig masseovervågning - #ulovliglogning (masse indsamling af teledata om alle danske borgere). Det er seriøst et "Silvio Berlusconi"-move af #dkpol tror at de er hævet over menneskerettighedskonventionen. Og at #dkmedier ukritisk bare holder mikrofonen frem.

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My name is Rob. I grew up a military brat, but my family is generally from the midwestern US.

I was a software engineer for about a decade, including a ~5-year stint at Square (the payments processor). I made the move to academia about 4 years ago, and I am currently working on a PhD studying programming languages at Purdue with Ben Delaware.

I'm an avid reader in general, and like science fiction in particular. I like to fence, although I do it less than I used to. I play violin and piano equally terribly, and I have a beautiful family who is forced to listen.

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Need to figure out what to post where now that I have both a Twitter and a Mastodon. Last time, Mastodon ended up feeling a bit too much like alt Twitter for my comfort.

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Hello, people on Mastodon! I'm new to this platform and still figuring things out.
My name is Yao Li (李垚). I am a researcher on programming languages/formal verification/interactive theorem proving. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Penn and an incoming assistant professor at Portland State University (Fall '22). Always happy to chat with people about research or general things about programming languages/functional programming/program verification.

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A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.

[ #mastodon #meta #tootorial #howto #mastopedia #mastotip ]

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@alcinnz @devinprater I still kind of love Gemini yet I don’t want to exclude anyone, so I make content available on both a Web Site and Gemini Capsule (and a Tor hidden Web service). I’ve found that Gemini content can be made quite accessible by following some good practices, such as avoiding unlabeled ASCII art and just saying “here’s a shell code snippet” rather than putting “shell” in your alt-text.

Gemini’s one-line-per-link actually really improves a11y, since this normalizes descriptive link text that can double as a navigation aid. It’s actually really helpful.

The problems with Gemini are the semantic footguns, like the conflation between alt-text and programming-language indicators; or between ASCII-art, preformatted blocks, and code snippets.

That, and the lack of compression. My guide to inclusive web documents loads ten images (with alt-text, figure captions, and surrounding context); its total compressed size is 80kb. The Gemini mirror has gemtext alone that’s over 100kb.

Like, come on. I want people to be able to download a full-text archive of all my posts. On the Web version, this is accomplished by offering a full-text RSS feed. With compression, the size is manageable. On Gemini, my feed is not full-text because I know its size is gonna hit the megabyte range if I don’t stop expanding my posts.

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RT @jack@twitter.com

the days of usenet, irc, the web...even email (w PGP)...were amazing. centralizing discovery and identity into corporations really damaged the internet.

I realize I'm partially to blame, and regret it.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/jack/status/151031

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You don't need to use link shorteners on Mastodon. All links count as 23 characters no matter how long they really are.

Also, links on Mastodon stay in the form you wrote them. This is much better for privacy than Twitter.

Twitter quietly changes all posted links to go via Twitter's domain t.co so they can track people. This doesn't happen on Mastodon or the Fediverse.

You can see this hidden conversion in Twitter by hovering your mouse over a link there, the link appears to show a normal address but Firefox and other browsers will indicate the true t.co address in the bottom left corner of the screen. If you try this same check on Mastodon or the Fediverse, you will see your links stay just as you wrote them.

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #Privacy #Twitter #LinkShorteners

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