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To all contributors: please keep the comment short and sweet. Preferably just use the title of the link, or if that's not clear, a 5-10 word precis. Don't do big quotes. Save that for follow up comments. See my latest for examples of good style.

Discord is somewhere in the triangle between Twitter, Slack, and Mastodon.

So what’s been going on in the fediverse lately? Anything interesting?

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Famously rejected by a host of publishers, it's now-- many, many editions later-- an iconic mystery: "The Agatha Christie Centennial- 100 years of The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
(Plus- A.J. Liebling)

Watching the detectives:

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Engravings from an ambitious and beautiful attempt to catalogue, for the first time, the musical instruments of the world: "Filippo Buonanni's Harmonic Cabinet (1722)"
(Plus- Domenico Scarlatti)

Celebrate sound:

Now that @strangeattractor is taking over the admin duties for this site, I can just drop by sometimes as ordinary citizen with no superpowers 😎

Hey folks, it looks like too few people are using this mastodon instance for it to be worth sustaining. And now it looks like the moderation headaches are increasing as well, with the spambot wave. I have been paying for it so far, and @zacharius has been maintaining it. I think the server is paid for through June (so another 2 months). Unless someone wants to take over, I think we’ll give people a chance to download data/migrate accounts and shut it down at that time.

@zacharius we seem to have a big spambot attack. Can we do something. Most signed up last week.

Turned off open registrations for the time being. Too many spam signups looks like.

Looks like there was a wave of spambot signups. Suspended all the reported ones, thanks for reporting @ykgoon and @machado cc @zacharius

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After six months of writing privately, I'm going to restart my blog. The current idea is to go for volume, but I'm also going to curate anything worthwhile into a newsletter.

Current interest is origins of the conscious self and origins of complexity, but there will be lots of other film/philosophy/literature stuff. Newsletter link if you're interested 🙂

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Things to remember today:

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
-- Ian Maclaren

"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses. [...] There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal."
-- C.S. Lewis

How is everybody doing. Haven’t been checking in here lately. I hope everyone is staying safe.

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One of the most obvious symptoms of my aging is my newfound love for the harumph.

I totally learned it from my grandpa, I just haven't felt ready to take on the mantle until recently.


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Any interesting developments in the fediverse in the last few months?

I haven't been very active here in the last few months, but am pleasantly surprised to see there's a continuing steady trickle of activity among a few regulars. I'll continue being variably active but open to any other suggestions.

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Seems to be much written in praise of polymaths these days, which makes me happy.

During my undergrad I nominally studied literature but somehow got away with taking classes in 15 departments. I wound up working in Linux automation (though I never took a CS class). Any other aspiring polymaths out there?

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Is it considered bad form to boost your own reply so that it appears in your main timeline?

PSA: If you'd like to help support this instance (which costs $20/mo and some admin labor, primarily from Zach Faddis and to a lesser extent, from me) please contact Zach at @zacharius for a venmo to send $ to. Limit contributions to $5/mo and max $20 (~4 mo) at one time, since we don't want to manage large balances or deal with the expectations that come with larger contributions.

I will continue to underwrite the cost and cover any shortfalls. We will set up some accountable tracking too.

I haven't been super active here lately, but keep checking in every few days at least. But if anyone wants to ping me urgently for anything, use a different channel. This is something of an easy pace relaxation zone channel for me :D

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