@jamal Hi, and welcome to Mathstodon, a Mastodon instance largely focused on maths and related topics.

It's still pretty quiet here, but growing slowly, and we look forward to seeing what you choose to share. The more you say about what you're doing, the more likely you are to get people replying, following, and generally interacting.

So, tell us about yourself, using the hashtag


More than once now (and more than twice) I've been involved in a conference via Zoom & at some point my machine has simply stopped recognising that it has a camera. Every attempt at resetting failed, and I had to resort on each occasion to rebooting the machine.

Is this common?

@Chartodon @ColinTheMathmo Wow that is too cool! I wish social media comments were laid out like this. Reddit is horrible to navigate.

Let us not follow where the path may lead. Let us go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail. -- Japanese Proverb

Emergent behaviour of agents in early text adventure games (The Hobbit, released 1982): if50.substack.com/p/1982-the-h

Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.

Reminder: I'm absolutely judging you for building a website without providing a webfeed. And I think it's wrong for browsers not to implement webfeed autodiscovery, even if they leave the actual feedreading to another app.

The alternatives to webfeeds are to:

1) Have visitors regularly & manually load your website to check for updates, or
2) Sending all the updates to some central service like Facebook.

Neither's ideal, so offer webfeeds! Especially for communication platforms!

Well, I finished one GIMP tutorial today, and started on another one. That would be #21 in the series so far. Productive morning.

The spirit appeared in front of him.
"Are you the One?" it asked.
"What, like 'the chosen one'? I don't know, what does it entail?"
"Making hard decisions."
"Oh, I can do that!"
"And accepting the consequences."
"Yeah, no prob- Wait, you mean there will be consequences for me?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Dear internets,

Haalp. What does it mean when a drive goes read-only when booted therefrom, and yet it appears just fine and dandy (and writeable) when you boot from a livestick and take a look at that same drive?

SMART reports no problems, fsck reports no problems.

Is there a diagnostic path for this?


Desperate in Durham (No Clue in NC)

UK, 3d printing 

Anyone in the UK I could send a broken piece of plastic and get a 3d model back ?


My friend's first language isn't English and he asked about how to say 'cut' in the past. I said 'cut' and he let out a wail of anguish and fell to the ground.


If you really hate someone share a Google Doc with them. They'll never be able to remove it for anything in the world.

Oh FFS, don't try to *sell* me this thing ... just tell me what it does. If it's good and meets my needs then that will be more compelling than all your swishy graphics and purple prose.

If a simple description of what it actually does won't convince me then nothing will.


Need a shower.

OK !!!

I'm up and running, although at the moment only at times the boss can monitor me, just in case I run amok!

But I'm running, so feel free to invoke me.

@noelle i'd like to thank my parents, god and the oxford comma

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