I just realised that one day, I will have read a favourite book for the last time. Yikes.

A question for the smart folks and friends on mastodon:

What VPN services have you found to be best?

(thank you in advance!)

My daughter's just been called up to the County football team. A privilege. An honour.

...but one that we have to pay for, as schools have been stripped of cash and so hire out their venues instead of allowing County teams to play on them.

So we have to help pay for training facilities and kit, on top of the the £thousands we shell out each year for both kids' other sporting activities.

We can afford it, but this is hidden inequality: lack of opportunity because of parental ability to pay.

#Fediverse would you like to have an easier way to find, manage and invoke #Bots based on an allowlist that you or your instance controls? Implemented in the client UI preferably.

For example to help you remember that @Chartodon by @ColinTheMathmo will diagram your heavily branched threaded conversation.

I created a comment on #FediverseTown for a #Mastodon feature related to this. See:

Do you think such feature is useful?

"I expected someone..."
"Yes," the knight said, looking down at the dragon.
"Dragons grow in proportion to their hoard."
"I heard your hoard was huge, thousands and thousands of books."
"It is."
"I went digital," the dragon said, showing the SD card they lay on.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Watching an old , and I suddenly think, "Why don't they have seatbelts?"

Auto-correct just offered "cuttlefish" for "curled". I often think of that comment about hooves, horses, and zebra in the context of auto-correct, and wonder how accurate are the stats they use...

You know, I like this. I have never really been one for reaching upwards, even though I thought it was the only possibility for the longest time.

From a blog post I saw linked elseweb:

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is compiling the world’s largest repository of stitches, RSN Stitch Bank, and aims to digitally conserve and preserve every stitch around the globe. Launching in September, the Royal School of Needlework will reveal the first 150 stitches, to kick off the charity’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

#embroidery #FiberArts #FibreArts

I think @gargron is making a big mistake here by signaling his intent to phase out the local timeline :

Besides debates about what "diverse" means, it's taking away a major incentive for people to start and maintain an instance.

Starting an instance to host a community is appealing to some people.

Starting an instance to do free IT for a distributed server farm of homogeneous instances seems like a hard sell.

i would like everyone to know that Ally bank waived their overdraft fees during the height of the pandemic and decided to permanently do away with them for all accounts, citing them as both unnecessary and unethical.

being an online only bank means you need to use another banks' ATM if you need cash, but Ally reimburses you the fees for that too.

just in case you needed a bank that's a lil less predatory.

Partner: the pulldown hose for the kitchen sink has a bad leak. I'd like to replace the faucet, a similar model is $400

Me: how about $17 for a replacement hose and 15 minutes to fix it ourselves?

Partner: wait, that's an option?!

People talk about Right To Repair a lot, and it is important, but there's still a lot of work to do on Repair Culture. If people don't believe repair is a reasonable course of action, if their impulse is to replace instead of see if it's fixable, if they don't have the context and training and confidence to fix things, then repairs don't happen.

Oh yay, it appears that #FiberArtsFriday became a thing while I was gone.

I don’t have a photo because the thing I’m knitting today is a secret (anyway, it’s just garter stitch in an unusual shape), but I’m pleased to be able to say that the number of stitches I cast on this afternoon was a prime number.

#knitting #FiberArts #FibreArts

If you're an instance owner, please make sure your emoji use text descriptions (alt text, shortcodes) that are descriptive and suitable for screenreaders.

For example, "SmilingCat" or "smiling_cat" will work great, but "smilingcat" may cause problems because the screen reader will not know where to put the space.

#FediAdmin #MastoAdmin #FediTips #MastoTips #Admin #Emoji

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TIL that during the coronation of King George II, 1800 candles were lit in the space of three minutes.
Assuming that it wasn't simply 1800 individuals - I wonder how they did it?
Never underestimate our ancestors!

dear god please stop making a facebook page your exclusive informational website. i'm begging you

Not the least of the challenges of talking an interest in early medieval England is that no two historians seem to agree on how to render the names. I've concluded that Oswy, Oswui, and Oswig refer to the same man, but he's one of the easy ones.
It makes it hard to use what you've learnt in one book as scaffolding for discoveries in the next...

TIL that my great-grandfather was shot at by one of his employees. My uncle remembers the flattened shot being in the workshop. He has no recollection of being told why, or what else happened.

I'm bemused. One never expects one's family to be involved in such things!

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