I was really hoping that adapting to writing with a fountain pen would help with my penmanship (penpersonship?), but it's been a couple of years now and not much has improved. If anything, the consistency of my handwriting has degraded, and I still get the most legible results with a grip that punishes my wrist and fingers.

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Hey devs, please use semantic html. This is important!

When listing things, use ul/li! When writing things, use p! When adding navigation, use nav! When putting the main part of your website inside a div, use main! Please use h1, h2, h3 for your titles! Don't use table for layout, they are for data!

Screen readers users have shortcuts to jump to all those parts of your website instead of reading it from top to bottom. But it only works with semantic html. So please help them! :tealheart:

Political philosopher Michael Walzer: "Overthrowing racism will still leave us with capitalism; overthrowing capitalism will still leave us with racism." dissentmagazine.org/online_art

Ancient Egyptians cities had institutions, established by royal patronage, where medicine, theology, ritual and clerical administration were practiced and taught. They were called The House (or Mansion) of Life — which strikes me as a very elegant way of bundling a group of potentially incongruous disciplines. Not entirely dissimilar to "the humanities."

Hmm. 🤔 I don't love the way writefreely truncates federated messages, linking back to the site. micro.blog's method of federating the whole message when the char count is <280 is more federation-friendly, if you ask me.

Ideally, there'd be an option for untruncated on 280-length posts, and snippet + link for blog-length posts. Will suggest as much on their forums.

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Been tearing my hair out on a weird redirect I've been getting on a repurposed subdomain. Tried to access it from a different browser and it worked right away. Turns out, I just needed to clear the cache on by primary browser. 🥴

If anyone knows of a lightweight, self-hosted, single-user blog/microblog package that federates AND works with Webmentions, I'd appreciate the tip.

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There is now a Mastodon instance for publishing scientists: FediScience.

Everyone is welcome from PhD student to professor, as well as researchers from outside of academia. You are welcome to stay afterwards, but it is also easy to change to another server.

There will be a lot of science talk on this server, but there is no need to only talk science

fediscience.org/invite/j6X8z7q

Boosts are appreciated to let others know about this new instance.

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Authorized forget.codl.fr/ to continuously prune my account, so if you have any old favorites, go copy 'em to a text file or something.

Looking at writefreely.org as a potential replacement. It already has ActivityPub and RSS syndication baked in, and may be adding WebMentions with its upcoming remark.as service. Self-hosting is a plus, and it seems relatively lightweight (which is why I haven't set up a personal Mastodon/Pleroma instance). At a glance, I don't see any Twitter cross-posting option, but that's low priority.

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Ending my micro.blog trial. There are some interesting premises underlying the design of the service but:

1. ActivityPub interoperability is buggy;

2. I couldn't get Twitter cross-posting to work;

3. Apart from WebMentions, the social aspects are a bit too minimal;

4. I'd prefer to self-host, not just link a domain name to a hosted service.

I was willing to trade on one or even two of those, but all four make for a platform that doesn't really serve the purpose I had in mind.

micro.blog seems to have a relatively large community of Protestant clergy, which is something I thoroughly did not expect.

Linux evangelists, sure, but evangelist evangelists? 🤔

Just had a full, flailing stumble over the word "update."

Update? Up date? What could that mean? How would a date go up? Or is it the date of an up? What's an up?

Took a long moment for the familiar meaning to snap into place.

Anyone around these parts know how the DOI redirect system works? I'm wondering if a commercial version would be possible — e.g. a system that takes ISBN numbers and turns them into redirects to the publisher's page for the given book. Relevant to the concerns I wrote about way back when: lrhodes.net/writing/linking-to

ttrpg: Ultraviolet Grasslands 

Finally finished up this campaign. It had a weirdly muted, but still sort of narratively satisfying ending. Looking ahead, I offered to switch to a different setting for our next campaign (possibly Mothership), but my players have opted to stick with UVG. So I guess they like it.

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@lrhodes@social.lrhodes.net I don't see this as a replacement for my merveilles.town account, so for now, at least, I'll be holding onto this account and checking in regularly. Ditto for my Twitter, if anyone follows that, too.

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