Pinned toot

I was on a large Mastodon instance for a long time, until it vanished. Just *poof!* gone without a trace. No idea what happened, but that left me homeless on the Fediverse.

Now I’m like a hermit crab, considering shells of various sizes to see what might be the best fit for me. This instance, or that one? I’ve figured out that I want a friendly and well-moderated community, and one that doesn’t have advertising. I, um, think I might have found the right place here at Chinwag Social. Maybe?

The garden catalog arrived. I glance through it and see that everything within falls into one of these categories:

- I’ve already failed at growing that, so no.
- I’m great at growing that, so I already have some. So, no.
- I don’t eat that, so why would I grow it? No.
- It’s invasive! Can’t fool me. No.

But then I take a closer look and there are twelve plants that are calling my name, and don’t seem to fall into the categories above. Amazing.

@plants

Well, how annoying is this? If I take a university course online, I am now required to submit to online proctoring. That means granting some company access to my computer and webcam. No, no, no, a thousand times no.

Why an Alaskan hospital added reindeer pot pie and seal soup to its menu

atlasobscura.com/articles/alas

“...patients and visitors choose between reindeer pot pie, smoked hooligan, birch sourdough biscuits with fireweed jelly, herring roe, salmon-belly or seal soup, and Eskimo ice cream (made with animal fat, fish oil, and berries).”

From the NYT: I think Beethoven encoded his deafness in his music.

artdaily.com/news/131508/I-thi

(The article is on the NYT website, but it is behind a paywall, so I found an non-paywalled link for you.)

Just spotted on This is Colossal: Australian plants grow from the crevices of Jamie North’s living sculptures.

thisiscolossal.com/2020/12/jam

Possibly of interest to those who follow , , and so forth.

“Shop local!” say the signs around my community. Yeah, well. When local shops stop playing horrid Christmas music, maybe I’ll do that.

We used to play The Tacky Game at Christmas, in which tasteless gifts are given and received, and then one tries to get the best of those gifts and fob the worst off on one’s relatives. Do you play that?

In the late afternoon, I walk across the forest meadow with my dog. It’s almost dark, and there are flocks of Canada geese flying across the sky, honking all the way. When they first came, I thought maybe they were going somewhere, like south, maybe? But they are there every night. I like them.

They sound like the flight sounds recording on this page:

allaboutbirds.org/guide/Canada

I was on a large Mastodon instance for a long time, until it vanished. Just *poof!* gone without a trace. No idea what happened, but that left me homeless on the Fediverse.

Now I’m like a hermit crab, considering shells of various sizes to see what might be the best fit for me. This instance, or that one? I’ve figured out that I want a friendly and well-moderated community, and one that doesn’t have advertising. I, um, think I might have found the right place here at Chinwag Social. Maybe?

Chinwag Social

Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.