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Hi, new Chinwag arrivals! Been a while since I refreshed the pinned welcome post, so here we go!

First, welcome! Second, Chinwag is more of a community than a service. We're pretty chill and open, but the happiness of our current regular users is more important than future growth.

Our admins are moderately left-leaning by Australian standards, so if you're an American you'll probably think we're godless communists bent on destroying society. Just fair warning.

Please post pics of your cats.

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Hi - please consider yourselves informed that @dolldolldoll is now your official "backup admin" if a hit-by-a-bus situation should occur - follow her main at @dolldolldoll if you want!

I've known Ivy for close to two decades now, we've co-sysadmined things previously and I vouch that you can trust her as you trust me.

Ivy will have access to all the backend systems and accounts, not to run things on a daily basis, but to ensure continuity of service if I can't.

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Hey, I just wanted to say a quick to the recent Chinwag arrivals!

Chinwag's reason for existing is to provide communication tools for people, which is something I've always been interested in. I kind of target users, but welcome anyone from anywhere.

Please read our rules:

And our privacy policy:

There's a basic guide to using Chinwag Social here:

If you have any questions or concerns hit me up!

Hi everyone... hang on is this mostly pictures of cats?

Meech update: still asleep curled up against the hoodie I left on my bed. What a sook.

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Going into my new office on Thursday. I've got about one day to remember how to dress and groom myself appropriately so my new colleagues aren't faced with a vision of a wild-eyed crazy man who has just emerged from a bunker into a post apocalyptic wasteland, although that's pretty much exactly what's about to happen.

Hey, friends of the Fediverse. Just because I'm curious, what's your eye color?

Boosts appreciated for sample size <3

What is “Mastodon::RaceConditionError:”??

Is there anyone in Canada who would be interested in helping to set up an instance of Mobilizon?

Mobilizon is for managing events. It’s free-libre, and federated.

My interest in this? I’d like to help the fediverse grow, and provide a useful service. I’d need help with some geeky things, like installation and whatnot.


Going mad and celebrating getting my final pay from my old job by paying my gas bill and making sound financial decisions.

Do any fedi friends have access to a theological library?

I'm trying to find someone to help me get a photocopy of a page or two from this book:

It allegedly contains a photo of a cuneiform tablet which records history's oldest joke.

As a clown, I need a copy. :)

I'm also interested in having a copy of the book, though it seems to be looooooong out of print.

Any help, including boosts, appreciated!

"I need a laptop."

Old job: "There's a spare here from a person who left two years ago, it's pretty decent. We can clean it up."

New job: "There are 40 brand new ones in boxes in the storeroom ready to go."

This is going to take some mental adjustment.

What does "give me a minute" mean to you?

Thanks everyone who attended! The dice have been rolled, and next week we'll be going back to 9 February 1992 and watching Freejack!

If you missed movie night due to timezones, try visiting the stream site 12 hours later (2000 UTC) and it should all run again! I'll be in bed so if it doesn't, I won't fix it. :awesome:

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@mike I was just looking at your profile to find tonight's link and you have made exactly 17000 posts.

Using my time machine and going to the past to call Pablo Picasso an asshole, just so I can write a post on a music discussion forum that begins with "Actually ..."

It's Another Bloody Movie night!

Tonight we pretend we're going to the movies on Sunday, July 8 1973 and seeing Oklahoma Crude!

Official start at 7pm, there'll be something neat on the stream from 6pm (0800 UTC) if you want to check your setup.

Oh, I won't be watching to check but if this is showing at a bad time for you, the whole program should repeat exactly 12 hours later ... 😁

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It's Another Bloody Movie night!

Tonight we pretend we're going to the movies on Sunday, July 8 1973 and seeing Oklahoma Crude!

Official start at 7pm, there'll be something neat on the stream from 6pm (0800 UTC) if you want to check your setup.

The tech for Sunday movie nights now spreads across three monitors on two computers, not counting remote VMs.

I know it's overboard but this is definitely helping me stop stressing about the fact that I'm starting a new job tomorrow, ok? :awesome:

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Acorn Archimedes 3000 Repair & Restoration

This is a really good write up of the process of restoring an Acorn Archimedes that'd suffered damage from a leaking battery on the motherboard - an unfortunately common problem for machines of that age.

You can immediately tell the quality of a Grand Designs episode based on the elapsed time between the first scenes and the air date. If it started over five years ago, strap yourself in.

This week's is a disappointing 18 months. Booo!

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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.