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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: social.chinwag.org/about/more

And our privacy policy: social.chinwag.org/terms

There's a basic guide to using Chinwag Social here: chinwag.im/social/

If you have any questions or concerns hit me up!

I don't know if it's weirder that I went to the Pirate Bay looking for Enid Blyton ebooks, or that I found them.

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Time for a grim and dark reboot of The Famous Five, IMHO. Bring it the fuck on.

I used my phone as a phone today, felt weird.

Lizard 

Look what the cat dragged in. Pending relocation.

"Facebook, Inc. doesn't care about your fundraiser or political protest.

It couldn't care less about your art exhibition.

What it cares about is your personal data, which it harvests in unimaginable quantities."

abc.net.au/news/2021-02-21/whe

Wow- lots of people liked the photo of Benji and George so here’s another one of Benji.

Fear not; I have plenty of cute dog/cat photos to share with you

request for help, boosts appreciated 

I am studying Japanese again for the first time in about.. 9-10 years? I am very rusty. I am worried I am going to do badly and that the professor will be strict and not like me. Is it okay if I ask for help here sometimes? I know a few people on here write in Japanese sometimes, so I figured I’d ask.

The invite says "We'll be teeing off at 8am for a shotgun start" and "If you have your own clubs, please bring them along" but doesn't say if I need to bring my own shotgun.

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"... gather at the clubhouse for a deluxe BBQ lunch and presentation on how they have successfully been able to maintain high standards of performance and productivity whilst combating the persistent obstacles posed by this new norm."

Please shoot me in the head if I ever say something like this sounds interesting.

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Just got an invitation from one of our suppliers to play golf and listen to sales presentation about "working remotely to empower "business as usual" and I have concluded once and for all that I am not management material and I'd like to stay in the server room, thanks.

My bio says I’m an animal lover and I know that everyone likes a cute animal picture.

We’re owned by a shih tzu named Benji and a cat named George. They love each other and can usually be found sleeping together or trying to get the other one to play.

I’ll be sure to post the occasional cute photo of them 🐈🐶

the ship of theseus but you save all the old bits, make two ships and then go on boat rides together

First test run in the press went pretty well. I feel I have a technique down now.

For this batch I used just the fruit from one branch of the apple tree that collapsed under the weight of the fruit a while back, but was just hanging on by enough that the fruit was still growing. I can cut it all back now without wasting anything.

We're a few weeks away from the ideal harvesting time I think, but I got a bit over 2 litres of fresh juice from my efforts!

Getting semi-serious about cider this year. Those apples are really in for it this time.

Just got about 90W during a break in the clouds so fuck it, I'm happy that it's capable of delivering what it was advertised as, so let's move on!

I really need to get a roof rack cage for stuff next, might have to put some timber slats in there in just the right places to frame the panel while driving so I'm not constantly fretting about something putting pressure down on it.

A packing system is going to be essential for this to work.

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Sun came out, measured 55 watts off it already, so theoretically half its output being delivered with some indirect morning sun. Looks like a winner! Will measure again when the sun is right overhead.

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On the bright side, even in shade like this on a murky day it's putting out about 5 watts, so it's looking pretty promising for when the sun actually hits it.

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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.