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A periodic reminder that you should back up your own Masto account by downloading your archive

I'm not posting this for any particular reason other than that it's good to make backups and sometimes servers just go down

I'm now waking up every day with a small but frequently recurring cough. It was a familiar thing for a large part of my life that vanished about 10 years ago when I finally managed to quit smoking. I can't imagine how bad it must be for people much closer to the fires than I am.

A large chunk of the Fediverse was scraped; your posts are being “released” 

Matteo Zignani, Christian Quadri, Alessia Galdeman, Sabrina Gaito andGian Paolo Rossi from the University of #Milan scraped all english speaking instances (363) listed on, wrote a paper about it and are distributing the dataset.

“In this context, we release a dataset gathered from Mastodon, […]“

“These data have been collected by implementing an ad-hoc tool for downloading the public timelines of the servers, namely instances, that form the Mastodon platform, along with the meta-data associated to them.“

“The spider exploits the instance list obtained from the previous step and makes a pool of requests to the instance endpoint 4 which returns the latest toots of the local timeline. Since the time-lines implement a pagination mechanism, the spider extracts the URL for the next request and repeat this procedure till it reaches the end of the timeline.”

“In the terms of service and privacy policy the gathering and the usage of public available data is never explicitly mentioned, consequently our data collec-tion seems to be complaint with the policy of the instance.“


#FediAdmin #MastoAdmin #MastoDev #Privacy

Mastodon Content Warnings: Inap…

If most of your posts are posts from a twitter crossposter we'll probably unfollow you. Just strikes us as not really being here for fedi but just seeing it as an extension of Twitter.

I don't like leaving my cat at home alone when I go to work because I worry that if there's nobody here to tell him he's a good boy, he might forget.

Today I did cheese and pineapple rolls again to really get them dialled in well, plus some ham and cheese pizza rolls with a bit of tomato paste on top as well.

I have way too much bread in the house now. I guess I'm set for work lunches this week though.

Today's self-challenge, make a batch of white rolls without once referring to a recipe. :awesome:

Friendly reminder to please not crosspost Retweets etc. from Twitter on Mastodon.

It's getting really hard to keep up with all the new genres kids are listening to these days. The albums are pretty cheap though.

I'm going through the pantry and throwing out really old stuff. This is the current high score courtesy of a can of bean sprouts.

Woohoo! I have water again!

*flushes toilet 20 times in celebration*

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Oh yay, I've got no water! Turned on a tap, nothing came out. Went outside and at the end of the street are a bunch of people in high-vis looking concerned at a hole in the ground. Wonder how long this is going to last ...

This is the 8th phone number I've received this message from in a week. Visited link in a VM it just tries to download an apk. Piss poor phishing attempt but it's irritating me nonetheless. Has anyone else had similar messages? I'm in Australia.

Korean culture question 

I'm hanging out with some folk right now and the question had come up...

Is it common in Korean culture to cook a pot of noodles (for instance) and then go for a walk to the park to eat them carrying the whole pot?

Today's experiments were all about incorporating cheese into bread.

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It's always been a bit annoying that our local Baker's Delight used to do these great cheese and pineapple rolls, but then stopped. It seemed a bit random whether any particular one would have them.

Well I have now solved this problem and returned cheese and pineapple rolls to my life.

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Mike, First of His Name's choices:

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.