Good morning, friends. 🌹🌹🌹
24 September 2023
I had a paper route as a kid, my first job really. I delivered the San Diego Union in Spring Valley, California (circa 1964). My mother found me a bicycle at a used bike shop, and she sold the idea of the bike to me by telling me it was a heavy-duty bike. Heavy duty it was, it was a big heavy one speed bike. The bike was painted black and had one of those heavy-duty racks on the back. Perfect really for carrying newspapers.
I would get a stack of newspapers early in the morning and would fold them and put a rubber band around each folded newspaper. Then stick them in my canvas carrying bags. Then away I would go fling newspapers as I passed by the homes of subscribers. All before school.
"Meanwhile, I work the route. I don’t quit, I don’t complain. Each day I learn more than I earn. Things are going to get better.” - Bob Thurber, Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel
Know anyone who is still masking or working to avoid covid to some degree? Maybe they feel more isolated or limited socially, and having more social options that match their precautions would help.
There's a free "Covid Conscious" friends and dating match system beginning. Open to all walks of life.
It's launching in Oregon, while also offering to help anyone who wants to start their own local group anywhere else.
A community building niche for people who struggle to find others will do a lot of people some good, please spread the word.
"Dancing with the Stars postponement possible due to writers' strike": The season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars' may be postponed due to pressure from the ongoing writers' strike. https://shut.net/2023/09/22/news-dancing-with-the-stars-postponement-possible-due-to-writers-strike?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Varietymagazine #AmericanBroadcastingCompany #Friends
Dancing with the Stars could be postponed amid writers' strike: The season premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars' may be postponed due to the ongoing writers' strike and mounting pressure on the talent. https://shut.net/2023/09/22/news-dancing-with-the-stars-could-be-postponed-amid-writers-strike?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #Varietymagazine #AmericanBroadcastingCompany #Friends
Also #retrogaming and #retrocomputing; #coding in #C, #C++, and #Perl, and guess that's about it these days but I can #code in 20+ languages; #TTRPGs as a DM/Storyteller/GM such as #DnD, #OSR, and #VtM ; #cooking; making #art like #painting and #watercolor; servers run #OpenBSD; fan of tinkering with #NetBSD; daily driver is #macOS; #horror and #scifi movies; and likely other things I'm forgetting.
🎉 There will be a brand-New Limited Edition Bongo's Bingo Henry Vacuum Cleaner as an Exclusive Prize from this weekend.
📷 Credit: Bongo’s Bingo/Courtesy of Publicist.
Re-watching some episodes of #Friends season 1.
And I always thought that the first season is very different from the other ones: the colours turn its 90s-ness to the max, and the scripts often involve general relationship problems that are not really based on Friends' characters and can happen to anyone.
I recently picked up a subminiature 16mm film camera. A 1970s or 1980s Kiev-30, manufactured at the Arsenal plant in #Ukraine️. Sadly, it had several light leaks in the test roll photos.
I dismantled and repaired this tiny camera, and wrote a blog article about my experiences taking apart this tiny Soviet era camera.
In my group of friends and chosen family, we have this thing where if someone needs to hear that they did good, they just tell what they did and ask for praise.
I find that it's actually really healing to have people say they're proud of you, and having the safety to just openly ask for that is amazing.
Good morning, friends. 🌻🌻🌻
20 September 2023
Remember a few days ago, I wrote about ordering a new Canon 90D camera from Ebay and an amazing price. I also mentioned that it seemed almost too good to be true and was thinking that there might be a catch. Well, there is a slight catch, but not a big deal ... yet. The camera was mailed from China and is in transit, evidently by ship. So ... my new camera is coming by a slow boat from China. :) It's really no big problem, besides I took the deal with my eyes wide open.
"You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it." - Denzel Washington
El arte a otro nivel.
Colores líquidos fluyen sin rumbo fijo,
en lienzo amarillo crean un rostro vivo.
Pintura derramada, surrealista danza,
una mujer emerge en su extravagancia.
@toze @yesjohn 😂. It’s funny how #Friends characters aged. Maybe it’s hindsight but I relate to them completely differently than I did as a teenager. I’ve met Ross’s over the years and now I’m like 😬 But Rachel’s are the most interesting people I know.
I’ve even seen Janice apologists who are like she really didn’t do anything wrong and these people just didn’t like her 😅
My parents previous Dachshund and Arwen were good friends. She was really sad when he wasn't around anymore.
She enjoys time with their new Dachshund, but he's so different in energy, that I feel she sometimes misses the old one.
Arwen doesn't snuggle often, so when she did with Brutus, I had to snap this picture. ♥
I wanted to share some thoughts with you all. On the Fediverse, we engage in discussions, offer critiques, and sometimes, misunderstand each other. But have you ever stopped to think about the bigger picture?
None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. It's a universal uncertainty we all share.
When we pass away, everything we've done in life becomes insignificant. Perhaps I've said hurtful things about some of you, but in the grand scheme of things, it won't matter when I'm no longer part of this existence.
Life is incredibly short, and maybe we should cherish what we have left.
If I've ever hurt any of you in any way, I ask for your forgiveness before you lay down to sleep tonight.
You might not be there tomorrow to seek forgiveness from.
I pledge to do the same.
The way I interact with all of you often mirrors the circumstances I find myself in. Sometimes, life throws us curveballs, and we might act out of character.
Life can be unpredictable, but I want to express my gratitude for your presence here.
The sweet taste of victory! I have yearned to see this location for over a year, and today with my awesome #friends my dream became a reality!
I am very happy to see this place, but it got me thinking. Actually, the place was cool but what really is making me smile today is the people that #support me. When I propose a crazy plan, it's the people that eagerly encourage me and humour my often random spontaneity. Smiles all round today!
And now, time for a beer 🍻
🇩🇪 Eeek so excited! On Saturday I fly to Berlin to meet my good friends, and embark on another amazing road trip. Just a quick trip this time, but I am excited about ticking something off my bucket list.
📷What am I so excited to see? A #LostPlace....of course! I will share a quick smiling selfie if I get inside 💙
Even more interestingly, think about #friends and #family that you think you mostly share your #political #views with. See where you #disagree with them, and how that might represent differences on these two axes, and where your guesses about their values would put them on the chart.
You might find that people you thought believed "mostly like me" are quite close on one axis, but far apart on the other.
Today is the day! Sloth and Manatee: Ocean Adventure is FREE for Kindle, now through Sunday September 17th! So if you or someone you like enjoys friends cruising around in the ocean and wondering about life, this is it!
"Gentle, philosophic, kind, wonderful."
Get your free Kindle copy here:
"Friendship like this is a precious, treasured gift. It will never be a consolation prize."
Basically, this list of seven secrets to longevity is more like three things:
2. Eating legumes and whole grains—and not much #meat
3. Having #friends (not frenemies) and social security (in every sense of that term) #health #wellness #cooking https://www.tpr.org/2023-09-09/7-habits-to-live-a-healthier-life-inspired-by-the-worlds-longest-lived-communities
Here is my friend Eriko Kobayashi and some of here #cast #glass sweets. I bought a glass #cookie from her- but it looked so real that someone threw it away while it sat in the studio thinking it was stale- darn! She travels with them in this cooler. Yes, that pop tart is all glass. The glass sprinkles are her fine frit mix for strawberry pop tart icing toppings. I met her a few years ago when she came from Japan- it's been neat seeing her work progress!
#friends #collecting #art #sculpture #yum
Imagine there's some shift in the #internet #markets, such that #servers #Mastodon and other #Fediverse programs cannot afford to keep going without mandatory #financial #contributions from their users. (I don't think this will ever happen, it's just a #hypothetical)
What #content would you most want to keep interacting with? #Friends, #art, #science, #news, #politics, #AI, #tech, #VideoGames, #streaming, #LGBTQ, #furry, or something else? What cause would most entice you? #OpenSource, #NonProfit, #Democracy, #Freedom, or just non-#toxic #SocialMedia?
Why should progressives accommodate conservatives' need to be socially accepted, when conservatives refuse to allow "others" to be socially accepted.
If the conservatives want people to be friendly with them, then they need to stop being so actively hostile to people.
@JuliusGoat does a much better job explaining this idea in this essay:
"The fragmentation among #friends that follows Twitter’s collapse is exactly..."
...what #musk and his #saudi backers wanted to begin with. It's the reason they bought the #platform. They planned to separate and extinguish #progressive #accounts and #networks that were using #twitter to organize. And it's mostly worked, unfortunately.
Good morning, friends. ☕☕☕
30 August 2023
My wife shook me awake a little before dawn this morning. The dogs were at the door. She woke me out of a weird dream; I was still in the army and lost within a barracks building. Sometimes in my dreams I have memories to go along with my dreams of things that never happened. The building seemed to grow and be much larger and more intricate than my memory. It was essentially a maze ... quite surreal. Of course, there was a cast of main characters who are people I know, but they are more recent acquaintances than of my army days.
“People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.” - Neil Gaiman
beyond tellerrand wants to be more than “just” presentations one after the other. We are trying to also create something to explore during the breaks and create a space and environment that invites to conversations, exchanging with old friends and making new friends.
A blog post about #partnership and what our event #exhibition is. https://beyondtellerrand.com/blog/the-berlin-exhibition
Next to the talks at #btconf it is important to always create a space where you can meet our #partners and #friends in the breaks. Next to the partners supporting us in many ways, we always have lovely friends presenting their work. See who is part of the exhibition so far. https://beyondtellerrand.com/events/berlin-2023/exhibition
assume everybody else hates you
don't give them a chance to like you
they won't like you
start from the beginning
Congratulations, you formed a vicious cycle!
Now how about you try the opposite?
accept and like yourself
assume everybody else likes you
approach them confidently
they will like you
start from the beginning
There's a sale on at https://inprnt.com/gallery/studioyesyes oh, yeah, and I've added new images, and they have prints and mini prints and stickers and they do a lovely job, hooray!
I'd like to announce not one, but TWO new #Discord servers for #Neurodivergent people in the #UpstateNY area! Both have been in the works for a while, but have now actually launched. If they apply to you and you're interested, I would be overjoyed if you joined either or both. If the links have expired by the time you're reading this, feel free to message me.
The first is a general server for #Autistic people with any connections to anywhere in Upstate NY. Open-minded #Allies seeking to listen to autistics and become better allies are also welcome. It's a #SafeSpace for building #Community, making #Friends, chatting, and possibly hanging out together IRL or planning #LocalActivism. This server is pro #Neurodiversity, pro #SelfDX, #Intersectional, and not for parents or service providers (unless you're autistic yourself).
The second is for the Neurodivergent #Solarpunk #Anarchist Community Space. This is a very long-term project for a brick-and-mortar #Cooperative community space in the #FingerLakes area. The hope is that, when the place can actually be built, it will be a site for #MutualAid, #Permaculture, #Education, #Recreation, and all sorts of other projects of, by, and for the community, with the overarching goal of building and supporting neurodivergent solarpunk anarchist community at a local level. This cooperative also embodies the hope of bringing genuine #Joy, #Connection, and #Inspiration to the world as a whole.
#Ciao a tutti!! :blobcheerbounce:
Since I have some #friends in #instances that block #qoto, have decided to create a secondary #account in one which has an higher #reputation on the #fediverse.
Will use both, this will be a more general one so keep them both if you want the whole of it! I plan to stay active in both :blabcatverified:
They are sisters and friends, these five stylishly dressed women who are enjoying a day out shopping and simply being together. Interaction with people we care about is one of life's greatest gifts.
Girls Day Out framed print -- https://2-steve-henderson.pixels.com/featured/girls-day-out-steve-henderson.html?product=framed-print
#woman #women #style #fashion #girlsday #friends #art #artwork #arte #paris #france #travel #europe #shopping #stevehenderson #FediGiftShop #Fediart #mastoart #buyintoart #ayearforart #fun #weekend #summer #painting #oilpainting #girls
Dear #friends, I would like to #ask you a #question. I want to #verify the #domain #technotramp.com in the fediverse environment, but due to #IPFS where I can't #change the #content (to avoid changing the IPFS #address), I'm not comfortable with the #way the #html #code is inserted. I am looking for a way to verify the domain using a #TXT record. Exactly what was discussed half a #year ago for example #here:
My question is: Is it possible to verify a domain in this way?
A group of friends has spent the most pleasant day out on the water together, and that day is coming to a contented close. Sunset casts its golden glow over water and sky, creating a magical environment that is almost other worldly.
Golden Sea art print -- https://2-steve-henderson.pixels.com/featured/golden-sea-steve-henderson.html
#sailboat #sailing #sunset #twilight #gold #magic #friends #weekend #freedom #art #artist #artwork #painting #stevehenderson #FedGiftShop #mastoart #buyintoart #ayearforart #washington #pugetsound #marine #sea
Well, we're up.. we're all up, cats too. .
My buddy parked his camper in my yard, and his wife is like me... awake at 3am. I said, Text me, and come in for coffee, I'm up.. we'd like to say goodbye before they hit the road ,maybe even make them breakfast.
It was much more pleasant than I imagined. After 50 years, you almost need re-introduction. I'd never met his wife before, she's lovely also. The names and details we remembered, amazed us both.
Update on my friend Ruby's fundraiser. ---
The fundraiser is now about 2/3rd of the way the, thanks to support from you, me, our friends and their friends as well.
To help get us past the goal to where Ruby can begin completing her physical transition. There's gonna be a trivia night this Friday! Ruby shall explain:
Everyone is cordially invited to join me on Friday 7/28/2023 at 4pm PST for a FB Live Stream of Trans Trivia! It will be a fun and informative few hours where I will ask the audience questions about Transgender History, Art, Culture, etc and then discuss the answers. In the mean time please share and donate this campaign. We're already so close to our goal that we only need a little bit more effort to make this happen.
Link to come once we're ready to launch!
In the meantime, let's get that dollar counter higher. Let's goooooo!!!!!
#fundraiser #friends #GoFundMe #GoFundMeCampaign #MutualAid #TransJoyMatters #LGBTQ #Trivia #QueerHistoryTrivia