Hello all! I'm Jessica, and I've joined this instance because a) it looks nice and b) I've been curious about the Glitch-Soc variant of Mastodon and wanted to join an instance that had it running :) My old/other account is @email@example.com, which I'll probably keep around for more political content.
Here, I'll probably post on a range of topics, including technology (I'm interested in #smallweb and adjacent topics, like the #indieweb and #gemini), #languages and #linguistics, #books I read, the occasional thing about #gameing or other forms of entertainment, pictures of #cats and #dogs, life in general, and stuff about the city I live in (Melbourne, Australia). As well as English I speak Spanish, and I've also studied Catalan (I did an honours thesis in #history, on the Spanish Civil War in Catalonia). Gonna leave you with a couple of pics of me and my beloved cat Gidget ❤️
Gidget's week has been full of ups and downs. Some days she's felt starved (Monday when she nagged Viv to give her ⅔ of her daily food before 6am was a bad one) but as the week's gone on she's seemed better and better about the diet. She's weighed in at 7kg a couple of days, which suggests it's doing what it's supposed to! The biggest down has been the poo-stravaganza she launched when I was in the shower yesterday, but I suppose her human servants’ dedication must be tested occasionally… (she's NEVER done anything like it before, so idk, I hope it's a one-off).
The Welsh: 1-10, that's easy
Everyone else: great, glad we're on the same page!
The Welsh: but when you get past 10 then you're just adding numbers to 10
Everyone else: well yeah
The Welsh: so what if we did one and ten, two and ten, three and ten, four and ten, five and ten
Everyone else: if you want?
The Welsh: one and fifteen
Everyone else: wait
The Welsh: we got tired of adding things to ten
Everyone else: hmm okay
The Welsh: two and fifteen, two nines,
Everyone else: okay hold ON
Please don't judge me too hard but I couldn't resist a blog post venting about the ridiculous argument my little sister and I had watching the Eurovision grand final 🙈
Link: Building a Digital Homestead, Bit by Brick by Tom Critchlow
I appreciated this blog post about the nature of building a personal website, crafting it into a space that feels like home. It quotes/links to a few other good blog posts on the topic, too.
Gidget today has been so desperate to show me the malign impact of this diet the vet has her on that a) she grabbed a bit of (clean) kitty litter off the floor and pretended to eat it; and b) she actually had to eat the bit of meat-for-humans that had fallen on the floor so I put it in her bowl (usually she rejects all human food as an insult to cats).
On the bright side, her desperation means she’s apparently willing to eat wet food again, haha. I think it’ll be good for her if she goes back to eating it, because a serving size of wet food is waaay bigger than one of dry so she might not scoff them down as quickly 😑
New, ranty, blog post: Time for a Not-So-Fun Hugo Fact!
tl;dr: Even if you only want to add a single category/tag to a post, add it as a single-item list, not in a way Hugo can interpret as a string 😥
Seems like even Douglas Adams’ letters are fun to read! This one is from 1992, when he wrote to an American comic book publisher with some objections to one of their adaptions of his work.
I enjoyed this Sarah Z video on the rise and fall of geek culture, even though it's confronting to hear 2012 spoken about like some long-gone era 😅 It's not the only thing in recent times which has made me feel, not OLD exactly, but older than I feel like I am. The other big one was the realisation that there are people registered to vote in this upcoming election who don't remember the Rudd/Gillard governments at all… 😬 How do the years start to pass so quickly?
There's an interesting discussion here about book discoverability, and how the top-selling authors take all the attention, so that it's very hard to find midlist authors to read.
I don't think there was ever a perfect era of book discoverability, but things were definitely better for the midlist when we had more bookshops, libraries, and magazines recommending a number of different authors to different audiences. Now, it's all or nothing with few algorithms.
Left-wing feminist, Melburnian, animal lover, Linux and Mac user, interested in politics, languages, history, society and technology. More too, probably. Other account at @jayeless
On the internet, everyone knows you're a cat — and that's totally okay.