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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, 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 and adjacent topics, like the and ), and , I read, the occasional thing about or other forms of entertainment, pictures of and , 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 , on the Spanish Civil War in Catalonia). Gonna leave you with a couple of pics of me and my beloved cat Gidget ❤️

Noisy day today. The construction site next door seems to be digging out all the earth where their underground carpark is going to go. Currently they have a massive embankment of dirt visible over our shared fence. Gidget is unimpressed.

Took a little selfie with Gidget this morning… and at the same time I get to show off this neat new jumper I bought, featuring Chilean "riot dog" Negro Matapacos! 😄 Gonna wear it out tonight to our little Election Night party.

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).

Today I discovered that the English word country is in fact cognate to Latin (and descendents’) contra; apparently it comes (via Old French) from a Vulgar Latin phrase terra contrata “land lying opposite”. Wouldn’t have guessed that! 😲 The Anglo-Saxon word is land.

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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

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Reminder why Forums are great and Discord sucks.

Googled something I needed today and where did it lead me? To a post on my own forum 😅 with the exact fix.

Search engines don't get Discord but they do get Forums.

Put guides on Forums pleeeeaaase.

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.

Gizmo decided to be a real bro to his best friend Gidget when he visited last night. He nagged and nagged Vivian to feed him cat food until Vivian finally caved in. Then the second the food hit the bowl, he ducked out and let Gidget violate her diet by eating everything 🤣

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 😑

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Old master: sorry, i can't play with you good boi
Dog: don't worry, i got this

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My secret projects is complete enough to share! I present Feather Wiki, a tiny, self-contained #wiki app that exports into a single HTML file:

Think TiddlyWiki but as small as possible!

#announcement #FeatherWiki

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 😥

Link: Please don’t let anyone Americanise it!

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.

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The original makes I point. I get it. But somebody made a better point! I'm so happy as it reflects all my first gut reactions on the oiginal 😀


better original:

As you might remember, Gidget has been on a vet-ordered diet for the last 10 days. She is very unimpressed with it. Look at this face she gave me when I only topped up her water before going to bed last night, rather than giving her another serve of kibble 🙀

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?

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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.

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On the internet, everyone knows you're a cat — and that's totally okay.