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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 @jayeless, 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 ❤️

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Back around 1993, I wrote a TTRPG called "SLUGS" - the Satanic, Loathsome, Unwholesome Game System. Only 200 were ever made. About 20 pages, copied & stapled.

Today, folks pointed me at a FB discussion about that game. It has fans.

Put your weird out there. People will love it.

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It's kind of amusing that they came up with the HTTP code 451, referencing a novel by a guy who had opinions like "there's too much internet" and "don't publish my works as ebooks because that's too computer"
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Twitter complaining 

For those that left Twitter, you’re not missing anything. I have more of a community over on Twitter, but my notifications are filled with things that are not notifications. For example, if I check my notifications to see who liked a tweet, or anything, I had to wade through dozens of here’s a list you might enjoy, or here’s a recent tweet that you may have missed. This kind of nagging is becoming more and more noticeable.

Link: The Jessica Simulation: Love and loss in the age of A.I.

There was definitely something startling about this article for me, but I found it thought-provoking and quite affecting. Thought I'd re-share it.

Link: The Day the Good Internet Died

The headline is obviously a bit of hyperbole, but I found this a very relatable and super enjoyable read. Touches on so many changes to the web in the last 10 years – the centralisation of content into silos, the decline of blogging, link rot, and of course, the shuttering of Google Reader. Good stuff.

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The Spanish women’s hockey team had a sign up with the slogan ‘somos una piña’. Which made no sense. So I looked it up and it’s a more general sport slogan in Spain, a pineapple is a united, tight-knit group in which all the spikes point out.

🍍

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Photos of the Largest Bird Nests in the World, Built by the Sociable Weaver in Southern Africa

“The Sociable Weaver is a small brown bird found in the Kalahari region of southern Africa. They are unlike most other birds due to their lifestyle and nest building, constructing permanent nests on trees and other tall objects. The nests are the largest built by any bird, big enough to house over a hundred pairs of birds, often containing several generations at a time.”

featureshoot.com/2013/08/photo

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Here's another cool article about the production of Red Dwarf's (mostly) early seasons, and how they used "behind-the-scenes" parts of the studio, like lighting gantries, as sets for certain scenes!

It’s like The Birds around my place today. Currawongs everywhere, digging through our gutters for soft weeds to turn into nests! Gidget has been loving it – “it’s like cat TV but real life” I think sums up her thinking – except she got a bit freaked out when I took her outside (on a leash) with me while I hung out laundry, and chose to hide under a chair 😂 To be fair, those currawongs are tough as nails. They were outright landing on the washing line or just perching on my fence to stare daggers at me as I worked… if I were a cat I’d hide, too. (jayeless.net/2021/07/the-birds)

According to the ABC, some guy in Perth tied sheets together and threw them out the window to escape from his hotel quarantine room… like literally climbed down the sheets like in some cartoon. 🤯

Link: What My DNA Says About India’s History

This is a really interesting article about the origins of Indian people! It's not only about ancestry, but linguistic and cultural change over the thousands of years. I enjoyed it 😊

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"Hobson's Browser" by @slightlyoff infrequently.org/2021/07/hobso

A thorough overview of what's wrong with mobile browsers in terms of competition and user choice. It's even worse than I thought. (I didn't know that the Google Search widget only opens Chrome, never the default browser.)

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Must read by the creator of dogecoin 👇👇👇
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RT @ummjackson
I am often asked if I will “return to cryptocurrency” or begin regularly sharing my thoughts on the topic again. My answer is a wholehearted “no”, but to avoid repeating myself I figure it might be worthwhile briefly explaining why here…
twitter.com/ummjackson/status/

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Evelyn had to get in the chair before someone could sit in it but she fucked it up

Covid-19 in Victoria 

For some reason they had Jeroen Weimar give a whole press conference where he didn't announce any lockdowns, and then almost as soon as that ended the ABC said we're going back into lockdown. Considering I already thought it was inevitable I'm just relieved they've finally declared it (or at least, uhh, leaked it to the media). More details to come later this afternoon.

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