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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 ❤️

Thanks to Robert Rackley on, today I received my invite to try out Arc Browser! Haven't really used it enough yet to form a solid opinion, but so far it's fun and novel. I was relieved to find you can install normal Chromium browser extensions in it – I need my Bitwarden 😅

When the weather was nice on the weekend we took Gidget for some outside time. She spent about 20 minutes on our neighbour’s AC exhaust unit soaking up the sun, then went to a shady spot (not pictured) to cool down for ten minutes, then went to said neighbour’s front porch to camp out there. The whole time she was stealing glances at the next neighbour’s front door, to see if their cat was noticing her assert her dominance 🤣

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In the western area of the city centre of Uruk a multiple-phased terrace was discovered, the so-called “Anu Ziggurat”. The surface area of the terrace measured about 45 x 50 m.

The remains of an elaborated middle-hall-building, the so-called “White Temple”, were discovered and we reconstructed it.

The building had white plastered walls, which were divided by niches and multiple postaments. The erection of the building was radiocarbon-dated between 3517 and 3358 BCE.


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It's a second blog post in one day! This one is pretty niche; it's about how I tinkered with Keybuild (an app that lets you design custom keyboards in iOS) today to make a Shavian keyboard pane. And also how I edited a couple of my pre-existing panes. Anyway:

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Made a quick blog post to follow up on a couple of minor things I mentioned last month + sharing a cute story about a local currawong 😊:

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for the record "it sounds like gibberish on screen readers" applies to alt text too! even if the caps make sense in an image, screen readers often parse words in all caps as acronyms so they will read it letter by letter! so please, do not put your alt text as a paragraph of all caps!

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can people please CW huge strings of caps? it sounds like gibberish on screen readers, and it looks like loud gibberish that is yelling at me incomprehensively to my dyslexic and traumatized ass

Started a silly little CYOA story (it’s about my cat nagging me for food 😆) in , using , tonight. I made decent progress but I’m definitely not going to get it done tonight, so I should not try and just get some sleep instead! It’s defs been a bit of fun, though.

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Today's been a beautiful day weather-wise, sunny and 19°. I've been out soaking it up this afternoon, and Gidget did the same from her windowside cat bed – she didn't even have to deal with the wind from there 😆 It's so rejuvenating.

Liked this piece, about how we should take back our cities from being car-centric monocultures: Rewilding Cities

Also saved it as a link post on my blog, where I elaborated a little more on my thoughts, at just enough length that I didn't think I should crosspost it directly to Mastodon 😛

That feeling of power you get when your cat has been nagging for food for three hours and you just go to the kitchen to heat up your own lunch and give the cat nothing 😎 (DW, she had her full breakfast this morning, she's fine)

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Food, beans 

I'm always interested to learn which foods are native to the new world (e.g. tomatoes, potatoes) vs old world (e.g. onions, garlic). Apparently beans are split between the two:

Old world: Adzuki, Blackeye pea, Chickpea, Fava, Lentil, Mung, Soy

New world: Black, Cannellini, Great Northern, Kidney, Navy, Pinto

It's pleasing to me that the split seems roughly 50/50, at least for the beans I regularly eat.

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They turned the GIMP brush into a real thing what are they gonna think of next

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Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear. - Judy Blume

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