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 #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 ❤️
Paradox of Choice: https://pimoore.ca/2021/07/26/paradox-of-choice.html
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Blogged: The Tokyo Olympics Begin
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!
I thought this was interesting: Cockatoos in Sydney learning from each other to bin-dive for food, study finds
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. (https://www.jayeless.net/2021/07/the-birds.html)
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 😊
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.)
Must read by the creator of dogecoin 👇👇👇
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…
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.
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
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