Okay, @helpers , I'm having a bit of trouble understanding what this message actually means.

I'm installing the latest Friendica but trying to connect to an old database, which obviously I need to upgrade -- but apparently the web installer won't even connect to it because it's "in use". What does that mean, technically? Where are the instructions for upgrading the database? hav not bin able to find...

Two people just randomly reshared this meme that I posted on Farcebook 8 years and 2 days ago.

I suspect an algorithm at work.

(It's a slightly corrected version of a meme someone else had shared -- there was a spelling error or something, and the layout was sloppy.)

I love it when I search for documentation about a feature, and the first two pages I find cannot be accessed, because of two completely different server configuration issues.

Hey -- need help with server maintenance? My rates are extremely low right now... >.> @support


There are no problems with the official story in Ba Sing Se.

(CW: skyscraper with smoke)

The Future Liberals Want


(ethical dilemmas for the modern world: "do I CW this and make it non-previewable on Discord, or *not* CW it and risk triggering someone?" Let me know if the latter happened...)

photo taken at scrapexchange.org/ August 28

So, @ConnyDuck -- there's a subtle problem, let's call it a conceptual design issue, with the filter options on .

I kinda agree with @eryn* that:

1. just being able to see one iteration of replies isn't enough to enable keeping track of conversations
2. social media as a *communication* tool is why we're here on Mastodon
3. ...instead of Twitspace or Fazebook, where social media is viewed more as an attention-absorbing, click-aggregating tool
4. ...which is the kind of thing that only being able to track one iteration of replies *does* tend to support.

TLDR: "new mentions only" kinda supports corporate thinking, where "all mentions" is more user-empowering.

* thread begins at toot.cat/@eryn/102654275634860

I just wanted to take this moment to commemorate the fact that I am finally closing my pinned Google+ tab.

(You may have noticed it takes me awhile to let go of things sometimes.)

State Farm wanted to know how I'm using each of my vehicles.

I decided to be completely honest, since none of the options they gave (top part) matched how we actually use them.

Under each car, I've pasted:
1. My answer to the question about how the car is used
2. My answer to another pair of questions on the back of the form, about mileage.

slightly damaged fortune -- does anyone know if they still work in this condition?

...and while I'm snarking about web ads...

...I'd like to comment on the text here.

Is it only marketeers who don't get that if you're helping members of some generic group "stay competitive" with each other, you're not actually helping any of them?

...because for every entity you help to compete, you're also stiffening the competition?

...or are they helping universities and colleges compete against, I dunno, kindergartens and elementary schools?

I'll admit, it'd be nice if they were helping universities and colleges compete against Fox News and/or other right-wing media. That would actually be useful.

But somehow I doubt that's what they mean.

I can only think they're just fueling an arms race, and trying to make it sound like a good thing.

Sylvester McMonkey McBean, but with investors.

I love how Google Fiber keeps telling me I can sign up for their service, but when I go to the sign-up site it's not actually available in our neighborhood yet and they won't give an ETA or even show a map of current progress.

Way to go on transparency, Google. No wonder people love you so much.

~~ Misgendering du Jour ~~

photo: me about 5 minutes after being called "sir"

To be fair, I think the waitperson recognized us (me & @Harena) and was carrying forward her pre-transition gender assessment.

(photo CW: selfie, eye contact)

Would this make a good t-shirt? Is it funny, or is the cueing not right?

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