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Birds are silly. Wait, I’m a bird!
Instructions for a bird called a Kea to disassemble a vehicle presented in the style of assembly instructions for Ikea furniture.

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For any trans people who need to hear this:

Your body is beautiful. You're worthy of being desired, if that's something you want.

Whether you choose to transition (and in whatever direction you want), and wherever you are in that process -- you're seen, you are believed, and I'm proud to be your sibling.

When you look in the mirror, you deserve to hear, "Hey, Beautiful." If you don't hear it in your voice, hear it in mine.

Your strength is incredible. You come from a long tradition of transgender people, stretching back to the earliest days of humanity.

Let the haters shout into the void. You don't need to. The Void already loves you. βœ¨β€‹

(cis people please boost)
I think also it must be said: whether you choose to transition *or not*. There are also myriad reasons people do not transition, but they are also valid.

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Hello Fediverse!

I'm sharing a thing that I hope can be the beginning for many conversations, and represents for me a statement that is the result of many years of conversation:

https://slocanstatement.org/

I call it the #slocanstatement, and I'm sharing it here first, in public, in the spirit of the Fediverse.

I hope you'll read it, share it if you think it's a valuable statement, and comment and revise it towards building consensus across the Fediverse.

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Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel in economics, though she was a political scientist, for her carefully gathered evidence that the "tragedy of the commons" is not inevitable & that communities that successfully govern common resources (water, fisheries, forests, etc) use 8 design principles. I like this brief explanation that specifically mentions #onlinecommunities
http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/2015/11/a-revised-ostroms-design-principles-for-collective-governance-of-the-commons-.html

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What if the universe is set up just like the Fediverse, but we don’t know about the existence of any other life because our Earth instance was preemptively blocked for hateful conduct.

#DeepThoughts #universe #fediverse

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Honestly, I couldn't blame them. The Earth's admin is horrible.


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Sharing one of my favorite poems since childhood.

By the 12thc warrior poet Xin Qiji 辛棄疾, who was sidelined during peacetime, demoted, drifting through a decade of minor posts in remote lands.

Poetry, then, is that which is left unsaid.
β€œMy, what a cool and lovely autumn.”
#everynightapoem #poetry #translation

- I read it aloud and write a bit more about the poet, and the translation choices that I made, here: https://quotomania.simplecast.com/episodes/quotomania-308-xin-qiji

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Also, are there people who have been super active in the #mastodon community for years who are interested in talking to reporters? A lot of reporters are asking me about mastodon because of my generalized expertise in tech policy / content moderation / decentralization, but ... I'm new here! I don't want to speak on behalf of a community i've just joined. Hmu if you know folks who would be good for this.
if they're at all interested in learning about the fediverse as a whole, and the ActivityPub standard that underlies it, @cwebber could possibly help (if she's interested!)
Oh hey it's @shauna !

And also @evangreer we've never spoken but I'm a big fan, even though from a distance!

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