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Welcome to mastodon everyone! I love seeing all this art posted. But we do have some folks on here who don't see well, and they really appreciate it if you add a description to your images. Just briefly what you're showing people, so that they have some idea what they're looking for.

I know sometimes it seems like too much work, and if you can't you can't. But it does make your work accessible to more people, not least because more of us will boost it.

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If you're at all interested in an image, I recommend checking the caption (in the web client, it should pop up on mouseover).

Sometimes it's just enough description for someone who can't see the image, but sometimes it explains what you're seeing or tells you why it's remarkable.

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If you find your mastodon experience too political, too meme-y, too science-y, or just not interesting enough, choose who to follow more carefully. Unfollow some people who fill your timeline with boring stuff; it's not a personal judgement, and you'll still see it if one of your friends boosts their toot. And follow someone who posts the sort of thing you like. Check out hashtags from their cool posts.

Most of all, post the sort of thing you'd like to see more of!

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"This is Cocoa," she said, introducing the large cat.

"Cos of this lovely brown fur?"

"No, he smells like chocolate. And here come Strawberry and Oldbook," she announced as the pair scampered in.

"Because one's ginger and the other's a little dusty?" I giggled.

"No, they smell like their names."

"Oh. What about that one?" I asked, pointing at a white cat behind the glass door.

"That's... 'Patty'. She stays outside."

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy #Caturday

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Books whispered to me.

I rarely opened them because it was like being inside a roar. The intensity overwhelmed me.

But I didn't mind the whispering; for me it was the same as folks who like the sound of rain on a pond or wool being combed.

As I was leaving the library I noticed a chillingly silent book on the floor. I nervously opened it to the first page; blank.

"Help," it gasped.



Her voice became the sweetest I knew.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

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The toddler has started using the words 'maybe' and 'probably'. Time to inoculate her against frequentist interpretation.

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Animal Crossing needs to release a game where we get to make our own animals in a fun, cooperative, (optionally online) village game.

Another day challenging my goal to work regular hours: I need to examine this data before I observe again on Sunday, and the machines I have here don't have any of the relevant software. So I have an unknown number of hours of fighting with compilers and libraries before Sunday. I'm just not sure how to manage regular work hours when stuff like this happens.

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So there's this group of autistic artists who are planning on visiting each of Glasgow's museums once they reopen and provide feedback on how they can be more accessible to autistic visitors.

Obviously plans for the actual visits have been delayed a fair bit by the whole......thing.... but that hasn't slowed them down as far as preparation goes, and they've gone and done a wee video outlining their intentions

Also I did the music for it.

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Sandra the Orangutan started washing her hands after observing her caretakers doing it

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I cheered as what was clearly a genie emerged from the ring my great-aunt had left me.

"What wishes would you have me grant?"

"I wish for everyone to be cured and an effective vaccine to be available if needed!"

"That's a little beyond me. You'd need Lamp or higher."

"Oh. What CAN you grant in this situation then?"

"Every conference call will have multiple pet visits and your groceries will always replenish?"

"That would be nice."

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

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so, Mango Languages is a premium language app that offers a number of endangered languages for free:

* Chaldean Aramaic
* Cherokee
* Dzongkha
* Hawaiian
* Irish
* Potawatomi
* Scottish Gaelic
* Tuvan
* Yiddish

Whoa. You might have a gas of muons in neuron stars (mixed in with all the other stuff). Sure muons are unstable but the gas of electrons can be so dense that some have to have enough energy to turn back into muons.

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Okay this art is absolutely amazing! Done by !!!!

It reminds me of my old days of rock climbing and canyoneering.

For some reason when I rsync down gigabytes of radio telescope data I imagine a slurping sound

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wild food 

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Iguanas have 3 eyes. Two eyes like ours, and a third on the top of their heads, which is only sensitive to brightness and ultraviolet.

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I used the neural net GPT-2 to generate some April Fools pranks.

conveniently they're all pranks you play on yourself. or possibly solo performance art.

lockdown, robot overlord 

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