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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 Nepenthes attenboroughii, which they named after Sir David Attenborough

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@anne Those epiphytes are nepenthes, a genus which evolved independently in forest environments. They're mostly native to Southeast Asia. The pitchers grow from the midribs of their leaves and hang down.

Marshland pitchers are a distinct family, containing a few genera and several species, where the entire leaf has adapted to form upward growing pitchers. The two main genera are native to the Americas – sarracenias in North America, and heliamphoras in South America. The cobra lily (darlingtonia) in that picture up there is part of this family.

Additionally, there's another type of pitcher, the cephalotus, which also evolved independently and is native to Australia.

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The parable of The Blind Men and The Elephant isn't great but it's interesting how directly it applies to Mastodon and the wider fediverse given the elephant connection.

We all see our little corner of fedi as determined by our follows and federated timeline, but more often than not, it's never enough to understand the whole system, and no two people see the same network.

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@InvaderXan @starwall One of my life-defining moments as an ecologist was getting up close and personal with Drosera rotundifolia in the wild! I was in such awe of the ecological knit that influenced carnivorous plants that I knew right then that I wanted to study ecosystems as a life passion.

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Most carnivorous plant species live exclusively in wetlands habitats, where the lack of soil nutrients is what caused them to adapt to catch insects. Many have extremely small natural ranges. The venus flytrap is native only to coastal bogs in North and South Carolina. The cobra lily is only found wild in bogs with cold running water in Oregon and Northern California.
#BogTalk2020 @starwall

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someone out there on etsy makes spiked covers for wheelchair push bars and honestly 💯 don't touch a person's wheelchair! ever! only if they ask you pointedly and directly! its part of their person and their agency! until then i'm in love with the concept.

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Fuck yeah trains!

Today the night train service started between Vienna and Brussels, and it will start between Vienna and Amsterdam from next year.

Convenient and great for the environment.

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My little brother was marching a pair of our action figures down an aisle - indicated by train tracks - while poorly, but passionately, humming the Bridal Chorus. Judge Dudehammer awaited them on the other end. His animal stuffies were to the right, and his trucks to the left.

“Whatcha doing?” I asked, mostly to let him know I was coming into the room.

“Stark Ironbanks and Frank X-Change are getting married!”

“But they can't," I blurted.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #SoL

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@InvaderXan @anne Totally agree with you: I love both those writers, and I'm trying to broaden my horizons further. Are there other writers who you'd recommend from similar perspectives?

BTW, Nnedi Okorafor is keen to emphasise that her work is Africanfuturism/Africanjujuism (terms she coined herself) rather than Afrofuturism. She writes about the distinction here: nnedi.blogspot.com/2019/10/afr

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So there’s some heavily misunderstood things regarding Afroreligions, like Vodou or Lukumí, that’s important to understand. These are Afroindigenous _closed_ religions. Especially Vodou. These religions center ancestors, especially enslaved ancestors. When you see white and non-descendant people being “initiated”, it’s being done by specific groups of ppl in a specific lineage that are scamming these people for thousands to millions of $.

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If you’re a nondescendant that was interested in Vodou, my personal advice is to look towards your own ancestral paths. They exist. Build a connection to those ancestors that practiced your ancestral tradition and ask for their guidance. If available, learn the languages of your ancestors and talk to them in it and the specific practices used to connect with them.

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Alas it is not clear to me whether it is legal to do this in, say, the United States (see: DMCA), and it's not clear to me whether it is legal to lend such DRM-stripped ebooks to friends and family But I found many favourite authors by borrowing books, and because I can't legally lend ebooks, I keep a collection of (used) paper books from favourite authors to lend to friends. So I'm not sure whether sending a friend a copy of an ebook would hurt or help the author.

If you read ebooks (I do), and specifically if you buy ebooks from a seller that uses DRM (e.g. Google, Kobo - both only for publishers that ask for it), let me recommend backing up the books you bought (if legal in your country).

The tool calibre and its dedrm plugin are able to strip the DRM off any book you can legally download and read without too much difficulty, and a number of ebook vendors have gone under, taking with them their customers' ability to access the books they have bought.

@InvaderXan Can I just say it's nice to see you back?

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@anne It seems like it's a double edged sword. On one hand, studios can be antsy with how much movies cost, and have ruined good movies by trying to make them more Marketable™. The Hobbit is a prime example.

On the other hand, a big movie franchise like the MCU is pretty much guaranteed not to fail at this point, which seems to mean they're willing to give directors like Waititi and Coogler a chance to just do their thing. And I'm really glad they did!

Incidentally, I know hash tags have not particularly caught on on Mastodon, but I'll occasionally post about a cool book I read recently under . I encourage you all to do the same!

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