Show more

I don’t love New York the way some people do, but just now on 34th St. I ran into the guy who runs my regular deli in Washington Heights, and that was a really pleasant surprise in an otherwise unpleasant area of the city.

One of the hidden joys of birding: as I keep my checklists of sightings, I submit them to Cornell's ornithology lab. They then use all that citizen-science data to do stuff like this animated migration map for the cedar waxwing.

Stephen boosted

This might be a fun game: can anyone guess the alternative, non-holiday-specific name my office has chosen for our "secret Santa" gift exchange?

Stephen boosted

@makingarecord Honored Reverence also reminds me of this garbage I made, inspired by cheese slicers

"I like ALL Star Trek themes except 'Enterprise'" is the new "I like ALL kinds of music except country."

My favorite genre of music is "Star Trek themes (except 'Enterprise')."

Stephen boosted

@makingarecord the Deep Space 9 theme sounds to me like the Next Generation theme but slowly rotating in place rather than zooming around, which seems appropriate

Oh I just figured out why: it superficially resembles the theme to "Deep Space 9," which ALWAYS gets me.

In the interest of transparency, and to prove I am the ultimate sap, you should all know that I was just moved by a piece of stock music.

I can't stop thinking about this astonishing thing: they buy electricity to pump water up a mountain at night, then they release the water down the mountain to generate electricity during the day, when the price goes up, to sell it at a profit.

Update: saw the famous duck again. Still very beautiful, and still tons of people crowded around whenever he appears.

The mandarin duck was hiding when I visited today, but these fellas were happy enough to pose.

"Political activism here [in Appalachia] is ever-brimming with life-and-death urgency... 'Ours is a region that makes graveyards for mountains, because companies have made our mountains into graveyards,' wrote queer historian Elizabeth Catte."

This is the place where I work, and I'm very proud of the things we do here.

"The Courts See a Crime. These Lawyers See a Whole Life."

I just had my first ever Arkansas Black apple, and it was absolutely lovely. Anyone else a fan?

Stephen boosted

moby dick was the sailor. you're thinking of moby dick's whale

Show more
Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read.

Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users.

  • you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on
  • they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts"
  • if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time)
  • the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley
  • @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers.
  • there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here
  • images in a CW'ed post are collapsed behind the CW. When you expand the CW, you can see the whole image immediately. more info here
  • When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here
  • 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful

Important Bit from the Privacy Docs

If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet!

Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!