Account possible semi-hiatus 

Masto generally increasingly seems to be a space that isn't helpful or good for me, so I think I'll maybe be cutting down the amount I check in. I feel like what my masto bubble now looks like is a useful and valid space, but it does feel different to the one I hoped to curate and it's one that takes up a more mental energy than I have in my current state.

While out on the front veranda just now, I heard a rustle in the tree, so I grabbed my red-filtered torch and had a peek. There about 10m away on a branch was a tiny Feather-tailed Glider.

No chance of a photo due to the tiny size and lack of light and I didn't want to startle it with a bright white flash.

Nice to know they're still around.

(photo below is of one I rescued from our power meter box several years ago). #AustralianWildlife

UK Pol, Liberalism 

I wrote a thing on an often misunderstood aspect of what I think makes UK liberalism distinctive from other liberalisms: UK liberalism has evolved as a misfit's philosophy.

Full post on my blog:

The trees were so orderly in the woods I found myself in at first I thought it to be some sort of orchard; but the wolves, bears and pixies that made it their home dissuaded me of this notion.

The pixies welcomed me excitedly, but would not at all give me space to speak, volunteering answers to questions I had planned to ask and many I had not.

By the end of it, I was both their mayor and honorary pixie, but still hadn't found my car.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #UrbanFantasy

UK Pol: if you want to know about the Liberal Democrat leadership contest for some reason, I wrote a bit about it:


baby crab 

literally. no one bothered to tell me? why do I come on here if it's not to be told that baby crabs are cute.

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anybody play the fiddle? And happen to want to teach a #Indigenous two-spirit autistic to play? I don't really know how to play the violin yet, but I've never had an instrument I didn't learn fairly quickly, though ADHD/mental illness have generally gotten in my way of doing something fun/cool with that ability

Would like useful book/website suggestions too :)


#actuallyAutistic #music #violin #fiddle #folkmusic

letting the men disembark the cruise ship first because it's i before he except after sea

Features that I often miss in a books/media-in-general database :
- Allow one work to be part of multiple series (e.g. main series and sub-series, or the work being a crossover that belongs to two series)
- Allow for organising series/franchises hierarchically (Inventaire has one series called "Elfquest Comics". There are about two dozen series of Elfquest comics, only two of which are only titled "Elfquest")

Hey :) This is an account for karrot - an open source community organising platform focused on resource saving and sharing.

We're currently being used by a bunch of groups around Europe who save and share food from being wasted (see, but heading towards general community organising uses too.

We're into stuff like participatory design, democratic process, non/less-hierarchical structure.

We're open source (you can use our main instance, or self-host).


Also, I would hope it would go without saying but I can't ignore what web site I'm posting on SO:

Ideological purity being fake does NOT give you carte blanche to engage with whatever you want with no critical thought whatsoever

In fact, the opposite is true: there exists a moral obligation to engage critically with those things you enjoy so that you can identify those elements which are corruptible and learn to actively recognize them when they appear

I love high fantasy, it makes up the majority of what I read

This means I must be keenly aware of the racist, colonialist, and imperialist underpinnings of the genre so that I can recognize them when they creep into a story

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Basically ideological purity is fake and if you only engage with things that are 100% pure and impossible to corrupt and also perfectly align with your political views, you're gonna sit in a room alone forever

Our election results are out! All current regularly elected volunteer staff were re-elected unopposed: @JubalBarca as chair, Tusky as voting members' officer, and GMD as senior forum moderator.

Thanks to all who voted & who make up our community :)

Oops, didn't image describe. Image in the above toot is a bunch of grapes, one of which has blemishes that appear to be two eyes and a flatline mouth. Apologies!

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I have a disconcerting feeling that this grape is looking back at me and has Opinions.

UK pol, policing, Labour 

Historically, Labour often adopt good policies outside economics when pressured and flanked by the Liberals (or Greens) adopting them first. And those parties have historically had a much stronger civil liberties streak than Labour, too.

But it feels like the attitude on policing change is "if Starmer won't do what we want, we'll, uhhh, post devastating dunks on him on social media". Which is frustrating to watch.

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UK pol, policing, Labour 

The UK left (in broad terms) are really not very good at assessing their options for getting policy ideas onto the political table, largely because they're far too locked into the idea that the Labour party is the only legitimate political force, an idea that Labour spends a good deal of time trying to reinforce.

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