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CSS Style For Identifying Undescribed Media 

Recently, several users expressed a desire for a way to quickly check if the images in the toot they were about to boost were described. It would be nice if Mastodon itself offered warnings for that, as well as for forgetting to describe media in your own posts, but until then, this is actually one problem admins can fix on our own!
All you need to do is go into the site settings and add a bit of CSS code that will display a red border around any undescribed media. There are two examples available, depending on how subtle or noticeable you want the border to be; experiment and see what you like!
gist.github.com/FiXato/3de505b
Thanks to @IngaLovinde for thinking of the starting code and @FiXato for improving on it! They did all the work here; I am just sharing this along.
Open this post in a new tab and look at the image to see how this can look like. The example image is my avatar, described in another pinned post.

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Profile Picture Info 

I have a new profile picture, thanks to the amazing @pixouls!
You can find more things Pixel has done on their site: pixouls.github.io/index.html
And if you'd like to support them, they have a Liberapay profile: liberapay.com/Pixouls/

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Interaction Requests 

Don't follow me unless you have a filled out bio, a pinned introduction post, or at least a few posts to let me know who you are.
Do feel free to DM me without asking first. Same goes for boosts; generally if it's public/unlisted, it's fair game.
Don't bother flirting; I probably won't even notice. Mentions of NSFW things won't give me a heart attack, but I won't have much of an opinion about pics for ... obvious reasons.
Do please let me know if I ever make you uncomfortable or otherwise do something wrong. I can be dense at times, but I am here to pay attention and improve. Saying I support BIPOC, disable and LGBTQIA people is one thing, doing that is another, and I want to be in the second camp.

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Favorite Game: Code 7 

After it was deleted by mistake, I was unsure if I should post this again, because my interest in the game is (surprisingly) waning. Perhaps because I feel less and less certain it will get an ending. But it is still a beautiful example of an accessible game, and the developers deserve a couple bucks, so:
In Code 7you play as a hacker trying to save humanity from complete annihilation. Gather information, hack everything, guide your partners through dangerous situations and earn their trust. Beware the AI that REDACTED
It is a text adventure, but with voice-acted dialog and pretty good music. It has autocomplete, subtitles and a mode for blind players.
If you like story-driven games with complex characters and plenty of twists, this might be the right game for you! Episode 0 is free, so how about you find out? :)
Steam (the only option with achievements, unfortunately: store.steampowered.com/app/650
Itch.io (DRM free): goodwolfstudio.itch.io/code-7

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Why I Delete Old Toots 

Nothing I post is so unprecedented that people will still find it useful several years later. There are enough wonderful toots posted every day that there's no reason to backread through my entire profile instead, except perhaps for doxxing purposes.
So, since I like keeping things tidy, I use Forget to delete every post of mine older than 4 months, except for the few that I've decided to keep. If you'd like to do something similar yourself, you can learn more here:
forget.codl.fr/about
Fun fact: I've had to repost this exactly because it got deleted by mistake. So do take care to mark the things you wish to keep. Also, check if your profile is in any web archives; mine is, unfortunately, and it does make you wonder what the point is. But I'll keep on doing it anyway; small steps are better than nothing!

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Food, Plant Milk 

I opened the bottle of oat milk today. Sorry, rice milk, you're no longer the favorite.
It's got such a good flavor! I like oats, but I did not realize until now just how much. This doesn't taste like cow milk at all -- the oats taste is delightfully strong -- but it's the closest to it in spirit, because of how filling it feels.
But you know what's even better than cold oat milk? Hot oat milk. Seriously, it's so good. It feels ... like a warm hug, or something else equally pleasant.
The other plant milks I've tried were decent to good. This is perfect. I love this.

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updated 2021 suggested fediverse success metrics 

- lessons learned from marginalized people
- friendships formed and maintained
- worthwhile conversations had
- comments remembered months or years later
- support and validation given and received
- honesty entrusted to one's social circle
- furries petted
- pets received
- stress levels associated with reading home timeline and notifications
- pleasure derived from same
- neat creations shared
- acceptance felt

Food, Veg 

I had fried zucchini slices, which I've been wanting for a long time, and yup, they were delicious! Perhaps not the healthiest way to use that vegetable, but I don't care. :ms_yum:

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Uber must employ its drivers, Dutch court rules

https://nltimes.nl/2021/09/13/uber-must-employ-its-drivers-dutch-court-rules

> The judge ruled that Uber has "modern employer authority" and that drivers are only self-employed 'on paper'

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Suggestion soliciting: Interesting and fun Sci-Fi short-stories and novellas. Particularly things that *aren't* Ray Bradbury, since that's what every teachers' resource gives... because apparently other Sci-Fi writers aren't real and don't exist.

(Primarily for use with 14-16 year olds. Doesn't have to be YA-focused. Just adding it for "Hm, I don't know if teenagers would be interested in this one.")

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Rape culture, racism 

The book (Decolonizing Feminism) also talks a bit about how dark skinned immigrant men are assumed to have a "culture" where they just can't help ... doing things that are also illegal in their countries of origin. Enforcement and reparations just as toothless as they are in the supposedly "more civilized" white countries, but it's not white boys who are targeted with explicit lessons on how rape is bad and women have a right to say no, it's only the brown immigrant men.

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I always see tons of wonderful pictures that I would love to boost but they don't have an image description.
Please, please, before uploading your images add a description, so we can all appreciate them :blobcatmeltlove:

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Lately, I'm not in the physical and mental condition to read anything deeper than my shopping list.
To be fair, I would just look at it right now rather than actually reading it.

Hence, I started to watch easy-to-consume TV shows because, you know, they're always the easiest route towards escapism.

That's when I approached WandaVision, which immediately seemed to be a great choice.
However, that pleasure slowly faded away giving room to uncomfortable feelings as the series progressed.

And, well, people, would've you imagined that a Marvel/Disney show could have been sending fucked up messages?

I luckily encountered @shonalika 's video essay about it which articulate what I was feeling in a magnificent way.

The video is this one:

https://yewtu.be/watch?v=ic4p2kdpWxc

and I highly recommend it not only because they do an impeccable Vision impression.
I think it's worth watching even if you haven't watched the series, it's one of those very well done essays that tells you anything you need to know to fully access them.

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Are you enjoying the interactions you have found in this place we affectionately call the Fediverse?

Have you been playing happily for a while?

If you are able to do so, financially support the admin and moderation staff of the server where you "reside".

I suspect that the majority of those running these servers could use your support.

Take time to read the server.domain/about/more page, or even better, reach out to your server admin and ask how to support. Make their day!

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Love to consume content on the world wide web.

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Technology education should be structured to move students as quickly as possible past "it's cool how this works" to "what are the consequences?"

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Do any fedi friends have access to a theological library?

I'm trying to find someone to help me get a photocopy of a page or two from this book:

https://openlibrary.org/works/OL2719878W/Proverbs_of_Ancient_Sumer

It allegedly contains a photo of a cuneiform tablet which records history's oldest joke.

As a clown, I need a copy. :)

I'm also interested in having a copy of the book, though it seems to be looooooong out of print.

Any help, including boosts, appreciated!

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I'm not doing a lot of press outreach for Bat Egg, but if you make words/sounds/videos/etc. about games and would like a key, let me know and I'd be happy to send one through 🦇🥚🧡 #gamedev #indiegame #gaming #GodotEngine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oV_M9m00v8

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What a sad day yesterday was. I'm nowhere near old enough to remember the Speccy, or the C5, but I'm sure aware of the impact this man had on Personal Computing, and no doubt computer literacy. When you invented the pocket calculator, thus initiating the calculator wars ... and that's not the thing you're best known for, that's a pretty good measure of success. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/sep/16/home-computing-pioneer-sir-clive-sinclair-dies-aged-81

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I've reached out to a few of you individually, but maybe I should broadcast it a bit further.

The Engineering org at Moz is hiring (like crazy!) - if you're a software developer / engineer / infrastructure / ops / manager / anything - then we should chat!

I'd be thrilled to tell you why I love working at Moz and see if we have a position that might be exciting for you.

Also - don't be dismayed by the US/CA requirement. If you're in the UK / EU / LATAM let me know!

https://moz.com/about/jobs#current-openings

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Does anyone know a good? privacy friendly, DNS server I could use on my phone?

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Cosmic #Horror Monthly is "looking for flash fiction (500 words or less) that can be classified as cosmic horror, dark science fiction, or weird." 1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25. Next submission window October 1st-7th, 2021, and opens for the first week of every month. Make all submissions to flashfiction@cosmic-horror.net.

Link: https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/micro-madness/
Via: https://horrortree.com/contest-micro-madness-for-october-2021-early-listing/ #writing #SubmssionCalls #WritingContests

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"The lifespan of bitcoin mining devices remains limited to just 1.29 years. As a result, we estimate that the whole bitcoin network currently cycles through 30.7 metric kilotons of equipment per year." https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/sep/17/waste-from-one-bitcoin-transaction-like-binning-two-iphones

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First annual Arthur Flowers Flash Fiction Prize for emerging writers of color, named after Arthur Flowers to honor his legacy as a steadfast champion of Black students and other students of color in the Syracuse University Creative Writing MFA program. Flowers will also serve as the contest’s inaugural judge. Open to previously unpublished #BIPOC writers, flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. Submissions Sep 6-Oct 10, $500 prize for winner, $50 prize for two runner-ups. No fee. #writing #SubmssionCalls #WritingContests

Website: https://salthilljournal.net/
Via: http://www.writejobs.info/2021/09/no-fee-writing-contest-arthur-flowers.html

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A fun, happy little Mastodon/Hometown instance. Join us by the fire and have awesome discussions about things, stuff and everything in between! Admins: @Talon and @Mayana.

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