Okay, this is a story about my talk-box.
I own an archaic talk-box (that flip kind). On four occasions this past month, my talk-box clock cut back an hour without justification.
In all occasions, I was at a singular location. As soon as I walk a block away from that spot, my clock is back to normal.
I ask my pals, who also stand in this spot, and find that only my own talk-box has an obligation to adjust its clock.
It's baffling and almost charming.
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Tonight I was waiting for a bus in light rain. It was good rain to wait in. But, my bus is not coming. Not coming. Oh, finally it's arriving! But... not stopping? Drop-off only!? Now this rain picks up and abruptly it's pouring out. I rush back to a building with my companion and a pal with a car picks us up. What a frustration.
I was on an early walk and found a guy staring at the telephone wires. I turned to see what he might be looking at, and he held a finger to his lips to quiet me. He whispered, “there’s a mockingbird up there. If you listen, he’ll ring like a bell.”
So we stood there in silence, and then the little bird opened his mouth and sang chimes to us. He rang like a bell.
The stranger and I looked at each other, then smiled and laughed as we went our separate ways. That was a nice way to start a day.
Right! It's on my to-look-at list, but it only allows 200 books for a no-cost account, and my book history is past that amount. I thought I would look at no-cost options first. (So far I'm not liking any no-cost options.)
But which book spot? I don't know.
I thought of trying that famous archival community, which also has a digital library. But, I find its privacy options lacking. No such thing as an individual list? All lists show to all folks always? Why is that so? I just want books with my pals only.
Starting long ago, I would maintain a list of any book that I finish (or start). For a long duration, I did this at that "good" book spot (now an amazon subsidiary), but I'm right now switching to a non-amazon spot.
gallery of named graphs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallery_of_named_graphs
I feel for all of the hard-working nameless graphs trying to make their way in the dog-eat-dog celebrity-obsessed world of graph theory
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"Howdy, pa," said Tom. His thirty goats turn pink with approach of dusk. Pa says "A wolf is coming at nightfall. Didn't you turn on your radio?" "Oh no," said Tom, "Thanks for this warning. I'll adopt a fight position right away." Hours pass, but no sign of that wolf. Poor Tom and his dad walk back in morning light with all thirty goats, saying "Good job tonight," and "How lucky that was," only to find a door cut apart by an animal! "Oh no," says Tom, "My baby!"
Is this how I submit a formal proposal for a buffalo.town mastodon, which only allows "buffalo" in toots, but in any quantity?
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Thank you to all who had bot tips this morning. It turns out that my bot was a bit tricky, so I'm still making it work locally for now.
All looks promising, though. I think that within a day or two it can start to run from a cloud and not my own laptop.
And must I run a bot on my own laptop? Or do you know a spot that runs mastodon bots with minimal complication?
For clarity, I am talking about mastodon bots in particular.
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I'm just now starting to actually follow folks. Prior to this, I would just skim all local toots. That was fun, but I'm still finding out how to pilot this mastodon thing, so I thought I would try this modification.
Now that I'm following folks, though, can I also jump to all local toots *not including* folks I follow? I just want to highlight folks that I, so far, don't know.
Road construction status: Construction folks put down grass all up and down our road sidings. I got to spot many rolls of sod, all in tidy stacks on top of wood platforms for transport. It's so charming that dirt and roots can roll up just as if it was bulky fabric.