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.

Tomorrow is ! A bunch of folks in a lot of towns will all work on puzzling out solutions to a chain of brain tasks. Did any of you folks sign up for this?

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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.

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gallery of named graphs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallery_

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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A ghost story: I put two plums in my cold box last night. And this morning? Both plums did vanish! Spooky!

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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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.

I'm looking for writing instructions. I know I saw good tips in past toots, but I'm not finding much now. Can you point to any good writing on this topic? (Boost if you want to!)

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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.

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Oulipo.social (Mark II)

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