Still building out my profile and follows, but I do know that I like seeing these in my feed 😀

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Artillery games were a popular multiplayer genre in #DOSGaming starting in the early 80s. What are your favorites?

Scorched Earth (Wendell Hicken, 1991)
QBasic Gorillas (Microsoft Corporation, 1991)
Worms (Team17 Software/Ocean Software, 1995)
The Castle (Sami Tammilehto)

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Wrote a full length note of my recent findings, but the android app glitched when I tried to break it into two parts. I'll just post the conclusion paragraph since it's still in my clipboard and I might rewire the rest if if feel like the explanations could be helpful for others learning and adjusting from other social apps.

As someone I have 2 decisions to navigate: what fediverse applications best suit the content I will contribute and present the kind of 'feed' experience I'm looking for; and next, which instance offers a good fit between content moderation policy and community profile.

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On Earth Day, a paper I co-authored was released on Nature Astronomy: "The Case for Space Environmentalism"

Non-paywalled version here:

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#2613 Bad Map Projection: Madagascator 

The projection's north pole is in a small lake on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles, which is off the top of the map and larger than the rest of the Earth's land area combined.

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Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed ( is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube ( is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm ( is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

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Remember when Twitter had RSS and tons of strange/fun ways to use the API/data in the ecosystem? That's how I am feeling about Mastodon these days ..

@trebach so as a user, I would have to set up separate accounts with instances running each of those software/apps?

Are there instances that run multiple apps ie: has both mastodon and pixelfed running or are they as a rule singular in what they run?

I cannot understand the dynamics between mastodon, my instance, and other apps/platforms like . I thought the fediverse/activitypub meant that I did not have to sign up with all of those separately, but that accounts could freely interact with all of them directly.

Can any veterans share resources/wisdom to help me navigate here?

@Viciann @shapelight if you like , I would recommend Ghosts on BBC (HBO MAX in the US) and actually the new American adaptation on CBS is quite good as well.

Wordle spam/results 

Do we post on mastodon?

Wordle 312 5/6


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I have found and this will certainly make my experience more interesting.

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Next to as replacement for we also have a ton of other free open source services without ads and tracking! - as Instagram - as YouTube - as WhatsApp - as Facebook

Most of these services connect with each other! For example, you can follow me also on:

That's called the or Federated Universe :fediverse: