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New peeps coming from IG! Check out this thread of people's intros and find some who have similar interests as you to follow:

In addition, make an post about who you are, what you like, what you post about, and any boundaries you have and I will boost it!

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HI If you've come here from my peer pressuring on IG, please enjoy this handy guide that will explain a lot of things about Mastodon!

I got tender points by amy berkowitz for xmas and I wanna write a book like this. it's prose and pop culture and memoir and poems and it's so easy to read because she rarely ever fills an entire page - just lots of short little segments that fit together really well as a whole (which I feel like is the hardest part of writing a book like this)

my fellow chronic pain ppl: do you have any recs on TENS units? are the wireless ones any good or should I stick to the original?

personal growth & integrity in the left: a thread

1)I've been thinking a lot about how important personal growth work is in the left. Like specifically if we want to create futures based on cooperation and mutual aid, we need to be highly aware of ourselves, our values, our needs and limitations, and we need to be skilled in interpersonal conflict.

You can’t handle my pronouns traveller. My pronouns could kill a dragon let alone a man!

@bee Ok an actual serious answer, cws are great also for if you're making something over multiple posts. You can use them like subheadings!

In the common triggers, especially shortened (mh for mental health, ph for physical health, uspol for United States politics, etc), people will modify them with a plus, minus, or tilde. Plus means happy stuff, negative means well negative, tilde is mixed. So good news about physical health might be cw'd as "ph+", etc.

-Don't be afraid to use your blocklists and filters! Mastodon has a robust filtering tool. If you want to avoid specific content or a specific topic, try using those before cussing out other people for not cwing things. There are exceptions to this of course - common triggers and nsfw stuff is often a hard rule of must be cw'd. But for more minor things, try filtering first. Like if people are joking about carp and you're very over it, use a filter. They're pretty great!

-Seriously, be free with the blocks and mutes. It isn't a big social deal. You don't need the equivalent of a callout post to justify it. Mutes are especially useful for people that you find annoying but are ok talking to if they're in a discussion with you. You can also do this to whole instances. And you finding them personally annoying is reason enough!

-The whole different timelines are a little confusing. My advice is to not pay too much attention to federated. Especially don't get too frustrated when people post a lot on the federated timeline - they've got as much right to be there as you. It can be overwhelming to try and keep up with. So... Don't! Lol. Your local timeline is more like your neighborhood instead of an entire city. If you try to keep up with the entire city, it gets overwhelming fast. But saying hello to your neighbors is a lot more doable! Once you find your feet, some folks love looking at the federated timeline. But if you're new, stick to friends and local first until you get into the swing of things. It makes it all so much easier to figure out at first lol

-I have yet to see anything good come out of an instance that features .moe and/or a reference to Lain in there. Ok that's a bit more silly but also yeah. The great thing about this place is it doesn't cost much to run your own instance. The bad thing is... Also that. Some people went here seeking better pastures to do cool things, some got banned from Twitter for being too Nazi shithead. While choosing an instance with good moderation and ethos helps a lot, just be mindful of the company you keep. I wish I could say everyone here you will meet is rad but alas humanity.

-Remember to report bad and nasty shit! You can send the report on to the other person's instance which I also recommend. Mods and admins here actually do things! It's not like yelling into the void like on big sites like Twitter or Instagram where the most you can really hope for is a copy paste reply 2 weeks later. (And if you're on an instance where the turnaround on reports is still that bad... Move instances for sure! Most are passion projects with very dedicated mod teams, which is crucial to a community!)

@mutualaid Disabled Native American has less than 30 days to pay back US Govt Disability for having earned “too much money” to collect disability (but not enough to live on). $4 and a share on your socials will save her life. Goal almost half reached!

I’ll be re-posting some of my faves here so they may live on in a better place

yo im selling stickers of my memes so if u like leftist content and supporting trans people of color maybe check out

autistic self- realization is a massive identity crisis 

this is a joke but it also happened to me when I found out about my virgo moon so

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autistic self- realization is a massive identity crisis 

like imagine if you thought your whole life you were a gemini and you went to all the parties and did the drunk social butterfly thing bc you thought that's who you were supposed to be and you got super depressed in your late 20s and you couldn't figure out why and then you realized it's because you're actually A VIRGO AND YOU HATE PARTIES

realizing you're autistic during your saturn return is the new quarter-life crisis

lately burnout (or what I affectionately call blob state) only lasts 1-2 days for me which is a great improvement, but I have become so impatient to get back to doing My Things that I burst out the gate the minute I feel better and try to do too much and then crash again. what is "sustainable" and where do I find it

my brain: cool cool cool yes you can do everything today think of all the things you can do look at you go drink more coffee yes yes yes you're unstoppable

my body: lol uh can you stop we need food here's some stabbing pain in your shoulders since you never listen to me

instagram: jeans that cut into your stomach and a bra WITH A WIRE; t-shirt has a tag stub that knows just how to scratch/tickle you despite best efforts to remove it

mastodon: underwear and wool sucks with a fuzzy hoodie; bra has been burned; bed

is that a period cramp or is my uterus trying to escape from my body because ouch

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“But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work. We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.”
— Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

I realllyyy love Yergeau's work on the rhetoric (meaning) of autism, and I've been thinking about it in the context of adhd, which very much needs its own area of critical studies. all the big adhd influencers + pubs seem very content adopting the medical model and keeping the convo at a surface level and I'm like, can we rip this thing apart? can we talk about how the category was constructed??

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