Just realised that the Most Untranslatable Japanese Word, "bimyou", actually translates pretty literally to going "eeeh", grimacing, and wiggling your hand side to side.

You can tell the language is missing an important word when you have to make up a universally recognisable gesture to replace the concept it conveys.

Learned I should not drink coffee before bed. Weirdest dreams and worst sleep. This used to be no problem but not anymore I guess.

I sent @speakittome a ton of articles to to me. Didn't have much time to keep up with the news. But now my custom is ready to go for the morning commute. :blobaww:

Web articles to podcasts, that's what we do. And we just released version 18! We now support multiple languages and enhanced google voices. We could use the help testing if anyone is interested. We accept articles by toot as well. Sign up, send us a toot, do whatchya like.

Don't have time to a lot but want to listen to submitted articles as episodes? Check out @speakittome First few beta users will get access to the Google voices.

Someone at the White House wrote an anonymous op-ed for the NYT criticising #Trump. nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion

They used the word "lodestar". (Not a word that commonly used, I'd wager.)

But there is someone at the White House who does use it in speeches...


Opsec anyone?

Just released episode 83 of Finding today. If you like Japan, culture, and language, check it out. findingjapan.com/2018/09/493/

Regardless of what you think about as a private company, allowing the US federal government to regulate Google searches in a step toward the China model. Period.

Finally deleted my Facebook account. Next step will be Twitter.

I wish more people would look at the world with an open mind. I love when my 3 year old watches a YouTube video in Spanish just as eagerly as she would in English or Japanese. We need more flavors in life.

Due to popular demand, and the ever-increasing net to explain Mastodon to newbies as every instance is being bombarded with new users...

I've gone ahead and create a video tutorial that should help folks get to grips with all of this platform's particulars:

Intro to Mastodon 101

Special Thanks to:
@noelle @Gargron @MillennialDog @Rybark

Why is it that I only load cnn.com periodically with an overwhelming sense of dread these days.

I have a bunch of friends from Twitter joining Mastodon tonight so I made a quick guide to how the site works. Making it public so anyone can see/boost it if it's helpful. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

We have already recognized the problem of spam accounts, and we were taking actions a few months ago.



But, it's very difficult for we always check the mastodon.cloud...
So, I want you to use the report feature.
Thank you.

Working on updating the integration for @speakittome today. If you read / listen to a lot of articles, check it out.

We're planning our next . What features are important to you? We've heard from the vision-impaired community and are considering new features to give page readers easier cues to navigate our site. Don't forget our integration works great if you the frequently.

Do you the a lot? If so, why not give us a spin? We'll read it for you and stick it in a feed as well. Sign up for and help us improve our service. speakitto.me

If you sign up with at speakitto.me you can post URLs to @speakittome and have your articles read directly to a podcast feed or via the web!

The great thing about the Internet is that it allows you to interact with practically every other person on the planet.

This is also the worst thing about the Internet.

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Generalistic and moderated instance.