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I finally got around to trying mashed potatoes and I’m not sure I can go back to boiling my potatoes. This was too easy and too good. Not that making mashed potatoes is all that onerous a task but this was even easier and the flavors and textures were superior. I think this is likely doable with simmering water & a sous vide safe ziplock so I’ll experiment with that and report back but for now, if you’ve got a sous vide setup, do yourself a favor and make mashed potatoes with it.

Just setup an Inkarnate account to create some maps. It's been *way* too long since I played or DMed. Part of me wants to do a 2nd edition game. That's the part of my brain still in his twenties, running a Beowulf cluster with 3 old Sega Dreamcast whilst staying up until 3 AM. The rest of me thinks I should keep it easy and just use a modern system like any sane human. That's the late forties crotchety DevOps manager who uses Linux package managers and goes to sleep at a reasonable hour.

While and accounts are less a thing here, proving you are who you say you are is not a particularly onerous task. If you’re a user this is natively supported. For your website, simply add a link anywhere on the page to your Mastodon profile and then add that as one of your metadata references (see my profile as an example). I’ve noticed trailing slashes on the url will sometimes cause the verification to fail so if yours doesn’t work, remove the slash to fix it.

There are some pretty amazing government jobs open right now - if you're looking for a new gig, why not try using your skills to make America better? billhunt.dev/jobs/

I have said this before but I think the biggest missed opportunity for food in the US was in starting with healthy foods. You want the average American to give it a go? Feed them my vegan biscuits and gravy. It tastes unhealthy. It *feels* unhealthy. You need a nap afterwards. That’s how you do it. With all the burger and cake alternatives out there now, I think we’re on the right track.

If there are folks reading my posts, thank you for coming out in force to and .

politics and gun violence 

One of the most horrible realizations for me yesterday was accepting that I was actively afraid that if the Republican incumbent in my district lost, there was a not insignificant chance that an idiot with a gun would roll up to the polling place (which happens to be the zergling's school) claiming the election was rigged. I hate this country so much sometimes.

Another note for folks. I definitely see most folks immediately getting the utility of a to allow a post to be found across instances, but remember, it can be something nonsensical you create in order for friends from other sites to find each other. For example, you let your friends know to create a post with the hashtag and now suddenly you have a way to easily find each other's content cross-instance. One part content-sharing, one part .

My tastes with are such an odd hodgepodge. I adore richly complicated beans that have subtle notes you only pick up on if they're brewed *just* right, but I also have such a fondness for a fresh and uncomplicated cup from a diner or hole-in-the-wall restaurant. There is something uniquely pleasing to coffee whose only note is coffee.

It's been quite a learning experience for me personally watching some of the younger and struggle with how to leverage the . I grokked it pretty intrinsically because it's built on the bones of the Internet with which I grew up. I don't think I made that connection before now. I hope the technical antediluvians like me aren't gatekeeping. I don't speak for everyone obviously but I'm really happy so many new folks have found their way here. If you have questions, ask.

I see a lot of people talking about how Mastodon "Feels like the Internet I remember from 20 years ago."

That's no accident. That's Federation. That's UseNet, IRC, Email, Message Boards, etc. What do they all have in common?

Federation: Users congregating around watering holes of common interest, but still being a part of a larger whole.

THIS IS HOW THE INTERNET WAS DESIGNED TO BE. And I am HERE for it.

So here's what I've learned.
Mastodon isn't Twitter.
And that's by design.
You've grown used to things designed to give you that anger rush.
Mastodon is very deliberately built to avoid that.
The temptation is to replicate your Twitter experience.
Picking arguments, amplifying trolls.
Please don't.
This isn't your house, people here put time into building it.
Content warnings, ALT tags.
Don't turn it into a replica of the mess you just left.
If you miss the fights, the birdsite is still there.

Watching the :verified: debacle unfold on is kind of like watching fans of crypto learn why we have centralized banking.

When it came time to reckon with social media’s failings, nobody ran to the “web3” platforms. Nobody asked “can I get paid per message”? Nobody asked about the blockchain. The community of people who’ve been quietly doing this work for years (decades!) ended up being the ones who welcomed everyone over, as always.

I am compassionate by the way towards the folks who leveraged Twitter to build a personal brand, career, friendships, etc. In the exodus from a platform, I think for many it’s too easy to be dismissive of the “social” in “social media” not to mention the very real business impact this has on many. I’ve no idea if the influx of new voices signals a boost to the in a way we’ve not seen before or not, but I do genuinely hope the new folks feel welcome.

You know...I really should have posted that in metric as well, sorry about that folks. If you were looking at mastodon.cloud/web/statuses/10, here's the metric amounts as well:

45 grams / 1/3 cup sour cream
2.5 ml / 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
5 ml / 1 tsp vanilla extract
240 grams / 2 cups flour
100 grams / 1/2 cup sugar
100 grams / 1/2 cup dried cherries
113 grams / 1/2 cup butter
5 ml / 1 tsp baking powder
2.5 ml / 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 177C / 350F / gas mark 4

Form a circle with the dough on parchment paper (this will be sticky) and then cut into 8 triangles
Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes until the scones are lightly browned on top
Move to cooling rack for 15 minutes and then enjoy

These pair well with a nice malty Assam or Ceylon

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A scones to start your Sunday:
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F
Mix sour cream with baking soda and set aside
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt then cut in butter
Beat egg and vanilla and combine with sour cream
Add cherries to dry ingredients, mix, then add wet ingredients
Mix just until combined

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