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wife's death & health issues, details for a pinned toot because it comes up often enough. 

Kelli was diagnosed with FSGS when she was in 3rd grade. It's a rare disease that basically makes your kidneys fall apart. Most/all of her other issues stem from that.

When I met her, she was on the tail end of her 2nd transplant. She lost it before we were married. She was nervous on our wedding day because she had to come from dialysis to the church and didn't want to get blood on her dress. (continued..)

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Every social media platform would be improved by an option to mute any content that was ever on TikTok.

This is simply not the case for instances. I've met some good people through scholar social's and elekk's local timelines.

Of course I'm saying this on a single user instance, but then again scholar's local helped me learn it wasn't the place for me (even though it's still a great instance), and I still have an account on elekk /because/ of the local timeline there.

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I think I just realized why Eugen puts so little value on the local timeline - his instances are so large that local is all but unusable for community building. It's like trying to hear a quiet conversation in a middle school cafeteria when the lunch duty teachers have stepped out for a moment.

I'm probably the last person on here to make this connection, but I've made it now.

I would like to be asleep now, but instead I lay down for several hours and thought about sleeping.

It's not super effective.

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Please sponsor me and I'll put a png file of your logo on a website.

I didn't say it would be my website.

But it will be on /a/ website.

What if instead of running an instance I just gave a bunch of friends accounts with posting privileges on a WordPress blog?

(I am not actually proposing this as an idea for a social network alternative.)

Remembering back in the day when we had personal web logs where we wrote long-form posts, with paragraphs and images.

And sometimes responded to others who did the same.

And we subscribed to each other's web logs using a syndication method that was relatively simple.

Some would argue it was really simple.

Also maybe there'd be enough spare money to pay a mod or two, but I suspect that's wishful thinking.

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Idle thought, and I'm no expert, but maybe if registrations for the "official" instance had been closed instead of letting it get so large a 2nd official instance was needed the cost of maintaining it wouldn't require taking money from companies Eugen wouldn't want seen in his timeline.

I made a playlist that's just reiterations of Pachelbel's Canon in D.

The ones played with electric guitars are pretty nice.

An impressive thunderstorm just rolled in.

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This sucks, and I hate to ask, but I can't pay some upcoming bills and I could use some help so that I can continue to drive my car, use my electricity, and so on.

If you have a spare buck or two, I'd really appreciate your help. Thank you.

Another downside to following several thousand accounts beyond having too much information for your timeline to be useful is that you are likely to miss bad actions by the people you follow.

Others will assume you condone their bad actions, because why else would you be following them?

Anyway today is a day for me to hand out instance suspensions, I guess.

Did anyone make a fork of Audacity that's gone anywhere as of yet?

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Looks like the storm has come and gone. Golf ball hail was confirmed but not where I am.

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News says even if it isn't a tornado the winds are going to be intense with hail and rain. When they listed the path they named locations to the west of me followed by locations to the east of me.

I don't like this game of connect the dots.

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