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* Muensterland.Social – a new Instance joined. *

Have been thinking about new and better Instances. [Part 2]

This morning, I wrote this Toot at a new Glitch-Social instance, which I found and registered at late last night.

Now I am writing this Blog page, to document and describe not only the process, but mainly the Why — the reasons which lead me to look for alternatives in Fediverse, what they can offer, etc.

Why look for a change?

I am REALLY committed to leaving Mastodon behind and moving to better platforms.

GlitchSocial is one, Pleroma is another, I have accounts in BOTH types of instances, and love their added features, design improvements, and many, many new things.

The new Blog page is now LIVE.

@design_RG - with many Thanks to @nipos

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Hello and thank you to Niklas for offering this service. I was searching for a listing of GlitchSocial instances, surprisingly HARD to find, and the Blog site came up.

I decided to sign up, the server description was delightful, a powerful system, and hosted in the EU. 😸

I have various accounts in the Fediverse, being a Traveler in RL I also enjoy the experience of visiting and getting to know new instances; they are like the local Cafés we visit while on the road.

GlitchSocial is very desirable to me as I can really use the Markdown formatting it enables to get better visual design in my posts. (I am picky and fussy about layout, presentation).

I love writing and could really use a good home for my Blog post announcements; currently I do them from my other account, the main one, which unfortunately suffers from the small minded and heavy handed Fedi Block brigade b*s.

So, thank you -- I am getting comfortable, the system is tremendously responsive, and I have got a Wide Screen layout working perfectly -- just the way I like it. Adding a screenshot here. 😃

@realcaseyrollins --- this is a great GS if you want to try it.

Just found at another instance -- and think this is a really important development.

Fedisearch.com allows Full Text Searches on fedinet posted content -- from Mastodon, Pleroma, Misskey instances.

In Mastodon instances, Full Text Search is VERY RARE in my experience. It's available at qoto.org, and one reason I have recommended people to keep an account there if their main account does not provide it.

Even Elite instances have this option turned OFF (to save processor cycles and memory). Silly, because they could support that easily.

Now we have an external search Engine and it works. Tested briefly and found results I knew would be there, shown as expected.

Kudos for a much needed service and thank you to @fedisearch !

Visit https://fedisearch.com to try it out.

Typora MarkDown Editor ?

Typora gives you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Instead, it provides a real live preview feature to help you concentrate on the content itself.

Distractions Free
Seamless Live Preview
What You See Is What You Mean

Found just now, from a mention by Robert on his personal Blog.

For Mac OSX, Windows and Linux. Free while in Beta stage.

typora.io/

China's Great Firewall descends on Hong Kong internet users

From an article in The Guardian.

At midnight on Tuesday, the Great Firewall of China, the vast apparatus that limits the country’s internet, appeared to descend on Hong Kong.

Unveiling expanded police powers as part of a contentious new national security law, the Hong Kong government enabled police to censor online speech and force internet service providers to hand over user information and shut down platforms.

Many residents, already anxious since the law took effect last week, rushed to erase their digital footprint of any signs of dissent or support for the last year of protests. Charles Mok, a pro-democracy lawmaker who represents the technology sector, tweeted: “We are already behind the de facto firewall.”

Pleroma - Finding the Good Instances, part 2

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As Requested; Recommended Instances Suggestions

I was pleasantly surprised by the interest generated by my Discover Pleroma. An alternative to Mastodon page. Various people contacted me, interested in trying out Pleroma, and asking for some recommended instances.

So this page is intended to provide :

  • some thoughts on why it is important, which instance you are in.
  • general tips on looking up information for any Pleroma instance.
  • and a list of recommended Pleroma instances for your consideration.

As usual, I love Writing, so this is Long Form prose. Lavishly illustrated, References and links included. A Web Magazine page I am proud of.

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

This post is dedicated to Puniko, *who was so gentle and welcoming when I joined FAB -- fedi.absturztau.be

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Discover Pleroma. An alternative to Mastodon

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I have a lot of curiosity for the different places and software we encounter on the Fediverse, if we are open minded and like to travel and see places.

I love Travel in the physical world, and similarly, am enchanted by roaming in cyberspace, through the many corners and alleys, express lanes and boulevards, parks, of the Fediverse.

Mastodon is not all there is, not even close. It is the largest part of the Fediverse, in terms of instances (servers) and registered users.

But there's more and that is a good thing. Pleroma, have you met?

That is the Topic of today's Blog.

** Repost of one of my most popular Blog pages -- Following up with a Suggested Pleroma Instances one **

Saturday Night Fever, 2020 version. Pubs in UK, reopened.

RT @colnooner
what in the holy fuck. please ban travel from UK or at least mandatory 2 week quarantine. Ireland has done well so far to fight COVID-19 lets not follow their lead. beggars belief. just like Farage, the dick, oblivious
twitter.com/colnooner/status/1

The Search for Any Software that can handle Mastodon Data Exports :

...is still on. I had seen someone mentioning using a nice JSON editor, asked and got a reply back -- it's a Mac OSX package, no Windows version for me to try.

Maybe someone can check and see if this could open our Mastodon user data export files?

See also my Mastodon – Options for Moving an Account ? blog post for refereces of what I am taking about.

on the hunt for some way to use these Data export files.

should be easier to access!

@globcoco Just found this posted at Writing.exchange, and thought it could be an interesting read for you?

writing.exchange/@meg/10446698

@globcoco

The failure of the Fracking energy boom was long expected -- and it's come down with a bang now.

RT @TheEconomist
In its early years Chesapeake’s self-belief was (literally) ground-breaking. Its descent into bankruptcy 12 years later displays familiar features econ.trib.al/y65yKum
twitter.com/TheEconomist/statu

1980's Yearbook Photos.

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Big Hair was popular, and some of the ladies so hot... Love the style.

Reminds of the great film FlashDance.

Flashdance is a 1983 American romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Jennifer Beals as a passionate young dancer who aspires to become a professional ballerina (Alex), alongside Michael Nouri playing her elder suitor and the owner of the steel mill where she works by day in Pittsburgh.
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Final Dance sequence video -- her Audition for Dance School admission

Why do we see Hawaiian prints in Extreme Right rallies and imagery ?

A great series of Tweets sent by professor Reece Jones and now collated into one post, on Discourse Forum here

Short excerpt :

With growing alarm, I've watched armed white men protesting around the US. But, as a Hawai'i resident, I've wondered specifically about the reoccurring presence of aloha shirts. Here is a THREAD explaining the odd and concerning story behind it 1/13

Having space for longer messages, forums allow an easier reading, compared to the short twitter posts.

I will think about ways to publish it here via Toots possibly too -- the only problem would be how to keep the images in-line, along with the posted text from the original.

Recommended reading!

is their name for armed insurrection. Civil War 2 is another possible name.

With the polarization and tensions, plus the huge number of arms in civilian hands in the US, it could turn tragic and bloody very quickly.

recognizing a great source and spreading it.

Well now that's a strange realisation 

Where to start. Hm. Ok, by seemingly more and more of the internet's standards, I'm probably an alt-right boomer. Which is weird considering I don't think I have any right wing ideals at all. Strokes beard. How did that happen?

Well, I'm critical of the US in general (not just Trump, but Hillary & Biden stink as well). So I'm probably a Russian bot. I don't blindly support BLM, because I think the real problem is police brutality in general coupled with America's "free market" ideals making profit from jailing people. So obviously I'm racist. I don't blindly support trans rights. I'm more in the J.K. / Gliner end of things. I don't hate on Trans people, but I really question the new mythology that everyone is exactly decided on figuring out their gender identities by the time they are 16, so we should chemically neuter / surgical intervention on them. I see it as more protecting the physical and mental health of gender unsure people. But apparently that makes me a boomer CIS TERF.

Oh ok .. now I get it. I question things. I don't go by the main narrative. Add together questioning all those things and I must be an alt-right ban worthy Nazi.

Which is where it gets even weirder. Hitler apparently was elected on a socialist ticket. It was "National Socialism" right? Let's not get in to actually how right vs left his policies were. That's the platform he got elected on. What was the Nazi era famous for? Cancel culture on a huge scale. Jews, disabled, anyone who questioned the Aryan ideal got censored (or worse). You followed the line or suffered.

So wait a minute. I'm the one being labelled with the intolerable Nazi tag. But the people doing it are actually more in line with the "Socialist cancel culture" I'd call Nazi. Censoring anything that doesn't fit the current ideal. That's quite the flip around. And they say history never repeats itself.

If Kaileigh says so, it must be true. Right ?

in deep...

RT @Acyn
Kayleigh: The President does read and also consumes intelligence verbally. This President is the most informed person on the planet earth when it comes to the threats that we face
twitter.com/Acyn/status/127805

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