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fladdle

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These politicians are making me thirsty. Melbourne. Worried about our tired earth. Always looking for something to lighten the mood.

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lukasm, to melbourne
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Melbourne do be weathering today

fladdle,
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@lukasm It do. It’s sad that some of the gorgeous colour is because parts of regional Victoria are burning. But there’s no doubt it’s pretty. “…her beauty and her terror…”

fladdle,
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@HistoPol He has a Robe of Grief! I don’t know whether to giggle or be envious.

MeanwhileinCanada, to random
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Delicate ice flowers on a frozen lake.

fladdle,
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@MeanwhileinCanada In fact, using the site “Is it AI” we see that it is AI. https://isitai.com/ai-image-detector/

Adrenochrome, to random German
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Ah, looks like your problem is with the serpentine belt...
Shelby Cobra or Dodge Viper?

fladdle,
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@Adrenochrome I…can’t tell if this is a real photo or some kind of AI concoction. I no longer trust what I see on a screen.

fladdle,
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@Adrenochrome True dat! 😆

terri, to knitting
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Someone mentioned using socks to corral rogue yarn cakes and I love mini skeins and have a child who is constantly outgrowing socks, so I'm set. Does this count for #yarnuary tools? 😂

Bonus photobombing dog if you expand the photo (or have Mastodon set not to do that cropping thing)

#knitting #DogsOfMastodon #dog @knitting

fladdle,
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@terri @knitting What. A great. Idea! 🧡

RickiTarr, to random
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Okay, I'm thinking about gift giving today. A little backstory about why:

Every year my Father-in-law attempts to get my Mother-in-law a gift. She is a bit of a shopper, and is notoriously difficult to shop for. Every year he gets her something he guesses a woman would like (perfume, sweater, jewelry), and every year she doesn't really like it, and ends up begrudgingly using it or returns it. They have been married over 30 years, and seem to have a pretty good marriage otherwise. It's like she wants him to magically understand what she wants, and he is sort of equally bad at the whole thing too. I will never understand why they don't just have a conversation about this. Just for extra fun, she is the most bizarre gift giver, also, to the point that it has become an annual tradition that I show my friends what she got us. A small list of things we have gotten:

A couch cover with grapes on it
A sexy nightgown
A painting of the house they live in
A gourd painted to look like a cat eating a bird
A package of tea that I would have absolutely loved, stuffed with cheap tea bags
Children's Lego sets
Toy trains
Underwear that didn't fit either of us
A wooden board covered in seashells that is supposed to hold a curling iron
A waterproof bed cover

I could go on and on. Just to clarify this doesn't bother me or my husband at all, we actually get a kick out of the weirdness. I don't personally care about presents much, I'm more of an experiences person.

SO, if you've managed to get this far, how do you feel about gift giving/getting? Feel free to elaborate and give examples!

fladdle,
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@RickiTarr I am very wary of what I call “The burden gift”, a gift that the recipient really doesn’t want. I don’t want to GET a burden gift and I don’t want to GIVE a burden gift.

I no longer knit a present for someone unless they’ve asked for it, for eg. And this whole idea might mean I have to talk to someone (shock!) about what they’d like to receive. I’ve told most people I don’t generally want a Thing. I’d rather receive a card saying they’ve donated money to a charity in my name.

fladdle, to melbourne
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January is gum-tree-blooming time here. One street tree, buzzing with bees (that aren’t really visible here).

A bunch of blossoms showing how they emerge from their gumnut

donni, to random
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I’m basically addicted to food and water at this point

fladdle,
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@donni And air. Don’t forget air. One breath and you’re addicted for life.

timrichards, to melbourne
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Coffee at Axil - I see it has new descriptive cards. Very smooth.

fladdle,
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@timrichards madly looks up axil

terri, to food
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Strawberry test knit is done! 🍓

@knitting

fladdle,
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@terri @knitting Gorgeous! Here is the Strawberry of Courage that a friend made for me and that I see every time I drive.

dgar, to random
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Why do meteors always land in craters?

fladdle,
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@dgar Them thar craters must be magnetic. Magnetic, I tells ya. 🧲

sortius, to random
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For anyone from up north who doesn't get how our latitude and longitude affects evenings in summer, it's 8pm and still very light outside, even through the overcast skies.

I remember the first time mum came down in summer, she was amazed at it still being light when she went to bed

fladdle,
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@Fury @sortius And the other thing is the length of twilight…the darkness arrives more slowly down here, and the day seems to slam shut up north, closer to the equator.

Pdlaon, to knitting Catalan
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More than 1000 sititches of icord bindoff ahead... Let's go.
@knitting

fladdle,
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@Pdlaon @knitting Aaaaaghhhghghgh! But it’ll be beautiful.

NunavutBirder, to worldwithoutus
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This is how we do it. A thread. To get the lengths of roofing metal over to the cabin on the ice we tied to qamutiiq together. Note. This much metal is heavy.

Another view of the qamutiiq lashed together with long metal roofing on top.

fladdle,
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@NunavutBirder Is a qamutiq like a pallet? (Australian here.)

fladdle,
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@sister_ratched @NunavutBirder Thanks Jude. (I should have thought of doing that 😬)

timrichards, to Trains
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"Why can’t Australians enjoy such a pleasant way to travel, given sleeper trains are going through a major resurgence in Europe, partly in response to climate change? It’s a good question, and there’s a simple answer: because the New South Wales government doesn’t want you to."

For Traveller, I discuss the impending removal of sleeper trains between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane - and imagine what could exist instead, based on the European experience.

NSW sleeper trains: Why the government shouldn’t ditch them https://www.smh.com.au/traveller/reviews-and-advice/sleeper-trains-are-making-a-comeback-why-are-ours-being-axed-20231114-p5ejwl.html

#Train #Trains #SleeperTrain #Australia #NewSouthWales #NSW #RailTravel #TrainTravel

fladdle,
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@timrichards Thanks for the article, Tim. I booked a sleeper, Melbourne to Sydney, in August, but they cancelled on me a week before the travel date. I had to book accommodation in Melbourne the night before and in Sydney the day of arrival, because of the cancellation. Never again!

fladdle, to random
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fladdle, to random
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Suggestions, please? If I wanted to, you know, make my passwords safe and, I don’t know, lock down all my accounts so that cyber breaches and phishing, etc. were less likely to affect me, what “How to” links can you direct me to?

I don’t even know what the proper questions to ask here are, but maybe you understand what I want to do. 🤞

fladdle,
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@luciedigitalni @kel I’ll have a look at Fastmail, but I’m not eager to create more addresses. I’d rather protect the ones I have, if that’s possible. I have a gmail for retailers / compulsory sign-up uses, and a private one for friends and more select uses, etc. Thank you!

NunavutBirder, to random
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Okay, hear me out. “Pie Hard” - a Christmas pastry baking show.

fladdle,
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@NunavutBirder Now do one for “In Bruges”, my new go-to Christmess movie. 😆

perkinsy, to anime_titties
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Did you know that Australia is the largest exporter of chickpeas in the world and is responsible for one-third of the world's exports. It is a great crop to grow in low rainfall areas

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2023-11-05/australia-worlds-largest-chickpea-exporter-pulse-council-growth/103057674

fladdle,
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@perkinsy And lupini! We grow lupins in Western Australia and they arrive on the shelf in a jar. Not saying they’re a big export, but I love them and thought I’d mention them.

fladdle,
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@perkinsy They’re, um, just yummy, like an alternative to potato chips. I also add them to salads, as an extra interesting ingredient. I was able to buy them at the supermarket once, but not again. Now I go to my local Italian deli where a jar costs like $3. Fantastic value. Give them a burl! Nothing to lose but your chains. 😆

fladdle,
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@perkinsy You can try you stupormarket - you never know. They’ll be with the pickles and olives.

Sheril, to music
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Synth genius Wendy Carlos studied physics & music at Brown & Columbia. She helped develop the 1st Moog synthesizer & her 1968 classical album Switched-On Bach went platinum. She brought & tech together & composed soundtracks for A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Tron & more.

Carlos was assigned male at birth & transitioned to female. Unfortunately, many journalists focus more on her gender than her accomplishments that changed music forever. http://www.wendycarlos.com

fladdle,
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@Sheril What about this one? There’s no mention of her name that I can on the cover.

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