~A boostable feast~
https://bigshoulders.city is a Chicago-focused Mastodon instance with a friendly local timeline and simple rules.
DM me for an invite if you're a current, former, or future Chicagoan (suburbs included ).
I'm shouldering all costs right now, so if you like what we're doing, you can also buy me a coffee at https://ko-fi.com/dowson.
Thanks! We you.
Hi! I'm Alex, and I created bigshoulders.city. I've lived in Chicago since 2010, and went to undergrad at Roosevelt. I met my wife Sydney in Chicago, too.
I've got a dachshund named Dill who's a dead-ringer for the Portillo's mascot, and I'm into dancing to soul 45s at Danny's, drinking coffee at Plein Air, and smelling every flower at Gethsemane.
Feel free at @ me with any admin-related questions, invite requests, or for recommendations of things to do around the South Loop.
Will be at Show of Hands at Architectural Artifacts today! https://www.showofhandschicago.com
More 👏🏻 Toto 👏🏻 Than 👏🏻 Toto 👏🏻 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UmztTUdFexA
nytimes piece on facebook Show more
I enjoyed Instagram so much that even after I got rid of Facebook I kept using Instagram—I actually just passed 8 years as an active user!
I even have a four-character-long Instagram username, which mostly means endless password reset emails from folks trying to steal it.
The New York Times story from last night (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html) is the last straw for me, though. I can't use any of that company's products.
Because I'm using a shared hosting provider, I can't add custom themes the typical way.
However, I could *replace* any of the default themes (Mastodon light, Mastodon dark, and High contrast) with a custom one, but that would apply universally to any of our users who pick that theme.
OK, so a couple of folks have DMed me about this newjack.city instance, populated entirely by accounts with no info, named after characters from the movie New Jack City.
I'm disinclined to block an instance just because it's weird, but they have no admin or contact details. I've been advising people to do individual blocks or follow denials on their own.
Is not having an admin contact enough to do a whole-instance block?
Adventures in gendered products. I'm so puzzled by the existence of this "audio interface for girls" that I might actually like it? It's like one of those rake things where it goes from being funny to unfunny to even funnier than before as you read about it.
I will be starting the upgrade to v2.6.1 of all instances hosted by Masto.host
You should expect a couple of minutes of downtime (depending on the size of the instance could be up to 5 minutes) some time in the next couple hours.
See the release changes here: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.6.0 and https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.6.1
From your local immigrant instance administrator:
Here’s a list of immigration services providers in Illinois: https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/search?state=IL
As part of their production of the play “Yasmina’s Necklace” last year, the Goodman Theatre produced this list of six Chicago-based nonprofits helping refugees: http://www.onstage.goodmantheatre.org/2017/10/04/yasminasnecklacerefugeenonprofits/
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I just regained access to my original Xbox/Xbox 360 gamertag, which was apparently still live even though I haven't used it in almost a decade and now it's taking a lot of restraint to not ship all my Rock Band instruments and disks from Boston.
Also, the Beatles Rock Band Rickenbacker controller goes for $250 online now?
https://bigshoulders.city admin, copyeditor, dog papa.
bigshoulders.city is a Mastodon instance for Chicagoans current, former, and future.1 Its name comes from Carl Sandburg, who once compared ships pulling out to “mastodons, arising from lethargic sleep.”2
Our goal for bigshoulders.city is to build a community of friends and neighbors across the Windy City. Toot your pho place recommendations, meet-up ideas (like at the mastodon exhibit at the Field!), pothole gripes, creative dibs, and cross-town baseball taunts—whatever you want, as long it abides by our short and sweet content policy.