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I commissioned beautiful new :bean: and :flag: emoji from @dzuk; these ones should be more easily viewable in different apps and themes.

oh dear god it's cold. Fuck it's cold. It's so fucking cold. It's so cold that when I got back inside, it hurt to breath.

Stay warm people!

We haven't gotten a lot of snow this year. I went and saw The Favoruite with some friends last night and glad I got to enjoy some snow on the train station platform.

A friend of mine was in the city this week for work. We had dinner tonight and I took us to Pizzanos, because I think it's way better than Pequod's. I've never tried Lou Malnati's. I had one friend from Portland who said she hated it. I introduced her and her boyfriend to Malört, so now I guess they have two things they hate about :flag:

Anyway, friend who's currently in town: I saw her and her husband when I lived in 🇳🇿, and we met up in 🇩🇪 . We've hung out in 5 different cities, in 3 countries

I'm speaking at the Ruby meetup tonight for those of you who are interested in Ruby, Docker or Infrastructure.

A photo from a year ago this month, when I first came to Chicago.

Listening to a Richard Stallman talk at the Illinois Institute of Technology

I think Chicago has the most nicknames out of any city I've lived in. Second City, City of Big Shoulders, Windy City*

*(also used by Wellington, which has the highest average wind speed of any city in the world)

I went to my first Lindy Exchange in Chicago back in 2008. The dance scene has changed a lot in ten years. I'd faded in and out of dance scenes over the years, but Chicago is still a great place to get back into it.

Show more 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 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.

For now, membership in is subject to approval. if you don’t have an invite or referral, email our admin with a Toot-length intro.3

Membership is also free: hosting, administration, and domain registration are provided by our admin. Right now that runs about $100 a year, not counting labor. You can buy him a coffee if you like.

Boundless credit to our sister instances in Portland and Philadelphia for inspiration.

1. For the purpose of inclusivity, includes greater Chicagoland in its definition of "Chicago," though you personally should never do that.
2. From “Docks,” in Chicago Poems, 1916. Rejected URLs included noketchup.dogs,,, and
3. No more than 500 characters.