From birdsite 

RT @mhall119
I keep seeing people angry at Democrats for not doing things it's not in their power to do, and I can't help but feel like we've already lost our democracy because the right people don't know how it works

Sometimes Twitter's algorithm accidentally does good things


It's time for a hire me thread!

If you are underrepresented + looking for a new role in tech, share your details below! 👇🏾

Include the role you are looking for, LinkedIn/Portfolio site, location and where people can reach you. I'll RT to my 40k followers


My #FollowFriday suggestions are a bunch of astrophysicists! I'm listing their research specialities, but they're more than their work and have lots of other interests you can check out in their bios!

@AdiFoord - Black Holes, Active Galactic Nuclei

@alstev - Black Holes, Neutron Stars

@thomasconnor - Black Holes

@dpthorngren - Planet Interiors

@astrobiolena - Astrobiology

@spacetides - Planetary Tides

(There are more, but these are the ones actively posting right now!)

"To help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same."


Today's Image of the Day: Astronaut Victor Glover: Inspiring Washington Area Students -

Pro tip: Check out the hashtag to find all kinds of cool people to follow

I just renewed my Patreon for @fosstodon after letting it lapse because I stopped checking in here. Things have improved so much over the past year, thanks in no small part in sure because of instance admins here and across the fediverse.

>>> response.status_code
>>> response.content
b'{"error": "unhandled error: 404 Not Found"}

Dear programmers, please don't do this to the consumers of your APIs. I spent pretty much a day trying to get the response text of a mysterious 500 (the text wasn't logged). Would've been nice to know it was actually a 404, which made the error immediately obvious.

Don't hide HTTP codes. And don't mask original exceptions with "more user-friendly" messages either.

I'm begging y'all to talk about things on here other than Mastodon. Like 75% of my main feed is people talking about Mastodon.

I get, we're all excited, many of us are still learning it, and I know I just added another post to the list. , I get it.

Anyway, I'm gonna start posting memes and hot takes to try and tip the scales.

If you're new to the Fediverse, here's what made the platform work for me: aggressively following and unfollowing new people.

Whatever standards you've built up on Twitter for deciding to follow someone, throw them out the window. Follow someone because they made a funny or insightful post. Follow someone because their bio says they like pesto. Follow someone because they have a cute fursona. Anything really.

Following is free. And if it doesn't work out, unfollowing is also free.

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