Good morning! Here is a photo I took of an Amsterdam canal with a pinhole camera.

Good morning, I hope that Keith Haring would endorse my fridge magnet placement.

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Good morning, my talk yesterday went well. Photo from @Michelle_Heng@twitter.com

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Slides from my conference presentation on circumventing fear are up: speakerdeck.com/ashfurrow/circ

There's also a link to slides (PDF) with my speaker notes: static.ashfurrow.com/try_swift

The talk was recorded; I'll post the video when it's up!

There's just two spider plants so far, but you'll see there's already three more places in that photo for plants to hang, so I'm Planning For More Houseplants.

Good morning, here is a wood stove-top hotdog cooker that my grandfather made [lewd]

good morning, this was attached to my new tv – it will never cease to delight me how america hedges its bets that quebec might be its own country someday

it will also never cease to amaze me how the same concepts expressed in english take twice as much text to express in french. it's a beautiful language but it's quite verbose and complicated don't @ me :dont_at_me:

I took french immersion in school so I ostensibly can speak french, but only canadian french, and not even the good canadian french (je viens de l'acadie, look it up, d'ac) plus the school never focused on proper pronunciation, so I sound awful. I've tried conversing in french in four french-speaking countries and in most cases, people just switch to english :\ it feels awful so I don't really bother trying anymore

but at least I can read french toots, so it's not all bad πŸ€—

if you're into languages, check out chiac, which is like english syntax with french linguistic structures: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiac

actually this reminds me a lot of the french I see on mastodon...

the wikipedia page for chiac is pretty horny – now this *really* sounds like the french I see on mastodon

@ashfurrow Is there by any chance a video of the talk? Judging by the agenda it sounds interesting.

@ashfurrow Those are some big sniffers! All the better to catch the mice!

@ashfurrow which one is using ash account , the guy with glasses or the cat?πŸ™ƒ

@ashfurrow I never knew cats had a "before coffee" look, but there it is.

@ashfurrow It looks like you've got some babies that you can pot from the existing spider plants. You'll have them filled in no time.

@ashfurrow I keep killing plants. I want to have plants but I’m so bad at it.

@LeftCoast sometimes when I play the cat songs on guitar too much my wife tells me to stop because they make her too sad.

@ashfurrow JKS really needs to get in the studio more often. I think he's only released one album since The Weakerthans broke up. That kind of talent needs to be shared with the world!

@LeftCoast he’s got two solo albums, Provincial and Winter Wheat. Both are great, but I would like another more often than every five years :wink:

@sirshannon it’s 100% true, he makes all kinds of things. Picnic tables, lawn furniture, drink holders that look like birds...

@ashfurrow German does this a lot as well, to the point where translating software often breaks layouts because the labels get so long

@elomatreb haha yeah, I was building iOS apps back when the phone screen sizes were really small and German would _always_ cause problems. There's no where for the lines to break!

@ashfurrow hey, a lot of times I'm sure they were switching to english to practice with a native speaker!

And I'm also sure that many of them were appreciative of you making an effort to speak their language! πŸ‘

@ashfurrow They tried to teach me french back in Alberta, I dropped out as fast as I could. Kinda wish I didn't until I read this haha. I'll probably be sticking to English and Bad English.

@ashfurrow Yeah, my little Canadian-French osmosis as a child and a year in school means I can suss out most short posts, recognize most insults, or talk to a dog, but French-speakers think I'm an idiot. I mean, more than usual.

@ashfurrow I got a minor in French and did really well on whatever that French test that they give out to seniors in US high school is

I still can't comprehend most real-world spoken French (Canadian is a bit better, but not by much)

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