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Good morning! This week, instead of sharing images, I’m sharing albums.

Kicking it off with Dan Mangan’s “Nice, Nice, Very Nice” – the kind of album that keeps your jeans dry. Lots of great acoustic guitar, amazing vocals, evocative lyrics. My favourite song is “Basket”, but they’re all great.


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Good morning! Today's album is "Islands Disappear" by Said the Whale.

This album was my introduction to west cost Canadian indie rock, and what an introduction it was! Lots of stories are embedded in these lyrics – the album taught me that even if I've got a map, I need to know where I'm going. Favourite song: A Cold Night Close to the End.

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Good morning! Today’s album is “Into Lake Griffy” by Good Luck. A bit more punk than usual, but optimistic. Nothing lifts me up like this album.

My friend introduced me to this album and the way he explains it, the band formed out of a random, extreme dip in musical entropy. Boltzmann Brain-style. They made this album and then dissipated back into the aether.

Favourite song is “Bringing Them Back to Life”, check it out.

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Good morning! Today’s album is “Fantasies” by Metric.

I never really followed music/bands until Metric, and this was the first time an album came out that really changed the musical direction of one of my favs. Really raw sound, with Emily Haines amazing voice 😍 Metric would lean further into the electronic music angle in subsequent albums.

Lots of stories in these songs, which I love, but also a kind of pop feel. Favourite song: “Gimme Sympathy”

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Good morning! Today’s album is “Swooner” by The Zolas. I liked their earlier albums too, but this one leans hard into an electronic vibe you can dance to. I’ve been listening to this when I run 🏃

Favourite song is “Freida on the Mountain”, because it features *heavy* sampling of the Star Trek: TNG transporter sound effect ✨

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Good morning! Today's album is "Forcefield" by Tokyo Police Club

I know what you're thinking – what about Champ? What about Elephant Shell? And to that I say: all Tokyo Police Club albums are :valid:

Plus the first song "Argentina (Parts I, II, III)" absolutely bangs, check it out, it's my favourite.

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Good morning! Today is the last day I share albums each morning. And it shouldn't surprise anyone that I'm ending with The Weakerthans' final album, the live recording of their final concert.

The Weakerthans, and John K Samson, mean a lot to me. Their songs helped me when I was in a bad place, and learning to play those songs helped me leave. Their final album is band at its peak - favourite song is Wellington's Wednesdays, and let me tell you why...

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Good morning! Freaking enjoy this amazing photo of freaking Jupiter eh!

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Good morning. I’ll be working from home for the foreseeable future but today is my last day in the office. I’ll miss it ❤️

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good morning and shout out to my first ever own computer

found it at a yard sale in the mid-nineties. it came with a book of BASIC programs you could transcribe into the computer.

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good morning, here’s a post-home-workout selfie. please excuse the attempt at a beard; I won’t let the opportunity this quarantine presents go to waste. [cw ec]

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Good morning. My team traded video tours of our working-from-home setups so here’s mine.

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Good morning. Here’s an emoji map of my home province, New Brunswick. Source:

I grew up roughly between the 🇬🇧 and 🥔

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fun fact: the “+” in “LGBTQIA+” is also for people with accents in their names

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@mildbeard it’s a blend! had to buy online since all the local roasters are closed

@ashfurrow here is the best kind of coffee I've ever tasted. I discovered it at a coffee shop in Amherst Massachusetts, and it basically ruined me for anything else.

@mildbeard decided to order a bag of these beans – I’ll let you know how I like them!

@mildbeard Update! I tried these out but didn't quite fall for them – I'm using a pour over but they're described as espresso beans, which might explain it. In any event, it was fun to try something new – thanks for the recc!

@ashfurrow Yes I do use an espresso machine. To each their own! But you're awesome for trying it.

@ashfurrow This is excellent to see! It looks like many countries are on that good side of the curve, which means we shod start seeing a decline in active cases until it dwindles to almost nothing! (not anytime soon though, but it's happening!)

@Lofenyy yeah fingers crossed! I’m still pretty pissed off, about the whole “pandemic” thing, but hey!

@ashfurrow Pandemic thing? What specifically are you unhappy about?

@Lofenyy @ashfurrow you mean except for watching the economy collapse and countless people die from inside house arrest? not much tbh

@trickster @ashfurrow Ah, sorry. I just woke up from a recurring nightmare I had three times last night. I'm still half asleep and tired.

I was worried that he was upset that it's classified as a pandemic, despite it literally covering the globe right now. Like he was upset about the name and not the disease.

@trickster @Lofenyy no sarcasm is all we have left, please don’t take this from meeee



@ashfurrow and here I was thinking it was for raptors the entire time

@ashfurrow I just started doing a retrospective of Star Trek TNG, following this list of the “good” episodes. Has been quite enjoyable, Re-engaging with these characters from 30 (!!) years ago.

@ashfurrow I watched DS9 when it first came out, for the first season or two, and it didn't grab me, then kinda off and on in syndication over the years, but never a "full" watch-through... Maybe now is a good time? :)

@jos @ashfurrow I can really recommend it. It didn't grab me at first too but once you get the hang of it, the characters are very versatile and even profound.

@choboDOC @jos we are up to season six 😅 It’s the first time I stuck with it this far. The show lends itself to Netflix (instead of after school syndication). I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about it.

@jos I had very much the same experience. Watching serially changes the show, is highly recommend it. I used this guide to skip the duds:

@jos @ashfurrow DS9 is arguably the best trek.

Very very compelling characters, stories, and it got fucking dark. Especially in the later episodes after Cisco got pinned is 0-6, shaved his head and got a goatee, he just became an absolute badass.

@ashfurrow Fuck no, the 90s sucked, and I am glad they are over. Also TNG was the worst trek.

the 1990s were characteristic bland and boring. Everything interesting was underground.

the cars fucking sucked. Both uninteresting and unreliable.

We were still in the middle of a religious authoritarian revival.

Everything was fake, and shitty. Everything real was dangeous and hard to get.

@GI_Jack now hold on, I never said the 90's were _good_, only that I was pining for them. They are,,, my comfort zone. My problematic comfort zone for sure.

Watching through DS9, and it feels like the writers were definitely aware of Fukuyama's ideas about the 90's, and active deconstructing neoliberals' obsession with the status quo.


Yes, TNG was absolutely terrible, with a lot of liberal utopia, nothing to say, and a lot of cringeworthy characters.

DS9 was phenominal that understood what sci fi was supposed to do, and took it further and harder hitting than TOS could imagine.

@ashfurrow i'm predicting at least 3 cate replies from pleroma instances on this one

@toast @bclindner (to clarify, I don't think pleroma is either pathetic or little, except in the JS bundle size sense)

@ashfurrow @bclindner :blobsnuggle:
I like using pleroma as a backend, since it's easier on my server and doesn't do weird things I disagree with (e.g mastodon's insistence on caching and re-encoding all media)
but as a frontend I mostly use, so there's not that much of a difference for me tbh
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