These thoughts brought to you by "I'm not religious but I pray every day, abstain from meat on Fridays, observe Holy Days of Obligation, go to Mass every Sunday..." lol

I mean, it's not great when someone who spent 6-7 years studying a topic and then basically marries it for the rest of their life isn't clear on the thing... but whatever

Why yes, my hobby IS enduring the poor formatting of the Vatican website to find out exactly why our priest is wrong on this thing that I suspect he is wrong on (and like, I didn't even go to Sunday school or really study Catholicism at regular school or anything, this is just what I've picked up attending Mass every week for 35 years)

The thing that really fascinates me is the ruling on cremation, which basically boils down to "well, if you believe that God can put you back together afterwards for the second coming and kingdom of God on earth, then go for it" which means that it was fine for my Dad and grandparents but our previous parish priest can't be cremated when he pops it

My neighbour's mum died earlier in the year and his dad has been staying with him since then pretty much. Neighbour's mum was fairly Catholic. Anyway it turns out they have her ashes still in the house and yes grief etc etc and yet I am also sat here thinking "I feel like the church recently clarified the deal with ashes and how you shouldn't keep them at home or something"

The thing that is really throwing me off rewatching TOS is everyone referring to Spock as a Vulcanian

When you have NOT QUITE enough flour for the recipe you have for biscuits AND ALSO not quite the common sense enough to wind down the other quantities to match

It's sunny but the question is, has it actually stopped raining??

ugh that time you realise you need to wash your hair but it is also nearly midnight and like you just don't want to do it, you just want your hair to be magically clean already

Always deeply satisfying to edit my followers on the twitters

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Gerard Mercator’s 1595 attempt at mapping the Arctic based on traveller's reports, including a giant whirlpool, polar pygmies & a mountain at its centre.

At the time, it was accepted that the pole must feature a giant, magnetic mountain towards which all compasses pointed.


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Can you spare a few minutes?

I'm looking for information about terms - appropriate and otherwise - used to refer to various groups.

They will be used to build a resource explaining the "right" way to refer to members of those groups.


Getting suspicious that the browser I tend to use hasn't added websites to my speed-dial lately. Hmmm

Going through all my freshly upgraded wordpress installs and immediately installing Classic Editor before I even update anything else

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One of the peculiarities of :mastodon: is the lack of text search.

This is actually beneficial! It makes it harder for trolls to search for words or phrases for the purposes of harassment. But the con of this is that it makes it difficult for people to discover your public posts.

That's where hashtags come in! Hashtags are fully searchable/subscribe-able between federated instances, So if you want your art/comics/musings to be seen, hashtags are the best way to reach a specific audience!

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Is there an "ActivityPub for idiots" guide anywhere? Looking to implement it and struggling to find quality documentation.

@dave do you have toots in your timeline after 11th December?

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