GoToSocial

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2023-07

  • Sunday Bits 7/2/2023. 2023-07-03. 20:30 I’m trying out gotosocial which I’ve installed in an Unraid docker container.
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  • Monday Bits 7/3/2023. 2023-07-04. 09:23 Ah and I finally got the reverse proxy container working this morning too, so gotosocial isn’t directly serving requests. 11:06 Hi. This is a new account I made on a new gotosocial instance I made just for myself. Now what do I do with it? 17:56 I’m trying to work out how to archive these statuses in a more permanent record. A major obstacle to my usage of the Fediverse is how transient the data is.
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  • Tuesday Bits 7/4/2023. 2023-07-05. 09:48 Weird hardware problem just now. Powered down the Unraid box to install a new drive. Powered it back on and … it didn’t turn back on. Just sat there like the whole thing was dead. Eventually reversed the polarity of the power switch connector, then it started up normally. Weird. 13:13 Continuing last month’s true crime binge watching obsession, I’m now watching Making a Murderer on #netflix 14:26 It’s a fascinating train wreck on so many different levels, horrifying and entertaining at the same time.
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  • Thursday Bits 7/6/2023. 2023-07-07. 11:36 Finished two seasons of Making a Murderer. Really good filmmaking, really controversial topic. #netflix 17:03 Watching The Raincoat Killer. I love the international true crime docudramas where they dub all the interviews in English and all the voices sound way over-the-top melodramatic like they’re going for an Oscar performance #netflix
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  • Saturday Bits 7/8/2023. 2023-07-09. 10:04 Watching a series called The Confession Tapes. Shows like this should be required viewing for young people so they have a better understanding of the justice system they have to live with, in the same way that you might teach young people about the dangers of poisonous snakes and car batteries. #netflix 10:41 Got a social security statement. My retirement year is 2036, but I can retire early in 2031 for less benefits, or I can delay retirement until 2039 for more benefits.
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  • Monday Bits 7/10/2023. 2023-07-11. 10:22 At this point I think I have to concede that the game Pathfinder: Kingmaker does not ever end. If I wait until I finish the game before starting to upload videos, they will never be uploaded, and I’ll suffer another hard drive crash at some point and eventually lose the videos. I have to start uploading them as a backup plan. #pathfinderkingmaker 18:56 I was able to undo the Tweetdeck 2.
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  • Tuesday Bits 7/11/2023. 2023-07-12. 21:33 Somehow I’d like to figure out a way to gather these status messages and archive them into a more permanent digest format.
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  • Wednesday Bits 7/12/2023. 2023-07-13. 08:54 I’ve been working on a whole new set of scripts (in Python this time) to manage indexing and uploading sets of videos to YouTube. There’s one script that indexes a directory of videos and produces a YAML index file, in which I can customize titles and descriptions, and there’s another script that uploads the next available video, which I can schedule to run daily with Windows Task Scheduler. Almost ready to start running it.
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  • Thursday Bits 7/13/2023. 2023-07-14. 10:41 So the reason that my avatar image is messed up is because I forgot to externalize the /gotosocial/storage directory from the docker container, so it’s basically empty every time I start the container. However I’m having no end of difficulty in mapping to an Unraid /mnt/user/appdata/gotosocial/storage directory due to permission issues. Annoying. 19:03 Okay I finally figured out that I needed to map the container directory /gotosocial/storage to Unraid directory /mnt/user/appdata/gotosocial/storage and then chown 1000:1000 /mnt/user/appdata/gotosocial/storage so that the gotosocial container has permission to access it.
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  • Friday Bits 7/14/2023. 2023-07-15. 09:09 It turns out there’s a kind of “verification” of accounts that Mastodon implements. (I find it hilarious when Mastodon implements something that is just like Twitter.) It’s not really an identify verification, it’s just a domain ownership verification. If you put a link into one of the key/value pairs in your profile, Mastodon will go to the link and look for a rel=“me” link back to your account, and count that as verification.
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  • Saturday Bits 7/15/2023. 2023-07-16. 14:16 Still trying to make this gotosocial instance visible to the Internet. I think I’m going to abandon CloudFront. Maybe. I can’t get it to work. I think because of some nuance because it’s trying to fetch data from a different domain name, which messes up the headers, which messes up the ActivityPub HTTP signatures. But it should work. It’s very difficult to debug these things. It’s just trial and error over and over again, change settings, test, change settings, test, etc.
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  • Sunday Bits 7/16/2023. 2023-07-17. 08:41 This morning I think I’m ready to sign up for Blaugust, now that this account appears to be working correctly. Incidentally, I noticed that it doesn’t take very long for traffic from unknown servers to start pouring in once you begin communicating with a Mastodon server, and for your server to start showing up on instance-tracking sites. I knew that already, but just a cautionary reminder. You have to get it right the first time when you join the fediverse.
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  • Monday Bits 7/17/2023. 2023-07-18. 08:05 I’m back to Semaphore.social this morning. It’s a minimalist UI, but it seems to be the most compatible with GoToSocial (also the one they recommend). Searching for accounts to follow works, whereas it doesn’t in Statuzer. And I worked out how to set the default to public posts, which was my main complaint with it. 08:16 I asked ChatGPT to clarify the difference between “public” and “unlisted” posts. It’s basically the same as YouTube.
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  • Tuesday Bits 7/18/2023. 2023-07-19. 09:03 Hey hey I see some things that aren’t me on my timeline this morning. Federation has been achieved from the comfort of my own home. However I still don’t precisely know how to use this account. Personal note-taking? Diary of deep dark secrets? Screaming about everything in the world that I hate? A notification service? The possibilities are endless. Well, within the bounds of the client software that can connect to the server, that is, which is somewhat limited, to be honest.
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  • Wednesday Bits 7/19/2023. 2023-07-20. 08:41 It’s started raining this morning so Marbles the yellow stray cat can’t go back outside after getting his breakfast in the kitchen. During the summer he’s not inside very much, he prefers to hang out near the back porch or in the yard. Probably because he knows he’s not particularly welcome inside by the other cat who lives here. 08:46 I woke up with a sore neck. It’s annoying. However, to balance out that personal injustice, I slept all the way through the night, which is very rare.
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  • Thursday Bits 7/20/2023. 2023-07-21. 08:44 Nothing to report. This morning I’m reflecting on my failures as a writer and any known or unknown brain deficiencies in my language processing center because ZeroGPT thinks there’s a non-zero chance I could be an AI. Otherwise feeding the cats and making coffee for the day. Thursday work days are typically days where I don’t have any meetings, and can focus completely on writing code all day. Maybe that’s why ZeroGPT thinks I might be an AI.
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  • Friday Bits 7/21/2023. 2023-07-22. 12:10 Today I learned about an upcoming From Software game called Armored Core VI. There have apparently been five previous games. I’ve been a devout From Software Soulsbourne disciple since 2015 and I’ve never heard of any of them until this morning. The gameplay trailer reveals it’s a mech fighting game. It looks cool, but it’s not my kind of game. It the kind of arcade game that might be fun for an hour or so, before descending into mindless repetition.
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  • Saturday Bits 7/22/2023. 2023-07-23. 09:20 Oof. One of those mornings where I woke up feeling like I’ve been physically beat up. Don’t know if anyone else experiences that. Didn’t sleep well. Couldn’t get comfortable. Kept waking up every few hours. Headache in the morning. General aches and pains. Eyes struggling to focus on computer screens. No real explanation except a) age, and b) I didn’t eat particularly healthy food yesterday. Not a great start to the weekend.
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  • Sunday Bits 7/23/2023. 2023-07-24. 08:19 Since I felt rotten yesterday I put off mowing and the grocery store until today. This morning, the looming specter of responsibility presses down on me, robbing me of my free will for much of the day. It stinks. Then again, by global standards, not worth complaining about. 09:19 Pathfinder: Kingmaker Spoilers. Played some more Pathfinder:Kingmaker yesterday. Found the missing kid Tig with the lizardfolk and returned him to her mother, dispatching the evil spirit posing as the Great Ancestor.
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  • Snapshot for Monday 7/24/2023. 2023-07-25. 09:07 Last night in Pathfinder: Kingmaker, the party investigated Jaethal’s own murder (she’s undead) and found that she’s being hunted by Enneo the Merchant aka. Wanderer, because of a rivalry between the gods Urgathoa and Pharasma (yes, all names in Pathfinder were created with a random name generator). Also Tessie the Quill, an old friend of Linzi’s, arrived in the capital of Tuskdale. 09:23 Completed uploads of my entire Solasta: Crown of the Magister campaign playthrough to YouTube.
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  • Snapshot for Tuesday 7/25/2023. 2023-07-26. 08:30 Pathfinder: Kingmaker Spoilers Last night the party ventured forth to the Dwarven Ruins to deal with the Troll Trouble once and for all. We found that trolls and kobolds had moved in and renamed the place Trobold. A friendly, helpful troll named Jazon, who I immediately nicknamed Jazzy, explained that the trolls and kobolds of Trobold strived to live in peace and would no longer attack people. Ekun and Amari grumbled about letting Jazzy go, but later the party satiated their insatiable blood lust by slaying all the trolls and kobolds around the entrance to the ruins anyway.
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  • Wednesday Bits 7/26/2023. 2023-07-27. 09:03 Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Last night the party (consisting of the damage-heavy lineup Amiri, Regongar, Harrim, Ekun, Kanerah, and Harwell, the Vivisectionist Baron of Harland (that’s me!)) pushed into the outer courtyard of the Dwarven Ruins, where they encountered resistance from branded and rock-throwing trolls and an assortment of kobold sentinels and snipers. Amiri and Regongar both went down before the battle was over (because I didn’t rest between fights), but the area was eventually cleared.
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  • Thursday Bits 7/27/2023. 2023-07-28. 08:27 # I’m not sure but I feel like the timestamp for these posts (they are technically called “notes” in ActivityPub) are off by an hour when they get to the blog. I’m typing this at 8:26 am. 09:14 # A problem I’m almost positive that I’ve struggled with since around the year 2003: How to display microblogging content on the same page and in the same RSS feed with blogging content.
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  • Friday Bits 7/28/2023. 2023-07-29. 11:27 # Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Last night, Harwell’s Heroes continued slaughtering their way through the Troll Lair (formerly Dwarven Fortress) in pursuit of the troll king Hurgulka. (Hargulka? Hrgulkyula? Something like that. The names all run together when they’re randomly-generated.) The party handily slew every Troll and Trollhound in their path, clearing out the first level with ease, and triggering Moon and Sun Disc switches of unknown function. It was so easy I didn’t even bother using the overpowered Haste spell.
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  • Saturday Bits 7/29/2023. 2023-07-30. Dispatches from @ultrviolet@gts.endgameviable.com: 09:22 # I’m going to the grocery store this morning for the second week in a row with the intention of buying basic foods to make reasonably appetizing and nutritionally sufficient food for the remainder of the week with little or no effort beyond heating up leftovers. Last week it was something resembling chicken fajitas made in a crock pot, this time I’m going to experiment with making something resembling burrito bowls, which I’ve never made before and I will be making them super dangerously without any recipes.
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  • Sunday Bits 7/30/2023. 2023-07-31. Eight microblogging bits from Sunday. #development #blog #homeowner
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2023-08

  • Monday Bits. 2023-08-01. Blog development notes, my first writing on the Internet in the Wayback Machine, and a first look at Remnant 2. Six microblogging bits from Monday. #gaming #remnant2 #blog
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-08-02. Blogger archetypes, and a burrito bowl update. Four microblogging bits from Tuesday. #nutrition #blogging #blog
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  • Wednesday Bits. 2023-08-03. Introducing myself, and a git blunder at work. Four microblogging bits from Wednesday. #activitypub #development
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  • Thursday Bits. 2023-08-04. New meals, and ChatGPT is the first computer thing I can’t explain. Seven microblogging bits from Thursday. #ai #blog #development #nutrition #pathfinderkingmaker #videos
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  • Friday Bits. 2023-08-05. Starting Baldur’s Gate 3. Three microblogging bits from Friday. #baldursgate3
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  • Saturday Bits: Baldur's Gate 3 Edition. 2023-08-06. First full day with Baldur’s Gate 3. Illusion of choice, and a Revivify tip. Four microblogging bits from Saturday.
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  • Sunday Bits: More Baldur's Gate 3. 2023-08-07. My whole weekend was consumed by Baldur’s Gate 3. Six microblogging bits from Sunday. #videos #baldursgate3 #homeowner
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  • Monday Bits. 2023-08-08. Video descriptions, fickle gamers, and a BG3 update. Three microblogging bits from Monday. #baldursgate3 #videos #gaming
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-08-09. Tales of Baldur’s Gate 3, Java versus Golang, phone news. Seven microblogging bits from Tuesday. #blog #development #baldursgate3 #pathfinderkingmaker
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  • Wednesday Bit. 2023-08-10. A Baldur’s Gate 3 progress page. One microblogging bit from Wednesday. #blog #baldursgate3
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  • Thursday Bits. 2023-08-11. Baldur’s Gate 3, sleep loss, and Palia semantics. Four microblogging bits from Thursday. #baldursgate3 #videos
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  • Friday Bits. 2023-08-12. Installing Palia and video script debugging. Two microblogging bits from Friday. #palia #videos
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  • Saturday Bits. 2023-08-13. Stray Gods and Baldur’s Gate 3. Four microblogging bits from Saturday. #nutrition #baldursgate3 #straygods
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  • Sunday Bits. 2023-08-14. Just Baldur’s Gate 3. One microblogging bit from Sunday. #baldursgate3
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  • Monday Bits. 2023-08-15. Surprising no one, it’s more about Baldur’s Gate 3. Three microblogging bits from Monday. #baldursgate3 #palia
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-08-16. Hey why not discuss Baldur’s Gate 3 again. Three microblogging bits from Tuesday. #blog #baldursgate3
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  • Wednesday Bits. 2023-08-17. Shockingly, it’s not Baldur’s Gate 3! Sorry, no, I’m being told it is. It always is. Three microblogging bits from Wednesday. #homeowner #baldursgate3
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  • Thursday Bits. 2023-08-18. Lost a found scrolls in Baldur’s Gate 3. Five microblogging bits from Thursday. #baldursgate3 #development
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  • Friday Bits. 2023-08-19. BG3, X, AI voices, headaches. A potpourri of topics. Five microblogging bits from Friday. #health #baldursgate3 #development #newsconsumer
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  • Saturday Bits. 2023-08-20. A full day of Baldur’s Gate 3 instead of real life. Five microblogging bits from Saturday. #baldursgate3
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  • Sunday Bits. 2023-08-21. In a surprising twist, it’s Baldur’s Gate 3. Five microblogging bits from Sunday. #baldursgate3
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  • Monday Bits. 2023-08-22. Baldur’s Gate 3 and writing down blog ideas. Five microblogging bits from Monday. #baldursgate3 #blogideas
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-08-23. Neck pain and the Underdark. Three microblogging bits from Tuesday. #health #baldursgate3 #blogideas
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  • Wednesday Bits. 2023-08-24. Neck pain update and Baldur’s Gate 3. Four microblogging bits from Wednesday. #baldursgate3 #health
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  • Thursday Bits. 2023-08-25. Forgetting appointments and random strangers. Four microblogging bits from Thursday.
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  • Friday Bits. 2023-08-26. Last day of work before a week vacation. Two microblogging bits from Friday.
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  • Saturday Bits. 2023-08-27. Finally entering Act 2 in Baldur’s Gate 3. Five microblogging bits from Saturday."
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  • Sunday Bits. 2023-08-28. Grocery store angst and Baldur’s Gate 3. Five microblogging bits from Sunday.
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  • Monday Bits. 2023-08-29. Writing a long post about Baldur’s Gate 3 on a vacation day. Five microblogging bits from Monday.
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-08-30. Pre-ordering Starfield and more Baldur’s Gate 3. Four microblogging bits from Tuesday.
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  • Wednesday Bits. 2023-08-31. Twitch is too confusing and what to do with my vacation days. Four microblogging bits from Wednesday.
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2023-09

  • Thursday Bits. 2023-09-01. Baldur’s Gate 3, and Starfield unlocks. Five microblogging bits from Thursday.
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  • Friday Bits. 2023-09-02. Starfield first impression and lots of Baldur’s Gate 3. Five microblogging bits from Friday.
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  • Saturday Bits. 2023-09-03. Giving up on Tactician difficulty. Four microblogging bits from Saturday.
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  • Monday Bits. 2023-09-05. Three microblogging bits from Monday.
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-09-06. Three microblogging bits from Tuesday.
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  • Wednesday Bits. 2023-09-07. Two microblogging bits from Wednesday. #baldursgate3
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  • Thursday Bits. 2023-09-08. Three microblogging bits from Thursday. #baldursgate3
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  • Friday Bits. 2023-09-09. One microblogging bit from Friday.
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  • Saturday Bits. 2023-09-10. Two microblogging bits from Saturday. #baldursgate3
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  • Sunday Bits. 2023-09-11. Two microblogging bits from Sunday. #baldursgate3
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  • Monday Bits. 2023-09-12. One microblogging bit from Monday. #baldursgate3
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-09-13. Two microblogging bits from Tuesday. #baldursgate3 #weather
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  • Wednesday Bits. 2023-09-14. Three microblogging bits from Wednesday. #baldursgate3
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  • Thursday Bits. 2023-09-15. Four microblogging bits from Thursday. #baldursgate3 #movies
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  • Friday Bits. 2023-09-16. Three microblogging bits from Friday. #baldursgate3 #videos
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  • Saturday Bits. 2023-09-17. One microblogging bit from Saturday. #wheeloftime
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  • Sunday Bits. 2023-09-18. Two microblogging bits from Sunday. #baldursgate3 #wheeloftime
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  • Monday Bits. 2023-09-19. Two microblogging bits from Monday. #videos #health
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-09-20. Three microblogging bits from Tuesday. #gaming #videos
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  • Wednesday Bits. 2023-09-21. One microblogging bit from Wednesday. #baldursgate3 #taskmaster
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  • Thursday Bits. 2023-09-22. Two microblogging bits from Thursday. #wheeloftime #baldursgate3
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  • Saturday Bits. 2023-09-24. Six microblogging bits from Saturday. #weather #cats
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  • Sunday Bits. 2023-09-25. Three microblogging bits from Sunday. #baldursgate3 #videos #wheeloftime
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  • Tuesday Bits. 2023-09-27. Three microblogging bits from Tuesday. #baldursgate3
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