With people fleeing the birdsite, and some finding their way to the Fediverse, what's the best way to discover new people to follow?

Seems on a small instance, all you can easily see are the few local people and the federated accounts they've happened to follow already.

Would it be better to join a larger server just to have a larger pool of local users to look through to bootstrap the discovery process? Or are there better ways as a user of a small server to find great people to follow?

Penguicon.social needs a cute penguin as a favicon instead of the default Mastodon icon. Because penguins. 🐧

And maybe it should be linked to in the "Find us on social media" section of the Penguicon.org site?

With all the rain this spring making me nervous about flooding, I built a wifi-enabled sump level monitor. Works great — I get real-time graphs and notifications if the water gets too high.

I do need to practice building nice cases for projects, but for now the "nail the components to a scrap 2x4" method does the trick!

I just found and logged in to my original Mastodon account from 2017. Of the few connections I had made there, all but a couple of them had stopped posting in 2017 as well.

So, a geeky is in order for . Hi everyone! 🐧

I started on a C128 in 1985, was sysop of an old-school BBS from 1993–95, helped build the first dial-up ISP in my hometown, have used Linux since 1995, and studied computer science at .

Professionally, I manage a -based infrastructure and build software platforms for development and hosting.

My home lab is full of Arduinos, SBCs, MIDI keyboards, and pieces of the robots my daughters and I are building.

I tried Mastodon a couple of years ago. The premise and the technology are great, but it was awfully lonely from a social point of view.

Here, at least, there's a built-in Penguicon family to jump start connections with, so I guess it's time to give this another try.


A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Convention info: https://penguicon.org