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I've created my own Mastodon instance.

I have posted nothing. No one else is in it. It is unfederated.

I have found digital paradise.

I built an open-source stepping machine, and you can too!

reStepper: It steps your steps when the steps you stepped weren't counted by your step counter.

github.com/SouthernFriedScient

A high school buddy asked me to bagpipe for his New Year's Eve wedding, which means between the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, black tie reception, and other events, I've got three suits, four different shoes, and full tartan regalia.

In the last year I've worked in Borneo, Saipan, California, Louisiana, and other locals for over 3 months total, and this two day trip to up the road to Baltimore is the most luggage I've traveled with all year.

It was a cup that could *somehow* tell you exactly what you poured into it, down to calorie counts and alcohol content. Which would have been a billion dollar sensor revolution.

Just randomly thought of Vessyl, my all time favorite Silicon Valley vaporware scam.

One more publication before the new year! I'm one of the authors on this paper modeling Smooth Dogfish habitat along the east coast of the U.S. Different habitat preferences between males and females may mean a more sustainable male-only fishery is possible. Open access! afspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.co

"Stop throwing garbage candy off your parade floats" is the hill I will die on. Just more trash going straight into the ocean.

You know you want your own crew of frolicking Yeti Crabs.

These exclusive, limited edition stickers are only available for 4 more days through my Patreon campaign, and then they'll be gone forever.

patreon.com/Andrew_Thaler

It's finally here! Decorate your favorite piece of -themed equipment with The Very Merry Yeti Crab sticker.

Only on my Patreon and only until November 30. Subscribe now before they're gone.

patreon.com/Andrew_Thaler

I just bought a polymetallic "manganese" nodule from the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone. Which is actually pretty concerning since contractors shouldn't be able to commercialize high seas minerals yet. So now I get to track down the source of this nodule and find out what it means for the ISA"s mandate that seafloor resources be managed "for the good of mankind".

When I was in my 20s, I once fell 80 ft onto a granite slab while rock climbing, shook it off, and finished a 7-pitch route of mostly vertical overhangs.

Today I yawned so hard I hurt my back.

Thinking of doing a Patreon-only podcast. Does anyone have any experience either doing or listening to those that they'd be willing to share?

Nainoa Thompson delivers the lone, incredible keynote at the Ocean Exploration Forum.

The Rebirth of Polynesian Voyaging.

Things I learned today: autonomous drone ships are still required to have a paddle.

I'm at MIT today and tomorrow talking deep-sea mining policy. One of the important lessons that always strikes me during my talks with representatives from extractive ocean industries is that everyone really is genuine. People care about environmental impacts. Even miners. Even wildcats.

Yet that stewardship ethic doesn't always grow with the scale of industry.

US followers--tomorrow is Election Day! Do you know where your polling place is? How you're getting there?

VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT

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oceansocial.us is a Mastodon instance for marine professionals working in science, education, conservation, policy, and management. Building upon Dr. Craig McClain's work on establishing "Nerds of Trust" on social networks oceansocial.us is a cohesive community within the fediverse to discuss and share ocean news, stories, and ideas as well as providing a resource for people interested in connecting with marine professionals.

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