Are you a Canadian who likes outdoor stuff? If so, you were probably surprised a few days ago when you heard that Mountain Equipment Co-op has been sold to an American company. Because hey, MEC is a co-op, and nobody asked the members. How is that even possible?

Apparently there is still time to block this transaction. If you want to save your co-op, this is the time to act. See savemec.ca for details.

In the space of a few days, the Save Our Co-op group has raised over $80,000. That money will fund a legal challenge that will aim to prevent the sale of MEC. So now the fight's on, and it's going to be really interesting to see what happens next.

A lot of novels these days go like this: one chapter of what happened years ago, one chapter of what is happening now. The whole book does this. Past, present, past, present. Or some other kind of alternating story. I'm tired of this. I wish I could tell from the book's cover whether or not the author has used this technique.

@polishdub Feeder is the best I've found, and I've tried dozens. It does groan a bit due to the crazy number of feeds I follow, but less so than other RSS readers.

Covid-19 risk factors, podcast, epidemiology 

@marathon I suspect that it's illegal in a number of countries.

Covid-19 risk factors, podcast, epidemiology 

@gemlog It's a depressing attitude, isn't it? Any company that features "incessant up-sell bs and constant spammy emails" is not going to be part of my life.

Yesterday at some fascinating website there was a "subscribe to our newsletter" form. I subscribed, but then the confirmation email arrived, and it was from . Oh.

I abhor Mailchimp, so I did not confirm my subscription. "Well, won't be getting that newsletter," I thought. And that is just fine, because I don't want Mailchimp in my life.

But guess what? They subscribed me after all. So the confirmation thing is just for show?

@sajith I hope you'll be able to get your personal training sessions at some point!

@arcans Crossfit does seem to create strong communities. Sounds like you've got a good thing there.

Seems like everybody is baking bread these days! If you follow a keto or low-carb approach to eating and you feel like trying a bread recipe, you might take a look at the ones here:

dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/r

The collection includes breads, muffins, buns, tortillas, pizza crusts, crackers, croutons, foccacia, and naan.

@fitheach I do miss the social aspect of going to the gym. But do I miss it to the tune of hundreds of dollars a year? That will be the question.

A few weeks ago it became clear that the gyms would all close, so I got organized and bought a bar and some plate weights. Now I can work out on the porch while ravens laugh at me. I like this.

When the gyms re-open, I wonder how they'll do. Will business resume as before, or will all the people who figured out how to work out at home just give up on going to the gym?

@gemlog Good for you! Functional is all that matters.

In the most unlikely of places, there's a bush of these lovely flowers. Camelia, I think.

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Mastodon.host

What sets mastodon.host appart?

As a general instance, we are not centered on a specific theme, or a specific language. Everyone is welcome as long as they follow the few rules we have.

We always run the latest stable version of Mastodon, providing you a stock experience, with the following modifications:

  • 2048 character limit (not 500).
  • 512 character limits for the account's bio (not 160).
  • full column width (not fixed size).
  • more search results (20 instead of 5 per type of search).
  • Audio upload (not limited to videos only).
  • full text search of statuses (not restricted to searching tags and users).
  • trending tags are displayed on the main UI ( and a more complete view is available here)
  • boosts and replies are shown in the timelines (more complete view for everyone).
  • Your mastodon.host account is also a XMPP account (Federated Instant Messaging, take a look online to find a client and use your mastodon.host username and password to configure it, you can also use our online web client). Woohoo! two services in one!
  • We also have a very good view of the federation (our federated timeline gives you a more broad view of the Mastodon network than a 'normal' instance, there's a lot to read in a lot of languages).
  • We also host a Peertube instance for the convenience. Try it and let us know what you think !
  • In the same vein, we host a Funkwhale instance for the convenience. Try it and let us know what you think !
  • If you want to be on a more quiet, moderated instance, or use another AP implementation, we host a Pleroma instance for the convenience. This is the same fediverse as with Mastodon, but with a different default UI and way more optimized backend. Try and see which one you prefer !
  • Now if you want a different UI, the stock mastodon one does not please you, you can check Pinafore.
  • We do also host for the convenience a video Conference server ( Jitsi Meet )
  • We have a mastodon relay for other instances to bootstrap their timelines: https://relay.mastodon.host

Although we are a medium+ sized instance, we'd like to keep the feeling that you are at home and safe here.