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Here's something I made, because I came up with this pun and couldn't stop myself from doing it πŸ‘€

On the left is my design (with a yellow-striped background), and on the right is how it'd look if it was printed on a T-shirt (since I was playing with that idea).

I might license this image under Creative Commons in the future, though I am not yet sure what I will use it for and will thus refrain from it for now. πŸ€”

Announcement: my instance will be down for a view hours starting now, since I'm in university for a while now, and I take my server (aka my laptop) with me πŸ‘€

An important thing I (as well as everyone else who makes software in their free time) need to learn for my mental health is that I do, in fact, not need to keep actively adding new features to an already-finished blatantly-boring project of me that almost noone uses, and that I can, in fact, just refrain from adding that tiny little optimization that I was thinking of that noone else even asked for or even knew was possible, and that I can instead either start a new project and leave the other ones on low-maintenance, or do cool stuff with plants. 🐌 :WaterLettuce: πŸ’‘

I love when you put noodles from a box into a frying pan, and they end up sticking together in the shape of the box within the pan πŸ‘€

Gotta be one of my favorite food aesthetics ✨

fashion advice, asking for a friend lol 

And also, even though it's somewhat late for this (it's 23:27 on the last day of Pride Month in my timezone), here is a pride-themed version of this setup! :BlueLightBulbUpsideDown: 🌈

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I used the last view days (or at least portions of them) to work on some lightning for my planted jars (the main one as well as the ones with the water lettuces), and I am proud to announce that I finished it and think it turned out well!

The lights I used are tiny waterproof LEDs with exchangeable batteries that can be turned on & off with a remote control, and even change their color, so I merely had to manually saw some wood for the edging of the lights).

I just (well, actually a couple of hours ago) had one of the most delicious breakfasts in a while! πŸ˜‹

For context, my grandmother brought some potato salad and (vegetarian) meatballs downstairs for us to have as a breakfast, so it's not actually something I made (or could make) myself πŸ˜…

On a related note, I heard that underscores in image alt texts are really bad for screenreader users, and that the same (to a lesser extent) can be said about CamelCase, so why does Mastodon use an emoji's shortcode (e.g. ":foo_barBaz:") as its alt text rather than a modified version with the seperate parts separated by whitespace (e.g. "foo bar Baz")?

That's how I've been doing it with my markdown converter, and I feel like it wouldn't be too difficult for other software to do it the same way, though I am obviously not qualified to speak on this for blind and otherwise vision-impaired people, so please feel free to call me out if this is the wrong approach to this.

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I really feel like the way emoji shortcodes are handles by most software wastes potential...

Like, most social platforms them now, like Mastodon, Signal, Telegram and Discord, and most of these platforms support custom emojis in some form (Mastodon as emojis, Discord known as emotos). Yet none of them allow adding a custom emoji in the form of a link! Like, if I can write :thumbs_up: to get πŸ‘, then why can't I write :https:// phseiff.com/images/icon.png: to get :icon: , for example?

Anyways, my markdown-converter gh-md-to-html now has that feature, so you can use standard emoji shortcodes within it as well as any image as an emoji that you might want to use.

You can view it at
:OnGitHub: https://github.com/phseiff/github-flavored-markdown-to-html

me on mastodon (meta) 

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It's involuntarily funny how the water lettuce emoji looks worse in small than it looks in full scale, whilst the moss emoji works better scaled down than it does full-sized xD

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I wonder if something like this could work? It's what I'm thinking about doing to create a kind of swamp-moss-terrarium. :moss: :moss: :moss:

The wall in the middle would be completely water-permeable and merely meant to keep the substrate in the right-side half (I'd probably also have to use a water-permeable substrate, I guess?), and I would need to adjust the water height and regularly re-fill it, but apart from that, it should ideally be relatively easy to sustain?

content warning: plant health, mold :GreenWaterWeed: :CheerfullGreenSeaWeadWithLeaves: :DepressingThickGreenSeaWeed: 

I actually went ahead and made the idea with the lightning planted jar reality! I combined two toothpicks (both of whom have, ironically, a snail shell as a decoration at their end) with duck tape and taped a USB-rechargeable bottle light to them (so the part with the USB plug and the LED can still be removed to re-charge it), and it's now hanging in the jar's opening and illuminating my micro underwater world! :BlueLightBulbUpsideDown: :DetailedWaterWeeds: 🐌

I feel like the blue light is somewhat cold, though, so I might exchange it for a warmer light sometime. πŸ€”

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To be more specific on why I made the script my previous post was about:

As I was making the aquatic plant emojis for my instance, I was fighting with the two-downloads-per-day limit for stock images on the platform I was using, so I decided to download images with more than one aquatic plant in it ("clip art sheets", so to say).
But splitting all of these clip art sheets into individual images, each one square shaped, with a transparent background and an even padding and the maximum px size that fits into the 50KB limit Mastodon imposes on emojis proved quite tedious, so I decided to just automate it!! πŸ™ƒ :CheerfullGreenSeaBush:

I think the following two images illustrate the purpose of the program relatively well;
left: the input; right: the output

To make my instance's custom emojis, I wrote a script that takes images with an even background and multiple elements on it and splits them into individual images, sized perfectly for their use case as emojis!! You can see & download it on GitHub if you want to use it (so far only works on Linux, though). :OrangeDetailedBranchedWaterPlant: :RedThinBranchedCoral: :turquiseTickWaterWeed:

:OnGitHub: https://github.com/phseiff/MojiSplit

( :OpinionsAndFeedbackOkayAndMuchAppreciated: , :BoostsOkAndMuchAppreciated: & :GitHubStarsOkayAndMuchAppreciated2:)

I should mention that these images are taken from stock images for whom I only have the Free Tier license, which means essentially that I am only allowed to use them for personal and non-commercial things, such as decorating my posts on Mastodon and stuff, so I'm afraid I am not qualified to legally allow you to use these if you also want to use them.
You can ask me where to get the stock images I used for them and make your own emojis from them, though, in case you'd like to do that! :D

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I happen to post a lot about my plants, I always suffered from a lack of aquatic plant emojis whenever I was posting about them, so I always had to use some non-aquatic-plant-related emojis to make up for it... πŸ˜₯ 🌱 πŸ’š

Luckily, I decided to change that, and I can now happily announce that I finally have a full set of aquatic plant emojis added to my Mastodon instance!! Prepare for lots of aqua plant emojis in my future plantposting!! :CheerfullGreenSeaBush: :CheerfullPinkSeaWeed: :violetCoralAndBlueWaterweed: :turquiseTickWaterWeed: :DetailedWaterWeeds:

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My personal mastodon instance, where I toot about whatever I find tootworthy.

This instance's visual theme of trash and junk yards (you might have noticed the footer of the website, for example, which displays a junkyard) is inspired by the idea that "one person't trash is another person's treasure"; that people's ideas, thoughts and outcomes of hyperfixations can serve other people and inspire them, no matter how little they are, even if they didn't serve the one who had them in the first place.

In a way, this instance is a garbage can of every thought I have and had and never used, as well as photos of things that never served beyond the moment (such as food) and things I do that don't serve anything (like having plants).

If it's a thought or thing that I am weirdly proud of and it is mostly useless, it ends up here.
Welcome to my junk yard!







(There are also links to things I'm really proud of on my instance, though, as well as things that don't fit this categorization at all; it's not like everything consists of little things.)