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Archive for November 29th, 2022

Recent Mastodon growth

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I’ve been spending a fair amount of time lately on Mastodon because (so far) it’s been interesting. I just came across this chart showing its recent growth.

The plot shows the graph of the number of new users in the Mastodon platform as a function of the date for the last months.
It can be seen that until Musk's purchase was completed, the daily new users were about one thousand.
It jumped to twenty-five thousand during the first migration tc Mastodon, just after the Musk's purchase of Twitter was completed on October 27.
A second jump to 100k new users per day happened in the second wave, just after the massive layoffs in Twitter on Nov
Finally the third jump to almost 150k per day happened after Musk's Twitter 2.0 ultimatum on Nov 17th.
After that the number of users per day went down to 50k per day for the last week.

Written by Leisureguy

29 November 2022 at 7:10 pm

Total household wealth held by the wealthiest 10%

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Conrad Hackett points out on Mastodon:

total household wealth held by the wealthiest 10% 

🇺🇸  US 79%
🇳🇱  Netherlands 68%
🇩🇰  Denmark 64%
🇩🇪  Germany 60%
🇨🇱  Chile 58%
🇦🇹  Austria 56%
🇬🇧  UK 52%
🇨🇦  Canada 51%
🇫🇷  France 51%
🇳🇴 Norway 51%
🇦🇺 Australia 46%
🇪🇸  Spain 46%
🇫🇮  Finland 45%
🇮🇹  Italy 43%
🇯🇵  Japan 41%

Written by Leisureguy

29 November 2022 at 6:27 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

Trying Diaspora

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I’m liking Mastodon so much that I thought I’d try out Diaspora. It is a subscription service (because (a) no ads and (b) they don’t sell user information — compare to Facebook: a ton of ads and they sell everything they can discover about you to anyone who will pay). And the subscription is modest: 75¢ per month, paid annually ($8/year). At that price, it’s worth a shot, especially since Facebook presents me with a ton of stuff of no interest to me.

Here’s an invite. Check it out.

Written by Leisureguy

29 November 2022 at 4:25 pm

Level of religious tolerance in the 25 most populous nations

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Chart showing nations arranged using two axes: social hostilities (SH) and government restrictions (GR). China has very high GR and extremely low SH. Japan is at the bottom for both GR and SH. The US is moderate for both. Nations very high in GR are Iran (low SH), Russia (more SH) and Indonesia (high SH). India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Egypt, and Bangladesh are all high in GR and very high in SH.

Written by Leisureguy

29 November 2022 at 12:50 pm

Another day, another slant: Lo Storto

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Shaving setup: a silvertip badger brush with a polo handle having black and white vertical strips, a tub of Mike's Natural shaving soap having a gray label with a drawing of a loon, and a bottle of aftershave whose label shows a hummingbird whose beak is extended into a honeysuckle flower. In font, a gold double-edge slant razor whose hand has a twist design.

Mike’s Natural shaving soap again today, Wild Honeysuckle its fragrance. My brush, sold for a time under the name Mr Pomp, did a very nice job, as did the excellent Fatip slant, Lo Storto. A splash of Phoenix Artisan’s Honeysuckle aftershave finished the job.

i think it’s worth noting the difference in aftershave ingredients between yesterday (Alcohol, Water, Fragrance, and Menthol) and today (Alcohol, Rose Water, Lavender Hydrosol, Essential/Fragrance Oil, Glycerin, Prickly Pear Oil, Aloe, Carrot Extract, and Alum). Preferences vary, and my preference is markedly for the latter, which provides some skincare ingredients, and I think a small amount of alum is much better than a small amount of menthol.

The tea this morning is Compagnie Coloniale’s Wasabi & Strawberry — I found a small sack with a little left in it. It’s good, but somewhat unusual. The flavors of wasabi and strawberry combine to create a new flavor that stands on its own, not sweet and having depth. Quite good on a morning that sees snow on the ground.

Written by Leisureguy

29 November 2022 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

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