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Goodnight, RIF
  • That's one thing Reddit doesn't somehow grasp: They outsourced their brand experience a long time ago when they were late to building an app of their own. To me and many others, reddit definitely is reddit is fun. There's no putting that genie back in the bottle.

  • Why do so many tech companies, like Reddit and Twitter are making their platforms worse for their users all of a sudden?
  • This is the best answer. For a long time, VCs were willing to load up all sorts of startups and growth-stage companies with cash. But that changed last year. Suddenly, some investors found it made more sense to park their money in less risky, less time-consuming opportunities. That included stuff like bonds. Higher interest rates and an economy in crunch mode made the need to make money now more important than before.

  • Welcome RIF users
  • I definitely miss Jerboa. But the past month has already brought so much chaos to my internet use. What's a little more?

  • The Daily Check-In for Thursday: Just for today, I am NOT drinking!
  • No. I've been using Prednisone. I finished my cycle yesterday evening, so I'm optimistic I'll be good to go soon!

  • what book or books have you read that were so good that you didn’t want to put it down?
  • Here are a few nonfiction books I couldn't stop reading and ultimately finished in a couple of days. They might be a little niche, but I'd recommend them for everyone.

    • "Tranny" by Laura Jane Grace (autobiography by the lead singer of the band Against Me!)

    • "Where You'll Find Me" by Ty Gagne (story and analysis of a woman who died hiking New Hampshire's White Mountains in winter)

    • "This Land" by Christopher Ketcham (kind of one big reported essay on how big industry and cowboy culture are destroying the American West)

  • The Daily Check-In for Thursday: Just for today, I am NOT drinking!
  • I'm on steroids to treat a gnarly poison ivy rash that spread across my body. The meds have been waking and keeping me up throughout the night. It's a bummer, and I'm tired, but it's also fine. I feel better than I did when I was drinking. I'm still parenting, working, exercising, and reading.

    Grateful for life even when it's a little hard.


  • The Daily Check-In for Wednesday: Just for today, I am NOT drinking!
  • Thanks! And that is scary. It's definitely easy to forget how fragile this is if we don't care for it. Glad you're doing great now.

  • The Daily Check-In for Wednesday: Just for today, I am NOT drinking!
  • The early weekend was crazy. It was such an excuse for me to obliterate the majority of my workweek because god knows I was worthless on Monday and part of Tuesday. Did better late Tuesday, crushed Wednesday, and then was down and out for Thursday and Friday.

    It didn't always happen like that. And toward the end, that was really rare. But damn do I remember when I was at my worst. The pain in my head as my alarm blared after a couple of hours of strained sleep. The horror of waking up. The immediate regret, the dread, the feeling that I'd trade anything to be anyone else.

    No thanks. Life's better on this side. It wasn't easy to get here, and I still face days when I wonder whether this sober person is really me. Did I really make that change? Did I really set those boundaries? Am I really no longer a drinker, something that was core to my friendships, family relationships, and identity?

    The answer is yes, so long as I don't take that next drink. IWNDWYT.

  • The Daily Check-In for Tuesday: Just for today, I am NOT drinking!
  • Another sober day = another good day. IWNDWYT.

  • Is there a food that is cheap, delicious and healthy at the same time?
  • That's true. July is definitely better where I am, but the blueberry festivals are starting this weekend.

  • Is there a food that is cheap, delicious and healthy at the same time?
  • Blueberries fresh off the bush. Tis the season.

  • Daily Check In - Friday June 23
  • Sure thing. Sounds like you really thought it through. I'm gonna borrow a page from your book during a slippery situation tomorrow. Thanks!

  • Lemmy's total users continues to surge to over 1.1 million, up from 740k yesterday!
  • Lol it's seriously crazy how much less active this place felt a couple of weeks ago. I can't imagine what it's like to be someone who was here years ago.

  • Daily Check In - Friday June 23
  • Happy Friday! IWNDWYT. But I will definitely eat pizza with you today.

  • Daily Check In - Friday June 23
  • Nice job. I know how hard that kind of situation can be.

    I'm sorry you felt like an outsider. As someone whose family and friend groups is full of binge drinkers, I know that feeling well.

    What works for me has always been leaving when I feel like it. I've also set boundaries with loved ones, which helped me prevent being in many -- but not all -- difficult situations. And my wife, kid, and I do a lot of fun, active stuff -- and more and more, people we know want in on that, which helps a ton.

    Anyway, you're a champion. Way to go!

  • Black snake I saw a few weeks ago in northern NJ, just off the Appalachian Trail

    This guy was between 5 and 7 feet long. I'm no herpetologist, so I'd love to hear what kind of snake you think it is. I was guessing black racer or rat.

    I also saw a huge black bear earlier in the hike. It didn't move when we called out, so that was a little concerning. But eventually, it waddled off after munching on a bunch of vegetation.

    All in all, an amazing 10-mile trek through the breezy spring woods.


    A hawk I saw on my morning walk (oc)
  • Super cool! Do you know for sure it's a hawk? I don't have the best eye, but it might be a falcon because it looks a little smaller, but my perspective could be very, very off.

    Either way, such a cool morning treat!

  • A 1954 ad for Colorado tourism, part of a larger push to boost the state's economy

    I'm reading a book called Vacationland, which tells the story of Colorado's high-country tourism and leisure-focused lifestyle industries. The book is filled with ads and propaganda designed to lure tourists, attract new residents, increase political influence, and ultimately strengthen the state's coffers through its (often manipulated) landscape.

    I don't always think of ads as propaganda, but Vacationland makes it clear that the effort to get people into the Rockies was a coordinated push that went well beyond the commercial hopes of any one person or organization. It was a network of boosters looking to transform the state.

    One result, according to the author, was a catalog of cliches many of us still use to describe the Colorado high country and many other wild places. Things like: sparkling streams stocked with trout, snow-capped mountains, lush alpine meadows, fragrant pine forests, and so on.

    Another result: People bought in. Colorado's tourism numbers skyrocketed, and its population growth soon followed.

    I'm skeptical that the PR and marketing efforts to promote Colorado's natural resources are responsible for most of this change. (The author notes that road building and other development were vital.) It seems kind of cynical, though, to attribute the state's popularity to human actions. It really is beautiful there, and visitors' connection to the land -- our experiences in the wild -- matter, too.

    I made the mistake of checking Reddit (using my last few days of Apollo) and came across a complaint about Lemmy that flabbergasted me
  • This brings up a good question: Do we really want everyone we can get?

    On one hand, it'd help flesh out fledgling communities and keep threads and feeds more active.

    On the other hand, the more people who come here, the more likely we are to see lower-effort, lower-value, and even counterproductive content and comments.

    There's probably some magic number, an adoption level where communities thrive but are not watered down. I have no idea what that is, though.

  • POLL - Will you stay on lemmy?
  • Yes. It has already replaced a lot of my reddit time. More and more of the communities I enjoy are budding up here. I have high hopes!

  • "The Motherland is calling!" [USSR, 1941]
  • Thanks! You have my word that I'll try my best. I'm typically a bit more passive in this community on Reddit because I don't have the depth of experience or expertise as some of the users there, but I'll try my hand, for sure.

  • The Presidentials: Heading toward Mount Washington on a clear September day


    hiking mcpheeandme

    The view from a summit in Roosevelt National Forest

    Did a couple of days of hiking with my buddy last month. As a flatlander, I was so grateful for the chance to spend some time in the Rockies.



    About a year ago, I saw a piebald deer in the woods next to my house

    The post about the melanistic groundhog promoted me to share this photo.

    I had no idea what piebaldism was or how rare it was to see a deer with it. I'm not sure if the stats online are correct, but they suggest about 2 percent of whitetail deer have it.

    Again, not sure if this is accurate, but I read somewhere that indigenous groups believed piebald deer were signs that a big change was coming. I just had my first kid before seeing this, so that definitely tracked.

    Anyway, really cool sighting. My wife spotted the same deer later that summer. We haven't seen any since.



    Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey: A burnt section of Wharton State Forest in the Pine Barrens

    Did an overnight trip in April, camping at what the state considers a wilderness site on the tea-colored Batsto River.

    The New Jersey Pine Barrens is the largest wilderness on the East Coast between Boston and D.C. It's a unique environment, with a lot of cool ecosystems. No virgin forest here, as industry had its way with the land and resources for centuries.

    This trip was something like 20 miles through Atlantic white cedar swamps and pitch pine forests.

    It might not dazzle like the west at first glance, but it's a place I love more than most.



    What value did you get from Reddit that you hope to realize or expand upon here?

    For me, it's a few things.

    1. A way to burn time that doesn't feel like a digital sugar rush.

    2. Support, camaraderie, and kindness, primarily from /r/stopdrinking.

    3. Niche stuff, like ideas for local hiking and backpacking trips, propaganda posters, and kayaking info.


    Fiction or nonfiction? Why?

    I appreciate fiction, but I almost always read nonfiction. It's probably because I typically choose the books on topics I'm interested in and want to learn about. But I also love the way a great nonfiction writer can weave a narrative so strong that it's just as much literature as it is journalism.

    Some of my favorite examples of nonfiction that do this well: Soul Full of Coal Dust, Toms River, Desert Solitaire (Abbey can be problematic, though, so be warned), The Pine Barrens, This Land, and on and on.

    I guess I'm kinda stuck in the environment/nature section these days!


    A few hours on a tidal river and through a pond in Jersey last week

    I didn't post much on Reddit over the last few years, but I figure I ought to contribute to the communities I want to see thrive. My friend and I took our kayaks out last week and saw a bunch of beautiful sights, including egrets and great blue herons. Here's a landscape shot.