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Well I'm here now - it's probably not too surprising why. I'm JRandomHacker. I'm a software dev, extremely amateur game dev, sf/f fan, and Magic: The Gathering player/judge/tournament organizer. Still getting my feet wet around here.

Anyone else hyped about Desert Bus For Hope 2022, as presented by excellent Canadian Comedy Troupe LoadingReadyRun in conjunction with the Child's Play Charity?

#DesertBusForHope #DesertBus2022 #DB2022 #DBFH2022 #DesertBus #BusIsComing

Well goddamn. I'm editing a podcast episode that was recorded a week or so ago, and one of my co-hosts threw in a reminder to "go vote, if you're in America". Double-checking our release schedule, this episode will go live on November _9th_

I should probably actually find an instance to move to, huh.

I could really use 15 minutes today without a teammate messaging me _immediately_ when something fails. I honestly don't know any more than you do here - can you please just do some troubleshooting yourself

Been doing some tinkering on a microcontroller project - wow am I out of my depth when it comes to this sort of hardware. Lot of learning so far - it's really frustrating to have so little feedback when trying to flash new programs though

Still incapable of seeing a red-tailed hawk and _not_ thinking about Animorphs.

I've "finished" my DIY smart thermostat, by which I mean I've gotten the web API done and I have the hardware to put it on - I just need to make the commitment to actually put it in my house. Screwing around with home automation is one thing - using it to keep you cool and/or warm is another step.

Help I'm trapped in a sunsetting Mastodon instance - working on migrating over to @JRandomHacker but something is screwy with the account aliasing. I'll get it figured out eventually.

Well hmm. I've only been here 6 months or so, but the shutdown news makes me feel kinda mournful. I'm not even really all that tied to the particular community here, but I really do like the aesthetic and the mood.

Might be heading to Will have to ask for an invite though.

Turned a family vacation into an impromptu social media blackout. Y'know, that was really nice.

New upgraded laptop, set up a fresh Arch install.
First boot, everything but wifi works fine, including a full desktop environment (thanks, archinstall)
Second boot, X won't start. Ah, that's more like what I was prepared for.

Lost my NYT crossword streak that started Jan 1. This hurts more than it probably should

Well hmm. I was using "Attiny's are crazy out of stock" as an excuse to push one of my projects down the backlog, but it turns out STM8's are in-stock on mouser...

Current sideproject is a diy smart thermostat. I've got the interface and the connection to the actual controls figured out, but I guess I have to actually go learn something about HVAC control algorithms now, huh

Twitch Content: Magic the Gathering 

Kicking off our next season of Gladiator MTGA tournaments with some organizer-crew gameplay. Come check us out at

SGDQ last night is making me want to pick up rhythm games again...

I wonder if I can make the side-project-list get smaller instead of bigger...

Plugging my Twitch content 

I'm going live with broadcasting a tournament for the Gladiator MTG Arena format - it's a fantastic fan-run singleton format and we're running a 50-person tournament today with full coverage.

How's your evening going? It's probably not "notify 400,00 people about your PR on github", I hope.

I'm so tired.

I know it's not his fault, but if my dog doesn't stop waking me up every 2 hours, I'm going to need to make a life change of some sort. I don't know what yet.

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