has reached the end-of-life and is now read-only. Please see the EOL announcement for details

all: i'm in the process of moving my mastodon presence to @va1kyrie, so y'all may see follow requests and stuff from me there in the next few days

follow me if you wanna continue to witness my screaming into the void of the internet :blobcatpeek:

ack forgot about needing to find another instance until like. 3 minutes ago :blobfacepalm:

any instance recs?

oh no gotta find a new instance i guess

and figure out account migration and shit :blobscream:

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the mastodon instance at is retiring 

for a lot of reasons, both personal and practical, i don't think i can effectively run a public mastodon instance any more, and i need to retire i want to do this responsibly and make sure everyone has a chance to migrate and export properly, so here is the plan for the instance retirement (feel free to share this link around):

due to ongoing moderation load issues and understaffing, between now and 1 november, the instance may be undermoderated. for other instances, if this poses an issue for you, i encourage you to use federation tools at your discretion. i would only ask that you be clear and public about your decisions so that users can figure out where they will be able to migrate their accounts.

thank you

he's telling me about this "dumb workaround" he figured out for one of his projects (he does CNC machining for fun, because i am descended from *nerds*), and i'm like, "listen, if it's stupid and it works, it's not stupid" and he *LOST HIS MIND* laughing

my guy. dad. padre. what sort of engineers have you spent your *entire professional life* around that you haven't heard that before

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my retired computer engineer father somehow never heard the phrase "if it's stupid and it works, it's not stupid" before i told him that yesterday and now i wanna know what sort of engineers he was hanging around with all these years

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Accidentally faraday-caged my work laptop's wifi card in the middle of a meeting :blobtired:

turns out when you're messing around with metal embossing in your free time and just pile your random art crap from the night before on your closed laptop, you *might* accidentally cover your wifi card in aluminum and block most - but not all - radio waves from reaching it :blobfacepalm:

i'm not trying to parent shame or babysitter shame or anything here, i just. i genuinely don't think i'm doing anything special here but *consistently* i get people telling me i'm *amazing* with their kids, they're *shocked* how good i am with children, and like. i talk to 'em, that's all.

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also: humoring their ideas and being game for shit

look, if a 6-year-old wants to make homemade peach juice and you're just chilling at home with no plans for you or the peaches, why the fuck don't you help her figure out if you can squish a peach sufficiently to get peach juice? she had the idea and approached you with it and y'all weren't doing anything for the next couple hours anyway. go for it.

the number of people who are shocked that i can control a mass of hyperactive sugar fiends by myself just by being willing to talk to them, explain my decisions/requests/reasons for things, and to go along with their (reasonable, safe, and feasible) ideas is just mind-boggling. am i the only babysitter or older relative to figure this out?

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the number of people who do not understand that the best way to respond to kids outside of emergencies is to talk to them like they're humans with a brain and critical thinking skills and empathy is shocking

i spent middle school thru college babysitting and wrangling small children who wildly outnumbered me and i got all of them to genuinely like me as an authority figure cos i didn't yell at them for every little thing

(also yeah they're friggin $8 and they're *little* :blobglare: )

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i don't have to accept terms and conditions to buy chips from the vending machine at the mechanics', and i sure ain't accepting them to buy a $8 cupcake

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nevermind i went to go get one and you have to accept some terms and conditions to buy the cupcake??? nah man

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there is a CUPCAKE VENDING MACHINE in front of my gate at the airport

very tempted to buy one just for the novelty

mom looked at me like, ".... you have mac & cheese recipe?" and i, who had made mac & cheese for my siblings before but did not realize it counted as ~a recipe~ shrugged and tried to remember the spices i put in the sauce

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one of my proudest moments as a cook, human, and eldest child remains the time my brother asked mom to make mac & cheese for dinner and then informed her *over said dish* that she hadn't made it right and needed to get *my* mac & cheese recipe

metro bus driver let me on at a red light half a block after he passed the stop cos I booked it across the intersection - nicest thing someone's done for me all day

thanks man :blobheart:

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the mastodon instance at is retired

see the end-of-life plan for details: