Some of you may have noticed from around the start of June that some of your followers have disappeared.

Long story short, I fucked up and that's on me. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. There's a technical reason behind it to do with users from other instances eating up disk space with their avatars/headers and Mastodon caches them forever.

By the time I realized it didn't make sense to restore the database from a backup because weeks had past.


ProTip: Remember to check your URLs for "utm_*" parameters

E.G. If I see:
"?" at the end of the URL you shared, I know you got it from Reddit

Or "utm_campaign=newsletter0120" tells me you probably copied it from an email sent in January of last year

These are never needed to actually reach the page you're sharing. They're just for analytics (UTM tracking modules) and will reveal where you get your information (to us and the site), which may cause privacy issues


"respects your freedom" my ass

you certify a wireless card with an onboard firmware blob as "RYF" but don't certify basically exactly the same card with the same firmware when it's loaded by the OS. how can a wifi card with actual blobs on it be "freedom respecting" but rust isn't because [checks notes] you'd have to rebrand forks??? what?????

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if you set up a computer program to listen for a keystroke, delay for a short amount of time, and then flash the screen, a human that presses the keys will eventually stop perceiving that delay

then if you remove the delay, the human will believe that the computer is anticipating their keystrokes

human senses are garbage

both of your eyes have a blind spot. each of them covers for the other one

close one eye? now your brain is just guessing

a fun fact

every time you dart your eyes around, not only does your brain automatically erase the data of "that smeared blur i saw for a moment", it also takes what you see when your eyes stop moving and retroactively inserts it as a memory for that moment. that's why if you look at your watch, it seems to take longer for the second hand to tick the first time

human senses are garbage

Hey, my computer is being pretty wonky and I need to replace most of the parts ASAP, so I'm doing some commissions again so I can afford it. If you've been waiting for me to open up comms again, here's your chance!

covid-19, worry, uni 

and yes, I am casually trying to see how things are going. I'm gradually getting more terrified as I get closer to uni starting because I'm worried we'll enter lockdown after I've already had to move there and then it'll be a logistical nightmare to get back.

(I'm quite pessimistic given how bad the stats have been the past few weeks :blobnervous:)


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covid-19, tech 

hm. the covid-19 dashboard for the UK's dead atm it seems, with a *super descriptive* (/s) error message, and the API simply sends nothing.

(the API definitely doesn't send any data; I checked in Chrome. It's not my lib at fault, I'm pleased to say!)

Spoiler: The Outer Worlds Peril On Gorgon; media (Kotaku) 

... I see Kotaku paid so little attention they didn't notice that in what they call the "good" ending, Minnie and Olivia are working on a *cure*, not the drug...

It's almost like you're supposed to pay attention to dialogue in a dialogue-driven game in order to appreciate the ending...

At least they noticed there were 3 endings, unlike the earlier coverage.

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Spoiler: The Outer Worlds Peril On Gorgon 

I find it funny how everything about the DLC so far suggests there's 2 endings and is all "omg the persuasions don't give a diplomatic end!!!" but like... I'm currently ending it diplomatically because fun fact: skill checks aren't the way to go. Knowledge > Charisma.

Anyway, I love this DLC. It's good.

In other news, I really wish Mastodon had proper Markdown support. RIP.

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Oh neat, Chrome finally has tab groups.

~~Now I can stop being criticised every time I screenshare / send a screenshot...~~

High-level computer programs are

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Algorithms are

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Math is

Mastodon has a notes thing on profile pages now? Huh.

Is that new or did I just not notice?


Ugh, feeling way too stressed / anxious lately and not sure why. :/

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