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Realised I've never written a proper intro, so: My name is Tomas. I generally enjoy people being excited and nerdy about obscure topics and special interests. I'll probably be posting mainly about:

- tech stuff: I do web hosting tech support for a living, I run a Mastodon instance on snacka.org, and am learning some programming and other computer stuff.

- music: I enjoy many types of music, but particularly post-rock (hate the term, though) and analogue synth music.

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- politics: I'm on the left-wing side of things, guess you could call it libertarian socialist-ish but pragmatic about actual real politics.

- veganism: I've been doing the vegan thing for several years now. Really enjoy cooking but don't get around to it much these days unfortunately. Used to do some animal welfare & rights activism for a few years.

- language: have studied a fair bit of English and Swedish, also Spanish which (very rusty), lingustics and literature. I enjoy words and puns.

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I very much liked the short story "Lena" by qntm (qntm.org/mmacevedo) when I first read it sometime last year. I just read the author's blog post about it (qntm.org/uploading), which made me like it even more. Anyone who enjoys science fiction, or just enjoys a good idea for a short story, should read it!

I spent my commute today doing some (very basic introductory) reading about Nginx configuration, and surprised myself by feeling like "maybe I actually get this?" Refreshingly, the beginner's guide on nginx.org felt pretty readable. Otherwise, my experience with new tech stuff is having to search YouTube and random articles to find something noob friendly. Hope it stays that way, but keeping expectations low.

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The Framework laptop is looking pretty damn cool. My current laptop is quite old, but besides the battery being dead since long it's doing okay. Last couple of years I've been dual booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu & using Linux more and more.

I'm hoping Framework launch a Nordic keyboard option and start shipping to Sweden before I need to get a new one. Would love to have a nice laptop running Linux only, maybe still having a desktop with Windows for gaming and such.

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- politics: I'm on the left-wing side of things, guess you could call it libertarian socialist-ish but pragmatic about actual real politics.

- veganism: I've been doing the vegan thing for several years now. Really enjoy cooking but don't get around to it much these days unfortunately. Used to do some animal welfare & rights activism for a few years.

- language: have studied a fair bit of English and Swedish, also Spanish which (very rusty), lingustics and literature. I enjoy words and puns.

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Realised I've never written a proper intro, so: My name is Tomas. I generally enjoy people being excited and nerdy about obscure topics and special interests. I'll probably be posting mainly about:

- tech stuff: I do web hosting tech support for a living, I run a Mastodon instance on snacka.org, and am learning some programming and other computer stuff.

- music: I enjoy many types of music, but particularly post-rock (hate the term, though) and analogue synth music.

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I have complained before about Mastodon/ActivityPub/Fediverse’s slavish copying of the Twitter workflow, with very few (but important) innovations, and two recent observations:

#CoryDoctorow @pluralistic posted on them being fine being unfollowed by folks who are there for one topic but not others that he writes about, and specifically calls out platforms’ inflexibility and ossification, including #Fediverse: “honestly, if you don’t want to read (some of) what I want to write, and you’ve chosen to follow me on a platform that doesn’t let you pick out the stuff you want and hide the stuff you don’t, that’s your problem, not mine” doctorow.medium.com/so-youve-d

And then #JaneManchunWong drops a bombshell: Twitter itself is… innovating in this space (!?) and revisiting the early web2.0 #folksonomy ideas that Doctorow mentions and that Tumblr still operates on: nitter.it/wongmjane/status/155 you’ll be able to tag a tweet as “a thread”, “spoiler alert”, “need advice”, “AMA”, “shower thought”, etc. I… like it actually!

I see a lot of folks including Doctorow put a lot of manual labor into segregating their writing output and I’d like to see this made simpler. Statuses are a small step but it’s so refreshing to see innovation so close to the mainstream. I’d love to see Mastodon innovate aggressively in this way too.

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I have now GM’d two sessions of the Alien RPG. I’m running Chariot of the Gods from the Starter Set, the first published cinematic scenario for the game. Will probably finish it next session. It’s been fun, but hard to get my head around the system and genre. Players say they are enjoying themselves, so I guess I did alright, but I’m already looking forward to running the same scenario for a different group because of all the things I want to improve.

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Maybe it’s time to quote some stanzas from a poem that I generated from Twitter’s Terms of Service:

you have a Privacy
and a public profile
you must provide us
illegal goods or services

you install another application
and other account features
you are an advertiser
access or search the Services

you may be exposed
and Change of Ownership
you do choose to
your use of the Services

You can choose to
and any other appropriate
you with certain communications
or Content on the Services

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One was given to Monica, in his life
One was given to Erica, by his side
One was given to Sandra, in the sun
One was given to Mary, all night long
But they were all of them deceived. Deep in the fires of Mount Doom, the dark lord Lou Bega forged a master mambo, Mambo No. 5

CW: Food 

Being a junk food vegan has never been easier, and I love it! Had a double McVegan for dinner, and have cheesy snacks (vegan version of this Swedish classic premiered last week!) and salty caramel non-dairy milk chocolate for weekend snacks.

You don’t have to live on just salad to be vegan!

Recently found that Bad Bad Hats have done a series of themed livestreams during covid times, with a mix of covers and stripped down versions of their original songs.

youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfI

So many good performances! Will probably end up downloading and splitting many of these into MP3s. Niche stuff like this is part of why I've been meaning to set up Ampache for quite a while now - maybe this will be the one that finally makes me get around to it.

Got dose 2 of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday. A bit of a temperature, feeling achy and sluggish, but nowhere near as bad as first dose. So a happy surprise there. I’ve been hoping to be well enough to work tomorrow, and I think I’ll able to.

Science can be pretty cool. I’m definitely more of a transhumanist now than before the vaccines, heh.

Bad Bad Hats - Midway

Bad Bad Hats have some incredibly catchy tunes, this included. The arrangement And production is spot on too, love those claps and the guitar tones. And Kerry Alexander has a very unique voice too, in a good way. Would recommend checking out their albums Psychic Reader and Lightning Round.

youtu.be/ZOUC6m82xEc

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Centaur alignment chart where the top left is a traditional horse centaur, "true neutral" is a sphinx, and the bottom right is Banjo-Kazooie

Tides From Nebula - Only With Presence

Always found this band name a little goofy, reminds me of like an anime title or something. Absolute classic of a song though! Songwriting like this is something I look up to, that post-rock and pop combination, very catchy. Something I often try and fail at with my own music. Great use of effects as well, just a solid track. I haven’t listened to their later albums all that much, anything good on there?

youtu.be/n9_pIla12qA

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Sleep

I suppose GYBE don’t really need an introduction, do they? This was one of those tracks that just blew my mind and pulled me down the post-rock rabbit hole, big time. It’s just so BIG and so SAD and majestic and simply an amazing piece of music. If you’ve somehow missed this, give it a listen why don’t you?

youtu.be/7EGTD7azzWk

Covenant - I Scan the Surface

In my early-to-mid teens I was very into synth pop and some related genres, and Covenant was probably my very favorite band for a while. I kind of grew out of it (still love me some bubbly analogue synths and good pop melodies though) and haven’t really kept up with their post-Skyshaper output. Discovered this gem late, and just find it very cool - the atmosphere, the mystique, the very Covenant-y sound palette.

youtu.be/TaHOmSmMYV0

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