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Long ago, I thought I was special, different than everyone else, and I was surrounded by adults who reinforced that thought daily.

Eventually, I realized that I was special, different than everyone else, and so was every other person in the world.

They left out the important bit. We're each special and different and that's what makes us awesome.

I celebrate your special difference, friends, each of you. May it bring you the joy in the coming years that it has brought me getting to know each of you during the last few.


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waxing nostalgic for the near future by way of the near past - 2000 chars, involves feels 

I remember showing up over here by following the jetsam [1] of the first infosec migration across the tumultuous seas of microblogging, slightly disoriented but little worse for wear.

There was a lot of space back then. You could swing a raccoon in a circle around your head [2] without having to worry about giving someone a faceful of frenetic fur. [3] Fewer than twenty-five thousand souls inhabited this archipelago [4] at that point, gathering on a handful of islands.

I was pretty sure I was destined to be consumed [5] by those who had arrived before my cohort.

In a way, I was. I am no longer the person I was when I arrived here. I have been changed by this place. I have been changed by this ever-changing group of groups of people. I have been changed by you. [6]

Fierce storms will batter these little islands. Battles will arise. Pain and grief are by-products of interaction.

But so are laughter and cheer and warmth and contentedness.

And love.

My neighbors, the very least that I wish for each and every one of you is to find days so filled with love that there's no time for hate and nights so restful that you rise burning with the force of the sun within you.

Mend what is broken. Build shelters you need. Make mistakes and make them count. This is your world and mine and it will be exactly what we make it, but the sky is the limit if we keep looking up instead of bringing ourselves down.

Thanks for being here, thanks for being you, and thanks for listening to the rambling of a silly old dog.


[1] unbeknownst to many, stale infosec memes are extremely buoyant
[2] assuming the raccoon consented to be swung such
[3] assuming someone wasn't throwing their face at the nearest bit of fur
[4] h/t to @priryo for and @sydneyfalk for
[5] :blobnom:
[6] assuming I consented to be changed such [7]
[7] I did

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this is my semi-regular yet aperiodic reminder that this place here is a distributed federated version of Callahan's as far as I can tell and that is one of the most bestest things that can be.

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Every one of you is precious and wonderful and unique and necessary and deserving of life and love and peace.

Anything your brain does to try to convince you otherwise is a mean trick.

Please try to remember this. Remember it unceasingly.

the vm that is the toot-lab has now survived moves across four different hardware hosts, conversion across three hypervisors, and a change in disk format three times.

that is, in technical terms, not too fucking bad tbh.

good afternoon.

the toot-lab's migration has completed.

your :sidekiqman:​s are pummeling us appropriately.

I'll make sure everything's running ok and then I'll pull a prestige on the other copy of the toot-lab VM (which is now getting more and more stale as your :sidekiqman:s kick).

gonna let things catch up a bit and then I'll be around.



listen, universe, I've been good. I've put up with a lot. I don't require much. I'm just asking for one person to get federally indicted and have the last name Trump, for entertainment purposes only since I have zero faith in and support for the system itself. thanks in advance, rest of me, for your consideration of this small request.

music, drug mention 

hot take: The Derek Trucks Band was a better stoner jam band than any of the stoner jam bands were.

Soothed my consumerism bruised by the lack of pinecil availability by ordering the pinebook pro dock instead.

Will let you know how it performs when it arrives.

Good morning.

I really was digging the latin vibes we started on Sunday, so I let it run through Monday, but now it's Tuesday Bluesday, so Sundogistani Public Radio will be changing formats after this track.


(wouldn't it be cool if the toot-lab could signal your instance that it'd be offline until a different signal was received to cut down on predictable delivery failures?)

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Service alert: the toot-lab will be offline later today to migrate its virtual self to a different physical location.

Word to your :sidekiqman:

I just completed "Report Repair" - Day 1 - Advent of Code 2020

(I just used a "share this" link on a website that let me share to the toot-lab because it felt novel; I won't keep doing this all month, I promise.)

planning to steal a LISP is conspiracy to cons-piracy

I remember the first time I saw "Stripes"

when Winger's girlfriend started going off

Then you drive your cab, what, a couple hours? You come home, you order out food...and then you play those stupid Tito Puente albums until 2:00 in the morning!

I really felt that. Like, that sounded like a pretty sweet setup tbh.

cyberpunk hot take: the cloud is just low-rent coffin hotels for your data and just as seedy. make sure you wipe everything down.

news from the future, shitpost 

2020 is closing out in true 2020 style as Guinness confirms a world record for an O'Henry-esque chain of bittersweet gifts given and received reaching a total of 1.7 billion individuals worldwide, including eleven thousand individual gifts all given or received by Gregor Noel of Delaware Water Gap, PA, none of which were usable in any way by their recipients.

For anyone following along, I've yet to get my pinebook1080's eDP display to work when connected to my rockpro64's eDP port.

Been trying with manjaro, going to give ayufan's ubuntu images a try and see if they're happier with the prospect.

Good morning.

Ajit Pai is leaving the FCC on January 20th.

We are blessed.


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