My #introduction toot!
I'm Andy and I'm the admin of mentalhealth.social.
My interests are covered in my profile. On #mentalhealth I've briefly known the Black Dog in the past and work hard to keep him on a leash. My wife lives with #BPD bundled with #anxiety and #depression (though has a grip on all of them) and her illnesses are one of the things that drive me to be so passionate about #MH support and care. Which is why I set up this Masto instance; a safe place to socialise and chat. 👍
I just heard that @tom79 is closing his account and leaving here - manily because of ill-will towards him.
You know, in many ways, Mastodon is no different from Twitter or any other Social Media platform.
It is peopled by humans. Most humans are looking for a scapegoat for their misery - someone of something to blame.
16kg of flour delivered (and a nice gift from the supplier of a couple of bags of gluten free flour). I'd like to point out I ordered this before Lockdown 3.0 was announced. Now...to elevate my bread making skills to the next level. 😎
Think I'll buy a bread cloche or possibly a new dutch oven to replace the battered old Le Creuset I'm currently using.
And my marathon CP2077 session comes to an end. I've put in maybe 40-50 hours since Thursday evening, performance issues and all (Xbox One S, though the kids are playing on PC and it looks gorgeous).
I have over three decades of the 'punk universe in my blood, most from running the TTRPG. Night City and its stories have been a part of my life and gaming friendships since I was a teenager in the '80s, and I've fallen in love with the game and many of its characters, bugs, warts and all.
Today's sourdough! 800g organic flour (10% rye), 10g salt, 500g water, 300g levain.
Started yesterday with a 1 hour autolyse, added the levain and kneaded in. Four folds, 30 minutes apart. Shape and ferment for another 3 hours, shape again and 14 hours overnight in the fridge in bannetons. Dutch oven and ice cubes at 450F for 30 minutes, then 30 minutes with the lid off.
COMMENT “Me!” IF YOU'D LIKE TO WIN TRUFFLE CHOCOLATE KRUIDNOTEN! 🥳🥳
🇳🇱 In two days, on December 5th, we're celebrating #Sinterklaas! A time when Dutchies get presents and eat lots of kruidnoten. I'm sending one lucky non-Dutch #Mastodon user a bag of the finest #kruidnoten: the rare truffle chocolate ones! 🤤
If you'd like a chance to win this glorious bag of kruidnoten, then comment “Me!” under this toot. I'll randomly select someone on the evening of December 5th.
Last night consisted of Maltesers and re-watching Strange Days, which I've not watched for well over a decade. Kathryn Bigelow is an outstanding directory and both Angela Bassett and Ralph Fiennes make that movie. It's a cyberpunk classic and still stands out today. And the story is pretty fucking relevant right now.
Awesome soundtrack too.
My bread-fu is improving. Since lockdown v1 I've been dabbling with baking bread, including growing a sourdough starter ("Doughbi-wan"). Applying more of my undergraduate microbiology skills than anything else.
This is the result of an improvised recipe using starter discard after I fed him last night + overnight proofing that didn't seem to do much. Looks good.
Breadmaking is also my go-to when my mental health is poor or my vulnerabilities are high. I recommend it.
It's November and we put the tree and lights up whilst @Jo shopped for nice food and extra decorations. Normally, I'm a bah humbug kind of guy but fuck it, it's been a toss year and every single one of us deserves a bit of fun. It was also really enjoyable spending the afternoon doing decorative house stuff with both the boys.
We're looking for a mid-level dev!
Location: Manchester, UK (office + some home working)
Req: C#, .NET Framework/Core, ASP.NET, EF, one/both VueJS/Angular, SQL + RDBMS principles, VCS (Subversion and/or Git), primarily working under Windows.
Comfortable testing own code, PRing others, communicating openly and clearly, following established procedures (we're ISO27K1/9001 certified), full SDLC (req. gathering to post-rollout) and working to deadlines.
DM for info. 👍
Dev. AppSec/InfoSec guy. Writer. Hubs. Dad. Punk of Many Colours. Mental Health First Aider & Advocate. Middle-aged Northern Brit. Sweary. Simplifying life. Lert.
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