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I'm Andy and I'm the admin of

My interests are covered in my profile. On I've briefly known the Black Dog in the past and work hard to keep him on a leash. My wife lives with bundled with and (though has a grip on all of them) and her illnesses are one of the things that drive me to be so passionate about support and care. Which is why I set up this Masto instance; a safe place to socialise and chat. ๐Ÿ‘

IT folks, have vendors ever flat out lied to you? If so, how badly? And have you called them out on it?

I'm currently dealing with the worst vendor in the world who insist on giving us misinformation about our contracts. #foss #IT

New article! An interview with award winning director Kate Madison and director of photography Neil Oseman, as they work to crowdfund the second season of their independent fantasy webseries Ren:

#RenewRen #Webseries #Fantasy #Film #CreativeToots

I need to stop waking at 5am and settle my sleep patterns. They've been a mess for a week now.

Aside from that, a great roleplaying session yesterday. Some of the most relaxed, organic RP I've done in years and some great interactions with my group (most of whom are very new to the hobby). I really, really enjoyed my day.

My Dwarf Cleric is down in the first round of combat (thanks to our Rolemaster-meets-D20 house combat system). 155 points of damage in one breath attack (halved due to Plate of Lightning Resistance, not that it helped).

Fortunately, today is the day he retires, one way or another!

Now leaving Shitsville, Manchester. A three hour journey each way for a 5 minute scolding from a neurologist. Fun times.

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Guys could someone lend me 1.2 million euro please? I could really use an entire village in Portugal for my retreat ๐Ÿ˜

Kale and eggs for breakfast and I'm not even a Millennial. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Finished the first two parts of my new D&D character background last night. Level 0 to 1 and later, 1 to 2.

Writing first person narrative is difficult. Writing it from a female perspective as a middle-aged male, an order of magnitude moreso. ๐Ÿค”

Is it normal to be in denial when you know all warning signs of depression.

Looking for a place (probably a VM somewhere) to host my Nextcloud. I've currently got it on a bog-standard web hosting account but it's a bit slow and falls over at inopportune moments.

Does anyone have any recommendations? My previous go-to VM provider was bought out a while back and is no longer really worth it. Small / UK / ethical / co-operative firms preferred! Any ideas?

I do want to pay. I've seen a few free services around but those can disappear at any time and this is for work. :)

Ooooh IoM TT on Xbox Game Pass. I don't like racing games usually but as I've been to the TT, love bikes and hope it has a casual Mad Sunday mode, I'll grab that and give it a go.

Morning. Should be a fun day. Might stay indoors and read a book.

I've got a strange question for you, #fediverse and apologies if this seems a bit forward.

I love my dog. Believe me, he is living his best life here for hopefully many more years. But I really need a vacation.

Are there people in the Netherlands interested in looking after Jazz for a few days? ๐Ÿถ Daycare is insanely expensive and all my friends and family have fulltime jobs/live in tiny apartments/have a million cats.

British terms of endearment:

- โ€œYouโ€™re not all badโ€
- โ€œI quite like you, in a wayโ€
- โ€œIโ€™ll let you buy the first roundโ€
- โ€œHelp yourself to chipsโ€
- โ€œYou daft sodโ€
- โ€œTea?โ€

...and bathed. And really hungry. And too tired to cook. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Walking home from listening to Luke Howard and gazing at the stars.

Lazy day. Some gaming, some writing, worked on my new D&D character, watched some TV, did a bit of programming. Now cooking Mr Brain's Faggots for my tea.

Lazy day. ๐Ÿ˜

We gave teenagers smartphones. Did we rob them of an inner life? | Johanna Leggatt

Teens, more than anyone, need time spent in solitude, where emotions are processed and the brain powers down
There are many reasons to fret about our relationship to technology, not least of which is the way smartphones, and their slot machine-like apps, have hooked us so thoroughly. Thanks to these miniature overlords many of us now boast the attention span (and manners) of a toddler, and, like prisoners on parole, are physically incapable of moving about without our electronic monitoring devices on us at all times.
When adults behave this way itโ€™s depressing and odd, but when teenagers step into this world โ€“ not having known an alternative reality โ€“ the problem becomes a social concern.
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