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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's just been four days of constant sickness in the household. I'm getting tired and stressed and drained. But we'll manage. Us vs. the world, like it always has and will be.

After teaching my Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) class this morning, a new student said, "Your voice really is something else."

I accepted the compliment, but was tempted to say, "Is it my arm, perhaps?"

New interface for SubQ now I've discarded the idea of having a forward-view in the top-right console.

Depth should be better represented by the blue gradient on the main map, with # symbols still indicating rock/impassible terrain.

The targeting console will be used to display, um, targets. As I plan on a detailed damage system for subs (hull, flooded bulkheads, fires, etc.) this square-based view, a la BATTLECHARS, should work well.

There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth. ~ Mr. Rogers

Revisited my today after a month or so hiatus, mainly as eldest has been revising a lot.

Think I'm going to kill my darling and get rid of the forward view. It's complicated, unintuitive and doesn't bring much to the game.

I'm representing depth on the main map now with gradient colours for water. I think I might work on more complex targets, like hull and component damage, and use the targeting console to indicate that sort of thing.

Temporary mute and hard block list is getting longer by the day, sadly. Look, I get it. I've been an activist longer than a lot of Masto users have been alive. But sweeping generalisations, advocating violence and and unfocused, vitriolic armchair ranting just harm your cause. (He says, ranting from his armchair.)

"Nadiya: Anxiety and Me" just finished on . A really insightful look into how feels and impacts the people who live with it.

Feeling very misanthropic today. Sick of politics. Be it clueless, entitled right conservatives. Or angry, armchair, *ist lefties. Nothing is new.

"At My Father's Wedding" continues to be a challenging, emotional and fulfilling read.

In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel burnout setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective. ~ Dalai Lama

The Monday morning after the Friday afternoon where my final commit totally broke the automatic migration script (Entity Framework Core, no we're not using CI, don't ask).

And my first action of today? Drop and rebuild the (code-first) database.


Working on getting my company tooting. I totally get why we're on Instagram (it's a great channel for actually reaching people) but IG and Mastodon aren't mutually exclusive, are they.

โ“โ“โ“ Question for y'all: do you know of any instances focussed on #sustainability, #ZeroWaste etc.? Because this is what we do and why we exist. (Fuck greenwashing.)

We hit Tier 5 in The Division 2 last night. Fun but frustrating battle in Tidal Basin. Now we'll see how the "endgame" really is. I do enjoy the territory control mechanics though, as well as free roaming. I have a few side missions to complete and a pile of collectables to grab.

Muting a lot of accounts today. Mainly angry-noisy or generally aggressive tooters. I'm not at all interested in seeing that sort of thing in my timeline.

Ugh. Fitness app says 7.6 hours of sleep last night. Brain disagrees. More nightmares. Need to focus on positive, mindful thoughts today.

Waiting for youngest to come back from running his first session. He dropped the idea on me two days ago. So he's not really had time tu read *all the frickin' FFG Star Wars rulebooks* ๐Ÿ˜‚

I'm really excited to hear how it went. And a bit nervous.

Good day to start down his GMing path as well, given the game and the date.

โ€œParticularly alarming is the proportion of young adults whose mental well-being deteriorated over that time-frame. The prevalence of depressive symptoms spiked 39% among Generation Z employees (ages 18-24). While Millennials (ages 25-34) fared a bit better, they also experienced a large jump in their rate of symptoms of depressionโ€”up 24% in those five years.โ€


Ha! New Ghost Recon: Wildlands free mission features Jon Bernthal as totally-not-The-Punisher. Going to have to play through that on my PC. ๐Ÿ’€

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