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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‘

Love the cute server I belong to.

Love to see your posts, people!

And it has mental health on it. How cool is that. I love it. ๐Ÿ˜

When you can't sleep, you're up at 4am, your NextCloud server is fucked and you realise you accidentally downgraded the VM to 512MB of RAM. ๐Ÿ™„

Enjoyed today's sobriety app pledge motivational. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

I guess I don't have a point. My therapist would be happy though, I slipped into an emotional place when that music came on and that's a good thing for a guy that used to spend far too much time as a hyper-vigilant guardian of his pack.

If anything, don't neglect your physical self when you're working on your emotional/mental self. The two are inextricably linked, from what you shove into your mouth to how you hold and move your body. Move your mind and body in unison.

And try yoga.



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The weird feeling I get when I listen to this song now is wholly pleasant. It's calming and it takes me inside myself and into a good place. Not at all upsetting (and to be honest, when I was crying my eyes out at it, walking in the dark, I couldn't explain WHY I was crying).

People forget the connection between the mind and the body, whether it's diet (the brain-gut connection) or our experiences. Our nervous systems have memory and unprocessed trauma can sit in there for years. Decades. 2/n

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Bit of an odd one. Some piano music just appeared on Deezer and reminded me of something.

When I was seeing a therapist back in 2019, in the first 10 minutes of our first session we talked about trauma and healing. He mentioned that yoga has a really high success rate in assisting with releasing "locked up" trauma. The shit your nervous system keeps hold of like a coiled memory.

I remember walking back from my first yoga lesson, listening to this song and suddenly bursting into tears. 1/n

That was supposed to be "sooooooo" but fuck it, it works. ๐Ÿบ

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Awoooooo tired. It's all getting a bit Groundhog Day now. Called out for food so an earlyish night after eating, I think. And maybe up early for some quiet writing. G'night and stay safe, fedifam.

Goodmorning #fediverse!

As of today you can apply to my former job! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Think selfhosted servers, IaaC (Ansible) virtualization (KVM, Ceph, Debian, Ubuntu), FOSS apps (Zimbra, Nextcloud, Rocketchat), and Linux Mint desktops.

Are you a #foss and #linux enthusiast AND a #feminist? And are you based around #Amsterdam? Apply before Feb 23!

Mama Cash is the oldest feminist fund in the world. They support womenโ€™s, girlโ€™s and trans groups all over the world. ๐ŸŒ

Really need a self-care day today. So quiet, calm, lots of reading and writing I think.

Unfortunately, it seems my Nextcloud + Collabora installation now craps out on opening my main project document. It's not a massively beefy server and the doc is 160 pages long and growing, so I'm not really surprised. I guess I'll have to think of an alternative, which may end up being my Chromebook + a small Windows box on eldest's ESXi + remote desktop. C'est la vie.

โ˜ฃ๏ธ Boil-washing COVID-contaminated scrubs like a boss. โ˜ฃ๏ธ

Apparently TikTok made sea shanties a thing now. Awesome! Because I'm a sea shanty nerd, I decided to make an "explainer". If you're new to sea shanties, or just want some recs, follow the thread!

#seashanty #seashanties #wellerman


Yesterday was a fucking difficult day, mentally, emotionally and physically. Lack of sleep, working all hours and this fucking virus pushed me over the edge. Feeling a bit better today, thanks to 12 hours of sleep and some familiar rock music from my youth that never fails to cheer me up.

"If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present." -Lao Tzu

If you don't like using Adobe stuff, Affinity Photo/Designer/Publisher are half-price right now


I see so much "anti" stuff on here.
I don't care what you're "anti' - you're just imbuing that which you hate with more power by hating it.

What are you *for* ?

Unless we can let go of hate, we're doomed.


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.

Hm, the diagram in my ukulele book for Em contradicts online examples, as it has the 4th finger on the 4th string and fret as well. I don't know enough theory to know if this is correct.

4432 vs. 0432

Hmm. I'm too tired for such complicated problems.

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