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Mike ๐Ÿฅ‘ @mike@chinwag.org

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I guess a new post is in order!

I'm Mike, I run lots of little services on the big, bad internet and they're mostly centered around , which I find is a pretty neat area.

Aside from that I'm into , , and - I run some open mic rooms in and dabble a little in standup myself.

Attached is a picture of my first ever appearance.


Just a quick tip for anyone saying they're having difficulty making connections here (I'm seeing this pop up more than once).

Honestly, just be genuine. Share your passions ( with hashtags so the right folk can see them ), engage with other people about theirs. Like real life( but with hashtags).

People are less likely to engage with you if all you're doing is complaining people aren't coming to you.

It can be daunting, but it's fun.

Recent pet peeves: It's not a podcast if I can't subscribe to it with my podcast tuner - i.e. an RSS poller that downloads MP3s from enclosures.

It's not a podcast if it's locked into a platform app. A YouTube video is not a podcast. A Twitch stream is not a podcast. Those all might be "periodic timeshiftable subcription" things but they're not podcasts

For the first Pitchfork #cat, here's the best boy ever, who's been tripping me over for 15 years now.

If having a coffee in the morning doesn't wake you up, try deleting a table in a production database instead.

Hello #fediverse please consider hosting your videos on my (very small) peertube instance [betamax.video]. I have the best domain name. betamax.video/videos/watch/20b

The original source code for the Furby:

seanriddle.com/furbysource.pdf (PDF)

Some of the opcodes may be MOS 6502. Which makes sense since the toy used a variant according to this teardown:


In 2007 I took my 7 year old kid Eris out to see Comet McNaught. It was a great little event and a cheap special event for a working single dad. Over the years since we've shared a lot of other stuff too, not least a love of Adventure Time. Simon and Marcie story resonates a lot for us.

Today is my birthday and I got given an original painting by Eris based on a photo from that night. It's the best thing I've ever been given.

I had to get up at 6:30am today to drive my kid to the airport, so naturally I woke up at 5am needing to pee and was unable to get back to sleep again.

I'm not going to be very useful at work later today.

I wrote a follow up to my #Mastodon post, following lots of feedback. Thanks everyone!

This one goes in to the basics of the Mastodon UI and how to get started.


#introduction #introductions

I'm pretty awful at writing these things. I think I'm just genetically ill-disposed to tooting my own horn. That said, I've been urged to write something. So this is that thing. Firstly, the absolutely most important stuff, I'm an eternally lucky husband and father of two. And I love to game. Video games, tabletop games, board games....if I can find time for it, I'll play it.

It was really tempting to leave it until exactly 20 years but I've met me and I know I'd miss it somehow and just end up cursing to myself on July 3rd and setting another calendar reminder for 2029.

Finding new people to follow is hard for newbies on any platform. I'm hoping that #Trunk can help. What I need is people volunteering to be on lists so newbies can follow a bunch of people right away. Please reply to this post if you agree to be on a list. Feel free to suggest new lists that I haven't thought of. (Living in my own filter bubble, I know!) Please boost!
Also looking for more lists. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

This site feels OVERWHELMINGLY populated by men. Ladies, where you at?