Hmm... I'm *very* tentatively back on the fediverse.

The month-long break has done me some good, but I am taking a look around at different servers I might join.

@maloki "The Dictator's Handbook: Why bad behavior is always good politics". It does an excellent job of explaining why governments (democratic or not) act the way they do, and why high-minded rhetoric rarely matches reality.

CGP Grey made an excellent video summarising the book's ideas.

@kungtotte @thomasfuchs I'm guessing you were never a Sims 3 fan. So many branded part packs and promotional expansions! πŸ˜‚

@fribbledom ah, but stating what you’re *for* opens you up to attack and straw man arguments!

(I’m only half-joking)

Bob talks about his own hair 

Today's terrible discovery during a hair cut is that I have grey hairs. And... there's more than few of them 😱

I turn 30 next April, so I hope in coming years that makes me look "distinguished" rather than "seasoned" πŸ˜‚

The thing that surprises me is I haven't gone bald yet. I have a receding hairline at the front, so one would assume it could happen. πŸ€”

Here's a blast from the past! I re-uploaded an edited version of a response blog post I wrote in 2018 called "My Journey in Code".

@publius that's fair. I think both Star Treks nowadays (Discovery & Pickard) takes their cues from Deep Space 9.

At least they're not another Enterprise, which seemed a bit confused about what it was.

TIL that Star Trek Discovery on Netflix has Klingon subtitles.

@fluttergirly that’s exactly what Sega thought with Sonic the Hedgehog.

We still love the mascot, but the games are... not always good! πŸ˜‚

A 10,000 acre fire started by a gender reveal party is such a 2020 problem!

Stay safe Californians.

US politics / Lake Travis funny 

I don't know who made this image, but they're my new hero πŸ˜‚

(Spotted on birdsite under the hashtag "dumbkirk", and likely made in response to MAGA conspiracies about all the boats sinking at once)

@M33 I think @Gargron has been doing this since 2017, so would he technically be eligible?

If he is though, then good luck! πŸ™‚

Bobs adventures in insomnia + 

I managed 8 hours’ sleep for the first time in weeks! πŸ₯³

(It was 7pm to 3am, but still counts! πŸ˜…)

If you want to know how my public holiday (UK) went yesterday, I discovered it would take 18 hours to download Microsoft Flight Simulator, so I gave up πŸ˜‚

Instead I split the day between playing Stellaris and binge watching β€œGotham” on Netflix.

After a week of vacation time, it’s back to reality this morning. Thank God I’m a remote worker, and have been since before the pandemic.

@goo fair point. Unsolicited opinion based on missing information withdrawn and deleted.

Physical health ~ 

@wolfie if you haven't already bought a mattress topper, it's a game changer. πŸ‘

Technology v society 

How our technology is constructed and the way we use it is a product of IRL American society & the countries that emulate it.

If you want to break the cycle, you have to listen to people you wouldn't normally and examine the wider sociological and political ramifications of what you're creating.

You also need to be aware that you cannot fix complex societal problems with some cleverly-written computer code you wrote on your laptop. Activism requires a *lot* more than that.

@zee this is true. Unfortunately our project doesn't receive enough donations to pay me minimum wage, and invoicing for work I would have done anyway would probably confuse people.

I figure if I just say "here's a way of donating to the project itself to cover costs, and here's a separate way of donating to me" is the most straightforward way to do things πŸ˜…

@trevdev I haven't, but given that Thor's chariot is pulled across the sky by a pair of magic goats this does not surprise me! πŸ˜‚

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