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Oh, hi new followers! Maybe now is a good time for ?

I'm an Icelandic geek who sometimes lives in Italy.

I mostly toot about , , , (or ), , and my work: and .

Sometimes my account is taken over by Mr. Tradomat, a bot who posts confused rants about arbitrage.

I'm not always serious, but it can be hard to tell.

When I was in my late teens, I mostly stopped playing video games.

This was in part because I had given up on writing games myself, so playing no longer qualified as "research". But it was also because I recognized that I'm super obsessive and I'd just play games to the exclusion of all else if I indulged.

This past week I've read 3 full length novels, badly messing up my sleep schedule. The same obsessive behaviour.

Rather than go cold turkey, I am going to attempt moderation.


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Looking in the mirror: Damn boy, how can you look so good when you feel so crap?

Thought about it. Ah yes.

Not wearing my glasses: the original low-tech flattering selfie mode. I'm all blurry and soft.

Also, maybe I should wear scarves indoors more often.

Oh hey, maybe I'm not just bummed out, maybe I also have flu. Bed is good.

Seriouspost to other dudes--

One way to help trans people is being socially open with your own emotions. Talking about how things make you feel, or when things hurt you, really helps trans guys feel normal.

I really struggle a lot with feeling not-really-a-guy because something hurt me. You all being open is a reassuring example sometimes. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

@HerraBRE the last time a male hygiene product ad got the attention of both genders was the Old Spice commercials and people still talk about it and that nine whole years ago

Wow, just found and watched that ad. Made me tear up.

And part of me resents that, I don't like being emotionally manipulated by brands.

Their message is super important and valid though, so I am now wearing my teary confused face.

If I interact with your toots, it's usually because I think you're neat and I want to be friends.

Maybe if I go have a shower, I'll magically no longer feel burned out and sad, and will be able to fix this annoying bug!

He said, fragrantly.

... of course, the flip side of this, is that the person "asking questions" in these cases may just be communicating poorly.

If you go around asking "why X?" when you're actually just venting about Y, you're setting yourself up for unhelpful or even insensitive responses. Getting upset about that is unreasonable and unfair.

Since poor (or at least imprecise) communication skills are actually the norm, not the exception, us geeks just gotta adapt. People who've worked in tech support know this.

Rookie mistake: Assuming people asking questions actually want answers or solutions. Often they just want sympathy.

Techie and engineering minded types have a really hard time not making this mistake. ๐Ÿ˜”

Good news everyone!

2.7 has been declared perfect and the developers are going to stop changing it!

It's so rare to see software projects that actually get finished, we should take heart and inspiration. โค๏ธ

Icelanders are arguing over the clock again. Whether we should switch time zones...

I have opinions on this. Everyone does.

One of my parliamentarian buddies pointed out last night that the timing of this nation-wide flame-fest is suspiciously "convenient" for the government, who have a bunch of very controversial new laws in the pipeline.

The Ministry of Bread and Circuses is real. Hopefully it's also mostly inept.

Unpopular opinion:

Improved recycling schemes in rich countries will do zero to fix the plastic-in-the-ocean problem. Most recycling schemes are feel-good wastes of time and money.

The problem is litter, both by individuals and industry. It doesn't matter how good a recycling program is, if garbage doesn't end up in any bin at all.

I pick up litter from my front yard in Iceland most days. In Italy I step over piles of garbage whenever I go for a walk.

Recycling is a premature optimization.

I liked talk "Attacking end-to-end email encryption" from #35c3

really clarified some things in plain English to me and changed my perception of what e-fail is

Fixing the ocean plastic problem (and all other waste and recycling related problems) in 3 easy steps:

1. Convince all local governments everywhere to care.

2. Pay people (and businesses) good money for their carefully sorted garbage.

3. Finance 2) with taxes on all packaging.

See how easy that was? The only downside is we just made food more expensive for all the poor people, but at least they can make some extra money picking up litter.

Oh, and step 1 might require fixing corruption. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Saw someone on Twitter comparing their selfie from 10 years ago, with their selfie today.

They think their skin has improved with age and better care, all I can think is:

It's funny how something in our culture makes people want to have completely blemish-free, featureless skin. Why, oh why? I've never been attracted to Barbie dolls.

Different strokes for different folks, I guess...

Eating peanut-butter with a pen, because I'm too lazy to go downstairs and get a spoon.

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