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Mr. Big Red Engine ๐Ÿ™Š ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ @HerraBRE@mastodon.xyz

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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.

Minor peeve: When people send me reply-emails about new issues without changing the subject.

This happens a lot with busy people who use their inbox as an address book.

I'm almost tempted to add a feature to , to make it easy to assign a new subject and re-parent such messages to new threads.

I'm sure all the OCD e-mail users would thank me.

That confused feeling when something interesting spam-follows you on Twitter.

Spam is not to be encouraged. The correct reaction is obviously to not follow back.

But I'm interested. ๐Ÿ˜ข

...

Oh hey, I'm being polarising and dogmatic and forgetting there are humans who make these wrong decisions. That makes it OK to follow after all. Maybe?

โ€œLessons from Iceland: the SIC report and its long lasting effect / 10 years after at Sigrรบn Davรญรฐsdรณttir's Icelogโ€
uti.is/2018/06/lessons-from-ic

mh, fatherhood Show more

mh, fatherhood Show more

It's funny, I'm an opt-in guy when it comes to most things digital...

But less so when it comes to health care. Anti-vaxxers want opt-in health care. For all the greater-good anti-anti-vax reasons, I want most public health stuff to be opt-out, even mandatory!

Yes, even if institutional mistakes have been made, time and time again. We learn from mistakes, we improve.

I have a lot of faith and trust that the medical community is mostly trying to make humanity healthier.

Disagreement is OK. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hmm.

I explain to someone that I'm very busy and I don't prioritise support unless people have bought a subscription worth at least $X/month.

Person pays me $X. Once. Expects support.

I am too polite to say Fuck You, but after a back and forth which demonstrates this was not a misunderstanding, I am tempted to refund them and stop answering their mail.

Am I unreasonable?

I have sent e-mails to the MEPs. Have you?
juliareda.eu/2018/06/saveyouri

Every e-mail counts. I know this, because years ago I was an activist fighting similar odds on the ground: rys.io/en/70

So send your e-mails, call your MEPs. Block Article 11 and Article 13 of the Copyright Directive.

Just to clarify, even on Iceland's worst day, we were and are ridiculously privileged to live an a safe, prosperous country. The emotional shock of the crash was real, but it never compared to the crap most of humanity deals with.

I remember sitting at a pizza place in S-America in 2009, reading some Icelandic woman's tragic struggle to afford the monthly payments for her two-garage home.

I gave a little girl in tattered clothes my left-over pizza. Her smile was like Christmas.

Night and day.

Iceland's self-esteem took a beating after the bank crash in 2007/2008.

Nationalistic cheer-leaders had been telling Icelanders they were Superior Viking Stock and had earned prosperity - so when the banks crashed and it turned out our rich elite were basically all fraudsters, that was a nasty reality check for people.

Years of crap ensued; many failed governments, constant protests.

"I'm moving to Norway!"

Oversimplified, but: Tourism fixed our economy. Football is healing our self esteem.

I had fun live-tooting the vs. match yesterday: mastodon.xyz/@HerraBRE/1002147

Although I was flippant and silly about it, it's hard to overstate how big a deal it is for tiny Iceland to be in the at all.

Everyone is caught up in it - even my mum quipped about the Icelandic goal-keeper who frustrated Messi: "Hannes is my hero! ๐Ÿ˜‰"

I was raised in a house of books, sci-fi, computers. Spectator sports were a thing we complained about. I could never, ever have predicted that one! โšฝ

Pancake day! Show more

At a children's party in Italy.

The 3 year olds are significantly better dressed than me...

Live tooting the ball chase Show more

Live tooting the ball chase Show more

Live tooting the ball chase Show more

Live tooting the ball chase Show more