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Despite having had this account for several years, @krusynth reminded me through his post that I never actually did an for myself. So howdy, I'm Noah. I'm a dad, a engineer recently turned manager, and a run-of-the-mill late forties geek. Work weapons of choice are primarily of the and variety. Once upon a time when I had free time I played D&D whenever possible. I've kept every console gaming system I've ever owned, going back to my Atari 2600.

Oh right! I have not shared my playlist with my peeps have I? A little after my son was born and we were grooving to some David Bowie xmas music my wife put on I was bemoaning the fact that I didn't have a Hanukkah playlist that had more modern artists on it and so I made one. It's had songs move on and off of it over the years but here's the current iteration: I'd love other recommendations if you have them.

"you're just seeing racism everywhere"

in a society that has racism baked into its structure, racism IS everywhere and a lot of patterns and dynamics that wp don't notice or examine are racist. shouldn't be BIPOC to have to continuously point it out but wp won't do the work so

I saw an article today that said “Antisemitic celebrities stoke fears of normalizing hate” and wow…I’m speechless. So card-carrying Jew here, letting you know that Antisemitism was *always* normalized, or have you not been listening to us? Offline I’ve lost track of the backhanded comments. Online, I’ve grown accustomed to seeing Hitler become a meme and so few people say a damn thing. I have no fear of celebrities normalizing hate, this has been most of our normal for time out of mind.

Introducing , , and pipelines to folks who have been doing everything manually their entire professional career is really such a delightful experience. That idempotence lightbulb goes off as they watch it all run and they see all these tasks they have to remember to do being done for them. It’s become a rare experience for me as most companies by now at least have *some* automation but it’s fun when I find the occasional company that has no like in my current gig.

2022 Microsoft Teams Unwrapped

You spent 4,182 minutes talking on mute.
You attended 15,011 meetings that could have been an email
You visibly nodded thoughtfully at totally implausible ideas 623 times

Adding "Gate" to the end of any scandal is incredibly lazy...unless it involves the because then we can call it "elongate" and I find that funny as the humor center of my brain is oft an 8-year-old who had one too many pixie sticks. I do still often wish for a scandal involving Dr. Crusher from Star Trek: TNG and a barn door so we can see if we'll be gifted a GatesGateGate.

I’m pretty tired right now. And as frequently happens when I’m tired, my brain skips about like someone is playing with the radio tuner in my brain. This often leads to interesting song or quote juxtapositions. Tonight’s particular mashup paired the intro to Voltron with the intro to MTV’s Real World: “This is the story of the superforce of space explorers, picked to live in a loft and have their lives taped” and now I’m trying to figure out if that’s basically just the plot to Voltron anyway.

Birdsite Shitposting 

Pretty sure is getting close to the point where ol' is going to start putting golden tickets in bags of coffee and boxes of tea so that "lucky" engineers who find one can come work in his wonderland. I'm not insinuating he is anything like Willy Wonka by the way, just that it's someone else's idea so given his history and track record, he'll likely steal that and claim he invented the idea.

Unfortunately I have to stop actively working on #Metatext for a while due to health issues. I really wish I could implement Mastodon 4 features and squash every bug, but it's not possible for me to do so right now.

I know the app has become important to a lot people, so I'm open to a new maintainer who can carry on its values of privacy and accessibility taking it over if there's interest and a fit. Email if you (or your organization) are interested

I know during the dark days of many warriors strive for the halls of . Sadly I am no such warrior for I love the song "Last Christmas" and Wham! in general. As I have listened to it by choice, my wound is self-inflicted so the doors to will forever remain closed to me. I am destined for an eternity in George Mike-Hel.

When I started my professional career and I interviewed with companies, I used to ask "Does your company support a healthy work/life balance?" Around a decade ago, I started to see the uselessness in that question and I changed the format a bit. Now I ask, "What does your company do to *encourage* a healthy work/life balance?" Chances are, everyone will say they support a work/life balance but if they have no answer to what they do to encourage it, that gives you very useful information indeed.

The problem no one ever talks about is how often you will randomly hanker for a hunk of cheese.

I'm enjoying that my feed is filled with just , , , , , , , and . I'm sure there probably is a way to monetize Mastodon content but I admit, I'm enjoying the lack of hustle that's here right now. It was quiet here for a good stretch, it's been nice having all these new neighbors.

May all my fellow dormouse, badgers, rabbits, foxes, and other creatures of the forest have a fabulous Feast of Redwall if it is your day to do so. If not, I hope something tasty and relaxing awaits you at the end of your day and other feasts are in your future.

Violence, Opression, and the World Cup 

I'm not sure why folks are disputing the attendance numbers reported for the Senegal/Netherlands game. They're clearly including the bodies of the slaves buried under the pitch in that count.

Where my Black Autistics at?

How'd you first know?

I need to see something.

#BlackMastodon #autistic #BlackJoy

Trig Warning 

"Eating too much cake is the sin of gluttony. However, eating too much pie is OK because the sin of pi is always zero."
--Robert H. Woodman (25 July 2021 on the birdsite)

🛑 BREAKING: The European Parliament adopts a resolution declaring Russia a terrorist state.

Putin's regime is a state sponsor of terrorism, complicit in war crimes & must face the international consequences.

I am by no means the arbiter of cool, I do however have some pretty well-defined lines around uncoolness. Elon Musk and Jordan Peterson are pretty ok with nazis and fascists sharing their space so they are demonstrably uncool. The two of them attempting to excoriate Trent Reznor over him not wanting to be on Musky’s shitshow of a website is genuinely hilarious. “Yeah I know you helped define a musical genre and are an award-winning composer but you’re not as cool as my birdsite!” I’m dying.

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