A few of you have asked, so:
It's a long way to go, but I think I found a way to more or less verify my actual identity, here at mastodon.cloud, by using my verified Facebook account to verify myself, here.
Anyway, take your victory lap and collect your prizes. You've made it clear that I'm not welcome here, and even though I disagree with the action this Admin is taking (banning me when I didn't break any rules doesn't seem right), I respect and support the Admin's decision to run their instance the way they see fit.
Please do your very best to be kind to each other. The world is a terrible place right now, and that's largely because it is what we make it.
I know that I'm well-off, well-known, and as a CIS white hetro dude in America, I live life on the lowest difficulty setting. I know that I have very little to complain about.
But I still have feelings, and I really do care about the world and the people in it. What I see is a lot of anger and cruelty directed at the IDEA of me, from people who I just hope don't realize that it really does hurt me, in my heart, to be accused of being someone I am not, and to be the target of a hateful mob. 5/x
This lie that I am anti-trans, or anti-LGBQ, is deeply hurtful to me (I know it's nothing like the pain LGBTQ people deal with every day, as they simply try to *exist* in a world that treats them so badly, but it is still hurtful in its own way to me). I just want to make it extremely clear: that is a lie, and the people spreading it are misinformed.
So I'm leaving the Fediverse, which has treated me with more cruelty, vitriol, hatred, and contempt than than anyone on the birdsite ever did. 4/x
During GamerGate, I was dogpiled and mobbed and brigaded and attacked by thousands of accounts. I started using a blocklist that was supposed to help stop that. I did not know that the blocklist I signed up for also had a lot of trans women on it. When I found out, I did everything I could to remove those women from the list I shared. When there were still innocents on the list, I stopped sharing the list entirely. Despite this, a mob has decided that I'm anti-trans. 3/x
But it's been made very, very clear to me that I am not welcome in the Fediverse, and I hear you. I hoped to find an alternative to the birdsite where I could find the same fun community that existed over there in the beginning, and it's clear to me that I won't be finding that. Before I leave, I want to just make something very clear, because I've spent most of my life being yelled at by people who don't know me at all, and I want the record to be clear. 2/x
I have been notified by an Admin here that they are getting 60 reports a day about my account. As far as I can tell, I'm not breaking any rules, and I've done my best to be a good person here. But this admin is going to suspend my account.
It's the Admin's instance, so I fully support their choice to eliminate a source of frustration, but something to consider: a person who is doing nothing wrong can be run off one instance by a mob from another instance. That seems ... not cool. 1/x
I went to Michael's to get some canvasses yesterday, and if you love Halloween as much as I do, you're gonna want to go to one really soon, because they have SO MUCH AWESOME STUFF right now, and it's going to sell out in a hurry.
I think it was Warren Ellis who called Halloween Goth Christmas, and I love him for that.
"Are you eating chicken mole enchiladas? I like chicken mole enchiladas."
I wonder who patient zero is for today's barrage of harassers and abuse. It's always such a fun mystery.
Thanks for your answers and suggestions. I appreciate it so much that I can ask random questions and kind people will take a moment to answer them.
I am considering Battle for Azeroth, but only if it's possible to solo the quests and enjoy the story that way.
I realize this is sort of counter to the whole reason WoW exists, but I've heard people say that they've had fun doing older expansions solo, so my question to those of you who are veterans: can I play it solo and have fun? Or do I have to play with a group to do anything?
If anyone's interested in me talking about #books, here's an interview I did with #PBS to support and promote The Great American Read: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/blogs/inside-look/qa-with-wil-wheaton/
I did a lousy painting that left me frustrated and annoyed, so I grabbed another canvas, and decided that I was just going to practice mountains. The mountains aren't very good, which is okay, because I am learning and I've only done mountains five times, but I *love* the happy little evergreen on the right, which I made with the fan brush (I can't do them with a 1 or 2 inch brush to save my life).
I'm pretty happy with the sky, too. I had a lot of fun with the clouds.
Ugh. The squirrels have eaten ALL of the heads off of ALL of the sunflowers I planted, front yard and back. Those little fuckers.
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