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Now is probably a good time for an . My name is Daryn 👋 and my wife and I reside in sunny St. Petersburg Florida. We live in a super cool home with a koi pond and 4 koi. Aside from the koi, we have 4 cats (, a bearded dragon named Gummy, and 2 black stray cats that come see us on the daily 🌞 (and nightly 🌚 ). I turned 41 just recently but have had the gift of a youthful face bestowed upon me. I’m a Sr. UX/UI Developer that writes a ton of and . I’m also a traditional and digital artist (working in on an iPad 12” with the Pencil) trying to regain footing. I’m not new to Mastodon but am new to this server and am looking forward to making more connections!

I somehow still remember that the blood code for Mortal Kombat on the Sega Game Gear was "2, 1, 2, down, up" twice during the intro. What a throwback.

I know it’s but let’s shake it up a bit. Here are our new baby koi fitting in with our big ones ❤️

I was today-years-old when I learned that Dante Basco, the actor that played Rufio in the movie Hook, also did Prince Zuko’s voice in Avatar: The Last Airbender. I’ve watched Avatar a ton (we have cats named Toph and Momo) and Rufio is big time childhood nostalgia for me, but I never managed to connect the two

In Microsoft Teams on macOS, if you use MFA and the login popup appears, you can ignore it and continue to use the app like normal. You can view all messages, stay in a meeting, etc. That seems like a _massive_ security flaw.

I block ads on websites.
I block spam phone calls.
I avoid and delete apps that push ads.
I avoid Instagram because the feed is ads galore.
I've put a sign in our yard that warns solicitors and the like to get off our property.

And yet they still persist. Ding dong goes the doorbell. A man trying to sell some service.

There has to be at least one—just ONE—space in life where we are not bombarded by yet another capitalist leach trying to rid us of our hard-earned money; endlessly chipping away at both our sanity and our bank accounts.

I draw the line at restaurants that use the word “forage.”

Every year shortly before July 4, there is a realtor that puts a small American flag in every front yard with their business card taped to the pole. They know that most people will either grab the card and leave the flag, or simply leave it all there as-is. Just a little casual Smoothbrain™ jingoism, mixed with some "clever" marketing tactics.

I snapped that motherfucker in half and threw it in the trash where it belongs.

Windows is the only operating system I’ve ever seen that loses complete control of itself when a single program goes berserk. Useless.

Insanely annoying UX:
preventing the ability to paste a password in a password confirmation field. All that does is deter the use of a password manager that will make a far more secure password than an annoyed human will.

I like going to IKEA and pushing those ridiculous carts around. The Fast and the Furious: IKEA Drift.

I got to eat this amazing scone today. The flavors were all tropical 🌈

I’m thankful to have such a place to escape to during lunch. A spitter pump replacement is on the agenda for today. We also have a small handful of little new koi swimming around and the larger fish don’t seem to bother them (it can become an issue).

Back then, it was mostly grunge given to me by my brothers, but the gist still applies. These days it's a mix of metal.

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Just like childhood, I do my most productive work with metal absolutely fucking blasting in my ears. I grew up with diagnosed ADHD and the only way I could complete homework was with music cranked. My parents were cool about it when I explained why my bedroom was deafening during homework time.

This is a real travel warning in place for anyone coming to the US.

I’ll be honest. If America was a partition in my brain, I would wipe it without even a second thought. Just `sudo rm -rf` that whole thing.

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