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Passing thought for trans folk, gender fluid, non-binary, etc.

In the Hungarian language, all pronouns are gender neutral.

ő == he or she
őt == him or her

OTOH, most Hungarians (at least outside of Budapest) are still pretty old-school in their views on gender identity.

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The 9-to-noon protocol

I've been too distracted for too long by too many ancillary things in my life. Seems like I hardly ever write any actual code any more. Prolly average < 1/2 hr/day. Am I even allowed to call myself a programmer at that point?

Implementing new "9-to-noon" protocol, effective immediately. 3 hrs/day (minimum) devoted to coding. Not dinking with editor/IDE configs, not getting lost in Man pages, not binge-reading StackOverflow threads ... actual coding.

... and ... go.

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An American in Sopron, pt 1,

I am an American expat, of Hungarian ancestry. Hungary allows for jus sanguinis (right of blood) citizenship, and thanks to that, I am now a Hungarian citizen, as well. I moved here about a year ago, for political reasons (details to follow, eventually).

Until now, I've used Mastodon intermittently, mainly as a tech-y news exchange. Moving forward, I hope to use it as an actual daily micro-blog about my life and experiences here in the EU (and beyond?).

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An American in Sopron, pt 2,

I'm mainly targeting my friends and family, both here and back in the US, but perhaps others will find it interesting, as well.

I will mainly be making posts visible only to my followers. If this interests you, maybe you want to follow me. If you follow me now for my FOSS/tech stuff, well, most of my friends are nerds, too, so that's not going away, but there'll be less of it, so maybe prune me off of your list (it's probably getting too long, anyway, right?)


It's been 10-15 days since I checked in.

But as of this morning, your posts (and your boosts) are all I see in my regular "Home" feed. Same thing both in my mobile app and in the browser.

I follow 50+ people, some quite chatty. Through my profile, I can visit their profiles, and see their recent posts there ... but I still do not see those posts in my regular feed.

Anyone else receive this? Seeing the same issue? Suggestions?

Please write back to confirm you got this. thx.

Anyone in The using downloaded from any alternate (Android) source besides the Google Play store? I see it's available on ... does that work? Any tips?


Hi @gael

I don't know if you already saw/tooted it, but /e/OS got a detailed test-run and a good review at It'sFOSS! the other day.

... here it is:

What is the deal with "butter flavor"? Is it just me? I like the texture, and it seems to make other things taste better, but butter itself? I taste little or no flavor at all.

Is this a genetic thing, like being able to roll your tongue?

Moving to The next month, specifically The Hague.

Any Dutch Mastos want to chat? Meet up? Warn me off?


Hoi @Gina,

Here's an "out of Left Field" question for you. How are the avocados there in Amsterdam? Good quality? Expensive?

I'm a big avocado-and-guacamole fan(-atic) ... and I recently discovered that, for some reason, Amsterdam is the main central entry- and distribution point t/out the EU for avocados.

So now I'm hoping to discover that avocados are good and cheap there ...

Hi @IzzyOnDroid

I want to learn to help out at , core Maintainer-stuff. As a hands-on practice project, I am writing a simple game to share there, to learn how to contribute and maintain apps, etc.

I am on both of the Git??bs, but I'm hosting my game-project on Codeberg, and would like to build/submit it from there directly.

I'm also reading thru this Issue, , and ... IDK, just thought I'd ping you, for guidance or whatnot.


I'm an American expat, living in Hungary (and kinda regretting that), planning on moving to the (probably the Randstad area, probably in/near the Hague). I'm looking to meet Dutchies here on Mastodon who like to chat about their homeland and life below sea level.

PS: Ik spreek een beetje Nederlands (dankuwel, Duolingo), but for now at least, English please.

Any takers?

Hoi @Gina

Not sure what your current work status is, but isn't/wasn't this basically what you do/did?

Any thoughts/opinions on the courses?


Using , I just noticed a "tracking anti-feature" flag on my preferred note-taking app, Standard Notes ... but I can't find any info on it. And Standard Notes claims, pretty explicitly, not to track anything at all ever.

Anybody have any info? @IzzyOnDroid ?

Is F-Droid wrong or is Standard Notes lying?

Shower thought ...

Outside of the porn industry, is there such a thing as professional penis and vagina models?

Covid question.

Some countries are clearly doing a better job then others in regards to how accurately (and honestly) they're reporting their numbers.

Eg Iran was recently in the news for (probably) grossly under-reporting, but all the "Covid Counting" sites seem to keep right on reporting official numbers w/o consideration to their accuracy.

Has anyone seen any sites or articles that try to systematically analyze the relative accuracy of all countries' reporting?

Addendum: And yet, when I visit this media company's site today—along with various subsidiaries—they still warn me about the cookies they will inflict on me, and my uMatrix and NoScript plug-ins clearly show google-connected libraries in use.

WTF is this article talking about?


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Dutch media company NPO ("the BBC of the Netherlands") abandons user-tracking and makes more money from advertising, than it ever made on user-targeted ads.

Outlier, or portent?

And how do I tweak my AdBlock and uMatrix plug-ins to always whitelist anyone using this advertising model?


It gets better. We are now on an ill-conceived road trip, taking our infernal spoils of war to our neighbors, to cement the alliance. Everyone is in shock over Sarah's scheme. Yesterday, Sakura went on a foul-mouthed two-hour cursing spree.

And Sarah—normally our Rock—seems to have become unhinged by the stress of turning human beings into spare-ribs and rawhide. She is always remote, and has taken to dazed midnight rambles thru the wilderness.


Sarah may have lost her mind...

Last week, she received a dubious proposal from a prospective ally. Didn't tell us, just started preparing for it on her own.

Each night while we slept, our Night Owl worked in secret, enlarged the cave out back, and started butchering, skinning & tanning...the still-frozen bodies of the pirates that attacked us, which she dug up out of the graves we buried them in.

That's right...our new allies are cannibals.

Get the Coronavirus now, while it's still cool!

So, passing thought ... if you think you're probably going to get it anyway, then go out there and get it asap, while the hospitals still have beds and resources to spare.

Then, with your "I Survived Covid-19" t-shirt, you can enjoy bargain-basement airline prices and explore the World in (relative) safety.

... I'm only half-joking. Am I off-base here?


We've been stranded almost nine months now, on the downhill side of a cold, harsh winter. No casualties, and we've even adopted a few locals; we are now Six.

The three does all calved midwinter, despite a flu outbreak. Alpaca count: Seven.

We have begun wandering the countryside in search of wild local stock, but so far, we have seen none ... just bizarre, giant blue-furred bison. Ours could be the only alpacas on this gods-forsaken planet.

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