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With all these new followers, it's time for a proper reintroduction.

My name is Alex, I live in Seattle, and I am Product Support Specialist in the NetSec sector.

On Mastodon you'll generally find me talking about music, retrocomputing, demoscene, and leftist politics.

I've been on Mastodon for a couple of years now, but it hasn't been my main home until now.

Looking forward to a new chapter here on the Fediverse with all of you!

US Congress is like "We're gonna ban a website to prove that we're not like China".

i just want caring, cis, straight people to understand that attacks on transgender people are attacks on LGB(T)Q people. they are picking on the most vulnerable in my super-group of diversity, and the least supported in society comparatively. it's an attack on all women because it further encroaches on the human right called healthcare--the attacks follow the same pattern of oppression from straight white men. help us. help yourselves. please take a stand.

TikTok: Look! I discovered hot water melts frozen food faster!

Twitter: Look at this TikTok video showing how to defrost your food faster!

Yahoo news: Millions of Twitter users view TikTok video showing new life hack for melting frozen food!

Mastodon: Please read my academic white paper describing the impacts of public school system underfunding

Last year, members of the #Sacramento Proud Boys #California, carried out violent attacks against counter-protesters outside of a Turning Point USA speaking event on campus.

This year students and community members came together - and literally chased the Proud Boys off campus!

Video via @/Off_the_99

#Davis #California #UCDavis #ProudBoys

This, but with techbro VCs preaching pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps until they cause a run on their own bank and lose money in the process

The craziest thing about Keto is discovering new healthy recipes. I just made perfectly delicious French Toast, but it was 95 calories and 1g carbs per slice.

Useful for Keto, but also I'm sticking with this recipe, because I Iove French Toast but never eat it because typically it's an absolute calorie bomb.

Stuff like this is the only reason I haven't gained any weight back in the year since I last did Keto.

Decided to do another round of Keto after an entire year off.

Last time I dropped 40 pounds in about 3 months. Haven't lost a pound since. Figured it was time to give it another go.

Took me only 2 days of carb restriction to get back into ketosis. Hoping for another 30+ pounds before the Summer weather arrives!

⚠️MASSIVE CONTENT WARNING⚠️

I am sharing a gratuitously violent and horrific screenshot from a neo-Nazi chatroom I have been closely monitoring. I captured it last summer. The message depicts a Nazi executing transgender people by shooting them in the back of the head, decapitating them, and ripping their spines out. Corpses and a bloody rainbow flag lie at the feet of a Nazi in a gas mask holding up a decapitated transgender person's head.

This group chat has previously celebrated calls to execute LGBTQ+ people by firing squad. I am not sharing these horrific things for no reason.

When Michael Knowles took the stage at CPAC and called for a genocide against transgender people, American Nazis present at CPAC understood the message. Ryan Sanchez, a member of the neo-Nazi gang Rise Above Movement and administrator for the Nazi group chat I mentioned, quoted Knowles today on Telegram, writing that he was on the way "to eradicate transgenderism from public life in the United States."

Did the neo-Nazi chatroom moderated by Ryan Sanchez depict an ideology being eradicated? No. It depicted human beings being eradicated. The Republican Party has revealed their newest mainstream position and it's time we stop hiding from what that position is: support for a new Holocaust against transgender people.

It's worth noting that Ryan Sanchez was not the only neo-Nazi mingling at CPAC. Everyone has already seen how I exposed him and neo-Nazi blogger Greyson Arnold networking with Republican congressman Matt Rosendale. But did people know that Sanchez has publicly stated that CPAC had multiple neo-Nazis in attendance? He cited groups like the Rise Above Movement and even Patriot Front.

Do not avert your eyes. They are being completely transparent about what their "final solution" is for the "transgender question."

BOSS: I need you to put these coupon stickers on all the Pick Me Up boxes

EMPLOYEE: Do you care where we place those stickers?

BOSS: Yeah, *on the box*. Don’t make me repeat myself. Idiots.

Republicans: "The Second Amendment exists to protect the First Amendment"

Also Republicans: Bans books and criminalizes freedom of expression.

Returned to Reddit for some reason for the first time in years, and I'm not sure if I've just become a better person since I was last there, but the toxicity over there is just awful. Not sticking around...

I've been spending a lot of my free time learning , and I finally feel like I know enough to actually use the software. I'm still a complete beginner, but I might start posting stuff that I've made soon.

It's a really cool program, I've wanted to learn it for a long time. Really happy with a lot of the improvements over the past few years that make it easier to get started. Used to feel like I needed a degree to have a chance at making anything...

I'm always a little taken aback by some of the scam items sold on Amazon, but these faux CBD gummies with 15 MILLION milligrams (33 pounds) of "hemp" per serving might be the most absurd one I've seen so far.

To-do:

-Install Pop-OS.
-Install Drivers, software, and custom user config.
-Restore Steam library.
-Test everything to make sure things still work the way I like them.

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Here's all that went wrong:

-Nvidia driver not compatible with Blender.
-Upgrade driver and lose graphics entirely.
-Downgrade driver and still have no graphics.
-Futile troubleshooting and frustrated googling.
-Try to boot from USB, MSI fastboot blocking all preboot USB.
-More googling...
-Take computer completely apart to get to BIOS battery.
-Reset BIOS
-Put computer back together.
-Turn of Windows defaults in BIOS.
-Boot to USB.
-Back up home folder to USB hard drive (ongoing)

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Love it when a small project like "get Blender working with my RTX 2060" turns into an entire evening taking my PC apart, resetting the BIOS, backing up my NVMe, installing a new Distro, and reconfiguring from scratch...

To be fair, my PC has been through a lot of hacking, patching, breaking, fixing, and dist-upgrading over the past few years, this is probably a good thing that needs to happen.

Retiring Kubuntu and getting a fresh start with Pop-OS. Hopefully rendering with Cycles at the end.

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