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Hey: DId you know? Mittens can be hard to deal with.

But we get it. We will do our best not to take anyone needing to block or silence us personally. You do what you need for you. We will always offer mitten hugs if you decide you can deal with us again.

We can be very intense about the things we believe in, and we are proud of that, but we are also not mind readers and do not expect you to communicate the specifics of your situation to us when you are hurting or intimidated.

But we will always listen, and we will always love you.

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John Conway has passed due to Covid-19.
I am changing my avatar to mark his passing and celibrate his contributions.

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Hi! I'm Irick.
I'm a genderqueer mitten (any pronoun), born in 1991. I grew up in the online sphere fluidly within the fandom hacker subcultures. I majored in and really enjoy . I am a , relationship anarchist, and . I love , , , the , good stories and probably you.

@ira is my headmate :) I'd love to show you some of what I've been working on with some awesome people. It's a teaser, and no firm dates so we don't end up crunching, but I am very excited about the project and can't wait to share it.

I love you, by the way. I know I haven't been here consistently, but I still remember this place and it still feels like home. I've been hiding in VR and in the act of creation. I don't regret that choice :) It's been an amazing journey. But I am glad I am here again.

I wonder if we ever really get to keep the weird and interesting cultures we get all utopic about. I don't really like that my brain wants to resign to the inevitability of their fading, but like, maybe that's just a healthy way to handle inevitable change. I will do my best to uphold the things I love and care about, with the full knowledge that the efforts may be futile.

I suppose the important thing for me is to make sure I do these things from a position motivated by love.

I don't know if you remember our interactions, the project has exploded and I'm pretty sure I've been lost in the SN/R.
I hope you are feeling alright. It absolutely sucks when you're the whole public persona of a project like this. Every decision under a microscope :<

So, this isn't going to be an opinion piece, I imagine you're getting a lot of those.

I just wanted to thank you for the work you've done on Mastodon. I'm really glad it found success. The journey here has been rewarding, and I wanted to share both the joy and melancholy with you.

How wild is it that we can be nostalgic about this project? I still remember the flow of people on all the little instance islands. I still remember all these names that scroll along my timeline. I still feel the absence of some of them.
Isn't that incredible? Mastodon is a core memory for so many people now.

Hey Fediverse, It's been while!
In case anyone is curious as to why I've been so silent recently, it's because I joined and pretty much all of my free time has been consumed in the best way possible :)

Me: *angrily ordering more <branded beverage of preference> after being forced to drink the over-priced glass bottled ones I keep as an emergency stash*
Past me, having known that my anger at doing this would short circuit my depression enough to make me buy groceries: "Good. Good! Now release your anger."

So. I can't really express the amazing joy of just being able to straight up import whatever the hell i want into NeosVR and just start playing with it immediately. I'm starting to amass a small collection of 3D props and arranging a home world. The platform has it's flaws but it's so close to just nailing the VR swiss army knife in a networked environment. Like, a collaborative environment is inherent in it's design. I really hope either another project steals it's design or it actually goes open source once they finish extricating the remnants of Unity.

The most annoying thing about Vrchat so far is that pretty much everyone memes me with either "Oh shit a rat" or asks if I'm Reggie.

For the longest time I thought it was some obscure nintendo trivia about Reggie Fils-AimΓ©. I live in text mode, miss me with this tik-tok/youtube memescape.

Anarcho-Syndicalist cat-girl maid cafe: No gods, no meow-sters.

Meditating on the softly flickering light of my stack of networking equipment.

Relationship meta, social anxiety, mitten indulges a little in self-pity 

I have a hard time, a lot of the time, communicating what it means to be a relationship anarchist to people who want to deepen our relationship. I tend to explain that I don't really 'date' in the traditional sense, that I resist putting people into hierarchies based on sex or romance, that I try to strongly normalize queer relationships and large community oriented support systems, etc.

And then they almost always ask if they can call me their boyfiend/girlfriend or list me in their bio or something and I feel like I explain things poorly. I always say I don't have a problem since that's important to how they wish to express the relationship but a lot of the time I get nervous that they won't understand why I don't.

I feel really shitty that like... i don't know. It just sometimes feels like getting to know really basic things about me and my motivations requires multiple reading assignments and like, fuck. I hate that? I don't know how to fix it, but it makes me feel elitist and just disconnected from the people I most care about <.<

I've been using this account for 4 years. :D neat!

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