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2. The device will never threaten to bite you and, in fact, may hug you. Repeatedly. (With permission.)

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An asexual, autistic fox's interest in: macro/micro 

I've said I'm not sexually interested in the big and small, / , play, etc. The opposite, I find sex off-putting (but others are free to enjoy what they want).

So.. what about size *does* appeal to this , fox?

If you're familiar with The Magic School Bus and Clifford the Big Red Dog, combine those.

To me, with great size comes great responsibility.. and inversely, with small size comes reduced responsibility. When I'm large, I lean into my protectiveness for others, e.g. scooping someone up to guard them from the world outside, to lift some of the weight that's on their shoulders.

That said, I do like to non-harmfully tease, affectionately roughhousing, focusing the tiny critter's attention on the moment, distracting from the concerns of the world beyond. I won't talk down to them, but I will press down on them and show them I've got them.

Inversely, when I'm small, I appreciate having a place where it's okay to be overwhelmed, where failure to take charge is expected and without bad consequence. Take what I said before and flip the roles around.

I'm also fascinated by the science of size, of a tiny in a gigantic world (e.g. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) or a giant navigating a normal world.

@Azure @Vyzie Big soft fox!

Shared with me by Christy. deviantArt later added logins to download, so I've reshared it here:
If you share, please give credit to the original artist.

(I personally plan to drop Dropbox once I have the income to afford online server storage elsewhere - I've had this free account for years and acquired 25 GB. I've been investigating Nextcloud reliability, Syncthing options, etc. This follows soon after sorting out self- or paid- email hosting.)

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: won't sync folders & files with 4-byte names, e.g. modern :

Even worse, the only indication is if you browse to the file to check the sync indicator - Dropbox's status icon won't show an error.

Quickly check on Linux with…
find "$HOME/Dropbox" -regex $'.*[\U10000-\U10FFFF].*'

Mental Health (negative): vague feelings, family 

I would like off Mr. Bones' Emotional Rollercoaster.

Still the same-ish family stuff, which I'm still not comfortable widely sharing. I'll be okay eventually, just.. tired. So tired.

If I can manage it, Monday I'm going to attempt to stealth-reply to a couple folks that have pinged me on IRC/XMPP/Discord (thank goodness for Bitlbee, at least it's all in one place). I don't want to leave folks hanging for over a month of unplanned silence, but I don't have the energy to stay and chat either, so I'll just fit in some replies then sneak back out. Hopefully.

(I meant to do that tonight, but I haven't eaten and it's already past midnight. Caring about oneself is hard.)

💢 Financial website security rant: two-step auth forcing SMS even if OTP app set up 

website: Enable two-factor auth for better security!

me: Sure, do you support one-time passwords via app? SMS is prone to SIM hijacking.

website: Sure do, set up your app here! We'll even suggest you disable SMS auth!

me: Well, no need, I never gave you my number. *sets up andOTP app*

website: Success! But also you must enable two-factor auth for better security!

me: What‽ …fine, I'll do SMS as well, then remove it afterwards.

me: *adds SMS two-factor auth which ALSO requires typing in a one-time password from andOTP*

website: You're all good!

me: *aggressively removes SMS two-factor auth*

website: Enable two-factor auth for better security!

me: *angry noises 💢💢💢*

Looks like this might be a case of "increasing" security by making my account more vulnerable to SIM hijacking, doing things, then removing my phone number to "decrease" security and force app-based one-time passwords when I don't need to use the website.

(Maybe after they finish identity verification they'll let me keep SMS two-factor auth removed? Perhaps they didn't expect someone to try their hardest to skip SMS straight to app-based OTP.)

My patience for this financial website is very limited.

Q/A site with help for autistic folks in the workplace 

As an autistic person aiming to brave the workplace soon, I'm excited to see there's a dedicated tag for this:

I can't attest to the accuracy or usefulness of the answers, and it also includes neurotypical folks asking about interacting with autistic folks, so browse with some caution.

That said, I've at least found this question/answer helpful:

I'm feeling inspired after watching… "A Mostly Thorough Guide to Learning Electronic Music Production", by Red Means Recording, 29m:47s

Though it covers electronic music production, various aspects are about music in general, too. The suggested interactive guides look nice to try.

And the end emphasizes how is a broad subject, so you shouldn't get discouraged by earlier efforts not working out the way you want.

Positive friendly subtoot - favoriting as acknowledgment is flustering 

I've said this before, but.. calling favorites "licks" certainly, uh, encourages flustering thoughts of a particular nature when someone I feel shy looking up to helpfully acknowledges my posts by licking them.

(And I do genuinely appreciate clear acknowledgment of receipt. Thank you.)

@Azure Have you heard of The Sound Traveler?

Binaural audio recordings of visiting various places, intended for listening with headphones. Exploration that focuses more on sound over sight!

Staying true to self, not chasing trends, YouTube algorithm, autism 

Watching this video by Destin brought something to mind… "YouTube is Changing - Smarter Every Day 266", 23m:58s
(Lots of talking to the camera/eye contact)

I'm very quick to try to change what I do or say - I mimic others. It seems to be a masking strategy for to better fit into a situation.

Sometimes I don't even know what I want. Other times I get upset about feeling ignored when the other side doesn't even realize I wanted something different. And while I feel we should adapt in some ways (e.g. examining cultural biases), it shouldn't mean trying to make oneself the most appealing to any given crowd.

I don't fully know what to do yet, just that I'm thinking about this.

Dance pad repair out of context quote, weighted blankets/stepping on (nicely) 

"It needs to be rugged. It needs to be something people are able to step on a lot without worrying […]"
(Excerpt from "i restored some arcade dance pads to their former glory", 5m:06s into 14m:10s total, by kkclue)

Hash tag micro fox life goal - firmly stepping on me as much as one wishes without any concern, please >.>';

(Why yes, I have been recently appreciating my weighted blankets when sleeping. Good anti-anxiety helper. Might be time to get the spare mattress to plop atop myself too.)

Mental Health (mild negative): posting and implied availability, tiredness 

I sometimes hesitate when posting, concerned that someone will see me being active here, then assume I'm ignoring their private messages.

But.. that's not really my responsibility, maybe?

While I sometimes miss messages (especially things like Discord where my IRC bridge gets randomly interrupted), I'm usually pretty good at noticing.

Right now, I'm just.. caught between being too tired out by family stuff to really exist (no real time chat) but also wanting social interaction (hence sporadic posting here). Still adapting to what's going on.

While I'm annoyed with clickbait, I hadn't considered careful, truthful use of it as a way to get more folks interested in science, nature, technology, etc: "Clickbait is Unreasonably Effective", 19m25s, by Veritasium

So-called "anti-clickbait" was also mentioned, where one e.g. asks a question in the title and answers it in the video thumbnail, removing the need to watch (it's something I've found nice).

I'm still annoyed from the perspective of not knowing when folks are being misleading, but I'm at least a bit less annoyed now at folks engaging in a bit of marketing with good intention.

There can be a remarkable difference between "wanting to do [blank]" and "having the energy for doing [blank]."

(I've achieved a tiny start to some of my blankness at least.)

Infomercial, sit-uational teasing (sitting) 

I saw this commercial for a comfortable seat cushion and was reminded of @owashii and @artemis for some reason…
"Egg Sitter from JML", 2m46s

(Found via )

…supposedly one can sit on an egg without breaking it. Might be a useful addition to anyone with tiny critters around?

Curious about the Flipper Zero development ( ), only to find this unsettling pixel art tucked away among lots of other cute and useful animations:
(CW: a cartoon 128×51 pixel dolphin excessively smiling at you while holding a knife, from )

I have.. questions about what I might do that would have Flipper act this way.

I do appreciate that they're giving this device personality and having fun with it instead of it being purely utilitarian. In theory, someone could make a fox-themed version (Xenia perhaps?).

No spoiler review of Dune part 1 

Dune is a good movie.

(I don't have any insightful commentary, too tired for that. I just enjoyed it.)

(Also amused that the weird flashlight briefly shown is something you can buy: )

I did some art that I can actually share, finally!

It's not entirely original.

Firm physical affection meta - positive dreams, sad reality, weighted blankets 

The only downside to a nice dream of a friend affectionately pressing/stepping on me is waking up and realizing how much I actually long for tangible, firm hug.

There's nothing wrong with online interaction, it's not lesser in terms of emotional connection. I just wish physical touch was easier to send and receive when not face to face.

(One of these years I'll make that digitally-controlled hug machine that I talked about previously: Until then, I appreciate having a friend who both introduced me to weighted blankets and sent me their prior shoe inserts as a simple but effective reminder of their willingness to press on me even when I'm too worn out to respond.)

Mental Health (negative): tired thus social absence, family health vague 

Nearing 2 consecutive weeks of absence from online real-time conversation, up to 4 weeks if overlooking two six hour moments of poking in. I previously checked in every few days. And, sadly, I don't see myself returning this weekend, either.

I am emotionally exhausted by other matters in life.

I keep thinking a family health situation I'm concerned about (but can't really do much about) is going to resolve, but it keeps stretching on… I usually am good at not worrying about things I can't help; I guess I might be wishing I could do something.

(And other stuff going on too.)

I'm not giving up. Just.. sorting things out.

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