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1. Petting and patient discussion are encouraged. ⚠️​ Device size may vary.

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

3. The device is slow to respond. Your request will be processed.

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Remember when I last tried to create a fox character in Inkscape around a year ago? I actually made something decent this time

re: Mental Health - positive: weighted blankets good, paw adjacent 

About a month and three bedding changes/weighted blanket straightenings later:

"Wow, this is really nice. I should write about it." […] "Oh, I already did. Maybe I'm talking too much about this." 🙃

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Mental Health - positive: weighted blankets good, paw adjacent 

The best part about washing my bed sheets and such is straightening out the so all that heft is properly atop me. Though to me it's not as nice as a full, firm hug, it's something I can consistently accept despite my quirks from .

…on a related note, I've seen body pillows with -themed covers. Surely I'm not the only odd one who thinks of weighted blankets as much more appropriate analogy to the things at the ends of critters' legs that transmit all their weight into the ground? 🤔

The washing machine's "Estimated Time Remaining" LED clock display seems surprisingly life-like.

Even when I give it more time than it estimates, whenever I come back to check it after that has elapsed, it still claims it needs some more time.

Mental Health (mixed): good friends, flawed/varying emotions 

I've got several good critters telling me I'm doing well, that they enjoy talking to me, and such. I've even started talking to someone new this week - a rarity.

At the same time, my emotional state seems to vary from "everything is unbelievably awesome" to "I'm a terrible creature", and I haven't yet pinned down what's prompting the mood swings.

I'll be okay, I'm just feeling a bit worn out.

Anger, USPol, CW request. 

(Originally posted on Mastodon) Look, I’m angry, I’m upset. I’m crying. And some of my DEAR friends here are cross posters from Twitter. Can I ask *please* that you check your cross posters, and use fucking content warnings. or alternatively, start your posts on Mastodon, and let them cross post back to twitter. I’m more than a little unstable and tilting right now. I can’t trust Twitter right now. Please don’t fucking ruin Mastodon for me too.

Mental Health (positive-ish): imposter syndrome, affirmations and acquaintances 

Every now and then I'm afraid I'm misleading folks, that when I meet someone and they seem to like talking and interacting with me, in any context (software development, writing, role-playing, in person, etc), that they'll soon run across my flaws and feel disappointed, or worse, I'll somehow let them down during a time of need.

And I still feel this with friends I've had for nearing a decade, alongside those I've met just this past week.

At some point I think I'll have to emotionally accept that I'm actually a good data-fox that is decent (not perfect!) at several different things. And I appreciate the kind words from folks along the way.

Mental Health (-): social energy, failing to keep in touch with others 

There are some folks I've meant to keep in touch with but I haven't properly managed my energy to do that. If you see this, know that it wasn't your fault.

And there's folks who won't see this. I don't imagine going around apologizing is the right way, I just… feel bad whenever it comes to mind.

Ranting at YouTube, redesigning websites, and telemetry-driven feature decisions 

2018: redesigns website dropping support for some classic features (e.g. video notes: "add private notes to videos within a playlist").

YouTube 2020:
> These features were rarely used and we’re removing them to focus on improving creator features.
( )

Truly astonishing that going 2 years without a feature being easily available will make it rarely used. 😲​

@_sharpLimefox Your avatar looks really nice! And cute, too.

(I've noticed it for a while, but felt shy pointing it out...)

CC @Azure - long-ago you mentioned using "" with netcat - digging with DNS isn't as easy (for me) to remember, but it is a nice, fast approach :)

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You can get your external address without using HTTP(S)!

dig ANY +short

Other providers, IPv4/IPv6, etc at the source:

Whenever major corporations' apps add features I like but don't use often, I make a point of activating them anyways because I want to signal to their telemetry that the feature is used, lest they decide to remove the features later due to lack of popularity.

(Today: toggling the new, easier to access Closed Captions button in the YouTube Android app. I like manual captions but generally don't want auto captions, and navigating the "…" menu takes some time.)

Unsolicited game suggestion: play as a quadrupedal wolf, unsure CW 

@IceWolf I have no idea how good this game is and what kind of content it contains, but you certainly came to mind given the description:
> Experience the contrasting stories of the fall of mankind and the lush life in a world reclaimed by nature with a wolf as your main character and a determined companion at your side.

CW: The description later says:
> Explore the land, sea, and air, as you possess any creature you come across to experience life from a whole new perspective. Fly through gargantuan canyon valleys as a parrot! Tumble through the grass as a wombat! Swim through shimmering lakes as a fish! Your journey will take you from densely wooded jungles, to lush rainforest canopies, to barren desert plains and archaic temples.

And I'm not sure what exactly is meant in the form of "possession" - it could be that the player simply gets to control other characters (much like most video games let you control at least one character's actions), or it might be more.. triggering? I don't know >.<
(It's also DRM-free on GOG!)

re: Auto-correct implications, macro/micro, friendly foxes, paws 

This giant fox paw post has been brought to you by the "Association for those who love sleeping under roughly 50 lbs of weighted blankets."

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Auto-correct implications, macro/micro, friendly foxes, paws 

Typing out "Vulpine [Club]".. and my Android keyboard suggests "Vulpine soles" instead.

…I don't have a problem with wanting to wind up beneath a huge, friendly fox's paws, what would make you think that? >.<';
> In Room 2, Leinir and Andrew Shoben literally couldn't hide their excitement while presenting /KDE Wags Your Tail/, in which they explained how to control animatronic tails and ears using software based on free software and KDE's Kirigami framework.

You heard that right. and is here to augment you with what the base human model lacks (if you want it). This kind of can't happen fast enough 🦊

@Azure @Yarideki Ariduka55 / does a lot of wonderful giant critter art :)

Artist's original Tumblr!

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