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I'm Brad, 33, he/him (mostly), in the US midwest, working on space science hardware (as far as I can get from the military-industrial complex)

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I want to:
- Live in community with friends
- Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism

I am still here! But having a weird time balancing social media presence. And also late pandemic, late capitalism burnout

lmao me, except i also have trauma and probably several mental disorders c:

I ended up buying a Teracube 2e to replace my rapidly dying 3 year old phone. Initial impressions: I like it. I hope someone comes out with a glass screen protector, and the fact that it won't charge off USB PD chargers will hopefully get fixed in a firmware update. Wish the screen resolution were a little higher, but otherwise this is a great device with a great repairability ethos.

Personal COVID Update 

I'm definitely feeling better, slowly but surely. I'm lucky I didn't have it any worse.

Still dealing with slight congestion and a light cough. I'm isolating until after tomorrow, exceeding most guidelines I've seen by at least 4 days.

Mask up, double mask. Even taking all available precautions, and only going to the grocery / pharmacy, I still got it.

COVID, personal, complaining 

Feeling a little resentful this evening about getting COVID. Like, c'mon! I'm taking this so much more seriously than even most of my friends who are taking this seriously! I left a COVID ridden job, just to get COVID!

Basically the entire pandemic I've confined myself to my not-large home. But now that I'm confined to my room, I've reached a whole new level of crawling up the walls.

Favorite ship dynamic: when one member of the relationship gradually changes parts of themselves for newer parts until their adherence to their original self is the subject of philosophical debate.

Medical, COVID, Personal 

Welp, I am officially diagnosed with the plague. Which is extra frustrating, because I've been following basically all possible best practice (insofar as that's possible in the US), and only going out for groceries/pharmacy.

Fortunately, I seem to be a mild case, but it's still very frustrating.

I'm just gonna assume any new chat apps or social media concepts that hit the scene for the next few months are written by/catering to fascists and steer clear

I don't think we should bring back CRT monitors, but I do think we should bring back their hubris. Taking up 90% of my desk space? Pointing an electron gun into my skull? That's a real workstation, room for the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and maybe coffee. Maybe.

I am now a week into my new job, and honestly, I'm really enjoying it. Seems like they value work-life balance, and the pay/benefits are better than I'm used to.

As usual, work is bullshit and the 40 hour work-week doubly so, but I'm glad to have landed in a place that's gonna give me some brainspace to work on the stuff I actually want to work on.

Spicy Bullshit from my Former Employer 

Update on this, they forced her to take the $7k pay cut and pay back the $10k with a combination of giving up benefits and paycheck deductions.

She's looking for a new job and already has several promising leads.

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You would really think the world would have figured out how to share one set of peripherals between multiple computers, but apparently that's just fucking impossible.

Since DisplayPort is such a hot mess, I'm just gonna buy new monitors, build my own KM switch with audio, and write a little daemon that switches the monitor inputs over software when the right USB devices appear or disappear.

I started a new job today.

It still exists under capitalism, and thus, sucks. But wow, it's already such an improvement on the old gig.

Spicy Bullshit from my Former Employer 

I've been talking to a former coworker. She's one of two people in a department, and they're WAY overworked. She's single-handedly saved them from drowning, and documented SO MUCH process, despite an incredibly rough year personally.

She just had her yearly review (late), and noticed an error on her salary/raise.

Turns out, they've been paying her $10k MORE per year than they thought they were. AND NOW THEY'RE TRYING TO NEGOTIATE HER DOWN TO THAT AMOUNT.

On the up side, I'm getting some really solid personal server maintenance in this week

Drugs mention, Linux 

Got really high last night and went down a rabbit-hole of NixOS docs. God damnit, I don't have time for another subhobby!

One of my favorite things: The NASA Tire Assault Vehicle (TAV), used during the testing of Space Shuttle Tires, should they become dangerously damaged or worn and require deflation.

It's an RC Tank with a drill bolted to the top.


Rip to me, who heated up the oven, got leftover pizza out of the fridge, put foil on a pan, put the pizza on the pan, then walked off for 20 minutes without putting the pizza in the oven

I've been dusting so much today and my sinuses are on fire 😂

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