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Now that that's official, I should do a re-​​:
Hi, I'm Spencer! I do a bunch of things; often with programming, sometimes with games, and almost always on a computer. Check my website for some of that. On Mastodon, I'm known for my bots @doctormccoy and @domainhacker​​​, an emoji importer script, the little 🗨️ in the corner of Glitchsoc statuses, for being a geometric shape, and for the dont_at_me emoji.

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Hi. I made a game (finally). Play it if you'd like:
It should only take a minute or two, and should run in your browser or on your phone.

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US politics 

Here are some of my political beliefs, in no particular order:
• De-fund the military
• End war
• De-militarize the police force
• Make the top tax bracket 100%
• Fund public schools
• Ban all guns
• Ban bump stocks
• Ban extended mags
• Ban semiauto
• Ban rifles
• Eliminate the death penalty
• Stop making games with guns in them

there are lots of others but these are the non-obvious ones

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Apropos of nothing, if you ever need a spare programmer or some programming help, especially for a game or game-related thing, let me know. I've used Unity, C, JS, Python, Java, and UE4, but I'm also quick to learn.

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Contact methods pinned post 

I'm not giving my phone number to anyone I haven't met in person, but if you need something more or less immediate than Mastodon, you can try my same username on Twitter, Reddit, FB Messenger, Gmail,, and maybe others.

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Twitter tip 

In my (limited) experience, blocking the senders of replies you don't like hides those replies more effectively than the "hide reply" functionality

make a halloween-themed bowling game and call it Howling

ok so I know I said I was gonna make a PS1 port, and maybe a game, but now I'm kinda thinking my next game should be PS2/GC/Dreamcast crossplat

(who am I kidding lol)

Don't 👏🏻 connect 👏🏻 your 👏🏻 TV 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 the 👏🏻 Internet!

Ever! Buy something - a Roku, an Apple TV, a PS4, an Xbox, a Raspberry Pi running Plex, *anything* - and use that as your video source. Don't ever use the TV's own Internet-connect apps. First, they're guaranteed to spy on you. All sly TV brands do this as far as I can tell. Second, they *suck* in comparison with what you get from a set top box.

Just don't do it!

wanted to use my computer's keyboard through the debugger to type on an android device. "adb keyboard" was not the right search query to use to find out how to do this


I finished it the other night. Like I said, very good. It does a good job of giving you options for things to do—I guess that just means it's nonlinear, even though there's one ending (well, 3, but only subtly different). One puzzle was communicated poorly, and I did use a walkthrough for some parts. It doesn't have as in-depth worldbuilding as Myst, but maybe some people appreciate that. Regardless, I recommend it unconditionally (that sounds extremely positive, but I just mean that you don't need to be any particular type of person).

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I went for an eye checkup for the first time this week, and as part of it they dilated my eyes, and an unexpected side-effect was that I couldn't focus on things close up, including my phone. So I tried VoiceOver. It was difficult finding the "on" switch, but once I got it, everything worked pretty well. I was sometimes disappointed in the lack on info conveyed, and the constant "aitch tee tee pee colon slash slash" in social feeds was annoying.

What am I, an orthodontist or a personal chef?

@impiaaa C is oversimplified; water exposed to air is going to have dissolved gases in proportions according to Henry's law. Boiling changes the solubility and drives out the gases. It takes a while (or agitation) to redissolve gases.

Most people think boiled, degassed water tastes worse. You could have someone set you up blind taste tests between boiled and unboiled water, to find out if you do.

(Side issue -- fish breathe the dissolved gas, not the O in H2O.)

@impiaaa Water has dissolved oxygen¹ in it, it’s not just H₂O. The theory is that the oxygen reacts with the tea leaves, more oxygen = more stuff is extracted.² However, some people say that most of the dissolved oxygen is lost with the first boiling.² I don’t know who’s right.

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@impiaaa you've got oxygen dissolved in water, that's how fish breathe
although I'm not sure how it gets there in the first place
and whether you'd be able to taste it??
and if boiling uhhh effervesces the oxygen

I didn't even notice until taking the photo that it also uses the wrong "its"

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That's not… I mean, what? Okay, A) Oxygen is flavorless. So is hydrogen. B) I'm pretty sure boiling does not cause electrolysis. C) There's no such thing as "over-boiled water." There's water, there's steam, and boiling water is the transition. D) WHAT

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