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Hello! Not new to Mastodon, but I wanted to join a smaller instance, so here I am. I do web dev at the day job, and in my spare time I ride gravel bikes and play games.

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I made this illustration today. It's actually a combination of two things I did. I made a photo study of a tree at my parent's place. So I painted the background digitally in procreate. And today I made a little illustration of a fox and added it to the painting.

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The VK-Pocket. When you look at it, it looks back at you with your own eyes.

The eye on the screen is a live view. The black dot to the left is a wide angle high resolution camera; it performs face detection and crops the eye region for display, wherever it is in the frame.

a browser where I can use JavaScript to talk to a user’s USB devices, but can’t lay out nested boxes on a grid, incredible

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:ms_embarrassed: p-please may I have some subgrid, daddy Chromium??

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By popular request, I have decided to devote the rest of my life making XML-Python, the most efficient way to write Python

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So, here comes my new album.

It's a blend of heavily processed live RAV Vast recordings. I'd say it's quite experimental, mostly #ambient, though it flirts with #drone while also having a few rhythmic parts.

I made it for myself, on a sudden impulse, with no other goal than to have fun. And maybe a little introspection. It's a mess, but a mess I'm happy with.

lectronice.bandcamp.com/album/

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“Kagi search and Orion browser enter public beta”

It’s a paid search engine with no ads and no tracking for $10/m. I’ve been in the closed beta for a few months after using DuckDuckGo as my daily driver for years.

Will I stay and pay? I don’t know yet. I’ve noticed “spammy” sites are less likely to get surfaced. I’ve rarely reached for “lenses”, but that’s probably more based on what I’ve been searching for than the feature itself.

blog.kagi.com/kagi-orion-publi

One of the Love-in-the-Mists in the garden got broken off, so I bought it inside so I can enjoy their complexly-structured flowers a little early @plants

Also incredible shade from the rail map not marking a single part of the entire Dutch rail network as ‘scenic’ 👀

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After much scribbling on maps, I think me and my partner have sort of figured out our Interrail itinerary, so a) I am vibrating with excitement at the thought of All The Trains :ablobfoxhyper: and b) if anybody knows cool things to do in and around Rotterdam/Cologne/Vienna/Ljubljana/Zürich/Paris this autumn I’m all ears

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Everything you need to know about the faddishness of modern JS

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Now that ALBANGO has pronouns, I can let bitch take over with the polls. That's got it from here!

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Really getting into the Nova workflow. Also made a sweet #IndieWeb inspired frontend for my toots over on ash.ms/ Feel free to view source and steal it :D

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I suddenly realised that I hadn't updated my personal site for about eight years, so it was woefully out of date in many, many ways. I whipped up a quick replacement yesterday. Just plain HTML and CSS, nothing fancy (but it does support dark mode using CSS custom properties and the prefers-color-scheme media query, which I've not done before!)

Some more work required, hopefully before another eight years pass! Let me know if it looks weird or broken for you! alexreid.org

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I really miss when Etsy wasn't just "drop shipping, but twee"

Food, stock photo eye contact, mild peril 

Presented without comment, an ad from my local wholesale food shop

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