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What is Mastodon?

You've probably already read a one-liner like "Mastodon is a federated social network", and most of it makes sense, except that one word "federated" that seems both needlessly pompous and confusingly opaque. Most of the misunderstandings and confusion comes down to what federation means, why it's desirable, and what it offers to users of a service like Mastodon.


A while ago, I learnt about an interesting way to picture the Mandelbrot fractal. The traditional way is to colour each point of the plane depending on whether or not the number associated with that point escapes, and how many steps it takes to escape. This method instead looks at what path the steps take to escape, producing a sort of heat map of what paths are the most common.

The Wrong Tool

Gang's bored™️, we're sitting in a standing fleet that hasn't seen any action in a while, and besides, there aren't that many industrialists online, so we're not really defending much, so someone volunteers as a fleet commander. We figure we might run into some good fights if we punch out into the weird no-man's land left after last month's war.

Build Process

The code that generates this website is hosted on my Git drydock repo I cannot guarantee that it is fit for your purpose, nor that it is anywhere near the best way to achieve what I've done. This is simply the tool I've built for the dual purpose of having a website that I enjoy using, and learning to use node.js and its ecosystem.

Thanet Storm Damage

The British side of my family is mostly based in Thanet, and I picked up this photobook when visiting as a child. I stumbled on it while going through some of my old stuff the other day, and I figured other people might be interested.

AE Modular

This article will serve more as a review than anything else. At the time of writing, I've been the owner of a Tangible Waves AE Modular Starter Rack 2 for just over six months, and I'm bored of making excuses for it. It's mostly unusable, it's not at all fun to use, it doesn't sound very nice, and it's falling apart.


The "ortholinear" grid layout is argued to be more comfortable to type on. The horizontal staggering of conventional keyboards supposedly cause micro-movements that can create discomfort. I chose 62g, 65g, and 67g weights for the Zealios switches, the innermost keys use the heavier 67g switches and the lighter 62g ones are for the outermost columns. This allows for a lighter keystroke under my pinky finger and heavier under my index, evening out the perceived weight.

Olegtron 4060 MK2

The Olegtron 4060 MK2 is a handheld signal generator based around the CD4060 CMOS chip, and it's weird as fuck.