Travis Skaalgard

Hey everyone. Openly-married nerdy leftist polyglot.



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Joined duela 2 urte
Cake day: uzt. 28, 2020


If only there was a way to make it wider. Our screens are wider and content narrower than ever. Many webpages are just a narrow strip in the center of my screen, as if I were browsing a mobile site.

I’ve been pretty busy with non-online things lately

If I recall correctly, (and I could be wrong about this) early Mastodon had somewhat of a similar issue, with the large majority of users centralized on As time goes on, I imagine more instances will pop up. I honestly think some more generalized instances will do wonders for this, but I know this is a heretical opinion on the Fediverse, where people want a three-person instance for Amstrad programmers and Magic-the-Gathering-enthusiasts named Larry from Ohio.

More likely due to shady anatomy studies than murder, tho.

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I really wish I could use Thunderbird with a free ProtonMail account ;_;

This is like the ONE thing I enjoy about using Outlook at work. If you use the word “attached” in your email, it’ll prompt you when you hit “send” if you haven’t attached anything. I know there are downsides to this type of things, but it sure is convenient.

This is the only right answer, right here, lol

But you see, those communists were bigoted modernists who believed words had meanings and that material reality was important. Good thing we’ve got benevolent capitalists in our society to teach us stupid working class folk about lived experience, anecdotal evidence, the elastic definitions of words, and that material conditions don’t matter. Anyway, better get back to my Uber gig, then lock myself back up in my isolation cell to watch Netflix. Empowerment! /s

I’ll watch it but I’m gonna expect it to suck.

Unfortunately voice and video are non-negotiable for my use-case, so for now I’m sticking to Element and/or SchildiChat.

I used to love Discord and think it was a very good piece of corporate software, and I happily moved all my communications to it at one point. When I started to move to FOSS alternatives to most corporate social platforms I got rid of Discord too, then I tried to go back for the sake of my friendgroup, but when I went to make a new account, it decided it needed a phone number to verify me, because of my VPN. Then I got banned. Then I made a new account, and got banned again. I don’t have any more phone numbers and can’t really get back on Discord, and this seems like a massive flaw to me.

In addition to this, all sorts of group chats, message boards, forums, etc, have now been locked behind this wall. Projects and communities that used to have an IRC or a forum are now almost exclusively located on Discord. It’s like Facebook in this way.

It’s also just a shitty electron wrapper around a webpage, which I have FeelingsTM about.

Not to mention the MASSIVE problem Discord has with pedophiles and groomers.

I actually have a lot of books at home and I sort of move around them in a weird way. I’ll read a chapter of one, then read a bit of another, then back to the first one, then something completely different. I do read a lot but very little of it is structured.

I played Wargrave in my high school’s production of And Then There Were None and it was a blast. By the way, every version has a different ending: the book, the play, etc. All different so there aren’t spoilers.

everybody with a strong opinion about this is terminally online

Just my shoes, no clothes, huh?

I have three different email addresses I use for various purposes. My email client supports multiple accounts, so I just do it that way.

I mean I’m sure there are plenty of vegetables I don’t like that I’m not aware of (I haven’t tried them all) but I’m not fond of cabbage or peas.

If Pidgin had these features, it would be unstoppable.
I think it would really only take a few extra features to make Pidgin the best IM application out there in every possible way: 1. Better support for OMEMO encryption in XMPP 2. Better support for voice and video calls in general, in a way that facilitates this for all protocols that support voice and video. 3. Support for encrypted Matrix messages 4. An android port?

Pidgin is actually closer to having voice and video support than many might think - in fact voice and video were working on XMPP (before the massive overhauls to this protocol that broke everything) and even now, voice works in Telegram.

If you're okay with installing some third-party addons, Pidgin is capable of connecting to virtually every chat protocol today, including Matrix, Telegram, Facebook, and so many more.

Go Chat on Matrix
I've created a room to discuss Go on Matrix. Come join us there!

How did you start playing go?
I was a weeaboo in the early 2000s and got into it while studying Japanese culture. I bought a cheap go board online in 2004 (when buying things online wasn't as easy as it is today) and I've been playing since. How about you?

I have created a new community as I recently saw there isn't an existing community for go, the ancient Chinese board game of strategy.

How to cope with lack of IRL friends/acquaintances on the Fediverse?
So, I completely switched to FOSS federated social networks toward the middle of 2020. I love the Fediverse, but nobody I know IRL seems to care at all about it in any capacity, so I'm basically just screaming into a void full of other FOSSheads. How do I reconcile this? How do we get our IRL peeps on the Fediverse?

What are these cats I'm seeing everywhere as avatars? [SOLVED]
I feel like every third person has that same cat as their avatar. Some are like different colors and some just have an overlay or whatever but it's the same cat. What is it???? SOLVED: They are all from this tool:

Best Places to Meet New People Online?
Hello everyone. So this year has me feeling very isolated and I'm thinking about how easy it used to be to meet people online and how difficult it's become to do so. There used to be tons of good places to meet people but internet culture has changed so much that now it's virtually impossible. Even places like OkCupid (which used to be *great* for meeting new people, both platonically and otherwise) has devolved into a tinder-esque swipefest. What are some good places to meet people online nowadays? Obviously fediverse/FOSS sorts of places are preferred but not 100% necessary. I just need new friends.

Hey everyone, if you use Pidgin, the wonderful multi-protocol free and libre instant messaging client, come join me over at [c/pidgin.](

Best diaspora instances?
Hey everyone, what are some of the best instances, in your opinion, to run diaspora?

Hey everyone! Check out my profile and add me if you feel so inclined.

Matrix Friends, a new community for finding people to chat with on Matrix.
Hey everyone, I made a new community for people to find chat partners on Matrix.