Even though I don't buy many tv dinners (when I do buy frozen boxed food it's usually for the oven), I love having a microwave. I didn't have one in my first apartment. At the time, I didn't consider it a big deal, even though I'd always had one before. This was the first time I put in real effort to learn how to cook because I was way too cheap to eat out.

I really enjoy having a microwave now, though, because its great for reheating leftovers.

I did a quick sketch today. I want to start more often. Art was huge part of my life when I was younger, even as an adult, but it just sort of petered out in the last few years. I wouldn't say I completely stopped drawing, but it's just very noticeable to me how little I draw now compared to how much I used to.

Potatoes are really delicious and filling. As I understand, they also require very little water per unit of food produced compared to a lot of other foods, so that's cool too.

I cleaned off an old mouse I thought was broken because I was thinking of opening it up and tinkering around with it, but I plugged it in again today just to check it out and it works!

What I hear when all these people complain about software blocks for blocking Gab mean is
"Free software means you're forced to platform nazis!" And uh...no, that's not what free software means lol.

I ditched my Amazon Prime subscription permanently a while back and I hardly ever buy anything on the Amazon website any more, so avoiding either of those on Prime Day won't be anything I don't already do. What's really hard, though, is avoiding any and all Amazon products. Amazon owns, like, a lot of companies. Have to wonder if it's not getting to the point where it's more effective to check and whitelist what you're using than to get the full blacklist of Amazon companies, lol.

Amazon-owned companies to avoid 

We'll, it's possible without decentralization, but in the current environment it's unlikely. Certainly it's unlikely at any scale. It's federation that allows for that to scale.

One thing I like about the Fediverse is that it's social media is the lack of profit motive. Not trying to profit off the users via advertising (THE worst!) or subscriptions. And it's the other feature I like about it, decentralization, that makes that possible.

I have very mixed feelings about social media.

On the one hand, I feel like it allows for a form of communication that it's hard to find elsewhere, that I've found very meaningful. I like being able to connect with other people I would otherwise never meet.

But I feel social media is also very prone to misuse. I know I certainly have some bad habits regarding it, like overchecking for updates.

Caffeine has never been something I could use on a regular basis, which has caused me a lot of difficulties in life, especially given my messed-up sleep schedule. When I was younger I would frequently fall asleep involuntarily. There were times I even did so while I was walking. Dangerous! Fortunately, I'm in a better situation now and despite the fact that I still can't get to sleep at a normal and consistent time, I don't feel as tired as I used to. And I don't fall asleep while walking now!

The little gears in my head can sometimes translate my thoughts into words, which is good because communication is important to me. But sometimes they just churn and churn. And sure, sometimes I need to stop and think stuff through more anyway, but sometimes it's like I know what I want to say and I am ready to say it, but it gets stuck in my brain and I'm not sure how to get it out.

Literally all these platforms are better than Tumblr:
Dreamwidth
Pillowfort
Plume
Mastodon
I will grant that Twitter is not better than Tumblr. It never has been, and never will be. But Twitter is just uniquely cursed.

I just don't see how people can continue to put up with Tumblr's nonsense. The complaint is always that [other platform] doesn't have X or Y thing that Tumblr has, and if it has those, it doesn't have z thing. How bad does the platform have to be before people actually leave it?

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