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Moving this account 

I am going to use the "Move to a different account" feature to move to my current account, @crash.

I'm pinning this toot so as to hopefully mitigate confusion should anyone see they are following a username and avatar that they have not seen before.

Hopefully this won't break anything, as both accounts in question are admin accounts for this instance....

I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Reasons I might not accept your follow request: 

1. I have no idea who you are, AND one of the following...

2. Your account does not have enough content for me to have a sense for the kind of person you are.

3. Your account has enough content for me to get a sense of who you are, but our interests do not align at all, making me think you decided to follow me by accident.

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I'm Aaron, a Media Arts / Technology teacher for a K-8 Creative & Performing Arts Academy.

Before I did this, I was a Visual Arts teacher.

I'm very much into , , , , , the movement, and the idea that artists should be fairly compensated for the work they do (vs reposting said work without even attribution).

My politics lean left, but I don't talk about that much here.

I'm a widower.

I talk about games on @Crash.

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Things I Try To Not Do (A non-comprehensive list) 

*"Follow-for-follow." Life's too short to clutter my timeline.

*Post, boost, or favorite profanities. Yes, even the ones included in super-insightful posts. My students can find me.

*Post, boost, or favorite copyright infringement or endorsements of the same. Copyright law needs reform, sure, but it is still used to protect artists. If you're punching down and up at the same time, You're still punching down.

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Moving this account 

I am going to use the "Move to a different account" feature to move to my current account, @crash.

I'm pinning this toot so as to hopefully mitigate confusion should anyone see they are following a username and avatar that they have not seen before.

Hopefully this won't break anything, as both accounts in question are admin accounts for this instance....

I apologize for the inconvenience.

This is just to confirm that @crash is, in fact, me.

I'm playing around with having a 2nd account on this instance.

instance blocks 

some new #fediblock candidates for your consideration, all sourced by showing up in a list of mentions in a hellthread full of instances already blocked, and all now blocked in the toot-lab:

kitty.social
valkyrie.world
enigmatic.observer
smuglo.li
gamers.exposed
pech.tech
lizards.live

live to block, block to live

Ellie has been so wonderful and supportive of me in my time on Fediverse, as far back as my days on .social as a new user and her as a mod. I am so honored that I was able to become her actual friend.

This place is special, whenever everywhere else is burning down on Mastodon due to people being shitty racists, or fashy, or just plain mean... I come back here. Because I feel safe as a queer neurodivergent person who was dumped from work bc of pandemic. Bc Ellie is a wonderful admin.

Our #Minetest Android client had a short cameo in a Linus Tech Tips video today! As a "cheap Minecraft clone", we take pride in the community and engine we've built (even if it comes without RTX support πŸ˜‰).

instance block 

new #fediblock from the toot-lab going out to rawr-xd.club due to the admin having an edgelord neckbeard.xyz account

I also went so far as to block jasonl8446 on any other instance I saw, because yeah, nah.

Today I hooked a Raspberry Pi up to a $20 Thrift Store TV (Purchased before the lockdown, I assure you...) for the sole purpose of playing hours long videos of static cameras pointing at bird feeders.

It's the first time in over a month that I've managed to record a lesson for my students without having my cat interrupt me mid-recording.

When do people who work from home have time to be lazy?

Because today was our first day of real "Distance Learning," and I assure you that time was not in evidence.

Could it be that I was lied to?

LB: Woah I didn't think about it until just now but yeah, that's a mood.

Even introverts have their isolation limits.

I can't believe how much I miss going to the grocery store

I will admit to checking a calendar before posting the above toot.

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I don't know who needs to hear this, but it's Thursday.

Exercise 

I've been holding myself to using an under-the-desk cycling machine (purchased from a thrift store for $8 some time ago) for 30 min every day.

Every day is leg day.

I have regrets.

Good morning,

It's the first day of Spring Break and I spent all my spoons on an unexpected-but-needed-to-be-done assignment for an administrator whom I greatly respect.

I don't even have :blobcoffee: yet.

I should get some.

LBs: Boosting my other account because I don't know who needs to hear it but I am much less likely to wish pain on others than I was four years ago.

Not because I feel righteous and above others, but because I was brought low.

uspol, COVID-19, kind of a hot take based on personal experience, widower 

And based on the ones this vitriol is being directed towards, you know they're going to be stacked among the "haves" as opposed to the "have nots." Their experience with COVID-19 is less likely to kill them than it is to sap resources away from others who also need treatment.

Because 'murica.

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uspol, COVID-19, kind of a hot take based on personal experience, widower 

As someone who lost his wife due to a serious illness and came darned close to it more than once (including a 10 month hospital stay due to pneumonia that cost her a kidney transplant) before the end came, I do not wish COVID-19 on anyone.

No, not even [person].

No, not even after [horrible thing person did].

You do you, but don't expect me to ever agree. There's enough hatred in the world without me adding to it.

My school system is running a digital film festival and several of my students have videos featured in the Middle School categories!

bit.ly/2020FilmFest

Voting is open to everyone, and anyone can vote once per category per day.

Please share. Voting ENDS on TUESDAY, April 14 at 11:59pm.

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Aaron Smith

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