Bunch of Random Things

Anime Mar 18, 2019

This post started as a rant about the good ol’ days of the Internet and how it’s no fun that a few tent posts are the main places where people congregate online these days, myself included. Rather than complaining about the state of the Internet in 2019. I’d figure do something about it and make a blog post.

In 2017, for a while I was posting weekly updates of things I found and did in cyberspace. Shut up, that was a cool term in my day.

Side bar: I hope CDPR capitalizes on 
calling the Internet "cyberspace" when
referencing any wide area network in CyberPunk 2077.

Anyways, here’s the things I’ve been up to.

Jumping back into Multiplayer Minecraft:

After some testing, coding, trial and error. It’s up and running.

I’ve mainly enjoyed Minecraft through large modpacks that end up becoming laggy and only allowing those friends with beefy systems to join in. This time I decided to try something new. The Minato server is a semi-vanilla 1.12 server running on PaperMC with a few plug-ins for an economy, grief protection, teleportation, and user shops.

The server is open to anyone following me on Mixer (it’s another video streaming service like Twitch that’s owned by Microsoft) and the whitelist system is fully automated. You can read more about connecting to it here, all you need is a vanilla copy of Minecraft Java Edition.

Stuck in my Head:

The theme song for The Rising of the Shield Hero.

Rising of the Shield Hero Twitter Header
The Shield Hero via shieldhero-anime.jp

I’ve been watching it on CrunchyRoll since it premiered and am greatly enjoying the show to the point where I dread having to go a full week until the next episode is released.

The Rising of the Shield Hero opening

The music video for RISE by the band MADKID

Spinning Mastodon back up:

After this weeks Facebook/Instagram/Whatapp outage, a comment I read about the “Free Ride” being over on Twitter and Facebook, the Twitter app randomly swapping the feed from chronological to the one based on the algorithm, and the look into what the future of the twttr app will probably become… it got me thinking again about Mastodon. Not the band, the decentralized social network.

I had set up an instance a few months ago and enjoyed seeing what lies outside of the walled gardens of big commercial social media platforms. After botching an upgrade of the last instance I ran, I went ahead and set up another to join this social media network that’s very much unlike the ‘birdsite’.

For those of you unfamiliar with Mastodon, it works the same way as Twitter but with an infrastructure similar to email. You have the instance (what a Mastodon server is called) that you sign up on and the username you picked. There are thousands of Mastodon instances that all communicate with each other. Much like you can sign up for email on gmail and use that account to message with Outlook.com users or someones work email address, Mastodon works the same way. A person on the Mastodon.social instance can follow and message a user on mstdn.io AND people can follow and communicate with me on my private instance that only has my account.

The best part about the network is that there are no ads/promoted posts built into the platform, no algorithm(s) working to show you tweets you don’t care about, toots (what Mastodon calls tweets) are 500 characters in length, and you can edit your toots to name some of the features. If you’re interested I would suggest watching the video below and visiting joinmastodon.org to learn more. If you are interested in checking out and learning more about Mastodon feel free to each out to me!

Intro to what Mastodon is

Drop a Follow:

If you love Welsh Corgis, video game music, or Japanese food – go drop Dale North a follow. His tweets are always interesting whether it’s pictures of his two dogs, a musical piece for a game he’s working on, or his lunch.

Additionally, if you like watching stuff on YouTube, check out Rambalac. From what I gather he’s a Russian living in the Tokyo area and makes 4K video walks of different parts of Tokyo and surrounding regions.

One of the reasons why I keep coming back to this channel is because rarely ever do you see or hear him in the videos. These videos let you hear and see Japan without any commentary, graphics or fluff that other YouTube videos usually include. Oh and the videos are usually about an hour long.

One of my favorite Rambalac videos.


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