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I regularly use:

Then there's also these other topics that interest me:

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Please don't follow me before you've completed your own profile and made a couple of posts so I know what kind of content I can expect from you.
Ideally make an introduction post and hashtag it as such, and pin it to your profile.

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Started an alt for here on to see if is a closer match to what I want out of a , feature-wise.
So, it's time for a re-introduction:

Who am I?

I'm FiXato, a stay-at-home father of a two-year-old I often refer to as .
While I was born in the Netherlands, I've been living in northern Norway for quite some time now.

What do I do?

In day-to-day life I take care of our son while the missus is at work, and when I have some spare time and headspace, I like to tinker on my various coding projects.

Aside from that, I like to play some mobile Android games such as , and .

Overview in hashtags:



Fan of:

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About my name 


Hello, my name is FiXato.
It started as a handle, or more accurately as a moniker under which I would produce (online) content. As it's become part of my identity over time, I've come to regard it as my name, rather than a nickname though.
In mixed offline and online contexts, or where applicable, I might sign with a combination of my wallet names and online names ¹. While my wallet names are easily found online, I want to be addressed online by my online name, FiXato.

Shortened form(s)

People who've interacted with me for a while and who are looking to shorten the name, are free to refer to me as 'FiX'. Just 'F' is fine too, though my preference goes to 'FiX'.


The odd capitalisation of the name is a stylistic choice, which originates from early logo sketches ², where the X would act as an encapsulating centre glyph.
While the X in my name is capitalised, it does not affect the pronunciation of my name, or indicate the start of the next emphasis.


The closest approximation to my name's pronunciation I've been able to come up with using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), is: /fɪks'ɑto/.
If I had to write it phonetically, I'd probably describe it as fix-ah-toh ³ (or fix-ah-tow?).
This would be the preferred pronunciation, though I'm also okay with a more American pronunciation, similar to /fɪkseɪ'to/.
I guess it's similar to how 'tomato' sounds differently between British (/təˈmɑː.təʊ/) and American (/təˈmeɪ.t̬oʊ/) English.

The shortened form would simply be pronounced as 'fix'. (Though still written with its F and X capitalised: 'FiX'.)
IPA: /fɪks/

I'll update this post with a link to audio files when I have a moment to record them properly.


¹ The combination of wallet names and online name usually is in the following form: my meatspace ⁴ first name, followed by the initials of my meatspace second and third name, followed by "FiXato" (including double quotes), followed by my meatspace surname.
I.e. $firstName $initial1. $initial2. "FiXato" $lastName.

² In the earliest sketches and name choices it was actually 'FiXations', but the balance felt off, and it was already a rather well-used name as well as common English word, which would make searching for content produced under that name rather difficult, so I decided on "FiXato" instead. Of course I later discovered that 'fixato' is also an Italian verb, and that search engines later on decided that it must be a typo (even when explicitly capitalised) of 'fixator', which is a medical device...

³ no, not 'fix a toe'; the 'ato'-part is more a single syllable, and not as separate from the 'fix' part either.

⁴ Meatspace: a term to distinguish the offline from the online life. Meatspace is the aspect of the world where we interact physically. When it comes to my name, I might also use the term 'wallet name' instead; i.e. the name that's on the cards and such that are in one's wallet.
No, I don't consider 'in real life' a good alternative to indicate the offline interactions. It has the negative connotation that our online communications are not actually part of the real life, while it merely is just another means of communication.


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Oh yeah - if you really *really* want one of the above artworks but it's out of your price range, message me anyway, I'm flexible. Would rather this stuff go to a place where someone will enjoy it because otherwise they're just going to sit in a box under the bed for all eternity.

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Let's see if I can sell some of these #calligraphy pieces :D

Disclaimer, things are taking a few weeks to a couple of months to arrive worldwide from South Africa.

The red one is A4 size, the rest are A5, either on thick white art paper or on Daler Rowney calligraphy paper that's textured and looks like parchment.

$75 USD (which includes shipping) for any of these. Let me know if you want a closer look at any of them.

First come first serve, reply to grab one.

#MastoArt #CreativeToots

@tomasino just showed your tool to someone on Discord, and they seemed pretty excited about it. :D

Glad you actually had it linked on your personal website, because otherwise I'm not sure I would've found the link again. ;)

Pun: Darth Vader's DeeJay name 

and it might even be longer, as I think that date is the birthday of one of the later iterations of the website?

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Just noticed I've been a member for more than 20 years of some website... that's more than half my life.

Pun: minor demonic nautical performance without preparation, to a moral fault 

🎶 I was boar, boar, boar to be a wild

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Something I wrote after my third time through #LesMiserables:

Fiction can’t *prove* a point about about reality, but it can make you *think* about it, and consider connections or perspectives that you might not have considered before. And that’s a very valuable thing.

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lifecycle of bug reports on a major flight simulator product

move: adding '&reboot' to your URLs to punish users who don't properly quote their URLs.

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Null Signal Games, the new name for the volunteer collective who’ve been making Netrunner for the last several years, is now on fedi: @NullSignalGames

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There seems to be absolutely no way to turn off this notification -- and I get it repeatedly, even when I'm just sitting still.

vaccine update 

a bit sore arm, and a sore lower back that's probably unrelated, but apart from that no serious issues from yesterday's .

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This was particularly tricky to make work because the image data in a PNG needs to have a valid adler32 checksum, *and* a valid crc32 checksum.

Each hex digit "pixel" needed its own colliding block, generated with UniColl. There are 448 of them, taking over 24h to compute.

The adler32 checksum was collided to a chosen value using 48 FastColl collisions, with a meet-in-the-middle technique.

After the adler32, the crc32 was collided similarly, using another 48 FastColl blocks.

As the name suggests FastColl is fast, and this part only took ~minutes.


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The image in this post displays its own MD5 hash.

You can download and hash it yourself, and it should still match - 1337e2ef42b9bee8de06a4d223a51337

I think this is the first PNG/MD5 hashquine.

Today's music album title suggestion: "The Quest For Radical Self-Love"

(Inspired by episode 23 of the "Cox 'n Crendor in the Morning Podcast")

job seeking (positive, I guess?) 

Went to today to discuss my situation, and finally felt like I'd reached a person who could actually sort of help me, instead of feeling like I was sent from wall to wall along with the idea I have to do it all alone.
Registered as job seeker now, and got a bit more hopeful idea about what order to handle my situation.
Will also see if I can drop by a car shop later today to apply in person for a position as tire changer. Just need something ASAP to get back into the job market and the Norwegian system, and to get a desperately needed income.

(don't ask; mostly for keeping track of my own progress)

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