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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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What did the dragon say when the knight passed their cave by without a fight? 

It goes without slaying

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pun: elephant pastry 


(I blame @welshpixie 's excellent croissfit visual pun.)

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More bad food puns, illustrated 


I dunno. Either way, it lifts, and it's mad.

Gah, the stress of not finding your wallet...

Fortunately I eventually found the pair of pants that had them...


That's the preliminary name I'll give this spot-the-differences, find-the-differences, find-it, photo-hunt or whatchamacallit picture difference finding game for now:

I considered giving it a like name, such as 'diffle' (already apparently is a wordle spin-off) or 'findle' (sounds too much like 'fondle', and apparently already has a similar urban dictionary meaning), but apart from the aforementioned issues with the names, I don't really want to potentially date and stereotype the game with such a name, and a good Wordle (or is it ? I always forget if the e is included) has daily challenges, and I don't see myself making new finders every day.

There are some features inspired by it that I'd like to add though, but I'll address that in a follow-up post.

So, what do you think? Do you like the name DiffHunt? Does it convey its game genre well enough?

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went to bed far earlier than usual, at 22 or something like it, but of course that meant I couldn't sleep anymore at 4 in the night...
it's almost 6 in the morning now, and I suspect I'll get sleepy again by the time I need to get up again to get the little one ready for daycare.

Groceries have been obtained. Now to find the energy to unpack them, start on dinner, change the kiddo, and do whatever else is needed...

I really should've taken that nap when I had the chance...

This image has also made me realise that my game 'engine' does not currently handle objects that have 'moved' very well; it only assumes things can disappear, or change in-place... in the case of the arm in the drawing in the previous toot, the clickable area would only be in one relative location; i.e. if I make the clickable region closely around the arm on the left one, you'd have to click on the empty air on the right one. So I'd either have to put a bounding box over the shared area (the arm and the empty air), which is my current approach, or I'd have to add a second region and some how link both together.

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anyway, the contour detection is meant to be an aid for adding the paths; I can always tweak, fix and add paths myself in and directly in the XML source whenever the tool doesn't suffice. I guess I shouldn't expect it to be a magic bullet.

(I really should come up with a unique name for this project)

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Hmm, since the image similarity comparison is done via Structural Similarity Index on greyscale versions of the images, it unfortunately also means that sometimes changes aren't picked up because the changed object actually already blends into the background when their saturation (I think?) is similar to that of the background...

Maybe I can get around this by doing the contour extraction on the individual colour channels, and then merging the contours?

SVG image from, with minor adjustments.

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Dear ,
I'm currently working on a browser-based game (see my Secret of Mana spot-the-difference version as an example), and I'm now at a point where I can start looking for more to use.

And this is where I hope you can maybe help me out?

I'm looking for licensed drawings, photos or other kinds of pictures that come in sets of two where the second has a couple of differences.
The images do have to line up, as I use an offline image comparison script to detect / extract the differences.

While I'm looking for all sorts of images with varied levels of difficulty, I'm especially interested in drawings aimed at young kids, which I could play with our almost-four-year-old.

Do you have some? Do you know of a collection of such images that isn't copyright-encumbered? I'd love to hear from you. :D

If you want to follow along with the progress of my game / toolset, feel free to bookmark the thread about my Find-the-Differences game.

Yay, I think I've made some significant progress on detecting the differences between two images with , and extracting the contours to paths. :D

Now all that would be left is to merge the paths and the (bitmap) images into the template SVG I got. :)

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: see if I can use to find the bounding boxes of the differences between left and right images, and generate the SVG from that automatically.

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This evening I started on my "Find it" or "Spot the differences" kind of game, after seeing get rather excited over playing a similar thing with me through a YouTube video we came across, and not being able to find decent free alternatives.

Several hours later I think I have something quite presentable already. So, here is my Secret of Mana-inspired find-the-differences game which runs in your browser.

No third party resources; just some javascript for detecting clicks and toggling visibility of markers indicating successful guesses and updating the counters, and an SVG that contains the two pictures and the difference markers.

Can you find all 12 differences?

(It definitely could still use some improvements, such as maybe have an option of putting the images below each other instead of side-by-side, and looking into accessibility improvements, and making it easier to add your own images, but this will primarily be for me and kiddo to enjoy.)

Does anyone know a free-to-play, preferable ad-free, spot-the-differences for Windows?
Ideally something I can add my own images to as well.

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I have decided to commit to a limit on the maximum number of instances or percentage of the Mastodon network that I will host on

You can read about it here:

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Free idea: the QI Reply Guy Bot.

Say you’re making a post P, and you expect Reply Guys to respond with responses A, B and C.

Reply to your own post P with expected response A, include the QI Reply Guy Bot in your reply and set the post to Mentioned Users Only (“DM”). Do the same with expected responses B and C.

Then when a Reply Guy responds to P with expected response A, the QI Reply Guy Bot will immediately send them a short video of response A’s text flashing white on a black background, while playing the QI klaxon sound.

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We have such great authors on the fedi. Is there a group or recurring event for reading them, to give them exposure, discuss their work, and move some copies?

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