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Quick update for my post: 38, female, Swiss πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ , ace-aro :heart_ace: (aegosexual), fandom old. Writer, vidder, giffer. Currently mainly into but also lots of other fandoms (mostly tv).

Came here after seeing posts on fandom-after-tumblr - really enjoying this place, especially because I never did fandom twitter.
I'm shirasade pretty much everywhere else - :dw: :tumblr: :ao3: :pillowfort: also Hubzilla (fandom.stopthatimp.net), previously LJ (deleted).

I have three laptops with three different operating systems spread around me, I feel like such a geek! :)
(Transferring stuff from my old Macbook Pro to my new Linux Dell, working on my Windows Lenovo because I'm doing home office.)

So my new Dell XPS with Ubuntu arrived today, and I've been setting up stuff ever since. Far from done, but I just can't deal anymore. My main issues right now are that a) I overlooked the lack of USB-A (so no mouse), b) I can't get the KeepassXC extension to work, and c) I'm having serious problems finding the right resolution/scaling for the display. I might have to switch from GNOME if I can't find a solution for the tiny font vs. huge icons issue. Oi, what did I get myself into? *facepalm*

Had to buy a new bluray player, because of course everything breaks down at the same time... Okay, admittedly I bought most of my electronics when I moved back here 10 years ago, so they're about the same age. :) And hey, this time I found a player that's region-free, so now I'm able to watch my Spartacus blurays for the first time, yay! (My old player was only region-free for dvds, which I didn't know when I bought the box set.)
My bank account sure is glad I didn't get to go to NZ this year!

Move to Linux update: A bit faster than planned, but Dell had a sale that ends today, so I ordered myself an XPS 13 with Ubuntu. It's CHF 600 cheaper than an equivalent Macbook Pro. Wish me luck! :)

I'm honestly considering a switch to Linux if I can convince myself that I can still do everything I want to. In the past 2 years I've slowly moved towards choosing privacy-oriented solutions whenever I can, most notably leaving GSuite by moving to a combo of Protonmail, Nextcloud & Cryptpad. Seems to me most FOSS apps are also available for Linux, and I think switching from Photos/iMovie/iTunes etc should be possible, too. The one thing I suspect I might lose is my Bigfish games library.

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I have the sinking feeling that my early 2011 Macbook Pro is slowly but surely reaching the end of its life. It's getting more unreliable every day, but what's worse - more & more apps are no longer compatible and I don't dare upgrade the OS. I'm waiting for the day Firefox will stop working - that happened to my mom this summer & my dad's old Macbook was only a bit older than mine. Problem is a) I no longer trust Apple as I used to and b) a newer Macbook with similar specs costs a fortune.

How is it August already? That also means it's Writer's Month - I'll try to drabble each day, since I've been struggling with writer's block pretty much since March. (I wonder what happened then... /s)
You can drop requests for me here:
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I've completely fallen for The Old Guard - now that's a superhero movie that does things right! Great backstory, awesome women, diverse cast, lbgtq rep, black female director... and now I just learned that in the comics Quynh's name is Noriko, but they changed her because the actress is Vietnamese, not Japanese. All too often Hollywood seems to think all Asians are the same, so this just raises Greg Rucka and Gina Prince-Bythewood in my estimation even more. Can't wait for the sequel!

My least favourite type of AO3 comment isn't the hate kind, but the kind that goes "this would be really great if only you'd..." - seriously, why bother?

As I mentioned before, I made blends on - if anyone of you is interested: adagio.com/signature_blend/gro 🍡
Sadly, Shen Wei, Guo Changcheng and Sang Zan are currently unavaidable.

Some of the best money I ever spent: ordering something from Amazon I got a cheap offer for an Audible membership, along with a free credit - I used it on "Sherlock Holmes - The Definite Audio Collection", read by Stephen Fry (a huge Sherlockian himself). It contains the complete works and has been keeping me company for months now!

I just became aware that itch.io is apparently selling a bundle with an insane amount of indie games (over 1000) for a minimum donation of $5. The money is being split between the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Community Bail Fund. itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racia

Not suggesting this is necessarily the best use of funds if you have limited donation dollars, but if you like games it might be nice.

I'm in a weird place with social media right now. Haven't really been active here for a bit, but during lockdown I basically lived on Tumblr. The past few days, however, my desire to check my dash has dwindled.

Instead I want to share random stuff about my life, like the fact that I'm now in my "goldilocks zone" with running: the precious few weeks after my hayfever & before the unavoidable summer heat. So I bought myself a Garmin smartwatch & just went on my first phone-free run. Go me? :)

And oh fuck this, if you want to know how my dad actually died, let me point you to the last episode, about 30 minutes in (except for the nurse, it was only us). I can't remember the last time I cried so hard.

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Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is such a great show, but oh wow, my heart hurts, what with that theme of dead and dying fathers. Never fails to make me cry, no matter how many years it's been (almost 8).

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I was quite proud of my Xicheng vid for Fandom for Australia - except I just noticed while watching another vid that I missed at least one actual interaction, so now I'm just annoyed with myself! (Not using clips from the Gusu era was a choice, but that scene came later & would have been perfect. Ugh!)

Turns out the problem were the Chinese characters - once I used only English, I managed to create all my blends without issue. Now begins the waiting for the samples, so I can taste test before I'll make them public.
I spent a LOT of time thinking about which ingredients to use for each character, now they only need to taste good, too! :)

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What I've been doing this morning: Playing with the custom blend feature on Adagio, making teas for all the characters (SID crew, plus Ye Zun & BCE) - picking ingredients that fit them and making some basic graphics for the packaging.
It was great fun, although I wasn't able to actually save the results because of a bug. But I'll absolutely create that collection once it works again - I won't make it public, though, until I've tested my blends.

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