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Since I've moved to a new instance, I think should reintroduce myself.

My name is Matt, and I'm a 45 year old gay man living in Indiana. I've worked in tech for about the last 20 years. I like to call myself a classically trained systems administrator ... whatever that is.

I've got several hobbies (because one cannot have enough interests, in my opinion) that I like to waste my money on, and I absolutely love to talk about all of them!

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Let's be friends in Pokémon GO! My Trainer Code is 9220 8028 4340!

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The things you learn reviewing a 1986 "Jeopardy!" game. I never knew that former "Gomer Pyle" star Jim Nabors once owned a macadamia nut ranch in Hawaii.

Also, I didn't know that you "ranched" nuts.

#TheMoreYouKnow

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Ken Starr's death reminds me of a pivotal moment in tech history. I was living in Washington DC during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and the day that Congress released the full text of Starr's lurid report was the first time that I can recall millions of people trying to simultaneously download the same file over the still-nascent Internet.

I worked in a college newspaper office at the time with an ISDN connection. We spent a good two hours hitting refresh on Netscape Navigator.

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Dark Humour, Queen Elizabeth 

So the only relevant Queen remaining is the band?

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I couldn't find any "Computer Chronicles" content related to Queen Elizabeth II. But Her Majesty was a trained auto mechanic. So I bet she would've done a better job reassembling that IBM PS/2 than John C. Dvorak.

What are some of your favorite podcasts?

Lately, one of my favorites has been Darknet Diaries. Great stories and interviews! American Hysteria, Maintenance Phase, and You’re Wrong About really make one think. If you like Star Trek, listening to the TrekMovie.com Star Trek Podcast Network feed is the way to go there. I also listen to NPR’s Up First every morning.

Our poor puppy had an accident in the crate while we were gone. He was pretty uncomfortable and ran out of his crate. Got it all cleaned up, but I swear I can still smell it. It was foul.

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The last time I seriously played a MUD was back in the Summer of 1997 when I played BatMUD. I would play it while working at the computer lab in my university library on a VT-320 terminal. Anyway, I’m pretty sure my toon is still there.

This past week I decided that I wanted to play a new game, and I ended up dipping my toes back into MUDs. It’s been a long time since I’ve seriously played one.

Right now I’m playing aardwolf.org, and so far I’m really enjoying it. The community seems to be really nice, with a couple of hundred folks online at any given time.

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At the farmer's market, someone was selling "dairy-free vegan cream cheese".

Honey, regular people call that "hummus".

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I say I don’t understand the young generation all the time but I recognize at this age I’m not supposed to, and I'm going to understand them less with every year. That’s literally how things always have been. There are surviving writings going back literally thousands of years saying stuff to the effect of, “These spoiled lazy kids today and their strange ways and not wanting to work hard!” I heard the same thing about my generation. The "spoiled lazy kids" today will be saying it about the "spoiled lazy kids" in a couple of decades too :).

Severance (TV Show) 

I finished season 1 of Severance tonight, and I loved it! I'm dying to know what happens next.

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It's wild that Weird Al Yankovic is not related to Frankie Yankovic despite both playing accordion and having the same last name.

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