Hello! I'm Semaphore :)
In a nutshell, I spend my time being a dad, a step-dad, a partner, a worker, a volunteer, a friend, and tired. I really enjoy playing games & computer games with my friends and the kids, and doing the odd creative project, usually some kind of music or writing.
I'm here for chilled chat and general fun nonsense. :) I'm also looking into a Raspberry Pi or something similar to run a Gemini server and perhaps a Pixelfed instance.
In the last year I've settled on using a pseudonym for a couple of reasons;
First, I find I self-censor in strange ways when I feel I'm in hyper-public environments. I've had cause to be in hyper-public positions during my volunteering, and at least locally, I am again now. This is fine, but I seem to always avoid Crossing The Streams with different parts of my life. With a pseudonym I've found liberty in talking about the merits of community work, ethical non-monogamy, and Minecraft, all in the same few minutes and with the same people.
Secondly, I have a nostalgia for late-90s internet. The way I see it is, as imperfect as it was, the barriers to its use necessarily created a community of people interested in broadly similar things, and this shared experience made us much less prone to creating or perpetuating the flaming latrine-pit we now endure in almost all shared spaces on our beloved internet. And we, if you remember, never used our government names.
Welcome to thundertoot! A Mastodon Instance for 'straya