Mastodon, Social Media and the Endless Cycle

December 12, 2022 - 3 minute read -

If not now, never.

Simply put, I’ve forgotten about this thing as I usually do. The upside is that I’m constantly reminded that it exists whether it’s logging in to my DigitalOcean account and seeing that it’s the only app deployed (most stuff lives in containers on Droplets) or hearing Daniel Miessler harp on why everyone needs a blog or Jack Rhysider posting about how everyone in IT should be writing , it creeps back in.

I wasn’t too sure what to do with this thing. The biggest blocker is that I’ve convinced myself that I don’t have anything to say. I’m not a new or unique viewpoint. In tech, I somehow feel a novice and also walking well worn paths. Maybe there’s some thread to pull at, something to slap together to make this more worth the while. I’ll likely spend some time considering that to best interpret the path forward but for now, I just wanted to check in.

As for me, life has been fine enough. I’ve moved past system administrator work over to a proper SOC analyst. It’s a bit of a lower stress role than what I was doing prior however it’s giving me the time to develop my knowledge and expand a bit into more proper security work. Of course, this is a great place to be however there’s always the itch to want more, to put this masters to work. That’s something to chew on a bit more.

Aside from work, personal life has been a bit more of a mixed bag. We’re always working on ourselves and trying to get better. Picked up a cycling trainer which should be a nice treat during the colder months, allowing me to bike indoors with the same race bike I normally ride. The lack of movement has certainlyt been having a negative impact on my headspace along with the larger decisions coming up about where we head from Oregon (or if we head anywhere at all). Luckily, we’re always working on ourselves and seeking to improve. There’s small things we can do to continually put one foot in front of the other and make an environment that best fosters love for those around us.

If you didn’t catch it, I’ve updated the layout of the blog to include a link to my Mastodon profile. Since Elon’s purchase of Twitter and subsequent degrading of the platform, Mastodon has really flourished. I’ve been on there since it was first announced since the idea was especially compelling although it’s always been backseat to my Twitter profile. Now, I think it’ll be vice versa. While Twitter has more of the “regular” crowd, I just feel significantly happier interacting with the algorithm-less landscape of generally happy folks on Mastodon. Of course, it’s entirely the world you build although I’m fairly content with where we’ve ended up. Now just to build out the lists I’ve used Twitter for…

That’s really all I’ve got for now. I’ll try to come back with a bit more about watching, reading, listening in the coming weeks however I’ll leave you folks with a fun video and playlist to celebrate the life and works of Angelo Badalamenti, the wonderful force and mood setter behind so many lovely works of art.

Spotify’s own “This is Angelo Badalamenti” playlist with many of his beautiful works: