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Just realised that I hadn't done an toot with this account. So...

I'm a 41 year old Scot.

First time dad of a 3 and a bit month old daughter (so perpetually tired)

Married to @sk and we cohabitate with a 7-8 year old rescue dog.

As of late January I'm and this has inspired my re-found love for .

Other interests include (but not exclusively):

politic-y me @asovereignscot

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First post!

I'm not exactly new but I've just built a new instance by which I hope to entice family and friends to join.

My instance is called nippon:alba - Japan:Scotland in each nation's native language. So called because the majority of my friends and family are located in Japan or Scotland.

My Scottish politics profile is on an up and coming instance ( : @asovereignscot - if you live in Scotland or are interested in Scottish politics then join there!

If you're an advanced user looking for #Alternatives, you might like to check out's most overlooked sections:

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Alternatives For Advanced Users - sites like but aimed at technically-aware people

๐Ÿ”ฅ Bubbling Under - Alternatives that are close to being listed on the main part of the site, and are already very useful

#Hive is a UK-based wholesaler-owned bookshop with home delivery or collection from local indie bookshops (who get a cut of the sale):

You can also adopt a local bookshop, who get a cut of your orders regardless of delivery method.

Pro Tip: If you want to be *really* supportive of your local bookshop, phone/email them to order through them directly. Price and delivery time is the same, but they get a bigger share of the price.

#AlternativesAtoZ #Books #DeleteAmazon

My food was described as "restaurant quality" today by my wife's friend.

Whilst I'm sure that was 99% Japanese politeness, I'll humbly accept the complement anyway.

Of course as a complement "restaurant quality" is somewhat vague.. after all not every restaurant is equal.. so I'll just have to internally allocate rosettes/stars/hats as it'd be impolite to interrogate the complement giver any further ๐Ÿ˜œ

..and she has left anyway so..

My wife's best friend from uni came to visit today so I was instructed to impress her with some vegan cooking..

5 hours in the kitchen and said challenge was a success!

Made a jerk seasoned chickpea pizza (base, bbq sauce and seasoning mix).. some quick pickled cucumber and onions. Herby & "cheesy" popcorn.. some fresh juice and lentil soup for my daughter (first time trying red lentils, turnip and leek).

No pictures as I was in pure cooking mode.. but needless to say, I now need beer!

*Only dictatorships jail peaceful political leaders.*

It isn't just Forcadell.

Nine leading Catalan politicians have been in jail for over 12 months awaiting trial. Potentially facing 25 year sentences for sedition. Four of the imprisoned are on hunger strike.

In Europe, in the 21st century.


For trying to achieve independence democratically.


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With that final proof reading session over, my first term of being the spouse of an MSc student is finished and I'm now officially "on holiday"!

Enjoying some offerings from the Moor Beer Company this evening, the first was a smoked dark ale and the second is an absolutely delicious "decadent" porter.

This is amoor, eh!

โ€œBase yourself at Gairloch in Wester Ross and explore its rocky coastline, where youโ€™ll discover numerous sandy beaches lapped by the clearest water, including Big Sand and Redpoint.โ€ #Scotland #photography #Schottland

geklaut bei:

These pictures were taken at about the same time as the ones I just posted but I switched the camera to a manual setting that captures better the actual colour and darkness.
The #photography #nofilter #noprocessing #mastoart

So I updated my nextcloud instance to the 15 beta to check out Nextcloud Social..

It seems that the server is missing webfinger.. so whilst I can see my nextcloud account via mastodon, I can't follow it nor be followed by it..


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Toddle over and install update to nextcloud 15, or continue chilling with my feet up watch QI and drinking Elvis Juice?

Keen to see the moderation and admin options with nextcloud social.. i gather that mastodon, pleroma etc. have iteratively improved with each new release.. so I gather also that the first iteration is going to be pretty basic..

Though given I was already contemplating a nextcloud talk proxy, if social develops well then it might simplify my plans for provision of new social media options for family & friends.

Finished with work for the year 4 days earlier than anticipated thanks to accumulated lieu time and a sub-par contract extension offer that requires consideration before the end of the year.

Only 8 days left until we head to Japan!

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nipponalba | mastodon

A small mastodon instance for family and close friends.