πŸ‘‹ Hello Foostodon!

I've decided to Mastodon a good try this time.
πŸ‘€ Who's this guy?

- I code charts for a living
- Love coding games, maps and 3D graphics.
- Worked for a remote company before it was cool.
- Like and owning my data.
- Trying to get into blogging
- Based in πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

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Can you do threads in this?
If so, you can find my tech setup on:

@alvin Welcome to Fosstodon. Things are slow at first but as you find people with similar interests and follow them, others will follow you. Create your bio, add an avatar pic and some emojis to your name so others can learn more about you. If you haven't, sending out an introduction listing your interests will help.

The custom emoji list is here:

Also see Kev's most awesome blogpost about getting started here:

Good luck and have fun.

Would you recommend a more detailed intro than what I just did ?
I guess my first toot was pretty broad πŸ˜…

I think you did great. You could include favorite hardware, OS, and distro.

@Tay0 Done! I figured out that you could do threads which is nice

@alvin I use MacBook Pro dual booting MacOS Mojave and Linux (Zorin OS). My Mac Mini runs Ubuntu server but I'm still setting that up as a home server. In concerned that electricity usage might be too high for that though, so I might end up just running something in Linode. But would prefer a local server. I'm going to take a look at some of those Mac apps you listed because I run pretty bare. I'll compile a list of Mac software I use and share it here.

@alvin With regards to a text editor for coding, I've settled on Sublime Text for now. Tried Brackets but it was super slow, Atom doesn't look to be in development, and I don't like to use anything Microsoft (vscode) if I can help it.
I like Sublime's clean interface and the theming options and autocomplete and since I'm a super basic user (only just learning Web Dev) it's more than enough for me. But like Atom, I'm not sure if it's in active development πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Man, I'm with you. I *loved* Atom as a text editor. It was simple, easy to configure, and did most things out of the box.
It's just too slow for me unfortunately.
Github is maintaining Atom, just for critical bugs as far as I know.

I know plenty of happy Sublime users, so it should be good for you!

@alvin I saw something on your GitHub about digital gardens - I was into that a while back. Do you have a wiki hosted anywhere?

@binyamin Nope, not sure if you saw my article about digital gardens ?
Either way, I basically have the blog and a private "second brain" system of notes.
I have another article about that system too that I'll publish whenever I get my Twitter account back.

@alvin ooh, nice website. I love the colors. Many privacy-oriented people seem to have sites with no excitement whatsoever. Question: Why Crimson Pro for the body, and not Crimson Text? I assume the latter is meant as a body font and the former is for headers.

@binyamin Thanks! The typography choice and implementation was done by Matthrew Young, an amazing designer:

Short answer, I don't know, I left it to the pros πŸ˜‡

@alvin Yay another new user!😁 πŸŽ‰ Welcome To MastodonπŸŽ‰ . The people here in are really nice and you are going to have so much fun talking to other people with the same interests as you and the best part is that its decentralized and open sourced! no more proprietary corporate titans controlling what you can and cant say on there platform! Here in Mastodon is a place where you can truly be you! :mastodon:

@alvin Just short of excellent, myself but heading in the right direction. :)

@alvin Hello. I was just fed up with Twitter, and also like my data. So i fired up my own Mastodon instance on FreeBSD 12 on my server.

@alvin hi alvin! Welcome to Fosstodon. So what do you mean that you "code charts"?

@mab Hello!
I realise it's not obvious at all πŸ˜…

I use JavaScript to create bar charts, pie charts, etc, that's what I meant

@alvin ah. Cool. The word "coding" has come to take on many different meanings and so I'm not always sure if it refers to programming or billing codes! 😁

@alvin You code charts? US here, you're a statistician?

I'm not, luckily smart people made libraries like d3and ggplot so that I people like me can make charts πŸ™

I'm terrible at maths and stats πŸ™ˆ

@epic I've used R but I do most of my charting/mapping with d3. I could probably pick it up after a bit πŸ˜ƒ

@alvin Very interesting. I’d never heard of it. Now, I at least have seen what’s on this page. I bet you’ll find R interesting too should you dive in, and everyone loves well-made graphs, if not because they like data presented in an easy-to-understand format, but so they can argue politics on Fediverse. πŸ˜€

@epic Ha ha I'll try to stay away from the politics, no promises though πŸ™ˆ πŸ™‰

D3 is fantastic, it's a bit awkward to get started with but you can do a lot of stuff with it πŸ’ͺ

@alvin To avoid politics here, I wouldn’t follow me if I were you. That would be the opposite. πŸ˜€

@alvin Hello Alvin. Nice to meet you. Welcome to Mastodon. I hope you will like it here.
I had a look at your website using the link in your latest toot and thoroughly enjoyed reading the list of things you use. I also had great fun on your homepage playing with the swirling circle in both light and dark mode. That is so awesome! You obviously really know about coding. It's a great website. As someone just sharing learning Web development I'm blown away by your site. Very cool.

@danielfgom Hey Daniel, nice to meet you too πŸŽ‰

Thanks for the kind words! The website took a lot of work but I'm happy with how it turned out. Happy to answer any questions.

/uses pages are great fun, always interesting to see what people's setups are.

@alvin What's your favorite language to write games in?

@rmlibre Probably JavaScript at the moment because I'm so used to it. But I had a great time using ActionScript 3 back in the Flash days! πŸ‘΄

@alvin Ooo, like vanilla JS, or framework based? I'm interested in trying one of your games if any of them are live online :)

@rmlibre Depends on the game, Pixi.js is my go-to most of the time. Or phaser if I need something involved with physics, etc.

@alvin Pixi.js looks cool. I just played some example games linked on their site. They ran hella slow in my browser for some reason, though. 🀷🏽

I miss studying & researching games.

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