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About Me
Musings and Thoughts

09 January 2022 - 00:02

Well, I spent the first four or five days of the year miserably sick, so that's always fun. This week was pretty busy at work and the plague is currently exploding again, so it's just fun all around. I've been watching a lot of TV lately and I forgot how good early South Park was. You know, before it became a twenty-minute right-libertarian political cartoon. Otherwise we've been watching a lot of The Witcher and The Man in the High Castle.

I don't have a whole lot to report, sorry, just felt like my sickness was worth mentioning. I'm feeling better now but for a few days there I could barely even get out of bed. It was awful.

Lately I've been thinking about how funny it is that my HTTP site, which is hosted on WordPress, periodically gets traffic from Google search results and I'm pretty sure I know exactly who this is.

Anyway, if you read my capsule regularly, feel free to shoot me an email or a Matrix message. I've actually gotten quite a bit of "fan" mail lately so that's been encouraging.

Currently listening to: Voodoo by Godsmack


01 January 2022 - 21:25

Every year we advance past 2008 or so is a mistake. This year will be the tenth anniversary of the end of the world in 2012 (I say this only half-jokingly, no Mayan magic necessary, the world quickly slid downhill past this point). Hopefully we can reclaim some good things in the "Rawring 20s."

I spent most of the month of December profoundly exhausted. I've been depressed, lazy, and useless. The only good thing I've done is get back to the doctor and avoid taking sick days at work. Work's going alright, I suppose. I still dread it but I can confidently say I do not hate this job.

Otherwise, things in my personal life are alright. I don't have many friends left and I can't really see the remaining ones because of the Plague or other concerns.

Currently listening to: lamentation by Yuki Kajiura


06 November 2021 - 21:21

This is a very general update, as things haven't been particularly eventful lately.

I've been miserably sick this week with a headcold and I've been having bad anxiety symptoms since Wednesday night, so I haven't exactly been having a Good Time. Otherwise though, I'm alright, work seems to be going okay, I've been well otherwise, just sort of doing some introspection.

Honestly, I think I'm in a good headspace right now. We'll see if I can stay here :)

Currently listening to: Canyon Voices by Tangerine Dream


15 October 2021 - 20:47

I've been working a new job since September and it seems to be going well so far. It pays better and the schedule is a marked improvement. Otherwise, I've been playing a lot of Doom, reading a lot, and chatting a lot with internet friends. It seems the plague is getting better, so that's definitely encouraging.

Bought plane tickets for Thanksgiving to go out to Vegas to see my mother so that's exciting as well. It's been more than ten years since I've been on a plane.

I've met a lot of cool new internet peeps on the Fediverse (and elsewhere) so honestly as far as my internet social life goes, it's very healthy. IRL it's getting better too. I'm getting along with everyone at work a lot better than I anticipated.

I remain cautiously optimistic about the future.


21 August 2021 - 21:53

I'm having a bad time, to be perfectly frank. I have more teeth that are giving me problems, and of course that means lots of painful, expensive dental work. I had to call in to work today because of it, even.

I'm also looking for new jobs, since the schedule at my current job just isn't working out. I can't do this "being on unpaid call all week" thing.

Besides that, I've recently gotten into an interesting Gemini capsule at cosmic.voyage, which is a collaborative science-fiction project. Go check it out, it's cool.

Cosmic Voyage


27 July 2021 - 14:11

Hello again, everyone! I just wanted to make a post, since I hadn't in a while. Every day I spend more and more time on Gemini, yet I'm neglecting my own capsule - how sad! Anyway, things have been alright recently, with a couple of exceptions. My parents both have COVID, even though they are fully vaccinated, and so my wife and I are getting tested again this week to make sure we don't have it. We're also fully vaccinated, and we feel fine, so I think we're probably alright - but we'd like to be sure. In addition to this, I'm dealing with a pretty aggressive toothache and I'll need to get a root canal next week. It's definitely less-than-ideal, but I'll make it. I've also been enjoying the Fediverse and Gemini a lot more lately, after realizing that I've met plenty of fine folk there. Most of my current internet friends are from one of these spaces or other. I've also been getting back into calligraphy and various other crafty interests. I'll definitely be sharing some more things here.

Curently Listening To: Konpeito Summer 2021 Mix


11 May 2021 - 12:37

Hello everyone. Soon I will be moving my capsule somewhere that doesn't allow HTTP access. I really enjoyed how the Midnight Pub allowed me to dip my toes into Geminispace easily! However, now that I know I'll be staying here, I want to move somewhere that doesn't allow web access to my capsule.

Currently Listening To: Diese Kalte Nacht by Faun


03 May 2021 - 23:07

Hello, Gemini! I've been spending a lot of time on Gemini lately, which is really cool. It feels like exploring some vast, empty space, like exploring the early internet used to feel. It's actually starting to make me a little uncomfortable that my capsule is also accessible via the Web. Oh well. This is the best I'll be able to do until I can self-host. Either way, if anyone is interested, the new job is going well! I'm definitely feeling better about things lately.

Currently Listening To: Konpeito Winter 2021 Mix


22 March 2021 - 00:28

This one will be just a general update. I don't know if anyone reads these (if you do, let me know) but I enjoy typing random bullshit into the internet.

I've been doing alright, I suppose. Things have been rather slow lately. I'm off for the next week before I have to report to orientation next Monday morning. I'm not looking forward to being out of town for a week but I am looking forward to the new job. I hope I enjoy it. I feel like I will, but then again, I felt like that about the last one, didn't I? Maybe I'm destined to dislike all my jobs. However, this one pays better and eliminates the issues I found to be the most stressful at my old job, so that bodes well.

I've been playing a lot of Dark Souls II lately, as any of my Steam friends will be able to tell you. I've also been feeling sort of icky about depending on Steam so much for gaming purposes. I really hate the orgy of DRM you have to navigate to buy games nowadays. I'd like to switch to GOG but Steam's Linux support is par excellence and I already have several hundreds of dollars of games on there, so it's hard to switch when you're tied to it like that.

Oh well. If Steam, YouTube and Reddit are the only proprietary platforms I use, I'll be in fairly decent shape. And honestly YouTube is next on the chopping block. If I can find a good Invidious instance, I'll be using that exclusively from now on.

Currently Listening To: Caught in the Rain by Aso


16 March 2021 - 16:56

This is my last Tuesday at this awful job. I'm so happy I'm going to be out of this job soon. I'll get a week off and then start at my new job. I also got good news from the doctor today so more or less I'm in a pretty good mood. I still need to tie up some loose ends but I'm still ruminating. I want to make sure I have thought everything through and don't say anything I don't truly mean.

Currently Listening To: Time by Godsmack


21 February 2021 - 22:21

I changed the site name today from the very generic "Travis Skaalgard's Gemini Capsule" to "The Hermit's Cell," which is a name I liked a lot better and have periodically used for other projects. I think it's more fitting for a Gemini capsule than for my old Neocities site anyway.

Currently Listening To: Shadowlands by Amethystium


16 February 2021 - 15:06

This is my first real entry here. I'm working from home today due to the weather and it seems like I'm not really getting anything done. I am working on finding a new job. My other anxieties are also acting up, as well. My omnipresent health anxiety is doing a fine job today of keeping me from enjoying things.


15 February 2021 - 23:05

I started this capsule today and figured I needed to flesh out the page a little :)