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Hello everyone! My name's Mandrake and I'm a horse! I've been on Mastodon since November 2017 and have been a member of this lovely instance since December 2020. I hope we can become friends! ❤️🐴

I enjoy playing indie games in my spare time and I have a collection of my favourites that you can find on Itch, with a short review for each one. There's also links to additional collections for every game I've played on Itch by year: itch.io/c/1036648/my-favourite

Feel free to print out and send this postcard that I made to your friends

you fools, you let her in your house and now she's stealing your pizza and escaping through the window

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she smells that you have home made pizza, she's okay with the cold, she just wants pizza, don't fall for her tricks.

Ghoulish Hollywood prediction 

Within the next decade, there will be an entire film where the lead character is portrayed by an actor who died years ago

One of the games I've been playing from this World Land Trust Itch bundle is A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build. It's a Sokoban where you push balls of snow around to build snowmen. Each one has a unique name and appearance, plus you can hug them: draknek.itch.io/a-good-snowman

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Managed to obtain this huge collection of vintage software from the 1990s yesterday. I'll see if I can get some of these CD-ROMs running in my XP virtual machine (perhaps even in Windows 98)

British has-been celebrity 

The one funny thing that David Baddiel has ever done was BBC Three's Monkey Dust, where he played a conceited version of himself who was prepared to handle any emergency situation (e.g. rescuing a child trapped underneath a car, piloting a space shuttle) on the basis that since he was A Famous Celebrity, he therefore would be just as capable as any trained professional.

Itch are doing a 66-game charity bundle for the World Land Trust, with a starting price of $4.99. I personally recommend reky, Hacknet, Signs of the Sojourner, and Spring Falls, but I've also heard praise for The Hex, Wide Ocean Big Jacket, and Silicon Dreams: itch.io/b/1164/world-land-trus

Hype Machine's Merch Table scans your Spotify Wrapped playlist to show you what is available for purchase on Bandcamp, and since tomorrow is Bandcamp Friday it's a good time to support the artists you've been listening to this year:

hypem.com/merch-table

Praxis: hackers are spamming businesses’ receipt printers with ‘Antiwork’ manifestos. Dozens of printers across the internet are printing out a manifesto that encourages workers to discuss their pay with coworkers, and pressure their employers.

vice.com/en/article/qjbb9d/hac

Here's some BBC One continuity announcements from November 2015 that I had saved on a DVD recorder: youtube.com/watch?v=yWKWlwKEob

Originally, I included all the trailers as well, except that BBC Studios blocked the video worldwide and I had to remove them (because *heaven forbid* anyone watches an advertisement for something that was broadcast on the BBC)

Here's the final batch of Challenge adverts/continuity from 2016 that I salvaged from the DVD recorder. Next up, I'll be uploading BBC continuity and then festive adverts closer to Christmas: youtu.be/NzXNy5CxW2s

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According to these adverts from Challenge, the average Robot Wars fan in 2016 has a dog, drinks tea, looks unreasonably fabulous at all times: youtu.be/LrR-O-TvxtY

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If you like dogs, hair products, and the bloke who played Rory's Dad in Doctor Who, these advert breaks from April 2016 are for you (maybe): youtu.be/FGgnslj66HA

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Here's another batch of awful adverts and continuity from Challenge in April 2016. Put cosmetics on your face, drink some tea, and remember when people cared about Game of Thrones! youtube.com/watch?v=uDUA1GKwyE

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Gamesmaster 

I tried watching some of the original Gamesmaster for comparison and to be honest, I actually preferred the reboot. I'll confess that I have zero nostalgia for this show and the episodes I saw were from early on (Series 1). But the reboot felt much less awkward, had more interesting reviews than some white guys talking in monotone voices, and it captured the enthusiasm of friends playing video games together and trying to complete difficult challenges

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my music 

have at it, if anybody wants a listen. it's been a few months, and i still haven't gotten the hang of daws anyways, but i do like this one. if anybody has any feedback about technical things i could learn from i'd be down to hear, i'm not very knowledgeable about the technical side of things

Finally got round to watching the new Gamesmaster, lots of fun. Great energy, good selection of featured games, and Sir Trevor McDonald is a brilliant choice for Moore's successor

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