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Hi, how are you? I'm a & occasional . A , , civil rights advocate, leftie , , pro-. I make , , , & music. I used to collaborate with musicians such as Daevid Allen & Gilli Smyth of Gong & writers such as Michael Moorcock. Interesting times. Nowadays I'm a semi-hermit living with my partner & two sons in an old farmhouse next to a world-heritage forest.

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of music, I'm enjoying the new album Juno to Jupiter very much. I'm hoping that the title is a double entendre reference to vintage Roland synths, as well as to the NASA mission.

The fact that for the past couple of months I couldn't (until now) follow or otherwise interact with the largest server (from my own server) has been an unexpectedly great practical example of not only the dangers of , but the strengths of & the as a whole.

By Jove, you've (or rather I've) done it! After several months of wondering why my server won't federate with a certain other servers, particularly mastodon.social - I believe I've finally cracked it. I'd previously switched off TLS 1.2 on nginx - that is, I'd set the nginx security policy to "modern" where I needed to have it set to "intermediate". I'd rather my server only support TLS 1.3 but it seems switching it back has fixed the issue. Phew!

Well, I've narrowed the issue down to mastodon.social spitting out an SSL error when someone there tries to follow my own account. Strange that its never been a problem until a few months ago, and also isn't an issue with other instances. Well, its time to have a glass of vin ordinaire or two & listen to Histoire de Melody Nelson instead.

Apologies to the people who I've bombed with multiple follow requests over the past couple of days! I've tried multiple ways to fix my problem with not being able to follow anyone on mastodon.social - tried as well as on different domains - still doesn't work. I'm thinking it must be some kind of IP block problem for mastodon.social - or some strange misconfiguration problem on my server. My attempts to fix the problem continue...

Hi, how are you? I'm a & occasional . A , , civil rights advocate, leftie , , pro-. I make , , , & music. I used to collaborate with musicians such as Daevid Allen & Gilli Smyth of Gong & writers such as Michael Moorcock. Interesting times. Nowadays I'm a semi-hermit living with my partner & two sons in an old farmhouse next to a world-heritage forest.

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