Heartbreak, and a thank you for everyone helping me overcome. 

Hey, I'm back at last. Quite a lot of things have happened in my life since roughly a month ago.

The last few years have been rough. The switch to university made it hard to maintain the social circles I used to be in, and thanks to COVID, I have not yet managed to meet any new people there to this day. I was quite lonely, and the future looked bleak.

It was around this time that I found the dragon community, and met a special someone that made me feel love for the very first time. Someone I could share everything with, bad and good, and who helped me get through my awakening, something that changed me forever. A while later, I found this Mastodon instance too.

My time with this other was the most wonderful time of my life. Unfortunaely, it had to come to an end. I wish them truly the best of luck, and still very much love them as a friend, but it takes time before we can continue like that.

In the meantime, I really needed some friends to keep me company, but never made those friends since I never went out of my way to meet new people because it felt like I already had everything I needed with this relationship. But now that it's over, and would really need the support of friends, I found myself alone, struggling and in need of help. Going through all the effort of meeting and befriending new people was and still is a massive undertaking to do in this situation, combined with managing your real life responsibilities such as studying.

At last, everything is slowly getting better, being in company with others, but it is still a long way to go. I would like to thank all the friends and strangers, however far away they are, for helping me overcome this difficult time. You will all forever have a special place in my heart.

Take care and be well, everyone.

"Raar" is Dutch for strange.
RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR :dragnsarc:

(Jokes aside, definitely consider getting a vaccine if you haven't already.)

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• Getting a vaccine in order to prevent the spread of COVID and protect yourself. :dragnskeptical:
• Getting a vaccine because there is a very small chance it may trigger a dragon TF. :dragneyes:

Going for booster vaccine now. Hope for dragon TF.

Pfff, kids these days with their "New" Zealand... At least we have the genuine, original Zeeland! :dragn_mlem:

"It's raining cats and dogs" is one of the first sayings you're taught during English classes, but I've never seen anyone casually use it.

Just installed Windows 11!
...ignore the giant text that says "Installing Windows 10"...

I guess HD DVD never died after all.

China has their own alternative to Blu-ray called "China Blue High-definition Disc". It has the same physical specifications as HD DVD, but video is encoded using state-approved codecs.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Bl

The most wonderful time of the year is coming!
No Zwarte Piet this time, I wonder why. X)

I've been expanding my archive of dragon movies, some of which are getting lost to time, and ripped them in original quality. Everything in my physical collection (so excluding digital) I have listed here: themoviedb.org/list/7098161. Does anyone feel like having another dragon movie archived? Let me know.

Be careful when importing older games for video game consoles, they may be region-locked.

If you do want to play foreign games on an older consoles, however, there are a few options:

1. Play the game on an emulator. Emulators usually play games from any region.
2. Mod your console. This usually doesn't require you to alter the hardware nowadays. In most instances, you run an exploit and install software to allow you to play out-of-region games.

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Are you not able to get a Mastercard in your country? In Europe, fintech banks like N26 and Revolut allow you to get a Mastercard for a one-time fee (at the time of writing, they also have no currency exchange fees).

Note: Somewhat off-topic, but if you experience IBAN discrimination in Europe, check this: twitter.com/EU_Finance/status/.

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This one is especially for Google Pay users.

Did Google decide to release Google Pay in your country, but not the app to add/remove cards? You can sideload the Google Pay app (dragon.style/@bluefire/1069542) or find it in Settings > Google > Settings for Google apps > Google Pay.

Did Google arbitrary restrict the use of Google Pay on Wear OS watches in your country? Use a VPN om your phone, and the Google Pay app should appear on your smartwatch after a while.

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Imported a DVD/Blu-ray, but you can't play it because it's region-locked? DVDs of all regions work just fine in PCs using VLC, or you can use a program like MakeMKV to rip your DVD/Blu-ray in original quality, removing any region-locking and DRM.

Tip! When importing movies, look for the 4K Blu-ray version. 4K Blu-rays don't incorporate region-locking like DVD and (HD) Blu-ray.

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Want to install a foreign app on iOS? Here you go:

1. Create a new Apple ID (appleid.apple.com/account). Select a country the app is available in. Spoof the address by finding an address (e.g. of a McDonalds) in that particular country. Make sure to remember the password.
2. Log out and log back in with your foreign Apple ID. You can do this in the App Store or your phone's settings.
3. Open the App Store. Do so if you are prompted to change the App Store's region. Find the app, download and install it.
4. You can now switch back to your original Apple ID. The App Store will propt you when an update for your foreign app is available. You will be asked for the password of your foreign account if you try to do so.

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Can't get an app because it's not available in your country? Happened to me many times. Here's what to do on Android:

1. Install the Aurora Store (f-droid.org/en/packages/com.au). It's an app store that sources apps directly from Google Play and has the ability to download apps only available outside of your country and without a Google account.
2. Go through the setup and login with an anonymous account.
3. Find a direct Google Play link to the app you wish to install. Open the link using Aurora Store (you may need to set Google Play not to open Google Play links in your phone's settings).
4. Install and enjoy! You can update the app using the Aurora Store, too.

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Many video streaming services, unlike music streaming, incorporate geo restrictions. One of the first things to try is a VPN, which masks your IP address and spoofs your location. I personally use Windscribe.

If that doesn't work, and there is no other legal way to watch, well... I guess there's piracy. It's not your fault you can't give money when distributors actively prevent you from doing so.

Note: If you have an Android TV, connecting it to a VPN may cause your entire interface to change, be warned.

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