Hey everyone! I am nikken (he/him) and this is my home on the web. It has been since 2015!
A little backstory: I was born at ~350ppm in a small city in NRW, Germany. I dropped out of three different university degrees and became a trained joiner instead. My interests lie in politics, the arts (music and film, mostly) and the intersection of technology and society.
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After 10 years elsewhere in the state I am a boy back in town (my hometown). I have been living back here since summer 2021 and it's been good. I live together with my partner and a couple of friends and I enjoy living closer to nature and my family.
I am currently being trained as a sysadmin (basically) at the IT department of a public university nearby. If everything goes according to plan, I will finish my training in early 2024. The apprenticeship is closing a loop after dropping out of a computer science degree a couple of years ago.
As far as computer stuff goes, I keep close tabs on the OpenBSD and Guile/Guix communities. Late last year I contributed my first patch (pending) to the Guix package repository which combines the two interests.
My personal political niche has always been at the intersection of computing and society. Luckily for me that area has had a shot in the arm in the last years so now there's a name for it: Marxist luddism. I'll compile a bunch of links to expand on that.
Although computing and technology touch on all of political life, there are a lot of areas I would like to be more knowledgable about or active in: Union and community organizing, feminism, anti-racism, anti-imperialism/post-colonialism, the housing movement, the climate movement, ...
I have started a weightlifting routine after a long while without sports and a job change to get healthy and strong.
Lately I have been revisiting a lot of hardcore punk that I was into 10-15 years ago. I'm trying to catch up with the new wave of hardcore and stuff I haved missed in the interim. I have this calendar, The Art of Metal Covers Vol. 2, and I'm going through that day by day. A lot of classics, a lot of garbage.
As far as books go, I think I have catalogued all of the ones I have ever read and dated the ones I have read since 2016.
One of the early social sites I used was audioscrobbler (Wayback Machine). I had an account there from 31st of July 2005 until some time in 2008 or 2009 when I felt that tracking scrobbles influenced my listening habits too much. I created a second account on last.fm in 2011 and have been scrobbling on and off ever since. I have a modest record collection that I haven't updated in a while on discogs and a small bandcamp collection. I do try to use spotify less.
I keep a list of things that I use, which for now mostly consist of my home computers.
Lists are what makes the internet interesting, so I list the podcasts I listen to. More lists to come!
I did a redesign of the site! I had been using hugo for years now and was in the progress of moving over to haunt (which I adore) when I realised that I just wanted to artisanally craft all the HTML by hand again. I have now found some time to do just that and futzed around a little bit while I was at it. I also switched back to writing in English (instead of my native German) because I felt like it.
- Since 2018 I've cosplayed admin and webdesigner for the young and dynamic agency mechanik _ from Hamburg.
- My friend Fritz (mechanik _, rauchen) is finally online! I built a tiny website for him.
- konvoi was a post-punk side project by Fritz & co., I built a small site for them.
- I built amelie's site!
- I built rauchen's website. They are a punk outfit from Hamburg.
- I was asked to build a website for Ilgen-Nur's record "Power Nap" and the associated 2019/2020 Tour. So I did. I like her music!