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Really pleased with the progress that we've made running an in-person workshop with Outlandish (co-op) for the project.

Working collaboratively, the always-impressive @mayel has researched, documented, and decided upon an approach to front-end development in double-quick time.

GitLab issues: gitlab.com/groups/moodlenet/cl

PS that's Rob from Outlandish in the photo, not Mayel!

β€œWe see ourselves as non-conformist, but I think all of this [online shaming] is creating a more conformist, conservative age… We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart the people outside of it.”

(Jon Ronson, 'So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed')

worldcat.org/title/so-youve-be

Update: after trying a private Google+ community (which no-one liked) we're now experimenting with Vero:

vero.co

It much more Path-like, but with some twists.

There's a list of alternatives here, but some of them don't *feel* like alternatives because they're chat apps (like Telegram) or general social networking apps (like Facebook): alternativeto.net/software/pat

The thing Path did well was make you feel like you had a private social network. What else does that?

One of my favourite apps is shutting down: techcrunch.com/2018/09/17/rip-

I paid for Path to try and ensure, in a small way, this didn't happen. It's the only thing all of my family have ever agreed on to use, and it's a delightfully simple app.

Of course, they're all Facebook and WhatsApp users, so now that will be the default, unless I can get them to switch to something else. It would need to be:

- Private by default
- Delightful to use
- Provide emoji responses

Any ideas?

I also finished Ellen Ullman's "Life in Code" last night, which I've been reading in bitesize chunks.

The books contains chapters that were written over a 25-year period. It's all great, but the last one is fantastic.

worldcat.org/title/life-in-cod

That, of course, should read "Frase's" but the capitalist autocorrect on my phone rejects his revolutionary name... πŸ™ƒ

Just finished Peter Fraser's excellent "Four Futures: life after capitalism".

At 150 pages, it's a short but extremely valuable read which helped me think through the logical consequences of current trends.

I actually built a little toy service (that I will also eventually open source) which converts any RSS feed to an ActivityPub actor that you can subscribe to in Mastodon (or any other AP-compatible client).

Play with it if you like! It is SUPER rough and most feeds end up horribly rendered in Mastodon but it's still kinda cool to see it work: bots.tinysubversions.com/conve

I'm happy to announce that my barebones ActivityPub server, implemented in Node.js/Express, is now open source! I intend for it to be a reference implementation for developers who are adding ActivityPub to their own services, but also it is an application server that you can build on if you want.

In other words, t's a few hundred lines of code that lets you create Mastodon-compatible accounts that can accept follow requests and post stuff to their followers.

github.com/dariusk/express-act

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