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Funny that we seem to be going in circles.

The web started as a bunch of individuals running their own servers. Then things got professionalized, and we got the mostly benevolent, for-pay corporate services. Now that your data is more valuable than whatever meager subscription fee you're not going to pay for anyway, we're back to trusting the randos.

The plummeting server/software costs help, but it would be impossible without volunteer labor.

It behooves us to support the randos.

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Here's the video for "The Arrival of a Train":

(In case you're more into viewing than reading)

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Here's "It's all about the curry", my Monkigras 2018 talk on software craft:

Delivered a lot of talks over the years, but I gotta say this has been one of my favorites so far.


Folks, no matter how hard you try, you cannot smack-talk an idea to death.

The only thing that can kill a bad idea is a better one.

Go build those.

Andreas Antonopoulos on why the only way to compete with Facebook is by having "silly, idealistic principles", because if you think shedding principles is going help you compete...

"... what is Facebook but the world's most awesome principle-shedding machine?"

an appeal to the fediverse regarding anti-abuse 

I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.

If you thought that Boston Dynamics were cruel to their robots look at what we’re doing to virtual ones!
Human movement is mesmerizing. Moving elegantly in physical space is extremely difficult to re-create, but even simulation of such movement is hard. Shown is amazing work by Thomas Geijtenbeek that incorporates a model of muscles, neural delay, and biomechanical constraints:

Despite being free software, Mastodon as a project takes a hardline stance against nazis

The covenant has been added approx. one month ago so that for the first time in Mastodon's history, our project could make "no nazis" a part of our branding.

Tried poutine for the first time. I didn't know it existed. It's an assembled Voltron of unhealthy bar foods with cheese curds forming the head.

Tasty, but I'm surprised my arteries are still semi-functional.

@privacyint there really should be a service that "grooms" fake, but socially acceptable, social media and probably email accounts for deviants :)

I did some #gameing and had two runs of the One Hour One Life MMORPG.

In one of them my mother was a queen of the village and I was the second son. My older brother was ~15 years older than I (I was one of the last kids) and he became king when she passed.

He taught me how to make stew, which is a complicated recipe in the game.

When he passed I was the last of the line and ran around with his bones telling the other villagers of his kindness. Then I died of old age.

This game is really really unique.

Katherine Wu's annotated SEC complaint against Kik is the most entertaining time I've ever had reading a legal document:

It reads like watching a car crash. And once the paramedics arrive with the jaws of life they find another, worse car crash inside. And so on, as a fractal.

And all the while there's a laugh track playing.

"Fight me!" the king called.
"You, or your army?" the dragon said.
"Me. My army will witness my victory."
"They'd doubt you, if you told them?"

Defeat censorship by watching, saving, and sharing this video about Tiananmen square.

The day the Chinese government feels it doesn't need to keep censoring this event is the day the movement fails.

A year ago I tried learning ActivityPub, and more or less failed. I was confounded by a spec that was so abstract I couldn't make heads or tails of it. Turns out I was missing some key things.

I have written a guide to learning about ActivityPub that I wish existed a year ago when I first set out to learn how to write social media servers that conform to the spec:

Long, long before freedom of speech there was the freedom to shut up

The Waorani used mapping tools to win a fight against the Ecuadorian government's deeply flawed oil concession that would have encroached on their land.

A sensational example of how symmetrical, peer-to-peer tools can help communities that would otherwise be completely excluded.

This new "simplified" mastodon look is interesting - I gotta say that the notifications column could get distracting.

Any / people willing to take @Gargron up on his offer and make it more reactive?

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