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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.


A spaceship landed in the park. An alien emerged, carrying a foldable chair. They set the chair up on the grass, and settled down.
"Ah, hello," a dog-walker said. "Shall I take you to our leader?"
"Why would I want that?" the alien said. "I came here to get away from mine.

*checks news*
not sure if karma or just obvious, preventable outcome

CD Projekt Red reportedly enforcing mandatory six-day weeks on Cyberpunk 2077 as studio boss claims they have "extended all other possible [alternatives to crunch]"

Haters gonna hate in the comments but I've learned to not let that stop me.

When we started working on ActivityPub, the most common thing I heard was "This will never happen." Now ActivityPub is the most successful federated social network web standard of all time.

I didn't give up then, and I'm not giving up on @spritelyproject

Why haven't more sites mimicked Tumblr's reblog feature? I don't think I've seen it on a single one, and definitely none that support ActivityPub.

Just confirmed I will be working with a professional UX designer starting later this week to figure out how to improve the onboarding flow.

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"There's a problem with the Timescope."
"It's useless for future vision-"
"Because it'll show any possible future, yes, I know. But the past is fixed."
"We thought so. But look here. It's tuned to 200 years ago."
"2020? Okay, lets see... What? That can't have happened!"

"There’s Now an Even Worse Anti-Encryption Bill Than EARN IT"

Get your IT business out of the US. This needs to have an impact on the economy.

Sensitive data must be encrypted. Always. This should be a reminder to the authorities to never again ask for encryption backdoors:

More on why we oppose any attempt to backdoor encryption:

"It’s amazing how great computer products can be when they don’t need to deal with corporate bullsh*t, don’t have to promote a brand or to sell its users... Contrast this with Dropbox..."

The ActivityPub Conference is going virtual this year:

Thanks to @sl007 for the heads up!

@ricardojmendez I don't think we can expect people to learn from history without putting in the effort to do so, and I can't say that even my history lessons at school ever made it clear that this could happen here. There's always this sense of "otherness" about the whole thing.

(West) Germany at the very least has tried to identify the causes and educate on them. The US and UK just run with the narrative "nazis bad!" and skip over the reasons behind the rise of fascism.

Am I the only one fascinated by the fact that we have nazis rising on countries that fought the nazis, while countries that had actual fascists are looking aghast at their bullshit?

Intellectually, I know the social and educational mechanics at work, but it still strikes me that it works out that way.

As we've always taken a stand against state surveillance, we stand now against state violence — especially as it's inflicted disproportionately on the Black community. We stand with those seeking justice for the brutality committed by our unjust system. #BlackLivesMatter

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