weird question time. say I wanted to eat some paper for a weird art project—just very small slips of it, maybe once a day for a few weeks. is there paper I can easily buy that isn't toxic and won't be bad for me? (I would also be writing stuff on the paper, so it needs to be able to take marks from a pencil, I guess, or a pen? but then I need to worry about safe/non-toxic inks too)

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the show itself looks like a horrifying fever dream "Chas returns from a photo assignment with no memory of the assignment or that he robbed a village post office, which leads Tarot into a plot to kidnap a NATO Commander-in-Chief"; "Mr Stabs, an evil magician plans with the help of Polandi and servant Luko to steal the missing segment of the Secret Seven Serpents"; "Tarot is prisoner of a talking computer who plans to use giant chess pieces to crush him to death"

this theme song for the obscure british kids TV show _Ace of Wands_ is pretty amazing "Velvet roofs / Tattooed streets / Patterns made from words / Laughter echoes in the dark / Life hovers like a bird..."

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(cities that I would probably take the train or bus to include but are not limited to: cleveland, pittsburgh, baltimore, washington, philadelphia, providence, boston, toronto, montréal)

decided that I'm already doing enough air travel for the year (probably too much), especially if SLSA works out—any recommendations for fall/winter 2019 conferences I should apply to that are (a) within train/bus distance of NYC (~500mi) (b) address some combination of art, technology and/or literature?

My Slack app bricked itself overnight and I am here to say that Zulip is amazing and wish the annual subscriptions to Slack all went into Zulip instead

Social software does not need to be designed to retain users if retention is the job of the community rather than the software. (That is, if retention is even a goal at all.)

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I posted my code for rendering ActivityPub Articles in-line in Mastodon as a PR to the glitch-social fork. You can check it out here if you're curious or have feedback.

(I need to develop this argument more and find actual evidence to back up words like "never" and "all." but I do really feel like this technology in particular is in the process of being "locked up" in very material ways)

(likewise, initiatives like uTensor, TensorFlow Lite, etc. seem to almost always be about easing "deployment" to devices in order to make "inference" faster— they're never about making it faster/easier to train your own models. anecdotally it feels like over the past 3–4 years, people have stopped even pretending that training a ML model can be done by someone without specialized training and specialized hardware—"democratizing" demos/tutorials are all about using pre-trained models now)

as someone who grew up in that magical and apparently historically aberrant period where mostly standalone, usually not networked personal computers were the norm, I'm always weirded out by the word "edge computing" e.g. desktop computers are hardly ever mentioned as "edge" devices in this context, but most of them effectively are (lacking the GPUs necessary to train ML models). in this metaphor, using your own device to do "computing" now is literally an "edge" case

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read.

Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users.

  • you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on
  • they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts"
  • if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time)
  • the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley
  • @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers.
  • there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here
  • images in a CW'ed post are collapsed behind the CW. When you expand the CW, you can see the whole image immediately. more info here
  • When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here
  • 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful

Important Bit from the Privacy Docs

If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet!

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