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I have just released Hometown v1.0.5+3.5.2!

No new features, just bringing things up to parity with the latest Mastodon v3.5.2. Lots of cool new features thanks to their team and contributors, though.

We will have some Hometown tweaks/fixes/features coming soon though!

github.com/hometown-fork/homet

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I've released version 2.0.0 of my RSS to ActivityPub converter! This now provides functionality I'd hacked in to rss.friend.camp - it requires OAuth 2.0 authorization for someone to create a new AP account for an RSS feed.

I used to run this service "in the open" but was overwhelmed by spammers. Now the admin of a Mastodon (or Pleroma or any federated server that is an OAuth 2 provider) can provide this converter as a service solely to members of their instance.

github.com/dariusk/rss-to-acti

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I've been building a Facebook Events style event organizing system for the Fediverse. It's based on the simple, open source, privacy-respecting event organizing tool gath.io

The attached video is a work-in-progress preview and shows compatibility with Mastodon. My hope is to get it working with lots of software, including stuff like Friendica that supports events and calendars.

Check out more at my Patreon: patreon.com/posts/organizing-o

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I finished my stint as a Mozilla Fellow and now I'm relaunching my Patreon with a focus on, well, fixing social media.

This means I'm going to continue my concerted work trying to make the fediverse a better place, in the form of best practice guides for running instances, external advocacy, and technical tutorials and training so that more people can contribute software to the fediverse at large.

You can read a partial summary of my work so far at my new Patreon page!

patreon.com/tinysubversions

Garden stuff 

Update: soil still too cold for planting 😭

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Garden stuff 

This is a year of big garden plans for me but I've had to delay planting of some things up to six weeks because it's been such an unusually cold spring here in Portland.

The weather is starting to turn though and I think I can actually begin planting the stuff that I was planning for, uh, early April.

At least my peas are doing great and my tomatoes are going well in their little cold frame.

us government software 

@christa it all goes back to President Johnson's 1967 Task Force on Communication Policy, which ultimately birthed the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy. 1968 was ALSO the birth of public broadcasting in the US, I believe ALSO linked to the task force but I'm not 100% sure

The amount of water a clam filters is called the clearance rate. This rate is typically measured in liters per hour per gram of clam mass. The clearance rate can decline if the bivalves "clam up" in response to stresses from temperature or salinity. They can also be reduced if the clams' gills are clogged by non-food particles, such as during a storm. The clams may increase clearance rate if they sense more plankton in the water, or if they are trying to bulk up before spawning! #clamfacts

us government software 

a thing I think folks outside of government may not be aware of is that it's not a given that the federal government can develop technology services that can be provided, for fee or for free, to non-federal agencies (eg gov in states, tribes, territories, local).

why? good question! it's because the US loves private industry, and has written into its guidance that the US federal government should not offer services the private sector could.

links in next post -

I have a piece of short fiction, a love story, featuring Sara & her dog titled RATMILK in the newest issue of beestung magazine.

You can read it at the following link: https://beestungmag.com/issue11/ratmilk-by-never-angeline-north/

💖
#mastoart #writing #fiction

Google can rest assured that I am NEVER pressing this second button

One of my least favorite things about almost every google product is when I click into the search bar at the top, begin typing, and then a refresh happens and it loses what I just typed and I end up searching for the second half of a word

Someone I know who got a beta key just described this upcoming game as "Hoplite + Dicey Dungeons" and, uh, holy shit if that's true https://store.steampowered.com/app/1373260/Obsidian_Prince/

Just ~tripled the corpus size of @bottwosentencehorror so hopefully it'll see fewer repeated posts.

I am interviewed in the Wall Street Journal today about the difficulty/futility of identifying bots on social media, and more generally why Elon Musk is likely blowing smoke saying that bots are the reason he is pausing his Twitter acquisition.

wsj.com/articles/elon-musks-tw (paywalled, sorry!)

me, to the judge: you see, boktai: the sun is in your hand is a game boy advance game whose cartridge actually requires sunlight for you to activate your weapon, the "Gun Del Sol"
judge: okay...
me: and there appears to be no sunlight in this courtroom
judge: hm!
me: so that's why I can't serve on this jury
judge: you're completely right

That’s right, it’s #SpaceTalkTuesday time! This week it’s all about ~exoplanetary habitability~

What does habitability really mean? Do we know of any habitable #exoplanets? How will we be able to study them now and in the future?

Follow along for answers to these #science questions and more!

#SciComm #astrophysics

(fair warning, this will be a long thread. the threaded posts are unlisted as a best practice, but you can still boost them)

In case it's of interest: I'm a metalsmith and have a little Etsy shop where you can see my amulets and resin art (no resin up at the moment). I'm having a sale right now, 20% off all amulets, comes with chain. If you're within the continental US or Canada, tracked shipping is included! ;)

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TyrMetalArts

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Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.