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I've posted it a little early because I'm excited but here is my reading and analysis of RFC-1, the very first official Request for Comments document and an important piece of internet history.

write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-1

I'm doing one of these a day for a year. You can follow along at @365-rfcs. I'll only be posting the really noteworthy ones on this account.

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A while back I built a site that converts RSS feeds to ActivityPub actors that you can subscribe to from Mastodon and other ActivityPub-compliant social networks: bots.tinysubversions.com/conve

I've now also published the source code: github.com/dariusk/activtypub-

a canal, a canal, a canal: lanaca lanaca lanaca

is it gay to perish? I mean you're literally passing away ☕️☕️

*slaps roof of the space shuttle* this bad boy can fit so many astranauts in it

It's six hours until Norouz / Persian New Year, so here's an early norouz mobarak to those who celebrate!

I'm going to see 1 Young Micah tonight, a rapper who just moved to Portland from New Orleans. His soundcloud is promising. soundcloud.com/1oungicah/power

is it gay to unionize? You be organizing workers into a union. ☕️🤔

I'm looking for literature (articles, blog posts, books) that covers "succession planning" for IT/sysadmin in activist groups. Like, for a volunteer group, what happens if your IT person just leaves? What are best practices so that the group isn't locked out of their web hosting etc (simply through lack of information rather than malice on the previous IT person's fault)

@darius I would really like to go back in time and tell that person that in nearly 50 years' time, someone will explain their unsubscribe request to the internet at large (which is a thing now), and will also make a sex joke about it.

Here's an interesting thread where Alan Kay explains what he thinks he meant by object oriented: userpage.fu-berlin.de/~ram/pub

But here's an interesting thread which comments that what we think we know we meant with our intentions might actually be covered by the clarity of our retrospection: lobste.rs/s/4s7h7w/dr_alan_kay

I agree with that, and am probably guilty of it myself with AP.

Also, interesting E-design-reflections in that thread by Corbin Simpson: lobste.rs/s/4s7h7w/dr_alan_kay

Okay, so: based on my research I believe that RFC-69, from September 1970, is literally the first example of an internet person doing a reply-all and saying "please unsubscribe me from your list".

This is, of course, nice.

write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-69

And if the biz can't afford as many content moderators as are needed to keep society safe, then do something else. Otherwise it's no different from any other business that dumps costs on others, like waste in rivers to avoid cleanup or selling bad meat to avoid food standards

"All things are possible in science unless they are made of stones."
-- Anonymous AI #GPT2 #GPT2Tuned

Literally 2km of streets packed, estimates are over 150,000 people in Montreal, or 10% of the global total (Photo Martin Tremblay, La Presse)

seen on the side of a truck: Disney signature font for all the serial numbers and safety warnings

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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 friend.camp and then as another user on alt.friend.camp)
  • 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 friend.camp users, and only ever @ mention other friend.camp 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!

Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from www.flaticon.com, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by @casey@friend.camp!