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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:

tinysubversions.com/notes/read

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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-

NOTE: I guess Typora has a MacOS beta which never came up in any of my searches for Markdown composers. I just loaded it up and this is actually even better (it has the nav stuff I wanted)

FELLAS is it gay to socialize? You be taking into collective or governmental ownership 😔🤔☕️

I am pleased to announce that after several years I have finally found a MacOS native Markdown composer that mostly works for me: iA Writer. ia.net/writer

The only major thing it's missing is header-based navigation for composing very large documents. For short to medium length blog posts though, it's everything I need.

"Performance perception: correlation to RUM metrics" by Gilles Dubuc https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/phame/post/view/167/performance_perception_correlation_to_rum_metrics/

Wikipedia did a large-scale study of perceived performance, and found that none of the existing web APIs had a strong correlation with how fast or slow users thought the page was. Yikes.

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Idea: a machine you put in a public place, and people can put money in it and it dispenses synthesizers in return. I call it: Vendy Carlos

*slaps roof of Canada* this bad boy can fit so many ferrets in it

Here's a photo of the meetup. I asked everyone to become invisible and they obliged. Love the fediverse

I'm at a fediverse meetup in Olympia, Washington and it is neat to meet people from lots of different servers!

its free rpg day, so i've made my collaborative worldbuilding game The Ground Itself pwyw on itch till midnight!

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https://everestpipkin.itch.io/the-ground-itself

I'm at Portland Radical Pride (a cop and corp free alternative to Pride). My friend set up this art table!

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I gave a short (15 min) talk at CSVConf last month about federated social media, trust, and how we can better define community boundaries. In particular, I discuss the importance of local-only content that never federates, and the ability to tag other servers as "trusted" and federate things only to those servers. That last idea is something I call "neighborhoods".

youtube.com/watch?v=qxBu5Tktm1

Non-youtube direct mp4 here: tinysubversions.com/talks/csv-

Re: Pride & Prejudice, because it's so dialogue heavy, even though the novel is written in the 3rd person, a lot of it in the form of 1st/2nd person, like:

“With the officers!” cried Lydia. “I wonder my aunt did not tell us of that.”

“Dining out,” said Mrs. Bennet, “that is very unlucky.”

“Can I have the carriage?” said Jane.

“No, my dear, you had better go on horseback, because it seems likely to rain; and then you must stay all night.”

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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!